After completing a morning of errand-running around Sanctum Cross, our heroes enjoy a productive celebratory lunch at the Valedictory Inn, where they finally decide on a permanent team name. From now on, Provisional Recon Group A shall be known as the The Knights of Jivew, paying homage to the mysterious trickster/benefactor of their first mission.
With that all-important question answered, the Knights return to the tower of Willam Wise to provide an official account of their first adventure. There, they discover that Willam uses a special magical orb to ensure an accurate account of their tales. After all, he comes from a long line of archivists, and his records of the guild’s adventures are sent back to his family’s archive in Lyrabar, the capital city of Impiltur!
As he listens to their story, Willam fills the Knights in on some interesting history and arcane lore related to their adventures, including information on the Feywild, the home plane of many of the creatures the Knights had encountered, as well as what he knows of mythals, great wells of arcane power said to be developed by ancient elves. He also agrees to help identify the items the Knights obtained from their exploration of the shrine to Sergin Melandrus in the elven ruins, calling for them to return in a few days for the results. Additionally, he provides Zook with a new page for his burgeoning spellbook — a magical transparent sheet containing the Misty Step spell. Finally, as a reward for sharing their incredible story with him, Willam gives the Knights a few magical items from his personal collection, including:
- a portable hole,
- a gem of seeing,
- a hat of disguise, and
- an elemental gem.
With their story told, the Knights decide to return to the guild hall for dinner. There, they finally confront Ewen on his private meeting with Randal Hawkshadow. Throughout the day, Ewen has been extremely aloof and distant following the meeting, and the other members have grown concerned. After some hesitation, Ewen reveals that he has been asked to participate in a long-term deep undercover mission for the guild—a mission that only he can undertake. While he cannot reveal all the details, he does tell the group that this mission will hopefully uncover a secret elven supremacist organization thought to be operating deep within the Gray Forest. While saddened by this news, the rest of the Knights understand and respect Ewen’s decision to undertake this assignment. That evening, all five of the Knights celebrate their short-but-exciting start together at the Valedictory Inn, where they partake in song, dance, and even a bit of fraternizing with the visiting entertainment troupe (a trio of young, beautiful halfling sisters).
After the remaining Knights see Ewen off in the morning, they return to the guild mission board to choose their next adventure: a monster hunt! After talking with John Mercy, they learn that the monsters they will be hunting are hobgoblins near the Impilturan outpost of Echocrest at the base of the Earthfast Mountains. These hobgoblins are currently attacking merchants carrying cargo along the Viand Road between Sanctum Cross and the towns on the other side of the mountains. With the main supply route effectively cut off, efforts to help the towns in the Vast rebuild are sure to stall out and fail. As part of their travel to Echocrest, the Knights are to escort Orel Willow (a cargo carrier associated with the guild) and his transport cart up the mountainous path to the outpost. With the journey a good two days travel, the Knights waste no time in locating Orel and setting off on their next big mission!
Why are the hobgoblins attacking the Echocrest outpost? Will we ever see Ewen again? Is Jivew really spelt with a silent “D”? Come back for the next story in our continuing adventures along the Path of the Polestars!