[I’ll assume that no one interceded into Alahan’s speech] It takes the party longer to get topside but you all eventually make your way up, through the caves of crops and into the stone cut underbelly of the fortress beneath the observatory. You soon find yourself in the company of guards at the main entrance into the fortress proper. Some chatting and diplomacy ensues. After a few minutes a tiny winged mechanical construct creature comes near. The head guardsman tell you to follow the Keeper’s homunculus but as he is speaking the homunculus chirps up that the master was above in his chambers but is currently on the way down to the central yard. Leading you all up quickly you pass workers and even children and soon find yourself in a large open area beneath clear skies. Off to one side Marga is watching a young man lead others in hand to hand combat training while standing in the center of the yard staring up into the sky is an older man in the traditional robes of the Arcane congress and a large mechanical quadruped standing at his side that his messenger lands atop.
He turns towards you clasping his hands behind his back. Larhut asks after your condition then insists that you see a physician and sends his tiny construct off to fetch one. He will press you on details of your recent troubles and provide answers to some of your questions but will only answer very vague questions or provide little information. Soon he informs you that rooms have been prepared and that someone will come check on your health once you’re settled in. He also tells you all the 1.5 weeks of pay awaits you (750 gp; your rate was 500 gp a week right?) in your rooms and the rest will be deposited as per your agreement with your mutual friend unless other instructions arrive and that items can be purchased from the smithy, alchemist, and magewrights. He then requests that you meet him that evening in his cambers for further debriefing. [You can ask question, buy items, get free healing, interact with Larhut and others and declare your intentions not to meet him later or take other actions].