Leaving immediately after their meeting with Corlyn, the addled Reeve of Woodpass, the group readies their wagon, along with the severely injured Sir Borace, for the grim deed of returning Sir Rhyne’s body and the chest of largesse, to whence it came: Baron Grant at Castle Pelham. Borace has been tight-lipped as to his involvement thus far, and the group figures it must be due to the pain of his injuries. Upon approaching the bridge (which arcs over a long-dry stream bed), the group is approached by a lone sentry; the tax collector. He apologizes that his master, the Priest of Pyratus Immolator Urnin, is unable to greet them himself, but nonetheless collects the bridge toll before sending the group on their way.
No more than three hours later, just before the looming storm would strike in earnest, while passing through a densely overgrown section of the Kingsroad, Dylan (ever eagle-eyed) spots a crossbowman lying in ambush. Ahead, a grey-haired bandit steps into the road, brandishing a broadsword. He demands their surrender of the treasure he knows them to be carrying. Dylan, brash as always, whips the reigns, urging Mortis to run the bandit down. Crossbow bolts lance out from several blinds, striking the draft horse. Now panicked and wounded, Mortis bolts, but Dylan manages to control the terrified beast. Behind them, Ronugall spots the bandit rising from the dusty road, angrily waving his sword and cursing after the cart and its occupants.
Upon arrival in Pelham, drenched and weary, Father Gillbar confirms that they’ve not arrived too late for the Bounty of the Harvest ceremony: the Pantheist holy ceremony honoring Purgis, Lord of Nature. They swiftly make their way through the crowded and muddy streets—filled to bursting with the revelers in anticipation of the secular Harvest Festival. Once at The Temple of the Fallen (one of the few temples in the Principality dedicated to Kwyrth), they give over Sir Rhyne’s body for cleansing and secure storage until their meeting with Baron Grant, and his subsequent decision regarding the knight’s fate. Sir Borace is taken to the House of Healing at the temple, and his injuries are tended.
Having sent a runner from the temple ahead, the group have just enough time before the ceremony to meet with Baron Grant in order to return the largesse. The miserable slog up the steep hill to Pelham Keep plays havoc on Father Gillbar’s muscles, but they soon find themselves in the palatial waiting room, resting on comfortable furniture and given food and wine and treated like the dignitaries they are. This of course is found to be unusual, and unsettling by Ronugall and Dylan, being unused to such niceties.
The meeting with Baron Grant is brief. The largesse is spirited away for security, and the Baron commends the group for their service, and their honest return of both Sir Rhyne’s corpse and the treasure. He informs them the treasure was bound for Baron Sinclair-Pottersworth, a token of the upcoming allegiance between the two noble houses. He tells them it is of utmost importance that this gift be delivered in a timely fashion, for Sinclair shall soon swear fealty to the Golden Reaches, forswearing obedience to Finsdale’s Mad Prince Pertwee. Baron Grant bids Father Gillber and his entourage to covertly deliver this gift, along with the Baron’s missive and the treatise scrolls. Furthermore, the Baron urges them to discover who was behind Sir Rhyne’s murder, and whether the crime was a simple robbery gone afoul, or if there is a larger plot to thwart the merger of the noble houses. Not wishing to show disrespect, our heroes heartily agree to this mission. The Baron instructs them to wait until the current storms pass, and to enjoy the festival while they may, for, given Sir Rhyne’s demise, they may well have a treacherous journey ahead of them.
After the piteously attended religious ceremony (the population of Pelham fears/disdains the Kwyrthites in favor of the ‘fun’ festivals), our heroes split up. Father Gillbar remains at the temple catching up on news and tending to duties required of him by Proctor Peregrine. Dylan and Ronugall head to the festival. Trouble always seems to find them both, and before the night is over, they’ve each had a donnybrook with overprotective siblings and drunken, bigoted revelers. But by the end of the night, their bellies full of the boasts of Pelham’s harvest (including the unique dessert known as Funnycakes), the boys find themselves quite inebriated and wake up the following morning in the arms of a lover (or two).
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In Game Dates: Purgissa the 7th 9am, – Purgissa the 8th 7am, 2530 YS
• 7th: Average temperatures with slight warming. Cloudy with a mix of light and heavy precipitation. Windy.
• 8th: Average temperatures. Very cloudy with intense precipitation. Windy and gusty..
Session Fate Points
Sir Borace: Medium Physical (-4) BATTERED®
Sir Borace: Moderate Physical (-6) BROKEN RIBS®
Mortis (Draft Horse):Medium Physical (-4) SHOULDER WOUND®
: Minor Milestone
: Minor Milestone
: Minor Milestone
: Minor Milestone
The Minor milestone is earned for surviving the ambush and returning the largesse to Baron Grant.
- Made contact with Baron Grant.
- The largesse was part of a treatise with Sinclair to become part of The Principality of the Golden Reaches.