John Montfort returns from the Frostwood with the family blade in hand and thief in tow. As he arrives not only do people begin to congratulate him for his tenacity and willingness to take on hundreds of bane spider on his own but he is also welcomed home by his 1/2 brother Arcturus. Arcturus has had some of his own luck as he has slain a great boar, though few take notice. Still something disturbs Arcturus he had hunted for too long, game was too scarce and he felt ill at ease the deeper into the wood he journeyed.
Grateful to be home once again the brothers soon forgot the wood and instead focused on getting some well needed rest. That afternoon they met with their father Robert and Aria Montfort. John had intended to debrief his father on the encounter but instead found him occupied, discussing the winter settlement of a Dalish Caravan with a flamboyantly dressed elf who went by the name of Evek.
Arl Montfor trying to keep his estates running smoothly introduced the boys but then asked them to deal with the troublesome dwarven merchant Devok. Devok has been asking to meet with the Arl for the past week and Lord Montfort fears he can no longer ignore the request. The boys agree but not without first giving Evek the knife ear some grief.
Arcturus Montfort seemed to believe that the Dalish were the cause of the scarcity of the game in the forest. So with a subtle hint Arcturus confronts Evek and basically asks that his people be more cautious. With a smile Evek apologized and invited the boys to the evening festivities.
They smile and nod and head off to look into their father’s request, unfortunately, the boys didn’t quite make it to Devok. When passing the entrance to the basement and cells they noticed that one of the guards seemed quite disturbed. He tells them that the prisoner that John captured was writing on the walls with her own blood. Fearing dark magic the alarm was sounded and Arcturs went to retrieve his reclusive sister. Unfortunately, his plans were ruined when instead he found his father and mother who flatly refused. Believing that to be the most foolish idea she had ever heard. Arcturus was forbidden to bring her sister anywhere near “that girl.” So Arcturus helped his father retrieve the family blade and quickly learned that the Montfort seal had been removed. The runestone that powered the blade had been lost.
While Arcturus went upstairs John waited at the door for help to arrive. Garrick the Bloodwolf was the first to arrive and charged down the stairs berating John for his cowardice. John refusing to called a coward quickly followed after, then found himself paralyzed with fear upon reaching the guard room. Garrick in his brashness didn’t notice and it wasn’t long until John heard the old man slam into the wall of the other room.
Arcturus not wishing to allow his brother to be alone. Sprinted ahead of Robert and his men and dashed down into the cold darkness of the prison. Upon his brother’s arrival John found his courage and together they sought to discover what power lay beyond them in the cell.
The Montfort thief stood drawing in blood quietly chanting, her eyes aglow and the Montfort runestone pressed against her forehead shimmering with a ghost like light. Arcturus tried to knock it free with a thrown dagger, instead he caught the possessed girls attention and all the doors in manor slammed tight. But John forced his way through and where Arcturus subtlety failed, John’s brute force prevailed. Slamming the girl into the wall, knocking the stone free and the deep cold lifted.
With the spell broken the cell soon filled with soldiers. John took the Runestone and intended to return it to father but decided that the best place for it was his pocket. They set guards around the girl, picked Garrick up from his feet and went on about their day…Oh yea we still have to meet with Devok.
Devok was quite frustrated with an upstart merchant who had appeared the last couple of weeks on the edge of Montfort and he made it clear he wanted the man gone. The boys tried to talk to him of capitalism and free trade, and when Devok failed to listen they basically told him that they would look into the matter. Which seemed to quiet Devok’s complaints for the time being. So they left Devok and went to find this new merchant. He was a slick talking merchant by the Name of Calder.
Calder wasn’t home so Arcturus let himself into the man’s tent. He did some petty larceny and picked up a signet ring. Meanwhile Evek appeared as John kept guard they made small talk until Calder also arrived and Evek quickly took leave. Calder was a slick talking salesman who seemed to have something to sell to everyone. He did mention that a dwarf was giving him some grief and as the Lord’s son he should really do something about it. After all, “we wouldn’t want to make the Redcliff merchant’s guild angry.” Finally with nothing spectacular to show from Calder the boys called it a night. John went back to the Manor where he drank it up with his best friend Davies and Arcturus spent the evening with the Dalish.
Until Arcturus felt the cold chill of magic. He quickly returned to the manor to find the door to the underground cells open. The guard was heading down to the cellar. Upon approach Arcturus realized that the guard was possessed. He attacked him but then blacked out.
Glaurang, John’s warhound, was the first to notice that something was odd. When John went to the door he realized that the guard was returning to his post. Upon confronting the guard he seemed to have no memory of leaving it. John caught the faintest glimpse of his brother descending the stairs. He ran to meet him when he saw the glowing eyes and then Arcturus killed one of the guards. John had to act, well actually his hound did and tore into Arcturus’s leg. John tackled his brother as the other guard watched in horror. They wrestled for a bit and finally the shade fled from its host manifesting in the room. They tried to attack the incorporeal form but they did little good. The ghost like creature moved thought the cell walls intent on the girl thief. Through rage Arcturus was able to strike at the shade causing it to halt, recognizing that these men may indeed be a threat to it. Then John embracing the stone spoke to it. Why kill her?
the Shade hesitated and something in it’s demeanor changed.
“So You’re the Keeper of the Mythallon stone. Very well keeper I will spare her but know that Mythallon will come for you. and with that the shade fled.
But the chill still lingered as the brother surprised found their sister staring quietly, watching.
“He came to me asking for the girl. Should I not have told it where to find her?”
Freaked at his twin sister Arcuturus shouted a vehement “No!”
Where Alisae quietly and without emotion turned away and ascended back up the stairs.