The surviving party members were able to find one another, take refuge in Temipol, and send word back to the Protectorate via their magical raven.
Mage-Warden Alexi summoned Oscar, a dwarven fighter from [Dwarven kingdom name?] on loan to the Protectorate; and Elan, a half-elf Cleric of the Cult of Aperisi, and Seer in the Protectorate. After briefing the two on the party’s situation near Temipol, he arranged for them to be teleported, along with 20 seasoned dwarven warriors from Oscar’s retinue, to a nearby Protectorate outpost.
The meeting between the new and old party members was less than amicable. Oscar, a grizzled veteran, attempted to take charge of the operation. His 20 dwarven companions also caused quite a stir in the small mining community. Elan already had mixed opinions on the party and acted arrogantly, especially when he determined that the party had fought and lost to the Xorn, a usually-peaceful race which only steals gold because they need it to survive.
Later that night, Phan (the Warden of Lost Star) crashed into town, raving and flailing an FTC corpse. He then publicly displayed five earth blossom gems (valued at 1000 gp each) that the FTC had been carrying; this caught the attention of the townsfolk, who had not seen such valuable gems in quite some time. Oscar dutifully scooped up the gems before they could go missing. Elan attempted to calm him down using magic, unbeknownst to the rest of the party; Dolan then detected the magic present on Phan, and, assuming it to be the Dog Doom disease, dispelled it.
The party questioned him on how he was allowed to break the quarantine in Lost Star, but his assertion that it was done legally wasn’t completely convincing. When asked if he would join the party in their raid on the FTC lair, Phan declined, saying he would continue to hunt the FTCs in the woods instead.
The party ventured out to the cave where they previously encountered the Xorn, and negotiated free passage through their caves and the return of Carric and Theren’s bodies in return for two earth blossom gems. The Xorn were unwilling to help fight the FTCs, however, despite their dislike for them.