The Mood In The Streets

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Saeth watched the tribune as he strode away, then slowly turned to the others who’d gone delving. “It seems that we’ll need to be careful to keep our noses clean, and most of these leads are beyond our means. And we could do with some relaxation anyway, after the battle this morning. I recommend we pick up some sausages, then spend the afternoon loitering about the docks.”

She stretched, readying herself to go. Then, suddenly, a worrying though struck her. “Oh, and can we keep an eye on what happens to the two Veils who yet breathe? If they are released… or even if they just send a message, I imagine we could be in for an unpleasant meeting. Nicholai, would you be up to that?” She didn’t like the man, but he certainly had as much to lose as any of them if a message got out. She glanced at Maruc, who was more shaken by the Veiled Society’s evils than the other companions. “Besides, that could give us another link to these villains.”

“The two diggers we apprehended earlier are likely within the Ducal compound,” responded Nicolai. “I very much doubt they will be able to get a message out without help from the Ducal guard. And that is a combination that I do not think likely, given that they are accused of being complicit with the murder of a relative of one of the Duke’s chief allies. The Vorloi are relatively new here, only since the Duke took over, and have done more than well enough from him. I would think the Torenescu and Radu would have more to gain from this.”

“I’m drawn to the idea that, yes, in the long term the goal may be to remove the Duke,” continued the youth, “but who would gain? Would the Torenescu openly attack the Vorloi? I’m not sure. I think ot more likely they were set up. The ring I found was too obvious. It was there as I came through the trap door. If those two digging that pit hadn’t been ordered not to, wouldn’t they have taken it, or ransacked the place? Gah! I’m supposed to be trying to go straight, not thinking like a paranoid old man in a bar!”

Saeth shrugged inside. If he didn’t think he was up to keeping track of the two capitives, he could’ve just said so. As for her… she’d sleep lightly for the next few days, whatever confidence the others might have in the Duke’s gaolers. “Well, I don’t suppose having another pair of eyes dockside could hurt. Shall we be off?”

“Those two diggers would seem to be small wheels in the big machine,” Nicolai interjected. “I doubt they know anything more of value. But who do we need to talk to next. Torenescu or Radu. And I certainly believe that the house of Zweis Radu would be worth investigating. Probably sooner rather than later. However, I think we should all go together. As I’m sure there will be problems at one or other residence.”

“Well the Tribune’s men are probably looking for Skevlos—likely staking out the docks. And we’ve been told to keep from directly interferring in the investigation, which likely means keeping away from Zweis Radu as well.” He scratches his beard, “Why don’t we check out this Stephanos Torenescu fellow? The one whom Lucia insulted and is likely being framed for her death. Perhaps he can tell us more?”

The group continued debating for several minutes, and then it was decided that since they were in the Old Quarter anyway, it wouldn’t be too far out of their way to walk by the Zweis Radu residence, and then visit the villa complex where the Torenescu family lived. Surely, just taking a stroll around town wouldn’t violate the Tribune’s edict!

And so, they made their way to their first stop. The street bustled with activity, as Zweis Radu’s house was just east of the Grand Market. It was in the midst of several houses and businesses that were owned by the family. Nicolai looked around carefully, but concluded that there was too much activity at this hour to be able to do a proper job of sneaking around. In fact, they all had a feeling that eyes were watching them, although that could be simply attributed to the oddity of a dwarf, an elf and three humans in one group travelling together.

So, they continued to walk east toward the Torenscu Villa. As they walked through the Grand Market, a crowd gathered around a central fountain. An orator stood atop the fountain’s edge.

“And I tell you, these Torenescu are dangerous. Do they care for you? Do they care for the safety of common workers? They steal food from your children’s mouths to fatten themselves in luxury!”

Saeth elbowed Miklos, and murmurred softly, “That speaker, does he have a Thyatian nose, or is he a native, like the Toranescu? I really can’t tell the difference.” The elf-girl hoped she had the human bloodlines right by now–immortals knew they’d been mentioned enough!

“I’m not sure, I shall take a closer look Mistress Seath… I’ll meet you back at the Toothless Gargoyle if we get separated. Have no fear for me I am fleet of foot!” and with that, Miklos, comfortable and adept at moving through cities, disappeared into the crowd.

The crowd was getting restless. Several men shouted cries of agreement. Men raised their fists and their voices grew in number. The speaker attracted more and more people—some merely curious and others in agreement with him.

The clatter of hooves on the street made the crowd turn. Ringing the outer edges of the marketplace were 30 of the Duke’s horsemen. The orator and crowd grew silent. Three riders slowly bring their mounts toward the center of the crowd. Suddenly, an angry cry erupted from the crowd and something flashes through the air. The lead rider falls, struck by a rock.

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  1. Note: I found a better map of Specularum. I marked it up and uploaded it to the maps section

    Vorloi, Torenescu and Radu:
    Saeth:10xp +10xp 1st Post +10xp DM choice
    Maruc: 10xp
    Miklos: 10 xp
    Nicolai: 10xp +5xp 2nd Post
    Feldard: 10xp
    TOTAL:
    Saeth: 690/4000
    Maruc: 615/1500
    Miklos: 535/2500
    Nicolai: 510/1200
    Feldard: 460/2200

  2. Saeth Tegau

    Just out of curiosity, is it atypical for men-at-arms to wander the city armed? With the ports history of piracy, it certainly could be normal, especially by the docks, but I’m curious as to whether this will draw attention as well (Though mostly to the elf and dwarf, who are already conspicuous. Oh, and Maruc, with his armour.)

    Saeth elbowed Miklos, and murmurred softly, “That speaker, does he have a Thyatian nose, or is he a native, like the Toranescu? I really can’t tell the difference.” The elf-girl hoped she had the human bloodlines right by now–immortals knew they’d been mentioned enough!

    The clatter of hooves on the street made the crowd turn. Ringing the outer edges of the marketplace were 30 of the Duke’s horsemen.

    She edged back, hoping to get to a sidestreet, or at least to get her back against a wall. This would not be good, to be caught in a second crisis in a single day.

    Suddenly, an angry cry erupted from the crowd and something flashes through the air. The lead rider falls, struck by a rock.

    Instinctively, the swordswoman’s hand flew to the hilt of her blade, but Saeth checked herself before she drew. Her eyes flashed one way, then the other. “Can we use the scuffle to get inside?” She assumed it would be clear where she meant. Even so, her eyes sought other exits–an alleyway without horsemen, or a door that the companions could reach nearby.

    As I picture it, squadrons of these horsemen are blocking the major exits to the pavilion, with the five of us trapped inside with the crowd. Do I have this correct?

  3. Maruc

    Maruc summoned his best orating talents honed through years at the pulpit.

    “CEASE THIS FIGHTING! CAST NO MORE STONES!” he called .

    When he had their attention he continued.

    “The Dukes men are not bullies, thugs or murders. They are peacekeepers and honest law men. Treat them with resoect and they will treat you with respect!”

  4. Maruc

    “While I stand I will not allow violence to be stirred up and perpetrated in front of my very eyes! I am a member of the clergy and this will stop!” Maruc used all his charisma to effect calm on those around him.

    “Just because you witness a conversation does not mean you have made up your mind concerning the contents. All men with wit know this, and so do the Dukes men. They are fair and will treat everyone fairly.”

    “Let those who have issue with the Duke petition him in the proper manor. He is just!”

  5. Feldard (Dwf 1)

    Feldard looked on in stunned silence as the rider fell. Due to the height of people around him, he couldn’t see where the rock had came from, but he assumed from somewhere in the midst of the crowd. Between an angry mob and 30 armed horsemen. This was not a good situation to be in. He glanced about for a place to gain some height advantage. Being trampled by horses or a mob was not on his agenda today. He called out to his companions. “We need to get out of this fray before we are assumed to be part of the rabble!” He hoped that once out from the middle of it, he could re-enter the skirmish at a better vantage and aid the Duke’s men in dealing with the mob.

  6. Maruc

    “We have nothing to fear Feldard, calm yourself. If we flee we will be seen as implict in the affairs of the agitator.” Maruc urged

  7. Saeth Tegau

    If there is a lull due to Maruc’s speech, Saeth will guide as many of the other companions out of the way as she can–not to bolt, like she wants to (because Maruc’s right about being implicitly connected if caught), but to get out of the riot. She really doesn’t want to cut down rioters, and doesn’t want to be put in a position where she needs to. The four who aren’t talking can re-enter whatever fray ensues from the edge.

  8. Miklos (Mu 1)

    If Miklos was blessed with anything it was a sharp wit and a good memory. Marking well the speaker he memorises key features of his dress face and equipment. He swiftly darts through the crowd after the orator in an atempt to follow him and see who his compariots are. He is mindfull of crowd ‘plants’ – individuals placed to agitate the crowd to violent behaviour. It was fortunated that everyone was staring at the Halavist – He hoped they wouldn’t recognise the Halav emblems and dismiss him as a madman. But He was probably used to subduing vast mobs with sermons…

  9. Feldard (Dwf 1)

    (I’m so slow at posting it seems LOL)
    He grimaced as the priest called out and made the party even more a target for angry mob. So much for getting out from between the two unnoticed. So instead he took a broad stance, in front of the Halavist and glared menacingly towards the crowd. Hand by his weapon, but not loosening it quite yet. “You heard the priest! Stand down and let the Duke’s men attend to their duties!”

  10. Miklos (Mu 1)

    correction: Miklos hoped he wouldn’t be recognised as a madman!

  11. Feldard (Dwf 1)

    (please exchange “business” for “duties” suits way more..)

  12. Miklos (Mu 1)

    Sorry Saeth I scanned over your comment –

    “That speaker, does he have a Thyatian nose, or is he a native, like the Toranescu? I really can’t tell the difference.”

    “I’m not sure, I shall take a closer look Mistress Seath… I’ll meet you back at the Toothless Gargoyle if we get separated. Have no fear for me I am fleet of foot!” and with that, Miklos – comfortable and adept at moving through cities disappeared into the crowd.

  13. Holy cow, you guys posted fast to this one! I’ll have a new post up soon. To answer some questions

    Men-at-arms in the city – I haven’t found anything that says that there are any laws restricting arms in the city. I know that in Threshold, they require weapons to be bound, but haven’t read that applies in Specularum. Adventurers and armored types would not be uncommon in the city.

    Miklos, who I believe is of mixed Thyatian and Traladaran heritage, can tell the difference between the general characteristics of the two ethnicities. The orator is Traladaran.

  14. Saeth Tegau

    I’ll meet you back at the Toothless Gargoyle if we get separated.
    Just to make sure that this is what you intended, you realize that this isn’t where we are lodging, it’s just where we met Theosius?

  15. Miklos (Mu 1)

    Precisiely!

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