Varna, Friedrich and Annegret go to the guild house of Corrick’s Crushers, a powerful and old mercenary company based in Marienburg. There they wish to investigate the Crushers, as an old dagger with their seal decorating it was found in the wreckage of Varna’s home. Friedrich has a friend in the Crushers, an old war dog named Theodor Jaeger, sometimes called “Teddy the Terrible” to his chagrin.
Theodor was reluctant to share much with the three, but after some convincing he did impart some information. Theodor had heard rumour coursing through the guilds that the Elven district has quickly grown defensive, fearing that someone from outside their ranks had attempted to kill their own, and that the Elves were questioning outsiders thoroughly.
Annegret had questions about the Crushers’ traditions concerning their dead. Theodor told them of their rites; that when a Crusher dies, it is often in the fields of war, where reclaiming the body in whole and sending it home for full burial can be difficult at best. The Crushers have taken to reclaiming a small part of their fallen brethren, perhaps a finger or an ear, encasing it in salt and having it sent back to the Crusher’s home for burial in the Gardens of Morr. What is left is then buried at the battlefield at a makeshift graveyard, often blessed by one of the many priests of Morr that travel with the Crushers.
When pressed, Theodor could recall that there was one of these graveyards inside of the city itself, made during one of the many battles that was fought inside the city’s limits hundreds of years ago.
When leaving the guild house, the three find a fierce Wood Elf woman questioning the guards at the front gate and brandishing a ring bearing the mark of the Crushers. She told of her friend, who was killed by something that could only be described as a reanimated skeleton, and that it wore the very ring that she had with her. The three imparted what secrets they’d learned about the Crushers, and that they too were also victims of the risen dead. The wood elf resolved to travel with the three, telling them that her name was Anquet.