XP Earned: 1900 — LEVEL UP!
Total Party XP: 16,700
Current ECL: 6
Random Encounter: Garumbak the Slaver, a gigantic beast with hundreds of snakes in place of his head, brings five dozen slaves into Simon’s Rest. After negotiations, the party purchases seven of them for 450 of Marin’s gold and 25 of their own. The slaves wear Garumbak’s Slave Collar, which controls their actions; the party demands that the collars be removed, and the slaves are immediately set free. Garumbak leaves Simon’s Rest.
When Tarare’s cousin Aurelie asks the party for help in conducting the Cassian Courtship Ritual, they discover that she is to marry Sergeant Lucien Oldmoor. Neither Aurelie nor Oldmoor are interested in going through with the marriage, so a bargain is struck: if Tarare can recover the Teardrop of Oldmoor within 8 days, Lucien’s honor will be restored, and there will be no courtship.
The party is forced to first recover Gertrude’s Knot at the Cassian University of Magical Studies at Simon’s Rest. The campus is being controlled by Ambassador Felix Woode and his cronies. During the day, the towers are guarded by dozens of armed soldiers. During the evening, a beast known as The Shadow Puma patrols the grounds. Valandil distracts the beast while Tarare, Rustless and Noriam recover the Knot.
Next, the party is off to Redmarsh, where they face the trolls who originally stole the Teardrop. When Noriam scares away most of the trolls, a close battle ensues. The party kills the troll with the teardrop and returns to Simon’s Rest.
Oldmoor softens his earlier promise, and says he only agrees that he will do his best to hold up his end of the bargain.