September 27th, 1212 AD
The Captain of the Guard returned and informed the party that the Archbishop was refusing further assistance. The party proceeds to the grand cathedral anyways and made a formal offer of assistance to the Order of Heironeous. The Archbishop refused the assistance and provided the party with a copy of a new edict prohibiting the acceptance of foreign aid in combating the cultists.
September 28th,1212 AD
The party departed Riga to travel to Polotsk. The party caught very strong winds and managed to arrive in Polotsk in the late afternoon. The party decided to carouse around town for information and Kevfalcon and Audo managed to pick up on rumors. Audo learned out about a group of giants to the north of Polotsk. Kevfalcon gleaned information about the indifference of the local nobility towards Novgorod.
September 29th, 1212 AD
The party rode to Smolensk at daybreak and arrived at Smolensk in the late afternoon. The party again decided to attempt carousing, which resulted in an escort back to the inn for Audo and Thobin. Kevfalcon picked up that there were no major threats in Smolensk and that the Prince was very open to assisting his nephew in Novgorod.
September 30th, 1212 AD
The party met with the Prince of Smolensk in the morning and found him very agreeable. He agreed to send his troops north to aid Novgorod and hopes that Novgorod will in turn support a campaign into Kiev. He offered to host a feast in honor of the party in the evening and they agreed to attend. Everyone had a good time and Kevfalcon gathered further information from the local nobility, including the fact that several caravans had been lost on a portage in the northern territory of Smolensk.
September 31st, 1212 AD
The party departed Smolensk and returned to Polotsk.
October 1st, 1212 AD
The party negotiated a treaty agreeing that Polotsk will aid Novgorod in exchange for aid with a campaign into Lithuania at a time of the Prince of Polotsk’s choosing. The treaty also agreed that should Polotsk determine that the situation in the Grand Principality of Kiev requires intervention that Novgorod will provide military aid.
October 4th,1212 AD
The party departs Polotsk for Bilyar.
October 7th, 1212 AD
The party discovered a burned out inn surrounded by overturned wagons. Kevfalcon scouted the inn while silenced and invisible and found a pile of crates and jars untouched by the fire. He also spotted drag marks around the wagons and an axe embedded in one of the posts. Krisdiana also examined the site while invisible and silenced, but discovered nothing new. Audo and Thobin approach the inn and are attacked as the posts revel tentacles. Thobin broke free, but Audo was poisoned and drug towards one of the posts. The party’s counter attack barely scratched one of the posts, but Audo escaped the tentacle that was dragging him. Thobin was hit by a tentacle and drug 10’ towards one of the posts. Runhild charmed the post before Thobin is eaten. Thobin used his opportunity to run back towards the rest of the party. Audo also ran from melee, but Kevfalcon killed the roper that he was running from. A significant expenditure of magic brought down the final roper. The party healed, looted the inn, and returned to overseeing the portage.
October 10th, 1212 AD
The party was attacked by a skittering maw, killed it easily, and affixed the head to the prow of their boat.
October 17th, 1212 AD
The party arrived in Bilyar. They sampled the market before arriving at the tent of Khan Ghabdula Chelbir. The Khan sympathized with their plight and offered his daughter’s hand to Prince Mstislav‘s son Vasily. The party insist that they must contact the Prince before they authorize such a deal, but mention they can do so via magic. The Khan is suitably impressed and asks if he can witness such a feat. The party utilized sending stick to contact the elves and ask them to pass the message along to the Prince. The party enjoyed the Khan’s hospitality while they waited for a response message.
October 20th, 1212 AD
The Prince’s approval arrives via magic missive from the elves. The party delivered the good news to the Khan.
October 24th, 1212 AD
The party departed Bilyar for Novgorod, they carried with them the Khan’s daughter and her bodyguard.
November 3rd, 1212 AD
The party arrived in Novgorod.