Benders

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Kalarel is Close

Lord Pedraig kept the wine and ale coming so that everyone could celebrate and unwind. Bex took a bottle of wine and the good Sister Linora out for some star gazing and watched the sun rise. Some of the Benders made it back to their rooms for the night and a couple ended up sleeping at the dining table.

The next day, when they were up and moving about, if a little slowly, the Benders made the rounds in the keep.

Bex learned from Viola a little about the keep, though she didn’t seem to know much. She told him her secret to the blood roses. Pick them at noon. The goblin’s didn’t seem to move around much at noon, she said. Still, you had to be quick, in and out, just in case.

That night found the Benders back in their common room at Wrafton’s. The place was becoming very comfortable feeling and the innkeeper always took good care of her guests.

The next morning, the Benders were better than new. Bex, JohnM, and CB all found that they were adapting to this plane of existence in ways they never could have imagined. Mark spent the day again with the dwarf and while he was able to share his new world technical knowledge with Thair, the dwarf was able to give Mark some insight into how things work as well. JohnE and Ice spent the day practicing with the militia, both adapting quickly to the martial arena of this plane. They were all adapting to the world and while it felt natural here, it was a bit odd when they thought about where they came from.

At the inn, before dinner was served, Leisha entered the main dining area. She glanced around a bit and when she saw the Benders, she quickly made her way to their table.

“I think Kalarel is planning to attack the keep tonight,” she said without any greeting.

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well, I think we could set some nice traps for the nice guy that he is. I think between my dwarven friend and I we could get some traps set up they might not expect.

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Crap. Well at least we won’t have to go looking for him. What brings you to that conclusion?

Wait. On second thought, this sounds like something that we have to include Pedraig and Valthrun in. If Kalarel is going to attack then the whole keep will have to be mobilized. Let’s find them and you can tell your story once.

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Oh! Devon, can you tell where Kalarel is and whether or not he’s on the move?

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“Let’s move… Like John says, Lord Pedraig will want to hear this information, and how you came across it. I’d wager Kalarel thinks we might upset his plans, and he’d like to take us out before we do…”

(although, the rules of counter-espionage are very clear: suspect everyone. There is a chance that Leisha is the spy, trying to keep us in Winterhaven, and away from the Goblin Keep. Maybe we should simply ask Devon, “where is Karalel’s spy?”)

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That’s a great call, Bex. I hadn’t thought of that.

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“I may just be jumping to conclusions,” Leisha said, “but I found something in the cemetary that looks very much like the magic circle we saw at the kobold kave.” She squinted a bit as if she was peering at something in her mind. “I can’t see how a protective circle would help from there but it looks so similar, there has to be a connection.”

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maybe it is a portal?

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“Can you sketch it? Valthrun might be able to tell us something about it… It could be a coincidence, but if it is a portal, we might want to think about pounding some rocks and spikes into it.”

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“It is too complicated for me to accurately sketch,” she said. “You really need to see it to understand.”

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(again, Leisha could be the spy, so we should be cautious… it could be a trap. Or, even if she’s not a spy, it could still be a trap… What the heck was she doing in the graveyard last night anyway???)

“Still, we need to inform Pedraig and Valthrun…”

(and while we’re doing that, John and Devon should sniff out the spy…)

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Where exactly is the graveyard. Is there anyone we could talk to in the area that might have seen Leisha or who might have seen any odd activity there in the recent past?

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poke poke poke

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The graveyard is only about a quarter of a mile north of the keep. There is a small foot trail that leads there.

“Let’s tell them then and get on with it,” Leisha said.

“As you step out of the inn, you hear one of the guards say, “What the hell is that?” He’s looking to the north on the outside of the keep gates.

Cue suspenseful music.

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CB cranes her neck and looks to the north. Can we see anything?

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