Upon returning to the surface and confronting the destruction through the country side, you each decide your path forward, some of which intertwine.
Templeton rallies the resources of his family to begin re-constructing and investing in the town of Red Larch. Within a couple of weeks of beginning to work, Kareep returns to town with a phalanx of Aaracokra. The townsfolk are initially skittish and hesitant to accept the strange bird-men, but the Aaracokra’s dedication to repairing the town and their kindly, if strange, nature begins to warm the hearts of even the most reticent of citizens.
Over the next two months, the Daltrey’s become the predominant investor and benefactor in town. With this role, comes adulation… and the inevitable criticism as well. Nonetheless, Templeton weathers the tribulations with a silver tongue and everflowing pockets of gold.
Through this time, Kareep and his bird-men become viewed as town heroes of a sort. Many of youngster is seen trying to craft home-made wings – with a few minor accidents from the more adventurous ones, leaping from rooftops certain their wings would hold.
It will take years to really re-build Red Larch, but the work is well underway and the spirits of the townsfolk are strong.
During this same period, Quintus has taken it upon himself to develop and train a volunteer garrison for the town. A bevy of men and women who wish to be prepared for the next town incursion dedicate themselves to focused practice and training. Quintus is surprised at the fervor of the dedication.
After a month of solid training, Quintus begins to take them on forays into the countryside to find and rout any remaining vestiges of the cultists. They find a few that hadn’t gotten word of the fate of their leaders. Quintus relayed the story with swipes of his sword and the many blessings of Tempus.
Throughout this period, Templeton and Brenn also took it upon themselves to assess the status of the Feathergale Spire. The Spire remained largely empty except as the home of two hippogriffs who had returned to their eyrie. After some conspiring, they decided to take ownership of the Spire and make it home in the north.
Everyone in the party contributes some effort to the process. Templeton fuels the effort with funds. Brenn spends most of his time building, repairing and establishing a hired garrison. Kareep and his phalanx periodically ferry supplies, but also make the upper most portion of the tower their abode. They deeply enjoy the distant views and feeling of home. Puck casts a Teleportation Circle so that he may return in the future. Quintus offers to scour the valley below, ridding it of gnolls and other ill folk.
In the end, Puck plays only a minor role in the re-building of Red Larch. He assists for the first week or two, providing what benefit his magic might convey, but everyone can see his heart and mind seem elsewhere. After casting the Teleportation Circle in the Spire, he takes his leave and walks off to the east towards the High Forest.
Kareep explains to Brenn that these two Hippogriffs are trained from birth and he will assist in training Brenn and anyone else on how to ride them in combat. Templeton has had some experience and can continue training if he likes.
Getting more trained Hippogriffs will take at least a season and they would need to be trained from birth. You cannot get wild ones to perform in battled, but the hatchlings mature quickly.
Are the two Hippogriffs that returned both male or do we have a mixed pair? If they are both Male, Kareep and his Phalanx will search for a fertile female and bring her back to the Spire and start the mating process. With his high nature and survival skill he should be able to pull this off. He is a Ranger after all…and it would be good to have a few more trained Hippogroffs defending Feathergale Spire.
Kareep and his 8 Aarokokra soldiers do prefer the top of the spire and will construct their own nests. I am sure you can find something cool for them to live in up top John. The Aarokokra stats are the same as the MM entry. For the next month or so the Aarokokra will ferry supplies to all of the surrounding towns and Kareep will focus on the training of Breen and his soldiers in the ways of riding and fighting on a Hippogriff Mount.
As needed, Kareep and the Aarokokra Phalanx will give air support to Quintus and his men as they scour the countryside looking for cultists.