World Of Birthright

Meeting the Beast King
And almost dying

With information of Wenda’s capture by the beast men, the team devise a plan to confront them in the morning. The warriors of the Honour Guard escort the casters to the location where the best man are camping, with an army of raiders planning to ambush them on the hill.

Upon meeting the Beast Men, their leader, Rusk the Third Claw, demands that the casters come with them. Alexei immediately charms Rusk, and asks if she can begin this meeting with a performance. He agrees, and Alexei begins beguiling the company of beast men. He is almost able to charm them without any negative attention, but one of the beast men becomes wise to Alexei’s plan and attacks, biting Alexei on the face.

This doesn’t hinder Alexei’s progress, as he asks Rusk to dispatch this person trying to ruin his performance. Rusk agrees and chases off the beast man who bit Alexei.

After the performance is finished, Alexei convinces rusk to peacefully release the hostages, Arthur and Wenda, who join the honour guard’s side. Rusk insists that the four casters leave behind their guard and follow him to the beast king, who will be coming shortly.

Meric, who is focused on Rusk’s status, sees an opportunity to challenge Rusk to a duel to take the place of ‘The Third Claw’. Rusk agrees, and a circle forms around the two as they battle. Rusk quickly outmatches Meric, which causes Meric to draw on wild magic to sway the battle. As he attempts to cast witchbolt on Rusk, he instead bursts into an explosion of flame. He ends up knocking himself out – but rusk is still standing.

Alexei then attempts to come to Meric’s aid, and in doing so breaks his charm on Rusk. Rusk orders his followers to capture the casters. As two beast men pick up Meric, the Jenno’s army unleashes a flurry of arrows from the field and beginning the ambush. Two beast men rush Alexei and stab him in the shoulder and in the stomach, and begin carrying his dying body over the hill. Rusk evaluates the situation and makes a run for it over the hill.

The honour guard leaps into action, Laudrin beelines to Alexei, and Wallen makes his way to Merrick. Bros and Terra stick by Jang and Cualli who attempt to down Rusk from afar with thier magic. At the soonest moment, Jang tells Bross to clear a path so he can get to Alexei. Laudrin is able to fight off the two beastmen who were carrying Alexei and Jang is able to stabalize him.

In a fever dream where he thinks he may have been the third claw after all, Meric hear’s Alexei’s voice command “You are NOT the third claw, wake UP”, jolting him away. He performs a shocking uppercut to the beast man carrying him, and is able to continue up the hill to try and defeat rusk – but he is unable to see him.

With Rusk having abandoned his army, the Honour Guard and raiders make quick work of the remaining beast men, but the raiders suffer heavy losses. After an hour of regrouping and investigating/raiding the camp site, the survivors make their way back to Breezefields to inform Little Jon and Regis of the outcome.

Regis is surprised to see that there were any survivors. Danya sees that Alexei is unconscious and instructs him to be brought to her dwelling. Danya reveals she is a surgeon, and is able to perform surgery on Alexei, bringing him back to consciousness. She also helps Meric with his wound. After regrouping, the team decides they have to leave in the morning South to Summercliff, where they will be able to use an oath tome to communicate with the Goldhall that an army of beast men is in the Gold Lands country side. Alexei spends the rest of the evening making sure the festival he organized on the previous day was received well, and spreading rumour of the “next Union day festival” and “how exciting it will be”.

In the morning, a scout wakes the casters up, and informs them of a small host of two dozen beast men approaching Breezefields bearing a white flag. Still shook from their encounter with the beast men, the casters take their whole Honour Guard, Breezefields militia, and raiders to accompany them to the parlay. This is met with disappointment from the Beast King, who suggest the extra forces were not need.

The Beast King apologizes for the actions of Rusk, and delivers his head to the party saying “As I understand it, this is how you do it in the north”. He also gives to chests of gold to the casters for the damages done to Breezefields and the lives taken. He insists that soon the casters and he will be working together, as it is written by fate.

The casters and their Honour Guard decide to leave immediately to SummerCliff. Alexei meets with little Jon, Regis, Wenda, Jenna and Danya instructing them that they will become one town and begin to work together. Asking for Wenda and little Jon’s approval, Alexei suggests the coin be used to buy infrastructure for the town from Summercliff. Little Jon and Wenda agree, as well as agreeing that they have interest in becoming one culture. In an attempt to remove the problem individuals from the town for a bit, Danya suggests that Jenno and Regis escort the party to the Summercliff as ‘honoured guests’.

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Meeting of the Copper Dragon
The King without a Cock

The casters and their honour guard head south towards Summercliff, making somewhat good speed. They stop in a small town on the way named Lott Estate ruled by the Lott family.

The casters sup with the lord of the town, and inform him and his wife of the beastmen threat roaming north of Breezefields. This news does not go over well with Lord Lot, who begins to internalize his fear and doesn’t seem to know how to respond to the situation.

After a night of food and mild celebration, the casters and their honour guard head on their way further south towards Summercliff. Alexie takes romcom tactics into his own hands when he begins performing increasing sexy songs/dances night after night in attempts to try and get Jenno and Regis to hook up – Alexei’s attempts do not work on those two, but everyone else in the caravan seems to be inspired by the performances night after night. whoops.

The troop arrives at Summercliff safely, and Arther immediately heads to the oath tome to send word to the Goldhall while the casters and honour guard head to meet Arthur’s mother,
Daria Canim, Lady of Summercliff and the High Table. After introductions, Lady Daria Canim retires and Arthur shows the group to the blacksmith where they can suit themselves with proper equipment.

Jerome promises to outfit Meric and Jang with half plate armour – as well as a new mace for Meric. Alexei asks for a sling and some studded leather for combat. Qualli asks for a crossbow, but Jerome says only some traders from the empire would be able to supply him with a complex mechanism like that – Qualli becomes obsessed with understand crossbow architecture. Alexei and Qualli take to the markets where Alexei procures a new imperial style outfit (think black and white kimono with large costume fan)

Later that evening there is a party celebrating the casters and their arrival at Summercliff. Qualli asks everyone that he comes in contact with about crossbows. Eventually, someone promises that they can show him one, but they must do so in a private room. Qualli, filled with excitement follows the stranger out of the great hall into a seperate area.

Jang and Alexei have prophetic visions that warn them of Qualli’s danger, and they quickly hunt him down. Merric is engaged in a retelling of the great investigation he and Wallen experienced in Breezefield.

Quallie is shown a magnificent crossbow, and then feels a dagger at the back of his neck. Just as he is being threatened, Alexei and Jang burst in – both attempting to use magic to stop the assassin from hurting Qualli, but both the command and hideous laughter spell fail. Fortunately, after asking politely the assassin drops their weapon – revealing themselves to be lady Jessic of the Turrs.

The party resumes, and Lady Jessic taunts Lexi to perform. Lexi turns out one of her best performances of her entire career. Receiving a standing ovation from the whole crowd. The casters retire early, with a day full of studying in the morning.

Terra Abby calls together a meeting of the council to introduce Lady Jessic, and talk about the course of action. The meeting takes a strange form as Last Jessic reprimands the rest of the honour guard and Alexei and Jang defend their team, talking over eachother to get their point across. Lady Jessic tries to end the meeting, but Alexei says it will continue as we have more matters to discuss. The council continues to talk about what came of communicating with the gold hall, future protective measures exposed be lady Jessic, and that the casters will be studying the oath tome to gain more power for a little over a weeks time.

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TRUST IS TRUST IS TRUST IS TRUST
is trust

After resolving the meeting which followed the welcome party for the casters at SummerCliff, the casters spent the next nine days studying the Oath tome to strengthen their power. In this time, Cualli spent a lot of time at the docks and obtained some information that there is a rebellion going on in the Saenian city of Dihlrom.

The casters call a meeting to talk about their possible course of action, including whether or not the casters should intervene in the goings on at Dihlrom. The casters ask the members of castle who have ties to Dihlrom what they think, and what everyone thinks the next course of action should be. Danya forcefully recommends right now our concerns should be ourselves and getting stronger. Wallen recommends we head to a Blackbridge – a magical piece of architecture which we can study.

The casters and council resolve to go to Blackbridge.

After the meeting is dispersed, the group has an idea of investigating any messages sent from Dihlrom in the oathtome. They head to the oathtome, using magic to convince the mane guarding the oathtome to let them use it.

They discover that a message was sent from Dihlrom, which insinuates that the people of the Tors have invaded Dihlrom. They are requesting the casters to their aid in the fortress, as they are surrounded.

The casters call an emergency meeting of the council to review this information, interrogating Lady Jessic – who claims vehemently that she knew nothing of this attack. Alexei implores everyone that the casters and the council must drop their ties to their old families in order to properly serve this honour guard. There can be no withholding of information if this will be any success.

After conversation, the casters decide making their way for the black bridge is still the best course of action. They leave in the morning on a boat. After a few days, they are met on the water with a pirate ship, where battle is certainly going to ensue.

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