We joined our heroes in the Dire Bear Retreat, who quickly received a message from an exhausted messenger boy. Upon delivering the summons to Ellion Starros, Mayor of Crestguard, he promptly collapsed on the floor. The party helped him to recover, and vowed to get Ellion some more couriers, finding out this one boy had run messages all over town this morning with no breaks.
Meeting the Mayor in City Hall, he explained to them that he needed their help preparing for the Gala. Three points were discussed. As there would be a glorious feast for the visitors, the farmers around the Crestguard walls donated 9 cows and 1 bull for the slaughter. However, at some point during the night before, the cows were released. The heroes were tasked with retrieving them and putting them in the new pen they set up by City Hall.
The second task involved Ellion’s favorite playwright, Dequilar. Dequilar had been kidnapped by the Amari bandit clan, who have a hideout northwest of town. Ellion explained that they’ve never been bold enough to kidnap people from the city before. The heroes were tasked with retrieving Dequilar, as he had knowledge of a play he was to perform for their Volkarsian guests at the Gala.
Thirdly, he let Jorvyn know that he would provide him a list of those who RSVP’s no to the Gala, so that he may choose one of them to research and impersonate.
The heroes set to work tracking down the cows, finding them all over the city, and some beyond! Barty polymorphed into a Bull to attract some of them, who had found their way to Alista Lockhaven’s cauldron, Marbo’s magic shop, Zoshia’s wolf statue, in front of the CU Library, the site of Gragg’s restaurant, and one of them even made it into the Tarsak river!
Torsten discovered a cow in the courtyard behind the Temple of Lathander that was filled with magics. It was later determined by a priest to be divine holy magic.
Another cow impersonating a bull was found eating a farmers carrot crops outside of the Crestguard walls, with branches attached to its head. A bull found impersonating a cow with bagpipes tied to it, was found in a house in the slums!
A cow was also found behind the bar in Pompous Potter, revealing Digits Farland to be behind the freeing of the cattle.
With the cattle wrangled once more, the party seemed to set their sights on rescuing the poor playwright from his plight.