Saturday, May 30, 2010
The adventurers begin the day with a note from Fedmahn, who got an early start and left to take care of some personal business. They go down to the common room of the Scholar’s Quill and are immediately met with an awkward silence and glares, which seem to be directed primarily at the wizard Nemoc. Nemoc goes to the bar and orders a coffee, but is given the same rude treatment by the barkeep. Nemoc decides to leave the room. The dwarf paladin, Thorend, asks a pair of church workers having breakfast why Nemoc was met with such rude treatment. They state that Freeport is a superstitious place and that most people here did not trust those who practice the arcane arts, believing wizards to be responsible for the cataclysm that sunk the land that once bridged the continents of Aria and Karias and that only the Ioun priests seem to tolerate wizards here. The group leaves and goes to the Ioun temple to meet with the High Priest.
Once at the temple, they are taken to the high priest’s chambers only to be rebuffed by his secretary, Milos. According to him, the meeting that Nemoc and his master had with the high priest was missed yesterday. Nemoc was told that the high priest has a very busy schedule, working with Sea Lord Drac on the construction of the lighthouse. Nemoc leaves his name and where he’s staying with Milos in hopes of getting a new appointment.
On the way out of the Ioun Temple, the group notices Brother Egil in conversation with an upset and very attractive young half-elf lady. Egil speaks to the adventurers when he is finished speaking with the lady and tells them that she is Karina Drac, the Sea Lord’s daughter, and she is an old friend of his. She is upset due to a break-up with a man she’s been seeing who, apparently, stole a valuable locket from her. Egil said he would try to help set up a new appointment with the high priest.
Leaving the temple, the group goes to the Old City to talk to the Captain’s Council about the destruction of the Moradin Temple. They meet with a man named Varis, who tells them that the temple’s destruction was investigated, but they found no bodies and no valuables within the rubble. He mentioned that there were numerous “special interest groups” working within Freeport and also spoke of the council’s disapproval of the Sea Lord’s use of the city’s funds to build his “monstrosity” across the bay.
The group left the council building and went to pay a visit to Captain Scarbelly on his boat, the Bloody Vengeance. Nemoc snuck past the sentries and met with the captain, asking about Lucious. The irritated captain told Nemoc that Lucius had chartered passage with the Bloody Vengeance over 4 years ago and traveled with them to numerous ports along the Twisting Deeps for two years, always leaving the boat at the ports by himself and venturing into dangerous lands, by himself, returning with books, scrolls, and oddities, with not a scratch on him. Nemoc also learned that the captain was holding a package for the wizard Kenzil and was waiting for him to pick it up.
Nemoc leaves the ship and the group then heads to the docks to try and get some leads on Lucius, the destruction of the Moradin temple and the wizard Kenzil. After a day of talking to people, buying drinks and asking questions, they didn’t learn much other than Freeport’s cult infestation. One in particular was mentioned in detail; the Deep Ones, a cult that venerates the World Serpent, also known as the Leviathan. This cult is said to be trying to awaken the slumbering serpent so that it may devour the world. It is also said to be comprised of “fish that walk like men” and is responsible for the attacks at sea that have claimed numerous ships as of late.
The group leave the docks, return to the Scholar’s Quill for some rest, but are attacked in the street by a group of hooded men led by a wizard. They manage to kill a handful of the men before retreating into the Scholar’s Quill. The attackers dispurse, but one stays behind to observe the group. Lucan sneaks over to the spy and knocks him out. The group convinces him to take them to his leader, the wizard. On the way to Scurvytown, the man says he and his fellows worship star beings that look down upon them. At the hideout the group attacks, killing all within, including their leader, the wizard Kenzil. On his person, they find a note, apparently from the one who sent them to kill the adventurers, an initial “M”. The note had an address upon it and they tucked it away for the night and get a room for the night somewhere other than the Scholar’s Quill.
The following day they paid the captain a visit and dropped Kenzil’s head on his desk. He gladly handed over the package to them. They took it a secluded place and opened it to find a magical staff within.
The group then went to the address upon the assassin’s note and found it to be a corner cafe that was down the street from the Ioun Temple. They watched it for a few hours when they noticed Milos leave the Ioun Temple and go to the cafe, apparently waiting for someone. After a time of watching him, they approach Milos and accuse him of sending the weird star worshippers on them. Milos points out that there are probably many people in Freeport with the initial “M” and that he had nothing to do with the attack. He told the group he would see if he could find out who did and they let him go back to the temple, but not before Nemoc snuck into the high priest’s office and found documents locked up in his desk pertaining to the lighthouse construction project and special rocks known as “mnemrock”, which has psionic properties.
The group decides to keep watch on Milos that night, and when he leaves work at 10:30, they follow him to an abandoned building. He enters and disappears into the darkness. The group enters the building and finds it to be empty. They decend into the building’s cellar and…
...to be continued next session.