Who knew making it to a wedding could be so complicated?
It has been a long road for the adventurers ever since defeating the Barrows Witch and obtaining the cure to save Lady Ivers. After returning the ingredients to Hargrave’s maester, the group followed information that led them to a fort held by the Sentinels. It lay perilously close to the King’s Road, and the Northern terrorists could not be permitted to endanger the approaching King’s retinue. Using a side entrance, the adventurers decimated the fort’s inhabitants, setting fortifications ablaze and opening the gates to let the Rams of Hargrave march in and do what they do best.
With the Fort cleared and the King’s caravan safe, the heroes joined the column of lords, knights, sellswords, hedge knights, camp followers and more. The preceding days saw the group use all manner of tactics to slowly get them further and further ahead in the column. Stories were told, ale was consumed, and whores were bedded. All in all, a pretty good trip. Also, during their travels, the party would be joined by two new allies – Maester Wincent, apprentice Maester of Hargrave, and Ayers Flame, a Red Priest of R’hllor, who seemed to have an invested interest in Ser Arden.
Once the column reached Winterfell, the heroes were almost forbidden from entering the feast, thanks to Lord Tallhart remembering what happened when the group passed through Torrhen’s Square. The group eventually did make it inside and were able to enjoy the Northern hospitality of the Starks. During the feast, the heroes all had their own interaction with certain lords and ladies of Westeros, and once again, the ale did flow. But soon, it was time to return to Hargrave, for the wedding of Malcolm and Lady Celyne.
But first – A tournament! All manner of folk turned out for the Tournament at Hargrave to compete in a variety of events. Young Kieran Durant out shot the field to win the Archery contest (winning a golden arrow), the sellsword Arturis won out in the melee contest (earning an impressive set of Plate Mail armor), and Ser Arden earned a hard fought victory in the Joust (being awarded a stunning new war horse). When it came to the history… well, things got a little tense. Arranged by Ser Arden’s brother, Alric Ivers, The Tower of Joy reenactment saw our heroes take the roles of Ser Eddard Stark and his allies, while Frost and Ser Elson would portray Sers Oswell Whent and Gerald Hightower, and a random drunk take the role of Ser Arthur Dayne. This mummer’s farce was more than Arturis could stand, and vocally said the great Sword of the Morning deserved better representation, and when Alric denied his request, Arturis volunteered himself to portray the late Ser Dayne. Suffice it to say, the Maester’s had their work cut out for them putting Arturis and the others right again afterwards.
The day not yet done, Alric had one more surprise for his family – he had arranged marriages for his younger siblings, Arden and Astryd. They would both marry younger Lannisters – Arden would even get to choose between two (Lucky, Lucky!). They would need to head south to meet their betrothed just as soon as the wedding and feast were done.
Luckily, the wedding saw no further attempts on the life of Lady Celyne, and her and Malcolm Durant were wed, joining the Ivers and Durant households together. Gavan struggled with the choice of heading South to the world, and ultimately agreed when Kieran announced his intent to come along. Wincent would accompany Gavan with a fresh supply of bandages and Milk of the Poppy, Ayers Flame intended to follow Ser Arden, and Arturis’ contract was amended releasing him from the Lady’s Guard, but allowing him to remain (and continue to be paid) to keep Ser Aden safe on his travels. So, in all, the group remained together. The next day, Goodbyes were said, and the group headed South.
Their first stop was Barrowton, and the group was welcomed by Lady Dustin. See expressed surprise, after introductions, that young Kieran was with the group. They had received a Raven from Hargrave from Lord Malcolm, and it seemed to indicate that Kieran had in fact stayed behind. Before any further questions could be asked, ‘Kieran’ bolted from the hall and, once outside, blended quite masterfully into the crowd. Though Ayers was able to keep ‘Kieran’ close, they had no success find him. While interrogating the assembled mass of townsfolk, a young girl offered to show Arden where she’d seen ‘Kieran’ run off to. However, once alone, she dropped her disguise and revealed herself. She was not a little girl, nor was she Kieran, but a Faceless Servant of the Many-Faced God. She promised her loyalty to Ser Arden and asked for permission to join their group, also promising she would take any life he deserved to pay the Many Faced God. Knowing Gavan wouldn’t take the news well that someone had been masquerading as his brother, Arden introduced the woman as Dana, a rogue who wished to accompany them South.