7th Sea

The Opera Ghost

Nonus 13-30

The heroes followed the Voddace ship south, past Castille, and into Voddace waters. They arrived at Prince Villanova’s island where the ship they were tailing docked at the Prince’s private port. The heroes’ ship docked at the public merchant port where Ysabette told them she would stay for 3 days and then she was leaving.

They went ashore and after visiting the moneychanger Katy was mistaken for Yngvild Olafsdottir, the leader of the Vesten Raiders, by a servant of Villanova. He said she arrived earlier than expected and that the Prince was attending to other matters but he’d make sure she and her companions were taken care of while they waited. Katy went with it and soon the heroes were put up in a lavish hotel and received tickets to a local opera playing the next night. They enjoyed living on the Prince’s dime as they went out shopping before the performance.

The performance itself was at the People’s Opera and titled The Senator’s Daughter. The heroes had a set of box seats to themselves for the exquisite production. Of interest, apparently one of the box seats was reserved for something the other guests whispered about: The Opera Ghost. Apparently the phantom is seen in that box seat during some performances and rumor has it he’s abducted previous performers at the opera house.

After the show Federico met up with the leading lady, Maura Tullo, who had invited him to call on her. They hit it off and spent the evening together. The next day she went to rehearsal but left message for Federico to join her at lunch. He arrived at her dressing room and she thanked him for the rose and card. Federico told her he hadn’t given her a rose or card and she was quite upset. The message said:

Maura, your beauty is captivating. Soon you shall be mine, body and soul. I shall come for you.
-O.G.

Maura said she thought it was just Federico being cute but now she was worried that the Opera Ghost actually was out to get her. She begged Federico to protect her and he vowed he would. Federico informed Henri of what was going on and Henri decided to investigate. He snuck into the forbidden box seat overnight and in the morning he started searching for any sort of secret passageway. Behind the drapes on the walls he thought he found a secret door but for all his searching he couldn’t find a way to open it.

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Rescuing a Princess

Nonus 12-14

The heroes agreed to help Ysabette rescue her sister Rosemond from the Inquisitors and Revolutionaries. The next day they traveled to the execution site and took up positions in the crowd. Unfortunately Federico was spotted by the head inquisitor and was hauled back stage for questioning. The Inquisitor correctly deduced that Federico did not come alone and had his henchmen apprehend Henri and Katy although Jean escaped detection. Once Rosemond was brought out from the palace, Mattias leapt onto the stage and engaged the Inquisitors in battle. Jean ran to help out Henri while Katy used her lightning to blast some guards. Ysabette and her crew shot down the executioner and also took the stage. The head inquisitor inflicted dire wounds on Mattias and then Federico when the Kanuban tried to make off with Rosemond. The heroes dispatched most of the other guards and ran for it with Rosemond and Ysabette into the palace. From there Ysabette guided them to a secret way into the sewers and they made for the star room then back to safety near the Explorer’s safe house.

That evening they all mounted up and headed for the port of Bayonne, the heroes planning to get a ride on Ysabette’s ship Magicienne. They arrived at the dock around midnight and found an Avalon ship and a Voddace ship in port as well. Men at the Voddace ship were loading cargo and upon further inspection it turned out to be Franco and Mitchell loading Syrneth artifacts from Charouse. Henri confronted Mitchell about selling artifacts to the Voddace Trade Princes which Mitchell denied. Mitchell also told Henri that if he tried to tell the Explorers about any of this that Mitchell would have Henri’s reputation ruined. Franco looked threatening enough that the heroes didn’t want to pick a fight in their wounded state. Mitchell left on the Avalon ship and Franco left on the Voddace one. The heroes asked Ysabette if she could help them follow the Voddace ship and she said it would be the least she could do considering they helped save her sister’s life.

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Ruins Under Charouse

Nonus 2-12

The heroes journeyed into the sewers of Charouse with the rest of the Explorers Society expedition. They spent a week and a half exploring the ruins and securing artifacts. The major events of interest were Mattais slipping into the sewer sludge and attracting the unwanted attention of Yvonne while he got cleaned up. The group found the remains of a previous expedition, it looked like they turned on each other for some reason. They brought the bodies back to the surface for a proper burial. Henri explored Syrneth passages ahead of the main group. He nearly got roasted in a vertical cylinder room. Later in a different room he stepped on a pressure plate that triggered some sort of ray of light. Franz pushed him out of the way and got hit instead which knocked him unconscious. When Franz awoke he was non-responsive and still had no recovered by the end of the expedition.

Mitchell called and end to the exploration on the 12th citing concerns about the Montaigne army under Montague reaching the city soon and he wanted to get the artifacts safely out of the country before then. Each hero was given their choice of Domae stone as a reward for their hard work.

Back at the Explorer’s Society safe house an angry sailor woman argued with the Headmaster Reindhardt about how she was calling in all her favors to help save her sister. The Headmaster explained they didn’t have the manpower to help her and that he was sorry. The heroes investigated and found out that she was Ysabette Montaigne, one of the Emperor’s daughters and the inquisitors had her sister and were going to execute her the next day. They decided to help her.

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Saving Vivian

Octavus 23 – Nonus 2

The heroes rested at the Celeste estate for a few days and then headed back toward Charouse to track down Nigel’s widow, Vivian Legard. On the way they started passing through a smaller town where they were confronted by armed peasant guards who demanded to know the heroes’ loyalties. Katy tried to explain that she was from Vendel which confused one of the peasants so he advanced menacingly with his spear. Katy invoked lightning and shocked him unconscious. The other guard ran into town and raised the alarm that a sorcerer was attacking. The party beat a hasty retreat away from the angry mob and skirted outside the town to continue south.

Once in Charouse the heroes headed to the Explorer’s Society chapter house for safety. They found it under siege by a mob demanding that the explorer’s turn over nobles they supposedly had hidden away. The headmaster told the mob that they didn’t have any nobles and when they didn’t disperse he called out a canon to the balcony at which point the crowd got the hint and scattered. Henri knocked at the front door and provided the proper passcode to let the heroes inside. The headmaster met with them and introduced himself as Werner Reinhardt. He explained that nobles were generally being executed in the square in front of the Emperor’s palace and that the Explorers were trying to keep themselves safe.

Another explorer entered the room demanding to speak to the newcomers. His name was Sir Camron Mitchell II and he was excited about sending an expedition into the Syrneth ruins under Charouse. The royal family declared the ruins off limits decades ago and now that the city was in turmoil there was no one to stop them. It was the chance of a lifetime! Henri said that he’d be interested once they’d looked for Vivian.

The heroes managed to track down the Legard mansion but found it abandoned except for a looter. Interrogating him revealed that the mansion had been sieged by a mob and everyone inside had been taken away the day before for execution. They hurried to the square outside the emperor’s palace and found a bloodthirsty group of peasants cheering in front of an execution platform. On the platform were a dozen nobles ranging from the elderly to an 8 year old boy lined up before a chopping block. The leader of the affair was the same Knight Inquisitor that they’d met in Charouse back in the spring. He was preaching to the crowd about cleansing the sorcerous taint from Montaigne. Federico challenged the inquisitor on whether Vivian deserved to be killed. He made a persuasive argument to the crowd about how she was a widow of an Avalon war hero and that she would have no more children and simply retire to Avalon in peace. The crowd was convinced and so the inquisitor turned Vivian loose but he warned Federico that if he ever crossed him again the inquisitor would put an end to the chef.

Most of the heroes took Vivian away to safety at the Explorer’s chapter house but Federico stayed to bear witness to the rest of the executions. That evening they were briefed on Mitchell’s expedition to the ruins and the next day they started their trip into the sewers.

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Sparking a Revolution

Octavus 12 – Octavus 26

The rest of the Celeste family rushed into the study and found Edmond’s body impaled to his chair. Mattias worked free his Zweihander from the corpse as Edmond’s son, Andre, angrily confronted Jean. He challenged Jean to a duel to the death which Henri accepted on Jean’s behalf. A close fight ensued with Henri narrowly seizing victory. He stopped short of killing Andre though and Federico stabilized the wounded son.

Cherie scolded Jean, blaming this entire situation on him and saying that she hated him. Then newly widowed Isabella ordered everyone out of the house, Jean compiled and Federico helped convince the rest of the heroes to leave as well. Outside Baron Richter tried to convince Jean to take over the estate and eventually Jean agreed. The Celestes opened the door and told everyone to leave their property while Jean tried to claim that it was his, explaining the story of the evidence he found of his parents’ murder. Katy spoke up in support of this narrative and walked the Celeste’s accountant through the incriminating financial records. Isabella agreed that the financial records didn’t look good but said that the rest of the story was suspect and didn’t justify Jean’s actions. She slammed the door in his face.

Finally Jean agreed to take the mansion over. The heroes and Eisen mercenaries broke back into the house and rounded up everyone inside. Jean tried to convince them that they could stay in the servant’s area but the surviving Celeste’s spat in his face and left in exile along with the servants. The heroes slept in the mansion that night and in the morning headed toward Charouse to save Jerome. Jean left Baron Richter in charge of getting his new household up and running.

Just inside Charouse they found all the residents assembled in the streets awaiting the public humiliation and execution of the Montaigne private who dared kill a nobleman. The crowd was mostly commoners and seemed very agitated by the injustice of the situation. The heroes made a plan to free Jerome with Katy shooting lightning into the air to provide a distraction while Henri snuck onto the wagon Jerome was tied to and liberated him. The loud cracks of Katy’s lightning spooked the soldiers and musketeers who started threatening the commoners. Soon after someone in the crowd through a cobblestone into the head of one of Jerome’s guards and he went down with a thud. In panic the soldiers fired into the crowd and pretty soon a full scale riot was in place. The heroes managed to escape the city without too much damage and fled back to the Celeste estate. Behind them the Montaigne Revolution spread out from Charouse with noble blood being spilled by the gallon.

Safely back at Jean’s mansion they took a rest. Once the heroes had a chance to take stock of their situation they realized they had intended to find Nigel’s widow who was last known to be in Charouse. Worried for her safety they rode south again to the Montaigne capital.

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Jean Goes Home

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”

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Taking Nigel Home

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Hero's Sacrifice

Sextus 26 – Corantine 15

The heroes got things under control in Odyesse until the army arrived almost a week later. General Montague got a status update and decided to send the sick and wounded back to Montaigne on the remaining boats while the remainder of the army marched home through Eisen. Captain Wilhelm, the Eisen mercenary liaison, told the General that the mercenaries would not march through their homeland with a foreign army. Montague was understanding and decided to send them to guard the soldiers returning home on the boats.

Regarding the traitors, Montague planned to have them executed. He gave Nigel authority over what to do with Alexandre since the Porte mage didn’t seem to be involved with the traitors and instead attacked Katy opportunistically. Nigel decided to have Alexandre demoted, fined, and kept under guard. Nigel was also promoted within the army and given command of an infantry company due to a shortage of officers.

Rations were also very short so Montague took as much food as he could without risking the Ussuran starving. He gave them extra military supplies that he no longer needed such as cannons and anything else his army couldn’t afford to take with them.

Montague announced the marching orders to his men the next day and had the traitors executed by hanging in public. A few days after that the army marched south toward the pass to Eisen. The rear continued to be harried by Ussuran raids and so Montague kept the pace up as much as possible. When they arrived at St. Andresgorod the Ussurans met the heroes’ scouting party and told them that Matushka had warned them the army was coming and they were prepared to trade half their food for supplies and a promise of no hostilities.

By Julius 27 the army made it to Eisen and began travelling through Posen’s province. Quartermaster Martine warned Montague that the army needed to get more food in Posen due to Wische having almost nothing so Montague ordered the forward guard to take half the food of any farms they could find and give the farmers guilders in compensation. Unfortunately due to declining finances within the army they couldn’t pay reasonable prices for the crops and so many farmers declined the deal. Nigel ordered his men to enforce the deal regardless of the farmer’s wishes, otherwise the army would starve.

On Corantine 1, Katy had a horrible nightmare about an artificial island in the middle of an ocean. She sensed a overwhelming aura of evil and malice coming from it. She awoke with a scream and consulted Henri about it who recognized the imagery as probably Syneth in origin. The dreams got worse over the coming days so Federico gave her a sleeping draught to help her rest. Further details let Henri suspect that the island was the mythical Cabora that the Explorer’s Society thought lay at the bottom of the Mirror Sea. One Explorer in particular, Guy McCormick, was obsessed with it after his wife disappeared searching for the 7th Sea. Eventually Katy even started to hear voices of her ancestors warning that the island needed to stay hidden and not to let them raise it.

Meanwhile, Eisenfurst Fauner Posen received word that a Montaigne army had invaded her lands and was stealing from her common folk. She mustered her army and went to confront Montague. By mid Corantine Montague’s scouts became aware of an Eisen army of 60,000 soldiers bearing down on them. Montague tried to open diplomatic talks but his scouts were rebuffed. Nigel led the heroes himself to try and get through to Posen with his status as a Knight of Avalon. Initially the Eisen soldiers didn’t want to let him into the camp but he managed to convince them to let him and a translator talk to the Eisenfurst. Nigel and Katy met with Posen and Nigel made his case that Montague wanted no quarrel with Eisen and that she could join forces with Montague and help bring down the Emperor. Posen responded that she didn’t care about Montaigne politics and just wanted to protect her citizens and territory from foreign invaders. She then had them escorted out of her camp.

Nigel talked with Montague about what happened and requested and received a command of 1,000 soldiers for the battle. The night before the battle Nigel had a dream of being in the ruins of Carleon and Derwyddon was there and warned him that the larger the destiny he changes with his Geas, the larger the sacrifice. And that if he didn’t choose the sacrifice himself, it would be chosen for him.

The day of the battle Montague positioned his army as defensively as possible. They put up a good fight at first but Posen’s overwhelming numbers quickly broke the army’s ranks. The day seemed lost except for Nigel’s company that stood their ground against all odds. Annoyed, Posen led a cavalry charge to deal with the problem herself. Nigel managed to dismount Posen so she picked up a fallen Zweihander and pommel striked him in the face, staggering him. Nigel desperately tried to bind her weapon with his shield but Posen broke it and then lunged and sliced Nigel across the chest with a blow that would have killed any normal man. To her shock, Nigel remained standing and hit her hard across the back of her leg with a blow that managed to break her shin and send her sprawling to the ground.

Nigel kneeled over the fallen Eisenfurst, tore off her helmet, and put his sword to her throat. “Yield,” he told her. She replied in Eisen, “What are you Avalon devil?” In the confusion that followed the Eisen soldiers realized their leader had been captured and withdrew while Nigel’s soldiers formed up to guard their hostage. Montague’s army rallied and after about an hour it was established that the Eisen army would stand down and cease hostilities in exchange for Posen’s life.

Once the truce was finalized, Nigel slumped to the ground and succumbed to his wounds.s As the life drained from his body, his face produced a smile. “I have achieved my dream, those in Avalon will know my name and speak of my bravery. Long live Queen Elaine. Tell my wife that I am sorry,” he said. “Tell her that I still love her.” Thus the Devil of Avalon died.

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Assassins and Saboteurs

Sextus 13 – Sextus 26

The evening of Sextus 13th a young Montaigne woman barged into Federico’s tent like she was hiding from someone. She said she was a military courier named Genevieve Sabine du Martise and carried an important message for General Montague from Major Rois et Raines du Rogne. The first officer she reported to tried to engage her in an ungentlemanly fashion so she fled. Federico told her he could get her to the General and went to Nigels tent, woke him up, and the three of them went to Montague.

Montague’s guards woke the General and let them in to see him. He received his visitors with a pot of tea he was brewing which Federico took over. Genevieve gave Montague her letter then went to assist with the tea. Montague was shocked to find that the letter was informing him that his son was stillborn. As Genevieve was taking the tea to Montague, Federico thought he saw her slip something into the mug so he made up an excuse to take that tea back and give the General a different one. A bit later Genevieve went to give her condolences to Montague before she left. Federico was worried about her poisoning the tea again so he told one of the guards. After Genevieve left the tent they poured out all the tea as a precaution and talked to Montague about the possible assassination attempt. Montague felt light headed and Federico insisted that he vomit to get anything out of his system. One of the camp doctors came to care for Montague but couldn’t find anything conclusive. The General’s minor illness could have been stress induced by the letter or a mild poisoning.

The next day as he was saddling up, Nigel was thrown from his horse and sprained his back. As a result he couldn’t go out scouting for a while so he appointed Henri leaded of the group in his stead and had Federico join the squad. Alexandre was continued to be tormented but there were no major incidents as the army made it to the river. Apparently the Ussuran army had started harassing the rear lines and the Montaigne were starting to take minor casualties from hit and run raids. The army crossed the river and regrouped with their soldiers who held Ekaternava and continued on to Odyesse.

The heroes arrived at the port well ahead of the army so that Katy could start organizing the supplies. However, there was a large amount of smoke rising from the city and as they got close they found the gates guarded by Ussuran craftsmen. Apparently the Montaigne in the city had started fighting amongst themselves with some of them burning the ships in the harbor. They sent word back to the Montaigne army via Alexandre’s Porte skills and entered the city. Once inside they received word that they were to save as many ships as possible. At the docks a group of soldiers had assembled a firing line preventing anyone from approaching the docks while their comrades burned the ships. Katy providing lightning as covering fire while Federico, Henri, and Jean charged the firing line. Federico leaped over the soldiers with his spear and engaged the ship burners while Henri and Jean took out the firing line soldiers. Meanwhile, Alexandre drew his pistol and shot Katy in the back, claiming that he wasn’t going to put up with her anymore. Katy eventually knocked him out with lightning blasts, the hog tied and sat on him. Once the battle was over the heroes did what they could to stop the existing fires from spreading. In the end only 20% of the ships were saved but all would have been put to the torch without their intervention.

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Scouting Parties

Quintus 16th – Sextus 12th

The heroes were split up for the return march to Odyesse. Katy worked with Martin the quartermaster, Federico helped out the medics caring for the wounded, while Nigel led a scouting party consisting of himself, Henri, Jean, and a young Porte mage named Alexandre Rois et Raines du Rogne. While Alexandre was belligerent at being drafted for scouting duty, Nigel was able to force him into submission. Nigel also named his group of specialists “The Falcons.”

On the 20th of Quintus Katy caught a suspicious man wearing officer’s clothes sneaking around the supplies at night. She confronted him and was taking him back to the guards when he stabbed her in the back. She shocked him with lightning until he ran and she hit a crate of gunpowder with a stray lightning bolt that started to leak powder onto the ground. The officer tossed his torch to light the spilled powder and fled into the night. Katy managed to get the burning crate away from the other gunpowder crates before they all blew up.

She and Martin woke up Montague and explained what happened. Montague had all the officers woken up and searched until they found the one with lightning burns on his arm, a Lt. Luc Riche du Paroisse. Montague had his tent searched finding a bloody dagger and a letter from the Emperor promising great rewards to anyone who made sure that the Ussuran Expeditionary Force never made it back to Montaigne. Montague had the Lieutenant taken outside the camp and quietly executed so news of the Emperor’s offer wouldn’t spread as much.

Meanwhile, back on patrol, Nigel’s group found a camp of Ussuran trappers and woodcutters camping in the forest. They walked into their camp and pretended to be a group of foreign merchants, notably none of them Montaigne. They talked about the Montaigne scum invading the country and how they saw the army headed north toward St. Tremult. The Ussurans said they would pass along the information to their army forming up in the west.

Once Montague was informed about the bluff he backed it up by sending a group of cavalry north like the vanguard of their army to distract the enemy army by making them think the Montagine were going to sack Tremult. Meanwhile, the bulk of the army continued west and avoided contact with the Ussuran army.

In early Sextus Katy got tired of dealing with supplies and the awkward interactions with Martin who seemed to be developing a crush on her so she decided to go out on the patrol run with Nigel’s team. On the 8th they encountered a talking sparrow, fox, and beaver who taunted the heroes and stole Katy’s money pouch. Nigel suggested that the animals might be related to the Sidhe. They ended up challenging them to a match of wits and the animals asked the heroes 3 riddles which Henri was able to solve quite quickly. They gave Katy’s money pouch back and Henri was gifted with a golden apple which he decided to eat when they returned to camp. He woke the next morning with a stunningly handsome visage instead of his formerly plain looks.

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