Have Lingered Awhile
Evening, Farmday, Secret Week, Delve Season, 1017.
Sartokna was met by a smiling Ningak the Fat in the courtyard of the Embassy. The grinning troll had secured permits and an escort by the City Watch to enable their meal together to take place in a fashionable restaurant in Altarium. Sartokna tried her best to humour the over-familiar Ningak, as she needed information from him about the gnome thief.
After presenting Sartokna with a grotesque mechanical fan made by H09, Ningak revealed the name of the gnome thief as Corsillus of Pavis, and the location of their meeting at the Rusty Barge in Peregrinium. On the walk home, Sartokna noticed once again the light from the Red Tower. However, the intensity of the red light was reduced, and she suffered no effect beyond a slight feeling of unease.
The next morning, Sartokna shared her new information about Corsillus with the Heroes. H09 remained focused on building xeself a clockwork friend. The rest of the Heroes walked down to Peregrinium, as Umiaq’s invitation for the Dwarven Ladies Tea Circle was not until later in the afternoon.
In Fabarium, Adlartok peeled off from the group to visit a gnome architect. His request for the architect to measure the height of the Red Tower was met with a combination of scepticism and puzzlement. This response only increased as Adlartok failed to give a compelling reason as to why he believed an Ulubrae tower was growing. The troll persevered and insisted he accompanies the architect to take the first reading about the height of the tower.
Meanwhile, the remaining Heroes reached the Rusty Barge tavern. Arrluk felt a strange sense of deja vu when he met Chunky the zombie hobbit barkeep. The Heroes chatted with Lucius, a lone gambler in the Barge. Adlartok then invoked his destiny to have two thugs burst into the tavern, ready to stab Lucius.
However, Arrluk’s lightning reflexes saved Lucius by incapacitating one of the thugs. Umiaq then invoked his dark destiny as his sinister red cloak dominated the thugs. Sartokna’s skin crawled at this demonstration of weird magic. The thugs seemed to recognise Umiaq’s magic and revealed they were sent by the Proculus family.
A brief but violent interrogation ensued. The thugs were Proculus enforcers, sent by Vinicius Proculus to keep the dockers in line. Lucius was believed to be an associate of Corsillus of Pavis, the same gnome the Heroes were hunting. The thugs accused Corsillus of illicit unloading and by implication, smuggling. By the end of the questioning, Arrluk has killed one thug and thrown the other through a porthole and into the river.
The Songs of Ulubrae are the session summaries from the Shadows of Ulubrae story arc in my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign.