Siege of Black Watch

14th Coldswane through 35th Coldswane
1st & 2nd Sessions

The members of the party ride into a marshalling yard in Inselstein to find the Lord Commander of Kethnecia waiting where he hired them and gave them a mission.

The party was to carry a message, supplies, and recruits to Black Watch. Giving the message into no one’s hand, but that of the Kommandant.

On the journey through the Ghost Woods, several small items disappeared and Brownies were blamed.
Tendrils of mist seemed to follow the party, but shied back from flames.

An ogre with a band of goblins attacked the convoy, but were scared off or slain by the party.

Making their way into the foothills the party intercepted an ambush by goblins riding goblin dogs and slew all but one of them, finding a small ruby on the body of one and pocketing what coins there were.

They proceeded to the fortress, delivered the supplies, were mostly ignored by the Castilians on guard, and were escorted to the Kommandant.

There they were introduced to Kommandant Elric Harmbringer, the Mayor, the Crusader, and the Overwizard.

The party was told that they would be contacted in a day or two with new instructions.

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35th & 36th Coldswane
3rd Session

35th Coldswane, Afternoon

The party makes their way down Black Watch from the Keep to New Town, trying to find a place to stay.

They settle upon an inn, The Battered Codpiece, and are welcomed by the Halfling proprietor, she rents them a suite of rooms on the top floor for 8GP a night, but stabling and food are included.

After speaking to a Halfling who insists that there is an invisible dragon stalking the turrets and rooftops the party heads to the Mayor’s office the next day to speak with him.

36th Coldswane, Morning

At the Mayor’s the party begins to believe that the Mayor is mostly a figurehead and has almost no power especially outside of New Town.

On their way back from the Mayor’s an Elf Woman, Sarlia, runs into Asuna’s arms and begs for help. She is followed by three ruffians, one of whom stabs her with a poisoned dagger.

The party quickly dispatches the three, and while Jaeger tends the woman allowing her to survive the poison. Asuna and Jericho pursue a fourth person down an alley, believe they have cornered him in a building, but he gives them the slip.

Trying to identify the poison, the party takes her and the dagger to an alchemist where they claim to be sent by a criminal don and need illegal alchemy. The poison is identified, but what they are looking for isn’t available.

Asking the woman, they find out that Elf women in town are going missing.

While Brand and Veral take Sarlia back to the inn, the other three go to investigate.

Heading to investigate the city records they find that only 1% of the Keep’s population of elf, and of this only about 20 are recorded as female. Sarlia told them that 16 had been kidnapped so far and two were dead.

The party confirms that an Elven Female Knight and a Battlewizard were both dead, but it appeared to be accidents.

Following up on their clues the three go to visit Sarlia’s husband and house in the Killing Grounds.

They find a pair of Castilians guarding the door who tell them that a murder has been committed and Sarlia is the prime suspect.
After giving up on a convoluted plan involving renting a room and hiring an orphan to lure the guards away the three head to the Keep

There they barge their way in to meet with Captain Annihilus Von Schultz, 2nd in command of the fortress and cousin to the queen. They threaten him and end up stepping straight into a political web of intrigue.

The three receive a letter of writ from Captain Schultz to investigate. Although they receive what they wanted, the party is uneasy as they both hate Schultz and realize that the is just using them to gain authority over New Town, an area which is currently under the Outer Captain, Vincent Kell.

The trio investigate the building and find the husband dead at the table. He has been poisoned.

Proceeding to the third floor they discover another elf male dead, folded almost in half, and stuffed into a closet.

The Castilians downstairs are told and they summon their superior. One of the guardsmen goes upstairs to check on what the party has reported.

Asuna notices him planting something on the body.

The planted evidence is a note from Man-First, a speciest group who believes humans are the supreme race.

The three demand he tells them what’s going on, intimidating the man.

He tells them that he hates Man-First and planted the note to point to them as its obvious they are the ones who committed the crime and this will help get rid of them.

Realizing he is still not being entirely honest, Jericho uses his power to confuse the man who draws a dagger and stabs himself in his stomach.

Leftenant Schreiber and Acolyte Krause run up the stairs from where they hear the screams to find the party standing over the man.

He is taken away by stretcher and the party paroled due to Jaeger’s noble status, they are told not to leave the inn until they are interviewed.

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36th & 37th Coldswane
4th Session

36th Coldswane, Evening

Jericho, Asuna, and Jaeger make their way back to the Battered Codpiece heading straight to the inn. Upon arriving they brief Brand, Veral, and Fes of the situation while Sarlia sleeps.

Deciding to keep investigating Jaeger, Brand, and Veral make their way down to the common room where they take dinner while discussing their plans. Within the common room an Elf, Mendragar, is supping and the three speak to him about what is happening, unfortunately he has only been in the city for two days and leaves on the morn to make his way to Lost Hope Village’s steading where he will start a new life.

Before long Captain Von Schultz enters the inn and the trio speak to him. The soldier has died of poison, most likely from the knife that stabbed him, and the party is given a week to solve the murders, the kidnapping, or Von Schultz will be throwing them in irons on a charge of Capital Murder.

The three men make their way to The Waylander, an inn that caters primarily to Elves and “Elf Lovers”. The party make their way in through the back, gaining access from a cobbler’s shop that stands beside it. There are no signs that any have been there in days and the female elf proprietress has been missing.

37th Coldswane, Early Morning
Returning to their rooms the trio fill in the party as to the situation and they bed down for the night. While the party sleeps a cloaked figure picks the lock and opens the window to Asuna and Sarlia’s room.

Wilhelm opens the window without a sound and lowers himself onto the rug silently. Unfortunately for him the rug is actually Nico and he screams as the tiger takes retribution for the disturbance. The party sit up suddenly as they hear the screams of the dying rogue.

Veral jumps up, grabbing Ellam as he heads to the door to the suite’s common room. Before he makes it to the door ruffians burst through the windows, abandoning stealth.

With barely time to grab his sword and shield Brand stands in bed as two men rush him and he is hard pressed against the pair’s knives.

Sleeping alone Jaeger leaps from his bed and counters the two men entering his room, gutting one swiftly while deflecting the other’s sword stroke with his shield.

Fighting in their small clothes the party realizes it is best on all sides and battles bravely.

Veral opens the door to find four men skulking through the common chamber. Stepping forwards he counters the first to charge him with knives drawn. He casts a spell causing the man to lock up and collapse over the couch.

Two others hurl knives at him and the third, a man with skin as black as soot, shoots him in the neck with a blow dart.

Another assassin leaps in through the window into Asuna’s room only to catch her readied arrow in his side, it does not kill him, but as his feet touch the floor he is given not a moment to steady himself before three hundred pounds of carnivore bring him to the ground jaws clamping over his face.

Brand manages to score a minor wound to one of his two assailants but receives a small laceration himself.

Jaeger plunges his blade through the chest of one man, using the body as a shield against the other’s cut and pulling himself back into a ready stance.

Veral cuts down another of his assailants and takes a step into the room to meet the rush of the fourth, a masked man wielding two long curved daggers. Twisting he barely avoids another dart from the dark man stripped to the waist now standing on the table.

Brand cuts down one of his foes trading wound for wound, but fights on.

Jaeger knocks the last of his two opponents out and steps into the main room.

At the same moment Fez throws open the door as well.

In surprise the savage blow pipe wielder sucks back sending the dart into the back of his own mouth, felling the man.

Seeing all his compatriots down the man in the mask weaves between the three swords he faces, sliding under a couch and running for the door to the suite. Veral gives chase to the man, who flows like water over the balustrade, diving out a window on the next floor, catching himself on a gutter pipe and landing like a cat, using the change in momentum to take off down the street.

Veral’s leap is less graceful and he finds himself flat on his back in the rain with the wind knocked out of him.

Asuna almost puts an arrow through Jaeger as he opens the door to her room to check on her and lets Sorlia out of the Armoire where she had hidden.

The man spelled by Veral is manacled by the party while his unconscious companion is dumped beside him. The party interrogate him and find out that Dice, their leader, had brought them here to capture or kill the elf girl for the Masters in the Wastes.

The reason given was to weaken the walls, when the party asks if they are working for Man First, they are met with scorn and rebuke.

Asuna, Nico, and Veral take Sorlia to the Wayfarer to hide while the others wait for the guard. Nico, Veral, and Sorlia move from shadow to shadow while Asuna tip toes down the sidewalk in a slightly less stealthy manner.

Members of the irregulars arrive with a sergeant leading them. The two men are taken to jail and the party is told to give their report to Captain Kell the next day.

The Wayfarer group make their way back to the Inn while boards are placed over the windows and the mess cleaned up by servants.
The next day the party heads to the Military Stables in New Town and speak to Kell. He offers to help keep Schultz off their back, but needs them to solve the problem before Schultz can gain authority over New Town as well.

With the hourglass draining on them, the party makes their way back to the inn. Along the way a figure in rough spun wool steps beside Jaeger and asks about the new Crime Lord who Jaeger, who he believes is pretending to be a Paladin, and Jericho work for and letting him know that not everyone is happy with the current guilds’ system.

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