The party find themselves under assault in the hallway of the Rimerunner’s Guildhall. Guild guards attack them from three directions and valiant fighting from all adventurers keep the guards at bay, although the unarmed Uksahkka is heavily injured by the attackers. Hirohito presses the attack up the main staircase where three guild guards wait for him in ambush before attacking him all at once. Hirohito is pressed heavily but his armour protects him from heavy blows from the double-bladed axes while he unleashes well-trained katana swings to fell these attackers. Increasingly covered in blood, Hirohito is distracted by the sound of fireworks firing up the chimney, exploding loudly above the city undoubtedly as a distress signal. The party’s time in the guildhall is now severely limited.
Hirohito dives back over the railing of the staircase and decapitates the last remaining guard as he lands. The guildhall now appears eerily calm, though muffled talking and quiet sobs behind locked doors indicate that the building is far from empty. Shalelu and Traftar keep careful guard of the entrances and notice that Ignatius’ distraction has come to an end and indeed Ignatius appears to have been chased away.
Koya explores upstairs and soon discovers a small room with wooden walls and heavy desk, much the same as the location shown to her by Helgarval’s visions. But whereas the vision showed scrolls open upon the desk, the actual room has a heavily locked strongbox. Uksahkka’s considerable strength is not enough to open the strongbox or break the lock and the sounds of fighting downstairs indicate that Shalelu and Traftar are again busy holding the line. Hirohito and Koya break into a locked room to discover a well-dressed guard official and his personal thrall. The thrall cowers pitifully but the guild official stands proudly, refusing to diminish himself even at his likely death. Hirohito, towering, drenched in the fresh gore of a half-dozen men, glowers down at the official and demands a key to the strongbox. The guild official hesitates but is then defiant, calmly informing the party that they are trapped and will soon all meet their deaths when the guildhall is overrun. He is then surprised as Hirohito throws him a hand axe and tells him to defend himself. The confused official has barely enough time to adjust his grip on the weapon before he is brutally sliced in half by a lightning-quick katana. A quick search of the official finds a loop of keys and the strongbox is quickly opened to reveal a collection of scrolls that Koya stuffs into her pockets.
By now Shalelu notices that the building is surrounded by large numbers of town guards, Rimerunner guild guards and even powerful huscarls from several important nobles. The huscarls are commanding the other men, coordinating when to storm the building all at once. The party gathers downstairs and just when Shalelu indicates the men are about to storm the building, Traftar throws upon a side door and unleashes an obscuring mist between the building and a crowd of townsfolk. The party dashes out of the building and around a couple of guards who lash blinding at the sounds around them. Traftar again takes to the skies while Koya, Uksahkka, Shalelu and Hirohito dart through the crowd to lose any pursuers. After some distance they find refuge in an alley where Koya douses Hirohito with magical water to wash his blood-soaked appearance. They blend in with the city folk and meet Traftar back at Sandru’s caravan, although there is worryingly no sign of Ignatius.
After a rest, an examination of Koya’s stolen documents comes up with the lead they were looking for. Thorborg Silverskorr had personally bought a large fort, Ravenscraeg, from Snorri Stone-Eye “The Mad Reaver” shortly before his death. A manifest shows that a caravan had recently left for Ravenscraeg with a cargo of a “Tian Antique” as well as a “Wild Animal in Crate (not to be disturbed)”. Interestingly, Uksahkka seems no longer interested in pursuing the trail of her friend Ulf Gormandr. Her time in Kalsgard has been a repeated string of gruelling hardships and she announces her intentions to wash her hands of it all and head back north to be with her people.
The party dispatches the faerie Spivvy to find Ignatius and inform him of their location. They decided they must set off for Ravenscraeg, weary at this seemingly endless pursuit, yet oddly feeling stronger and more capable than they’ve felt before.
All party members have now levelled up!
This brings the characters to level 5 (except Shalelu who reaches level 7).
Additionally the party has the following loot as been found over the past two sessions.
– Blessed Songbird Token of Shelyn (+1 to artistic activities), held by Koya
– Fishbone Token of the Varki Gods, held by Koya
– Sack of 2000gp from the guildhall strongbox, which Sandru wishes to claim for the caravan
– 15gp of coins and jewellery from the guild official, held by Hirohito