Foibles and Follies

Jon's Journals #1

Joachim reminded me of the job he fronted for, I’m sposed to round up a silver signet ring with some gems in it, i think a sapphire and onyx somewhere on the ring, sounds pricey. Last night was the last time I stop into the Rutting Stoat for awhile, Strauss has been bugging me every time I stop in for a few pints. Still I owe it to him to get this damn job done quick, he hasn’t let up the work for me in awhile. I’m still surprised he fronted me that much gold, let me pay off my apartment and for the maid that usually comes into to uh… “clean” for me.

So let me think.. he’s offerin 20g for the ring and 5 for this guy’s death, no problem, I don’t know much about this fellow but I think I can learn some about ‘im before I go hunting.. 25 big ones is no small sum, I could probably start saving for that heavier armor I’ve been needing, bloody cut-throats almost tore out my kidneys back in my leather days..

-Jon Finder

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Journal Entry #01

I have just arrived in Korvosa. Today I will rest, but tomorrow I start the search for my friend Geoff. I met him a long time ago and it’s been quiet a while since I’ve heard anything from him. I know he was trying to get off of shiver, for what ever that’s worth. I will investigate the possible leads to find what has happened to my friend. I’ve never been to this place, but already I feel I will have little problem talking to the populace. I hope all is well.

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Record of Zacharias Frotermann

May Iomede see these words and judge them worthy.
I have been in this city of Korvosa for a week now. My attempt to gather my bearings has been partially successful. Upon my arrival in this city I was disturbed to find that members of Her clergy had been the targets of charges of corruption. My job being what it is I quickly found myself being treated with cool distance by the local members of the clergy. They don’t realize this just spurs me onward with a greater fervor. I shall see what lies ahead of me and just how true these stories of corruption within the church are within the next few days. For now my eyes grow heavy and the wick of the candle burns low.
Zacharias

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The Adventure Begins
Adventurers meet, and doors get broken in

Three of the four players, Zacharius, Donnivan, and Jon, met up this session, after receiving harrow cards with warnings on the back. They gathered at a small fortune telling shop owned by Zelara. She requested their hep with the retrieval of her heirloom Harrow Deck from a group of children pickpockets and their older taskmasters. After a little debate the three agreed to help her out and retired to The Rutting Stoat. After discussing how they should go about dealing with the band of thieves, they settled on kicking in the door the old fashioned way. When they arrived at The Old Fishery they proceeded to break down the front door and methodically move from room to room butchering the taskmasters and setting the children free. They then made their way down on to a small walkway below the building and in to the lair of the boss of the whole operation, and the man who stole Zelaras Harrow Deck, Gaedren Lamm. After Zacharius gave him a chance to surrender and turn himself in to the gaurds, Gaedren put up a very brief fight before falling. They found in his lair a bunch of valuable treasures, as well as Zelaras head in a hat box with her harrow deck near it, and a very valuable brooch belonging to Queen Ileosa. Our adventurers then made their way back up to the entrance, scouring the place for more treasure and enemies along the way and have reached the entrance back out to the street.

Experience:
Gaedrenn – 600xp
Giggles – 600xp
Hookshanks Gruller – 600xp
Yargin Balko and Bloo – 535xp
For introductory in character logs – 50xp

Experience totals for Players

Alec – 795
Matt – 795
Sean – 795
Carlin – 0

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Riots, Queens and a Butchered Pig

As the adventurers started to leave The Old Fishery they ran in to a scholarly looking half-orc named Kell, the last member of their group, also holding one of the harrow cards. After inviting her to join their group, or at least accompany them so she’d have an escort they walked out in to the streets where signs of riots were steadily growing. They made their way first to Zelara‘s and then to The Flowering Blossom, a more high class inn. After staying there for the night they headed off to Castle Korvosa. After meeting with Queen Ileosa, and her bodygaurd Sabina Merrin they found themselves seconded to the guards and escorted to the nearby Citadel Volshyenek to meet with Field Marshal Cressida Kroft. There they were asked to bring in a wayward sergeant, Verik Vancaskerkin so that he can be interrogated as to why he deserted and took men with him, and then tried for his crimes. After stopping off at the Flowering Blossom to inquire about an apartment of their own, and then visiting Three Rings Tavern owned by Theandra Darklight to drop off some excess baggage, they headed towards Veriks base of operations, an old butchers shop called All the Worlds Meat. Once there they intimidated their way in to a meeting with Verik himself, during which one of his lackeys broke down and confessed to the four of them working as thugs for hire and cutting up the bodies to give away to the poor when they ran out of other meat. Angered, Verik rounded up the rest of the gaurds and had the adventurers march the four of them back to the Citadel to be put in to jail. Upon arriving Cressida was shocked by their efficiency and immediatly offered them another job and escorted them back to her office where they met Vencarlo Orisini, Kell’s adoptive father and began to discus what the job entailed.

Experience:

Rioters – 400xp (Carlin, Alec, Sean)
Baldrago and Malder, Renegade guards – 400xp
Karralo and Parns, Renegade guards – 400xp
Verik Vancaskerkin, Renegade guard sergeant – 800xp
Bringing in Baldrago, Karralo, Parns, and Verik alive – 800xp
In Character log (Alec) – 100xp

Experience totals for Players

Alec – 1625
Matt – 1395
Sean – 1525
Carlin – 735

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Jon's Journal #2

Talk about a small job turning in some profit, judging by my records I have made about.. 1800 gold more than last month. I could buy a small house, indenture a “normal” farmstead, get a nice apartment in the upscale bit of town…….Or I commission a mastersmith to forge some agile-halfplate, with a matching steel towershield and matching masterwork longsword/Earthbreaker. Basically If I find a good smith, I can look like a warrior who can accomplish enough to match his equipment, sounds silly on paper but it means a lot when looking for work. Who do you trust with your gold, the guy with shoddy equipment, or matching armor and weapons all of which, are incredible quality?

Anyway as Zach and Don and me were leaving the fishery we met a half-orc who was wearing rather nice clothing, she was probably the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen but I wouldn’t let her features overwhelm my courtesy I felt like I had seen her before, I later realized she was the daughter of the Famous Fighting school owned by the Orisini’s. Her name was Kell and it seemed she had a similar harrow card, I asked if she would like to accompany us, for her safety, and we then briefly chatted about the city and circumstance. Her hesitant nature leads me to believe she is hiding something, or just really quiet. After walking awhile I noticed that a lot of the city was in turmoil, it seemed the king had died and all hell broke loose. I split off from the group to head to the rutting stoat and met up with them later at this upscale inn. Don’t know the name, don’t care, the guards looked serious though. Zach Don and I went in the back to split the details of our reward up. Good stuff.

We then met with Queen Ill-ee-o-sawh and gave her the brooch back, she was rude. Her Captain of the Guard escorted us to Volshyenek to meet with the famous Field Marshal, I’ve heard a bit about her, but only in passing, mostly rumors spilling forth from wine addled tavern-goers. We headed towards a wayward sergeants dwelling (to be honest I was too deep in wine to even remember what had happened, just politely stumbled forward) Seems that Zach convinced all of them to give up their ways or whatever, we stumbled, well I stumbled, em back to the citadel and we got another job because we were so damn good!

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Shopping list

Jon “timber” Finder
(Already sought out) -Masterwork Fullplate and MW Tower shield, commissioned
(Seeking)MW Earthbreaker, MW Spear/Longsword/Axe (w/e)
(Seeking) Healing potions

Zacharias Frotermenn
(Seeking) MW Longsword
(Seeking) Healing Potions

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First visit to Eel's End

After getting information from Vencarlo Orisini, Timber and Zacharius were led to Eel’s End, a very disreputable dive run and policed by Devargo Barvasi. They were asked to meet with Devargo and acquire any evidence that would give them control over an uppity diplomat from Cheliax named Darvayne Gios Amprei. They spent a few hours trying to enter the building in disguises, and through persuasion before bribing their way in. Once in, they were led to Devargo’s “Throne Room” and were asked to participate in some entertainment for him. After a few rounds of Knivsies and a healthy bribe to Devargo himself, they were given a pair of letters that Devargo had been using to blackmail the ambassador, and ushered out. Upon returning to the Citadel with the letters they were paid a small bonus, and told that their time was their own for now.

Experience:

Acquiring Blackmail for the ambassador – 800xp
Defeating 3 flunkies in games of knivsies – 800xp

Experience totals for Players

Alec – 2425
Matt – 2195
Sean – 1525
Carlin – 735

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Deep thoughts with Jon Finder

Today, I have become a monster slayer. Defender of the weak and protector of the realm. The cold and rather blunt Zaccharias assisted me by getting me out of this… spider pit FILLED with creatures and even an “utter-crap”, probably named because the humanish spider-beast smelled like it’s name. I fell into this pit while we were fighting Devargo, he got me in his pit trap rather speedily. I should learn from this, sometimes charging into the heart of battle is not the wisest of plans.

My Armor and Shield were finished, the finest polished steel with wrought iron adornments around choice locations to give it a lusty light/dark combination, tis quite attractive to the ladies I imagine.Full plate mail

As far as I can guess the local guard will swarm into the area that Devargo “the spider king” was running. At least now some peace can exist in Old Korvosa, or a part of OK.

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Journal; Zacharias

Earlier today we had a battle with that sociopathic smuggler who kept a psuedodragon caged up so it could “bleed pretty” for him. Sometimes I wonder if I am doing the right and just thing by working with the city government here but at least today (and without the backing of the guard) I know I fulfilled Iomede’s will. It is nice and cleansing on the soul to have finally had a clear cut case of right and wrong. Sadly with my work all too often I seem to be surrounded by greys and it is my duty to sift through them. I am not a paladin to cut through it all with a swift sword and be utterly convinced of my righteousness. Alas the path of an Inquisitor involves much more questioning and seeking. While I know no Paladin that would agree with me I sometimes belive that is a harder test of one’s faith than facing an army of evil creatures.

Thankfully I was there today because Timber would have died if I had not gone jumping into the pit after him (I don’t know what convinced me to do that I suppose the will of the Lady). I like to think that is the case because it means She has bigger plans for Timber who seems to be trapped spiritually and have no real direction besides the ever fickle plans of finances. All I can do is pray for guidance I suppose. As for my other two companions I have barley spoken with them and not been approached by either so we shall see if they warm up in time. For now I am weary and I think Timber is yelling downstairs about how he single-handed slaughtered a pit of giant spiders, I think I shall go keep him honest for the night and let him start the tall tales on the morrow.

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