The Warhorn's Call

Chapter 5: The Lost Guardian, Part 1

The group leaves the fleeing children from Renford to the next town and then heads on to the next major city: Point Bourne. After some searching they find a tired and weary looking Davin at the Silver Sword Tavern. They update him on the situation (minus the Khadoran blackmail) and he tells them he is waiting for some information, but has been unable to find Rokaran. The Ogrun apparently wondered out into the Thronwood forest to the north about 4 weeks ago, and has not been seen since. Davin has searched for him, but alone he has come up short. He implores the group to find out more.

Rokaran’s last employer was Lord Bradshaw, a wealthy minor noble in the city. Using real and faked credentials as nobles themselves, Sebastian and Mouse get an audience with him. Bradshaw seems distant and worried, and after some convincing and an appeal to his noble duty he reveals that his daughter, Sarah, is missing. She began acting strangely, slowly turning feral and animal-like, and he hired Rokaran to protector her from the outside, and herself. She eventually escaped, and the last he saw of Rokaran the Ogrun was chasing after the girl into the wilderness. Bradshaw desperately wants his daughter and only child back, but also the secret kept.

With a direction in hand, the group heads to the headquarters of the 1st army in hopes of acquiring some reconnaissance of that area. Sebastian is able to talk his way into the military compound. The success is short lived when suddenly Cygnaran Warjacks suddenly charge out, and a warcaster wielding a massive rifle appears on the roof. It seems she does not take kindly to Ryovin’s presence.

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Chapter 4: The Trial of Kasilla Tandross Finale

Mouse follows the footsteps he hears downstairs and is surprised by Kasilla, who says she can’t sleep. Mouse gets a drink while she leaves, claiming she is going to pray although he detects that she has another destination in mind. Kasilla drops a coin down the well on her way, and a short time later a commotion is heard in the town-square by the others as Mouse pursues her. She spots Mouse but feigns ignorance, continuing on even as he hears the Shreiks from the town square.

Once geared up, the group discovers undead warriors emerging from the well. Mouse confronts Kasilla about the commotion and she denies any knowledge. Taking it as complicity, he opens fire and wounds her, but is left bleeding by her magical retaliation. The rest take on the skeletons and manage to slay the tough creatures. Mouse flees from the scene and isn’t pursued, eventually linking up with the others.

The group gears up and plans a course of action when the mayor and a mob of townsfolk approach. Elane Bouyford, Mayor Ronnil Bouyford’s daughter, is crying and begging her father to stop when he demands Kasilla the witch be taken alive. Mouse clues into an ulterior motive as the towsnfolk and the group bicker over her fate. After some quick pistol diplomacy, the Mayor reveals that he secretly sought help from the Protectorate of Menoth soon after they caught Kasilla. A detachment from the Northern Crusade in Llael is already on its way to deal with the witch, and they will expect a witch to deal with.

Smoke rising up from the temple becomes visible, and the group agrees to confront Kasilla. As the Menite temple goes up in flames, Kasilla is quick at work in the graveyard raising more undead. She is feeling more talkative than hostile, and negotiates a deal with the group: in exchange for information on the incoming Menites, she tells them what little she knows of Davin’s whereabouts and Koren D’Avangelo. She also convinces them to save Elane when the Protectorate’s wrath comes to Renford. Kasilla abandons her efforts and leaves, and the group can convince the townsfolk she is dead. They evacuate the children from the town, the Mayor taking his life before it can be taken by the zealous Protectorate fanatics.

On the road again, the group sets off in search of Davin once more, leaving Renford to its fate.

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Chapter 4: The Trial of Kasilla Tandross Part 5

The stranger holding Shelly hostage soon finds himself surrounded and intimidated, but in desperation he holds on to her. Eventually, Sebastian tires of it and charges in, but hits Shelly by mistake. Still, the stranger sees this as his opportunity and attempts to run, but he does not get far. Before Razzit executes him, he warns that High Captain Riordan is not done with Arman…. or his associates.

The group decides to use the gang of gunmage’s bodies as bait, burying them in shallow graves near the windmill and watching from there. In the dead of night, the plan succeeds after a fashion: several skeletons in worn and rusting armour arrive to dig up the bodies and carry them off. They are reburied near the pond in the south of town by the Skeletons, who then promptly walk into the water and disappear beneath the surface. Not further activity is spotted.

Everyone goes back to the inn to rest for the next watch that night, but Mouse hears something in the hallway….

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Chapter 4: The Trial of Kasilla Tandross Part 4

The group attempts to find the apparent necromancer at work in the village of Renford. At first spreading rumours about knowing their identity, Mouse then stakes out the paths the Necromancer apparently took. He sees nothing the first night, but eventually discovers a second path, staking it out once more.

The second night, everyone takes their positions in a large stakeout. In the early hours of the morning, the sound of horses is heard: four horsemen make their way out of the woods and head to the windmill after a quick grouping up. Sometime later they head into town with another person in captivity.

Confronted piecemeal by the group, the horsemen are discovered to be the agents seeking Arman that were sent on a wild goose chase by Mouse previously. Their leader took Shelly Stachorn hostage and uses her as human sheild. Ryovin approaches but soon hostilities break out: in terrifying twist, the entire posse turns out to be gun mages hunting down Arman for High Captain Riordin. The posse is defeated after a fierce battle, but their leader remains with Shelly as his hostage…

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Chapter 4: The Trial of Kasilla Tandross Part 3

The group meets up for the next day of the trial and are offered 10 days to prepare their defense now that the accusations are have been made. This strikes Sebastian as a relatively long time, making him wonder if the trial is being delayed. Regardless, they set to work.

Zarael and Razzit talk to Marton, angering him but also revealing that Kasilla reminded him of past lost love. It seems she was unconsciously ignoring him. They promise to mention him to Kasilla at least. His tools do prove to be fine. Mouse talks with Enton later that night, and he denies that Elane is pursuing Kasilla, at least as far as he knows. There seems to be truth to these words, so next the group investigates the prospects of a Necromancer actually operating nearby.

In the forest, Mouse picks up the trail of several individuals and follows it in. It seems to terminate, but actually splits off and radiates outward. After watching it for the night, the group follows one of the branches and notices a patch of disturbed earth. Digging it up, they find a body, inscribed with runes.

On the way back to town, they spot a commotion in the town square. A group of strangers are harassing the mayor, and they seem to be after the group and more specifically Arman. Some quick thinking and deception from Mouse sends them South, but for how long?

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Chapter 4: The Trial of Kasilla Tandross Part 2

Mouse discovers the woman in the windmill, Shelly Stachorn, is the owner of it. After some investigation and the liberal application of guilt, she admits that she is addicted to bitterleaf-extract and that the windmill is inoperable due to a lack of maintenance. The money that should have gone to upkeep was instead spent on the extract, and when the town began blaming their ills on Kalissa, Shelly joined in to hide her addiction. Mouse is able to convince her to tell the truth at the trial.

Next on the stand is Logan Montague, the town’s mortician and undertaker. He testifies that he heard something down in the mortuary late one night. When he went to investigate, he claims to have clearly seen Kalissa carving something into a body, and then see it rise. He was attacked by the risen while she escaped he said, and while he was finally able to subdue it with a bonesaw, the undead scarred him.

In the midst of this trial, Sebastian notes some odd behavior from Kasilla. After much prodding, she admits to having a tryst with Enton the priest, and offers it as an explanation for her persecution.

Marton Denners, the town blacksmith, angrily accuses Kasilla of cursing his tools and ruining his work. He presents pieces of his work, of terrible quality, and the tools he used which appear to be fine. He unhappily agrees to allow Zarael to use them the next day to smith some equipment.

Finally, the Mayor, Ronnil Bouyford, testifies himself about his daughter. Elane was once a joyous young woman he says, but after Kasilla came to town she became rebellious and uninterested in marriage. He says Elane would sneak away at night and spend a lot of time with Kasilla. Later on Kasilla admits that Elane would sneak away to try and get her attentions, but denies any form of enchantment or relationship.

After the trial winds down, the group splits up to try to tie up some loose ends. Mouse informs Enton of Elane’s motivations, and Zarael and Sebastian talk to Marton. Ryovin and Razzit pay a visit to Erich and Victor’s house, wishing to have a closer look at the boy. Erich is pensive, but lets them in. Once inside, Razzit spots a number of wine bottles. On closer inspection, (after Ryovin “persuades” Erich to leave the room) Victor is bad bruised, obviously been repeatedly beaten. The two seize the boy and take him back to the inn to inform the group…. and the town.

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Chapter 4: The Trial of Kasilla Tandross Part 1

The group frees Kasilla from the stake and quickly makes tracks back to the Dragon’s Tongue river to flee. They encounter a trapper along the way, who upon spotting Kasilla runs back to the town crying that “the witch is free.” The townsfolk of Renford have accused her of being a witch and were attempt to extract a confession. The group makes it back to the steamer they came in on, although the captain of it seems less than enthused about the situation. After questioning a merchant from the town, the group attempts to flee into the forest.

They are tracked down by the locals (led by Mayor Ronnil Buoyford) however, who promise to fight them to the death to prevent the “witch” from escaping. Enton Sawlwick, the town’s Menite priest, offers a comprise: a trial to prove whether or not Kasilla is a witch. Sway the town, and she lives. Fail, they will do everything it takes to exact retribution on her, body and soul.

After forcing the mayor to cover the costs of staying in the town (and making the innkeep less than happy) the trial begins the next morning. First on the stand is Martha Devlin, who is sure Kasilla poisoned the well and made her son sick, although her supposition is far from conclusive. Jonn Axleton, the town crier is up next, and he describes seeing and hearing unnatural noises and lights in the woods while on the way home from the tavern. Immediately afterwards, he swears he saw Kasilla come in from the woods near the windmill.

Next, Victor Menart, a young boy, is forced to take the stand. Although always shy, after Kasilla came to town he became increasingly withdrawn and eventually entirely anti-social and mute. His father Erich believes Kasilla has taken his soul. The accusations causes such outrage a recess is called by the mayor.

Meanwhile, Mouse has snuck off towards the windmill after hearing Axleton’s testamony. A haggard woman with bleary eyes tries to ambush him inside, but falters after meeting the barrel of his pistol. Who she is, remains to be seen….

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Chapter 3: Port of Deceit Finale

Returning to Valen with the information about the safe’s contents, the group manages to impress the information broker, particularly the detail Mouse is able to provide. Valen returns the favour, informing them that a man closely matching Davin’s description had been seen in several towns along the Dragon’s Tongue river between Five Fingers and Point Bourne. Zareal also asks about Koren D’Avangelo; Oric Valen has nothing recent on the man, but does know of a former associate who is in Five Fingers.

It being late, the group takes a rest at an Inn on Captain’s Island. In the morning, they come down to the dining hall to find someone with an interest in them. A tough-looking man of Khadoran descent picks them out from the crowd. Eventually they are introduced: he is Ryovin, a member of Khador’s military sent by Koldun Lord Danov to help out and keep an eye on the group. Reluctantly, they agree to bring him with.

They next head to the contact: Makryn Solisc. He was an alchemist in the Order of the Golden Crucible with D’Avangelo, and the closest thing to a friend the man had. They were young, ambitious alchemists and inventors once but eventually left the Order to pursue endeavors out beyond its control. D’Avangelo was largely inscrutable, but Solisc recalled how he liked to take trips to the mountainous regions of Cygnar as a youth and be on top of the world. Where D’Avangelo was now he had no idea, although he recalled one of their instructors, Olivia Terantor, being fond of him. Her whereabouts have been a mystery since the fall of Llael, however.

With this knowledge in hand, the group finds passage on a river steamer to Renford, the first town where Davin might be. On the road into town, they spot a clearing off to the side with a large stake stuck erect in the middle. Tied to it is a woman; on closer inspection, none other than Kasilla Tandross. She greets them as friendly as is possible given her predicament, whatever that might be….

The Enigma of D’Avangelo Clue Acquired: #1: The Mountains

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Chapter 3: Port of Deceit Part 5

With their mark established, the group makes their advance. Mouse heads up to the roofs while Razzit investigates a back alley. Sebastian and Zarael, with Chopper in tow, assualt the front door. Using the distraction, Mouse makes his way over to the roof of the house while Razzit creates his own commotion at the rear with a cinder bomb.

After some hard fighting, Sebastian and Zarael pull back while faking a robbery. Razzit eventually makes his way inside after dispatching a guard and uses the dumbwaiter to ascend. Mouse drops down right in front of the house’s owner and an attendant guard. After some tense words, Mouse manages to convince him (at least for the moment) that he is testing the security. The home owner appears rather conerned about that, and invites him into the office on the third floor.

Razzit sneaks his way up to the third floor, ambushing a guard when Mouse abandons the rouse. Pistol-whipping the home owner into submission, he access the safe and discovers its contents. Ignoring the coin purses inside, he learns that the other contents of the safe are relatively fresh human skulls. With that, leaving the implications of later, he and Razzit exfiltrate and meet up with the others. The task is complete, despite the death toll. But why the skulls?

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Chapter 3: Port of Deceit Part 4

Zarael fakes killing Arman, and after the other thugs flee he leads the group to a secluded room in a nearby gambling den. He explains that he ended up deep in debt from gambling, and is essentially indentured in the service of High Captain Jannish Riordan, rival of Banek Hurley. After the meeting at the Four Star Sydnicate, Arman and the thugs were dispatched to kill the group. Arman knows not why, although recently there has been interest in his former associates.

Pretending to keep Arman as a prisoner, the group continues on to meet Oric Valen. The information broker takes precautions evidently, pretending to be his own butler and keeping his house well observed. He has information on Davin, but it does not come cheap. He is willing to trade however. Oric has a client who needs to know what is inside a safe on the third floor of a house in a nearby neighborhood. The combination to the safe is 0451, but it is unknown which house it is.

Studying the area, Mouse narrows down the possibilities: only a few houses have the third floor windows barred and keep the lights on at night. Razzit provides an alchemical distraction, and a well-armed guard emerges from one of those houses. Having their mark, the group prepares to infiltrate…

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