After the fighting was complete, Teledon bunked down immediately. Rosper helped him along on his healing by casting several recovery spells on him. Rosper then went about picking leaves off the trees and casting spells on them so that the team would gain nourishment from them, the bonus being that they tasted like meat.
Rosper then asked if he might be allowed to ask the team questions, because he was confused and would like some clarification.
He asked why in several scenarios the team let people live and not just kill people out right. The team explained that in all of those situations there was no reason to kill the people who were already defeated.
Rosper then makes a comment, seemingly off the cuff, about not understanding all the ways of Namegivers. Which is actually caught by all members of the team at varying rates of speed. He is then asked quite directly if he is in fact a Namegiver and he admits that he is not.
It was then that Mazrol recalled the old legends about beings known as Drakes. They are creatures created by the Great Dragons to work as an intermediary between them and the “Younger Races.” Armed with this bit of lore, Mazrol boldly asked Rosper if he is a Drake and Rosper answered affirmatively. He answered further saying that he was in service to the Great Dragon, Mountain Shadow.
This news resulted in quite a bit of murmuring and side conversation among the team. They had, at that point, realized that they were involved in something far more dangerous than it first appeared.
Rosper then began divulging the contents of the documents that they team had been sent to retrieve. The documents contain information about a young girl who has been able to do things with Dragon Magic, which is highly unusual.
He then explained that he would like this girl protected at all costs, because she might be a new type of Drake that are also Namegivers. The other option is that she is Dragon-kin, which would mean that she would most likely be killed by any dragon. Given this new information the team decides that Darkwood should not be allowed to survive the encounter.
Karabus made the argument that the child was in danger and the team protected those who cannot protect themselves. The rest of the team agreed and with that the decision to see this mission through was made.
The next morning, Teledon woke up and everyone is healed enough to continue. Mazrol, then takes out the arrow that was being used to track Darkwood. He once again channeled energy into it, it pointed the way and he started walking, the team followed.
Eventually the team arrived just outside Darkwood’s campsite. Rosper handed the fake documents to M’lo and sent him in promising that as long as he could see M’lo he would help him. M’lo then moved in closer to the camp. During his approach he caught site of a guard moving in the camp, apparently doing a patrol circuit. M’lo altered his approach so that he would be able to keep one of the tents between himself and the guard. Then, timing the movement of the guard, M’lo moved around to the front of the tent he was behind and stepped inside. The resident of the tent was a sleeping elf, he was easily identified as a warrior by his sword, shield. The stolen documents were not found. M’lo then waited for the guard to come back around and once he had passed, M’lo stepped out of the tent and walked silently behind him. The second tent contained a dwarf warrior, but sadly no documents. Once again, M’lo waited till the guard passed, then stepped out behind him and followed him to the third tent.
At this point the guard heard something and spun around on M’lo. The rest of the group sees Rosper catch his breath and concentrate on the scene. Just as suddenly, the guard had not turned around, and was continuing to walk as if he had heard nothing.
In the third tent M’lo struck pay-dirt. This was where Darkwood lay sleeping right next to the warded chest, which no doubt contained the stolen documents. M’lo determined that the only way to open the chest safely was to be Darkwood, so he weaves a layer of threads over his own True Pattern so that it appeared like Darkwoods. With the ward down, all that was left was to pick the lock and then swap out the papers. He did take the time to verify that those pages from the chest were actually the documents they had been sent to retrieve. Once he was convinced that these were the documents the team was hunting, he concealed them and snuck back to the team.
Having completed the first part of the mission, the team hunkered down and watched the camp waiting for morning. With any luck the contact and sale would happen soon. In the morning a T’skrang and an Elf are seen walking through the camp, indicating that Darkwood had five companions and not just the three M’lo ha spotted during this sneak.
Transactions and Reactions
A bit later, a shallow draft boat came into sight. They had come for the meeting, they were Therans, and they had come for the documents. There is an exchange of money for the documents. The Therans then immediately got back on their boat and left the scene. Darkwood opened the chest and doles out the pay to the mercenaries. Money in hand the Elf, that had not been seen until morning, left the camp. On his way out of the camp, he was recognized as one of the elves that had attacked the team when they first made their way from the kaer to Ardanyan city.
One mercenary down, the team put their heads together to make their plan of attack. What they had not realized is that they were one head short. Rosper had gone into business for himself. While the team had distracted themselves making a plan, Rosper had moved off and changed into his draconic form and pounced upon Darkwood, killing him instantly. Rosper then grabbed the chest of money and the shredded remnants of Darkwood and flew away. Seizing upon the shock and awe of Rosper’s attack the team leaped into action.
When the fight was over, the only survivor of mercenary team was the T’Skrang river pirate. He was attempting to crawl away and was interrupted by M’lo who accepted the T’Skrang “offering to the River Spirit.” Which is the traditional admission of defeat and payment of parole.
The team then gathered what remaining treasure there was to be found around the camp and in the possession of the dead mercenaries. Then they headed back to the Kingdom of Throal to report in on the success of the mission to Master Librarian Merrox. They explain how Rosper killed Darkwood and then left with the body and documents. The team also explained the swapping out of the documents and who the buyers were. In return, the team received information about their captors, plus information on the History of Parlainth and the Akashic Record.