This week the party arrived in Falcon’s Hollow. The party mostly gathered intelligence and information throughout the days they spent there. They discovered that, by and large, Thuldrin is not appreciated much in the town. Some people don’t seem to mind him, but he’s very cruel to most of the inhabitants of the town.
At this point a lot of the group split up and went separate ways. Dionysus and Chet Manley went to a brothel to meet the local women. Jeremy Mill went to the church to meet with the local priestess and ask about removing the cursed ring that Chet Manley was wearing. Sneaky Pete snuck around, Pete-like. Razamuth Almodian took this opportunity while the rest of the group was doing things to make a few scrolls for later adventures.
The following day, the group reconvened to find Thuldrin Kreed in order to deliver his package. They climbed the hill overlooking Falcon’s Hollow, which they learned was called “The Perch”. There, guards were posted to keep the general riff-raff out. Upon questioning the group announced their intention, and the guard went to fetch Kreed.
Kreed met up with them, and unceremoniously shot the box off the top of Sneaky Pete’s head. Looking thoroughly amused, he explained that it was simply a test to see if the group would try and open the box. As they didn’t, they had tentatively gained some trust. Upon questioning about payment, Kreed laughed and sent them to Vade who might give them a job for payment.
Slightly begrudgingly, perhaps, the group accepted his offer and moved on to meet with Vade at his house. After a brief run-in with his son, they saw Vade. Vade seemed slightly cheerful at the opportunity, as though he had needed something. He asked the group to return two dead rhinos to him, at which point he would reward them. Sneaky Pete asked about how they would possibly transport two full grown rhinos, and Vade agreed that seemed challenging, and handed Pete a letter to deliver to anyone at the cutyard.
Razamuth inspected the letter by use of Detect Magic and decided that… it MUST be a .. letter of controlly-brains. Somehow though he was still a little uncomfortable about the idea of being too close, and let Pete do the honours. When Pete handed the letter to a man, who we came later to know as Bob Jackofwood, he cheerfully opened the letter only to have it explode in his face, instantly killing him. Everyone around the cutyard looked disgusted and terrified, but perhaps not surprised. The group acquired their horses and carts, and after a quick run-in with a local herbalist and a funeral procession delivered by Jeremy Mill, they set off north.
The group decided to stick to the trail for the first day of travel. They made a significant headway north, and eventually decided to rest, with Chet Manley and Dionysus keeping watch.
After Dionysus’ uneventful watch, Chet Manley took over. A couple of hours into it, he saw some rustling in tall grass. He decided to wake everyone up, and everyone arose except for Jeremy who thought it was a waste of time. Soon after, a bison erupted from the grass. Strange, everyone thought, as it was late at night/very early morning.
Everyone prepared to get involved with whatever this was, except Jeremy who was still groggily moaning about how he didn’t “wanna”. This was when the bison charged past the group, and three vaguely ghost-like dogs erupted from the tall grass chasing it.
The group instantly made their way into a defensive stance, as the dogs and bison began to rush past. As one of the dogs neared, Razamuth took his opportunity! He nailed the dog for significant damage with Magic Missile! This is when it shrieked in Sylvan that they were being flanked, and two other dogs immediately dimensional doored beside Razamuth.
The team quickly converged trying to save their wizard, who immediately realized his grave error. Razamuth sat on the ground, raised his hands, and began speaking incredibly apologetically in Sylvan. The rest of his party, not understanding what was being said, tentatively watched until they finally joined in in the surrender. The Blink Dogs told Razamuth he ought to pay more attention before he initiates combat, and with that warning teleported elsewhere.
The team all went back to bed, until the morning came for them to set off again, in search of rhinos.