Note Statements made in Italics denote Ettore’s observations of events around him. Regular font is his thoughts and actions. If there are things missing it is primarily my fault as player but it works for the character too, since this is from his point of view. He might have been lost in thought, distracted, etc.
The party retreats into some woods when they notice a group of soldiers closing in behind them. They are traveling back North to Verona.
I hear Dante say something while I am hiding out and away from my party. ::shakes my head:: He needs to calm down. Why do we trust this lady from Verona? I wonder if she is the contact that the Monk reached out to on our behalf. I hope she keeps her end of the deal.
Five soldiers dismount and advance into the woods … the remaining two soldiers advance on horseback.
::cold sweat. prays silently and crosses self:: Okay, this time I am going to be patient. ::takes a breath:: Stay calm; get behind the enemy before I strike. Remember Nizar’s training.
Fighting breaks out as Ettore prays. Lilo’s beautiful voice rings out over the noise of fighting. Eventually one of the five soldiers retreats back toward the road and their horses
::swallows:: Now is my shot. Make no mistakes; make your party proud. ::prays silently over the dead enemy before hiding in the woods. heavy breathing while watching the fight:: Oh no, one of the horsemen is talking to Lilo. I hope she is okay!
Another soldier retreats back toward the road and their horses
::hard swallow and watery eyes:: Here comes a second. Make no mistakes; make your party proud! ::prays silently over the dead enemy::
The party regroups; prepares to leave
Hearing and catching glimpses of the fight is nothing like seeing it when it’s over. I hope I never end up an enemy of Nizar, Dominic, and Friedrich! Lilo doesn’t seem to be injured or shaken up by that interaction with the horseman. That’s a relief. Seems Dante was not injured; good I guess. ::deep sigh:: I’m exhausted!
Nightfall arrives quickly as the party leaves the woods for a spot to rest. Night passes uneventfully.
As the party begins the next day’s travel, they notice a nearby camp has been looted. By mid-day, they see up ahead a group of people blocking the road. Friedrich and Lilo speak in German to one another as the party advances closer to the blockade.
::swallows hard:: I have a bad feeling about this…. Could they be the ones that looted the nearby camp we saw this morning?
Friedrich suspects these are the same bandits that ransacked the Canossa woman’s camp. Two armored men out in front turn and stand to greet us as Lilo maneuvers her way to the front.
Why do we allow her to do all of the talking? She sounds so much more beautiful when she sings.
“Stand down or die!” Nizar shouts. The two armored men turn aside to allow the party passage; however the men off the road still have their weapons drawn.
::scans the party and suspected bandits:: I have a bad feeling about this….
Dominic and Nizar say something briefly then split off. Dominic advances forward, Friedrich behind, Ettore follows, Lilo and Dante are behind, and then Nizar. As Dominic passes by the two armored men out front, the three men with their weapons drawn loose an arrow.
Nizar comes charging up from the back and tramples one of the armored men knocking him over.
::huge gasp and jaw drops:: Holy Mother of Jesus! They just killed a horse! Ouch! ::gasps:: I’ve been hit by an arrow! I need to get to some cover or move away from the fight!
Ettore positions his horse toward the man that lost an arrow at him and yells, “CHARGE!” He continues to gallop away from the fight after knocking the archer down.
::heavy breathing:: Okay, now. I hope that bandit doesn’t follow us. ::dismounts; calms the horse:: ::watches the fight to plan his next move. gasps again:: Unbelievable! Who or what are these people!? They injured a horse! I hope my friends manage as well as they did yesterday. ::prays silently::
A bandit approaches Lilo and Dante. A dagger is drawn threatening her leg. Words are spoken, gazes shared; not a moment later Lilo backs her horse away.
::gasps:: What ever she did worked; she’s backing away! ::confused, contemplative expression:: Hmm, I wonder what she said; was it something she did? Either way, it worked! ::sighs::
Friedrich, Dominic, and Nizar are still fighting the two armored men while two archers ping arrows.
Watching his fellow bandits struggle with this party, he (who approached Lilo and Dante) retreats.
::gasps:: A retreat in the wrong direction! That can’t happen again; I must rejoin my party! ::runs quietly:: Oh how I dislike being out in the open like this!
One of the armored bandits, with an axe, drops Nizar. Ettore yells out from beyond the shrubs, “Nizar! Nooo!” Sword above his head, he strikes down the archer in the shrubs with one swing.
::chest heaving, eyes glassy; ears catch Lilo’s song. breathing slows. opens eyes to quickly scan the road; gasps:: The bandit I trampled with my horse is standing on Nizar’s Scimitar still pinging arrows! Nizar hasn’t moved yet either….
While Dominic is impressively fighting off the bandits, Friedrich is missing his target. His determination and unwillingness to surrender is honorable. Lilo is keeping Dante calm with her beautiful song. Ettore, sword above his head, yells out and strikes down the bandit archer.
::chest heaving, eyes glassy; scans again:: Hmm, Dominic doesn’t look as wounded as the others.
The axe-wielding bandit takes a swing at Friedrich. As Dominic lays his hands on Nizar he says, “Jesus is not done with your journey yet.” At that moment, Ettore yells with sword above his head and strikes down the axe bandit. He pauses for half a moment then yells out every curse word he knows while taking a couple more swings out on the bandit.
“Ettore … I think he’s dead now” says Lilo.
::chest heaving, eyes tearing; sword drops. dries eyes::
As the party loots the bandits and heals the wounded, Ettore notices Nizar rouses slightly. He retrieves the Scimitar and lays it on Nizar’s chest.
::goes to both archer bandits and prays silently. retrieves his sword and sits on a rock to clean it::
The party is almost ready to leave when Friedrich walks over to Ettore and gives him a noogy. “You did a good job today, kid.”
::eyes tear up a bit but quickly wipes them away::
The party travels on for a bit, uneventfully. Night falls about a day’s journey from the city of Verona. Off in the distance, a camp is over-lit by a fire. For fear of that camp drawing attention, the party moves beyond them to make their own camp.
Late that night, someone from that camp comes to see the party. Turns out this camp works with Rosa and they are instructed by her to make sure we do not enter the city. Yet. They are also instructed to take Dante into the city. The party hesitates to believe this messenger. So this camp offers to send a messenger to Rosa. They stay with the party for the rest of the night, uneventfully.
Rosa arrives at the camp the following evening. She updates the party of events in the city that have gone on since they left. Ettore tries to pay attention and understand what is going on but can’t; he is far too exhausted. Lords are arguing over the party about which one is responsible for our escape. One Lord is claiming that their people aren’t safe because some other Lord couldn’t keep us contained. Lords blaming us for murders we didn’t commit….
Rosa suggests killing those who have seen the party.
::shakes head:: We were at the wrong place at the wrong time; I hope that doesn’t happen again! I hope she helps us find who is responsible for the caravan Lilo and I were in; those people deserve justice!
Rosa stays at the camp. The party shares our story with Rosa, hoping this information will help both sides fit the pieces of the puzzle together.
Although I’m not picking anything up from her I still have slight suspicions … there is something I don’t like about all of this…. ::deep sigh::