Thursday, June 18, 1208 SA
Into the hills the group treks onward with the desolated city of St. Etienne smouldering behind them.
Maksim and Tobiath inform the group that they will be heading north to Orleans. Tobiath and Maksim have friends in Orleans that operate a fighting school that teaches eastern styles of fighting. They do not wish to have the dojo sucumb to the horrors described in The Book of Death’s Grace. Tobiath also says, “Lewana and Inali as you choose your spells against the Death Mantle’s demons remember that they are immune to acid, electricity, sleep effects, and stunning. They also resist cold and fire shaking off weaker arcana of these types.”
June 18 – 19, 1208 SA
The group travels throough the foothills down the twisting Queen’s Road. Each day the Alps loom larger and larger on the eastern horizon.
Saturday, June 20, 1208 SA
Come across a group of men pulling along two emptry flat bed carts. The men are shocked by the tale of the destruction of St. Etienne. Castiele, tells the group that there was an explosion in the mines and that the town was destroyed by the explosion. The men are saddened since St. Etienne is there home and they have family and friends there.
St. Etienne is their home and they rush off to get back to town while sending one back along the road to the keep at the Valencian Pass.
Sunday, June 21, 1208 SA
Monday, June 22, 1208 SA
Meet the dwarf Erik of the Faithful 88, who has quite the story to share about his travels and adventures since the Day of ReAwakening.
“I have been with other members of The Faithful 88 in Rome for many months now. With me in Rome were Tumek, Elenochka, Kael, Alwin, Inali, Castiele and Lewana…”
Tuesday, June 23, 1208 SA
The group awakened late in the night during the third watch by a rider galloping down the road with a horse in tow… Castiel grabs a brad from the fire, climbs back on the road to flag down the rider. Erik, scrambles up the embankment to stand at Castiel’s side.
The rider slows, dismounts and approaches Castiel. The dual sounds of the panting, sweating horses provide a back drop to the group’s conversation with the rider. On his chest he wears the sigil of the Queen’s guard. He introduces himself as Tristan Lestrang, he says “The man from St. Etienne, shared with Lord Martel that the party was on the road. I’m on the way to St. Etienne to view this with my own eyes.”
The group asked if they could take one of his horses, “I can not part with either of my steeds.” He mounts and wishes the group safe travels and gallops off into the night.
Wednesday, June 24, 1208 SA
Thursday, June 25, 1208 SA
Meet The Magistrate, Lord Gabriel Martel, Inquisitor for the Queen’s Guard and his entourage. The man from St. Etienne has given word of the arrival of the group.
Lord Martel has a few dozen people with him, many members of the Queen’s Guard and camp workers. Lord Martel has dozens and dozens of questions for the group. It becomes obvious that he is a devout servant of the Queen and the Maker. He seems distrustful of the group and their potential hand in the affairs in St. Etienne.
As the group talks together in Russian, Lord Martel asks why do they speak this foreign tongue. Lord Martel, pulls some powder from his pouch and says “Maker bless my ears… you may continue, I can now understand your words.”
Castiel gives Lord Martel, the letters and maps from the Book of Death’s Grace. Lord Martel is unable to read the stone tablet and passes it along to a priest that is in his entourage. The priest takes the tablet away to read it.
The conversation continues with Lord Martel becoming more and more interested in why the Chaos Cult seems to be following the group around. “What do they know about the fallen Lord Dubois? Have they fought against the Chaos Cults before…”
The group notices that he seems to constantly be toying with his Maker holy symbol (wooden circle on a leather string). As he locked eyes with Erebus and says “Only those with evil in their hearts have anything to fear from The Maker.”
Castiel, declines Lord Martel’s offer to pray with him so that they can be guided to the truth by the Maker.
The group parts company with Lord Martel.