We march out from Red For to Lakehold. There we considered purchasing passage on a barge to cross down stream, but ultimately we saddled up and c hose to ride two days south. here we reach Stoneford where we stay a night. The Kallonian army is building out their ranks. A robed man enters the tavern and identifies himself as a Senior Artificer, Jaramir Stritt is his name. He explains that Bartameus went about hiring us for this mission in the wrong way. Jaramir offered us a king’s bounty for the return of the artifacts of the Last Heroes. He warned us that if we do not accept this offer that the Artificers will come after us. The Duke of Stoneford has escaped to a fortress in the South. There is a book of lore which contains an account of the Last Heroes. We are introduced to Priam Wolftongue, a scholar-knight. He has a much kinder tone than Jaramir. Duke Goretheon seems more important we may originally have thought. The son of Duke Goretheon, Aethr, explains that his father is an evil man. We proceeded to discuss how we might enter the Duke’s keep.
We set out by boat. Duke Goretheon has many loyal men and himself a powerful spellcaster. The plan is to disguise Aether as our prisoner and talk our way inside.
As we arrive the keep and tower come into view; it looks like a study fortification. Hedherijannikker convinced the gate guard that we are bounty hunters with the Duke’s son as our prisoner. We are allowed inside, but then Kallonian riders were spotted and the guards assumed we were with them.
Swords are drawn, spells are cast and chaos ensues. Battle begins and we fight our way to the bridge leading to the keep. We rush inside and engage Duke Goretheon. The wizard duke has a Golem statue at his guard and call. Our new companion, Prium, took Yurt’s Fist, the mighty gauntlet of Yurt the Barbarian, from Hedherijannikker and grabbed the wizard by the throat. How can this be!? The strongest of us could not lift Yurt’s Fist, yet this newcomer can wield it with ease. Prium then lunged a black tentacle from his mouth, gripped the duke and begun throttling the life from him. A magical effect wore off and revealed a mystic amulet and mighty tome on Prium’s body. He has the artifacts of the Last Heroes! We are betrayed.