Sunsebb 10th, 591
It was in the early morning hours that Captain Milnrow requested Atticus presence in his office. Jeresan, a small town just west of the recently liberated Tessak’s Cove was under siege by The Scarlet Brotherhood and Atticus was charged with joining “Boss” Gavran and the Wreckers on their mission to liberate the village and its people. Reluctant at working alongside “Boss” Gavran, Atticus set aside his dislike of the man in order to rescue the citizens of Onnwal.
Sunsebb 11th, 591
By mid-afternoon on the second day of the journey, the Wreckers grew listless. One of the men atop a mobile ballista began lobbing bolts at the farmsteads. This angered Gideon immensely, and a fire, unlike any seen before, burned in his eyes. A confrontation between the offending Wrecker and Gideon ensued, but was ended by Atticus. The confrontation would have been resolved then and there had Gideon not decided to slice the rope controlling the firing mechanism on the ballista. The other Wreckers immediately went after the Gideon; the charge of treason would result in Gideon being hung by the neck. Fortunately again, Atticus stepped in: he repaired the ballista with magic and took responsibility for all future actions taken by his men (and women).
Sunsebb 12th, 591 (Before Sunrise)
Before the morning sun rose, the small army arrived at the staging grounds joining with “Boss” Gavran’s camp. Displeased at seeing Atticus and his troupe, Gavran charged the party with securing the ridge opposite the town, while he and the Wreckers stormed the town using the fog to cover their assault.
The party arrived at the ridge surprising a small contingent of Scarlet Brotherhood Hobgoblins and wiped them out with no delay. Standing atop the ridge, the rising sun revealed that Jeresan, the town below, was successfully taken back by the Wreckers.
Sunsebb 12th, 591 (Morning)
Gavran greeted you proudly as your group entered the liberated village; carefully wiping blood with a strip of scarlet cloth he informs you that he only lost two men reclaiming the village. He ordered Atticus and his men to help the Wreckers search out the village for any more Brotherhood members, or their sympathizers. The firsthand experience of the “military’s” tactics had now begun to sour even in Atticus’ stomach: Food and valuables were being “requisitioned” for the benefit of Gavran and his men, Wreckers gleefully kicked down doors, and drug out citizens, the ones with Suel features receiving the worst treatment. As the party oversaw this carnage, they all came to the realization that there were no women, or children amongst the villagers. Upon Gavran taking noticed, he ordered his men to torture each and everyone till they personally told him the information he sought.
Wishing to spare the people further harm from their liberators , the party offered to gain the info, and personally seek out the missing villagers. Hesitant, but disinterested all the same, Gavran grudgingly accepts the party’s offer to seek out the women and children.
Following the trail south, the party discovers it turns sharply west, towards the crags of the western Volanots. As the heroes entered the narrow valley, they could feel eyes watching them. Those observant among the party were able to dodge the boulders that were dropped on them; wasting no time the party scurried up the sides and attacked their ambushers.
Slaying the Scarlet Brotherhood soldiers was simple enough, the party took a short rest to recover and eat before pressing forward. As the trail led further westerly, Grumpy discerned the tracks appeared more fresh: the party was catching up. As the party enters the next valley pass, they spy below the next ridge women and children, amongst them a young female, human cleric. The cleric eagerly defends the refugees as the party advances. Before this misunderstanding can be cleared up, an army of blonde archers clad in white train their bows on the group from atop the ridge surrounding this portion of the valley. A golden-haired man, with obvious Suloise features, demanded everyone surrendered, the party reluctantly agrees.
Blindfolded, the party travels for an unknown amount of hours, sometimes feeling as if they had traveled in circles. The sound of gulls and other marine birds greet them as they travel up narrow stone steps. The faint sound of water crashing against the sides of rocks is heard as they ascended ever upwards. Their blindfolds now removed, the party was being observed by others clad in grey/white robes, similar to those of the bowmen. Amongst them an older woman warmly greeted the party, informing them that they are amongst the The Followers Of Tarnedas. She further informs the party that the refugees (and the cleric defending them) are safe and being treated for injury, and that the party’s actions around Onnwal have earned their notice.
If the party desired to seek council with the Hermit of the Gulls, they must first display an act to prove their worthiness; a leap of faith. The woman’s words were made plain as she led the heroes ever higher and to a ledge overlooking rocks and the sea. Across the expanse stood a pillar of stone, like stacks of rock piled one over the other forming craggy tower. The woman gently motioned towards a small ledge that jutted slightly out, and with that took her leave. While the group discussed their plan of action, Elyssia blindly stepped of the edge: if not for Llelf’s quick thinking (and quicker hand) Elyssia would have joined her uncle’s spirit in the next world. Angered by the test, Grumpy refused to participate and left via the path he arrived. Llelf bravely lept across, followed by Darva. Elyssia then followed, and once again, with the assistance of Llelf, was able to cross completely. Despite discouragement from the rest of the party, Gideon insisted on making the jump; his leap was far too short, and he plummeted straight down. Through the Gods, it seems, he was spared from landing atop the rocks that pierced an angry sea, but he stood no chance against the angry waves that battered his body and drug him down below. Osperun, with agile grace, dove bravely in after him; but was unable to rescue him. At every opportunity to maintain hold of Gideon, the sea pulled Osperun deeper down with him. As Osperun would go on to later recount, “It was (as) if the sea itself called to him, and he could not refuse her siren’s call.”
Having no desire to see “a prophet who plays these kinds of games,” Osperun swam towards the shoreline. Atticus, now alone took a deep breath and jumped across. With the final four now on the other side together, a passage revealed itself to them.
After traversing a narrow and winding path downwards, the four adventurers were greeted with a most curious sight: the entire cliff face and every flat space on the ledge is covered with birds of all types – gulls and seabirds, but also hawks, crows, cranes and even strange birds with brightly colored feathers. The entire avian multitude sat with an unnatural stillness, silently regarding the part with hundreds of small, hard, implacable eyes. Clad in a simple white robe; hair white and unkempt, falling to his shoulders, sat a man cross-legged. Lines of age and care marked his sun-kissed face, yet there was a look of absolute peace and serenity in his intensely blue eyes that touched everyone to the heart of their being.
“I am the Hermit of the Gulls, and you are a leaf in the wind. I bid you welcome." He gently said. He then proceeded to warn the group of a great approaching darkness that was coming, and for them to take up the cause of light in response. Elyssia agreed to do so, the hermit’s words echoed those of her uncle. Darva on the other hand was cautious, this man Tarnedas looked exactly like her former mentor, Enid Arrac. Tarnedas, acknowledging the resemblance let it be known that Enid was his twin brother, and that he himself once traversed the path of The Scarlet Brotherhood, until his mind’s eye was awakened to the way of Phaulkon. The heroes agreed to take up Tarnedas’ cause, knowing only that Tarnedas himself was sincere in his goals to prevent destruction and bloodshed.
Rejoining with Grumpy and Osperun, the four told of their meeting with Tarnedas. And with heavy heart they learned of Gideon’s fate. Blindfolded once more, the six were led back to the valley pass where they had encountered the archers initially. The refugees of Jeresan had no desire to return home, and specifically requested that the heroes bring the remaining survivors back to this valley, so that they may be led to salvation and rejoin their families under the protective wing of Tarnedas and his followers.
Sunsebb 12th, 591 (Twilight)
The party reached the outskirts of Jeresan, and began to formulate a plan to rescue everyone. With both moons in their first quarter, they slipped into town late that night and rescued it’s citizens. By daylight the next day, the party successfully reunited everyone. However, they had much to explain to Baron Maldrenn.
Sunsebb 13th, 591
Atticus took sole responsibility for the actions of the party, but had explained it was all necessary to spare the citizenry of the corrupt actions of the Wreckers (led by Gavran). Having provided adequate testimony, coupled by the various conflicting statements given by the Wreckers involved, the party was cleared of all crimes. Gavran and his men however were not as fortunate: they were hung by the neck until dead that morning; their bodies hung on trees serving as a warning to other would-be bandits. Only Niala, being a woman, was spared this fate. She was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment, but fled custody shortly after her sentencing.