In this episode, the group…
- Chase around Overlook information gathering
- Save a girl called Reniss
- Go to an alms house called the Happy Beggar
Following the attack and the revelation that “Modra” was behind it the 5Bs set off in search of information. Their quest took them throughout overlook in search of clues. They managed to gather the following;
“The threat of the orcs might be ended after the siege of Bordrin’s Watch, but word from the frontier is there’s more trouble on the march. Just like Tusk’s clan, the rabble of the mountains are getting their hands on good-grade weapons and armor, and they’re looking to use it.”
“You get all races in Overlook, but the dark ones that pass through the city keep to themselves. More often than not, those you do see are in the company of Lost Ones bodyguards and enforcers.”
“Someone by the name ‘Modra’ was said to be buying information a few months back, looking for those with experience mining the old caverns of the Stonehome.”
“Modra is a dark creeper, and well known in the city’s criminal underworld.”
“It’s said that the dark creeper Modra brokers weapons and armor through the Overlook black markets.”
“The logs show the dark creeper moving around within the city but never leaving or entering”
“Modra met up with a shadar-kai witch a month ago. Some said she was doing a deal for weapons, but she didn’t look much like a warrior.”
“The far traders coming into Overlook talk of more and more trouble on the roads. They say the Red Hand of Doom was behind what happened in Brindol a few months past, but there’s more cults than that on the rise across the frontier.”
“The dark creeper is just the front man for arms dealing in the city. No one knows who’s behind the operation, but rumor says it’s bigger than anyone in Overlook will ever know.”
“Modra was in the city three weeks past, but he was keeping a low profile. He had a squad of dark creepers with him, must have figured they’d stand out.”
“Last time anyone saw Modra was just before the raid on Bordrin’s Watch. I heard he’s been on the run since then. Some job that went bad.”
As the party were finishing up their investigation they notices a dark creeper shifting down and alley and heard a shout. When they investigated they found an elven female being beaten by a group of Lost Ones and a dark creeper. The party fought and saved the half-elf who introduced herself as Reniss. As the group discuss what has been happening she reveals that she is also seeking Modra as his name was the last on the lips of her sister Jen from the Farstriders before she died. The party revealed that they had found her and that her death had been quick, not releasing the information that they’d found her head and body in two separate places. Reniss mentions that she had been speaking to her sister through a sending stone (the party have this). She then said;
“I met a dark creeper close to death in the Clean Sheets, looking like he’ d been in the fight to end them all. He said he’ d been working for this Modra when it happened. For a quart of bad beer, he told me that if I was looking for Modra, I’ d better be fast. Someone else is hunting him someone looking to kill him. The creeper didn’t know where Modra was, but he’ d heard him talk about some Tradetown almshouse called the Happy Beggar.”
Once in Tradetown, they have no trouble getting directions to the Happy Beggar, though you got your share of strange looks when you ask. “The kind of place you want to stay if you find group reading of Pelor’s scriptures an entertaining
evening,” is one description you get. However, the sign above the door of a single-story hovel—a stooped and tattered mendicant with a broad grin—tells you you’ve arrived.
The Beggar sits sandwiched between a warehouse block and a section of rundown tenements.
The atmosphere inside the Beggar is as dingy as the whitewash on the outside walls. A plain common room sits two dozen miserable-looking patrons, most asleep in their chairs or sipping at cracked mugs. A few appear to be doubling as volunteer staff, carrying steaming teapots from table to table. Behind what would be a bar in any other establishment, a dour-looking human woman in white robes boils water at a wood stove. A similarly attired male greets you as he limps up a f light of stairs across the room.
“Greetings and welcome. You are just in time for tea and songs of devotion. Please, join us!”
The parties Paladins join the devotions and they begin to ask questions. Reniss decides to try next door to see if they saw Modra come or go. Whilst the party are chatting, alone in a rickety chair, a hunched form in a tattered cloak is watching you. When he catches your gaze, he smiles. The old man appears human or halfelf, but his face is deeply scarred by the ravages of disease. He coughs wetly into a grimy handkerchief and beckons you to sit. He says…
“I know the one you mean. A dark creeper, and none as dark as him, or so I’ve heard. Time was, he used the Happy Beggar as a meeting place, but I’ d reckon he hasn’t been seen here in two years or more. I ran him off one time myself. I might not look it, but I fought dark creepers in the mountains as a younger man, sellsword to a dozen lords. Much as yourselves, I’ d wager. Adventurers all have a price, eh? Wherever you find this Modra, heed me. He’s a black-hearted one—make no mistake and strike no bargains with him. Kill him quickly before he gets the chance to return the favor.”
The party thank the old man and he leaves.
Fade to black until next time…..
- All characters get 340 XP each
Current XP Here
During this episode the treasure changed as follows;