Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Shadows of Esteren: Warlords - Session 2

New player joins the game this session, so due to him not knowing the system, and me wanting to save time, I give him premade characters to choose from, and he picks Yldiane.

The group is back in town, and heads over to Cadeyrn, in order to deliver the news about the village.
At his office, they hear some talking, and quickly learn that there is another person wanting a pass to higher districts, apparently to deliver some letters. this new person is clearly a Varigal, and presents herself as Yldiane. Not wanting to waste too much time, Cadeyrn pays the group for their job and hands them the passes to "suburbia", and tells Yldiane to join the group if she want to have the passes before the end of the harvest festival.

The group looks at jobs they can do, and take both the one about apprehending the occultist, Aodren Floyd, and the one about protecting Doctor Twain. Then they set out to gather intel from the population, through rumormongering and contacts they have made in town... or just parttake in the festival, because, hey, why not?

The group's first destination is a woman named Cynbell, she is a poor woman who recieved free help from Doctor Twain, and the PCs learns from her that the doctor is a psychologist, not a medical doctor, and she was a indirect way of contacting him. If she puts a candle in her window, the doctor will visit as soon as he is able. The group offers to hide themselves in the cramped house to spring on the doctor when he arrives, but Cynbell clearly becomes worried, both for the friendly doctor, and for having a bunch of strangers occupying her home for unknown amount of time. So the group chooses to keep an eye on the house instead.

One person keeps watch, while the others try to track down Aodren Floyd, which they dont have much luck in, but they do offer to pay beggars and children for any information on the man.

By evening, Talaitha was informed that the man looking like Aodren Floyd, was headding towards the harbor district, but instead of paying the kid for the information, they grabbed him and pushed him to show them.

Meanwhile, Miriam was on watch at the time, and saw someone approaching. Looking from one of the rooftops, she could see a man that would fit the description of Aodren Floyd, visiting Cynbell's house. But as soon as the man entered the house, there were footsteps on the roof near Miriam, and she hid.

Two dark-dressed people ran over to the ledge where Miriam had been standing, pointing towards Cynbell's house, saying "there! he is in there".

Miriam, not being the kindest of souls, stepped up behind the two dark-robed people and pushed gently caressed, their backs.

The two people turn around and reveals to be youths, barely even considered men. They do however not take kindly to the pushing caressing, and return lovetaps with their daggers. a fight ensues and results in both of the boys on the street below, injured, one with a broken foot, and with Miriam, a bit bloodied, still on the roof.

During the commotion, the rest of the party is on their way, but Aodren Floyd, now believed to also be Doctor Twain, is trying to run away from the commotion. Miriam spots him however, and follows him to his hideout, a basement under a not-too-popular tavern.

The rest of the party however, finds and apprehends the boys, and with the assistance of a member of the Bán Company, gets them thrown into jail. But not before the group learns that the boys were after Aodren Floyd due to him having a bounty on him, dead, not alive.

So the group now has the conundrum of Saving Doctor Twain (Aodren Floyd) from hitmen, and because occultists are punished by death, after a short trial, this also includes the city guard. Or, deliver Aodren Floyd (Doctor Twain), to the city guard, so he can be publicly executed, which would be in favour of whomever hired the hitmen.

[Should mention that the Players had already, ahead of time, said it would have been funny if the 2 men they were after, were the same person, and they were right, they just didnt know it yet.]

Miriam reports back to the group about where Aodren is hiding, and they do some intel gathering. Miriam herself, manages to sneak into the basement and finds a notebook with several comments on locations that could possible be haunted. She makes her exit, but not before almost being spotted by the tavern owner, who was investigating sound from the basement.

Dornam manages to set up a meeting with Aodren and discusses with him about turning himself in, despite being threatening, Aodren does not agree, which worries Dornam. Still, Aodren says that he is willing to share some information, if the group look into a case in "suburbia" for him, as he cannot access it with people looking for him. Reluctantly, Dornam, Agrees.

The group then visit a house in "suburbia" to look into the death of the owner, who died 3 days ago. The diseased's brother answers the door and is thankful for a traditionalist like Dornam, would give the last rite to the dead, as noone have been inside the dead brother's room for 3 days due to being scared of what might have happened.

After some investigation, Liam concludes that the man must have died from heart attack, but the unnatrual white hair cannot be explained as if it were hairdye, which makes it wierd.
Miriam however, keeps most of the information to herself, but concludes that the man's soul must have been ripped from his body, and he likely died from fear, and somehow it drained the colour from his hair.
Dornam gives the man his last rites and consoles the brother, before returning to report the findings to Aodren.

the group plans to capture and deliver Aodren after getting the information from him, and thus comes up with a codeword for springing the ambush. But it seems like it is not needed, as Aodren is forthcomming with his information and only keeps a few secrets, which is enough to make the group doubt that they are right to condemn a seemingly innocent man, to death, on a suspicion of occult sorcery.

Parallell to this however, there were a few more of these boy assassins in the area, but by Yldiane trying to seduce them, which they react very nervously to, and bringing them to the attention of a city guard patrol, the boys leave the district.

[The game ended before the decision about Aodren was made, but they let him to at the start of the next session]

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