Part 449: 1365: Tarred and Feathered
That whole clan is made up of nothing but jerks. We're better off ignoring them forever.
I've decided to decomission our few hunters. We need every able-bodied farmer working the fields.
That's not good! Fortunately, we were planning on doing a heroquest anyway, at the end of the storm season. Unfortunately, it's still only the dark season.
I was pretty sure I already sent Enent east... I guess her expedition failed? No matter, I'll try again.
One of your carls, Farad, appears at the boundary of your clan lands, tied to the back of his horse. He's been tarred and feathered, and a leather "bill" has been attached to his face. When you get him cleaned up, he explains that he was assaulted while visiting kin among the Hillhaven clan. "Elgane, a thane of that clan, said that we are too friendly with the ducks," Farad explains. "She said that the ducks are secretly servants of Delecti, the undead wizard who lives at the heart of the great swamp called the Upland Marsh. It is her mission to puhish those foolish enough to fall in with the ducks."
Convince Elgane that ducks are foes to the undead.
Encourage Farad to pursue private vengeance against Elgane.
Launch a legal claim against Elgane.
Raid the Hillhavens in retaliation for this insult.
Raid the Marsh Ducks, to prove you are no duck-friends.
Elgane should watch her step.
Elgane is crazy! If it wern't for the valiant ducks, we'd be hip deep in undead foes!
We have good cause to charge Elgane with slander, but she is not in our tribe, so her clan can just ignore us.
I know Farad well, and he hasn't the stomach for revenge.
The ducks talk funny, but at least we can usually trust them. I'm not so sure about the Hillhavens.
We have no redress in this situation; Farad must seek his own vengeance.