The party journeyed back to the gold mine.
Early in the morning, as they were breaking camp, a wil-o’-wisp ran into the party. It hovered around ominously for a few minutes, before becoming downright menacing. Sufficiently creeped out, the party attacked, and destroyed it. They then traveled on North, toward Oleg’s Trading Post. At night, they were attacked by a squad of bandits. The party reacted with swift, merciless anger, easily slaughtering the lot. Jack used magic to force the last remaining bandit to attempt to copulate with a tree for several minutes before killing him. There were incredulous grumblings from the party, in slight disbelief that any bandits dare attack the party, after the dozens of bandits the party had already easily routed.
The party arrived at OIeg’s Trading Post, and spent all day enjoying home-cooked meals, cold beverages, and telling tales of their adventures. Oleg and Svetlana were ecstatic to have the wedding ring returned. A couple of guards that had come from Restov rewarded the party handsomely in cold hard cash in exchange for doing so much damage against the bandits. Oleg also rewarded the party, with some cash, and also a 1,000gp credit for anything at the trading post. Asher and Sparrow also took the opportunity to inform the party of the massive horde of treasure the party had accumulated: over 20,000gp in value. The party would have to head back to Restov to spend that kind of money! They spent the night sleeping comfortably at Oleg’s.
The party headed in to Restov, where Asher and Reyes worked to sell their unwanted goods. Asher advised Reyes on prices and values, as well as seeking out connections to profitable vendors; Reyes did all the talking. Over lunch, the party evenly split the money – 5,400gp for each member, with the leftover cash remaining in party funds. The party then split off to go on a well-deserved shopping spree. Reyes introduced Asher to his adoptive grandfather, who ran a forge. After placing orders for armor, Asher headed to Reyes’ grandfather’s favorite alehouse to celebrate. When he was joined back Jack and Sparrow, the three managed to kick off a rowdy, naughty party in the alehouse by sundown.
Jack, being the most gorgeous of the trio, attracted much unwanted attention from other patrons, particularly a middle-aged woman he couldn’t convince to leave. In desperation, Jack paid Asher 100 gold coins to make the woman leave. Asher slapped her, hard, and ordered her out of the tavern. He then attempted to buy liquor for everyone, but the barkeep refused Asher’s business, explaining that he had just slapped the wife of a famous ex-gladiator, and the gladiator was probably going to seek revenge against Asher and the barkeep.
Asher paid a drunk to pretend to be him, earning himself a cheap decoy. He waited a while for the gladiator to show up, but he never did, so Asher tracked down the gladiator’s house. Asher killed a vagrant, dumped the body in the gladiator’s front yard, reported the body to a guard, and watched as the gladiator and his wife were arrested and escorted away for questioning. Sparrow then revealed herself to Asher (she had been shadowing him for quite some time) and demanded to know what he was doing. Asher suggested they rob the house and burn it down. Sparrow happily agreed.
Back at the tavern, Reyes’ grandfather came in after closing his shop to spend some time relaxing with Reyes and the party, and was shocked at the rambunctious party. After the grandfather remarked about how strange Reyes’ friends were, Reyes and Jack suddenly realized that both rogues – giddy with being back in the city after two weeks in the country – had been gone for some time now.