The session begins as the Svartalfar whispers his final words into Tess’ ear. As the rest of our heroes gathers around Casimir’s corpse, Tess reveals the Svartalfar said that he was just returning to his Queen and his death means nothing.
The PCs investigate the rest of the tower, finding a exquisite ebony and darkwood bow seemingly of Nomen craft, the +2 Defending Aldori Dueling Sword of Maegar Varn, as well as a large map with a pin out in the grasslands area. Through deduction, they assume this may be a Nomen camp of some type. The rest of the day is spent scouting the town where Walker happens upon a calico cat hiding in one of the now abandoned houses. He lures it out with his Druish cunning, befriends it, and adopts it. The party also investigates the domicile of Willas Gundarson, a Ulfen ranger wherein they find his journal detailing his discovery of the bracelet which piqued the interest of the scholar. Furthermore, a ring of friend shield and folding boat is discovered.
Casimir’s body is loaded onto a cart to be returned back to Fort Vorokov and Jhod is sent a magical message where the team learns that things have further deteriorated between the rural and urban members of the kingdom.
As the PC’s reach Svetlanagrad they decide to rest for the night. Svetlana secretly passes Melikova a note guised as a receipt. Unfortunately for Svetlana, Melikova felt the need to wake her up by sneaking into Oleg and Svetlana’s room and interrogating her.
Before leaving in the morning from Svetlanagrad, Walker uses speak with animals with the cat, learning her name is “Dragon” and that she had heard a ‘birdsong’ that summoned its “feeders.”
Upon returning to Fort Voronkov there is much to do. Jhod discusses the situation with the party, Casimir’s men are informed of their leader’s passing, Jodhi and Babus are reunited, and Lord Eldrist is informed of his brother’s passing. Johdi has been investigated and no wrongdoing is suspected.
Sergeant Dobri Hanak assumes leadership of Casimir’s patrol and inform the PC’s that they seek to return to Varnhold and seek vengeance upon the Nomen. Andrei and Walays convince Dobri to give them some time as it doesn’t appear as though the Nomen may be responsible for this vanishing. Dobri also wishes to return Casimir’s body back for proper burial, but Tess requests they leave it in a tomb built by Jhod in the interim for the time being. Knowing Casimir’s feelings for Tess, Dobri does not push the issue.
Furthermore, three men have been captured, seeking Melikova for crimes against the Brevic crown. Melikova was given advanced warning through the note provided by Svetlana, but the party is unsure how to deal with this and are currently letting them sit as more important things are taking priority.
Walker goes to see Kimber and let her know what has happened to Varnhold. Her response is a mix of anger and worry, as Barrin’s fate is unknown. Walker gifts Kimber the cat Dragon, as Kimber unfortunately finds out she has a severe allergy to cats.
Finally, Walays seeks out his Kobold allies to report on the rival factions that have been causing havoc in the past weeks. He learns the rural faction is led by Vid Hospod whereas the urban faction is led by the owner of the local Fort Vorokov mill, Tanya Novei. Each are hoping to influence how the kingdom grows, if at all, and come from very different points of view. The session ends as the party prepares a summit with the two factions to work out the differences in an amenable way to both parties.