Session 43

  • jekall, solzak and kids approach shadow square empty, they see 30 soldiers, 3 templars and 3 half giants guarding the exit
  • elves take position on buildings close to the square
  • behind shadow square the ziggurat is covered with a black smoke, Jekall recognises it but it is not dangerous, more designed to confuse and fragment. It is likely all the slaves on the ziggurat will be recaptured…
  • kids report to orsk and frost with news of forces in shadow square
  • approach square from northeast, hide behind building and wait
  • jekall and solzak approach soldiers, say they have knowledge of who those who started the riots. They ask for payment from templars for the info, templar sneers and says they can keep their lives… jekall goes on to give a description of a ‘Paxitus’ who looks remarkably like a member of house fredylav and uses the fake name ‘Jexslav’ for himself. The templar is suspicious but the two use cunning and flattery to convince him of the benefits if he were to capture the originators of the riots. For a moment he forgets what he has been assigned to do leaving with a small group of soldiers and heading for the noble district to arrest Paxitus. The other two templars and rest of soldiers remain
  • solzak and jekall are seized by the soldiers and taken into their ranks and told that if they are lying to the templars they will be killed or put to work on the ziggurat!
  • jekall sends psionic message of name of chief rioter to orsk, explains to quote the name ‘Jexslav’ when he attacks!
  • orsk rushes out into the square and shouts to jekall and solzak that he will kill them. Templar has the soldiers fire on orsk to bring him down but the attacks do little as he stands defiant.
  • Orsk continues to shout and intimidate the line while the templars try to maintain order.
  • Then one of the soldiers nerve snaps and runs off. The templar screams and some of the soldiers fire at him – killing him outright. Then the templar loses his nerve and shouts at a group of soldiers to kill Orsk. A small group split off with a half giant and chase orsk around the corner where they are faced with the brotherhood of the fist! Crossbow bolts rain down on the soldiers but they continue to chase Orsk, shouting that it is a trap
  • The templar shouts at another couple of soldiers to go west towards the templar district to get reinforcements whilst the rest are told to keep their positions
  • Jekall keeps talking as the templar begins to get increasingly nervous, he then snaps and slaps Jekall across the face with his gauntletted hand.
  • The half Giant charges and slams into Frost, knocking him over, and as he tries to get up slams him with the butt of his sword
  • One of the brotherhood Giants fights his way through to frost and slams into the soldier half giant, but the soldier beats him back
  • The templars exchange nervous glances as they hear the sound of battle from behind the buildings growling at the soldiers to hold their positions
  • Solzak closes his eyes for a moment, creating a vision of Orsk in his mind climbing out of a nearby window, opening them once more he taps the shoulder of the guard to his left, nodding to the west. The soldier’s jaw drops and he has to look twice, rubbing his eyes and nearly dropping his weapon in surprise. He can clearly see Orsk, who had just run around a corner to the north coming out of a window to the west with no clear entry. Already jittery the soldier mumbles to the templar to look and as he does a double take all colour in his face disappears and he screams at the nearest troops to get him, just as ‘Orsk’ climbs back into the building
  • The soldiers rush to the other side of the building hoping to trap him and kick the door down, then solzak and Jekall hear a flurry of arrows and screams from the soldiers ‘Elves!’
  • Orsk swings and connects sending the half-giant soldier crashing into the wall. He growls and comes running back, receiving punishing blows from Frost and Orsk, beating him back again
  • The soldiers, peppered with bolts from the crossbows of the brotherhood warriors fall one by one until none remain and the brotherhood pile into the melee hacking and tearing into the half-giant
  • The half-giant soldier roars defiantly as he tries to fend off the relentless onslaught, but he cannot last forever and falls
  • Jekall and solzak then then come up with a plan. Calling over to the Templar they suggest that they should head to the noble district and capture the fugitive, the two of them will then create a distraction by running into the square, giving the soldiers time to withdraw
  • The templars look at each other, confusion and fear taking hold. Jekall overhears them saying that they should ‘head to the noble district and make sure the ’arrest’ goes well and in the meantime retreat and get reinforcements. Speaking out loud they instruct the soldiers to let jekall and solzak go, they will be dealt with later if their information is found to be untrue
  • Solzak and Jekall make good on their plan and run shouting through the square
    With that the soldiers withdraw as the ex-gladiators, Orsk and Frost are heard cheering and jeering them
  • Quickly, Solzak, Jekall and two of the street kids head into the Drunken Giant to check if it is safe whilst the rest wait outside. Inside they find the majority of the remaining customers cowering beneath the tables. Jo’Rosh recognises them both and says simply that he doesn’t want any more trouble or the rest of his customers scared off. Jekall flings a small purse of ceramics on the bar and offers to keep the whole inn in drink for the night! Jo’Rosh’s eyes light up and his mood changes, welcoming the pair to sit and rest.
  • Jekall offers some broy to the street kids which they gingerly gulp down bragging about how ‘mr orsk’ is going to learn them warrior things and solzak will teach them to hide and steal fro the revolution. Jekall sends them to get Orsk though before they start to blab too much
  • As Orsk and Frost return to the Inn they notice some figures approach from the warrens, it is Athrialix, Shallaya and Drax plus an unidentified female, short but incredibly graceful who walks ahead with Athrialix. Orsk nods a greeting to Drax who does the same
  • As they enter the inn and Orsk discovers the kids have been drinking he is a little unhappy and warns Jekall but he shrugs it off
  • The group then move into the back room to wait for the other ‘guests’ arrive. Orsk, Solzak, Frost, the veil and the brotherhood head down below the inn to under-tyr to find a safe place to hold the meeting
  • Upon seeing Solzak’s map Athrialix snatches it from him, protesting that he knows under-tyr better than them all and will find them a safe place. Solzak is affronted and Orsk snarls at Athrialix who snubs them both. The veiled alliance female who has yet to be introduced interrupts and tells Athrialix to be calm and just assist. Orsk is quick to remind Athrialix that this is not an Alliance meeting and Athrialix just snarls back ‘silence’.
  • Athrialix is however true to his word, finding them a large natural lit cavern covered in Ishi moths (silk producing moths which naturally glow in darkness), casting an eerie but beautiful natural light. A small trickling waterfall and pool in one corner provides some natural noise, enough to cover hushed voices at least to a reasonable distance.
  • Leaving the veil, brotherhood and Solzak at the meeting place Orsk and Frost return to the surface where they find Jekall entertaining their next guests – Argorr, representative of te toothcutters and his guards. They eye all suspiciously in the inn but are well known enough that none of the patrons would dare look at them back.
  • As the toothcutters, Orsk and Frost head back down to Under-Tyr Frost catches a smell and stops the group cold. Gith’ he snarls, to the south. They are not moving closer but their stench is unmistakable which puts them all on guard
  • The next to arrive up top is a nervous looking Helandrez, with news that Vordon will be hearing what they have to say with great interest, so long as it is profitable and that Helandrez will earn his place in the family if he can prove his trustworthiness and share with them the location of the M’ke cache of wealth
  • Zafir, of the templar guard, arrives with word that he has recruited 30 guardsmen to their cause and arrives glad to see the group are safe.
  • Next, Naraaku, Yrkoon and the sky singers arrive. Naraaku greets Eben in usual ‘friendly’ Elven terms as Eben moves to protect his coin purse.
  • Then, Kovia of Tyrs eyes shows up, a young street entertainer painted almost entirely in blue and recognisable by 3 distinct bunches of hair atop her head and a silver dust beneath her eyes. She enters alone but to the seasoned locals, they notice her hand gestures that indicates she is anything but… She is led inside and quickly ushered into the back room with the others.
  • Lastly Jekall is pleased to welcome Rathoras Quay from house Kevarin, who, taking Jekall aside explains the reason for his coming
  • Just as they are ready to head downstairs their is another knock at the door.
  • Nervously the half-giant brotherhood member checks who is outside, and it is a noble. His name is Ktandeo and he hails from house Atrius. Eben looks wide eyed and quickly rushes over to the door, let him in! The half-giant opens the door and standing there is a well disguised but recognisable noble. Eben and the noble exchange pleasantries and he is warmly welcomed inside.

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Session 43

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