Still heading towards Colm on our new mission to find allies and resources.
In Harper’s Ford did recon with Captain Grayson of the Deep Wardens. He was thankful of our operation of the small Canid problem. He gave us some more information on Bloodclaw. Bloodclaw is the fierce leader of a Canid group near Fort Thorn. Can be identified with a gray muzzle.
When the group has this knowledge a plan begins to form.
Desario’s Master Plan
1. Get Fort Thorn supplies from Canid Lair.
2. Go to Colm.
3. In Colm deliver Hemmeth package to Tamon Winriver
4. Deliver love letter from Elyin to his beloved, Kailah.
5. Deliver Field Reports to High Warden.
6. Get approval for a charter on condition of killing off Bloodclaw and his gang in the area.
7. Take supplies to Fort Thorn.
8. Take down Kragak Bloodclaw and clan.
9. Return to Colm and get charter.
A charter would make our mercenary work in the Dalelands legitimate. It is something we need if we wish to continue gathering supplies, money and allies for our ultimate goal.
In Harper’s Ford there is a nice tailor by the name of Anwin Felleth. She made a couple of remarkable outfits for me during my stay. I am very grateful and hope to see her again in my travels.
After some rest and restocking in Harper’s Ford we make our way back to the Canid lair and gather up the supplies. From there we head towards Colm without incident.
At Colm we deliver the letter to Elyin’s lover and the package to Tamon. From there we meet with High Warden Althus to deliver Field Reports. We give him a debrief of our Canid encounter and our intended target to take down Bloodclaw and his gang. Althus promises to help us get our charter from the Duke if we accomplish this.
We spend only one night in Colm and it is unpleaseant. Mostly because some gnome named Belloc Nethertwixt seems to be interested in our group. I do not like this. Anyone interested in our group could mean trouble. He runs a chartered merc group in the Dalelands known as the Silver Horns. I think for the moment he believes us to be little more than competition. If he digs around though, he might discover the truth.
He should be neutralized as soon as possible.
Leave Colm next day for Fort Thorn. Spot a small group of Canids near Fort Thorn and the group doesn’t take too long to neutralize them. We leave one alive long enough to give us some information, but it isn’t all that much. Sparrow silences him once our interrogation is over.
Arrived at Fort Thorn, Captain Caulder Nyle meets us. We once more debrief him on our mission. He is happy we are here and will provide us with a letter of intent should we accomplish our goals, plus a meager salary for the job. We take what we can get. The charter is our main objective, however.
We travel outside of Fort Thorn and find the hideout of Bloodclaw and his gang. They have commandeered an old fort that is in near ruins, with high walls crumbling around it. Bran scouts an alternate entrance, so the group infiltrates the compound under cover of darkness.
We are quick and swift in our neutralization. Bloodclaw retreats into the ruins while we are busy with the rest of the clan. Once they are taken care of we follow Bloodclaw into the depths. We fight him and the remaining of his subordinates until the entire Bloodclaw clan was neutralized.
We thoroughly searched the Canid lair and found a small piece of paper which alluded to the Canids true plans. It seems as if they were being told to create this chaos from someone, possibly within the Duke’s own kingdom. This provided a very interesting element to this entire situation.
After that we gathered what supplies we found useful and returned to Fort Thorn.
From there we got the letter of recommendation from Captain Nyle and returned to Colm as soon as we could.
The group decided as a whole not to mention the betrayal to anyone, until we could asses who is orchestrating such a campaign.
Once we reach Colm and speak with High Warden Althus we determine he is trustworthy and explain everything we know. He quickly shows us to the Duke. I am ashamed to admit I was not wearing my best clothes to meet such a man, but under the circumstances I hoped he would understand.
The Duke read the paper we found and recognized the handwriting as the Harl of Highgate. Apparently this man has been jealous of the Duke’s power and wants it for himself. Until now it seems as if the Harl was little more than a nuisance, but now his treason has stepped up from words into action.
We speak with the Duke and are able to get our charter, thanks to our neutralization of the Canid problem and uncovering of a political plot. We are thankful and tell the Duke that we can help if he needs a simple and quick resolution to this Harle problem.
The Duke needs to discuss some options, but he will be in touch with us.
So, there is time for some celebration. We have since gotten our charter to act as a mercenary group in the Dalelands. Not only this but we have made good allies with most of the Wardens in the area as well as the Duke.
Note to self: Must get another outfit in case the Duke calls on us again.
Back in Colm we met a familiar face to the wolves, a Sergeant by the name of Crumple. He has become a merchant selling wares in one of Colm’s Market places. The group was weary at first to talk with him, seeing as he could not only expose us but he very well may be looking for us, or even be part of the betrayal plot of the Wolves to begin with.
Crumple is surprised and scared to see us though. We meet in a bar and explain our stories. Crumple’s story isn’t all that different from ours. He saw the fall of the wolves, grabbed what supplies he could and headed North. He simply abandoned the Wolves, trying to find a new life as a merchant. He took some solace in knowing that if he hadn’t deserted he would have been killed or betrayed.
His path was both easier and harder than ours. We explain our story. He is thankful we made it to where we are. We then explain our mission to avenge the fallen wolves. He will help what he can. We promise to get him our supplies and other treasures we find on our missions, in exchange he will keep an ear to the ground for gossip and other information important to us.
We now have a merchant in Colm in with us. Another ally in our growing group. I am most pleased with myself.