Not to long after our last entry our heroes left to the far southern reach of the country. The first leg of their journey was by ship. They set sail from the king’s port and siled for nearly a month. The trip was not pleasant, but the crew was a good crew and got them where they needed to be without incident.
The next leg of the trip was over land. They kind of meandered a bit trying to gather information and find books for our shadows libraries. In their travels they found an abandonned village. They village appeared to just be left by it’s former inhabitants. There was one oddity, the well. The well had been destroyed and the bricks used to make it had fallen outward. So our intrepid adventurers explored. They found a network of very large tunnels. However after exploring for a while they hadn’t found anything of interest, so they moved on.
They tried to find another town along the path of one of the tunnels. Sure enough the next town they ran into had a few refugees. They confirmed what the character thought, a giant worn had come out of the well, but couldn’t get all the way out, so it just snapped up the people it could get to, and then went back under. They went back on the road. Not knowing what happened to the creature, but then they came across another abandonned town.
While they were investigating they found one family who had stayed behind. The family told of a similar story in their town. They however were not convinces another town would be safer. They were far enough from the well that the worm was not able to get them, so they stayed put. By their reckoning they have more farms now.
They wanted to explore more, but were bound by their contract to keep moving to talk to the duke’s son. So they went to the outpost of the son. They were greeted by the surliest louts to ever walk the planet. After much cursing and irreverence they were let in. The rest of the camp and especially the bars revealed much of the same. Finally they just gave up on the common soldiers and sent word to Tarsus Greathammer that they wanted to meet the following morning.
They did have their meeting and things went well through most of it. Tarsus told them about his journey and that he didn’t want his father to worry about him, and agreed to send word that he was well. It was when the witch revealed herself that things got ugly. He was very insistent that what she did was evil and selfish. In the end he told an account of the events that led up to his disappearance that went erfectly in line with what she said.
So they left, having everything they needed. The Duke’s son was alive, he wouldn’t be coming home, the pixie had become pregnant with the duke’s child (with a little help from a witch’s blessing or curse depending on how you look at it!), and there could be no action against the witch since no real harm had befallen the Duke’s son.