While the party made their way into the Azlanti ruins, they quickly slaughtered every monster they encountered. When they found Merlokrep, they effectively cut him down. On his corpse they found a crude journal, telling his tale of how he was cut down before but a stranger came along and resurrected him, thus he could plot his revenge against the adventuring party.
The party then proceeded to rescue the captives. There were 26 in all, 14 lumberjacks and 12 migrants from Taldor. They managed to rescue every one of them and get them all back to town safely, where the curses from the Azlanti seal were lifted.
When they returned to town, they were greeted with feast and high praise. The party has made quite a name for themselves.