Just outside Port-a-Museau the party stops to rest up from the long ride. Dario uses the time to argue his reasoning for taking George Weathermay's stuff, since he is dead he doesn't need it anymore, but we could use it. After a bit Dario agrees not to take any of George's stuff, and he is untied from his horse, and Azar gives him all his stuff back.
Being only a two-days journey east of Mordentshire, and a weeks journey south of Port-a-Lucine, and with no need to stop in Port-a-Museau, the party decides its best to head straight to Mordentshire. Diamonion mentions that he knows for sure that there is a road leading north out of Mordentshire that goes straight to Port-a-Lucine. With that the party decides to skip stopping in Port-a-Museau and head straight for Mordentshire.
Along the road the party comes across a small narrow stone bridge over a deep gully. The rundown stone bridge is so narrow that only one horse can cross it at a time. Rimo bravely decides that he will be the first to cross the bridge, with Azar going across next.
As Rimo begins to cross the bridge there is a low rumbling sound, and from under the bridge a huge troll emerges and growling stands at the foot of the bridge where the party is trying to cross. The troll looks at the party and then in a harsh voice demands one skull for passage over his bridge. A few members of the party give a quick look at George's body, but decide that its best not to give up his skull. So they draw the party draws their weapons and attack the troll.
The troll in defense attacks Azar who is the closet to him, and Azar manages to dodge the trolls first claw, but dodges into his second claw getting hurt. Rimo manages to turn his horse around on the narrow bridge, and stab the troll in the side with his dagger leaving a small wound. Dario throws a dagger at the troll but misses, completely while Tallorn dismounts and runs up to it and Diamonion tries to charge it on horseback.
Tallorn manages to rush up close enough to the troll to land tow strikes on it with both his swords. The troll though, manages to get a hold of Azar with both his claws, and lifts him from his saddle, and rips him in twain. Diamonion, quickly yells to the troll that there is his skull for the fee to cross the bridge. The troll looks at the limp lifeless body of Azar he holds in both hands, and dropping one half, rips Azar's head off the other half, and crawls back under the stone bridge.
Dario then loots the remains of Azar. Rimo meanwhile searches George's body for anything of use, but Tallorn tells him to not take anything. When Dario has finished taking things from Azar's body, the group buries the two pieces in a grave along side the road, near the stone bridge, and then rides on towards Mordentshire.
After a days travel the party arrives at Mordentshire. Dario leads the party to the Weathermay's so we can drop the body off with them. At the Weathermay's herbalist shop the party waits outside while Dario goes inside to tell the daughters of their father's fate.
Gennifer is the first to greet Dario inside with a happy hug, and says its been so long see they have seen him. Dario then tells her he has bad news, and her features turn dark. Before he tells her, Dario asks where her sister is, since she should be there to hear the news as well. Gennifer tells him that her sister is at the Taylors, and will be back soon.
Dario decides to show Gennifer George's body, rather than wait for her sister, so he takes her outside. The rest of the party step back as they see Dario exit the store, with Gennifer. As soon as Gennifer sees the body of her fallen father she breaks into tears. Dario leaves her crying over her dad's body, and rushes off to get her sister from the Taylors.
A few minutes later Lori rushes up crying and hugs Gennifer and the two cry together. Rimo offers to take the body to the Temple of Ezra, where it can get proper treatment. Through their sobs the girls agree and then follow alongside of the party as they head to the temple.
At the temple of Ezra Rimo ties up the horse bearing George's body outside, while the rest of the party escort the Weathermay sisters inside. The two girls are quickly greeted by a two dwarfs. An older peppery-bearded dwarf, and a younger dark brown- bearded dwarf with two pistols on his hips. The older dwarf asks the two girls why they are crying, but since they are crying too much, Rimo steps forward and explains the death of their father to him.
The old dwarf is quickly disheartened by the news, but in stride takes charge and asks where the body is. Rimo tells him the body and the rest of George's stuff are on a horse tied up out front. The dwarf then tells the party he will take care of the arrangements for the body and George's stuff, and asks that the party stay and take care of the girls at least until the funeral is over. He also motions to the dwarf beside him and asks that he join the party and help out where he can. The dwarf approaches the party and introduces himself as Otas and he is willing to help where he can.
Over the next two days, as word spreads about George Weathermay's death, and funeral the town of Mordentshire grows in size with people coming to pay their respects. Amongst the many people that arrive, there are such people as a very scarred and sallow elf. A limping human wearing a mask of dark wood and mother of pearl inlays, traveling with a big burley woman. An older man wearing a long coat, with a tri-corner hat carrying a black cane with a pure silver knob on top, and a snowy owl on his shoulder. Many other people come to attend, and the local Inn and pub keepers are full of mixed emotions, because of the sadness of the occasion yet the number of people showing up and taking room and board at their establishments.
Otas meanwhile spends the time helping the girls out at their shop. One day he opens the door and in steps a haggard looking man with a long rifle looking weapon but with two barrels. Also the man's one hand is replaced with a serrated blade. The girls yell out “Ash” and rush to greet him with hugs and such. He quips back, “give me some sugar baby.” After a brief exchange the guy leaves the shop and the girls go back to tending to things for the upcoming funeral.
Dario and Rimo spend the time going through the local shops to sell off some of their extra weapons and such. After a good day of sales Dario hears that Radanavich has come into to town. Dario quickly heads back to the inn where the rest of the party is staying and lets them all know that Radanavich is town. The party quickly gets their stuff together and goes to meet him.
At the inn, the party finds that not only has Radanavich arrived in town but his partners Pinochet and Gareth have made the journey as well. Dario talks to Pinochet about how Radanavich is doing, as is told that the time spent at the Temple of the Radiant Beacon has done him some good in dealing with the loss of Lucca. The rest of the party sit down and talks with Radanavich about how things are going, and the adventures they've had since leaving Mortigny. Before too long though Otas comes into the inn looking for the party and asks them to return with him to the sister's store. The party gets up and says their good-byes to Radanavich, and head off to the sister's shop, except for Rimo who had wandered off with a beautiful girl he met at the inn.
Back at the shop Gennifer and Lori are sitting on the counter top, with George's gear lying on the table in front of them. Lori gets off the counter top as we all gather around the table, and gives us two books, as thanks for helping with things these past two days. The first book is Van Richten's Arsenal, and the second is the Van Richten Guide to the Walking Dead. Diamonion accepts the two books on behalf of the party. Gennifer then tells us that for fighting along side their father and bringing his body back as he requested we can have the gear he left behind, that sits on the table.
Dario looks intently at George Weathermay's Gossamer longsword and so the party lets him pick that up. Dario also picks up the impressive hand-ax of George' as well. Tallorn is allowed to take the masterwork crossbow, while Diamonion gets his leather armor which has a slick feel to it, and doesn't creak at all when he moves in it. With the George Weathermay's gear divided up, the group thanks the two sister's for their generosity.
Otas steps forward and twirls one of his pistols in his hand, then points it at Tallorn and pulls the trigger. The blank goes off with a bank, and smoke, which startles Tallorn a bit. Otas then laughs and says that he is on his way to Port-a-Lucine just like the members of the party. He wants to get there to see the latest line of pistols being made there, and if it would be no trouble, he would like to journey with the party to Port-a- Lucine. The party agrees to let Otas join them.
During the conversation with Otas and the rest of the party, Dario asks the sisters if they have heard anything of Van Richten. The two of them start to weep about the fact that they haven't heard from him in a long time. The last they heard was that he might be at the Asylum of Doctor Cloud Van Heinfroth. The Asylum is on the island of Dominia just off the coast from Port-a-Lucine. With that the party leaves the shop and heads back to their inn.
When the party returns to the inn they notice a guy wearing armor with he symbol of Ezra inlaid in silver on the front of the armor. The man is sitting with a big burley woman. Dario though spots a nobleman sitting alone at the bar, and tries to sneak up behind him. Unfortunately for Dario the owl on the nobleman's shoulder spots him and lets out a screech alerting the nobleman to Dario's presence. The nobleman turns on Dario and Dario introduces himself, and they then share a drink together. After a few drinks the two leave the inn and walk outside.
Diamonion, Otas and Tallorn though wander over to the table with the man in the Ezra armor and the burley lady. The man introduces himself as Torret Yohan Severin, and the lady is Istari Pistani. Istari tells the trio that she was traveling with Severin to Mordentshire in order to gain help from the Priests at the Temple of Ezra. Things in her native Borca are not going so well. The temple of Ezra has been broken into three factions, all the while the nations of Falkovnia and Invidia are making gestures as if they were going to invade Borca. The ruler of Falkovnia is bent on erasing any kind of religion from the Core, while the ruler of Invidia is his grandson and thus following his grandfather's lead. Already mercenaries from both nations have been ravaging towns and destroying temples just inside Borca's borders. So far though her attempts to get help from the Priests of the Mordentshire Temple of Ezra haven't been very fruitful, the business of George Weathermay's funeral seems to be of their primary concern at the moment, and they feel Borca can handle its own until the funeral.
Otas pipes up saying he will try to help get the word through to the Priests in the Temple about what is going on and heads out of the inn. As Dario gets to the door to the inn though, he suddenly hears a loud scream, followed quickly by another scream, just down the road from the inn. Otas runs towards the screams and finds Dario standing over a dead body and silver scattered across the road.
Seeing Otas, Dario quickly tries to convince Otas that he was the victim of an attempted mugging. Otas looks at the scene and tells Dario to run and get the constables, while he makes sure no one touches anything. Dario quickly returns with a constable, and tells his story about he was the victim of an attempted mugging by the dead person.
The constable asks Otas what he knows of the situation, and Otas says that he heard two screams, the first was Robin Stillwater's and the second was Dario's. This is enough to convince the constable that Dario is suspect of murdering Robin, and takes Dario into custody. In custody Dario is stripped down to his clothes, and the rest of his belongings are put on a shelf across the room from his cell, just in sight.
The next day the at sunrise the temple opens up for all the people that have come to pay their respects to George Weathermay. At mid-afternoon the a procession carries the body from the temple to the cemetery where George Weathermay's body is to be interred in the family vault. Along the way Gennifer asks Otas where Dario, is and he tells her about being put in jail on suspicion for the murder of Robin Stillwater. Gennifer is taken aback by this news, saying how Robin was such a nice and gentle person, how could such a thing happen especially on the eve of their father's funeral. The groan of the vault doors opening interrupts their conversation, and the two of them along with the priests enter the vault to inter the body.
That night at the reception, the sister gather the party together to talk to them. The sister's were preparing to go help the nearby village of Birmingshire, before we arrived with their father's body. Apparently some of the local town folk have been disappearing in the night. Unfortunately with all the things going they have forgotten about the small village and its need for help. They would like to go and help the village with their problem, but do not feel like they are up to the task at this time. Seeing as how the party seems to be very kind of helpful, they would like the party to go help the village out.
The party discusses briefly and agrees to make the journey to Birmingshire to help the village out. Just then Dario walks in the door of the shop having been released from jail due to lack of evidence for either story in the death of Robin Stillwater. Gennifer and Lori are very happy both for Dario's return and that we will be taking this duty off their hands so that they can tend to other things With that the party heads back to the inn, to get some sleep before heading to Birmingshire first thing in the morning.