Our villains sit in a cold dark cell, shackled together with complete strangers. Three days left to look forward to, they bide their time discussing what actions branded them “Forsaken”.
These are some of the worst of the worst, and they know it. None of them apologetic, most regret only that they were caught.
Doctor Claudius Pitch explains that he will be beheaded in three days time. He is a surgeon convicted of grave robbery, but the lack of elaboration does not help to explain if it was for business or pleasure.
Seemingly unworried, Toben states that he was convicted of fraud, and will be serving out his time in the salt mines. He doesn’t say much else.
Rook, a half-elf, states that he is convicted of murder. The coin was right, but the job was not. Things went badly during an assassination for The Blood Crows, his previous employer. Something in his voice says that he believes this to have simply been bad luck. Now he will lose his head if chance does not fall in his favor.
The Bruce of Vein, a Dwarven man of strong stature, was once a mighty paladin in the order of the Knights of the Alerion. He has been sentenced to burn at the stake for his crimes of blasphemy, though that was only the worst of his crimes.
Finally, Olar who is rather thin for a Half-Orc, was imprisoned for arson. It’s apparent from his many burn scars of differing ages and severity that this was no accidental fire. Now he will be punished for his crime by facing the fire himself.
At that moment a man in charge of 5 guards burst into the room. Everyone knows that this is the man responsible for the searing pain inflicted upon their left forearm. They were branded as “Forsaken” at the hand of Sergeant Tomas Blackerly.
Blackerly points to Doctor Pitch and states that he has a visitor, much to Pitch’s surprise. Our dear doctor is escorted out by all 5 guards while Blackerly watches. He’s brought to a room where he is shackeled to a chair opposite a grieving woman. The woman drops her grieving tone and dismisses Blackerly, and it’s apparent to Pitch that he is under her influence.
The woman introduces herself as Tiadora and says that they have a mutual friend. She does not divulge much information, skillfully dodging questions. She only says that they must break free from the prison. “Don’t be so dour. Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean you can’t be the first”, she says. “Cross the moors on the outskirts of town. On the old Moor Road you will see a manor house with a single lantern burning in the second story. There our mutual friend waits.”
Her message delivered, she is impatient to leave and does little to answer questions. After a short time and conversation going no where, she removes her veil. She dabs up the last of her false tears, and presents it to Pitch. She states that it may be useful to which Pitch stuffs it down his shirt.
Once the doctor is brought back, and only after all of the unposted guards have left does he procure the veil. Olar takes a look at it, studies it and finds strong auras of magic present. After some time he’s able to identify it as a patchwork of useful items. Each patch can be removed to reveal magically hidden items. They immediately begin using the thieves tools to free themselves from their bonds.
Rook works his shackles, attempting to stay quiet. Unfortunately Toben manages to cause enough noise to draw the guard’s attention. The guard gives him a rap across the feet, demanding he stay quiet. Rook’s deception holds true, and the guard is oblivious that he has one of his hands free. Rook manages to break all of his locks, and after many intense minutes, he is able to spring everyone.
They all stay in place, pretending they’re still locked up. They quietly discuss their plan, or perhaps lack there of… Eventually Toben starts drawing the guard’s attention on purpose. Quickly, Olar attempts to daze him with a spell, but the guard is on alert and manages to slough off the spells affects. Obvious that Olar’s hands are freed, the guard spins around. Rook jumps to action and stabs with a dagger from the veil, but misses. Prompted into action Toben gathers the chains to club the guard, but the guard strikes the chains down the the ground.
Obvious that this is too much, the guard drops his club and begins to go for his sword. Secondly, his companion at the door moves to come in. The two guards are no match for our five convicts, who all spring to action. Before the guards can even retrieve their horns to sound for backup, they are both smite to the ground by an onslaught of spells, dagger blows and slashes.
The group of outlaws raid the bodies, equiping swords, bows and chain shirts. Now they must flee. But what awaits for them? kept blindfolded most of the time, they are unfamiliar with this prison. The only way to go is out. Out to the moors.