After a day of travel away from the capital and toward the city of Ravenholme, Bronagh used her more powerful connection with her Goddess to sever the connection between Reaver and Albinon, allowing Albinon to bond with the dragonbone sword (once Serakna’s weapon) that she upgraded for him, the Blade of Choice.
Another week and a half of travel, brought the party to the mudflats as rain threatened on the horizon. When they finally reached the outskirts of Ravenholme, they were halted by a trio of Kenku, who demanded they pay them for entrance. Dasterbolt paid with a particularly glowing copper coin, and Albinon promised the Baron Fedolish would pay for the rest of them, so Corvul accompanied them on their journey to the Baron’s Estate.
The Kenku stayed outside the Baron’s Fortress as the party entered into the chamber of Baron Fedolish himself. They spoke with the corpulent man on his high throne and Albinon was allowed access to the Baron’s archives, which he searched for anything to do with the St. Clair family. Dasterbolt gave Fedolish his jar of whale oil, to convince the Baron to join the ranks of the Society. After this, he helped Albinon and Bronagh search the chaotic bookshelves, and found a book that contained various rumors collected from the ‘common folk’. One such tale told of a merchant who had passed by the St. Clair Estate soon after tragedy had struck it. He picked up a lone traveler on the road who was a young man of 12 or 13. This boy disturbed the merchant, for though he appeared to be blind, the youth seemed to handle himself with confidence and eerie maturity. The boy was dropped off in Ravenholme some twenty years ago.
The party then received a request by the Baron to retrieve wine from the Lady Amanta’s, who had not been returning letters to the Baron for some time. Bronagh relented in paying Corvul for the ‘protection of the Fallen Flock’, feeling sorry for the Kenku who had waited at Albinon’s magical Suggestion for no recompense. When the party reached Lady Amanta’s manor, they found it eerily empty, and rain fell into the garden where Albinon caused the flowers to blossom. Entering inside, Bronagh found a deck of strangely marked cards, which she put in her pack. They then stumbled upon a body spread on the floor of an adjoining chamber, with a plant growing out of the victim’s chest. Shammah recognized the plant as a tree native to the Weirwood, the Forest of the East Wilds.
Searching the other side of the house, they found another body laid out in a similar manner. This time, the plant was not present, but the gaping wound in the servantwoman’s chest was evident that one had been grown here as well. Entering the basement, the party was confronted by a fey creature that took on multiple appearances, many of them Elves that Shammah recognized from his village. They also defeated a strange satyr with deer horns rather than goat, and death dogs that the Fey changer summoned. Oldorth Resenol, who had been sent by the Baron to retrieve wine was spread on the cellar floor, with a plant growing from his chest. Albinon stuffed several bottles of wine into his hat of holding and the party stood in the cold wine cellar, determining their next course of action.