Corantine 15 – Septimus 6
Montague and Posen met to discuss next steps after the cease fire. Henri was in attendance representing the Falcons and Katy was there to act as a translator. They struck a deal where Montague would be allowed to travel through Posen’s land and Posen would bring half of her available soldiers along to help solidify Montague’s control of Montaigne. In exchange Montague would provide future monetary compensation as well as favorable diplomatic relations between Montaigne and Posen.
Montague gave the heroes leave to take Nigel’s body back to Avalon for burial. He paid them their wages and dismissed them from his service, wishing them well. Posen had a young Eisen Sergeant named Mattias Schwartz assigned to the Falcons to escort them through Posen’s territory and serve as an official representative of Posen at Sir Graves’s funeral. She also told Sgt. Schwartz that she wanted him to stay as a companion with the Falcons as a goodwill representative of Posen and to look out for Posen interests like Sir Graves did for Avalon. Based on her interactions with the Falcons she concluded that they have the “air of destiny” about them and she wants to have one of her agents involved in shaping that.
Also, in the aftermath of the battle Karl Steiner, Montague’s friend and confidant, was missing. The last anyone saw him he fled the battle once the Montaigne lines broke.
Meanwhile, back in Montaigne. Pvt. Jerome finally managed to meet with Valery in her house. She didn’t want to see him but he insisted that he’s been trying to meet her for months. He grabbed her arm and she flinched. A look of shock crossed his face and he pulled up her sleeve revealing a mess of bruises on her upper arm. Her eyes welled up in tears as Jerome stalked out of the room, his hand reaching for his gun.
A couple hours later a squad of musketeers cautiously entered the study of Yanick Bisset du Verre. The Viscount’s body lay on the floor, missing most of its head. Pvt. Jerome sloucheed in a plush reading chair, a glass of red wine in one hand and his head wearily resting in the other. He looked up with resigned eyes at the Musketeer captain who asked “Did you do this Private?”“Yes. He deserved it.” replied Jerome. “That’s what I gathered talking with the staff. I’m sorry but I still have to arrest you.” “I know.”
Sgt. Schwartz guided the group north to Insel, the militaristic capital and port of Posen’s province. From there they boarded an Eisen frigate named the Schnelle Drachen (swift dragon) captained by Catrin Kappel. Katy continued to have progressively worse nightmares about Cabora. Also on the trip to Avalon the crew spotted a Vesten Raider ship on the seas but Captain Kappel didn’t consider it a threat since they were a military ship and the Vesten Raiders generally are only interested in merchants.
Meanwhile, back in Eisen an exhausted and terrified Karl has found himself lost in a forest. He finds himself against a tree with night falling. As soon as the sun clears the horizon he hears a sinister voice behind him. “Welcome back Karl, I told you’d I’d see you again.” Karl shut his eyes tight and pressed up against the tree as hard as he could and started to say prayers to Theus. “Don’t be silly Karl, Theus can’t protect you from me.” And then Karl started to scream.
The night before the heroes arrived in Avalon Katy had her final dream about Cabora with all her anscestors screaming at her that the island was here! The next morning they landed in the capital of Carleon, a picturesque city with a castle that looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. The heroes went to Queen Elaine’s court to report on Nigel’s fate. Federico gave a stirring account of Nigel’s last few months from their meeting in Castille to Nigel’s sacrifice in Eisen. Afterward, Queen Elaine publically proclaimed Nigel to be a true hero of Eisen. She also rescinded his divorce and promised his wife an annual stipend as suited to the widow of a Knight. The Queen then tasked the heroes with taking Nigel’s body back to his hometown of Gaavane so he could be buried next to his son.
The heroes hopped another ship to northern Avalon and tracked down Nigel’s father Hammond Graves at his manor house. He took custody of the body and arranged the funeral. At the funeral an Avalon Priest said the eulogy with both Hammond and Federico providing additional words before Nigel was laid to rest in a grave next to a smaller one containing Ambrose Graves.
After the service aNigel’s old war buddies (Jonny Patterson, Lane Wallace, and Shaun Holme) invited the heroes to a wake at Nigel’s favorite bar The Hole in the Ground. The bar was accessed down a ladder into a literal hole in the ground that led to a door, inside the bar was well furnished, although rowdy. Everyone told stories about Nigel and had a good time. Once Lane got nice and drunk he sidled up to Katy at the bar and asked if she was a “Vendelstan” lady. She said she was and he said that Finn stopped by for a few days a couple months ago and mentioned some Vendelstan bitch was following him around. Lane drunkenly asked if Katy was that Vendelstan bitch and she said she wasn’t and it was just a coincidence. She managed to pry information out of Lane and found out that Finn said he was headed to Voddace because there was no way his stalker would follow him there. Lane didn’t know where in Voddace Finn went though.
Finally toward the end of the night Shaun wondered aloud how Nigel’s wife was going to get the news about his death. The last he heard she was in Montaigne somewhere with her family.