Arriving at last in Praalt, the characters set out to seek an audience with King Jaric to deliver their letters. They proceeded through the two tiers of city walls and came to those surrounding the palace. Showing their seal they were let in and escorted to an antechamber before a heavy curtain. After waiting a couple of hours they heard footsteps and an argument approaching. A courtier and a man they recognized as Walfreid exited from behind the curtain and continued their words, not noticing the waiting elves and halfling. They overheard talk of plans not proceeding as expected followed by Walfreid storming off and the courtier finally noticing the group. He introduce himself as Lord Byley and lead them to the king’s throne room. King Jaric recieved them and seemed quite spritely for a man of his advanced years. They ended up being aquited of all charges and sent on their way, much to their surprise.
Not knowing what to do with themselves the elf went into the woods looking for a creature to befriend and found himself in front of an ominous cave. He decided to turn back. The she-elf found herself a library and lucked out in finding all the books on zoology, heroes, and architecture she wanted. She learned of the bestial race of jhecht that inhabit the Drenn and of Quatroads what live in the swamps of the Afon, along with some other creatures. On heroes – Mark, First Sword of Sircrugmawr, died in the last campaign against the Neff; Idair, a ranger in northern Otren, rallied the people against the terrors of the Drenn; 50 years ago Hereworth the Brave united the region now encompassed in the province of Balderrig.
Meanwhile the halfling decided to seek out the Red Lilies commander to speak of possible work on sites and the aquisition of knowledge. They talked and it was agreed that he should come back the next day. This time he brought his taller companions and came upon another argument, this time between Walfreid and his mage Asher. They were shown in and asked to perform a task to save the king and by association, the kingdom. They were to steal an amulet worn by the king, thought to be destroying the king’s mind and making it so he wouldn’t listen to matters of state, meaning his council was free to do as they pleased without fear of reprisals.
They were given six potions of invisibility and sent on their way. After some fuss they managed to steal the pendant and escape the palace seperately due to the halfling abandonning his companions after being spooked by the sight of guards under his escape route. The other two managed to escape after quafing their second potions and sneaking up the gate towers to the battlements. the she-elf was resourcful and found a rope to aid her descent, while the elf tried to climb down the wall unaided and ended up falling 30feet and snapping the neck of a person below. Seperately they all legged it to the inn and tried to be as incognito as possible. Meanwhile the alarms were banging away at the palace.
The next morning after they had eaten breakfast the halfling decided to try and find a pearl so he could identify the properties of the stone, but as soon as he stepped out the door a man went rushing past yelling “The King is dead!” repeatedly. He immediately abandonned his shopping trip and the she-elf did it instead. The halfling inquired at the bar the cause of death and heard that it had been from a fall from the balcony as the king was prone to sleep walking. This scared the small one as he remembered he had left the balcony door open in his escape from the palace. The next news said he had been stabbed. Turns out it was both.
The party then went to the Red Lilies and found a number of them tending to wounds. Walfreid, himself was also looking worse for wear. It turned out that the amulet was a rare stone that pacefies all those in a certain radius so they can not even think of hurting someone. After long exposure it can start to effect the mind of it’s bearer. The Red Lilies explained that their group had been ambushed befroe they had had a chance to get to the king and protect him after the amulet was removed. Civil war was now the expected outcome. The factions may include:
*Jaric’s son, Sarin, potentially backed by Otren;
*Jaric’s nephew, Orthes, with support from the eastern provinces;
*The northern barons;
*Otren in repsonse to the lack of control the king had over his northern barons, who continuously raided their towns;
*The western provinces seeking independance;
*The Feltroan Principalities who, for the first time in 20 years, have had a king on the throne for more than a year;
Loot: Civil war, one major gift from the Red Lilies (Liam chose supplies and money for his tower, Mike probably wants safe passage out of here before the borders close, Evan still needs to decide)
Next Game: Monday 28th March