The party wakes up the next morning in the castle quarters provided by their gracious host, Arnas. Captain Wilhelm Slambert summons them all to a meeting after breakfast.
Today is the start of [placeholder:] the Dragon Festival and Captain Slambert’s men are spread thin to provide security during the big event. Captain Slambert says that if Conatus and his nation of Scagmaul wish to prove they are allies, maybe he would help by doing some patrolling tonight, to make such no mischief occurs. Captain Slambert goes on to say that the city sewers have always been a trouble area, breading thieves, raiders, and other folk of ill-intent. He fears they may make a move while the city guard are distracted by the festival.
After hearing Captain Slambert’s request, Conatus agrees to aid him, for he says Scagmaul does not let down its friend. Conatus once again asks his new-found companions if they would join him. CAP says he will follow his instructor anywhere, and agrees. Serah agrees, seeing it as an opportunity to explore the city for clues to the whereabouts of the famed alchemist.
The party eat a hearty lunch and assemble in eastern entrance chamber. They move out into the courtyard, escorted by Captain Slambert, who fills them in on more details concerning the city and patrolling, when out of the corner of their eyes, Conatus and Serah notice the guards in the tower stations flanking the inner-castle wall gate appear to be incapacitated or dead. Conatus quickly brings this to Wilhelm’s attention, and the party, now temporarily including Wilhelm, rush to see what has occurred. As soon as they make a break for the tower-stations, the unseen adversaries know they have been spotted and spring an attack.
Unknown to the party below, Roran Stronghammer is perched on a rooftop to their right. He had infiltrated the rebel movement within Kingsport a couple months earlier, on orders from Wilhelm. Roran grew up in Kingsport, adopted by Shield Dwarf parents who made their living as merchants. Often busy with work, Roran became a street-rat, dabbling in petty crime, gangs, and generally shady activities. He became known in the authorities recently, and Wilhelm personally apprehended him. Roran’s parents were know as patriotic citizens and their business was important to the city, so Wilhelm said he would give Roran a chance to avoid his parent’s knowing how far he had fallen. Roran would work his way into the rebel group that operated out of the sewers and feed information to Wilhelm. Roran successfully infiltrated the rebels, and even knew of the coming attack, but was unable to warn Wilhelm without blowing his cover.
Roran knows he must aid them, for the rebel archers have the high ground and are supported by new rebels, who Roran believes to be foreigners and more skilled that usual rebel forces. He takes a shot, catching the rebels off guard. He kills the sole rebel in the left tower-station with one bolt from his crossbow.
The battlefield after Roran’s surprise attack:
More archers begin to scale the northern wall, which serves as both the exterior wall and wall to the royal castle.
New archer on the northern wall:
The party dispatch the remaining rebels in the tower-stations, Conatus climbing the right tower. However, more archers have scaled the northern wall and out of the blue more forces appear in the street, including two triceratops that burst through the corner of the southern wall that separates the royal castle from the rest of the city. They are whipped forward by a human handler of some sort, while a human rebel commander shouts from a rooftop outside the interior castle war, inciting his forces to attack. He orders them to set buildings on fire.
Wilhelm, Conatus, Serah and CAP move through the gate-way and engage the new ground forces, while four guards rush up from the castle doorway to assist. However, the castle guards are quickly assaulted by the many archers on the north wall, and only two make it to the relative cover of the gate-way. Roran places a well-aimed attack on the rebel commander shouting from the rooftop, injuring him greatly and causing him to roll off the roof in a panicked retreat. In the panic, he drops his torch, setting the building ablaze. Roran then begins to focus on the rebel archers along the north wall, since the party below is lacking in ranged weaponry.
CAP volunteers to head left, engaging two strong looking rebel footmen. Serah and Conatus move forward, only to see an even more important looking rebel commander, a Halfling, marching straight toward the gate, flanked by two armored, hulking guards. Conatus engages the Halfling, and using his best technique, decapitates him seconds later. The hulking guards prove more resilient, while one of the triceratops is whipped into a frenzy and charges Serah! The lesser rebel commander wounded by Roran lays in pain on the floor beside the building he was on, and before he can muster the strength to move, part of the burning thatch roof falls on him, consuming him in fire.
CAP takes down one of the rebel footmen without much trouble, but begins to be hampered by repeated attacks from the archers. Roran shifts his focus to the triceratops that has not yet charged, for fear the party won’t be able to handle two at once. He attempts to blind it with a barrage of crossbow bolts, but has to be close for it to work, so he jumps off his perch, flying over its head. He succeeds in blinding and gravely wounding the beast, but lands just in front of it. The beast becomes enraged and flings Roran with its horns. He lands some forty feet away, near Conatus and Wilhelm. The beast then rampages around, behind a building to the right of most of the party. Wilhelm moves over Roran’s body, to protect him while he regains his composure after being flung across the battlefield.
The battlefield currently:
Wilhelm shouts that Roran is any ally, and the party begins to defeat the remaining forces. Serah uses her divine magic to allow Roran to return to the fight at near full strength. The blinded and wounded triceratops charges through the building set on fire by the first, lesser rebel commander. The triceratops is burned badly and catches Serah in its charge, pinning her against the opposite building. The party make quick work of the wounded triceratops and the other triceratops, and CAP manages to defeat the other rebel footman.
Seeing the battle lost, the archers on the north wall begin to repel down the wall, retreating. CAP picks up a dagger off one of the rebels he defeated and throws it, hitting a rebel archer. The blow causes the rebel to fall from the northern side of the wall, ensuring his death.
Wilhelm asks the party to aid the city in recovering from this massive rebel attack. Smoke and fire can be seen in many places in the distance. Conatus and CAP begin to rush civilians out of burning buildings and then work to put out the fires. Serah works to heal the wounded, and Wilhelm assist in many places. Meanwhile, Roran sneaks off to the building he was perched on when the attack began. It is a royal treasure vault, and he takes advantage of the distraction and dismay to sneak inside and relieve the royalty of a few hundred gold coins.
After an hour or so, the city seems to be relatively in order and Wilhelm feels confidant leaving things in the hands of his subordinates. He suggests the party gives chase to the rebel archers, hoping to gain information on as to who is commanding the attack and seeing that justice is brought to them. They make haste, Conatus tracking the archers’ path through the wilderness. They come upon a clearing not far from Kingsport and behold a terrible sight. A small army is massing, some 2,000 strong. On the top of a small cliff, leaders of the forces seem to be speaking to the men and the archers who retreated earlier line the back of the hill. They seem to be on the lookout for anyone who may have followed, but fail to notice the party.
The scene in the clearing:
- Stephen: 1231
- Everyone else: 1331
- 125 gold – Roran
- 125 silver – Roran
- Pearl – Roran
- Amethyst – Unclaimed
- Iron armbands of power – Conatus
- Healer’s Brooch – unclaimed
- Radiant Blaster – C.A.P.
- Gold ring with Garnet – Roran
- Ruby Scabbard – Unclaimed
- 530 gold – unclaimed
- 1,362 silver – unclaimed
- Moonstone – unclaimed
- Jade – unclaimed
- Topaz – unclaimed
- Alexandrite – unclaimed
- Cloak of Resistance – unclaimed
- Haverd’s Handy Haversack – unclaimed
- Circlet of Second Chances – unclaimed
- 1 set master-crafted plate-mail – unclaimed
- 1 set of finely-crafted chain-mail – unclaimed (everything below is unclaimed)
- 5 finely-crafted hide armors
- 20 finely-crafted long swords
- 15 finely-crafted longbows
- 100 long swords
- 100 sets of chain-mail
- 30 leather armors
- 30 halberds
- 15 sets plate-mail
- 100 bows
- Finely crafted melee weapons grant +1 damage & +1 reflex defense against melee attacks
- Finely crafted ranged weapons add +1 to hit and + 10ft to range
- Finely crafted armors reduce armor check by 1
- Master crafted armors reduce armor check by 1 and provide one point of additional armor