After the party’s explorations of the cellars and ruin of Tumbledown manor they returned to the village to rest and recuperate. Although their adventure was over, there was much left to do.
With the discovery of Lady Tumbledown’s attempted theft of her husband’s black book, the party wanted to know more about her motives. Luckily, Hemgor found a hidden diary in her chamber that spelled out her descent into her husband’s evil cult–although from reading it, it was clear she knew nothing of him surviving the fire that destroyed their home. The diary also spoke of her plans to marry Hemgor and to then seduce him into the cult. It seemed, he’d had a lucky escape.
The matter of Hemgor’s “inheritance” was also discussed and he decided to marry the Lady Tumbledown’s surviving daughter, Annan. She was less than delighted with the situation, but was forced to acquiesces as it was Lord Nanther’s will. A week or so later, Adoven performed the simple ceremony and Oreal stood as a noble witness. With the ceremony done, Hemgor’s ascension to the nobility was complete.
Sadly, though, this meant that Hemgor would have to semi-retire from the life of adventure he loved so much. There was much to do at Tumbledown and he now had great responsibilities.
The night after the wedding, a great groaning sound emanated from the centre of the village and in the morning it was discovered the remains of the mansion had collapsed into a huge sinkhole that had opened up beneath it, burying forever the tainted legacy of Tumbledown.
Shortly thereafter, the remains of the party said goodbye to Hemgor and left him to his new life. First they travelled to Roake to see the animal trainer Laika. Oreal was greatly desirous of the hippogriff she had in training and swapped the griffon egg found in Tumbledown manor and a large quantity of cash for the beast. As his family had been previous customers of hers, laika offered to finish the beast’s training swiftly and to acquire it some armour.
After this, the party headed back to Ratikhill to rest and recuperate. For now, their minds were turned toward the north and the pirate den of Dekspoint. Months ago, they had discovered evidence that someone in the town was behind the orcish incursions that had led to the Battle of the Loftwood and they greatly desired to uncover that person’s identity…