Greenleaf 35 – Early Morning
Upon receiving a dark omen from a Messenger in the middle of the night, Dusan awoke everyone and they made their way in the dark back to Phoenix, pausing only for the divine casters to regain their abilities.
Upon arrival in Phoenix, the party immediately heard about the attack on the party at Count Fardawn’s. The Duchess was able to escape, but only with the help of Ser Crownguard. Both Ser Crownguard and Deputy Warden Wolfson were apparently left behind fighting the shadows that attacked the party.
When the party reported in to Firestorm Keep about their encounter with the Shadows, Lord Wolfson was there, having returned from the siege in the south at the reports of his son’s possible loss. He was gearing up to go out and handle the problem by himself when he was stopped by High Prophetess Brightguard. She informed Halt that he was needed in the south or all would fall down there, while the situation in Revenant Keep, where the shadows had been tracked back to, could be dealt with by the PCs. Four of the PCs readily volunteered; one might have been on the receiving end of a itty-bitty bit of coercion.
The High Prophetess and Lord Knight Wolfson gave the party a series of scrolls, a magic sword, the unique benefits of a Miracle spell, and a Heroes’ Feast before they set out.
The decision was made to approach by speed rather than by stealth, so the party made their way as fast as they could up the primary road to Revenant Keep. Just short of the keep itself, they were stopped by an old nemesis who apparently doesn’t know how to just stay dead. With him were no less than fifteen ghouls, which promptly overwhelmed half of the party’s horses and one PC.
The battle was long and difficult, but in the end, the ghouls met their final rest, the commander was beaten once more, and the party used their reserve assets (Look up Wand of Cure Light Wounds in the dictionary) to return to as close to top-notch as they could get.
Revenant Keep itself looms ahead. Staring down at the party. Looming. Ominously.