Critical Failure

The Scream in the Dark

Adventure 7

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Adventure Summary:

  • The party is separated in the pandemonium surrounding Learal escort to Castle Waterdeep

Lorafine

  • Lorafine’s is in the carriage with the incapacitated Learal Silverhand
    • Lorafine, Olietta Menna, and two others work to keep her alive

Ambrell & Dal

  • Are part of the escort for the Assassin
  • They are momentarily stopped at the gates of Waterdeep Castle by guards, but are told to be let through by a White Knight by the name of Rotherford
    *Upon arriving at the guard station of Castle Waterdeep, they are instructed to go to go wait in an upstairs holding room until the guards can “awaken” the assassin for questioning
    • This is the same room that Malgo took the party for witness statements
    • There are two other White Knights in the room
    • The Wall had been repaired
  • Ambrell and Dal listen to the other two White Knights and plan their own line of questioning for the assassin
    • They don’t seem to know much and only seem interested in getting back out on the streets to keep the peace
  • Just under 5 minutes pass and a heavily ornamented White Knight enters the room and instructs everyone to follow him
    • The two guards salute and follow
  • Down in the basement the assassin is beaten to a pulp and chained to the wall
    • Ambrell & Dal are told that the guards have been unable to get any information from the assassin and that they may have a go at him
  • The assassin taunts them and Spits blood in their direction
  • Time for some Bad Cop/Good Cop?
    • Ambrell moves forward to begin interrogating him.
    • Pulls out a dagger and firmly presses it to the assassin’s arm
    • “Well I guess she’s bad cop…”
    • Pain does not seem to motivate the assassin to divulge any information
  • They discuss how to proceed…
    • If you’re trying to bore the information out of me, it wont work
    • Ambrell turns to magic and casts Suggestion on the Assassin
    • Basically forcing him to cooperate with the questioning
  • Who do you work for?
    • A look of dread crosses his face as Ambrell’s spell forces him to utter the name Blackblade (Elich)
    • His free hand flies to his face and he digs two fingers into his cheek and begins tearing the flesh away
      “Oh, this is going to be pretty…”
  • Who does Elich work for?
    • The assassin squirms and tells the party that he doesn’t know
    • He drives his index finger into his eye socket and begins trying to tear his head apart
    • Dal moves in and restrains his free arm
  • Why does Elich want the girl?
    • He pulls against the shackles and begins cracking his head agains the stone wall behind him… She is very important to him
    • Ahhh… I don’t know why!
    • He begins thrusting his head back even harder…
    • His words become sporadic
    • Elich. Crack! Supposed to. Crack! Girl. Crack! Deliver. Crack! His own purpose. Crack!
    • With this final crack his skull shatters, his neck stiffens for a moment, then his head falls forward revealing what looks like a bowl of bone and gore
      *Ambrell & Dal Turn to the other people in the room
    • The commander is looking on at them half covered in shadow and one of the soldiers in tending to the other who is vomiting in the corner of the room.
  • Why Wasn’t his arm restrained?
  • The man Introduces himself as Commander Vostar Von Varis
  • Thanks them for their assistance in getting the assassin to cooperate
  • Tells them that the White Knights will take over from here
    • Dal questions their ability to protect the city in light of Learal being attacked under their guard
    • Vostar informs Dal that it was against his wishes that Learal attend the opera without White Knight Security and that after tonights events his orders would more likely be obeyed
    • He asks their names and where they can be reached should any further assistance be required
    • They give their names and tell him that they are staying at the Goldshire Inn
  • Vostar Leaves

Lorafine

  • They move Learal to her bed and attempt to stabilize her
  • An alchemical workbench has been set up in her room
    • There two unnamed characters instantly go to the workbench and begin trying to test samples of the mucous that covers Learal’s skin
    • They wish they had some of the poison to study
    • Lorafine gives them the Dart with a small amount of the poison left in it
  • Oletta and Lorfine attempt additional healing spells on Learal
    • The poisons effects seem to be too strong and instantly reclaim any areas that are treated
  • Oletta thanks Lorafine for helping to save Learal
    • She asks Lorafine is she would be interested in helping her uncover who is responsible
    • Lorafine says yes and they arrange to meet up at Oletta’s Temple late the following evening
  • Olletta informs the room that she cannot do anything further for her here, and that she wishes to return to her temple to seek divine aid in restoring Learal
    • She leaves
  • Lorafine talks with the Alchemists
  • They ask her to attempt healing spells so that they can take samples of the mucus and observe its reactions to the effects of magical healing
    • They share samples with Lorafine
    • 3 small viles, wax sealed
      *A high ranking White Knight enters the room and asks to be brought up to speed on Learal’s condition
    • Lorafine and the Alchemists do their best to inform him of everything they have learned
    • One of the Alchemists presents a test tube to the room and states, “I have put the last drop of the poison from the dart in here and the results are worrisome. There seems to be extra-planer properties to the poison”
    • She swirls the test tube and the clear’ish liquid begins to turn black, the test tube glass begins to corrode/ frost over and then shatters
  • It is like nothing we have ever seen before
  • Well what should I tell the Public?
  • Lorfine tells him that he should tell the truth, He says that the public does not do well with unknowns, and that he would tell him as much as possible, while still offering them some sort of reassurance that things are under control
    • Lorafine and the officer have a few heated words and he commands her (intimidatingly) to know when to hold her tongue
    • He thanks them for their assistance and leaves that room as Lorafine attempts to get in the last word

Ambrell & Dal

  • When heading out to leave the interrogation chamber Ambrell recognizes the vomiting guard (not that he has removed his helmet)
  • Niles?
    • Niles realizes that Ambrell (under a false name) is there and attempts to regain composure
    • Niles tells the group that seeing such devastating uses of magic is difficult after his near death experience
    • He asks how the group is and is told he can reach the group at the Goldshire Inn
      *Niles and his fellow guard, Nicholas Preston Cunningham IV
    • They head out to be better use in the city streets
  • The Janitor arrives to clean up the vomit an the mutilated assassin corpse
  • Ambrell & Dal chat for a moment and then go to leave

Lorafine

  • Seeks to head out and rejoin her party
    • Alchemists thank her for her assistance and ask for her name and where she can be reached
    • She gives them the address of Galxim’s Shop
    • They tell her their latest findings about the poison
    • It seems to be tied strongly to the Shadow Plane
  • Lorafine asks for an escort to where the assassin was taken so that she can meet back up with her party
  • The guards summon her an escort and she is led to the Guard tower

*Lorafine is lead to the Interrogation chamber just as Ambrell & Dal are heading out

  • They begin to recount what has happened to each other
  • They ask if the other party member have been seen
    • Nope
  • They stop at Tavern
    • Listen to Patrons
    • Rumors of the nights events are everywhere
    • Dark Wizards are at fault, the last of the old City Guard attacked, an Opera Ghost, etc
  • The feeling the party gets is that only those that are very anti-magic are glad that Learal was attack
  • They leave the tavern
  • Decide to stop by Galxim’s on the way home
    • Lorafine uses the backdoor key and enters the shop
    • Calls out for Galxim, no response
    • Attemps to go upstairs but is stopped by Galxim’s security system
    • She leaves
  • They get home and find Gregory
    • He headed back to the Safe House when he lost the party
    • Runa and Fae are both missing
    • Ambrell the party she needs to head upstairs to sleep
    • Lorafine tells Gregory to Escort her to her room
    • Gregory asks if she wants company but is rejected
  • Left over crumble cake
    • Lorafine takes Ambrell some left over crumble cake, harp playing, and a few words of reassurance
    • Have you killed someone… Yes…
  • Everyone gets ready to sleep
    **Lorafine attempts to call Vajara on the Rockie-talkies
    • Gets the “Answering Machine”
    • She leaves a message that expresses her disappointment in communication and that she would be by tomorrow to see Zee
  • The party awakens
  • Still no Runa or Fae
    • Gregory is still asleep in his room
  • Mekarth sends a messenger
    • Sorry he cannot meet with you this morning, doing what he can at City Hall after the offical announcement of Learals attempted assassination
    • Lorafine aks the messenger to Tell Mekarth that they would like to see him late tonight if possible then shoves a silver in his hand and pushes him out the door
  • The party decides to head to Blackstaff Tower
    • They hire a carriage
    • Dal picks up a Dagger at Bron’s Blacksmithy
  • Civil Unrest
    • A small mob is gathered outside of a magic shop
    • They want it closed down
  • The magical barrier around Blackstaff tower is only just around it’s perimeter (vs the one block radius from previous visits)
    • Their are Blackstaff Guards out just inside the barrier that are monitoring admittance to those that pass the barrier and wish to enter.
  • They are instructed to the desk to relay their message to Vajara via the book that you can write messages in
    • They are told they can wait in the Park
    • They wait for a response
    • They talk to an elderly wizard sitting in the park
  • The party is about to leave when a uniformed Blackstaff Guard Approaches and informs them that their audience has been granted
  • Follow me.
    • She leads them out of the park and through a series of common areas of Blackstaff, then down to more restricted areas blocked by magical locks that she bypasses with incantations and hand gestures
    • Finally she leads the party down to an area then seems more like a bunker, clean stone walls with Magical blue lights that run from floor to ceiling. There are dark door-knobless doorways every 30 feet or so
    • After passing about 10 doorways, the woman escorting the party turns and magically unlocks the door in front of her
    • It opens to a well lit room with lavishly decorated Purple couches around the perimeter and an ornate rug on the floor
    • “Please wait in her Lady Blackstaff will be with you shortly.”
    • The party looks to one another… Uh, ok…
    • They enter the room and the door seal behind them
    • I really hope we didn’t just walk into a prison cell
    • “Well at least it’s a nice prison cell” Dal exclaims
  • Minutes pass and the party begins to worry
    • Talk about what to say
  • Runes around the doorway light up and the doorway begins to shine, Lady Blackstaff Steps out int the room through the glowing doorway
    • lady Blackstaff greets them and asks what they have been able to learn
    • Ambrell says information is a two way street.
    • Vajara agrees but insists that while that is true she asked first and finds it odd that they are unwilling to share information with her
    • Dal does his best to recount to her what they have learned
  • The party presses her for Information on Zee
    • She is reluctant but eventually tells the party that, the day after she arrived and was placed in a protective area of Blackstaff Tower creatures somehow bypassed all of the protections and killed a number of her staff.
  • More conversation
    • Lorafine goes to tell her some last minute information
    • She is cut off
    • Vajara asks if the party is interested in helping her with the problem, that she cannot guarantee their safety if they do
    • Also that she is worried about taking them somewhere dangerous as they are her main source of information outside of Blackstaff tower at the moment
    • The party tells her that other members of the party is still out there and that they want o help
    • Vajara accepts their assistance and summons the portal
    • “It will only be open for a moment. Follow me quickly or you will be left behind.”
  • They exit the portal into a cold dark hallway
    **Vajara Illuminates the area around them and speak and incantation
    • One by one Beams of light Illuminate down the hallway but seem to constantly drain and dim. There is an deep feeling of uneasiness in everyone stomach
    • somewhere down the hallways out of sight comes a scream that cuts off sharply.

I have info for Gregory, Runa, and Fae regarding their whereabouts that i will add to this page in areas just for them later.

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