Okay, Bree and Veit. I want you both to make Intelligence checks. If you are proficient in Animal Handling or Performance, you can add your proficiency modifier to this roll. (I should have thought of this sooner.) The idea being do you get the bear into the cage or just get him moving in circles.
I'll post what the guards are doing shortly but the bear technically goes before them.
Perin raced down the side street to the entrance of the alley, working the lever on his crossbow to draw the string back. At the corner he seated another bolt and loosed it at the fleeing horse thief, this time striking true. That would have to be enough for the guard, Perin wasn't about to pursue anyone through their own home territory - that was asking for trouble.
The thief takes the hit to the arm and looks back at Perin. He then drops the reins and runs away around the next corner. The guard grabs the reins and stops the horse. "Easy, girl," he says as he starts to turn the horse around.
The bear ends up back in the cage and the guard leads the horse back to the cart by the end of this round. Unless Perin decides to pursue the thief, the encounter is basically over. There are still two wounded guards down.
Maul 5ft melee+5 to hit 2d6+3 bludgeoning
Handaxe 5ft melee or 20/60 ranged +5 to hit 1d6 +3 slashing
Javelin range 30/120 +5 to hit 1d6+3 piercing
Rage +2 damages 1 of 2 used.[/sblock]
The bear ends up in the cage and Perin returns to the square with the other guard leading the horse. Veit does not notice anything unusual in the gathered crowd.
"Thanks for catching the bear," the guard (G2) says as he starts to hitch the horse to the cart. The first injured guard (G1) gets to his feet unsteadily and moves over to the still unconscious guard (G4). "Rainny is pretty banged up, Joch," (G1) says to Joch (G2).
At this point a pair of town guards arrives, "Who harmed these men?" one of them asks.
Everett, the town guards just arriving are wearing the livery of the Greygour household, your family's rivals.
"It wouldn't be day in Bit without running into the Greygour's." He says sarcastically under his breath. He raises a finger to get their attention. "Excuse me, gentlemen, so nice to see you as always. It was the bear who got the better of the men, however without their dutiful diligence it may have been innocent civilians strewn about the courtyard."
"Well whatever you were doing here, you weren't doing it very well. You're lucky no one was killed." As much as Perin liked the circus, wild animals performing was not to his taste. He turns to the guards, "Someone was trying to steal the horse, I managed to wound him, but he got away. He,"Finnan points at the guard who was also pursuing the horse thief, "May have gotten a better look at the thief."
"Ah yes, just what I need after a fun night on the town. Conspiracy and intrigue." He says, massaging his forehead. He sighs deeply before continuing. "So, WORST case Mal was involved in some kind ploy to free the bear... BEST case someone took advantage of Mal's negligence to cause a bit of anarchy." he says applying pressure to his eye's to ease the returning migraine.
Veit breathed a little easier once the bear was back in his cage. Frowning slightly as he looked around and couldn’t find any clean looking grass to chew on. “I agree, it sounds like someone took advantage of Mal’s mistake, the question becomes why?”
"Help me pick up Thom," G1 tells G2 and they try to pick up G4 (Thom) and lay him over the horse.
The town guards are asking bystanders and the owners of the tents that were trampled a bit by the bear what they saw. Most of the answers are in the form, I was minding me own business when that bear trashed the tent.