Adventure 5: "This one time at bandit camp..."
We start off waiting for the arival of the 'distinguished guests' Lord Balon Greyjoy and Lord Larson Netly. The mood is rather grim with their Leige Lord Eddard Stark making known his disproval of the entire situation. Thankfuly his son Rob Stark is a bit more friendly. He and Theon Greyjoy spend most of the time in the practice yard with Krugan. They have a few training sessions and sparing matches using blunted axes. Robb is new to the axe but in one session manages to score a lucky hit and knock Krugan out! ( I do so love the crit rules
) There are a few days to kill before and durring the confrence so Gavin and Krugan decide to show their guests around the town. (Symon is still in bed recovering from his wound) They take everyone to Mogor's Mighty Meat Market for some Moose Nibblers. Gavin explains what has been hapening with the recent thefts and blends into the crowd to try to ferret out more information. Markus Flint heads to the marketplace to by gifts for his sisters, and Theon Greyjoy offers his aid in 'investigating' Madame Trista's Baudyhouse.
Back at Ironwood Keep the Lords arive. Lord Larson Netly is an impressive figure, tall, long blonde hair and broad shoulderd. Lord Baelon Greyjoy is showing his age but still does most of the talking. After some tense introductions Lords Stark and Milo escort them in. In the entry hall Larson immediately requests bread and salt, indicating his mistrust of the Milo family. The talks last well into the night, and the players learn of the outcome the next morning. Eddard Stark determined that the Milos were responsible for instigating the conflict. There was a demand for blood money but the Milos didn't have enough gold on hand to satsify such a clam. Thus the only solution to avert full scale warfare was for the Milos to give the Netlys their squadron of veteran warships, to make up for the longships sunk in the attack. Lord Benjin was not happy with this outcome at all (Though he wasn't upset as the players were ooc
) but he went along with it because he couldn't risk opposing the Starks.
Baelon and Larson reluctantly accepted and aggred to the peace terms but on the way out Lord Greyjoy remarked to Benjin: "We will abide by the new treaty, but rember; you have sided against us in battle, and this we do not forgive...or forget."
A raven was recieved from Lord Martin Bryce stating that Symon's wedding to his daughter was planed in a months time in Bryce lands. Also a grand tournament was being held in celebration! The prizes were impressive but poor Symon has little skill with horse and lance! Lord Benjin was a bit concerned that their recent power decrease might complicate the planed wedding and neglects to inform the Bryces about the treaty for now. Their good friend Markus Flint sugests the Milos come back with him for a little hunting trip. Symon is eager for some action and Gavin was excited to visit the Flint master smith to be fitted for a new suit of castleforged half plate. Krugan was asked to come along too as the Flint lands were know to be infested with bandits (Law 12)
It was about a 3 day march to Flint lands (Players were mounted but Markus was returning with the infantry unit he came with) The trip was pleasant and they made good time along the cobblestone road that led north to the border. They spent the first night at a roadside in, the "Stone Saber" Over ale and stew they herd roumers of a bandit lord named "The Black Headsman" Some say hes a brutal killer who sulks in the night to beheads innocent farmers. Others say hes a great hero who kills only bandits and gives the stolen loot to the smallfolk. The tales are so exagerated that the players don't really buy into them. Markus saies it's just a smallfolk yarn and this Headsman probally dosen't even exist.
The march goes quickly and soon the group arives at Flint's Finger. It's a castle proper, much more defensible then the meager Milo keep, though located near the calming sounds of the seashore it dosen't have the same opressive atsmophere of Ironwood Keep. They are greeted by Lord Ronnel Flint who bids them welcome and offers them any assistance they might need in these troubled times. The group sets out that evening for some nearby hills to start hunting.
Once in the wilds the group decides to spit up and go off alone!
Gavin figures he can be more stealthy without his jingling coin armor so he opts to wear only padded armor!
He also thinks it's unwise to leave the horses unattented, so he leaves his cohort Saber to guard the horses!!
(Side note: It's moments like this that bring joy to my heart. It's like when someone your trying to kill goes for a swim in gasoline, hands you a lighter and asks if you have a light
) Gavin sucesfully tracks down a boar and kills it with two arrows. Unfortunatly someone was tracking Gavin! He starts dressing his kill but is soon taped on the shoulder. An unkempt smiling man asks him to kindly surrender. Gavin tries to fight his way out of the trap but two bowmen hidden on both sides open fire! He gives a good account of himself but is soon overwhelmed and knocked unconcious after several injuries.
Symon stumbles arcross two bandits who try to capture him as well. Thankfully Symon is able to kill them both at range using his superior longbow skills. Krugan and a group of 3 bandits stumble across each other rather randomly. Krugan mistakes them for fellow hunters, and they play along going their seperate ways. Krugan didn't exactly look like a noble and with his heavy armor and weapons was judged to be more trouble then he was worth. The group notices Gavin is missing an soon finds the site of his battle. The trail is rather easy to follow. (what with all the blood and all) It leads them to the entrance of a pass through a rather high set of hills. Symon tells Markus to go back for reinforcments while he and Krugan blindly hurry into the pass
The pair is met with a predicable ambush. One mounted hedgeknight, two footmen and two bowmen in cover. Even before any banter can occur Symon launches an attack! Fortune was with the players here as they killed the knight in two turns then made quick work of the rest of the rabble. (Side note. Don't give bandits hunting bows, they are near usless against armor. Longbows would have made for a sucessful ambush.) They hurry through the pass into a ramshakle bandit camp. The bandits heard the comotion in the pass and rush to meet the invaders. Symon again refuses to surrender and takes on a group of 8 bandits this time!
Meinwhile Gavin slowly regains conciousness. The bandits have tied him up but he awkens to his ropes being cut. He is confronted with a mysterious figure wearing black leather armor, a black hooded cloak, and a black cloth mask that obscures his mouth. Before any questions can be asked he draws a pair of longswords and rushes to the battle, leaving Gavin to search for his belongings.
The fight is looking rather grim for our heros. Symon goes down wounded but not before taking several bandits out with him. Krugan is killing many foes with his beserker fury but taking lots of damage in the process. When the Black Headsman gets there Krugan has only one health point left and two surviving foes! The Headsman spins his swords and plunges them into the backs of the remaining bandits! From there he makes sure to lift Symon's coin purse before making his esacpe. Krugan shrugs and lets it happen, not in good condition to stop the theif.
The group recovers and searches the camp while waiting for Markus to return with help. The find a lot of equipment but suprisingly the camp is empty of currency, not so much as a haypenny was to be found!
(A very fun adventure, well for the GM anways
I had to struggle very hard to keep a straight face while confirming that Gavins player was indeed going off alone, sans armor and sabertooth
Had he not been Marked there's a good chance the bandits wouldn't have reconize him as a noble and kill him right on the spot. But still the group managed to prevail with the help of their mysterious saviour. The players assume the Headsman is actually one of the Flint sisters because I described him as "A little smaller then Gavin" To be fair though at the time I didn't realize Gavin is only 5'3"!!! What do you folks think? Who is the Black Headsman? And how much longer can our heroes survive blindly stumbling into danger? )