Just the Tip

Episode 14

Not so Happy Endings

Having found two werewolves hiding among the rescued prisoners, Just The Tip is forced to dispatch these foes before Ulmar and his pack return from hunting. While not a difficult fight, this unexpected attack leaves the group lower on resources than they would like, and after defeating the werewolves, they set about preparing for Ulmar.

Howls alert the group to his return, and an imitation howl by Thorn convinces the pack that all is well in the house. As they advance, Ky’Vruck looses an arrow to trigger the ambush, and despite a miss, her seeker skills allow the arrow to find a foe, surprising the werewolves. The group takes advantage of this and pours on the damage, but as the wolves recover, they see Ulmar make a dash for the cellar below the house and are unable to stop him before he disappears into the dark. Quinn Quernes, Thorn, Paul of Quar and Daemon Kaaw head downstairs to meet him, only to have the other werewolf come crashing in through a window to face them. From below Ulmar smashes the floor, sending Daemon falling into the cellar. As the battle rages, Ky and [{Zelgar]] fire at a worg carrying moon crazed peasants. Depositing the peasants on the second floor, the word then smashes through the ground floor wall to join the werewolf in its attacks. Daemon finds himself isolated from the group and Ulmar bloodies him, as well as tainting him with his werewolf frenzy. The group attempts to rescue Daemon, pouring down attacks on the werewolf, but not before Daemon falls unconscious. Zelgar rushes below to assist, but the arrival of his brother sends Ulmar into a frenzy. Despite an arrow from Ky that forces Ulmar into his human form, he is able to grab Zelgar and attempt to drag him to the exit. Quick work by the group frees Zelgar, and Ulmar is eventually knocked unconscious. Unfortunately, during the fight Zelgar was bit by Ulmar and has now also contracted the lycanthropy.

Zelgar only has the components needed to conduct one Remove Affliction ritual, and the group agrees that it should do as he wishes and attempt to cure Ulmar. Unfortunately the ritual itself does not go as all had hoped and removing the curse also kills Ulmar. Beset with grief, Zelgar feels that the gods had determined his brother was past redemption, and he himself will now be judged. Unwilling to let Zelgar fall victim to the curse that afflicted his brother, the group sends Ky’Vruck out to forage, hoping to find the components needed to perform one more ritual. She returns with just enough to complete the ritual, which led by Paul of Quar, is successful. The group rest at the farm house, where Quinn Quernes’ Moon Frenzy is also cured, though Daemon is still suffering from the curse given to him by Ulmar. The group is anxious to return to Fallcrest, but before they leave they are given an old gold coin from the boy they rescued at the farm house, as well as a set of 10 Swift Sure arrows. Zelgar allows the group to have Ulmar’s armour, which is a set of Enduring Beast Hide Armor, which goes to Thorn.

The group returns to Silvergrail with Zelgar, who goes straight to the temple to meditate and pray. Sheriff Havenstone]] thanks the heroes for their help, and while saddened by Zelgar’s loss, she is happy that Ulmar has been punished for those he has hurt and killed. She pays the group their 1000 gold piece reward and welcomes them back to Silvergrail anytime they are passing through.

Arriving back in Fallcrest the next day, they find the city in full-scale preparation for the Cross City Race. Going straight to Grifnar’s Fine Weapons, they find that Grifnar is less than thrilled to see them returned. After much coaxing, the group eventually gets him to take them below to his showroom so they might pick out their reward. Yet when they enter the room, most of the display cases are bare, especially those that held the items they desired. Grifnar says that the Cross City Race has brought many people to Fallcrest and they increased clientele has cleaned him out, but the adventurers are welcome to pick from the stock he has left. Outraged, the group begins to argue with the shopkeeper about his breaking the terms of their deal. Outside, where Ky’Vruck has been waiting, several of Grifnar’s nephews are found loading a wagon with boxes. Ky stops their progress with a well placed arrow, and the nephews scurry back to their uncle. In the wagon, Ky finds all they items the group had been eyeing, as well as some others that Grifnar was hoping to hid from them. The rest of the group accompanies Grifnar as he follows his nephew back to the wagon, and quickly learn of the deception. They attempt to negotiate a fair deal with the shopkeeper, but while they are distracted he locks himself inside his shop and sends his nephews to find they Fallcrest Guard. They group decides that if the only way they’re going to get paid is through theft, they’ll deal with the consequences later, and have gold and weapons in their pocket now. They take the cart, and split the spoils between the group, which includes an Anointed Mace for Daemon, a Shielding Blade for Quinn, and an Alfsair Spear for Thorn.

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