Staying in Forest’s Edge inn in Taelglen, Gaelen are approached by 2 men looking to hire a channeler (telepath) to help deal with soldier hysteria in a camp on the outskirts of town. The men explain that they’re mercenaries hired to deal with various threats from Etainn (forest). PCs are skeptical but help anyway for the sake of the crazed soldiers. They see a bounty sign for Cecht inciters near the inn on their way out.(sp?) and
Upon arriving to the camp: one of the men gets his hysteria heightened by Gaelen’s attempts to calm him; tries to attack them and then makes a beeline for Taelglen (coincidence, or does he know where it is?). Ornery/inept camp officials scold & threaten the PCs into tracking him down after they successfully calm some of the other soldiers.
Easily find runaway soldier (Vair) attempting to fight anyone who walks by him, raving about all of them being “Skalds” and “berserkers.” PCs restore his sanity and he begs to be taken to the Danu authorities in the area instead of back to the camp, claiming that they’re Cechts forcing unwilling soldiers to go back into combat or risk having their reputation ruined (or worse? He wasn’t clear.)
PCs take him to local Inquisitor (Ren), who scours theirs and Vair’s minds about the experience; Inquisitor Ren concludes that Vair’s convictions are sincere, but still may be the result of hysteria. Takes note of the appearance and interactions with the 2 men who first approached the PCs, but still unsure of their status as Cechts or legitimate mercenaries, since Cechts wouldn’t often ask for the help of channelers.
Inquisitor Ren tells them there is a large reward going to anyone willing to bring them Cecht inciters, or deal with the camp situation by making sure they’re actually mercenaries, finding out who hired them and validating it, etc. Says that there is a transmuter seeking the reward as well; recommends tracking him down if they’re looking for help since an old man and a rogue probably aren’t the most able team. Describes him as being slightly shorter than average, and with black hair; doesn’t know where he is or much more than that.