Pandora, Vladimir, and Ookami are camped in the northern hills portion of the area known as The Slough, west of our kingdom. The group recently traveled here by teleport to rescue the daughter of Lord Terrion Numesti, along with several other young noble girls.
After defeating the barbarian encampment and freeing the girls, the group considered exploring the nearby cave, but decided the first order of business was escorting the young nobles back to our kingdom. Spending a day resting, healing and equipping everyone for travel (there are too many for teleport), the group is ready to set off when the familiar hum of magic puts everyone on high alert.
My lords and ladies, we have been betrayed! Somehow, assassins were able to infiltrate the castle and slay a number of nobles, including the Duchess!! Spymaster Yuri, Grand Diplomat Ezekiel and Magister Nyet were also found dead, and the royal assassin, Kundal, is missing. Councilor Jhod has assumed control of the town and locked the castle gates, but is currently in the town with a contingent of guards trying to calm the townsfolk as word has evidently leaked the walls.
He has asked that at least one of you return to assist him, while the others safely return the girls here. We were sent to assist.