Upon arriving at the event, Samuel’s keen-eyed ranger spotted some troublemakers in the crowd and intervened before they could start their rampage.
His swirling two-handed attacks dispatching two thugs in one round!
Once all six were defeated, they discover that two senior assassins from the Children of the Red Rose are tracking local veteran Ruth Willowmane, who killed an assassin called “Gloom”.
In fear, the whole town was placed in lockdown and that night the veteran slipped out of town to draw the killers away from the townsfolk and towards the monster-infested Den of Bones.
Our heroes followed her in the morning and had two hours to explore the Den of Bones before the assassins’ party arrived.
Carefully they picked their way through the Den, opting to convince which creatures they could to aid them.
In the first area, they quickly convinced a dying troll to help (using a potion from a prior game), then in the second, they cast “dominate monster” (a single shot gift from town) on a tentacled beast residing in the tar pit.
They then crept past the burrowing creature guarding the giant’s bones, before encountering the silver dragon’s remains and spying a ring. Samuel is very wary of cursed items, after many times falling prey to avarice in haste. So Sophia took the dragon’s ring and gained the single-shot “Cone of Cold” spell, which she was warned to use only on evil.
Finally, having arrived at the strange mound, they found the veteran “Willowmane” and joined forces for the battle ahead.
Through investigating carefully, they discovered that within a mound resided a sleeping Purple Worm, which would awake if more than one area of effect spell was cast nearby. Samuel managed to brew a single dose of poison from its dripping tail and coat his sword.