Delayed by yesterday’s rains, Father Gillbar Fredericks and his companions – Dylan Wood, their carter and guide, and Ronugall Swifttail, a hired half wolf-man guard and their most recent associate – strive to hasten their arrival for tomorrow’s Harvest Festival in Pelham.
Redtree, named after rubywood, a local hardwood tree species, was quiet and serene. A half-league outside the town, the companions caught sight once more of the unusual fellow on the black horse, who’d clearly been keeping just ahead of the slower moving hearse-wagon. Why he’d been taking note of the diminutive Priest of Kwyrth and his associates is still to be determined.
The road meandered through the Wyvern Wood, so named for the long slain clutch of flying terrors who nested in the far depths of the forest. Remnants of the old precautions and protections against the wyverns can still be seen astride the road’s open meadows – man-made forests of sharpened and steel-tipped wooden spikes which would prevent the beasts from landing to attack travelers. Rumor states that the tips were slathered in a vicious poison, but these days most of the metal tips have been long stolen, the wooden shafts moss covered, rotting or fallen and toppled by the ravages of time.
At a bend in the road, before another clearing, the mysterious rider stands near his black horse, bending over the corpse of a man at arms. At sounds of the party’s approach, he swiftly mounts his black steed and gallops further down the road, looking suspiciously guilty. Dylan spurs Mortis, their cart horse, and the group soon discovers that the man laying against the tree is indeed slain. A thorough search is conducted, and from the man’s concealed coat of arms, they determine he must be Sir Rhyne Sinclair, a knight of the strict and loyal Count Sinclair-Pottersworth. Pottersworth’s demense lies just across the border to the east, in the Principality of Finsdale.
Sir Rhyne’s horse is discovered nearby, and the great roan stallion bears a tremendous burlap-covered box, later to be opened and revealed to contain a fantastic treasure within. Did the mysterious stranger kill Sir Rhyne? If so, why? There are few clear clues at the scene, but one thing is discovered… A third rider was present, and perhaps lured Sir Rhyne into dropping his guard, or so the tracks would indicate.
Will Father Gill and his companions seek out the murderer? Will they return the great treasure to Sinclair? Or will they abandon this mystery to attend the Bounty of the Harvest Holy Day Ceremony with its legendary Harvest feast and revelry afterwards?
Find out next time as the adventures of Outcasts, We! continue.
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In Game Dates: Purgissa the 6th, 2530 YS
Notes: Cloudy (rain the previous day). Start of Harvest Festival
Session Fate Points
*Bonus for writing a short bio
: Minor Milestone
: Minor Milestone
: Minor Milestone
The Minor milestone is earned for the investigation surrounding the death of Sir Rhyne Sinclair.
- Sir Rhyne was traveling incognito, not wearing his livery, his shield covered in burlap.
- He was murdered, stabbed from behind, under the arm, with a sword.
- His purse was cut.
- His bay roan stallion was found nearby, untethered, bearing a large chest covered in burlap.
- Inside the chest was found a valuable treasure:
FANTASTIC (+6) TREASURE: In the chest you find a cloak of heavy brown leather lined with wool, the collar and edges are trimmed in fox fur. It can be worn by almost any human, though it fits only middle-sized ones well. Beside it is a well-crafted dagger with a deep green gem [spinel] in the pommel, housed in a brown leather sheath. There is a sleek highly polished wood box [rubywood]. Inside you find, carefully packed, four crystal glasses decorated with silver vines. Under those are two bolts of cloth, one fine yellow wool [10 yards] the other white silk [8 yards]. Set along the edge is a short green-glazed jar with a broad mouth, lid closed and sealed with wax. It is half-filled with honey, mostly crystallized [1 pound] A plate, larger than a man’s spread hand and apparently made of pure gold, lies on its side behind the jar. It is very thin and so also light. Also along the wooden bottom of the chest is an empty green-enameled bottle, a toy dog carved of wood [cute but crude] and a sack of coins [26 gp, 74 sp, 119 cp].
- The stranger on the black stallion is probably not the murderer.
- When Father Gillbar questioned the spirit of the dead knight, Rhyne spoke of a mission, and a traveling companion named Tucker. He did not see who dealt the death blow.