Chapter Two Part 5
The bandits making their home at Fort Hraggstad provided little challenge to Se’rith and Brelyna and their leader died begging for mercy consumed by Brelyna’s fire bolts. Mercy was not forthcoming as both Dunmer had found several bodies in the dungeons of the fort. Judging by their clothing these people were merchants and innocent travellers waylaid by the bandits, brought to Hraggstad and then robbed, murdered or left to rot. In Se’rith’s mind she and Brelyna were bringing righteous justice to these evil men and women and by restoring a legion garrison to Hraggstad the road would once again be safe for travellers.
Legatus Rikke was mightily pleased upon their return to Solitude with news of the Fort’s cleansing and she immediately dispatched orders for a detachment to relocate and rebase there. She thanked Se’rith and dismissed her telling her that Jarl Elisif had heard the Arch Mage of Winterhold was in town and requested her presence in the Blue Palace.
The Blue Palace lived up to its name, its blue slated roof tiles catching the sunlight, stood at the other end of the Solitude arch. Legion and Hold Guards lined its walls and stood at its gates. Se’rith was admitted into the palace with no ado but she was cornered by a member of the court called Falk Firebeard. The Jarl was receiving visitors from the Imperial Province here in Solitude for the marriage of the Emperor’s cousin but had tasked Firebeard with talking to Se’rith. She was taken into a side chamber were she and Brelyna were served sweet wine and tasty fruits. Falk, the Jarl’s steward, told Se’rith of a nearby cave, Wolfskull Cave, and of strange sightings, primarily after dark. Wolfskull Cave was well known to all mages in Skyrim due to the story of Potema the Wolf Queen. Several nearby farmsteads had reported strange lights and noises in the late watches of the night and livestock was disappearing. Due to its location and somewhat tainted history, and knowing of Se’rith’s presence in the city, the Jarl would consider it a personal favour if the College could look into Wolfskull Cave. Of course anything of a magical nature found could be considered a gift from the Hold of Haafinger to the College of Winterhold.
Se’rith was very familiar with the story of the Wolf Queen. If any of her followers or a new cult of hers was involved it would mean necromancers and undead. This was a good opportunity for Se’rith to further cement an alliance between Winterhold and Solitude. Accepting the Jarl’s request Se’rith headed to a tavern she saw just inside the main gate, The Winking Skeever, to rest before embarking to Wolfskull Cave.