After clearing out Redthorn’s cupboards, Xaelin found some correspondence between Redthorn and his superior, Lord Vhennyk. It seems that they came north to the Nentir Vale from the southern city of Sarthel hoping to conquer the entire Nentir Vale. Redthorn was to lead the vanguard into the Harkenwold, a simple task that he was failing at and earning Vhennyk’s ire. Redthorn’s pending dispatches are addressed to an inn in Winterhaven, at the western end of the Vale.
After rifling the Iron Circle’s mail, the party did a thorough sweep of the 3rd and 2nd floor of the Great Tower finding nothing of value. Though Lorian may have taken an interest in the library, none here did.
After a short rest to gather themselves and prepare for the next challenge, the party headed downstairs to… the kitchen. Where an Iron Circle Adept and 2 Guards were waiting. Orin charged in, dealing some harsh damage to the tough Guard. Alas, even with the help of the Tar Devil who was guarding the Jail, the Iron Circle were soon defeated, though Xaelin seemed to be struggling with his spells. (Probably too excited from the recent victories and the climactic battle with Redthorn.)
Once the foes were vanquished, the party freed Baron Stockmer who thanked them, eyed them suspiciously for a moment – cataloguing the magic items they had taken from his personal storage in his apartment on the 3rd floor – and then embracing them with gratitude and enthusiasm. “I see you have rescued my things from that villain Redthorn…keep them as a reward for freeing the vale from his tyranny. The servants have kept me informed of your deeds throughout the Harkenwold and we all owe you our lives and livelihood. You are welcome in my keep if you ever pass this way again.” Too exhausted and abused to do much more, his servant escorted him up the stairs to bed.
After some discussion, it was decided that the adventurers should finish what they started and make sure the Iron Circle presence in the Harkenwold was neutralized once and for all. A search of the walls yielded no foe. At the Southwest tower, the party saw the open gate and climbed to the top. From that vantage, the adventurers saw a cloud of dust and horses galloping to the east. It looked like Snilvor and the remaining Iron Circle were on the run.
Turning inward to the center of the keep, the party found empty barracks and an empty, if dirty, mess hall. Finally, the party came to the church. Lining up to enter, they saw two more Tar Devils waiting for them. These ones were armed with a flaming net that they cast toward Orin and Kriv, catching Orin and pulling him deep into the room. However, Tar Devils are not as tough as they seem and after Xaelin gesticulated wildly, causing a shower of pretty stars to rain down on the devils, one was soon dead while the other was close to it. Suddenly, a Spiked Devil flew down from the rafters, sending out a wild spray of needles that struck everything in the room, with several of the poisonous barbs striking the ground outside the door that Xaelin and Berrian were standing back from.
To be continued…
P.S. As a reminder, when she went back to the Druid’s to study, Jasmine turned over her magic items saying, “I won’t need these where I am going, but you will as your path leads to adventure.”
138 for the Encounter in the kitchen
200 for the Quest completion event (rescuing Baron Stockmer).
Alphazar and Xaelin are now 4th level!