The player characters (PCs) elected to pause their objective of searching for Rohfa Hazelwheat, one of two surviving druids of the Sect of Indigo, and information about her past, to avenge the local burning of an Old Faith temple in the village of Seven-stones. In this attack, a respected druid and priest of the Old Faith was badly disfigured, and two of his family burned to death in the fire. The surviving priest, Father Marcus Pine, had been healed by Morgran, and was in shape suitable to speak and walk: He explained that the fire had been set deliberately by a group of six of Baron Sata’s soldiers, led by a “boss” named Carter.
Plotting an ambush of these soldiers with Aiesha, a brothel’s madam, in the nearby village of Lil’ Crabs, the PCs bode their time, waiting for those soldiers to arrive at the brothel. It appeared that Aiesha shared Araceli and Conrad’s outrage at the temple’s desecration, and sought revenge against the soldiers. However, Father Marcus and a village elder, Orlando, asked Morgran about the PCs’ whereabouts and designs, and met with the PCs. After a heated discussion among Father Marcus, Aiesha, and the PCs, the PCs elected to follow Father Marcus’s directions: that is, to capture the soldiers and discover whether they burned the temple upon the baron’s orders, or whether they did so out of anger or overzealousness. Father Marcus believed such a distinction to be meaningful, for if the baron himself did not intend for the temple to be burned, the captured soldiers could be handed over to him, and thus the village could potentially earn redress from Baron Sata (or, at least, embarrass and de-legitimize him).
The PCs thus stuck to their original plan, but with the goal of subduing Carter and his underlings in place of slaying them. Although Carter and his soldiers eventually came to the brothel, and were overcome by the PCs through force and sleep spells, one among their number was inadvertently slain, a fat bald man named Donnie. The five survivors were restrained with rope, and the PCs discussed how to best extract information from them with a zone of truth spell. Conrad also retrieved Father Marcus and Orlando, taking them to Lil’ Crabs. On the way, he reflected upon his recent actions with the priest.
It is presently the evening of Friday, January 15. The PCs are resting in Aiesha’s cottage.
The question of Baron Sata’s retaliation upon the village of Seven-stones remains in question. Aiesha insists that: (1) The soldiers who visit her brothel don’t inform their colleagues or superiors of their habits, so if slain they will have simply “gone missing” from the baron’s point of view; (2) There is enough unrest and banditry across the barony that the baron wouldn’t associate the PCs’ attacks with the temple’s burning, even if he did order it. Father Marcus, on the other hand, has insisted that murder should be avoided on principle.
Father Marcus explained in detail the altercation that led to the temple’s burning. About two weeks ago, Carter and five other soldiers visited the temple asking for the whereabouts of a local Malkavian woman, with apparently less than benevolent intentions. The priest was reluctant to give up information, resulting in a heated argument, which he ended by casting a charm person spell on Carter. Carter departed, but then returned later in the same evening, attacking Father Marcus, burning the temple, and leaving him to burn inside the building.
When Conrad confronted Carter at the brothel, Carter insisted that bandits were responsible for destroying the temple, and that he and his soldiers were actually sent to investigate the incident. Carter’s version of events was persuasive to Conrad (at least in the moment), but given the contradiction between Father Marcus and Carter’s accounts, Conrad chose to believe the former.
Aiesha and the PCs agreed that the PCs would be allowed to keep coins and valuables, but she and her “family” would be allowed to keep the weapons and armor, with the exception of a high-quality longbow for Morris.
Gains and losses
The party’s adventuring bill for this session is 0 gp: They have been provisioned by local villagers.