The next morning the group is posed with two difficulties. Claudius’ scribe Carlotta is missing somewhere out in the forest and more importantly the large chest containing the books that had been gifted to the covenant has yet to be found!
Whilst William the Steward headed into the villages to search for a carpenter the Magi bravely set out to reclaim their lost possessions. Travelling into the forest they encounter Tom Forester who warns then that Carlotta appears to have fallen into the clutches of a group of local bandits. Some scrying later the group determines that Carlotta is currently unharmed and seems to think herself in control of the situation. The magi decide to split up, Claudius and Gideon going to retreive the errant scribe along with most of the grogs, while the other magi will retrieve the chest.
The magically enhanced noses of the chest-hunters soon lead them towards a boggy swamp and after some mucky trudging (partially abated by terram manipulation) the group find their treasure sunk to the bottom of a deep pool. Anxious to raise the precious books from the water Hypatia Regos the chest up and out, but as it breeches the surface a shimmering metallic eel leaps from the pool and entwines itself about the Tytalus maga.
Meanwhile Tom leads the other party to the bandit’s hideout and Gideon quickly eliminates the guard with his ancestor’s gift. Claudius sneaks forward and attempts to communicate with his agent but his magic twists and his words are conveyed to the ruffians instead, who promptly panic and grab for their weapons.
At the pool Hypatia hurriedly summons her blade as the creature continues to crush her fragile body. Luscinia’s potent animal magic is deflected by the creature’s magic resistance whilst Lillith finds the local earth difficult to control, shooting a crystal shard through her own palm. Simon has rather more luck moving the eel’s magicl potential out of its razor scales and into its innards.
Having recovered from their shock the mage’s next actions are rather more effective. Luscinia shrinking the eel to a fraction of its former length whilst Lillith punctures it with razor sharp crystal. The creature attempts to flee but Simon scares it with a brief illusion, and as it hesitates Hypatia scythes it in two with her greatsword.
Wounded but triumphant the magi carry the chest and dead eel home.
At the cave Gideon and Claudius mow through the panicked bandits with ease, immobilising 3/4 of their number in a few instants whilst the grogs and Tom Forester see to the rest. Deciding that they might have use for some additional manpower, Gideon filters out the truly bad sorts and having seen the blackhearted villains hanged they take the rest home to be trained as grogs.