Introducing: Svart Tilslørte Heks
Upon landing in Vendel and preparing for cargo and repairs to La Tranquillità, Armand was deathly ill and the group’s Avalon sailor was feeling no better. Lucina was still badly shaken by their encounter with the Vesten Raiders. Leonhard stepped out to find a library, but all he was met with was an old Vaticine church with a Vodacce priest holding its crumbling hall together. But behind that church he found a surprise—a brother of his order. Meanwhile, Skoja and Xaviera were discovered why three women in mourning garb were singing songs to the sea.
A horrifying creature of Vesten legend. Svart Tilslørte Heks is a violent hag that eats children who have been naughty, according to all of the tales. She had taken the womens’ children to fuel her hunger and blood magic. So Leonhard Siegfried Zwei, Skoja Sigrúndatter, Volker and Xaviera Lucani set out from Vendel to brave a sea of mermaids, a dangerous escarpment of rocks, and the dank darkness of a fearsome cave to find and destroy the hag.
The hag’s blood-sorcery, while potent, was at first a match for the heroes in their fervor. But they found that it was too late for the children that had been abducted, and this redoubled their efforts to destroy the hag. Leonhard’s discovery of an artifact of his order aided in his own protection from her charms and black sorcery, and his keen eye caught a glow. Left behind by others who had sought to defeat the hag, a sword with a dim light lay hidden in the cave.
With the hag defeated, and the loss of their helmsman compatriot from the ship, the heroes gathered up as much of the Castillian coin littering the cave as they could and made to return to their ship.
It would be four more days before they could set sail for Rurik, with the repairs being made to the ship. And there was the matter of some crew members to be replaced from the Vesten raiders’ angry swords and the betrayal by some of the crew. Vendel would be a good place to find sailors hardened to the seas’ difficulties.
As the heroes rowed back to their ship, a small sailboat rounded the escarpment, its occupants watching their flight with interest…