Upon reaching Pembrook, Mason worked hard to keep the crowd from breaking into the smithy. While they backed off, the local wealthy farmer, Cedric has some of the mob gathering firewood. The party learns that a young, beautiful girl’s body was found in the river that morning by a wildling child. The girl was betrothed to Cedric, who in turn blamed a Nightswatchman holed up in the smithy.
The smith exited the smithy, under the watchful eye of a black brother on the roof. He said that he wished justice to be done, and that is why he protected four black brothers from the angry mob. He answered a few questions, then headed to where his family was hiding out, escorted by Lewyn Snow.
Fiona, Lewyn and Eckhard then go toward the inn. They attempt to question Pug, the wildling child they spot down by the river. After some gold and a flute, Pug tells them some stories about the girl, Gilly, Ser Meyric the black brother, and Cedric. He then flees after a time to hide/hoard his newfound wealth. Fiona & Lewyn, however, inspect the river, and find tracks of a small boot, along with a mysterious hooded figure watching them. They attempt to pursue, and find some tracks on the other side of the river. At this time, Lewyn spots someone by the party’s horses, and hurries back with Fiona in tow. During this time, Eckhard had entered the inn and found the girl’s body and her distraught father. He makes a pathetic attempt at consoling him, then returns to the party as well.
Back at the smithy, Mason, Jerick, and Alix make attempts to resolve the situation, with little progress. Jerick is admitted into the smithy where he converses with Ser Meyric, before he is shuffled out by the suspicious night’s watchmen.
Lewyn brings to Alix’s attention a sack tied to Alix’s saddlehorn. On it is a note written in Old Tongue, which Fiona and Lewyn translate for Alix. Alix then tries to pursue some clues at the mill, sees the hooded figure in the distance on the road south, who then bows and turns to ride away. Alix finds naught at the mill, so then he heads for the inn.
Lewyn and Fiona head over to the inn, and inspect the girl’s body. They run into the housekeeper, who gives them information for a price. They also inspect the girl’s room, and find many expensive gifts foreign to the north. They find some evidence which proves that Ser Meryic is innocent of murder, and head back to tell Mason what they found. Alix seduces the old housekeeper to find out where Cedric’s house is. He then finds Joric, Cedric’s younger brother there, but little else.
As they day is about to end, and about 20 minutes before the crowd is ready to have a night bonfire, the party convinces the mob that the knight is not guilty of his crime, and that he will be brought to justice. Cedric still feels cuckolded, and still blames Meyric for what happened. He harbors obvious hatred for House Teamus, but with the steam let out of the mob, he retreats as well. The party enters the smithy, and tells the Night’s Watch to flee the town, and suggest that others be sent on this route in the future. Ser Meyric thanks them, and the party wins politically with Castle Black and House Flint, but not with Cedric and some of the smallfolk.
The party returns to Flint’s Rock with the news, and they are awarded with 2 glory for their house, and a purse of GD from Uther Flint. However, they have a visitor…