Sartar - Kingdom of Heroes

A Cattle Raid Gone Awry - Epic Fail!

Erinmakt the Flatulent is banished from Clan food and shelter for 2 weeks for his rude and uncouth behavior towards Carl Gundarson’s wife (and his complete lack of repentance).

He misses out on the feast of the lamb and barleywine left over from the sacrifice, although Yinkina did bring him a bowl of lamb stew.

Chieftain Gordangar Kenstrelsson suggests that the party take Erinmakt with them to either go cattle or sheep raiding against the Greydog Clan or to further explore a dwarven dungeon discovered in the Starfire Ridges. The party decides that there is more glory in cattle raiding the Greydog Clan.

Erinina Copper-Axe is worried that they don’t have a plan and agrees to Yinkina’s offer that she accompany them on their raid, insisting she has a plan and that Grigor knows it. Grigor pulls a plan out of his ass that seems to satisfy Erinina. Does Erinina have the hots for Yinkina?

They sneak through the woods surrounding the Weeping Sisters to reconnoiter the Greydog Clan lands. They hear some bones crunching and flesh rending and try to sneak up on the source of the horrific sounds. They give away their presence when Erinmakt earns his sobriquet – the Flatulent.

A tense negotiation with the band of two dark trolls (think orcs) and six trollkin (think goblins) ensues. They offer to give the trolls a cow if they help by luring the Greydogs away while they steal them. The trolls do not trust the party and demand a hostage as security. Erinmakt volunteers Cookboy as a hostage. Cookboy climbs a tree to wait with the two dark trolls guarding him while five of the trollkin lure the approaching Greydogs away. (Apparently, the Greydogs were hunting the trolls who had stolen one of their sheep).

While most of the Greydogs go in pursuit of the trollkin, the party attempts to steal some cows in a barn outside of the Greydog Village walls. Unfortuneately, due to all the commotion made by the trollkin, the Greydogs are alert and on guard. The party is spotted as they approach the back entrance. Grigor runs off and the guards give chase.

Yinkina talks to the six cows and attempts to convince them to come with them into the night. The cows said"Nooooooooo." Yinkina was able to coerce the cows out of the barn, but by that time 4 Greydog clan fyrd were rushing to stop them. Erinmakt turned to fight a delaying action, but the Greydog were skilled warriors and he was stabbed twice. He then tried to bullrush his way to safety, but was stabbed deeply again and fell. Erinina rushed to his aid, picked him up and tried to run, but by this time 4 more Greydog warriors were on the scene and they repeatedly stabbed her until she too fell.

Grigor returned to the woods and tried to convince the dark trolls to come with him to get their cow. They refuse and insist he bring the cow to them. Grigor goes off in frustration, draws his bow and prepares to shoot the dark trolls from the shadows of the dark forest. However, he had not counted on the trolls nightvision and they rush into the woods and advance on his position. He shoots one with an entangling thorn vine and flees the other.

When Grigor catches up with Yinkina he learns of the disaster. They agree to return the 6 cows to the Greydogs and bargain for the release of Erinina and Erinmakt.

Chief Kornos Longbrewer of the Greydog Clan had already agreed to release Erinmakt to deliver a message to Chief Gordangar Kenstrelsson: return our cows, give us an additional 20 cows now, promise an additional 20 cows tribute each year, and promise not to raid us and we will return Erinina and promise not to raid you.

Grigor points out that the Greydogs appear to have trouble with trolls and that maybe they could assist them in exchange for Erinina. Chief Kornos Longbrewer agrees to this: give us 10 cows and 10 dark troll heads now, promise to give us an additional 10 cows tribute each year, and promise not to raid us and we will return Erinina and promise not to raid you.

Back at Old Man Village of the Orlmarth Clan, the Ring agrees to the party’s plan for redemption – they will try and capture the Greydog Clan’s Champion – Killer Branduan Hodirson and seek to exchange him for the return of Erinina.

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