Woes of the Brixton Guard

Mickie, Velius, and Rovanion returned to Brixton and collected their pay, only to find Overlord Grinstead embroiled in a fierce political battle with several powerful city lords over his new plan to change the slavery laws, decreasing the number of years of required service before becoming a Freedman. Several of the lords staged a walkout of the council, followed by uproar among the Freedmen and the favored businessmen in the lords’ pockets. Overlord Grinstead withdrew to his manor, and recalled a large number of guardsmen there to discourage any potential thoughts of a military coup. As a result, many mercenaries were hired to supplement the guards on the outer walls, including Mickie, Velius, and the Artificer Geno.

Late at night a commotion was heard down below the wall on the docks, as a black ship was being blown towards the Peasants’ Docks by the storm. Seemingly abandoned, the wind was blowing it straight toward the docks, which it would crash into, killing many, and destroying many homes and a major Freedmen marketplace. The party convinced several townspeople and a soldier to accompany them as they bravely commandeered a small sailboat and rowed out to meet the oncoming storm and the abandoned shop, to crash into it, forcing it to turn away from the docks. The party climbed aboard the ship with grappling hooks, just as the townsfolk steered the sailboat and leapt off (after trowing crates into the water to help them swim back to the docks).

Before the part was given a chance to man the helm and further turn the boat, a swarm of ghouls and zombies climbed out of the hold and attacked. The party bravely fought them back and pushed them back into the hold, then destroyed them one by one as they tried to climb free, but two ghouls had jumped overboard and swam after the men in the water. They easily dispatched the swimming townsfolk.

The party managed to crash the ship into another boat, damaging it beyond repair, but stopping the unmanned ship completely, without any additional loss of life, or destruction of the docks or markets. Unfortunately, the soldiers had opened the gates to allow Freedmen fleeing the docks inside the Freedmens’ slums, and one of the Ghouls escaped the soldiers and fled inside. The party was commended by the captain of the guard, and the members were given 200 gold pieces each, but many of the guards whisper of the danger in the slums. Any person killed and feasted upon by the ghoul will rise as a ghoul at the next sundown. An epidemic might spread with incredible speed. The captain dispatched a hunting party immediately, but they have yet to find the escaped ghoul.



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