When we last left our heroes, they had been tasked with infiltrating the newly arrived raider encampment by the Obsidian Band's leader Tamfana Aldawolfa, under the cover of night.
They were however intercepted by advanced scouting parties and escorted to the main camp of the dreaded Ataman Stanislaw Bielec.
Luckily Guillaume d’Aquitaine so happened to spot an old friend in the court of the Ataman, who gave them some advice on how to handle their upcoming conversation with him. The Ataman had no patience for fools such as the men the party had met in the village earlier, but he was pleased by the party's willingness to pick up certain open contracts that the Khazari needed.
The party agree to two of his contracts, the first being a way to stop the constant raids and harassment of the south due to Count Lorenzo Gilraldi, mainly by scouting out the Count's main estate for areas of weakness.
The second was to take a proclamation by the Ataman himself to the Parliament of the Sarmation Commonwealth and to read aloud the Ataman's intentions.
The party agreed to both and soon reunited with the Obsidian Band. They were harasses by members of the Crimson Legion working for the count, but otherwise made it to the capital of the Commonwealth, where they were told to wait for the Crown Prince to arrange an audience.
No sooner than they had arrived, members from the circle showed up to drag away Petras Balkus. Petras's only advice to the group before his incarceration was to find his sister, Estera Balkus.