Sundered Lands 13

The Sundered Lands of Palladium

Session 13
May 29, 2016

Van-Arn-thus Goes for a Walk

Friday October 27

Where Arn meets a girl he doesn’t remember, but her name rings a Belle…

The group heads to the bustling nightlife area of the Azure District. Arn is magically disguised as Lavinia's brother, Vanthus, in hopes to find out some information on him or flush him out of hiding. Their best lead is that of a girlfriend Vanthus has somewhere in the Azure District.

Seeker and Silver follow nearby on the ground while Fortis and Valinya keep the air above. Moonscar moves through the shadows, alleys and rooftops of the adjacent buildings, watching the periphery of the area as the group progresses. VanArnthus interacts with some ladies of the night but quickly realizes that they do not know Vanthus at all so he moves on.

VanArnthus finds himself at the Crying Naga tavern and is soon informed that he's "got a lotta nerve coming back in here, buddy!" by the dark-skinned barkeep. VanArnthus learns that Vanthus's girlfriend, Belle, works at the Crying Naga and she is mad at him. When she appears, she threatens to throw an entire tray of food on him but the bartender intervenes and VanArnthus tries to talk her down while the others take up positions outside the bar.

The Crying Naga
VanArnthus leads Belle outside to talk about their relationship but Belle quickly realizes something is wrong in both the behavior of her "boyfriend" and the fact that he doesn't feel right when she tries to hug him, due to the fact that Arn is a Dwarf and the Vanthus illusion is Human sized! Belle starts to panic and Arn tosses her over his shoulder and hustles to a nearby dark alley.

The rest of the companions quickly act, putting a Daze on Belle and securing the area. Moonscar ranges off a bit to keep track of a suspicious patron that he saw leave the Crying Naga when VanArnthus entered, but quickly lost the trail and returned to the others.

Fortis quickly summons up a magical servant that looks just like Belle. He instructs her to go into the Crying Naga and fulfill her barmaid duties. The created servant hurries off. Valinya creates an area of magical silence to allow the group to interrogate Belle without others outside the area hearing them. Fortis compliments the interrogation by magically compelling Belle to be trusting and forthcoming in her answers.

Belle admits to Arn that she has not seen Vanthus for about two weeks since he left their bed to find some "good wine" but never returned. She explains that Vanthus had promised to take her away, back to his Barony in the Western Empire, which Arn is pretty sure does not exist. She said he had recently come into money and was ready to return west to claim his birthright. Belle apparently knew nothing of his activities in Essanos nor of his family and recent tragedy.

Seeker sees a rough looking gray-haired man approaching the alley, apparently looking to relieve himself somewhere private. The Human catches Seeker's dark stare from the alley opening and turns to head the other way. Back in the alley, Arn gets Belle to give him the name Penkus as one of Vanthus's contacts, but not much more. Valinya convinces Belle to retrieve an undershirt that belonged to Vanthus so they can more easily track him.

Arn re-enters the Crying Naga, this time in his normal form, and strikes up a conversation with Dolgar, the barkeep. Arn works him hard and finally gets some little bit of information regarding Vanthus and Penkus. Dolgar directs Arn to Shadowshore if he wants to find Penkus, though he knows Penkus hasn't been around in quite some time, possibly a year or more. He also tells Arn that he thinks that Vanthus was trying to join one of the local street gangs: the Sewer Dragons, Sea Harpies, Naga's Blood or Sea Fangs possibly. Dolgar also gives Arn the name Wulda, a mercenary from the east and apparently the same fellow that Seeker diverted from peeing in the alley earlier.

Arn leaves and re-connects with the rest of the group and shares the information he uncovered. As the group discusses their next course of action, they notice an interesting group of folk sauntering down the street. The mixed group consists of a finely dressed male Elf with silver hair and large female Coyle wearing plate and carrying a halberd. Following behind is a dark haired Human dressed in all black leathers and sporting two shortswords at his hip. The final member of this group is a lean Wolfen male wearing a rough-spun jerkin and pants with a bright red hat on his head, several feathers poking out of it. He taps his long staff loudly on the cobblestones with each step.

This new group makes no notice of the Guardians near the mouth of the alley but Arn makes a comment, just loud enough for the Coyle to hear. She looks at him but is quickly turned away by a quiet word from the Elf leader. The two groups then head off in opposite directions.

Cast of Characters: 

+Arne Jamtgaard plays Seeker, a teenage Wolfen Warlord
+Ben Zittere plays Fortis, an Ellyl trickster and Mage
+Stephen Kolmetz plays Valinya, an Elven Wildsong Mage
+Mike Biancone plays Arn, a surly Dwarven Warrior
+Amergin O'Kai plays Moonscar, the esoteric Kankoran Druid
+Daniel White plays Silver, a young and curious Dragon
and +Jason GURPS as the GM

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