Ssso we were preparing to go out on our next missssion. Our asssignment was to go to a Dragordian village. You could probably tell that I was ssstoked to finally be in the company of my people. Thisss however would not be the cassse for me. Right before I was about to take my place in the rafters to sleep, I hear a knock at the door. I go to anssswer, and ssstanding there is a fellow ranger, a corporal by the name of Zacchaeus. He tellsss me that he needsss me to come with him and that it’s urgent. I follow him through the barracks to a section that I have only ssseen few rangersss go into. We go to the top of the three floors into a room with two other individualsss, one being Corporal Hearthskeep and a brinchie, also a corporal.
The brinchie introducesss himssself as Nico. Valerie tellsss me that a misssion came up that required my ssspecific set of ssskills. She leavesss the room, and Corporal Zacchaeus goes to a desssk and pulls out a map of the Wildlandsss. He goes on to explain that the Wildlandsss was home to numerous factionsss of nobility. Two in particular The Hillpikesss and the Everdaysss became huge rivalsss. Theresss even a posssibility of the Hillpikesss being connected to the Kalinesssh, possibly ssselling info to them about the Rangersss. Apparently the Hillpikesss hired a group of mercenariesss called the Black Dogsss led by a Varin Black. They were hired to kidnap the heiresss to the Everday essstate Elaine Everday. Our job was to ressscue the Elane and return her to her family’sss essstate. We were also inssstructed to find any evidence linking the Hillpikesss to the Kalinesssh. Zacchaeusss also inssstructed us to use extreme caution becaussse Elaine is expecting her firssst child.
I go to pack my ssstuff and return to sssee Nico standing with a large mount. He sssays that I may be huge, but not as fassst as him. We leave and head wessst towards Tarrow where we could find the caravan holding Elane. It takesss a couple of days, and as we ssstop each night, I see Nico doing sssomething that I could assseume to be communicating with ssomeone by telepathy like Rowena doesss. Our plan was to intercept the caravan five milesss out from the city to prevent any casssualties. We embark out on the road towardsss Holk ditching the horssse as we get clossser. We ssspot the caravan with one rider on the carriage and seven men on foot. I tell Nico that I’m going to the other ssside of the road, go ghossst, take out the driver and make a run with the carriage.
The caravan approachesss, and I immediately do my thing and disssappear into my sssuroundings. I wait for the perfect moment and climb up the carriage and take the driver’sss head off in one clean blow. Unfortunately for me, the sssplatter of the driver’sss blood got on me and the thugsss guarding the front noticed me. I grab for the reignsss and manage to turn the carriage back around towardsss Holk. Sssome of the goons fire their crosssbows at me, one almossst getting me badly in the neck, but I carefully pull it out. Nico popsss out from behind hisss cover injuring one of the thugs before mounting on the carriage bessside me. I crack the reigns again, and the carriage takesss of, not before taking more fire of courssse. One of the boltsss catchesss Nico in his gut. Thankfully we both had a healing potion to heal us up for the mossst part.
We ride for about ten minutesss before ssslowing down to a ssstop. I look back and ssslide the door open to sssee the face of a human woman of blonde hair and green eyesss. I asssk if ssshe is ok to which she ssshakingly repliesss yes. I tell her that ssshe is sssafe now, and we are here to return her to her family. Being in the condition shes in, and knowing that we had another ten hour ride to Holk, we would have to ride in ssshifts so Elaine could have time to ressst. We ride for two more hoursss before ssstopping. I go to the back to check on Elaine, but as sssoon as I open the door, I see her with a bald headed man pointing a sssword at her ssstomach. The man, who I presume to be Varin Black, tellsss me that if I take one ssstep clossser, I will have two deathsss on my hand. I asssk him what is his busssinesss with the heiress, to which he sssays it is exactly that, busssinesss. He ordersss us to leave and let him go. It was a hard decision, but I knew there wasss no way around it. I tell Nico that I have a plan, and to ssstand down.
As sssoon as the carriage gets sssome dissstance between us, I tell Nico that we’re going to trail it until it makesss its ssstop. We follow it for hoursss, ssseaking cover when we have to. The carriage eventually makes it back to where we firssst intercepted them and they travel further towardsss Tarrow. They set up a lookout with five of them sssurrounding the carriage, one on top and Varin with hisss ugly bald tattooed head and eye patch sssitting right outssside the door. I turn to Nico and asssk him for his input being the Corporal that he is. All he sssays that I have been making good calls lately (including letting ugly go). It’s almossst like thisss is a little more than jussst a misssion for me now that I think about it. The only thing he can think of is dissstracting the othersss while one of us goesss for Varin and sssaving the woman. After a brief moment to think I tell him to focusss on the man on top of the carriage and take out anyone he comesss in contact with. I will go straight for Varin myssself.
We sssplit up with Nico flanking right to get a better vantage point for dealing with the goon atop the carriage. I go the other way to get in the bessst position posssible to get the drop on Varin. As I make my way through, one of the thugs almossst ssspots me, but I go invisssible before he can. I sssneak my way around the carriage, but before I can take my ssshot, Varin looks in my direction….sssshit. He immediately yells out for hisss buddies and they converge in my direction. I take two hitsss, but keep my invisssibility and duck between them to gain back my element of sssurprise. By that time Nico ssshows up killing one of the mercenariesss, and Baron orders the rest to get him. Varin looks around again and sssomehow manages to see me…well so he thinksss. He tries to take a ssswipe at me but completely missesss. I take my opportunity and ssslice his head clean off his body. That wasss almossst too easssy, but two of the remaining thugs come for me leaving one on Nico. One of them catchesss a glimpssse of me, but sssadly for him, he sssuffered the sssame fate as his fearlesss leader. The other one however never sssaw it coming. He tried his hardessst looking around for me, but to no avail. He to lost his head. Thessse guys just couldn’t ssseem to keep their headsss on ssstraight. I hear Nico ssshout, “It’d be nice to get some help here!” I thought he would have been able to take care of him himself, but nonethelesss I ssstroll over and nearly cut the guy in half. The blow alssso managed to coat Nico’s body in blood. Dobby would have been thrilled.
I go to the back of the carriage to find Elaine finally alone and sssafe. However, she ssseemed to be in pain, and there wasss a puddle of liquid on the floor of the carriage. Wass she going into labor??? I turn to look at Nico to see him ssstill faced. I tell him to drive towards Tarrow while I try to comfort Elaine. It wasssn’t home, but it wasss the closssest infirmary. I make room for Elaine to lie down, give her my hand (which she nearly sssqueezed off), and tell her to keep breathing. I only asssume thisss is what you’re sssupposssed to do; they didn’t teach us thisss in our training. Next thing I knew, the baby ssstarted coming out! I’ve never ssseen a live birth of a human, nor did I want to, but I knew I had to do sssomething. I took off my cloak and prepared to catch the baby. It wasss all I could do not to throw up. Elaine gave one more pusssh and I was now holding a newborn baby boy in my handsss.
We finally make it to Tarrow and get Elaine and her new baby into the infirmary. The nurssse called for Nico and I to come sssee Elaine and her baby. We walk in and I sssee her nursing her ssson. She thanksss us for sssaving her and her ssson and for my newfound ssskill in delivering babiesss. She assks me my name, and ussses it to name her son Ignatius. I couldn’t help but tear up a bit. I’ve never had a child named in my honor before, essspecially by a human. The infirmary releassses Elaine and Ignatius, and we travel back to Holk. Back at the Everday Estate, Elaine and her newborn ssson were immediately welcomed by her family. Her father comesss to thank us and offersss to feed and house us for the night. I have never ate sooo much food in my lifetime! Before leaving the father pulls me assside and hands me a paper with the Everday Crest on it. He saysss that it’s the bessst that he could give me for sssaving his daughter and grandson, and that it may come in handy ssshould I need to ussse it. Before heading back to Kythross, Elaine and Ignatius ssstops me to sssay one last goodbye. I tell them that Uncle Iggy will come back to visssit one day.