Sidellac gives a large sigh and trudges off into the city. After a few minutes he gets to a big stone tower in the university district and climbs a bunch of stairs. From his pocket, Fengar hears him knock on the door and a woman’s voice answers.
As he enters the room, he is nervous and deferential. Stammering, he asks the woman – a mist elf woman of indeterminate age – where she wants the journal. She shrugs dismissively and waves. “Just throw it anywhere.” Sidellac does so, and then leaves, giving a large sigh after he leaves.
Fengar jumps out of his pocket and creeps into the lady’s room. The lady is sitting at a desk looking over some papers, looking very serious. The room itself is full of books; with large windows overlooking the ocean. On one wall is a weapon rack with a magical spear on it.
Fengarr hangs out for a bit and nothing interesting happens, and is about to leave – then she starts examining the journal. She picks it up then immediately pauses. “Sidellac, come back in here immediately.” She calls. Fengarr huddles in for the altercation.
Sidellac enters the room shortly, bowing. The woman stops him before he speaks. “Did you get this yourself” Sidellac looks down. “No. I used the money to hire some adventurers.”
She sighs. “That’s fine. Can you bring them here?”
“Yes Ma’am!” He leaves the room, bowing. Thinking quickly, Fengar jumps into his pocket and waits for him to go downstair, then shapeshifts into a cat and then runs as fast as he can back to the tickling cricket.
Once he’s there, he finds the rest of the party in the bar and explodes out of the fleshy goop that was a cat
Imagine a cat is like fur and flesh glued to a balloon, and it just starts expanding, but it can only go so far and then it explodes and underneath the fleshy goop is a man in druid clothes.
He quickly explains the situation “Okay, so Sidellac is coming back her bring us to his boss lady and she knows that we opened the book so, ball’s in your court”
Everyone looks at each other, and basically shrugs. “Sure, we’ll go with him”
A minute or so later Sidellac shows up, all charm and smarm, and makes his pitch. We all kind of just stare at him, as he offers us money. “It’s okay, we’ll go with you” Sidellac grins. “Good! Is there time for a drink? There’s time for a drink” he pushes past us, flips a coin to the bartender, gets a drink and then slams it. “You have a problem” Braith offers.
“NOPE” rejoins Sidellac.
They get to the tower. Sidellac tries to weasel out of introducing us and Braith makes him.
The lady asks us what else we found in the room, and we look to Lily, thinking of Bale and explaining the fire elemental. She notices our gaze and cocks her head. “You!” she commands. “You look familiar. Come forward!”
“I don’t think I want to” Lily says
She eventually coaxes Lily forward, recognizing her. “You’re alive! We looked everywhere for you. Your father”
some stuff. Bale shows up, lady is super excited about it.
After a bit she gets really serious. “So what did you do with the artifact”
The party gets quiet, at a loss to explain it. “It’s kind of a long story” Braith starts
“The goblin king stole it”
A flash of fury crosses her face. “You expect me to believe that a FAIRYTALE STOLE THE ARTIFACT”
Karina steps in. “Yes. We’ve encountered him before in the undercity, he was impersonating a gnome in the mountains. He has some kind of problem with us.”
Lady Calanoth looks in her eyes, and sees the conviction in them. She sits back in her chair. “Do you have any idea where he went”
- We tell the story about David Bowie. Lady Calanoth is still pretty pissed -
“Meanwhile, you six have proven yourselves useful, I have another job for you.”
Raskogg leans forward. “Tell us more.”
“It involves pirates”
There was a shipment of research materials coming from Panleon (the land to the south of the sea) and it was abducted by pirates
We’ll know the cargo by this symbol:
300 now 300 when you recover our goods. Karina looks her in the eye, meaningfully. “If we undertake this task, we might need to be better equipped”
Lady Calanoth agrees.
Karina remembers the incubus amulet – “We found an item that needs to be destroyed”
“Oh is it cursed?”
“Well I think we can take care of it. What is the item”
Karina looks at Raskogg, who reluctantly surrenders it. Raskogg pushes for a finders fee.
Lady Calanoth visibly blushes when she realizes what it is. “I will give you 2,000 gold for this”
She pauses for a second. “That’s fair”
Karina stops her. “I can’t let you have this unless you will destroy it”
Lady Calanoth responds immediately “Oh I will most assuredly destroy it.” Karina nods.
Raskogg butts in again “so, 2500 gold?” and holds out a hand. Calanoth fills it with a bag of gold.
Then she gives us the 300 gold for hunting down the pirates and goods they stole, and a note that allows us to get whatever we need from the armorer, and a note that will allow us to use a ship for the purpose of hunting pirates.
We find Sidellac outside the door, and he takes us to the Armory. Braith offers him a job several times, he looks dismayed to get the offer while at work.
The party gets some things from the armory and then moves on. Braith goes and buys a magic battleaxe.
Sigrid buys some poisons.
It’s late evening.
The party goes to the dock and Raskogg intimidates a dockworker, asking about the missing shipment. He’s never seen the symbol before, and is really freaked out by the large dragonborn asking him questions.
Raskogg goes up to a random merchant man. “Have YOU been attacked?”
Lily holds up the symbol
“Pirates aren’t cool. They’re kinda dicks” – merchant person
“You probably shouldn’t say that she’s like 8” – Karina
“I KNOW WHAT DICKS ARE they’re mean people” – Lily
Lily has a long conversation with a sailor about his peg leg, in which Lily reveals that she’s always wanted a peg leg and admires the styling of his painted, walnut peg leg.
Raskogg gets a symbol from him
Braith offers him a job “are you moving cargo?” he asks. “Well, we did give a woman an incubus”
“Is that a euphemism?”
“I don’t know I’m 9”
At the ship There’s a blue man who Lily immediately recognizes as like her- but a water elemental spirit.
She pukes over the side of the boat.
Bale and the Water elemental have a short conversation.
Lily holds up the symbol
“oh I see. You’re looking for the pirates. To join them or fight them?”
“We are going to murder them” Raskogg says, taking a chance.
“Then we are going to murder you”