Upon returning to Overlook, the Heroes learned that while they were gone, Kalad and the Overlook Watch had been investigating the information the group found regarding the Elsir Consortium, the Warehouses Sarshan used and the attempt on their life.
It was discovered that:
• A member of the Elsir Consortium, Brahm Ironfell was indeed working with Sarshan in some capacity.
• He was who rented the warehouses out on Sarshan’s behalf.
• Furthermore, it was discovered that he was the one that paid the assassins to attack the heroes at the award ceremony. Whether he was paying for the hit himself or acting as a go between for Sarshan, is not clear.
• Brahm gave some sort of map to someone as a Thank You for allowing Brahm to be his liaison in Overlook. Could this have been the map to the Lost Mines that was supposedly discovered when Sarshan’s warehouses were raided?
• No one else in the Elsir Consortium has been implicated.
The players also learned that a young woman from Brindol was looking for them. After some investigation they found that Alys has been kidnapped by the Lost Ones as a means to ambush the players and get some revenge on them for past insults and beatings. The poor messenger girl was being help in an abandon temple of Pelor
As lighting bisected dark, bloated rain clouds, the players made their way into the Nine Bells district to the abandoned temple of Pelor where Alys was being held by The Lost Ones. It somehow seems fitting that on this dark, rainy day they would be investigating the rotten husk of what was once a tribute to the Sun God, Pelor.
With all of the subtlety of a Minotaur in an apothecary (no offense Kort), Boreas kicked open the door to the temple and bound through the doors; prepared to level any that stood before him. What he found was a large abandoned. A massive hole was torn into the roof, allowing a torrent of rain water to pour into the center of the room. Laying in the puddle created by the incessant rain, was a bound and gagged woman. With eyes filled with panic, she looked to Boreas and the others and then back to the shadows that rimmed the room. Dark forms moved in the shadows. Without hesitation, Boreas hefted his mighty pick and, with the fury of an avalanche, plowed into the awaiting attackers. Kort lowered his massive head and charged right behind Boreas; skewering a hapless fellow with one of his massive horns. Samhain circled the perimeter of the room and picked out targets with devastating effect while Sink moved to Alys and protected her and his allies from the onslaught of attacks from the Lost Ones. Just as it seemed the heroes would rout the Lost One ambushers, a new group of enemies moved into the foray from their hiding places in the shadows. These attackers, however, were not lost ones. With efficiency possessed only by assassins, these new foes maneuvered the battle field and stuck at the part with deadly accuracy. It was clear that these new attackers were not members of the Lost Ones and had to be a hit squad that the group had attracted the attention of while looking for Alys. Sorely pressed, Sink regrouped the party and bolstered their attacks and soon the tide was back in the favor of the Heroes. Though badly injured, the group coordinated their attacks and finished off the last of the assassins. Gravely wounded but able to move, they quickly searched the bodies and freed Alys before fleeing the temple for someplace more safe.
Once back at the Mountain Hearth in, the party set about making sure Alys was okay. With wounds bandaged and mugs full of ale, Alys thanked all of them for coming to her rescue. She confirmed that she had been sent here from Brindol by Sertanian to seek out the Heroes that had saved not only Brindol from attacked but had rescued her from imprisonment at the hands of Sinruth and his newly formed “Red Hand” band of Orcs.
“I’ve been sent to ask you return to Brindol” she timidly said to the party. She then steadied herself then began to recite a memorized tale: “Greetings from Sertanian, castellan of the Hall of Great Valor. I beseech you to return to Brindol with all haste, as your presence is needed here. The matter concerns one of the relics that you recovered while saving myself and our town’s other captives in Rivenroar, and is most urgent.”
Alys knows nothing more than what she has been told, though she confides to the heroes that she has never seen old Sertanian as fearful as when he sent her forth.
As he sat at the table, Gothe rummaged through the items they found on the assassins that attacked them at the Temple of Pelor.
“Ehhh, it was time to leave this Dwarven dung hole anyways,” he said as he slid a piece of paper across the table for the others to read. “Looks like someone is looking to rid the town of all adventures that might sick their noses in this or that”
The group picked up the slip of paper and found a list of names. The names of the heroes were on this list, including that of Runtwold and Artin, whose name had been crossed out. The group immediately noticed their names on the list as well as the names of several other adventures the players had meet when a call to arms was made by Overlook (the gathering at the Siege of Bordin’s Watch)