The session begins as the council gives their report: Jubilost‘s absence has been felt, lowering the spirits in the kingdom, rumors of an island which hosts the souls of the damned have also been spreading, the overlapping duties of the council are beginning to worry and frustrate the populace, and Brevoy’s march towards civil war is on hold with Ihvon turning himself over to the King-Regent.
The first order of business was to address Tatzlford’s accidental incursion into Ubagug‘s land. The PC’s first met with the Loy and Latricia Rezbin who were just beginning on their endeavor to found Tatlzford. Loy was a little hesitant to relocate, since the spot was chosen for being centrally located for the nothern and southern hunters as well as next to a river, so the PC’s decided to discuss the issue with Ubagug. Arriving at Ubagug’s they find the place fixed up from when they were last there, and many of the crumbling structures had been repaired with mud, wood, sod, and leaves. Tracks of many boggards surrounded the structures, but no one was about. Walays decided to announce their presence through a greeting song, with no answer. After several minutes, a door slowly opened, revealing a boggard covered in mud and dirt. Tess cast a spell to allow the boggard to speak common, and he informed the party – in very slow drawn out speech – that they are hibernating and that Ubagug is probably in the spire. They apologize for disturbing him and decide it is best to return in the spring when the boggards awake from their hibernation. As they leave, several more boggards open their doors, only to see four people riding away from the area.
Led by Walays, the group decides some spy work should be done to see how the situation in Brevoy is panning out. Andrei writes a note to his mother, Nastya, as well as the interim leader of the Aldori swordlords, Jamandi. Tess writes a letter to Zan and Dragana, hoping to suss out where the church of Gorum stands as well as if there is any news about her lost sister, Eve.
As Walays head out, Walker accompanies him until he splits off towards his homeland, wanting to contact his family. As Walays comes into town he drops off the letters, and, upon meeting with Zan, is told that Eve is actually in jail awaiting trial. Walays makes contact with her and begins trying to find a way to help her escape. A meeting with Elya Lopatin, leader of the thieves guild, reveals it was them that got Eve arrested, but they were unwilling to help. Jamandi was much kinder and offered to break her out of jail in a few weeks if there isn’t a stay of execution of another captured swordlord. Finally, a meeting with Andrei’s mom has her giving Walays a rose, an unleavened cookie, and 10 GP, with orders to give the items to the most attractive of Andrei’s admirers.
Unfortunately, for Walays, the cookie seems somewhat irresistible, and he devours it on his way out of Restov. The cookie is enchanted with a love potion, causing Walays to fall hopelessly in love with the next woman he sets eyes on – and that lucky woman is a dwarven guard known as Nedda Jelinek. Nedda and Walays spend the night together in the Lonely Dragon and after the cookie’s affects are worn off, Walays departs, completely forgetting of his promise to wait for Nedda.
Walays returns to Tyg’s Landing and relays the information as well as a 15 page letter to Andrei from his mother. While Andrei is reading the letter, Tess reads over his shoulder, and as he discards the cookie which was enclosed, Tess decides to eat it instead. The love potion kicks in, and Tess begins professing her love for Andrei. Andrei, taken aback briefly, and then realizing this is his mother’s doing send Tess out of his room. Tess, not to be deterred by a door, begins throwing her weight against the door to open it. Andrei leaps out the window and as Tess breaks down the door, the potion wear off, causing her to raise the alarm as Andrei is nowhere to be found and she has no idea what is going on. Kesten arrives quickly and begins searching for Andrei, who is located quickly and explains the situation, much to Tess’ embarrassment.
Walays sets back out for Restov with money needed to bribe the guards to free Eve. A few days into the trip, the Royal Ambassador of Mivon, Hana Gujić arrives. She requests permission to march a good portion of Mivon’s army through the Shieldlands to support Rostland when the civil war gets hot, seeking to redeem the Mivon swordlords in the eyes of the Aldori for fleeing their homeland many centuries ago. Andrei and Hana practice their swordplay over the next few mornings – each trying to feel each other’s motive out. The session ends with Andrei calling a council meeting to discuss how the Shieldlands should respond to Mivon’s request.