Last session, Illene decided that being out of Schwartzenbruin was a good idea, and so hightailed it into the hills. Brottor, Jarik and Kendrik, however, took the more daring route of attempting to confront what was about to happen. They were asked to investigate Karl Hussen’s plan as best they could, and given badges of the Voormansgardt to assist them in whatever way possible. Deciding to investigate the tunnels under the city, their first lead was to a man in den Toren, who suggested they talk to the ratters of the undercity. Talking to the ratters was no trivial task, however, and Kendrik needed to promise to return to Tantie Jessa when he had a chance before they would give him the information he desired – that there are some old, unused tunnels, lying deep below the city, and that there were strange goings on at the entrance to one of these tunnels recently, down at the docks. Making for the docks with all due haste, the trio started noticing a trail of death leading through the tunnel. Various thugs and Auszugen were left dead. Eventually, a pitched battle was heard, and the party burst in upon a group of armed thugs holding off against a group of Auszugen. The party valiantly joined the fray, only to have the Auszugen reveal themselves as traitors and turn on the party at an inopportune moment. Brottor’s eyes kept him out of trouble as he spotted the assassin preparing his death, but nothing could prevent the death of poor Buck, son of son of Buck, Buck’s revenge. About a minute into the battle, the traitor Karl Hussen joined the fray, and he eventually met his end at the hands of a mighty swing from Jarik. Battered but victorious, the party healed their wounds and travelled on into the darkness from whence Karl had come. Alas, they were too late, as an explosion shattered the peace well before they got to it. Disheartened and dismayed, the party returned, looted, and took Karl’s corpse back to the surface.
Back on the surface, a scene of chaos unfolded, as the council chambers had been blown up. The council had just reelected Karenin Weisspeer as Voorman, with Orgus Bildgear as Untervoorman. However, Karenin Weisspeer has disappeared, and Hasten Weisspeer has been slain. Worse, Hasten’s soul has been somehow stolen. Furthermore, Gutherie Roodberg, Pfaltzgraf of the Roodberg clan, has also been killed with his soul stolen. None currently know how or why.
A Sepian gnomish seeress entered a rapture shortly after the explosion, producing the following prophecy:
The Soul of the Judge,
The Soul of the fist,
The Soul of the Nation,
All snatched by the twisted lover.
Three Souls for the Prince of Laughter,
Three Souls to fuel his greed,
Three Souls to awaken in the darkness the thing that he most needs;
Only a mother’s ill choice now can undo.
Karla Hussen, Pfaltzgraf of the Hussen clan, requested Karl’s body and possessions, which you gave to her. You got the feeling that Karla is not a lady to be trifled with.
Orgus Bildger has been declared interim Voormann whilst Karenin is missing, and he has, together with the Old Kerk Hetshoolmann, Reanulf Solcarde, declared martial law. The Voormann is missing. The Pfaltzgrafs of the Weisspeer and Roodberg clans are dead, their souls stolen. Worse, news soon reaches you that Karl Hussen’s body is gone, missing, vanished, and once again it appears that Hanne Weisspeer has been abducted under strange circumstances. The future is oh so uncertain.
Thus sets the stage for Perrenland, and the continuation of our adventures.
GP: 2820 gp gained.
- Boots of Striding and Springing (claimed by Jarik)
- Friendslayer the cursed rapier (Brottor is cursed)
XP: 1350 gained for Brottor, 1440 gained for Jarik and Kendrik.