Caelditha

Post Jeff Celebration
Jeff, We Hardly Knew Ye
  • *Jeff is put in repose inside the chapel, and goodbyes/thanks are given.
    *Lohord is burned and Estrilda is made to watch. Then she is returned to the cell.
    *A feast is given: to celebrate the removal of a witch, and stopping the poisoning of the lord.
    *Clare’s paranoia, has her on edge and notices a dude in the background. He is covered head to toe. Hood+Mask. Very fashionable.
    *The Sargent at arms is occasionally talking to the mystery man.
    *Gwen is called on during the feast to play a song. She chooses to play her new song “The lament of the old grove”. She is rewarded with a small purse.
    *Vortigert asks the group to join him in his solar. The Sargent and masked dude join them.
    *Vortigert asks the varigol to deliver Jeff’s effects to expiation. He asks Clare about her mentor and is surprised to learn she had been separated from him for a length of time.
    *Vortigert asks the masked man “Daphyd” to company Gwen in finding her mentor.
    *Vortigert asks for council on how to handle his wife. Gwen suggests to send her to an abbey after the child is born.
    *After a long discussion, there is talks of political turmoil in Gwedre. The king is old, has no heir. Civil war is on the horizon. Demteir seeks to avoid this war. Either by keeping the king alive, or support the most qualified of the noble line to lead.
    *The group accepted Vortigert’s offer of employment, and were given caerniade for the trip.
  • Claire goes to Jeff’s viewing and places anti ghost stuff. Feeling a chill in the air, she finishes quickly and leaves with a feeling of unease.
  • The Lord pulls Gwen aside and she admits that she’s actually noble and hiding it.
  • He tells Gwen that her family’s castle has been taken by a Taol-Kaer Lord. Her father is presumed dead or hostage.
  • He promises that he’ll send word about her family if they can, as well as news about her mentor as well.
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The Morning of the Burning
Which Witch is Which?
  • In the morning the discovery of the plant among the buried bodies leads to a mass burning. The plant writhes in pain a little as it burns and people are a bit freaked.
    *Jeff goes to Claire in her cell and returns the trinkets, admitting that he had been the Inquisitor. He establishes a little rapport and gets Claire to tentatively agree to speak in support of Jeff’s building case against Lohord.
    *Lohord spots Gwen in the crowd and she hides in the church.
    *Taren is also hiding in church
    *Jeff goes to Amelyn and openly asks about her animosity towards Lohord. She admits that they were once to be wed as young people but she stabbed him in the nut because he is a rapist and an overall cruel asshole. She also defends her Tarish Varigals.
    *A soldier by the name of Palen comes to gather Gwen. He is in awe of her being a minstrel and helps get her caernidae.
    *Druistan is being hoisted by two soliders to load his wagon and get ready. He is readying his donkeys and berating them for their lack of intelligence and appreciation of his great machinery.
    *The Magentist that lives in a van down by the river makes an appearance, demanding the delivery of his gear. He runs towards to wagon totally nude and Claire lets him know that it is waiting for him at the blacksmith’s.
    *The wagon gets out onto the roads and everyone is trying to keep an eye out for escape routes.
    *We arrive at the castle, which is built on an island in the center of a river. The bridge is 2 wagons wide with a high wall. Everything looks easily defensible and well built. The guard house itself is like a castle keep.
    *The castle itself is in a bit of slight disrepair and the guards themselves area bit disheveled. The group disembarks from the wagon and is lead inside.
    *We are introduced to Lord V. He is older, looking a bit pale with his young lady wife very close to him and whispering in his ear. He has the “witch” brought forward and asked if she confesses.
    *Druistan steps on Lohord’s accusations and explains that his instruments detect no supernatural anything around her; she might be a weirdo, but she’s a mundane weirdo.
    *Jeff is introduced as a Suigere, and Lohord calls him to report on his “failure” before the lord.
    *The Lord catches sight of Gwen’s pin and commands her to perform. She shreds out a song on the lute and brings a tear to his eye and a little more vigor to his person. The wife tries to whisper something and gets slapped for it.
    *The Lord is a pinned Patron and gives Gwen a good coin purse for her performance.
    *Things return to the accusations. The Lords asks why Gwen is among this group and she tells him what she saw. This leads to the fact that Lohord commanded the woodmen go to the Old Grove. Jeff starts to turn the accusation onto Lohord himself.
    *Jeff’s Argument goes here. I had to go to the bathroom so I missed the start of it.
    *The Lord listens to the argument and occasionally asks for input from the other witnesses.. Jeff begins to build the case against Lohord with stories told by townspeople.
    *Eventually the case gets to where we want to use the wagon for proof and everyone heads outside. Lohorn and the Lady are giving each other silent communication while the Lord talks to Claire and tells her just to say that she’s not a witch when she’s not.
    *Barristan (the Sergeant at Arms) offers to test the machine’s reading. He gets read with low output.
    *When Lohord’s turn comes, Jeff shoves him forward with a ichor-stained rag tucked into his belt to make the machine’s reading’s go wild.
    *The guards surround Lohord, who denies the accusations. In an instant he lunges forward and stabs Jeff right in the gut then makes a frantic leap off the bridge.
    *Taren grabs his cloak and Gwen steps on it to keep him. He cuts free but when he falls into the water the portculis (which he ordered shut) and drowns.
    *The Lord listens to Jeff’s last words as Taren tries futilely to staunch the wound.
    *The Lady bolts for the stables. Gwen uses a commanding tone and gets a guard to react and catch her with a flying tackle. Gwen goes with them as they escort the lady to the tower.
    *Lord V arranges for Taren to get washed and clean clothes, a proper burial (lead by Gladwyne), and a feast for the night.
    *Gwen talks to Lady. The lady was clever and had a good racket, and is pregnant and real sullen about her plans being ruined.
    *Fashion montage! Taren and Claire get all gussied up in the Lady’s clothes. Claire has to save her shawl from getting burned and hollers at the ladies in waiting.
    *Gwen is called to speak with Lord V and she shares the information that she got from the Lady. She recites the plan and intentions to kill him.
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Arrival of the Magientist Wagon
  • The next day, a stranger with a wagon approaches the closed gates at morning. He has a huge device that takes up most of the wagon’s space.
  • The man, a Magientist, finds Jeff and begins peppering him with questions about “a recent event” in the woods that he detected.
  • Jeff gets rid of the man by pointing him to the river-house of the known Magientist. The stranger decides to get breakfast first.
  • Children are shoo’d away from the bizarre wagon.
    *He, Druistan, makes it to the Log Jam and is welcomed by a bemused Mildreth
  • Jeff gets to church and asks for a fire to start warming irons. He has a chat with a kindhearted guard about what he has to do (the violence of his technique).
    *Lord Vortigal has a relatively new, young wife but no kids yet.
    *Jeff begins to question Claire. He examines her belongings. When asked if she is a witch, Claire responds “No.”
    *Jeff has Claire agree to offer statements against the asshole nobel dude that doesn’t seem to care about the care of his people and leaves with the the hot iron in hand.
    *Druistan gets breakfast at the Log Jam, where he calls Gwen over for questioning about the recent events. She offers a retelling of the event as well as advice not to press the woodsman lest they react violently.
    *With direction from Gwen, Druistan heads out to meet the man that lives in the river house and is immediately distracted by the reinforcement of the wall.
    *He meets Adwulf and “measures” him against the machine in the wagon. Gwen is hauled out of the Jam Log and gets measured as well.
    *Gwen is also hauled out to be measured beside Adwulf.
    *Asshole Chelumund steps out of the hospitality house and starts being an asshole. He demands that a party go into the woods and retrieve the bodies and any felled logs.
    *Druistan steps up, takes command, and somehow organizes an exploration party??? We’re back off into the woods.
    *We return to the scene of the Feaondas attack, yell at Druistan not to take any samples and try and gather bodies.
    *Lohord is still being an asshole about everything when we bring the dead back and claims that the men died of natural causes.
    *After dinner, Lohord is smug at Jeff about the whole witch thing. He thinks Tarish = Witch and expects there to be a burning the next day.
    *Lohord continues his asshole streak by telling Gwen he’d pay for her as a prostitute and that she’ll accompany him to play for their Lord’s lady. She delays answering by basically insinuating the Tarish Varigals as jealous whores to keep him away. It’s a shitty move on Gwen’s behalf but she couldn’t think of anything else!
    *Gwen goes to the Varigal House, almost gets knifed, and warns Taren about Lohord’s desires.
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Old Grove Aftermath
Just Say No to Just Saying No, Claire
  • Claire is eating at the Log Jam and is made uncomfortable when Jeff sits near her.
  • The townspeople are adding keeping extra watch on the walls tonight.
  • Amelin asks if Claire saw anything as Claire returns to the Varigal house. Claire only saw the dead men and thinks it was a feond which killed them.
  • Amelin had her legs eaten by a Feond, during a caravan attack. She was saved by Tarish, who stitched up her legs.
  • Jeff leaves for the other tavern to listen to the rumors and chat. He has a few beers then heads to bed and has trouble sleep.
  • Claire wakes and finds that people have asked about her. Amelin warns her to lay low for the day, let the men work off their anger.
  • Claire goes to check on her delivered packages and find the Magentist trying to do work on parts of his house. The magentist was very confusion when Claire tried to learn if he had found the package she left on his doorstep.
  • Ladifrith’s package contained a Fossil Flux, then he asked for Claire to get the smith to fix a wheel and melt down some gold.
  • Taryn approaches the town around 10am and finds the entire town trying to upgrade their already considerable defenses.
  • Taryn speaks with Amelin and learns that there is another Tarish Varigal in the town. She also learns that 19 men died yesterday and the people are being suspicious of anything different.
  • Claire gives the gold and wheel to the smith, the smith is surprised to have payment for the work on the wheel. Then Claire heads back to the Widow Maker to meek with Taryn and Amelin who told her to meet here there.
  • Jeff talked with Aedwulf about the event last night, neither of them could remember much of the details of what they were afraid of. Then Jeff went to talk with the church about the Tarish and if it could be their magic.
  • Jeff talks with bishop, and is asked to retrieve the Tarish ladies for questions. Jeff searches the taverns and finds them in the Widow Maker. They follow Jeff to meet the bishop. The bishop stares down the Tarish to try and gadge there reaction.
  • The bishop, asks Aedwulf what her remembers. It is mostly about the dead men and a feeling of terror. Everything is a fog/mist and he cannot see through it. He feels the need to run when he tries to remember.
  • The bishop asks Claire about her memories. She saw many men in very bad state (also dead?). She believes the magical creatures caused the carnage.
  • The bishop and Claire discuss is Claire summoned the creature, Claire talks in vague statements saying that she intends no harm. but the bishop need to say yes or no on if she summon the creature.
  • The bishop says that Claire must stay in the churches care until a Sigire from Expiation can be summoned.
  • The Bishop the turns to Taryn, stating it is odd to find 2 Tarish in a small town. Asks the relationship of them, which is met with they have never met. Taryn has not idea what is going on and the bishop enlightens her.
  • The Bishop asks if Taryn knows about mystical events. Taren and the Bishop then go into a back and forth because the bishop wants answers and Taren feels attacked. The bishop is upset but sees no reason for Taryn to be held, in fact she should go sooner.
  • The bishop turns back to Claire and ensures that she will be no problem while she stays with them. she answers no.
  • Taryn and Amalin go to the Log Jam, they order food.
  • Lohord shows up in town and goes into the Log Jam for food. They are confronted by Aedwulf who want Lohord to take blame for the me that were killed. Lohord pulls bullshit and says it is the incompetence of the men that were sent that caused the issue.
  • Lohord then attempts to pull Taryn into the conversation. Asks for who the packages, then tries to send Taryn away. Amalin tells him to shut up then says he is an ass.
  • Taryn has a fun time trying to give Ladifrith a package as well.
  • Monk Gladwine comes to Claire and says that he doesn’t think the Tarish deserve their lot. asks Claire to be completely honest when the Sigire come.
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Chapter Two: Arrival at Fernywood
Over the River and Through the Woods
  • Welcome to the logging town of Fernywood!
  • This is a logging town of some size, has 2 taverns, a monestary, and varigal house
  • Claire arrives from the West, a Varigal with deliveries (3 packages)
  • Ladifrith, Chelemund, and Aedwulf are the waiting recipients
  • The woman who runs the Varigal house doesn’t have legs because logging towns are brutal. (Amalyn)
  • Jeff enters the Log Jam and gets a meal (other tavern is the Widow Maker), see’s Gwen walk in and get chided by the owner to start playing for the new guest
  • Claire is lead to the Log Jam by Amalyn
  • Jeff (Mike) calls the Varigal over to dine with him
  • Gwen hears the distant sound of someone crying for help. Outside there are two men, one covered in blood and one in shock. They get hauled in to the Log Jam.
  • A huge man busts in and starts questioning the one in shock (Bambro) about what happened but gets no response.
  • These two men were part of a workforce sent to the Old Grove (which draws shock from the crowd)
  • Big man (Aedwulf), Colough, and Eofrick join Claire, Jeff, and Gwen and the party heads into the edges of the Whispering Woods
  • The trees begin to change from giant coniferous to apple trees and other soft woods, outcropping of stones that look like they’d been worked. Gwen spots an axe stuck into a tree and a dead woodsman with a twisted body.
  • Further up the hill are more mutilated bodies as well as the remains of a small keep with the rest of the dead crew
  • The story is that the Old Grove keep was built by a Lordling who was cursed by a Demorthain, they didn’t
  • Jeff spots among the blood on the old wall, a newly sprouted plant
  • Suspects Demorthain magics (duh) and refers to it as Morchail
  • Gwen’s mount starts to panic as she hears laughter and alerts the group, everyone starts to move down the mountain as others begin to hear the laughter
  • From beyond the keep rises a huge hulk of a monster, at least 12 feet tall. Jeff is closest and faces it breifly before fleeing.
  • Everyone runs for their fucking lives. Gwen lets her mount bolt while she clings on for dear life. The creature gives chase
  • Eofrick is last in the pack but the creature stops at the edge of the apple trees. The group makes it down to the river
  • Gwen’s mount carries her back to town, where the gate is closed. Claire and Jeff follow, as does Colough. Much later, Aedwulf returns with Eofrick’s body slung over his shoulder.
  • Aedwulf calls to summon all the workmen home and orders that the walls need to be built taller tomorrow
  • Aedwulf confronts Claire and is supsicious of her when she mentions she’s Tarish. He puts her under house arrest and says she’ll have to answer some questions in the morning.
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Market Eve and Market Day
Selling Wool and Getting Fleeced
  • Everybody met for dinner and agreed that they’d all help sell wool on market day
  • Westly goes to the church to let the Abbot know about the Mordchail suspicions
  • The hospitality house man has “accusations” brought against him and he denies it all and get mad
  • Jacob vaguely threatens the thief with Chupi
  • About 25% of the wool had been replaced with shitty quality.
  • Goenal gets drunk by drinking everyone’s leftover beers
  • The evening passes with the crew sorting wool and talking with the cheese monger
  • The morning of the market! Everyone hauls the wool to a spot in the market
  • Things are going pretty well until Goenall hears a ruckus further down the market
  • The boy that Halsa had spoken with has brained the quarry foreman with a stone as the girl cries near him
  • The town guard ties his hands and takes him away
  • The girl turns to Westley in the crowd and he gets a little explanation out of her about what happened (she is in some real denial)
  • He directs her to a convent that will take care of her, her mother, and the guy’s dad
  • Westely accompanies the girl for questioninng about the murder
  • Meanwhile, Jacob is kicking ass at selling wool and has made bank.
  • A lordly dude shows up to haggle with Jacob, he is nice enough for his status and Jacob gets a far-ish deal, then an invitation to dinner at the tavern
  • He’s from lands off to the West and claims to be seneschal
    *Meanwhile, Westley attends the questioning. The girl keeps blaming the witch for the crime.
    *The boy is said to have right of vengeance for his mother and is to be exiled after working to rebuild the monastery to the south.
    *After this sentence is handed down, the hospitality house guy is dragged in on the charge of stealing wool. The lord mentions that it’s essentially the last straw for this guy’s bullshit and he gets branded as a thief.
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Event: Witch Tent Happenings
I'm very tired writing this see if u can tell

A new day, and Jacob and Halsa return to the Witch’s hut. It is empty and the witch is nowhere to be found. While in the hut, two teenager, a girl and boy, approach. Halsa pretends to be the witch and asks what they’re after. Turns out she’s pregnant with his child but her father hates him and would forbid their marriage. They ask for a potion that will make the father like the boy. After some family history is offered, Halsa realizes and shares with them the information that they’re most likely half-siblings and suggests they abort the baby. The teens refuse and storm off, claiming that she’s a fake and is spouting lies.

Jacob doesn’t add anything to the conversation except for his looming shadow.

Aelgar shows up and commends Halsa for a job well done. He surmised about the same conclusion Halsa did. Aelgar did help the witch pass, but as a friend comforting another friend, not by actually murdering her or anything.

[It was just Mike and Kalisa that day so it was a short session. This took a lot longer than it seems.]

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Event: Town and the Witch's Hut

The group makes it to town and is challenged by the gate guard. He prods the wool with a sword and asks if we’re hiding a woman among us.

Apparently Halsa doesn’t count. Rude.

We head into town and get to the hospitality house. Westley and Goenal go to check out the chuch. Goenal is mistaken as a novice, given robes, and escapes getting a tonsure several times while he explores the new world of organized religion. He spends the night with the rest of the novices and has to deal with the prayer bell. Westley ends up staying up all night in prayer because repentance or something.

In the morning, Goenal gets to ring the bell and is very enthusiastic about it.

At some point we get an audience with Lord Trefisk and plead the monk’s need for aid. He seems like an okay lord and says he’ll do what he can, including making sure the monks are safe for the winter.

At some point Jacob and Halsa go into the woods, as do Liam and Declin. The two separate groups converge on a place in the woods that’s filled with animal corpses. There are “dreamcatches” made out of animal bones. A witch lives there, in her little tent. She’s not doing very good health wise and constantly asks us to kill her.

[At this point in my game notes there is an entry that only reads “THE POGOAT” which I assume is a half-goat, half-pogo monster.]

But none of us kill her. Instead we ask some questions about the woman and the baby and she explains a lot of what was going on. The woman was the daughter of Lord Trefisk, and she had gotten pregnant by one of the stablehands. She was getting carted off to get married so that’s probably why her dowry was so over the top.

Halsa and Jacob head off to find Aelgar. He’s among the blackcurrants and is a chill dude.

Goenal almost gets himself actually killed for real by the boss of the local quarry.

Everyone has to hustle back to town before the gates close. We hear fire and laughing along the way but can’t stop to investigate. The group barely makes it back in time.

The next day, Jacob and Halsa want to go find Aelgar again but Westley joins them so they go check out where they saw the fire instead. Surprise there’s a bunch of dead people! It’s a group of armed men that are all dead, their throats slit, but no sign of blood. One man has a plant growing from his throat, which Decklin recognizes as druidic magic.

Halsa returns to town and comes back with Oisha, one of the few competent people in the town. She starts looking over the scene when the sound of people approaching on horseback is heard. She sets up a protective wall (Jacob with a spear) and 15 riders approach. There’s a “noble” dude, he’s kind of an ass, but he gives us money to bury everyone before he rides off.

There’s a lot of burying to done. Westley breaks out the quick-serve version of his burial rites.

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Event: To the Monastary

The plan is as follows: Lord Kenwyrd gives the group a wagon full of good quality wool to take to the market in wherever, two days from Stamford. This provides us with a reason to head to town rather than just a bunch of peasant and a priest rolling up and asking weird questions. We load up and head out, passing through the countryside in relative peace.

Halsa spots a column a smoke in the distance on the afternoon of the second day. We approach and spot a few men on horseback, watching a monastery burn as they inspect the monks that leap out of the burning building. They assume their target is dead and leave. The group rushes up as soon as the men on horseback are gone and start helping the monks get to safety as well as treating them as best they can for smoke inhalation. One last survivor busts through a stained glass window and is dragged to safety. He is barely alive and badly mutilated from burns, but Halsa does her best to heal him.

Westley offers comfort to the head monk as he dies from injuries.

While trying to get everyone settled, the two men on horseback are spotted by Liam. They are chasing him down and are clearly ready to kill. Declan takes out one of the riders with a well-placed shot and Jacob kills the other with his staff. The man Declan shot is paralyzed and dying, but asks if we are “Ranalf’s men” (???) before he eventually succumbs to his wounds.

The mutilated man regains consciousness and it turns out he’s some sort of lordman? His name is Rouche (?) Kilearen, who offers a boon to Halsa for her aid. He commands Liam scribe a letter for him, the contents of which explain that a fellow lord is a traitor and is planning an imminent rebellion. He seals the letter with his personal sigil and asks us to give the letter only to a truly trustworthy Varigal and get it to the King.

Goenal and Westley examine the burned out remains of the monastery and mourn the loss of the books that had been kept there. Westley finds a blue and white checked cloth wadded up on the floor of the church. It smells of sour milk and is assumed that it was used to nurse a baby.

The monks tell the group that recently a wagon carrying a woman and her ill baby had come to them from the north. They had been heading south and the woman was fussed over by a man and woman who kept her constantly covered.

Halsa takes ten and goes to find the witch’s house that was a little ways down the nearby river. Jacob uses Chupi to herd the horses of the dead soldiers back so they can be used.

Lord Kilearen painfully mounts a horse and heads out as he needs to be away in case anyone comes looking for him. After promising the monks that we’d implore their local lord to send aid, the group retrieves their cart full of wool and continues their journey.

Lord has business: sell wool. Least 3ED per pound. Expect 5-6. 600 pounds of wool total

Story: river flooded and time was important
Bought a pull cart
Turn right at broken sign post
Halsa spots column of smoke
As we approach, hear laughter and screaming
Hide the wagon
Sneak forward: guys on horse watching stone building burning
Men on horseback say something about Lord Ranalf and leave.
Group goes to heal the monks that escaped the fire.
One last survivor breaks through a stained glass window
While healing people, the men on horseback return and the group kills them.
While dying one of them asks if we’re Kilearen’s men.
The badly burned man who jumped through the window says something about “Ranalf’s men.”
Burned man is a lord?
He asks Liam to scribe a letter about him
Pirimus (now acting head monk) kneels before the lord and says it was assumed he was dead.
Kilearen gives the monks money to rebuild.
Jacob uses Chupi to herd the horses back.
Rouche (?) Kilearen offers a boon to Halsa.
He told us to take his letter to only a trusted Varigal that could get it to the King.
Ranalf’s sigis is a shield with a blue and red checked pattern with a prancing boar.
Goenal and Westley talk about the burned down church and lament the loss of knowledge.
Westley finds a blue and white checked patterned cloth wadded up on the floor of the church.
The monks tell us that there were people heading south with a sick babe. They came from the north with a woman that was constantly covered and fussed over by a man and woman.
Pirimus asks us to head to lord Haverfirth and ask for food/money to be sent to the monks

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Event: Investigate the dead.
CSI: Stamford

The table is set at the end of the day and the whole village gathers for the feast. Halsa, Jacob, Goenall, and Westleigh are given seats of honor by Lord Cyneweard and awarded the prize of a sword for their victory. The group decides to take the worth of the sword instead and evenly split the prize money between them, earning them each 25 Frost Doals. Lord Cyneweard asks how the group solved certain aspects of the hunt’s puzzles, seeking out who had what strengths and how the group worked together.

As for the rest of the day’s festivities, Odreck won Best Sheep and Andrid won Best Cabbage. It is unknown who was awarded the giant wheel of cheese.

The winning group retires to the hospitality house (courtesy of Lord Cynewear) where Jacob and Halsa plan how to spend their winnings.

The morning after, the team is gathered to explain the origin of the baby found during the Great Hunt. The kids hem and haw and rely on Cruach for what information they’re allowed to divulge. The Lord is unsurprisingly interested in this story and asks them to return to the swamp to investigate further as well as give any necessary rites to the remaining dead woman. Westleigh comes along to assure that a priest of the Faith could offer whatever religious duties might be required of him.

A return to the swamp at Halfbridge! No one is excited for this adventure! Cruach, Jacob, Halsa, and Westleigh head out in the early morning to return to where the dead bodies and the baby were found. The water levels had receded slightly which makes all the mucking about a lot easier as everybody gets to the Halfbridge.

Nobody wants to be at the Halfbridge, but there they are! Jacob is able to retrieve the remaining dead body and Jacob starts digging a grave for her. The dead woman has stunningly blue eyes and is dressed in finery that is very uncommon for such a rural area. Cruach questions Halsa on what she observes and can draw conclusions about the woman’s life and possible cause of death.

MEANWHILE

Leam and Deklin have arrived in the swamp from places unknown. They stumble upon the search party and watch with extreme curiosity as what appears to be a bunch of peasants and a priest poke around in a swamp and retrieve a dead body. The cautiously make their presence known and introduce themselves as a scholar and hunter, respectfully. Leam begins a stream of questions about everyone, the swamp,and the body until he’s forced to give pause for the burial. Westleigh gives prayer according to his faith, all six verses, and the investigation party invites the two new arrivals to follow them so they can find Stamford.

Further exploration along the river find a wagon that crashed into the rapids and more dead bodies. The is a man, presumably the porter that drove the wagon, as well as another woman. Both bodies are extracted are carefully as they can be (still an awful mess) and more graves are dug. In the wreckage of the wagon the group finds bolts of fine cloth and a chest filled with clothing and a child’s doll among other supplies that indicated this is the same wagon the woman with the child traveled with. The chest also contained a letter that Westleigh reads. Much of the letter is blotted with ink that was presumably smudged by the water. Burial rites are performed, Chupi witnesses because no one else has the patience for Westleigh’s thorough performance of his duties.
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“Elanore Rigby”is heard playing in the distance.-

The entire party now heads back to Stamford to report their findings to Lord Cyneweard. The letter is read aloud, describing the wagon’s riders as a family delivering their daughter Aelgythu to a distant Lord Wulfgar, the anticipated joy at the return of her health, and the hope for future children that will thrive in the ocean-side lands of their new home. It also mentions a dowry of cloth, money, and a bull.

The assembled group, including Lord Cyneweard, agree that there is more to this situation than the letter leads its reader to assume, especially as the dowry is tremendously overdone for such a marriage arrangement and both the bull and money are missing (the money may have sunk into the water). Aelferyd offers council on the matter and when asked, Cruarch heavily implies that the child died despite best efforts to revive it.

Lord Cyneweard proposes that those involved in this discovery take up the task of traveling to the wagon’s intended destination and finding the truth of the matter. The choice to accept to refuse the task is freely granted to the group in the same way that someone might offer free choice between a cup of lemonade and shooting you in the leg. Deklin is gently cautioned that he might want to mind his manners should he stand before any ever lord and walk away unscathed.

Westleigh turns his attention to one of Lord Cyneweard’s men, who received a nasty leg wound during the day’s hunt (which was successful and Jacob gets himself a nice slab o’ boar). Although the consensus is to simply allow Aelferyd to tend the wound in the typical manner, Westleigh offers his aid. The man is mostly unwilling but prepares himself for whatever tender mercies Westleigh might have to offer. Westleigh performs a gol’durn miracle both with an act of supernatural healing as well as by restraining the urge to be super smug in the face of all the haters.

Those who actually live in Stamford go home and think about what they’ll do in the morning. Jacob’s parents are not helpful. Halsa goes to Elfleda, convinced that the child is dead, and asks that the doll found in the wagon be buried with it. After being assured that the child is not dead, Halsa goes to Aelferyd. She is interrupted by Westleigh, who offers Aelferyd the majority of his winnings to donate to the village with the condition that part of the money goes to restoring the temple. After the interruption, Halsa is disheartened because she was going to make a similar gesture by giving Aelferyd part of her winnings.

Leam and Deklin spend the night in the hospitality house. Both are cautiously optimistic about the ghost prospects of this town. Leam takes a lot of notes and invents perhpaps not the word, but the concept of a nerd for the people of Stamford.

Cruach plus group dig around at half bridge
Jacob puts staff the body underwater.
Cruach pulls body up out of water
Cruach makes halsa inspect body
Woman has nicer clothes, no wounds, and bright blue eyes
We dug a grave for the woman
Two guys showed up (Leam and Deklin)
Cruach and the men question each other
Guys had journal
Liam offered to write letters from our village
Liam asked about ghost, and where the woman was found
Liam looked at the footprint in the muck
Woman found dead off cliff upstream
Found man pinned to tree by wagon upstream.
Man looked like a porter
Wagon had cloth, clothing, and chest
Chest had woman’s clothing and baby stuff.
Halsa takes doll.
Westleigh found parchment.
Halsa went to Damathair.
Jacob, Goenall, Liam, Deklin, Cruach, and Westleigh have a pint at the greystone.
Parchment. The marriage of wulfgar and Aelgythu.
Alfred says some stuff about marivael and house treafisk
Cyneweard ‘offers’ job to find out about the people in the wagon
Westleigh heals an earl’s man’s leg.

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