Chapter 5 – Party in Noble
1st Starday of Reaping
It turns out that your short adventure in the Syndrati Ruins turned out to actually take the better part of 4 months, as your return to your humble basecamp showed it much improved. Several crude cabins had been erected, and the central tower had been repaired. Two dozen extra workers were building and clearing the area. A few new faces were to be seen. Miriel, an eladrin historian, as well as an entirely new adventuring group led by a half-elf named Tristan. The group included Kludge, Simian, Sirius, and Tiny. They were working with Nevek, as it was assumed that your group had all died horrific deaths.
As that was not the case, your arrival was surprising to most. Though you quickly acclimated and got to work helping those around town. Jeeko created a fresh-water trap using clearwater solution, Korbin and Marcus returned to the ruins of the collapsed pyramid to try and collect as much as they could, Thaal and Tauracon assisted, and annoyed, Iratra with her studies.
The next bit of excitement happened when the two adventuring crews, along with Nevek, went to hunt down a large beast that had been causing problems nearby. This beast, creatively titled the “land shark”, was a brute of a creature that took a bit of cleverness and tracking to finally find and slay. Its meat and hide proved valuable resources for the people of the camp, which had recently been named “Rebirth”.
While the two adventuring parties were out on the hunt it seems there was some foul play back at camp: Roland’s new wife, Maribel, had been kidnapped. Roland had received a note saying to be in Noble to retrieve her, but to come alone. Well he didn’t the you lot went with him. The first leg of the trip was a trek to Drift, a river town that was the launching point for many a long journey. This particular journey included you accompanying Quin and Cole with a large collection of artifacts and rarities to be sold. Once in Drift you loaded it onto a barge and were ready to shove off. It would have gone smoothly had a group of would-be miscreants tried to kill you all in your sleep. You staved off the attack and tracked one back to their home base (a butcher shop), and found clues that they had been hired by the Travers family. Not having much time to dwell on that little tidbit, you left Drift via barge with Dynachus, Quin, Cole, Miriele, and Roland, all headed for Noble.
Upon arriving in Noble (during a festival of sorts, no less), you broke off from the rest of the crew so that it was just you lot and Roland. Jeeko, having been here before with Nevek, showed the group a hole-in-the-wall inn and tavern made for the misfits of society called The Stray Dog, where they got Roland ready for their meet that very night.
The meet went as well as can be expected: no one you wanted to die lived, and no one you wanted to keep alive died, so that’s a plus. It turns out your old acquaintance Tyros was the one behind this, as he met with Roland and showed that he had Maribele, albeit in a drugged and magically induced state of unconsciousness. Turns out Tyros didn’t have the antidote, but when he threatened Roland you lot attacked and were very nearly outmatched, but some good luck and quick thinking got you through it. Along with a mysterious stranger that appeared for a few moments. This mysterious stranger loosed a few arrows through necks, stabbed some backs, and disappeared into the night as quickly and dramatically as he had come in. You didn’t have time to think about what that individual’s purpose was, as you had to find an antidote for Maribele, and you knew only one person would have it: Roland’s father, the head of the Regvos family.
Roland led you to Vincent Regvos, his father, in the Rose and Crown drinking parlor. Vincent quickly gave his son the antidote he desired, but seemed much more interested in your group. He made several inquiries about your employment and exploits. In the end he offered you 10 gold coins each as a sign on bonus if you agreed to work for him. Not for a specific job, but to remain on staff for him. Your first job would be track down cultist activity in the city. Not that it matters though as everyone in the group very succinctly turned down the offer. We’ll have to see how Vincent, a man who doesn’t like to be turned down, takes this.