Aysburr

Hunting the Hunters

In Silvermist City, shining jewel of civilization and massive capital of the Empire, the activities of the Royal Investigation Society truly never cease. This order of secretive investigators are frequently called upon to look into and solve problems the Palace cannot officially be involved with, both in the city and across the Empire; their members have near limitless power to gather information and bring justice with extreme prejudice, but when things get complicated, the Palace is under no obligation to bail them out.

One particular cell of the RIS has been looking into some strange murders that have been going on around town. None of the murders appear related, all take place in different locations around the city, and the victims come from every race and class. The only thing shared between the murders are the victims having been burnt to black lumps and covered in various gouges or stab wounds.

As the party began to investigate, certain discrepancies began to arise. Why was some of the jewelry on the discovered corpses been melted, while other effects have not? Why do the guards have such varying accounts of the discoveries of the victims? And speaking of the guards, why did one who was called for questioning fail to appear?

Following what leads they had, the group tracked the missing guard to a warehouse, where they witnessed his attempt to blackmail the murders: a guild of assassins. While one of the assassin’s got away and the corrupt guard was almost killed, the group succeeded in capturing two of the lackeys of the assassin’s that had been present, and a medallion made of a strange crystal worn around the neck of one of the higher ranking assassin’s at the meet.

Hurrying back to the barracks to continue questioning, the group discovers that the assassin’s who were captured never arrived back at the barracks, and for that matter, they knew of no guards being dispatched to pick them up. Rushing back out the door, half of the party and a small group of guards charge back through the streets, attempting to find the missing assassin’s and the men dressed as guards, but instead find that the crystal medallion explodes, raining shards upon the area. One of the shards impales one of the guardsmen, and he erupts into flame before extinguishing just as quickly, already burnt to a crisp. Assassins attack from the streets, and while the party prevails, the melee only created further problems.

Meanwhile, back at the barracks, Richard and O’nix have stayed behind to interrogate the corrupt guardsmen. After a series of questions leading them to believe that the guard was complicit in covering up some of the crimes, though not a member of the assassin’s himself, the guard breaks free of his bonds, and attacks Richard. Richard, believing he has no other choice, kills the guard, and is faced by the other members of the party angry at him for brutally killing a witness, with almost nothing learned.

The group has certainly come across some difficulties. Who are these assassins? What are these crystals that seem to be responsible for the fiery deaths of the citizenry of Silvermist? What will Richard’s actions result in for the party?

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Goose Chase

The assassin manages by the aid of a mysterious individual to escape the scene of the murder of Angmar Greyclaws. Shortly afterword, the sorceror and battlemage arrive to find that the man they are meant to meet with and/or gather information on is quite dead. The only indication of what happened is a mysterious man calling himself the Herald, and the indication that the book Angmar had been perusing is gone.

The wordcaster has sent word to Gavald Grayfang, while the battlemage has gone to his underground contacts to gather information on this Herald, local assassin grouops, and on why anyone would want Angmar dead, and discovered the information that despite Angmar’s connection to the Greycloaks, he had been a patron of the arts and a known scholar, upstanding in the community and frequently contributing to charities. No evidence has yet been gathered on what could have triggered a hit on such an individual, but the battlemage’s contact has promised to get back to him.

Meanwhile, the assassin in question has stumbled directly under the nose of her half-hearted pursuers and stumbled straight back out, being in the room of both the wordcaster and the battlemage, with all three unaware of the connections!

Will the assassin be caught, and will the Herald be revealed as to his identity and his motives? The players have many questions to answer, and events may not allow them the time to answer them all…

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Conflicting Interests

Well, the party is certainly on a course to join up, but not in the cheery meet-in-the-pub variety you usually find. Oh no, this is more of a collision course, and we’ll yet see if the players pull together, or if the various events will pit them all against one another.

The battlemage has received the promise of more information, and potentially a cipher, for the book that will lead him to his ultimate goal. Meanwhile, the word-caster has found he bit off more than he can chew, but instead of being dead, like he rightfully should be, he’s been drafted into the service of the enigmatic leader of the Graycloaks, Gavald Grayfang. Our ninja, on the other hand, has already succeeded in killing a target, putting her miles ahead of our other party members… but how far is she, really?

Things are heating up, and the spinneret is weaving, pulling, luring our heroes towards a dark purpose…

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An Invitation

As our group of miscreants starts their investigation of the mysteries in the Warrens, two of the party have received mysterious invitations from seemingly random passerby. Meanwhile, over in one of Vabelar’s many plaza’s overlooking the ocean, our resident word-caster has stirred up some trouble for the bar of the plaza. Getting too involved in the affairs of the locals, the caster killed off all but a couple members of a Graycloak posse.

What could the invitations possibly mean for our ninja and our battlemage? Will the sorceror’s actions come back to bite him in the ass? Only time will tell.

But as to the latter question: very probably.

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