Previously in Dunraven…
While exploring the halfwood for clues about the missing princess Elesondra the party is attacked by a viscous pair of forest sloths, however the sloths were no match for grett and zion.
Exo the druid the parties new Grevitei friend meets a helpful, and chatty squirrel that points the party in the right direction.
Arriving in the worn torn village of Lorris the party finds the conditions grim for surrendering imperial citizens on this front of the war. Using the call of the southern frost buzzard Grett is able to make contact with the remnants of the Wild Watch outside the village. A man named Dogar working in a den for substance abusing collaborators, should know where princess Elesondra is being held.
The party easily makes contact with Dogar who informs the party that Sir Coilios Wellionton has been charged with holding Ishmale Keep, and that some high profile prisoners have been taken there. Sir Wellington is son of Duke Coilios wellionton of Castle Freedom, and Zion points out that its strange that a member of the royal family would be delegated to guard duty unless it was an intentional snub by the Kings Justice.
The journey to Ismale Keep is uneventful, and after some birds eye surveillance by Exo the party deduces that capturing and posing as a one of the hunting parties leaving the keep each day would be the best way to gain entrance since the parties master of disguise is occupied elsewhere. After a bizarre but successful ambush the party enters the keep as hunters.
Issack sneaks down below to the dungeon, makes quick work of the guards, and finds Princess Elesondra,and a strange man with his lips sewn shut. After oping his mouth the man revels him self to be Verbeeg 3rd Evocator of Ramoria. Iassck realizing the importance of this prisoner quickly searchs for an escape tunnel of some sort and eventually finds a secret passageway leading to a an underground river and a small boat, Isack gets the princess and the wizard in the boat but Verbeeg refuses to leave with out his spell book. Issack makes his way up where he finds the whole keep in arms over some mercenary captain who has infiltrated the keep and threatened Sir Delhigh. In the confusion Isack finds Zion and shows him to the boat, and the prisoner and assures Verbeeg that he will find his spell book. After some sneaking, and Grevtie fast talk Isack learns the spell book is most likely in the lords main bed chamber. After breaking in to the room and conducting a long and complete search of the room Isack finds a secret chest. After several somewhat comedic attempts to open the chest with the north pole arm Isack eventually opens the chest to find a spell book and some gold. Since the keep is nearly empty Isack just walks to his horse and rides off.
Grett sneaks up to the war room of the keep and listens to Sir Delhigh, Sir Coilis’s closest friend and ally being briefed on an indecent in the Halfwood evolving a reserve unit being routed by four men. Session 54. Grett decides to intimidatingly enter the room admit to being the leader of the mercenary band responsible for the attack and offers his service to the lord of this castle. Sir Delhigh suggest Grett wait outside while he finds the Sir Coilios and deliberates on this offer. As soon as Grett and Bishup are outside Sir Colios, Sir Delhigh and his five best swords charge out to meet Grett. An awesome display of ax and swordsmanship ensues. Desight being out numbered seven to one Grett Holds his own and long enough for exo to arrive in bird form and begin healing the nearly dead Grett. With heals from exo and back up from Nuts the squirrel Grett slays Sir Coilois and three of hiss best swords before the rest of the keep comes rushing out. Grett and Exo ride hard and hope to escape the army chasing them.
Zion rides down the river for many hours until he finally emerges from the cave in a small pool. After a short look around Zion realizes he isn’t far from Dunraven so he returns with his quests. Upon returning to Dunraven he finds the people of the city in good spirits, and with one name on all their tongues; Orval. Apparently while the party was away Orval led a group of mercenaries to Thorpeldown and slew most of the remnants of the Grevites stationed there. Zurch informs Zion that Lady Dunraven approached Lord Thorpel to have Orval Knighted so that she could marry him, but Lord Thorpel refused saying Orval hadn’t done anything noteworthy enough to warrant knighting. So Orval preformed this great attack and not the refugees of Thorpeldown and the common fold of Dunraven see his as a hero. So again Lady Dunraven approached Lord Thorpel and asked him to knight Orval, this time Lord Thorpel agreed upon the condition that Isack be knighted as well so that Lady Kend who he is betrothed to can mary a Knight, and Lady Dun Raven agreed. Zurch goes on to say that while Lady Dunraven was Knighing people at least one person who deserves it should be knighted as well, so she approached captain Alhalore and told him that she will make him champion of Dunraven, but he refused claiming that Zion deserves that honor, so Zion will be made champion of Dunraven, as such Lalia will sanction the creation of the Order of the Shield of which Zion will be grand master and he will be given Greatwyrm Manor, now Alaxzander Manor as a token of appreciation for the sacrifices he has made for Dunraven, and to serve as home to the Order of the Shield.