Rose of Westhaven #4: Rescues & Royalists

IC date: 13.09.1540

  • PCs are in their usual camping spot south-west of #”Porthcrawl”, @”Sasha Of Riverhead” has headed to the #”Siren’s Whisper” tavern in #”Porthcrawl” accompanied by @”William Of Riverhead”.
  • Since the PCs have agreed to rescue @”Sage Salazaar”‘s daughter @”Dhani” he has provided some curative herbs.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” has gone with @”Sasha Of Riverhead” and @”William Of Riverhead”, they have taken @”Barden” with them.
  • @”Sage Salazaar” is staying at #”Siren’s Whisper” since his tower has burnt down.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” is telling a version of what happened to the locals, but is demonising the ^”Royalists” whilst making @”Edwin Locke” seem like a great hero.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” gathers a huge crowd of the villagers listening to the tale.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” buys a round for the assembled villagers, throwing a pouch of money to the innkeeper @”Brock”.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” is keeping an eye out for threats to @”Sasha Of Riverhead”.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” is keeping an eye out for threats to @”Sasha Of Riverhead”.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” is keeping an eye out for threats to @”Sasha Of Riverhead”.
  • @”Maarku The Elf”–avoiding @”Poppy” the innkeepers wife–is looking around the room. @”William Of Riverhead” notices that @”Brock” is heading towards @”Maarku The Elf”, an angry look on his face.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” tries to sneak out but is unable to avoid @”Brock”, he shouts that he wants a word with the Elf. With the help of @”William Of Riverhead”, @”Maarku The Elf” is able to evade @”Brock” and escape the tavern.
  • The two PCs hide between a house, wait for @”Brock” to lose interest and he stomps back into the #”Siren’s Whisper”. They spot a group of ^”Roundhead” guards marching towards the #”Siren’s Whisper” from the SW of #”Porthcrawl”.
  • @”Barden” gushes over @”Sasha Of Riverhead”‘s story and obviously has a soft-spot for her, refers to her as “Miss.”
  • @”William Of Riverhead” and @”Maarku The Elf” duck back into the #”Siren’s Whisper” ahead of the ^”Roundhead”s and tells @”Sasha Of Riverhead” to hide any gear that might make them look like ^”Royalists”.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” gives some SP to @”Brock” to buy fine drinks for locals, the swarm of people to the bar makes it difficult for the ^”Roundhead”s to move through the crowd and the PCs are able to leave.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” meets the ^”Roundhead”s round the side of the #”Siren’s Whisper”, they have been sent by @”Harrison Harper” (Mayor of #”Porthcrawl”) to find out what happened at @”Sage Salazaar”‘s tower.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” gives them a basic description of events, mentioning the abomination forced on @”Sage Salazaar” by the ^”Royalists”. The ^”Roundhead” commander @”Captain McCormack” says that he’d hoped to speak to @”Father York” but he died in the business at the tower.
  • ^”Roundhead” soldier asks @”Captain Mccormack” if the ^”Royalists” mentioned had anything to do with those sighted near the #”Deadwater River”? @”Captain Mccormack” says perhaps but tells them to keep their mind on the current job, he checks names in his notebook.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” mentions the war and tries to look downtrodden, @”Captain Mccormack” says “Yes the war has affected us all” and touches a scar that runs down behind his ear. He advises them not to travel alone and to stay on their guard since ^”Royalists” have been sighted in the area.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” meets up with her allies, suggests that they travel to the #”Deadwater River”, locate the ^”Royalists” rumoured to be in the area and try to find out where they are keeping @”Dhani”.
  • Our heroes head off towards the #”Deadwater River”, they divide up the possessions of the late @”Edwin Locke” before leaving. @”William Of Riverhead” is scouting ahead of them.
  • There is a light wind and it has started to rain.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” is suspicious that–perhaps whatever affected @”Edwin Locke”–might have stained his armour and suggests that @”William Of Riverhead” washes it.
  • Scouting up ahead @”William Of Riverhead” is getting near the bridge over #”Deadwater River” when he hears the sound of a wooden cart moving over the ground.
  • Two wooden carts, accompanied by ^”Royalists” guards are heading towards the bridge, the soldiers are armed with swords and pistols.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” looks through his spyglass and can see that the carts house prisoners, he spots some bandits and the hooded figure of @”Odhran Moluag” imprisoned in the wagons.
  • @”Odhran Moluag” is a mountain of a man, built like a tank, hugely muscled with a shock of wild, black hair. He has a manic look to him, pressing his face to the bars of his cage.
  • @”Odhran Moluag” has been chained to the floor of the wagon by his arms.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” asks @”Barden” if he can fire a shortbow, he tells her that when his family was hungry he used to hunt the wild game on @”Harrison Harper”‘s estate. @”Sasha Of Riverhead” gives him a pistol and tells him it’s a bit like a bow.
  • Front prison wagon hits a rut in the road and cracks one of it’s wheels.
  • Captain of the ^”Royalists” asks his soldiers how long it will take to fix, using the threat of @”Lord Shadow” to chide them for tardiness.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” returns to his friends and tells them about the halted prison wagons. He tells them that @”Dhani” isn’t on the wagon and mentions @”Odhran Moluag”.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” is unsure of their chances of taking on 4 ^”Royalists” without @”Edwin Locke” to help, @”William Of Riverhead” suggests freeing the prisoners to have them help.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” says that Elves worship a demon tree so are probably good at killing people, @”Maarku The Elf” tells Sasha that she is mistaken, but that he does know how to use knives.
  • @”Odhran Moluag” has realised the wheel has broken, the ^”Royalists” are taking a long time to gather the material for necessary repairs, not being skilled craftsmen.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” snipes one of the guards, who screams, alerting his companions.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” circles the wagon, one of the imprisoned bandits begs to be set free, saying he’ll make it worth her while.
  • Hearing the commotion @”Odhran Moluag” sees the Captain of ^”Royalists” is distracted from the screaming from the woods, the man mountain breaks free of his chains and the carriage. The Captain who had been running to aid his men runs back towards Odhran.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” runs in from the trees–drawing a knife–and attempts to take down one of the ^”Royalists” but the soldier hears him coming and shouts to raise the alarm.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” shoots the Captain, but most of the force is deflected by his armour, @”Sasha Of Riverhead” also attempts to shoot him (using a pistol) but it doesn’t penetrate the ^”Royalists”‘ armour.
  • @”Odhran Moluag” retrieves his walking-staff from the wagons strong-box, one of the soldiers call Odhran a ‘pagan bastard’ and demands he lower his weapon.
  • @”Odhran Moluag”–wielding an iron bar–breaks the oncoming guards nose, however the Captain of the ^”Royalists” stabs Odhran with his rapier, causing the huge priest to fall to the ground.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” continues to wrestle back and forward with one of the ^”Royalists”.
  • Before the Captain of the ^”Royalists” can finish off @”Odhran Moluag”, @”William Of Riverhead” shoots and kills him with an arrow from behind.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” fires 2 pistols into the air in an attempt to unnerve the ^”Royalists”, but they hold fast.
  • Some of the bandit prisoners take advantage of the confusion to escape.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” stabs the guard he is fighting, almost killing him.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” runs over to @”Odhran Moluag” and uses the heat of the pistol ignition to cauterise the priests wounds, the shock wakes the pagan up, he’s in a bad way but is at least in no immediate danger of dying.
  • One of the guards stabs @”Sasha Of Riverhead”, she cries in pain and falls against the side of the wagon unconscious.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” dispatches the guard he has been fighting, whispering “You shouldn’t have messed with forces you don’t understand”. The guard splutters ” @”Lord Shadow” will have you all killed for this” and then dies.
  • Enraged, @”William Of Riverhead” screams, draws his pistol and runs towards the guard who injured @”Sasha Of Riverhead”, shooting him at point-blank range, killing the guard.
  • Only one of the ^”Royalists” is still alive and he is seriously injured.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” bandages the unconscious @”Sasha Of Riverhead”. There are still 2 bandit prisoners locked in the rear cart.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” recognises the carved fish figure on @”Odhran Moluag”‘s staff as looking very reminiscent of one of his people (#”Demon”s).
  • @”Odhran Moluag” prays for Lord #Dagon to heal @”Sasha Of Riverhead”, restoring some of her health. Sasha screams in pain as she wakes up, @”William Of Riverhead” is very concerned for her well-being.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” searches the scene, and sees the surviving Royalist attempting to crawl away, the Elf drags him back to the others as a prisoner.
  • @”Maarku The Elf” thanks @”Odhran Moluag” for saving his friend and is about to give him a ration when one of the bandit prisoners in the rear wagon grabs his neck and threatens him, Maarku tells him that if he’s harmed they’ll be stuck here forever, the bandit nods and releases Maarku.
  • As @”Odhran Moluag” is eating a the iron ration from @”Maarku The Elf”, @”William Of Riverhead” throws two $”Squid-Like Pendant”s down in-front of Odhran, he recognises them as depictions of #”Dagon”.
  • @”Odhran Moluag” asks if they re with the old ways, @”William Of Riverhead” says that he is with #Karnock (an old #Demon name).
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” interrogates surviving Royalist, finds out they were taking prisoners to a staging area to the north and that @”Dhani” was with them.
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” asks if @”Lord Shadow” will be there and is told that he doesn’t involve himself directly, having agents to do his bidding.
  • @”William Of Riverhead” threatens to drown the injured Royalist, sending him to join his master (#”Karnock”), but the dying guard mocks his blasphemous threats saying that he will dwell in paradise at the side of the Lord.
  • @”Odhran Moluag” asks the last of the ^”Royalists” whether he wants to live or not? The guard tells him that of course he does, he wants to live to return to his family and continue serving his Queen (@”Arden Ii”).
  • @”Sasha Of Riverhead” frees the remaining 2 bandit prisoners, we are grateful and then leave the area.
  • Hitching all 4 horses to the remaining working cart the heroes take their Royalist prisoner and head north to the staging area where–they now know–@”Dhani” is being held.
  • @”Odhran Moluag” introduces himself, saying that he is from #”Fada Siar” and that the ^”Royalists” were going to burn him as a witch.
  • They arrive at the site of the staging area.