Campaign of the Month: December 2014
After some of our initial issues, we decided to regroup and take a look at the assets we had. First and foremost, we had the power of magic to assist, and we knew what we were looking for in terms of the gold. Thaljun had the wand of illusion detecting that he had crafted before leaving Glantri; this had already come in handy. We decided our next best move was to go back to the Brickyard to resume our investigation. Utilizing the wand, we were able to detect emanations from one of the houses, which we decided to check out. Trying not to alarm anyone, or draw too much attention to ourselves, we headed around back of the house to the servant’s entrance.
Passing some of the windows of the house, they appeared dusty, and the house seemed to contain little. It seemed like the perfect place to hide in plain sight, which fit Scale’s operating method. Quietly, we approached the rear door and let ourselves in. Into the house we snuck, still following the trail of enchantments, until we arrived in a room where we saw Professor Scale. Behind him, was a portal to a green, open area with a tower visible. The emanations were coming from small rocks around the room. Scale taunted us, telling us that we had learned of the plan too late, and that the Emperor would soon know. I stepped forward to hew him down, but he entered the portal as I did so. In his hand, dropped as he went through, was a pulsating gem. We had to make the split second decision of pursuing Scale or stopping whatever event would trigger “the Emperor knowing”. The gem began to pulse faster, emitting a strange noise as it did so. Salhadin picked up the gem, and threw it into a portal to the fire plane that Thaljun had opened.
Thaljun quickly analyzed the diminishing portal, and thought he might be able to discern an exact location through some study and research. I privately swore to teach Scale the error of his ways. Unfortunately, we knew that more pressing matters required our attention, and so we set out to find the meaning of Scale’s riddle. Our first task was to discern what emperor Scale spoke of, but there was only one emperor any of us knew of: the Emperor of Thyatis. The implications were severe: if the fake gold reached Thyatis, and was proliferated there, the Emperor would surely be very angry with the Duke. Perhaps angry enough to depose the Duke in favor of someone else. Given the Ambassador’s noble affiliation, we had some ideas who that someone might want to be.
Our next idea was to head to the dock to see if he could determine what ship might have left for Thyatis with a large sum of gold in the hold. Our discussions with the dockworkers yielded information that a ship, the ‘Kattering’, had departed a few days hence for Thyatis with such a cargo. Debating the best way to reach the ship, we settled on Thaljun empowering us with spells to fly there. After some time, we saw what we believed was the vessel, and set to land. Arriving on the ship naturally caused a stir among the crew, who were ready to fight us as pirates. Thaljun worked to smooth things over with the Captain, named Skyrie, who said he would believe us if we disarmed. We did, and Thaljun presented our case to the Captain, who ultimately relented and let Thaljun examine the gold with his wand. As we suspected, the gold was completely fake. The captain told us that he and his crew had been commissioned by an “investor” in Specularum who wanted to purchase goods in Thyatis. We decided quickly that we should return to Specularum to find and question the so-called investors. We teleported back, and went to seek the location, led by Borgis, the First Mate of the Kattering. As we suspected, the office was completely empty and shut down when we arrived. Naturally, it had been a front for the activities. Once they had a vessel to take the gold, it was no longer necessary for them to remain. Skyrie returned to Specularum, and we decided to take the evidence before the Duke to help illuminate the conspiracy. We were met by a Lord Korrigan, who was the Seneschal for the Duke. We laid out what we had learned, supplemented now by the evidence gotten from the holds of the Kattering. Lord Korrigan asked the Duke’s personal mage to attest to the validity of the claims and the true nature of the gold, which hhe did. Lord Korrigan was impressed and asked to purchase the wand for further use for the sum of 6000 gold, which we agreed to.
As we returned to the inn, we received word that Davinos had been taken from the inn by some “official” looking men. Fearing another attack, we quickly set out to see if we could find them. We did find them, but it was unfortunately too late for Davinos, who had been assassinated. We ran forward to apprehend the men, but three ran. The fourth stayed behind, and wielded a potent blade which he used to poison both Salhadin and myself. Hakim fought and nearly apprehended him, but not before his comrades poisoned him as well. Death came swiftly, and we were unable to learn anything additional. Word of Davinos’ death spread quickly, and caused quite a stir among the native Traldar, who believed him killed by Thyatians. Tensions in the street spread, with mobs forming.
With Davinos’ death, we felt compelled to investigate. We sought the man who had informed us about the attack. With the help of Jax, we got an idea of where to look. Trouble was thicker in the city now, and we encountered a mob along the way, but were able to help keep them from doing anything serious until the constables arrived to help disperse them. We eventually spotted the fellow, and were able to stop him. In talking to him, we learned that a dark-skinned man from Ordu was involved in the attacks. He said we might find him at an office near the docks. We continued on our way to the dock area. The office he indicated was clear, but on our way out we spotted the fellow. He saw us when we saw him, and took off. We gave chase, a chase that led to an alley where the man awaited, as did several hooded men. He had led us into a trap, but they quickly rued their plot, as we fell upon them. They broke quickly, and fled, but we were able to capture one. Under questioning, he revealed that the Veiled Society, not the Thyatian elite, were behind the assassination of Davinos.
We left Karameikos to return to Glantri with the thanks for the Duke, but it hardly felt like a victory. As the plot unraveled, we found only more questions and plans upon plans. What the ultimate goal was, we still could not say, but I knew we were not yet done with the matter.