The Story Continues…
The group landed half a mile outside the walled town of Stonewood, discovering that the town's name comes from the pair of petrified trees that flank either side of each of the town's three gates.
Anise Larkspur (aka. Adotlin the Paladin's stalker) leads the group into the bustling city where they are promptly stopped at the gates by the guards. The guards recognize Anise as "Lady Larkspur" and let then pass.
She explains that Stonewood is a weird place with a matriarchal governing guild council ruling things. She got the "lady" title by being the daughter of the Commerce Guild leader, Anna Larkspur.
The group goes to Anise's childhood home to talk with her mother about the disppearance of her sister Maeris. The mother is revealed to be self-absorbed and doesn't really care about her twin daughters at all to the point she didn't even really notice she was missing.
Prying for information, the group discovers that Maeris had left for the Taiga up north of the city to pick some rare flowers that are used medicinally as a pain reliever and a aphrodisiac. She went with three of her friends, Piotr, Liza, and Jass.
The group found out that Piotr actually returned home several days prior, so they located him at Heavy's gym where he apparently was participating in cock fighting. Through some intimidation Piotr told the group that they were attacked by something "fierce" that was "everywhere all at once" and that he and Liza escaped but left Maeris and Jass behind.
Liza's story matched Piotr's, plus after talking with various townfolk they uncovered rumors of vampires living in the Taiga. Could the rumors be true? Is Maeris alive, dead, or even *gasp* undead?
Find out next time!