Alright so here’s what happened:
25th of Gozran
After getting word that the authorities of house Lebeda had taken two men matching the description of Dovan and Auchs into custody, Timschel and Lief quickly made their way down to the unnamed capital of House Lebeda. It was south of Silverhall.
27th of Gozran
The duo of adventures arrived in the capital and headed straight to the prison. Much to their relief the two men in custody were indeed Dovan and Auchs. The adventures agreed to each talk to one separately; Lief would speak to Auchs while Timschel would try his hand at getting information out of Dovan.
Timschel was able to quickly make a friend out of Dovan with his trademark method ON THE FIRST TRY. After all who can say otherwise since [SPOILERS] all of the witness there that day have since perished [END SPOILERS]. After a short conversation Dovan reluctantly admitted to arranging for the Stag Lord’s alcohol to be poisoned so that he could gain control of the operation. Timschel hearing all that he needed to, took his leave.
Meanwhile, Lief attempted to convince Auchs that Dovan intended to betray and leave him to be hanged (look it up) while he escaped. Auchs laughed this off as an impossibility; assuring Lief that, “Dovan is my friend, he saved Auchs”. Lief believing that Auchs is not so much evil as he is controllable tried one more time to convince him of Dovan’s duplicitous nature. Auchs, no longer amused with Lief slandering his friend decided to take action. Then, in a feat of immense strength Auchs stood up and ripped the chains that held him right from the wall. Now untethered from the wall Auchs looked Lief dead in the eyes and told him to stop saying bad things about his friend, or else, and sat back down. Thoroughly intimidated, Lief admitted defeat and left to discuss with Timschel what each had learned.
After a brief talk with the authorities Timschel and Lief decided to arrange for the last of the bandits to be put to death at sunset in a couple of days. Timschel and Lief left leaving instructions with the captain to alert them immediately should anything happen. Until then the pair of adventurers decided to take an actual vacation so that they could recoup from their trials.
Lief started out his vacation by heading to the local religious centers, most notably of Abadar and Pharasma. He had many questions for the priests of each temple and was given a thorough tour of both of the facilities. While they thought that he was a little odd, Lief managed to leave on good terms with the priests of both temples. His mom was so proud.
Timschel spent his time off visiting old friends and family, starting with Dame Sarrona. He filled her in on all that took place during his time in the Stolen Lands and once again swore his loyalty to her. The Dame Responded with much gratitude and informed Timschel that he and Lief had been invited to a ball being held in Restov in a few days. It was a feast in celebration of the clearing of the Stolen Lands with representatives from all of the noble houses attending. All of the other adventurers who had completed their contracts would be there and Timschel and Lief would be expected to attend.
Dame Sarrona left Timschel with a place to stay whilst he and Lief were in town, a word of advice about the days to come and a token of her enduring friendship.
After this Timschel and Lief both decided to take The Dame up on her generous offer and retired for the evening.
28th of Gozran
Upon waking this day Timschel informed Lief of the ball that they would be attending in a couple of days and passed on a bit of insider information about the way that interacting with the nobility of Brevoy works. The two then parted ways to enjoy more of their vacation.
Lief spent the day exploring the rich trade city and perusing several magic item shops, purchasing a few items and staying off drugs. Lief’s mother was so proud that she began bragging about him to the local book club and even put his high school photo back up on the mantle.
Timschel went to visit both his father at his work and his step-mother at her farm. They spent most of their time catching up on recent events and engaging in small talk. They both had heard all about the happenings down in the Stolen Lands but did not seem to know that Timschel was at all involved. He invited both of them to the ball in Restov but intended to keep his involvement a secret for now. After all it would just cause them to worry over events that had already passed.
Timschel then left to send a quick spell to Nugrah, detailing that they had both Dovan and Auchs in custody and had arranged for their execution the following day and gave him a meeting place where they could talk. While Timschel did not intend to let Nugrah get anywhere near Dovan or even know where they were being held he did think it just to allow Nugrah to witness the death of his son’s (effective) killer with his own eyes.
Nurgrah responded with some vague threats and a foreboding reminder that he had not forgotten what Timschel had done to his son and what he attempted to do to him, but agreed to meet at the designated place and time.
Surely nothing could go wrong in such a short amount of time . . . Right?
29th of Gozran
Timschel and Lief were both awakened early in the morning by a ruckus pounding on each of their doors. Upon answering they were informed that something had happened down at the prison. The duo rushed over to the jailhouse as fast as they could without even waiting to hear the whole story, much less sit down to prepare spells or even don armor. Luckily neither had used any spells on the day before and were able to work with the previous day’s spells
Upon arriving at the prison Timschel and Lief were informed by one of the perimeter guards that several of the prisoners had escaped and were staging a riot in an attempt to escape.
Once the duo entered the compound they were greeted with utter chaos. Many guards already laid dead in the halls while those that remained were trying desperately to regain control of the prisoners. Among the escapees were Auchs, who seemed to be single-handedly taking on half of the police force, and Dovan wreaking havoc from the outskirts of the skirmish. Timschel and Lief took a moment to prepare and buff themselves and rushed into the fray.
Timschel ran around the corner to confront Auchs, and rally the nearby men. Together they assaulted Auchs with enough cuts and burns to kill a man ten times over, but he seemed unphased, as if he had not even felt any pain from these blows. Auchs began cutting a path through the guards, felling most of them in a single blow like a child throwing sticks and advanced towards Timschel. Timschel however, stood his ground and attacked once more with full force, blasting Auchs with his most powerful spell and yelled for the men to aid him once more. Then finally, covered in so many wounds that he was hardly recognizable as human anymore, the Auchs fell. His last words an apology that he could not keep his promise to his only friend in the world.
Meanwhile, Dovan was proving to be both clever and deadly, using the chaos of the situation and the other escapees to his advantage. He had already taken down several of the higher ups and was waiting for the right moment to strike, choosing only to attack his victims in their most vulnerable moments. Lief, showing no hesitation charged Dovan with his long-spear and challenged him to a fight. Dovan attempted to attack Lief several times over but after it appeared that he was outmatched attempted to go back to backstabbing guards. Lief however stayed with Dovan the whole time, not only preventing his escape but saving several men’s lives in the process. Then just as the situation had turned to Timschel and Lief’s favor, Dovan vanished.
Thinking quickly that he must have somehow turned invisible, the two adventurers attempted to locate or somehow track Dovan. Sadly, due to all of the noise and chaos they were unable to do so and Dovan made his escape.
It was at this time that Timschel noticed that all of the escapees were adequately armed and armored; much more than they should have been for such a spontaneous riot. Timschel and Lief hypothesized that they must have had help from the outside, but due to the pressing matters at hand, were unable to investigate further.
Running late for their meeting with Nugrah, Timschel and Lief patched up as many of the injured guards as they could and prepared more spells for their confrontation with Nugrah. After all, they had bad news to deliver and did not intend to go into a potential fight at half strength.
Timschel and Lief arrived at the town square a few minutes late but found Nugrah to be patiently waiting for them. Using his arcane sight Timschel noticed at this time that Nugrah had several active magical auras on himself. It looked as though he had come prepared to fight.
The two arrived and delivered the bad news about Dovan’s escape, explaining that there had been a situation and circumstances out of their control. Nugrah, looking as though he had almost been expecting to hear this, produced a burlap sack and threw it towards Timschel. Now in possession of the bag Timschel noticed that it weighted only a couple of pounds and the bottom was soaked with blood and dripping onto the ground. Upon opening the bag it was readily apparent that the only content was the head of Dovan, freshly severed.
Timschel, in a last ditch effort to defuse the situation apologized once more for the way that Nugrah’s son died and told him that if he could change it he would. He then asked Nugrah if there was anything that he could do make up for what happened.
There was a brief moment of silence before Nugrah looked up and simply stated, “I just want my boy back”. To which Timschel somberly replied that he had neither the power nor the means to do so.
After hearing this, Nugrah paused for a moment, looked Timschel in they eyes and coldly informed him, “In that case there’s room in that bag for one more head”.
Lief knowing where this was headed, had no intention of letting Nugrah make the first move and reached for his weapon. Before the situation turned to a street fight in the city square however, Timschel had one more question for Nugrah.
Timschel asked Nugrah if he had any quarrel with Lief. Nugrah pondered this for a moment and then recalled that his son had gotten a half dozen good shots on Lief, enough so to even knock him unconscious and put him in danger of bleeding out. He reasoned that this was sufficient to make Lief and his son square. Timschel however, slung his spells from the protection of invisibility and even robbed the Stag Lord of his trademark weapon, not revealing himself until it was time to deal the final blow. Nugrah decided that taking Timschel’s head would satisfy him and promised that so long as Lief did cross him again he would not seek further retribution.
Timschel, not wishing for his friend to come to harm for his own mistakes told Lief to step aside and that he would see this through to the end on his own, one way or another. Timschel then stepped up to Nugrah and told him that this was his home turf and they would settle this according to his rules; with a duel to the death. Nugrah accepted this challenge feeling confident in his preparations and his abilities. These two had meet twice before and Nugrah had seen all of Timschel’s spells and tactics. Both parties agreed to refrain from summoning outside creatures to help but other than that any and all tactics were allowed. Nugrah was even feeling generous enough to allow Timschel to cast two buffs upon himself in preparation.
Timschel carefully considering his available options chose to coat himself in a layer magical grease and summoned a shield of force to bolster his defenses. Then, he took a moment to compose himself, reminded Lief once more not to interfere and then stepped forward to meet his foe.
To be continued in the blog post: “The part where Timschel wins a duel”