The group was summoned to the Eagle’s Nest after Gerran had been gathering some information about the “problems” that had been hounding Nessa’s mercenary company. She had discovered that the Syndicate was behind all of her misfortunes. Their actions had caused great harm to her organization and she had a task for the group. She requested that they ensure the safety of her latest job, she was sending two of her men to serve as bodyguards for a very wealthy dwarf named Hondo Orecrusher, who was buying into the gems business in Redwater. A market currently controlled by the Syndicate, and they wanted no competition.
The group consisted of Layne, Oolog, Alcer, and Gerran and they set out to meet and clear the way for Nessa’s Eagles. After a few hours of travel they came upon a work detail attempting to repair a washed out road, something did not seem right and as Layne & Oolog moved to talk to the Guardsmen and their conscript they were caught in an ambush. The “guards” sent their conscript to talk with Layne and Oolog while Gerran and Alcer stayed some distance behind. While the conscript explained thier presence here both Gerran and Alcer realized this was not standard protocol and as Gerran readied a spell, Oolog and Layne were target by snipers.
The sudden barrage caused Oolog the most harm as he was hit several times and poisoned from crossbow quarrels. Layne was hit for far less and shook off the effects of the poison. The “conscript” was revealed to be a bard and began singing to aid his comrades, the odds were not that bad until a group of three mounted warriors charged out of a hidden cave. The group was caught between the anvil of the “guardsmen” and the hammer of the charging horsemen. This was not a simple ambush this was an extermination squad, Hondo and his bodyguards would stand no chance against this. Oolog was hit again and fortunately his rage kept him alive as he fought back. Gerran unloaded his magic against the bard and Layne held her own against the two guardsmen. Alcer was readying his various grenades and let loose a barrage upon his foes.
The horsemen were well trained and were able to skillfully dodge both spell and weapons while delivering more and more damage to group, Layne and Oolog bore the worst of it while Gerran and Alcer tried to even the playing field. Gerran cast a rolling flaming sphere that forced one of the snipers from his perch while Alcers concoctions made short work of the horsemen. After several hard fought rounds they were all heavily battered but breathing while the lone Syndicate survivor was at their mercy.
He was an amicable sort and after a short discussion cut a deal with them for his freedom in exchange for letting them know about the Syndicate’s backup plan. A large flying beast remained to be taken care of to ensure the survival of Hondo and the prestige of Nessa’s Falcons.He could only provide a vague description of the beast, it was some type of flying animal and bore some resemblance to a lion. After healing as best as they could they set off down the trail in search of the beast, it did not take long.
A manticore soon appeared and announced its presence with a shower of spikes, striking most of the party. The beast delighted in staying out of their range and swooping in to attack isolated members, they had to wear it down through a battle of attrition. Gerran was able to weaken the beast with spells while ALcer blasted it with alchemical explosions, Layne and Oolog both struck it with ranged weapons and soon the beast fell dead. The were left with a health understanding of the Syndicates reach and thoroughness as they arrived back at Redwater. Nessa was shocked at the forces raised against her but was grateful to the group for the success of their mission and rewarded them handsomely.
As they were leaving the Eagles Nest they were approached by a lean individual who identifeid himself as Mr. Grey and wished to talk with them. He said that he had to reprise his opinions of them and that he left a package for them at Grahm’s Imports in the Guilded Wards and merely suggested that they retrieve it and consider the contents. Mr. Grey then departed leaving the group to consider his words. In agreement they set off to retrieve the package and a short while later they arrived at Grahm’s and retrieved the package. They decided to open it immediately were shocked and the contents, inside lay a stuffed falcon.