The Price of Immortality

Return to Kassen

Outside the crypt, when they make camp for the night, they have a conversation with Roldare and his sister. They explain that what happened was never the intent. Never before were any undead present in the crypt. They only wanted to frighten the adventurers.
The next morning they make their way back to the village of Kassen. They climb up out of the ravine. In the forest there is little wildlife to be seen. Just after the lake they set up camp for the night. After camp has been made, Preen sits down and plays his flute again – not very well. Jonathan frowns at him but says nothing. It is a quiet night.
The next morning they continue their walk towards the village, and they reach Kassen by nightfall. There are torches among the villagers who await them in a festive mood in the village center. Preen walks directly towards the mayor and motions to him that all the festive raucous should stop. Jonathan walks towards the music band to make them quiet. Preen says in a somewhat loud voice: “Apart from these two, everyone else is dead!” He points at Roldare and his sister. “The crypt was full of undead creatures”
The mayor is full of disbelief. Preen gives a brief report and says: “This is not our idea of a funny prank” The mayor pales visibly during this recital and leads the three of them to the town hall. On their way there Preen makes eye contact with his mother to assure her he is all right. Also Jonathans parents are relieved to see him well.
In the mayor’s office Lini gives a detailed report of all that has happened. The mayor is duly impressed and calls them heroes. There will be a great banket held in our honour in an hours’ time.

Before the feast, Lini goes to the temple, tells Prasst about their adventures, and spends some time in prayer before she refreshes herself to go to the party. Jonathan also goes home to get a change of clothes. Preen tells his mother about what happened in the crypt, and she becomes very motherly and almost smothers him with her attention.
The banquet starts with a speech from the mayor. Preen, Jonathan and Lini are honoured. All villagers who have lost their lives are named and remembered. This lasts about an hour, then a toast is made and all set to eat.
Halfway the conversion from banquet to party, Preen slips away. Near the door Cygar stands watching the crowd, but Preen in particular, and when he loses sight of Preen, he looks about inquiringly. Preen awaits him when he comes nearer to him, and says: “Are you looking for someone?” Suddenly a blackened dagger and a sword are in Cygar’s hands and he turns around quickly to see who has spoken. When he sees Preen, who is a bit startled by this reaction, he says: “Oh it is you…” and puts away his weapons. Preen is impressed. Cygar is interested in what happened in the crypt, he wants to know more. And asks if Preen may be interested in a lucrative assignment? Preen does not trust the man completely. Cygar then introduces himself as a member of the Pathfinder order (known treasure hunters). He says that robbers have specifically come to the crypt of Kassen to steal the amulets – do you want to know more about this?

Jonathan has seen Preen slip away and taking his cue from this, he also leaves the party via the same route and finds Preen in discussion with another man outside of the exit door. Preen hands Jonathan the wine bottle he had taken from the party and introduces him to Cygar, who says that he may have a job for us. “Or you can also just stay in this shithole…” says Preen. They agree to meet the next morning, four hours after sunrise, in the Seven Silvers tavern.
Lini is still inside at the party, with some of her fellow gnomes. At some point she is spoken to by a waitress, who tells her to meet Preen tomorrow morning in the Seven Silvers. Lini asks what it is about, but the waitress does not know more than what she has told.

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