Chapter 1bis (Spring 1013) Arrival in Calais

Benedict will have the wagons waiting just far enough into the woods that they can't be seen from the motte.

Betula stays with Cath'rinne and Mordred, hoping to be a calming influence and to watch him as Cath'rinne casts her spells.

OK. You reassemble the troops just out of sight in the Northern woods, almost 500 paces from the Motte. If Finn had the patience to wait, he is there too.

Can we review the spell casting on discord, to be sure we agree on the rules? Sorry for the delay.

Finn will have waited and will therefore rejoin the group.

You park the wagon where you think others will be able to pass, just in case. There are not many good sites to choose from within the required 500 paces. The grogs are on edge as they realise what Cath'rinne is about to do, and take their posts keeping watch, one on each side. There is nobody else in sight though. Even birds and squirrels keep well out of sight.

Mordred is rather wary of the big, bald bird, and he is very reluctant to enter the wagon, even if he has seen her change. But with Betula's encouragement he sits in the door as Cath'rinne casts her spell, and they have a good view of what happens next.

I do not know about the others, if they flock around the wagon to see what is going on, or if they rather join the grogs to keep watch.

The vulture chants with an eerie voice. Sweat forms on Mordred's forehead, and he starts shivering. Then, suddenly, out of nowhere, a middle-aged man appears. His clothes are torn and bloody. At the same time, the vulture is knocked over and falls to the floor. The man bends over, and throws up some mixture of red blood and yellow gore.

Cath'rinne should roll a Int+finesse for the teleportation I think, penalised by all the fatigue from the first spell. 9+, lest he crashes into the wagon so that it rattles. Negative or botch will threaten its integrity.

«Father!» shouts Mordred and rushes into the wagon to hug him, ignoring everything else.

Obstetrix will have watched the proceedings, and when the spell is cast, she will rush in to both Cath'rinne, and the man, and see if they need her healing. When she sees the man throw up, she will cast Purification of the Festering Wound on him, and will examine Cath'rinne by casting Physician's Eye on her.

Rolls on Discord
27 casting total for Purification of the Festering Wound
25 casting total for Physician's Eye

You squeeze past Betula and enter just after the boy. It is a bit hard to touch him and concentrate on the spell casting, with Mordred clinging to him and protesting to advancements, but assuming that both you and Betula tell him off, he will hesitantly co-operate.

The purification seems to go without issue, as for physician's eye,

Specific afflictions appear to you as areas of yellow coloration on the person’s body.

Cath'rinne's head has that faint yellow colour ... could be a concussion ... did the father actually knock her over when he arrived? No other explanation springs to mind, unless you make an Int+Hermes Lore 15+ and have actually heard about some other wizard with Life-Linked Spontaneous Magic ...

Rolled a result of 0, but I did not botch.

As soon as the father appears, Benedict gets the wagons moving again, a combination of exhortations to the grogs and to the horses - to move at a brisk walk, not suspiciously quickly but also not a gentle amble down a country lane. The brisk pace of a merchant trying to make money. He says aloud, in Latin, "Can anyone make me look like Maga Cath'rinne? Just in case we run into trouble?"

He arrives with a big thump and the carriage shakes, but neither the carriage nor the man seem to take more damage than they already had.