Septimus 6 – Octavus 12
The heroes decided to sail back to Wische and then ride to Siegsburg to meet with Baron Richter. They hired a merchant ship heading to Insel to drop them off in Emden, a small port north of Siegsburg. They rode south and Jean noticed an unusually shiny rock a ways off the road. He went to investigate and found it was some sort of artificial artifact. Henri confirmed it was likely a Syrneth artifact so they tried to dig it up only to find it was a huge boulder-sized metal object. Knowing they couldn’t take it with them since it weight tons, they reburied it and made notes of its location so it could be investigated by the Explorer’s Society later.
Once in Siegsburg, Jean met with Baron Richter and devised the plan. Richer gathered a dozen soldiers he trusted and requested leave from his Eisenfurst to help Jean reclaim his birthright. The heroes, Richter, and the Eisen soldiers then rode back north to Emden and set sail for Muguet in Montaigne intent on dealing with Marquis Edmond Celeste while most of Montaigne was preoccupied dealing with Montague and Posen’s army coming over the mountain pass. In Muguet the heroes heard rumors about a Montaigne Private who killed a nobleman and was being publically paraded around the country before his scheduled execution in Charouse the next week as a lesson to the peasantry. Upon further investigation they determined that it was Jerome and he had killed Viscount Bisset when he found out Valory was being physically abused.
The next day the party rode to the Celeste estate and were greeted outside the manor house by Captain of the Guard Diodore. Diodore demanded to know what this group was doing here and Baron Richter announced they were there to avenge Theodore Celeste and claim the estate for his son. A fight ensued with Diodore and other Celeste guards being gravely wounded while Baron Richter took a few wounds himself. Jean managed to call a cease fire and negotiated with the Marquis through the barred front door.Eventually Jean agreed to go inside and discuss the situation in a civilized manner with the Marquis. He went to the Marquis’ study and there they shared a bottle of wine and discussed events. Jean explained that he had evidence against the Marquis for embezzling from the Emperor. The Marquis said that the charges were ridiculous and any evidence was probably fabricated by his political enemies. The Marquis suggested that they destroy the evidence and he would allow Jean to marry his daughter since her reputation was already sullied so marrying a servant wouldn’t be much worse. Jean wouldn’t accept the offer and made vague intimations that the Marquis had also been involved with his brother’s and his brother’s wife’s deaths. The Marquis asked Jean why he cared so much about the tragedy that befell his sibling and examined Jean very closely. He seemed to conclude something and said that it seemed that things would not be working out for everyone after all. He toasted Jean and they both drank the last of their wine then the Marquis shot Jean with the pistol he’d retrieved from behind his desk.
A fierce sword fight ensued with Jean and the Marquis battling throughout the study. Bookshelves and statues were damaged and chairs were destroyed as both combatants wore each other down. They seemed evenly matched as wounds were steadily accumulated by both. Meanwhile, the rest of the heroes heard the gunshot and burst through the windows of the manner house. The Eisen soldiers broke down the door and Katy shot lightning into the air to freeze the Celeste household in their tracks. The heroes ran down the hall to the study where Katy exploded the door with her Villskap rune. Inside both Jean and the Marquis were bleeding from numerous wounds and close to unconsciousness. Mattias charged in with his zweihander and impaled the Marquis upon a chair. As life bled from his body Edmond Celeste looked at Jean and whispered, “All those years ago…I shouldn’t have taken pity and let you live. I should have let you die”