Sollus 16th 1518 TH
Finding only what looks like a receipt for a dagger called “Dagger Of Friendly Spirits” the group decide to surreptitiously talk to the new caravan in town, which has been on town for four days.
The group chat to the leader of the caravan Saedmara Moza a female Troll, wearing lots of jewelry. There are also four others that are part of the caravan that are standing around. A female Dwarf called Elradateyn Lumis. Two female warriors, who are sisters Oak & Ceda Osier, and a Man who appears to be on watch, called Larac Domac, a male Elf, Thief, Illusionist.
Vinessa does notice that the Man called Larac Domac seems to be paying particular attention to her and goes over to ask ” Do you like what you see” to that Larac tells her to piss off and doesn’t want to entertain having a conversation with her.She however does notice, even though the conversation is short that this Elven man appears to be trying to disguise their voice, although it is very subtle, Vinessa manages to pick this up.
The group enquire about items for sale, and Kallias buys a magical ring that Saedmara says is called Ring Of The Chameleon and allows him to pay half now, then get the item identified and if he is not 100% satisfied she will refund him. When he receives the receipt, he confirms that it of the same format for the receipt of the cursed dagger that Rhaoz Vik had acquired and the signatures are exactly the same.
The group then set of to the Constabulary, on the way there Vinessa notices that the Eleven man is following them. They decide to let him follow, keep an eye on him and see what transpires and continue to the Constabulary.
Hide And Seek
Now at the Constabulary and talking with Nieliam Tone, they inform him that Rhaoz Vik bought the Cursed Dagger from the Caravan Of Wonders. Nielam informs the group they are a respected group that come by Darranis every three months or so and finds it hard to believe they would have intentuionally sold a cursed dagger to anyone.
Nieliam then takes the Circle Of dawn to the new home they have been awarded for all the good work they have done for Darranis. It used to be used as overflow cells some 25 years ago, and has been used on and off by various parties since. It’s fairly bare bones, but it has a kitchen with a hearth and very strong external doors.
Once Nielam has left they discuss with Vinessa who this person that followed them was. Vinessa reveals to the group that they were putting on a voice. The group then decide to go to the Raven collect their belongings are return to the their new home, in the homes this unknown man follows them. If he does they plan to confront them.
Whilst travelling to the Raven to collect their belongs, as expected the man is spotted following them. This also happens on the way back to their new home. However; the group don’t take the initiative, even though they have several chances to approach the person following them.
This was a major discussion point after the game. What was the point in all those Perception checks? From my perspective I was trying to give them a chance to actually confront their stalker, and even though they had several opportunities to do this, they did nothing. So the whole trip there and back was pointless.
However I will also take responsibility for asking them to roll perception so many times. I should have asked for this twice at most, once on the way there and once on the way back. I think asking for rolls so often confused the group and they expected something to happen, which never materialised. Lesson learned.
Kendrickan Is Hung
Sollus 17th 1518 TH
In the morning both Kallis and Kor-Milan head to the Enchiridion to study new spells. Kallias finds that Cowenbruew Raffin The Resplendent has sponsored him and he now has one years fully paid up membership to the library. Omar and Vinessa continue with training Talents.
Mid afternoon the group go to observe the hanging, scheduled for 2pm, just outside the Northern main gate of Darranis, Old Gate. When the Circle Of Dawn arrive they found that a large crowd baying for blood, with few dissenters disgusted with this barbaric method of apply the rule of law, but their voices and drowned out by the masses.
Nieliam Tone asked if Mastrenia Butabug would like to pull the lever which is tradition in Darranis. Hearing this Omar goes over to Mastrenia to advise her, that although she feels at this time very willing to enact this justice, that it may be something that could haunt her in the days, months and years to come. She thanks Omar for his consideration but insists she knows what she is doing and pulls the lever. At this crowded cheer as Kendrickan’s neck snap and his limp lifeless body swings in the wind. Mastrenia walks away in tears supported by her daughter (Jadorka) and son (Indarat).
Once the group have escorted and comforted Mastrenia to the now renamed stables, Mevola Stables, they then head back to the marketplace to ask questions of Saedmara Moza and dig deeper into why she sold Rhaoz Vik the cursed dagger. Upon getting to the Caravan Of Wonders the group notice that the man who had followed them the previous day who was apart of the caravan was no longer there. However there is another man at the back of the caravan seemingly doing a similar job and keeping watch over the caravan.
During the conversation with Saedmara Moza the group inform her that the dagger she sold is most likely cursed and caused Rhaoz Vik to kill an innocent woman and his whole family. Saedmara is visibly upset about this and tries to help the group. She even suggest giving the dagger to the Purifier Group, The Grim Legion, who are due in town shortly to help identify if the dagger is truly cursed. Throughout all this Saedmara is helpful and answer all and any questions the group throw at her.
Ahe relays to throup that she does a circular anti clockwise route of Barrasaiove and has two main conmatcs the meet up with her. One in Haven outside Parlainth, and the other in Bartertown. She says she acquired the dagger from an individual some 6 months ago, probably in Kratas, but isn’t 100% certain.
Then out of nowhere the conversation goes sour, when Kallias asks why she had someone follow them yesterday. She claims to have no knowledge of this. She ask who from my group of 3 was it. These seems rather odd to the Circle Of dawn as there are four other people. As the Circle of Dawn point out the man behind the Caravan she suddenly attacks without warning.
As Saedmara Moza pulls out two daggers, she surprises Omar as she whirls around and strikes Omar in the chest. At this both Oak and Cedar run in to protect Saedmara. However; Elradateyn Lumis looks on in total surprise and backs off. Surprised to see her life long friend suddenly change so quickly from polite conversation to an unprovoked attack, she decides to cast purely defensive spells, so as not to hurt her caravanning crew. Meanwhile Larac Domac rather than helping his caravan fellows runs away as quickly as possible from the fight.
As the fight ensues Saedmara becomes more crazed, until the fatal blow by Omar severing her in twain from the waist down. As the body collapses in a bloodied heap on the floor, her eyes open and a loud echoing booming voice taunts the Circle Of Dawn
I’ve found youThe Host Isineke Final Words
My new toys
You can not stop what has already begun
My eyes see all
In time you will bend
Bend to my will
My every desire
The threads will bind
Then you will be mine
At this Elradateyn Lumis urges everyone to cease fighting and pleads for them to stop. The ceases, and Elradateyn falls to the floor beside her life long friend Saedmara and begins to cry. She slowly reveals that she had been suspicious for sometime now that Saedmara was possibly Horror Marked and had been corrupted a few months back, but wasn’t convinced so hadn’t done anything about it yet. Now she express her failure to have tried earlier and feels to blame for the deaths caused by selling the dagger to Rhaoz Vik. She promises to help those who have been affected by these unfortunate events.
She informs the group that she started to suspect something was up with Saedmara after they had received a haul of goods from an all Dwarven group called Eldon Frost whilst the caravan was in Kratas
When the group ask about Larac Domac, Oak informs them that he was hired only a few weeks back, that he is a Thief, Illusionist and that they never liked him and thought there was something suspicious about him. How can you trust a Thief, Illusionist remarks Oak.
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