19 Eleint, DR 1486
After their vicious battle with the two Worgs, the group of adventurers quickly mopped up the remaining Goblins. Korotir (Rob) considers how good he would look in a Worg cloak. Titan (Austin), still set on looting, broke into a house warded with Infernal runes and hides a cursed golden figure he doesn’t recognize. A group of bandits called the Seven Snakes rides into Nightstone. They are led by Xolkin, whose second in command is Dexter (played by Antonia), a dwarven Wizard who is dissatisfied with Xolkin’s incompetence. They were sent to secure Nightstone for the Black Network. Dexter splits off with the adventurers while Xolkin makes doe eyes at Kella. The group fixes the bridge and gains access to the Keep where they find a dying Lady Velrosa buried in the rubble. Velrosa begs Natalia (Victoria) to protect her legacy and bequeaths her a valuable ring.
Dexter tells them that Xolkin will kill Natalia and the four remaining guards in order to wrest control of the village, so they hatch a plan. Titan admits to being paid off by Kella and implicates Korotir “so she’ll trust us”. Natalia absorbs this information and tries to decide whether this is a double triple cross. Dexter, Titan, and Korotir are sent to capture Kella and hold her for ransom. Dexter uses Kella’s irritation with Xolkin to lure her away and hit her with a Sleep spell. They run across the bridge as the Seven Snakes come charging in after them. Behind the fortifications, Korotir taunts Xolkin and he’s called in to negotiate alone. But with Dexter’s betrayal and the guards in control of the Keep, he has little negotiating power. Xolkin pays for Kella’s safe return and offers the Seven Snakes a chance to choose their leader. Thoroughly humiliated, all the Snakes leave Xolkin and he rides off alone with a sleeping Kella draped over the horse, muttering darkly. With Nightstone successfully defended, the party stands five strong with Dexter plus five of the Snakes and four castle guards, at least as long as the alliance holds.