PCs: Felicity, Saad, Toad, Ms Terspongecake
Ring of NPC: Piper, Girthy
8th Phara, 179th Year of the Goddess (Io)
The tale started in Dannee’s Place, a middle class bar in Lotani. Toad had come to Lotani after learning that the second of the books that he was after was here, though he wasn’t sure where it was or how it would be coming here. Saad, on the other hand, was chasing a powerful magical artifact that he had heard was capable of giving unlimited wishes. Both had serendipitously found themselves in Dannee’s when they heard a commotion outside.
Making their way outside, with the wizard stepping aside for the large half-orc barbarian, they noticed that a crowd had gathered around a rider and her fractious camel. The rider, who would turn out to be Felicity, pulled some very pointed stares from the pair, who noticed she didn’t have any weapons on her, and had a mesmerising pair of mismatched eyes. Managing to calm her steed, she gauged the mood of the people around her to be interested, but not negative towards her.
The crowd turned to more exciting things, however, as an armed convoy started streaming through the thoroughfare, accompanied by stern and professional appearing guards. Toad, interested by the hubbub, decided to see if he could detect any particularly interesting magic going on through the convoy. Much to his surprise, he detected an aura he knew well- one of the books he was searching for was definitely being transported in the convoy.
Upon further examination of the auras, he also noticed a muted magic aura- a wizard with the convoy, and his apparently cat familiar.
Both Toad and Saad attempted to follow the caravan, with limited success, as the guards kept a close eye on them. Saad quickly scaled a nearby building to attempt to get a better view, but received an unfortunate package from a bird to the face when he tried to look (crit fail).
Meanwhile, Ms Terspongecake (from here on “Miss”) was silently watching from a nearby rooftop (crit success). She also noticed that there was a large lockbox to the back of the convoy which was particularly well guarded- a particularly valuable treasure, perhaps.
Toad cast invisibility on himself, allowing him to follow the convoy all the way through the city into the higher class district, whereupon the convoy entered the Merchant Guild’s Headquarters through its large double doors. Surveying the building, he observed its impressive size as well as its linking to the buildings beside and behind it.
Felicity, in the mean time, gathered some gossip, and found that:
- there was a reward for a missing gnome noble
- a crazy camel had come through the city and departed just as speedily
- the Merchant Guild was expecting to receive a valuable item from Zanzi
Saad similarly wanted to find out a little more about what was going on, and found his way to The Hole in the slums. Although Urgrosh the barkeeper is usually not the sweetest tempered orc, Saad managed to break through his granite exterior and become his new best friend, sharing some dwarven ale as well as gossip with the barkeep (crit success). Urgrosh told Saad that the Merchant Guild had recently acquired among other items, a valuable book and staff. These items were so valuable that they had paid a large sum in order for a powerful spellcaster to protect them.
Off to inspect the Guild’s HQ, Saad is approached by a mysterious brown cloaked figure, who silently passes him a note, and slips off into the crowd.
One by one, the others are all similarly approached, though they don’t notice the figure. Instead, they discover notes pinned to the clothes. Though the notes differed, they all amounted to the same thing- they were directed to meet a mysterious “E” in the Low Places.
Saad, knowing of the Low Places due to his smuggling past, quickly made his way down through The Hole to ask around and attempt to find out where E could be found. Felicity, in the mean-time, was directed to Lofty Heights, being told if she wanted to know about anything that was going on in Lotani, Zoot Tarrant was the person to ask.
Miss also managed to hear of the entry through The Hole, but through a series of misunderstandings, including repeatedly making an offensive gesture (low rolls), angered Urgrosh and started a brawl between the two. Despite the orc’s intimidating nature, Miss had the upper hand, repeatedly stabbing him with her shortsword.
News quickly spread through the Low Places that one of Urgrosh’s famous tavern brawls was underway, and Saad raced towards the action, with the thought that a possible reward might be possible if he could help out his new friend. The mood of the bar quickly soured as the patrons realised Urgrosh was losing, and a few patrons stepped out, readying themselves to aid the barkeep.
Thankfully, Saad arrived before things could escalate to a lethal level, and shouted at Miss to get out, at which point she fled and hid, with Urgrosh hot on her heels. With a successful stealth check, further violence was successfully avoided, and Saad headed back down to the Low Places.
In the meantime, Felicity used her female wiles to ascertain the location of Lofty Heights and was ushered in by the doorman after having been judged of appropriate attire. Though she found and spoke to Zoot most effectively, he was unable to point her in the direction of the Low Places entrance (retcon). He did, however, quickly find an underling who was able to help her out, once out of Zoot’s naive earshot.
Toad, musing on the best way to meet the Low Places, managed to trigger a chute entrance to the Low Places through one of Lotani’s alleyways (nat 20). The chute neatly ended in the appointed meeting room with E, who was completely unsurprised as to the wizard’s arrival. Though Toad asked the brown cloaked figure questions, he was given no answers save nods and shakes of the head, and contented himself to waiting.
Felicity was the next to arrive, with Saad entering shortly after. Miss was the last to make it, after eventually discovering of an additional entrance through Ritzy Rita’s, and slowly making her way there, slightly out of breath and covered in orc blood. Though Saad’s hand strayed to the axe at his hip, the two didn’t engage.
Emmett (as he then revealed himself to be) addressed the four, and told them that he was an agent of Norgorber, who wished them to perform a number of tasks. Their first task was to secure the book for Toad from the Merchant Guild’s Warehouse- they could do so in any manner they chose, as long as they completed the task.
Grudgingly setting off together, the party surveyed the Merchant Guild HQ and its adjoining warehouse in different ways- Saad cased out the building using his Incorrectly Named Gloves of Retcon, Miss inspected the outside to ascertain whether the building could be scaled to enter, and Felicity took the direct course of simply talking to those inside and charming the answers out of them. She managed to strike it off very well with Jomba (a natural 20) who divulged the majority of the security measures to her, but not their placement.
The party subsequently hid in the HQ til close with the help of a Silent Image, with the plan to Suggest one guard to head to the bathroom, then overwhelm the other guard. This went off without a hitch, subduing the other guard as well on his return. With the required helms to enter the trapped room, Toad started making perception and spellcraft checks to determine where the traps are.
Now all that’s left is to carefully make their way through the traps and pick up the book. Right?
Most Kills: Felicity/Saad