On their way toward her shop, they were stopped on the edge of the high market by a procession of Aerinorn nobles, led by the worldwyrm banner of the crown prince. Choosing to wait it out, they watched as the group passed by. The procession was ended by the entourage of Bucas the Benighted, the tall, fully-veiled Valessan advisor (and creditor) to the young prince.
When they reached Nana’s normally quiet shop, they were surprised to see a frenzy of activity, with Nana presiding over a swarm of scribes preparing patents and proofs for the local nobility. Following a young page into the shop, they got the attention of its matronly proprietor.
When sage questioned their presence, Celeste mentioned the their findings and that got her attention. She directed them to a loft in the back of her shop for closer scrutiny.
Away for the hubbub, she told them that very few items from Omaro estate had appeared in town for a generation. The destruction by flooding was nearly complete, and few items from the family have been found abroad since them. As she pulled out reference material on the family, she noted a small portrait of Lady Synelle Omaro bore a striking resemblance to Celeste herself. And after explaining that some heraldic items have greater power to members (or sworn followers) of a family, they tested the shield on Celeste. A good feeling passed through the party when she bore it, and that feeling was not shared by Nana.
She told them that the only remaining member of the family in the region is Ardent Meliwass Omaro for the church of Aerin, but that few truly believed the claim. The keys to the estate, and the rights to the land, have not been claimed since the disaster of 60 years ago. But if items are coming to light, perhaps there are things afoot at Bar Amaro.
In the end, she purchased their family items outright, and the group left with substantially heavier purses. Saerin went to see the elven leatherworker Delduin Arithel, who deals with local fletchers, and purchased a compound bow from her. The others went back to see Ebn and Kallius purchased a couple spells from him.
Celeste showed the shield to him, which had no effect, and asked about the newcomer Bucas. He explained that his countryman believes in the ‘old faith’ of his people, and that is power it connected to the roots of the world. He added that he was going to do everything in his power to steer clear of the Valessan.
A the end of the day they retired to the Three Keys Inn for dinner, drinks and a good scrubbing. Patr gave them all the hospitality he could, and several part members joined his family sleeping in the loft above the stables. Celeste returned to her shrine and Dremahl slept in the workshop above the shrine to Nox.
The next morning they were called to the Oxenhold. Baron Eryse held court, with many newcomers (including Bucas) nearby the proceedings. After hearing their tale, and checking it against the testimony of Patr and two animal messengers sent from Bar Acero, Eryse cleared them of any culpability and sent a message to the Acero family in Cyr Regus (if they lived) that the party had dispatched a bandit group that had invaded their land.
Making a quick exit from that scene, they returned to the village. They decided that they were going to explore Bar Omaro. Their plan is to bring small river boats on a fishing vessel and travel upriver to the flooded estate. Celeste and Saerin went down to the dockside to find a ship to carry them, while Kallius works to copy the new spells into his spell book.
Meanwhile, Phaed is nowhere to be seen.