Magic in the Coullabhie
Back home in the Coullabhie, Neti Vortaline (an elf played by Suzanne) and Delwin (an elf played by Mike and Neti’s cousin) are practicing their spells. Delwin has a better handle on his spells whereas Neti ends up covering her instructor in grease after casting her grease spell. Fin Haeaelfyn (Neti’s uncle a half-elf) approaches Neti and Delwin to see if they would like to accompany him to a festival that he was invited to at Ambles-on-Hillsfair in the Burrows (where many Halflings live). They agree and travel together to the festival.
Festival at Ambles-on-Hillsfair
At the festival Fin wins the archery contest and Witlo Hillburrow (a halfling played by Tyson) wins the wrestling contest. During the feast, Witlo notices a symbol on Fin’s satchel and approaches him to ask where he got it. Fin mentions that he got it in Muden. The two continue conversing and eventually, Witlo inquires about assisting Fin on a journey… Witlo hinting at payment of the satchel. Fin agrees but under the circumstance that Witlo can pass a test to prove his value. They all walk south down to the woods near the river and Fin goes and hides. Witlo successfully tracks and finds Fin along with a coin Fin had placed along the way.
Trade with Pashact
While in the Burrows, Fin talks with Jollid Innkeeper about establishing a safe trade route with Pashacht. Jollid was hesitant but eventually agrees. The group prepares to leave the next day and Witlo packs and says goodbye to his family and friends. Witlo ends up borrowing his brother’s pony for the trip.
Departure to Pashact
Some of Fin’s help arrive, Gavin a fighter and Fflur a bard. On the way the group runs into a small human settlement who first notice Witlo but then notice the elves with him and come out with pitchforks but do not engage the group. When the group arrives for the night at Blackmoor, Fin is surprised to see guards posted at the city edge. He talks to the guards and learns they are having a wolf problem. They take up lodging at the local inn where Witlo meets some of the locals, one of which is the town drunk and learns a bit more about the wolves. Apparently, the wolves appeared to the area quite suddenly, are acting a bit strangely as if they are searching for something, and they had never had much activity in the area prior. Delwin and Witlo go out for an evening stroll to see if they can learn more about the wolves or perhaps kill one. They end up running into Gwain who arrived in town just after the wolves and claims to be helping fend them off. Witlo questions Gwain and uses his Detect Lie ability and learns that he is lying about his involvement and from what Witlo gathers, is most likely controlling the wolves or is at least the reason why they are there.
In the morning, they meet Quint (a half-elf played by Nick) at the inn who is traveling in the same direction as they are. He tells the group of a glowing blue rock that is guiding him however when he shows them, it is no longer glowing. The group finds him to be amusing and allows him to join them.
Two travelers, an unidentified man and Liliwyn Fairweather (a halfling played by Christine) who was hired to protect him on his journey are traveling from Muden to Poden . While on the road they are ambushed by 15 men, the man she is protecting is shot and killed with an arrow when he tries to make an escape on his horse, and Liliwyn is knocked unconscious.
As the group approaches along the very same road, Witlo notices a group of people up ahead and signals to Fin. Fin warns the people to stop but they instead charge them and four men also attack from behind. The group defeats 12 men with the help of Neti who casts her Phantasmal Force spell to make it look like wolves appear to attack the men. The group kills all the men and only Liliwyn, Delwin, and Gavin are injured. During the fight, Delwin loses his horse due to Neti’s running into his and both Witlo (starts to track but fails keep track) and Quint (gets distracted looking at clouds) fail to track to recover it. One of the attackers, who seemed to be the leader of the men, was on a horse which the group was able to capture for Liliwyn (her pony ran off) and Delwin to share. After inspecting the bodies, the group recovers 180 gold (22.5 gold piece per person) from the bodies, however unknown to the group Witlo pockets an extra 20 gold piece to himself. Additionally, Liliwyn recovers a glowing blue stone off one of the men which provides Quint with more credibility and peaks his interested. Liliwyn decides to continue on with the group, perhaps since they protected her and possibly saved her life.
Arrive at Pashact
When the group arrives at Pashact, they go straight to the castle which is located outside the town. The group is instructed to leave their weapons outside, however Neti and Witlo attempt to sneak in their’s but are caught and their weapons are taken and left with the others. Once inside, the group learns that Justina (aka the Banshegh) is out of town so the group heads to town to take up lodging for the night in hopes to make a trade agreement when she returns.