The group, (Amara IxChel, Balion Vicarson, Izadora Smith, Kaviri, Linna, Paul Blackthorne, Petra Clock, and Vae Victis Alastor) were assembled at an old warehouse for Petra’s latest match against Reeta Rae Sorrow, a Tiefling monk. The fight was almost a loss but Izodora gave Petra the edge she needed to win.
After the fight an older, elegant black woman demanded to see Petra, it was Hanna-Marie Yakshaw, Paula’s mother. She did not recognize Paul, as he was disguised. Hanna said that Phil Blackthorne had asked her to come to Gathon and deliver a package to Paula. Phil wanted Paula’s help and was offering to pay her to look for Adrie Carver’s diary. The package had a piece of paper able to transmit 25 words once a day. Paula told her about The Duckling’s Ghost and agreed to lunch the next day.
The group collected their winning and spent the night drinking and thinking about how to infiltrate The Committee. Several plans were hatched. Linna would spy on the meeting in animal form while Vae would disguise himself as one of the senators, Senator Forrester Huntington, who Paul and Kaviri would secretly blackmail into skipping the meeting. Amara would seduce another member of the Committee, Senator Hennar Tond to see if they could gain information that way. Balion and Izadora would go to the Senate to see if they could read the thoughts of the senators.
In the morbing, the Balion and Isadora set out, after seeing Linna at the inn. They met with Senator Arson Perkis and found him to be a good man but unable to land them meetings with anyone on the Committee. They made a scene in the hallways of the Senate but found that none of the Committee members were able to be read by Isadora’s spells. Bartle Bronzeale was there and asked if Suzan made it to Anaba. He was unwilling to represent the group.
Kaviri and Paul slipped a note under the door of Senator Huntington indicating they knew of his dalliances and demanded a meeting at the Temple of Erathis. A few hours later the Senator and an assistant showed up at the door. Having assume the Senator would show up alone, Paul had Kaviri knock out the assistant. The Senator ran but Kaviri entangled him in a spell. Paul felt someone in his mind and knocked the Senator unconscious. The Senator was bleeding grey blood. They shoved the Senator into a bag of holding and brought him to a nearby safehouse Paul knew. Later, Kaviri went back for the assistant who was carrying a few wands and a spell book.
Slightly panicking, the pair called in Isadora and Linna. None of them could figure out what the Senator was. When Isadora tried to read his mind she found herself in a battle of will and was psychically ejected. Kaviri killed the Senator who reverted into a Doppleganger.
The four of them figured out that the assistant was a wizard who was likely sent to erase the blackmailers’ minds. The actual Senator was still at home and the group did not know what to do. They called in Vae who disarmed some traps on the wizard’s gear. He told Septimus who said he would take care of the bodies. Vae received a limited use Cape of the Montebank to help him escape situations.
They got a message to Amara who had successfully ensorcelled her way into Senator Tond’s bedchambers and asked her to make sure he was out of town tomorrow. Amara made short work of it and uncovered an encrypted message that turned out to be a contact sheet for the Committee.
Vae posed as Senator Tond for the next meeting. Linna was in the walls, Kaviri was covering the window, and Balion and Isadora sat at a nearby cafe. Vae made it past the security personnel and even managed to survive some small talk. Before the meeting began, Senator Biron Salazit gathered everyone to the table and informed them that Senator Huntington will not be joining them. He then passed around a sheet of paper for everyone to sign their name. The paper had been enchanted and Vae was unable to forge a signature. Senator Salazit cleared the room except for security and Vae. He asked Vae if Senator Tond was still alive. Senator Salazit cast a spell and said he was relieved that Tond was not killed and asked if Vae would ask Balion to join them. Vae used his cloak and disappeared from the room.
Senator Salazit stepped outside but could not spot Balion. Eventually Balion, Paul, and Izadora came in and sat down with the Senator.
The Senator impressed upon Balion that it would be incredibly dangerous to continue to harass the Committee or to speak of it to anyone. Salazit said that the purpose of the Committee was to plan for every calamity that might lead to the fall of Gathon, including preparing for the death of the King. The late Senator Divern Marnel was a far more aggressive leader and might have plotting against the King, but the Committee did not seek to unseat the King but to minimize the chaos that would follow. Salazit said he was not a monster but would become one if it meant keeping Gathon safe. He brought up the risks of the Dragonborn or a unified force of Elves invading the kingdom. He also implied that the Clockwork States might seek to leave the nation if they tired of Rogal Gathon. He also said that the lines of Succession we’re not clear, as there had only ever been one king, and that some would seek to disrupt it.
After the three adventurers left, Linna remained behind still undetected. She witnessed Senator Salazit take a few private minutes to gather his thoughts before he left.
Balion was conflicted about being manipulated and controlled without his knowledge. He wished there was a monster he could kill. It was clear that the Committee was dangerous but they were not invincible. They believed in the stability of Gathon, but do they have the right to act?
The next day, Blion had a meeting with Rogal Gathon in person. He was instructed that he may bring anyone he trusted. When he arrived the king announced, “Balion Wynreaver! I have a question for you.”
Trap or kill Phil-Use special paper to talk to Phil?
—Set a Blackthorn as bait
—Find Adrie Carver’s Diary
—Find and use Void Hallow as bait
—Fallout from incidents.
-The King’s Quest
Things to Remember:
-Various personal goals.