Rivers of Blood

Session 5 Summary
Get Thalia

Opening Scene

A forest. Dappled sunlight. Trees bursting with new growth. Two young lads, bloodstained and sheened in sweat, stand before a violet-eyed woman. Behind the lads, men drag away two corpses. The woman smiles at the two bloodied lads and bids them welcome to her banner…

Ser Curnden pays a farmer for the use of his barn, in order to conceal the small force of soldiers that will attack Thalia’s bandits as they head to Hart House. Meanwhile, Willam acts as bait, walking openly through the forest, in the direction of Thalia’s camp. Ralhallan shadows at a distance. Eventually the pair are met by two of Thalia’s scouts and escorted to her camp. At the camp, they find themselves stood in a circle of desperate, rough-looking men. Willam, Ral and Thalia discuss the plan to sack Hart House, after which Thalia explains that all new recruits must kill a standing member of her band, in single combat. Ral persuades the bandit leader to let him fight two men at once, in order that Willam need not fight. The ensuing combat is as brutal as it is swift.

Curnden’s battle plan proves effective as the men from Bloodwater Keep and Hart House fall upon the bandits with speed and ferocity. Curnden and Harlan give excellent account of themselves, slaying several bandits before crippling the two leaders of the band. The survivors are given the choice of a swift death or taking the black. Most choose the latter and are taken back to Bloodwater Keep, where they will languish in the dungeon until a recruiter from the Night’s Watch arrives to take them away.

Durgan’s men attack Thalia’s camp, killing all the men who stayed behind, whist releasing the women and children. Thalia begs Ralhallan not to hand her over to Durgan. Ral promises that nothing of the sort will happen, and promptly kills the violet-eyed beauty.

Session 4 Summary
Woodland diplomacy

Opening Scene

It is twilight in the fens. A family huddles, scared shaking, watched over by a crossbowman. Two rough-looking men leer and laugh as another man drags a young girl by the hair, out of the family’s shack, his other hand unlacing his breeches…

Ser Curnden handpicks twenty soldiers to travel north to Hart House. These men will accompany Ser Harlan to Durain’s Forest in an attempt to find and parley with Durgan.

At Hart House Lord Davain is disappointed to learn that his men will not have opportunity to train at Bloodwater Keep, following a refusal by Lady Nymeria. Over dinner, Ralhallan fools Ser Corbin into joining the foray into Durain’s Forest. Twenty men of Hart House also join the band, with each partnered to a Bloodwater Keep man.

Ralhallan successfully relocates Durgan’s Camp. The initial meeting is cordial but without immediate result, other than an invitation from Durgan to partake of his hospitality. A discussion over beer yields an agreement whereby Durgan and his remaining men will join forces with Ser Harlan in order to destroy Thalia. In return, Durgan will be allowed to remain in the forest unmolested, providing he commits no further acts of banditry. Durgan also agrees to post a token force at Riverthorn to dissuade squatters. Ser Harlan offers Durgan and his men the position of forest rangers at such time as House Fisher retakes Riverthorn and lays claim to Durain’s Forest.

Session 3 Summary

Ser Harlan is introduced to Anton Black, the man who taught Davain the skill of smithing. Davain tells Ser Harlan that his technique of forging blades comes from Valyria.

Ralhallan happens upon a bloody battle in Durain’s Forest. He heals a young lad who briefly tells him about the rift between Durgan and Thalia. Ral asks for directions to Durgan’s Camp, in return for which he promises to send back aid. After scouting the hidden valley that harbours Durgan’s Camp, Ral returns directly to Hart House and the injured lad is left for the wolves.

Willam and Ral conduct investigations amongst the hamlets and farmsteads around the edge of Durain’s Forest and learn more details about the war between Durgan and Thalia. A decision is taken to approach Durgan, pending Ser Torrhen’s approval.

Willam talks to Lady Ysme and learns that the baker in Hartville has been given a cuckold’s horns by his wife, who is currently pregnant by Ser Corbin.


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