The party interrogated the captured raider, and learned that Liam is the leader of a small army of mercenaries called the Bloody Fangs. They have two camps near Duckfield, and the rest are running similar operations across the northern lands. The party learned that Liam and about 25-35 of his soldiers are held up at an old fort in the Duckwood. They are repairing the fort. The second group of men attacking the other villages along the lake are operating from an unknown location east of the lake. The party wanted to attempt to infiltrate the fort and slay Liam, but Lady Amalia forbade them from leaving the village unprotected. Silas and Regus recommended digging out trenches to hinder and funnel the raiders into a containable area. The party learned of a trio of gorgons living out on the island in the middle of the lake, and after speaking with Elton (the Wizard of the Lake), the party set out to treat with the gorgans for their aid against the raiders. Trim II convinced some dire bears not to eat the party, and then the party met with Deneb. Deneb is the leader of this coven, and set out terms for Lady Amalia that they would protect the village in exchange for citizenship. Amalia and the party negotiated with Deneb and the gorgons but an accord was reached. Amalia signed their contract, and agreed to bind the bloodline of Garm The Winter Knight to the Coven until such a time as her family dies out.
Deneb walks swiftly, dragging a stick methodically through the sand. The lithe woman digs in and pulls away sharply. She walks a few steps, and makes shallow gashes. To the onlooking villagers, the graceful woman appears almost to be painting in the sand. With a final stroke the symbols Deneb draws into sand emit a blue light. She turns to the young Amalia, petite but trying to look strong and beckons her forward. The young noble walks forward without hesitation, though a careful onlooker would see a slight trembling. Deneb extends her hand to the girl, Amalia takes it. Deneb clears her throat, and declares,
“With this, may the Sisters of the Isle be forever joined to Duckfield and it’s people. As protectors, as citizens, as family.” The women begin to chant, the symbols cascade a rainbow of power. Amalia slices her hand with a dagger, Deneb does the same. She plants the dagger between them in the sand and a bright flash momentarily blinds the onlookers. When their vision returns, the lines of the ritual circle have been turned to glass. Deneb lowers the cowl of her robe and looks toward the party. Deneb’ss eyes are a soft lavender, and short copper snakes frame her face. The villagers gasp and turn away in fear. After tense moments, the onlookers turn back. Deneb smiles warmly, like a mother looking upon her children and declares “It is alright. You are all safe.”
A few hours later a boat lands on the shore, carrying three young gorgons. Deneb meets them at the beach, and walks them to Lady Amalia’s manor.