At Shi Long Tun…
Akemi welcomed representatives of the dragonborn host into the keep to speak. The death of the blue dragon had brought this dragonborn clan to this place, and now they wished to ensure that they were present and involved in the destiny of the other dragons of the MIddle Isles.
Though Akemi was initially somewhat wary, the two sides agreed that the dragonborn could encamp outside the castle, and begin to integrate their forces with the garrison of the Keep. TheSulsashi clan leader’s son asked to accompany the party on their quests, assured that more knowledge of the dragons would be made known.
The rest of the party received Strawhat and the half-orc,and with the refugees in tow, the group made their way back to the Keep.They also uncovered the bundle they carried, the preserved body of Fini. Akemi was saddened again by the reminder of Fini’s death, but promised that she would contact the forest gnome tribes and ensure his body was buried properly.
The refugees were thankful for the protection, but some of them were skeptical that they had found a safe place to stay at Shi Long Tun. Akemi offered them a choice: if they remained, they would be under her protection, but any that wished to continue on could do so. The refugees went back to talk among themselves.
With final preparations made the next morning, Akemi’s advisors and Sulsashi left with a small entourage of dragonborn, intending to find the Butcher and put an end to his terrorizing of the north-west. Akemi was left to address the newly arrived dragonborn and refugees.
The reach of the war
After a few days of travel to the north, the party came upon a larger village, which met them suspiciously. After a brief stand-off with an ill-equipped militia, the village chief spoke to the group. A number of horsemen had been raiding villages, burning them to the ground, and leaving none alive. Though the village chief knew little about Akemi, she showed the party to a survivor of a recent attack on another village, three days previously.
The survivor was badly injured, and still healing from his wounds, but he reported a large number of horsemen falling on his village in the night. Those who were not killed were carried off, and the entire village was burned. With this village only a day’s travel away, the party decided they should set off.
They also discovered another survivor, of a much earlier attack. The man appeared to have lost his mind, and was difficult to understand, but he mumbled out a scene of terrible bloodshed, the riders clad all in black arriving at dawn out of the rising sun.
The party left for the raided village.
Scavengers or something more…
As they approached the village, Huijin took to the skies and saw the village burned down. Only a few buildings truly remained standing, and the rest of the area was filled with carcasses being picked apart by the birds. A large group seemed to have moved eastwards, leaving the town, but now little could be seen but a few travelers taking the same road as the party.
When they reached the village, it was already night, and the group attempted to set up camp. One part of the carnage stood out, and when they looked at it, they could find still-drying blood on the ground, but no sign of a body.
Just as they settled down in the mill for the night, the party was set upon by a group of warriors; not the Butcher’s men, but orcs. After a fierce and protracted fight, the party managed to defeat the orcs, leaving one of them pinned and unarmed by the party.