Kaer Maga is such a wonder to behold. The splendor of the magic, and the ingenuity of it’s design are beyond any comparison. I found myself staring in awe and fascination as our guide led us safely to the Colenguard Estate.
As we entered the yard, I noted how abandoned the place look and something didn’t seem quite right about that to me. So many guards had been employed at other estates and buildings we had passed by and it seemed a necessity to me that every domicile should have it’s protections or risk being taken by someone with the guts to try.
Well my suspicions proved true as we were confronted by hired hands who could not be reasoned with, and so we were forced to deal with them in a most deadly fashion. In the end we found Horris dead from day old knife wounds to back and neck, and a dead mercenary in possession of a letter pointing to Horris’ friend Bessel as the man hiring them out to kill whom ever came upon the property next.
We all had great suspicions over the reasons and possible perpetrators of poor Horris’ demise and I delved into Horris’ journal with a critical eye towards possible coded messages he might have left behind. Unfortunately I spent an undue amount of time trying to decipher a non-existent code in the text, but I feel there must be something more to be gleened.
That night while standing guard duty, one of my new companions Rowe snuck out of the encampment with great skill and headed out on his own. A few moments after his leaving, another form detached from the trees and headed off in the same direction.
Dorwin was genuinely upset with me for not raising an alarm on his departure, and we immediately woke Khan to accompany us in finding him.
Unfortunatley Dorwin’s concerns were quite justified as we came upon his still form at the end of a dark alley, surrounded by blades-men and a wizard known as Black Flame. We were able to kill most of them and keep Rowe safe, but the wizard teleported away to safety.
It seems to me that Rowe has a knack for being captured due to running off on his own. First his capture and torture by brigands and now this. Dorwin seems to think Rowe goes off on his own to save us trouble and keep us safe; any logical person can see it accomplishes the opposite as we have put ourselves in great danger to save him from his own folly.