War for the Crown - Chapter 2: Songbird, Scion, Saboteur

Crownfall session #1 - Part 1: Undercover agents at the Exaltation Gala

03/12/18 @ 9:00 EST

The adventure began when Martella Lotheed the illegitimate daughter of the prestigious Lotheed noble family and a burgeoning spymaster, assembled a group of six covert agents to attend the Exaltation Gala festivities at the senate building. She has promised each of them 150 gp the next day for each mission they completed, in addition to the extraordinary access and prestige granted by attending one of Taldor's most exclusive and high-profile political events.   She also provided a 30-gp line of credit at her favorite tailor shop, Thread Rare, to better allow them to fit in with the Taldor elite.  Finally, she provided each of them with a Senate aid badge from the now defunt Voritas family line.

The party went around the table and introduced themselves:

After introductions were made, the party departed for the senate building.  While standing in line, the party shared the information they individually knew of the Exaltation, Martella Lotheed, Grand Prince Stavian III and Princess Eutropia.  After nearly two hours in line, a dreary inspector made her way to the party and pulled them out for what the group deduced was not a "random inspection".  Hurrying them forward and away from the nearby guards, she says her name is Kathaan Azalr and alludes that the party and her have a "common friend" though she does not explicitly state a name.    

She performs a search of the party and uncovers several weapons that are typically not allowed in the senate building. Rather than removing the items, she provides the group with tips on how they could better hide them in the future so that they won't be caught or stand out to any guards.  She then pushes the party forward to the front of the line to have their weapons peace bonded and gain entry into the senate building.

When the party first enters the building they immediately take stock of the rooms around them and begin to attempt to exert some influence over various areas.  Over the course of the next thirty minutes they begin to quickly make headway into controlling influence in multiple areas. 

Their progress is slightly halted when Princess Eutropia makes a surprise appearance and offers a speech to [[:kalbio-of-breezy-creek] on his upcoming noble elevation as well as coming together to vote to end primogeniture.  As her speech concludes, several party members take not of a suspicious event happening in the courtyard as a servant slips an alchemical wafer that agitates flying insects on top of the crates containing the pollination bees.  Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa the brave slowly backpedals fifty paces into a wall well away from the bees while the sylph wizard heroically dashes forward to toss the wafer into the water with a loud splash.  Platy Puss joins Weigraf Shlok to save him from question from the servant and guards as a crowd gathers.  She explains that everyone who's anyone from the melittological societies clearly knows that that alchemical wafer will induce a state of agitation in the bees, likely creating a swarm that would severely injure a large portion of the crowd in courtyard.    Though saving the day from a lot of stinging pain, Platy Puss and Weigraf Shlok drew the attention of several guards who were taking note and following their actions for the remainder of the hour.

After the commotion died down, Weigraf Shlok decided it would be best to move throughout the building and deliver messages for Martella Lotheed while the guards were paying closer attention to him.  As the wizard darted from one noble to the next, Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa grabs the attention of the curator Copernia Vau by expressing interest in the history.  After swiping the masterwork buckler and then receiving a bottle of universal solvent and unguent of timelessness from Copernia, Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa convinces her to give her a personal tour.  Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa motions to her team that now is the time to snatch the historical artifacts belonging to Calhadion Vernisant.  The party quickly converges and two more of the four remaining items, the spyglass and the silk fan.

While the theft mission is underway, the Platy Puss leads the way discovering some dirt on the nobles involved with the missions that Martella Lotheed assigned them.  Over the course of the next hour, the party successfully influences [[:baron-nicolaus-okerra, Countess Abrielle Pace and Duke Leonar Centimus.  After successfully uncovering Countess Abrielle Pace's lack of commitment to Princess Eutropia's cause, they find that they can use this information to better influence [[:baron-nicolaus-okerra, Lady Gloriana Morilla, and Princess Eutropia.  Meanwhie, [[:kyra] and others slowly whittle down High Strategos Maxillar Pythareus, but the commander in chief proves quite difficult to sway to their side.

Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa makes her way to the senate floor and engages a young politician on the validity of primogeniture and other traditional institution as it compares to assessing actions from all previous noble leaders.  She impresses nearby judge Dartist Mercenian who shouts "That's how you debate!".  A fellow half-elf, he rewards her with a gold ring emblazoned with the Mercenian family crest.

After an hour of running, Weigraf Shlok finally finishes delivering messages forMartella Lotheed.  The party is partially startled when they are contacted by Martella Lotheed to come to the gallery and see her as soon as possible.  When they arrive she pulls them aside to the corner of the room when she puts one of her small brass crickets on the railing nearby.  Having observed their progress from above, she is quite please with the headway they have made and congratulates them on excellent work so far.  She informs them that she has just discovered that Dame Malphene Trant, the daughter of Senator Trant has arrived.   She’s a belligerent, narcissistic ass, and a known bully who is likely here to intimidate one of more of the junior senators into backing her father.  She asks the party to find a way to intercede and prevent that from happening.

Senate Floor:
 

The Senate Floor

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