Kulan: Knightfall's Crisis in Bluffside Game [IC]

Race: Human
HP: 52/52
AC:
20; FF:17 T:14
Spot:+5
Listen:+5
Search+2

[]Cure Minor; [X] Detect Magic; []
Detect Poison; [] [] Light; [] Mending
Fort:+8
Will: +11
Refl: +5
Initiative: +3
Range:+8/+4
Melee: +7/+2 (+1)
1st [6+1](DC16) [ ]Bless; [ ] Command; [ ]Comprehend Languages; [ ]Endure Elements [ ] Sanctuary; [] Lesser Vigor
2nd[5+1](DC17) [x]Consecrate; [ ] Benediction [ ] Gentle Repose [] Remove Paralysis [X] Lesser Restoration
3rd[4+1](DC18) [ ] Mass lesser Vigor []Dispel Magic; [ ]; Invisibility Purge; [X]Status (Extended)
4th: [3+1](DC19) [X] Restoration
STR:13+1
DEX: 16+ 3
CON: 14 + 2
INT: 14 +2
WIS: 20 +5
CHA:15 +2
XP: 28,000/36000
->= studied
1: >[]Sanctuary; []Longstrider
2. []Shield Other; >[] Locate Object
3: >[]Protection from Energy; [] Fly
4: []Spell Immunity; >[] Dim Door


He speaks to Vitus, but in earshot of others in case they can add some clarity.
I need to see Lady O Nazaria regardless, and I could use support in that regard. Perhaps others might come also. I believe that the Rising Swords and the Dusk are in league in killing Avitus. I can’t be entirely sure to what end, but I have a working theory on the how, as in how the killer accessed the Delegacy. We noticed tunnels connecting the candle shop and the warehouse, no? I wonder….
OOC: I'm assuming this was in response to Vitus while we were walking to the castle

Vitus flinches at the mention of the Dusk and seems uncomfortable speaking in front of the others and offers,

"Yes, that's what I want to talk to you about. But maybe later."

Falen gets the impression that Vitus needs to share something with Falen in particular before he feels comfortable sharing with the group.

OOC: at the castle

And finally, to nobody in particular, and everyone in attendance when the most of the Exemplars et al are present, “Would anybody be able to provide me with more information about Lady Nazaria? She is related, evidently, to Legatus Avitus. However, something about this doesn’t fit. I’m tardy in her receiving me, and I’d like to know what I might expect.
Vitus offers to everyone present.

"Ladies and Gentleman, I will be happy to help the Exemplars in any way they need me but this business of the appointment of Knights is an important matter that doesn't need the input of a lowly servant of Tyche. I would ask permission to leave. Perhaps Falen would like to join me since it was I who was to escort him to Lady Nazaria? Perhaps I can answer some of his questions."

OOC: Assuming they give us a place to go.

Given permission to leave, they are escorted to a room down the hall. While smaller, it is still opulent, with a small chandelier and decorative sconces hanging on the wall. The trim is decorated with gold inlay. A servant provides some food and drink then exit to leave Falen and Vitus alone.

Vitus stares at Falen, absently picking at, but not eating, a piece of cheese he's taken from the platter.

Falen senses some pensiveness from Vitus. He can’t put his finger on it (perhaps a bit too much porridge).
The silence is awkward and, just as Falen is about to fill that silence, Vitus pipes in,

"Lord Casca told me to talk to you about Avitus' death." Vitus' voice is full of emotion and any hint of speaking formally is gone.

"Neither of us is allowed at the Ticinum Delegacy. I've....I've been banished....I can't go on Ticinum soil for ten years - that includes the Embassy." Vitus seems to be trying very hard to maintain his composure. The cheese is now left discarded on the platter and Vitus is fidgeting with a very ornate dagger on his belt.

Falen is incredulous that Vitus would be summarily forced to leave. Casca is either a supreme turdnugget himself, or he did Vitus a kindness. Falen wonders if the latter.
When Vitus shares his expulsion from the Ticineum Delegacy, Falen consoles Vitus. Falen is surprised by Casca’s actions. He nudges Vitus, “Young Cleric, tell me specifically what happened, with narrative. Leave nothing out.

Vitus clears his throat,

"I didn't know why I was being banished - it seemed a harsh punishment for leaving my position but, after I left, I was given a note. I was told to find you to tell you that you are also not welcome there. The letter told me to confide in you that the 'The Renegade had the Dusk kill Avitus but Casca doesn't know why.' The letter also said that Lady Nazaria would know more because she is Cassianus Avitus' first cousin," he pauses, "What surprised me more is I am Lady Nazaria's first cousin twice removed."

He let that final bit sink in: Avitus was Vitus' grandfather.

"On my father's side. I didn't know."


@Aust Thale
Vitus is a pretty honest kid and probably easy to read - especially out of the context of a diplomatic conversation where he's mostly been instructed to 'be polite and say nothing incriminating'. I'm going to assume Falen can read him like a book - especially since he's trying to be open. After reading through my post, it might imply that Vitus didn't know that he was related to Lady Nazaria, which is true, but it's pretty evident to Falen that the actual bombshell is Vitus didn't realize he was actually related to Avitus. I just don't know how to edit it to make that more obvious and still make it a dramatic reveal, lol.
 
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Aust Thale

Adventurer
Falen:
Surprised by the revelation of who Vitus is to all this, Falen is gradually putting the pieces together. He comes to the conclusion. “Casca is saving your life, Vitus. And I think I know why.” He doesn’t mention the letter specifically. That would place Lord Max in the middle of this. He does share the message, however, as well as the end result. Falen tries not to be indelicate, but the very fact they are having this conversation carries a palpable weight. The Ticineum Delegacy is compromised. “Your father appears to be Aulus. I was tasked with a message to your grandfather regarding his son’s…your father’s…demise. The message was coded. He was being held ransom by the Dusk and was unfortunately killed during a rescue attempt. They are in league with Rising Swords and at the behest of Phelix Cannitha. He was held in ransom to force compliance by your grandfather with Phelix. Whatever that yielded we do not fully know; however as Avitus was assassinated, we can presume that whatever he was being forced to do ceased. Casca used the opportunity you gave him with your choice and my lack of cooperation being followed to remove you from the equation. Fret not your shelter being taken. Casca did you a favor. I’m convinced the Delegacy is compromised. Would it not cause a diplomatic incident and frankly, too our hand, I’d recommend that Oakfirst lock it down or expel every last soul in it. As it is, Casca may prove to be an ally, or at least a source of information. We share our faith in Tyche. Consider this good fortune, for the story isn’t written yet, and we’ve leagues to go before we sleep. Tell me again what you know about your parents. I want to be prepared for Lady Nazaria. You’ve met her, correct? Does she know of your…relationship to Avitus?”
 

Race: Human
HP: 52/52
AC:
20; FF:17 T:14
Spot:+5
Listen:+5
Search+2

[]Cure Minor; [X] Detect Magic; []
Detect Poison; [] [] Light; [] Mending
Fort:+8
Will: +11
Refl: +5
Initiative: +3
Range:+8/+4
Melee: +7/+2 (+1)
1st [6+1](DC16) [ ]Bless; [ ] Command; [ ]Comprehend Languages; [ ]Endure Elements [ ] Sanctuary; [] Lesser Vigor
2nd[5+1](DC17) [x]Consecrate; [ ] Benediction [ ] Gentle Repose [] Remove Paralysis [X] Lesser Restoration
3rd[4+1](DC18) [ ] Mass lesser Vigor []Dispel Magic; [ ]; Invisibility Purge; [X]Status (Extended)
4th: [3+1](DC19) [X] Restoration
STR:13+1
DEX: 16+ 3
CON: 14 + 2
INT: 14 +2
WIS: 20 +5
CHA:15 +2
XP: 28,000/36000
->= studied
1: >[]Sanctuary; []Longstrider
2. []Shield Other; >[] Locate Object
3: >[]Protection from Energy; [] Fly
4: []Spell Immunity; >[] Dim Door


Vitus listened intently to all the information. When Falen finished, he responded with some trepidation,

"Aulus is not my father. Unless my father used a fake name. Or maybe it was a brother? My Uncle?"

Vitus felt guilty for feeling relieved that his father had not been held captive and murdered. If it was an uncle, he'd never met them before.

"My Father was Levi Paccionne. But....his middle name is Dovius*, just like Cassianus Avitus' middle name. But...the letter says something interesting. It says...."

He fishes the letter out and points at the part, showing it to Falen, as he reads it aloud,

"'Avitus was your father's true father.' Maybe Paccionne was an adopted name? Maybe Avitus...do you think Avitus had a Mistress?"

"I never knew my Grandparents. My parents were adventurers until they had me. My mom settled down as a Priestess of Tyche and my dad would just, kind of, wander in and out of my life. He said he had Tyche's work to do. One day, I woke up and they were gone they left me a letter saying they'd come find me one day. I never saw them again...so I took to the road. But they left me some things so I could get by..."


Vitus' simple cloak dissipates revealing a beautiful set of mithral chainmail.

"I wear it everywhere...it's practically underwear! Eventually, Casca took me in. The letter says I should 'guard my birthright.' But I don't think he's talking about a suit of armour or magical rings. Casca says Lady Nazaria would take us in. And he told us not to tell anyone about my heritage. Apparently, my parents made Avitus swear to secrecy."


*now i'm making stuff up for the story :D
 
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Knightfall

World of Kulan DM
Earlier in the Day at Stormgrove:
Aust Thale said:
He informed the Dark Lantern commander of the watch as well as the estate manager what Oakfirst had asked of him to tell the others, that he would see them after dinner. Falen asked that they inform others as they found them, especially Sobla and Mutt, and to remain close to the manor. Falen asked the estate manager whether the estate maintained a leathersmith. Wise choice, as they kept one on retainer, and as fate would have it, he was finishing his day at the manor working on a saddle. Falen asked him if he could provide a potion / vial bandoleer as well as leather straps to anchor sheaths to his backpack or his belt. The magical properties of either presented a challenge, but the leathersmith said he would return shortly with the bandoleer and several leather straps that would tie on to his belt or backpack as well as his arrow quiver to the backpack. He would purchase the leather goods upon the leathersmith’s return, assuming he could come to an agreeable price.

A courier arrived with a partial inventory of the captured items for the Exemplars and their comrades to pick from. He removed the magical “dancing dagger” from his person, and he hailed the courier to remain. Studying the list, he marked items he was interested in, provided it to the courier, and told him to take it to every Exemplar on the grounds, and then back to the palace or armory holding the material.
Falen finds that Lanterns aren't organized like the Regulars or Elites. When asks for a 'commander of the watch', he is told "to go find Florrie."

He finds the wisp of womanhood out in the manor's gardens. The Whiteshadow, as the other Lanterns call her isn't that imposing but she has their loyalty and respect. She listens to Falen's and promises to tell the others of Oakfirst's message.

When he asks about and estate manager and a leathermaker, she raises an eyebrow. "With Gerey... occupied. You'll need to talk to me or Puck." She directs him to a small shop near the Black Cat Tavern in the South Ward. "Terger left the manor running with a minimal staff. Timoleon does all the repairs for the manor. He'll help you."

It is a short walk across the Lilal Ward and through the Green Gateway and then to the leathersmith's shop. Timoleon is cautious at first but once Falen talls him he's staying at Stormgrove, the man is happy to help. He closes up his shop and goes with Falen back to the manor.

"I need to finish work on an old saddle," he says.

Aust Thale said:
He summoned the estate manager again and inquired as to where he might find purveyors of less available magic weapons. He also requested some cleaning rags, some grime-dissolving diluted lye, a wash pot of boiling water, and the use of one of the fire pits outside. He set about cleaning the Bane Dagger thoroughly. The magical poison properties exhausted for the day, he wanted to clean some of the filth from the blade without hurting himself. It was an ugly weapon. Not even the most righteous and thorough cleaning would fix that. It smelled as well of poison, despite its magical origin. Reptiles would often musk a predator; it was not terribly unlike that. Fortunately, once sheathed, it masked the odor. And when properly cleaned, it was bearable in polite company. He thought seriously of putting it back into the treasury; however, he hadn’t fully made up his mind. Perhaps the estate manager would become a valuable contact in finding less common and more interesting things. Nevertheless, he scrubbed it for an hour, thinking of several things going on around him.
When Falen goes to find Florrie again, she tells him the best place in Bluffside to buy magic weapons used to be in New City. "Kinlay’s Outfitters had anything you could ever think of but after Kinkar was found to have connections to the Rising Swords, the city shut the place down. He fled the city around the same time as the New City Disaster. The city auctioned off all his abandoned stock."

She ponders for a minute. "In Old City, hmm, the Sublime Market is your best option for high end goods. Very expensive. You might find something useful as Riftdelve Supplies. But, if you're looking for a deal on something truly exotic then you should go to Velvet Square by the Traders' Gate. She looks at Falen with serious eyes. "But, try not to go there late at night. There are things a lot worse than The Dusk and the Loyalists creeping around those streets."

Florrie directs Falen to go see Puck for the cleaning items. The young lad is even younger than Vitus, yet he seems to have become the temporary Warden of the Manor with Gerey a guest of a fey goddess.



Past Midnight at The Palace:
Rockhorn is, was, used to shamans doing a performance, and in later years, the crowds loved a good show, but this level of power was something else.

He stands quietly on the side of the room.

When the offer is made, he remains silent, this is not something he feels invited in, given his recent arrival. While his ideas of the rangers and guardians may have some merrit in the ruins, the chasm or the wild, within the city monstruous guardians might be too troublesome.

But other ideas, aerial patrols, intelligent mounts, and similar should work. And maybe he would be finally left alone to train beasts and people, and not having to traumatize poor Spritewing again and again.
As Rockhorn watches, Tim is the first to respond to the offer...

Tim bows before Commander Oakfirst, going to one knee, drawing his sword as he does so. With the blade pointed down, and his hand around the crossguard, he bows his head, touching the top of his head to the flat of the blade.

Tim vows, "You have my blade, no reservations. I live to serve."
The commander smiles and nods to Tim, but Oakfirst can see the hesitancy in the others eyes.

"Thank you, Sir Tymbeck," Oakfirst replies.

Akos listens to the offer, shaking his head even before she finished. When she is, he answers in a short speech.
OOC: this assumes no 'normal' guards or even elites are around, just management, otherwise he waits until he can speak only to the commanders
OOC: The offer actually was asked by Oakfirst. I used the wrong colour for Oakfirst's question to the PCs. Or was Akos shaking his head at what Lady Pomander said?

The lord commander's offer and Tim's quick acceptance is follows by several moments of silence.

Ela senses Akos hesitancy and shakes her head too. Then, she glances at Vincenzo to see what he will say.

Vinny is torn between the prestige of being a knight exemplar and his already swore duty with the wizard guild. His previous commitment wins.

"Commander Oakfirst, it is truly an honor to be asked this of me. Having said that, I already hold a position in the Sectarian Guard and that would potentially be a conflict of interest. I will have to regretfully turn down this most gracious and noble opportunity."

He is visibly saddened by this decision, but has no intention to change his mind.
Ela nods satisfied. The young Sectarian understands his loyalties to the Wizard Council. Yet, the Sectarian Captain understands that the 'Exemplars', this group, if not the knights, will need his help.

"I have a suggestion," she says to Vincenzo. "The Wizard Council will need a liaison to these new knights. That could fall to you, if your willing. It would be what you already have been doing, but you'll just have to file more reports."

"That would be acceptable," Oakfirst says.

Commander, my regards to Captain Camburn.

As to your query, my first oath is already spoken for. As you shall recall, I’m here by errand of Max Thale, Earl of Ravenhill to provide message to the late Legatus Avitus. I serve at the behest of my mentor, and I remain eternally loyal. It appears that Bluffside’s enemies are responsible for Avitus’ demise, and it is part of a larger plot afoot that we find ourselves entangled. To that end, I am your humble servant, and I can offer my experience and counsel in assistance. If you can accept that allegiance, I indeed offer it. I must tell you, though, it is not righteousness that guides our fight, and I need to make sure that you are not under that illusion, or we’ll endanger many more people.

If the people of Bluffside, both aristocrat and commoner, are inclined in the slightest to regard this as rebellion, then something must have provided the soil in which that grew, with or without Waldo. That must be voiced. However, in this particular situation, I’m inclined to ask several things of this Rebellion: How much of all this is righteous? Where is the money? And how much of this is magical thrall? What I saw at Crossed Candles may have started as a payroll, but when we encountered it, it was much more.
Did you see this?


While on the subject, who the hell is this candlemaker, and is he even real? Tuck and I captured papers, ledgers, and the like that are too perfect.
"I told you this would happen," Lady Pomander says to the lord commander.

"Yes, it seems I have misjudged the situation." He looks at each of the Exemplars. "I felt you all were ready for this step. I apologize for putting you all in such a difficult position."

Several of the Elites and Regulars present appear disappointed. They had hoped for the Exemplars to become their new captains, although it is a bit presumptuous for them to automatically assume they'd all become members of the Knights Exemplar.

"As for your questions, Mr. Falen, you are probably right there might be magical enchantment at play. If there is a thieves' guild under the candle shop and Barclay Winton, or Kelik, is its master, then maybe he has the answers. Or, maybe it is a ruse to give the Renegade more time to prepare to invade the city with more alien creatures." He sighs. "Its something that might need to be divined."

Aust Thale said:
Falen allows Commander Oakfirst to digest the disparate parts of the conversation. Assuming a proper response, Falen continues: “Commander, I request that you place Maggard Vonner’s guard unit under watch by your men. Particularly, by those that you know are loyal and as well, outrank and can outfight Vonner definitively. Watch the unit’s movements, both public and private. Don’t interfere. Also, find a reason to pull Romanus Dacus and reassign him. I’d like him assessed as a fighter and leader. Vonner is a thug who works for money. That is a path to figuring out the money. I witnessed Dacus show discretion and good judgment while still following orders. If suitable, I’d like him among us. And I’d like a liaison to the Dark Lanterns. Several hours into their care, and I find myself quite taken with them.

Falen makes no attempt at explaining the Dacus or Vonner situation. Falen wants to return a favor and reward behavior that is good for Bluffside while slowly and inexorably knee-capping Vonner and his merry band of brigands.
"He is already being watched," the commander replies. "I looked into him after out first conversation. He was reinstated by one of The Five. I don't know who, however." He glances towards Lady Pomander.

"No," she replies tersely. "There is no way I would ever have let that man back into the Regulars."

"I have my suspicions, but I cannot countermand a directive of The Five. And no votes can be taken on the matter until after a replacement has been decided upon... and announced to the public."

He nods to Falen. "If this Dacus is worthy of a better assignment, I'll get it for him. Captain Chalsarda might balk at me reassigning him, but she can't overrule me."

Vitus offers to everyone present.

"Ladies and Gentleman, I will be happy to help the Exemplars in any way they need me but this business of the appointment of Knights is an important matter that doesn't need the input of a lowly servant of Tyche. I would ask permission to leave. Perhaps Falen would like to join me since it was I who was to escort him to Lady Nazaria? Perhaps I can answer some of his questions."
"Do you think you can commune with your goddess?" Ela asks the young cleric of Tyche. "Do you have the power to ask for her aid?"

Aust Thale said:
And finally, to nobody in particular, and everyone in attendance when the most of the Exemplars et al are present, “Would anybody be able to provide me with more information about Lady Nazaria? She is related, evidently, to Legatus Avitus. However, something about this doesn’t fit. I’m tardy in her receiving me, and I’d like to know what I might expect.
"I know of her," Ela says. "But, I didn't know she is related to the legatus."

"Yes, she and the legatus are cousins, I believe, but they rarely spoke to each other. An old argument," Lady Pomander adds. "She's a bit of a loner. She tends to keep to the Temple District. She worships some obscure deity unrelated to Ticinum."

"I don't think she's attended a city function in years," Oakfirst notes. "I've always found her to be a bit of a wallflower, and eccentric. Quite refreshing for a noble lady. She's not the stuffy sort. She's constantly giving gold to the homeless in the Temple District's streets. She loves having tea with whoever comes to her door. She rarely remembers them, if they visit again."



OOC: @Neurotic, I'll reply to the rest of your post tomorrow. It's now past 1 a.m. for me. Time to sleep.
 

Race: Human
HP: 52/52
AC:
20; FF:17 T:14
Spot:+5
Listen:+5
Search+2

[]Cure Minor; [X] Detect Magic; []
Detect Poison; [] [] Light; [] Mending
Fort:+8
Will: +11
Refl: +5
Initiative: +3
Range:+8/+4
Melee: +7/+2 (+1)
1st [6+1](DC16) [ ]Bless; [ ] Command; [ ]Comprehend Languages; [ ]Endure Elements [ ] Sanctuary; [] Lesser Vigor
2nd[5+1](DC17) [x]Consecrate; [ ] Benediction [ ] Gentle Repose [] Remove Paralysis [X] Lesser Restoration
3rd[4+1](DC18) [ ] Mass lesser Vigor []Dispel Magic; [ ]; Invisibility Purge; [X]Status (Extended)
4th: [3+1](DC19) [X] Restoration
STR:13+1
DEX: 16+ 3
CON: 14 + 2
INT: 14 +2
WIS: 20 +5
CHA:15 +2
XP: 28,000/36000
->= studied
1: >[]Sanctuary; []Longstrider
2. []Shield Other; >[] Locate Object
3: >[]Protection from Energy; [] Fly
4: []Spell Immunity; >[] Dim Door


"Do you think you can commune with your goddess?" Ela asks the young cleric of Tyche. "Do you have the power to ask for her aid?"
It was never his intention to show any power but he also worried that he wouldn't be allowed to follow the Exemplars if he didn't prove himself.

"Do I think? No. I KNOW.

M'Lady, do not let my age fool you: While I'm only recognized as an acolyte here in Bluffside, I had my Ordination in Ticinum when I was ten.

He left out, because my mother was fanatical.

"If it's all the same, I'd hoped my actions tonight proved that."


 

Knightfall

World of Kulan DM
Later, in Oakfirst's Private Quarters in the Palace:
"I was hoping to speak to The Five before any of this comes to fruition. We saw the result of multiple branches of law, of different levels due to status, heritage, or ability in case of Sectarians. All this multiplies levels of politics, potential corruption and increases the ability of enemies to create distrust and chaos. My advice would be to create single organization Watchmen, Guards, however you want to call them. And to instill into them 'Bluffside first' mentality from the start. There will always be conflict of interest when a noble guard needs to do something against his family. But that is true for every organization ever.

Showing Dark lanterns in the light is also affecting their function, they should NOT be seen, not be recognizable in public."
Lady Pomander nods. Akos can tell she's not happy with the plans for the Lanterns.

Oakfirst listens intently and does not interrupt the Loremaster. He seems to know that Akos has more to say.

Neurotic said:
He makes a pause gauging the reaction of those around him, but he continues immediately, not letting anyone speak
"We can command the new order, but if we start too soon, the duties will detract from the mission. And we, as a group, are very diverse, there would be different knights with different abilities falling under different commanders. Those of the warrior bend are more likely to listen to Sir Tymbeck and Sir Breva than me. Same goes for other knights depending on their abilities.

I accept the responsibility, with understanding that I have split loyalties between Bluffside and my goddess, much like young Vitus here. I don't see that as essential conflict, one begets loyalty to people and the place, the other just requires following her tenets and living full life."

"But!"
he holds up a finger "I will join the political game. And this might bring changes in time. Which not everyone may like. Such is politics."
"It is good that you have accepted," Oakfirst replies. "I don't know if this would work without you and Sir Tymbeck. Unfortunately, Sir Breva is returning to his homeland, but I hope Custodio will be able to help Tim with the knight's warrior... caste?"

"That's as good a word as any," Lady Pomander says. She speaks to Akos. "A single group of guards is good idea, but I don't know if all the branches, as you say, will bend their leaves to the sun." She pauses. "It's probably best to tell you all that a new member of The Five has, indeed, been chosen."

"That was fast," Custodio says.

Lady Pomander nods. "It is why the other members of the council need Lord Commander Simonis to retract his nomination for his brother, Lord Kai," she says. "In return, he gets full leadership of the Dark Lanterns."

"Who?"

"Telchal Ashhand. I believe you remember his son," Oakfirst replies. "Elkgrar made a brilliant move nominating his father in the Chamber of the Five *. Lord Ashhand rewarded Elkgrar with an ambassadorial position in the Granite Kingdoms."

"Terger's nomination of Roose was also a brilliant move," Lady Pomander says. "Of course, Simonis turned it into a nomination for Lord Kai instead."

"So, the inner council is back up to five," Custodio says. "That's good news."

Lady Pomander nods. "Lord Varian hasn't been confirmed as the new Lord Mayor, yet, but I already know that Lord Ashhand will vote to confirm him once his place among The Five has been made public."

The lady looks at Akos. "If you want a place in the Chamber of the Five, you'll need support from the nobles of Old City, at the very least." She paces for several moments. "I could nominate you to take Ashhand's place on the outer council, but the other members of The Five could veto my nomination and that would be the end of it."

"If you want, I'll try to get you an audience to speak in the Chamber," Lady Pomander offers the Loremaster. "It won't happen until Lord Varian is sworn in as lord mayor."

"Assuming a certain sorcerer doesn't try to have him killed," Oakfirst says.

Lady Pomander nods.

"Exemplars, the declaration of the new order of knights can wait for another day," Oakfirst announces. "I will work to seal the deal with Simonis. He might listen to a reasonable argument." The commander stretches, sits down behind a sparse desk, and then continues. "These tunnels under the candle shop must be explored. I'd rather not send any guards down there. There are still too many questions. I hope you will take the lead and find out what is down there."

"The gate, Reginald!" Lady Pomander insists. "It must be secured, or sealed... something."

"Yes, I know!" He replies. "But, if the Renegade has an entire thieves' guild to help him, then it must be torn out of Old City. These thugs, plus The Dusk, plus his damn Loyalists are just as dangerous as that creature. We cannot let them continue to fester in Bluffside."

"Or, he could be playing us all," Lady Pomander insists. "The Five wants that damn gate gone."

"Then... you'll need to let the Wizard Council try to handle it, again," Oakfirst rebuffs. "My Elites, not even my Arcani, can do anything about a magical gate. Too many of the Elites have fallen," He looks at Vincenzo. "And, I don't know if the Sectarians could even seal it permanently."

Oakfirst sits back and sighs. "I do have another one of the crystalline flowers for them to use," he says. "It is hidden away from the prying eyes of the Renegade." He looks at Tim. "Oh, and I was able to find that magical ring you'll need to bring up that warrior trapped under the Gate of Scales. The Elites stationed there have been very diligent about making sure no one enters through the hidden trapdoor in the gatehouse."

Oakfirst opens up the top left hand drawer of his desk and takes a small bag and slides it across the desk to Tim. "I will leave the young man's safe return to the world in your hands Captain Tymbeck and Captain Akos. After all, he already knows and trusts you."
 

Aust Thale

Adventurer
Falen (continuing speaking w/ Vitus):
"Your father was not Aulos? Apologies. No matter. Clearly, Avitus was the center of their attention. We should call on Lady Nazaria, and then, notwithstanding more urgent matters, we should explore the tunnels."
He visits with Vitus to make him comfortable. Falen enjoys the boy's...correction...the young cleric's passion and willfulness. He gets to know Vitus, drawing out more about him. Falen authentically reciprocates in his own fashion, but he as with all of the others, he listens more than he speaks.

Later he collects from the treasury what he needs, notwithstanding others’ requirements. He also makes it a point to thank Florrie, sharing that he very much enjoys these Dark Lanterns. He might find a home among these folk if he were released from Lord Max's retainer. He enjoyed moving around, however. Missions such as this...well...perhaps less complicated than this one allowed him to do so. "One more request, Florrie. Do you happen to have anyone who could help me shake off this slight fog I find myself in. I would like to very much know what kind of spell hit me while fighting at the Crossed Candles. A rather cheeky enchantress met her end there, but not before she delivered several formidable magical hits. This particular one had him a bit enfeebled. I would request one of the others in my number their help, but I suspect they will need it later this evening or tomorrow." I can pay if I need to.

Regardless of that outcome, during the late hours, he finds himself asleep again, wrapped in his cloak in a hammock near one of the larger firepits. He wakes at whatever time the others rouse him (hopefully in early morning before sunrise). He will study his spells again for good measure. And he genuinely hopes for a breakthrough.
 
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Race: Human
HP: 52/52
AC:
20; FF:17 T:14
Spot:+5
Listen:+5
Search+2

[]Cure Minor; [X] Detect Magic; []
Detect Poison; [] [] Light; [] Mending
Fort:+8
Will: +11
Refl: +5
Initiative: +3
Range:+8/+4
Melee: +7/+2 (+1)
1st [6+1](DC16) [ ]Bless; [ ] Command; [ ]Comprehend Languages; [ ]Endure Elements [ ] Sanctuary; [] Lesser Vigor
2nd[5+1](DC17) [x]Consecrate; [ ] Benediction [ ] Gentle Repose [] Remove Paralysis [X] Lesser Restoration
3rd[4+1](DC18) [ ] Mass lesser Vigor []Dispel Magic; [ ]; Invisibility Purge; [X]Status (Extended)
4th: [3+1](DC19) [X] Restoration
STR:13+1
DEX: 16+ 3
CON: 14 + 2
INT: 14 +2
WIS: 20 +5
CHA:15 +2
XP: 28,000/36000
->= studied
1: >[]Sanctuary; []Longstrider
2. []Shield Other; >[] Locate Object
3: >[]Protection from Energy; [] Fly
4: []Spell Immunity; >[] Dim Door


To @Aust Thale Falen:
"You know, I was thinking. We have a lot of dead people in the city. If I pray hard enough, Tyche might act as a go-between us and some of the fallen. What I mean is, we can question the dead to try to find answers...I'm just not totally apprised of everything so you and the Exemplars would need to...'smith' the questions. We could question the Butcher or whoever else. The Enchantress? They must have known something."


I'm talking about speak with dead, of course.
 
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Rockhorn looks bewildered as the politics and high level maneuvers are discussed.
"Lord Oakfirst, I was supposed to return to the wild, but I offer my services here instead. My experience with various beasts, normal, magical, or aberrant may be useful. And Spritewing and I can quickly go over the city, but are small enough to go into tunnels as needed. And I'm sure if you talk to the rangers they will see it the same way."
 

Race: Human
HP: 52/52
AC:
20; FF:17 T:14
Spot:+5
Listen:+5
Search+2

[]Cure Minor; [X] Detect Magic; []
Detect Poison; [] [] Light; [] Mending
Fort:+8
Will: +11
Refl: +5
Initiative: +3
Range:+8/+4
Melee: +7/+2 (+1)
1st [6+1](DC16) [ ]Bless; [ ] Command; [ ]Comprehend Languages; [ ]Endure Elements [ ] Sanctuary; [] Lesser Vigor
2nd[5+1](DC17) [x]Consecrate; [ ] Benediction [ ] Gentle Repose [] Remove Paralysis [X] Lesser Restoration
3rd[4+1](DC18) [ ] Mass lesser Vigor []Dispel Magic; [ ]; Invisibility Purge; [X]Status (Extended)
4th: [3+1](DC19) [X] Restoration
STR:13+1
DEX: 16+ 3
CON: 14 + 2
INT: 14 +2
WIS: 20 +5
CHA:15 +2
XP: 28,000/36000
->= studied
1: >[]Sanctuary; []Longstrider
2. []Shield Other; >[] Locate Object
3: >[]Protection from Energy; [] Fly
4: []Spell Immunity; >[] Dim Door


I was tasked with a message to your grandfather regarding his son’s…your father’s…demise. The message was coded. He was being held ransom by the Dusk and was unfortunately killed during a rescue attempt.
"Was he also a diplomate or someone important? Where was he being held captive? Did you help to try to rescue him? Who gave you the message? Are you from Ticinum too?"
We share our faith in Tyche. Consider this good fortune, for the story isn’t written yet, and we’ve leagues to go before we sleep.
"Does she talk to you too?"


Assume these questions aren't in quick succession since we're having a conversation.
 

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