Following the defeat of the brigands at the farmsteads, Validar returns to the brigand camp. There he is met by the mysterious R. R is revealed to be a human male named Rexlor. Rexlor is impressed that Validar managed to keep his head about him. Validar is told to gather what forces he could recruit and take them to a fortress about 2 days north of Gryphondale.
Validar returns to Gryphondale and meets with Octavius and Milliken. The group formulate a plan. Octavius is to meet with the Baron of Gryphondale and try and get some men to infiltrate the brigand base with Validar and to attack it from without with himself and the others.
Octavius manages to arrange his meeting but Baron Alister is relucant to go along without meeting Validar. A meeting is quickly arranged at the abandon farmstead the druid had previously investigated outside Gryphondale. Milliken preceded the Baron to the farmstead to make sure the coast was clear. The baron followed with a trusted gnome sorcerer. Validar not knowing who the Baron was and not seeing Octavian remained in hiding. Eventually Octavian arrived streaming the sigil of Gertierron from his lance. Needless to say the Baron did not like this as he was trying to keep a low profile on this meeting so the brigands spy would not hear of it.
Validar told his story and they agreed on a plan. The baron would provide Validar with 5 trusted men he had recently recruited to help with the problems the brigands were causing. The gnome and an additional 8 would be supplied to Octavian for the external assault force.
With their additional resources both groups head north. Octavius’ force manages to come close to catching Validar’s force but backed off once it appeared they had caught up to them.
That evening both groups had nighttime vistors. Validar’s group saw a bear-like figure in the woods and chose not to poke it. Octavian’s force was set upon by a small group of goblins living in the area. The bear-like creature wandered off while the goblins attacked.
The goblins were quickly defeated and survivors interrogated. It was quickly evident that the goblins were just local monsters and not working with Rexlor.
The next day Validar and his men entered the brigands fortified manor house. Validar was in for a big shock. He was met by one of the brigands who had been captured in the farmstead attack that the druid disrupted. It was in fact the Ranger leader of that group who Validar knows was executed by Baron Gryphon. Yet this person addresses Validar as if he was Rexlor. It is soon learned that Rexlor has abandon his previous body because the stench and decay was getting to be too much. After being shown a place for his men to bunk Validar is given unrestricted access to much of the house.
Meanwhile Octavian and his group survey the manor from without and plan their assault. Validar meanwhile moves around the manor nonchalantly closing all the curtains in hope that brigands in the manor would be less likely to see Octavian’s forces attacking and give them extra time to attack from within.
Octavian times his strike to occur near the time he expects the outside guard to change. He personally dispatches one guard while the rest of his forces attack the manor proper. This is the signal that Validar and his group have been waiting for. They start attacking brigands inside while the others are attacking from without. The brigands are relatively easy to defeat but Rexlor appears more resilient. He creates magical effect without apparently spellcasting. Soon some of the party’s forces are dazed, standing confused or attacking each other. The Sorcerer drops and is revived by the cleric sent with Octavian’s forces. After a tough fight, Rexlor retreats back into his study where his body collapses and a tiny brain-like creature scurries away. Validar tries to attack it but it manages to enter a mouse hole and escape.
With the brigands defeated and Rexlor escaped the party searches and loots the house. As they are doing this a tall cloaked figure appears in the rooms the brigands were using as a common area. The Figure begins to talk but the party immediately attacks. As the illusion of the figure startles some of the party notice a strange tentacle protruding fromt the figures face before it disappears.
Who was the cloaked figure? Is it the force behind the brigands activities? What will it do now that it knows its forces have be compromised? What is Rexlor? What will it do next? Will it go back to its master or try something else? Only time will tell.