We joined our heroes locked in a fierce combat with the Amari Bandits.
The Bandit Captain called for negotiations, to the chagrin of his bard. It was realized that the dwarf in the cage was Dequilar, and the Bandit Captain released him. The deal made was that Dequilar would be returned to the party, the party would have safe passage out, and they would not take/harm the Knight. In return, the heroes would not kill more bandits, or reveal them to have them killed by the Crestguard ranks.
The bard, Kichidec, was furious that the Bandit Captain wasn’t killing them, and tried to cast a spell. With a quick hold person, he was subdued. When freed, Torsten tried to grapple him, but he seemingly disappeared.
It later came out that the Knight was not the only one planning to kill the King. And they heard the rumor of the King not being seen in some time. And the Bard, Kichidec, was a member of a cult that wears masks.
The Bandit Captain, Artax, was convinced to try turning his bandits into mercenaries, hopefully with the goal of hunting down other weaker bandit clans. He was also convinced to leave the clan hideout in favor of finding above-ground digs.
Before the party was escorted out, he presented Barty (he quickly grew fond of the wizard’s wit) with a spell scroll, and three potions. The Knight was missing when they got upstairs, and so were the bandit trainees oddly. The party headed back to Crestguard and discussed a lot during their evening stroll.
Back in the city, they went to visit City Hall. Ellion gave them a monetary and gemstone reward for their duty in returning Dequilar alive. Dequilar was given a place to rest and eat to get his strength back. The heroes filled Ellion in on the bandit clan’s promises, offering to Ellion that he could hire them as outside-of-town roaming mercenaries, and he seemed intrigued.
Vanion escorted Valerie home, and on the way, something most peculiar was brought to light. Through passionate discussion, it was revealed that the person that’s been acting so strangely is a Doppleganger, employed by Ethel Greenteeth. Her job was to spy on the party, and Ellion for her, but this new Valerie had grown quite fond of Vanion. It was revealed that she visits the real Valerie every night, who is still alive down in the hag’s lair. It was put together by Vanion that Valerie had been replaced after his vision of her being knocked out in the Library. It was also revealed that Ethel has more Dopplegangers under her employ. Vanion had a lot to think about, told this to new Valerie, and headed to the pub for some heavy drinking.
Barty, on the recommendation of Roglak, visited the Horse’s Mane, a barber establishment run by one Lorace Stoatplump. There he got the works, including a beard perm. From there, he began a long week of study about the planes, and what is said to be waiting on each one.
Torsten began his week by heading to City Hall to talk to Ellion about the Gala. Ellion reassured him that he is to be security, and both stop funny business from happening, and cause no funny business himself. He gave a sigil coin of Crestguard to Torsten to cash at the King’s Tannery, so that Bepin would make him some nice semi-formal clothing for the event.
Content, Torsten headed out of town to do some training. During the week, a few travelers challenged him but he wiped the floor with them. However, nearer to the end of the week, a man approached him and put his arm on Torsten’s shoulder. Torsten reacted quickly and flipped the man over onto his back. It was revealed this man is Vestidio, Jorvyn’s teacher. Vestidio offers to have a good spar with Torsten, offering a deal. For each good blow on eachother (20 damage, either way), the one who did the damage would get to ask any question, and get an honest answer. Vestidio also assured Torsten he would teach him a thing or do if he did well enough and earned it.
To be continued….