After finally finding the witch’s house and painfully untraping the door, Kadren, Tashe and Alexzis decided to look around while the others set up camp outside. Inside was much what you would expect in a witch’s house, a large cauldron, several potions, herbs drying on the ceiling, and jars of various things best left undisturbed. Ta she was most interested in the potions and managed to identify a few including Mage Armor and Pox pustules potions. He then set out making a stew from the food the witch had left behind. Despite them tromping about her place, the witch still did not show up.
They decided to sleep outside and not set watches again,but in the morning both Leoroar and Slaybright had disappeared without a trace. In fact there were no tracks in the area at all. The other three discussed what to do next for quite some time, but an arrow halted their discussion when it thunked between Tashe and Kadren’s heads. Attached was a note that read “GET OUT OF MY FOREST.” Instead of heading this, the three decided to once again appeal to the witch to get her to reveal herself. Kadren and Alexzis suddenly fell asleep leaving only Tashe awake.
Tashe then entered the witch’s house and finally she came out to talk. After some pressing, she revealed that she was attacking Lord Edric because he had murdered her daughter. She asked that they leave her to her business and not get in the way. She then disappeared again and when the others awoke, Tashe told the others they should leave immediately.
Heading back to town he informed them of his discussion with the witch. They decided to attempt to go after Lord Edric themselves. Back in town they formed a plan to draw him out. Alexzis disguised herself and visited Edric’s estate. She tried to convince him that they had killed the witch, but she had turned into a bear and they could not retrieve the body for proof. She asked Lord Edric to return with her to see the proof. He was unwilling to go and they finally settled on sending his son, Sebastian, with two guards.
After Alexzis left with Sebastian and his guards, the others went to Lord Edric and told him that Alexzis was trying to take credit for killing the witch and was in league with a dragon. Despite his disbelief that there was a dragon involved he sent some of his best riders to catch up to the other group. Tashe and Kadren then managed to convince Edric to let them stay in the guest house on the property.
The riders were not very stealthy and Alexiz heard them coming long before they got to her and slipped off into the woods to make her way back to town alone that night.
That night Tashe and Kadren concocted a plan to get to Lord Edric and kill him in his sleep. They left the guest house to “get water” and stole a sludge hammer from the forge disguising it as a splint to get it back in the guest house. They then snuck out and attempted to get on the roof. Kadren made it with the hammer, but Tashe fell, bruising his tailbone and alerting the guards. They escorted him back to the guest house and doubled the guard there. Tashe attempted to put the guard to sleep so he could sneak out again, but this guard possessed an iron will and would not succumb.
Kadren decided to try to sneak in alone through the balcony. Unfortunately it was guarded and despite a beautiful leap from the roof to the balcony, he missed and had to fight. By the time he took care of that guard, others had been alerted, leaving Kadren in a terrible situation, alone, wounded and surrounded by guards.