The villagers arrive unto Summerhill quite tired, road wearied, and broken. We get the people settled into Inns, boarding homes, and with friends and relatives where they can start the long process of restarting their lives. As we are settling in, and getting acquainted, a jovial and handsome half elf seeks us out and asks if we could use some entertainment for our villagers for the evening, as he understands we have all been through some trails. We follow him to the local inn, and he treats us to song, dance, and tricks of legerdemain.
DURING THE ANTICS, Galdor finds Faralyn’s small elk figurine and is quite taken by it, insisting it reminds him of stories about a kind of key that belonged to the Empire of Girannor, a good and just Empire of long ago. The seal on the bottom of the silver elk is from that Empire, and these keys were known to open treasure caches scattered across the empire. Of course, the tale is one of tragedy and sadness, as a trusted adviser of the empire, a cruel vizier, betrayed and sabotaged the leaders and assassinated the entire family. This Vizier, _______________, broke the empire into many sections, and gave over control of these areas to mean hearted and evil henchmen. ____________ himself went on to attempt to become a Lich, but was thankfully thwarted. His rule ended many decades ago, but the many leaders who cropped up out of this larger empire are still going strong.
Galdor actually mentioned that he thinks he knows where one of these caches can be found, and would like to team up with us to go look for the cache and split the treasure between us. Caelynn immediately became unnerved by his offer and did not feel we should trust him. After reassuring the bard that only 1/3 of the share would do, Faralyn tells Galdor that the party will think on his offer and get back to him later on.
Faralyn can not help but be somewhat charmed by this handsome and compelling half elf, and hopes that the party may have an ally, albeit one that will have to be watched closely. Caelynn is concerned as to the bard’s trustworthiness and is worried he will betray them.
Before they depart his company, Faralyn shows him the WRIT seal, covering up the words that are there, and asks him if he is familiar with the seal. Galdor implies they need to agree to his offer first, but can’t help but eventually tell them to check the town square.
THE NEXT DAY:
The party heads out early for the town square, as the aunties ALSO tell them to check the town square for the seal located on the WRIT. They are led to an administrative type building and into the town offices, where the very same seal on their paper is on the wall. A somewhat pompous goblin comes to greet us, introducing himself as Hipart, second in command to the great Lord Hade, Fuedal Lord of Summerhill. The party is immediately on guard. We tell them our people have come to town and are in need of assistance, and is there anyone who can help them get established since they have lost everything. The goblin officiously asks if we can write and instructs us to make sure all the villagers names are added to a list so that they can be assisted. We warmly and humbly thank him, and head on our merry way.
Faralyn is annoyed that, once again, her aunties decided to hold back somewhat valuable information, and not told her things that would be useful. They feel like we should
Galdor is a wandering Bard, and he likes this village b/c they are appreciative audiences, but it is a a smaller venue for him. He is a friend of adventure.
He has been in town for two weeks, and typically is not here for much longer then that. He is, however, interested in thank
Galdor assures us that Lord Hade IS NOT a pleasant master and the goblin is the most powerful and dangerous member of this town. They should not be crossed, and they should not be trifled with. He is impressed (at least he acts mildly so) that we know that Lord Hade is one of the henchman left over from the days of _______________, and affirms that Lord Hade is known for being vindictive and petty.
Galdor partners with us
The WRIT says, in essence,
You are to carry out our plans concerning the village of Tree Haven. Please depart as soon as possible.
High Hipart, in the name of Lord Hade
He suggests we forget about it, and says that Lord Hade is known for his cruel retaliatory methods.
After analysis of all the data from the attack, we notice 2 factors:
1. The mayor of the village is dead.
2. Most of the fighting age men are dead, BUT there was early resistance