After a month of separation following the events at the newly renamed Meekus Keep the group (Amara IxChel, Balion Vicarson, Izadora Smith, Kaviri, Linna, Paul Blackthorne, and Petra Clock) gathered at the Hold. Kaviri and Petra had gotten in to some crimes in which Petra was arrested. Balion had been spending his time in Perkisville and had established a rapport with the people and built a church of Pelor.
The group thought about how it should address the Phil Blackthorne Problem. Their initial plan was to leak that Petra is Paul’s daughter and see if that brought Phil into the open. They talked about Phil and how little they knew of him. Paul had heard several reports of Shadow Hounds being spotted in Gathon but no pattern was found.
They decided to talk to Jesmel Roan, who had been Phil’s professor at Tower of Magicks. Jesmel had been fired after some of his students went missing, especially Adrie Carver. Adrie was a Half Elf graduate student and had been dating Phil when she tried to use an unknown amount of Void Hallow and disappeared. The name Adrie Carver reminded Petra of some reports she heard about during the Heist at the home of Senator Divern Marnel. The papers consisted of a book called The Life of Rogal Gathon, Vol 2, The Adrie Carver Incident Report, and a report of the groups actions at Sparrow Glen. The papers were marked with the symbol of The Committee. They had been taken by a red female Dragonborn.
Balion conferred with the Candleboys, who had been paid to spy on the known members of the Committee. One of the kids, Weird Lips, had been adopted by the Secretary of Senator Hennar Tond and knew when the next meeting was to be held.
The group decided to split. Linna and Kaviri would attempt to spy on the meeting while Paul, Balion, Amara, and Isadora went to talk to the shady red female dragonborn they knew, Esmeralda in Loudwater. First they spoke to Septimus who told them that she wasn’t the only red female dragonborn operating in the kingdom. He also said that the racism against Dragonborn that had suddenly been stirred up in Gathon was wrong, the group shouldn’t trust their one time ally. He also offered to teleport them to Loudwater and back. They took him up on this offer, but suspected he might have an alternative motive.
Linna and Kaviri scoped out the Second Temple of Erathis where the committee was meeting. The building offered secure and private places to meet for anyone willing to spend the money. Linna decided to access the building as a rat and found her way in through the gutters and walls. Kaviri scoped out the outside until she found a window that someone had left open. The young elf crawled in the window and skillfully made her way to the room next to the Committee Meeting. The meeting was dry and boring but they did learn of the location and time for the next meeting. The official name of the organization is the “Committee for Adaptive Continuance”. The meeting was overseen by Senator Salazit, who muttered an unkind thing about the former head of the Committee, Senator Marnel. As Kaviri was sneaking out she obtained the billfold of Senator Forrester Huntington. Turns out the Senator from the most conservative area of Ionanzia was frequenting a place known to cater to gay men. The two elves made their way back to The Duckling’s Ghost.
The rest of the group took Septimus’ portal to Loudwater and found themselves by the docks. They eventually found their way to Esmerelda’s warehouse where they were ushered in to a well appointed office in the back of the bustling warehouse. Esmerelda seemed delighted to see them and asked them what they were there for. The asked of Esmerelda had the books from the heist, she said her cousin had left some items in her care and that in order to break her cousin’s trust she would have to apologize with a gift worth at least 10,000 gold. The party did not have access to such funds so she offered them better deal. For 2,000 gold and a secret they could have the books.
Isadora and Amara each said they had a secret of value but Balion and Paul conferred and said they would take care of it. They told the Dragonborn that Prince Hallon Gathon’s blood was infused with Void Hallow and about the time Paul, Septimus, Ranmo, and Eustace revived him by breaking a rod made of the substance. Balion had seen the princess Alisa Helene Gathon bleed, but her blood was mundane. Esmerelda immediately gave them the books and asked follow up questions, which the men readily answered. Esmerelda asked them why Phil would need Paul’s family’s blood instead of using Void Hallow. No one knew. Esmerelda seemed to suggest killing Phil instead of capturing him and offered vague assistance.
Esmerelda had read the books and summarized them for those present. The first was the Life of Rogal Gathon, Vol 2. It detailed the period of his life shortly before and immediately after he obtained his mystical powers but shed no light on how he did so. Apparently, Rogal Gathon used his newfound powers to seal the Demon Forge in the ruined city of Vorr Rathok before he returned to destroy the Gnome Weaponeers. He was also known to have assisted in sealing Tenns’ Scar.
The second book was the Adrie Carver report, detailing the known facts about the incident at the Tower of Magicks. Adrie Carver was a half elf from a town near Yakshaw. Her mother had offered assistance to a group of adventurers about nine months before Adrie’s birth. That group consisted of an unknown dwarf, suspected to be Gathon’s spymaster, Lord Moonfire, Rogal Gathon, and a young cleric named Joshua Wynreaver. Any of the men, bessides the dwarf, could have been her father. The mother still resides near Yakshaw.
The child had magical talents and ended up at the Tower of Magicks where she became the assistant to Jesmel Roan. She later would start dating a human mage named Phil Blackthorn. In order to accelerate her Professor’s work she attempted to open a portal powered by “a suspiciously large amount” of Void Hallow. It is speculated that she learned of the substance from her father but no one knows where she could have found more than an insignificant amount of the substance. A diary was mentioned but no information on it could be found.
The third book was a detailed report on the groups activities at Sparrow Glenn. No recap was necessary.
On the way out of the warehouse, Amara and Isadora spotted a strange crate labeled “Pillows” in Elven. The group left Loudwater and returned to the Duckling’s Ghost to compare notes. Balion read the books but had not let anyone else see them yet. The group theorized on ways to find Adrie Carver’s diary in order to have something the Committee wanted. Going to the Temple of Erathis was immediately discarded as boring while hiring someone to do exciting espionage was raised as a possibility.
Balion also thought about ways to get on the Committee, including running for election against Senator Arson Perkis of Perkisville. Sen. Perkis is well liked by his constituants but was not on the Committee. Kaviri brought up blackmailing Senator Huntington. While Balion balked at the idea, no final decision was made.
The group was also thinking about how to obtain Void Hallow to lure Phil out when Petra raised the point that Phil might also be lured out if he found out that he had failed to kill Paul. It had never occurred to Paul to use himself as bait. The King’s Elite had told Paul it was better if he stayed dead. The possibility of using Void Hallow as bait was also raised.
The group took a break from planning to see Petra’s fight that night. Kaviri had secured a spot in an opener and had a difficult match against a person whose name I forgot to write down. The session ended before Petra’s fight was to begin.
-Trap or kill Phil
—Set a Blackthorn as bait
—Find Adrie Carver’s Diary
—Find and use Void Hallow as bait
-Investigate the Committee
—blackmail Sen. Huntington
—Get elected to the Senate and after several years earn a spot on the Committee.
—Make an appointment to talk to a member.
Things to Remember:
-Balion and Amara have appointments to meet with the King in a few days.
-Various personal goals.