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The “Watcher of the Skies” was a religion based around a deity that “knows all and sees all,” including the future. The Watcher of the Skies was an impassive observer most of the time and may be related somehow to the Old Man – A strange religion based around a brooding figure known only as “the Old Man” who watches over yet disdains virtually everything. A resurgence in this faith has occurred in the last year.

Vogh had heard of Helmut, but only in passing. She knew nothing personal of the man. He was most famous for being rather outspoken about the Republican movement in Ptolus. The Watcher’s had a church on the Street of a Million gods in the Temple District like almost every other religion. It was a rather odd affair with a huge telescope looking up at the sky.

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Vogh had heard of the man but nothing specific that she could lay credence to what Brother Fabitor had said about the man.  Vogh wasn’t too knowledgeable about religion in the first place besides the basics so perhaps the fact that the priest slept with a woman made him a bad man she didn’t know.

This certainly is terrible news about Phon, we will do what we can to find out where she is.  Vogh reassured Brother Fabitor.

We will try and report our findings as we go.    Vogh commented before her and Talin had taken their leave.

Once outside she turned to Talin who seemed to have a sour look on his face and said, I tjink we should first head on over to Phon’s apartment to see if there are any clues that we can work with.  Once that is done we can head to her work.  I tjink we wait to speak with the priest until we have more information.

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Both destinations were quick. First, they had to pick the lock on Phon’s door, but once inside they recognized nothing was out of place. There had either been no struggle here, or if there had been, someone went to great pains to put everything back properly.

I love the heart of the dice. It totally makes sense Vogh would notice this, but Talin would be clueless. 😀 Secret Roll: DM rolled 23,7 using 1d20+5,1d20+1.  Spot: Vogh / Talin.

Upon inspecting the woman’s bedroom Vogh noticed that many of the woman’s clothes were missing. The number of hanging items in her wardrobe was sparse, and her underclothes were nearly cleaned out. Could the woman have actually packed and left?

Second, their visit to Saches was of no further help. All the ladies were once again worried about her, but they knew nothing other than what Brother Fabitor had already shared: Phon had not shown up to work for the past 3 days.

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Vogh was very curious about the amount of clothes that Phon had in her wardrobe.  Vogh had seen that she owned and what was there was only a portion of it.  Either she left to go somewhere, or, whomever took her knew to make it look like she had left of her own accord.

Vogh thought about investigating Phon’s room further but wasn’t sure how to go about it, nor, what she needed to find.  Talin, on the other hand, was completely worthless.  He didn’t have much input and on nodded his head when asked questions.

Leaving Phon’s and heading over to Saches, which turned out to be no help, Vogh wasn’t any more clear about what to do.  Perhaps some lunch would give her some energy to think.  Talin shall we get some dinner?  I am hungry and can’t think straight.

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Talin readily agreed, and shared her frustration. “She wouldn’t have just left, right? With the baby so close to being born? Surely something happened…? Then again, women are strange…” He smiled and winked, trying to lighten the mood a bit.

Saches was just south of the Mane, so they could easily return to the Minstrel, but maybe something else sounded tasty.

Where do you all go to eat?

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Assuming that it is still raining quite a bit, Vogh and Talin find a nice little tavern to get something to eat. Talin suggests Ladris’ Fine Foods.  The food isn’t the best but the owner is a centaur and had traveled the world.

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Deep in the heart of the Aram neighborhood known as Narred was Ladris’ Fine Foods. Run by an older centaur named Ladris, the shop sold all sorts of foodstuffs: cornmeal, flour, vegetables, and a selection of meat and poultry – some fresh, but most dried or salted.

Despite the name, the shop is not known for its food quality, but for its owner, its famous client, and the tales they tell. Years ago, Ladris was the cohort of the infamous Harrow elf barbarian Kragas the Bold. These two traveled the world in search of adventure but spent most of their time in the caverns below Ptolus fighting dark elves and zaug.

When they stepped inside both quickly realized this was not an eatery. Talin chuckled to himself as he looked around and then back to Vogh. Ladris the Aram stood on all four legs behind a counter tall enough to come to his human waist.

“How may I assist you two today? Or did you trot in here just to avoid the rain?” He gave a small smile to the humans as he continued his work of moving potatoes into small bags to be tied shut and laid out for sale.

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Vogh had shaken the rain out of her hair as she entered and the acute eye of Ladris has obviously caught the act as he commented on it.  Why yes you can help us.  We would like to have some dinner.  What would the cook recommend?

WHatever he offered Vogh and Talin got 2 plates and also ordered a light ale.  They found a table in a corner and while they ate they talked about what to do next.

You know, I am not sure if Phon left.  It is certainly looking like it was meant to look that way, either by choice or design.  I think we need to head to the Watchers and request an audience.

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The centaur looked confused for a bit as the couple sat down at the only table inside the shop. “Cook? Uh… I’m no cook. I just sell foodstuffs ma’am.” He chuckled with a deep voice. “If you want, I can bring you some salted meets which travel well but you could eat them right now?”

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Salted meats sounds good.  If you have some bread as well that would be wonderful.  Vogh smiled at the Centaur.

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He shrugged and brought some cured ham out to both of them. Ladris also opened a bottle of wine, poured two glasses and then poured one for himself as he stood with them

“I don’t usually have sit in customers, this not being a restaurant and all. But I don’t mind a bit of company on a fine Ptolus day.” He smiled and chuckled as his jest. “So what brings you two in?”

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Vogh giggled at the remark about a fine Ptolus day.  She had heard the oft said monicker of the way things were, weather-wise, here in Ptolus.  It normally lifted spirits on such dreary days.

Well, to answer your question honestly, we were looking for something a little different and my friend Talin suggested the place.  He had heard of you and your former adventuring days and wanted to come and have a chat and have some food to fill our bellies.

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The aram chuckled and nodded, glass in hand. “Yes, Kragas and I did a lot of exploring, but I honestly prefer the quiet life now. No one tries to kill you when you’re simply a shop owner. Granted, the coin isn’t as good either.” He smiled again and took a deep drink from his oversized glass.

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Vogh understood that all too well.  Life of an adventurer was one in which the riches came with the danger.  Risk taking was a norm.  There is a thrill to it for sure.  Vogh took a drink of her glass as well before going on.  So, how entrenched are you in Ptolus’ society?  Do you hear things?  Rumors per say?

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“Bah. Few tell me the goings on, and it’s fair to say I don’t much care. We left that life of craziness behind and haven’t been lookin’ back. What are ya after knowin’ miss? Maybe my ears picked up something that will help you, but doubtful.”

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There was a fair great deal she wanted to know actually and perhaps he could and perhaps he couldn’t help her with any of it.

First, I was wondering if you heard the rumors about the blue-skinned Gnolls?  We have been trying to look into it to see what we could find, but have hit a bit of a wall on finding them without actually camping the streets at night.  Vogh explained.

Secondly, we are on the lookout for a female human that has come up missing.  She is pregnant and quite far along.  She came up missing a few days back.  Vogh describes the area in which Phon lived.

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“Ya know, I actually have heard some folks mentioning that. Never heard of a blue gnoll, so I thought it was city stories. You think there’s something to it?” He frowned at the mention of the woman, but shook his head. “No. No, that’s too bad. But I’ve heard nothing about any pregnant woman missing. It would be a shame if any harm came to her and her baby. The young are so precious. If I do hear anything I’ll send word to you.”

He asked their names and where he could reach them for to send word.

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Vogh gave her first name and told that they were staying at The Minstrel.

Once they were all finished with the foodstuffs it was time to leave.  Vogh and Talin said their goodbyes and headed out into the rain once more.  Well, looks like we need to head to The Watcher of the skies and find this Helmut.

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The Street of a Million Gods intersected Center Street just East of Delver’s Square, so they didn’t have far to go. The river was high as they crossed over the Blessed Bridge thanks to the current rainfall.

Vogh wanted to walk, despite Talin’s desire to pay for transport. He had grown rather fond of taking carriages recently, since they were able to afford it.

It didn’t take them long to reach the building which sported a strange dome with a telescope protruding from the top.

Outside a sign read “Temple Observatory of the Watcher of the Skies”

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The building was a strange one.  Vogh had passed by the place many times in her time in the city but had never ventured inside.  This time she would and she had business to conduct.  As they entered Vogh and Talin looked for someone to ask where they could find Helmut.

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An impoverished young woman with three small children in tow was praying for guidance in the temple, hoping she could be shown a better future that will raise her above her miserable present. As Vogh and Talin entered, she asked one of the priests of the temple for a few copper coins to buy food for her children. The priest maked a big show in front of the few present of giving her a silver coin.

After which he walked over to the bards and greeted them, welcoming them to the Temple Observatory of the Watcher of the Skies. He gestured toward the raised platform that housed the telescope. It was obvious he was extremely proud of this contraption.

“Welcome! Did you know we can use our magical telescope to observe significant events and omens in the skies? They are especially powerful in the dark skies of night!” He prosteletized.

“Our telescope is almost two hundred years old, and has been cared for with loving and lavish attention. It is both technological and magical. With it, we Watchers can peer into the night sky and see objects and events invisible to the naked eye! Do you come seeking answers?”

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Vogh saw the priest make a big deal with the peasant woman.  The 1 silver he gave her would help her for a short time but she would be right back to where she is again.  Right after the priest gave her the silver, Vogh moved over and gave a gold piece to the woman and then moved towards the priest.

The telescope was a pretty interesting thing and it is something that interests Vogh but now wasn’t the time.  When asked if they sought answers Vogh responded, Why yes we need to speak with Father Helmut.  He isn’t expecting us but it is of dire consequence that we speak to him.

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“Oh. Apologies miss, but High Priest Helmut Itlestein isn’t here. Unfortunately he isn’t even in the city. What are these dire consequences? I will make certain a message gets to him as fast as possible.” The acolyte leans in, awaiting Vogh’s explanation.

[Private to GM: Inquiring at the Temple Observatory of the Watcher of the Skies, the player characters learn that Helmut isn’t in the city at all. The clergy won’t say where he’s gone, and even if charmed, intimidated, or otherwise forced to tell, it becomes clear that they don’t really know. A successful Diplomacy or Bluff check (DC 15), however, convinces the lesser priests there to tell the PCs how to find Helmut’s house. (A charm person spell would work on that score as well.)

Otherwise, a Gather Information check (DC 17) made in the Temple District uncovers the location of his house. One can also go to the Administration Building in Oldtown to learn this information, but a hefty bribe (at least 50 gp) is required to get the address quickly.]

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He isn’t in the city?  When did he leave?  It is paramount that we speak to him directly.  Where did he go?  Vogh responds in an urgent tone.

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“I’m so sorry miss. I honestly don’t know where he’s gone. I was only told that he has left the city. I know not when he might return even. If you leave a message with me I can pass it onto one of my superiors and hopefully they can get the message to him promptly.” The acolyte was clearly worried and nervous.

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Vogh was disappointed that she couldn’t get the information she needed from the acolyte.  I think we should speak to your superior now.  As i said, we must speak with him before it is too late.

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The acolyte bowed and moved away. A few moments later an older man in robes with the watcher symbol over his left breast approached them. Vogh repeated her request with urgency but he repeated the same as the acolyte. “I apologize, but as you were told, the movements of the High Priest are beyond us, his lessers. None of us know where he is. We were not permitted to know.” He was calm and matter of fact, leaving little room to argue.

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With the proverbial door slammed shut in their face Vogh looked disheartened  as she turned to look at Talin and then back to the older priest.

Okay if it is that way then please give him a message as soon as you can.  Please ask him to contact Vogh or Talin at The Ghostly Minstrel.

With that said Vogh and Talin leave the church.  Outside Vogh says to Talin, I am thinking that Helmut has left with Phon.  perhaps she was getting too close for delivery and he wanted to take her somewhere that they could have it together? Or perhaps there is something darker going on here.  Lets head back to the Minstrel and think about what to do next.

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When they reached outside, just a few steps away the acolyce called after them.

“Miss! Sir! My superior gave me permission you tell you the location of High Priest Helmut’s house. Perhaps his wife, or one of the servants, has word of where he is and could pass your message onto him. I do not want to be the cause of our High Priest missing something important.”

He bowed and gave them directions where to find Helmut’s house in the very Western end of the Temple District.

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Just as they were about to leave the acolyte stopped Vogh and Talin.  As he gave the location of Helmut’s house Vogh gave a complete look of thanks and even said, Thank you so much.

THen Vogh and Talin turned and left in the direction of Helmut’s house with a quickness showing the acolyte, if he was watching, that they were in a hurry.

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Midday was passing as they reached the western end of the Temple District. They found Limit Street as the Watcher had directed them. The very Western end of the Temple District was a residential area, disproportionately inhabited by clerics and temple workers.

Helmut’s house was a very nice, two story with a large front yard encircled by a stone wall about head height. No gate barred entry to the yard.

[Private to GM:
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Vogh didn’t waste any time as they finally came to Helmut’s house.  The yard was walled well but didn’t have a gate so she just walked on through and right up to the front door.  She used the ornate knocker to knock on the finely made mahogany door.

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OOh! Nice extra details. Thanks!

They waited a bit, knocked again, and realized either no one was home, or no one was going to answer the door.

Looking around they saw no motion inside from their vantage point, and they heard nothing in or around the house.

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Talin, I am not sure if anyone is home.  We can’t exactly just walk in for someone may see us and report it.  I say we come back tonight and go in under the darkness.  Something isn’t right here.  Vogh said to Talin as they walked away from Helmut’s house.

The duo decided to head back to The Minstrel till the evening time.  They grabbed something to eat before heading back over a few hours after darkness fell.

They stuck to the shadows 21:23, Today: Vogh rolled 13,19 using d20+7,d20+13.  Vogh then Talin stealth checks once they made it close to the house once more.

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Both slunk along, hiding from any who might see them in the residential area. There were many nice houses and quite a bit of activity inside each of them. Thankfully the later hour saw very few people on the streets. Most respectable residents were home this late of an evening, and not prowling around in the dark. Several windows showed light inside, hinting that the home was not abandoned after all.

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When Vogh saw that there was light coming from the windows of the house she wasn’t sure if she wanted to try the door again, but if someone was home it would be the more friendlier way to do it. She gave a look to Talin and whispered, Stick to the shadows, I am going to go knock on the door once more to see if someone answers.  I would rather go in through the front door 

With that said, Vogh moved once more to the ornate door knocker and gave it a few raps and then listened.

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It took a few minutes and Vogh was tempted to knock once more, but finally she heard something on the other side of the heavy door.

A human female with long auburn hair, pulled back, and large green eyes opened the door just a crack and blocked it with her body. Vogh could clearly see the symbol of the Fate Weavers painted on her forehead. The bard could also see the fine chainmail armor the woman had on.

She knew of the group. The Fate Weavers were a small group of prophets and seers who claimed the ability to tell people’s fortunes. Locals consider the group a front for prostitution.

“Yes? May I help you?”

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Vogh was surprised by whom answered the door.  Fate weavers?  Perhaps Helmut wasn’t there and his wife had hired them to see what the fates foretold.  I am here to speak with the lady Itlestein.  I know it is of a late hour but it is very important. Vogh wrung her hands together in a sign of worry to sell her story.

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The woman leaned back from the door a bit, still blocking it as she answered.

“My apologies… Miss…?” She awaited the name Vogh would provide, then continued. “But High Priest Itlestein and his wife have been estranged for some time. I believe she has an appartment somewhere, but I don’t know where miss. I’m merely here to keep an eye on the house while the High Priest is away.”

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Vogh and responded to the pause with Edgerton.

When Vogh heard that the high priest and his wife were apart this had Vogh wondering if perhaps maybe it was because if the child. It is very urgent that I speak with the high oriest.  When did he leave and do you know where he went and when he may return?  Vogh questioned with worried eyes.

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“He left several days ago, I do not know when he will return, nor do I know where he went. He did not see fit to inform me. Again, I’m merely here to watch over his home until he returns.” The woman was starting to get perturbed and impatient.

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The woman may or may not know of his whereabouts at this point it didn’t matter for Vogh.  To her it seemed likely that Phon had gone somewhere with High Priest Itlestein.  Vigh nodded to the woman and smiled as she said, Thank you for your time and sorry if I disturbed you.

Vogh turned and left walking down the street and not calling out to Talin to join her until she was on another street.

Vogh relayed what was said and merely shrugged.I am not 100%certain yhe high priest left with Phon but i have a good feeling.  Perhaps they were heading somewhere secluded to have the baby together or perhaps even a larger city which would lend more privacy. Let’s head back to brother Fabitor in the morning and tell him what we found out so far. 

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Talin wasn’t sure about what Vogh had said about the priest.  He had to see for his own eyes.

You go ahead, I will meet you back in our room in an hour or so.  I am going to check this out a bit further.  Talin said to Vogh.  He knew by now that sneaking around wasn’t her thing and she knew it too.

Vogh nodded, understanding what he meant to do and thus gave him a small peck on the lips and told him to be careful.  She didn’t like it but had to trust in him.

Talin then made his way back to the house and looked for a way inside.
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Talin stayed low against the stone wall, and made his way around to the back of the house. There he found a small window which looked in on a dark office. It took him three tries to unlock the window but he finally worked his tools around the molding and popped open the hatch silently.

The window raised without a sound and he slipped into a little office about ten feet square. Inside was a well made, wooden desk and chair, with a bookshelf running the length of one wall. Opposite the desk was a closed door. Moonlight coming through the window revealed a sheaf of papers on the desk.

For a better look, Talin removed his everburning torch just enough to illuminate the papers. The papers seemed to detail a number of prophecies and visions Helmut received from the Watcher of the Skies. Most of them seemed incomprehensible, meaningless or irrelevant, one of them caught Talin’s eye.

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“Lord Abbercombe will be found by a dark elf named Shilukar. But the Idol of Ravvan brings doom. His lair lies beneath a vacant lot on Brandywine Street in the Guildsman District.”

Storing the light returned the room to darkness, then he moved to the door to listen. When no sound came from the other side, the bard carefully and slowly opened the door. A couple of lanterns burned, revealing a large living room.

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The house was very typical for the neighborhood. The wealth of a high priest of a major temple is evident here, although one might have expected much more.

Talin saw the large dining room fit with a table to comfortable seat eight, a door beyond that, and a set of stairs leading upstairs.

Listening at the bottom of the stairs he could hear one woman speaking to another.

Dice roller likes you today 😀

Secret Roll: DM, on behalf of Talin, rolled 21 using 1d20+1.  Listen.

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Talin reached the top of the stairs and faced 2 doors leading off the landing. He heard voices, still muffled, through the door directly across from the top of the stairs. It was obviously two females speaking back and forth, but he still couldn’t make out what was being said through the heavy doors.

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Talin found himself in what must have been the high priest’s bedroom with the large, oversized bed in the largest room of the house he had seen so far. The furnishings were sparse, but richly made and ornamented.

Finding nothing of interest here, he moved to the wall and listened to the talk in the next room. He thought he heard Phon’s voice, but couldn’t be sure. The talk was clearly not heated in any way.

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ooc: was there a wardrobe in this room?  If so he would have checked that after hearing the voices.

Having thought he heard Phon’s voice Talin had one option left.  He moved to the window and looking outside he began to cast http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/ghostSound.htm

The sound he made was of a few men talking and knocking on the door.   What Talin wanted was the watcher to leave the room and head downstairs so he could get into the other room and see who the other person was.

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Talin cast his spell. Shortly after he heard the door in the next room open and close. The sound of boots on the stair let him know the female guard was descending.

Quick and silent he checked the hallway and darted into the next bedroom, only to find it empty. A plate of food sat partially eaten, but the bed looked like it handn’t been slept in.

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Talin looked in the room quickly and didn’t find anyone there.  This was a puzzle… perhaps she was speaking with someone through a spell or something else.  He dove down to get under the bed but there wasn’t any space for him so he lay as close to the bed as he could muster.

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Talin remained stuck as tight against the unmade bed as possible. His eyes opened wide when the female guard entered the room and called out. “There was no one at the door miss.” Heavy boots clunked across the room and the woman walked right up to the blank wall, and opened it!

The bard hadn’t had time to search the whole room, and clearly there was a hidden door. The section of wall opened up toward him, blocking both women from his sight. A very pregnant Phon stepped forward out of the hidden portal but noticed a strange man lying on the floor and screamed!

Her protector shoved Phon back into the room, slamming the door. She drew a long sword and leveled it at Talin.

“Attempt to stand and you’ll never be vertical again…” Judging by the woman’s grip and stance, she knew how to use the sword she held, and Talin was in a precarious position lying on the floor.

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Talin didn’t know he would be found out this way, but he was happy that he saw that Phon was doing okay.  The situation was a bit hairy at the moment Talin knew, but he had an easy explanation for his being there.

I will not move a muscle m’lady.  I know Phon.  My friend and I saved her from an attack on her life a few months back.  I heard that she had disappeared a few days ago and no one knew where she had gone.  So, I started to investigate and found out that she may be here.  You can ask her for yourself.  As I said I will not move a muscle.  Talin quickly said.

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“Talin?!” Phon called from beyond the door. The enlarged woman pushed the door back open and looked around it. Upon recognizing the handsome man she told the woman to put away her sword.

“Jamila, put away your sword, please. This is Talin. He and Miss Vogh saved me from those two attackers some months back!”

Jamila looked sceptical but lowered her blade and bid Taking rise.

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When Phon came back through the door after hearing Talin’s voice, he was happy to see that she seemed okay.  He rose to his feet as Jamila asked and said, Phon Brother Fabitor and your co-workers have been worried about you.  The sudden disappearance had people thinking the worse.  They thought perhaps you were attacked again and this time the attackers succeeded.  It does my eyes good to see that you are well.  Talin’s eyes went to her growing belly.

Why are you hiding out here?  Talin asked.

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Jamila, still gripping her blade waved a hand at Phon, silencing her. “The High Priest has forseen Phon was in danger. I assure you that she is very well protected. You should leave.”

It was clear the woman was not happy with his presence. She was eyeing him, sizing him and visually probing him for weapons, armor, weaknesses, anything she could use in a fight.

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Talin looked at the woman hard and then over to Phon.  She seemed safe enough but Talin wanted to know more.

Okay, if you say all is fine then I will go.  I only ask that that if there is any further updates or troubles that word gets to us.  Phon knows where we are.

With that said Talin left the house and headed back to The Minstrel.

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The Bard left, but not without trying to gather as much Intel as possible. He made a big show of giving Phon a hug and wishing her well mostly to gave a better look around.

His main focus was on a table which contained maps of several important government and Church buildings. He immediately recognized the Admini-
stration Building, the Imperial University, and the Holy Palace. Most alarming was the scribbled notes which seemed to  detail plans for infiltration or maybe even destruction.

Leaving the house was easy, Jamila following at a distance behind then locking the door after him.

He and Vogh met in the common room of the minstrel.

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When Talin met up with Vogh they both went up to their room so they could quickly talk.  He told her all what happened and of course that Phon was okay.  He told her that the high priest had foretold that Phon was in danger so that is why she went into hiding.  He also told that he hadn’t found any information about the high priests’ whereabouts.

He told her about what he found in the high priest’s room, the document I found said that Lord Abbercombe will be found by a dark elf named Shilukar. But the Idol of Ravvan brings doom. His lair lies beneath a vacant lot on Brandywine Street in the Guildsman District.  He also tells her about the maps of several important Government and Church buildings. I immediately recognized the Administration Building, the Imperial University, and the Holy Palace. Most alarming to me was that there were scribbled notes which seemed to detail plans for infiltration or maybe even destruction.

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Vogh was relieved to hear that Phon was okay.  She didn’t like the fact that she was possibly in more danger but that could be dealt with another time.  Vogh was impressed with Talin’s patience and how he handled the whole event.

Tell you what baby, let us talk more in the morning.  It is a bit late and we can sleep on it before deciding what to do next.  Vogh said.


The next morning they got up and went to have breakfast and talk about what to do about the whole thing.  Shilukar’s name came up again and could it be possible that they now have a place to search for him?  Vogh also thought about the idol and what the meaning of that was.  She had lost a bit of sleep thinking about it.
18:48, Today: Vogh rolled 17 using 1d20+13.  knowledge check.

I think we should lay low for a bit longer and get our armor before checking out anything.  These dark elves are difficult as we found out in the sewers with the one we met.

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[Private to GM: DATE/TIME: 27th Day of Bloom – Armor ready on 30th day of Bloom]

Vogh had heard of Ravvan the evil Beast God. He was a minor god and demon prince who ruled over an extra dimensional hell of savagery and beasts. She was unaware of any church dedicated to him though.

[Private to GM: DATE/TIME: 28th Day of Bloom – Armor ready on 30th day of Bloom

Vogh has been in Ptolus for 49 days as of here.]

Morning dawned on the 28th day of Bloom, Airday, and they had only 2 more days to wait for their newly modified and enchanted armor to be available. The duo headed downstairs for breakfast and before their food even arrived Inlios entered the minstrel with an excited look on his face.

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“Missvogh! Missvogh! Itssogoodtoseeyou!” He chattered rapidly as he pulled himself up into a chair opposite them at their table. “Igotheitemyouwanted! Thehealingbelt. Iwasonlyable to get one, butigotitforyou!” He grinned ear to ear, pleased with himself for getting the item she requested.

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When Vogh saw Inlios it put a huge smile on her face.  It had been. Little while since she saw him last.  When he began telling her why he was there her heart fell.  She had forgotten to tell him they didn’t need the belts any more.

Vogh felt so bad, she didn’t know how to tell him without letting him down hard.  She knew though that he would be able to sell it no problem.

Oh wow Inlios.  That is great, but I have some bad news.  I forgot to tell you that we found 2 belts one for Talin and one for me already.  I am so sorry that I didn’t tell you.  Would you like to join us for breakfast, it on me.  Vogh said with a please look in her eyes and a smile on her face.

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Inlios’ face fell for a moment, but the offer of food perked him up a bit. “YouaskInliostofindsoIfind. NexttimeyoutellmeyoufindsonotwasteInliosstime.” With that small ‘chastisemenet’ he ordered a hearty breakfast. “Healingmagiciseasytosell. AtleastIwont’losemoney. Thankyou.”

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Vogh certainly felt bad about forgetting to say something to Inlios, but she could tell he had already brushed it aside.

Once the food came and they began to eat, Vogh asked, so how is business?  I hope you are doing well.  We ourselves have been doing well too.

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“BusyBusyBusy! Verygood. Gladyourebusytoo.” The gnome said between bites. The trio shared a round of pleasantries over their meal then Inlios shook his finger playfully at Vogh with one more reminder to tell him if they find something they had asked him for. Then the still sprightly gnome headed out.

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Vogh agreed and said her goodbyes to Inlios.  Then her and Talin continued to talk about what they were going to do the next days.

Once they were done eating hey had decided to go speak with brother Fabitor once more to give him a status.

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Vogh and Talin saw the sun streaming in through the front windows of the Minstrel. They stepped out into the already busy Delver’s Square. The press of bodies here was always amazing. Even in a city as massive as Ptolus, the sheer number of beings congregated in one place was always shocking.

Yet, even among all that tumult, a raggedly dressed man slept between the Minstrel and Bull and Bear. He snored loudly, seemingly undisturbed by all around him and the hard ground.

Before they even crossed Center street they knew Fabitor was going to be swamped today. Already there was a line out the door to St. Gustav’s.

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As Vogh and Talin left The Minstrel they smelled the air and listened to the sounds of Delver’s square.  It certainly was alive on this bright day.  They turned to head down the street and while Talin was looking into the square, Vogh noticed the figure in the alley.  She made a note of it in passing.  If he were there again another time she would do something.

Her and Talin strolled through the streets as they weren’t in a huge hurry.  People were out and about sweeping their doorsteps and shaking out bedding from the night before.

When they neared center street and saw St Gustav’s and the line running out the front doors, Vogh whistled.  Looks like a busy day, I hope that something didn’t happen.

Vogh looked over the people in line to see what she could tell what was wrong with people or if they were just there for service.

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Most of the folks in line outside the temple appeared to be delvers and fighters of some kind or another. One halfling had his arm bandaged like it was a fire or acid burn. A couple humans sported all manner of cuts and scrapes. A half orc had a wrapping on his head, soaked in blood. Nearly all of them wore armor and weapons. Who was delving this early in the morning to already be injured?

Both entered through a door and moved their way up to Brother Fabitor, followed by scowls from those in line, thinking the bards were circumventing the que. He smiled at them, then turned and focused on his prayer to heal the first person in line, a rather plump and ugly female who didn’t seem to quite fit her armor. The bleeding on her arm stopped and she thanked the priest, handing over some coins.

“Busy day folks!” He addressed the two as he started casting on the next person in line.

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Vogh could sense the eyes on her and Talin as they walked past the line and into the church.  A few of the warriors even shouted out curses to them.  Vogh just brushes it off as she saw Brother Fabitor.  With a wave of her hand she had said hello.  He saw her and smiled but was engrossed in a spell of healing.

When Brother Fabitor was finished he said his bit.  Perhaps he just didn’t have time but to her it seemed a bit cold so Vogh said, we came to help.  We saw the line of walking wounded and thought perhaps you needed some assistance.

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“Well certainly! Do you have some ability to tend wounds? If you wanted to check bandages and help give some comfort until I can get to them that would be a blessing. But have you any word on Phon?”

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Vogh squeezed Talins hand and then began to check out the people waiting in line.

Vogh will just check the wounds and if something is really bad she will cast a cure light.

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Talin got the clue as Vogh walked away.

Talin sat next to Brother Fabitor and went through the exchange at the high priests house.  Talin didn’t add names other than Phon so as not to give people impressions they may not have already.

When he was finished Talin said, So Vogh thinks that she is okay where she is.  Talin said we a shrug.

I should have done a sense motive when i was there.  Did talin get the same impression of Phons situation?

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The priest was relieved to hear Phon was okay, but he wasn’t so comfortable with the idea of her being secreted away in this high priest’s home. Still, she clearly wasn’t being held there against her will so what could they do?

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28th Day of Bloom, 721. Armor ready on 30th day of Bloom

Fabitor, and all those they healed, thanked the bards profusely. Both refused any monetary offerings and suggested instead they give the funds to St. Gustav’s. With a smile and a wave both crossed center street back into the Minstrel.

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The day had been long as the pair helped Brother Fabitor heal and patch up the wounded.  Vogh had asked more than one of the wounded where they had gotten the wounds so she could gage further excursions.

For now though it was time for some relaxation and food.  They bith had missed lunch and so they asked Tellith if she could make something for them before heading to their room.

Once evening came Vogh said she was going to go do some training with Iltumar.  He two of them trained hard for an hour before Vogh came back to The Minstrel.

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To a one, each said they were injured beneath the city on delving business, but all were tight lipped with any extra information.

Vogh walked back into the Minstrel quite sweaty from the exertion of training and immediately had a surprise waiting for her.

Raule, her adopted brother, was seated at a central table and rose with a smile when she entered. “Hello sister.” He greeted her warmly and gestured for her to join him.

“You look… well…” he stutter stepped over the word. She realized how she must look after working hard at the blade.

“It’s good to see you.” He continued and waved Tellith over for another glass of wine and gestured toward vogh to indicate she should have a glass as well. Vogh was a bit embarrassed by his “Noble” attitude.

“I’ve come to see you for two reasons. First, I will be performing at the Cloud Theater and I’ve brought two tickets for you and… Talin. Second, I’ve setup a meeting for you with Hallusiun Everfar, leader of the Knights of the Chord.”

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Vogh came into The Minstrel ready to just head upstairs and perhaps have a little fun with Talin before the evening was finished.  She entered and saw her brother she couldn’t hold back her excitement.  Vogh rushed over to her brother and wrapped him in a big hug, forgetting that she was all sweaty from the training.  When she backed up she could see the look on his face when he stuttered the words out.  Before he could say more though she cast a simple spell and just as the sweat and grime were there a minute ago, it was now gone and she looked fresh.

As Raule ordered the wine for her she returned the compliment.  You look well yourself.  When he told her that he was performing at the Cloud Theater she fell back into a chair.  This is good news brother.  Tickets for Talin and I?  I can’t wait to see you perform.  It will be quite a treat.

When he tossed out the next tidbit of information she sloughed low in her chair.  She thought she heard he set up a meeting with Hallusiun Everfar.  This is something she has been wanting for so long.  Oh my goodness, how?  I can’t believe it!  Vogh was speechless and it was a good thing the wine glass came for she toasted it up and just said, To you brother! 

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Raule tinked his glass then leaned forward, gesturing for Vogh to do likewise. “At my show, I also want you to talk to Marlow, the owner. He’s got a spot of trouble I think you might be able to help him with.” Then the nobleman leaned back, raised his glass in salute to Vogh and drank lightly of the sweet wine. “My show is this coming Queensday, the 2nd of Sun.”

[Private to GM: Flying ship and or dragon overhead

Juel and his guys see them in the Minstrel and tell them about cleaning out the house, telling them there is an access to the Dungeon there. They bought the house? Private Access?]

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Vogh took the hint and leaned in so as not to let others hear what Raule had to say.  So, Marlow needs something of me?  She wondered what it could be.  Of course, she would try to help in any way she might be able.

I would gladly help and Talin and I will be at your performance, brother.  I wouldn’t miss it.  Vogh smiled as she leaned back and took another drink of her wine.  What a perfect way to end the evening she thought.

For another hour or so she and Raule talked about things happening at home and with her life.  They laughed and giggled and finally said their farewells.  Vogh then went to her room where Talin was fast asleep already.

The next morning when she woke, Talin was already out of bed and gone from the room.  She didn’t know where he had gone off to but hoped it was to bring up breakfast for her so she waited.

Sure enough within a half hour, he came through the door with a tray that held some bread, jellies, and juice.  Vogh smiled at him and patted the bed next to her to have him join her.  They ate and Vogh told him about Raule and the Cloud Theater.  We have seats for Queensday, in 3 days.

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Waterday, 29th Day of Bloom, 721.
Armor ready on 30th day of Bloom
Raule concert on Queensday, 2nd day of Sun.

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She and her brother shared casual chit chat. He mentioned the house had procured a few new art pieces she could come check out the next time they were at dinner. Raule told her a little about some music he and their mother were working on. He complained a bit about some of the ‘lesser’ houses. Apparently there had been a number of thefts in the Noble’s quarters of late. Her brother also complained about this republican movement which was getting people all up in a stir over nothing. They knew little about the high priest heading it up, but his Watcher group seemed a bunch of lying charlatans trying to fleece the commoners out of coppers for ‘predictions.’ “Gypsies I tell you!” After having well drunk of the wine, and discussing happenings for over an hour he rose to depart. Raule gave Vogh a departing hug and went out into the evening. “It was good to see you sister.”

The following morning Talin smiled at Vogh’s news, “Well that sounds exciting! I haven’t been in the Cloud for several years. Wonderful.” He set down the tray of breakfast and nibbled on a piece of bacon. “You were up late last night. Is all well with your brother and family?”

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How about we skip to the last day for the armor?  Unless you have other things to do.
I feel like I am just waiting for then.

Vogh sat and talked to Talin about what Raule had told her about the night prior.  There was quite a bit of information there to be had for those that listened carefully.  So, what will we do today? 

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The duo enjoyed a much needed rest and relaxation day, walking around the big city, eating well and simply taking a break.

They had been moving at a back splitting pace with nearly constant excitement. Delving, traveling with goblins, swimming with vampire kids and more.

It seemed even the typically surly weather of Ptolus was granting them a nice day. Clouds fluttered by overhead on calm and constant breezes.

Overhead a giant silver Dragon flew high in the sky. Few below noticed the great drake, so busy rushing about their lives and tasks. But the relaxed bards on a leisurely stroll saw the spectacular beast blow through clouds. Finally they lost sight of the huge aerial creature only to look slack jawed at a human form plummeting toward the ground. The body lay flat out with arms and legs extended, resembling a person face down on a bed. When it neared the surface the fall slowed to a steady descent, likely by the use of a spell the bards knew well. They lost sight as the being landed somewhere in the Noble’s quarters.

That night the Minstrel was lively as always, some patrons even dancing  in open areas. With a wonderful day behind them Vogh and Talin retired to their room.

On the morrow morning broke with a touch of drizzle but they were too excited to care. Today was the day they had been told their armor would be ready.

Next door at Bull and Bear, Iltumar smiled as they entered. “Eager this morning?” He pulled the finished pieces up from behind the counter. Clearly he had them ready and waiting.

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The day before they got their armor was a glorious one.  The dragon high in the sky was just perfect.  They probably would have missed it on any other day though.  The site of the man falling and having probably cast a featherfall spell was fun to see.  She wondered who it was.


30th day of Bloom

Before heading over to the Bull and Bear, Vogh and Talin headed over to Hammersong Vault to get the rest of the gold they would need to purchase their armor.  Vogh asked first asked if the vault would be able to make a transfer to Bull and Bear for the amount needed.  If it wasn’t possible then she asked for the easiest amount in gems.

With an eager nod to Iltumar as he pulled up the armor for them to see, Vogh’s eyes filled with clear excitement.  She ran her fingers along to markings she had added.  It is gorgeous!  The work is as you said, perfect!  Vogh took off her own armor then and tried on the new breastplate.  The fit was something she didn’t think was possible.  It was so light and as she moved around she could see that it didn’t inhibit anything she could possibly do.

Talin, on the other hand, was speechless.  He held the armor up before him and couldn’t believe his eyes.  He took off his armor as well and put the breastplate on.  He too moved about and still couldn’t get anything out of his mouth.  His time with Vogh had not only brought him great pleasure and love, but also riches he thought he would never have.  Finally, he just said, thank you!

Vogh then turned to Iltumar and said, well now we need to sell these two pieces.  How much can we get for these?
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“I believe we gave 900 thrones for the last mithral set, which I can do again.  I can do 900 thrones on the magical leather too. So 1,800. I can just take that much less of your money for the new breastplates.” He awaited their answer then couldn’t wait long after their answer. “And when can we train again miss Vogh?!” He practically vibrated with excitement still, even after all their sessions.

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Vogh smiled at the offer, That seems like the same as last time.  This is reasonable and we’ll take it.  As Vogh looked to Talin she nodded.  So training, we can do more this evening.  How does that sound to you?

Assuming he takes the offer for training Vogh and Talin head back out of the Bull and Bear and head over to The Minstrel real quick to discuss the day.  I think we should go check out the lead you found about the vacant lot on Brandywine Street.  We can see if it actually something or nothing.  Also, I wanted to tell you.  When I was caring for the wounded at St. Gustav’s they were all pretty hush-hush about what exactly happened to them.  They said it happened while delving but that was all.  It just seemed weird to me is all.  Perhaps it is nothing.

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Talin was still marveling at their new armor while he listened to Vogh talk about what to do for the day.  He had wanted to head to this Brandywine as soon as he read about it but knew that things might be a bit difficult for them.  Before saying yes to anything Talin looked about the interior of The Minstrel to see if anyone was listening in to their conversation.  He then leaned in.  “First, I don’t think we should be announcing all this aloud and second I am in.”

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The duo agreed to head to the Guildsman district and try to find this vacant lot. With the light drizzle outside Talin suggested taking a carriage, which they did.

Most of the local guilds had headquarters in the Guildsman district, and it was where much of the city’s commerce took place. In this industrial area, ore was smelted, livestock were slaughtered, and artisans plied their trades. “This is where the work gets done,” is a frequent saying by those who live in the Guildsman District.

Powerful whistles and bells ring here in the mornings and evenings to mark the start and close of each workday—but in some places, where labor continues around the clock, the sound only marks the change of shift. Grime-covered men, soot-laden women and children make their way to and from jobs morning and night, filling the streets. At other times, while the tanneries, foundries, mills, and breweries are in operation, the streets remain mostly vacant.

Sawmills, flour mills, paper mills, textile dying works, ironworks, leatherworks, brickworks, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, silversmiths, copper-smiths, tinsmiths, weaponsmiths, armorers, lock-smiths, clockmakers, carvers, potters, masons, glassblowers, porcelain makers, carpenters, cabinet makers, coopers, wheelwrights, plow wrights, wainwrights, printers, gem cutters, cigar makers, coffin makers, cord makers, soap makers, chain makers, slaughterhouses, and dozens of similar establishments employ a great percentage of Ptolus’ lower classes and some of the middle class (the skilled craftspeople and administrators).

Most of these workers belong to one guild or another. They have learned to stick together and use the power of assembly and organization to avoid exploitation (although some would say that many workers are still exploited).

As ever-present as the manufactories, smithies, and mills are around here, much of the Guildsman District is filled with warehouses, storehouses, granaries, and livestock pens. Despite all the activity, about one in five buildings is vacant. Though prosperous, the district was even more so at the height of the Empire.

The shadows of the Empire’s past are no more clearly visible in Ptolus than in the Guildsman District. Old smoke stacks from manufacturer that sported massive steam boilers to power the inner workings stand like undead towers over the other structures. These spectres of days gone by are cold and still for the most part; some are used for storage but most just serve as lairs for nesting cormorants and gulls. Of course, here and there a few still belch smoke, where the lore to keep the boilers and engines working was not completely lost.

The streets are dirty, and many buildings show signs of neglect. Though this district is no slum like the Warrens, squatters live in abandoned warehouses and mills, and muggers lurk in alleyways to prey upon workers. Most people who actually live in the district reside in the eastern portion, along the top of the cliffs overlooking the bay. Were it not for the Warrens, this would be known as the most dangerous and impoverished residential section of the city.

Their carriage traveled down Smoke Street heading like they would go all the way to the Cliffs of Lost Wishes. The Lorn Tower at the very end of Overlook Road was even visible they were so close to the ocean. But just after the Tinsmith’s Guild office they turned then turned again onto Brandywine Street. A single lot was vacant and filled with garbage on Brandywine, so it was here the carriage stopped.

The lot was filled with trash and scrap. There were piles of discarded wooden planks, broken furniture, unused bricks and stones, rusty pipes and sheets of metal. Just walking through the area looked like it might be painful.

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Vogh didn’t often venture down into the Guildsman District it just wasn’t her place honestly.  As she rode past the many shops and warehouses she looked through the windows of the carriage.  The smells of all the different working places easily wafted through the wood of the carriage.  It smelled of hard work and labor.

When the carriage finally came to a stop both her and Talin stepped out of the carriage and into the light drizzle that was coming down.  It wasn’t too bad and wouldn’t get them too wet too fast.  When the carriage was gone they began to slowly look about to see if there was an entrance to be found.
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Vogh and Talin had an easy enough time walking onto the lot. There was no fence or barrier of any kind. Who would need to protect literal garbage and detritus? No one. They did not have an easy time walking around in the lot. There were nails, splintered wood, broken glass and sharp pieces of metal everywhere. The bards picked their footing carefully as they looked around.

Several people walked by and looked at them sceptically. But each minded their own business and continued on past the junk lot. A small shed, barely still standing while leaning to one side sat in the back corner. It seemed the perfect place to hide a secret entrance. Both of them barely fit inside the shanty at the same time, and it seemed to be nothing more than more scrap and rubbish. Water even came in through the roof and dripped onto all the piles “covered” in the small building.

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Figuring a good place to look was the shack Vogh and Talin made their way to it climbing over junk to get there.  Barely able to squeeze inside VOgh and Talin finally got in and saw more of the same as outside.  Vogh looked to Talin, look through this, maybe there is a secret door or something.  Vogh moved some boxes and other things around to see if there was something that would show up.

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Again, any entrance seemed improbable in the piles and piles of garbage and castoff. Their rummaging stirred up several mice and even one small snake beneath a metal pile, but no secret lair revealed itself. After spending more time searching around the entire lot they ended the time frustrated. The duo decided to call the search off for the day and return to the minstrel. A cab was not difficult to find, a two seater, and they were back at the Minstrel in less than a half hour.

The duo discuss things over dinner and Vogh headed out to train Iltumar. He was getting rather good with their repeated sessions. The boy was nothing to match Vogh, but his technique and ability had definitely improved from when they began.

“The armor looks fantastic Miss Vogh!” He commented after they had completed, both having worked up a good lather. They parted company, Iltumar walking with confidence.

Back at the Minstrel, Vogh was surprised by yet another guest, or rather, guests. Juel and his three friends were all sitting at a table with Talin, drinking.

“If it isn’t the beautiful and capable Vogh!” The big man raised a stein in greeting. “Please! Join us! You’ll bring some beauty to this table.” He smiled good naturedly.

Juel, his brother Chule, the rogue Otule and their other friend Sam were all eager to have her join them.

Chule spoke up, “We’ve had a spot ‘o good luck! Place in the North Market called the Old Grayson House for some reason, was infested with some goblins. We wiped ’em out and got a bit ‘ol gold for it!” He smiled and all four raised their glasses in a cheer.

Otule leaned forward and in a lowered voice, smiled as he explained. “Not only that. We found the goblins were coming up from caverns that house cellar is attached to. Y’all should come check it out some time. We might be able to find a spot of fun and treasure with your help.”

Juel nodded in agreement with everything the smaller man shared. “We came to celebrate but we were also hoping to run into you both. We got it boarded up good fer now, and we got some work to do on the house to make it more livable. It was abandoned and infested with goblins so it’s a might nasty. Why we got it for such a good price! But we aught’ta explore down there sometime soon.” He smiled and over-paid the serving girl for another round of drinks for everyone.

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Indeed the two were frustrated at having not found anything in the shack.  Perhaps it was outside somewhere but with the rain and it making things slippery Vogh and Talin decided to call off the day.
Later that night after training Vogh made her way into the Minstrel and though it was packed she saw the 2 brothers, Otule, and Sam.  With their beckon she headed to their table.

Looks like you all are celebrating. Vogh said before they explained about the house and goblins.  Vogh at that moment wished she could find some nice place for her and Talin.  She would have to inquire about that another time.

Sounds like a fun idea.  When were you all thinking about heading down?  We could during the day tomorrow but Talin and I have the evening planned already.  OR we just do it the next day so we aren’t timed to time.  Vogh mentioned the second option as a better option for everyone.

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“Bah. Not so soon. We boarded it up and want to relax a bit. We’ve been hitting it hard down under.”

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The group chatted amiably for a bit that evening, sharing a meal and talking about their delving experiences and recent happenings.

Juel shared that no one had seemed to take interest in their map about Abhoth the group found together. And Vogh explained they had found no takers either.

Sam spoke up and asked them if they had heard anything about the rumors of giant, blue, dog-men? He said several folks had been talking about it.

Just remembering Juel practically bursted, “OH! And did you hear about GOBLINS bringing in hundreds of thousands of thrones worth of magic items?! Everyone is buzzing and Myraeth’s has been sakra packed!” He used the light curse and didn’t seem to think it inappropriate in front of Vogh. They were a rougher group after all.

Chule mentioned, “We’ve thought about doing some supply runs or recovery team work, but we’ve got a bit of gold to relax a bit. Did you see the flyer to catch monsters alive for these stupid Adventure Tours? Idiot rich people want to feel some excitement. Ha! They should come with us!”

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When Jule bached about going down below their house Vogh smiled.  It was an offer and one that could wait.  They sat together a while longer and had some more drinks and chatted.  When Sam brought up the blue dogs Vogh was quick to give them a name, Ah yes we have heard the rumors of sightings of the blue Gnolls.  That is what they are called.  We have asked around about it and people haven’t been able to give us an idea of where they come from yet.

Vogh giggled a bit at the mention of the goblins and the magic items.  Actually, Talin and I helped in the sale of the items.  You could say we came into a win-fall ourselves as of late.  She pointed to her new armor.  This is one piece that we were able to purchase with our earnings.  Talin has a similar set as well.

When asked about the flyer, Vogh cocked her head.  She hadn’t heard anything about this one as of yet.  Perhaps it was because they hadn’t been in the undercity for a little while.  No, what is that about?  Do they have a list of creatures they want caught and how much they are paying?

With more chat about further jobs and possibly helping out with below their house, it was getting late before Vogh and Talin as they finally went upstairs.  Talin entered and went to the bed he smiled as he sat and patted the bed and as she undressed he watched with a longing eye.

Fade to black……

1st day of Sun,
Raule concert tomorrow on Queensday, 2nd day of Sun.

Next morning went down for breakfast and the two talked about heading back to Brandywine again in hopes of finding something this time….

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The following morning most was quiet in the common room, but as was getting to be a recurring happening, someone stood and approached the bards when they descended the stair. An impressive male specimen stood, holding a tell-tale walking stick and wearing priestly robes. Over his breast in gold filigree was a symbol that matched the golden holy one around his neck: Asche, the God of Cities.

“Good morning Miss Vogh and Master Talin.” He gave a perfunctory bow, which was really just a tip of his head, then continued. “Priest Scheben would like to see you this morning. I have a carriage waiting outside to take you.”

He was fine waiting for them to have breakfast, but was obviously single minded in his determination to bring them to the temple.

The trio exited the Minstrel’s front door to see a fine carriage parked just outside. In the style of Asche the carriage was carved to appear as four men were carrying the top of the vehicle on hands extended over their heads.

Inside the carriage the interior was plush and comfortable, blocking out the wet breeze. The acolyte said nothing as they pulled away from Delver’s Square and headed north toward the Temple District. It didn’t take them long to reach the Street of a Million Gods then to be parking before the impressive Temple of Asche.

Their Asche guide ushered them inside the temple, passing the two imposing telamon statue-columns at its entrance. The worship of Asche was one of the most popular non-Lothian religions in the city, favored by delvers and adventurers because of the lack of a strict dogma. But Vogh and Talin had a special relationship with Mand Scheban, he being the man who first introduced them to Castle Shard, its Lord and Lady.

Inside the Temple had all the finery of a successful religion. Contempt was obvious on Talin’s face, but he hid it once they entered Mand’s office. Mand stood and gave them a hearty welcome. The good looking gentlemen was dressed in his fine robes similar to their guide, but far more opulent with gold filigree all over.

“Vogh! Talin! Welcome! Thank you for coming so quickly.” Mand gestured for Talin to close the door behind them and insisted they sit in two very plush and comfortable, high backed chairs in front of his ornately carved wooden desk.

“Someone wants to speak with you.” With that, the priest pulled out what looked to be a nearly perfectly round gem about the size of a chicken egg, but with a flat spot on the bottom to prevent it rolling. Mand cast a spell then tapped the orb and they heard a familiar voice.

“Is all secure?” came the voice of Lord Zavere of Castle Shard.

“Indeed it is sir. None will be able to eavesdrop on our conversation.” Mand answered.

“Excellent. Thank you Mand. Vogh and Talin, I apologize for not having you back at Shard and meeting with you in person, but this is a delicate matter. No magics have been able to rescue our friend Lord Abbercombe and we’ve discovered why. Shilukar the dark elf who is wanted in Ptolus sent us an offer, but more of a demand. He wants an invitation to live in Castle Shard permanently in exchange for the key to restoring Abbercombe. Such an invitation would extend to him all the protections of Shard, which we desperately wish to avoid. You both proved yourselves very capable and trustworthy in the past and we have another request of you. Shilukar has given us only two days to decide. But… If, in that time, someone could obtain the restorative to help the Lord, the whole issue would be moot.”

If Vogh and Talin attempt to explain anything about their knowledge of Shilukar or anything around the figure Zavere interrupts them. “Ah, ah. IF someone could obtain the restorative to help Lord Abbercombe, the whole issue would be moot. That’s all I’m saying. Thank you in advance for even attempting to help us.”

With that the voice disappeared and Zavere appeared to no longer be connected to the room.

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Vogh and Talin ate their breakfast quickly so as not to keep Mard waiting.  They even took some of it along with them as they left The Minstrel.  The coach they rode in was magnificently decorated and Vogh couldn’t help but feel important as they rode quickly to the Temple District.

When they arrived and she peered upon the temple she wondered at how the carriage had a similar look to it.  Vogh and Talin followed Mard inside the temple and to a room.  When the door closed and Lord Zavere’s voice came from nowhere Vogh knew it had to be some magical link that was created.

The both of them listened to Lord Zavere and had comments at the end but it was quite obvious that Lord Zavere wanted to remain neutral about how the mission was to go down.  He probably knew that in order to get the curative they may have to kill this Shulkier character.  In the end Vogh and Talin just nodded their heads and said, We will find the cure for Lord Ambercrombie.

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When the bards finally made it back into the Minstrel Talin audibly sighed when yet another person approached them. How many people had this been in only a few days? He mentally considered moving their lodging elsewhere since he wasn’t performing much lately and they seem to have become very easy to find.

Both Talin and Vogh thought they recognized this gentlemen from several nights ago. Indeed, he was the one who had become inebriated and by some magic his appearance had start to take on the look of a woman. Illusion must have been at play because when he removed his hat, the effect had vanished.

He looked to be in his mid-twenties, with short cropped hair and light stubble on his face. Both his hair and eyes were dark brown. Tall leather boots had loose, fabric pants tucked into them, and a rather tight vest top revealed his tight stomach and rather muscled arms. The young human seemed to carry only a simple rapier which looked rather worn and dingy.

“Hello. You don’t know me but I’ve learned a bit about you and I would like to request your help. My name is Belie. Belie Ekik.” (Pronounced Bee-Lie Eck-Ick) Belie gestured toward a table against the wall and sat with his back against said wall.

“A friend of mine and I were delving and came across an enslaved group of gnomes. We were told a liche controls the hidden, underground complex. None of us saw the being, but we were attacked with powerful magic and driven from the place. My friends will not return with me, but I cannot in good conscience leave those gnomes enslaved. Many here in the Minstreal, and others around this city, speak very favorably of you, Vogh and Talin. If you will accompany me, I will gladly forgo any cut of treasure found in the place. You may keep all we find in exchange for your assistance. I know you both have some magic of your own, but if you knew anyone who specialized in the arcane, it would seem prudent to fight magic with magic. I know little of such things, so I defer to your judgement.”

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Vogh had noticed this man before and what had happened a couple of days past.  He certainly had some magic about him to be able to do that.

When the man introduced himseld Vogh did likewise, I am Vogh and this is Talin.  A pleasure to meet you.  You seem to be feeling a bit better than the last time we saw you.

After hearing his proposal Vogh looked to Talin and said, I think this is something we can help you out with.  Those gnomes need to be freed from captivity and this lich needs to be taken care of so it can’t do this any more.  Perhaps there is something you could help us out with.  We need another set of eyes to find a secret lair.  There is a dark elf that needs to be taken care of.

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Belie visibly blushed at the mention of his inebriated antics days past then his eyebrows tried to reach his hairline when Vogh said dark elf.

“By the spire… as they say around here. Let me buy you both drinks so we can discuss.”

The rogue asked them about the situation and agreed to help them in exchange for their assistance with the gnomes’ freedom.

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Vogh and Talin tell Belie what they wanted and then discussed what they were looking for but not about Lord Abercrombie nor Lord Zavere.  They reserved that for when they got to know this person a little more.

They spoke for about an hour and the Vogh said, So now you are up to speed.  Shall we head to Brandywine and locate this lair?

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The rogue nodded in understanding. “I’ve never dealt with a dark elf myself. Have you? I’ve heard the rumors and lore, which is not confidence inspiring. Nonetheless, thank you for your willingness to help. I’ll do all I can.”

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