The Azure Brotherhood

Session 4

Pegason told the group that the hidden room was Hanloe’s office, and that Hanloe was an agent of the King. The man was not sure what Hanloe’s job was. He said that the trunk was valuable to the King and that Hanloe was to deliver it to the King’s men. He was not sure who took the trunk, but thought it might be whoever Hanloe had gotten the trunk from. The group learned that “vile lizard” refered to Jakka Blackscale, a dragon-born apothecary who may have connections to the Veil Society. Thamaril brought out the veil he had found in Hanloe’s room, and Pegason raised an eyebrow at it. Turrak asked Pegason’s permission for the group to look around the room.

The shelves in the room held personal trophies, some soft leather armour that was dyed black, a black metal scabbard with rubies that held a sword (Thamaril felt this item to feel familiar), a small chest of money, and a small device that the dwarves recognized as some type of artifice. The table in the center of the room held a “chemistry set” with bottles labeled only by symbols if anything. A search of the desk found papers written in code, and a secret compartment that held a thick scroll with the symbol of Morachai on the ends. Halia examines the scroll and declares it to be written in ancient Draconic, and that she would need to study it to translate. Pegason did not want the group to take the scroll, so Halia used a ritual to copy it onto some blank sheets. While she was working on that Turrak used Arandil’s help to return some vitality to Yurkara, who was feeling a bit worn down after the fight with the wererats.

When finished in the room the group headed back to the guildhall. They met Andiatha there and explained the events that had transpired. Halia showed her the copy of the scroll, and Andiatha recruited her to help translate the scroll after whispering that she thought Morachai was just a myth. After cleaning up from the trip in the sewer, the dwarves went back to their rooms to rest.

Thamaril and Arandil took the chance to head back to the room in the sewers. On the way, Arandil knocked out a lone watchman and took his tabard, a symbol of office, and Thamaril took the key to the watchhouse. They took the sword and scabbard, the leather armour and the chest of coins as well as the artifice. The scroll was no longer there. They made the room look as if it was an unprofessional robbery.

In the morning the group met with Andiatha again, and learned that what had been translated of the scroll so far showed designs for a variety of artifices. There was one that was used to enhance crossbows (the group recognized it as the device they had found in the sewer room) and one that created a hidden blade, as well as some alchemical metal treatment notes. They were not finished translating however. The two rogues commented that they had gone back to the sewer room and found it ransacked with the scroll missing. Andiatha told the group to find the trunk and Hanloe’s killer as well as locate the missing scroll if possible.

The group (without Halia) went to find Joracai. They reached the warehouses around midmorning. There were many people in the area, mostly middle class. The dwarves went into the office to find Joracai while the others went to ask around. Turrak asked the clerk to speak with Joracai but were told they needed an appointment. Turrak gave the rubbing of Morachai’s crest to the clerk, folded up, and told the clerk to give it to Joracai as their calling card. The clerk came back and took them to Joracai.

Joracai was an older man with hawklike features and a lush office. The rubbing was spread out on the desk when the dwarves entered. Turrak questioned the merchant about the trunk and learnt that Joracai had acquired the box from Hadrian’s Crossing, but that the box had come from further north. Yurkara felt that the man was not telling them all that he knew, and upon further pressing they learned that the merchant had looked inside of the crate and seen the box, and that Hanloe had arranged the transport of the box.

The rogues had not had much luck finding out anything from the workers. The group met up again outside the office. The rogues noticed Joracai leaving the office with some papers. He went around a corner and a cry was heard, then the scream of a woman who ran out of the street. A fight ensued with three archers on the roofs, two halflings and a middle class man.

Thamaril leapt up onto one of the roofs within a cloud of darkness and took out one of the archers. Arandril used his arrows to knock the middle class man off of the roof so that Thamaril and Yurkara could take him out. One prisoner was taken.

The group investigated and found that Joracai had been hit in the head, likely with the club that the middle class man had been using. Turrak took the papers that the merchant had been carrying while the rogues investigated their fallen attackers. On the middle class man they found a bronze medallion that Yurkara found familiar. The group heard the sound of the watch coming in. They moved with their prisoner to a secluded building in a poor area, and bribed the homeless there to disappear. Turrak looked over the papers and found they were letters between Joracai and someone who signed as “T” regarding the box and its transport. There were also instructions on how to leave the trunk vulnerable.

The rogues interrogated the prisoner, and learned of a hideout in the Old Ruins. Arandil had Turrak patch up the prisoner and then set him free, much to Thamaril’s disappointment as now they had to worry about an ambush.

After 45 minutes travel they had reached the old ruins, and knew they were being watched. As they started to get into an area that they recognized from the prisoner’s directions, an arrow landed at their feet.

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