Action Report: 3123 First Hunt
Thaleon, Priest of Light
Esteemed Brothers of Light
The assignment to Farwatch seems to be paying off. The things going on in this town seem to be related and things are conspiring that doesnt bode well for those in the southern kingdoms.
The Rangers started their rounds looking for more clues on the whereabouts of both the Bandits, and the villagers whom were taken from the attacks. The Rangers decided to head to one of the outlying villages that hadnt been attacked yet, only to find out the reason for that seemingly was due to the fact that this was mostly a small family run wheat field with only about a dozen people located there. The group did have a small moment of thinking something was amiss when they spotted smoke billowing up from the distance. As they rushed forward, they notticed multiple fields were ablaze and when Siege approached, multiple humans scattered in terror. One man named Mortimer did not seem fazed by the monsterous Ogre, and even waved to the group as he was prodding a pile of flaming hay. The worry quickly subsided that something was wrong, when the Farmer informed the Rangers that the fires were intentional to clear the land before this seasons seeds were laid down. They were just getting a rush on it, because of the Weather they noticed towards the South. Which is something else entirely that I want to report on, but needless to say, the fact that the entirity of the Southern Horizon seems to be a giant storm front, is troubling to say the least.
After searching the rest of the village, the Rangers believe that this was not a target of the Bandits and decided to head back to the scene of the first Bandit attack. As they were heading in that direction, the noticed the ruins of the Fortified Keep/Manor house that the former Noble who lead Farwatch resided. Thinking that this was actually a good place for people wanting to keep a low profile would be, the Rangers decided to explore it.
As the Rangers approached the ruined fortress, they got the first good look at what happened to the Nobleman’s residence. Whatever did the damage to this place was a terrible force, and the fact that the town is still around is a testament to the town members tenacity. Upon entering the courtyard inside the ruined walls, Siege was able to spot the remnants of some canvas tents that seemed to have been used in the past month. As the group searched more, they were able to find more evidence that this place was not so abandoned after all.
When the group ventured inside the manor proper, they were shocked to find a room that seemingly was a holding pen for captives, and even worse seemed to be a cesspool of filth and excrement. Exploring further, they found evidence that this place was used within the past week. Deciding that the rest of the manor needed to be explored, the group slowly and methodically made their way through the rest of the ruins.
The Rangers searched the 2nd and 3rd floors with a fine tooth comb finding multiple hidden passages, and found even a hidden trove inside the ruined armory. Gabby found a rather interesting pendant that she believes to be carved out of Everwood, and Also a ornate looking Rapier. As the group went forward to explore the third floor, they noticed a very steep and narrow staircase leading up. Knowing that he would never fit up that staircase, Siege decided to scale the outside ruins of the larger staircase to reach the Third Floor.
As Siege struggled his way up, and Gabby and Derek scaled the narrow spiral staircase they were ambushed at the top by bandits who were laying in wait. The first volley of Arrows didn’t find their marks on the vulnerable Ogre as he was crawling inside, but quickly regained his footing as the bandits continued to attack the Rangers. In the staircase and hallway Derek and Gabby engaged a couple bandits, and Derek was able to dispatch them both with well placed strikes that ended the Bandits lives quickly. Meanwhile back in the common room where Siege was outnumbered, he moved with a grace that is impossible to believe for a being his size and was able to place himself between a Bandit, and the busted wall he just entered from. With a savagery that can only be described as Beastial, Siege kicked a Bandit with such force that the poor brigand flew out the busted wall and hit the ground three floors below with a sickening splat. This made the remaining bandits rethink their positions, and they quickly tried to escape, especially the one who was deemed to be the leader of the group. The leader agilely dove between the large ogres legs, and was able to get out into the hallway where Gabby and Derek were, and was moving towards the far wall and seemingly was about to get away, when Gabby removed a flask from her pouch and was able to throw it at the Bandits feet to immobilize him. The bandit not wanting to go down without a fight, continued to lay down a barrage of vicious slashes with his glaive, but was soon knocked senseless by a very hard punch from Siege and was rendered unconscious and crumbled to the floor. Seeing this happen, the other remaining bandit stood, frozen in fear, and seemed to go comatose to the point of lifelessness. The Rangers were able to search the rest of the floor after restraining the two captives, and went to what seemed like an innocent looking door only to have Siege and Derek blown back across the room when they tried to forcefully enter the room. Gabby was able to deduce that the room had a Warding on it that would set a powerful trap off on anyone who tried to enter with out having a key. Pulling out the Pendant she found, she was surprised when it flew from her hand and slid into the door, removing the warding and unlocking the room, that turned out to be the master suite of the Manor. The group explored the room, and found that the warding had been set from the inside, but no evidence of anyone being there was found. The only thing the group could find was the wall towards the outside of the manor was destroyed by something unnatural and deduced that whomever was in here was either taken that direction, or killed.
The group finished investigating the manor, with finding a horrible ritual room that seemed like some dark arts were being performed inside, and decided to not dilly dally in that room of horrors for any longer than need be. After making sure the area was secure, the group grabbed their two captives, and decided to head back to farwatch to interrogate them. As they were lifting the Leader to transport, Siege found a piece of parchment on his person, that seemingly had been either written in a odd language, or was coded, so he grabbed that to have it examined by someone with a more decernable eye than his own.
As I have said, this happening seem to all be intertwined, and request that supplies be sent so we can establish a more semi-permanent presence in Farwatch for the foreseeable future.
I await your word.
Your Servant in the Light