Part 3: Magistrate’s Welcome
Ay-una examines the runes drawn in gore on the floor of the tomb below the Temple of the Raven Queen and finds a magic she has never seen before. It is an Abyssal spell of blood magic. She makes note of it. The demolished skeletons were all tieflings
Janos goes up to look around outside the Temple. Ay-una and the others go back upstairs to search any rooms they didn’t see earlier. She finds the High Priest’s room. Besides a cot there are a table and a shelf with books and scrolls. They search the room and find the priest’s diary and a significant scroll.
- Diary Entry of Interest: Met with the emissary from the Lich. A terrifying entity. Worst of all it was not at all concerned by coming to the Temple, and made the journey through the city unmolested. How could it have walked unchallenged? It told me they were coming, and that I should deliver the artifact into it’s care. I refused. I thought my life was forfeit as it flew into a rage. After overturning my bookshelf and table, it settled down. It told me then that it would be the end for the living, and it prayed that the others should be so merciful as the Lich.
- On the Scroll: A ring of power was bestowed to Suluvia Paden, the Raven Winged. It is told that the ring is composed of two raven wings, meeting at the top and holding a blood-red ruby. It’s powers are siputed, but some say it is an incredible source of divine power. It was entombed with the Priestess, and protected by a divine ward. None but the chosen to the highest calling of the Raven Queen can wield it’s power, and only She herself will reveal it’s rightful wearer.
Ay-una takes these items and the group goes outside to fund Janos. Janos, meanwhile, has learned what the watchman (Drood, who died in the Temple) did and who saw him last before he died. It was assumed he heard something in the Temple and was seen to rush inside. He also asks about the building across the street, which is closed but could have been a business. A watchman tells him who is in charge and points toward the market area. The group finds the jail and meets with Watch Commander Manze inside. After Janos explains the facts the group has uncovered, Manze leads them into his office (and away from the crowd of citizens demanding he do something.) There he tells them that there isn’t much he can do, that there is a Magistrate who lives in the Sea Ward district (at 17 Street of Whispers). There have been rumors about him, that he has an interest in young girls… who never return from visiting his mansion. A relative of his passed away not long ago and named him as successor to his post. The group asks the identity of this Magistrate. The Commander says that the man is speaking out in the square right now. He escorts the group back outside and leaves them. They notice three people in the crowd are taking an interest in them; a human, an elf, and a tiefling… all males. The rest of the crowd is complaining to anyone who will listen. The group heads to the market area and locates the speaker’s stage. Janos immediately recognizes the man currently speaking as the man named Plodmoor, whom he has been seeking. He’s going on about the undead and the Lich residing so close to the city. When he is done, he and his aides climb into his waiting carriage and heads toward the Sea Ward. Someone else is on the stage now, the leader of the Sewer and Plumbing Guild, who is explaining about the scary stuff in the sewers. Everyone has heard stories about this Guild. Jonas wants to see this mansion at 17 Street of Whispers, but there is some discussion about going back to the Temple. It is decided that seeing what is going on with Plodmore is more important right now, and they head off after the Magistrate’s carriage. The three that took interest in them at the market area are tailing the group. The Street of Whispers only has about four estates on the block and they find #17 easily. It is not guarded and the trio tailing them have disappeared. Jonas rings the bell on the gate and someone from the house runs out to ask their business. Janos explains and the group is escorted to the house (which is VERY nice.) Once inside, Janos admires the art and furniture. Mia joins him. After a bit they wander into the next room and look about in there. They notice odd markings on the ceiling. Mia scouts down the halls leading right & left off this room, then returns and lets Jonas know what she heard (down the left hallway people in a room she supposes is an office). Dae’Onel steps into the room behind them and stands, ever watchful. Suddenly the doors ahead burst with a large ball of lightning that dazes Janos. Mia responds with her Twin Strike through the doorway. A fight ensues, with the rest of the group rushing forward and all but Mia and Ay-una moving through the doors onto the stairs beyond. Much fighting, spell throwing and healing is done, with a few encouraging shouts from the warlord. When the battle is over, all but one enemy (all servants of the mansion) are dead and many of the party are wounded. The hostage, Nun, tells them that the Magistrate told them to attack the group. Ay-una loots the servants. [Group gets 450 xp and loot: 20 gold, 3 sets of chainmail, 3 halbards, a quarterstaff and a wand.]