Quintas, Gunther, Evets and Dirk were hired by Jaquin Quinlan to help with the carvan travel from Eagleshire, where they had all found themselves, and Kainston (Quintas was more interested in the payment than the destination). Jaynas was working for a seamstress in the town who needed to deliver a dress to Baron Ferdinand’s daughter in time for Princess Lillian de Trevan’s birthday celebration.
While on the journey, the caravan travelled through the Haunted Forest – they were attacked by bandits, stopped by Centaurs and Evets was bitten by a lycanthrope. They headed on to a town beyond the forest where Jaquin had many contacts and hoped to resupply their provisions. The town was Windy Hawk, and what they found there, was something out of a nightmare.
No one was left in the town, and a strange mist was all about. There was no blood, no sign of struggle. They found a note, left by a merchant, describing the events:
“They attacked us in the night. I survived until daylight, and the village was silent. There were no bodies, no blood. Nothing. Almost everyone was gone. Only three of us and a small child who remains wide-eyed and will not speak. We are leaving, we will not remain here. We do not know what happened only that this town has been claimed by someone else, and we will give them leave to have it.”
On their way out of town, they were met by the benevolent ghost of a townsperson who had been on watch the night that the attack had happened. He claimed that demons attack the village and urged the party out of town, lest they be accosted by townsfolk whose had become more angry spirits in their death.
They did so.
The continued on their way, quickly due to their lack of dwindling supplies to Appleton, by the Lake. There they were able to find a priest who was able to reverse the curse of Lycanthropy on Evets. Jaquin resupplied his carvan and they made their way onto Kainston.
In Kainston, Jaynas and Dirk went to deliver the Baron’s daughter’s dress, while Quint got a new face and learned that there were many rumors that the Order of the Rose was to be disbanded. The Order had stopped all recruitments and the town guard had begun to swell in numbers. Quint abducted a young Order member, but was unable to gather any useful information.
Evets and Gunther, meanwhile, went in search of a pie.
Later that evening they all met back at the Thorny Rose Inn and were enchanted by the woman singing on stage. She invited Quintas to meet her in her room after midnight – which he did.
Her name was Liana Starwell, she positioned herself as known to Quint and stated that she was the lover of his Mentor, At’hyn Ayril’lo. She also told him that she diguised herself a deaf/mute old maid in the Queen’s palace and that the woman now posing as the Queen was in fact an imposter. The Queen’s lover, a paladin that Rosaline had sucedued was the true father of Princess Lillian. She thinks the captain of the Guard is behind some plot, and possibly in league with Lord Coran, whose house is next in line for the throne. At’hyn is not dead, as Quintas thought, but being held prisoner in the dungeon, his execution the princess’ birthday is being used to show the Order as traitors and disband them so that they may go out and search for the true Queen Rosaline.
She suggested the party attend the Princess’ ball – with Quintas as Lord Westerling (a minor house). They did so.
While at the ball, they were able to sneak into the dungeons, but they were followed by a drunken Friar – who joined them in defeating the guards and freeing At’hyn. They escaped through hidden door that had access to the sewers, of which At’hyn had known and directed them.
The party is currently traveling through the sewers, hoping not to be discovered….