When we returned to Green Man, our heroes had decided their next goal was to get a Mark of the Firstborn. They decided that Rudderkin could not help them in this, and managed to lead him back to his clan house before continuing on their way (with judicious use of Modify Memory). They decided to track down a bard named Ingvar the Lame that had assisted Alaric on his previous visit.
This led them back down to the waterline, as the bard was known to frequent the market there. He could not be found, but they heard that he was gathering warriors for a ‘High Hunt’ meeting before sunset tonight. With a couple hours remaining, they decided to visit his clan house to see what could be gained there.
Clan Kvistrin is famed for producing carved bowsprits. In the guise of shopping for one, they gained an audience with the clan mother (Ingrid, the bard’s twin sister, as it turned out). She disparaged her brother’s romantic streak and questioned the wisdom of sending boys off to a hunt when there figureheads to carve and fish to catch. She did say that he had been preaching of the hunt for over a week, and that it was probably not his idea. Keller swore to her that the omens of doom were true and that they were there to stop them. She would not give them the Mark, but offered her assistance and sent her children off to gain information on any ‘strange’ clan activities.
In return they promised to buy a bowsprit if the world did not end.
As the sun began to sink, they set off up river toward the meeting. They came upon a trio of teenage warriors in a clearing and got into a little competitive bragging. Ayelin offered to bench press one of the boys and had successfully lifted him when a crack was heard on the hilltop. There was little time for action as a huge collection of logs and debris came thundering down the slop onto them. Keller and Ferris were away from the trap (and Norrick had leaped up a tree to escape), but the others were overborne by the slide which took out the boys as well.
Keller grabbed the halfling crossbowman and went to the sky. Alaric was lofted by his eidolon as well. Ayelin grabbed to of the unconscious young men and scrambled free of the logs, followed by Quill and Greyshanks. While this was happening, fiery javelins shot out of the trees setting the logs ablaze.
Four more warriors leaped out of the brush and charged down the hill, as we paused for the night.