Critical Failure

The Invisible Carriage

Adventure 12

Cliffnotes:

  • The party is on the trail of Runa
  • The party and their White Knight city guard escort follow clues into the Southward of waterdeep
  • The citizens of the many sections of Southward hide in there house and suspiciously eye the White Knight led caravan
  • The party finds the missing carriage that was used to take Runa out of the prison outside of a dark warehouse via scattered reports of locals and the expert tracker that was sent along
  • The party investigates the warehouse
  • Inside the are able to piece together at least physically everything that occurred within the warehouse
  • Two figures entered
  • One was attached to chains that hung from the ceiling
  • One set of footprints paced around the suspended persons
  • There is a scuffle
    another set of footprints enters and the one not suspended goes to engage it but falls beaten to the ground
  • The new set of foot prints goes to the suspended one and they exit together
  • The then fallen “victim” recovers and leaves via a hidden sewer entrance in the back of the warehouse
  • Outside there is a more confusing tale as to what happens as the tracks are harder to follow outside of the dusty warehouse floor
  • It isn’t until they find someone in the crowd that tells them of hearing great big horses but only seeing the two smaller horse attached to the prisoner transport carriage
  • Using this bit of information the party figures out that a second invisible carriage pulled up at some point and that the last set of footprint originated and left with, presumably Runa via that same invisible carriage
  • The Party decides to tell some of the White Knight soldiers to pursue the unknown person that fled via the sewer
  • Gregory attempts to talk with some locals but in attempting to convince a group of more shady individuals that he is a thief and maybe a friend they dry up and make it obvious they have nothing more to say to him
  • There is narrowly avoided ambush on Gregory and the assailants flee
  • Laurafine and the tracker guard ascertain that the invisible carriage went north and decide to attempt to follow the carriages tracks which is fairly easy in the subpar streets of the Southward
  • They follow the track north and then west bypassing the Southward guard stop and then loose the track at the boarder of Southward where the streets become better paved and more travelled via carriage
  • They canvas the area seeking information form locals
  • One of the guards brings an intoxicated local over to talk to the party
  • “I seem it i did! everyone’s been tellin’ ‘hic’ me that I be mad. But… ‘hic’ I seem it I tell ya.” “Yep”
  • “What did you see?”
  • “Oh, ‘Hic’ yeah… umm (thinks and stumbles) oh yeah. I seen it, a carriage. A fan- ‘Hic’ FANCY one! Appeared right there in the street it did. Great big black horses and green curtains. ‘Hic’”
  • The party continues to question the man, but quickly decide his usefulness has been expended as he became side tracked. Crying to them about the death of his wife just last season"
  • Fae pushes him some crumble cake and he eats it
  • He then begins to sob even harder…
  • “Waaaaaaa, just like good old Bedafred used to make…sob”
  • As the party gets ready to continually track the carriage, Laurafine notices the familiar warmth of the Rockie-talkie awakening in her pocket
  • Loarafine gathers the group and responds to the Rockie-talkie
  • Runa supported by a man who betrayed her and left her for dead stumbles through the streets barely able to stand as the spell holding her rigid fades away from her
  • He is anxious to get her somewhere safe but when she begins to tell him where she lives he stops her
  • “It is better the less I know. Maybe somewhere public instead?”
  • Runa directs him to the Slaughtered Calf Inn
  • Along the way she attempt to begin question him a bit about where he has been and why he betrayed her
  • Through this he kept his silence and avoid any sort of eye contact with her
  • Although filled with emotions at the return of her ex-lover Runa’s condition left her weak and in no condition to press the matter any further
  • As the Slaughtered Calf Inn came into view _______ pulled Runa into an onlooking alley and propped her against a wall
  • “Can you stand”
  • As Runa started to say yes he darted away leaving her alone.
  • Runa looked out for a moment after him, but them started stumbling towards the Inn
    ass she entered the lights of the street patrons on the patio of the Inn noticed the injured girl and rushed to her aid
  • They dragged her into the Inn and began to send a runner for medics and guards
  • Julia Hester ran to see what the commotion was about
  • With Runa’s last bit of concencness she said she was a friend of Lena’s and passed out on the floor.
  • Julia mellowed the onlookers and insisted that she could take care of the girl and that the Inn would take care of her for the night
  • She called for one of the other staff members to help her carry Runa upstairs to Lena’s of bedroom
  • Once Runa was safe in the bed, Julia dressed her wounds the the best of her ability and went to get John Marivaldi from his office
  • They woke Runa and asked he r what happened or what they could do for her
  • Runa wanted to know where the rest of her friends were
  • Julia went and retrieved the Rockie-talkie that was left to her and gave it to Runa
  • “I don’t know how to use this thing”
  • Runa reluctantly took the magical stone and held it firmly in her hand
  • “Hello?” she said not sure how to actually use the magic herself
  • Through the stone Laurafine and the rest of the party replied
  • “Hello? Julia? is everything ok with Zee?
  • “It’s Runa”
  • RUNA” The whole party said
  • “Where (the f*uck) have you been?”
  • “I don’t have time to explain that now, i need to rest. I am at the Slaughtered Calf Inn and I have information.”
  • With that Runa released he grip on the stone and relaxed she could tell Julia and John wanted her to say more but was too exhaused and the soft bed took the last of her willpower away and fell asleep
  • Julia realizing the girls condition blew out the candle and led John out of the room
  • Back in the streets, the rest of the party decided that they needed to ditch their White Knight escort and get back to Runa
  • Laurafine starts acting hysterical and started seeking comfort in with Lena in guard form
  • “I am so overwhelmed. I NEED A DRINK!”
  • With the guards vowing to keep up the hunt for the carriage the party left them and head back to the Slaughtered Calf Inn
  • Back at the Inn, The party is greeted by Zee as they walk into the door
  • Zee runs right up and hugs Laurafine
  • “Is Runa ok?” she asked. “They didn’t think I saw, but I did.”
  • Julia pulls the girl aside, “Yes, Runa is fine, but Luarafine needs to see her right away. I need you to stay down here for now.”
  • With that she leads the party upstairs and outside of Lena’s old room where Runa is sleeping
  • “She is badly injured. It isn’t like anything I have seen before”
  • John speaks up, “What is going on?! First you leave me with Lil’ Zee and don’t tell me anything about who or why. Now half dead women are stumbling through my front door!! What kind of danger are you placing my home in?”
  • The party calms John but Lena is noticeably shaken by her uncles uneasiness.
  • Laurafine goes into the room and look over Runa as she sleeps
  • Julia’s meager first-aid skills don’t do much to hide the horrible wounds
  • Laurafine does her best to sooth and heal Runa with magic as she sleeps
  • Everything but a pale scar that runs down her face from the vicious cut that she was forced to inflict upon herself is completely healed
  • John pulls Lena aside
  • He looks her right in the face
  • “Is this little girl more important than your family?”
  • Lena looks him back and nods, “I think she may be.”
  • “Then…” His gaze drops, “I need to tell you something. I am too ashamed to say it in front of the rest of them.”
  • John explains that Elich has kidnapped his wife, Lena’s Aunt Mae. * He has said that upon threat of death…I horrible death… That if a little girl matching a certain description is brought into the Inn, that he is to light a candle and place it in the window. And that Elich would have eyes on him to make sure he complied
  • He looks back up to Lena
  • “But I couldn’t do it!”
  • He goes on to tell Lena that he fears for his wife well being. He doesn’t know how often the evil wizards eyes are on him, but didn’t know what to do.
  • Again tells her that he is ashamed that he even considered giving the girl over and that he would retire to his room
  • Please, tell the rest of them, but don’t think poorly of me.
  • Lena rejoins the party and relays her uncles dilemma
  • Laurafine is a little angered by John not telling them at once, but thinks on it and her anger dissipates
  • The party sends Gregory to retrieve Dal from the safe house
  • Dal leaves a note for Mekarth telling them where they have all gone
  • (Gregory doesn’t notice… if he did, he would have decided that was a bad idea… but didn’t… because he didn’t notice)
  • Everyone goes to sleep at the Slaughtered Calf Inn
  • Zee Wake Dal up with bacon!
  • Everyone else wakes up
  • Zee and Lena Draw pictures together in one of the rooms while the rest of the party go into talk to Runa
  • Runa recounts where she has been and what happened to her since the night at the opera
  • Lena leaves Zee to go join the rest of the group, she catches the last bit of torture and how Runa came to be a the Inn
  • When the group exits the room Zee runs out to greet them. happy to finally get to see Luarafine and Dal Zee presents them with one of her childlike drawings
  • They look up from the drawing and to each other with worried expressions
  • Depicted on the page is a great horned and winged demon…
  • * ( Something like this: )
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    On Zee’s face, a smile.
  • * Side note:*
  • While Dal was alone he went out to spend some of his moneys on getting his sword magially enchanted.
  • He went to the Dwarven Blacksmith Ban Bronzbeards shop and asked about upgrading his sword
  • Bran informed Dal that he unfortuantly is not very good at weapons and can only create basic versions of whatever you might need
  • BUT!
  • That is cousin, Doug Bronzebeard who’s shop is just down the road is a master weaponsmith
  • Dal goes down the road until he finds “Doug’s” shop inside he finds a dwarf that looks and sounds exactly like Bran
  • “What can I do for ye?”
  • Dal explain what he wants
  • Doug explains that he couldn’t do much to alter Dal’s already exceptional blade without potentially damaging the finely crafted silver lining scored on the edge of the blade
  • Dal not knowing that his blade had been permanently enchanted by Lady Blackstaff during the fight agains the Wraith looked in closer and Doug pointed out the fine silver edge to his blade
  • “Oh, um well I guess nevermind. I’m good for now them”
  • “Well if you ever be needin’ ene thin’ ye be letting me know. My cousin likes ya so I’ll give ye a good deal.”

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