The party learned that there had been increased adventurer activity with the spring thaws. Most pressingly, a half-orc paladin named Travaar (truh-VAHR), a half-orcish paladin was collecting debts throughout the Stolen Lands. His lawful pursuits were grating on the people of the chaotic River Kingdoms.
Grigori recommended that the paladin be allowed to continue collecting debts, arguing, in part, that the PCs don’t want to be the ones to stop a paladin enacting his holy duty; Quintessa insisted that he should not be allowed to do this, as collecting these debts violated the spirit if not the letter of the River Freedoms and, if Easthaven were to make a policy of punishing people for their former lives, she and countless other criminals in the Stolen Lands would be liable for ill-earned debts and the sins of their former lives.
The PCs decided the issue of citizenship had been left nebulous long enough and scheduled a census for the beginning of spring; they planned to require a registration for citizenship for protection from debts (and other extradition) after two years.
In any case, they decided that the best approach would be to meet with Travaar in person and summoned him to court.
Travaar answered their summon. The paladin stated that the Stolen Lands were not Restov’s to give and that they would be Brevan once more. He eventually conceded that he would follow the laws set forth before him, and Deleksin offered him 100gp toward collecting the debts. The paladin stated he had over 40 debts to collect, and thus would owe additional money (which he, as Deleksin pointed out, would have to pay out of his own pocket).
Travaar stated that he was solving small injustices, as he had been accused (and could not rebut the accusation) of being a glory seeker, and thus sought to right the pettiest wrongs (even collecting debts for the financially solvent).
Quintessa, who had not been present at the beginning, was confused that a paladin would seek un-glory and suggested that he might be seeking to glorify himself in his inglorious undertakings. Tindalos suggested that they ought test to him to determine if he would eschew a more glorious task in favor of a less glorious one even when the more glorious task was also more pressing, and suggested that they should offer to pay off the debt of one of the debtors in order to put him in harm’s way to entice the paladin to slay a dragon or somesuch, but the party eventually decided against that, based on the fact that they had more important matters to attend.
The party gave the dracolsik corpse to Bokken. He was pleased and stated he could make potions of stone to flesh (which Tindalos initially questioned until Bokken explained their function to him). He also expressed dismay that the party assumed that making his “crazy evil brother” not crazy would make him not evil (he likened this to being hungry and tired and stated that he eats in his sleep frequently).
A meteor shower, a celestial event known as the Tears of Curchanus, was seen visibly over the Stolen Lands. Allegedly connected to the god Curchanus’ death (recorded over a millennium prior), this is considered an omen of the enmity between man and beast that resulted from Lamashtu’s slaying of the deity and stealing his dominion. The people were comforted by the knowledge that the PCs had previously defended them from a rampaging owlbear, and thus did not grow in unrest from this omen.