Cragmoor’s Company is broken. Able-bodied survivors number in the dozens, with a few dozen more walking wounded, and many more seriously injured that will require a long convalescence. The majority of the Company are numbered among the dead.
It’s chaos. Captain Cragmoor is dead, the army has lost much of its transport. Lord Claudred and his cavalry have turned traitor and left the Company. Sergeant Irontoe is missing. Shatul-Ghorag’s orcs have dragged away captives and treasure but they could return at any time.
With Cragmoor and his staff dead or captured, the elf Bercalion, one of the senior sergeants of the Company, is now the ranking officer. Bercalion is a steady hand, but his response to the crisis is predictable — retreat! It is all he can do to keep the withdrawal from becoming a rout. His plan is to fall back to a defensible position on the east bank of the River Calaran near the Bridge of Four.
There is no time to bury the dead.
Cleitus and Adrial bring the body of their friend, Lucan, to the hospital tent. It is a bloody mess. Fengrim is here, red to the elbows and exhausted from an endless series of surgeries, healings, and amputations. The senior cleric is Menkure, a dark-skinned, half-mad holy man from some unimaginably distant land. You know little about him — he is just one of many men who joined the Company to start a new life and forget the past — but now he is Lucan’s only hope of resurrection.
He stares at you blankly when you request that he raise your friend from the dead. “Look around you,” he says, his eyes glassy with exhaustion. “Many good men fell today. Friends. Our beloved Captain. My own half-brother.” He wipes bloody hands on his apron. “Why should I raise this one man, when so many others go into shadow?”
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OK, here are your options.
If you want Lucan back, you will have to convince Menkure. Give me your best argument and we’ll role play it out a bit here in comments. Ultimately you will have Lucan back if that is what you want but the cost will be determined by the strength of your argument.
Alternatively, you can leave Lucan dead — we may see him again sometime, but not for the rest of this campaign. In his place, you can roll up a new character (at first level), maybe trying out an exotic race and/or a warlock, paladin, druid, or ranger if you can scare up a copy of Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms before our next game on the 22nd.
If you’re feeling really badass, you can soldier on just as three characters and see if you can finish the campaign without him. That means more XP and rewards for everyone but a substantially higher degree of difficulty.
Regardless, you will also have to decide what to do next. I assume you will pursue the orc raiders while the trail is hot — they have captives, and Cragmoor told you to avenge him — but it is up to you what to do next.
Reply in comments, please. Give me an idea of what you want to do so I can prepare for the next game …