The party travels on from the clockwork base, heading toward the Hobgoblin encampment. They do experiment with the font of magic dust that they find, leaving the clockwork greataxe that Dougoon prised from one of his defeated foes to marinate in the sweet magical juices.
The party approaches the encampment noisily to avoid any semblance of trying to sneak up. The scouts recognise Gwyneth and show fear and deference and let the party pass. They are led to the hut of the hobgoblin leadership where they run into Zunnit a hobgoblin captain, a hobgoblin devastator and Ahmed Noke. Cronny breaks out in a musical number that literally charms his audience and catches them up on the going on since their warlord left, about the agreements made, the attack of the clockwork creatures and the going-on at the clockwork base. Dougoon is quite taken at the greatsword that Zunnit wields and gets his hands on it briefly, quenching the fires in the area upon grasping it.
Soon enough negotiations commence with the party attempting to get the Wand of True Polymorph from Noke, with Noke trying to get assurances of safety and compensation. He will not agree to come along with the party to restore Finethir, fearing his former master's wrath. Cronny boldly offers to take the wand from Noke, prompting a wild magic surge that summons a scourge of stirges. They are quickly dispatched, but the hut suffers greatly in the process. Cronny's use of Hypnotic Pattern being the key to this particular battle.
Eventually it is decided that Gwyneth will be given the wand in exchange for Noke being allowed to leave with his life intact. The ritual of transference is conducted and Noke flies off, with only a bolt in the bottom as punishment for his treachery and misdeeds.
The party heads off towards Heathguardholt, where Finethir is being looked after by the Stedman family. On the way they stop by the clockwork base and collect Dougoon's axe which has gained magical properties but also been corrupted by a blood curse. Despite the others' efforts to dissuade him, Dougoon retains the axe as they arrive at their destination.
Cronny's performance gathers a bevy of fans as the party meets up with the Stedman clan. Freya points them toward the sheep paddock where Finethir is waiting. Gwyneth activates the wand and restores a somewhat grateful, but quite haughty wizard. Rewards are discussed and given, with Dougoon's axe being uncursed and Gwyneth being allowed to keep the wand after a tense moment. Finethir also tells the Artur of the last time that he saw his father, some twenty years ago, as he was on his way east towards the Anauroch as he had a lead on a clockwork servitor of Aarken the Clockwork Mage, someone knows as the Viceroy. Artur is also given a magical boon as one of his blades is ensorcelled to be particulary effective against clockwork creatures and other constructs.
The party retires to the Green Dragon Inn where Cronny buys the crowd a round of drinks. Gwyneth thanks them for their aid in recovering the wand and pays the party handsomely in coin and magical items. She tells them that she will return in two tendays to see about further employment, allowing the party a chance to look in on the goings on of Kriegar Haelt and Hearthguardholt.