Around dusk the party began making its way towards Lord Killian’s manor. They were greeted at the front steps by Dalton Kelfem who escorted them inside to the banquet hall. In the middle of the room was a fire pit, which had meat roasting over it. The fire pit was surrounded on three sides by a giant beautifully carved wooden table. The table was covered with many types of roasted vegetables, fruits, cheeses, bread, wine, ale, and roasted meats. From the middle of the table Lord Marcus Killian stood and welcomed the party to take a seat and begin feasting. Killian waited for all of the party to be seated before he returned to his seat. Once seated Killian took a bone from the table and threw it to the floor next to him. His wolf walked up took the bone in its mouth and went to lay by the fireplace located behind Killian. Killian then took up his glass and made a toast to the party thanking them for saving Winterhaven and blessing them on their future endeavors. After the toast Killian turned towards Zoltan and said, “You wished to discuss some business with me?”
Zoltan says to Lord Killian “Yes my party and I do wish to tell you of our adventures to the place of Orcus and all we have discovered.” I will then go on to explain in detail how we carried out the mission. “My party and I fought most bravely to halt the evil Orcus. For she had servants with much zeal and great power! One of which I am troubled to tell you was Leovan. This once noble follower of Pelor was deeply troubled by the death of his wife and when Pelor failed to answer a prayer of resurrection Orcus began to make her way into Leovan’s thoughts. He sought to bring back his wife by any means necessary. Orcus promised the resurrection if Leovan used his powers to summon her to this plane.” I will then go on to attempt to comfort him and offer my services as a holy man of the gods. “I understand the thought of your towns priest tuning away from the faith to do evil can be troubling. Leovan was in distress and I am truly sorry for all events that have taken place. I would like to offer my services as a holy man of St. Cuthbert of the cudgel, I want yourself and your people to know I am more than happy to take over some responsibilities that Leovan has left behind.”
Marius gives a meaningful nod towards Narrows, then untangles his lanky frame and stands.
“Lord Killian of Winterhaven, on behalf of my friends and in honor of your wise rule of the northern Vale, we would like to present you with mighty Aecris – the sword of Lord Beliard himself. May it be a token of friendship between us, a symbol of your strength, and a reminder to all that evil has no place where you rule.”
Killian says that he is deeply saddened by this news. He and Leovan had been good friends for many years and he cannot believe that this is what became of him. Killian again thanks Zoltan and the rest of the party for their bravery and noble deed of ridding the world of such evil.
As far as Zoltan’s offer of his holy services Killian respectfully declines. He says that he and his family are worshipers of Bahamut, and that the majority of the town are loyal worshipers of Pelor. Killian says that the news of Leovans treachery and death will be shock enough to Winterhaven and he does not feel as if the town will be acceptive of another deity at this time. Killian says that he will send out news via raven to the neighboring towns that they are in need of a new priest of Pelor.
Killian takes up the sword from Marius and stares at it’s beauty. So this is the sword of the mighty champion of Bahamut Sir Beliard. This is the blade that he used to cut down the evil Orcus cult, and legend has it this was also used to brutally murder his family and loyal followers. Killian sets Aecris down on the table and goes silent. He stares at the reflection of the fire dancing around on the blade.
He turns and looks over at Marius. I accept this blade as a token of our friendship. From now on this will be a symbol of the power of House Killian and strenght of Winterhaven. It shall be known that evil will not be tolerated in these parts and that it will be dealt with most severely.
Killian says that he is going to be all members of the party honorary members of the Wolves of Winterhaven. If this offer is accepted he will knight each member of the party with Aecris. Each accepting member will also receive a silver pin of a wolves head that signifies members of the Wolves.
Lord Killian Zoltan addresses. "Lord I understand your wanting for a man of Pelor for the people. And you I understand are a noble servant of Bahamut. My brother is also one of Bahamuts faithful followers. He has heard the call from Bahamut and recently fell in battle fighting against Orcus. Bahamut has been quite generous in giving him a way back to this life because his work is unfinished. He shall be back and better than ever in a few days. I am sure he has great tales to tell if Bahamut and his power and will share with you and your people on his return.
“Ahh… my lord. I… we are honored by your offer. I have no doubt that several of us will accept without hesitation. But I… while I pledge my friendship to House Killian and the goodly folk of Winterhaven, wearing a badge just won’t sit right with some of us. You’re a noble man, good and true, but kneeling and such just isn’t in my nature, and I don’t want to make any promises I just know I won’t keep.” Marius makes eye contact with the Lord of Winterhaven during the last two sentences… not defiantly but with honesty and resolve.
Christopher states, “Great Lord of Winterhaven, I too must decline the great honor of your knighthood for I am pledged by rite to another kingdom and must not be put in the position of conflicting allegiances. That being said, I am honored and as long as your quarrel be not with the noble people of Brightwind, do not hesitate to call for my aid in any hopeless fight against tyranny!”
Killian to Zoltan. I am sorry to hear about your brother falling in battle, but it is a great honor to have heard the calling of Bahamut. I would much like to meet your brother once his transformation is complete.
To Marius. Ah my boy no hard feelings, I respect your decision. A man must choose his own destiny instead of having others choose it for him. You remind me a lot of myself when I was younger.
Over the course of the rest of the meal Killian says that regardless of if anyone from the party decides to become honorary members of the Wolves that the party will always be welcome in Winterhaven. He writes up a letter of writ for each member of the party stating that unless stated otherwise by the head of House Killian that they are to always be welcomed in Winterhaven without question, also they are to always be provided a place to stay and a hot meal to eat if needed.
Killian will also gift each member of the party 150 gold regs. He says that he knows that it is not much of a reward for saving Winterhaven but it is all he is able to give at this time. Due to the Orcus cult being involved in the kidnappings and attacks over the past 3 months trade to Winterhaven all been pretty much no existent. Now hopefully that will change and the trade routes will be safe to travel once again…or at least as safe as they used to be.
“My lord, we’ve been away from Fallcrest for several days… have you had any ravens from them?” asks Marius.
Why now that you mention it Marius I did receive a raven from Fallcrest only but a few days back. The raven was from Lord Faren Markelhay head of House Markelhay. If you did not already know Faren is the Lord Warden of Fallcrest. In his letter he discussed his plans for a council to meet that he is calling The Father’s of the Vale. Apparently this letter was sent to the heads of all of the prominent houses of power in the Vale. Lord Markelhay is wanting to make the Vale into more of a kingdom with a central point of government instead of all the towns and villages fending for themselves. He is calling this meeting as a result of the trade routes being so dangerous over the last 3 to 4 months which began to cripple the economy of Fallcrest and the rest of the Vale. This council is set to meet on the 1st of Yellowsky.
Marius: (under his breath, in response to the idea of the Fathers of the Vale) that conniving sonofa…
(pauses, listening to the rest of Lord Killian’s explanation)
My lord, there are men of ambition in Fallcrest. RUTHLESS ambition. Be on guard for the freedom of your people. A ruler in Fallcrest will not care about the needs of a farmer from Winterhaven – Unification talk’s nothing but a power grab.
(Marius sits back down and rubs his forehead in frustration, then leans over and growls to Narrows quietly) Come a day there won’t be room for naughty folk like us to slip about at all.
(Narrows mutters quietly to Marius) “When there ain’t no room for the naughty, Mate; we got’s to become the ruthless…” With this he rises and draws himself up to his full height. He SEEMS surprisingly taller than you all remember. (In a voice and manner reminiscent of Christopher Lee as Saruman), he speaks thus: “My Lord. No doubt you can infer from my appearance that it has not been so many Winters that my forebearers sat upon the throne of Vor Rukoth. Because of this, there are many who doubt my motives. Even those with the gods-granted power to look into my very heart have called me ‘rape baby,’ and worse [shoots scornful look at Zoltan]. I hasten to accept your offer of knighthood, that I may be judged more slowly in this land; that I may more quickly execute your will, M’Lord. As you know I have skill in establishing companies, levying murage and amercements. I have established merchants bets. If it please you, M’Lord, let me be your Factor that I may help to reestablish trade in the region. I do NOT expect your full trust; this would be a foolish expectation of course—but pick whoever you deem to oversee me and I shall make Winterhaven wealthy once more.”
Killian addressing Marius: I go into this council with cautious optimism. I assure you that I will always have Winterhaven’s best interest in mind when making any decision. I want to see what all Lord Markelhay has to say before I make any rash judgement.
Killian addressing Narrows: I do know your kind and know that for the most part people tend to shy away from having any type of relations with them. I on the other hand try not to judge a man by what he is, but instead by the actions that he performs. It seems to me that you have been of service the this group of adventurers and therefore you have been a service to Winterhaven. Since it is your will you will be knighted and become an honorary member of the Wolves of Winterhaven. I trust that you will uphold your vows to honor the laws of the town and to protect it’s people when you are able.
I will also take you up on your proposition to help rebuild the wealth of Winterhaven. You will report to the House adviser. He has been with the family since before I was born. His name is Aist Yashar and I think you will be very interested to make his acquaintance.
Marius: My lord, I shall be at your service when your company arrives in Fallcrest. If you require information, or if my friends and I can be of service before then, it might be best to have Valthrune send a raven to Nimzoran the Green in Fallcrest or to use other arcane means to contact us.
Killian is very appreciative of Marius’s concern for the people of Winterhaven. He tells Marius that he will keep him in mind as a local contact that he can trust in Fallcrest. Killian says that if he is in need of Marius’s services he will find a way to contact him.