The Spanish were in the City palace, planning their attack. Montezuma was still alive and being held hostage. When they dragged Motezuma out to speak to his people, the Aztec citizens killed him by throwing stones at his body. The Spanish had no back-up plan; Cortes came up with the idea to sneak out of the city at night carrying as much gold as possible. Unfourtunatley for his men they fell into the murky lake and died. After this failure, Cortes and his remaining men left the city.