Bungo had done a good job keeping the soup kitchen open while Olaf was away. His cooking was also improving steadily with Olaf’s tutoring. It seemed Bungo looked up to Olaf. That was a new feeling Olaf. No one had ever looked up to him before. He was gaining more confidence and more prominence in the local Great Gold Wyrm order. They called him for what Olaf thought was a debriefing immediately upon his return Drakenhall.
Olaf was a little nervous once in the Order’s Drakenhall headquarters. After all, the tower they were supposed to have secured did get annihilated. Still, it wasn’t Great Gold Wyrm property so he shouldn’t be in too much trouble. Olaf kept telling himself that until he found himself seated in front the High Priest Majordomo himself. Then the panic set in and Olaf started to sweat. He started with trying to find the appropriate greeting for someone of Majordomo’s position, but nothing but stuttering came out.
“Olaf, let me start by saying it has come to our attention that you haven’t been honest about who you are.”
Olaf went white as a ghost. The sweat now felt like ice cubes coming off him. Had someone dropped the temperature 20 degrees?
“I must say, we of the Drakenhall Order are NOT convinced of your ordained position.”
His heart stopped. Execution within the order wasn’t a thing right? The worse penalty was life imprisonment, he thought. It was hard to think straight.
“Given your … circumstances, we’ve decided to give you a real mission. A gladiator named Turack Mar disappeared some time ago. We have reason to believe he is aboard the prison vessel called The Krakken. We can assure you that has committed no crime to be put aboard a prison vessel. We need you to break him out.”
Olaf’s mind spun in circles. If he didn’t do the mission, he’d suffer consequences but couldn’t get his head around what those were. On the other hand, if he did the mission, he’d be arrested for doing such an evil act. Wait, if Tarrack was innocent, then was it evil? God this was like one of those ethic’s quizzes back at school. Olaf was good at quizzes though. He just needed some time to figure this one out. As his head spun back to reality, Olaf realized Majordomo had left some time ago.
Back at the Python House he met up with the rest of the team. Oswald had some police work for them and Olaf needed to put his attention on something else anyway. The Festival of the Dead was that night and the group needed to defend a magical gem. Sure enough, Oswald’s intel was right and a group of Red Sashes drugged up on Mirakuru attacked trying to get the gem. Fortunately, the team were able to stop them. Afterwards, Kassam invited them all to an after festival party. Free food! Just what Olaf needed after working up an appetite on guard duty all day.
A day of guard duty and a night of partying gave Olaf some time to think about his new mission. First, for a prison break, they were going to need a thief. Oswald knew a local brewer named Riff Raff. Olaf was excited to be working with a brewer, until he tasted the Riff Raff McGraft’s Draft. It was the worst thing Olaf had ever tasted. Well, at least it was clear that Riff Raff wasn’t getting his money from beer sales.
Next the team needed the right equipment. They purchased some water breathing potions to help get on and off the ship while it was out at sea. Olaf researched the Golem defenses of the ship. He convinced the group to visit the creator’s old workshop where the Golems were made. At the workshop, they found enough of the design so Olaf could make a spell to take control over one of the Golems. The last thing the team needed was high quality masks so they wouldn’t get recognized.
The team waited under the dock until the Kraken left Drakenhall. With water breathing and a grapple line attached to the bottom of the boat, the team was pulled out with the Kraken. Once they were out to sea, the rest of the team quietly climbed aboard the ship. The four of them, with the help of several pulley ropes, were able to haul Olaf aboard as well. Olaf used the control Golem spell to distract the guards while Riff Raff slipped below deck to free Turack. Once Turack was freed, the team fled the boat back into the water. It was a long swim, but Kassam had secured a fishing boat to meet up with and take them back to Drakenhall.
Interrogating Turack, he did seem innocent of committing any crime. Olaf wasn’t 100% he was on the morally righteous path here, but with no guards being seriously hurt and managing to free an innocent prisoner seemed like one of the best possible outcomes to his mission. Even with this success, Olaf was not overjoyed. This was only the beginning of his pre-ordain path. He wasn’t sure he was ready for what came next.