And so the battle for Paulus begins.
While the rest of the mercenaries caused a distraction at the front, we managed to move quietly through the bushes. We managed to take one of the guards with a Command spell. From there, everything went to hell.
Leo opened the door and what we will colloquially call “Man With a Chain” and “Picklearms” were standing guard over the man. I looked around once I was over the fence. Alice was being stabbed by a halfling. A fight had broken out indoors that I couldn’t see.
I cast a spell that turned the garden into a hellhole. Hopefully enough to keep the rest of the house at bay. Inside was pure chaos. I heard the sound of an explosion rocking the rest of the household. With my friendly companion Ook, we grabbed Paulus. From there, we attempted to bind, pin, stab, punch, and otherwise do terrible things to the man.
My attempts to subdue him with magic failed utterly. I don’t remember much for the next 30 seconds except attempting to heal those who fell during battle and manipulating fate. Eventually we managed to drag Paulus away from the battle… and I can only imagine that our troubles has only just begun.