Tales of Uresa

30 July Summary

The party arrived at Zhalia’s Monastery, where they were recently mourning the passing of the previous headmaster. Haidari received a message from one of his superiors with the summer court, and had to leave immediately. The new headmaster, Father Glorbrial, provided some useful information thanks to the help of a Kobold by the name of Krynnyx.  Krynnyx informed the party that the Drakes and the Dargoth had arranged a meeting, and that Dargoth was trying to take over the district.  The Drake Territory was on edge, and nobody knew if it was going to be war or if it was going to be a parlay.  Unsure of what would happen, the party decided to split to cover more ground.

Ralnier decided he needed to prepare the city watch for a potential gang war, and that there could be more nefarious plots afoot.  On his way to Malcom, a friend of Zhalia who could provide sea transport, Ralnier informed local watch of a potential war and informed Lt. Krann of the imminent threat and that they need to increase security as soon as possible. He quickly arrived at the Warehouse District headquarters, and tried to inform Captain Sindh of the plot.  Were it not for assurances from one of Ralnier’s sergeants, just months away from retirement and on the day of his daughter’s birthday, Sindh reluctantly agreed to set up a cordon around Casbah and informed his superiors of the plot uncovered by Ralnier. When Ralnier travelled by foot to the Monastery, he noticed that Casbah city watch were not patrolling and that Lt. Krann had received orders from Sir Pavel to stand down, and that the men should be spending their night with their families.  Out of cowardice or out of incompetence, the Casbah was not being guarded during the meeting between Dargoth and the Drakes.

                Zhalia and Argo set off for the Three Finnies turf, to try to get the gang to intervene in the possible alliance of Dargoth and the Drakes. When they entered the 3 Finnies, they encountered a fight between Dragonborn thugs and 3 Finnie Gangsters, and saved the life of a fast-talking Halfling named Caspar.  They then headed went to a theater company rehearsal, where they learned that Argo’s contact – Marcelle – had been fired and was living a life as a drunk unable to cope with being an awful actor. They learned from the actors that he had only received a job because he was connected to the senior leadership of the Three Finnies gang.  Argo and Zhalia convinced Marcelle to take them to his cousin, Roswyn Frouda, who gave them an audience with the senior leadership of the Three Finnies Gang. After deliberation, the Three Finnies declared they were not strong enough to intervene in the Dargoths-Drake meeting, but were open to allying with other gangs to stop a takeover. Argo and Zhalia then decided to return to the Monastery.

                 Prudence went to spy on the meeting between Dargoth and the Drakes leader – Tolradd Dildrad.  Prior to the meeting, Prudence discovered that a male Drow by the name of Lewelir Mris’ban had been promising the biggest fighters amongst Dargoth that if they wanted to move up, they needed to be friends with him alone.  During the meeting, Prudence also noted that Lewelir was also constantly being consulted by Dargoth, and that few decisions were made without his input.  Tolradd and Dargoth decided to ally, forming the “Liberation Front”, a political violent army aimed at bringing prosperity to everyone in Uresa, and that the Casbah was the first step in the path towards equality. However, her magic was beginning to fade, and she had to escape the clutches of Dargoth by urinating on the half-orc and sprinting outside of the house, where she then transformed into human form and returned to the party at the Monastery.

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23 July Summary

                Haidari and Argo were awoken by one of Methuselah’s workers, who warned them that there was an incident.  A few of Dargoth’s men were looking for Argo, demanding that Methuselah hand over the Gnome or else they would tear her place apart. Were it not for the timely intervention of Ralnier, a suspended cop with a short fuse, the druid Prudence, and Zhalia – a paladin tasked with assisting the group by divine providence, then the men surely would have caused a lot of destruction.  After defeating the men and nearly destroying the bar, the party set off to locate Dargoth and to begin uniting the different gangs to defeat Dargoth.  While travelling towards the Drakes, the party encountered a group of lepers.  After helping the lepers, the diseased men informed the party of Dargoth’s strength, and the location of the different gangs.  The party then set off to meet with the Drakes, but were ambushed by a team of Drow. 

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Active Threads

Les Miserables. Dargoth is amassing the military prowess to take over not just the Casbah, but potentially the city. With large amounts of weapons being supplied by the Drow, it’s become apparent that he is a threat to the city. 

  • Convince 3 of 5 Bossmen of Casbah to reject Dargoth’s overtures

    • Drakes
    • Salmon Lords
    • Three Finnies
    • 14 Silvers
    • Geargos
  • Start an election for Casbah Leadership

    • Begin a melee battle between gangs
  • Confront Dargoth.  

Corrupt Police Officers. Corrupt police officers are weakening the city’s effectiveness to protect, and could have dual allegiances. Investigate Laxondus Phillon, Sir Pavel, and Hadija Deran.

  • Investigate the following:

    • Laxondus Phillon, Dragonborn Paladin
    • Sir Pavel, Human Fighter, Commander of the Guard
    • Hadija Deran, Tiefling Sorcerer

The Lady in the Shadows. Lillith, a desperate Winter Court agent, has sequestered herself in the caves beneath Uresa with a small army of Goblins. Wanted by the Winter Court and the Fey, Lillith is in dire straits.

  • Give an urgent letter to the High Cleric
  • Place an trap at the door of Kirnith, a Tiefling woman who is the preeminent mushroom merchant of Uresa
  • When you’ve completed the tasks, she would like you to return.
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17 July Summary

After consulting with Maddox, the party decided to try to track down Dargoth, a former associate of Argo.  While travelling through the dense and twisted streets of Casbah, the party ran into Killian Pyrite.  Deciding to choose a business deal with Tamrel, Killian paid the group 5,000 gold and promised 5% of returns from his newly established illicit mushroom trade.  The party then continued through the Casbah, hoping to reach Argo’s former lover, Methuselah, the owner and namesake of the pub “The Bearded Lady”.  After surviving a dangerous encounter with a Medusa and rescuing a baby, an unfortunate facet of life in the Casbah where mad men regularly unleash monsters on the poor, the party finally arrived at the Bearded Lady. Fire left to leave the orphaned child with a monastery, while Argo and Haidari spoke with the furious ex-lover of Argo.

                After scolding Argo, Methuselah revealed that much had changed since Argo was arrested.  Dargoth had begun to amass power, and had a small army of thugs around him.  He intended to take over the Casbah, so that he could lead an insurrection against the city of Uresa itself.  He sought to create a world in which the poor ruled the city, so that the poor may not be miserable again.  However, Methuselah was concerned about his tactics, and feared the violent trajectory he was about to se t Casbah on.  He was too powerful to take head on, but could be parlayed at the City Colleges, or challenged in the general election.  A Casbah general election is a massive free-for-all between factional gangs, which winning alliances win control. If the Party were to unite at least a majority of the bosses, they could directly challenge Dargoth.  Methuselah’s new lover Konzo, an old friend of Argo, set up the group with an apartment.  Fire decided to leave the group, following a hunch about rumors of silhouettes on the horizon of the Marches.

                Much about Dargoth is to be answered.  What led him from his revolutionary roots to want to have more ambition?  How did he get a relationship with the Drow to be provided with so many weapons?

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Active Story Threads

Weapon Shipments

  • Intelligence reports from Chad and Brad’s office state large weapon shipments
  • Weapon shipments are going to Dargoth, a former associate of Argo

    • Discover Location of Dargoth and Why he is collecting weapons

Corrupt Police Officers

  • Corrupt police officers are weakening the city’s effectiveness to protect, and could have dual allegiances. Investigate the following individuals:

    • Laxondus Phillon, Dragonborn Paladin
    • Sir Pavel, Human Fighter, Commander of the Guard
    • Hadija Deran, Tiefling Sorcerer

Killian’s Special Delivery

  • Establish trade relationship between Tamrel, a man skimming mushroom shipments from Drow Merchants.

    • Provide business terms with Killian w/o help from Tamrel.

      • In 1 week, will meet Killian on the docks in North Casbah
      • Under the names of Gnarlbox, Fire, and Hadari’s Cover Name
  • Establish business relationship between Killian and Kher Bayer

    • Clear the tunnels of goblins
    • Establish relationship with Killian

The Lady in the Shadows

  • Lillith, a desperate Winter Court agent, requests to give an urgent letter to the High Cleric
  • Place an trap at the door of Kirnith, a Tiefling woman who is the preeminent mushroom merchant of Uresa
  • When you’ve completed the tasks, she would like you to return.

Figures in the horizon of the Marches

  • Rumored silhouettes on the horizon
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Today's Session and Supplemental Maddox Report

     After the storm cleared, the party met with Killian’s contact, Tamrel.  Tamrel established a deal to meet with Killian in North Casbah Docks in 7 days.  The party then traveled to meet Maddox.  Maddox informed them that more food casters had died, and that it’s now apparent that dragon cults are being purposefully duped by drow book merchants.  He also reported that Wyndam had gone to investigate what was happening with the books, and went off to investigate a hunch in the Simien Valley.  The party gave the intelligence they uncovered at Chadley and Bradley’s office, and Maddox translated the documents.  The documents revealed large shipments of weaponry flowing from the underdark to Dargoth, a former associate of Argo.  Dargoth was last located in the Casbah. 

     The party also informed Maddox that there were large tunnels underneath the city that handle shipments. Maddox, though, has still not pieced together if the Food Caster deaths are associated with the Drow intrigue, but that dwindling food supplies and large shipments of weapons to known insurrectionists could portend that a great threat to Uresa was looming. Maddox also stated he was unsure of what role the Winter Court is playing in this, as he also informed the party that there had been some reports of Drow killings that left distinct signatures of the Winter Court.

     Maddox stated his biggest questions were: What is the connection between the Drow, Winter Court, and the Food Caster Killings? What is causing the Winter Court beef with the Drow? And Finally, what is the nature of the threat of Dargoth with a small army?

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Session Review So Far
Because we could all use a refresher

The party investigated the crime scene, finding a stack of threatening letters to praxis from the Scarlet Dragons, a lock box with a glass bean used by fey agents, and an interesting statue.  Pressed for time, they only grabbed the small lock box and the stack of letters.  They decided to return to the crime scene, where they found the city guard investigating.  Anthony contacted Inspector Maddox, who will enlist their help.

Hadari received word of a sting operation involving the winter court, and had contact with a contact by the codename: Bookworm. The party decided first that they would investigate the alleged safe house operated by the winter court in Mount Cullah, where they found out that the intelligence was wrong and was instead the home of a dragon cult.  Inside they found that the cultists were inadvertently summoning demons, mislead by books being distributed by the Drow that claimed they would summon dragon spirits. 

The party then travelled to their contact in the libraries, with the contact codenamed Bookworm.  Bookworm indicated that she did not suspect the winter court of being involved with the demon books.  Bookworm was more concerned about the Drow and city guard officials of questionable allegiance.  She first indicated that three city guard members, the dragonborn Laxonus Phillon, a Tiefling Sorceress by the name of Hadija Deran, and Sir Pavel, a human commander of the guard, were believed to be working for either the winter court, the Drow, or both.  She also indicates that a Drow book merchant, Mez’leth, was so incompetent that her business must be a front and should be investigated.   Throughout their investigation, they were continually attacked by the Winter Court.

On their way to visit Mez’leth bookstore, they encounter Killian Pyrite, an opportunistic greedy Halfling merchant.  The merchant offered them a chance at quick coin, by stealing a shipment of mushrooms from Drow merchants and bring it to him to sell.  He had a contact at a pub named A Wench in our Plans, by the name of Tamrel, who had the inside scoop.  After talking with Killian, the party arrived at Mez’leth and quickly determined that two Drow males were the ones in charge of the bookstore.  The Drow males, Chadley and Bradley, were the only males competent to run the store.

While at the book store, the party realized that crates shipping demon books were being shipped through Mez’leth business. The party followed the Drow Bros to their office, and discovered the password to their office was “TO CRUSH PUSS”. However, before being able to investigate the bro’s office, the party had to take shelter for an oncoming storm. The Winter Court continued to slow progress by attacking them.

The party travelled to a tavern to spend during the blizzard.  While waiting for the storm to pass, Hadari had a dream about a half-Drow woman being accused of terrible deeds.  While he was sleeping, Argo discovered that the dimwitted Halfling cook of the inn had a special friend in the basement, who ended up being a Drow merchant manipulating the cook to gain access to patrons in the Inn.  Hadari awoke and spoke with his summer court handler, who informed him they must speak through secure channels in Tenebris. He informed Hadari that she was dangerous and that he needed to be careful. The merchant, Kher Bayer, was extremely friendly to the party, and offered them free passage to Tenebris in exchange for a trade deal on the surface and if they cleared a section of tunnels on his behalf.  In exchange, he gave the party a permit to travel through the Drow shipping tunnels.

To gain access to a quick tunnel to Tenebris, the party made a deal with Kher Bayer, a Drow merchant, to clear the caves from goblins so that underground shipping may resume, in addition to establishing a trade relationship with Killian Pyrite. While travelling underground, the party encountered Lilith, the woman who appeared in Haidari’s dreams as a double agent on trial.  In exchange for travelling past her goblin army, they agreed to deliver a message to the high priest of Uresa, and to place a magical device on a door.  The party agreed, and made their way to Tenebris and met with Haidari’s summer court contact, who informed them that Lilith was a prized arcane archer who had been known as a winter court agent infiltrating the Drow, but now the winter court was looking for her.  The magical package ended up being a device designed to kill individuals opening a door.

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