Having slayed the snake Varesh the company along with Gerard and Riam had a meeting to decide the best course of action. Gregor would go south to assist in that area, while our heroes would ride east to Havad, to try to warn Duke Tharley of the impending attack and bring 500 tribesmen under the command of Talon to assist. The trip their was relatively uneventful, unfortunately entering the city was less so.
Ryjal took offense at the gate captain Osric’s manner and decided to threaten him. Osric, being a member of Duke Tharley’s well trained forces refused to back down. A fight ensued, in which Osric battled Ryjal below the gate, eventually stabbing him through the stomach before collapsing himself from his wounds.
Ryjal was immediately dragged still bleeding and tossed into a cell to die. Terryn followed after and tried to help him but their was nothing she could do. Meanwhile Korrick and Nima were attempting to distance themselves from Ryjal’s actions and offer their medical support to the injured Osric.
A meeting with Duke Tharley of Havad cleared up any danger of actual charges. Terryn being revered for a previous warning message helped significantly their. Also the reason for Duke Tharley’s unwillingness to assist the rebellion came clear when he admitted that his sone was a hostage to King Tanzel. The discussion was only about halfway done when alarms were sounded. The invasion was here.
With the assistance of Talon’s tribesmen the fight looked like it was going well. Also Duke Tharley activated his cities ancient defense, the Gargoyles which wreaked havoc upon the enemy. But things turned quickly. The commander of the Quel army literally leaped the wall, using strong magics to annihilate most of the defenders. It was only through the liberal use of Riam’s shadow magic that they weren’t immediately overrun.
Nima set up a position on a nearby rooftop and sniped at the black armored general, quickly learning that he was possessed of an unnatural vitality. Between Riam and Nima they succesfully lured him away from his forces and after a vicious fight in which both Talon and Sir Rayne nearly died they were able to kill him. But it was not enough to save the city and Duke Tharley sounded the retreat.