After an announcement in the Trumpeter that among other mishaps of war, the famed knight and guard captain, Sir Warhawk Starsun, had been captured, the Midnight Menagerie was summoned by Lady Mayor Amber Lynn Theoden. Our task would be to rescue him and restore him to his rightful position as the Guard Captian of the Night Watch, as well as a leading light in the Knights of the Griffon and the Phoenix.
First information led us to believe that Sir Warhawk had been captured by a debased organisation, calling themselves the Order of the Black Phoenix, led by a fallen knight of the Phoenix and member of the faith of Lathander, Lord Nivek Sopel. Rumours have it that he has become a death knight, although he is thought to have been destroyed.
On our way to the Temple of Lathander for further information, we come across a great dragon attacking the citizens of Raven’s Bluff in the streets. After dispatching it, it is noted that it bears a medallion with an embossed citadel around it’s neck. In the Temple, we learn Sir Warhawk was kidnapped while performing guard duty, quite possibly by a dark brotherhood operating out of the “What Ales You” tavern in Crow’s End. The leaders of this group are a monk and a rogue, and they have been recruiting.
The tavern is a feral place, with oily light and people ranging from down-and-out to proper perverse. It’s a crowded place, and inevitably Omegasun finds himself flirted with by a wench called Trista. Although she was more attractive than one might have expected to find in a place like that, he declines her offers of hospitality with some effort. [We later learn this was a very good thing, as she was actually trying to enchant him, and use him against us had she succeeded.] We learn that the citadel on the dragon’s medallion is like the same as the mansion where Lord Nivek Sorel’s organisation has it’s hideout – a formerly grand place, not too far outside the city walls.
We set out in force to the mansion, although moving carefully. The place seems utterly deserted, although we encounter a mongrelman who claims to be the abandoned butler of Lord Nivek. We set him free and heal him, and learn that Sir Warhawk has likely been dragged to a sacrificial alter underneath the temple of Lathander, the tunnels to which start in this mansion.
The fight in the ritual rooms is fairly frenetic, since the cult is there in great force, but we prevail and free Sir Warhawk Starsun, who seems not much worse for the wear – much as one might expect of a Mystran knight of great experience and grace. We deliver him back to the city that sticks to the light, and decided to go find a more pleasant tavern to have an ale.