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5. Helping Hands

Within the privacy of a room in the church, General Gael’toryn briefly explained the occurrence that Andraste, Jester, and Varris had just witnessed. The thief, for whatever reason, had been inflicted with corruption, a phenomenon rampant during the conflict with the Scourge. The General informed the party that he will be travelling with the body to Aldeville, before thanking them for their efforts and for informing him of the matter. He assigned his secretary as their liaison to him, so that they may inform him of any other developments or their endeavors in town. The others retired for the night while Varris relays information, and questions, about the thief and the Daggers to LeVast, back in the Cloaks’ hideout, before returning to the General the following day. Buzz also said his farewell to Terryflump and the Troupe.   With at least half a week before escorting Grenthor to Aldeville, the party carried out a number of deeds to aid the town. Jester utilized her military experience to provide some basic combat training to the town guard. The party also attempted to convince the blacksmith, Orin, to provide repairs to the guard’s worn equipment at a discount, though ultimately failed to convince him. However, they also encountered the blacksmith’s son, a young boy named Owen, who took seemed to take a liking to them. Varris invited the boy to learn how to fight at the guard barracks, which he happily attended the following day carrying a fine sword blonging to his father. The training proceeded smoothly for a few days, until Orin followed his son to the training grounds. The blacksmith gave the de facto guard captain, Philip, a verbal thrashing before escorting his son back to the shop. Despite the hiccup, Jester continued with the training. Then, the following day, the party decided to go out hunting for orcs, succeeding in spotting and defeating what they presumed a scouting party. Returning to the town, they brought along the weapons used by the creatures to further aid the town guard, before preparing to confront the blacksmith.

"Novices, I would say. However, even novices can prove useful."
— —Firon Gael'toryn

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