The Bones of the Drachen

The Delivery
4/2

With the information gathered in the previous scene, the group planned to stake out both the locations they had heard about. Ksenjia went to stake out the manor, and the rest went to stake out the Heart of the Drachen Cathedral, with Scarlett on point. She sat between two scholars on a bench, effectively blending in with her surroundings.

The camera followed a dark-cloaked figure from the manner, unseen by Ksenjia, who made his way across town. He was spotted entering the Cathedral, and the group trailed after him, down into the catacombs. They went through a large abandoned hall, followed by two long rooms of tombs, and then descended again. They found two men speaking Montaigne down on the second basement floor of the catacombs. They listened, and heard them speaking of family, and other small talk. The elder voice started talking about Spring all of a sudden, and started walking back towards the stairs. The group circled around the pillar, trying to stay out of sight, but one of them noticed a blob of darkness somewhat darker than expected hiding in one of the alcoves. Before the group could react, a man sprung from the alcove and ran up the stairs.

A chase ensued! Ksenjia, having gotten a slow reaction to the man running out, decided to tackle the second man, who was mostly polite and offered no resistance. She learned he was Yan Riché du Paroisse, and that the man running was his younger brother, Felipe. Yan reluctantly told Ksenjia that his brother had told him he was on business for a dangerous man from Montaigne, eventually declaring that he believed it to be Le Empereur. Yan cooperated for the most part, but responded to threats with a threat of his own: his elder brother Albion is one of the best duelists in Montaigne, and Yan would regret needing to ask for his assistance to defend the family’s honor.

The chase, meanwhile, led back the way that the group had come. Felipe proceeded to cut down two of the three chandeliers in the great hall that they had passes through coming down, swinging from the first and third, and running across the second in a feat of amazing acrobatics and drama. Liam nearly caught him at that point, but he managed to retain his feet. After that, he made it outside. Dimitri and Scarlett had a comedic mishap with a cart that removed them from the chase. Liam and Avillynne manage to maintain their ground, until Felipe made a daring leap across the Rostrom River using a loading crane to make his escape. He gave the two an over-elaborate salute from the other shore, and proceeded on his way.

Afterwards, the group reconvened at Fredrick’s estate. He asked them to continue working on the case, paid them for their work until now, and they all agreed.

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Following the Stars
3/26

The group all chose to accept the invitation of Fredrick of Jarlsburg, and met at his estate. He told them that after months of consulting Star Charts for inspiration, he had refined what needed to be done “to prevent something simply dreadful” from happening. He had found that he needed to assemble the five heroes, and send them off to talk to Jonathan MacBride. Fredrick wasn’t very forthcoming in additional information or details (likely because he didn’t have them himself).

The group met the next morning at the location of MacBride’s practice, and introduced themselves. MacBride seemed baffled at first, but eventually discerned that they were looking to stop something bad from happening, and that it may or may not involve Syrneth Artifacts. He suggested two possible avenues of investigation: look into the shadier side of the city, by talking to a contact of his named “Bones”, or look into the people most involved in the Syrneth scene, the Explorer’s Society. The group decided to not limit themselves to just one option, and proceeded to split up and follow both trails.

Avillynne, Scarlett, and Liam went to seek out “Bones.” They found her in a residence adjacent to the wall, outside in the shantytown of the Verzweiflung. She said she could call in a few favors, but that she’d need the heroes to look into maimings and disappearances of the poor, likely caused by Kobolds. The group spent a few hours gathering information, and eventually found a tunnel, which turned out to be the kobolds’ den. Armed with a single torch cut from a nearby tree, the group ventured downwards. Inside the tunnel they found bones, both animal and human, strewn around and occasionally hanging from strings (hopefully it was just string). At the end of the tunnel, the group was confronted by the glowing yellow eyes of kobolds, and a shadowy presence that seemed intent on trying to douse the light. Scarlett barely managed to save the torch from being extinguished, diving as the shadow lobbed one of its kobold minions to smother the fire. Liam laid to rest a few of the kobolds, and Avillynne assisted, then took a swing at the shadow-creature. Her panzerhand was briefly bathed in a white light, and the monster shrieked, and fled out a crack in the back of the tunnel. After going to investigate the remains of their den, something shiny caught Scarlett’s eye. She started digging at the wall, and eventually dislodged a Dracheneisen Armguard of impeccable workmanship. Upon return, “Bones” patched up their wounds, and told them that she had heard of a possible delivery taking place the next day, at sundown, at the Heart of the Drachen Cathedral.

Dimitri and Ksenja, on the other hand, went to the Explorer’s Society Chapter House. There they spoke with Madeline du Bisset, with whom Dimitri became quite smitten, despite a certain lack of social niceties. She pointed the pair towards several people who the Explorer’s Society consider smugglers in Syrneth goods: Alberto Constanza, Gerault Gilbetine, and Stefan Heilgrund. Gerault they found at his store, specializing in the sale of Syrneth artifacts which he claims to have retrieved personally from digs around the world. Stefan’s warehouse manager spoke politely with them at first, but as the implication that they thought Eisenfurst was involved in smuggling grew more apparent, the manager became angrier and angrier. Alberto invited the pair into his dwelling, the House of Twenty Doorways, and offered them tea. Despite insisting, the two turned down the tea offered to them in a silver tea set Alberto proceeded to ask their intentions regarding the possible delivery the next day, and the two equivocated, trying to dance around and not offend the old man. Unfortunately, they did offend him, and only after they offered to take care of the delivery did he share with them the information that a shady character staying at a manor in the South of Freiburg would be receiving a delivery the next evening.

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The Beginning
3/19

The movie opened with a quick introduction of the main cast; Dimitri, with his funny hat, squeezing vegetables at the Marketplatz, Avillynne working at her job at the Brewery, Scarlett disembarking from a riverboat at a dock, Liam standing watch at his job, and Ksenjia unloading a cart of pelts for sale.

The credits roll, and the next scene took place disjointedly. Each of the heroes woke up in a small room with bare metallic walls, lying on a transparent slab of some sort, atop a clockwork device of unknown purpose. Alarms started ringing, and one by one the doors opened (Ksenjia made a particularly impressive entrance, falling from the ceiling), and the Heroes grouped in a common area, working out their linguistic issues. More alarms blared into life, and three constructs charged the group from out of a hatch in the floor. In a great show of special effects, one of the constructs melted down and exploded, although in a moment of bullet-time badassitude, nobody was injured meaningfully. As the last construct was dispatched by Dimitri’s Sidhe blade, something happened. A blue wave of energy ran down the sword to the hilt, was met by a burst of green energy there and dispersed, then proceeded back into the construct. In that moment, the walls turned neon red, the alarms grew to unbearable levels of noise… and the camera faded to black.

All of the heroes woke up in their own lodgings, with nothing disturbed, exactly as they had gone to sleep; except with one addition. Each hero found an object resting on their sleeping form. Once done examining the object, each received a letter, brought by courier, from a man known as Fredrick of Jarlsburg. He offered them each 10G to meet with him that evening, and discuss a proposition, the details of which he made no hint of in the letter.

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