The party has been living in town for the last month. Turrak has been staying at a local temple (after an oddly mild reprimand for leaving his post), Yurkara has been staying with another temple more in line with her background, Arandil has been living in the military quarters and has darkened his hair to reduce the odd stares he was receiving. Thamaril has been living in the lower middle class quarters.
The party is given a plain band of copper marked with the symbol of an eye, and inducted into the guild. After an introduction to the guildhall, which is an unassuming building in the middle class area which holds both a tavern and a meeting hall. A feast is held and the party meets the mysterious Guildmaster, a tiny gnome dressed as a nobleman, who does most of his work outside the guildhall and leaves in charge the Hawklight elven siblings (a seneschal and the guild outfitter). At the feast, Otiril gives gifts to the party in thanks for their help at his keep. Andiatha is still the party supervisor, and tells the group that if they receive a summons to meet her, that they should meet her at the guildhall.
One morning, each member of the party receives a letter from a courier that instructs them to meet at the guildhall. They arrive and find a stressed and tired looking Andiatha. She informs them that a very important nobleman’s son by the name of Harloe VonMarra had been murdered during the night. The party is instructed to find out what happened. The body is at the Chapel of Shrouded Raven. They are also given the directions to the VonMarra estate.
At the chapel, which is near the noble cemetery, the party is greeted by the priests, and are taken down to the morgue where the body is laid out on a stone slab, covered with a sheet. There are the trappings of a ritual. Thamaril asks about the victim’s effects and is told they were returned to the family. The party examined the body. They found that his wounds were defensive in nature, and were a combination of gashes from a serrated weapon and deep punctures from a sharp, thin weapon. Turrak determined that the victim would not have died from these wounds alone, but the body was cleaned since the event and no sign could be found of poison.
Turrak performed a Last Sight Vision ritual. He saw through Hanloe’s eyes: He was in dark clothing, but not leather. It was night, and he was moving cautiously through a garden, came to a wall and climbed up a trellis. He entered a parlour that was in great disarray and dimly lit. There were two men in the room, one armed with a pair of barbed daggers, the other armed with thin daggers that seemed to not actually be held in his hands. There was the sound of a third person. Harloe fell quickly, as he was unarmed. The two men left his view, and his vision became “twitchy”. The vision ended.
The group left the chapel, having spent two hours investigating since they had spoke with Andiatha. Helia seemed quite relieved to leave the Raven Queen’s chapel. The party then made their way to the VonMarra estate, where the body had been found. After half an hour of travel, they arrived at the gate where two guards were standing. One of the guards went inside, and Hanloe’s father, Lord Haskar, came to the door and commented that the party were Orrin’s people. The man looked to be in his forties and seemed lost and grieving. He showed the party in and introduced them to his wife, Lady Gremmella, who was a bitter, dour looking woman with a very business like manner.
Haskar introduced the group to Istin, their servant, and he showed them up to Harloe’s room. They entered the parlour and found it chaotic, ransacked, with everything overturned and a pool of blood in the center. Turrak recognized it as the room from his vision. Investigation shows that the office area is full of torn papers, and the window in the bedroom was forced open. It seemed to be an unprofessional or rushed job. There are some items obviously missing, but the office seemed the primary target, with a large item of furniture missing. Thamaril found a black silk veil that was the symbol of the thieves’ guild. Helia declares that there was magic used in the bedroom.
Turrak talked with Istin and asked about Hanloe. He learned that Hanloe was always “special” and quite the ladies’ man. He came and went often in the night and was popular with the tradespeople as he treated everyone well. He had not been agitated lately, but had been excited over the delivery of a large trunk during the night three weeks before. It was delivered by shady men, whom Istin felt seemed to be criminals. Thamaril remembered hearing on the streets that Hanloe was known for shady dealings.
They learn that the body was discovered by the upstairs maid, and Istin goes to gather the staff so they could speak with them. Turrak looked at the blood and felt that it smelt odd, and took a sample on some cloth. Helia took some torn papers from the office so that Turrak could try a Make Whole ritual on them.
The halfling maid Ladela told them that she had overheard Hanloe and Pegason (his body servant) speaking, and that Hanloe had said that he was going to meet a merchant and “that vile lizard” and referenced going to the Silver Palace.
Pegason entered the room angrily when he was called in, and seemed unimpressed by the party. His arms were crossed as he stood, and it was easy to tell that he did not trust the group. He denied knowing where Hanloe had been going, but was called on his lie. Thamaril mentioned “the vile lizard” and Pegason was unable to hide his surprise. He said he was not sure who that was, but that Hanloe was not on good terms with the person. Again he was called on his lie, and he said to speak to a merchant named Joricai. Thamaril recalled that Joricai was a merchant with a big business who dealt in importing exotic items from far away. Pegason left before any further questions were asked.
Next the group spoke to Yenben, a half orc gardener who was not very bright. Thamaril took over the questioning and learned that Hanloe used the trellis to get in and out often. He said that Hanloe’s “friends” had trampled the garden after Hanloe had left the night before. Hanloe then came home, and shortly after three (“one and one and one”) men left with a floating box that they took on horses. He said that the men, and Hanloe smelt of the sewers.
Thamaril and Arandil examined the clothing Hanloe had been wearing and found that it was a patchwork outfit that had been handmade unprofessionally from different garments.
Turrak performed the Make Whole ritual, and found that one of the papers was a bill of lading from Joricai for a sealed trunk. Another paper was a rubbing of a crest that they discovered was the crest of Morakia, a man of legend from more than a hundred years ago who it was claimed had the blood of dragons and was a philosopher alchemist inventor warrior.
Yenben rushed into the room to Thamaril and told him “sneaky man running away” and the party took off chasing after what turned out to be Pegason. The chase led into the sewers. Thamaril continued to chase their target, who was leading them in circles, but the rest of the party stopped when they discovered they were being followed. A fight ensued with wererats. Thamaril and Pegason eventually came around and joined the fight. Talking with Pegason after the fight was finished, Thamaril convinced him to tell them what he was doing in the sewers. He said he was looking after his best friend Hanloe’s interests, and led them to a secret door that held a small hideaway with alchemical supplies.