I am alive still, though it seems as if someone really wants us dead.
It all started at a bar we were resting at, Ubanwa was drunk as usual and more obnoxious than usual, Ruslan was dashing as usual and Malakho was nowhere to be found. A serving girl was bringing our drinks and I could not help but notice that she was nervous; more importantly our drinks smelled and appeared to be tainted with something; and it appeared that I was the only one to notice this i took action. just as Ubanwa was bringing her drink to her lips, I knocked it out of her hands. She stood up and screaming at me and knocking the other drinks to the floor, whereupon I speaking in a low calm voice informed her that the drink had been tainted. Her response was to scream even louder about the drink being tainted. The serving girl brought us another round of drinks, but this time Ruslan who had been watching her and noticed her apparent fear of some men at a table across the room. He motioned her to take the drinks complements of himself and present them to the men, which she did very fearfully and the men after receiving the drinks got up disgusted and left.
We got up to follow though Ubanwa needed to be helped along as she had difficulty walking let alone shadowing the men. Once we were outside, it was decided that I should assist Ubanwa to the barracks and then join up with Ruslan; we parted ways as he set off in pursuit of the 3 would be assassins.
As Ubanwa and I began our trek to the barracks we heard a cry from the alley near the tavern we had just left and in the alley was the serving girl with a grievous wound. I went to her aid (dumb me) and found that she been mortally stabbed, she died in my arms. No sooner did the breath leave her than I heard the cry of “murderer!” and upon looking up I noted the presence of a man pointing at me and screaming (seems to be too many loud people in the town) out drawing a crowd and the city guard.
I felt pity (for a second or two) on leaving Ubanwa to the guard and I took to the shadows, I needed to find Ruslan.
I found Ruslan in short order, he was casing a building that the 3 men had entered, a building that appeared to have only one entrance. Shortly after I found Ruslan 2 of the men left the building, the third must have staying inside. Again I took to the shadows but Ruslan was careless and they spotted him. He was crafty and drew them past myself then pulled one to himself. The leader stood back and commanded the second man to kill Ruslan, little did he know that in short order his life would soon be forfeit.
I struck first blood against the leader, he scarcely felt pain as his life was snuffed out by the steel of my arming sword. He made no noise as I put him down with but a gurgle of surprise.(see image below)
Ruslan then struck out but caused barely a flesh wound upon his foe, then he retreated out of harms way around the building. The thug then turned to me, his blade went off it’s mark and I suffered no hurt; my blade though was true and in short order he was soon a cooling corpse laying next to his leader.
We searched the dead men and found only a note with our names and what appeared to be bounties. We found the 3rd man dead inside the building.
We decided to approach our captain about these turn of events and headed toward the barracks.
What happened next is confusing, as we approached the barracks we saw the troops of the free company charging past us, only the Sargent noted us and upon recognizing us he cried out in disbelief that we were alive, we were supposed to be dead.
He attacked us and Ruslan and I slew him in quick order, then we ran into Ubanwa and Malakho who apparently knew more about what was going on that anyone else. He had heard that Capt Appius had been abducted and taken to the south.
We left town heading south to find and rescue our Captain.