The next day, Lord Rheoban, Tacoma, and Kain tagged along with a group of the militia as they searched the local residences for signs of beasts and criminal activity. Meanwhile, Rayn Stormbow headed over to the lumberjack’s lodge to see if he could find the man Vargus had been living with.
The militia’s search was long and very thorough, however they found nothing. The peasants were none too thrilled by the invasive nature of the searches, but they could do nothing about it…yet.
Rayn located Vargus’s friend and attempted to get him to talk. This attempt backfired as the man tried to attack Rayn. When Rayn ran off, the man went to the guards and told them that Rayn had been threatening him. Once Rayn returned to find the man again, the guards tried to arrest Rayn. After a merry chase through the woods, Rayn snuck back into Prylin and disguised himself. Back at the inn, he rejoined Lord Rheoban, Tacoma, and Kain, informing them of what happened.
While Rayn laid low in town, the others headed out to see if they could get anything out of the lumberjack. He wasn’t hard to find and when they talked to him, he lied about the entire incident. Rather than press him further, the party decided to wait and tail him after he left work.
That evening they followed the lumberjack as he went to a bar with several of his buddies. Inside, along with the regular rowdy crowd, they noticed five men sitting quietly in the back. When Lord Rheoban attempted to talk to them they seemed quite uncomfortable and non-talkative. After a short conference with his teammates, the party came up with a plan to get everyone drunk and confront the five suspicious men. After a brief talk inside the bar they agreed to go with the party to see “the boss” about how they were “screwing up the plan”. In the alleyway by the bar, the men turned on the party, confronting them about their supposed allegiances. After much debate about who is working for who, what is going on with “the plan”, and what is going wrong, it became clear that these men did not actually work for Vargus and they really don’t like or trust Lord Rheoban, stating that he is “part of the problem.” Once it became clear that they weren’t working for Vargus, the party allowed them to leave, but Rayn followed them. He watched them split up several times until the man who had been doing most of the talking was alone. Rayn followed him to the back door of a house, but none of the party confronted them further.
The next morning, while the party planned their next move, a man came up to them and warned them to get out of town as soon as possible because bad things were about to happen. These unspecified bad things would put Governor Vincent, Capt. Indorian, the entire party and possibly Magus Jonathan in great danger. The peasants were fed up with the local nobility and were going to start a rebellion because of it.
The party immediately split up and warned everyone about what was going to happen. They all convened at the local guard house, with the exception of Lady Adeline who had joined the militia and was on patrol. When Capt. Indorian was told he didn’t seem particularly surprised and immediately ordered the few soldiers left in the guard house to suit up for battle. As they began to fortify the guard house, Lady Adeline arrived with 3 more Defenders, all of them bloodied. They confirmed that the peasants had attacked and that the militia they had just armed had turned on them. Shortly afterward, the a mob of 80 angry peasants gathered in front of the guard house. Lord Rheoban, with an escort of Defenders, stepped outside and delivered an Epic Speech to try and persuade the mob not to kill them, for there was a greater threat ready to descend upon them and kill them all. Unfortunately, he was not used to giving speeches with arrows aimed at his head and could not contain a few stutters. The mob was unimpressed and responded with cries of “Kill them!” and “Death to the nobles!” Captain Indorian ordered his soldiers to fall back into the guard house and barricade the door. The mob proceeded to lay siege to the guard house.
Trapped within the guard house, they sent Magus Jonathon to find reinforcements, hoping they would arrive soon enough to save them. After a tense day of hiding, the party attempted to create a diversion in the night to give the others a chance of escaping. Luckily, as they fled, Magus Jonathon returned with Lieutenant Daniel, Magus Ellen, and 5 squads of Defenders. After the nest had been found in Old Man Jones’s basement, Captain Indorian had sent a request for reinforcements. They were already on their way when Magus Jonathon found them and marched through the night when they heard of the rebellion.
With the arrival of the reinforcements all that is left is to mop up the last of the rebels and question Indorian about what he might know about the rebellion.
Side Note: The party has identified the vial they found in Vargus’s house as being Crimson Pain, a lethal poison known for use in assassinations.