The Villians of The Ninth Knot, immediately after burning Balentyne, are sent to a boat, which is heading down the long river known as The Scar, which bisects all of Talingarde. they are eventually joined by two new members; Shiigma the Thug, and Steve The Beast Master. Both former members of another knot, which had failed Cardinal Thorn and left all but them Missing In Action.
After a long, brutality filled boat ride, with Tiadora stopping to sow chaos every night disguised as a Knight of The Alerion, The Knot set down in Farholde; the northern jungle settlement of Talingarde, where they know that a temple to a dark, pestilent demi-god sits in an old mountain spire. Thorn now tasks them with entering the temple and freeing the evil god within, to gain access to his plague; a hideous virus that is potent enough to truly cripple the might of even Talingarde.
With aid from the White Ravens, Thorn's other most recent knot, the Villians found the location of The Horn and, with a little help from a tribe of easily manipulated Boggard Frog-Men, made it into the upper levels of the Mountain.
Within, they found a still mostly intact temple; fortified like a military base, but filled with the paraphernalia of a twisted death cult. Rituals to slaughter animals and make them into powerful, obedient beasts, Alchemical Golems that could kill any foe, and a secret treasure room, filled to the brim with a Ton (literally, 2000 Pounds) of Silver, and near as much Gold.
With this, and the powers of a retinue of ill-gotten treasures from their last theft from the coffers of Balentyne, it would appear nothing stands in the way of The Ninth Knot. At least nothing that could match their great, awesome skills!