The Keystone Project

Session 3

While the mice are away...

The next morning, in the wee hours, Remilia and Momoko return to the Walled City to find Amaira and let her know about their rescue plans. Amaira volunteers to stay behind to gain reconnaissance on the hobgoblin visiting party, while the other two return to the camp south of town.

Zorran welcomes the hobgoblins and gives a tour of the city. The hobgoblin leader is impressed by the variety of peoples. He also takes interest in the apples by Lake Crystalmere, and Zorran gives him a “taste test” of beef prepared by magic regeneration. Negotiations on trade of metals also happens.

Coming upon the manor house, the hobgoblins quickly see the approaching party of Momoko, Remilia, and Amaira along with their fifteen farmers. The hobgoblin leader drags Amaira from her saddle with his whip. With a menacing sneer, one of the hobgoblins intimidates Remilia and Amaira with his knife. Amaira (synthesized with Enamund) claws the overseer through his defensive stance and takes him down.

Another hobgoblin moves in, fails to hit Amaira, and Amaira fails to retaliate properly, and lands a serious blow with his sword. Momoko tries her hand at the short bow while Remilia tangles with another hobgoblin. After a brutal fight, Remilia and Momoko fall to the hobgoblins, and Amaira escapes with six of the fifteen farmers…

Amaira returns to South Crystalmere to seek out Elbert Grove, and requests asylum. Elbert grants it to Amaira (the farmers are locals and therefore don’t need asylum), and calls for healers for the wounded returned.

Meanwhile, in the Walled City, six hobgoblin riders approach as the chieftain prepares to depart. Zorran calls for healers immediately. When the riders report it was the same assault team, Zorran offers the captured up as “undesirables”. The chieftain offers to take three of “your people” in exchange to have things “go back to the way it used to be” and to make up for the loss of four hobgoblins.

Zorran reports to Dolorian about the rescue attempt. Dolorian proposes giving them six of their dead, since they will be reborn anyway. War is not an option: they decide to give the negotiated items for free as compensation. When Zorran returns to the chieftain to tell him about the “gifts”, the hobgoblin insists on replacement for his men, not just “magic tricks”.

Zorran and the chieftain head to Dagna to discuss the actions of the tieflings with the leadership. Zorran announces that he “wishes to invoke the sacred right of diplomatic relations between our peoples”. The viking leader insists that it was not their people who led the second attack, as all of their people were already captured. The chieftain realizes that three were released, so there would be at most three “repeat customers”. When Tevon, one of the hobgoblins in the battle, says it was humans, Zorran speaks of Elbert as their defacto leader.

When the reach the Grove orchard, a rider at the edge of the property dashes inside. Amaira – hiding in the upper level of the house – stealthily listens to the conversation as Zorran approaches Elbert to talk. Elbert demands reparations for the nine captured humans from the samsarans, but more importantly their freedom. The chieftain implies that if the samsarans and the tieflings will declare their independence, then perhaps the humans as “free folk” are open to pay back for the losses incurred, pledging to “keep revenge to a minimum”.

Zorran heads to Dagna and announces the dire circumstances of the humans before heading back to the Walled City to engage a lock-down.

Word made its way to the tengu, and a jailbreak is made for Momoko and Remilia as well as the rest of the prisoners. Remilia gives her life in a heroic effort to help rescue the farmers.

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