When we left our adventurers, they had just been betrayed by Dimitri and Bann Henry Lockwood, and a battle ensued against Dimitri’s blood magic, ABOMINATIONS! (cue Awaken by Dethklok)
After our heroes were victories, Orophin decided he was going exploring on his own and took off, they then looted the bodies and explored the keep before heading out into an obvious trap, but like the Jedi say “Now we spring the trap”.
The Mercenary Arnfried then chose to reveal himself, telling Sarel how he was one of the looters from the Alienage fire, then flinging a pendant down the steps to Sarel’s feet. It was the locket he gave his wife Krandel on their marriage day. Then also fled back through the doors.
Dorrien and Liandren, cut through a side passage and looted and explored the kitchens, the others ran headfirst into conflict.
Lockwood in full armor, his son Gordan Ramsey Lockwood and a weakened Dimitri. Also Kattrin the rogue was back (after admitting she had Dimitri help her use a spell to appear in the death throws), and 4 Men at Arms.
An epic battle ensnared our party, our handy rogues came out behind to flank the battle and put the pressure on.
Dimitri too weak to continue fighting actually ran up to and grabbed hold of Gordan Ramsey and was about to use his blood to fuel his magic, Gordan broke his hold and actually jumped from the garden down to the streets below. Liandren then put an arrow through the neck of Henry Lockwood ending him.
Dimitri then had a streak of bad luck, his rock armor spell failed terribly and Karl Wulfson, breaking from the main group after receiving a mountain of punishment set upon him with the brutality that was all too normal to an Avvarian Hillsman.
Meanwhile the Dwarf, Stendar (now feeling hungover) and Sarel fought back to back forging an unlikely alliance taking out a few of the men at arms and Arny himself who fell under Stendar’s massive Axe.
Aiden took the role of healer, keeping Karl up after suffering massive trauma from two guards and a host of bolts from Kattrin.
The battle had started to die down and Karl had Dimitri where he wanted him (even after taking a point blank flame blast to the chest) but was quickly laid bare when Kattrin got off a trick shot piercing Karl’s side and ending Dimitri’s life. In a rage Karl cut off Dimitri’s head and tossed it to the downed Kattrin after taking a pinning arrow from Dorrien.
Upon inspecting the bodies, Sarel took Arny’s massive Two handed sword, Aiden took Dimitri’s robes issued to him by the circle and also found the cipher in his bag (he seemed to be studying it) Liandren found a small purse with three coloured gemstones in it.
The party quickly questioned her to why the alienage was burned to the ground and what this “Water wolf” was after.
She explained that Lockwood was the money, financing everything going on but it was Dimitri himself who came directly to oversee the operation where they became lovers. Orders had come in via Raven to direct the shipments of all stolen goods from the Alienage.
The party argued as to either kill her or cut her legs off, cauterize the wounds and take her along. They chose to end her life and quickly headed for Lockwood’s office where the last of the goods were stored.
They arrived to find the safe emptied (Gordan Ramsey) and another jump out of the window, they party split to check things while Karl, Aiden, Sarel and Stendar, went out the window after him.
They arrived to find the stable empty but gave chase anyways, they party met back up at the bridge connecting the upper class to the market area, to witness Gorden Ramsey running a carrige out onto the bridge. And after Sarel botched an attempt to steal a horse and Aiden’s bloodlust coming over to the dark side, instructing the others to fire arrows at innocent people!!! And an attempt by Karl to bribe to locals in vain and getting two men killed, Gorden made the market and bust out through the gate.
Aiden and Karl ran to the stables and purchased two of the fastest horses, Windjammer and Fleucian, Gave chase after Aiden scooped Sarel up. They quickly found his westward path and went after him. Aiden giving way to let Sarel go after him they sped on.
After a few daring attempts to get on board, it resulted in Karl taking more punishment as he made a jump but then slipped off and fell, then caught back up but as he drew close, then took an arrow by a sentry hiding in the woods. Sarel went in after but the sentry made off, presumably meeting up and leaving with Lockwood.
The party met up and took off after Lockwood via the side path off the main road. This led to an intersection in the road, with night quickly approaching they then went north to find the small farming village of Thom, they went to the inn. after hearing of some trouble to the south, Stendar drinking with the locals, our Dalish companions hiding in the common room, due to their tattooed faces and Sarel eating some soup.
Aiden met Franklin an apostate like him, an eldar man, travelling and working the farms til settling in Thom some 20 years before, offered to train Aiden in primal spells if he comes to learn anything.
The party then retires for the night awaiting a trade caravan which shall arrive in the morning.