The party received a note from Nigal Mansel with the promise of employment for approximately nine months. After some speculation as to the nature of the job and the biology of the world we went to meet with meet with Nigal.
At the meeting the job was introduced as a simple courier mission. Well maybe not so simple, this would be the second attempt to deliver a pair of crystal balls. The first group, selected for being fast riders, to make the attempt disappeared a little over two weeks after they left along with there package. The first crystal ball was intended to be delivered to the court of Palar the White in Holgersson, and the second is to go to the Mayor of Olleth. With the goal of creating a communications network to allow near instantaneous communication between far flung kingdoms.
After some serious security questions about who knew about the balls and the first attempt. At this point we found out that Nigal’s role in the court is that of spymaster. With no obvious breaches in security or any to shield the balls from unwanted scrying we accepted the job. For the job we were promised 3500gp each, 1000gp upfront and 2500 to be paid on our return. We were also supplied with 500gp for expenses, and horses were made available for those who needed them. After a week in town to gather some supplies we departed with a caravan bound for Herecot.
Leaving the caravan in Herecot, we continued on along the road towards Cwmecol. In an inn past Cwmecol we got the first confirmation that the first group passed through ahead of us about month prior.
Some time after this Bart was approached by some local crazy claiming that if we succeeded magic would be destroyed or some such nonsense.
The next day as we traveled along we stumbled upon the graves of the first group. One of which contained the shattered Crystal Ball.
A few hours after leaving the graves we were accosted by a group of thugs lead by the local crackpot. They demanded that we hand over the balls. They freely admitted to killing the first group. Convinced that they were nuts and certain they were murders we declined to give them the balls instead Rhianna attempted to bluff them with the broken crystal ball that we recovered from the grave, with some success until we learned the first group only had one ball. Thinking quickly I handed Rhianna a flask of alchemist fire in sack. Which she hurled into on of the thugs, only to have her horse shot and then taken down by a ferocious beast of shadows before she could retreat. Bart, Freya, and Kirara charged forward to into battle to rescue her. The shadowy beast was soon joined by one of the thugs and a puma in its assault on Rhiaana. I herocially released my arcane might on our attackers. Things were looking grim when Rhiaana overwhlemed by her attackers fell to the ground after Kirara was forced to withdrawal. The beast of shadows then turned its attention to me, as successfully drew it away from my companions. Bart and Freya managed to successfully close with the enemy casters and archers forcing them into a melee battle. As Kirara valiantly rushed back in to draw her fallen cousins attackers off so that she might be able to recover, The shadowy beast killed my horse out from under me. After diving safely to the earth I blasted the shadowy monster back to whatever hell had spawned it. Kirara finished her cousins attacker and with their morale broken one of the thugs and the crack pot in charge fled leaving three of the thugs to surrender.
After the battle we recovered: 200gp, 2 trained light war horses, 1 trained war pony, 2 setts of studded leather barding (medium sized), 1 longsword, 1 longbow, 1 masterwork breastplate, 1 masterwork quarterstaff, 1 set of wooden armor, 1 masterwork great sword (small), 1 masterwork longbow (small), and 1 breastplate (small).
I claimed the pony and 1 set of barding to replace my fallen mount.
-Devon Ae Zarzuket