After a long and arduous trek over the mountains, the party returned to Kragshelm. Their first stop was the temple of Heron Snowborn, to beseech the priests there to remove the curse affecting the cavalier. A high priest was summoned and the cavalier achingly returned to normal. A series of negotiations followed, as they sold their acquired loot from Mount Arakai. Jalad, honor-bound to return a fallen knight’s belongings to his family, traveled north alone, hoping to beat the first snows. Fortune smiled on the southerners, however, as old companions from the war caught up with them.
A choice of adventures awaited them – as well as path to destiny and revenge. Two strangers from the south came looking for the party, intent on passing information to the group about the fall of House Alister. Coin changed hands and it was learned that General Rassus, commander of the gates, had been bribed to betray his lord, leading to the breaching of the city and the subsequent slaughter of House Alister and most of our families. The traitorous general was now living in luxury in the manse of Lord Athos in the Free City of ?.
This greatly informed their next choice. A noble had been looking to head into the borderlands of Firend and needed protection from the barbarians and orcs he was sure to find there. That quest would have taken them further inland, and with rage burning in their hearts at the thought of General Rassus living in splendor, the party chose to guard a caravan from barbarian raiders en route to the coast. There, they hope to secure passage across the water to a final confrontation with the traitor.
A few days out of the gates of Kraghelm, Darious spotted a young barbarian lookout – a watcher for a group of raiders. Both sides slowly moved towards battle, with Darious guarding the northern flank with creeping vines. Lugh and Kel moved to meet steel with steel, while Thomas and Brenavyn brought waves of arcane might against the raiders. The battle quickly won, Lugh interrogated the survivors and the party sent them on their way. A mighty orc host (or hosts) was moving in the north and the barabarians were moving south to avoid them, setting up a likely war of attrition. With the thought of the conscripted levies being marched to the western forts to fight an unknown threat weighing on some, the PCs returned to their duties and the caravan moved past the battle site.