As Winter Comes

Small Victories

On our way back to the safe house we spotted one of the wyverns. It was flailing in the air and falling. The rider was clinging desperately to its back. It crashed down into the roof of a house not far ahead. After a moment’s silence we heard a heart-rending scream. It stopped suddenly and then silence.

Our group looked at each other but I already knew we needed to act. I started running towards the house, Donnacha was with me. I guess his military instincts kicked in the same as mine. As I expected the rider was still alive. We challenged him but he grabbed a small child and used it as a hostage. Donnacha tried to reason with him, but he was backing away from us with the child still clutched to his chest. He took a few more steps then threw the child through the air!

I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with such brutes, and I vowed that this one would not live to take any more innocent lives. I charged at him, weapons ready.

The battle was tough; Ragesian Wyvern Riders are well trained and vicious. My allies came to my aid quickly. I have Paelias and Rigar to thank for finishing off the animal whilst me and Donnacha lay bleeding. Thankfully, the child was not harmed and we took him with us to the safe house.

Rivereye was not doing well, and was quickly taken into care. The safe house was full of priests, injured civilians and people helping. We talked to Buron, the leader of the cell. Seems the attack was a show of force. Gate Pass has started rounding up wizards at the demand of the Ragesian army, but they were not prepared to hand them over. I’m glad the full assault has not yet started – we might still have enough time to get out of the city – but I fear for the people of Gate Pass when that attack comes.

We ate and slept as best we could. The next morning Torrent went to gather information on Shialas, the suspected Ragesian contact at Gabel’s school. She is thought to be involved with the case of intel that was stolen by the shape shifter.

Buron briefed us on an urgent mission that has just come up. They heard there is a terrorist cell in Gate Pass, who have a vicious beast to terrorise the city. Something that ‘strikes and hides like a cat’. They made their base in a warehouse in the industrial district. We were all keen to help protect Gate Pass against the Ragesians, and we agreed to go straight away.

We scouted the perimeter quietly. We decided the best entry point was a door we thought would lead to a side room. The door was locked but a swift kick took it down easily. Rigar used his magic to create a diversion at the main double doors – sounds of people shouting – and bought us some time. The first foes we faced were meagre opponents and I dispatched three of them without breaking a sweat. Further into the fight I took some heavy injuries, but Paelias’ encouragement and the support of my allies kept me strong.

The mercenaries fought desperately. They had a wizard with them who made life difficult with his vicious ranged attacks. In the midst of battle, a creature about the size of a dog – but with wings and a long thick tail – swooped down from the roof and lashed out at me. Before I could retaliate it vanished from view. Rigar blasted it with his magical rays, and created a zone which stopped it from moving. I knew it couldn’t be far so I focused all my energy and struck hard. My strategy worked and I slew the creature in a flurry of mighty blows.

Donnacha charged towards the ranged fighters but was caught off-guard. He didn’t see the trap and fell painfully into a hidden pit. He took a moment to get his bearings, but quickly managed to climb out and continue the assault.

The last enemy standing was the wizard. He began to flee as his last comrade fell, but we chased him down. He could not be allowed to report back to his employers.

We searched the area and uncovered a cache of notes. They said that Erdan Menash was going to be kidnapped. We need to hurry before it’s too late!

Over and out.

Ta’waran

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