Another gust of wind raises dust from the dirt road as the group makes its way between the valley orchards and fields towards the sprawling hilltop fortress less than a mile away. The three armored forms, one of them leading a pack mule, are a striking contrast to the much slighter man and the woman that they are escorting.
"Almost there, magister," says Katherine in Latin, "and none too soon. We'll have a good hot meal today." Her reference to their dwindling subtly supplies reminds Petronius that his decisions regarding the route to take towards Fengheld has been less than optimal at times.
"I know, I know," answers the magus without heat, "I should have listened to you regarding that stretch of woods." They had lost nearly a day trying to cut through the country at one point, losing as much time as had been gained by avoiding the better-traveled but longer road. Such was the trouble with a covenant set up in isolation from mundanes, he supposed. No straight road led to the place. "Still, we are here now, none the worse for all of those extra leagues of travel. And I'm sure they'll be able to tell us which way is best to travel back. This is, after all, a stopping point of House Mercere."
Making their way up the hill, the party finally reaches the gates. After identifying themselves and explaining their business, Horst is sent for. After waiting for a while, a rotund man in his late twenties join them. "Welcome to Fengheld, welcome!"
Petronius smiles at the bustlig redcap, "Greetings, sodalis. It is good to have finally arrived, for the road was hot and dusty." Turning towards the rest of the party, "May I present the lady Alips, wife to my sodalis Praxiteles of Jerbiton, as well as our grogs, Katherine, Ortolf and Reinhart."
After arranging for guest quarters for Alips, Petronius and the grogs, and leaving them some time to refresh themselves, they meet again to discuss the information each has regarding the missing Sigmund (Alips is probably present as well, if she wants to be). Petronius goes first. "I probably won't have any information that you don't already have, but from what I've been told, Sigmund has been missing for the last few months. We know that he never arrived at Laurus Argenti, nor at any other covenant since the end of last fall. I was told that you'd have knowledge of the route he was supposed to take, and access to some resources to possibly track him?"
((Archimedes, I'll mostly leave Horst for you to use at this time, since he would be a source of information at this point.))
((Note that I also created a wiki page for Limburg, so that we can add information about the town as we use it for the story. Who knows, we may reuse the town as the site for other stories at a later point.))