The Village

Session 8

New lights in the darkness

As Edvin sat on his porch on a crisp spring morning, he decided he needed to build a pasture for the newly acquired animals. With the help of Flavius, he fenced an area next to his fields.

Back at his tavern, Eliasz decided it was time to brew his spring batch. Instead of the traditional brew, he decided to make a special batch that was more pungent than usual. Initial signs showed that the batch would be successful.

One evening Edvin, Flavius and Eliasz had a private meeting at the inn to discuss what to do about the rumored treasure. Edvin was as excited as the others but feigned no interest in the treasure and agreed to go along “because Flavius seems to be so eager”. They decided to acquire a boat and take it upstream to the waterfall. They told no-one about the plan, and decided to travel under guise of foraging for special berries for Eliasz’ beer.

Edvin went to see his friend Kurt, the travelling fisherman about borrowing his boat. Kurt told Edvin he needed to make one trip downstream but after that Edvin could borrow the boat. Flavius and Eliasz wanted to visit the River Queen before the trip, each for his own reason. Eliasz wanted to know more about the Religion, priests and Ignacio while Flavius felt drawn to the young fortune teller Aleksandra.

As Kurt was headed downstream and there was room on his boat, Eliasz and Flavius hitched a ride from him. Edvin didn’t want anything to do with the River Queen so he stayed home and mended some of Flavius’ broken gear. At the River Queen, Eliasz and Flavius noticed that the encampment by the riverside was much smaller than before, and also the River Queen’s corridors weren’t as crowded as before. Flavius went to see Bosco so he would take Flavius to Aleksandra, while Eliasz asked around and found a priest in a tavern. Over beers, the priest and Eliasz discussed matters related to the Religion. Up in the tower, Flavius was granted audience with Aleksandra. He wanted to pay up his favors to the girl, but as Aleksandra had said, she would call on him when it was time. Flavius felt Aleksandra was held prisoner, and while Aleksandra didn’t deny that was the case, she seemed reluctant to leave or escape. Flavius tried to court her, but she was merely amused by his efforts.

Flavius and Eliasz walked back to Moreny as night fell. A few days later, Kurt arrived at Edvin’s door to tell him that he could borrow the boat now. Edvin instructed his kids on what to do at the farm while he was gone. Eliasz left the inn in the hands of Shora and the three departed on their journey.

The trip upstream was hard work but uneventful. They travelled for three days – sleeping nights in the boat as they had no tent – before arriving at a waterfall on a cliff resembling a wolf’s head. They tied down their boat, built torches, took all the rope they could get from the boat and started to climb the cliff. The climb was long and arduous with Edvin falling behind, but they finally made it to the plateau where the cave entrance was. As the climb was exhausting and it was getting dark already, they decided to make camp before entering. They camped on the cliffside by the waterfall, and in the morning they entered the cave.

The cave was very damp and obviously a natural cave. After travelling downwards in the dark, narrow tunnels for quite a while, Edvin noticed that there were man-made wooden steps under the thick layer of mud on the ground. Soon after, they arrived at an opening where there was a fast-moving stream blocking their way. Luckily there was a crude bridge that helped them get across. Flavius went first and fastened a rope on the other side so the others could get across more easily.

They entered another tunnel. Flavius was still in front and while he was walking along the tunnel he heard something crack under his feet. A plank built over a hole broke and Flavius fell into the chasm along with the only lit torch in the party. Edvin and Eliasz heard Flavius scream while he fell and they were left in total darkness. Eliasz started to panic but Edvin calmed him down and lit another torch. Flavius fell along sloped walls and tunnels deep into the hole before landing in mud. His torch still lit and axe close by, he started to examine the mud-filled room, but not before calling out to Eliasz and Edvin. After hearing Flavius was ok, the two decided to proceed over the hole in which Flavius had fallen. Eliasz jumped across and with his help Edvin got across as well. The tunnel ended in a large room where there were signs of living: clothes, books, beds and furnitures, all rotten in the damp air. Eliasz found a sword that was in excellent shape despite its obviously old age and Edvin found two heavy chests.

Meanwhile, Flavius explored the room he was in and noticed there were man-made holes in the walls. As he peeked into one of them he saw something dart quickly inside the hole. Nervous, he continued to examine the room. He felt a sting on his neck and sweeped across the back of his head. A large, cat-sized ant fell in the mud and Flavius swatted it with his axe. As he looked around, he saw the walls were crawling with these huge ants. Flavius ran for the hole through which he fell with the ants on his tail. He climbed up the tunnels and slopes with the ants on his heels before arriving to another room. He saw a large wooden chair in a corner and also noticed there was a hole near the ceiling where he could hear Eliasz and Edvin and could see their torchlight. The ants right behind him, he went to the chair and noticed it was not a chair but a throne and there was an iron crown on it. He recognized the crown from his vision and took it with him before climbing up the hole to Edvin and Eliasz. The ants followed soon after Flavius, and the three men fought them with lit torches, boots, a sword and an axe. After a few minutes fighting they defeated the ants. A few of the ants managed to bite into Eliasz’ and Flavius’ flesh but the wounds were shallow and healed quickly.

After catching up on what had happened, Edvin showed the other two what he had found: two chests filled with golden coins, rings, goblets, jewellery, insence and other valuable items. They marvelled at the treasure that they had found and argued briefly on whether to just take a little bit of the treasure now and come back for more later to ensure the secrecy of their treasure or whether to take it all with them and hide it well. They decided to take all the treasure now and hide it closer to their village.

They took a few items each on their person and started to haul the chests back up. As they came to the hole in which Flavius had fallen, Edvin tried to build a bridge out of the old bookshelves found in the room but the wood was too wet and it broke instantly. They decided to toss the items one by one to Flavius, who jumped across first. They also tossed the chests across and Flavius helped Eliasz and Edvin to cross the chasm. Back at the room with the stream, they contemplated on how to get the items across. Again, they decided that Flavius would go first and the other two would fit the items in pouches, bags, socks and other clothing and throw them over the stream to Flavius before crossing with the aid of the rope they had fastened earlier. No items were lost during the operation, and after they were all on the other side, Flavius went across again to get their rope. After travelling up for some time, they arrived at the waterfall. They lowered the chests down with their rope and climbed down.

As they loaded the treasure on the boat, Eliasz raised a question on how to divide the treasure, and asked if he could keep the sword. No quick consensus was found and Edvin said they would discuss the matter on the way home.

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