Liliandil, Brantus and Abraham ride hard through the stretch of forest before reaching the open farmland an hour before Olfden. This leg of the journey, through the forest, still took several hours. They rode strong with only a few stops to water and rest the horses. Leon ran along side, in and out of the treeline. It was a test to the health and endurance of the animals, but they proved worthy.
It was late afternoon as the trio strolled down the road finishing the last dozen miles through farmland and tiny villages that surrounds the city. Several farmers recognized Liliandil and offered greetings and a cheerful wave, while most of the poor peasants toiled away in the fields.
An hour before dusk, the pathfinders saw their destination in the near distance. The city of Olfden perches on a low cliff at the edge of the rise, where the gradual decline of the rocky shelf gives way to a sudden drop. (see image attached)
A massive sign carved onto stained darkwood is set into a stone wall several hundred yards away from the main gates of the city. Brantus and Liliandil familiar with it ride past, but Abraham, new to the city, stops his horse for a moment to read it.
All manner of wondrous and frightening creatures live in Darkmoon Vale, but visitors need not fear such foul beasts while within sight of city walls. Between the brave Eagle Knights of the Diamond Regiment and the dedicated woodsmen of the Fangwatch, there is enough security throughout the vale to keep its most dangerous denizens at bay. Except on nights of the full moon, that is. Those nights, even the Diamond Regiment acquiesces control to the werewolves. Those nights, no one and nothing can keep you safe.
Luna Aldred, First Citizen of Olfden.
Liliandil looks back to Abraham and sees the look of uneasiness. “It is okay Abraham. That sign has been there since before my birth. It is more of a landmark… a monument to those who fought and fell during the Night of the Silver Blood.” (Knowledge Local check or you can ask Brantus or Liliandil more about it)
The gates are open and the watchmen wave and sound the welcomer’s tune loud from their trumpets. The entire city is alerted that persons of importance have entered the city.
It is not long before a crowd has formed around the three, cheering the arrival of the heroes. Leon gets a few concerning looks, but then is accepted by the townfolk. Not far into the city, they reach the surrounding walls of an inner keep (see map). Here the the nobility and government officials of the city reside. Including the Aldred mansion.
(to speed things along)
Within the hour, Liliandil, Abraham and Brantus sit before a welcoming fire in a large estate room within the Aldred keep. They are accompanied by Luna Aldred (Liliandil’s mother) and Hilde and Rojan, Brantus’ wife and son, who arrive shortly. Brantus shares the gifts that he had made for them in Falcon’s Hallow. Leon is given a honorary spot in the room next to the fire. Over the next hour, the Oracle tells her mother and several other members of court, about the success of their last several weeks. The rescue of the children and the defeat of Merlokrep, the Kobold King. The girl also shares her discovery of an expansive slave trade being perpertrated within the Vale. She advises of Eutropia, the Grand Duchess of Taldor, being rescued, and the success their group has had in thwarting her sale. Along with Ren, Deetish and others.
Liliandil also shares information about Nyllbryn, Jaeshar, Fortunado and Azure. The other officials show empathy towards Azure, a fellow political figure in Olfden, and his possible demise.
Luna and the other officials are shocked at the news of a slave trade operating within Andoran, a nation that has band slaves during the birth of the nation. Freedom and Justice is promoted within the nation. They vow to protect Eutropia and send word to her father of her rescue and well being.
Next, Liliandil tells her mother about Pippa, and her arrest. A messenger is dispatched to Judge Emberth, inquiring about the rogue. It has not been confirmed that she is being held in the courthouse.
Luna and the other officials tell about the unrest in the north end. The towns people are near rioting. The Beast of Lepidstat has been captured and is currently being held in the courthouse dungeons. It will be tried for multiple counts of murder. The people want the creature executed and have already begun the construction of “A Punishing Man” (Knowledge Local check).