So our heroes decided to help the Blue Ladies protect the citizens of Low Corso during a scheduled slave raid. Tara, Fergus, Agrippa, Sanzig and Justin headed to the orphanage to prepare. The rest of the party decided to go with the Blue Ladies to defend a nearby hospital.
The orphanage was a two story, dilapidated building. Thirty people lived in this small space. Luckily, our adventurers arrived before the slavers and were able to fortify the structure. Tara built a blockade to provide some cover during the coming battle, while Justin barred the doors and windows so the orphans could wait safely inside. The rest of the group went to the second floor balcony, so they could use ranged attacks from cover.
As everyone finished their assigned tasks, a group of ten slavers emerged, torches in hand and blades drawn. They were not prepared, however, for the armored strangers and their barricade. Our heroes struck first, firing with ranged attacks and taking down one of the leaders quickly. The raiders charged, but our snipers on the balcony continued to fire a volley. When the slavers reached the barricade, Justin and Tara were ready to join the fray. Tara used her maul to pulverize another of the leaders, leaving a bloody mess in his wake. Justin took down another man before the slavers managed to collapse the barricade completely.
The battle dragged on. Tara continued to knock down slavers even after losing her maul. Agrippa and Fergus successfully eliminated the enemy archers while Sanzig buffed the party. The slavers eventually managed to get inside the orphanage, but the last two men were quickly cut down.
Justin decided to use the single surviving slaver to send a message to Fenn. He decapitated one of the fallen slavers and blinded the survivor. He gleefully told the blinded man to deliver the head to Fenn with a message: “You can have the rest of him for a reasonable price.” Agrippa didn’t entirely approve with this strategy and suggested they send a fruit basket with a strongly worded letter instead. But Justin insisted the time for fruit baskets was over, and Agrippa finally caved.
Our party returned to the Blue Ladies hideout after looting the slavers corpses and acquiring some valuables. The Blue Ladies gratefully offered food and shelter to our heroes, who needed a good night’s rest after such a long ordeal. However, a certain goddess had other ideas.
While they slept, Sudhara appeared before every sleeping hero with a message. “You, child, possess a spark of divinity. A soul that is destined for greatness and maybe even godhood. However, the road to being divine is a long one. You will fight many battles, make many allies and enemies. And as you grow in your power you will unlock certain gifts. Divine shifts, dominion abilities, acolytes, and other advantages that mortals cannot fathom." She went on to explain the nature of being a deity and the obligations that our heroes must complete in order to fulfill their destiny.
But will they heed the goddess’s words? Will they take up the mantle and work to become gods? Only time will tell…