Two Sword Brothers of the Hospitallers arrived at the covenant in the summer of 1217, asking to speak to Sir Roger de Commarque. The magi arrived to find that they had produced a letter from the Grand Master of the Order of Saint-Jean, which caused Sir Roger to faint upon reading. Loefwen of Mercere stole a glimpse of the letter, which requested that Sir Roger hand over the property of the Order promised by his ancestor Sir Geraud; Aureus Ex Miscellanea noted that the Brothers’ armor was serviceable, but inexpensive, and their tabards seemingly newly made. William of Jerbiton made excuses for the lord and took the Brothers off to drink at the buttress house before they met again at dinner.
Vindicatus of Guernicus acquired an Arcane Connection for one of them from their horses, and attempted to eavesdrop on their conversation that night. While they spoke in a language he did not know, he did note the significance of one of the Brothers pulling out a piece of cloth that could only have come from William’s cloak!
Suspecting that the Brothers were impostors, and knowing they had gathered at least one Arcane Connection to one of their number, speculation began as to their real intention. Suspicion immediately fell upon Temeritus of Tremere, thought to be plotting his revenge on Commarque and Vindicatus in particular. Could one of the men in fact be a magus? It was decided to shoot first and ask questions later, and the grogs were set in motion. The longbowmen occupied the guard tower, their weapons trained on the buttress house, while Montagne led the melee grogs to the narrow passage between the buttress and oven houses. Loefwen mounted one of the “Brothers’” horses and made a racket so they would come out to investigate.
The first of the men did, and when Montagne and his men tried to sieze him from behind, they were surprised by how adeptly he avoided their attempts. However, as he fled toward the tower, Melita of Bonisagus gave the order to fire, and he was dropped by a flight of longbow arrows. Storming inside the tower, Montagne faced a defiant (and now armed) “Sir Martijn”, but as the doughty warrior moved to attack, he slipped on a piece of furniture, fell, and disarmed himself. He grudgingly was taken into custody and interrogated.
Apparently this man – Matheus – and his companion were Brabacon bandits in the employ of the infamous Lobar the Wolf, who had sent them to acquire Sir Roger’s inheritance. They admitted to having magical help, but the magician they described – a man named Rene who gave them magical charms – sounded more like a hedge wizard than the feared Temeritus. The magi sent him on his way with a letter to Rene, describing the Order and suggesting he must join…or else.
Finally, the magi persuaded Sir Roger to show them his inheritance. Gold, a chalice, and a shroud from the Holy Land were dazzling, but not magical. Sir Roger sheepishly admitted spending part of the money on building the castrum, which had, in fact, been pledged to the Hospitallers, and all were left to wonder how Lobar and Rene found out about it.
Cast: William (Bob), Aureus (Nick), Vindicatus and Montagne (Grady), Melita (Val).
Alpha Storyguide: Patrick
Experience: Source Quality 7