Lord-Mayor Grobaras asked Theo to investigate the silence from Fort Rannick, one of Magnimar’s holdings where redeemable misfits are sent to be of service to the community and out from underfoot. After some negotiation, he agreed to pay the party a reasonable fee for their services. The journey was uneventful as they floated upriver on one of the barges. Upon their arrival, WhyD noticed a Sihedron tattoo on one of the dockworkers. He was uninterested in discussing it with the party. Jusy followed him to a local tavern , where Yads Kesker was happier to talk The town hasn’t heard anything from Fort Rannick for weeks and those who went to investigate didn’t come back. In other gossip, a gambling boat sunk in the lake about a month ago, drowning a number of townsfolk.
After spending the night in Turtleback Ferry, the party went up to investigate Fort Rannick. After crossing the bridge, they heard yowling and found a large, tame cat in a trap. They released it and were attacked by a deformed humanoid and his pack of dogs. The party followed the cat to run-down farmyard where they were accosted by another of the deformed humanoids, this one yelling about corn. They chose to investigate the barn next and found three weaker humanoids and a gigantic spider that they dispatched with ease. Three of Fort Rannick’s Black Arrows were chained up in the barn. After spotting a Sihedron tattoo on one, they quickly discovered that he had betrayed the fort to Lucrecia of the gambling boat Paradise.