PloughTide 24th 2522 – Ubersreik
Luka de Sorbo and Herman Kruistmann meet in the Red Moon Inn and agree to take on the task of looking into the mysterious staff of the Grunwald Lodge. A young Bright Wizard called Maria Anhalt also agrees to join them. This task is given to them by Vern Hendrick, Lord Aschaffenberg’s manservant.
PloughTide 25th 2522 – Grunwald Lodge
Luka, Herman and Maria travel to the Grunwald Lodge with Vern Hendrick on a wagon loaded with goods for the estate. Just outside the lodge they are attacked by a group of Beastmen. Maria exhausts herself casting a fireball spell. The attack is beaten off.
The Party is introduced to Rickard Aschaffenberg and they begin to investigate the staff at the lodge discreetly. Maria rests after the fight with the Beastmen too exhausted to continue.
Many of the staff are members of The Eldritch Order of the Unblinking Eye a Chaos Cult. The Leader of the cult being the Lodge Steward Gregor Pierson. That very night the cult is to perform a ritual to raise Demon trapped in a painting of an eye.
Maria is drugged to be used as a sacrifice, but Luka and Herman in a blood fight to the death in the crypt of the house twart the cult and kill many of its members. Meanwhile outside Beastmen attack the lodge drawn by the presence of Chaos caused by the ritual. This attack is beaten back with the assistance of a Wood Elf Bounty Hunter called Caeless, who arrived on the scene at the nick of time.
Caeless had been hired to find one of the cult members.
PloughTide 26th 2522 – Grunwald Lodge
In the aftermath of the failed ritual, it is discovered that Doctor Stefan Siegar the Lodges physician and also a cult member has escaped. To aid in the healing of the staff, Lord Aschaffenberg summons the Apothecary from Geissbach, who sends his daughter, Ziliva Hitzkopt as he is too unwell to travel to the lodge.
Ziliva informs the Lord that Doctor Siegar called at the Apothecary last night requesting aid for the Lodge in the form of drugs. He then rode off in the direction of Ubersreik.
Lord Rickard requests that the party now made up of Herman, Luka, Caeless and Ziliva track this doctor down and offers a reward of ten crowns for his head and expenses of six shillings a day each plus reasonable expenses.
Vern Hendrick thanks the characters personally and he informs them that they can always count on his support.
They set off for Ubersreik straight away and arrive late in the evening.
PloughTide 27th 2522 – Ubersreik
In Ubersreik the party quickly determine that the doctor sold his horse and used the funds to gain passage on a boat on the Teufel River. They discover that the boat is on its way to Stromdorf and the next boat to that Sigmar forsaken town is on the morrow. The party seek passage on this boat, the Earindel owned and captained by Berndolt Mier.He grants them passage for the following day. The characters then rest in Ubersreik, for the rest of the day.
PloughTide 28th 2522 – Teufel River
Whilst awaiting the finishing of the loading of the Earindel, the characters are approached by a representative of the town council. They would like them to investigate the whereabouts of Florian Wechsler, a merchant that travelled to Stromdorf some weeks past and has not been seen or heard from since. The representative is from the Karstadt family, Otto Liebstein. A fee of fifty shillings is agreed for the information.
The boat journey is uneventful and the crew and characters rest up on the east bank of the Teufel at a mooring point.
PloughTide 29th 2522 – Teufel River and Stromdorf
As the Earindel drew close to Stromdorf the weather deteriorated dramatically. Rain lashed the boat and the river lapped over its banks. The boat hurtles towards the ruined West Bridge and Berndolt is struke by a beam and knocked overboard. The crew freeze, but Herman and Ziliva motivate the crew and force the boat to the east bank where it crashes. There is no sign of the captain.
Wet and bedraggled the crew and characters enter Stromdorf, and begin their investigations.
They take up lodgings in the Stewpot Hostelry run by Keila Cobblepot a halfling. They seekout Captain Arno Kessler for information and to inform him of the bridge.
PloughTide 30th 2522 – Stromdorf
The Investigation continues with the characters going through most of the town and asking questions. Evidence is pointing to the Holtz family. This is taken from the facts that Florian’s pony was white and Reiner Holtz was seen to lead a white pony drawing a cart, out of the town late on the night that Florian went missing. The characters decide to go to the farm. On the horizen to the east of the town a blaze can be seen.
This turns out to be the Eigel farm which is next to the Holtz farm. Its in ruins, and on investigation it looks like Beastmen have attacked the farm. The characters push onto the Holtz farm.
What a strange encounter they had there. The Holtz are inbred, deranged, insular and just plain wicked. When the characters arrive an argument between Tristan Eigel and Fritz Holtz is nearly coming to blows. Tristan is blaming the Holtz for the Beastmen attack on their farm. Tristan draws a knife and wounds Fritz. The rest of the Holtz family subdue Tristan and take him to the barn. The characters have been observing all this activity.
The characters approch the farm and intially are greeted with hostility. The characters start asking awkward questions about Florian. Which the Holtz deny. It appears that a fight will ensue, but Marie Holtz, the matriarch of the clan, decides to try and trust the characters and tells them part of the truth.
The Holtz and Eigels have been making saccrifices to the beastmen for years, and its this thats been keeping the herd from destroying Stromdorf. However the beastmen herd, since this latest storm started seem to have gone completely out of control. However Marie has a plan and she wants the characters to meet someone.
This turns out to be a beastman Shaman, Foaldeath, who wants to take control of the herd as the current Wargor Izka Madtooth is bent on wiping out mankind from the land. The plan is to steal a stone that is resting on top of the beastmen Herdstone which seems to be attracting all the lightning and bringing the beastmen to frenzy. The plan is executed, but fails, though Caeless managed to kill the Wargor, the rest of the herd was to large to deal with, and the characters flee back to Stromdorf and alert the authorities.
PloughTide 31th 2522 – Stromdorf and the Oberslecht
In the early hours the roused citizens and militia of Stromdorf led by the characters, Captain Kessler and the Priest of Sigmar, Lector Magnus Gottschalk, attack the beastmen, who have been fighting amongst themselves to be in charge of the herd. The fight is brutal, and Herman falls heroically defending Ziliva. The herd is dispersed and many of the Gors killed. This is known as The Battle of the Oberslecht.
The Holtz are arrested, though Marie has disappeared. The dead body of Doctor Stefan Siegar is also found in the Holtz barn. The stone on top of the herd stone is made of marble and appears to be a fragment of something larger. This is brought back to town. This is The Lightning Stone.