01 Mar 2015 Session Narrative
(This session, the party was introduced to a new character…Duskwatcher Zhaolei)
The best Inn in Castle Fortroy, The Roaring Lion, is all full…but the best Inn in the Undercroft, The Hanged Reaver at the rich end of the Undercroft has three rooms available.
When we arrived, both Islay and Zhaolei were keen on some gambling.
After some investigating at the Inn, some of the rumors going around is, at some point after the Nerull Bloodmoon Festival, a Captain Akadias went missing in the area of Gerda’s Brothel. Perhaps the Captain was murdered, but since the Captain went missing the brothel hasn’t been doing well.
As The Party makes it’s way to the brothel, an Illumian named Duskwatcher Zhaolei tagged along.
When we arrived at the brothel, the constabulary wasn’t there, but the Duchess Fortroy’s personal soldiers were outside.
After some convincing, we were allowed to enter the crime scene.
Once inside, it appeared that all the whores and Johns were killed…and for quite some time. After some more investigating, there appeared to be many different parts of many different bodies. This also appears that this was a Nerull ritual…a festivus, a flag waving. The PArty was able to put some of the evidence together that Capt. Akadias, who went missing, might have been one of the victims here in Gerda’s. The Party continues upstairs into one of the fancier rooms, it appears to be Gerda’s and it has a note, written in blood on one of walls “Find me in City of Canals.”
The Party returned to the Hanged Reaver, just in time for the late meal being served. As The Party was being served, an Archivist named Curvo meets us at our table to tell us that the Duchess requests our presence tomorrow morning. Unlikely able to refuse, we agreed to meet with the Duchess.
As The Party arrived, Curvo meet with us as our escort through the Castle.
While at Castle Fortroy, there appears to be a lot of war preparations being made. Cannons on the battlements, Duke Fortroy barking orders and three different mercenary sigils on display: Black Hand, Black Spear and from Axion, Mountain Shield.
As The Party enters the Duchess’ chambers it is clear that she isn’t doing well. Her chambers are a mess and she is unwashed and she has obviously been crying. She said that she has been mourning the deaths of her two sons. She asked were Gerda was because she has the Duchess’ medicine. When we replied we didn’t know, she threw her chamber pot at us…catching some of us with the splatter.
Upon leaving, Curvo said that The Duchess might be addicted to Gerda’s medicine and posted a 5000gp reward for finding either Gerda or her medicine.
The Party returned to Gerda’s Brothel, now the Duchess’ guards have moved on, and we did a room-by-room search of all 25 rooms…and ~20 minutes later we didn’t find much more than our initial walkthrough. We returned to the room with the note written on the wall and found some signs of an alchemical table was present, but now, it is missing.
Now, The Party split up; Team Whore and Team Garrison.
Team Whore – found out what medicine Gerda was selling: Devil Weed/Blood and the City of Canals means the brothels of Lanterum.
Team Garrison – at noon found out from Capt. Drevie that the zombies have slowed since the ending of the Blood Moon Festival.
Team Whore – figuring Gerda needed to get out of town, fast so they made their way to the Customs House and interviewed one of the agents. He said Gerda left under the cover of darkness on the Black Finn eight days ago.
Both teams meeting back at the Hanged Reaver, we decided to follow Gerda to Lanterum and we informed Curvo what we are doing.
After finding out, it would take ~19 days via the Ancient Highway or ~11 days via the fastest ship down the river. We decided to go via the highway.
On the second day, The Party met with a Knight Errant, formerly from House Dregga named Sir Tinley.
On the seventh day, we came upon a group of six wights…(and this is when we called the game. Vera did her buffs: +3/hit, +3/damage, +3/save/fear)