Noth

A secret passage, and it goes all the way to the Conservatory!
Wild-Eye

Our party has escaped a prison through a sewage line feeding out to a river with the captured Vermez joining them. They followed the directions given to them by Marcus Friar to his own mansion when several unexpected turns of events took place. Vermez immediately took leave of them & took it upon himself to relieve the players of their modest gear they retrieved from the prison.

Friar had also done something unexpected; he had hired & placed mercenaries along the perimeter of his mansion. This was agonizing to the party at first, to have come to the goal yet find a moderate inconvenience directly in the path. Eventually Nale created a lighting display that completely entranced two of the guards which gave him time to conjure a thick cloud of noxious fumes around them, leaving them blind & eventually, high as kites from exposure. As they charged for the cellar door another surprise made itself known- in addition to guardsmen there were also guarddogs. This dog was mean, vicious & hungry for meat. Things looked grim for the party until Luthien remembered the turkey bone she was still carrying from the jailbreak. After a successful distraction waving the bone around the dog became increasingly interested in her possesion which she proceeded to throw in the thick of the haze. While the dog charged in, however, one of the now belligerent soldiers found his way out & gave chase. As the party dove in to the cellar they barred the door behind them with winebarrels & prepared for a physical confrontation. As the door was broken down Luthien struck a glancing blow across the assailants temple while Kiki hit low & hard with her brass knuckles. By then a servant had found them & stashed them in a hidden room within a closet of the mansion while the angered mercenaries were paid & given false information leading them away from the home. The crew was then escorted by an odd & certainly unique individual, Eliasar- one of the few remaining Dragon Shamans in the world. Friar then revealed himself & congratulated them for passing all his tests, stating that the mercenaries were but for show, to throw doubt that he could be involved with such an event.

The rest was short-lived though, as one of Wild-Eye’s lieutenants, Garret, showed up demanding an extortion fee from Friar via flaming arrow through a window. The team leapt [literally in the case of Nale] in to action, vaulting over each other & jumping into open combat with Garret. Their actions were rewarded by several readied attacks, bringing the bard to a very low health while damaging the Shaman also. Garret proved to be quite cunning to his own credit. Rather than rely on strength he used his speed to dodge most physical attacks that were thrown his way. In fact, it was an excellent plan until its flaw made itself known: Team Sorcerer, Kiki. After sitting back & watching her new friends get lacerated long enough she casually reached up one diminutive finger & said a single word. “Burn.” A Coppery-blue line of fire shot from her hand & made direct contact with Garret, whom quickly burst in to flames all over. The impact of the attack was so powerful that the surounding lawn & statues were set ablaze as well.

After the brigand’s charred remains cooled the team found few trophies to commemorate their first combat with. A pair of worn boots with what appeared to be an enchant, a collection of humming stones, and a dulled longsword. Small tokens for a lesson hard learned.

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Slaves, Strays, and Prison Breaks
Wild-Eye

In the first Adventure, out PC’s met each other through quite a stressing circumstance. Nale, the Bard was returning from a mission off the mainland with a crew of sailors. When stepping off the harbor docks in Laketown he was ambushed by two seemingly drunken brutes in a back alley. A young halfling girl Kiki came upon the tussle & after spying for a bit joined in the assistance of Nale. After Evoking some Dancing Lights, Nale & Kike were able to escape the southern end of Laketown & headed north to the Civil District. There they met a humble busker, Luthien who was selling homemade pot holders & mittens she was knitting.

While the three of them talked they were apprehended by city guards & the two men from the alley fight who demanded they be arrested. Nale & Luthien tried to protest but it was no use. They were all brought in for distinct charges; Nale for casting magic within city limits while being unsanctioned, Kiki for being [much to the surprise of her new friends] a runaway slave girl from the brothel, and Luthien for begging, loitering, & being an unlicensed mercenary.

While in prison waiting for interrogation, the three formally introduced themselves & discussed there present circumstances. They were then introduced to politician from the House of Men namedMarcus Friar who revealed they had been each been attacked, sabotaged, deterred from court & arrested due to his own devices. He explained the charges brought to them [while genuine] were easily waved & forgotten with a few bribes & favors. He explained that he was in need of some adventurers to be his ’’invisible men’’ & as a noble there were activities he wished to perform but could not be caught doing.

He gave them a simple proposal: as a test of their skills they would escape the prison together as well as rescue a Rogue from the bottom floors named Vermez. They would then make there way to a rendezvous with Friar where he would explain in further detail their first assignment, the arrest or execution of [[Wild-Eye]] Jon Bowyer.

After reaching the dungeon level of the prison & locating Vermez, the party was caught between fighting the jailors & city guards back up the stairs to the main entrance, or forcing open a grate to escape down a sewage channel to the river. They chose the later & amidst rocks & arrows being fired into the river after them successfully escaped with their new cohort & completing their first mission.

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