Lodging, drinks & tips:
Lost to theft: 700g
After the party assisted Varla she told us of the ruins that she and her husband discovered. Perhaps tiring of endless travel, we decided to head east toward the next town, and then explore the ruins.
Varla gave Aurin a platinum peice, and wished us well on our journey to Blue Nail Falls (via Tosca, we said). She recomended a blacksmith named Charles, in the southern quarter of Tosca, who might give us a nights lodging if we needed it.
Shortly after we set off, a few party members see Varla’s cottage walking through the trees. She was far more than she seemed!
Taelden reported that she thought we were being followed, but we arrive at our destination without any trouble. We are now a days travel from where the cottage used to be. Shadowshield seems unremarkable. We are met by guards at the bridge, who appear to be seasoned fighting men, mercenaries under someone named Lord Damen. We later find that these men are resented and feared by many of the villagers here.
We choose to stay in lodgings, the single tavern in this village. We tipped the owner well – we are strangers here and wanted no trouble!
Taelden stayed cloaked and tried to remain unnoticed – this village is hostile to magic, and wouldn’t approve of her kind!
The Halfling spoke to villagers about common things, and found out some more about this town. There have been people going missing, and she hears stories of werewolves, hauntings and a Dragon! The people don’t like the militia here at all.
Shally recited the tale of our grand adventures in Aelford, with some success (and a lot of ale). The punchline was lackluster, however, so she got some pointers from the locals on how to spin a tale.
Aurin targeted a ‘person of interest’ for ‘interrogation’. She happened to be a extrmely attractive Teifling. Aurin learned her name was Grisetta, and her dagger with worn leather sheath and armour spoke of her life. She spoke of her difficulties being a Teifling, but Aurin may not have been listening at this point. Aurin continued to ‘interrogate’ the Teifling, until they retired to the hayloft in the stables. No more shall be said, but there was a great deal of speculation among the remaining party members, especially conjecture related to the Teifling horns.
Night passes – eventfully
When we woke up we found our bag of holding was missing, along with everything Aurin had with him. Grisetta was gone, and the party immediate sets about finding her. Aurin gallops to the guards on duty at the villiage entrances, and learns that the Teifling indeed left the village over an hour ago, with our belongings!
Shally has received and invitation from Lord Damen, which she decides to accept, accompanied by Taelden. We decide to split up, with Bree and Aurin chasing after Grisetta immediately, on the road to Tosca.
Shally and Taelden eventually join pursuit of the thief, hoping to catch up.
Bree tracks the path of the thief, to make sure she did not cover her trail or go off-road. An experienced rider, Aurin decides to ride with all speed to attempt to catch up with the thief as soon as possible, assuming she is likely still on the road.
Riding blindly, Aurin encounters Grisetta arguing with Barthas around a turn of the road. Unfortunately there was no hiding from them, and Aurin is quickly over-powered, falling to the ground with a crossbow bolt jutting from his back. Palimo is left to wander off, clearly spooked and slightly injured!
Bree arrives on the scene with far more caution. Forewarned by arguing voices, and the sounds of Grisetta leaving, she is able to observe the situation. It appears that Grisetta was paid by Barthas to steal from us, but all Barthas is interested in is the halflings brooch, which he does not have. Bree engages the mage in combat. Barthas holds a dagger to Aurins throat and demands the brooch Bree carries, in exchange for Aurins life. Bree continues to shoot arrows at him. Shortly after, Taelden arrives and joins the fight.
Aurin awakens in horror for the second time that day, and only barely manages to escape the grip of the mage through the use of his Robe of Contingency, which was discarded on the ground nearby. He is again quickly overcome by the attack of the mage on the party, and falls to the ground again, but this time out of immediate danger.
Shally brings Re-enforcements!
Bree and Taelden continue the battle alone, until Barthas effortlessly traverses an untraversable hill and observes the rest of our party coming to aid us. He transforms to a cloud of mist, and begins to flee at a high speed.
We do not give up the chase! Our mounted party members continue the pursuit and Bree is able to continue to fire at him (an incredible archer!) until at long last and certainly near death he escapes over a fast flowing river.
We return to the road to assemble our belongings and care for the exhausted horses. Seven hundred gold is missing, but the rest is there. In the future we will keep a closer eye on both the bag of holding and the halfling.
Barthas will not escape us again.