We journeyed to further investigate these alleged accusations about the not so noble nobleman, Lord Wyndham. In the midst of our trek to the keep, we crossed paths with a well-proportioned, blonde in warrior garb. We began to parlay with her and discovered that she had the same exact dream as the three of us! Her dream was followed by an additional one that guided her to us. Now our group consisted of four strong willed and driven people with the desire to eliminate evil and seek out these gems of power.
We approached the keep with caution and stated our purpose. Immediately after explaining our reasons, a crazed man stormed into the courtyard and began a charge in our direction. Our group prepared straight away and responded in-turn. Our blonde warrior, Anna, swiftly drew a finely crafted longbow and fired at the crossbowmen positioned on the battlements.
I waved my hand and spoke some words to invoke invisibility upon myself and the fragile sea dog know as Fernando. The recollection of our last battle, where he was severely wounded more than once, guided my decision. I take pride in knowing I kept him in the fight by healing his wounds, an ability gifted to me by our Lord above.
Our heavily armored friend, Franz charged one of the enemy fighters and struck a ghastly wound to his shoulder. Then the crazed Lord Wyndham charged Franz and caused a rather messy wound. Another enemy hidden behind the battlements, crafted an incantation causing Franz to move with great hindrance. Fearing the worst, I readied an invocation to block attacks on my companions.
The enemy invoker produced some magics upon his crossbowmen or their weapons, I am unsure, but the harm inflicted by their quarrels increased greatly. Our female warrior was quickly surrounded and bore the brunt of the enemy attacks. Franz was engaged with Wyndham and a few of his guards. Observing his situation, I invoked the power of God upon his body allowing him to fight more skillfully. My eyes widened at the sight of Anna staggering from the impact of numerous long swords. I called on the power of Heaven to heal her of all injuries. Her stance steadied, and she returned the favor with her swords casting onto the ground the blood of our enemy.
Franz appeared to have called upon the Almighty to empower his weapon as his weapon began to glow with a soft maroon shade. The mad nobleman wielded his long sword with skill, but Franz successfully deflected his attack. Franz responded with a well-placed strike that caused a significant wound upon his midsection. This weakened Lord Wyndham, but his warlock cast healing to remove most of his wounds. Hoping to turn the tide, I managed to put the crossbowmen into a deep slumber.
Our blonde beauty showed her skill with the elimination of a few soldiers, but was in need of assistance. Fernando shifted his focus from the smaller group battling Franz to assist Anna. My attention shifted to the warlock as he ducked behind the wall, possibly to rouse his sleeping companions, but Anna faltered again, and I had to use my gift to heal her wounds. In the back of my mind I thought, “She owes me!”
The raging battle continued and the tide turned wholly in our favor. Fernando and Anna took out the group they were engaged with. The insane Wyndham wavered and collapsed as if dead weight! Franz stood over his beaten body, having thoughts of running him through. However his oath of goodness removed this notation from is racing mind. The warlock shouted words of surrender as Fernando and Anna stormed through the front gates that were left ajar. A lengthy discussion ensued with each side explaining their motivations. As we had surmised, the noble was indeed going insane. The warlock, Ismael was not completely aware of the situation. Although he believed his Lord to be going insane, he did not think him capable of slaying innocent villagers. I asked that they release the prisoner, Boris, my acquaintance. Ismael refused, but allowed us to interview him. Boris claimed to have done nothing truly wrong, however we were not convinced. I promised to investigate the reasons for his imprisonment. I hope that our actions will help stabilize the village for the time being.