Explaining to the court, Closimir says, "Also, there will be no need to confiscate any goods since I have no potions which I intend to sell in the duchy. We are merely passing through on our way to Chernobor. Which brings me to the subject which my honorable colleague mentioned and which relates to the boon I hope you might grant me."
Explaining how they first discovered the carrnage, the magician says, "Several of our group first met outside of Pereslav, and when we entered the city we found the holes battered in the city walls, some buildings in ruin, and all of its citizens dead. After checking for survivors and finding none, we left the city and picked up the trail left by an army heading east and west. It was around that time that we stumbled across the only known survivor of the massacre, Olia whom we found hiding in the forest."
Telling the Duke what happened next, Closimir explains, "We decided to follow the tracks back toward their source which lead us to the Tower of Storozhie. Once again, the battlements were damaged and the grounds littered with evidence of a recent battle. Entering the structure looking again for survivors, we found one man dying whom a few members of our group had the opportunity to talk to before he died, but I will need them to fill you in on the details of that conversation since I was not present."
Pausing for effect, the entertainer lowers his voice saying, "However, also occupying the Tower is a group of undead, warriors who died and were brought back from the dead by evil magics and now exist to destroy life. They were very hard to destroy, except that they seemed to be vulnerable to cold. The last we saw, these foul abominations were prowling the grounds around the Tower as we headed down the road which brought us here today."
"With a The skill/save/ability check 'Diplomacy' was not found smile, the bard ask, "As for the boon, I would first humbly beg you to provide us with a cold weapon to use against the undead warriors to destroy them or, if such is impossible, then send out riders to the surrounding kingdoms advising them what occurred and warning them to prepare themselves."