The Ruinlords Present Curse of the Crimson Throne

Session 3
Neth 16th, 4707

Weather: Normal weather
Temperature: High 40 F/ Low 22 F
Wind Speed: 8 mph
Precipitation: None

The party makes their way to Portia’s house through the riots in the streets.  People stand at mixed opinions between long live the queen, or hang the queen.  They see a noble being stripped and robbed as they pass.  Anders greets them with disbelief as all the children and people enter the house.  A rock is thrown into the window as they enter.  There is riot all around them.  Valentine works to calm and befriend the other children while Tommy attempts a more authoritative role. Portia instructs Luceil to keep the children quiet and calm.  Volka voices her concern for her brother and Straxus attempts to go and retrieve him.  Straxus makes it to Iron Hand Arms to gather his brother but fails.  The man is too holed up in his shop.  He takes the pendant from Straxus and Strax makes his way back to Portia’s.  Straxus is accosted by the racist guards and convinces them to hide in the trash.  Straxus returns and tells Volka of her brothers safety.  Volka speaks shop with Anders.  Straxus convinces tommy to join him as lookout.  With Tommy occupied the night goes by ………. Quietly.

Portia’s Pomeranian:  Tickles

The party wakes to breakfast to find Straxus holding Tommy’s sleeping form and having been up the entire night.  After relieving Straxus of Tommy Volka helps Straxus to the kitchen where they begin breakfast and discuss the plan to check their affairs.  Volka and Vael agree to leave while they demand Straxus attempt to sleep.  Straxus initially refuses saying he needs to go home and check on his mother and friend.  After arguing for a moment they agree that Straxus will stay and sleep and they will return later to check on Strax before heading to the temple.  Portia awakes and they find that Tickles is upset.  Poppy takes a handful of straxus plate as portia comes to eat.  She commands Reginald to find more seats.  Straxus having finished his meal makes his way to Tommy’s couch and falls asleep.  Portia plans to help her husband wheel and deal.  Portia decides not to join Vael and Volka.  

Volka and Vael decide to head to Vael’s first.  They encounter small pockets of chaos in the streets “Riots”.  The fires have all but subsided as they make their way to Vael’s.  En route Volka notices a cloud of crows/starlings that actually turn out to be a cloud of house drakes and imps fighting in the sky.  As they travel the cloud of imps makes its way down into their area and they are attacked by three imps.  Volka and Vael attempt to escape the imps but Volka fails.  Giving way to combat Vael opens up with a devastating color spray and the party lays low two of the three imps.  However the last one breaks the enchantment and stings Volka poisoning her 2 dex damage.  They continue to combat the lone imp but find that they muddled by poor attacks.  As they continue to fight the imp begins to regenerate.   Vael after a series of missed hits finally lands a blow on the imp.  The imp hisses at Vael and then stings her but fails to poison her.  Volka fends off the poison as they continue to miss their attacks.  As the Imp continues to fight a house drake swoops down to attack the imp and kills the imp.  Then it lands on Volka and with its power heals her of some of her wounds then does the same for Vael then after chirping at them flies back to the battle above.  They make their way to Vael’s apartment unaccosted after the battle.  The bottom floors of the apartment seem damaged but her apartment was spared due to it being on the second floor.  Vael gathers her items and cat before leaving for Ironhand arms.
As they continue they encounter a Hellknight who orders them back indoors.  The Hellknight escorts them to her brothers shop.  Volka offers a dead imp to him but the Hellknight sperns it.  Her brother Harsk allows them in and complains of Straxus.  The Hellknight leaves them.  Harsk complains that the humans are up in arms about the king being dead.  He explains that Ileosa killed the king and took the crimson throne.  The king was known for his “dalliances”.  Harsk states they will stay here but Vael objects stating that they must get back to Valentine.  They argue but Vael rejects the idea.  Volka commands her brother to keep the door locked essentially trapping Vael.  Vael begins cleaning and messing up the forge while Harsk goes to get beverages.

Straxus wakes to find Portia and her husband planning an outing and then attempts to talk her out of it.  He leaves to find Tommy outside harassing Valentine.  Straxus talks them both down and instructs them to keep an eye on the other children while he goes out to check on Volka and Vael.  He gathers them and returns to Portia’s.  They see the kids then meet in private to discuss them.  They plan to see if any of the parents Vael knew can claim some children.  The party continues to discuss and decide they have to do something about the riot.  Straxus offers to join forces with the guard, Volka the hellknights, and Portia and Vael offer to begin trying to do it on their own.
 

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Session 2
Neth 15th, 4707

Weather: Inclement weather
Temperature: High 59 F/ Low 47 F
Wind Speed: 0 mph
Precipitation: 2 hours of Fog

The party still finds themselves in combat as the session continues.  Vael with daughter in tow attempts to persuade the children to follow her to safety.  The Half orc attempts to draw a new weapon while still prone.  He draws a flail and attempts to attack Portia and hits taking Portia down.  Straxus calls out to Vael to return to the fight she makes her way back only to be hit by the flail.  Straxus pulls Portia back and gives her his only potion of cure light wounds.  Then noticing behind him an old acquaintance appear he calls out to Volka to join this disastrous fight.  Volka enters and with Vael’s help strikes the half orc low and with a final shot straxus buries an arrow in his head.  Then Volka strides to the Gnome and buries a pick in his chest.  Straxus explains that they were here to take Gaedren and then calls out to Vael who returned to the other room in the fishery to gather the children and her daughter.

Vael finds out that Gaedren is in fact here and that the dog borking is Gaedren’s dog Blue.  Gaedren is in fact downstairs.  Straxus checks on Portia as Volka searches the body.  Finding potions Straxus requests a potion for Portia and then moves to check on Toshiro and finds him dead.  Straxus puts him in a position of dignity then leaves the room in a rage.  Vael meanwhile attempts to wrangle the children and keeps Valentine close.  The group agrees to have the kids remain in the fishery while the group seeks to track down Gaedren.  Meanwhile Avoryl appears. The party locks the door and then makes their way to the right

The party makes their way down the pier into a dilapidated boat.  They open a door and then Volka makes her way in only to encounter a spider.  Volka becomes entangled by the spider's web and then bit for strength dmg. Avoryl begins a performance enhancing the parties combat ability and Volka breaking the web moves further in to make more room for the party.  She is again entangled and straxus taking a bullseye shot crits the spider, skewering it to the wall.  Volka continues to fight against her bonds but fails.  Straxus moves up to Volka to assist her in removing the webbing.  Vael casts spark to burn away the web and the webbing ignites.  Avoryl suggests the party continue down the stairs into the ship's hold.  Portia attempts to follow the party down trying to encourage the party to make their way down.  Volka makes her way down the stairs and notices a hold full of skittering creatures.

We killed spiders. Vael and Volka took str dmg.

They make their way past another pier this one low to the water in obviously shark infested waters.  Volka makes her way to the door and after three keys opens the door to reveal Lamm and his alligator.  Volka enters the room.  Straxus enters the room followed by Vael, Avoryl, and Portia.  Straxus tells Lamm to give up and the gator moves to attack Vael.  She attempts to daze the creature and fails, then attacks Vael.  The gator attempts to attack her in response and fails.
Volka speaks casting a spell announcing herself as a bastion of law.  Straxus levels his bow at Gaedren’s leg and fires slowing him down with an arrow to his thigh.  Lamm then fires off a bolt at the crock to make it angry.  Then Avoryl attempts to trip Gaedren and succeeds.  Portia greases Lamm’s crossbow forcing him to drop it.  The Gator moves to Avoryl to attempt to bite him and misses.  Volka moves up to the gator and misses it with her pick.  Straxus calls the party to focus the gator since Lamm is incapacitated.  He fires and hits the gator.  Vael turn her attentions on Lamm dazing him as she makes her way towards him.  Lamm pulls his dagger and attempts to cut his bonds.  Avoryl Drags Gaedren back as Portia enfeebles the Gator.  The gator in turn attempts to bite Volka missing.  Straxus fires another shot into Gaedren’s hand pinning it to the wall and forcing him to drop the dagger.  Gaedren yields asking to parlay.  Vael makes her way up attempting to pommel strike Gaedren and misses.  Avoryl disentangles his wipe and attempts to hit him to knock him out with non-lethal dmg.  Portia prepares her attack to hit the gator and tells that Gaedren will see no truce but instead can surrender.  Portia hits the gator with a glob of acid.  The gator breaches and attacks Gaedren hitting him and attempting to pull him under killing him.  Volka comments how his death was poetic.  Straxus and Portia attempt to finish off the enraged gator while the rest of the party either watches or moves to their own devices.  The gator attacks Vael and pulls her from the dock almost killing her.  Straxus fires one final shot into its back killing it.  Volka pulls the corpse to shore and the party loots the body.  Vael hurries to Valentine while Volka and Straxus attempt to get her to drink a potion.  The party then moves to loot the area.
They find 20 doses of shiver in a darkwood coffer.  Dumping the contents they keep the vials and the coffer.  The party opens the door to find a room that is pretty nasty.  They look about and find a ledger that holds many notes about his various crimes.  A hat box covered in flies reveals a head of a woman… Zolara… the varisian who did the reading. And straxus opens the chest.


The party makes their way back to the street in front of the fishery and begin to discuss the kids.  Volka seeks to turn them into the guard and the rest of the party seek to take them in.  Just then Vael and Straxus notice the city is aflame.  Straxus takes off to the temple and vael says “Oh fuck” and takes her potion.
 

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Session 1
Neth 15th, 4707

Weather: Inclement weather
Temperature: High 59 F/ Low 47 F
Wind Speed: 0 mph
Precipitation: 2 hours of Fog

Holiday- Great Fire Remembrance, 13 Neth: Somber and quiet, this holiday shuts down the city. Most people stay at home and, by tradition, no one lights a fire from dawn on the 13th until sunrise on the 14th.


Avoryl:  Brandon (Bard)        Location: South Shore
Absent
Bards end in south shore, making his way to midland market
Begins performance in the Midland Market in the fog, working with whips, dances and whip tricks.  Works well and he received 2 sp in tips and a small note

tricorne hat to collect tips

NOTE: (Kept secret)

Works a circuit to Heights, acadamae, Old Korvosa? then to northpoint circus as he looks for an address.  

Interacting with guards he finds the address (Lance St) near statue of lady, In Midland right before Citadel Volshyenek in the docks area to meet somebody.  Guard warns the area is dangerous.  Offers that main market is a good place to work.
Makes his way there and sees it not a very nice place.  

Gold Market – Largest market in the area.  Avoryl performs there and scores a 19 dance check earning him 6 sp.

Straxus: David (Ranger)        Location: Heights, Temple of Saenrea
    Straxus finishes his training and then makes his way to Gold Market there he hears from Erica the bead vendor that there is new info about Vael’s daughter.  He rushes to the Bookmaker to get what he can from Vael.  Then quickly makes his way to the area where Valentine was seen there he finds a Lamb and pays 3 silver shields for info on the child.  He finds that she is running with the Lambs and that while alive is hurt.  
    Strax goes to Vael and decides to take her to lunch where he explains Lamm and what is going on.  He explains the danger of running with the lambs and how inevitably most end up dead.  They decide to take the directions on the note to meet up at the address together.


Toshiro: Dylan (Fighter)        Location: Old Korvosa, Old Dock, Sticky Mermaid
    Day starts with Drinking!!! He continues his day as he does every day.  Between drinks he works as a bouncer at the sticky mermaid.  Gets in a small tussle with a patron and then after backing the man down he takes a seat and finds a message to himself.  Then he yells back stating that he is leaving.  

Bitchy maid:  Stacey


Vael: Jay (Magus)        Location: Midland, Pillar Hill
    Day starts by waking up!!!  Waters plants, feeds cat, and breakfast.  Also does contract work for Bookmaker (A book binder and store she works at).  On her way to work she keeps an eye out for her missing daughter.  Asking a few people as she walks giving description.  Still sadden at the lack of info about her lost daughter.  While in Gold Market a vendor waves her down.  Vendor says that her mother saw a little girl matching Valentine's description in North Midland.  Vendor tells her that the mother saw a girl matching the description with a caveat.  
The Girl looks pretty rough and is currently running with a group of young cut purses.  Calling them specifically Lambs.  Is explained that Lamm is a dealer/ small time criminal that uses children to do his deeds.  And offers to pay a silver shield to the woman
    Vael spends almost an hour searching in the area where the child was seen.  With a diplomacy of (4) she turns up very little. She then finds a strange note leading her to a meeting place.  She proceeds on to work and works very distractedly.


    Daughter has long silver hair, bright blue eyes, was wearing a pretty yellow dress, and missing a few baby teeth.

Vendor:  Erica


Portia: Sean  (Sorcerer)                Location: Midland, Pillar Hill (1234 name st)
    Portia starts her day with breakfast!!!  Has a servant to fix breakfast.  Continues to live as if rich despite waning finances.  Husband was framed for murder and while absolved the damage to their business had been done.  Goal is to vindicate him.  During day she is out and about.  Returns home every night.  Decides to meet with guards to get husband acquitted.  She goes to Citadel Volshyenek.   Without an appointment she is held at the gate by a guard looking for an appointment of some sort.  Guard allows her to come in after some convincing to see a man about her case.  “Goon”

    She meets with the man to file a motion to expedite her husband's case.  Man takes information on the case and states it was only a few months ago when her husband was accused.  Her husband was falsely accused of murder.  She thanks him and then she listens to his story of the “Good ole days”  Man speaks of the organized criminals here in Korvosa and reiterates that the Lambs are pickpockets and work for Lamm.

    After checking the form gotten from officer Rossi Portia finds a note there.  Then she goes to get bruch

    We move back to Portia who walks in to see her husband working a deal for partnership.  She works to play the perfect wife during this time playing good host while doing her best not to interfere however continue to guide the meeting in a positive manner.  Partener has reservations because of her husband's past.  Complains of the risk due to his lack of wealth.  Portia works to help by calming his doubts about the deal.  The partner asks for a couple of days to think on it.  Man comes off his reservations and offers them a cut off another deal the partner is working on.  The man agrees to the deal and things begin to work in a positive direction.
    Husband tries to take Portia to dinner and she has to turn them down to make the meeting at Lancet st.  She wears the Dark but nice cloths for the meeting.


Butler: Reginald (Fake accent required for employment)
Maid: Lucieal
Goon: Rossy (Paper pusher at the Citadel)
Business partner: Costanzo

3 Lancet St
Portia is the first to make her way to the house.  There she finds a few tapestries, many carpets, a table laid with food, name cards, and a basket.  Toshiro bursts in the door and notices that Lamm is in fact not here.  Toshiro offers Portia a drink and asks why Portia is here.  They talk of what Toshiro is, mercenary and a drunk.  Straxus and Vael come in next and they begin to speak of their reasons to be here.  Toshiro looks for work as a merc with Portia.  Strax remembers portia’s issue.

Portia:     
Card with man of fire and woman in water: the marriage, about union of person or ideas
Toshiro:
Card with a bug playing cards: The Cricket: Speed and quick passage
Vael:        
Card with a Bird man looking over some sort of deal: The Crows: Lost Love one
Straxus:    
A dragon: The Peacock: Sudden personal shift, Someone going in a different             direction
Avoryl:        

Woman walks in much older and smiles.  She thanks the party for being here and Toshiro cracks a joke.  She explains that she hates Gaedren and seeks to help the party to get back at him.  She explains that he once stole a harrow deck from her.  Her son Aaron tracked them down to get the deck, Gaedren had him killed for stealing from him.  She tried to get the guard to help but they ignored and then she used the cards to track the party as well as where Gaedren is.  West Pier 17.  There he trains his pickpockets.  

The party agrees to sit in on a harrowing to be administered by Zellara Esmeranda, the woman seeking justice from Lamm.   Strax denies out right murder of Lamm and demands that Gaedren be brought to justice.  Strax requests the party help him help the orphans.  


The Choosing
Straxus :      The Crow: Loss of a loved one or item
Toshiro:       Rabbit prince: Card about Combat and whimsy, violently
Portia:         The Locksmith:  Having keys to a new destiny
Vael:        The Peacock:  Sudden personal shift, Someone going in a different direction
Avoryl:        The Dance:  Staying in harmony but dangerous

The Spread
9 cards are placed on the table

The Past Someone among us became free, with a driving urge to make something come true.  It very well may come true.  The new freedom will replace with a  new shackle
The LockSmith:    
The Theater:    
The Big Sky:    

The Present
The Publican:     friendship and comradery
The Courtesan:     secret or person in political position 
The Crows:     loss here person might help to find what is lost.

The Future Someone in our future that has a cleverness that feigns idiocy.  This person is gonna put us in a confusing situation that we can still force our way through
The Idiot:    
The Juggler:    
The Bear:    

New harrow Points
Straxus        0
Toshiro        0 (Dead)
Vael        3
Portia        2
Avoryl          3
Volka        0

Dexterity Rerolls, dodge bonus, and speed increase, works like a hero point granting a free reroll to init, ranged attack, reflex saves, or dex based skills

Dodge grants +1 dodge bonus for encounter up to +3

Speed: Spend one point to grant +10ft base speed for encounter
The party agrees to separate for an hour, Straxus and Toshiro make their way to the temple to seek out Theo for assistance.  Portia and Vael make their way to their homes.  Vael feeds her cat pineapple and water her plants.  


Straxus moves his way up to check for scouts then calls the party in.  He takes his place at the second door while Toshiro attempts the double door.  Seeing it locked Toshiro breaks down the door.  Revealing dogs somewhere in the building.  The party makes their way into the building only to find they are distracted on both sides.  Combat ensues as enemies begin to appear all around from behind closed doors.  Toshiro moves deeper into an office like room where one of the enemies is hurling a wands magic at the party, unknown to the party however Toshiro died by a miscalculation with his own blade..  Meanwhile the rest of the party, including Straxus, continue the fight in the main room where they have lifted a table to act as cover.  Portia in a stroke of pure genius casts a well placed grease spell on the floor beneath the archer of the thugs and a gnome that had been combating Vael chose to make a tactical retreat only to find himself also stuck in the slippery area.  The rest of combat was a series of both the thugs and the party, (Straxus) falling and rising.  Toward the end a little girl was seen at the end of the hallway to a room that joined with the room the party currently fought in, Vael recognized Valentine immediately and disengaged from combat to gather her up.  We left off with Portia very strongly suggesting that the archer Thug give up or she will run his throat through with Vael’s blade. “I may not know how to use this but I'm not afraid to lean into it” (Portia)
 

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A Fated Meeting
Together and Harrowed

Neth 15, 4707

The cool, wet air from the River Jeggare combined with the still warm earth and city cobblestones to create a fog the crept through the roads and alleyways like a silent hunter. It absorbed sound and light alike causing the usually bustling city to sound muted and quiet. Still, the Korvosan population was slave to routine and the day would not delay until the sun's like melted the gloom away.

Straxus Highbridge, Toshiro, Kwog, Avoryl Darkstar, and Punches-Idiots are unaware that fate will pull them together and thusly start their day as they normally would; none considering what any of the others might be up to.

One by one, each comes across a note that beckons them to 3 Lancet Street at sunset. A small unassuming house near the dock in Midland. Toshiro finds it first, well before the aforementeioned time, so the sellsword makes himself at home on the bed and soon falls prey to its comfort and sleep.

Punches-Idiots and Avoryl find it next – the two becoming acquainted over the note and a timely arrival. They are uncertain of what to make up the strange man in the cottages only bed but wisely choose to let him sleep as they sit to take advantage of the free offering of wine and food while they wait.

Kwog arrives next and his knock stirs the tengu and the 4 make introductions, awkward and cautious at  first but Kwog and Toshiro are previously acquainted and fall back into a friendly cadence. Straxus enters shortly after observing this odd accumulation of Korvosans on behalf of his friend Theo, whom was the original recipient of the note.

In the room's single chamber, they gather around the table to discuss and see harrow cards for each of them at the table's five seats and thus the tone was set for soon, Zellara Esmeranda entered and she had a tale for the future heroes.

In her tale she described the cruelty of Gaedren Lamm, something that each guest well knew and hated. Just as each of them has lost something to Lamm, she described the tragic loss of her son and her quest for justice. This prompted a discussion on who would have the honor of taking Lamm's life and there was much to compromise around the point. 

Eager to set about this rare chance to strike at Lamm, Zellara first offered to harrow, to divine through the cards, their future. The cards told a grim tale but  grim tale with it's own promises of greater success.

In the end, nothing will shake their resolve.

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