27 Arodus to 3 Rova, 4714 AR
- The Lords of the Green leave the halls of the dead warrior and make the trek back to Olegstaadt. They encounter a group of trolls on the way – three females and four juveniles – the second group of trolls seen in as many weeks. Dismayed to find trolls so close to the borders of their realm, the Greenlords decide to ambush this group. Nisha manages to harvest a wineskin’s worth of blood from the trolls to deliver to Bokken.
- Back in Olegstaadt, the rulers of Zelenoy must contend with a sinister cult. Councilor Svetlana tells of a desperate peasant family’s plea for help: Petyr and Lianna and their four children came to Svetlana in distress two days before the Greenlords’ return. Their newborn babe was recently stolen, and they beseech Councilor Svetlana for help. The party speaks to Lianna and Petyr, while spymaster Yetar works his contacts around town. The trail eventually leads to a woman name Malgorzata Niska, a middle-aged midwife known around town as “Goody Niska”. Niska birthed Lianna’s missing newborn only two weeks past, and through a network of contacts in Olegstaadt’s small but growing underworld, Yetar learns that Niska is the mastermind behind a vile cult of Gyronna, a lesser goddess of hatred, spite, and betrayal. At the same time, Nisha the tiefling witch and treasurer of Zelenoy hears similar information from her own contacts amongst the few tieflings and demon-touched in Olegstaadt.
- The Greenlords track the cult of Gyronna to an old barn on the outskirts of town and set an ambush for the cultists. Waiting until all of the cultists are within the barn’s cellar, the group springs its trap on the last arriving member – Malgorzata Niska herself, carrying Lianna’s newborn babe to the cult’s rites. The Greenlords save the babe and bring Niska back to Olegstaadt gagged and bound, where she will face Zelenovite justice.
- On one of the cultists, a young woman named Bogna, the Greenlords find a strange wooden coin. One side of the coin bears the image of a learing, bearded demon-man, while the other depicts a crippled, undead boggard. Alys believes the bearded image is that of an obscure demon lord of the Abyss named Shump, also called the Pretender. The identity of the undead boggard is unknown to the Greenlords.