Rumors have begun to trickle into Anvil and Kvatch, brought by gossiping stable boys and serving wenches in the local taverns. It seem that Carcosa, the large Keep on the mouth of the Strid River owned by the reclusive Magister Gideon Ravnore was attacked last Loredas. The Keep was assailed from the sea by several ships crewed by what appeared to be mercenary pirates. One ship sailed directly into the Keeps seawall and cracked the massive stones, toppling the walls battlements.
The gossip speak of a savage fight in the courtyard of the Keep, fell magics unleashed and hacking blades cleaved flesh and bone. Some even whisper of large stone Gargoyle statues come to life and defending the Keep. The battle didn't stop there however, the last two ships disgorged several small rowboats which rowed into the caves that dotted the cliffs beneath the Keep, their destination unknown. Some of the more outlandish tails even talk of how several members of the House and even Gideon himself flung themselves from the Keeps battlement into the sea to vanish into the same caves the rowboats had headed into.
It is said that as savage as the battle at the Keeps wall had been, a second, more violent fight soon raged in the caves beneath. Some even say they saw a creature, an impossible serpent of monumental proportion that reared up and then crashed back into the sea heading for the caves. Hurricanes of power were unleashed, strong enough to shake the entire Keep but in the end the House seemed victorious.
In the days that have followed it would be known that House Ravnore was burying at least a dozen of their dead, and burning the bodies of three times that in attackers. House staff and day laborers were hired out of Anvil to help with the clearing of rubble and the repairing of the sea wall. Under the supervision of the Houses Champion and Commander life was slowly returning to normal.