The Wee Hours of the Morning:
Upon reaching the safety of the city after their journey home – two of the party come to an Impasse. Mavka wishes only peace with the wolf tribe barbarians, having found understanding and friendship amoung them, as well as an invitation to visit their tribe. Cathal could barely hold his hatred in check when they were amoung the savages, and wishes to lead a raiding party to annihilate these murderous monsters. They argue about what is to be done – and at an impasse go their seperate ways.
Cathal goes immediately to his master, High Thane Reinne, and tells him of this threat to the people of Beranok, a large entrenched group of barbarians. Reinne takes the path Cathal wishes, and summons his guards, retainers including Lucian, and some of the High Thanes soldiers. After a few hours of preparations they set out for the barbarian camp.
Knowing what Cathal was planning – Mavka rushed to her friend Vesarious and begged his aid to quickly find supplies for her to bring to the barbarians. With a great deal of coin and persuasion he agrees, and Mavka sets off at breakneck speed back to the barbarian camp. She arrives quickly, and several hours ahead of Cathal and Reinne. She warns the barbarians about this threat and has them prepare for it. With her supplies, they tend their wounded, repair their gear, and build traps and barricades.
When Reinne arrives with his forces, he finds a prepared barbarian force ready to meet them. He sends Cathal, Lucian, 3 heavy infantry, and 6 scouts to try and sneak around the back and attack the barbarians from behind as he leads the charge up the main path to their camp. The ambush party makes quick progress, avodiing many traps due to Cathal and Lucians great skill. However as Lucian disables a trap so the party can pass – a large bat charges him – knocking him aside and setting off a nasty dead-fall. Some of the men are injured, but the party presses on. They come across a rather peculiar circle of group before a small cliff they must climb, and thinking they were avoiding a trap climbed up to the right of it. When most of the party had safely ascended a pit trap opened and caught the last 4. Lucian and Cathal decide to leave one ranger behind to help their allies out of the pit while they press one. Moments later they hear terrible cries of agony from behind them and rush back to find a flaming magical sphere and bolts of lightning killing the last of their 5 allies they had left behind. The sphere begain attacking them and lightning strikes dogged their movements as they ‘fled’ on towards the camp. They began making their final ascent through a small canyon when the plants around them grew greatly, and begain grabbing at them. They see the bat again, and the party is engulfed by more lightning. Cathal and Lucian manage to damage it greatly before it retreats, but not before hitting Lucian and Cathal with spells that began freezing them to death. Also 4 large wolves attacked them as they made their way out of the tangled overgrowth, and slew everyone but Lucian and Cathal. Lucian killed one of them, but one tripped and grappled Cathal to the ground, its fangs at its throat. And Lucian surrendered to the other two. The survivors of the ambush party were lead to the encampment, and Lucian as the only conscious member was forced to act as ambassador after some enchanting by the Wolf Tribes Shaman. With Lucian’s diplomatic skills, Reinne was convinced to let the barbarians go, after selling them more supplies, and a prisoner exchange is made. The barbarian lost a few fighters and wolves, but the Beranok forces suffered greatly with over a dozen dead and 2 dozen wounded. The party began its long trek home.
While the Barbarians and Beranok soldiers battled, a different set of battles was taking place. In the Arena of Karesh the Affluent, the mighty Brogar had returned in time for his next set of fights. The day opened with 6 barbarians fighting 6 Beranok soldiers, the barbarians having one man left standing to claim victory. After that, the mighty Brogar was forced to fight against his adopted people, but luckily for him he had his new friend and ally Aylin to heal him in between battles and enhance him with her magic. First against two Wolf warriors, who he convinced to just put on a good show and then let him win. Next against a Boar and Bear warrior combo, who came close to defeating the powerful dwarf. First the bear attacked with his razor sharp claws, then grappled him so he couldn’t escape. Then the Boar warrior charged and drove his spear through Brogars back inflicting grievous injury. Brogar managed to shake himself free of the Bear warrior, and knock him unconscous with a great blow to the head. he then made short work of the Boar warrior after a few quick exchanges of blows. His last and most impressive fight was against two Dragon warriors, members of his own adopted tribe and the greatest fighters among the captured barbarians. They both charged in against him – their powerful auras and magically enhanced shouts trying to shatter his mind with fear. Brogar holds on to sanity and exchanges blow after blow with his counter parts. They try flanking him to no avail, tripping him, knocking him over – but the Mighty Brogar stands strong against all their efforts and trades blow for blow. Soon it was down to one on one combat, and none of his former brethren could stand against him in single combat. He emerged bloody and battered, but victorious, and was granted his full freedom by Karesh – who feared him greatly. He is healed by Aylin, who made out like a fiend betting on the mighty dwarf in match after match. They head off to celebrate his victory and rest before they attend a feast later that night put on by High Thane Kaldrin, who had come to like Aylin and was impressed by Brogars prowess.
Cathal returns bloody and disheartened, his precious bow gone. Lucian returns grumpy and worried about many things. They both attend High Thane Kaldrin’s feast at the insistence of Their master Reinne, and try to put the last days events behind them. The Jester Heloken is the cheif entertainment for the night, and competes with Lord Avis’ companion, the warchanter Li’ett. After mocking his rival constantly, Heloken outperforms him easily, and Li’ett soon leaves with a large chip on his shoulder. Brogar mingles with the nobles, feeling uneasy and finding no strong drink to suit his desires, he heads outside to the balcony. Cathal follows him out and the two strike up a conversation of mutual respect between foes. Aylin wades through the crowds aquanting herself with the lords of Beranok and gathering information and new ‘friends’. Lucian humbly begins a conversation with Mavka, asking to bury the hatchet and truly put the days events behind them. She agrees, and they began working out some arrangements to their mutual benefit along with their mutual friend Vesarius. As the feast begins to wind down, shouts are heard the buildings entrance. More shouts shoot follow along with cries of pain and a warning bell starts to ring. A great red beast, wolf-like in shape, with an elongated mouth filled with huge teeth, two different horns – a deers and a rams – jutting from its skull, jumps onto the table and lets out a terrible roar. It attacks High Thane Kaldrin, leaping upon him and ripping his head from his shoulders. Before anyone can react it then jumps at High Lord Kurdis – who is pushed out of the way by his Son High Thane Reinne. His left arm is nearly clawed off and he collapses to the floor in front of his father. The room errupts with the entire party attacking the monster, along with the guards and some of the male guests. The rest of the attendees flee, creating panic and discord. The beasts body shifts and mutates, stretching and reshaping itself to avoid attacks. Those that hit it seem to have almost no effect, the wounds closing as soon as they are made. Even blows from Brogars Mithril weapon and Lord Avis’s runeforged Greataxe have almost no effect. Heloken uses fire from the candles to blind the beast, along with most of the room, and after taking several more viscous hits the beasts rips through the floor and runs away. Cathal and Brogar chase it to a cliff outside the city, where they find indents from claw marks up the sheer wall of the cliff. They return to the city carrying several dissolving arrowheads from bolts and quarells that had struck the beast.
The rest of the night Chaos Ruled Beranok.