Broken Heroes

Here's the money, chink.
Wherein Greenthorns escort war supplies.

The Greenthorns, along with five militiamen, have been sent to Lancastle to purchase over 100 pounds of gold coins worth of weaponry. Lancastle, the capital of Lanks, is a major port city, bustling with trade, and now, also an army.  The trade went smoothly, a sergeant signing papers, overseeing the transaction and seeing them off.  For three days travel went smoothly back north to the Wall, but on the fourth, the group was ambushed by a superior group of Northmen, and quickly dispatched.  If not for the wandering Thomas, who had traveled with them for a few days on the way south, the Greenthorns surely would have all died.  The militiamen with them were not so lucky, most had died in the first volley of arrows from the ambushers.

Given a few hours to bind their wounds, the Greenthorns set off to track down their cart of weapons to reacquisition it.  Headed south again, the party marched for two days until they realized, thanks to Thomas, that they had been led astray, and were following a false trail.  Shown the true trail head, the Greenthorns tracked down the Northmen, ambushed them in the night, and began the task of returning back to the Wall once again with the arms.  While some had their suspicions that they had not been ambushed by Northmen, but by some other force, no one could substantiate these claims, and Samuel insisted they put them out of their heads.
Frigid Bitch
Wherein Greenthorns search for the Icelance

The recently formed Greenthorn Lance, headed by L.C. Camax, has been given their first orders:  Locate and escort home the overdue ranger patrol Icelance, commanded by L.C. Frost.  Icelance was assigned to monthly patrols, ordered to leave on the new moon, and return as that moon closes.  They were two weeks overdue, and while not unheard of, it is always bad.

 Overlaiden with food, the Greenthorns headed out into the harsh Northlands for the first time, uneasy at rumors of horse-sized, man-eating wolves.  After nearly a week of lumbering across the wilds, Frost's wolfhound found them, and lead them back to where the Icelance had been ambushed and slain.  While inspecting the bodies they realized too late that they had walked into an ambush themselves, as Northmen rained arrows from a crag above, and rushed their flanks.  Savage melee resulted, but in the end Greenthorn stood victorious.  After tending to their wounded, they had only limited success interrogating the one surviving ambusher, but did manage to gather that there was a camp two weeks march further north.  After locating the remainder of the slain lance and putting them to rest- as well as piking the ambushers as a warning to others, the Greenthorns marched south, their mission complete.



Dingo ate my Baby!
Wherein Greenthorns investigate Wolves.

Sergeant Samuel has asked a favor of our Greenthorns  A farming contact of his in the south has been having some issues with wolves, and has repeatedly asked for assistance.  Due to scarce resources, Sam delayed sending help until finally Jethrow (the farmer) sent word that the wolves have developed a taste for man-flesh and taken off his son.  Upon hearing this news, he gathered Michael, Furd and Malek and requested that they go investigate and deal with the problem.

 Sure enough, Jethrow's farm has been under attack by wolves, and his son is indeed missing.  After a harrowing search, the party located the wolf lair and came to the conclusion that the wolves had not been responsible for Tad's disappearance.  Brief questioning of the boy's father revealed that he may have eloped with a local village girl named Dora- who has coincidentally gone quite mad with horror and grief in the last two weeks.  Interrogation of two of young Tad's playmates confirmed that he may have had plans to elope, and had abandoned his mischievous habits.  The party 'arrested' the two youths (aged 15 and 10) for the 'murder' of Tad, and carried them off with plans to press them into service back at their outpost on the Wall.  During a debate as to the morality of such an action, the boys escaped into the night and were not seen again.

During debriefing by Samuel, the party mentioned the seeming uninvolvement of the wolves in the boy's disappearance, and the odd nature of Tad's tracks abruptly vanishing, while Dora's trail indicated flight back to her home.  Sam clearly found this unsettling, but was happy to hear that the wolves would no longer be harassing his precious cheese supply, even if it might be a while before any could be sent North.






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