The session begins as the PC’s release a collective exuberant but pained breath, having defeated the Stag Lord and the twisted, decrepit druid that inhabited the basement of the fort.
As our heroes gather the loot and prepare the dead for burial, they find Akiros has an amulet to the god Erastil as well as a tattoo above and to the right of his right breast, a revelation that shakes Tess. They also find a sleeping spot with a toy knight, dragon, castle, and princess as well as a stick figure drawing of a knight fighting a dragon to save the princess with an arrow pointing to the knight and “Auchs” spelled out crudely. Walker consoles Perlivash over the loss of Tyg whose cooked and broken open carapace still remains in the eating room.
Seeing the piles of coin, Thomas, Rickard, and Harriet turn lustful over such wealth in front of them but some quick diplomatic work by Walays turns these potential foes into friends who then help prepare and cook an owlbear for the impromptu celebration feast. Even Ubagug goes down to the seaside and gathers “fresh” sea plants and insects to make a “tasty” sea fly stew. After everyone has had their fill, Walker, feeling a deeper connection with nature transforms himself into a wolf and joins Whisper on a survey of the newly freed land as well as a hunt for small game.
As the PC’s begin their trip back to Oleg‘s, they make a detour to Nettles’ Crossing, wishing to fulfill their promise to the undead creature still haunting the place who seeks revenge on the Stag Lord for killing him. Andrei tosses the body into the river and a black mist rises up, swirls around them and then encompasses the toll booth before disappearing while a disembodied voice thanks the heroes for avenging him.
After a days journey the party reaches Oleg’s, who is excited to see them, grabbing up Walays in a big bear hug, though whether this is to show his affection for his friends or just to stop Walays’ bagpipes no one can be sure. They also deliver Falgrim Sneeg to Kesten who seems quite pleased at his reunion with Sneeg. Kesten takes each person’s request for a masterwork weapon before heading out to spread the news of a party in honor of the heroes which will be held in four days time, a bound Sneeg in tow.
The PC’s take the next few days to relax and also send a small owl, Fed, to deliver news to the Swordlords of their success. The night of the party finally came and the trading post was packed with trappers, hunters, traders, and anyone looking for a good time. Festivities were interrupted when a young maiden carrying a newborn demanded to confront Walays. A heavily inebriated Walays sobered up immediately and took her to a back room where he bluffed that he was not Walays and “removed” a Walays mask to show his “true” face. This seemed to satisfy her wrath, but she preyed on his goodwill to get a charm bracelet and a gold piece for travel.
The next morning the PC’s headed back to Restov, a two day trip by horseback. As they arrive in the town a cacophony of sound and bustling hits them, it has been months since they’ve been in such a busy place. Guard presence had greatly increased since they’d last been in Restov and even the royal guard patrolled the streets. As the PC’s find their way to the Swordlord barracks, they see that it has been closed by order of the King. Unsure what to do, Tess suggests they go to the Lusty Unicorn to wash up and see if they can get some extra information.
At the Lusty Unicorn, Tess is greeted by a mildly annoyed Zan, who tells Tess that she’s way behind on her tab. After she pays her debt and buys the house a drink, Zan’s mood becomes much more welcoming to Tess, as if he was never upset with her at all. Zan even revealed that a woman who looked quite like her came in the bar awhile ago and asked about Tess, but was chased out of the bar by guards looking to seize her. Zan also dropped her a note which told them how to make contact with the Swordlords.
Andrei following the instructions of the note given by Zan and gave the beggar in the back alley his sword when asked for coin. The beggar was a Swordlord in incognito and allowed the PC’s entrance into the storage shelter where they met with the head of the Swordlords, Ihvon. The heroes were congratulated for their victory over the Stag Lord and helping to tame the northern Greenbelt. They were presented with a new charter, to found a barony under the banner of the King. A small stipend was also included, emptying the coffers of the Swordlords who are already buoying another barony in the southwest region called Varnhold.