Though the riches of Erebor had made the Dwarves prosperous again, a strange darkness rose amongst the people of Erebor, and rumor grew of even greater wealth elsewhere. Chiefly among these grew that Durin’s folk now had the strength and numbers to return Khazad-dûm, which Balin and many others had decided to journey to. Despite King Dáin Ironfoot’s advice against their plan, he gave leave of Balin and his followers to take the expedition in T.A. 2989.  They had hoped to regain the treasures of Moria, and Balin had also hoped to find the Ring of Thrór, which was assumed to have been lost when Thrór entered the East-gate years before (in reality Thrór had given the Ring to his son, Thráin, before his fateful quest to retake his kingdom).Dimrill Dale. Battle soon ensued that day leaving many orcs dead, and Flói who was killed after slaying an orc chieftain. The Dwarves subsequently took the East-gate and First Hall.
Afterward Flói was buried under the grass near Mirrormere,and the Dwarves continued systematically taking the eastern parts of the city which chiefly included the Twenty-first Hall. Where Balin set up his set in the Chamber of Mazarbul, proclaiming himself Lord of Moria.
For five years the colony explored and thrived. Even sending messengers to Erebor to inform their kin of their doings. The Colony also managed to find many old treasures such as Durin's Axe, mithril, gold, and other treasures. This all changed on 10 November T.A. 2994. As Lord Balin went to go look in Mirrormere, an orc archer fatally shot him from behind a rock. The Dwarves killed the archer, but many more orcs came up the Silverlode river. After a short battle, and with Balin’s body rescued, the surviving Dwarves retreated back into the First Hall and barred the East-gate. Eventually the Bridge of Khazad-dûm was captured, along with the Second Hall, but only after a great battle there that left Lóni, Frár and Náli dead. Óin apparently led a group west, hoping to find and escape through the Doors of Durin, but the Watcher in the Water killed him and of his group only four returned. Trapped, the remaining Longbeards with Ori retreated to the Chamber of Mazarbul, where they placed Balin’s body in a tomb. There Ori wrote the last pages in the Book of Mazarbul before he and the last few remaining Dwarves perished in a final stand.
After receiving no news from the Colony for years, the Dwarves of Erebor became worried about the fate of their kin. As a result, Dáin Ironfoot sent Glóin and his son Gimli to Rivendell to seek news about the colony and advice from Elrond. When Frodo Baggins met Glóin and asked him abut Ori, Balin, and Óin, his face darkened, saying that he did not know. Gimli eventually learned of their fate when he crossed the dwarven realm with the Company of the Ring. He later reported their fate to Thorin Stonehelm.
(*) A member of Thorin and Company