The Beast of Kettlewell
Umbriel, Antonious and Alicia travel to the faerie realm of Merlin and Arthur to collect vis, and Umbriel tells them about what she has discovered on her recent travels.
Umbriel and Antonius travel to Kettlewell with Moss and some of the grogs to investigate the beast that has been attacking cattle. They track the beast to a cave which leads into a forest in a magical regio.
The beast, a large ape-like creature over 4m tall, drops down in front of the cave exit. It bellows at them, knocking many of them down with the force of its voice. Despite the strong aura, Antonius is unable to affect it with his magic. Moss and Drogo lead the shield grogs against it, and they are able to inflict minor wounds upon it, but that is all.
The beast then thumps the ground, and causes the ground to shift and buckle, knocking everyone off their feet and badly injuring them. Umbriel alone is unaffected, and casts a spell against it, creating noxious vapours which drive it back. It flees into the forest, and she quickly changes into a bird and chases after it.
The others check their injuries and begin building some defences in case it returns. Antonius casts an illusion of Moss to make him look like Drogo, to try and confuse the creature should it return.
Following the beast from above the trees, Umbriel can see that the forest is about a league across, and beyond it is only sky. The beast arrives at a pool, and stops to drink and lick its wounds. Whilst it rests, Umbriel summons up a great wind to rip up a tree and drop it on the creature. She misses, and drops the tree into the pool. It erupts in a flash of silver as a creature shoots out of it, directly at Umbriel. She tries to dodge, flying back into the trees and hearing a great roar and feeling the scorching heat of flames at her back.
Hiding for a bit, she returns to see the beast standing with a naked silver haired woman. She is beautiful though very exotic in appearance, her proportions being not quite human.
Umbriel heads back to the cave to report to the others.
Antonius casts another illusion on Moss, changing him to look like a woman. Moss is not pleased with this, and demands that he is changed back. Finding it amusing, Antonius casts another spell, but loses control of the magic, and Moss only changes to be green. Moss is getting very angry, so Antonius tries to calm him with another spell to make him prefer the female form. Again he loses control of the magic, and Moss goes berserk, drawing his sword and nearly cutting Antonius in two before anyone else can act.
Umbriel calls a lightning strike against Moss, incapacitating him. Checking Antonius, they find him to be dead.
They take Moss and Antonius back to the pool since Umbriel believes that it may have healing properties. The woman appears there, and tells them that they have disturbed her and her gaoler. She tells them to leave before they do more harm. Umbriel convinces her to let the others drink at the pool, which does revive them somewhat. Drogo convinces her not to try and restore Moss however. The woman tells them that her name is Arisha.
They head back to the cave, and after some convincing from Drogo, Umbriel finishes off Moss. He believes that having him alive would complicate things, and possibly harm morale if the tale of what actually happened here were to get out amongst the coven folk. The grog David is made to swear to not say a word of things.
Umbriel destroys Moss’ body, then does her best to take down the cave entrance on the outside of the region. They then head back to the covenant with the body of Antonius.
Cruentis Petram, Stonehenge. Antonius ex Jerbitan, formerly of Schola Pythagoranis died of wounds taken while bravely pursuing a magical beast raiding Kettlewell. The wounds were exacerbated complications of magical mishap suffered by Antonius whilst executing his strategy for dealing with said beast. Also died, Moss, formerly of York, as a result of complications to his wounds. Funeral services were at the Church of St Mary, Kettlewell, Yorkshire. Please note that the cave near the village of Kettlewell and its contents are the Hermetic property of Cruentis Petram, Yorkshire.
Shale closes off the cave entrance with rock, in order to prevent anything coming out of there. The magi send a letter to Mac Gruagach covenant to let them know that there is possibly a dragon that could be willing to talk with them about her kind.
Later in the season Videnaeci ex Criamon returns from his travels. He has sought advice on the strange tetrahedron from magi at Doissetep covenant. With him is a new magus, Vladimir of Villany ex Tytalus who has recently left Transylvania Tribunal. He is to join Cruentis Petram.
Near to the covenant, at Kettlewell, there is a tourney held by the local lord. His wife makes a rare appearance. She is fair skinned with red hair and bright green eyes, having a fey look to her.