The group breathed their first breath of free air in 6 months in the snowy mountains around the Dark Hold. The discovered their rescuers were a small mercenary group from the East Rift lead by a battered former Human Sergeant named Suk-loo. Suk-loo, impressed by the groups ability to hold off the prison guards while under armored and under equipped, offered them their last contract in the area and an advance of 100 gold lions to get them back on their feet.
The group felt suspicious of this generosity from a known miser. The group suspected that Lorenzo and Pike were offering compensation for the mercenary upon their arrival in Suzial. They were harassed as they went from town and outpost heading towards the capital city because of their lack of a charter and peace bonds but through shrewd maneuvering and a very angry Suk-loo they managed to get through to the capital with out much incident.
When the group arrived in Suzial they each supplied themselves and relaxed for a day. There they were given a charter and proper peace bonds, becoming known as the Free Reapers Adventuring Company. The next day they headed out towards the city of Arabel where their contact, a disciple of Chauntea in the tavern called the Gilded Lady, was waiting.
They traveled through the King’s Forest on the suggestion of Pikeas it was much faster because the more direct route was beset by check points and other slow downs. The trip gave the Free Reapers a new sense of the area, discovering that the collection and burning of wood in the King’s Forest is highly illegal. After a few days of travel they arrived on the outskirts of arable, easily finding the tavern where they were supposed to meet the acolyte.
They entered to find the bar empty save for one patron in the corner and the tender who cheerfully gave them a round of drinks but was un able to tell them about their contact as he had not seen any acolytes in his bar for sometime. The Reapers settled in and waited for their contact to arrive and just as they got comfortable several mean looking humans arrived.
The leader had his lackies guard the doors as he and his two female brutes approached the lone patron. Rokar took it upon himself to be mediator for the conflict. Unfortunately the leader took little attention to Rokar’s please and after an exchange of words the leader grabbed the shirt collar of the other patron, causing his holy symbol to fall out into the open. Rokar immediately jumped to protect the patron but got triple teamed and knocked about the head dazing him.
Seeing their comrade in trouble Thalkyr, Tablet and Raham started attacking the group, Raham turning a few of the door guards to dust while drinking the last of his brew. Tablet unleashed her new hand crossbow with wicked efficency dealing a crushing shot to one of the female thugs. Thalkyr took on the leader remarking, “I will teach you to mess with the Free Reapers,” then proceeded to unleash a flurry of blows that bloodied the leader. He then turned and slipped away, dodging the opportunity attacks from the leaders female brutes. He moved up to Tablet in an attempt to protect her daring shot right in front of the two brutes guarding the back door. After a few more punishing blows from Thalkyr, Raham, Tablet and eventually Rokar the leader was slain and the remainder of the thugs ran.
Just after the thugs make their escape the town guard crashes into the bar and demand to know what is going on. Rokar attempts to explain everything and tells them of the thug that escaped, her description and her last whereabouts. The Bartender vouches for Rokars story and the guard leave.
The other patron thanks the Reapers and introduces himself as Gevarn, Acolyte of Chauntea. He explains that he has been waiting for representatives of the AKS. The Reapers explain that they are those representatives and Gervan is visable releaved. He explains that the thugs were probably hired by a cult of Shar that his mistress, Sister Linora, believed has infiltrated his town, a small town in the middle of the Thunder Peaks called Winterhaven.
As the Reapers press their contact for information he explains that the Cleric of Chauntea, Sister Linora, had a vision of darkness enveloping the city and Chauntea herself warning the sister of Shar’s infiltration. The Reapers ask Gevarn to accompany them back to the city and he initially refuses because he was tasked to get any and all the help he could get from the bustling city. He gives them instructions as to how to get to the city and bids them farewell.
The Reapers decide to spend the day and night in Arabel, resupplying and getting a full nights rest before heading off in the morning. When the awake they find Gervarn waiting for them outside of their rooms covered in vegetable remnants and covered in head to foot in dust, dirt and soot. He pathetically whimpered “They came after me again, they chased my through the market place. Can I come home with you?” The Reapers collectively rolled their eyes and accepted the weary acolyte.
After a few days of travel through the Thunder Peaks the Reapers came across some strange clawed tracks, Raham looked closely at them and discovered they were Kobold tracks. Gevarn swore he hadn’t seen any Kobolds on his way from Winterhaven so the tracks were fresh. Being very careful, the party continued.
As they continued up the road they managed to spot a lone Kobold on the side of the road, as they approached they heard a shriek and out popped a dozen Kobolds. The gaggle of Kobolds all wildly charged the Reapers tossing javelins and sling stones as they went. Though they did little damage their presence was felt as Rokar and Thalkyr went to work, Rokar showing off his new ability as he spit up a huge Ice ball and fired it into the gaggle of Kobolds causing many to exclaim their new understanding of why they didn’t attack Dragonborn. Thalkyr kept two, who charged in covering themselves with shields, at bay, trying to keep Tablet and Raham alive.
The Kobolds served to be more of a nuances then a threat. The only exception was an annoying slinger that dumped pots of flame upon the Reapers. Raham, seeing the Kobold slinger, decided that the slinger was a threat and unleashed his gods burning flame upon it, burning its soul in the process killing the small slinger in seconds. Tablet examined the flames in an attempt to learn the recipe for them but discovering she had already understood the arcane fire. After cleaning up the Kobold they pressed forward, reaching the Small town of Winterhaven the next day.