15 Renewal – The Swamp of Flowers
The day passed uneventfully as the heroes labored through the swamp.
16 Renewal – The Swamp of Flowers, A Wayfort
The heroes continued through the last of the swamp, but, with the Wayfort in sight, were beset by a 16’ crocodile. Again, Johann was almost dragged under as a snack, but they heroes slew the giant croc before it could slip under the surface with its prize.
As they approached the Wayfort, a rider in the red and silver robes left rapidly, headed back toward the City. Inquiries within indicated that the group of cultists had arrived the day before, though kept to themselves and left that morning on the way back to the City. One stayed behind, and Miguel was able to get his name — Tohns.
The heroes elected to remain in the Wayfort for the remainder of the day and leave the next morning.
17 Renewal – The High Road, City of Flowers
The heroes finished their trek down the High Road into the City of Flowers. They cleaned up, and then headed to Sage Brand with their latest finds. Sage Brand was excited, and told them she would probably have them reasonably well researched in two week. She also asked for a retainer to cover expenses while she devoted her time to this work. They heroes agreed to a rate of 10gp/day, and paid for two weeks in advance.
They also relate a warning about the cultists they saw, and, after a few questions, Sage Brand identifies them as the Scarlet Brotherhood – an organization that is interested in Dwarven artifacts and knowledge. She knows little else of them, as she has avoided dealings with them.
The heroes then split up for the evening after agreeing to meet for breakfast at the Dick and Pickle the next morning. Theo, Johann, Talia, and Beatrice all headed back to their Inn, The Golden Eagle, while Miguel went to his father’s home in a different ward. Upon returning to the inn, Theo found a number of Bluecoats waiting for him, and he was placed under the arrest for the murder (the dragonborn thug in Session 1). Talia and Beatrice were also “detained under suspicion”, which is a catchall for “we want to ask you some questions more formally.” At the station, Theo was booked, placed in irons, and locked in a cell. Talia and Beatrice where set in separate rooms, where they were questioned about the murder by a somewhat rude Dragonborn Sergeant named Chin Nee. After the questioning, they were released. Theo was visited in his cell by Hizzoner Alcon Thaad, the Conclave representative for the ward. Thaad told Theo he was working to get him released because Theo had helped do such a great service to the ward during the rat problem (Session 1). Some time after Thaad left, Theo was brought into an interrogation room and Sergeant Nee gloated over how he was looking forward to Theo being tossed in the dungeon for the death of Lee Nee (the dragonborn’s name from Session 1). As he went to leave the room, however, Thaad burst in with a signed judgment from a magistrate that declared Theo guilty of murder, but set the penalty at a 25 gp fine. Thaad rightly claimed that Nee could no longer hold Theo, as he had already been punished for this crime. Nee, in a rage, stormed out. A few minutes later, the ward Captain, Captain Lyons, ordered the release of Theo.
After leaving the Watchhouse, Thaad was excited to have helped Theo, and asked Theo to help him in return by supporting his re-election in the Ward Elections in a few weeks. Thaad invited Theo and the rest of the ‘Rat Slayers’ to a fundraiser party in a few days. Theo agreed to attend, and then went back to the Golden Eagle Inn.
18 Renewal – City of Flowers
The heroes liquidate some treasure and hear rumors of goings on in the city.
19 Renewal – City of Flowers
Nothing of note.
20 Renewal – City of Flowers
Theo takes his vows as a Paladin under Braxton.
21 Renewal – City of Flowers; Home of Anos Murcen
The heroes attend the fundraising party for Hizzoner Thaad at the home of Sir Anos Murcen, a minor noble and prosperous merchant. Thaad introduces them around to the guests, and finally introduces the heroes to Sir Murcen. Most of the heroes immediately spot that Sir Murcen wears a pin with the same clenched fist as the Scarlet Brotherhood. Hizzoner Thaad thanked Sir Murcen for suggesting the ploy with the magister to get Theo freed.
Sir Murcen directed the heroes to a quieter corner of the party where they could discuss things in more privacy, and sent Hizzoner Thaad back to his guests. Sir Murcen then immediately began asking questions about the items they heroes had retrieved from the dwarven ruins. Theo led the response by refusing to acknowledge that the heroes had any knowledge of such things. Sir Murcen made several threats, including the tarnishing of Theo’s reputation (as a convicted murderer – a conviction orchestrated by Sir Murcen) and destroying the livelihood of Dick and Pickle by having their tavern shut down. He made additional veiled threats of even worse things. Theo stood firm in insisting that the heroes had no idea what Sir Murcen was talking about. Sir Murcen appealed to the other heroes to be more reasonable, but was disappointed. Seeing that there was no further use in discussion, Sir Murcen bid the heroes to enjoy the rest of the party and retired.
Theo approached Hizzoner Thaad afterwards to try to feel him out about Sir Murcen’s goals and if Hizzoner was involved, but came to the conclusion that Hizzoner was unaware of Sir Murcen’s plots and was likely just a convenient dupe. He also offered to speak with Dick and Pickle about holding a fundraising event at the D&P.
After the heroes left the party, they stopped by the D&P. In discussions with Pickle, they learned that Pickle didn’t mind Hizzoner, but that Dick didn’t like him.
22 Renewal – City of Flowers; Artisan’s Ward
The heroes decided to attend the Artificer’s Fair in the Artisan’s Ward and peruse the wonders on display. After a morning of meat-onna-stick and taking in the sights, a young gnome girl covered in soot ran out of an alley yelling, “Febbercand’s Dog is loose!” All of the artificer’s immediately began crawling under tables or vacating the area as a large mechanical dog erupted from the alley behind the gnome girl. The heroes drew weapons and approached, and the mechanical dog attacked them. A half minute later, the dog was destroyed just as a gnome came running out of the alley yelling, “Don’t attack it! It won’t hurt yo – dammit!” The players met Lucius Febbercand, artificer, who paid them damages for the injuries caused by his creation and bemoaned the fact that they had destroyed it.
23 Renewal – City of Flowers; Sage Brand’s Home
The heroes received a message from Sage Brand that she had something to tell them. Upon their arrival, Sage Brand ushered them into her research study and outlined her findings so far. She believes that the texts recovered from Site 1 describe a list of materials for a ritual or ceremony, but there is no information on the objects of methods of the ritual. She believes that the dwarves separated the parts of the ritual to protect the knowledge, and that the other pieces may be at Sites 2 and 3. She also said that she had narrowed down the location of Site 2 to a small area in the foothills of the Wallpeak mountains in the west of Brix. However, she says that she thinks there is additional information here to identify possible dangers and secrets hidden in the ruins that could prove vital to success. However, she wanted to put the decision to the heroes to proceed without it rather than hold the information until she had all of it. The heroes decided that they should wait for the most information and agreed to wait an additional week to see what Sage Brand could uncover.