Critical Failure

Unmasked

Adventure 11

Runa:

  • Runa wakes up in her cell to the sound of keys in the exterior door
  • Moments later her cell door opens and Torturé stand before her with another guard
  • I have orders to transfer this one Torturé says to the other guard, “Help me prepare her for travel”
  • Torturé and the guard put a dark bag over her head and attach a thin cable sealing the boom of it around her neck
  • They lead her though the prison where Runa hears Torturé inform the Head Guard that Vostar has ordered the tranfer of this prisoner and that Torturé alone is to escort her via carriage
  • “I have not heard such orders?”
  • Runa hears Torturé shuffle a bit and a moment passes
  • “I have the order signed by Vostar himself here”
  • Another moment passes and Runa assumes the other guard reads through the paperwork
  • Runa is relieved to hear that she is being transferred after the progress that she felt she had made in convincing Vostar of her innocence
  • “Yes. Yes his all seems in order. Thank you, feel free to be on your way.”
  • Runa is loaded into the back of a carriage and the door is close behind her
  • Runa tries to determine where she is heading, but with her limited knowledge of Waterdeep and her lack of sight she quickly loses all since of where she is
  • When the carriage finally stops Runa can tell that the sun is setting
    shackled she is pulled forward
  • “Where is Vostar moving me?” Runa asks the guard pulling her forward
  • She gets no response
  • A moment later she feels something connect with the chain between the shackles and her arms are pulled up above her head
    Runa finds herself suspended vertically her bare toes barely able to reach the floor
  • “What is going on?” Runa calls out
  • “Shut your mouth stupid girl”
  • Runa hears the sound of furniture moving
  • “What is going on? Why would Vostar be doing this?”
  • “My orders are simply to bring you here and wait. But… It wasn’t specified how we were to spend out time.”
    Runa could almost feel Torturé’s evil smile growing across his face
    “Are you thirsty girl?”
  • Runa thought for a moment…
  • Worried what the outcome maybe regardless of her answer, she answered truthfully, “Yes.”
  • “I thought you might be”
    A moment passes, The chains relax and Runa feels her feet plant solidly on the ground and the tension on her arm release down to about her chest
  • Runa breathes a sigh of relief, but then her feet are kicked out from under her. She falls hard on the chain still connected to the ceiling above her, almost pulling one of her arms out of socket
  • Pain shoots through her and she cries out
  • As she screams, water is poured over the bag on her face and she gasps hopelessly for air as she tries to breath
  • Runa struggled but each time she tried to get her feet under herself they would be kicked out and more water would be poured over the bag on her head
  • This continued for a few cycles until; finally, Runa’s acrobatic skill and pure strength allows her spin around and gain her footing as Torturé refills his bucket. As he comes back intending to knock Runa off balance again, her keen senses help her anticipate the attack and she dodges Torturé
  • He stumbled foolishly infront of her and she firmly planted a kick right on his ass causing Torturé to fall forward over the waterbucket he was carrying and smash his face into the floor
  • Runa rakes at the hood over her hear tearing it aside
  • Now unblinded she looked around herself
  • Runa finds herself in a dimmly lit warehouse and Torturé is walking in a wide circle around her toward a crank on a wall that is connected to the chain that holds her
  • Runa pulled against the chains with all her might but the iron of the device was old and well crafted and didn’t give
  • “Fight me you pathetic little man!!” Runa shouted at Torturé
  • Torturé just smiled and turned the crank
  • Runas arms lifted above her
  • “Well wouldn’t that be foolish of me?” Torturé snickered
  • Once Torturé felt Runa was once again secure he got her attention
  • He made a show of slowly dragging over a table and then laying out a rolled up piece of leather
  • Runa knew what this was before he opened it. He had already given her this show back in the prison when he was instructed to torture her
  • Torture opened the torture kit and turned to her with sinister glee
  • “Well this will be fun without Vostar her to stop me.”
  • Runa Cried out for help
  • “No one can hear you girl. That is why this place was chosen.”
  • Still she cried out
  • Torturé reveled in her screams and took his time looking over his tools before finally deciding on the one he felt would cause the girl the most distress
  • “Ah yes. This one. You remember this one.” He brandished the pliers he had used on her before. “This time though I think I’ll get the rest of them.”
  • Torturé’s cruel smile disappeared when the front door of the warehouse flew open
  • Runa and spun around to look at the door
  • “Who are you?! you have no business here! Be gone or suffer!” Torturé spat at the large figure in the doorway
  • “What is going on here? I heard cries for help.”
  • Runa cried out, “HELP ME! This man has kidnapped me! He is torturing me and means to kill me!”
  • With that, the large silhouette in the doorway advanced on Torturé
  • Torturé grabbed a knife from his table and ran at the figure
    the two met about 20 feet from where Runa was being held
  • Torturé never had a chance. The big well-dressed gentleman that come to her aid had, in one swipe of a thick cane knocked Torturé so hard that he collapsed motionless to the floor in a pile
  • The man made his way to Runa and unhooked the chain suspending her to the roof from her shackles and Runa collapsed to the floor exhausted
  • “Let us get you out of her girl”
  • He carried her past the body of Torturé and out the front door to a large carriage with two great black horses
  • He opened the door and sat her in the closest seat directly across from another robed man inside the carriage who seemed startled by her sudden appearance
  • The large gentleman moved into the carriage and took a seat next to Runa, closed the door and made a motion for the driver to start
    The new robed stranger looked Runa over
  • “What have we got here?” He said to the big gentleman
  • “The girl was being tortured. I had to do something.”
  • “Of course you did.”
  • The two men in the carriage continued on for a moment, the friendly banter between them soothed Runa
  • The large gentleman looked at Runa and then to his robed companion, “Can you do something about those chains on her wrists?”
  • “oh, but of course.” the robed man answered and moved over to Runa
  • He waved his hands over the shackles and they dropped away
  • Runa noticed the large gentleman cringe at the quick flash of light caused by the spell, obviously disgusted by it
  • She thought to herself that she liked this man. Not only had he saved her but he also didn’t like magic
  • “Thank you” she said as she rubbed her sore writs
  • “Whatever happened? How did you come to be captured by the pitiful excuse for a man?”
  • The three of them talked for a while while they continued along down the streets of Waterdeep
  • Runa recounted the events that led to how she ended up to be in the warehouse
  • With concern in there eyes they turned to Runa, "Where can we take you then? If the City Guard it’s self cannot be trusted?
  • Runa told them the whereabouts of the safe house and about her companions who would be there to help her once they arrived.
  • “Of course dear. You must be parched… can we get you something to drink?”
  • Runa looked over the expensive bottles in the bar section of the carriage, “Oh yes please. I could defiantly use a drink!”
  • The robed figure opened a bottle and poured her a large glass of an wonderfully intoxicating smelling beverage
  • Runa took the bottle and began drinking
  • Just then she noticed the carriage take an unexpected turn away from the route to the safe house… She looked to the two men in the carriage a worried expression on her face (Critical failure roll) and then the world faded from her view…
  • Runa passes out
  • Runa wakes up unable to move on a large pedestal in a crypt

Torture
More torture
…more torture
Why are you doing this?
I am Caradoc Podenkirk
…? I don’t know who you are
Cryptic explanation as to why she is being tortured and a very misplaced anger
I was mind controled… Weak Never
Then you… you knocked me down
Noone knocks down Caradoc Podenkirk
…More torture Mind controlled Self inflicted choking,wound cutting, haircutting, etc
Torturé returns

  • I am growing bored of this
  • You seem exhausted too. Why don’t you lay down in this coffin
  • Mind controlled, Runa gets in the wooden coffin
  • Caradoc orders Torturé to nail it shut
  • Runa feels the coffin lifted and slid sideways into a recess in the crypt wall
  • Runa hears them leave and realizes they have truly left her to die in the coffin
  • Still having no control of her body, her mind begins to fall into despair
  • After a short while she feels something in the spell slip/change and Runa begins to feel the forced rigidness of her neck muscles relax
  • Soon Runa has enough control to run her tongue over his lips soothing the dryness and stinging as it finds the deep cut running through it on the upper right side
  • She forces herself to swallow and takes a deep breath
  • Runa screams for help
  • A moment later she hears something not to far away. The muffles not to distant sound of a mans voice and the rattle of chains
  • Terrified of her attackers returning, she keeps silent and the sounds stop
  • Runa breaths a sign of relief and focuses her efforts on escape
  • Over the next few hours Runa slowly regains the use of her neck, right arm and upper torso
  • She tries to press outwardly on the edges of the coffin with her arm and limp shoulder, but is too weak to cause any damage to the coffin
  • She then starts bending at the waist and slamming herself into the side of the coffin
  • Futilely at first, but after the first few attempts she feels the coffin shift in the shelf slightly
  • After a long while the coffin finally scoots too far out over the edge of the shelf and gravity forces it to fall to the floor
  • The fall knocks the air out of Runa’s lungs, but is successful in breaking the coffin
  • She looks around filled with hope of escape
  • Using the one working arm at her disposal, Runa pulls her way around the small crypt looking for a place to hide until she strength fully returns, but realizing that the crypt offered no appropriate hiding places Runa shifts her efforts to escaping the crypt
  • Runa looks up the staircase that leads down to the underground crypt. The end is dark where it bends around multiple times before it reaches the surface
  • Runa begins dragging her limp body up the stairs
  • Every part of her in pain as each wound she forcibly self inflicted upon herself is pulled open as she dragged them along the sharp edges of the finely crafted marble staircase
  • The climb of the staircase is slow and painful, but with each sharp blast of pain Runa feel control over the rest of her body slowly coming back
  • As she rounded the last bend in the staircase and the moons light became visible, Runa had regained almost full control of her upper body and partial control over one of her legs
  • A renewed since of dread filled her though as she turned the corner to see a strong dark iron gate sealing her in
  • She made her way up to it and pulled at the lock that connected the thick chains that sealed the gates doors shut
  • In despair she looked out into the graveyard
  • In the distance she spotted the silhouette of someone creeping around between the many gravestones and crypts
  • Without any options Runa called out for help
  • Her weak voice reached the unknown figure and it stiffened up looking around
  • A moment later it was rapidly moving in her direction
  • Runa became worried that her bad luck was about to continue, but as the hooded shape of a man approached her, and Runa was first able to make out the strangers face, Runa was filled with emotions that almost caused her to pass out
  • The man quickly leaned down, reached through the gate and gently put a hand on her shoulder
  • “Runa? Are you ok?”
  • Runa recognizes him as (INSERT NAME), Runa’s once lover that betrayed her by providing false intel that led Runa to lead a whole group of Dwarves at her command to slaughter and personally cutting Runa down himself as the battle started. Although this was many years ago and she had not seen or heard from him since
  • Runa confused beyond all comprehension simply nods
  • “We need to get you you of here.”
  • (INSERT NAME) picks the ornate lock and removes the chains on the great gate
  • The gate swings open and Runa falls forward
  • (INSERT NAME) catches her and supports her on his shoulder and begins leading her out of the grave yard
  • Runa stumbles along with her heart pounding, her mind a jumble of emotions
  • “Where can I take you?”
  • Runa begins to ask to just be taken to the a guard, but (INSERT NAME) cuts her off saying that he…they cannot go to the guards
  • Runa then begins to tell them of the safe house, but before she can finish he again cuts her off
  • “The less I know the better! What about somewhere public?”
  • Runa directs him to take her to the Slaughtered Calf Inn
  • At their speed and an obviously sneaky path keeping mostly to small alleyways, the trip takes over an hour
  • “Why?” Runa says to him after a long tame walking in silence
  • Runa’s control over he body has almost fully returned at this point, but she was still overly exhausted and too weak to support herself alone, so she continued to accept (INSERT NAME)’s assistance
  • He turns his head so that his hood blocks her gaze from meeting his own and continues leading her through the alleys towards the Inn

Gregory:

  • Lord Sadesh?!
    Unfamilar room
    Sadesh quickly leaves
    Gregory stashes his mask and robe away in a satchel/pouch
    Follow Sadesh upstairs
    Exits uknown room via staircase after sadesh
    open up into Sadesh’s manor
    follow sadesh up to his room
    unsure of invisibility from the exit portal/special following rock combo stay hidden/stealth as best as you can
    Guard on upstairs landing walks right past you as you watch an listen to Sadesh enter him room
    More sure of your invisibility (at least for the time being)
    move to sadesh’s bedroom door and listen for activity within
    “I’m coming. I’m coming.”
    curiosity getting the best of you
    you slip into the room
    Sadesh doesn’t notice the door quickly open or close.
    Sadesh is behind the door of his large armoire
    Gregory move around and hides behind the bed across the room from where sadesh is
    Sedesh closes the door and Gregory notices that the old man is completely naked
    (not an attractive sight…constitution check? )
    Sadesh pivots the armoire out from the wall like you would a heavy door
    on wall behind it there are runes and symbols
    Sadesh begins to speak in elvish
    Sedesh suddenly stops and turns back to the bed looking in Gregory’s direction
    HE quickly makes his way towards Gregory
    quickly Gregory slips under the bed and barely tucks completely in as sadesh shuffles around to a small bedside table. Gregory hears a click
    He peeks out from beneath the bed to see (from behind)
    Sadesh pull open a drawer and pulls out a large velvet lined jewelry box
    he opens it and lifts up a necklace with a golden pendant dangling from it. sadesh tucks away the jewelry box and turns to head back to the symbols on the wall
    Gregory notices the necklace has a large yellow triangular gem in the center of the pendent
    Sadesh resumes speaking in elven
    Sadesh completes his words the room is filled with a bright light and a shimmering portal appears on the wall before Sadesh
    Sadesh enters the portal and moments later the portal disapears
    Alone in sadeshes private chamber,Gregory looks around the room
    but finds nothing of interest easily accessable
    He goes to the bedside table and goes to open the drawer
    He pauses, remembering the click he heard before Sadesh opened the drawer
    taking a moment to run his fingers on the underside of the table he locates a well hidden level and skillfully clicks it over
    Gregory then opens the Drawer
    inside is just the empty jewelry box
    he takes the box, closes the drawer then places the box open on Sadesh’s bed
    The runes on the wall where sadesh had disappeared a few minutes before begin to glow
    Not sure what to do or if he was still invisible Gregory pushes the Armoire back in front of where he knew the portal was about to open
    and headed for the door
    With a loud crack the portal opened and the armoire was thrown forward smashing into sadesh’s large wooden bed (damaging both)
    Gregory watches sadesh exit the portal
    Sadesh enters the room and trips forward over some of the wreckage of the armoire his face turns to a fierce scowl and calls for his guards
    Gregory slips out the door as the guards rush by already alerted by the loud noise caused by the pieces of furniture smashing into each other
    WHO HAS BEEN IN MY ROOM! Sadesh screamed at his guards
    as Gregory looked for an escape he heard the two guards stumbling over their words explaining that no one had entered and that they had been standing/patrolling right outside his door. “It is impossible my lord”
    Gregory pulls out the damaged gem of seeing. Looking for a magically unprotected way out
    thought the gem he sees that all exterior doors and exits have a strange glowing shimmer
    damn! Gregory thinks to himself I had hoped could got out of here with more finesse than last time. oh well.
    Gregory moved to a second story window on the front side of the house that looked over the streets to the city
    Ignoring the magic that he knew what there Gregory opened the window receiving a heavy shock and causing a loud squeal
    he stumbled forward dazed from the shock
    he reaches into his pouch pulls out a greater healing potion pops the cork and takes down the whole of the liquid in one big gulp and lets his legs lead him backwards over the railing on the small ledge outside of the window
    This is gonna hurt, he thinks while he falls stunned 2 stories
    Using his agility he manages to avoid landing on his head, but lands hard on his back collapsing one of his lungs and cracking 3 of his ribs
    Pain surges through his body and he almost loses consciousness, but as quick as the pain came it was gone and a soothing rush flowed through his body
    Gregory stood up took a deep breath. he was still sore but he could feel the potions magic running through him and he quickly moved out of the streets and Sadesh and his two guards made their way to the window
    Gregory blended into the line of foliage across the streets from sadesh’s house and smiled to himself as he listened to Sadesh’s threats to some unknown person.
    “Break into my house! Whoever you are, you’ll regret that! You better run coward! No one gets away from me!
    Gregory turned away and started his way back to the safehouse. Feeling a little better about having the looming threat of Sadesh coming after him as he had now escaped from his house twice. Not such a threat he thought to himself , all the while feeling curiosity as to where the Sadesh’s portal lead…

Party:
At the safehouse the party was waiting for Gregory to return from Waterdeep’s Meeting of the Lords
Lena and Laurafine both give Fae advice on how to better control her magic
They both explain to he what magic is to them and how they use it, but Fae makes note that both of her friend use of magic feels different than her own connection to the arcane
Laurafine calls Zee at the Slaughtered Calf Inn
Everything seems fine… Accept that Zee is not sleeping.

Gregory returns
Tells the party all about the Masked Lord meeting and his encounter at Sadesh’s estate
Tells the party about where he believes Runa is
(Vostar mentioned having one of the party in custody, but didn’t think they were behind the attacks on Waterdeep or Learal)
Party decides they will go talk to Vostar to see if they can free or at least confirm Runa’s whereabouts
Decide to use Luarafine’s name as someone that helped save Leareal to get a meeting with Vostar and ideally free her
Lena disguises herself as a personal guard Luarafine
Dal decides to stay behind in case Mekarth or in case anyone is mistaken Runa shows up to the Safehouse
They head off to See Vostar at the White Knight Headquarters
Gregory takes a quick pitstop at Mekarths to drop off the items that He was given to access the Meeting of the Lords
Mekarth is not home but Mekarth’s elderly buttler convinces Gregory to leave the items with him
They reach The White Knight headquarters
They reach out to him, saying they have new
Vostar agrees to see Laurafine
Laurafine confronts Vostar
“You have my friend in custody”
“Indeed. I do.”
“I demand you let her go now.”
“I cannot free her right now, but I can take you to see her.”
Vostar escorts Laurafine to the prison. Refuses to take The rest of the party. “I cannot permit your personal guard into Waterdeep Prison.”
The rest of the party waits
Laurafine and Vostar make their way to where Runa is being held.
Runa is not there…
Vostar inquires with the Head Guard.
“The prisoner was transferred under by your own order Sir.”
Luarafine lashes out vocally at Vostar, but he silences her and turns on the Head Guard outraged
The Guard frantically searches through his desk and provides Vostar with the order Torture had used with Vostar’s signature
Vostar begins an investigation and agrees to let Laurafine’s partners join them.
He sends scouts out to track the carriage that Torture used to transport Runa
The party Pulls Vostar aside and present him with the letter they found in Elich’s desk
They confront him on being involved in the conspiracy and aligned with Elich and the mysterious “C”
The words, “Your army” in the letter create questions for Vostar
They demand explaination, but vostar refuses. Saying that he will deal with it himself, and that who Vostar believes to be the “C” at least deserves a chance to explain things to Vostar personally
The party is unsatisfied with Vostar’s response and tell him so
Vostar’s scouts return with news of the carriage’s last known whereabouts
Vostar offers to assist the party in recovering Runa by assigning them a group of White Knights
The party accepts the assistance and they start out after Runa’s trail
The party attempts to get vostar to come clean one last time, but he seals up telling them that he will share no further information and that he himself is upset with him for withholding potentially vital information with him on the night of Learal’s attempted assassination. but concedes that he cannot blame them fully, as the letter calls into question Vostar’s involvement.
He tells the party that, “…he hopes that, while there are still many unknowns… The party and Vostar, can call each other Allies.”
Vostar comands the assigned White Knights to follow Laurafine’s orders and wishes them luck in finding Runa
The party sets out to find Runa.

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