September 7th, Kolbhugel
While the two are having lunch, a weird man enters the tavern and strides to their table. After a brief introduction, Miranda learns that the man’s name is Rufus and that he’s an herbalist, able to tend to the wounds of her companion.
Seeking to chase the oportunity, Miranda and Hagen follow Rufus to his house. The herbalist quickly patches Hagen up, but right after that starts to ask weird questions about their journeys and adventures and when Miranda gets really suspicious, he tells her that he has drugged both of them. Apparently, the only way out they have is an antidote. Rufus is willing to give them some if they take him along with them, out of town. While Rufus is talking nonsense about an marvellous wheat extract called “Faririum”, Miranda and Hagen fall in a herb induced sleep.
Upon their sudden waking up, they feel regenerated, but at the same time, they’re shook by Rufus’ frantic entrance. The herbalist had left the house for a few hours, and now he’s back, whispering them they have to leave immediately. He had just stolen a horse to join their travels and leave Kolbhugel once and for all. Outside the house, a maddened mob is chasing after him with torches and pitchforks.
The three manage to escape the crowd and ride into the night, hiding along path into the forest between Kolbhugel and Hornfurt. The rain starts to fall again and the riders are forced to slow down and eventually enter an abandoned house in the forest to seek shelter for the night. The house is partially crumbled to the ground, but it’s enough the make the three fall asleep.
When the three wake up, the house has changed. Everything inside it is suddenly new and comfy; fine objects decorate shelves that weren’t there the night before and Miranda sees a woman. Miranda instantly realises the woman is a ghost. With a brooding voice, the spirit asks Miranda for help, telling her name, Ilda Naherb, and that she needs them to find her remains and bury them.
Miranda is the only one to have seen the ghost, but Rufus and Hagen both experienced the transformation of the house, so they don’t doubt the words of the girl. Scared by the threat of a haunting spirit, they set out to follow the directions Miranda received during her vision, and soon find what once was a goblin encampment. The few huts left are still inhabited.
A fight erupts: Hagen charges into the goblins, while Rufus and Miranda try to do the same without much luck. The man strikes down a couple creatures, but he’s suddenly enveloped in a stream of greenish flames. One of the last surviving goblin is a dangerous shaman.
Miranda tries to get into close combat with the shaman, but the goblin is clearly chanting a spell aimed at her. All of a sudden, a white, blinding light shines from the general direction of Rufus, dazzling the shaman an allowing Miranda to reach him and strike him down.
Thanks to some kind of intervention by Rufus, Hagen is healed and the three start to search for Ilda’s remains. Along with a leather jerkin and a couple Gold Crowns, the three find a staff with a skull on its tip. Rufus gets instantly crazy and asks Miranda for the staff, but as soon as the girl puts her hand on the skull, she falls into a vision filled trance.
In her vision, Miranda witnesses the night Ilda and the whole Naherb family got killed by the raiding goblins. The foul creatures are setting the house on fire at the end of their raid and Ilda is trying to escape the slaughter, but she’s quickly reached by a group of goblins that eventually behead her on the bank of the nearby small river. When Miranda regains consciousness, she leaves the staff to Rufus. Tired from the fight, they decide to spend the night at the goblin encampment.
When they finally get back, they agree to bury the skull into the earth in front of the old, crumbled Naherb farmhouse at sunset. Rufus gives the staff back and the ritual is performed.
September 10th – 11th
The three get back on the main road that leads from Kolbhugel to Hornfurt and spend the second day travelling without any significant event.