Elyvra didn't look like she had much faith in the doctor's of Altdorf as she replied to Theo, "Brackish water causes intestinal issues, parasites, and some worse fevers. Festering wounds we would have cleared away by now and I think this is something else."
Slowly everyone met back up at the boat. As Theo and Elvyra continued their debate about Johannes, he started looking around cautiously. Something in the back of his mind was prickling with nervousness and he felt like the boat was being watched. As the others noticed this, they questioned what was wrong and he told them his suspicions.
Igor, thinking back to his adventure in the tavern, was convinced that some of the local dock workers might try something set a better watch than just his goat and the night passed without incident.
The group paid their dock fees and left on the following morning and continued up river towards Nuln after the pilot led them out and departed on another patrol boat just outside the city. From here, the boat fought the current and slowly made their way further up the river.
For three days, the boat progressed past small villages and homesteads dotted along the bank. The weather turned sour and one day they saw heavy rains and made almost no progress at all. Spirits were down and tempers ran a bit hotter than normal as there seemed to be no where they could go to escape the wet. Johannes continued to have a feeling of being followed and on the second night out, caught a glimpse of two riders moving along the river bank. Since they didn't seem to stop, he decided it was just his imagination playing tricks on him.
Finally, after three days of travel, the group arrived at Castle Reikguard on the mid-morning of the Pflugzeit 10th. The castle was an impressive sight. High battlements were bristling with guards in shining plate armour. There were also a number of bombard barrels that could be seen poking threateningly through the crenellations.
Putting ashore at the sizable village nestled between the Reik and Teufel River that served as a staging area for soldiers and provided them a distraction, Igor looked into selling his wares but didn't find any interested buyers. Not letting it get him down, him and a few of the others made their way to the taverns to enjoy food and drink, anything besides the stale bread and fish that was being caught by Alfred aboard ship.
In the tavern, the group heard two rumors about the nearby castle. Both concerned Crown Prince Wolfgang Holswig-Abenauer, the heir to the throne. The first was that he has been ordered imprisoned within the nearby castle by none other than the Emperor for having fallen to the ravishes of Chaos. Apparently he has sprouted a rat's tail. The second rumor is that he was shut away because he is a lunatic. In either case, everyone agrees that he was a bit of a simpleton and hasn't been seen in a few months.
Following lunch, the party left the village and continued their journey. About fifteen miles further up the river, they rounded a bend and was treated to two separate sights.
The first was the ruins of an ancient tower sitting upon a grassy slope of a low, dome-like hillock. It's preternaturally smooth stones reflected the light of the sun in a dull sheen. These ruins were now being used as a foundation for an unlovely granite edifice capped with a strange configuration of beams, stanchions, ropes, and pulleys. This upper section is surrounded by scaffolding and a number of short, bearded figures can be seen moving about these catwalks.
The second sight, which commands their more immediate attention, is from the jetty that forms the work site's landing stage. Here the group see two dwarfs frantically waving at them and they hear them shout out, "Oy! Give us a lift! We can pay!"