The undercover agents briefly meet with Martella Lotheed to review their mission status for the event. Having already met five of six objectives outline,influence the major players and rooms at the Exaltation Gala, the party splits up and complete the last mission as well as try to locate Dame Malphene Trant, the bully.
Touting her acrobatic abilities, Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa does a cartwheel into the gallery but catches her toe on the lip of the top stairs and smashing into the railing instead. Wyssilka the Fantabulous claps loudly and rescues Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa from complete embarrassment, encouraging her to try again. With the confidence boost, Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa attempts to do a forward flip for the onlookers, but slips on the tiled floor and lands flat on her back. As Wyssilka the Fantabulous helps her up, she offers her a smile among the jeers of the crowd.
While Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa's failed acrobatics fail to impress the crowd, Kyra Erantide finishes her intimidation routine for High Strategos Maxillar Pythareus by impressing upon the commander-in-chief what exactly is wrong with all of the political issues in Taldor and how the military should be correcting them.
After searching half of the senate floor, Binjamet “Kail” duQuaille finally locates their quarry Dame Malphene Trant. With six sycophants trailing behind her, she takes the arm of junior Senator Amadorian Dou and strong-arms him upstairs into the Beldan II Waiting Room just off the Gallery.
Taking the lead, Reina Cailean leads the party up through the gallery and into the Beldan II Waiting room by planting her foot firmly on the door and kicking it open. The courtesan flaunts her stuff as she struts up to Senator Amadorian Dou and explains she's been waiting for some one on one time with him. Despite being half drunk, Dame Malphene Trant and her goons don't fall for the ploy. [[:kyra] bursts into the room and as Reina Cailean alludes to the fact that two women are waiting for him.
Things begin to deteriorate quickly when Kyra Erantide draws her blade, the thugs smash chairs to make clubs and someone out in the hallway shouts "I'm a wizard!". Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa rushes into the room just as [[:reina] dashes out and into the hallway shouting rape. Weigraf Shlok, the self-proclaimed wizard, blasts three of the sycophants with a dazzling display of colors, but unfortunately none of the three are impressed by his antics. Dame Malphene Trant and two of her goods draw their weapons and swipe at the less than acrobatic musket master, but her anticipation of the attack serves her well on the frontline as she avoids all three attacks. Weigraf Shlok the wizard summons a magic spear of wood which bursts from his hands and into the chest of the thug closest to him, sending the goon to the floor a bleeding mess. Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa continues her dazzling display of dexterity and turns on her heel and flees from the room as fast as she can right into the arms of the approaching guards.
Binjamet “Kail” duQuaille , Reina Cailean and Kyra Erantide successfully convince the guards that Dame Malphene Trant was up to no good and she was responsible for all of the chaos. The bully fails to defend herself and the guards escort question the goons, Binjamet “Kail” duQuaille, Kyra Erantide and Senator Amadorian Dou to sort the situation out over the next 30 minutes.
Resuming their influencing duties and leveraging the light supper that has been served as a prop, Platy Puss successfully impresses the Grand Duke Avernathus with her dazzling knowledge of spellcraft. He offers access to his array of spellcasting community contacts. He can easily arrange meetings with the PCs to get a 10% discount on magical services or a one-time magical item purchase at 20% off.
In the Arcade of Triumphs, Reina Cailean swipes the fourth item from the display cases. This times she pockets a +1 silver dagger that the Earl claims one of General Arnisant’s lieutenants used to slay the vampire Malageur.
The wood wizard's vested interest in Taldan history catches the attention of librarian Pabrus Telecoum , who offers him a dog-eared and crumbling journal donated to the library but considered unsalvageable. The text itself is a somewhat compelling tale of a young wizard’s growth to womanhood and inheriting her family business in Cassomir 250 years ago. Though large portions are missing or damaged by water, tucked into the back of the book is a scroll containing animate rope, blur, flaming sphere, hypnotism, mount, and web.
Meanwhile upstairs Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa returns to finish the job in the Gallery beside Wyssilka the Fantabulous. Finally able to put two consecutive performances together without falling, the musket master catches accumulates a number of donations from grateful parents, including 238 gp, a bottle of fine brandy (75 gp), and a wand of eagle’s splendor (5 charges) from a particularly passive-aggressive ear.
The party successfully influences three more nobles:
- Lady Gloriana Morilla offers to introduce the party to the princess, but unfortunately she seems to have excused herself temporarily. In addition, she also offers her help in the future should the party be in need.
- Marquess Charlotte Deschamps eventually gets past the fact that Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa can't pronounce her name and she states she will allow them access to the Endless Repository, Nicodemius’s repository for her knowledge and information in western Porthmos. She also even offers her services once as a magical item crafter, should the need arise.
- Viscountess Octavia Nicodemius offers the party two potions of cure light wounds.
The senate finally convenes to vote on matters of state. After 30 minutes of mundane business, the vote to end primogeniture finally arrives. Though it starts with abstentions and a dead even split, the vote eventually turns in favor of Princess Eutropia and the repeal passes. With the declaration made, the chamber explodes in a riot of applause and condemnation. It takes several minutes for the cacophony to die down. The speaker declares that a closed senate recount is to take place, an event signaled by the speaker declaring a temporary recess of the senate to outsiders.
Realizing their time to complete influential tasks is coming to an end, Martella Lotheed summons her agents one last time to recount their successes tonight. After which she states she has one more task for them to complete. They are instructed to deliver the letter to the soon to be Lord Kalbio of Breezy Creek from his parents. They insisted that the letter not be delivered until after his elevation.
With the red carpet, fanfare and applause, Grand Prince Stavian III makes his way to the podium with Kalbio of Breezy Creek in tow. His speech concludes with animosity over the thought his daughter leading conspirators to take his throne with him. Claiming the brand new Lord to be in cahoots with them, he plunged a jeweled dagger between Kalbio of Breezy Creek's ribs.
The senate floor erupts in chaos as no less than 50 armed soldiers surround the room and relentlessly cut down anyone and everyone. One of the extremely talented armed guards corners the party and after taking an acid blast and Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa's musket blast to his chest, he retaliates with an expertly placed slash to Binjamet “Kail” duQuaille's chest that surely should have ended his life.
Just as the blade strikes his chest, the Senate aid badge that was provided to the group by Martella Lotheed flashes and everything goes black and completely silent. Once Kyra Erantide casts light, the group takes note that they are in a 30'x30' quiet, dusty and unlit bedroom with six beds and three doors. A preliminary search of the room reveals a grooming kit, moth-eaten change of clothes and a simple hand mirror. Binjamet “Kail” duQuaille notices a strange lump in one of the comforters and extracts an inelegant brass key.