Having returned victorious the coterie’s reputation was elevated if marred by scandal. Returning without a single Legionare caused some to question the motivations of the coterie. When it came time to name a new Equestrian of the Legio Mortuum, it was determined to test Gaius’s worthiness and settle the rumors once and for all. Titus once again petitioned the gods for their blessing and it was a well-received offering. They were to head to the west of the city and investigate rumors and kill a reported druuger. Its depredations had come too close to the city of Alexandria and threatened the welfare of its citizens and ancients.
Dinius not fully trusting G or L after the recent expedition and determining that things always go poorly when he leaves the city to attend to other affairs opted to hire a mercenary to serve in his place. He found a well-built man who was skilled with the sword going by the name Brokus Cronkus Brokus joined the file that would accompany the coterie into the west.
A half nights journey by horse they came across the valley that held the cave of the druuger. They noted the eerie silence and the owls sitting in the nearby tree. As they approached the cave they saw a field of bleached white bones and skulls. Looking at the skulls they discovered that they were all children and babes. Then they heard a very melodic voice singing. They took cover and watched as a luminescent naked woman walked up to the cave singing her enchanting song with a sleeping child draped in her arms. As she arrived to the entrance she took a bite and feasted on the child who offered no resistance.
Once secure in the knowledge that the druugr was well inside and could not escape past them the group marched in to confront her. She hissed at them as they approached and attacked the legionares in front. When it became obvious that she was outnumber she called forth large inhuman like creatures that swarmed the group as she attempted to flee down into the cave tunnels. A and T flew after her while the rest sought to fight over the creatures. Brokus proved to be a mighty champion slaughtering half the monsters single handedly. Once they had free themselves from the monsters they chased after the others in hot pursuit. They caught up with A tussling with the druugr on the ground. Surrounding her they were able to quickly dispatch her and assess the large amount of dead that she had been gathering for who knew how long.
The group returned to Alexandria in triumph. Gaius was promoted to Equestrian and Giaus promoted to the rank of Centurion. Upon hearing the contribution Brokus had performed, Dinius opted to place him on permanent retainer. With their new-found status and assets it was decided that they should begin plotting their return to Rome.