Burning Wheel

The Vulture and the Countess

With a terrible drought afflicting Caerdania, Count Wycliff was alarmed to find the river drying at an unnatural rate. Suspecting someone of tampering with the water upriver, Wycliff sent Kaeth and Enna to investigate.

About a day’s ride out, the two of them found a band of peasants damming the river, claiming their work to be at the behest of Countess Auslang, lord of the neighboring city of Riverwall. Once these reports were received, Count Wycliff arranged for a meeting between him and the Countess. With Count Wycliff and Aethendor Corvus departing for Riverwall, Kaeth and Enna were left to care for the affairs of Ashenholt.

Upon arriving in Riverwall, Count Wycliff and Aethendor were given honorable hospitality by Countess Auslang. During a welcoming feast they discussed the issue of Ashenholt’s water shortage and how the dammed river aggravated their situation. While the Countess was steadfast in her decision that the water was necessary to maintain their moat, she agreed to send shipments of food and water to keep Ashenholt sustained until the drought passed.

A day into the Count’s absence, an unfamiliar peasant came sprinting into Ashenholt shouting that the Vulture’s men had destroyed his wagon and kidnapped his daughter. Enna and Kaeth immediately rode to the attack site, discovering too late that it was an ambush set up by the Vulture.

Captured, both Kaeth and Enna were blindfolded and led to the Vulture’s camp. Upon arrival they were surprised to see just as many women and children as men fit for battle. They were led to the Vulture’s chambers, and were surprised to learn him to be an elf. After it was explained that the two of them would be held hostage, the Vulture spoke to Enna in private and attempted to convince her to join their band. Enna refused, and in his grief the Vulture sent them back to Ashenholt.

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