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The next morning, when Sentinel wakes up, he receives his copy of The Korranberg Chronicle as normal. The top headline says, "The Mourning comes to Sharn!" with a subheading, "Demon from the Mournland attacks Day of Mourning Remembrance, kills 4."

Sentinel reads the article and notices in particular that it mentions "four adventurers that saved more from certain death." Eyewitness accounts also spoke of "a pretty man, a gnome...probably from the Trust, one of those metal warrior guys, and a scary looking half-orc were running through the streets" near the location the demon was found. The reporter mentions that "these were likely the heroes that stopped the demon." Finally, the article tries to connect the whole thing to some goblins found dead from apparently falling, "rumor has it that these goblins were fighting our heroes at the behest of the man responsible, one Aric Blacktree, who may or may not have an aberrant dragonmark on his person, and who is now in custody. The Knight's Citadel would not comment on the case." The accuracy of the rumors makes you wonder how The Korranberg Chronicle can get obtain this information.
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With a disturbing sound that was intended as a chuckle, Sentinel looks up from the paper and says, "Well, I finally have proof that you're not in the Trust. I imagine that they could keep such speculation out of the Chronicle if it were true... unless they know that I would think that."
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Sentinel - Warforged Shielding Swordmage (Eberron)
Allena Walmond - Human Paladin of Amaunator (Forgotten Realms)
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Sentinel and Kurvilis hear two quick knocks at the door of their room, then a pause. A couple minutes later, they recognize Lan's voice. "The last days events can't have been that tiring. Getting out of bed and answering the door shouldn't be so difficult." he says with humor in his voice.
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Kurvilis opens the door and tosses Lan a copy of the paper. "Y-You d-d-don't look pr-pretty t-t-t-to me, L-L-Lan," he says with a grin.
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Khav appears behind Lan as Kurvilis opens the door. "How scary do I look?" Khav jokes.
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Frowning in confusion as Lan catches the paper, he proceeds to read the article. Slowly, a widening grin appears on his face, and he begins to quote.

"...dashing, pretty man with a gnome, a metal warrior, and scary half-orc running through the streets as if the world depended on it... Hey, Kurv, you left out dashing. You know, it's a little disturbing that his reporter..." Lan looks to the bottom of the article for the name, "...this Alder Karmite knows about Blacktree and the dragonmark. We should remember his name if we're ever in need of finding out sensitive information. Oh, hey Khav."

Lan then enters the room confidently and tosses the paper on a chair before leaning against the wall with one foot crossed over the other. "I wonder how long it will take the Knight's Citadel to decide what to do with Blacktree. I somehow had the feeling he wasn't at the core of things."
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"Probably not, but I have a feeling this stretches back before we met on the Day of Mourning. Even Sharn's investigators will have much trouble unraveling this mess and Blacktree's involvement. I'm much more concerned with clearly connected people summoning a demon to hunt us down."

With a glance at the paper, Sentinel mutters, "One of those metal warrior guys indeed. Why not a 'dynamic spell smith'?"
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Allena Walmond - Human Paladin of Amaunator (Forgotten Realms)
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Catching on, Lan says. "Or perhaps Advanced Arcane Animus." Pushing himself off from the wall he was leaning on he continues. "Come, let's head downstairs and eat breakfast. I sense a disturbance...and feel we should stay together and replenish ourselves while we can." He proceeds to head out of the room to go downstairs.
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As Lan exits the room, a smallish looking human almost runs into him. He is holding a notepad and looks up. His eyes widen and he smiles. "You four must be the heroes! I am Alder Karmite and I wanted to do a story on your efforts yesterday to save those people." As he says this he looks back down the hall and waves another man forward, who seems to be almost hiding around a corner. The second man takes out a pad and starts sketching Lan.
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Khav moves behind Lan and gives the man his meanest look. After a few seconds, the half-orc laughs. "Scary enough for you?"
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History check for Alder Karmite. (1d10+9+1=15) Maybe Sentinel has read something by him? Does Sentinel recognize the name?
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Lan smiles congenially and strikes a dashing pose, while the assistant is making his sketch. "Good morning. Pleased to make your acquaintance. What people are you referring to Mr. Karmite?" says Lan, not willing to reveal anything, at least not yet. He wonders if this might have been the disturbance he senses a moment ago and surreptitiously examines the man.

1d20+11+1=26 Insight roll
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"You must have read my article! Excellent! And call me Alder," the reporter says, seeming to ignore Khav's question. Turning to Lan, "The people at the Remembrance ceremony, of course. The 11 you saved could not stop gushing about your heroic efforts. You are obviously the leader (or if not, we will make you the leader). By the way, has anyone from The Sharn Inquisitive come by?"

Sentinel recognizes Alder Karmite's name as the Sharn correspondent for The Korranberg Chronicle. He stories typically involve rumors that fly around the city. Lan can detect nothing malicious or particularly dishonest about the man.
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Kurvilis lets others speak for him. His speech impediment generally prevents people from taking him seriously, and he doesn't want to come across that way in an article. He does, however, conjure cricket sounds whenever Karmite allows a break in the conversation, occasionally mixed in with some bodily function noises from the sketch artist (ghost sound).
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"No, sadly no one from the Inquisitive has been by. I didn't receive my copy this morning. I asked them to delay forwarding my mail as I've extended my stay, but it seems the paperwork will take some time to clear."
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Allena Walmond - Human Paladin of Amaunator (Forgotten Realms)
Variel - Elf Beastmaster Ranger
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"Ah, that is most excellent. Can we go somewhere comfortable so that we can discuss your adventure?"

The reporter only seems to be hearing the details he wants and focuses on Lan to answer his question. The sketch artist is furiously drawing Lan's portrait.
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Not completely comfortable with the prospect of being interviewed and knowing how the papers easily twist any word they want to, Lan decides it might be better to postpone. "We would be more than happy to oblige you. However, none of us has eaten breakfast yet and I am certain we would be more attentive on a full stomach. If you wouldn't mind waiting an hour or so beforehand, we'll see what we can do." he says, still smiling.

OOC: Guys, this might be a good time for us to come up with a group name. Ideas?
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OOC: Under the circumstances, Pretty Man and Friends?
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OOC: Forget that: Sentinel and the sterling sidekicks ;)
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Variel - Elf Beastmaster Ranger
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OOC: I always wanted to be part of the X-Men.
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"Fantastic! I will interview the four of you while we eat. I will even pay. It is the least I can do for such heroes. Now what are your names?"
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Lan raises his eyebrows slightly for just a moment, feigning surprise at Alder's suggestion to pay for their meal. "Splendid! That's very generous of you Mr. Karmite. We were just heading out to dine at Galdin's Gardens in the Seventh Tower district, where I made a reservation. Do you know of it? It's in the Upper Wards and has a fabulous view, surrounded by tower gardens of roses and orchids."

1d20+10+1=24 Bluff roll

OOC: Lan did not in fact make a reservation there, but knows of the place and has eaten there before. It's an expensive, well-known restaurant and typically costs about 4 gp per person. Lan intends to lead the group there in the hopes that Alder Karmite will be deterred by joining them and having to pay. It will give us a chance to slip away from him. I found this information here: dining in Sharn.
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"That's wonderful, the food there is excellent. Let's go, then." Alder scribbles a note on his pad. He appears to believe your claims of a reservation.
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Lan broadens his smile, resisting the urge to groan. "Indeed. Let us go. It's a short trip by sailship. My name is Lan by the way." he says, knowing that at least the windrush will be too loud for conversation during the ride. He holds his hand out to Alder.
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OOC: BTW, if you want to discuss strategies of how to talk to this guy, Lan has telepathy. Although, I am not sure the other characters really know that...
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