With the escalation of banditry long the King’s Road Lord Ondrew Locke commanded that Ser Donnel Locke not accompany the party bound for Bear Island. He would instead act in his father’s stead and see that travelers can once again cross Locke lands with out fear. Still it was a somber moment as the party left to see the body of Third watch commander Britamore returned to the land that crafted her. It was no small band it included 4 scout/archers, 4 knights, 5 men at arms, the potential new third watch commander Orys, the hedge knight Ser Clement, Nel, the silent sisters with their charge, and of course Thedric Locke himself.
Once the party had passed from view preparations began for the departure of the brigand hunters led by Ser Donnell and his blood riders. This party included 15 men at arms, 5 Knights, 5 archer/outriders, Ser Donnell, and the Blood Riders (Ser Cregan Snow, Ser Jekel Marsh, and Ulrith Sand). It was decided that they would set up a base camp in Ameth where it seems that Ulreth somehow managed to run a foul of Old Jak. Something about Ulreth referring to Ameth as a shit hole or some such business. Donnell checked the progress on the tower while Ulreth and others were set to gathering info about these bandits. After all was done it was discovers that we were dealing with a band of roughly 30 well organized and well armed. They only attack wealthy merchant caravan and according to some accounts go out of their way in attempts not to kill anyone, though a few have in fact been slain. A runner was sent back to Oldcastle with this information and a request for supplies, roughly 10-15 more archers, at least one well put together wagon, the maester Benjen, and some blasted ravens. Donnell and his blood riders set to ride a circuit around Ameth, but before he left Donnell placed Ser Ethan Rivers in charges and told him to have the men spread he rumor that a very rich merchant was departing Oldcastle and would be taking his caravan to Last Hearth before returning to White Harbor. During there ride the Jekel discovered some well hidden tracks that lead off the Kings Road to the east. After perhaps two hours the band came upon a group of ten men in what appeared to be a well established base of operations. After a length discussion the remaining four men including their leader a man called Desmond agreed to accompany Ser Donnell and his blood riders back to Ameth and provide what information they could to help ride the land of such blatant lawlessness. In return for the cooperation Ser Donnell agreed not to let Ulreth cut off their thumb. They seem to find this to be a most acceptable arrangement. Desmond informed Donnel that there were perhaps 20 more men scattered along the Kingroad in bands of eight to ten and that they had been brought together by a man called Mors. He also stated that they could get word to the other groups when they needed to. It was then determined that the band would very discreetly return their new friends to Ameth where they could be kept safe from the lawlessness that was currently plaguing the area.