Into the Breach
• Elias, thanks to the Owlbear bounty, got the troupe an invite (as an entourage) to Fort Ghirland, home of the infamous Gosser family whom they had been seeking to find out more about the Mire.
•Sneaking around the fort (stealing valuable stuff along the way), led to disaster, as Pontius and Saorise were captured by the guards. In a moment of paranoia, Pontius let loose a powerful conflagration spell, killing the castellian, the dinner guests (including Elias) and many of the servants.
•The chaos allowed the troupe to escape, however, having kidnapped the only member of the Gosser family in attendance, the lord’s son, Jon, who was comatose in his bed.
•Hearing from Morgendaan that there was now a bounty on all of their heads’ for consorting with demons, they decided to hide out in the forest.
•During a ritual, Gideon made contact with a creature called Typhon, who had Jon Gosser’s soul for “safe keeping”. He said he was willing to part with it, but they would have to travel to a town called “Maiden” in the forest.
•After briefly reuniting with Jolnir, they find only one inhabitant of the town of Maiden, a priest of Erathis, holed up in his temple hiding from Tyhpon. Typhon asks the troupe to break a magical seal within the temple that’s blocking his access, and in return, he will give Jon’s soul back.
•Finding a shrine to Asmodeus in the basement, they decide to side with Typhon, and break the seal allowing Typhon to reclaim Maiden in it’s entirety for the forest.
•They strip the shamed priest of his vestments, and banish him into the forest, but Pontius, unsatisfied, kills him.
•Disappointed by the turn of events, Grotto decided to leave the group for a while to ponder whether this increasingly darker path was worth traversing.
•In the forests, Jolnir approached him, seeing a spark of nobility in him and his sympathy for the priest, Jolnir offered to make him a chosen one of Erathis (revealing that he was not all that he seemed). Grotto accepted, and was filled with divine power, deciding to rejoin and help the group by being a shining light for civilisation. He then started the trek south alone
•Jon Gosser, now conscious, tells them that he had visions whilst comatose – he saw Maiden, once a booming mining town, had a terrible accident trapping most of the miners in an underground dig site. Jon’s father, Lord Gosser, in charge of Maiden and the mine made a deal with Typhon, rather than waste his gold saving the miners or re-compensating their families, he had Typhon make the forest swallow the town and all it’s inhabitants (save the priest, protected by his god). In return Typhon could have the Lord’s son’s soul at a time of his choosing.
•In return for reuniting his body and soul, and for his safe return, Jon agrees to have the current bounties lifted, and to reveal the locations of some of The Cult of the Kollossi’s chapter houses (as his father was once a member, but at some point they had become antagonistic toward each other).
•So back in Baldersbalet, the bounties were lifted, but Jon was unable to lift a new bounty – a King’s Bounty – that had been placed on their heads more recently. The King’s Bounty is not a bounty the watch can fulfill, it is open only to assassins of renown and the knights of regal families, but, naturally, the payout is high.
•The group decided to head back to Foxwood Manor to plan their next move.
•Stopping at the Dunwall farm in Tyster pa Gud, they were attacked by hill giants under the control of Pinners after revenge for slighting him the last time he was there, but poor Pinners was squashed by one of the very giants he acquired for his revenge.
•The Dunwall’s revealed that Gideon had visited them with a wintertouched elf a week previous to collect Gilhrim’s corpse, the troupe instantly suspecting foul play as Gideon had been with them the entire time. The other “Gideon” had traveled to Port Skarsgaard under the pretense of delivering Gilhrim to his ancestral home in Agria.