Post by scottenkainen on Jul 7, 2015 22:33:24 GMT -6
The Business Quarter is in the northwest part of the city (designated by B on the map).
The following can be found in the Business Quarter: 1) Traders Market, 2) Bank of Zilchus, 3) Library of Delleb, 4) Jimwich Manor, 5) Jan's Mercantile House (furs, Furyondese imports), 6) Bridgewalk Tavern, 7) Benoite's Waxworks, 8) Maite's Mercantile House (metal ore, gems), 9) Nibbo's Imports (mundane items from Dyvers), 10) The Packard's Trough Tavern, 11) Bethania's Print Shop, 12) Temple of the Journey, 13) Guildhall of the Silver Consortium, 14) Molten Spigot Tavern, 15) Red Dona Inn, 16) Belrose's Blacksmithy
All scenes that take place in the Business Quarter should be posted here.
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 7, 2015 22:51:51 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 10 for Joaquim, Ximo, (Tulius, Jaggers):
Tulius looked concerned about the game they were playing, but not as much as Mr. Jaggers did.
"I don't understand this at all," Jaggers said as they walked back to the Business Quarter. "If this man is the double agent," he said, pointing to Ximo, "then what is Tulius' role? No one told me there were so many spies in the Consortium!"
He wanted answers from his "friend" Joaquim, not Ximo, but Joaquim insisted he wait until they reached the Consortium.
"But that makes no sense either!" Jaggers protested. "Why would we go back to the Consortium to discuss business we need to keep secret from them? Unless...these two have you charmed!"
It was an ironic, but sensible conclusion. A block away the Consortium, with its silver steeple towering over its neighbors, could be seen. The four of them were on a street lined with businesses, like Bethania's Print Shop, o one side and middle class residences on the other. There was a tinker's cart being led down the street behind them and a vegetable cart parked on the corner up ahead, with a few scattered pedestrians about, none right next to any of the four of them. The four of them were walking on the higher, drier side of the road, reserved for the non-low classes.
And Jaggers began casting an offensive spell. ((Intentions?))
Ximo had only one spell left for this day and it was not one calculated to preserve Jaggers's trust. So he thought quickly. In his hands was his staff. When he walked with it he frequently forgot to use it as a walking staff and instead simply carried it like a stick parallel to the ground. But in this particular moment Ximo had his staff upright. So it was a matter of just a hard flick of the wrists and twist of the shoulders to swing it at Jaggers's head. He hoped he could disrupt the gnome's spell and perhaps even knock him unconscious.
Joaquim was all out of spells and his dagger had been confiscated at the Bailey, so his options were limited. "Stop it, Jaggers. You'll ruin the plan," he growled at the gnome, hoping to make the spell-caster hesitate. Then he socked him right in the nose.
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 9, 2015 9:29:00 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 10, rds. 1-2 for Joaquim, Ximo, (Tulius, Jaggers):
Jaggers cast a quick spell and two magic missiles sprang from his hands and struck -- one impaling Ximo and the other Tulius, disrupting a spell Tulius was casting.
Joaquim, ignored by Jaggers, was easily able to saunter up to the gnome and sock him in the nose.
"Ow!" Jaggers howled, his nose bloodied. "What's wrong with you, friend? How could you turn on me?"
Jaggers was so hurt that he was equally blindsided by Ximo's quarterstaff, even though it was just a glancing hit.
Jaggers began casting a new spell, more complex and unknown to Joaquim and Ximo. Joaquim and Ximo tried to double down on taking down the magic gnome, but in their haste -- and Jaggers' heightened state of awareness -- Joaquim missed, but Jaggers dodged smack into Ximo's staff for a serious blow, which disrupted Jaggers' spell. Jaggers seemed almost subdued. Tulius cast a spell, a summoning spell of some kind, but no one saw anything come of it.
((rd. 1: Jagger's to hit rolls: 18, 16 - 7, 6 dmg, Joaquim's to hit: 19 - 3 dmg, Ximo's to hit: 19 - 1 dmg; rd. 2: morale: 84, Joaquim's to hit: 7, Ximo's to hit: 13 - 6 dmg))
Post by Ronny Serio on Jul 10, 2015 12:44:40 GMT -6
"Curse you, Jaggers," Joaquim spat at the gnome. "You're drawing too much attention. Guards will come; you'll get us all arrested. What good will that do? It's not too late, though. Come with us to the Consortium. I'll explain everything."
He hoped it didn't come to it, but if the gnome continued to fight, Joaquim would help Ximo pummel him to submission. He really wished Marcel was there right about then.
Post by Ronny Serio on Jul 11, 2015 8:46:23 GMT -6
"I'll handle them," Joaquim said. Then he spoke directly to Jaggers. "I know you don't understand what's happening right now, but these men are my friends. Better to go with them than to the Church's dungeons. I'll explain everything later."
Joaquim then rushed up the street to the soldiers. When he reached them he wasted no time addressing himself to their leader. "I don't know if you men know me, but I am Joaquim, liaison between the Temple of Heavenly Virtues and the Silver Consortium. The Consortium has captured a cultist mage who they are escorting back to their compound. Send one of your men back to the Temple with this news; I would like a priest to come attend the interrogation. The rest of you should accompany me. I incapacitated three more cultists in a hostel in the foreign quarter. One was the leader of the troop that attacked the gate. Those men should be taken to the Temple for questioning."
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 13, 2015 8:52:09 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 12 for Marcel:
Finding a fit priest to accompany him on a run across the bailey wasn't easy, for Marcel could count the number of priests of this temple he'd met under 40 on one hand. He did explain the situation to the paladins at the entrance, who dispatched one of their own to the west gate and Marcel convinced some underpriest in earshot of that conversation to come with him to the bailey gate and get him quickly past security there.
Twenty minutes later, Marcel had explained the situation to the sergeant-of-the-watch at the north gate and was waiting. The sentries here had seemed skeptical, oblivious as they seemed to be of recent movements within the city. "A protest march? Against the Viscount? Absurd..." But reactions to Marcel were positive and he was allowed to remain close to the gate; he had even talked the sergeant into sending a runner back to the castle to get fresh orders for what to do if such an event happened.
And, indeed, it happened before the runner even got back. It was only a group of 50 lower class rabble, all openly carrying crossbows, but they stumbled around as if half-drunk and their state of mind made them very dangerous. Further, since relations with Ryemend to the north had always been peaceful, only 10 sentries were posted at this gate.
The rabble were stopped at the gate, for the standing orders here had always been "no one may enter the city with obvious hostile intent," the lieutenant-of-the-watch (a recent arrival at the scene) explained.
"What do you mean? We demand to see the Viscount! We want our complaints heard!"
"Filthy elf-orc half-breed!"
"He's taking away my crossbows over my dead body!"
The crowd was rowdy and belligerent, but pretty much chicken and never tried to storm through the gate, particularly after reinforcements arrived. The runner returned with Captain Echevarrieta from the Bailey, with a score of men behind him.
The standoff continued like this for another 20 minutes before the crossbowmen seemed to lose interest and began to head back west. But, as they did, they shouted "The Viscount can have his city! But he better not try to collect taxes from the Bustillo Farmstead in the West Fields, because we're declaring our independence there!"
When the stand-off was over, Echevarrieta fumed. "Drunken farmers! I'll see the Viscount myself! With a company of men, I can wipe that farm full of idiots off the map."
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 13, 2015 9:56:37 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 11 for Joaquim, Ximo, (Tulius, Jaggers):
By amazing coincidence, the soldiers had heard of Joaquim. In fact, "We were told to look for you. We are to help in any way possible."
First they backtracked to the hostel, where they found the Viscount's men already there, taking custody of the gnome's co-conspirators. "Sorry, but this is now under their jurisdiction, having reached the scene first," one of the Church's men explained to Joaquim.
Joaquim was just glad he had already lifted treasure off the scene before they came, and left to catch up to Ximo and Tulius as they dragged the noncompliant Jaggers the rest of the way to the consortium.
Once safely inside, Tulius fetched other higher-ranking members. The magicians Ekaitz, Emmanuelle, and Quinton all converged on the lobby. A bespectacled boy with a brown mop of hair showed up too and tried to follow them.
"No junior students invited," Quinton told the boy.
"But...I thought I should be anywhere something important is being discussed," the boy said. "You know, to overhear it."
"Well, aren't you full of yourself?" Quinton said to the boy. "Now run along and study something, boy."
And, with that, the adult magic-users took a side passage to the left. A door was opened onto a short hallway blocked by a gaping hole in the floor, overlooking the lower level. But Ekaitz reached up and pressed his hand on the wall above the door frame and the illusion of a pit vanished. The group of six were then able to take their prisoner into a secure office.
"Joaquim, save me!" Jaggers moaned.
"Quiet, traitor!" Tulius said angrily.
"Can we be sure of that?" Emmanuelle asked. "Can we see if he's charmed?"
Joaquim had to reveal that Jaggers was already under his charm spell, so it was decided that Joaquim should do the questioning. However, it became clear during the course of the interrogation, by his evasive answers, that punching Jaggers in the nose had broken the charm spell and Jaggers was only faking being charmed.
"This is actually good news for us," Quinton said. "We can try detecting an earlier charm spell now. We'll have one ready by tomorrow. In the meantime, it's high time we bound this gnome's hands..." Luckily, Quinton had brought along some rope.
"In the meantime, we should take him to the dungeon and lock him up there," Ekaitz said. "Unless there is more to be learned here that I am missing."
Post by Ronny Serio on Jul 13, 2015 11:35:44 GMT -6
"I was able to get some information from him earlier," Joaquim said. "He said the Dracolisk was from Dieg Manor. That building seems to be at the center of a lot of trouble. Maybe he has more information about what's going on in there. And maybe he knows what the creature was clutching in its claw."
Ximo shared what he had seen of the disappearing attackers outside the gate, then asked, "Is that the sort of magic Jaggers can do? And we should search him. Can you describe how you came to charm him, Joaquim?"
Post by Ronny Serio on Jul 14, 2015 7:34:27 GMT -6
"No doubt," Marcel said to Captain Echevarrieta. "That lot is all talk and no action."
Bewildered, Marcel watched the rabble drift away. "This was the cult's plan? Attack the Bailey and distract the whole city, for what? So that these idiots might be able to march down the street? Are they in league with the cult or just being used by them? I'd guess the later."
"Anyway, I'd best head back to the Bailey with the news. Good work, fellas, on keeping things calm."
Post by Ronny Serio on Jul 14, 2015 7:39:08 GMT -6
Joaquim related the tale. "I was invisible, observing the battle outside the gate, binding the wounds of the dying. The attackers were routed and fled. I followed what looked to be their leader back to a hostel in the Foreign Quarter. There were two other men there. I used a Sleep spell to incapacitate the trio and called for the guards. While waiting for them to arrive, I went inside to look around. Jaggers showed up almost immediately. He cast a spell I'm not familiar with at me, some sort of fan of colors, but I resisted it and charm him. I was trying to get him back to the Bailey when we ran into you and Tulius."
Joaquim agreed that searching Jaggers sounded like a smart course of action.
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 14, 2015 10:49:13 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 12 for Joaquim, Ximo, (Tulius, Ekaitz, Emmanuelle, Quinton):
Everyone present agreed that searching the gnome was a good idea. He was stripped down to his hose. Joaquim and Ximo eyed several juicy prizes -- a pouch of gems, a magic dagger that shined with light when it was unsheathed --
"Sorry, guild property now," Ekaitz said, noticing them drooling a little.
"But perhaps some sort of reward can be arranged for our new members," Quinton suggested helpfully.
That discussed was unfortunately tabled for later, as other issues came up.
Tulius wanted to try interrogating Jaggers again, but the gnome's lips were sealed on the subject of Dieg Manor and whatever the Dracolisk was holding. As impatient as Tulius seemed to be, the others were ready to wait.
"Tomorrow we will know if we need to dispel the cult's hold on Jaggers, or charm him again. It is so unpleasant, having to cast spells on your peers," Emmanuelle said. "I audited his class on color spray last autumn and it was brilliant. Hard to believe he could be a traitor..."
They were also ready to discuss Ximo's question about whether Jaggers could have made the Dracolisk disappear.
"Hard to say," Quinton said. "Jaggers was a specialist, an illusionist. I'm not entirely ready to discount this 'Dracolisk' being some sort of advanced illusion, but it would have needed to be so advanced, I doubt Jaggers could have done it. He couldn't have teleported the monster away either. But if it was simply turned invisible...yes, Jaggers could have done that."
"Of course," Emmanuelle said. "Invisible, it would have been easier to hide. Otherwise, people would have seen where it landed."
"Though I'm sure we can all guess where it went..." Tulius said. "I think it's time Joaquim and Ximo were told more about the plan."
Ekaitz looked about, particularly at Jaggers. "Fine. But not here and now. Besides, there is another matter we have not even touched on yet. There are other gnomes working in the Consortium besides Jaggers. Where do their loyalties lie?"
"You can't suspect them all of being involved!" Quinton shot back.
"No, I don't. But I also don't want to move Jaggers openly through the building any further. I don't want anyone swayed by pity for him into supporting him. Can anyone turn him invisible?"
No one present had that spell ready, but Emmanuelle cast a Hold Person spell on Jaggers that froze him in place. Then Quinton fetched a dust cover and sat it over him, so he looked like a stuffed chair.
"Good, Tulius, you and I will carry him to the dungeon like that," Ekaitz said.
"I will search Jaggers' office," Emmanuelle offered.
"I'll try to talk to his former students and see if they knew anything of his intentions," Quinton offered.
Post by Ronny Serio on Jul 15, 2015 0:39:21 GMT -6
"We've already found one traitor in our midst," Joaquim said. "There may be more out there. No one should go anywhere alone right now. Everyone needs someone to watch their back." Left unsaid was that operating in pairs would also prevent a traitor from getting up to any trouble unobserved.
If the mages were willing to give up the location of Jagger's residence, Joaquim was happy to go loot it with Ximo.
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 16, 2015 8:27:11 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 12a for Joaquim, Ximo, (Tulius, Ekaitz, Emmanuelle, Quinton):
"...Very well," Ekaitz said, sounding initially hesitant to accept Ximo's suggestion, but then going with it. "I believe Jaggers' residence is in the Foreign Quarter, very near Higden's Place for Gnomes, which is a sort of hostel/museum for their kind. Here, this might help you there!" Ekaitz said, tossing them a keyring with two keys on it from Jaggers' person.
Joaquim and Ximo started to leave when Ximo's legs buckled under him. He had been hiding it well, but he was becoming progressively weaker since that magic missile hit in the fight earlier. Now he needed Joaquim's aid to walk.
"I think you had best go to a temple for healing first," Emannuelle said. "Or the House of Healing in the Dawn Quarter."
"Yes, let's pick up Murscle. And then we can go to the Gnomish place," Ximo said half-coherently. He was definitely not feeling well at all. He did his best to carry his own weight with Joaquim's help.
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 17, 2015 11:55:56 GMT -6
Day 9/turn 14 for Marcel:
Marcel expected it to be easier to come across small but noisy groups of armed protestors, but as he spent the next two hours patrolling the quarter, he failed to come across them, or encounter anyone who had even seen them! By now, Marcel had to wonder if the runner had not misunderstood the situation, or even deliberately mislead the bailey sentries.
It was supper time when Marcel stopped, not to eat, but just to rest his feet. He found he was outside a butcher shop where farmers were unloading boxes of live chickens from a wagon.
((chance to run into Joaquim or Ximo: 5, 3; wandering encounter: 6, plot hook: 6))
Post by Ronny Serio on Jul 19, 2015 22:03:11 GMT -6
Chickens. Yes, chicken sounded excellent. Now that he'd taken a minute to pause from his search, the big man realized that he was starving. He considered finding someplace nearby to eat, but in the end, decided to return to Bronze Unicorn. Maybe Joaquim would turn up there. No doubt they had much to discuss.
Post by scottenkainen on Aug 7, 2015 6:00:51 GMT -6
Day 10/Turn 3 for Joaquim, Ximo:
The two conjurers had no trouble getting past the gargoyle guardian. Indeed, they were met in mid-courtyard by Ekaitz, heading out from the front entrance as if he was coming to get them.
"Inside, quickly now," he said, as if he'd been expecting them. "They're waiting for you inside."
They were led upstairs to a third floor of the building, where a pair of double doors waited for them at the top of the narrow staircase. The doors opened on their own as they approached, revealing a wood-paneled room with a long table under two tall, narrow windows flanking a painted portrait. Two old men sat at the table. Joaquim and Ximo recognized only one of them, as Saturnino.
"Masters, this is Joaquim of Greyhawk and Ximo of Penwich," Ekaitz said.
"We understand you both deeply desire to know our guild's plans and, given all you have done to aid us in the past few days, it seems foolish not to reward you with more information," Saturnino said. "You are both aware that there is a dungeon under the old Diego Manor here in Verbobonc, as well as under the old Elemental School of Magic in our north suburb, Ryemend. But perhaps you are not fully aware of the nature of dungeons. They exist, slightly removed from the reality we know; a true dungeon is part of the Underworld. Some dungeons are dug and carved, others are simply made through great magic and will. Dungeons give this Underworld shape and form."
The other old man leaned forward in his seat, his beard touching the tabletop. "We are researching a radical solution to the problem these dungeons pose. Rather than risk lives on trying to wipe out the denizens of these dungeons room-by-room, we think we can close off the entrances to the Underworld."
"Not simply a held portal," Saturnino added, "but the removal of the gateway itself to the Underworld. The dungeon would remain in the Underworld, but unconnected to the surface world. If our spell is powerful enough, the dungeons would remain sealed and the enemy, the Cult of the Flaming Eye, would be unable to reopen them."
"There are problems with this plan," the other old man said. "One of our senior leaders, Gerdacre, has gone missing. We suspect no foul play, but Gerdacre had long complained of our plan and may be attempting some remedy of his own devising."
"He has been...difficult for some time now," Saturnino said.
"Without him, we do not have enough wizards to complete the ritual. We need help."
"What we could use is help finding a wizard. A wizard of Law, who would be sympathetic to our cause and willing to aid in our ritual. There is danger inherent in the ritual, even for wizards with as much power as we possess."
Ximo had been expecting something more conventional than this plan of theirs. He shifted his weight a little and glanced at Joaquim to his left. The other man seemed as bewildered as he was. But Ximo decided to make a go of it, "Obviously your understanding of the ways of magic far outstrips mine, but I had never imagined such a mystical explanation. It has piqued my interest. What about the kobold lair we discovered, is that also part of this Underworld?"
Whatever their answer to that, the time they spent replying gave Ximo an opportunity to form his next thought, "Speaking for myself, I am willing to seek out this wizard. Are we faced with the choice of locating Gerdacre or locating a new wizard? And do you have any ideas of candidates for a substitute?"
Post by Ronny Serio on Aug 7, 2015 13:09:52 GMT -6
Joaquim was indeed bewildered. Everything these wizards were talking about sounded like complete nonsense. Maybe their work with magic had driven them mad. Or, maybe he was really, really out of his depth here. Best to just pretend like he understood it all and carry on.
"Surely there are plenty of wizards holed up in the Ziggurat in the Free City who could help. Maybe Bigby or Tenser, even. In the meantime, my partner, Marcel, and I would be happy to join with Ximo in tracking down your missing wizard. Do you have any leads?"