Fallcrest, Late Winter NR794
Atton and Crassius seek to rescue Khesse’s sister.
- Atton gives the counterfeit box to Khesse.
- Some investigation discovers two things: the equipment is from a smith in Tared’s Landing (a small den of villainy on the River) and the facial markings match the clan symbol of the Vode clan of the same village.
- Crassius calls upon the Riverfolk to find a guide down the river: they are pointed to Declan, a talkative rogue who is willing to guide them in exchange for some ale money.
- The journey is unremarkable despite the inclement weather. Upon arrival, they seen Mona, a Riverfolk seer who married a local.
- She tells them the Cult of the Raven had come to town, and that the Vode clan, always ones to seek power, had foolishly allied themselves with them. They were working magic up on the Hill of Sharp Teeth with a druid sorcerer of some sort.
- Mona believes the Vodes are preparing for something big on the night of the full moon, the next day.
- Believing Perda (Khesse’s sister) might be somehow involved (probably unwillingly), they question Declan about possible places to ambush a party traveling between the Vode stronghold and the Hill of Sharp Teeth. During this conversation, it is revealed the Declan is a Vode cousin whose brother and father were killed by Darius Vode, the clan leader.
- The three set an ambush and catch Darius and his men unawares. They kill Herid (a swordthug and brother/son to Darius) and some other minor members. Darius escapes.
- Delcan urges them to go to the Hill of Sharp Teeth, to put a stop to whatever magic might be happening there. Crassius readily agrees (the possibility the Druidic magic belongs to the Circle of the Dark Moon drives him to investigate – Atton requires some convincing but finally succumbs to his curiosity.
- At the Hill, they attempt to approach quietly but are detected. Luckily they are mistaken for Vode clan members, which allows them to kill one the dark Druids before he can react. Mounting the hill, they discover a ritual underway, with a great metal cauldron at it’s center.
- A fray ensues.
- After putting down summoned “dire beasts”, a struggle ensues. The chief cultist is forced into the cauldron, whose magic instantly consumes him.
- It become apparent that the ritual is not interrupted only changed…. a massive abomination suddenly rises from the liquid within the cauldron.
Party: Atton, Crassius
Quote of the Night: Bring forth the sacrif…urk (Cultist as he is shot by Crassius, Declan and Atton at the same time.)
Glory Roll: Yes (0)