The party arrived at the village of Jedes (the Constable’s Keep / Seat of Asolade Hundred) in two seperate groups. Gorry, Lysha, Kalas, and Harlin came from the west along the Yalen Trail. Ondren and Ryssi came from the south from the Hutop Trail.
Character bio’s and backgrounds that explain why the characters were coming to Jedes can be read in the character bios available at: Characters
A large number of wagons were on the town commons; six covered wagons and two caravan style wagons. It appeared that the group of people with the wagons were hurriedly replacing large tents that had been unloaded back onto the wagons before a big rainstorm hit.
The players all arrived at the Fallen Tower Tavern just before the skies opened up. Introductions were made among the characters that didn’t know each other before meeting at the tavern, but most of characters knew each other or were associated with another character that did.
The players learned from the tavern keeper Jastrin, that an unexpected arrival of the circus (the wagons they saw on the green) coupled with the departure of the Keep’s garrison of both light horse and light foot soldiers, should make for available work as temporary guards for the Constable.
The Sergeant at Arms from the Keep Straken of Ornet arrived to investigate the news of strangers to town carrying weapons. After verifying the groups reasons for being in town, he offered to lead them up to meet the constable at the Keep.
At the keep, while waiting for Straken to bring them into the main Hall, the party met up with Dorrin of Lyne from Skaist. He was an old friend of Harlins. He told the group that the garrison’s forces had left earlier this morning but wouldn’t elaborate on why after being pressed a little too hard for information.
Ryssi of Chert met with Sir Shernath alri Mirdarne first and delivered her message from the Abbot at the monastery. The Sheriff seemed irritated that the message was sent to him after being originally intended for the acting Sheriff of Osel. He said that he took that as a sign of just how unimportant the Asolade was to the Sheriff as the message was apparently deemed unimportant and beneath the Sheriff’s attention, having sent it to Sir Shernath to deal with.
The rest of the party met with Sir Shernath and were granted temporary work for ten days at a rate of 1d per day, in addition to food and quarters in the Keep.
Sir Shernath also explained that his garrison force was called to Hutop in response for a call for help to confront a monster (which he did not name) was sighted near the town.
The party were shown to the light horseman’s barracks and they were told they could temporarily bunk there while the garrison was away. Once they returned, they would sleep in the Great Hall until the end of their service for the Constable.
As the group were getting situated in their temporary barracks, Yma, the young goose girl arrived telling Straken that her goose Blackeye had found the body of Felyss, the daughter of one of the serf’s in the village. Straken instructed Yma to take the party to the body while he informed the Contable.
The party arrived and found the following information after investigating the scene of the crime:
Looking at the Body
There is a body lying, supine, on the grass.
The body is that of a black haired young woman. She is aged somewhere between sixteen and twenty. Her arms are folded across her chest and her legs are straight. A posy of bluebells lies on her chest. She is wearing a sleeved kirtle and a sleeveless tunic, both of red wool; and a pair of leather shoes.
Her kirtle & tunic are homespun wool. Her eyes are blue. Her kirtle and tunic are grass-stained on the knees and chest. Her face too, shows some marks of grass and mud. There appear to be several tracks in the grove.
Her face and clothing appear to be dry, despite the recent downpour.
Looking around the body
There are a lot of footprints.
There is one good set of footprints, deep and well defined,next to some well defined hoof marks.
The horse and rider arrived after the rain had stopped. There are signs that several other people were also here shortly before the rainstorm.
Two or three individuals arrived in the grove on foot before the rain they entered past the marsh. They left through the undergrowth.
Looking at the body again:
There is no doubt that the woman is dead, although the joints have not yet started to stiffen.
The grass alongside the body is almost dry, unlike the grass elsewhere in the grove. The woman’s dress is dry at the front, a quick check shows that it is wet on the back.
There are specks of blood under the woman’s right finger- nails,’ one of her nails is broken.
Looking at the puncture wound in her back
She is dead, the back of her dress is covered in blood.
It’s some sort of stab wound. Other than this one wound there are no signs of injury.
The wound is a narrow and deep stab wound, too small to be from a spear, sword, or most daggers.
The wound could be from a Taburi, or throwing dagger.
Looking at the tracks
The horse and rider rode into, and out of, the grove along the river’s edge to the west of the grove. The tracks can be easily followed around the copse of trees and to the Yalen trail.
The horse came slowly along the trail from Jedes, but left heading towards Yalen travelling at speed.
The horse has one fairly new shoe, on the left foreleg.
Looking around the grove for more clues
There are two silver pennies lying in plain view on the grass a few yards inside the tree line. They are ‘foreign’ and identi- cal to those found under the body.
More than one person moved rapidly through the under- growth, one stumbled into some brambles and has left a few threads of undyed homespun wool on the thorns.
Two people ran through the undergrowth to the road. The tracks are then lost in the mud of the road
NOTES: Rolling the body over, while looking at the puncture wounds revealed two pennies under the body. The coins were foreign, and the characters could read the word “Coranan” on the reverse of one of the coins, and noted that there was no kings head on the obverse. This was sufficient to identify the coin as having come from the Thardic Republic.
What Yma told the party:
Blackeye is currently Yma’s best layer, a large and aggressive goose with a black patch over her right eye. Yma was looking for the goose, who often strays from the flock, when she found goose and corpse in the grove. She knows the woman, it is Felyss, daughter of one of the local half-vil- leins, Faran of Kyngens (Jedes ).
When she saw her, she called out her name and then approached. She was a little frightened, but approached close enough to tap her on the shoul- der with her goose stick (Yma carries a four foot long willow wand which she uses to herd her geese). When she got no response she ran back to the keep.
Yma has seen Felyss in the grove before, usually with Meliren of Heriel, the ostler’s son. There are often grown-ups in the grove together, usually in couples.
Straken left to inform the family of their daughters death. The party went back to town to begin questioning villagers. They started with the main Ostler in town to see if he knew of any horses having a shoe replaced on its front left leg recently. He did not. They then went to the other ostler in town and the family of the dead girls boyfriend.
Brod of Heriel is a very impor- tant man. He is, as he will tell the characters, a master ostler. Brod will admit that his son Meliren is not at home. He will tell the characters that Meliren has taken one of the horses for exercise and will assure them that he’ll be back well before dusk. If asked about the coins, he knows nothing. However, if the players ask him about the promissory note cashed by Cyrael, he will be surprised, and will go to check his strongbox. He will return, obviously shaken. He will, however, refuse to implicate his son and will simply continue to tell the characters that nothing is missing, all is well, and that his son will return soon.
Brod will tell the characters that Meliren went out early in the morn- ing, but wasn’t out long. When he came back Meliren asked his father if he could take Hirin (a horse) out for some exercise. Brod made him work first, then the rain came. When the rain stopped, Meliren went off on Hirin.
Meliren’s mother will be a little more forthcoming. She will tell the characters that Meliren and Felyss wanted to marry, but that her hus- band would have none of it. She suspects that the couple intended to run away together but will defend her son to the last. Meliren would never harm anyone, certainly not Felyss, whom he loved deeply. If the characters accuse Meliren she will get angry, and will ask them to leave her house. She will tell the characters that they are wasting their time searching for her son, and that they should look elsewhere for the culprit.
Before the characters left, Meliren returned and told the party the following:
He is distraught when he arrives home. He has decided to tell his parents everything, and ac- cept his due punishment. He stole a usurers note from his father and got it cashed by Cyrael of Urnelt. He then gave some of the cash to Felyss, to leave for her parents, and hid the rest for Felyss to collect later under the Whittlebrook bridge. He said he was followed by a short, thin man with sharp features that he did not recognize. He paused a few times to see if he was being followed but he decided he had lost anyone that might have been following him.
He was supposed to meet her almost straight away, but he was delayed because of his father, and because of the rain. When he got to the meeting place, Felyss was dead, lying sprawled, face down on the ground. He turned her over and straight- ened her out, kissed her, picked some bluebells for her, and then left. He didn’t know where to go, so he simply rode. Eventually, he realised that he could flee forever, or return to face the consequences of his actions. Here he is.