The day starts as any other. Morning constitutional and a wander down to the local for a spot of breakfast. The lads and i place our regular order and take in the surroundings.
Not long after our arrival the other patrons exit and we are told that we won’t be fed, as something is going on outside in the town square and we’ll need to go and be in attendance.
We march towards Mayor ir’Trannick’s estate and join the rear of a large crowd amassing.
In the centre of the crowd stands a dwarf atop a podium, he is commanding their attention with his tone and demeanor and briefing everyone of a theft he is investigating. Allegedly, a theft occurred two days ago from a vault in Passage and a collectable rock of some kind and an amount of gold were taken, along with some supporting paperwork for the rocks origins. Though, why a dwarf had need for a rocks paperwork eludes me. The thief is said to be Javi Entarro, by name. As the briefing winds down, the 19th Aundairian Regiment is called to the front to receive orders and we shuffle against the sea of people as directed.
We fall in with the other two companies from the Regiment and receive our orders. Alpha Company will proceed to the Mythril Supplies general store, following up on a lead that the accused had been seen there. They depart and rush off.
Bravo Company is to make haste to the Church of the the Blood of Vol and make enquiries, as there has been a lead that Javi had been seen there speaking with Kindel Oriken. With this information they too set off.
Lastly, we, Charlie Company, are given our orders that we head West, out of town following a lead that Javi had headed towards the cattle farms.
Mayor ir’Trannick provides Xander with some divining wands capable of tracking the suspect at close range. We take all three, pledging to pass them on to the other Companies should we cross paths.
We are dismissed, but before setting out, i make for the Mythril Supplies. If we’re to bring this Javi back alive we’ll need some manacles and i don’t have time to make the proper requisition.
We find Alpha Company in the Mythril Supplies as they were directed, and i catch the tail end of a conversation about bear traps and the like. Xander provides them a divining wand and with the manacles in pack, we are on the road.
We come to the two properties to the West of town, the cattle farm and the apple orchard.
Luna says she saw the cattle farm owners, and elderly couple, back in town, so we head to the orchard first. The friendly elves had not seen our suspect, but for a sovereign, i leave with some breakfast in the form of apples.
We head back to the road and up to the cattle farm. A gentleman answers the door and Ariel questions him. He sees Luna and ushers her inside, his wife has apparently taken ill. I hang back and keep watch from the porch, and finish breakfast.
The gentleman calls for us to follow him into the back room, so i re-enter the house. Apparently Javi is the mans son through marriage and he was here last night. He left the gold with them and headed west to the Blackcaps, though the gentleman did not know why. His wife comes in on the tail end of this retelling and while she is displeased with our awareness of the situation, we promise he won’t be harmed, but the item has to be returned. We are shown out and directed to the place he was last seen, crossing their fields and entering the woods at the base of the Blackcaps.
Luna tracks the footfalls of what she believes to be an encumbered human and we set of following them. Xander keeps the divining wand at the ready, though it does not move in his hand. Hours later, amidst the woods, Luna spies some smoke topping the trees. We fan out and move forward. Xander, a little overzealous, breaks the cover of the treeline and is beset upon by wolves. I charge forward and stand over his bloodied form, taking the brunt of their next attack and before they get another, they are felled by my men exiting the treeline behind me. Ariel takes the divining wand from Xander and reacts immediately, bolting towards the imposing cliff face of the Blackcaps with her arm outstretched. She finds a crack in the cliff and reports back she can hear a voice within.
We move the fallen Xander back to the treeline and Racket stands guard over him while Luna, Ariel and I move back to the cliff. The male voice calls back that he is injured and surrenders unconditionally. I attempt to squeeze through the crack and head inside for a look, when i hear a tinkle of a bell inside the cave. I have a brief flashback to the Mythril Supplies and overhearing the discussion of bear traps. It’s only now i realise they were being told what Javi had been in there to purchase and i retrace my steps out of the cave and inform Luna and Ariel. The lithe elf assures me she can disarm whatever he has set and moves inside the cave, and then calls us in, as she has found someone at the bottom of a crevasse. I clear the cave visually and seeing no threats, we attempt to lower Ariel to the gentleman, who we can now see is a Warforged. My strength and her agility are apparently intertwined and both fail simultaneously and we plummet to the bottom of the pit. Luna calls from above for Racket to get over here…