Youth, Cut Short.
The party returned to town from their raid on the goblin warren to discover two of Duke Staggreig’s men holding a boy prisoner. They had the youth bound by manacles to a stump and announced he would have his hands chopped off for thievery. Ehlonna AriEr shot the soldier that raised his halberd to enact the punishment and the gathered townsfolk took a collective gasp of shock. Pythagos McTherian Cast the sleep spell which knocked out both guards, the boy, and one other villager. Captain Biggy McLarge-Huge of the Biggonites quickly bound and gagged the soldiers and Cup unbound the boy and tended to the guard who had been shot.
Hobarth Burgher expressed concern that his villagers would now face the wrath of the Duke because they would take the blame for hiring these foreigners who had shot the Duke’s men. So a plan took shape where the Duke’s soldiers would be delivered to the King’s soldiers at the checkpoint. Once there the King’s guards required a small donation to the maintenance of the highroad before they could think of a charge to hold the Duke’s men on. 10sp poorer and one conflict averted the party headed back to town.
The Fall of the Westmoon Goblins
The previous efforts of the party to rid the region of the goblins who bear the mark of the Blue Fist had resulted in a dramatic reduction of the goblin’s numbers. Only five remained. Those five were in the process of retreating from the area under cover of darkness. Ehlonna AriEr had been sent out into the fields to scout for any goblin activity and spotted them attempting to flee. She returned quickly to the village and rounded up most of the party to head out and cut them off. Cup and McRunfast stayed behind to protect the town. The party caught up with the goblins a mere 300 yards from town. Combat ensued. Four goblins were felled quickly and one was captured. The prisoner was locked up in a dog kennel in the basement of the Boar’s Rest.
The next morning, Captain Biggy McLarge-Huge of the Biggonites tortured the goblin for information. of course goblins are not that difficult to bully so the goblin give up very much information. He translated the map and documents the party found on the body of the leader of the goblins. He told them where all the traps were in the warren, where the secret entrances to the real warren were, and about the goblins treasure.
The party grabbed an ox cart and ran out to the dungeon and retrieved the loot.
Upon returning to Talowdale, the party was approached by Rothgar the Teamster that led the caravan the adventurers came to Talowdale on. He complained to the party that the bridge to the West of town was out and the Kings men refused to repair it because they were under constant attack from orks and goblins in the region. Pythagos McTherian just so happened to know engineering and offered to design and build a new bridge in exchange for 50gp from the teamsters.
The party hired several carpenters from the village and drove a cart of materials out to the site of the old bridge. Once there the party took up defensive positions and began the work of building the bridge . During the night a group of bugbears bearing the mark of the broken tooth tribe were spotted attempting to sneak up on the party in the night. The party then shot at them. The bugbears returned fire with spears. Melee combat was joined and the party emerged victorious. The carpenters returned to work and the bridge was built in record time, 32 hours. The teamsters were pleased that they could move on and unload their merchandise and so they paid happily.
Pleased with their own work the party set to carving the King’s decorative seal into the new bridge. Ingrid “The Fang” Svenson failed her forgery check and directed the carpenters to carve lions into the bridge where the King’s seal involves dragons.
A New Acquaintance
On their return to Talowdale the adventurers met their first random encounter. Wayzig Garmottin Glinpen Badgerhole Bighill Bunkpest Dalwick Handig Pilwin Ellyjotwiss the Alchemist appeared from a cloud of smoke, colored and shaped to match the appearance of his wizard mark. He is a traveling alchemist salesman and offered the party goods and services that are unavailable elsewhere. When he appraised the gems they got off the goblin leader, the XP from the value of the gems shot them up to level 5. Pythagos McTherian bought some spells to fill in his book and the party then moved on to town.
Mail and Illness
Pythagos McTherian went to the checkpoint on the highroad to inform the King’s men about the new bridge. While there he received a spell scroll and magic ring in the mail from his master. The next morning Pythagos McTherian, Captain Biggy McLarge-Huge of the Biggonites, and Ingrid “The Fang” Svenson, all woke up with Cholera. With the help of some healing they only spent a day in the latrine.