The gently-born Halfling & Roderick (outcast) have negotiated a “good deal” from VonKMAN for services at “a small fete in the Averburg gardens to show off some of the wonders the Southland expedition brought back.”
Our forked tongue Halfling got a small ‘finder’s fee’ for introducing the ogre to Curd. GorWack now works for VonKMAN. On the lamb Jacquez is now going by Alexander. Playing possum Mace is now Cestus. Cut throat Meinhardt is after Roderick; the framing didn’t work (he uses handaxes and has too many connections).
As Roderick, Alexander and the battle-scarred mercenary formerly known as Mace keep low profiles on the docks, Kastion Von Schweinsteiger has taken up the cause of the missing people. He is helped by a strange elf (foreign messenger high elf Lysandir Goldeneyes) who claims he has mystical sight. “I can see into the spirit world you humassholes…” this loon from Ulthoooan has staked out the White Horse vicinity for almost a week and is (failing) to rally a mob to hunt some river monster. “No not the red bellied pirahnas nor a pariaba but maybe a sahuagin although shorter in height, the ‘cripply-mutant-leper’ in the dark cloak is to be feared.”
<<the elf player is participating some over email, a future visit is in the works>>
Roderick heard some genuine concern from the Black Cowl’s “Brotherhood” about Ute missing. You know Fritz (the pickpocket) was one of their own; he went missing the night of the “escorting the noblewoman fight with outlaws” day. The missing “brass dockers” and the assassinated racketeers seem to be unrelated, the former seeming to have no explanation. The recent murdering of racketeers and the corpse of (*cough*) a famed pit fighter, Greatsword veteran with a short stint as a watchman (*cough*) solidified the BC’s “Brotherhood” grip on the docks.
“A DAY AT THE MENAGERIE BOOK 1 PART 2 ACT 1
THE Major Plotline is Revealed
A man named Templeman was hired by VonKMAN to lead the Southland’s expedition. He died in the Southlands. Witchhunter Adele Ketzenblum “crashes” the Menagerie party. She has evidence that connects Templeman to the Red Crown (mutant org) and wanted to burn him at the stake. Given the Templeman/Red crown connection she believes everyone involved in the Southland’s expedition to be suspect. Ketzenblum has also been on the trail of “The Man in the Black Hood” and is convinced that person is associated with the Southland’s expedition AND an influential person in Averheim.
The Glory Hounds* Witness the Political Situation
VonKMAN, a minor landless noble, is seeking the extremely popular Clothhilde Von Alptraum’s hand in marriage. The Von Alptraum family ranks #2 in Averheim and could potentially win the next elector seat.
The #1 ranking family, the Leitdorfs, have not put forward a strong candidate. Claudia Leitdorf is dismayed at the sight of the VonKMAN ladies in waiting “having a grand old time” with Clothhilde. Waldemarius is the top Halfling in Averheim and he too warms up to Clothhilde. The Leitdorf’s are despised by the Halfling community because of how the moot riots were handled years ago.
The #3 family, and it is a distant 3rd, is the Tuchtenhagen family. Theodosious arrives with a jester, a “pet” fat Gold Wizard and a single lady in waiting who is out of place. The jester cracks bad jokes at both Clothhilde and Waldemarius. They are all very annoying except for Wanda, who seems to have a lot in common with the Brass tier Glory Hounds.
BEERFAST has a heated discussion with the Leitdorfs over how he should be given more power until the elector succession is settled. He is extremely mad that his soldiers are not permitted on the grounds during the Menagerie party (VonKMANs doing, with evidence gathered from the Glory Hounds on deserters being Highwaymen). His request is dismissed “We will not turn over power to any temporary authority, the one thing we all agree on is preserving established privilege for the noble houses…even landless ones with no title claims.”
After the Falconry show, the Southland’s Expedition Exhibits are Unveiled
VonKMAN is quite the showman and he is always most focused on what Clothhilde likes. If she seems interested in an item he certainly points that out saying “Oh you like this one my dear” etc. The revealed exhibits include:
· Many Ivory Carvings of Savage Figures and Strange Gods
· Large Green Egg - advertised as a “flightless Southland’s Dragon” egg
· A Golden Plaque – Exotic Square patterned sigils and cryptic writings are carved onto this extremely valuable item.
· A Leering-Faced Effigy of Smoky Jade – Luminary MAUER demands this item be turned over to him to be destroyed. VonKMAN says it is the pride of his collection and the two argue. Clothhilde interjects saying there is another wizard in attendance who can give an opinion on if it is evil. Theodosious “pet” fat Gold Wizard can’t take his eyes off the Golden Plaque and quickly agrees with VonKMAN before anyone realizes he wasn’t paying attention.
A Game is Proposed to Break the Tension
Amalie Steiner (LIW of the VonKMAN retinue) proposes a game that she will go into the Hedge Maze and wait at the Statue of Verena. Those who want to participate will wait 5 minutes and then try and find her. The first to find her will be rewarded with “many honours.”
THIS IS WHERE WE ENDED. NEXT SESSION’S starting location for each player and brief notes on what they did during Book 1 Part 2 Act 1 follow:
Alexander (formerly Jacquez, criminal gambler pistolier) – Is following Amalie Steiner in the hedge maze. He spent the majority of the Act flirting with the various Ladies in Waiting and Clothhilde Von Alptraum.
Blotzkinwich the Younger (halfling gently born smuggler) – Stands just outside the Hedge Maze with Waldemarius drinking a now half gone bottle of wine. He started off perusing the artwork and bought the “stressful to gaze upon depiction of the death of Templeman.” He convinced the Halfling elder not to leave after the jester’s poor taste joke (wine used).
Kastion Von Schweinsteiger (aka KVS, academic barber-surgeon) – Is at the entrance next to Arta Schaffer and a couple other of the Captain’s men who aren’t allowed inside the Menagerie grounds. He followed Witchhunter Ketzenblum out after she intimidated/interrogated VonKMAN & Luminary Mauer and witnessed her have a go at BEERFAST (witnessed all of her convos and therefore is the best source of the Major Plotline info above). He also spent time learning the hedge maze before the guests arrived.
Roderick of Reikland (outcast agitator)– Spent the majority of his time at the Menagerie speaking with Luminary MAUER (infatuated with the new creatures from the Southlands) and the Falconer Albrun. He is currently in a hedge behind the bear cave where a strange smell was coming from. Thinking that someone has infiltrated the party has him quite on edge however for some reason he cannot stop giggling about it.
Cestus (formerly Mace Lebrot, battle scarred merc) – Tried to calm down BEERFAST “Now now you might be forced outside but I’m your man and I’m on the inside. We got this!” Of course Mace isn’t so sure what side Roderick is on anymore and he knows “Alexander” will start shooting way before shooting should be started. Cestus can choose his starting point.
* The group has chosen a new idiom, Gang of Thugs IIRC, but I will continue to refer to them in notes as the Glory Hounds as it has a much better ring to it…
Edited by Grandmartoni, 14 July 2013 - 01:44 PM.