Campaign of the Month: March 2008
The Nemedian Chronicles
Cuana Act 8 Entry 2
6/29 Crimson Wolves hired by Timeon (for 50% more than original offer w/half up front and other half later on). Baron Timeon is spoiled, arrogant, and surrounds himself with gaudy trappings & trinkets that he seems to assume a wealthy aristocrat should own. he is small, fat, boisterous, condescending, and is often drunk. if barbarians are likened by city dwellers to be akin to dogs, Timeon makes the case that city dwellers can be likened to pigs. nevertheless, he has enough wisdom to hire the Crimson Wolves for protection, providing us with the means to continue to fund the mercenaries. we were then able to pass back out the city gates, reunite with our men, retrieve our armor, and return to the city. once back, we set up a base at Timeon’s estate.
while passing through Ianthe’s main trading area (known as Golden Circle)saw King Valdric accompanied by General Iscandrian(sp?). the king looked very old, tired, and ill, and by contrast the general looked strong, vital, and of keen intellect despite his apparent age.
we encountered band of 80 or so displaced & homeless people several days ride out from city, at first fearing that we were being set upon by bandits. Tullweim and I helped feed them by catching game (Tullweim felled a stag for them but all I could manage to catch was a rabbit). I gave them 100sp to buy what food & provisions they could and we sent them on their way, warning them to stay clear of Valentius’ land.
19 days ride from city arrived at gold mines. Timeon had the mule team loaded with gold ore, and began our ride back to city.
several days into return journey, the Crimson Wloves were attacked by armed cavalrymen. early on in the fight, Dahk and the band of Wolves fighting with him were hit hard and they broke and fled. Xacksmith and his surrounding mercenaries were nearly killed in the battle, but they managed to hold until they could turn the tide. wherever Tullweim went, the enemy died. Cuana knocked one cavalryman unconcious & questioned him, learning that the cavalry belonged to Valentius, enemy of Timeon. Valentius was tipped off by the same group of refugees that we had assisted by capturing them, questioning them, and selling them into slavery after robbing them of the money I gave them. although those actions were not taken against me personally, I am inclined to make a move against Valentius personally for selling those into slavery that came to me for aid, undoing any good we may have done and helping himself to the money I gave them so that they could help feed and clothe themselves.
the Crimson Wolves are still at least two weeks away from returning to Ianthe, and I expect we will encounter more attacks before returning. that could mean the loss of even more of our company, and more we will need to hire to flesh out our ranks again.