1372 DR Eleint 8
Having recovered a substantial sum of money for the Elsir Consortium, the party are provided with an all expenses paid stay at the prestigious House of Sleep, run by Kalaban Whisperwind.
In Overlook, they find romance, fail in a heroic rescue; the rescuers become the rescuees, gain a reputation for buying extensive rounds of drink, meet the fable Farstriders and are befriended by the irrepressible Edgar Sommerfield.
Suthek chooses to stay in the boarding house and enjoy the life of luxury, pandered he rests in the bath and afterwards decides to destroy his badge provided by the Baneites.
Girshi and Vangyr decide that they need to investigate the famous brewery. On the way to the brewery they see a group conducting a “shake-down” of a Halfling storekeeper and his wife.
A heroic intervention occurs….
Vangyr engages them in conversation, but that ends in an altercation. He over-confidentally steps forward to dispatch the two thugs in front of him with his magical frost-axe, when he realises that the thugs are accompanied by a Wizard. A blast from a flaming jet of fire, sets Vangyr alight, and sends him scurrying off back down the alley to the safety of the street, while sounding the retreat. The thugs watch Vangyr run off and take their revenge on the shopkeeper’s wife by beating her to death.
Despite the call to retreat Girshi chooses to stand his ground. The thugs swing wildly at him, missing, and he returns the favour. The Wizard catches Girshi with a ray that saps a third of his strength. The next swings all go well wide on both sides, while the Wizard casts a spell that robs Girshi of his sight.
As Vangyr prepares to re-enter the fray a band of adventures charge down the alleyway from the other end to the rescue.
The rescuers quickly dispatch the thugs but the Wizard escapes across the roof tops.
The newcomers heal Girshi of his blindness and introduce themselves as the Farstriders, a band of some renown.
In the spirit of friendship and for their own safety the Farstriders insist on accompanying the pair to the brewery where Vangyr buys round after round for those in the tavern, much to his chagrin, and the locals delight.
Late into the night the Farstriders chaperone the pair back to the guesthouse with a promise to meet them tomorrow at the Gathering.