Onward To Winterhaven!
In tonight’s session the party, albeit short 2, finished up their business within Fallcrest and headed out towards Winterhaven after some rumors from a local clergyman about “death cults” in and around the area. Already heading west in search of the missing excavator, Douven Staul, the party decided it best to make hast to Winterhaven to possibly find him alive.
On the Kings Road, heading west, the party was ambushed by yet another band of Kobolds. This time they brought along their trusty Fire Beetle pets to help soften the party up but, as before, failed in their endeavors. Upon the final Kobold Wyrmpriest dying he was overheard whispering `.. have.. failed.. master…..` before slipping into the quiet sleep of death.
After several more hours on the road, without any further interruptions, the party reached the sovereign town of Winterhaven. Quickly making up for lost time the holy men Brutus and Walter made offers to the local Warrior’s Guild to train the locals in various combat techniques which shall commence within 2 days of arrival. The local guild master Rohn trained various locals weekly in the combat arts but felt it best that such powerful and daunting men of Brutus and Walter’s stature could most definitely draw a crowd as well gaining much insight and combat experience.
At the same time Tas Orin, Shaggy and St. Valentine were seen entering the local Inn and Tavern, Wrafton’s Inn. A few pints of ale preceded many a question of the current clientele which resulted in Valentine learning that Douven Staul had indeed been a patron of the inn, renting a room and leaving early each morning for the “burial site” however had not been seen in over 2 weeks. The local Inn owner, Salvana, expressed that due to keeping a tight ship and business costs she dispersed his meager belongings to the local charities and nothing was left.
As well, noticing a grim, hacking cough from afar, Valentine met an aged gentleman by the name of Eilian, Eilian the Old he stated. Inquiring about the “burial site” and this man they were searching for Eilian informed Valentine that indeed he had been in town and that he gave him a map to the burial site some weeks ago. Recalling the map and redrawing it from memory, Eilian also reckoned it had been quite awhile since he had seen or heard from Douven as well.
Noticing a finely dressed man in a distance, who was also creating fire between his fingers, Shaggy engaged in conversation. Striking up banter of being from the same background [wizard/mage] the two quickly found a rapport amongst themselves. Valthrun was the local wizard/mage and quickly explained this amusing cantrip, the creation of fire between his fingertips, was a mere parlor trick used to entertain the local children. Further questioning found Valthrun speaking of a dark keep just north of town. While he had never ventured there, stories from his ancestors spoke of a tower created to stop the Gnoll invasions in the time of the Old Empire. He did not know much of any possible inhabitants nor of this death cult so many of his fellow party members were speaking of however he would consult his local library and any further information he could find, he would surely pass to the part on their next visit.
Tas Orin also was found questioning a dark and secluded Elven hunter by the name of Ninaran. Initially Ninaran was in no need of conversation however seeing Tas Orin was a brother within the arts of rogue, he quickly opened up about a local keep. Ninaran feels the increased Kobold attacks on the roads are no coincidence and accredits this to the increased cult activity. While he feels the keep may hold more secrets than answers he does believe by his own scouting and reconnaissance that an area he called the “Waterfall cave” is the lair of the Kobolds and he encouraged Tas Orin to confirm his findings.
Brutus and Walter, upon finishing within the Warriors Guild were encouraged to visit the Lord of Winterhaven, Lord Padraig who may have a task or job for the party.
Upon announcement to the court Brutus and Walter met Lord Padraig who indeed felt the local Kobold nuisance quite a problem. Offering directions to the Kobold Lair he wished the party to adventure to the lair and put an end to this problem as his local people were increasing fearful of the Kobold attacks, some feeling they were increasing in both size and occurrence. As well when asked about any local cults, Lord Padraig scoffed at even the possibility of such a thing existed within his lands. “Preposterous!” stated Padraig but then quickly retorted, “Do you happen to know something I don’t know?”. Calming his fears Brutus diligently performed a silent insight check to determine if Padraig was genuine, which he was. Walter and Brutus informed Lord Padraig that if indeed any cult activity was around the area they would most definitely find it’s source and report back.
Taking rest within the local inn, the adventurers rest their souls, finding it was one of the most restful nights of sleep any of them had had. Of course locking and spiking their doors may have helped, there was no need of worry and the adventurers awoke fresh and re-energized.