The Fog of Ious

Adventures in the City!
Or "Dustin Splits the Party"

Two days ago, you departed the ancient tower for the safety of Corvale. One day ago, you noticed the city from a distance in an unusual state of activity. Today, you have arrived in the city and waded through the crowds to collect your rewards from Malark Sum. That interaction has aroused suspicion. Several members of the party are undergoing efforts to gather information on the Elder after he seemed to be nonchalant about the Dragon you encountered or his use of the city’s limited resources. Being back in the city, there are several errands you might wish to run.

Ciraena visited Alston, a shop keep in the city, to replenish some of her supplies and gather information. Alston offered her a generous discount as well as a generous account of the Elder’s tenure in the city; admitting Sum’s oddities, but praising his work. She then encountered Garrick and two other Eleven members of the Townsguard, locked in a game of chance. Being on good terms with the Townsguard is certainly a good way to gather information, but it was made a bit more difficult by Garrick’s personality. She challenged Ciraena to the game, and was very clearly cheating to force her results. Caught in the act, she very nearly decided to spar with Ciraena, but the barbarian offered a drink instead. The information Garrick promises has yet to be revealed.

Aiko spent her time primarily loathing the city and its confines. Any spare time was spent wandering its streets with the goal of eventually finding her way to the Library of Erathis to research Rat People. Before a (terribly) long time, she encountered two Gnomes running a stand in the marketplace. One of them was a Rock Gnome with patches of hair missing and a combative attitude. The other was a pale gnome with long, silver hair. Her skin very nearly had a blue hue, which piqued Aiko’s curiosity. An enthusiastic encounter between the two — and later all three — resulted in Aiko’s decision to buy as many magic crystals as the pair was offering in the hopes that various colored gems might be useful in the party’s efforts.

Aeson endeavored to put his skill set to good use. Being no stranger to the criminal elements of Corvale, his first response was to gather information from those who might have it. Lavinia, Sum’s reluctant assistant, promised him a ‘date’ from which he hopes to extract information. This is set to occur whenever she is free from the busywork that the Elder has generated for her. To help speed things up, Aeson is considering enlisting the help of Maseer; the single bandit left alive from the raid on the city just a few nights ago. Maseer has produced what he calls crystalized firebolt from his bag.

Offensive magic, when crystallized, is generally illegal within the city limits. It can’t even be sold in broad daylight (though the Divide may have some stock of it while the Townsguard isn’t looking). Maseer claims he can time the beginning of the crystal’s effects as a means of causing trouble and be well out of harm’s way. He made the offer so that he can be rid of Aeson and the rest of the party as quickly as possible. He still intends to return to his boss and has not yet learned of his band’s fate.

Jamster, as far as the party knows, ran straight for Oaktavern with Curian Ironhouse and has been there ever since. Ciraena has just arrived on the scene.

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Returning to Corvale!
...and encountering a ton of crowds.

The party returned to corvale at about noon a day after they left the demolished tower behind. Some of you noticed an unusual amount of activity in the city from a distance. When the party passed through the city’s walls, as much became readily apparent to everyone.

It seems that there were immense gatherings both in front of the Town Hall and Marketplaces. In the former case, they took the form of a long line waiting to get in. Igan Dunndragon, who was in full uniform and barking orders to the citizens, informed you all that the commotion was the result of the Elder’s promise to compensate anyone who had property damaged in the bandit raid. Curian Ironhouse left the party to go and tend to his bar (no pun intended), and invited you all to come around later to get the drinks he promised you. The rest of you went in.

Amidst doubts, suspicions and one entirely fed up Lavinia, the party left the Town hall with part of their reward and perhaps a bit more suspicion towards the Elder than they expected to leave with. As promised, the Elder gave you each one preemptive pardon on any crimes committed in the city…short of murder, which he said the Townsguard must get involved with.

His fascination with the dragon you encountered seemed to fall short of the surprise the party was expecting. He offered you each 50GP extra for the trouble. A few dirty glances shared between Sum and a few of the party members left everyone with two key questions: Did Sum know the dragon would be waiting atop the tower? Where does he intend to find the gold to pay for the damages?

Aeson is hoping to get information out of Lavinia in the form of a date; Aiko wishes to do some research regarding their encounter with Nephis during their journey home, and Jamester and Ciraena seem contented to re-supply and wander the City after a rough time away.

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