Freeday, 7 Ready’reat CY 595
Difficult travel 18 miles due east through the hills, with Allustan noticeably inconvenienced by the journey.
Near dusk, the party finds that Shank’s Rest, where they had planned to spend the night, has been burned to the ground. Signs of lizardfolk tracks would indicate that 3 or 4 of them murdered a human family, 2 adults and 3 small children, and partially consumed the remains, within the last couple of days. The adult male wore a symbol of St. Cuthbert around his neck. The party buries the remains and finds a shelter for the night.
Campfire tales. Allustan, seeming a bit whacked out, tells the story of travelers on the road. Tyrrell tells a couple of jokes aimed at Kullen. Jane tells her story about losing Norgoz and meeting Long Fist. Riddle talks about himself and how strange it is that the party came together as it did, about Professor Montague and Zalamandra. Allustan notes that he knew Riddle’s mother, whose real name was Seela Traise, and his grandmother, whom everyone referred to as Lefty. Allustan then goes on to relate his own strange history before turning in for the night.
Battle with creatures of the forest shakes up Allustan badly.
Sunnday, 8 Ready’reat CY 595
Less rain, moderate wind, terrain flattening out a bit and growing moister with smaller, sparser trees. Near dusk the party notices an increase in the number of flies, and then smoke rising over the hill in the direction where Blackwall Keep should be. Athena flies ahead to scout and finds a few keep guards holding the tower against about 40 lizardfolk in the surrounding area. She learns from the boys on top of the tower that the lizardfolk have taken Marzena before flying back to the party.
They convince Allustan to help them save the people on the tower. A plan is made and buffs cast before the party efficiently eliminates three units of lizardfolk.