Mistflow

Defending the Ashtremor Caravan

Virtis Urtdak asks the group to find a lost caravan on the Queen's Road.

The story begins with everyone remembering distinctly that Gimble was present for all of the events of the previous game. Gimble has, in fact, been with Coiasira and Ailya the whole time, oddly enough.

From the Jovial Fox, Coiasira and Gimble decide to investigate the bodies. They return to the chapel and talk with Mirala about the next course of action.

Gimble and Coiasira go to the graveyard, and speak to a goblin gravekeeper named Cainci. He shows them the graves of recently deceased persons. He tells them that Redcaps are usually cremated by Iarno Albrek the undertaker. Kangsee tells them how to find it.

They go back to the chapel and Mirala is feeling better, so the three of them go to meet Iarno the undertaker. Iarno’s home is small, and he is an older male gnome. He agrees to allow Coiasira and Mirala to see his mortuary, but Gimble is asked to remain upstairs. Gimble is NOT happy about being left upstairs. Iarno bids them look around, and Coiasira pulls aside the first curtain that should be an alcove that contains a body, but there is no body present. It turns out all of the alcoves are empty. They look around the room and try to investigate the area more carefully. Mirala finds faint traces of gold dust, and a pristine gold coin. Mirala gives the coin to Coiasira, who detects a faint trace of magic about the coin. Iarno doesn’t allow them to leave with the coin.

They take the gold dust to Priestess Essat, and she tells them that the gold dust and coin are unlikely to be ritual components for creating undead. She does determine that the gold dust has a faint aura of transmutation magic, that is waning rapidly. It’s not high magic, it’s a more primitive type of magic, similar to oath magic. Gimble determines that it might be associated with fey magic. It’s the type of magic that is used by True Fey, who have unique capabilities to create oaths and wield magic in ways all their own. Because a transmutation effect occurred, and created a gold coin in the process, the coin should retain its current form.

Gimble wants to surveil Iarno’s house, to determine if he is in collusion with others regarding the coin. Mirala takes up a vantage point, taking care to remain unseen. Gimble deploys his owl to watch another area of interest. A half-hour after they start watching, they observe Iarno walking down the street and unlocking his door. Iarno enters the dwelling and locks the door behind him. Mirala gets a good look at the key.

The rest of the night passes without any incident. Iarno is unharmed. He tells them that the coin has been taken to the Mayor’s house for safekeeping. They go straightaway to the Mayor’s house, and speak to the Mayor’s guards. They go toward the town square next, and run into Lorde Mayor Collyn, Aethellyn, and Virtis Urtdak, the dragonborn banker. Virtis Urtdak tells them that she was expecting a caravan from Regh that has not arrived. She also received a message of distress from the caravan. The caravan was on the Queen’s Road, she asks them to look for the caravan and that she will give them a nominal reward. They decide to leave a half-hour from that time.

Gimble has been up all night, so he decides to seek out Essat to see if she can remove his fatigue. Mirala goes looking for a poisoner’s kit, but is unable to find anything.

Coiasira sees a Redcap skulking about in the streets, who seems to be looking for something. He tries to follow the man, but the guy notices him and ducks around the corner of a building and is nowhere to be seen when Coiasira rounds the corner.
Coiasira runs into Gimble, and tells him about the Redcap.

The three travel four hours outside of town on the Queen’s Road. The caravan is wrecked. There are several bodies around the wreckage, some dragonborn and some goblins. They scout the area, and Coiasira decides to check to see if any of the bodies are still alive. All the goblins are dead, as well as one of the dragonborn. A green dragonborn is actually still alive. Coiasira heals the dragonborn a bit, and she awakes. She tells them about the attack. The cart appears to have nothing missing, and she remembers that they were babbling in their goblin language, and they kept uttering their word “zombie”. She remembers the goblins acting very strangely. Gimble notices that the goblins have individually numbered tattoos.

They are able to get the caravan righted and they look for the horse with the help of the owl. Coiasira and Mishann go after the horse. They hear a low wail in the woods. Mishann remembers the tales of strange undead ghostly elves who wail mournfully through the woods.

Coiasira recognizes the spectral form of Veodoc. He attempts to Turn Undead. He is not successful. The spectre then attacks them with a horrific fear attack. Coiasira is frightened. Mishann tries to talk to the creature. Coiasira tries to harm the spectre, but misses. Mishann tries to hit it too, but misses wildly. The spectre bids Coiasira send Mishann away, and she does leave the area. Coiasira speaks with the spectre of Veodoc after Mishann leaves. Veodoc tells Coiasira that he is cursed to keep this form. He doesn’t think Gildire cursed him with this form, but Coiasira isn’t susceptible to the hunger of Veodoc’s form. Coiasira goes to retrieve the horse, and Veodoc’s ghost tells him to tell people to stay away from the woods.

Coiasira gets the horse and returns to where Mishann is, then they lead the horse back. Coiasira and Mishann run into Mirala and Gimble in the woods, and they discuss the apparition and what to do about it.

They return to the caravan and hitch the horse to it. They drive the caravan back to Aernnswyle. On the way back, they are attacked by goblins. Mishann kills two of the goblins immediately. Mirala shoots at the large goblin, but it throws one of its allies in the way of her bolt, killing it instead. Coiasira wakes up Gimble. Mishann kills the goblin leader in one swing of her mighty axe. Gimble goes back to sleep after searching the bodies of the goblins. The goblins are all branded with the sigil of the Summer King, and their eyes have swirling flickers of strange, magical colors. Mirala finds 12 silver pieces on the body of the lead goblin, and tosses them to Gimble.

They arrive back to Aernnswyle. They go straight to the bank to deliver the caravan to Virtis Urtdak. The gnome guards run inside the bank, and Virtis Urtdak and the Lorde Mayor Collyn come out. Virtis Urtdak decides to reward the heroes with _______. Virtis Urtdak takes possession of the body of the dragonborn driver. When Gimble tells Virtis Urtdak about the zombie problem, she bridles, and is mollified by the Lorde Mayor Collyn.

As they are conferring with the Lorde Mayor, they are attacked by a trio of undead. Gimble and Coiasira are quick to attack, and the others join in. Coiasira Turns the undead trio, and Mirala and Mishann knock down the fleeing gnome-zombie. Gimble fires magical energy missiles and destroys the other two fleeing.

Coiasira heals Lorde Mayor Collyn and he is effusive in his praise. Gimble is rewarded with magical knowledge by Virtis Urtdak, and Mirala gives Gimble her share of the reward, so he is able to research two spells. Coiasira tries to look for a spell too.

Mishann goes to her home in town, while Mirala gathers the bones of the undead attackers. The plan is to take the bones back to Iarno Albrek for the reward. As the trio is returning to the Silver Nettle Chapel, the bag is moving. They open the bag, and the bones are still moving. Essat scorches the bones, and Coiasira and Mirala take the bones to Iarno’s. Mirala convinces Iarno to cremate the bones.

Meanwhile, Gimble wakes up with his head underwater. Gimble is naked, and he is being threatened by Gon O’Blanry. Gon is telling Gimble that the Summer King wants Gimble to exterminate the goblins. Gon releases Gimble, and melts away into the shadows. Gimble realizes he’s in the bathing area of the Silver Nettle Chapel, and makes his way back to his sleeping pod. He sends his owl to fetch his companions.

Iarno gives them 75 gold pieces. As they are heading back toward the Temple, Gimble’s owl lands on Coiasira’s shoulder and flies toward the temple. Mirala and Coiasira return to Temple, and Gimble slurs his words as he tells them about what happened with Gon. He sleeps, and is rested in the morning.

Mirala and Gimble go to his workshop in the morning, and Gimble tells the workers to cease work on the workshop immediately.

Comments

It seems I remember all of this suddenly and clearly. How could I have forgotten?

Defending the Ashtremor Caravan
RMiiller Siansonea

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