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

Crownfall session #3 - Part 2: Escaping the unknown dungeon
Klaatu Verata Nick, Nick, Nickelodeon!

After being whisked away from a historic epic battle that likely will decide the fate and direction of their nation to destination unknown, the party wanted to immediately prioritize themselves on the most important task at hand: appraising their loot.    After sorting out the treasure from above, the party begins exploring a series of four interconnected rooms that do not possess an obvious exit, though coincidentally enough have multiple working bathrooms with indoor plumbing.

What’s more important that appraising your own loot?  Why, looting someone elses loot and appraising that of course!  The six adventures tear into the dozens of crates that are stacked haphazardly along the southern wall in the storage room.  After looting more weapons and gear, they discover a dusty old fresco of Noble Galitian Maramaxus, hero of the Fourth Army of Exploration, champion of Taldor.  They detect magic coming from multiple locations and determine there is a secret door somewhere, but are unable to open it at this time.  Ever the noble historian, Weigraf Shlok recounts that the Fourth Army of Exploration surveyed and staked a claim to the lands that would eventually be Andoran in 1683 AR, and made a brief attempt into the Five Kings Mountains.  A soldier named Galitian Maramaxus greatly distinguished himself while serving in its ranks.

Moving on they quickly find a large library and though most of the party is wisDUMB, two of sharper tacks quickly point out there is a book on the Fourth Army of Exploration that may hold a clue for them.  Weigraf Shlok pulls the volume out and quickly locates a rounded fragment of glass tucked away in the books cut out pages.  Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa snatches the glass fragment and starts walking around all of the rooms looking through the glass fragment for clues, but only succeeds in bumping into items.

About this time the party simultaneously starts playing with the light switches in the rooms which seemingly are cross-wired and turn lights on and off in strange places as well as discovers the contents of the social room with a bar, tables, chairs and alcohol.  A locked cabinet clearly means more loot, so the party quickly cracks it open and takes the wand, spoon and two bottles of whiskey from inside and studies the mysterious glass circle embedded in the wall.  Platy notes a small section is missing and once she inserts the piece the glass transform into a scrying device which denotes a view of the fresco in the storage room.  Looking closer she sees that Galitian Maramaxus’s gauntlet appears to be glowing!

Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa runs into the fresco room and realizes she can’t see with out Kyra Erantide’s light and calls her into the room.  When Kyra Erantide arrives, the flowing on the fresco disappears.  A series of personnel shuffling and repositioning along with flipping lights on and off occurs as the party determines how best to view the fresco in the dark.   While this is happening, Weigraf Shlok silently strides into the room and walks up to the gauntlet and presses it.  Platy Puss reveals that the glowing stops and now his boot is glowing.  The wizard begins to caress the boot and each of the subsequent glowing areas on the fresco as they shift under his soft touch.  When the fifth and final spot begins to glow on the hero’s groin, the wizard doesn't miss a beat and softly caresses the groin of the hero in the fresco.

With a soft moan and a click the secret compartment opens up revealing a bag of 20 magical gold coins.  Heading back up to the passageway in the north, Mr. Wizard drops a coin into the slot and watches it disappear under the floor.  As the coin disappears out of sight, Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa goes wide-eyed and scrambles to the floor trying to get it back.  Claiming that the coin was worth five bullets, she doesn't want to waste it!

The floor slides away revealing a set of steps descending to a brass lever before a closed section of wall.  Weigraf Shlok ‘wizard hands’ the lever which triggers a mechanism to open the secret door into the next area.

The first thing the party takes note of is a Lord Develin Manshum, a noble from the Exaltation Gala, is laying blood and dead on the cold, dusty stone floor.  Only a few seconds after entering the room, three rare undead appear from within the walls of the chamber.  Quickly identified by Platy Puss as Walcofindes, she fills the party in on their unusual cause of death and wall teleportation abilities.

Leiko “Farshot” Hasegawa’s been waiting for this very moment. A chance to demonstrate to the party why she’s been included in this group of undercover agency.  The moment to prove what a sniper can do to protect and save the team.  The defining moment for the musket master will need to come at another time as she loads the gun she places the bullet in backwards and jams it.   She immediately goes to work in correcting her broken equipment while the noble Kail runs into the fray to slay these undead creatures.  

Weigraf Shlok knows a spell that disrupts undead and calls out “Klaatu Verata ….” And can’t quite remember the last segment as his spell fizzles.    While the wizard continues to repeat his spell over and over trying to get the phrasing correct, Platy goes to work on the Walcofindes with her rapier, methodically whittling away at one with inspiration and then moving over the next. 

“Klaatu Verata Nick, Nick, Nickelodeon!” commands Weigraf Shlok, who once again fails to recall the spell’s exact incantation.

Kyra Erantide and Reina Cailean do their best to keep Binjamet “Kail” duQuaille alive through magical healing, but his positioning between two of the wall teleporters has not faired well and he quickly succumbs to their claw attacks, dropping to the ground in a bloody and scratched pile of mutilated flesh.

“Klaatu Verata Nickodemus!” shouts the wizard as he tries even harder to disrupt the undead.

Finally getting her gun fixed, loaded and aimed correctly, [[:leiko] blasts a hole through the second Walcofinde and erases it from existence as her gun roars loudly in the enclosed chamber.  The last remaining creature drops Kail a second time, bloodying his brilliant clothes even more.

“Klaatu Verata Nicohmygodmyrollsuck!” cries the confused and unlucky wizard.

Kyra Erantide and Reina Cailean try to attack without much success, only inflicting minor damage before returning to healing the unconscious noblemen again.  Binjamet “Kail” duQuaille awakens with a start and looks for a way to flee without much success.  Flailing from the floor he tries to strike the undead creature but is only met with another claw to the chest which sends him back to dying once more.

“Klaatu Verata nickanme!” groans the sylph as he facepalms before the group just as Leiko fires again and finishes the third and final undead creature. 

Healing up after their battle, the party quickly checks on Lord Develin Manshum and determines he will not be returning to the land of the living anytime soon.  They are especially interested in his fancy ring…

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Crownfall session #2 - Part 1: Empire's End
I'm a wizard!

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.

Grand Prince Stavian III arrives and both High Strategos Maxillar Pythareus and Princess Eutropia make their departures to prepare for the Grand Prince's upcoming speech.

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 mirrorBinjamet “Kail” duQuaille notices a strange lump in one of the comforters and extracts an inelegant brass key.

Martella Lotheed reaches out via their Senate aid badge and informs them that they simply vanished into thin air and she has no idea where they are.

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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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