A New Day

A new day dawned in Specularum, and breakfast was being served in the Blue Water Inn. Saeth, Feldard, Miklos, Nicolai and Maruc gathered once again in the inn’s main room.

Saeth was certain that this unfinished tunnel formed the key to the mystery. In between bites of egg, she insisted, “I can’t believe their plan was somehow complete with the death of a lesser noble’s neice. As soon as we finish, we should stroll about the area that this last tunnel could be headed for. If their last target could be identified, that could limit our suspects somewhat.

At Seath’s words, Nicolai almost chokes. “A lesser noble’s niece! Baron Vorloi has been as such since that Thyatian Stefan assumed control 30 years ago! He has bankrolled the good Duke since then, and yet made a tidy profit. Ask the loggers of Threshold where their wood goes… to make ships for Vorloi! He puts himself and his family between the old Traladarans and the Duke! But, I’m still worried about that ring. It was too easy to find, and too obvious. I smell a plant.”

“However, to the west of the tunnel in progress would be the Ducal Palace. But I’m not sure who ever is behind this would necessarily be so direct. Slander and discredit your enemy’s allies, but out right warfare seems unlikely”

Miklos put in, “Ok, how about the idea that there is internal conflict within the Vorloi family? I would love to be present when the Tribune questions the Baron. Perhaps the Baron himself is implicated in the construction of the tunnels and they have been taken over by the Veiled Society? Although you’d have to be fairly twisted to murder your own family members. And I wouldn’t want to live in a city where that sort of thing is possible. The tunnel heading in the direction of the Ducal Palace seems to confirm part of Maruc’s theory – namely that the conspiracy goes right to the top.”

“As a member of a fairly well born household I might be able to find out about or perhaps be present at the questioning of the Baron. I’ll see how the land lies with the Tribune before I can promise anything. Maruc being of the Clergy may also have grounds for attendance. but whether the Baron would reveal anything of substance in front of us may be doubtful. I wonder where the Baron is?”

“The worst thing about this is that whatever happens, we will end up on the wrong side of the Veiled Society,” offered Nicolai. “Their influence and network runs deep, and to earn their emnity now is a sure way to have problems in the future. Yes, it would be an idea for Miklos to try and attend the interview with the Baron, but I think I’ll have a chat with the servants and general staff. I might get more out of them than the Baron himself is prepared to say.”

Saeth sighed. It seemed like fate’s whims had stuck her with the dwarf once again. At least this put her in an environ in which she was more familiar than an interrogation of a noble. “I guess that leaves Feldard and I to make a tour of the dockside.” Hopefully she’d be able to stand by the time they’d gotten through the list of taverns that the dwarf had collected.

Saeth sighed. It seemed like fate’s whims had stuck her with the dwarf once again. At least this put her in an environ in which she was more familiar than an interrogation of a noble. “I guess that leaves Feldard and I to make a tour of the dockside.” Hopefully she’d be able to stand by the time they’d gotten through the list of taverns that the dwarf had collected.

Feldard merely grunted over his morning meal at the Elf’s summation. “Docks it is then.. though why don’t we first meet up with the Tribune in the tunnels first and see if his men had any luck with those two overnight. Plus something about the tunnels is nagging at me.”

So, the group gathered themselves and walked a couple blocks to the area where the tunnels had been dug. Curious onlookers gathered around the sites, especially the Vorloi house. Tensions rise as several people speak out against the Torenescu. Clearly, the general sentiment is that they are responsible for Lucia’s death. Some even accuse the Torenescu of being the masterminds behind the Veiled Society.

City guardsmen continue their investigation while also doing crowd control. When asked the location of the Tribune, they direct the group to the Vorloi house. They meet the Tribune inside, where he is studying the parchment Saeth had found in the cellar.

“Good day to you,” he says absentmindedly, his mind occupied with his investigation.

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16 responses to “A New Day

  1. Pieces of the Puzzle:
    Saeth: 10xp +10xp 1st Post
    Maruc:
    Miklos: 10 xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +5xp 2nd Post +10xp DM choice
    Feldard: 10xp
    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 650/4000
    Maruc: 605/1500
    Miklos: 525/2500
    Nicolai: 475/1200
    Feldard: 425/2200

  2. Nicolai slips away from the Miklos and Maruc, and wanders down to the kitchens, where he attempts to engage the staff in conversation about the causes of the tensions between the Vorloi, Radu and Torenescu.

  3. Feldard (Dwf 1)

    (clarification: we are at Lucia’s house, right?..Where she was murdered NOT the Baron’s?)

    Feldard will greet the Tribune with a grunt “No luck yet in finding Skevlos. Saeth and I will be checking the docks shortly but I’d like another look at the tunnels first” He says it as a statement not a question. Then noting what the Tribune is doing, he’ll peer at the map as well. He points out the X’s he recognizes. “So we’re here, that’s the Rattlebone Inn. The guesthouse.. these other two.. one would be the goodwife’s house presumably and this last X.. would be where?”

  4. The staff at the Blue Water Grill tell Nicolai that the tensions between the families have been brewing for generations. They too speak of the rumor that Stephanos Torenescu was humiliated when he was rejected by Lucia Vorloi. They percieve the Torenescu as elitists and resent the family’s nobility.

  5. The Tribune responds that they too have not been able to locate this Skevlos. “We have however confirmed the locations of these other X’s on the map.” Pointing to one of them, he says, “This here is a guest house within the Baron Vorloi’s Mansion, and here is the house of Zweis Radu.”

  6. Feldard

    “Zweis Radu? This name is new. Who is he and how does he fit into this? So goodwife Thanato’s house isn’t marked on the map?” He strokes his beard pondering.

  7. “Now that’s a name I’ve been expecting. Radu. Hmm.

    “I think we should pay them a visit. But I would recommend being accompanied by the guard. This is not likely to be a friendly meeting.”

  8. “Zweis is the son of Anton Radu, the head of the Radu family. It is most troubling. The tension between the families is threatening to tear the city apart. And this mystery is at the heart of it.”

  9. “I have appreciated your help with this matter thus far, but I have to insist that you leave the investigation of the Radu’s and the Torenescu to us. This is a complicated political situation and best handled through official channels. Tensions are already high. This is not the time to encourage vigilantism.”

  10. Feldard (Dwf 1)

    (comparing the location of the X’s on the parchment and their own map of the tunnels – does the deadend tunnel above the refuse pit lead in the direction of Zweis’ residence?)

  11. It goes in the direction of both the Baron’s mansion and the Zweis’s house.

  12. Miklos (Mu 1)

    “I have appreciated your help with this matter thus far, but I have to insist that you leave the investigation of the Radu’s and the Torenescu to us. This is a complicated political situation and best handled through official channels. Tensions are already high. This is not the time to encourage vigilantism.”

    Upon hearing these words Miklos see’s that atempting to gain access to the Baron via the Tribune would prove fruitless. Still he might know where he is.

    “Is the Baron currently in the city, Tribune?”

    “I would like to discuss some theories we have formulated but I see you are a busy man and I’ll quiet understand if our insights are of no use to you.” Miklos calculated the implied insult that the Tribune would dismiss them without giving them ear.

    “We are relatively unkown in the city, we have the advantage of not being known, nor are our political creditials sullied by any possible bribery.”

    “We have proved to you that we are trustworthy and honest, and are opposed to whatever is going on here.”

    “Perhaps you could invest us with some special dispensation to investage this mistery on your behalf?”

    “Also Maruc here is a unimpeachable member of the Clergy, surely you could not accuse him of vigalantism?”

  13. Maruc (Clr 1)

    “Ahh friend Miklos I’m sure the Tribune is far too busy than to worry about us running aroung using his name like a battering ram!” Maruc grinned at the young mage, “Not that you would of course.”

    To the Tribune and Feldard he suggested, “But to me a permanent tunnel network would indicate an atempt to make a secret method of communication. You could safely pass secret messages and even arrange secret meetings. Secret meetings imply unlikely bedfellows. Unlikely bedfellows like traditionally antagonistic enemies? Now what would drive such individuals together? Money and Power, naturally. Who has the money and power in the city that these bedfellows might covert?”

    “It doesn’t take a genius does it, eh?” Maruc sighed, why are men so greedy? As if there isn’t enough suffering in the world.

  14. Miklos (Mu 1)

    “The Baron may know much about these doings, but perhaps questioning him before we are ready may give him warning, if it as you say Maruc.”

    “But it still doesn’t expain why Lucia was murdered – if they were all in collusion, unless she was going to expose them…”

  15. Maruc (Clr 1)

    “Maybe Nicolai is right, if the Veiled Society is made up of the Radu, Torenescu and Vorloi it would be a powerful group indeed.”

  16. Saeth Tegau

    “On the upside, however, if it truly is made up of elements of all three families, it can’t be but a weak faction of each–elsewise, why the secrecy? Who could oppose all the oligarchs united? It would be a lesser faction, seeking to… achieve their goals… through indirect methods.” Saeth shied away from saying kill the Duke openly, but that would be the primary goal, to unseat him and replace him with a ruler of the Veiled Society’s choosing.

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