An Irregular Campaign

Session 2

The morning after

The danger at the bandit camp seemingly passed, but with all but Brasmath barely alive, the group took some time to look around the camp and rest for the journey back to Millstead. Eleonora discovered a letter on the body of the bandit leader, signed by "M", providing direction to some kind of shrine and advising that they take a suitable tribute. 3 chests, marked by a symbol Hethdor recognised as being the seal of The Wessun Artisans and Trading Company, and each filled with furs and pelts were discovered, as were some coins and a locked strongbox.

As the group discussed their next move, the one bandit who had gone to search for an assailant in the woods returned and quickly surrendered to the group. After some debate over whether to camp overnight or return in the dark to Millstead, the party opted to gather their prisoners and head back that night. On returning to the road, they discovered the horses turned loose during the attack on the bandit camp waiting near the carts, and decided to hitch these back to the carts to allow them to easily transport the dead merchants and their guards, as well as their 2 prisoners, to Millstead.

While preparing the carts, Eleonora noticed a group approaching along the road from Millstead. As Brasmath moved to greet them, he found them being lead by Parl, the blacksmith of the village. As they approached, explaining they had been rallied by Ogwerd to support the group after the news of bandits nearby had reached them, Hethdor recognised 3 of the 8 as being his fellow caravan guards, while the other 4 were all farm hands from the village. With some help from this group, the 3 chests were moved from the bandit camp to the carts to be transported as well, and the whole party then proceeded back to Millstead, Parl advising that they would need to report this incident to the mayor, Tren Millman.

During the journey back, Brasmath confirmed with Hethdor that Keon had indeed died during the battle, and his return to life was as it had appeared – miraculous. With his sanity reaffirmed, Brasmath left the group as soon as they reached the outskirts of Millstead to return to the temple and discuss what this event could mean with Ogwerd. The rest of the group continued to the Turning Wheel Inn, securing the carts nearby and allowing the horses to be stabled as Goleena Summerland, the halfling owner of the establishment, greeted them and took the group inside to report to Tren Millman. The party were told that Milonia, the now orphaned girl who had alerted the group to the bandit attack originally, was asleep in one of the rooms in the inn, while the bandits who had been captured would be secured with the one that had been left crippled in the field near Millstead ready to be taken to Lord Hew Felson for trial. Tren suggested that they all rest for the night and discuss what to do next in the morning, and the group then all returned to the temple to sleep.

Overnight, each of the party dreamed – with Keon screaming himself awake during the night before succumbing to sleep once more as the only other disturbance that night. In the morning of 25th Zirden, after Brasmath had completed his early devotions, the mayor visited to state that he felt it best for the group to journey to Felhold in order to report their actions to Lord Felson and ensure no suspicion of wrong-doing would follow them. Agreeing this, the group then spent the rest of the day preparing for the journey, planning to take one of the carts with both teams of horses in order to cover the 60 miles in one long day with the prisoners chained in the back. Having discovered the key to the strongbox on the body of Milonia's presumed mother, and finding several gemstones stored inside, this was passed to Tren Millman for safe keeping, as Milonia, they decided, was to be left in the care of the village – at least until some other family might step forward to claim her. The 3 chests were also planned to be left on second cart, and to be reported to the Wessun Artisans and Trading Company in Felhold so they could collect their goods. Hethdor also arranged for word of the bandit attack and Milonia's whereabouts to be passed to Stoneport with the trade caravan he was leaving in order to return to Felhold.

During the day, Keon also wandered off into the nearby woods and discovered a small pond, in which he decided to wash and vigorously scrub himself. When Eleonora and Hethdor eventually tracked him down, he was taken to the inn to have a fresh bath along with a meal. Brasmath also quietly confided with Eleonora that Keon had died during the fight, and seemed to have been brought back to life miraculously. Eleonora also shared the letter she had found on the bandit leader with Brasmath, although neither could make much sense of the directions at that time.

The funeral for Milonia's parents and companions was also held that day, conducted by Ogwerd with Brasmath, Parl, Goleena and Milonia attending, and the bodies all being interred in the graveyard near the temple.

That evening, the group all settled down to sleep early, except for Keon who sneaked outside the temple in an attempt to stay awake. Eventually he drifted off to sleep, ready to be awoken at or before first light to begin the journey to Felhold.

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