The Birds that Range
Morning, Lawsday, Hunt Week, Delve Season, 1017.
Adlartok, Arrluk and Umiaq were surprised when Mangok the trollkin asked to accompany them to visit Astinia of Pavis. Umiaq had learnt incriminating gossip about this maid to the Proculus family. However, Arrluk demonstrated detailed knowledge about where Astinia lived.
The Heroes visited Astinia’s home in Fabarium, where she lived above a workshop for inevitables. Arrluk revealed Astinia regularly sold him blue dust and other hallucinogenic fungal products. Arrluk was deeply in debt to the gnome dealer, who tried to collect Arrluk’s debts from Umiaq.
Suavely, Umiaq offered the gnome a gadget to slice off fingers. The trolls duly demonstrated the slicer using one of Adlartok’s trollkins. Astinia revealed how the Proculus clan were more interested in bombing the Embassy, not the Iron Council. She also repeated some of the delver supremacy beliefs held by the Proculus family. After additional bribery, Astinia revealed how Favonia, the youngest daughter, was also a blue dust addict.
Once outside, the Heroes smelled burning fungus, and smoke hung low over Peregrinium. The Heroes hurried to the dock quarter, where Umiaq sneaked past the gate guards. Sounds of chanting lead the Heroes to a small crowd of dockers outside a burning warehouse. At the heart of the crowd stood a smaller group of masked figures, mostly hobbits. These activists were shouting anti-dwarf slogans and praising the Sons of Gaius.
Arrluk argued against these chants, and persuaded the crowd to help with a bucket chain. Umiaq sneaked away, as Mangok showed talent for issuing orders. Hidden in an alley, Umiaq snatched a masked hobbit for questioning. Meanwhile, the warehouse fire was brought under control. The masked protestors fled in fear of the River Ogre. Adlartok spotted burnt corpses in the ashes of the fire.
The Heroes gathered in another alleyway, where Umiaq questioned Diodotius Quintus, the kidnapped hobbit. Diodotus revealed he had joined the protest at the Green Toad tavern in Overspill. He claimed no knowledge about the Sons of Gaius, but shared their political views about the oppression of the dwarves. He also believed the landlord of the tavern was an elder son of Gaius.
Diodotus tried to flee, overcome with fear when Umiaq threatened the hobbit with the River Ogre. Reflexively, Arrluk chopped at the hobbit’s kneecaps, crippling him. The sight of blood overwhelmed Adlartok, who flew into a murderous rage and stomped the poor hobbit into pulp.
Exhausted, the Heroes returned to the Embassy. Doranth of Shadow was waiting for Umiaq, with a message from the Arch-Mage. In return for the Mage’s efforts decoding the scroll, Umiaq needed to offer payment. The price was the soft heart of an earth elemental, taken from the colony which lived downriver from Ulubrae. The Heroes prepared to venture into the wilds of the Underdark.
The Songs of Ulubrae are the session summaries from the Shadows of Ulubrae story arc in my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign.