Adventures in Avenaria

A Ducal Request

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The group made their way to the Witch and Flagon, where the Duke awaited them in an enclosed back room. After Olvan and Chamille secured drinks, they made their way to the back, where Vaeriel curtly made her way past the guards outside the door. Trianna, Arianna and Teleryn followed suit.
In the room, the Duke sat near the fireplace, behind his guards. Keanne stood nearby, leaning heavily on his staff. When the party filtered in and found their resting spots, the Duke addressed them, speaking to the whole, but making sure he made eye contact with each of them individually.
“I owe you, and the City of Creston owes you a debt of gratitude. If not for your intervention, the breach of the North wall would have been overrun. Your actions this day allowed our forces to push back the siege as a whole.” The duke looked at them and sighed, “I have no right to ask what I am going to, and have no expectations from you, but Creston needs help. Help which I believe you can provide. There are a great many mysteries surrounding this attack. I would find answers to these. The siege engines used against our walls arrived without any warning from the Order of the Orb, who are normally vigilant against this very kind of threat, I would find out how they made their way past our border guards. Also, there is the mystery of these red skinned orcs. This type of orc has never been seen, and Halinde has never used orcs in any attack. Outside of their infernal guides, the Halindeans are extremely prejudiced against anyone not human.”
The group questioned why he didn’t use his own men to do this, and the Duke answered, “For one, we need the troops to defend against the forces arrayed against us to the south, so finding any self-reliant men from the militia would be difficult. Also, if I were to send out men from my militia into the border areas, and this is not an attack from Halinde, it could be seen as an act of aggression, which we cannot afford. For this reason, I ask that you look into this matter.”
The conversation that followed was brief, but informed the party that the Duke and Creston would provide equipment and provisions that they might need, as well as mounts. Teleryn was reluctant at first stating that Tieflings that gain notoriety tend to not live long. This reluctance lasted until Keanne pointed out that Tieflings that have connections tend to live longer. Keanne also told the party that he expected magic was used in the siege, and they should look on this.
The group gathered their equipment and started towards the siege weaponry, where they found a small group of goblins led by a figure dressed in a cowled robe. The figure told the goblins to attack, but try to keep them alive, because “The Blooded” still had their part to play. Throughout the combat, he mentioned the “Blooded” several more times, to the confusion of the party. What did Blooded mean? Unfortunately, the mage used an item to disappear, after stating “I have taken your measure, Blooded, time for me to leave.”

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Siege!!
An Attack on Creston

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The day began normally enough, markets opened, and people filtered into the Inn to eat breakfast before heading about their daily chores. Guards stood atop the battlements of the wall around Creston, bored expressions on their faces. Nothing happened here.

They were wrong.

Two of the people manning the walls caught sight of something through the fog that was just beginning to clear from the fields, creating white whorls of vapor as they lifted lazily off the ground. To their surprise, they saw several wooden objects in the near distance. On closer examination, they realized they were siege weapons! Trebuchet and catapults, but there was no warning, no alarm from the Order of the Orb, the group tasked with controlling the border. How could they have possibly gotten by? The Dwarf Olvan, and the Half-elf Vaeriel ran to raise the alarm, when there was a thunderous impact on the wall. The siege weapons started their deadly hail of stone.

The walls shook with the impact, and Olvan looking back saw what should have been impossible. The stones rent a hole in the wall on their first shot! Charging across the field for the breach was a small horde of goblins, and something nobody had seen; red-skinned orcs, who seemed to be directing the small swarm. Olvan raced for the breach, while Vaeriel jumped atop a building, turning to face the breach, and taking aim at any goblin or orc trying to enter the city.

At the marketplace and in the Witch and Flagon Inn, the hammering impact and cracking, rumbling sound of the collapsing wall, alarmed Teleryn away from the prejudiced merchant trying to gouge the Tiefling, simply because of his race. Teleryn looked up, “What the hell?”, and started for the breach in the wall.

Inside the Witch and Flagon, Chamille and Arianna went about their normal duties, until they heard the roar of the wall falling. Both raced to the door, Chamille grabbing a full flagon of ale in passing, and when they saw the breach, Arianna moved to see if she could lend aid to any injured people. Chamille, let out a sigh, and casually, but quickly, drank her ale, before joining the fray.

A pitched battle ensued, but with Olvan and Teleryn holding the center of the breach, aided by arrow fire from both Vaeriel and Arianna, were able to hold back most of the creatures. Chamille aided the battle, using her magic to baffle and confuse many of the goblins. Despite their best efforts, though, several goblins managed to run past, and start for the interior of the city!

Trianna had also been in the market, and ran towards the breach, casting spells at a few of the goblins in the breach, in time to see the goblins who slipped by. She, Arianna and Vaeriel gave chase, using spells and missile fire to stop the goblins before they could cause any real mischief.

Towards the end of the fight, Duke Tralain, along with Arcanus Keanne addressed Olvan, requesting that he, and the other ‘citizens’ that helped with the fight meet with him in the Witch and Flagon.

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