The leaders of Ashenholt responded to the Vulture’s aggression by sending scouting parties into the Darkwood. Kaeth was first in locating the Vulture’s Nest, but was subsequently captured by the bandits. Shortly thereafter the bandits delivered message to Ashenholt demanding a meeting between the Vulture and Count Wycliff, threatening Kaeth’s life if they did not cooperate.
Count Wycliff and his entourage met with the Vulture at the appointed time. Negotiations went poorly and the two forces quickly came to blows. Aethendor used his sorcery to erect pillars of fire to separate the Vulture from his men while Kaeth organized their soldiers against the gang of bandits. Count Wycliff engaged the Vulture directly while Enna did her best to keep them from killing eachother. Her efforts were in vain. The Vulture proved to be a formidable fighter and began to overwhelm Count Wycliff. Thankfully Kaeth came to his lord’s aid and together they bested the Vulture, severing his leg. Within minutes the Vulture bled to death.
With the few surviving bandits fleeing into the woods, Enna fled with them in hopes to aid in their escape while Kaeth formed up the soldiers and moved to take the Vulture’s Nest. Enna and the bandits staged an ambush and held off the forces of Ashenholt, giving the women and children enough time to evacuate the Nest. Enna then fled with the remaining bandits to Viriskald, the outlander settlement beyond the borders of Caerdania.
While the people of Ashenholt found the Nest empty, they did manage to find the sapphire mine. A temporary settlement was constructed and a mining operation was organized.
The soldiers from Riverwall were returned and the Auslangs held a feast in Count Wycliff’s honor for vanquishing the Vulture. Rosabeth Auslang spoke privately to Carlton, stating her husband’s health was rapidly deteriorating and proposed a marriage between her and Carlton after her husband passed. Carlton demanded time to think on the matter before a final decision was made.