Wil refuses to give the prince a “playboy allowance” and threatens to bring him back in chains if he does not agree to yield the throne. The prince’s guard draws steel. Wil attacks and eventually the others (both adventurers and guards) join the battle. The guards are quicker to respond to the prince than the adventurers and Wil is soon outmatched.
“We have your king. If you want him to live drop your weapons.”
Dryug replies that they’ll have the prince soon and that the guards should surrender. The guards precede to try to kill Wil while the others battle to reach him.
Asher and Dryug clog the hallway and create a wall of fists and steel that slowly overcomes the guards. Rekas Selchar and Miria guard the rear, preventing the group from being flanked. The guards begin to shoot arrows at Asher and Dryug but cannot seem to hit their marks. Slowly the wall of guards is pushed back.
The guard that tied up Wil starts trying to kill him. Wil rolls around on the floor dodging death blows while the prince giggles. Asher eventually gains line of sight with Wil‘s agressor and teleports him within sword-reach. Without a guard in front of him, the prince immediately feels threatened; nevermind, that Wil is still bound by rope. The prince screams for help and the wall of guards discards their advantageous positioning and ignores a series of strikes from Dryug as they run to attack the tied up wizard.
The door is barricaded, but Dryug uses Hope as a battering ram, and the party is quickly inside the prince’s sitting room. A strategically teleported drow with burning fists soon convinces the prince to surrender. Asher, in his bloodlust continues to fight and has to be reminded that the guards have surrendered.
The group loots and loots and loots. Jean deMetz points out that technically Wil owns everything anyway. The group ignores him.
Jean deMetz is sent with a horse and the prince’s last living manservant to fetch the carriage that was abandoned during the vampire attack. The manservant attacks Jean deMetz and runs off. Dryug consoles Jean deMetz by pointing out the fellow is likely to be eaten by vampires.
The group rests. For some reason Hope and Wil share a bed. Hope makes lewd comments the next morning which Wil ignores. After Dryug finishes meditating and while he waits for the others to wake up, he fills the prince’s carriage with artwork from the villa.
Wil is rather discourteous to the guards that tried to kill him while he was tied up. The rest of the group speaks up for the guards. Dryug even receives praise from Miria for his kindness.
As the group returns to Vitalia, they are attacked by hungry wolves. The wolves quickly kill the horses but don’t get much opportunity to eat horseflesh before the group kills them all. During the battle, the guards do not attack the wolves. Afterwards Rekas Selchar and Dryug try to convince them to pull one of the carriages. Hope speaks on their behalf and his words are more convincing. The blunt side of Rekas Selchar‘s full blade is even more convincing. Hope and Miria offer to help the guards pull a carriage. Miria’s warmth at Dryug‘s earlier kindness disappeared during the exchange.
When the group reaches the gates of Vitalia, Gaul Kahn sends members of the guard to recover the other carriage. Dryug gives Wil’s mom paintings to help decorate. Wil convinces her not to hang pictures of the prince in the throne room.
Hope shares his dream with the historian. He wants to attack Adriana Prevot in a stronghold from his dreams but doesn’t know where it is. Bertrand Turmel infers that the stronghold may be in the shadowfell. Hope asks if the approaching army can be persuaded to attack the stronghold. Someone points out that the army is really on their way to retake Vitalia, but Hope seems too focused on his plan to listen.