The heroes, joined by Detlef Baumann, a Nordlander refugee, were seated in the Inn overlooking the Fountain, discussing future plans for amassing a small fortune. They were overheard by a man who introduced himself as Erich Lenz.
Erich told them that his cousin, Felix, ran a small farmstead just outside of the town of Frote in Nordland. Erich advised that he had received a message from his cousin asking him to try and convince someone to come and help him. Felix and his family had been run off their farm by a small number of goat headed beastmen, no more than 5, who had taken residence in a nearby wood. Felix had sought assistance from the militia of Frote, but they claimed the aftermath of the Storm of Chaos meant that it was too dangerous for the militia to address any minor threats to the area.
Erich said that his cousin needed the beastmen moved on before winter ended and that his cousin had a princely sum, 31 Crowns and 2 shillings that he was willing to provide to whomever would do so.
The heroes questioned Erich further but, apart from him providing directions on how to get to the farm from Frote, he could provide no further relevant information (apparently Felix is a sheep farmer, he has a love of romantic poetry and his children are brats). Erich thanked the heroes for their assistance, bought them a drink and left.
Now the heroes stand just inside the North gate of the city. The gate lies open and a strong North wind drives a flurry of snow before their eyes and an intense cold into their bones. Adventure awaits.
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Faced with the cold day, the heroes wisely chose to stay the day in MIddenheim. A wise choice because fierce winter storms struck the region over the next few days. Once they ceased, dwindling coin pushed them out into the fiercely cold day.
The intense cold struck with a hunger and by the time they managed to make their way through almost blizzard like conditions to an inn, Detlef was sorely frostbitten and the other weren’t much better. They and the innkeeper (Heino) were the only residents. He was surprised to see them and treated them with kindness giving them cheap accommodation and letting them avoid the taxes he was supposed to collect. Heino was surprised they were headed to Frote. He told them that it had been overrun by Archaon’s retreating armies and no-one lived there now – who would want to? The heroes were a little confused but thought that given Felix lived a few hours from Frote, his farm might still be in existance.
The next two days weather were no better and they stayed with Heino, both to regain feeling in their frostbitten limbs and to help him tear down the old inn which had been destroyed in the Storm of Chaos. Finally the weather cleared enough that the heroes felt strong enough to move on. The cold still biting, but not as fiercely. They made it to the next inn, but it was destroyed. Some kind stranger had stacked enough firewood, and one room was still in good condition, allowing the heroes to survive the cold night. The next day saw another storm which trapped them in the tavern, but it broke around midday and the heroes, seeing their chance, took to the road to get to Frote.
Frote was, as Heino said, abandoned. Andred scouted around and saw no sign of life. With the light failing and wind rising, they walked into town. This is what the assassins were waiting for and three men stepped out of a house. Offering Detlef and Andred their lives they said they only wanted the Dwarf. Andred made what looked like a threatening move and they ran in to attack. The cold had slowed Andred, but Kadfina, made of sterner stuff stepped into the battle and with quick work took out two of the soldiers. Detlef struggled with his, taking a sore wound to the head, but once the other two fell, the remaining assassin, Abelhard, accepted Andred’s offer of surrender.
They dragged him into the house the assassins had been using and bound him. Abelhard told them that they had been hired by Rochus Faust, a pit boss from Middenheim, to kill the dwarf. They hadn’t been expecting the other two.
There was much debate about what to do next, but they finally settled on using Abelhard to trick Faust into thinking Kadfina was dead. Abelhard, intimidated by Detlef’s constant threats of violence quickly agreed to anything likely to keep him alive. Andred took some chain mail armour from the dead bodies and a small haul of loot was drawn together.
The weather continued to terrorise the area. The heroes spent two more days in Frote, exploring it. There were clear signs of Chaos occupation. Signs of Chaos undivided, Khorne and other symbols that had no meaning. Detlef found a scrap of clothing that had been overlooked in the retreat of Archaon’s forces which turned out to be a best quality cloak with a wolfs head hood. He quickly put it on and was never seen without it over the remaining period.
Finally the weather cleared and the heroes marched for the broken inn on the Frote road, before being snowed in for two days. At the next sign of reasonable weather they made a quick run to Heino’s inn.
Heino welcomed them and didn’t seem too alarmed that they had a prisoner. He did let slip that he had seen the assassin before but covered it up with an unconvincing story. The next day the heroes made for Middenheim. They had spent the previous night plotting how they could trick Rochus Faust, and they finally settled on Andred and Detlef escorting Abelhard to Faust’s place, sending Abelhard in to tell his story and then, unbeknownst to Abelhard, mugging him for the coin he would have earnt.
When trying to enter the city gates, the guard seemed to recognise Andred and asked him his name. Andred gave him a false name and the guard shrugged and let them go in. The travelled across the city to the Ostwald district. Kadfina, when she arrived at the gates, was more honest and was informed Commander Schutzmann wanted to see her urgently.
Abelhard went in to see Faust and was in there for around 50 minutes. Andred ducked around to what he thought may have been the back of Faust’s house. When Abelhard left, Detlef was a little too keen and when Abelhard saw Detlef coming for him, Abelhard began hammering on Faust’s door to be let back in. He was and he didn’t leave again before the cold drove Andred and Detlef back to the North of the city to meet Kadfina.
Kadfina told Andred that Cmdr Schutzmann was looking for them, they split up the coin and Detlef returned home to show his wife his new cloak.
The next day Andred and Kadfina saw Schutzmann. He was working in a smaller office in the less prestigious watchhouse offices in Southgate. He told them a terrible story. It appears that all of the watchmen and a civilian, who helped destroy the Daemon that stalked the city a few months ago had been brutally, horrendously killed. It seemed that Andred and Kadfina were the last of the group that assisted in killing the Daemon, and that somehow it was getting its revenge on those involved. Schutzmann ungraciously suggested they go and see the Ar-Ulric who might be able to help them.
They did so, first picking up Detlef from the small lodgings he and his wife were staying at. Detlef and his wife started arguing and after some kindness from Kadfina, the heroes left. Detlef told the horrific story of how he had been split apart from his son Gerhold when Skjaldberg was overrun by greenskins. They held little hope that he was still alive and his wife blamed him for the loss of the child.
Detlef read the note from Schutzmann and it raised concerns from Andred and Kadfina that perhaps the Ulricans were not happy to see them at all. However the brief visit with the Ar-Ulric didn’t seem to fully support that theory. He was kind and not quick to anger when Andred and Kadfina failed to treat him with the great respect he was due.
He told them that he and a Professor Albrecht Zweistein had been going through Claus Liebnitz’s belongings and found reference to a shack off the road to Sokh that was owned by Gerhard Heller. The Ar-Ulric suggested that they might find more information in the shack that would help them overcome their current danger. He also asked they return or destroy any evidence that may be in the shack that would incriminate the Deputy High Priest.
The three heroes left, headed towards the Collegium Theologica to meet with Professor Zweistein unsure of whether the Cult could be trusted.