Earthday, Patchwall 6, 552 CY (50 AN)
Thava lands outside the walls of Duchy Jepson near the east gate. Before she has an opportunity to go to the Vistani camp, the guards note her injuries and insist she sees the town’s abbot for treatment. Exhausted, she agrees.
The guards lead her to a house apparently being used by the Jepson clergy while the church is being rebuilt. Abbot Aelius inquires about her injuries while treating her, and she explains her run-in with the mercenaries. The abbot recommends she contact the guards. She agrees, and after she is healed, she goes to the guard barracks, again explaining her plight. After a brief wait, Captain Chandler mobilizes a guard contingent and asks if she can accompany to lead them to the mercenaries. She agrees.
Meanwhile, Croitus, Dhavita, Manny, Marguerite, Quithyra, Resh, and Southie wait by their trap. Southie watches with his telescope, noting an elf scout is walking up the road in their direction. Dhavita confirms it to be the elf traveling with the bounty hunters. They take positions and wait.
He tracks them, but apparently doesn’t notice their trap. He falls into the pit and is buried by the rockslide. The group uses the telescope to see what the mercenaries are doing in their camp. They appear to discuss the matter — the rockslide was definitely noticed — but they continue to wait. Eventually, the telescope reveals that Thava and a contingent of the town guard have arrived. They speak briefly with the mercenaries and everyone leaves peacefully.
Croitus, Dhavita, Manny, Marguerite, Quithyra, Resh, and Southie proceed to clear the rubble, both so that the road is passable and so that they can get rid of the elven ranger. Once he is uncovered, Croitus tastes his brain. He recalls a conversation between the elf, Carondir, and the dwarf leader, Ukhad, that the information regarding their suspicions is set to release from a safe deposit box in case they do not return to Sorgforge in twenty-four hours. He searches the body, finding a small trinket, a wooden carving of an elf done in the elven style. His other equipment is broken by the rock slide; Croitus scoops his remains into one of his canopic jars.
Having spotted a merchant caravan on its way, the group works to clear the rock slide, and after some discussion, they decide Croitus should return to Jepson to determine what is happening. Once they have finished, they’ll return to the Vistani camp.
In Jepson, the guards return with the mercenaries to the guard post for processing and interrogation. Captain Chandler asks Thava what she knows about the mercenaries, and tells her to stay in town as he’ll likely have more questions for her. She says she’ll be in the tavern.
Croitus returns to Jepson without incident, and enters the Vistani camp. He finds Leolann, and after trying to dance around the subject, he indicates he is Croitus and that his friends plan on coming soon. Leolann indicates that should not be a problem, and they will be ready to receive them.
After Thava has been sitting in the tavern for nearly an hour, a stranger enters and indicates he’s Croitus. He doesn’t explain much — as he says, for Thava’s safety — but the others will be returning to Jepson shortly. She explains what happens, that the mercenaries were arrested (although the elf was missing; Croitus indicates they may have been involved, although he declines to give details), and that she’s waiting to see if she needs to render additional assistance to Captain Chandler. So, they wait.
When the merchants arrive at the rockslide, Dhavita, Manny, Marguerite, Quithyra, Resh, and Southie explain that they’re helping clear the road after an unexpected rockslide. The merchants help them finish and thank them for the assistance. They ask if they need to purchase any provisions before continuing on their way, but the group declines. They then proceed back to Jepson to meet with the Vistani.