The Crown by the Dark

Session 4 - The not-so-secret entrance

  • Started at Crazy Horse
  • Party decided that it was time to start gathering info about Jandis
  • Bobrick gave the following info about Jandis: Skinny looking bloke. Long dirty hair. Hunched over. Human. Middle-aged. Used to be a pick pocket. Partnered up with an infamous orc named Rook (big huge brute of an orc) to oust Luthor.
  • First tried the Gryffon House, heading over in the morning.
  • Gryffon House is an old tavern/inn/pub that was the base of operations for the Syndicate in the Ward before they got kicked out by Jandis
  • The party went to investigate Gryffon House
  • Found it boarded up
  • Party was spotted by lookouts in the area so decided to head to old secret entrance building nearby to sneak in.
  • At secret entrance, was spotted by more lookouts within the house, so Herman put on a show to distract them. It ended disastrously with Herman getting carried away with a racist anti-orc tirade and people started throwing rocks at Herman.
  • Vaus, Senalyn and Lael headed around the back of the house while Herman was on show.
  • Found some squatters upstairs being paid to stay there by Jandis
  • Vaus knocked out one who was asleep in a separate room, before scaring the shit out of the others with Lael and his summoned earth elemental
  • Tied them up and left them, after threatening to kill them
  • Quickly noticed that Herman went missing
  • He had been kidnapped by Arvein, who hit him with a poison dart and dragged him off to some sorta secret location
  • Herman was interrogated as to what he was doing in the Ward and how he was alive when he was supposed to be dead.
  • He ended up spilling the beans on everything, including Alice, after a valiant but ultimately pointless attempt to convince Arvein that he was released thanks to the intervention of a wealthy friend of his, Montgomery.
  • While Herman was being interrogated, Vaus and Lael were looking in the alleys next to the house for signs of where Herman might have gone.
  • While exploring the house, Senalyn ran into some of Jandis’s thugs who had been tipped off to the party’s location by a street informer.
  • The ensuing fight went disastrously for everyone.
  • Senalyn, attempting to persuade the thugs from entering the house, doused them with a firebomb, which set the place on fire.
  • Vaus, seeing this, bounded into combat with such enthusiasm that he threw his sword at the nearest enemy, disarming himself.
  • Lael summoned an earth elemental which was promptly killed and collapsed into a pile of rubble that fell through the floor and into the sewer under the house. He then cast obscuring mist, making sure no one could see anything.
  • Herman then showed up and started stabbing fools with his daggers.
  • The fire spread through the house.
  • Senalyn was thrown into the hole created by the earth elemental and started floating down the river. She was separated after the fight because of this and exited the sewers near the temple.
  • After a few more minutes of hitting things, most of the enemies were dead or fleeing, and the house collapsed.
  • Herman fired his blue scatter flare and the party separated to go back to the safe house.
  • Bobrick was told to start moving the party stash from the safe house to the Crazy Horse.
  • The party went shopping at the markets after the fight, except for Lael who was tired after healing everyone and decided to rest.
  • Vaus and Herman went to the Blades of War, a weapons dealer run by a full-blooded orc named Tarbok Orgstag
  • Vaus ordered an orcish spiked chain (20gp) and is coming back in a couple of days to collect
  • Herman bought some balanced throwing daggers after haggling Tarbok down with some orcish tales (in orcish) he learned from his travels with the tribes.
  • Party was spotted by Jandis’s goons within the shop, Vaus stepped out to challenge them to a duel but they refused to enter the shop.
  • After Lael was rested, party headed back to Gryffon House at night.
  • Was crawling with Jandis’s men, so decided to go looking for Arvein instead.
  • Pseudonyms for Arvein are Desler or Shadowcrow
  • Went to Creaker’s Alley in dwarves district, stopping in at the Anvil’s Tankard to ask around about Arvein.
  • Herman put on an amazing performance, earning the respect from all the dwarves along with a 6gp a night invitation to return next week to perform.
  • During the performance Senalyn asked the innkeeper, Ralag, about Shadowcrow and Desler but came up with no leads.
  • Spiritual leader of the Dwarves, Torvel, was arguing a dwarf called Arag.
  • Vaus walked up to them in the middle of the inn and announced that he had business to discuss. When asked what the business was, he said ‘Getting rid of Jandis’.
  • He was given a seat at the table and unmasked himself, revealing his tiefling heritage.
  • He was promptly bound taken into dwarven custody. They took him to the warehouse to interrogate him. Lael decided to join him.
  • Told Arag that he was a representative of the Shadow Syndicate and that the goals of the dwarves and the Syndicate were in alignment.
  • One dwarf assaulted him with the butt of an axe. Vaus added that dwarf to the shit list.
  • Was told that Sasha, Ogryn’s brother (Ogryn being the head of the clan), might be good contact within the dwarves.
  • While Vaus and Lael were being interrogated, Herman and Senalyn skidaddled out of the inn and tried to shadow the group holding the tieflings.
  • They lost them, but Senalyn drank her feral mutagen and started tracking the group in monster form.
  • Herman wasn’t quite sure what to think as he didn’t see the transformation. He has suspicions, though.
  • They encountered a dwarf lookout from the group keeping an eye out for followers.
  • Senalyn tried to intimidate him into giving up the group’s location, but was unsuccessful. She then smashed the dwarf into the pavement.
  • Vaus negotiated his release, and told the dwarves that if they needed to contact him, they should leave a message in the cache in the old safe house (which Bobrick has been told to check every 10 hours now), after which Vaus will find them.
  • After leaving, Vaus and Lael encountered Senalyn in monster form (not knowing who it is), but a confrontation was avoided.
  • The party has moved its base of operations to the Crazy Horse.

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