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Our entire group has been enjoying Shattered Star, particularly Kaer Maga. Just based on the rumors the Pathfinders knew the Asylum Stone was going to be something unlike anything they had ever seen. From the moment they surfaced after their jaunt through the Halflight Path they absorbed the sights. They were hesitant to pay for a guide at first, but after Gav gave them the speech about how they may be new to they city but they're nothing new to Kaer Maga they were willing to shell coin for the street urchin/philosopher-king's services.
They took in all the sights (most direct from City of Stranger "Seen on a Street Corner") - watching orc slavers haggle, gnome children in kites, the brothel with its very odd, clearly undead, patrons (the priestess of Pharasma was quite taken aback that this was allowed to be), a knife-fight all but ignored in the otherwise beautifully adorned streets of Oriat, etc.
But the one that put them over the edge... The half-orc, himself an orphan, heard while passing through the Warrens of Mother Millie's orphanage. They didn't stop at first, it wasn't until they split up to visit their own places of interest that he returned to the Warrens. He was intrigued by a half-orc matron looking over the cities lost children. After surveying her workhouse, he wasn't as put-off by the "less-than-stellar" conditions - but was actually moved to contribute. After donating 50g to Millie herself, she palmed him a small dog-like figurine with three-eyes in thanks.
Proud of his act of kindness (and with zero ranks in knowledge religion) he returned to the group. As they bantered in the Sorry Excuse about what they saw, he showed off the trinket Mother had passed to him after making his donation. The cleric and the paladin went immediately pale-face.
The only orphanage in sight - indeed, the only place where the group had seen anyone caring for anyone else... And she's a damnable priestess of Lamashtu!
That was the straw that broke the resolve of the Pathfinders - that's when they knew this place was truly an Asylum!