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Session 22 – Here Be Dragons

The dark elves are out of cannon range at this point. The elves in our party know that these dark elves attack using huge floating fortresses, and sometimes summon deep sea creatures to help them. These smaller ships are sent out to do smaller raids.

We see Giovanni coming out on a war horse loaded for bear. He has six other mounted warriors with them, all with heraldry of the hound. They have lances and cavalry spears with plate mail. They seem to be surveying the damage.

We speak to Giovanni and Jean asks if the elves raid here often. He says not usually, they must be probing the defenses. He says that we should meet him at the palazzo as soon as we’re ready.

We head back, and they don’t ask us for our weapons this time. Giovanni arrives and shrugs his armor off. He simply says “Dazzle me.” Jean says “We need to talk to the elves, dwarves and others to see what we can raise from them. We need to get some security on the road and also have people come here to help. The dwarves we know are also very fine armorers, which could be a good source of trade. Is there anything you can do to help send the word?” Giovanni says that he has a ship that’s bound for Britonia that is leaving in three days.

Jean spends the next three days copying the maps that he’s done so far and also a letter to Duke Adalhard. Our plan is to follow the trail north and stop off at Din Borim and grab some more of the treasure.

Giovanni calls out for someone named “Guido” and has him bring in a huge box the size of a coffin. He says that he will send some of the Hounds along with us on our trip, and if we run into Sasha’s raiders we will kill them and plant the things in the box on them — they appear to be greenskin weapons.

An apothecary asks to see Brokk. He warily agrees and is led to the man’s office. Apparently he was put up to this by Tobruk. The man explains that he can “cut” the insanity out of him, and explains that he’s done the surgery for others successfully in the past. Brokk finally agrees, thinking that nothing can be worse than the nightmares he’s had. Miraculously, the surgery is a success and after three days he’s gathered most of his strength back. The nightmares seem to have ceased.

In the meantime, Jean has sent off his package and Giovanni’s men have mustered with all of their equipment. The captain’s name is Lorenzo and he has twenty men. They have packed provisions for us as well.

Brokk gets some manacles and a few extra daggers before we leave.

We head north with the company of Hounds and move through the mountains for several days. The night before we arrive we are camping on the road and suddenly we hear a sound of massive wings. A huge dragon comes over the hill and begins attacking us. The group fires off several shots right away, hitting him in the head and arm many times. Brokk runs up and tries to scramble up and hit him, but can’t. It flies down and roasts three of the men and singes a few more. Jean fires an arrow through his eye and kills it. (He has 85 wounds and we killed him in 2 rounds.)

We cut off the head and take it with us. We arrive at the keep the next day and the dwarves go in only. We preserve and mount the head, then we move on.

Later we arrive at the forge of the two dwarves and let them know that the keep is open (and chaos dwarf free) and that we’d like them to go there and run the forge. They agree without question to pack up and head to the keep, and will bring others. Tobruk and Brokk give them the master craftsman tools. They are extremely excited to see it.

Session 21 – Beard-kini

We wake up the next morning, most of us at The Borderlands, and the elves at Phandyth’s Chalice. Maruviel and Vedasi speak with the elf maid and talk to her about their homeland.

Jean hears back from DeSalvo that we are invited for dinner at the palace. Many of us get new clothes and get cleaned up as would be appropriate for a fancy event like this. We come to the palace and they ask to take our weapons. We agree and head inside.

Giovanni himself is a well built older man with salt and pepper hair. He talks like he is straight out of Brooklyn and is quite casual. He asks Jean to explain who we are and seems to have no patience for pleasantries. He certainly doesn’t seem to like Hauptner or Sasha. He is surprised to learn that we were able to get into the keep to the north and that we made it through the mountains, but is concerned that any trade route may be another method for Sasha to come through to his lands. Brokk agrees that we must find a way to secure it.

Jean mentions that Sasha wants the chaos items we have, and Giovanni’s ears perk up when we talk about that. He asks us for the flat truth if we have them or not — Tobruk says that we know where they are but they are safe from Sasha for now. Giovanni reveals that Sasha is a chaos cultist who has a bunch of followers of Slanesh.

About 20 years ago, he was working with Hauptner and was tasked with attacking a stronghold of a group that had a chaos item but refused, and the two parted ways. Hauptner is in it because he is enamored with her — originally he wasn’t aligned with chaos but eventually he became corrupted as well.

Giovanni says that he can’t fight against both Sasha and Hauptner by himself, and he hasn’t been able to get anyone’s attention from home. He has always had a code of honor, and some people have flocked to that banner, but he doesn’t have that many people in his employ.

Giovanni says that there is lots of opportunity for dwarves in the region. He has his own copper mine and is willing to share that wealth with those who help him out.

We agree that we can talk to the dwarves and the elves to help. Jean says that he will get a message back to Duke Adalhard and let him know about the situation and perhaps his countrymen can help as well.

Suddenly we hear the loud booming of distant cannons. Someone bursts into the room and lets Giovanni know that the harbor is under attack. He excuses himself and says he must take care of this situation. We volunteer to help and he thanks us.

We go back to the hotel and grab our gear, then head down to the docks. We hear someone calling that there are dark elf corsairs attacking the city. We see them coming up the docks. The elves in our party are offended by the mere appearance of these abominations. So far they have been attacking the town guards, but they kill them quickly and move toward us.

We are able to take care of them, and we see down the other docks that the we had the highest concentration of them here, and the guards have taken care of the others. The remaining dark elves on the boats in the bay turn and flee.

Checking on the dead dark elves, who call themselves Druchii, we see that they have sea dragon scale armor, which is known to degrade quickly if it isn’t oiled with a slime that the elves use. They also have some good quality scimitars.

Session 20 – I’m a Dapper Dwarf Man

We decide that the dwarven hold Din Borim would be best served as a forge and trade station with the dwarves we met near Groghaven as its keepers. We plan to discuss this with them, and also the improvement of the trade route by widening, etc. when we come by there again.

Our immediate goal is to head into Giovanni’s land, however, so we set of to the south the next morning after a night of rest in the keep.

After traveling for one day, we arrive at a small town called Tefana, the inn here is called the Harper and Goblet. The place looks old and not well maintained. The bartender looks Tilian.

We see a bunch of men at the bar, and after speaking with them they say that they are not in the employ of Giovanni “right now” as they are not on a job. Brokk recalls that Tilia has many mercenaries, and it’s kind of a main export of theirs. In fact Giovanni himself was a mercenary captain, and he still calls himself a captain.

Jean says to them that we plan on traveling to Castinea tomorrow. They say that there are patrols but if we don’t cause any trouble there shouldn’t be cause for concern. Castinea is the biggest city in the region. It has a lot of shoreline for ships and a big stone wall all around it. It’s well fortified. We finish up and stay the night here, then leave for Castinea in the morning.

We go through another small town and continue on to the south. We make it to Castinea and find a place to stay (the Borderland Inn), then spend the next several days finding things out about the area, mostly by socializing and greasing some palms, before we meet with Giovanni.

Giovanni resides in a keep on the east side of town, across the river. His personal mercenary company is called The Hounds, and they are all Tilian. (Other mercenary groups have been from varied nationalities.)

We find out that Giovanni was in the employ of Hauptner, but there was some kind of falling out between them. There was supposedly a failing by Giovanni during a battle that caused the rift, then he came here. This was an abandoned area due to some attacks, but he has rebuilt from ruins in the time he’s been here. He’s been here 20 years, but the city has only been built back up for about 10.

We find out that Urmino DeSalvo, the town castellan, frequents a restaurant called Mazetti’s. We work on setting up a meeting with him. Jean goes to the restaurant and buys DeSalvo a flagon of wine. He explains who we are and how we want to setup trade routes, the issues with Gilemet, etc. Jean passes DeSalvo a map that he made of the region and tells him that he can give it to Giovanni. The man agrees and heads out.

Meanwhile, nearby in the “Steps” (the rich neighborhood) Vedasi sees a door in  a nearby tree and lets Maruviel know about it. It says Phandyth’s Chalice on the door. Inside they find a tavern that is of wood elf design. An elf maid is here and she says that no one has been here in over 90 days. They enjoy the drink and she says that she has rooms to let if they are interested. Vedasi and Maruviel feel at peace here and decide that they will stay.

Session 19 – Smokin’ Pope with a Junk Musket

We continue on through the Black Crags, moving west toward the Desert of Spectres. We arrive at Din Borim, an abandoned dwarven stronghold. The front of it is a giant stone dwarven face with a drawbridge. It is currently sealed shut.

We search around for the mechanism to get inside but it takes a very long time. Brokk finally finds it, which is a small rock to push and there is a loud grinding sound as the dwarven face slides into the ground to reveal the opening.

We head inside and it features the standard dwarven architecture, and it smells terrible here. There braziers along the walls and empty weapon racks. Apparently nothing has come through here in quite some time. At the far end there is another stone door.

We head through the door and see flickering light like firelight up ahead. Vedasi heads up the stairs to take a look and he sees a room with a large table in the center. Two huge creatures are here, and they look like centaurs with the torso of a dwarf instead of a human on them.

Tobruk and Brokk realize that these things are called Bull Centaurs, they are a form of Chaos Dwarf. We defeat them after a brief combat and check the room. Jean looks at some of the tapestries and sees that the ones honoring the god Grugny have been defaced.

We head through the rest of the lair and see a kitchen, barracks, a forge, and finally a bedroom. Here we see a box here labeled “Feldbar  Grimhammer, Forgemaster of Din Borim.” Inside are mastercraft forging tools. Clearly this dwarf was a runemaster.

Jean finds a loose brick and behind it is a key. There is a metal door nearby that the key opens and this is the armory. Some weapons are in here which we take. A switch opens and a breastplate of gromril (star-metal) is revealed. A rune is inscribed on it, which says “fortitude.” Brokk dons the armor which increases his toughness quite a bit.

We continue looking through the lair and find a barracks with three beds that were slept in, so we think that we have gotten all of them. We head back to the main room and suddenly see the tapestries moving. From behind them pop out four chaos dwarves — clearly we didn’t think to look behind! Some of them have blunderbuses. One runs up and fires off toward everyone except Tobruk. A rain of metal shards and old chicken bones strike them but no one is seriously injured.

Brokk comes forward and throws a bola at the man which wraps him up. Another dwarf comes out of the tapestry and he is wearing a pointy hat like the pope. He starts muttering a spell but it backfires on him.

After defeating the dwarves, we check out the space where they came out of. It is a secret door and there is a huge amount of treasure here. There are 14,000 gold crowns and gems worth between 22-25,000 crowns. We also find three weapons – a hammer of returning, a bow and a sword.

Decked out in our new vestments, we spend the night in the stronghold.

Session 18 – Meatballs & Manticores

Jean says, “Now that we know Sasha Gillemet is really just a thug, it is unlikely we will be able to work with her. We may have bought a month from my gift of a map, but it is just a matter of time until she comes looking for the dagger and the mask. As for Hauptner, since he is in bed with her, we will probably also have a difficult time convincing him to help us. That leaves Giovanni. If you look at the map you will see that Gillemet controls all of the most direct routes south, both by river and by road.

“We will probably not be able to sneak by her to get to Giovanni if we go that way. However her forces are not well organized. It is unlikely that she has much control of the western part of her lands, once you get away from the roads and inns. If we can find and chart a path through the Black Crags we can bypass her stranglehold on the region.” He traces the dotted line on the map.

“This could have large trade implications for Giovanni, and is the reason we came to the Border Princes in the first place. For the dwarves, we may find some of your kin in the Crags, or at least some green skins and giants to slay. And for the elves, what better way to see more of nature. Once we discover it, we would not be able to protect or improve the way by ourselves. But if Giovanni is looking for more trade, and is worried about the threat to his north, then he may help us with the manpower to do that. What do you say?”

We complete the planning for our trip to see Giovanni. We will circumvent Sasha’s lands (and patrols) by going to the west, but we will visit the dwarves first to get our armor.

We head south to the Crossed Lances and announce our intent to leave the area and go to the east, to give any potential spies incorrect information. We gather supplies for the trip including food, tools, horses and a mule.

We set off to the east as we had told people, then turn south to go and visit the dwarves we had previously met and pick up our armor and weapons. After a few days we arrive there unmolested and let them know of our plan. The dwarves let us know that there is an abandoned dwarven keep in the mountains.

The next day we come across a group of hill people. We decide to approach them to see what they might know about the area. They speak Kislevite (Russian) and then switch to Tilian (Italian). Only Maruviel knows Tilian but he is able to converse with them. They say that no dwarves have been in the area for many years, but there is a keep about half a day’s march south and west of here. It has been abandoned for many years. He says that a few people have come through here recently, a few dwarves, but not many others.

We ask if we could stay around here for the evening and they point us to a spot which is a flat dry riverbed. They say that sometimes night goblins and bears come through here otherwise it is mostly safe.

After we start our camp, we notice a light off in the distance. It is a light moving up and down like a lantern. As they get closer we see four humans carrying torches and lanterns. They are all armed.

They approach and see us, then call out to ask who we are. They say that they are mercenaries who do business with Giovanni. Jean explains who we are and they decide to come and share the fire with us.

Vincenzio is the leader, along with Nunzio, Giancarlo and Antonio. They are friendly but a bit wary of us so they do not want to share much info on Giovanni except that he is fairly hands-off.

Suddenly Brokk hears a sound like the beating of wings. A giant winged creature with the head of a lion alights on top of a nearby standing stone. It is a manticore! It roars and flies down, impaling Nunzio. Brokk is petrified. The others take care of it with a few swipes.

Maruviel lets the rest of us know that the tail of the manticore is quite poisonous, and they are born of chaos so they are prone to other mutations. This one is fairly standard. The poison gland can be useful, however we don’t know how to find it. We decide to push it off the edge into the crevasse.

The next day we continue moving, saying farewell to Giovanni’s men.

Session 17 – En Flagrante

We arrive back to the keep and find that the guards are not on the battlements and the portcullis is up. We advance in, on our guard. We see a person strung up and dead, we recognize him as one of the workers from the Crossed Lances.

Heading inside, we see a wagon with supplies from the Crossed Lances on it. This may have been a “Trojan Horse” to let them gain access and then attack. We do not hear the sounds of battle, though. The kitchen has food that has gone cold and Sleeves is not there. The horses are fine.

Heading down to the jail, we see that Sleeves and Thomas are down here in a cell. We release them and they say that Geeves has gotten stranger with his behavior in the last few days, and has invited some people here. They were chanting and taking their clothes off. Thomas is completely catatonic. We mention to Sleeves that his stew is on the fire and he goes to check on it.

We head upstairs and on the stairwell we see Otto and Reinhardt. We hear an orgy going on behind them. They warn us that there is a sacred ritual going on and we can’t go in. Brokk says that he wants to go in but they aren’t buying it. They move to attack us and Vedasi tries to disable them. Jean shoots and arrow right through Otto’s eye, killing him instantly.

Brokk ascends the stairs and sees a disturbing scene of the orgy, and Geeves en flagrante with one of the barmaids from the Crossed Lances, but it doesn’t seem to be exactly him — his skin has a pinkish sheen and his tongue is elongated. He has a huge lobster claw where one hand should be, and goat’s legs. He reaches behind him without breaking stride and grabs a marionette. He manipulates it and causes Tobruk to attack Maruviel.

Geeves rears back and spits gobs of blue-green blood out of his mouth toward us. Tobruk is still charmed and starts attacking us. He finally snaps out of it and the elves and Jean light up Jeeves with arrow shots until he falls back, bleeding from both arms.

The villagers close in on us and start stabbing. We take a few of them out but there are too many. Brokk is stabbed in the leg and passes out on the floor, bleeding. The fight comes to an end and Jean tries to help Brokk but is not able to do anything. He is unconscious and breathing steadily.

Jean looks around and sees only three people that he recognizes; the rest must have been picked up on the road. We take the bodies out and burn them.

We go up into the tower bedroom and Geeves has redecorated there as well. A strange symbol is here, it is the symbol of Slanesh. His armor is discarded in a pile. Maruviel takes it. His backpack is here as well. It has some healing draughts, poultices, fey eyes, and someone’s actual eye.

Brokk tries one of the vials that says “Cure All” on it but it’s a spoiled potion and causes a strange condition for him. He decides to rest up.

The rest of the group buries the mask and the dagger that Geeves had in a branch off of our secret tunnel. And after cleaning up the keep, we plan on visiting Giovanni.

Session 16 – The Women Find Him Handy

It takes us about an hour to get things ready and then we head upriver. In the evening we decide to camp rather than push through, at the captain’s recommendation. We fish off the boat and have a shore lunch.

That evening, we hang out by the fire and take watches. During the third watch, Jean sees some things creeping across the shore. They are goat-men and centaurs with bows and arrows. Vedasi wakes up and kills one immediately with two arrows. Gottfried tries to shoot one of them with his pistol but the thing explodes, blowing his right arm off. He screames in pain.

Tobruk is gored in the chest by one of a Bestigor, a minotaur-cow thing. He puts his axe right in the thing’s spine and it expires. Brokk runs up to the centigor that is near Gottfried and leaps at him like Brad Pitt from Troy and stabs him in the side of the head, killing him instantly.

We kill the rest of them, and Brokk heals both Tobruk and Gottfried although his hand is certainly gone. We talk about getting him a nice hook with different attachments. We search them and find some armor and weapons.

We head out and make it back to the keep by midday the next day.

Session 15 – Groghaven

We each take one healing poultice from Geeves and head upriver to Groghaven. It takes us several hours but is uneventful. The town is right on the river. This is a silver and iron mining town that has smelters and forges. It smells quite bad.

A government functionary greets us and asks us for a docking fee. He charges us 5 silver per day to dock which Tobruk pays. He tells us that the best place for us to drink being Dwarves, not the Drunken Shitpit, but Snotling Fondlers is our best option.

Our options for lodging is The Wicked Trickster or the Gypsy Lodge (where the decor is a little strange). The Trickster is run by halflings and we decide to go there. The owner is pretty theatrical and gets dinner ready for us.

We head to the forge which is huge with a lot of stock, but we quickly realize that the prices are quite high. There is reportedly a dwarven forge out of town a couple of miles with really good quality stuff, so we decide to head there. Vedasi is looking to sell the diamond that we got from the inn.

The dwarves are brothers, named Dhumaad & Grourford. They are not impressed with Brokk’s sword but go crazy over Tobruk’s axe. They actually weep when Tobruk lets them hold it. Because of this we are able to haggle with them better. Brokk is talked into getting a really nice hammer ordered and buys some other things. The others buy custom armor for a pretty penny. It will take the dwarves a while to make all of this.

They give one caveat — if we are monster fighters, we must watch out for the one inside the keep. They ask if we can put the screws to the Boss if we can.

When asked about the gem, the dwarves suggest going to the dwarf Regnard in town to sell it for a “fair price.”

They offer to have us come back and drink with them, and they roll out a barrel of Bugman’s finest which is very good beer. The elves and Jean partake as well. We are now immune to fear tests but it is like drinking 4 regular beers.

They tell us about the Boss. She wants to take the entire area over and take out Giovanni and Hauptner. She will probably take out Giovanni first with Hauptner’s help, and then take out Hauptner as soon as she has no use for him. He is smitten with her and they are lovers. She also dislikes elves with a fiery passion, the dwarves suggest that they stay home when we go to meet her.

We head back into town and they try to charge us, but Tobruk intimidates them and they back off. The next morning we get up and go to the gem store to try and pawn the blue diamond. The old dwarf here takes no notice of the customers until Vedasi slams the diamond down on the counter. He looks at it and seems to want to buy it. Vedasi haggles with him and is able to get 2100 crowns for the gem, silver platter and some other items.

Jean and Brokk go to see the Boss. She is in the mid-40s and is in good shape, very athletic, however she is not extremely beautiful. Her guards have pistols and there are a half-dozen men with her in very good armor and well-armed. She is very casual but says that we have made a lot of waves around here and she wants a cut. She asks for 10% of our earnings and says that we have two items she wants — the ornate dagger and the mask from the boat that we took over.

Jean puts his best game face on and says that he doesn’t know about the dagger and the mask, but he will ask the others in our party about it when we return to the keep. She believes him. Jean gives her the map that he made for her. She is very impressed and says that this will count as our tax for the next month.

It’s now about noon, so we get on the boat and head back north. On our way, Jean determines a way that we could visit the dwarves without going through Groghaven and overland rather than via the river.

Session 14 – Spider Rider

Maruviel and Vedasi do a perimeter check one mile around the keep. Near the Winter’s Keep Pass, they come across a group of woodsmen cutting down trees. There are about a half dozen men  and a dozen children here. Continuing on, they find evidence of wood-elves in the area. There is a small grove of trees where they appear to be.

The elves go to the grove of trees and sees that they are “deep wood scouts.” Normally elves don’t care about anything outside of their forest, but the evils in the world have gotten worse and some elves have branched out to try to help in other wooded areas.

A male comes to greet them and Vedasi says that they have come to “meet the neighbors.” The elf says that they’ve noticed that the keep has new tenants, and that they travel with strange folk. Maruviel says that they have rooted out the evil of the black arrows. Vedasi says that his lord asked that he be a bodyguard of a mapmaker. The scouts visibly relax as they are discussing, though they say that it seems a waste of talent to defend one person. Vedasi agrees but he says that it’s in order to understand this area better.

The elf’s name is Thioros. There are several others who seem younger than him: Corlolvath, Koladoc, Thilvoth (males), Syrissen, Ylana (females). Vedasi mentions that we have river transportation and also the skaven, ogres and woodsmen are discussed. The woodsmen may work for Hauptner. The area that we’re in is the Hvargar forest.

Thioros gives them a quiver of arrows that are “signal arrows.” He says to light and fire one of them into the air if we need help. He also asks us to be on the lookout for their signal arrows.

The elves return to the keep and we decide to head back to the tunnels. We head in but are not able to navigate very well. There are at least nine branches off of the main tunnel so far and we see that they keep spreading out. Maruviel suggests that we flood the tunnels, but Tobruk says that this would be a temporary measure. The other options would be to collapse the tunnels manually (needing lots of laborers) and to plant explosives. We decide to cut our losses and head back to the surface. Any plans against the skaven will have to wait.

We decide to head to the Boss’s castle via the river, but first we head to the woodcutter camp. We ask them to provide wood for the construction of our various efforts. The man says that his name is Maxwell (the others are Rolf and Theodore) and he explains that the wood belongs to Hauptner. He seems quite well learned for a woodsman. He says that he went to the university to learn to be an engineer, but. He says that we can’t have their lumber because it is promised to Hauptner. We offer them the ability to live in the keep and work for us, but Maxwell says that he will compromise for now because he doesn’t want to take the risk. They will do some work for us and assess the keep, but they need to keep doing work for Hauptner.

Suddenly we hear a crunching sound as something is coming through the woods. We see a group of forest goblins coming from the northeast. We start to fend them off and the woodcutters back away quickly to protect their families. Suddenly a huge spider descends from the trees and a goblin is riding it! He holds a wand of some kind and casts magic at us.

The spider advances on us and the goblin continues to attack. Arrows suddenly protrude from the spider’s thorax as we see Thioros and the other elves come to help. The spider goes down and some goblins that tried to escape are taken out by the elves.

We assure the woodcutters that the threat is done. The elves say that it’s strange for the goblins to be this far. Perhaps word that the Black Arrows have been removed has caused them to become more bold. In a stunning move, Tobruk thanks the elves. They say that they were merely protecting the area.

Maxwell says that he will come back to the keep and begin moving their sawmill to the river. The elves say that while we are in Groghaven they will make sure the keep stays safe.

Session 13 – Rat Party

Realizing that people are using these caves, we think about putting a watch here and either charging tax or kicking people out and letting them know that this place is under new management.

We head to the next area and see evidence of people climbing up the embankment of the gorge. It is quite rocky here and there are other caves above us. Vedasi free climbs up and ties a rope so the rest of us can go in.

Upon entering we see old bedrolls and a circle of stones for a fire pit. There is also a knapsack here with 5 gold and a small dagger. As we are looking around, Jean smells something strange, like a wet musty odor coming from the left wall.

We take a look and see a hidden fissure covered by stones and netting only about a foot wide. The air is clearly coming from the next cave over. We head over there and check the right wall of that cave. It smells much stronger here and gets worse toward the back of the cave.

There is a red flash and Tobruk dodges out of the way as a jagged curved blade comes out of the wall. It is a skaven, a man-rat, and they are wearing black armor and wielding swords. Several of them swarm from other entrances toward us. One has a globe of strange liquid and runs toward us. It explodes and three of the skaven are caught in the blast, as well as a few of our party. Brokk gets a big whiff of it and feels intense pain, vomiting and doubling over. He runs away from the fight, hacking and coughing.

The others continue fighting as more skaven come out, at least ten of them. They secrete a horrible smelling musk when they are scared or injured. We fight them off and one gets away. Before pursuing them we try to heal up, but Brokk completely fails at it, even with a poultice.

Picking through the skaven belongings, in a pouch Tobruk finds three pieces of glowing green rock, three nuggets of it. He is not sure what it is at first, but Vedasi realizes that it is refined Warpstone. It’s very dangerous, but common for skaven to use and even eat.

We head back to the keep and heal up, then sleep through the night. The next day Jean remembers that he took a book on skaven from the house we recently visited. It mentions the way that skaven wage war and an “under empire” which is where they live, including a city called Skaven Blight. They have a large empire underneath the ground. His other history books mention nothing of the skaven at all. Tobruk relates that they are second only to dwarves when it comes to engineering and that at least one dwarven hold was destroyed by the skaven. Vedasi relates that Britonia held back an attack by skaven long ago, and the wood elves fought against them other times as well.

We decide to undertake an effort and check around the keep to see if there are threats around. We take some of the cloaks and swords and spread them around the lower caverns so it looks like they were hit by skaven and this is why the rifles and such are missing.

It’s determined that the skaven are the gravest threat. We start planning a trip to a nearby city to get help in defeating them. We haven’t decided where yet — either to the Boss, Hauptner, or someone else.