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Friday, August 3rd
The Pestiline Resurgence, Episode 2: Into the Blightlands
Early Session: 12:00 to 4:00
Late Session: 8:00-12:00

You work for The Codican. Originally a non-military organization dedicated to the collection of lore and ancient artifacts, it has spread to nearly all surviving cities and now represents one of the most organized and effective forces against Pestiline and the Blight. Some of you have been with them for years and previously worked as Seekers, and others are recently recruited due to specialized skills and knowledge. Your group is an elite task force stationed in the borderland city of Bockthorn and reports directly to Magistrate Kriss Alvard, leader of both the city and the local Codican forces. While not the type of leader that people follow into battle, his exceptional talent for logistics has been crucial in optimizing the distribution and use of the limited resources still available.

Bockthorn is even more crowded than most borderland cities, and the thick haze of smoke is ever present. It swirls around the storefronts, the houses of chestnut and oak, and settles along the lanes and alleys like fog. Near the center of town the aroma is savory with the scent of wood ovens, bread, meat, and the tangy iron of the smithy. On the outskirts a sweeter, stomach-churning scent seeps in from the bonfires that seem ever burning, sending the restless corpses who are captured as they walk in from the Blightlands to their final death.

It has been three days since you returned from investigating the village of Thurton. The horrors you saw still haunt your dreams, and only your quick wits brought you home alive. The story of your experience became the core focus of the Codican, and Magistrate Alvard has been in meetings with the organization’s top sages every day since. No one has told you anything and has left you alone to train and prepare for your next mission. You are finishing lunch after one such morning of training when you receive an urgent request from Magistrate Alvard. Within minutes you find yourself pushing your way through the crowded, narrow streets, into the center square, and entering the town hall to meet with him.