As my blacksmith Zancon melts the gold ingots into proper bars I wanted to write down my thoughts about last night.
The ransom was suppose to be done Friday but the cowardly horde never showed. So instead we did it Saturday in front of our keep. Kekeka held the Duchess out of sight until Field Marshal De La Ladinne and I made sure that the correct amount of gold was there.
The Duke arrived with two priests. He asked to use the outhouse which was promptly denied. I'm not letting them into any of our structures, not even our shit house. But he then did something rather strange. After we pushed the Duchess to him he refused to leave.
I'm not sure who struck first but the Duke and his more powerful priest friend struck Kekeka. The three horde then bolted with the Duchess. The Field Marshal caught the Duke on fire as I chased after him hammering my great axe into his back before turning back towards the other priest. She tried to leap off the ledge but the casting of the Field Marshal doomed her escape. By the time I arrived her flaming body was plummeting down to the river below. Its possible she survived but doubtful.
When we arrived we could see the Duchess dragging her beloved Duke towards the tunnel. I thought about chasing them down and capturing her again but, the same philosophy that kept me from killing her originally kept me from doing that to the Duke. He was injured and bleeding out. If he lives the more power to him. The last priest the one who fled from the beginning had already bolted down the caves showing typical blood elf loyalty.
So ransom paid and the Duke's forces routed. A successful evening to end the Duchess' stay at our keep.