The Road To The Crimson Throne

Seven Days to thhe Grave: Damsel in Distress III
Smugglers at the Zumis Villa

In the Boat taking the kids and Trinia to the meeting point with the horses and Graydon, Kizziar’s friend who had volunteered to help take them to Harse, the party slowly passed beneath The cliffs of the Arkona Estate and then evaded sight of The Korvosan Guard at the Lighthouse across the river, and finally managed to elude the prying eyes of The Gray Wardens patrolling Old korvosa before spotting two Sahuagin coming out of a sewer drain in Old Korvosa. A short fight ensued and the part was victorious. They moved to beach the boat and headed to the rendevous point.

In the air astride Swiftwing, Gideon two evaded being seen by The Korvosan Guard, The Graywardens, and A band of Szcarni heading into the area before being assaulted by two Imps which he hastily dispatched.

At the rendevous point they found instead of the copse of trees and abandoned villa. Some quick thinking and Kizziar said he thought this was The Zumis Estate, Very minor nobles who had fled when the King died.

In their stead a band of entrepeneurs in the form of a Bugbear Ranger named Hieronymous Grunch and his pet dire weasel, Tickletap and finally his followers The Goblin bandit The Snakebiters.

Some forceful negotiations with a bit of violence, left the snakebiters harried and frightened. Grunch gave what information he had and was allowed to leave the estate with his band, who had been part of the chain of smuggled meat into the city backed by someone with a Vudrani accent.

He also said that a family had stumbled upon his men and they had put them upstairs in the villa…This turned out to be a family who had fled Korvosa the day before because of the plague…all of them were in various stages of infection…and one turned out to be Tyler Finch, the courier of East Shore who had brought Marcus Galwatty his Ehrenrood. Tyler, under Aldlara’s care briefly became lucid enough to tell them That he had gotten it from Ersta Bedlid, the leader of The Drudgespades……

Making the family comfortable and leaving some supplies for them, the band finally realized that Aldlara had copied Orsini’s map wrong and had left out crossing the river. The Copse of trees was a short distance away and Trinia joined Graydon and The Gnome Borol with the Soldado Kids and headed to Harse.

The group headed back to the city except Gideon who went searching for signs of Sable Company.

Getting into town they were very fatigued having no rest since the day before and they passed the Temple of Abadar and saw The Paladins of Abadar guarding the temple against the throngs of infected trying to get aid. They could see Dr Ishani working feverishly to try and help who he could..as were several other clerics administering herbal and natural remedies that could forestall symptoms but not a cure.

Then nearing home they found an edict posted to their new neighbors door naming this The Hospice and locale of The Queens Physicians who had been named to dealing with the Plague….any interference with them on their duties would result in death at the hands of The Gray Maidens placed outside as guards.

They could see several of the new Dr’s wearing the birdlike masks like Aldlara had from the wreck of the Direption. Aldlara hastily removed hers….

They got home to find 4 people awaiting them outside. Taking them in one at a time they met Sir Canayven Heidmarch, husband of Maginmar’s Venture Captain. of The Pathfinders who told Aldlara that he had a lead for them about Paracountess Zarta Dralneen, ambassador of Cheliax, was being held at Citadel Vraid , Fortress of The Nail, without the knowledge of the Leadership of The Order. She had been smuggled in by some rogue members of The Order under the pay of General Krakon, who wanted to incite Cheliax into backing his choice of taking the Crimson Throne by force and wanted the level headed ambassador out of the picture. If The group could somehow convince the leadership of The Order of The Nail to let them free her, then she would certainly advise Cheliax to stay out of it officially and General Krakon would not have the backing of his country in his quest for power.

Next Aldalra found a servant girl from The Carowyn Estate who said Zombies had assaulted her masters home the night before and she had been told by Dalton Carowyn to come here for Aldlara’s help. It seems The lords and ladys had locked themselves in the basement and Zombies had taken over the manor.

A Conscientious Ulfen Mercenary told Kizziar that he had quit his job as personal Guard protecting Vendra Loaggri, a local Perfumer who lived atop Citadel Crest near The Academae, had begun to say she had a cure for the Plague and selling her wares to the populace. The Guard knew this to be a falsehood and that she was merely someone trying to get rich off the misfortunes of others. He was also afraid what that might do to stop the belief of legitimate aid. The Perfumer owned The Shop called Lavender.

Finally Jalumm met a young seamstress who once she showed him that she was a Wererat named Eries Yelloweyes, went on tot tell him the tale of how there was a large wererat enclave in town living among the humans in secret…abiding by the towns laws and not seeking any agenda except peaceful coexistence. Should this peace be shattered she feared for the ramifications of what it might do to the already tenuous hold of staving off civil war on the populace….It seems that since rats were known to be carriers of diseases…certain people had begun rat-hunts . In Retaliation, Giriggz, one of the more militant members of The Wererat community sought to seek vengeance by gathering about a dozen wererats and they were planning to begin guerilla strikes against the humans of Korvosa. He called his band The Plaguerats and they were hiding out in a place in the Sewers beneath Old Dock.. She asked that he be stopped before the assault began in the near future.

The group less Gideon discussed this tiredly and agreed to go first to Carowyn manor and then to the sewers this very day.

Meanwhile Gideon returned after finding Signs that Sable Company had taken to hiding in the hills between Citadel Vraid and Korvosa.

He then set to opening the chest they had taken from the toymakers and found some coinage, and a key to a safe deposit box in The Temple of Abadar.

He rejoined the others and they prepared to go to Carowyn Manor for The Deadmans Party…..

Experience for this setting: 1650 each. Total: 16,084 Next Level: 23,000

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Seven Days to The Grave: The Damsel in Distress II
Things that go bump in the night.

The party made their way towards Old Korvosa, noticing at least a few dozen people with the tell tale signs of being infected with the plague before stumbling on a scene of carnage in an alleyway near the toy maker, Giotorri’s shop. They discovered about 20 bodies, some showing the initial signs of being victims of the plague, all being drained of blood.

Of course the cause of this was a band of Vampire Spawn who made mention of ‘The Master’ being pleased that the party was in their grasp. A tough fight ensued and the 7 spawn were slain, their bodies turning gaseous and going into a crack in the alley wall to the Toymakers shop.

Entering and searching not only did they find the toymakers body and the coffins of the Spawn, but a locked strongbox. Gideon stuck the strongbox into his backpack for safe keeping. In addition they found 3 magic items A Ring of Jumping, Pipes of Haunting and a Weapon Sight of Longshot. Destroying the coffins, they went out into the night and di indeed discover Blackjack.,

They received notice that Blackjack had secreted Trina Sabor with an ally of his Vencarlo Orsini. They decided to split up. Jalumm was to return to their base and get the kids. Gideon was to go to Citadel Volshanyek and get Swiftwing and go aerial. Aldlara was to go meet with Vencarlo. Kizziar was to go meet with his Mentor, the gunsmith to see if he would assist them in getting Trinia out of the area. Kizziar, Aldlara, and and Jalumm are to meet back at Orem Menachs abandoned lamp shop and smuggler tunnels beneath.

The plan came together fairly easily with Vencarlo also providing them with 500 gold for operating expenses and directions to a copse of trees about a mile outside of town where he has had hidden a 5 horses and food/water for a trip to Harse to leave her in the care of a Rancher their he knows.

All goes well and the party correctly guesses that Blackjack and Vencarlo are on in the same. Aldlara sends her familiar to Gideon to tell him of the location of the copse of trees where they are to meet and the group in the smugglers tunnels prepare to depart by boat….

Sessions Experience: 1800 each. Total:14434 Next level: 15000

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Seven Days to The Grave: The Damsel in Distress
or of bargains, sacrifices and portents

when Kizziar and Gideon made their way to The Soldado resident in the now near empty Trails End, they found a worsening Breanna and a now sick Tayce. Aldlara was wearing The plague Doctors Mask, determined not to succumb to the infection. Gideon set to trying to open the lock on the sea chest they found in the Captains Quarters of the Direption, while aldlara and Ishani, The Vudrani Priest of Abadar worked together to try and figure out the disease.

Aldalara found Ishani to be quite different from the run of the mill priests of Abadar, who would do nothing without payment or lawful enticement.. He was quite willing to bend the tenants of his faith to treat the ill through herbal and mundane means; which he insisted, did not go against his churches designs, because they were skills he had not gotten through faith. and so Tayce did not have to pay for them.

It seems he had lost his parents to disease in Vudrani, and boarded one of The Arkona trade vessels and come to Korvosa as a young man and had worked hard to learn how to master treating illnesses on his own. He was affable, if a bit serious. he had left in the wee hours of the morn to return to the Bank of Abadar to attend his duties, promising to return the first chance he had.

Gideon after working for what seemed like hours finally opened the complex lock on the sea chest, but not before triggering a trap which dyed his fingers on his left hand blue from a needle prick. Fortunately his body resisted the poison on the needle.

They found a collection of invoices, ledgers and the deed to the Direption, all written in Vudrani, which seemed strange. From the map in the chest it showed the last port a call was Ilzamagorti on Mediogalti island, home of The Red Mantis. To further add to the intrigue a title naming the owner as one R. Davaulus of Kintargo, Cheliax.

Being in a foreign tongue, they realize it may take days to translate and decipher…

The morning found the Jalumm quite ill and making his way to The temple of Pharasma First, where it seemed they were more interested in trying fo learn of his disease than help him and then to The Temple of Saranrae where he went through a 3 hour interrogation by the temple Priests before being cured of his disease, and having gained an ally in the Temple priests.

Gideon made his way to the Lady Gallifrey to talk to her about the plague and to try and gain access to her husband as the High Priest of Saranrae, and did gain a letter of audience which he put to good use to talk to the high priest and in turn get a single scroll to cure disease, but not before himself sharing some information that announced his working with both Kizziar, who had come visiting his friend who was a Temple guard, and jalumm as agents for the Field Marshal.

Kizziar had gone on a grand sweep of his friends and family in the city sharing his knowledge of a disease which seemed to be rapidly spreading. A few seemed to indicate they were fleeing the city, while a few others seemed to say they were going to hide.

Jalumm followed kizziars example and began to visit people he knew…most notewothy was the young varisian Seer who shared her vision of death coming to Korvosa and that Jalumm was part of the light that was their to stave off the coming darkness.

kizziars Brother who also had some sort of prophetic gifts shared his dreams of the coming of an old evil and how it threatened the lives of all in Korvosa.

Kizziar, and Gideon returned to aldlara and gave her the scroll and after some soul searching The Follower of Calistria healed the young Breanna. tayce saying save her children. The group took the three kids and returned to their abode.

On the way there they found a lot of activity just a few short blocks away from their home as a wagon laden with laboratory gear and medicinals was being unloaded. the newcomers were all of varisian descent, hailing from Ustalav, though a stout woman of Ulfen ancestry seemed to act as bodyguard/second in command. They all seemed to defer to one they called The Doctor, who was friendly, but reserved.

Jalumm in his visiting found out two things that shook him. One was when he went to visit his parents and heard this rhyme on the wind outside their tavern

Their Necks went snap, snap, snap
Their bodies wracked, wracked, wracked
Your meddling gang, gang, gang
Will join the stack, stack, stack

Looking around he saw no one and when he entered, it appeared his parents did not know him saying he and his family, daughter included, had died in a fire long ago…..

The second thing was that the dagger he had gotten from loot taken from deserters in The Field Marshals office was in fact a foul demon-like creature called a lesser rakshasha, a raktavarna…frequently used to spy on people…

Going back to his home he urged his friends to help him destroy the creature, which they only were to happy to do.

Near dark, they decided their next step was to find blackjack and see about escorting Trinia sabor and the children out of korvosa, thus providing a caretaker and saving her in one fell swoop. After dark they head to old korvosa…..

Sessions experience: 300 each. total 12,634 next level: 15,000:

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Seven Days to The Grave: Infectious Encounters
or how we learn of diseases and the newest threats to Korvosa's peace

Bravely the group faced off to the Sea Druid Yvicca and her summoned creatures and through teamwork and the healing energies of Aldlara, they managed to win the day.

Bedraggled and tired the group searched the ship, finding a couple strange boxes that had been opened, that carried residual magical energies of Necromancy. They also found a locked chest, and a strange birdlike mask that proved to be a Plague Doctors Mask. Before they opened the sealed chest they spotted the Shoanti leaving en masse from their settlement, Trails End, on the banks of the Jeggare River, and headed towards the small hamlet by the boat they had obtained in Thieves Camp; The Varisian enclave.

as they beached the boat they spooted a priest of Abadar, dressed as a Doctor, hurrying to the Hamlet and met him. Acolyte Ishani Dhatri explained he had been requested by Watch Sgt Grau Soldado to go to Grau’s sisters home in Trails end and tend the illness of his niece, Brienna. They discover that Graus had gone looking for them, after going to the temple of Abadar.

Accompanying the Acoylte, they meet Graus older sister Tayce, a woman who had fallen in love with a Varisian and had three children with the fisherman, before he died in a river accident. She had made her way as a seamstress and washer woman rasiing her kids as best she could.

Brienna had found one of the boxes they had found, on the shore, and this one was unopened. She opened it finding several gold coins. When she came back to her home with the coins, she fill ill shortly thereafter. Tayce had given the coins to a messenger to get help for her daughter.

It didnt take long for the frail child to become very ill at this virulent disease. Aldlara stayed with Ishani, while Kizziar returned the boat, Jalumm headed back to their home not feeling well, and Gideon went to talk to Shoanti contacts.

Gideon found out the Shoanti had discovered the people aboard the vessel were told to bring the boxes to Korvosa and distribute them among the locals. The distribution happened anyway, even with the sinking as some of the boxes washed up in Trails End, Thieves Camp, and Old Korvosa. Not to mention eager treasure seekers had dove down finding a few on the bottom of the river. The Shoanti had told Gideon that death was coming to Korvosa, and if wanted to live he should leave. When Gideon had said he couldnt, The Skoan-Quah member had said to not forget what he was told about The Green Market by Thousand Bones….

Gideon wanted as the remaining Shoanti tribesman fled…

Kizziar discovered that the fisherman he had returned the boat to, had similar symptoms as Brienna Soldado and he admitted to being one of the treasure seekers in the early morning hours….

On the way back to their home, Kizziar ran into Eddie Gin, who came with him…telling them again that Sgt Marcus Galwatty wanted to see them, urgently. Kizziar told Eddie of what he had found out about a diseases that seemed fast spreading, much to the young lads horror, and agreed that Eddie could come to stay with them. When Kizziar and Eddie got back to the base, they found Jalumm already showing the early rash around the eyes of the dieases. kizziar told Jalumm and left immediately to go see the Field Marshal.

Gideon had arrived at the Field Marshal’s already and had talked to her. They had shared information. and she had stressed strongly he meet with Sgt Galwatty, as he had gotten an ehrenrood forcing him to fight and she needed to keep every able bodied guardsman alive, let alone someone with Galwatty’s experience. She also told him that there had been a couple more murders in East Shore and some similar deaths in Old Korvosa. She also mentioned a messenger had brought a sealed scroll tube for Gideon.

Upon opening it he found that a note from Blackjack asked their groups assistance in getting Trinia Sabor out of Korvosa. Gideon kept that one close to his chest when asked by The Field Marshal.

Gideon, Kizziar and eddie gin went to meet Sgt Galwatty at Shoreline Drinkhall and found out that his Ehrenrood had his name and Opie Hardbar’s etched on it in burnt wood., forcing them to fight in 4 days time. sgt Galwatty asked for their help in investigating it, since he didnt have the authority any longer tnad they had authority that even exceeded a Watchouse Captain’s He suggested they look into the following leads-

1. Mona Memy who owns an Inthoso Den in East Shore and is a known bookie on the fights.

2. Tyler Fetch a Varisian Vagrant who does odd jobs for folks and brought the Ehrenrood to Sgt Galwatty.

3. Lt Nodwin d’Aurel, who had been Marcus’ right hand man before the fight club got out of hand, then He had deserted and has not turned up since. he is known to be personal friends with the retired adventurer Sir Albrecht Lunari who frequents Shoreline Drinkhall, where Galwatty met them.

4. Gentleman Jimmy Gems, who had a gambling house that Sgt Galwatty’s men shut down before he was demoted. Jimmy Gems could have an axe to grind. Jimmy Gems has contacts with House Arabasti’s Count Dalarus, who owns a house of ill repute in East Shore

5. Finally- Opie Hardbar has been involved in no less than 3 of the fights that brought about the death of Guard Officers….why does he keep being chosen?

Kizziar, Eddie and Gideon Shoreline Drinkhall and headed back to their place to get some rest…

Jalumm left to search out Malfurin late in the evening and saw Ersta Bedlid leaving his office. He also felt as if he was being watched. Looking around he saw a blind shut on a two story building across the way. Malfurin was very indignant about being bothered late at night, and denied Ersta having been there. He refused to help and was rude overcharging the desperate Jalumm, who, when it appeared he was going to be short to purchase a health restorative, went to offer up the magic dagger he had gotten in the cache of weapons obtained ny the All The Worlds Meat deserters; but found that he just could not let it go ……

Angry, Jalumm left and went to confront the home owner across the way, only to find an old woman who had no idea what he was talking about…..He also retuned back to his base to sleep til morning…

The next moring arrived with any attempts to use mundane means to heal Brienna failing….not only that but Tayce seems to have fallen ill as well……

With one of their own ill and the disease obviously very quick spreading and a host of things that needed attending to, what will the party do?

Session Experience: 3200 (800 each) Total: 12,344 Next Level: 15,000

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Seven Days to the Grave: A Ship in The Night
or Strange things are afoot

Returning from the strange events at the ‘hanging’, which turned into something entirely else, the group decided not to do anything right away but just wait until morning to approach Field Marshal Kroft.

In the wee hours of the morning an explosion rocked the night of Korvosa and Gideon, Jalumm and Kizziar went to investigate, Aldlara deciding she would wait until morning…

A ship with one lantern hanging in the window was sinking mid river from multiple strikes of boulders tossed by catapults on the watch towers manned by the Gray Wardens. no move was being made to pull the few crew members from the water, though a few could be seen going ashore in old Korvosa and Trails End.

Gideon flew down on Swiftwing to Trails End and his attempts to secure a crewman was rebuffed by the Sklar-Quah Shoanti Tribesman that had them.

the Guardsman of the Gray Wardens had said they had been ordered to fire on the vessel and sink it. The orders coming from the highest authority….

In the morning, the group had approached The Field Marshal and been told the attempted coup of the monarchy by Sable company had been tuned around and now the remnants of sale Company have fled Korvosa and are in hiding. The Queens forces have occupied The Great Tower.

Blackjack was no wanted for Treason and a search was going on for Trinia and he, but so far nothing was discovered.

The queen also mentioned That demoted Captain Galwatty had been the latest Chelaxian to receive an Ehrenrood calling him out to a deathmatch with a Shoanti Barbarian of known repute, and he was asking for help.

The group decided to meet with Galwatty after they investigated the sunken ship. Even after hearing from Eddie Gin as well That Marcus Galwatty was asking for help…

Obtaining a rowboat they went late in the morning to the vicinity they had seen the ship sinking in and dropped an anchor into the deep river and made their way down into the depths utilizing magicks to allow breathing underwater cast by Aldlara. They lift Aldlara’s friend psuedo-dragon in the boat with their heavier gear while they began to search.

The group became separated in the murky depths of the river and Aldalra came upon the aft section of the ship by chance, where it was brken off from the rest by a large chucnk of undersea rock formation. She began to search around inside, disturbing a nest of silt eels which assaulted her. a few minor wounds later and the next mostly slain, she was startled by Jalumm who had found her and almost gotten himself skewered in hi attempt to make his presence known.

Meanwhile kizziar found the other half of the ship and moved up to one of the holes made by the catapult only to be greeted by a Blue Shark, which closed on him as he swam away. The Shark had come out of the ships hold.

Gideon came to Kizziar’s defense and severely injured the shark, which turned out to be the animal companion of an undersea druid who had come to investigate the ships sinking herself. recognizing her as being a member of the race of Sea Hags that plumbed the ocean depths, they prepared to defend themselves, just as they saw jalumm and Aldlara swim into sight….

Sitting’s Experience: 600 each. Total: 11,544

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Edge of Anarchy: Retrieving Ghaekans remains
or They were doing what to his body?

The group stayed clear of The oytugh in the garbage pit and made short work of a nefarious trap that blasted acid at intruders and dropped skeletal snakes upon them as they made their way deeper into the Warrens.

They found a Laboratory that showed signs of something running amok, and killed the Derro cleaning it up. A room beyond was boarded up and showed signs that whatever was in their had been trying to get out. Deciding it served no purpose to let it out at this point, since it didnt seem to make any noise, they moved further in and found a detention area that had a dozen people held in trenches where they wallowed in a state best left unsaid. Most were so ill and malnourished they could not speak or move…but one young lady recently grabbed while exiting a tavern, Tiora, was able to talk to them and help after they defeated the Prison Guard, a heavy set and fairly unintelligent brute called Cabbagehead for the look of his face…

Tiora stood guard over the released prisoners as the party moved deeper in and found Ghaekens remains which were going to be used in the animation of a Flesh Golem, for what nefarious reason they had no idea…Why would a known Shoanti Tribal Cheiftains son’s head be attached to a Golem?…..

Shortly their after they did discover a library with numerous books on Necromancy, creating undead, creating constructs and diseases. Jalumm made certain to take a few books on Necromancy with him. Afterward they ran into the Sorcerer Vreeg, A Derro with the taint of the Undead racing through his veins. A hard battle saw the group victorius as they retrieved Priests of Pharasma and the Guard to purge the lab and care for the prisoners.

All the prisoners lived because of the party’s timely rescue. Field Marshal Kroft told them to take a few days off since they had been going hard for about 2 weeks now.

During this time they returned to Thousand Bones and he was very thankful for their returning Ghaekens body to him. He gave them the name of the Ancient Shoanti wiseman Galdron Greenheart who had been one of the guardians of the Sacred Shoanti site, who might know what purpose the old ruins had and why The Shoanti had fought so hard to keep it from being occupied. Galdron had died defending his grove located near the site of Mirani embassy long years ago, and is reputed to be buried at the center of his grove….at the location called The Green market. He also told them he had to return Ghaekens remains to the sacred burial grounds on The Storval Plateau, North East of Kaer Maga by about 3 days journey called The Kallow Mounds. He said after ritual he had to attend a meeting of the Wisemem of his tribe The Skoan-Quah (or Skull Clan) to decide which way Their tribe would vote in the upcoming vote for war among the clans…

Jalumm found rumors of his daughter being spotted in Old Korvosa and some investigation showed there were about 100 or so Tieflings among the disenfranchised of the city…though a few held positions of Instructors at The Acadamae. It was among these that he discovered there is a wedge between Headmaster Toff Ornelos and The Patriarch of House Ornelos, Volsheynek The Undying Lord.

Aldlara spent a few days utilizing her feminine wiles to gain several favors she could call in at a moments notice if needed.

Gideon found out a new cult had sprung up recently, called The Cult of Lisaala. The primary Leader of The Cult seemed to be an Enchantress who went by the name Tirana, and hailed from Kaer Maga. Gideon also found out that Sable Company suspected foul play from the Queen and Gideon was warned ‘something big was going to happen and be ready’. Gideon moved Swiftwing out of Sable Company’s Great Tower….and began training with the Hippogriff in earnest.

During their meeting with The Shoanti, Kizziar found out the warriors of the barbarians had no respect for him, because he didnt use ‘real weapons’ and did not have the decency to fight man to man.

After a few days, They were told by Field Marshal Kroft that when she tried to have Trinia snuck out of Korvosa, The Gray Wardens had captured her and she was due to be executed for crimes against the Crown, as she was exposed as a poisoner who had killed King Eodred.

During the execution, a timely rescue of Trinia by Blackjack was fortuitous, and in the confusion, Sable Company struck. as Commander Endrin tried to kill the Queen with a whole wing fighting Gray Maidens and Wardens to run interference. Queen Ileosa was unscarred by what should have been a deathblow as the blade bounced off her bodice whith nary a scratch, upon which she reached out a delicate hand, and snapped the blade in half. and then Sabina Merrin, her bodyguard and Captain of The Gray Maidens, gravely wounded Commander Endrin. Sable Company was left leaderless and in shambles as The Gray Wardens seized The Great Tower.

Things are indeed escalating in Korvosa.
Experience for The Dead Warrens: 2685 ea Total: 10,944. Party goes to 4th Level. Next Level: 15,000

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Edge of Anarchy: Into The Warrens.

The hardy band of Adventurers turned Special Agents left the Fight Clubs Arena and returned to made their way to The High Bridge Watch House, where they confronted Captain Galwatty. He reluctantly put himself into their custody as they returned to Field Marshal Kroft. She was quite angy at the Captain she had hand picked to handle the High Bridge Watch Captains duties and with yet another black eye on The Korvosan Guard’s Reputation, she informed both Galwatty and the group that a new Fight Club had cropped up that seemed to play the adversarial role of Galwatty’s. Instead of targeting Varisians and Shoanti…this one was targeting Officers of The Korvosan Guard. She explained that for three nights running, an officer had received an Ehenrood, a stick made with unusual and here to for unknown runes that compelled those who had their names etched upon it to fight to the death. So far, no officer had lived. The group knew they had something to do before that though, in going into the Death Warrens where Ghaekans body had gone.

Meanwhile Kizziar, who was too tired and bedraggled to go to the Watch Captain returned to their home, where he met and old Friend, Sergeant Laroj of The Hellknights, who informed his prodigy that The Queen had pulled back all funding for the Hellknights and that was forcing them to withdraw from the city back to Citadel Vraid. An Unusual turn of events for certain…

Some quick rest and refitting and the group made their way to Gray district and to the tomb they new housed the Warrens. They entered and were immediately set upon by several skeletons and even one made from the remains of an Owlbear, which almost proved to be Gideon’s undoing as it severely injured the Sable Company Apprentice.

As they probed deeper they found a band of Derro, deranged Deep Dwarves who had been touched by the radiation found in the depths of the Earth and driven quite mad. These Dwarves seemed to be the Guardians of The Necromancer Rolths foul labyrinth. One of these Derro was a trainer of Stirges they used to draw blood from victims for the Necromancer’s Experiments.

The band found out their ally Jalumm seemed to be invisible to mindless undead…

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Edge of Anarchy: Performing Duties

Returning from meeting The King of Spiders, they met with Field Marshal Kroft and turned over the letters proving Ambassador Darvayne Amprei’s addiction to Shivers, which of course would compromise his reliability as an Ambassador and gives The Field Marshal the leverage needed to get him dismissed from Court.

The group headed back to their place and rested over night before searching out their contacts for information on their various searches. They soon discover a fairly reliable address for where Trinia Sabor, the missing artist who is accused of being part and parcel to the Kings Death.

They made their way there and chased Trinia across the rooftop maze knwon as the Shingles, with Gideon being the only one to stay close to her and Kiziar falling to the alleyway during the chase. Majenk, brought the fleeing artist down with a quick sting of his tail, causing her to fall into a deep slumber.

Some quick thinking had the group barely avoid discovery by the Gray Wardens, the new Queens Guard as they returned to their home. Awaking Trinia, they did find her to be fairly quick thinking and a bit of a manipulator….an easy scapegoat. But they did not believe her to be a murderer.

They turned her over to Field Marhsal Kroft, before turning their attention to The Skullcrackers. Meeting with Ersta Bedlid of The Drudgespades they almost lost her confidence when Gideon was found to be a Guardsman, but bringing the family heriloom back helped keep them to having her arrange a meeting with Harmon Quagstaff, the leader of the splinter group of Skullcrackers.

Meet him they did, and his enforcer Grosh One-Ear and a few of the more loyal guardsmen.

A fight arranged in the warehouse basement turned deadly and dangerous as Grosh proved to be a one man wrecking crew and Harmon was exposed to being a Wererat. The party eked out a victory with Aldlara falling to Grosh’s club, but a lucky block by her arm saved her from certain death while fracturing the arm. The evenings session ended with a fight club in panic, the splinter group decimated and The group standing amid the arena with Aldlara’s shallow breathing the only thing signifying her status among the living.

Sessions Experience: 1500 Ea. Total: 8259 Needed for 4th: 9000

Amid the fight clubs arena’s findings is a ledger showing That Ghaekans body was turned over to one of Rolths Lt’s a Sorceror named Vreeg in an old tomb in The Gray District…..Welcome to The Dead Warrens.

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Edge of Anarchy: Meet The New Boss
or How I became an Agent of The Crown

Gathering their gains, the group limped out into the night air of Old Korvosa and as they manuevered through alleyways, they were approached by a black clad figure, none-other-than The Legend Himself, Blackjack. He expressed an interest in seeing them pursue their goals and in their survival and then vanished into the night.

Taken aback they continued home for a much needed nights rest. The Morning found Grau Soldado missing and a knock on the door from a Watch Sergeant for West Docks Watch-House.

The Sergeant told them Field Marshal Cressida Kroft requested their presence at The Citadel Volshyenek. The Guard reassured them the request was in good faith, and they responded quickly.

They Found Field Marshal Kroft a down to earth non nonsense woman with the earnest good interest of the city at heart. With her was The Famed Swordsman Vencarlo Orsini, Master of The Orsini Academy of Swordsmanship. Vencarlo expressed his thankfulness they answered her call and expressed his unhappiness with the Death of The King and how The Queen had taken power…and then exited. Filed Marshal Kroft told them of how the investigations into the demise of several criminals in the city had lead her to them and how she was not pleased but understanding and wished them to continue their work, but in an official capacity as her own ‘private agents’. Recent events at All The Worlds Meats, where some deserted Guardsmen who she sought to bring in, had turned bad and the city had witnessed the Guards infighting. Further it had been exposed that the guards were actually grabbing homless and vagrants and cutting them up and serving them to the commonfolk for monetary gain.

A black eye on the Guards reputation for certain. That coupled with the activities of The Skullcrackers were turning the city against her Guardsforce. Not something that was needed so soon after the Kings Death. She gave them Letters of Marque, authorizing them to have authority over any Watch Captain and answering only to her, and through extension The Queen. They were given carte blanche to investigate things they felt needed investigating, as long as they kept her briefed and they pursued some of the things she needed doing.

The party accepted and were told of three tasks that needed fairly immediate attention. 1) It seemed The two Ambassadors from Cheliax were at odds. It seemed The Ambassador Darvayne Gios Amprei had ties to the exiled House Porphyria and was using monies funnled from far off Cheliax to buy back some of the properties of that Exiled Family and behind closed doors was working to make alliances. The Other Ambassador, Paracountess Zarta Dralneen, had gone missing and until they could find her, other manner of reigning in the Ambassador had to be found. Fortunately she knows he has frequented Eels End and suspects that The King of Spiders, Devargo Bavassi may have some leverage she can apply. She wishes the group to go there and in any manner they see fit gain that leverage. 2) A Young Painter named Trinia Sabor, had been found to have had ties to the King, in that she had visited with him multiple times before his death, supposedly making a portrait of him. She was knowns to have lived in The Shingles. Cressida Kroft wanted her brought in for questioning, before The Queens eager forces brought her in for hanging. 3) She had found out that The Spiritual leader of The Shoanti in the area, Thousand Bones, had a Nephew…Gaekan, who had gone missing. She suspects The Skullcrackers had something to do with it, and wants Gaekan found, dead or alive….and returned to the Shoanti, to suppress a bubbling threat of violence. Cressida also informed them she had given Grau Soldado a Watch sergeant Position in High Point.

The group agreed and left splitting up. Gideon met with Eddie Gin and His Thief Catcher Buddy Elril. Leaving them with commands to investigate Trinia and let him know what they found out. When he asked Eddie of goings on, he discovered that a womans body had been found drained of blood in East Shore…..

Aldlara went back to their base and consulted the Harrow Deck asking for insight into the lovers of The King, since he was a known womanizer, in the hopes of it giving her some clue to Trinia’s whereabouts…and was shocked to find out that apparently Zellara was one of his paramours….

Kizziar and Jalumm went to seek out the Reknowned Alchemist Malfurin to get some potions to restore Jalumms health, since he was poisoned severely by orem Menach. The bargain was struck…and some Jalumm’s blood and some gunpowder were part of the exchange…

The group got back together and approached Eels End as clients. an evening of enjoyment was had in the den of depravity that is Eels End and Devargo was approached. They found a captured Psuedo-Dragon named Majenko, who reached out telepathically to the bearer of the Queens Brooch, Aldlara and asked for rescue….Feeling the Brooches hidden magicks awaken, she sought to bargain with The King of Spiders both for the leverage on the Ambassador, which they would pay for, and for life of Majenko. A bargain was struck and Gideon had to play Knivesies with some hopeful thugs looking for employment at Eels End. So soundly did Gideon defeat the thugs that it left Bavassi roaring with pleasure. He released Majenko and began to retrieve the information, giving the bodies of the fallen to his spiders for food….

Sessions Experience: 500 Total: 6739

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Edge of Anarchy: The Smuggler's Demise

Orem Menach proved to be resourceful and crafty and almost resulted in the death and or capture of the Hero’s of Korvosa. However, through wile and determination the group defeated him and his lackeys.

Recovering from poison, and the tough fight with the Smugglers the band of heros sits in the underground lair of Menach and pauses to gether what they can, and to decide what is next….

Session Experience: 2120 Total: 6239

Loose Ends-
1) The Brooch- what to do with it.
2) The Skullcrackers Fightclub and why they killed their own member
3) Orem Menachs Ledger showing he had ties to The King of Spiders Devargo Bevassi
4) Why was the Queen in the catacombs with Sabina Merrin
5) find and rescue or Recover Gaekhan’s body for Thousand Bones of The Shoanti.

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