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  •   For Salazar and DM


      Ravenblade bows to Leena. "Hi, my name is Arombalosh and this is my friend Salazar. We recently helped with the arrest of Lord Torrence. We're looking for someone to bear witness about Torrence's cruel behavior towards dwarves some years ago. The forgefather willing, we can put Torrence behind bars for life or maybe he'll even be exectuted. Can you help us?" he says, bluntly, hoping his honest and direct manner will be appreciated.

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Hedoni takes Mal up on his suggestion, and heads out to see if Vesper knows anything else that might be of help. He's fairly sure, either way, that she'll tell what she knows without much persuasion. In his travels, he'll see if the local watering hole and gambling house holds any secrets.
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  •   For Ravenblade and Salazar
      Ravenblade's eloquent and persuasive speach galvanizes Leena. "AllFather's name be praised! I've been waiting for the chance to spit on that rascal Torrance. Just tell me when and where, and I'll spill my guts. I want that sorry excuse for a nobleman to pay for how he used me. He should be locked in deep dark hole and never see the sunshine again."

      OOC: That's what you get for a crit - enthusiastic results :)
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  •   For Hedoni and Mal
      Hedoni follows a now familiar path to Vesper's establishment - the Beguiling Bid. Mal comes along. Vesper smiles broadly when she greets Hedoni and sends him a mischievous wink, but all the fun goes out of her face when she sees Mal.

      Vesper, an expert on the black market economy of Sayre, tells what she knows. It isn't much of a secret that Lord Torrance used to be regular with the upper class brothel, Ruby's. Over the last few years he's been much better at covering his tracks and being more discreet. Rumor has it that he takes in some extra "revenue" from merchants and traders, to cover his less than moral pastimes. She currently pays him directly 5% of her earnings to keep the other tax collectors away from her less-than-legitimate business.
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  •   For Hedoni and DM
      Mal, remembering his dream vividly, tries to figure out what Vesper thinks she is looking at. "Where can we go to find out more about these 'pasttimes?' Also, does Lord Torrence have any dealings with Queen Cachlain?"

      OOC: Trying to figure out her attitude towards Mal a bit and to see if it has anything to do with why Hedoni was sent to give her stuff from the Baron. I may want those Dimensional Shackles sooner than I thought.

      Insight check (+9 skill, +1 24hr) (1d20+10=24)
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      Sir Murrak takes the ledger, wondering at the sigil. religion (1d20+9+1=22) He then goes to join Daggoth, evidence of shady dealings in hand.
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  •   For Hedoni and Mal
      Vesper answers Mal coldly. "Ruby's place is just up the street. If you tell her I sent you, she'll give you a good deal, although I know for a fact they don't have any tieflings on staff." She smirks and continues more business like, "And no. Torrance has nothing to do with the Stone Skinned Queen. I keep her Terrible Majesty well informed and there would be no benefit to a relationship with him."

      Something in Mal's tone makes her pause and study him a moment. Her face takes on a puzzled expression and she takes a breath as if to ask him a question, but then says nothing.

      Mal can tell that Vesper has a deep personal distaste for him and his race. He also gets the sense that Vesper is attracted to Hedoni for more than business reasons, although any profit for her and her queen couldn't hurt. She is very fond of Hedoni and is happy to help him, even if he does bring his tiefling friend along to spoil her afternoon.
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  •   For Murrak
      Sir Murrak recognizes the mark as the sign of Vecna. The design matches the holy symbol the cultists were wearing.
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  •   For Salazar and DM


      "Thank you very much Leena. We'll let you know when the time comes. Is there anyone else who might help with putting Torrence behind bars?" Ravenblade asks, but doesn't expect there will be. Unless Salazar has any other ideas, Ravenblade guesses their business in Low Mountain is done for now and the two of them could get some shopping done. He recalls seeing a unique bedroll and a shiny bauble in one of the shop windows they passed
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  •   For DM and Mal
      Hedoni smiles in Vesper's direction as she's talking to Mal, and just stands there, enjoying the sound of her voice. Once she answers Mal's question, Hedoni adds, "If you hear anything else about Torrance or our Dragonborn friend, we'd love to know - I'm sure rumors are going to start flying in the next few days, but I trust you'll know the good from the bad. And lucky for all of us, we'll be in town for a while longer." Hedoni winks at Vesper and materializes a dozen bright blue flowers out of thin air to give to her. "As always, thank you" he says, with another wink. "Mal, let's be off, and see if the rest of the group found out anything good."
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      Daggoth chats up Henry a little.

      "Torrance is angry as a cornered dog, I may be doing jail time unless I clear my name. Do you know anything else of what happened when he tried to blame me for the theft?
      Or even any info on what Torrance has been up to?"


      Diplomacy (1d20+12+1=16) Diplomacy fail.
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  •   For Salazar and Ravenblade
      Leena shakes her head and doesn't know of anyone else who can help.

Satisfied with their investigation, Ravenblade and Salazar are free to peruse the variety of goods available in Sayre.
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  •   For Daggoth
      Henry hands Daggoth a slice of fresh minced rabbit pie and shakes his head, "Sorry Daggoth. I don't know much about the Lord's schemes and plots. He's been more careful since you left- doesn't let us household staff in on much." A mug of traditional Sayre stout follows after the pie.

After Daggoth finishes catching up with his friend in the kitchen, he meets up with Murrak.
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  •   For Hedoni and Mal
      Vesper shifts her attention to Hedoni and smirks at the sudden appearance of the lovely blue flowers. "Hedoni you cheap bastard; you filtched those blooms from Florence's boutique across the street." Then her smile widens and she gives him a kiss, "a man after my own heart."

After Mal and Hedoni learn what they can from Vesper, they meet back with the group.
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OOC: I think everyone has learned what they can. Unless you have some more specific information to find out, I'll move us along tomorrow morning.
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  •   For Hedoni and DM
      Mal sees something in Vesper's eyes that is different from the normal disdain of his race. It stems from something more personal than rumor.

      "Miss Drawlight, have I done something to offend you? I can assure you I have meant none." Then, dropping his voice a little so that only she can hear, "What happened to your father?" Mal barely gets the words out, afraid it might push her too far.

      Diplomacy check (+17 skill, +1 24hr) (1d20+18=35)
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  •   For Hedoni and Mal
      Vesper's anger dissipates and her shoulders slup. "Its just that you remind me of him, that's all. I was 15 when he left me and my mother." She shakes her head and turns away addressing the fire in the hearth. "I swear you look just like him."

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  •   For Hedoni and DM
      Mal stands straight up, eyes wide. Hedoni hasn't seen Mal look this stunned in all of their time together. The tiefling moves his jaw a bit, as if wanting to say something, but he cannot get anything out.
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  •   For DM and Mal
      Alarmed as well, Hedoni asks, "Vesper - if I may ask, what was his name, your father?"
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  •   For Hedoni and Mal
      Vesper clenches her fists "His name was Thaen, Thaen Drawlight. He was a steward in Queen Cachlain's court. I don't even know if he's still alive... " Her face takes on a more serious focus. "... but if he is, I swear by Sehanine's shining orb, if I ever come across the deceitful bastard, I will personal slit him open, horns to tail.."

      Mal has a flash of memory.

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A few days later, Lord Torrance is brought before the city magistrate for trial. You present your testimony about his association with the Vecna cultists and show the holy symbols as evidence. Leena testifies about Torrance's ruthlessness and how far he will go to keep his secrets. Finally, Sir Murrak shares the accounting ledgers he found in Torrance's office showing how the man has been siphoning state funds to pay for his personal whims and contribute to the Vecna cult. With much protestation and complaining, Torrance is found guilty of conspiracy and fraud.

Since Torrances's accusations against Daggoth are no longer credible and there is no proof one way or the other, the charges against Daggoth are dropped.

The group gains 2000 experience for a more or less successful investigation.
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Lady Torrance replaces her husband on the Convox council although it won’t be for long. Soon the noble houses of Sayre will meet to elect a new ruler.

The adventure continues with the Alliance at Nefelus.
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