The group went around the outside of the walls and found five identical gates with drawbridges all raised
The rogues and monks were sent in, with the exception of Evin who decided after a couple of failed attempts to climb the wall to remain outside
The scouting group found the gate house inside the walls and raised the drawbridge
They then spotted a secret door which was hidden in the oposite wall of the gateway Faldkor
Faldkor secured the bridge with rope, where the metal was rusting
Dani found traps on the second secret door and removed them and Wraith opened the door
As it was dark the group raised the drawbridge and set up camp just inside the gate
They split up to search the towers the next day, making sure there was a demi human in each group and someone who can open locks and remove traps
Four groups found instructions for the towers, Wraith also found a book written in ancient Cormyran
Thal and Talinda found the guard room with some papers in, and weapons and armour
The next day Rose went with Wraith and Kiran went with Talinda so that Thal could start working on translating the papers found.
The next day the other groups started on the guard rooms, each had eight Longswords and a broadsword between them and a total of eight books in various languages were on the shelves
Thal continued to work on the books in the order prioritised by Faldkor, there were many languages used and each was also coded
The final day of searching the towers has turned up a set of maps, one of them of the lizard marsh written in Drow
The next day the plan was to search the Keep with Hope and Thal staying by the wagon, allowing Thal to continue working on his translations
Dani found five traps in total on the way down to the tunnels, the staircase opened out into a really large barracks
The first rooms had two hundred and fifty bunk beds in it with a weapon rack at the end of each bunk and a couple of draws underneath.
The end of that room had a double doorway into a corridor, there were two trapped doors at the start of the corridor and two near the end and a set of untrapped double doors.
They entered into a large room that seemed to serve every function other than sleeping with another four sets of double doors
That night they talked about taking a more direct approach to the keep.
The next day they explored more downstairs, found provisions and weapons made for use with Black Powder
The day after they carried weapons out and loaded the wagon with the aim to search the keep the following day
During the night Wraith tested the door to the Inner Keep and found it open
The next morning Dani disabled the trip wire and they moved through the “killing ground” to the next door and Dani found a magical trap, which she very carefully removed while the rest of the group were at a distance
Another magical trap was found inside the inner keep which Kiran removed the trap inside the keep and a necklace was discovered with a tube attached.
In the bedroom they discovered a chest full of bone scroll cases, a hidden scroll case held a list of ingredients in Elven
The middle floor of the keep was set up to house a small garrison
On the journey back they hunted and survived off the land
When they returned to the compound they reported their findings and suspicions back to Yvonne
They agreed to the arena match in two days and met up the next day for practice. They mostly spent the practice talking through last minute ideas and getting themselves mentally ready.
In introducing the arena match Polandara made it clear that if anyone had an issue with future tournaments their issue was with her not with the victor
The group won the arena match without losing a single member though there was some casualties. It appeared to be a popular result with the crowd.
After the match, when Ignian came around, Faldkor noticed that his eyes changed colour and he looked confused.
He explained to the group that he was watching him self as if in a dream for at least a year now, he’s not sure what choices were his and what were made for him
Polandara confirmed the result of the fight and then took Ignian away to have Laranthan look into his mind as best she could
Anolin said that considering the brain washing celebrating the victory didn’t seem right, it was suggested that they celebrate with Ignian once he’s back to himself.
The penalties for losing were set, if Ignian loses his team guard during feast days for a year and he moves into the compound. If Anolin loses then he forfeits his position as tournament and his team do a task for the compound without payment
Faldkor spoke to Granite Firehold about learning how dwarves fight, he agreed to demonstrate Dwarven fighting being the 10th man if they didn’t get anyone by the 30th day.
Faldkor got some information on Ignian’s supply situation from his elven friend and an agreement that if he finds out more then he will tell him
Evin told the monks what he was doing, Sardonas agreed that he was OK with this, Darreva didn’t feel she could fight as her group was split in opinion over who they’d want to win, offered Evin some advice if Hope was on the other team and wished him luck
First day of training went well and the group started to learn the tribal battle dialect
At the end of the first day of training Thal offered himself as the 9th person, approaching the group in public wearing his armour to make a statement