After several months of rest, rejuvenation and Kingdom expansion the companions were woken one morning by a gut wrenching scream from the throne room. They came upon a ghastly site, the Elder was dead.
The large crowd, gathered around the Elder's corpse, whispers filling the room. Sir Wymar tried to calm the crowd while Keston secured the castle. The companions viewed the corpse, seeing that the his heart had been removed from his chest, and in it's place was the a pendant with an blood shot eye, radiating with evil.
Jhod was gone from the City setting up in Hawksgaarde. So the adventurers went to the High Priestess of Abadar to see if she would have answers. The eye was a Symbol of the Goddess Gyronna. Godess of Spite, Hatred and Extortion. Her followers tended to be women scorned, adulteresses and embittered prostitutes.
With the knowledge the companions sought out the young Bard Arien, whose knowledge of the goings on in the city and palace were invaluable. He revealed that the Elder had a secret life involving three Mistresses.
Anna the daughter of a local merchant. Bianca a young scullery maid, and Ciara wife of one of Kesten's lieutents who had recently been deployed to Hawksgaarde. Nova and Raleigh went to question Ciara.
Through their questioning they found that the she was indeed a member of the cult, and through the charm magic of the Bard Arien, they confirmed she was a cultist. With the knowledge confirmed, Sir Wymar put the cultist to the sword.
Ciara gave up her fellow cultists, led by Goody Niska, local midwife. The Companions set a trap the cult and resulted with the death of each of the cultists. Thus ending the threat however not without the loss of the Elder.
The Kingdom's succession is now in flux. What will happen next to the still new Kingdom?