Campaign of the Month: December 2014
Intrigue of the Spokesmen
Returning from Llhamsa I looked around the airship. Collectively, we had been in pretty sad shape upon arrival. Max had looked worst off, having ventured to the very brink of death. The wounds, inflicted by the Beholder Gilgurut, appeared nasty. Even with treatment by the monks there, he still appeared very pale and weak. Luigi had asked that we drop Max off at the estate at Glantri City, and then go to pick up Shurav in Berrym. Under the circumstances, I think Thaljun felt obligated, and so off we went. We landed near the town, and made no effort to visit the Lady there, remembering her poor hospitality of last time. Instead, we went to a local inn to await the arrival of Shurav. Soon, he did arrive, looking pale and nervous. He indicated that we should leave quickly, and that he had something to show us. No sooner had he said that, we all felt a rush of air, and something invisible began attacking him. Shurav was clearly no warrior, he cried out and essentially felt into a heap on the floor while whatever it was beat him mercilessly. Luigi, Hakim and Salhadin rushed to his aid while I watched to see what else might come through the door. Eventually, they fought off the creature, which Thaljun identified as an ‘Unseen Servant’, a creature likely in the service of the Marchioness herself.
Figuring we should leave quickly, I paid the bill at the tavern and we departed outside toward the airship, weapons drawn. I saw alarm on the faces of some of the townspeople, and up at the tower, movement as some of the personal guard there assembled. As we boarded and made quick preparations to fly, the guard began to head our way. Eventually, we heard them begin to demand that we halt, a move I certainly had no intention of heeding. We took off, and I saw the guard below wave their weapons in anger as we flew away, Shurav firmly in our grasp. We made our way back to the estate in Glantri City, where we began to get a full report from Shurav of his strange experiences in Berrym. Shurav was frantic. We tried to allay some of his fears by shielding him with Thaljun’s amulet, which was said to prevent detection. We then set about trying to determine what Shurav had discovered. After muddling around his story for a while, as if we didn’t know why he was there, he began to describe a scene he witnessed whilst sneaking around the tower there.
Coming upon the Marchioness’ chambers, he saw her speaking to someone in a mirror. The person, a man, addressed her as “Narda” which clearly was not her name. As she spoke with him, her features altered to become a much younger woman. When pressed for proof, he produced a cube, in which we could see the scene he described. It was a bit blurry, and dark, but I could still observe the scene he described. As I watched, the old woman morphed into a younger one as she spoke with a man in the mirror. Thaljun expressed surprised when he saw the man. Apparently, it was none other than Meister Rennegar Budelag, the Guild Master of the Spokesmen. That revelation caused a significant amount of conversation. Who was the woman, and what had she done with the Marchioness? Further, how was the Meister involved? So many questions, and answers waiting to be discovered. In order to get a handle on some of these answers, we decided to split up to see what we could discover. Hakim went to the library, Thaljun to the Great School and I went to the Guild itself to determine what we all could learn.
In the course of our investigation, we learned several things, and were able to put together a timeline of sorts to help understand the progression, as well as how long this might have been going on. As it turned out, Renegar graduated in 965 from the Great School of Magic. A classmate of his, Narda Shalander, also graduated in 965. In 966, Renegar became a Spokesman himself. One Gazander had become chief of the guild, but signed succession papers which made Renegar Meister, and then submitted himself for conditioning. The act in and of itself was not completely unheard of, but was rare enough to be noteworthy. Then in 970, Lady Marina Terlagand’s current spokesman retired (He would pass away 19 years later in 989). Soon, two additional spokesmen were assigned, and then 15 years later an additional two. In 972, what would have been a third spokesman was assigned, but retired within three years. This spokesman, Guy Peos, later died in an “accident”. Making all of this more interesting was that we could not trace what had happened to Narda. She had simply disappeared, and there was no account of her or her doings.
Having learned these things, we felt confident in approaching Princes Jagger, Jherek and Etienne with the information. Naturally, they were intrigued as we were and suspected foul play. As Lady Terlagand was allied with Prince Jagger, we knew that we must avoid embarrassment upon his House. Likewise, knowledge of such treachery would disrupt confidence in the Guild, and the Princes wanted to avoid that as well. We were left with one final question. How did we confront the two and bring resolution to the issue without causing either of the other conditions? As the Princes left, I shook my head, wondering what additional intrigue would ensue over this.