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As Vogh left she waved goodbye and then headed outside to find that she had been inside longer than she had thought.  No matter she thought to herself as she decided to walk back to The Ghostly Minstrel.  It was a relatively nice day and she could be inside her own head as she walked.

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Talin had heard the curse the rich noble boys would call the adventurers around the city.  Course Talin wasn’t a delver so he didn’t really care.  What he still cared about was that his krass young boy was trying to challenge him and Belie it seemed.  With a hearty laugh, Talin said, delver isn’t such a bad job if one was inclined to do so.  I am a performer though so the joke is on you young one.  Now as I said, you will leave the merchant be or I will take you over my knee and give you a spanking like your dad should have done it appears.

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The boys all roared with laughter while the produce man looked on, frightened but grateful to see Talin and Belie addressing them.

“You don’t know who we are. You don’t know who our fathers are. Touch any one of us and you’ll never see the light of day again, fancy boy.”

Belie looked over at Talin and winked with a sly smile. Then he spoke, but with a voice which sounded like that of an uneducated porter, “Why don’t ya head on my friend?”

Belie rolled 18 using 1d20+14.  Disguise Voice.

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Talin had on a short sleeve tunic that showed his muscular arms quite well.  One other thing it showed quite well was the bracelet that was given by Castle Shard.  Talin wasn’t showing it off or nothing but the youth might have seen it while he was standing in front of them.

You little rich boys sure think the world is yours to do with as you wish.  Well, not while I am around.  Either you leave or I will make you leave.  If you want to try me I suggest you do so now.

21:25, Today: Talin rolled 21 using 1d20+15.  Intimidate.

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Belie was concerned for Talin. Neither man knew who these kids were and the rogue knew first hand how painful it could be to cross the wealthy and ‘noble’ so he wanted to act and spare Talin any trouble.

The boys blanched a bit at Talin’s threat, but quickly regained their composure, obviously trusting in their parentage to call his bluff.

Belie in disguise strode forward and faster than the boy could raise his hand, smacked him straight across the face, knocking him down. He fake lunged toward the boy beside the first who back pedalled. The boys all started spitting curses at the men but they began to scramble away.

The cart owners eyes were wide and his jaw slack. “Oh my. Oh no.” he kept repeating. While doing so he quickly packed up all he could and hustled away, pushing his cart as fast as he could.

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Talin wanted to ask the man if he knew the kids but he was more worried about leaving the area than he was to thank the two men that just helped him…. no matter Talin thought, he didn’t do it for thanks anyways.

Why did you go and do that? Those boys weren’t going to do anything.  They bully and poke at those less unfortunate knowing that the people are too afraid to stand up to them.  I wanted to see if they actually thought they could do something, or if they would just chicken out.

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Belie shrugged and ducked down an alley, moving quickly away from the location. “Someone needed to teach them a lesson and they will blame me, in a disguise they will never find again. And you’re blameless.”

As soon as the two men were away and definitely outside prying eyes he shifted his features to a short cropped, brown haired man easily 10 years belie’s junior.

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As the two continued to walk to the administration building Talin said, Have you ever heard of guilt by association?  Anyways perhaps you are right though and blondie will be blamed.  Let’s continue to the Administration building. 

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Belie, now looking much younger, and like he was wearing no armor at all, shrugged at Talin.

“Sorry. I was worried you were going to do something and get yourself in trouble. I apologize if I’ve created an issue for you. They are going to go tell their family some blonde guy slapped one of them. If they come after you, truthfully tell them you didn’t do anything, and you haven’t seen that guy since…?” The rogue frowned, honestly worried if he caused Talin issues, but at the same time, happy he could dole out some justice to the little jerks.

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Talin thought about it and Belie was right.  Talin stopped worrying about it at that moment and just continued to walk while looking about.

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The duo arrive at the large and imposing Administration Building.

Two city watch guards stood to either side of the open double doors. Full body-length tower shields rested on the ground. Long spears were in their opposite hands, with long swords strapped to their hips. They wore the City Watch helms, wrapped in blue fabric, and the blue tunics. Both their tunics and shields bore the golden hawk on a field of blue.

Belie and Talin entered the huge, stone building and found a reference chart nearby and they tried to find something related to property ownership. They found a line that related to registering property and paying fees, so they waited there and inquired about how to determine who owned a piece of land.

The old lady clerk, who looked dead in her eyes, responded in a near monotone. “You need to pay one shield and give us one week to research the land title owner. If you want to be notified upon the research completion, that is an extra shield, and you must leave your name and location to be contacted. Otherwise, you must return in one week to collect the documentation you’ve requested.”

Talin gave her two silver coins and wrote down the property location, and where he could be reached then the duo left and returned to the Minstrel. Belie mentioned, in a voice he allowed to crack like a prepubescent, he was rather hungry, so they grabbed a few meat pies on their return.

When they entered the common room Vogh was already there.

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Vogh had ordered her food and was just starting to dig in when Talin and Belie entered The Minstrel.

She waved them over and asked, So what were you all up to this morning?

When Talin aked her how her meeting went she told him everything that happened.  Vogh made sure she told Talin that she had mentioned him and that Hallusiun had heard of him as well.

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Talin explained about the waiting period regarding the property. Belie merely nodded along.

The bard was surprised, and delighted, to hear Hallusiun had heard of him. Any musician would be proud to know the leader of the Knights of the Chord knew of them.

You’re ready to fast forward to go to the Cloud, right?

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Are you going to invite Belie along?

Vogh and Talin figured with evening starting to fall the Cloud Theater employees would be starting to show up, and be available for the bards to interview them about the recent happenings.

Ptolus’ sky still hadn’t dropped anything from the clouds above, so the duo walked. The smell of cut wood filled their nostrils as an easterly wind blew down Dragon Street pulling the smell from the nearby wood market.

They entered through the back door (tee hee) and went to Marlow’s office. The door was open and a light knock had him looking up from the pile of papers on his desk over his glasses at them. He quickly gestured for them to come in and stood to shake both their hands.

“Good evening. I’ve told a few of the staff you would be speaking with them. Don’t expect much cooperation.” He frowned at his own admission. “These are good people, so be easy on them. I’ll have your word… Please no treats or harsh treatment?” Marlow’s statement sounded a request, but he ended the sentence as if it were a question.

Roll Gather Information checks, 2 for each Bard.

[Private to GM: Remember the Shard invitation and Iltumars new ring subtly.

Also, introduce a cousin or something that’s an elven family member of the trio
AND introduce Doraedian Mythlord, probably to Deacon, an elf.

Mention some other famous of Ptolus in the minstrel:
* http://v3p.org/ptolus/midtown/…aneous-midtown-npcs/
* http://v3p.org/ptolus/npc/sheva-callister/
* http://v3p.org/ptolus/npc/cardalian/
* http://v3p.org/ptolus/npc/thorrim-kolvir/
* http://v3p.org/ptolus/npc/sobac-redwand/
* http://v3p.org/ptolus/npc/daer…and-brusselt-airmol/]

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Vogh, Talin, and Belie all headed over to The Cliud Theater as it go later in the day.  Vogh knew the workers wouldn’t be there till late so it just made sense.

When the three arrived they went back to see Marlow once more.  His pop talk wasn’t helping and Vogh hoped he hadn’t said too much to the workers.  We will take it easy as I promised before.  We won’t threaten them for that is not what we are here for.

With the introduction of Belie to Marlow the three went to work and split off to talk to people at the same time in different areas.

guess you will have to roll for Belie as well.
12:41, Today: Talin rolled 27,19 using D20+15,d20+15. Gather information .
12:41, Today: Vogh rolled 18,29 using D20+15,d20+15. Gather information

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The three pulled in each of the people Marlow had named: Kono the costume washer, Reko and Tenmi Sheak, two porters, and Enani, the top set painter. Then they spoke with some random people just to see if they got lucky. They one person they didn’t get to speak to that evening was the boy, Maystra.

Reko and Tenmi were by far the most helpful, even though it did take a few coins to ply the information from them (2 gold). The brothers had a bid of a sordid past before trying to get on the straight and narrow with honest jobs. They knew the boy was actually Maystra Balacazar, grandson of Menon. Both had caught wind someone might try to strike at the boy on opening night to get at the crime family, but that would also likely wind up getting Marlow killed in retribution, which they didn’t want to see.

Enani was a strange sort, as were many artists. She was flighty and a bit disheveled with paint in her hair and with spots on most of her clothing. The older woman talked about some prophecies regarding something called a ‘runebearer’ which spoke of children who could bring doom to Ptolus. She didn’t believe in such dastardly visions, for how could mere children harm the city? Still, what some people believe can get others hurt.

Marlow admitted to them that he knew the boy was a Balacazar and he was under a bit of pressure to cast the boy. “I didn’t want you to know of his heritage. He’s just a boy, and think of helping the Cloud, myself and Liss. I hope you won’t back out…”

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All three of the companions got back together after talking with the people.  There was some good info that Vogh would have to bring back up with Marlow but still no word on who was making the threats.  The people were a little anxious about the show and questioned the security of it.  Vogh and the others reassured them that things would be under control.

When they reentered Marlow’s office they sat down and began to fill Marlow in with what they learned.  Marlow had said he was afraid we wouldn’t take the job which was why he didn’t tell us who the boy was, Vogh could understand but she made it perfectly aware to Marlow, I can forgive the lack of trust initially given who I am, BUT if you have any further information to share with me about the situation do so now.  Also, if you attain ANY information between now and then however how small it is, you will tell us.  I don’t want to have to go back home and tell my family just how unequipped you are to run this place.  Vogh left the threat hanging until Marlow said if there was anything further and agreed to her terms.

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Marlow nodded through all the info and it lined up with what he had heard and been feeling. He sputtered and was taken aback by Vogh’s threat. Marlow steeled himself and firmed up his voice to speak with resolution.

“Miss Vogh. I have told you everything I know. Certainly if anything else comes to light, you will be the first to know.”

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Very well then.  I guess the only thing to do now is to speak with the boy.  Where can we find him?  Vogh questioned.

Almost forgot to ask, were you coerced into showing the boy by the family or anyone else? If so whom?

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Marlow explained that the boy would be in sometime tomorrow late morning for practice, and that they were welcome to come speak with him. He added, “But I implore you. Be delicate…”

To Vogh’s second question Marlow cleared his throat uncomfortably and had a bit of a blank expression on his face. He tried to dance around the subject but the piercing gaze Vogh Kath gave him cut through any horse dung.

“Well, see, Liss had to borrow a great deal of coin to open the theater. She did not know at the time it was a Balacazar-owned money lender. They have never made any threats, but occasionally they take a hand in productions. That’s the only reason Dullin is performing here. Maystra fancies him a talented soprano so she pressured me to cast him as the star of a production. I penned the musical for Dullin to keep her happy.”

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Vogh thanked Marlow and then the three left and headed back to Delver’s square.  Along the way Vogh asked,Would it be okay if we stopped at Myraeth’s? I heard about some sleeves that will allow me to change my attire to whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted.  I am also wanting to get one of those rods that extend the length of my spells particularly the haste.  It seemed to run out when we were fighting the gnolls.

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“Uh, are the sleeves you speak of translucent cloth which fit over your arms?” When Vogh agreed Belie had the description correct he had a sideways grin. “I may or may not be in possession of such an item. However, might I suggest something like my magical hat which actually transforms your person instead of just forming an illusion?”

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Talin spoke up at the mention of the hat.  You know what, I think I would like one of those.

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Vogh looked over to Belie when he said he might have those.  She then commented on his suggestion, I like the idea of it.  Can you change any part of you and leave others the same?

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The rogue, who had been in his natural form while at the Cloud smiled again, then started to change himself into the young man Talin saw before. Then he shifted to be a much older man, stooped over and wearing tattered rags. Finally he shifted back to his natural form and started changing his clothes into a fine garment suited for nobility. Belie lengthened his hair then made himself bald, grew a beard and shifted to clean shaven. Finally he made his ever present backpack appear, then meld into his form once more.

“The hat is quite versatile in changing your physical attributes, then the sleeves allow you to change your garments. Bear in mind that the sleeves merely create illusion.” He changed his clothing into voluminous robes with deep sleeves then held his arm out. Talin swiped his hand right through the robe’s illusory sleeve and nodded in understanding.

“But the hat’s physical transformations are not illusory.” Belie shifted to a long haired man with a long beard which Vogh or Talin could touch and tell it was real.

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The demonstration was something and had both Vogh and Talin thinking.

Looks to me like we need both items for it to work properly.

So they finally arrived at Myraeth’s  and after entering they asked about the items that they were wanting.

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Vogh was disappointed to find Myraeth’s didn’t have what she was looking for. Her only option was going to be to use the Dreaming Apothecary token and have the items made for them.

Back at the Minstrel a young man was playing on stage, singing an upbeat song, but few were paying attention to him as Sheeva Callister and her ghost friend Parnell were in the Minstrel that night!

Sheeva was likely the city’s best known delver, despite being retired now. Sheva was well known for having found the Crown of Ki-Lias, an artifact of the Elder Titans. She sold it to a wizard in the Inverted Pyramid. Those funds, plus the money she earned for selling all her armor and most of her gear, allowed her to be fully retired in comfort at the ripe age of thirty one. She did not have her iconic black adamantine sword with her.

Parnell Alster was a ghost, but through some magic he was able to remain on this plane and even interact with things in the ‘real world.’ He even held and drank from a wine glass, a queer sight with his translucent hand holding a clear glass. He wore robes and no weapons or armor.

Belie went ahead and paid for a room and grabbed a drink. He was interested in staying up and listening to the tales of this Sheeva.

Vogh and Talin made their way up to the room they had been occupying for a while.

Insider her dream Vogh saw a floating apparition which looked vaguely female and asked what she desired. The bard explained and the womanly form nodded in understanding, explaining it would be three days and seventy four hundred thrones.

Date/Time: 5th day of Sun
Magic Items ready: 7th of Sun
9th of Sun, The Boy Who Could Sing performance

[Private to GM: 10th Day of Sun Trio is meeting with Jevicca and Bards with Fabitor]

She awoke the following morning and told Talin of the order and delivery date.

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After relaying her dream to Talin the pair headed downstairs and initially looked for Belie to see if he was up yet.  They knew that he had stayed up a while after they went to bed so they weren’t surprised that he wasn’t in the eating room when they got there.  Together they ordered breakfast and then talked about what they would ask the boy when they got to the Cloud Theater.  First, I think that we need to find out all he knows.  Then ask if he knows who might want to stop the show from happening.  Lastly, I want to ask if he has any runes on his body.  Something about a prophecy about runebearers we heard worries me.

I think we also need to keep this to ourselves.  I don’t want anyone thinking we are working for the crime family. Vogh hoped that Raule didn’t know anything about this beforehand.

By the way, Kath owns The Crown Theater.  Check post 67 in the OOC chat.

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Whatever they decided all three wound up at the Cloud. The boy was doing vocal warm ups on the stage and indeed had a fair voice, albeit that of a young boy for certain.

Dullin Balacazar was an effeminate boy, with graceful movements like a dancer. An older woman played an upright piano off to one side of the stage while Dullin went through scales and voice exercises.

He eyed Vogh cautiously and asked her rudely, “What do you want?” A rough man stood from his seat on the front row at the boy’s words.

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Vogh let the boy act out.  He was young and from the Balacazar’s so she didn’t expect much less actually.  I want to ask you a few questions, do you have time for a break?  Vogh asked politely.

Either she would wait for him or go now it didn’t matter, she would take him to somewhere when they could speak finally.

Just to get things straight Dullin, I know who you are and how you are here.  That doesn’t matter to me, what does matter is that others are trying to hurt you and ruin your show.  What do you think about that?  Vogh said matter of factly.

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The boy quipped that he had already stopped so he walked over and sat atop a nearby stool.

“If you know who I am then you should know someone is always trying to hurt me. That’s why mother sends Suturb, and others… with me everywhere I go. But… Few are stupid enough to harm a member of my family.” The obviously spoiled brat retorted.

Suturb, the big human armed and armored, move to the edge of the stage with a dangerous look in his eyes.

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Vogh looked to the big man named Suturb.  Sure he was probably more than capable to defend against some attacks but could he defend against a lot?  Vogh didn’t know and she likewise doubted it.  Yes, okay so you have a bodyguard.  Is he going to be on stage with you when the show starts?  All it takes is one well aimed shot and you are dead Dullin.  I know you say there are many that likely would like to hurt you but do you have any that are more likely than others?  Oh, and there is one other thing I would like to ask you.  Do you have any rune looking things on your body?

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The boy interrupted Vogh at bodyguard and interjected body-guardsss, plural. Which she continued after. His eyes climbed a bit, as did the rough looking man’s at the edge of the stage.

“You think someone would attack during a show? Foolish. And have any what? Rune?! What under the Spire are you talking about?!” He was growing frustrated at the disruption of his practice and Dullin clearly wasn’t used to people speaking to him the way Vogh had been.

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It was good Belie had come in separate from the bards, as he looked the part of an old man merely sitting in the back, surveying the situation.

When you change a portrait, does it leave it the same for every post prior? I figured I would change Belie’s portrait photo to better resemble the form he was in to help you remember he was changed.

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Yes, I do think they would be so bold as to attack during the show.  Your bodygauards won’t be able to help you if it is a ranged attack.  Vogh explained to the young boy who thought he knew evrything.

When Vogh asked about the rune she watched his actions closely. She wasn’t sure if he understood and that was okay so she explained further.What I mean by a rune is something like a tattoo or birthmark.  Something that you have had since you were born though. 

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“Well what do you suggest we do during the performance? And why do you even care?”

Dullin looked at Vogh and she knew she had hit some mark with the question about a birth mark.

“Uh. Yeah. I have a birth mark. Doesn’t everyone?”

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Vogh didn’t let on that she was getting somewhere she continued on.  How many guards do you have?  We need to meet them so we know who is who.  As for why we care?  Well, it is simple really.  You have some talent Dullin and if music is something you are interested in, then I can get behind that.

When he made the comment about the birthmark Vogh had other questions that would need to be answered by someone else.  She would need to find someone that knew about the rumor she heard about.  Not everyone has a birthmark, no.  As to the reasoning of my question, I need to do more research before letting you know for I don’t like just spreading rumor.

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“Talk to Suturb about the guards. He knows. But i want to know why you’re asking about a birth mark? How did you know I had that? I don’t care about rumor. I want to know.” The young boy was petulant and insistent in his bratty behavior

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I will talk to him later then.  As for the birthmark it is said that these children who have the birthmarks are called runebearers and it is prophesied that they will bring doom to Ptolus.
This is why I asked for as you say it would be foolish to attack someone of your status, but not if it was to thwart a prophecy.
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The young man looked beyond confused and just shook his head. He stood from the stool and waved them away. “Talk to Suturb. I need to return to practicing.”

Suturb wore studded leather armor and carried a cudgel and a nasty looking long knife. He spoke with a bit of a lisp from what appeared to be a couple missing teeth on the side of his mouth.

“As the boy said, it would be suicide to attack him. What sort-a prophesy are you talking about? How could a bunch o’ children bring doom to a whole city and why ain’t any of us ever heard o’ this?”

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Vogh watched Dullin go back to the stage and only shook her head.  She hadn’t the answers for him nor Suturb when she talked to him as well.  It may be a suicide mission.  How many other guards are here?  We need to meet them so we know who is on our side.  We will figure out more information about this prophecy in the morning.

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“Suicide mission? What are you talking about? I’ve got a few, don’t you worry about that missy. You know me, and they’ve seen you, so I’ll let em know to stay out of your way. The show won’t be cancelled. Are you workin’ for the theater woman on this? Why you so interested?” He had his eyes narrowed in suspicion, a look he seemed to maintain, as he questioned Vogh and largely ignored Talin, as the man had said nothing so far.

“And what’s talk of this prophecy stuff?”

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Talin had kept quiet for a reason, there didn’t need to be more than one voice in this currently.  Vogh explained once more to the big guy about the prophecy.  Vogh hadn’t any information about it yet.

Vogh then went on to explain, Marlow the proprietor asked me to help out with the protection of the boy.  I am doing it as a favor for him.  As for your men, that is fine with me if you aren’t willing to discuss.  Be aware though that if someone looks suspicious I will not hesitate to take care of it, nor will Talin here.  We want the show to go on as well, but we also want to make sure the people are safe and that includes Dullin.

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When Suturb was all finished asking questions and seemed like he was satisfied, Vogh said she was going to speak with Marlow.

Vogh and Talin then went to Marlow and spoke with him.  So, Marlow, we have some work ahead of us.  Tomorrow Talin and I are going to be going to find out some information about something.  When is your next show?  If he says tomorrow night, then Vogh says, okay so here is what we would like to do.  We are going to come back every night and we are going to be at the front doors looking over people as they come in.  If something looks out of sorts we will check them to see if they are carrying any weapons.  We will be deploying detect magics as well to see if there is anything that is hidden from us that we can’t see with our eyes.  We will do this every night so people are used to it.  That way when the night comes for Dullin to sing it won’t seem like there is something special going on.  Also, from now on there is only one way in once you begin letting guests inside.  Before that time we will also be watching any deliveries or other people that come in the back door.  We would like at about two hours before the show starts that the front is the only entrance.

If Marlow has any doubts Vogh will ensure that she explains it will be just her and Talin doing to inspections at the front and only when they find something out of sorts.

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Marlow was not enthusiastic about his attendees being searched, but on Vogh’s word they would only search the suspicious, he relaxed a bit. The man was far more fearful of having the Balacazar boy killed in his theater than offending patrons.

That night there was a simple dramatic musical production. Attendance was expected to be small, then the morrow had nothing on the playbill.

Vogh and Talin made their preparations, securing all other entrances before the evening show, and posted themselves at the front doors. Their detect magic spells glowed on several of the patrons. Most were simple baubles of protection, or even simple illusion. A couple older men wore decorative daggers which they refused to surrender. Finally, in a huff, the weapons were turned over when the men were told they could not enter armed for their own protection and that of the thespians.

Most people politely accepted the extra security measures as Vogh and Talin worked hard to make sure there was as little delay as possible.

The older gentleman who worked as ushers were some small help in pointing out people they knew well, and others they didn’t. But none of them would assist in searching or otherwise bothering the attendees.

That night everything went well, and the bards found themselves a bit bored. Finally the night ended and they shuffled off to bed. The following day, 6th of Sun, Vogh and Talin trained with Iltumar after work. They had enjoyed a restful day of sleeping in and relaxing and were ready to stretch their muscles.

Iltumar was growing before their eyes. He wore a sleeveless tunic that day which showed off his far more toned muscles than the boyish appendages from when first they met. He walked with confidence and a warrior’s gate rather than the traipse of a kid.

The young man wore two new rings, one on each hand, which also gave him a more adult look coupled with his form fitting pants and fine leather belt that also held a new sword. Nothing fancy, but the blade had a sharp edge without nicks or rust blemishes.

However, his youthful exuberance shattered the mature vibe when he fanboyed over seeing the bards and asking relentlessly about all they had been doing before they sparred. He wanted to know any bit of excitement they had experienced, then he also asked about Sumar and Salsan, having not seen them for a while.

Iltumar was improving rapidly. His attacks were pointed and planned, and his defenses well placed. Vogh and Talin were still far his superior, but the young man would certainly hold his own against the average city person. He would be far more capable defending himself against a cutpurse or accoster now. Talin couldn’t help but smile at seeing the boy’s progress. Maybe one day they could take him on a small outing, like for rat tails or something not too dangerous. He knew Iltumar would likely faint in excitement from the offer, which made him smile all the wider.

The trio parted ways happily, all with a sheet of sweat in the evening air. Morning of the 7th dawned with the bards’ stomachs growling with hunger. Training had been more intense than either realized so they went for breakfast. Upon returning to their room, they discovered the magic items they ordered laid out on their beds.

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When they returned to their room, Vogh looked on her bed and saw the hat.  It looked very different than Belie’s.  Vogh had given a physical description of a bandana looking thing.  The sleeves though were exactly like what Belie had.  She tried on the crimson color bandana and the sleeves and they were a perfect fit.  She then began to run through some disguises so as to see how the items worked.

Talin likewise saw his item.  He didn’t do the dreaming this time so what he saw was strictly from Vogh.  It was a black leather cavalier hat with a black feather on one side.  He too tried it on and as they both went through disguises they laughed aloud.

Finally, they decided to head over to see Brother Fabitor.  Vogh wanted to know about this rumor about the runebearers.

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The chapel had changed quite a bit since their last visit. Most of the building seemed much cleaner and better organized. There was also a new priest tending the line of wounded while Fabitor checked over the worst of them.

He stopped upon seeing them and waved them over to the side. “My friends. How are you? I received a letter from Phon. She seems to be doing well, despite my distaste for the man. What bring you in today? No injuries i hope!” The priest ended with a smile as he mock looked over them.

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Both Vogh and Talin looked as healthy as ever as Brother Fabitor did his cursory glance at them.  The Vogh asked, Can we go somewhere and talk?  I have come across some information and want to know more about it?

After taking Vogh and Talin to a more quiet spot in his back office Brother Fabitor asks what the information was.  Vogh continues now that she thinks it is safer to talk in his office, We are currently doing some work for The Cloud Theater and have come across some rumors about runebearers and a prophecy hat they will bring doom to Ptolus.   We have also come across a person that has a rune mark on them.
What can you tell us about this and any other information regarding it?

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Brother Fabitor’s eyebrows raised and remained high through Vogh’s telling and questions.

“Miss Vogh, I’m so sorry, but I’ve never heard the expression ‘runebearer’ in my time. If it would help you, I would be more than happy to inquire of my superiors at the church. We have extensive libraries and a great many people of knowledge.”

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Vogh was physically disappointed about her friend not knowing but it wasn’t his fault.  Yes, please if you can get information about this it may be very important in the near future.

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Fabitor readily agreed and said he would get right on it. He hustled over to another helper, a young man, and gave him some directions the bards didn’t hear. But the boy hustled off straight away.

Vogh knew of the City Library and its extensive tomes of knowledge. She had not been there for a number of years but figured it was their best bet. The Ptolus skies were clear, nearly cloudless. Those puffs of white in the blue moved by quickly and high above their heads.

The bards had to move out of the way of a group of armed and armored people rushing through the street toward St. Gustavs, a wounded companion held between two of them. Everyone in the street moved aside to let the troop rush past.

Talin and Vogh went down Center to Emperor’s Road and ascended the ramp into Oldtown. The clear day afforded them a view of the miraculous Soaring Idyll floating above the Noble’s Quarters. The large luxury apartment building was a four-story stone structure floating eighty feet above the ground. It floated thanks to powerful spells cast by a trio of wizards forty some years ago. The story was the mages learned the spell from a cloud giant caster in Cherubar. Idyll’s base measured two hundred feet square and it stood sixty feet high. The entire structure slowly rotated to provide every tenant with a daily view of the sea. Seldom was the magical building visible from below the Nobles’ area due to Ptolus’ traditionally rainy weather.

Traveling down Four Fountain street they passed three impressive structures before reaching the library. The Arena dominated the street, followed by the Citadel of Might which served as the headquarters for the warriors’ guild: the Order of Iron Might. The tall structure resembled a fortress, but it was mostly a façade. The clash of weapons echoed throughout the citadel all day long from the open-air central court where members trained. Beside a large armory and its own armorsmiths and weaponsmiths, the Citadel of Might contained lodging for members and even offered simple but hearty meals. Those seeking jobs coudl inquire at the citadel’s entrance which served as a hiring hall for mercenaries, guards, and others looking to sell their sword arms. Employers could find postings of available warriors on the walls, and many wouldbe mercenaries simply hung about the hall, hoping for employment.

Directly across from the City Library was the Tower of Science, which stood unfinished and in progress. It might be at least a year from completion. Still, the building was impressive and looked like no other structure around it. The thirty-foot-high iron tower was topped with a framework that doubled its height. The finished tower will be sixty feet high. Shuul agents guard the tower at all times, and workers toil at its construction each and every day.

The city library was a very large, three-story building, which included wings on two sides circled around a lovely garden and yard. The library’s history tomes were slanted to favor the Empire (the place was funded with Imperial grants, after all), but otherwise it was an excellent resource. Citizens pay 2 sp to get in, non-citizens pay 5 sp. This fee is good for one day.

A dozen librarians and their assistants work in the City Library. The head librarian is Nelinda Kruppet, a knowledgeable but somewhat absent minded elderly gnome. She is constantly coming up with ever more efficient ways to organize the Library’s texts, much to the annoyance of both those who work under her and the frequent patrons since she was constantly moving things around.

A quiet rivalry exists between the City Library, the Delver’s Guild Library, and the Sages’ Guild, all of which were headquartered in Oldtown.

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After leaving Brother Fabitor and heading to Oldtown, Vogh and Talin strolled along the streets.  The weather was gorgeous and the views amazing.  Together they stopped and looked up at Soaring Idyll floating above the Noble’s Quarters.  It was really a sight that she had seen more than a few times, but the majesty of it was something that would have anyone gazing upon it for years.

Finally, together they left and after not long they made it to the gates of the City Library.  The gardens inside were nicely groomed and even though Vogh was a noble and used to grandiose gardens, this one was very nice to see as well.  They together walked through and in through the front door.  Looking about, Vogh moved up to the counter and greeted the person there.  Good day to you!  I am wanting to read some information about runes and prophecies of runes and if possible anything that might have to do with runebearers.  Do you think you can help me?

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The librarian gave them some guidance to the right area and the bards spent a lot of time reading.

In ancient times, before history books were written—indeed, before there was any writing at all—many people were born with runes upon their faces or hands. In those days, about one person in four was a so called “runebearer” and thus enjoyed some intangible quality that set him or her apart from others. Each rune hinted at the bearer’s talent: skill with arms, with arcane magic, with divine magic, and so on. All the great mythic heroes were runebearers.

Without the Vallis moon, however, fewer and fewer runebearers were born, until one day they were gone completely. Today, however, a small handful of children are once again born with the ancient marks. Many see this as a presage that the Vallis moon is returning.

There are two moons in the current sky. The largest moon, which appears bluish-white in the
sky, is called Lunas. Much smaller, but far too large to be a star in the night sky, is Rogue.
Rogue has a strange and erratic elliptical orbit and usually ranges much farther away from the world than Lunas.

Unfortunately, there was no mention of the runebearers being dangerous, let alone bringing doom to anything.

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Vogh found out some interesting stuff about the runebearers but nothing about the prophecy about doom.  So she went back up to the librarian and asked for books on the Vallis Moon.

Had a terrible headache last night and couldn’t really stay on my laptop to post.

So nothing really about prophecies?

Vogh also asked the librarian, If I wanted to know about prophesies, who would I go speak with?

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The librarian thought for a moment. “There are so many churches in the city, and each religion has its own prophecies and visions of the future. It’s almost impossible to know. One option open to you use to consult a loremaster.” The woman pulled out a quill and a scrap of paper and began scribbling down some notes. “Ishara Jare lives in Rivergate. She is extremely intelligent, well informed and a skilled researcher. She is not cheap, but might be able to help.”

Vogh and Talin take the paper which contained the woman’s name and address in the well-to-do Rivergate area. Due to the good weather, the duo chooses to walk again. Being in Oldtown they could take the short bridge over the Wings Falls. The look below was breathtaking. They stood over the Kings River waterfall below and could see all across Ptolus, straight to the bay.

Emerald hill, the Mane and Narred stood out as beautiful green patches in a complex array of buildings. Making their way near Center Circle, the heart of Rivergate and stopped to see a balloon inside a courtyard. The building consisted of a small shack with a hand-painted, misspelled sign that said “Barbaran Balooonits” and an open yard for launching a single balloon. The basket looked like it could hold up to five adults in addition to the two halfings who were bouncing around inside the basket at the moment, laughing. The balloon itself was a colorful quilt of patchwork cloth which looks like it had undergone numerous repairs.

The bards turned down a couple streets to arrive at a simple dwelling, rather plain for Rivergate, but well kept none-the-less. A single knock on the door brought a short, fat man to the door who introduced himself as Vesto. “Hello. Good day. How may I be of service?”

When the duo explained they sought information he gladly ushered them in. The entryway was clean and tidy with a little table and ended in a door. To their left was a double wide doorway, with no doors, leading into a large library room. Books and scrolls were stacked floor to ceiling and a middle aged woman sat amongst them in a high backed, plush chair at a desk littered with materials.

“Hello. See them in Vesto.” The woman spoke softly and the heavy set man led them straight in to her. “My name is Ishara, what can we help you learn today?”

Vogh explained about the runebearer prophecies and the graying haired woman nodded along, scribbling a few notes without even looking at the paper while she listened. “I understand. I’ve no pressing tasks at the moment, so I can dive into this at once for you. Being a recent prophecy I should be able to ascertain the information you require in a few hours. Return to me before night fall and I’ll do my best for you. The price will be five dragons.”

Vesto collected the money and offered, “There is a lovely little cafe just off the Circle. The Sunflower Cafe. You could comfortably relax there while awaiting miss Ishara’s research.”

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As Vogh and Talin looked over the city Vogh just sighed.  Her city was so beautiful and though she loved her time away from the city she loved her home so much more.

When they came upon the balloon Vogh asked how much and how long the flights took for future reference


After explaining her needs to Ishara and paying the fee the pair left and agreed that the cafe would be best.

When they came to the cafe each ordered some tea and sat outside and watched people go by.  I am so glad that it was a nice day.  The sights we have seen were beautiful so far.    Then Vogh got an idea and pulled Talin back to the balloons.  Vogh paid the little excited halflings once they agreed on a price and together they rose up into the sky.

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The two halflings at Barbarian Balloonists were excited to see the bards coming for a ride. Ernast and Fallix were rowdy and jovial. The balloon was currently on the ground, with both fussing after a few items. Occasionally one or the other would reach up and pull a cord that blasted fire into the patchwork material.

Ernast, the taller of the two by three inches, saw Vogh and Talin and bounded over to them. “We can’t be takin’ you up to shoot birds right now, but ya wanna go for a tied ride? We’re doin’ some fixins so we can’t be flyin’ all over the city right now, but we could take ya up! 10 gold and ya’ll see some sights!” He grinned, hands on hips as he talked to the duo.

The two agreed, Talin somewhat trepidly, then climbed into the basket of the contraption. Fallix greeted them with a stout handshake and pulled on the cord which unleashed more fire into the envelope. The humans realized “tied ride” meant the balloon was tethered to the ground by two very stout cords which would prevent it from flying away.

Around the rim of the container was a bench which the halfling pilots walked about so they could see, and reach the seemingly magical fire creation device. They rose easily a hundred feet into the air and the views were breathtaking.

Neither Talin nor Vogh had ever flown before, nor had they been this high before. The Clock Tower in Oldtown rose above everything, and the Soaring Idyll apartment turned as they floated. The flight was so peaceful and silent, except when the fire roared to keep them aloft.

Something you probably didn’t know about me. I’ve spent most of my life around hot air balloons, and my dad was a balloon pilot for several years 😀

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Once the balloon was at its peak her and Talin looked over the city.  It was pretty peaceful besides when the halflings let the fire roar.

After a 15mins or so Vogh whispered into Earnast’s ear about her plan.  She assured him they would be safe as they both were equip with a feather fall spell.  Vogh then climbed up on the edge of the balloon.  This freaked out Talin quite a bit but Vogh then reached out her hand towards Talin beckoning him to follow.  After a short deliberation in his head he agreed finally and together on a count of three they jumped.

As the air rushed past them for the short two seconds before they enacted their spells it was frightening yet exhilarating all at once.  As the spells took over the free feeling was like nothing else they had experienced.

It took just a little bit for them to fall and as they aimed for an open space they saw from above they laughed and giggled their way to the ground.  Now that was a rush wasn’t it?  Vogh asked Talin.

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Fallix and Ernast loved the excitement with the bards jumping over and floating down. Both hollered and cheered from the basket as they began to bring the balloon down once again.

“Excellent! Fantastic! Exciting!” They exclaimed after bounding out of the balloon and over to the bards.

“How did ya do that?” Ernast asked enthusiastically.

When the four had talked about the magic and excitement of possibly doing it again Fallix reminded them to return. “Come back and we’ll shoot some birds and fly over the city! Dodgin’ the big buildings is great fun! And we can take you up even higher to let you jump real far!”

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Vogh and Talin agreed to meet back with them another time and then said goodbye.  They went back to Ishara’s place as by now it was beginning to get a bit darker as the sun began to go down.

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Vesto greeted then with a smile and waved them in immediately. “You’ve excellent timing as Lady Ishara has answers for you! May I retrieve a drink for either of you?”

Ishara remained seated again and gestured for them to sit in either of the plush chairs across from her turbulent desk. She had several books open and held a few loose leafs of paper.

“It seems there is new information regarding runebearers very different from the heroic legends of old. With the Valis moon gone it seems the blessing of the runes might now turn on Ptolus. Only one organization has identified as such. The Watchers of the Skies believe newly born runebearers will lead to the destruction of Ptolus. There is no record of how that might happen, but many of the Watchers believe this very strongly. As I said, no other deity or religion has confirmed this, but many prophecies have come true this way.”

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Thank you so very much for your information.  It was very helpful.  Vogh said as she had heard all the information.  She once again said goodbye to Ishara and her and Talin left the house together.

On the walk back to the Minstrel Vogh talked a lot, wow Talin, the information that Ishara gave was pretty interesting.  The Watchers in the Skies is lead by the High Priest Helmut.  He tried to have Phon killed and when he didn’t he invited her into his house for ‘protection’.  I am wondering now if he is actually just waiting till the child is born and if it has a rune he will kill it and her possibly.  I am sure also that he is behind Dullin’s predicament.  Dullin is a runebearer I am certain and if he is he is a danger to the city or so the prophecy goes.  I am not much into those types of things since I believe people make choices that can affect their lives.  So, the question is, what are we going to do about it?

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Talin ket Vogh talk out her thoughts to him.  She normally could talk her way into a solution for it all with time.  This time though was different.  She honestly didn’t know what to do about it and so she asked his opinion on the matter.

Talin had been thinking about what to do since she began talking and even before when he thought there was an issue with Phon.  One thing was for sure they had to take care of the immediate danger of Dullin.  This meant being there for him.

Let’s just finish this thing with Dullin and make sure he is okay.  We should tell him about the prophecy and who we think is behind it.  Perhaps his family can play their part in his discovery?

Vogh nodded her head in agreement it was the best option for now.  So the duo went back to the Cloud Theater to speak with Dullin and do their job for this night.

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Date/Time: 7th of Sun, Evening
9th of Sun, The Boy Who Could Sing performance

[Private to GM: 10th Day of Sun Trio is meeting with Jevicca and Bards with Fabitor]

Vogh and Talin walked back across the bridge with night falling and saw a beautiful sunset. They made their way through Oldtown and then down into Midtown once more to the Cloud.

Dullin wasn’t performing that night, but the two still wanted to perform door guard duty. Another uneventful night was a blessing with no one being hostile or angry and there seemed to be no threats.

With the late hour they headed toward the Minstrel. Talin tipped his hat at two centaur workers who seemed to be heading home after a day’s work themselves. Inside they grabbed a quick bite among the many patrons. Several assumed delvers, and other folks wearing arms and armor sat around multiple tables. It was pretty normal for powerful people to frequent this, the most exiting tavern in Ptolus.

Date/Time: 8th of Sun, Morning
9th of Sun, The Boy Who Could Sing performance

Dawn broke through the curtains and the two awoke to a typical Ptolus day. Light rain pattered on the window in a cadence trying to lull anyone back to sleep. Both knew they had to meet Dullin today to speak with him about their findings. Neither knew what time the boy would arrive so they took their time eating breakfast then headed over to the Cloud.

Thankfully Dullin was practicing once again, Suturb in the front row looking rather bored picking at his nails with a small knife.

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As Dullin practiced Vogh took the chance to sit next to Suturb.  She didn’t explain anything to him at this point as she wanted to wait for Dullin to be able to hear it.

Once there was a break Vogh called Dullin over to her.  Vogh began by first saying that she had done some research on the prophecy and about runebearers.  Vogh then said told about what has happened in the past months.  She explained to Dullin that the prophecy  is believed by only one faction that she found out was The Watchers of the Skies.  We found out that Helmut Ilstein who is the High Priest of the Watchers tried to have a friend of ours killed by thugs.  This friend is pregnant with the priests child.  So we believe that she will have a child that will be a runebearers much like yourself.  We also believe he hired thugs once more to kill you.  He wouldn’t be so bold as to do it himself.

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Suturb frowned and took it all in, then with the subtlety of a hammer offered, “So we just kill this Helmut and it all goes away, right?” Dullin looked surprised at the man’s suggestion but didn’t argue.

“His performance is tomorrow. An operation to take out a high priest will take time. What do you suggest to protect Dullin in the mean time?”

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Vogh looked at Suturb at his obvious solution to the problem.  She knew better that it wouldn’t be that easy as he further explained.

Well, I thought that is why you and the others with you are around.  Honestly it isn’t my job to protect him until it is time for the show.  We have been working hard at that for the past few days already and have a plan in play for tomorrow.  I personally don’t think that something will happen before then as the plan was to make it happen during the play.  Vogh let the big man chew on that for a moment.

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Suturb nodded, clearly liking none of this. Vogh and Talin knew the man’s life would likely be forfeit if anything happened to Dullin.

“I will be with him every moment until the show, then I will be here in the front row and I will have a man in each of the wings. I have also let… the family know about the situation.” He finished, stopping himself from calling any specific names.

Let me know what preparations you’re going to make other than checking people at the door and I’ll move forward accordingly. What you setup will certain affect what happens.

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Vogh is fine with what Suturb is going to contribute to the security of Dullin.  After their exchange, Vogh and Talin head out of the theater.  They hurriedly head back over to The Minstrel.  It is about midday now so they have some lunch and just chat about their thoughts.  They both talk about the preparations for tomorrow. We should get to the theater early and make sure we look thoroughly for anything out of the ordinary in the theater.  We will ensure that only theater personnel will be there and I want you to be posted at the rear door. I will be posted at the front door checking the same.  I want Belie to be a lookout on the outside to check for suspicious people.  Then whenever the first guest arrives the back will be locked and a guard posted.  Talin I want you to do a sweep of the place on your way back to the front.  Belie will still be keeping overwatch outside.

With the plan figured out and lunch complete Vogh and Talin head to their room for a little relax time before the evening show.

Together talin and I will check people at the front.  So you know the last few days we have disguised ourselves as normal workers and will do the same this night so as not to look conspicuous.  Suturb has himself with Dullin and then in front row.  His people will be in the shadows assumingly.  Would be better if he had them as ushers though he will do what he wants.

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(GM): Shortly after the show starts these 3 thugs come through the doors quickly, they are holding 3 crossbows.  3 guys are at the back door and waste a round smashing open the door, they can’t act until next round.  The protectors in the wings don’t do anything yet.
Vogh: As Vogh sees the men burst through the doors she immediately just charges the guy immediately to her right while pulling her blade and attacks him.
rolling 1d20 + 14, (10)+14= 24 rolling 1d8 + 12, (2)+12= 14 he needs to roll a will save
(GM): rolling 1d20+1 will (19)+1= 20 made the save
Vogh: She calls out “Trouble!
(GM): The big man will stand and draw his sword
Ooc: Hey, wasn’t the instruction to prevent the show from being interrupted? 😀
Vogh: ooc: Hmmm well Vogh doesn’t care as long as Dullin is safe
(GM): haha
Talin: Talin moves to the edge of the balcony and jumps over.  He lands and rolls with the momentum. rolling 1d20 + 14,(20)+14= 34
(GM): here it is
10 Ranks:
With a successful DC 20 Acrobatics check, you treat an unintentional fall as 10 feet shorter plus 10 feet for every 10 by which you exceed the DC and treat an intentional fall as 10 feet shorter for every 10 by which you exceed the DC.
(GM): rolling 1d20+17, (19)+17= 36 Belie too jumps the balcony and comes down with a roll and back to his feet.
(GM): so yeah, both men jump down from the top balconies and roll out of the falls like bosses!!! 😀
(GM): rolling 1d20+5 bg left crossbow (14)+5= 19, rolling 1d20+5 bg right crossbow (20)+5= 25
Crit check rolling 1d20+5 bg right crossbow (9)+5= 14 no crit, rolling 1d8 xbow (6)= 6
(GM): rolling 1d20+5 (6)+5= 11 the person vogh attacked stepped back and tried to shoot her, but missed horribly rolling 1d100 (21)= 21 hit into the wall
rolling 1d20+5 guard (18)+5= 23, rolling 1d20+5 guard (14)+5= 19 rolling 1d8+2 (1)+2= 3 rolling 1d8+2 (4)+2= 6
Vogh steps up to the guy that tried to shoot her and swings her blade twice at him rolling first though she begins to sing to inspire everyone in the hall except the bad guys
(GM): it’s dead
Suturb jumps up onto the stage and shields Dullin with his own body, moving him off stage
Talin: Moves towards the thug and swings with his blade but misses completely rolling 1d20 + 16, (1)+16= 17
(GM): Belie does the same on the other side but he hits the thug rolling 1d20+12 belie attack (12)+12= 24 rolling 1d6+4 rapier dmg, (4)+9= 13
rolling 1d20+5 bg vs S (9)+5= 14 rolling 1d20+5 bg vs S (2)+5= 7
(GM): rolling 1d20+5 guard, (20)+5= 25 rolling 1d20+5 guard (15)+5= 20 that guy is toast
rolling 1d8+2 (5)+2= 7, rolling 1d8+2 (4)+2= 6
Vogh: attacks the last thug near her by stepping up 5ft once more rolling 1d20 + 17 (11)+17= 28, rolling 1d20 + 12, (5)+12= 17, rolling 1d8 + 17, (3)+17= 20
(GM): rolling 1d20+8 Suturb (20)+8= 28 holy crap rolling 1d8+4, (6)+4= 10
(GM): dead both of them
(GM): rolling 1d20+17 belie, (4)+17= 21 rolling 1d6+9 dmg (plus 5 bleeding) (1)+9= 10 dead
(GM): there are stairs under the balcony which lead onto the stage then the red curtain can be moved through
rolling 1d20+5 bg v S (6)+5= 11, rolling 1d20+5 bg v S (1)+5= 6
rolling 1d20+5 g vs bg (19)+5= 24, rolling 1d20+5 g vs bg (8)+5= 13
rolling 1d8+7 (4)+7= 11
rolling 1d20+8 Suturb (20)+8= 28 rolling 1d20+8 Suturb (5)+8= 13, rolling 1d8+4 (6)+4= 10
Vogh: Vogh is going to call out to the people in the Theater for her turn. “Everyone please stay in your seats we will take care of this in just a moment and you will be back to enjoying the entertainment
rolling 1d20 + 15 (8)+15= 23 diplomacy check
(GM): rolling 1d20+8 (15)+8= 23 rolling 1d20+5 (13)+5= 18
Vogh: She also moved to a spot so she could keep people from leaving if they tried.
(GM): The thug tried to run, he’s dead
Belie moved into the lobby to secure and block any others
(GM): Suturb calls to Talin to come to help the boy
Talin: Close to Dullin now comes in and accesses the damage and then says, “I will cast an easy healing spell on you. Just relax and you can be back on stage singing your lungs out rolling 1d8 + 8, (4)+8= 12
(GM): fully healed though he’s really shaken up and bloodied he’s not going to sing again tonight
Talin: Talin then casts Prestidigitation on him to clean him up
You don’t want to sing? Talin asks.
(GM): nope, he’s too shaken up the young man just got shot with a crossbow bolt, dude is terrified
Talin: “What were you going to be singing Dullin? I can finish for you. Then Talin begins to change the look of himself and he suddenly looks Dullin.  Suturb you watch over him and I will be back after the show.
Vogh: He will use his hat of disguise to make himself sound as close as he can to Dullin’s voice.
(GM): roll the check, but it might not work 😀
Vogh: rolling d20+18, (7)+18= 25 Disguise check
(GM): Ok. I’m going to just give it to you at 35
b/c the alter self physically transforms the person so Talin is actually in the body of a pre-teen boy
Loot: 6x short swords, 3x light crossbows, 6x daggers.
Coin: a total of 25 gold pieces and 8 silvers

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Talin now in the guise of a little boy that looks like Dullin gets back to the stage.  He explains I am okay.  A bit jittery but as they say in show business, The show must go on!  Talin begins to perform for the crowd, and since he has much more experience he is more than capable to perform in the boy’s stead.

When Talin finished he headed off stage quickly and asked Dullin, do you want to go on for an encore? Everything is secure and as you can hear they loved the show.  I will tell you all I did later.

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Dullin shook his head rapidly in small movements, almost like he was shaking. Suturb nodded in agreement with the boy. “Let’s be done for the night and get him home.”

The other two guards had not been harmed at all, and Suturb had not taken a single hit.
“Thank you for healing the boy. I pray the family will be lenient.” It was clear the big man was shaken at the prospect of his life potentially being forfeit.

Marlow had come over as soon as Talin went on stage dumbfounded at seeing the real Dullin with his guards and Vogh. Vogh explained the situation to him and he fussed after the boy relentlessly, offering him a drink or anything he could do. Marlow, too, seemed very afraid the Balacazar’s might not see his efforts as good enough to stay alive.

The final act of the night, a group of jugglers and trick performers, had already gone out when Talin in his Dullin disguise exited the stage. He had done well in impersonating the boy and Marlow again blanched at the doppelganger.

Date/Time: 9th of Sun, Evening, The Boy Who Could Sing performance
[Private to GM: 10th Day of Sun Trio is meeting with Jevicca and Bards with Fabitor]

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After the show Vogh had gone to the back of the theater.  She joined Talin and Suturb and Dullin even.  Surturb voiced his concerns about his future.

I am not part of your organization but if I were your higher commander I would not seek punishment.  I believe you performed admirably in getting Dullin to safety.  What do you think Dullin?  You even got a little scar out of it.  Could make for a nice song I am thinking.  Suturb did you find any identifying Mark’s such as tattoos or anything on the bodies? I would really like to pin this on someone.

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Suturb seemed less than relieved but he shook his head at any mention of markings. “I would like to know who did this as well, but I saw nothing to mark a group. They likely kept it that way on purpose to avoid retribution.”

Marlow again thanked the group and asked that they take the remaining bodies out the back to be dealt with. “I will pay for any transportation needed, please just get them out of here.” A couple of the ushers were already cleaning up the blood in the back of the auditorium.

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Vogh had the same feeling as Suturb when she had looked over the other bodies.  That was my feeling too but had to ask anyways.

When Marlow asked about the bodies Vogh agreed and once there was a wagon at the back door they loaded the bodies and headed for the city watch.

When the City Watch arrived Vogh spoke to the one in charge and told them what happened at The Cloud Theater.  If you know who any of them are we would like to know.  Also, please don’t dispose of the bodies just yet.  We would like to see if we can’t find some answers from their corpse tomorrow possibly, if that is okay.

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A single Watchman accompanied the wagon and did not help load the bodies. He shrugged and nodded at Vogh’s request about disposing of the bodies then with a bored look on his face climbed into the wagon’s seat and rode away.

Vogh, Talin and Belie made their way back to the Minstrel. Suturb snuck out the broken back door with he and the other guards making a triangle around a cloaked Dullin. The big man kept them all in an alley until he finally caught a wagon at the late hour and hustled the boy inside. Clacking down the street the wagon moved away from the trio and off into the lit streets of the night.

Back at the Minstrel the late hour had cleared most of the common room out with a handful of folks still milling about, talking, drinking and eating. A halfling and a human sat at one table with a few folks watching their illusions battle. Small orcs were fighting against humans and elves. The small battle scene played out around the plates and drinks like they were mountains and structures.

Two elven paladins sat, what must have been uncomfortably, in their full plate armor with longswords resting against their table. They spoke quietly to each other, idly watching the goings on around them.

One man had tangled auburn hair with a very thin nose and wore simple leather armor that was adorned with a vine pattern. It seemed he was very good at darts, showing up his opponents.

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When Vogh and Talin returned to the Minstrel Vogh was pretty beat by then.  She honestly just wanted to head upstairs, but the two illusionists performing their art intrigued her so she watched for a spell but then finally she and Talin retired to their bed.


The next morning they both rose and headed down to get a bite to eat before starting their day.

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Belie was downstairs, looking like his normal self. He sat alone at a table reading another book. There was a rather rowdy group of women at one of the large, round tables. Interestingly, there was a short dwarf with braided black hair in modest garments who seemed to be hustling around the group and assisting in serving them, on top of the Minstrel staff.

The women were laughing together over mimosas and breakfast of light pastries and eggs and more. One woman with brown hair and blue eyes had a rather unusual tattoo on her arm. She wore simple clothing but had several pouches hang from her belt. Another woman had the flair of an entertainer in her voice and gestures. She had long gray hair and wore well tailored clothing sporting an amulet of luminous crystal.

A woman named Pearly had the bearing of an aristocrat, with her fine raiment and jewelry. Beside Pearly sat a quiet lady who was rugged in appearance, with matted blonde hair and brown eyes. She wore well-made clothing and an iron cross.

Then two female halflings ’rounded’ out the group. Both were very over weight, which was quite odd for halflings. One had a square face with white hair and wore simple clothing with a single necklace of gold. The other was even fatter than the first. Her dark green eyes were swollen with fat. She had modest garments and wore a wooden holy symbol while compulsively playing with a metal coin.

A trio sat together and Vogh actually recognized one of them. A dragonborn, an elf and a striking human woman sat together. The silver scaled dragon warrior was the same she once cast a spell to clean his armor at the St. Gustav’s temple.

(Feel free to go talk to him if you wish, or don’t. Either way won’t affect what comes in the following.)

Belie kept watching the group of ladies with a half smile which held a hint of contempt. He greeted the bards and gestured to one of the serving ladies. Astriada was a newer employee. She was tall and willowy with curly red hair and beautifully green eyes. Despite her height and slenderness, she was also possessed of ample bosom which Belie’s eyes seemed drawn to.

The rogue politely ordered a refill of his spiced wine and Astriada collected his already cleaned plate then took the bards’ orders. Halfway through breakfast they had a surprise. Both Vogh’s and Talin’s eyes opened wide when a beautiful woman walked in. She was dressed all in green, with high, black boots but what made her stand out was her left arm which appeared to be made entirely of red glass, yet moved normally. The bards both knew Jevicca Norr of the Inverted Pyramid. Jevicca went and sat with the dragonborn and his companions.

Many in the Minstrel took notice of the powerful wizardess, but no one approached her as it appeared she had business with the odd trio.

If all that wasn’t enough excitement, as the three friends were finishing their breakfast Brother Fabitor Thisk stepped inside the common room and looked around. The priest caught sight of them and raised his hand in greeting as he moved over to their table. Fabitor was dressed better than they had seen him before. He wore a cleaned and pressed white houppelande belted around the waist with a tasseled golden rope and around his neck was a golden cross with the blue ceramic center of Lothian.

“Greetings my friends!” The man sounded out of breath. “I hate that I always seem to come to you with troubles, but the church has approved me requesting your assistance. The Lothian Paladin you traveled with to deal with the liche that wasn’t a liche, Kalerecent, has been missing for three days now.” Thisk lowered his voice and leaned forward. “He is a valuable member of the church and they are offering a full thousand thrones as reward for his return. Even if you only find his body.” He frowned at the prospect that their mutual friend might be deceased but it was a possibility.

[Private to GM: Ealhtheon: Female Human Craftsman, Neutral. Ealhtheon has brown hair and blue eyes, and an unusual tattoo on her arm. She wears simple clothing and several pouches hang from her belt. Ealhtheon is a terrible liar.
Enmaed: Male Human Artist, Evil. Enmaed has straight black hair and light amber eyes. He wears tailored clothing and a feathered hat. Enmaed seeks a company of adventurers to find and capture an escaped goat.
Ecin: Female Human Entertainer, Neutral. Ecin has long gray hair and large green eyes. She wears tailored clothing and an amulet of luminous crystal. Ecin is haunted by the ghost of someone she killed.
Pearly: Female Halfling Aristocrat, Neutral. Pearly has copper hair and sharp brown eyes. She wears fine raiment and jewelry. Pearly is searching for her lost sister.
Brichta: Female Human Merchant, Neutral. Brichta is rugged in appearance, with matted blonde hair and brown eyes. She wears well-made clothing and an iron amulet. Brichta is colorblind.
Cece: Female Halfling Craftsman, Good. Cece has a square face, with white hair and narrow brown eyes. She wears simple clothing and a bronze amulet. Cece seeks to help the poor and unfortunate.
Ralda: Female Halfling Merchant, Evil. Ralda is overweight, with long copper hair and dark green eyes. She wears modest garments and a wooden holy symbol. Ralda compulsively plays with a coin metal coin.
Atur: Male Dwarf Servant, Good. Atur is noble in bearing, with braided black hair and hazel eyes. He wears modest garments and a yellow cloak. Atur quietly seeks to become a necromancer.
]

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When Vogh and Talin recognized Belie sitting at a table they both went over to him.  Good morning.  Looks like you beat us for breakfast.  Vogh said even as Belie called over a new waitress Vogh had only seen once before.

When the girl came over, Vogh caught Belie eyeing her and Vogh gave a smile to it.  Vogh and Talin both ordered fresh bread and eggs and some sausage and some of that fruit drink stuff.  Vogh then took a look about the room.  She caught the eye of the woman group and didn’t quite know what to make of the whole thing.  Were they just a bunch of women that knew each other for a long time getting back together?  Vogh couldn’t know for certain and probably wouldn’t ever.

Vogh then spotted someone she had helped before.  She poked Talin to look, Isn’t that the Dragonborn we helped at Brother Fabitor’s?  Has to be, I am not knowing any other like him.  I wonder who his friends are?  Vogh commented.

Just then Brother Fabitor came hustling inside out of breath.  Was funny that he was there for they were going to go see the man after breakfast.  The news that he had wasn’t good though and when Vogh heard he was missing, Vogh asked, Of course, we will help, where was he last seen and what was he doing?  We were actually coming to see you after we ate.  We ran into a bit of a problem and needed your help as well.

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“I saw him at St Gustav’s shortly after you all returned. The only other information I have is he left word that he was following a lead from an Oldtown resident complaining of strange digging sounds. But what were you coming to see me about? What problem?”

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Thisk had his back to the rest of the Minstrel but none of the three, Vogh, Talin or Belie missed her standing and speaking to the small trio at the table she was at. The bards and rogue looked at one another when they heard her say something about a Manor in Oldtown shortly after Fabitor had just said Kalerecent was inspecting a rumor there.

29,29,32 using 1d20+10,1d20+12,1d20+12.  Perception: Vogh/Talin/Belie

[Private to GM: Castle Shard Invitation for Party on Queensday, Sun the 23rd]

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Vogh explained to Brother Fabitor all she learned about the runebearers and hat she believed Dullin  and Phon’s baby were runebearers.  As Dullin performed at The Cloud Theater last night he was attacked.  We thwarted the hired thugs but we killed them all unfortunately.  We want to speak to a corpse to see who hired them.

Then as Vogh was waiting for Brother Fabitor to digest the news she saw the woman with the red glass arm rose and say something about a manor in old town.  Hold on I just heard those guys talk about a manor in Oldtown.  Seems they have a mission they are trying to solve about banewarrens. 

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Brother Fabitor shook his head about the runebearers. “The church knew nothing more than you about the rune bearers. Our history all detail heroes with the marks from ages past. I would be more than happy to attempt conversation with one of the thugs you all incapacitated. I do not have that prayer prepared today, but I could as soon as tomorrow morning. Or, if it’s urgent, I could request another of my order to join us.”

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How long do you have to speak with the dead?  If it is a while then we can wait till we figure out Sir Kalerecent’s predicament. Vogh said.  She then said, I am going to go ask them a question, be right back.

Vogh stood and went over to the table with the trio.  Greetings, I am not sure if you remember me.  She said to the dragonborn.  I couldn’t help but overhear that woman say something about you going to Old Town for something called the Banewarrens.  I am not knowing what they are but we are about to look for a friend that was last known to be in Old Town.  It isn’t like him to be missing.  He is a Paladin of the Lothian church.

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Vogh returned to the table and said, they are heading over to Old Town now and asked if we wanted to join them for the walk over.  We can talk along the way.

Talin and Belie both shrugged their shoulders and then to Brother Fabitor they said, Looks like we are on the mission to find Kalerecent.  We will return once we have information.  Talin said.

They all got up then and came over to talk greet the newcomers.  Each greeted them traditionally with a smile and a handshake.

Vogh then said, we are ready to go.  Shall we?

Along the way, each of the people described what they were capable of and to each and every one of them, it seemed like a great pairing.  Deacon, Vogh, and Talin especially with their background in the arcane arts.

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The priest stood as Vogh said they were going to meet with the other group and he smiled.

“Did you know today is the Day of Joining? Today is holy. It heralds good fortune, particularly regarding new ventures such as alliances, business dealings, and, most importantly, marriages. In fact, more couples are married on the Day of Joining than on any other day. It seems today is a blessed day indeed…”

He let the joy in his voice ring through as he allowed the sentence to hang.

“Best of luck! Be safe! And come see me at the church when you learn something. As long as the bodies are intact, we can cast the spell, so no rush.”

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Moving into Chapter 4: The Banewarrens.

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