Players Present: Dresden Drumheller, Faldor Lockeheart, Morrin Telemnar, Tepal
NPC’S Present: Tordon Sureblade, Lord Chancellor. Lady Fawn Moonray Sweetrose Thorin-Wolf
An Entry in the Journal of:
Commander in the Raven’s Bluff War College
Sergeant in the Scout Rangers Division
Squire to the Keepers of the Mystic Flame, Raven’s Bluff Knighthood
What a beautiful evening it was, myself and my friends had been enjoying, we had just enjoyed a fine dinner at a particularly nice Harbor Restaurants, whose name was lost upon me with all of the excitement of the night, to the Shod Talon. The Talon is known for having a fantastic rooftop patio where one can, among other things, enjoys drinks and a good view of the immediate town.
Unfortunately for us it seemed not to be. As we were talking the path before us was set upon by a horse running wild, but even more unfortunate was that it seemed to be carrying a limp body. The next thing we know was that it had ran into a nearby stable. No tavern for us it seemed.
Not wasting much time we followed after the horse into the stable to investigate what had happened. Upon entering we quickly found the runaway horse, with a women’s body still strapped to it. It was clear she was dead, though what had killed her was far less obvious. Upon inspecting the body we recognized her to be a girl named Hope Graham, daughter of Sir Ian Glae James Graham, a Knight of the city who was also the owner of a local cider mill. During an inspection of Hope’s body, it became apparent what had killed her when Tepal became mildly poisoned while checking over her corpse. With a little more investigation it seems part of the saddle, specifically the bridle, had been poisoned.
As we sit there debating what to do, with Faldor trying (unsuccessfully) to garner information from the horse itself, it apparently really liked apples, we heard a sound from the back of the stable. I ran back to investigate to see a young boy talking a with gruff older man across the way, who started running towards the stable. Clearly the boy had been inside the stable and had run away seeing the dead girl (or something like that) and the old man was coming to check things out. Not seeing much else to do on the matter, I came back to the group to inform them of our new guest.
The old man arrives, we explain that most of us are City Watch, even if not on duty, and what had happened. Dresden did most of the talking, he seems good at getting us out of bad looking situations. We learn the old man is the owner of the stable, of a tavern, and that the boy was his son. We learned that Hope came to his Tavern occasionally to relax after working at the Cider Mill. Apparently he had lent Hope a horse that evening to wind down, with his son being the one who saddled it. Given his son was around 8, it seemed unlikely he was the killer. Eventually the on duty Night Watch showed up, led by Sergeant Franklin, who took our names and questioned us. During this time, Faldor finally managed to get something useful out of the horse, that another “Two-Legs”, besides the boy had tampered with his saddle before Hope had ridden him. Most curiously we found a leather scroll inside a saddle bag that read “Thursday’s Child has far to go.” With not much else to be done, Sergeant Franklin asked us to speak with Inspector Phineas Stimp in the morning.
The next morning, early morning I might begrudgingly add, Faldor, Dresden, Tepal, and myself all went to meet with the Inspector. We were escorted in by Captain Prometheus Hanke. One met with with the Inspector, he informs us that this wasn’t the first leather scroll found, with another he had been given Tuesday morning reading “Monday’s Child is fair of face.” He wanted us to look into the matter, unofficially, with a dubious promise of repaying the favor in the future. We, being the kind hearted adventurers we are, agreed. He goes on to give us additional information. Two other murders had recently happened, a lady named Crystal Dawning had died Monday, and another named Valerie Lovesong had died Tuesday. The only lead was another lady, a famous adventurer named Kendra Lovesong, the cousin of Valerie, had been charged with the murder of Valerie. He gives us a note allowing us to visit Kendra and informs us that our contact for the case would be Captain Hanke.
We decide to visit the library first, deciding the phrases from the scrolls was likely from a poem. I used some of the skills my mother taught me as a child to do so. Once at the library we eventually, with the help of some of the librarians found the poem in question. For my record, it’s worth mentioning that Faldor seemed to be head-over-heels with some of the librarians. Might be useful knowledge for the future.
OOC:Lost the in-game version, this is a version I found online.
“Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
Sunday’s child Is fair and wise and good in every way.”
After that we decided to head to Blackhall Prison to meet with Kendra Lovesong and get her side of the story. Her cell was a pretty dank and dreary place, really, how is it even humane to keep someone there? We went in and talked with her, she told us that she had came in and found Valerie dead, who was her cousin, with the weapon around her neck. She had removed it, hoping to help or something, and had then been seen with said weapon. Based on her account, Tepal noted that Valerie would have been dead for hours. Needless to say we were already suspect if Kendra had really murdered Valerie. Kendra then gave us permission to investigate her apartment, even giving us they key to it. I suppose she didn’t have much choice, being in a place like that would make even the best of us lose hope.
We went to check out her apartment, which was located at Victoria’s Vicarage and Victuals, a noteworthy establishment for adventurers. Going into Kendra’s room we began to search around. Of note we found a chest which, presumably, had been Valerie’s, it had some rather enticing clothing in it. Dresden found another of the blasted leather scroll cases with the following written in it “Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe”. Faldor found a locked drawer upstairs, which was dispatched with a ’Knock" spell, inside we found a needle trap (lovely, I know). Inside the drawer we found legal papers from about a year ago that had acquitted Kendra of pandering. Not finding much else we decided to investigate the legal papers.
Next up was the Chancery were we met Eleanora Sureblade, mother of Tordon Sureblade, Lord Chancellor , she was the head clerk of the place. She asked why we needed to see the legal docket of the court case Kendra had been in a year ago, we explain all of the business with the scroll cases and the murders, Eleanora mentions it doesn’t make much sense to her and that she would be happy to help (I think she might have taken some interest in Faldor as well…). Eventually she returned from digging, apparently a lot of the information from the day had gone missing, but she did have a legal docket. Browsing over the docket revealed the other two murder victims had been there on the same day as well as Kendra. Now things were starting to make a little bit of sense, though not much. The docket had a huge amount of names on the list and trying to figure out connections between them was rather arduous. We did find out that Lord Thomas Raphiel, Lord Regent had been there that day, he was currently visiting Tantrus.
Not seeing much else to discern there, we then decided to head to the Stane Family Opera house, where we met with Archibald Stane (his name pretty much says everything that needs to be said about the man). Crystal, one of the initial murder victims, had used to work there, Archibald was apparently very familiar with her. He took us to her old dressing room, which among other things contained ANOTHER leather scroll. This one read “Tuesday’s Child is Full of Grace”. Faldor also mentions how ridicules it was to assume that some acid just happened to fall on her from her dresser if she was in the tub. He then went on to mention how inept the majority of the City Watch must be (present company excluded, of course).
From there we decided to head to the Graham Cider Mill, to talk with Hope’s parents. They weren’t home (we actually went to the house first) so we went to the Mill itself. We were met at the door by the father, Sir Ian Glae James Graham, who, for a stern man, he seemed pretty broken up. We ask him a few questions about Hope, we learn that she and her parents didn’t get along much and that he didn’t recognize any of the names on the Legal Docket. Seemed to be another dead end mostly.
Having explored most of the immediate leads we returned to Stimp’s office, where we met with Sergeant Prometheus. We reveal that Kendra is likely innocent. We discuss some things with him, he mentions checking with the Commissioner of Prisons to check on the status of the names from the docket. Then we mentioned the possibility of Lord Thomas being a potential victim, Sergeant Prometheus looked like he was going to blow a gasket on our lack of haste because a “Nobel” might be in danger and tells us to go to the Ministry of Magic so that we can go to Tantrus (teleportation).
Off to the Ministry we went! We get there, knock on the door, and are greeted by Lady Fawn Moonray Sweetrose Thorin-Wolf, a Knight of the City’s Order of the Griffin. She was not very pleased at the time as she was stuck taking care of bills. We ask about using the teleportation circle to go to Tantrus and are informed all of the wizards are out for some important meeting. Finally, with Mok’s affiliation with the Wizard’s guild and the urgency of our business, we are allowed to use the teleportation device. Before sending us off, she gives us a rite of passage explaining our business and allowing us to come home. Then we were off to Tantrus!
To Be Continued. What happens Next? Did we save Lord Thomas (Spoiler: Nope)? Will this adventure log ever get finished. Yes, eventually.