Post by scottenkainen on Aug 4, 2015 12:00:45 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 18 for Joaquim, Ximo, Marcel:
Left unexplored was the matter of how two conjurers who didn't really trust each other planned to share the illusionist's spellbook. They left this unsaid all the way back to the Bronze Unicorn...
At the inn, they did indeed find Marcel waiting for them! Some short explanations were made as to who had accomplished what during their time apart, but then the conjurers settled in to trying to decode the message on parchment, confident that their combined intelligence was sufficient to the task. Marcel tried to help too, while being careful not to show up anyone.
It was Ximo who mostly broke the code, starting by guessing at the short words being common articles, inserting those letters into other words, guessing at incomplete words to find more letters, and continuing to substitute until more words became clear. Finally, as evening became night and the inn was clearing out around them, they had it:
To prove your loyalty, come to the Tarry Road Hostel at dawn tomorrow. Be prepared to cast a phantasmal forces spell. You will meet another agent there with further instructions. He will identify himself by saying Nulb is nice this time of year.
Post by Ronny Serio on Aug 4, 2015 15:35:19 GMT -6
"Dawn," Marcel said. "That doesn't give us much time."
"No, it doesn't," Joaquim agreed. "I can't cast that spell, can you," he asked Ximo. "I did see it on the list of spells available at the Consortium, but I don't know if we can get help from them in time. The hour is late and the meeting is early."
Post by Ronny Serio on Aug 4, 2015 20:51:36 GMT -6
"Wait," Joaquim said. "The hostel I trailed the cultists to, where I fought Jaggers, was on Tarry Street. Since he was already in cahoots with the cultists, I suppose we can assume this meeting already happened. Still, it is good evidence to use against him."
Post by Ronny Serio on Aug 4, 2015 22:40:23 GMT -6
"The cultists' weapons," Joaquim said. "I got Jaggers out of there before the guards showed up and left the sleeping villains tied up on the ground. I didn't want to leave their swords and daggers lying about, in case any of their friends turned up.
"Makes good sense," Ximo replied. "Perhaps Jaggers can tell us where the next meeting of the cult is supposed to be. Though it sounds like you intercepted him before he could complete his contact. Do we have access to those men he was supposed to meet?"
"Well," Joaquim said. "I'm assuming this initial meeting happened some time ago. I suspect he's been in league with them for a while. It looked like today they were merely rendezvousing at the hostel after the attack. I don't know if some guards ended up getting the men I knocked out. I hope so. If they did, and it was Church's First Army, I imagine we should be able to question them. If it was some Viscount's men, we'll need help."
"Enough scheming," Marcel said, followed by an exaggerated yawn. "I'm tired. Save the rest for the morning."
"It is late. But, we still need to discuss how we're handling the book. For tonight, I say one person takes the book, the other the rest of Jagger's treasures. We can reconvene in the morning."
"Where do you lay your head, anyway," Marcel asked Ximo. "Maybe there's a vacancy here."
"Nevermind, that is less important. I have been staying at Madame Henrin's dormitory since I arrived in the city, but I think that woman is a serious meddler and would be happy to vacate that establishment. All those young girls are just spies for the woman," Ximo said with surprising, though basically mild, heat.
He continued, "Tonight I'm happy to guard the treasures. Tomorrow morning I can use my 'magical decryption' spell and see what if anything about Jaggers's spellbook could be of use to us. I have some ideas but am reluctant to even voice them at this point."
"I will retrieve my things from Henrin's and return to take a room here if there is one available, let me ask the master of the house."
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 5, 2015 21:02:47 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 18a for Joaquim, Ximo, Marcel:
"Oh, I'm sorry, sirs..." Hunemar said, apologetically. "I just letted out my last room." But, for the promise of five gold for the night, he went to a new lodger and told him there had been a mistake and the room had been reserved by someone else.
Day 10/Turn 1 for Joaquim, Ximo, Marcel:
The day began with the assembled loot being handed over to Marcel to sell off in town. It came to:
1 suit of leather armor, 1 sword (with decorative, jeweled pommel), 1 short sword, 2 daggers, 2 saps, 1 jeweled belt buckle, 1 pouch holding 9 gp and 5 stones 1 small silver bell, a glass flask (luckily they were not dropped straight to the hardwood floor!) containing some liquid, 8 ornamental stones
Marcel visited many shops and merchants throughout the day, trying to get the best appraisals, and came up with the following offers:
1 suit of leather armor = 15 gp 1 sword with decorative, jeweled pommel = 290 gp 1 short sword = 11 gp 2 daggers = 8 gp 2 saps = 1 ep 1 jeweled belt buckle = 345 gp 2 large precious stones = 516 gp 3 semi-precious stones = 218 gp 1 small silver bell = 3 gp 8 ornamental stones = 136 gp
The flask was believed to contain a magic potion.
Because of his unusual items, and his unflappable charm, Marcel was the belle of the social circuit that day. Word was getting around and some merchants knew he was coming.
Meanwhile, Vlad and Ximo cloistered themselves with the spellbook. They determined it had 7 1st level spells and 4 2nd level spells in it. Or rather, Ximo could, because he had the spell Read Magic. Joaquim had to just trust whatever Ximo told him. The spells were:
Ximo spent all day pouring over the spells, trying to figure out if he could even learn them. By evening, he was confident he could at least try to learn Affect Normal Fires, Detect Magic, and Knock. The rest were either spells he already had, or just didn't make any sense.
It became clear, though, that Ximo (or someone else) would have to teach Joaquim the Read Magic spell before he could benefit from this spellbook.
Marcel had returned and they were talking once again, "I have contact with an alchemist in town, perhaps he can identify that potion for us. What is my share of the rest of the treasure?"
Ximo tapped the spellbook, "As a sign of good faith, I am willing to teach you read magic, Joaquim. In the meantime I would like to try and learn some of these spells. Perhaps then we could sell copies. Or, worst case, we tear out the spells and sell them that way, if it works."
Post by Ronny Serio on Aug 5, 2015 21:48:10 GMT -6
When Marcel returned to the Bronze Unicorn, he divided between Joaquim and Ximo the 139 gold he'd received for the silver bell and ornamental stones. The rest he kept to divide with Joaquim later. He also offered to take the potion to Txanton's Apothecary to have it identified, if they wished. "The last time he charged us 19 gold for the service."
Joaquim was incredibly frustrated by the situation with the spellbook. Apparently Ximo had a spell that allowed him to decipher the writings with little effort at all. Meanwhile, it had taken him years to decode the dead man's spellbook. Years. He no longer had the patience to devote to such a task. He'd need to learn this Read Magic spell at once.
"We should go the Consortium," Joaquim said. "We should bring them up to speed on what we found at Jagger's. And, if I recall, they were on the verge of finally revealing their master plan to us yesterday. Hopefully they're still willing."
"While I would be happy to take that sort of coin off your hands, such behavior smacks of raw mercantilism. And it is not the sort of action that breeds trust between colleagues. I am happy to share what I know of that spell. Hopefully you will have the talent to master it. And we can continue, perhaps even expand, what has been a profitable and successful partnership among us three," Ximo answered.
"Consider the suggestion," Ximo said. He then counted out his share of the coin gained from Jaggers' house and added it to his purse.
Marcel did indeed rest his feet for a bit, but eventually he set out. He had an absurd number of gold coins on him, 1,400 at least. More wealth than he ever could have dreamed of. He had no idea what to do with so much gold or where to keep it. Certainly not just laying in their room at the inn. He needed to go the Bailey and seek the council of a Zilchite.
While he was there, he'd also check with the Temple and with Trazen to see if any soldiers had picked up some cultists at a hostel the day before. With the amount of wealth Joaquim had taken off of them, they must have been important within the organization.
When he was done at the Bailey, Marcel would go see that alchemist they'd worked with before, let him take a look at that potion.
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 13, 2015 12:56:19 GMT -6
Day 10/Turn 4 for Joaquim, Ximo:
The conjurers made their way east from the Business Quarter to the Foreign Quarter, following directions until the believed they were at the unmarked door of Glendalas' residence.
An older lady answered the door. She was plainly dressed and one would never have mistaken her as a witch just encountering her in the street. She looked perhaps half-elven, or had some fay blood in her, but her features were not full-on elven.
"Are you gentlemen lost?" she asked politely. When Joaquim and Ximo were polite back, they were admitted and brought to her sitting room.
"Yes, I am Glendalas. Who sent you? Ah, the Silver Consortium. If this is about dues...oh, I see. It's about Gerdacre. Well, it's true that he did visit me, and he did tell me where he was going, but I don't make a habit of sharing what is told to me in confidence. What would you do in my situation?"
"Well, good witch, I can sympathize with your position. I myself was previously employed as a clerk to an important personage, whose identity I will not divulge out of consideration of his and his family's privacy. But it was not uncommon for me to be present as confidential or delicate matters were discussed. Unfortunately my own lord was not always as concerned about the privacy of his company. But I will tell you of one time when he did violate a confidence and I could not find any fault in his actions."
Ximo paused for effect and smoothed a spot on his robes which definitely needed cleaning.
"One of his most loyal and puissant vassal knights came to him and spoke of injustices carried out upon him by a neighboring lord. And my liege tried to counsel his vassal to peace but could not. So when that knight departed his presence, bent on vengeance, my lord dispatched me directly to the neighboring lord's manor with a warning of this knight's grim plan. The neighboring lord took precautions and my own lord's vassal was slain in a devious assault upon the neighboring lord while that man was out hunting in his demesne."
Ximo paused again, "To get to my point, I agreed with my lord's actions in this case because his violation of another's privacy was necessary to prevent a larger evil. It is the same in this situation. My associate and I have been fighting against the Cult of the Flaming Eye since its reemergence of late and both agree that locating the wizard Gerdacre is essential in that struggle. Such a powerful wizard of law is needed by this city and its citizens."
Post by Ronny Serio on Aug 13, 2015 14:20:13 GMT -6
"Good witch," Joaquim piped in. "My associate's use of an example in which the man who's confidence was betrayed is subsequently murdered may be presenting this inquiry in a poor light. But, the rest of his point is sound. Verbobonc is assaulted by the Cult of the Flaming Eye at every turn. An orphanage burned down, kobolds skulking about the streets and a dracolisk being unleashed on the citizenry. We have defend ourselves adequately thus far, but we must take the fight to them. The Consortium has a plan. A plan that needs this Gerdacre."
"Think of it this way: if Gerdacre knew that you betraying his confidence would help aid the fight against this Chaos, would he want you to do it?"
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 14, 2015 23:05:10 GMT -6
Day 11/Turn 2 for Caltaran, (Semeragin):
Caltaran and Semeragin arrived at the Inn of the Bronze Unicorn...and waited.
"I would have thought our time would be better spent recruiting separately, so we could move twice as fast, but I defer to your wisdom, of course. Now...I understand why you wish to wait for Joaquim, Marcel, and Ximo," Semeragin said. "We would likely not have survived our last expedition without them. But this fellow Tain, what makes you think he is so valuable to our ranks?"
"And I'm afraid you won't likely run into him here," Elisa, the innkeeper's wife said as she came over to fill their flasks with ale. "We haven't seen Tain in here in a week."
Post by dtspurrier on Aug 15, 2015 15:06:14 GMT -6
Caltaran says "tain is a good man but I understood if he left the city. His brother and a cleric of saint Cuthbert were murdered in dieg manor and tain did want justice. I hope he did not go back im dieg manor by himself"
Caltaran says " semer your logic makes sense. If you know people to recruit you get your contacts. I am going to the silver consortium to see if ximo and joaquim are there. I am also going to head to the church and see if I can get any other clerics to join us. Let's meet back here at dinner time and hopefully Marcel is there. We can then go over the mission and meet the recruits. "
Caltaran finishes his beer and leaves a message for marcel and joaquim with the innkeeper that caltaran wishes to speek with them about a mission over dinner.
Caltaran heads over to the consortium
Last Edit: Aug 15, 2015 15:07:29 GMT -6 by dtspurrier
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 18, 2015 14:24:08 GMT -6
Day 10/Turn 4a for Joaquim, Ximo:
"You young men both make excellent points. So intelligent and well-spoken," Glendalas said. "But Gerdacre is a wise man, wiser than we three. What aid could he need that he could not have foreseen? Still...you both seem well-meaning, and perhaps it could do no harm to tell you -- but I will ask something in return, of you both, first. My son, Walhorn...he is a good boy, but he tends to get into so much trouble. I worry about him. If you could find some safe, stable employment for a mature half-elf with some magical talent, then I will tell you exactly what you need to know."
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 19, 2015 8:13:32 GMT -6
Day 10/Turn 4b for Joaquim, Ximo:
"No, no -- I must be firm on this point," Glendalas said. "Silver Consortium or an alchemist's assistant is fine, but I must see it in writing that my son has a position, and then I will tell you what you wish to know."