Konistag 8 Nachexen to Angestag 9 Nachexen
The heroes spent another 20 minutes continuing to search the area looking for the continuation of the tracks, but were unsuccessful. In searching the area though, Detlef did find an aged, singed and worn pennant, which Gard was able to identify as coming from one of the Northern provinces. The heroes decided that it was unlikely to be related to the tracks they had followed.
They returned to the Blessings of Taal to rest, and the next morning Gard inquired of the innkeeper about the burnt out area of the city. The Innkeeper advised him it had burnt down when his Grandfather was a boy, but because it was near the location of the Bright College, occasionally the area would burst back into flame, and that no one lived there anymore, except the Fire wizards.
The heroes then prepared themselves for their meeting with Lady Baern. Andred and Gard wore their fine clothing. Detlef washed his clothes and put on his fine cloak, and Kadfina spent some time polishing her chainmail. They then split up, with Kadfina and Andred returning to the Temple of Sigmar for healing, and Detlef and Gard making their way to Lord Fredericks’ estate to talk to him about Gottri Hammerfist.
Sigmar did not look fondly upon Kadfina, so they made their farewells to Father Ranulf, and instead made their way to Lady Baern’s walled estate. However, on the way, when walking back from the Temple, a crossbow bolt suddenly hit Andred. Stunned, Andred and Kadfina looked around for their attacker. Although Andred saw the shooter, a blond haired man shooting from a first story loft window, the shooter was able to reload and fire his crossbow again before the two heroes could act. Andred was sorely hit and slumped behind a stall, while Kadfina charged the warehouse housing the assassin. As Kadfina burst into the warehouse, she heard the assassin running across the floorboards above her, so she positioned herself near a ladder, ready to attack the assassin when he came down. However, it appeared he instead leapt out of another window and ran down the alleyway behind the warehouse. The Assassin having gotten away, Kadfina returned to Andred, who although not dying, was in a very sorry state.
The watch arrived shortly thereafter and investigated the scene. When informed the heroes were close friends of Lord Fredericks, the watch assured them they would have the culprit in chains by the evening. Kadfina advised the watch they were staying at the Blessings of Taal, and Andred was ministered to by a doctor summoned by the watch.
Meanwhile Detlef and Gard were unable to meet with Lord Fredericks, who was outside the city hunting. They then went to Lady Baern’s estate, where they waited for the other two, but as the time arrived for the meeting, they knocked, and went inside. Gard introduced himself as Hildebart von Atzwig, and put on the airs of a Southern noble. Lady Baern’s estate appeared immaculately kept. They were taken into a sitting room, where tea was served and Hildebart and Detlef discussed a number of issues with Lady Baern.
Through their careful questioning, they discovered that Lady Baern was in contact with a death wizard named Gabrielle Marsner and provided some support to an independent (non-church aligned) witch hunter (who was a Dwarf!) named Gottri Hammerfist. She wrote letters of introduction to both of them.
She also indicated that the reason for her support of Gottri was that he had convinced her of his views that the Light Wizards were hoarding Chaos artifacts for some reason. This appeared to be driven by the time, when she was much younger and had exposed a chaos cult, that when she handed over a magic ring to the Light College, they took it away rather than destroying it.
There was little more that could be learned, and Lady Baern indicated that their time with her had ended, and so the two heroes left, wondering where Kadfina and Andred had gotten to.
People known in the city of Altdorf
Wolfgang Scheunacht – Bright wizard
Dieter Klemperer – Celestial wizard
Lord Fredericks – Powerful noble
Konrad Messner – Light wizard
Theodora Pferig – Witch hunter (retired). More of a Vampire Hunter really.
Solveig Thudrun – Thief
Berthold. Child message deliverer run over by a cart. Currently in a hospital.
Guillame Deschamps. Jade Wizard. Knows a ritual to destroy Chaos Artifacts, but needs a willing sacrifice.
Father Ranulf – Sigmarite Priest – originally from Middenheim
Lady Elizabeth Baern – Altdorfian Noble.
Klara Robans – Sigmarite Priest – Not yet met.
Gabrielle Marsner – Amethyst Wizard – Not yet met.
Gottri Hammerfist – Independent Witch Hunter – Not yet met.