The heat rolled off the cobblestone street outside the Bakers Guild, and the Mecklen morning air was stifling. The city needed rain the way a thief (rouge) needs lock picking skill.
The boys had spent the better part of the day running all over town, most visited the public bath house, because when rats are following you, it had better be because you are playing a flute.
Kadrin had his own set of rules, because he was a dwarf that liked rules that forced chaotic situations into a reality he could make sense of, and that is why he spent the day sleeping in the party wagon, dreaming about rules.
Gavin talked tough, but he was a pint size mother hen, that felt compelled to watch over the whole party. If there was work to be done you can bet he would forge a note from his doctor… it wouldn’t be a very good note, he never gets the I’s right. On that dusty day he watched over a sleeping Kadrin, just pretending he was drawing a treasure map, while he watched Kadrin sleep… it wasn’t the first time.
Sivas was a book worm, not your everyday nerd with a library card book worm, but the kind of guy that talked in the library, loudly, to himself, or his axe. He liked stories about ogres, and giants, and what they were wearing. Most of his friends are invisible.
Otto wasn’t complicated, when he’s hungry he eats, tired he sleeps, and when he see’s Black Swords he murders everyone. There were no Black Swords at the Tattered Cloak, so he slept like a baby in the corner… A baby with a magic sword and yearning to nurse on the blood of his enemies.
Heidan was not just another restless high elf caught up in some humans misguided attempt at repentance, and of all the religious temples in the kingdom of Cromwell, Rigger had to hide his escape plans in the temple of Tyr. With Savras guidance the plans are recovered and nobody is killing Rigger… today.
Several days of prep and planning come together:
- Get Asquiths Signet Ring from HR
- Forge Asquiths Family Crest Broche
- Noble Clothes
- Guiger Nades
- Escape Plan
On the day of the Asquith gathering of Mecklens dwarven lords Sivas is first of the party to arrive presenting himself as a traveling noble of house Tanelorn, after some pompous noble posturing and the intervention of Lord Brassball, he is escorted to the main dining hall where drinks and musical entertainment is provided.
The rest of the party escorts a wagon of fine Mecklen Ale from the Brewers Guild to the Asquiths Manor, where they unload and store the barrels as directed. Some of the party may be bitter that a certain someone would not hide himself in one of said barrels. The team falls quickly into their predetermined roles after food is provided, and they finally locate a bathroom. There is much unspoken debate about the layout of the manor and the odd location of restrooms.
During a bizarre rendition of Ibriam’s Dream by a Elvin Bardic Slave:
my heart, my heart was aching, aching for Ibriam
but I kept, I kept on dreaming, dreaming bout her ivory towers
and all that i’ve learnt about love is that love is found in Ibriam
and all that i’ve learnt about pain is that pain is not found there
No where, no where is better, better than the city philosophy
so let me, let me fall back into emptiness, and dream of Ibriam
Won’t you, won’t you believe me, take me there
from all that, all that I cling to, just let stay there
As a mesmerized Baron Asquiths is lost in haunting melodic voice of the lether and laced wrapped slave, Sivas stealthily (almost rouge like) uses mage hand to replace the Baron’s family broche with the forgery. Not a single dwarven lord or manservant seems to notice that there is anything else in this world other than the Beautiful Elvish Bard.
Sivas displays an awkward discomfort and excuse himself from the room of lords, to regroup with the rest of the party in Baron Asquith’s library.
After several minutes of searching the manor a secret panel hiding steps leading down to the family vault is discovered. The party funnels in with Sivas in the lead.Before the party is a mechanical titan on an obsidian pedestal. The room is lit by glowing stones in iron cages about the room, and the stone walls are covered in magnificent tapestries depicting the hunt of various animals, or humanoids. Just past the Bronze & Brass construct are archways leading back to some inner sanctum of the Asquiths. Sivas approaches the obsidian dais and grabbing a hand hold rotates the entire thing left to right, and the construct spins on a perfectly balanced pedestal without a sound. More stairs down are exposed. The next room lit much the same as the one above have walls that are great sculpted reliefs of massive battles, with leaders that must be Asquiths ancestors. The 4 doors in the room appear to be iron bound oak, with sturdy locks, and Gavin is quick to identify the one door that they must enter. After several minutes he looks up at the rest of the party and says, I think I’m just making it worse. He backs away to give Otto some room, and Gavin retreats to the door across the way that is their escape route. Determined to secure their escape, he quickly size up the lock and while humming the 1.2.3. of lock picking the lock on the door provides an audible click. Without a moment to waist Gavin is inside, as Otto smashes the other door, and voice that shakes the rooms says, THIEVES, RUN NOW, MY GUARDS ARE ON THEIR WAY! And Gavin let’s out a shout of triumph as he easily spots the secret door embedded in the wall and locates the release latch with his ocular pat down of the room. The joy is short lived as many Skeleton begin assembling around him each with and Asquith crest glowing on their forehead. As Gavin jumps back out of the room, Otto rushes to block the doorway so that no monster can pass him. Heidan calls on the glory of Savras to burn the unclean bags of bones which are a lie to the living, and part of the group move hastily away from him. Kadrin is quick to step up with Otto and engage the enemies only to find that their combined sword strikes destroy the skeleton, but it also cause them to explode sending bone shrapnel everywhere. Heidan moves to the other room with the chest of drawers that contains the items that the party was sent to recover. Sivas can hear the manor house start to rally above, and he possibly hears an explosion. Using mage hand a 2nd time he rotates the obsidian dais above closed. Gavin, Kadrin, and Otto continue to fight. Heidan heals his comrades. Gavin gets the secret door open and retreats into the sewer/catacombs, yelling to his companions that it is clear.
Heidan with the items the party came for follows Gavin.
As Sivas hears the grinding of gears and the yell of men above, he takes the opportunity to run into the treasure room blasting a chest with eldritch fires and grabs several pouches from inside.
Every one retreats to the Sewer/Catacomb as Kadrin holds the secret door, only letting snap shut once Savris makes it safely back to the party.