The battle at the Homely Sheep was bloody and hard-fought on both sides. After felling Aideen, Black Mantle cut down Desmond and Gareth before seizing Aideen’s corpse and teleporting into her network of tunnels.
The remaining Heralds and their allies fought the rest of her men, although a few of their opponents fled the area. The group did not give chase, instead ensuring that no one else on their side was lost.
In the basement of the tavern, a ritual space and (later) a secret door were discovered. Ilikan ran to bring Grumbar to examine the working, while the rest of the group worked to keep Declan from opening the secret door before backup arrived.
Finally, the group reformed and Declan took the chance to open the secret door. Undeterred by the poison which it emitted, or any of the traps in the hallway beyond, the Heralds searched for their lost friend in the tunnels.
Eventually the trail led them to a large room, where Aideen was bound to a stone block, alive.
Though she would not remember it, or indeed anything of her time past the threshold of death, Aideen was questioned under a Speak with Dead spell. The questions, and her responses, were thus:
Who sent you to kill Black Mantle, specifically? (It was Declan’s idea.)
Do you have unfinished business which needs to be dealt with? (Yes, I do.)
Would you forswear a grudge against your killer if you were restored? (Yes, I would.)
How important is your unfinished business to you? (It’s important.)
((A comment, at this point, to someone near the Questioner: “That seems to lack the drive we’re looking for… yes, yes, they’re often gone… I don’t think it would change…”))
If you are restored this day, to life, how soon would you leave Grayson to go about your business? (I would go as soon as I could convince my companions to go.)
((Another comment: “Yes, yes, let’s bring him onboard, and he'll speak for her.”))