Monstille to Festag 3 Vorhexen
The heroes awoke on Monstille to find the city of Middenheim wrapped in sober reflection. They attempted to find passage south with a merchant caravan, but Andred advised them they would find nobody working on this holy day.
After Detlef finished his prayers at the Temple of Ulric he joined the others at the southern gate, looking for people headed south. True to Andred’s advice, they discovered no-one was leaving today, but a guard informed them that the next caravan south was leaving in the next few days and directed them to talk to Siegfried.
Siegfried was a scarred veteran, missing an ear (although a wooden ear had replaced it). The heroes tried to sign on as guards, but Siegfried showed some good judgement when he offered Kadfina a job (for being a dwarf), but wanted to see whether the others knew how to use their weapons first.
Andred arrogantly assured Siegfried that he could use his bow, and then went on to show this to be a lie. Twice he fired at the target (a bucket) and twice he missed. Detlef attempted the same feat and had the same success.
Gard forwent the archery show and instead offered to show his skill with his hand weapons. Siegfried called for his nephew, Ulrike, and some wooden swords and demanded Gard try and pierce Ulrike’s defences. Ulrike was a tall lad with blond hair and a strong frame. Gard, took his stance and with a quick whip-like action scored a strike on the young man.
Detlef decided he was likely to be equally successful and took up one of the swords. He swung wildly at first, Ulrike readily parrying the blows, but finally struck through.
The three heroes were offered a shilling a day, payment of all meals and taxes, for following Siegfried’s orders as they transported two families south to Altdorf. Siegfried, unimpressed with both Andred’s skill and attitude, charged him 20 crowns to join as a ‘passenger’ on the trip. Some quick talking by Gard made Siegfried soften his stance. Should Andred prove his worth in the trip, he would be returned the crowns and from that point forward be accepted as a guard. Andred reluctantly paid the fee.
They set off the next day. The column involved Siegfried, Ulrike, Kadfina, Detlef and Gard as guards, and Andred, a scholar named Wolfgang and two families headed south to Altdorf. The Mos family consisted of Adelbert Mos, his wife, mother and four girls. The Brusch family consisted of Pieter Brusch, his wife, mother and a boy and a girl. Gard entertained them and the children in particular were awestruck by Gard’s skills. He proved to be quite popular with many a call for his songs and lute playing, much to Kadfina’s disgust.
The first day passed uneventfully, but on the second day they came across a burnt out wagon blocking the road. Fearing an ambush, Kadfina and Ulrike were left to guard the others, and Siegfried, Gard, and Detlef set out to spring the trap. Andred tagged along.
Siegfried and Gard rode quickly past the wagon to trigger any trap. A swarm of greenskins poured from the wagon. 12 Snotlings began chasing the horses down the road. Siegfried and Gard turned their horses and rode back through the mob, Siegfried firing his pistol and missing and Gard swinging his axe and missing.
They rode back towards Andred and Detlef, the Snotlings turning giving chase. Andred drew out an arrow, and raising his bow, took aim at the Snotling mob. The arrow flew wide and pierced Gertrude, Gard’s horse. Gard was nearly thrown, but managed to calm Gertrude by dismounting and leading her to the others. Siegfried and Gard were not impressed by Andred’s actions. He continued to claim it was Ulric’s curse upon him.
Detlef picked a few snotlings off at range and then the mob hit the four of them. The first snotling to attack Detlef channelled the power of Gork and Mork and struck a wicked blow. From there on in, the heroes made quick work of the crazed greenskins.
Detlef and Gard were sent back to the wagons to recover. Kadfina and Ulrike replaced them. They carefully searched the wagon and surroundings finding a number of frozen bodies lying around the wagon and a half eaten body in the wagon. Kadfina searched the wagon and found a rolled up, fire-singed pennant, coloured orange, green and white, with a tree in the centre. No-one was able to identify it.
That evening, in Grubentreich, Detlef was attended by a young surgeon, who had practised his skills on local livestock. With assistance of a poultice and healing potion from Gard, the young man was able to stitch Detlef back up. He had less success with Gertrude.
The next day, with the weather turning worse, they set off for Malstedt. Early that morning they were ambushed by two goat headed beastmen. The beastmen ignored the guards and instead ran and attacked the passengers on the carts. Charlotte Mos, the youngest of the Mos girls, was struck badly before Kadfina could intercept the beastman. Kadfina struck the creature with a number of blows before Andred came up behind it and cut it in two (Ulric’s fury). The second beastmen was killed shortly thereafter.
Siegfried announced he was riding ahead to see whether Ulrike was safe. The Mos family began to try to staunch Charlotte’s severe wound and the Brusch’s stood around helplessly, not sure what to do. Wolfgang held himself apart from the group, as he had done so since leaving Middenheim.