Revenant

Betrayal

Turen Gallows and the whole Revenant mercenary group were on a job escorting a young girl. The escort job was easy enough, but it was rare to have the whole group together on a job. Nevertheless, the men took it as an opportunity to catch up with each other and enjoy some easy money.

Of course, nothing is too good to be true. The job went south when they were ambushed in a canyon by the entire Crimson Company. All five captains were there with extra men. The Revenant were outnumbered, 21 to 1.

Gunther and Raestrith awoke chained up in a wagon full of slaves. Gunther threatened everyone to help bend the bar they were chained to back and forth until the wagon was stopped and a man came in to speak with them.

Durmond Ironskin and his girlfriend were slavers and had scavenged the site where the Revenant had been attacked. Raestrith and Gunther struck a deal to be released at the promise that they would later “encourage” a merchant in Titan, Jensen Idlebrook, to pay a debt to Durmond. Their items were returned, much to Gunther’s relief, and they set back toward the site of their near demise.

Several things were wrong about that ambush. First, it was rare to have the entire Revenant hired for a job. Second, it was extremely rare to see all of the Crimson Company on a job, let alone just a couple of the captains. Finally, there were 17 Revenant members and only 14 graves. Then, Raestrith found part of a note in Rynold Ninefingers’s hand, indicating that he was the traitor. It was clear that they had been betrayed by one of their own.


Gunther and Raestrith set off on a path for vengeance. They went toward Dullek, to find Roscoe, the man who had set up their assignment. On the way, they discovered that a lot of time had passed, the girl whom they were escorting was in fact the princess, and a rumor had spread that the Revenant had kidnapped and murdered the princess.

Roscoe promised to help them, as he was an old friend of their leader, Turen. He told them where to find one of the five captains, Karg Bloodserpent.

Gunther and Raestrith ambushed Bloodserpent and proceeded to slaughter his entire company.

One down.

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The Plot Thickens

After taking care of one fifth of the Crimson Company in one night, Gunther and Raestrith returned to Roscoe Canteburg for more information. Roscoe had been able to set up a meeting with Count Otto VonBurreck, the king’s second in command, who had hired the Revenant for their last job.

The secret meeting revealed that the Count is working behind the king’s back, he hired the Crimson Company to ambush the Revenant, and the whereabouts of another Crimson Company captain, Korwin of the Windreaver Clan. Gunther walked away with the heavy feeling that they should have killed the man on the spot, knowing that he was directly responsible for the deaths of their brothers. Raestrith is convinced that they will have a second opportunity at a later time and had promised the Count would leave that meeting alive because he had provided some information.

Gunther also noticed that the location where they had met, must have a secret entrance to the castle.

Roscoe held a secret post outside of the Iron Lion, where Gunther and Raestrith went to deal with Korwin. The two Revenants sat at Korwin’s table and spoke with him. No fight broke out, they dined together and when they parted, they shook hands like men who had respect for each other. Korwin bore them no malice for surviving or for murdering the Bloodserpent. He even provided them with the location of another captain, Umber the Unseeing.

When they left the Iron Lion, a figure in the shadows caught their attention. It was Rynold Ninefingers. Gunther immediately snatched him up by the throat. He tried to convince them that he was not the traitor and he had thought it was them, until Raestrith showed him the note he had found. At that point, Rynold was on the attack. He was losing, until the King’s Guard showed up and Sir Trent Ilian stopped Gunther and Raestrith from exacting their revenge.

Rynold was let go to pass and the knight attempted to bring the two in. Thanks to a diversion by Roscoe, they escaped.

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Taking Care of Business

When we last left Gunther and Raestrith, they were fleeing a chance encounter with Sir Trent Ilian after trying to convince him that he had let the wrong man escape.

It was now dark. They knew the underground whereabouts to Umber the Unseeing, which would be perfect for hiding out for a few hours.

Umber was watching an illegal fighting ring. While it was to the death, it was still child’s play compared to the things that Raestrith and Gunther had seen. Nobles were betting and drinking like it was a game.

Umber refused to speak with them unless one of them defeated the evening’s champion. Gunther stepped up and within four shots, stepped out of the ring. Feeling high and mighty, Umber gave little information and insult as he told Raestrith and Gunther they could leave. Raestrith was ready to leave and said something about coming back but Gunther was not having any of this bullshit.

“I know that we can leave, but you can’t,” he said as he grabbed Umber’s foot and swung him off his branch and into the ring to fight. The two easily took Umber, giving him better odds than the Crimson Company had given the Revenant. 2:1 instead of 21:1.

When the evening was over, the fight was over, the spectators were gone, Umber’s men had disappeared, and the two tired anti-heroes returned to a rendezvous to meet with Roscoe Canteburg.

The next day Roscoe had set up a secret meeting with Sir Ilian for Raestrith, who wanted a second attempt to convince the knight of the truth. Unfortunately, he had no hard evidence that Count Otto VonBurreck was working against the king yet. Roscoe had also discovered that the Count had hired Maglar and his men to serve as guards around the castle starting the next day and that until then, they were holed up at the Castleforge, a smithy outside of town.

The meeting with Sir Ilian was not wholly unsuccessful. He gave Gunther his signet ring, which would allow them entry to his home if they had more hard evidence. It seemed that he wanted to believe them after they provided hope that the princess might still be alive.

Then, in the dark of night, Raestrith and Gunther swept into the Castleforge. On their way in, they killed seven of Maglar’s men. Maglar hid behind his 9 best, but not for long. Gunther’s rage got the better of him and he was almost taken out, but Raestrith was right beside him to make sure they finished this. Soon, the lieutenants were gone and Maglar joined the dead.

There were 22 remaining men. Raestrith informed them that they now worked for him. Gunther made sure they were paid what Maglar had promised. They were instructed to show up to the castle for work in the morning, with no mention of what had happened that night.

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Waste Not...

Our framed heroes, Gunther and Raestrith instructed their new “recruits” to show up to work without their previous employer. They snuck into the Tollhouse and used the secret passage into the castle where they laid a trap for Count Otto VonBurreck and his personal guards.

Even the best laid plans (man, it looked so cool in my head) often are thwarted. The result was a chase in which Gunther and Rasetrith dispatched all of VonBurreck’s guards until Gunther had him cornered and alone. Or so he thought…

Grummel Bonebreaker appeared and while Gunther was distracted, a monster killed the count. Raestrith arrived, followed by Sir Trent Ilian and another chase ensued. This was short-lived as Bonebreaker came upon a sad scene. All of his men were poisoned or murdered. He too, felt the sting of betrayal.

After a (disappointingly short) fight (with little effort on Bonebreaker’s side), Raestrith and Gunther brought him to his end.

More evidence of a deal between the count and Rynold Ninefingers was secured.

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...and They Lived Happily Ever After

Gunther, Raestrith, and Sir Trent Ilian had mere hours until the meeting between the now deceased Count Otto VonBurreck and the traitor Rynold Ninefingers at The Stag.

Raestrith and Gunther set up across the street at The Poor Man’s Respite, where they experienced their first brunch with mimosas and quiche (Tiny Bird Cakes). The restaurant was kind enough to loan the two gentlemen the proper attire.

Raestrith set up at The Stag in the kitchen, blocking one exit. Gunther gave Sir Ilian one attempt at speaking with Rynold. Sir Ilian dejectedly walked out of the restaurant when Rynold stated that he would only speak with Gunther and Raestrith.

Our heroes confronted the traitor about his treachery but it seemed the two-faced man had not learned any lessons and had been betrayed himself. He attempted to barter for his own life by releasing information and a key that would lead to the princess. Then, unsurprisingly, he attempted to escape.

Gunther and Raestrith chased Rynold across rooftops and through crowded streets before cornering him in his own trap. Alchemist’s Fire was nothing against vengeance and Rynold’s chest was soon crushed. His body flew out a second story window and his throat was slashed, just to be sure.

Meanwhile, Sir Ilian was able to save the princess, thus clearing the sullied name, Revenant.

The final loose end was Kokkinos, The Warlord, who had set a 1,000 gold bounty on both Raestrith and Gunther’s heads. They enlisted the help of Korwin of the Windreaver Clan. Korwin led them to a small village at the foot of a mountain, where the residents worshiped Kokkinos as a god.

Words were briefly and formally exchanged before Gunther and Raestrith fought gallantly against Kokkinos, the red dragon. Gunther raised his thunder maul repeatedly and beat on Kokkinos. At the very moment the dragon breathed fire on Gunther, Raestrith leaped to save his brother and sacrifice himself.

In that brief split second, all of the faces of Gunther’s Revenant family flashed before his eyes; Raestrith the last to fall to this arrogant beast’s prideful whim. Gunther reached deep within himself and cracked Kokkinos’s jaw with one hit. The final blow collapsed his skull.


Gunther raced to Raestrith’s aid and found his friend was not yet dead. The two brushed themselves off and, of course, looted the dragon’s lair with all they could carry. Korwin was awaiting them outside the cave and they gave him the good news that he had been promoted. Then, they all returned to Dullik.


The Aftermath:

Sir Ilian was able to clear Raestrith and Gunther’s names. The two fulfilled their promise to Durmond Ironskin. Gunther went on a date with Jessiah, the waitress from The Poor Man’s Respite.

Raestrith took a job working for the king, increasing royal security.

Gunther retired from the traveling salesman business to open a small woodworking shop he had always dreamed about. He went on some more dates with Jessiah and gave her a sapphire necklace that he claimed from the dragon’s lair, his last and most epic battle. He also became a connoisseur of quiche. Eventually, he found the perfect chef and opened a restaurant called “Tiny Bird Cakes” that made every kind of quiche you could imagine.

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