After attempting to talk to the noble Alistair Kreed and being rudely dismissed, the group returned to the table and began to discuss their plans going forward. Raeziel had some unfinished business to handle and decided to bid farewell to the group, with Moxie planning to briefly join her before returning to the others at a later time.
Lady Sheilas bodyguard Kagra, a gigantic half-orc woman, returned and offered the noblewoman's apologies to Adolpha for being too forward. She was still interested in her company and wished to meet her, extending an invitation to the estate should the offer be found intriguing.
Shortly later, a rough man came in that appeared to be in distress. He avoided eye contact but was clearly sobbing, and after getting a drink buried his head in woe. Rosie and Shizukana approached to find out what was wrong, and while he was a bit reluctant at first, the two learned his name was Lothair and his son had been kidnapped. He lamented about his kid always being adventurous, and that he would never be able to pay the 200g ransom demanded of him. Rosie offered him the money to his extreme surprise, and found that he was to place it in a loose stone along a wall to the east road of town.
Lothair said to give him a moment to prepare to depart, and not long later a well-dressed Gentleman entered in the inn. After seeing the group, he widened his eyes and sauntered over to introduce himself. The man was Richard Arien, sent here on behalf of Lord Zakarias Ormond of Orlane. His son, Byron Ormond, was to be wed some half a year ago to the Morrick daughter, but the curse befell the estate and his son was killed. This has since strained the relationship between Orlane and Leafton, and in the wake of the Morrick families death the Eldorans have assumed sole control of the town. Lady Sheila Eldoran is now the head of the family after her uncles death not long after the curse happened, and with her wedding to the Conclairs son would cement her status in the town. Lord Ormond wished to find out the cause of the curse and avenge the death of his son, and offered payment should the party accomplish this task. Unfortunately the townsfolk have been relatively close-lipped about the curse, seeing Richard Arien as an outsider.
After learning what they could from Richard, Shizukana planted a threatening note in Alistair Kreeds coat pocket demanding he come to a nearby large oak tree at midnight or his 'crimes' would be revealed. The group then departed with Lothair, keeping a safe distance and Rosie using invisibility to tail the farmer. He deposited the parcel of gold in the stone as instructed, before solemnly returning home.
Rosie continued to watch the wall to see if anyone approached, while the others left to find out what they could. Adolpha decided to visit the inn and do some more information gathering, finding any commoner who would be willing to offer theories as to the events happening. One person believed that the bugbears in the wilderness had a shaman and had cursed the family. Another thought the curse was just a cover-up for their murder, but was unsure. The last person believed that Lord Eldoran stood the most to gain from the Morricks death and thought he did it, but he has since died.
With midnight falling, Shizukana departed to the tree to see if Alistair Kreed arrived. The nobleman confidently strode up and demanded to know who would dare besmirch his good name. After some verbal fencing, with Shizukana bluffing that she knew of the crimes he did, she figured out through some slip-ups that despite being the best man, the noble did not want the wedding to go through. He seemed intent on it not happening, and appeared to hold affection for the groom. with some fervent demanding, Shizukana lowered herself from the tree and spole face-to-face. After being informed that Shizukana believed Lady Sheila was unfaithful and might have even killed her flings, Alistair became much more intrigued and wished that Shizukana do anything in her power to find evidence of this. Not that she was on good terms with the noble, the two parted ways.
Back at the wall, after some time a man disguised as a drunk showed up to the area where the money was stashed. Rosie watched as he made a show of it, but noted he was feeling for the stone. Eventually he found it, and pulled the money from it before quietly stashing it in his jacket. He rose and left to the woods with Rosie tailing him.
Some time later the bandit led Rosie to a small camp, and after casting invisibility managed to sneak in with him. He brought it to a small cabin that had been built, and expertly slipped in before the door shut. Inside the bandits leader seemed surprised to receive the ransom. After the subordinate departed, she locked the door and Rosie took a gamble. She announced her presence, and as the leader tried to retaliate snatched her bag. The bandit leader slashed wildly in the air, but Rosie remarkably convinced her to hear her out.
After giving a compelling story about her motives and introduction, the thief lord and Rosie discussed things and quickly realized they had similar motives. Sensing that the invisible foe might be able to further her ends, the two shared information on what they had been up to. The thief lord was named One-eyed Jacqueline, and had only recently formed this bandit gang after being hired to disrupt the wedding by Alistair Kreed. She had stolen the first shipment of wine and sought to steal the second, but it had gotten through. The kid they had demanded the ransom from was in no danger, he had simply wandered too close to camp and was planning to fleece a bit of money out of the farmer before returning him. She had also been helping a necromancer named Sethik, and while that work was unsavory he paid in near priceless items worth a significant amount of gold, and the money was too tempting to ignore. They had planned to aid him in digging up graves the next night.
Content that the two were on friendly terms, Rosie dropped invisibility and Jacqueline allowed her to depart after letting her return with the farmers son. The trip back went without incident, and Lothair was eternally grateful to have his boy back. Rosie returned to the inn, and the trio shared their unique experiences with one another.
The primary plan was still to disrupt the wedding and to end the curse. Rosie hoped that perhaps another Morrick could be found to lay claim to the family title, and that visiting the grounds and ending the curse may be their best bet. She wished to visit the Eldoran estate the next day and offer her performance services in an attempt to get closer to Lady Sheila and find out more about her. Adolpha still had the invitation to noble manor, and the necromancer was to be at the graveyard the following evening as a possible lead. The three finished up their dinners and drinks, and took a much needed rest in preparation for the big day ahead.