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When it became clear that the heroes could do nothing to help Charlotte, Wolfgang asked them to hold Adelbert back. Calling on the winds of Aqshy he made his hands glow with heat and he pressed them against Charlotte’s wound, searing it shut. He told them that although she was no longer losing blood, she would likely die unless she was taken somewhere warm. He briefly talked about the wind of Aqshy but it was clear that the heroes didn’t understand him.
The heroes set to moving the furniture around on the cart to make space for Charlotte to lie down. Siegfried returned with a beaten Ulrike. Ulrike told them he had been attacked by three Beastmen. They had each killed one and the third had fled, but not before slashing Ulrike’s forehead.
Siegfried decided that they should turn back for Grubentreich, it being closer than Malstedt and they set off. Shortly after turning back, they hear a horn blow in the forest. Two more sounded behind them (along the road to Malstedt). As they moved back to Grubentreich it became apparent the horns were following the small group,
They were attacked by three beastmen with bows, who stepped out from the forest and fired. Siefgried, Ulrike and Gard quickly rode towards them, but three fireballs from Wolfgang made short work of the creatures. Siegfried sent Ulrike and Detlef into the forest (Andred trailing) to see if there were more. After a brief wait it was decided to move on. One of the horns having overtaken them.
Mid-afternoon they came around a sharp bend and saw tree trunks laid out across the road. A number of beastmen stood behind them, but sharp-eyed Andred saw that only three were alive. The others were dead and were leant against the tree trunks to make it look more challenging. Wolfgang began to cast another fireball but Siegfried and Ulrike rode in too quickly, Gard following. The heroes charged the beastmen. Siegfried and Ulrike jumped the barricade, Siegfried falling as his horse landed badly. The heroes made short work of the three beastmen, but were alerted to a fourth beastman attacking the wheels of the carts. With one solid swing, the wheel was ruined, tipping the cart over, children falling out. The beastman then turned and ran to the second cart, just as Kadfina and Detlef returned. He damaged the second carts wheel and turned to run, but Kadfina and Detlef cut him down.
There was a long discussion about what to do next, but finally it was suggested that they combine the two good wheels on a single cart and keep on moving. Pieter Brusch, the Cartwright, set to work as Andred and Kadfina began chopping up the road-block.
It was late afternoon when the heroes returned to Grubentreich. The Militia were quickly summoned – five untested men and the villagers were warned. 10 woodsmen volunteered to help the defence of the town. From the south the horns blew every so often, drawing closer and closer.
The heroes and Siegfried prepared the defence of the town. Andred and Kadfina, along with 1 guard and 4 woodsmen would guard the South Gate. Detlef would guard the North Gate with 2 Guards and 2 woodsmen. Siegfried, Ulrike and Gard would remain in the centre of town and would ride to support the walls as needed. The remainder of the Guards and Woodsmen were set up around the walls to warn of any attempts on the walls.
A few hours after nightfall, a score or more of beastmen could be seen approaching the South Gate. Two guardsmen standing along the wall ran back into the centre of the city in fright. Wolfgang began casting, but the winds deserted him and the Beastmen ran quickly up the road. Andred, Kadfina and the Woodsmen began firing, without much luck. As they drew closer, again and again Wolfgang cast fireballs into their midst, but they were dispersed and he could only kill a few at a time. Just before they gained the walls, Andred saw another score or more approaching the southern walls.
Battle was joined with the beastmen scaling the walls. The horn was blown to summon the horsemen and Siegfried, Ulrike and Gard rode south with haste. None of them saw the massive fireball that landed in the midst of the second group of beastmen, but they heard the loud thump and the bright light it gave. When the mist cleared a handful of beastmen were fleeing back to the forest.
Andred, Kadfina and the sole remaining guard made quick work of the beastmen who made the walls, but then a group of more than two score was seen approaching the southern wall from the forest. Wolfgang hit them with multiple fireballs and the woodsmen fired regularly into their midst, but over one score made the walls and the heroes, guardsmen and woodsmen fell into battle.
It was a tough fought battle, with most of the defenders injured, but very few killed. With luck and skill the defenders saw the accursed creatures of chaos off. Siegfried, Ulrike and Andred took heavy wounds in the battle.
The heroes spent the next two weeks recuperating in Grubentreich, feasted as saviours. Once Andred was well enough to travel, Wolfgang approached them and suggested that, rather than waiting for Siegfried, Ulrike and Charlotte to recover, the heroes and he make their own way to Altdorf. Pieter Brusch, when he heard that the heroes were continuing to Altdorf, broke his contract with Siegfried and signed up with Detlef.
The heroes spent the following few days slowly travelling south to Altdorf. Andred and Detlef learning more and more about the Empire’s heavy taxation system. The heroes are currently rested in the Stone Lion awaiting the morning so they can continue their travels to Altdorf.