Today’s date: 17 day of the Ram moon, 797
After riding along the docks scouting for the Rising Eagle and finding no sign of it, Reynard halted the cart at the harbor master’s office and Riga and Falda went inside to enquire about the Rising Eagle. Dominic jumped off the cart and started pacing restlessly along the docks while Feylanna and Reynard chatted cozily on the cart. After a long wait, Riga and Falda finally came back out. It was dusk now. Dominic rush over, everyone mounted back on the cart, and Reynard set out for Stableman’s.
Crossing into the Valley night had relieved day, and the guard at the gate warned that ghouls were still roaming the city by dark, though they did not appear to engage groups, so he cautioned to they together. The streets in the Valley were quiet and mostly empty, and the cart was a mere few blocks away from Stableman’s when Feylanna called a halt. She said she saw a strange glowing black aura in an alley and, in fact, all of us, with the exception of Reynard, were surrounded by it. The group jumps out of the cart, goes into the alley, and sees a suspicious looking man at the other end of it holding one hand behind his back. His other hand is apparently a crawling hand! The zombified hand quickly scuttles across the ground and down a grate. Feylanna looks down the grate and sees a ghoul, quickly drawing her bow and firing two arrows at it, hitting it twice.
Riga rushes past Feylanna and knocks over the one-handed human at the end of the alley, but then skids to a stop as she almost runs into two more ghouls walking into view. Dominic runs forward while shouting a prayer to Leben and a burst of positive energy flows out of him, killing the ghoul in the grate and injuring the other two down the alley. Feylanna aims at them and fires two more arrows, killing them both. Combat done, they turn their attention to interrogating the one-armed man, who says his name is Freddy.
Freddy seems very shifty. He tells a story of how his former neighbor Tellis, now one of the ghouls they just killed, forced him to cut off his hand to save his family. Freddy also claims the ghouls wanted him to lead them to a refugee family in order to eat them. The party has a difficult time trusting Freddy because he seems to not know how many children he has. The group informs the nearest town guard patrol and they get to work disposing of the ghoul corpses.
The party doesn’t want to leave Freddy to his own devices so they take him with them to Stableman’s. There, they meet up with Malvo, the head of the mercenaries tasked to guard the boarding house. Malvo lets them know that a Cloudwalker was asking about Riga the other day. While walking around, Feylanna and Riga notice a Kolban rune scrawled upon a door. It is a “Hunter’s Prey” rune approximately three days old, according to Feylanna. It means that there is a Kolban hunter out there who is claiming them for a hunt. The group decides to leave the rune there as it is easier to deal with one hunter that they know about than multiple unknown hunters. They decide to go find the family of refugees that Freddy was going to lead the ghouls to and find them a safe haven.
Everybody loads into Reynard’s cart and they make their way to the location of the refugees. In an abandoned building, they find 9 people: an older man, his wife, a mother, and her six children. They are loaded into the wagon and taken to a nearby orphanage for safety. An initiate of Mir runs the orphanage and he is moved to allow the refugees into his place after some gold pieces are exchanged. Once that is done, the group returns to Stableman’s to figure out a plan. A discussion about getting access to a Cober Stone takes place because the Cober Stone can apparently move the Kolban Egg whilst also cancelling its cold effects. It is decided that the next day, the group will book a ship to get to the Fairing Fowl while Dominic visits the Femo Zekis Repository in order to research Kolban burial rites and prayers. Dominic stays in the room where Frank died, keeping guard on the untrustworthy Freddy.
However, there is a disturbance in the night! Riga runs into Dominic’s room and asks if Dominic heard any sounds or voices. Riga claims she heard a voice saying “The city remembers, the city cries, the city mourns.” in Cloudwalker. It is at this time that Dominic also realizes that the paper he wrote the Kolban Egg ritual runes on is now missing! As he and Riga are discussing this, they notice a white hand mark above where Freddy was sleeping. Freddy couldn’t have done it since he was sleeping and the hand mark was the hand that Freddy is missing. Strange things are afoot!
In the morning, Riga’s father appears at Stableman’s and she greets him by kneeing him in the groin. After that, he tells Riga that she will restore the Cloudwalkers to glory and that he wants her to visit a church service held in a bar called Driftwood down by the docks. Riga promises she will and her father departs. After that, an official comes with five soldiers and says that he is to escort the group to an audience with Baron Burmeck, the Protector of the Sanguine Docks District. Falda, Riga, and Feylanna go with them while Dominic travels to the Femo Zekis Repository with Reynard. Freddy is staying under the mercenaries’ guard at Stableman’s.
Dominic arrives on Prayer’s Pass Street and enters the Femo Zekis Repository. There, he meets with Linda Zekis, who is acquainted with Dominic’s father. He tells her about the Kolban burial rite subject matter and she brings him to a large area cramped with bookshelves. Dominic, being a scribe, is no stranger to research and eagerly hunts through the shelves.
The rest of the group arrives at Baron Burmeck’s residence and is met by Squire Porte, who brings them to the baron, who is protected by two wolves. Baron Burmeck wants to know about the location of the Kolban Egg and says he is in the unique position of being the only person to properly protect it from the Wizards of Winter. Baron Burmeck admits that he has the Cober Stone and that the party can use it if they bring the Kolban Egg to him. He also says he knows about the Albino Prince and the Tomb of Ilfar Kresto. Baron Burmeck says finding the rune nest and clearing it of ghouls is a job for Mr Gold. He also confirms that Sir Barry was killed by his servant Ben and that Sir Barry’s body is on the Fairing Fowl. Burmeck offers use of a ship to the group for their own purposes.
Falda leaves the room with Squire Porte…