|Carlos Robledo Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Atlanta aka CRobledo|
John, I appreciate your response to this thread. I'm a tad bit confused by part of it though. ** spoiler omitted **
At the end of the day, the party has the choice to solve things peacefully with little reward and little XP. That is the choice you made. It's not that you are "penalized" for being a good guy. It's just the plain logical outcome. You leave ALL the gear and loot on the godbox... Well, if you went in to donate the iron you saw all the loot. It was your choice to leave it behind.
I mean, if you were playing this in a homegame, and your GM told you that you got no treasure for that level because you donated iron and proceeded down, you would't blink an eye about it. It's what your party decided and that's that.
For PFS, the easiest and most elegant solution is you tell your players NOT to slow track as suggested at this time and problem solved! They are back on track.