In which our heroes escort the robust Frater Daro to Alesport while beset upon by hired thugs disguised as bandits, only to be confronted once more by the agents of the Black Hand behind the ambush.
An unnamed (‘Some might call me Donnie or Leo..’, technically both true) Bandit / Rogue who is captured (while others flee or the two that are killed alongside dogs) reveals much about the attack.
1. They were hired by an unnamed individual operating from the Wormford docks, a barge called “The River Maid”.
2. Normally they just harass travelers and occasionally capture those who won’t be missed.
3. This time, they were contacted and overseen by a gravelly voiced warrior in strange armor and a brown cloaked man with a much more brutal objective, the execution of the ‘fat priest’.
Despite promises about being released, the casual threats and violence convince him to attempt escape as soon as possible (particularly the retying up after his ample co-operation). Managing to luck out during a later ambush (see below), he does and intends to make his way somewhere far safer.
The following dawn, the ground trembled preceded the appearance of that gravelly voiced warrior in stone armor (with a sigil of a black triangle upon it) and the cloaked caster (in stone / splint), and two teen bullettes. Uttering triumph “in the name of the Black Earth”, the attack was however driven back, the caster promising that the “Black Earth would swallow them whole, when time was in its fullness” before summoning an adult bullette to escape.
Hurrying forth to Amphail to get horses, they pressed onward to Alesport and arrived just prior to the Festival of Dawn’s Grace.