Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sicatra - The Edge of Twilight - Game Session 3


Operating Team
Rhiannon Redarch (PC – Avatar of Imir– Sage)
Sophia Nelli (PC – Hero of Sulio– Scout)
Vesevius Dox (PC – Hero of Ghermukhannu – Sage)
Viekas Linna (PC – Hero of Johren– Hunter-of-all-Trades)

Kelios “the Hellhound” Nazari (NPC – Avatar of Ilios – Hunter-of-all-Trades)
Strom (NPC Animal Companion)


The Story Thus Far… Getting down to business Rhiannon disperses the small mountain of paperwork and dossiers she got from the Grandmaster to the rest of her team and they get down to work. Merili Dúvenel is a disgraced elven noblewoman who fled her birthright and was taken in by the Order of the Iron Hound. She worked for them as a songshaper of some repute for the better part of a decade. When she got involved in the second War of the Ashen, she, like many others were banished from the order. Unable to get any sort of employment in Tethyrin, she became a courtesan and banked on her good looks and mastery of light and wood magic. After a half dozen years as someone else’s plaything she saved enough money to become the Madame of the House of Ten Thousand Blossoms. Picking their first target to investigate the team heads to the Madame of the House of Ten Thousand Blossoms first…


Rhiannon Redarch, Sophia Nelli, Vesevius Dox, and Viekas Linna
Weather: 31ºF; 15 mph winds from the east; cloudy
Ust, 7th Day, 2,071 A.G.
House of Ten Thousand Blossoms, Tethyrin, Abolethe

The gaudy magical display over the House would light up the night sky, but since its day time it only gives a slight lensing effect. Inside, the PCs make a raucous scene to get Madame Merili’s attention, who, much annoyed, has them brought to her office upstairs (she’d previously been in the counting room overseeing the previous night’s take). After shooting down Viekas’ efforts to “woo” her (he’s very distraught that his advances were turned down), Rhiannon tries her own diplomatic methods and gets through. After a conversation and several blunt questions later, Merili is obviously not the killer – though she does offer to look into it as a favor to Rhiannon. When Sophie is brought upstairs unconscious by one of the brusiers that Merili employs as her security, the conversation ends and the team leaves for their next suspect.


Rhiannon Redarch, Sophia Nelli, Vesevius Dox, and Viekas Linna
Weather: 31ºF; 15 mph winds from the east; cloudy
Ust, 7th Day, 2,071 A.G.
The Hammer Sledge Tavern, Tethyrin, Abolethe

At Sophie’s insistence, the team searches for Adaryrio Sorrin, a “suspected” killer-for-hire (nothing has ever been proven nor any deaths linked to him). They find him in a dive bar named the “Hammer Sledge” on the docks of Tethyrin. Sitting in a corner with an unsheathed blade on the table before him, a bowl of untouched stew, and sipping a mug of ale. Adaryrio doesn’t seem interested in chatter, but when Viekas asks for Sorrin he kicks out the chair in front of him and introduces himself by clearing his throat. Rhiannon sits down and goes to touch the rapier, but quickly pulls her hand away as the flesh blackens and burns. Adaryrio warns her that there is a demon trapped inside it (a little too late), and then gives her a bottle of holy water to stop the putrefaction. When asked if he’d been killing members of the Order he honestly answers no. When he gets grilled further, he stands up, sheathes his blade, and walks into the nearest shadow disappearing utterly. Rhiannon believes his words despite the evil weapon he keeps and the team decides to “burn the midnight oil” to try to scratch a third name off their list. This time they head outside of the city to find a local bandit that the constabulary just can’t seem to catch: Tabindor the Bold.


Rhiannon Redarch, Sophia Nelli, Vesevius Dox, and Viekas Linna
Weather: 11ºF; 25 mph winds from the east; heavy rain
Ust, 8th Day, 2,071 A.G.
Riversedge Cliffs, Abolethe

The Riversedge Cliffs get their name for its most notable landmark: a fertile valley bed between a winding river feeding into the ocean and an equally winding series of cliffs. The cliffs have hundreds of caves and hidey-holes that make it easy to set-up an ambush. The settlement of Riversedge lay at the mouth of the river for hundreds of years until raiders wiped it out. It was never rebuilt, since then it’s been a haven for bandits who occupy it for a while, harass the local area, and eventually get wiped out by a superior military force who are tired of their tactics.
Tabindor (the self-styled “Bold”) has since taken up residency in the area. Known for being on no one’s side during the War of the Ashen, his bloodthirsty murder of a dozen Hounds made him a hated foe of the Order. He eventually found his way to the Riversedge, recruited a few desperate men and women, and set about plundering the purses of those who came to close to thieving grounds.
When the PCs arrive, Tabindor tries to ambush them with a large group of men, but the PCs quickly prove too much and capture him and his remaining forces. A brutally honest man, Tabindor remarks “No, I didn’t kill any of you dogs in a long time, but if I had the chance I would.” Rhiannon opts to take him in to the Tethyrin constabulary instead of killing him outright. After the team turns him and his men in (including the dead), they head back to their refuge to rest and recoup.


Weather: 31ºF; 15 mph winds from the east; cloudy
Ust, 8th Day, 2,071 A.G.
Abandoned Clock Tower, Tethyrin, Abolethe

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