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Ruminations #8: Pact of the Signit
A contract with members of the Pact... Definite opportunity for wealth and reknown but if they determine that the terms of the contract are not met, it is never pretty. Bernard seems to be an honest broker but the Satleen family also has a reputation on the docks. How close do I dare get...
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Oh the righteousness!
It's so hard to explain just how right it felt to put an end to Lord Vannik. I have found my calling now, to not just cower on my street corner, surrounded by my acolytes, safe and content in my own faith. No, I must go and ensure that those who would subvert the gifts that Mortis Dei have granted to us be taught a lesson. Vannik has now realized that humans, ghouls, and ratlings (ugghhh) all have their own potential that they should strive for and enjoy and to reach for the power of the Gods themselves is to deny the pleasures their forms are entitled to. To reach that high is just asking for the hand to be slapped down (or be bitten). Rumors of the serial killer in the Park of Pleasure?!? By it's very definition the park is a place of pleasure, to be enjoyed and thereby giving glory and pleasure to the source of that pleasure, Mortis. This cannot stand. I will not sit by on my corner anymore!
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Ruminations #7: Lysa's lament
I KNOW... the show MUST go on. But seriously... nobles and patrons turning into rats and sharktopi. Sob would have had a blast with the situation but by the time he was able to arrive, of course Lysa had perform again. I need to do a better job of keeping them in separate places. I also need to talk to the players guild about working conditions.
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The Fall of Vannik
The party prepared all week on how to implicate Vannik at Corbin’s 50th birthday celebration. We decided to have the Tears of Ilthmar planted on Vannik as well as a forged note. With all the details worked out, we looked forward to implementing our devious designs.

Among the guests in attendance of the celebration were the Cordovnas, Skurlockes, and Vannik who arrived with his manservant Anga.

Lysa gives an amazing performance. A Metleen merchant offers to be a patron of the Orphans theater. Lysa is a little dismissive, but the Metleen is persistent and asks to meet up with her for lunch in a few days to discuss details. Too bad Ricky wasn’t there to enjoy all of this!

Right on que, the orphans caused a distraction while Yorabba planted the Tears of Ilthmar on an unsuspecting Vannik. Tyla implicates Vannik with a forged note that he “found” at Vannik’s feet. The guards were called to search Vannik. Vannik, with a look of confusion and desperation, reached into his pocket, seized the vial, and drank it. He changes into a rat and fled with Yorabba giving chase. Could Vannik be fleeing to the sewers to find the lost tome of which he spoke of earlier?

A party member turns into a ape-shark hybrid who begins attacking other guests. Margon killed it, but four more appeared. One of the braziers for the celebration was spewing green smoky fog. Those celebrants caught in the fog were temporarily changed into beasts. These beasts charged towards the orphans’ stage. Through our bravery, and a bit of luck, the beasts were repelled. Some lived to turn back into decent folk, others were not so lucky.
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Tears of Ilthmar
Storvin Skurlocke the grain merchant is Rafe’s father. Rafe’s older Brother is named Caden. Storvin says the wine merchant Corbin is very successful. It is Corbin’s 50th birthday and there will be a celebration in his honor. Storvin’s family will be providing security. Caden is working with the Slayers guild to provide security. Storvin wants Rafe to assemble a team to troubleshoot any incidents that happen at the event. Storvin does not look highly upon Vannik and would be happy to see him go. Vannik is older and without heirs. He has a manservant named Anga. Vannik once told us there might be a powerful tome hidden somewhere under the city of Lankhmar. Storvin says Baron Cordovna has issued a curse to undermine Rafe’s family.

Rafe and Genet arrive at the Harry Cod and find the group in heated discussion about events with the Peat Cutters Guild. Rafe notices a comely woman alone at the bar. He buys her a drink and tries a pick up line. She rushes out of the bar without a word. Her hair remindes Rafe of the styles of Ilthmar. Rafe notices that she was armed and lacking of any other distinguishing characteristics.

Vial of “Tears of the Gods”. Allows the drinker to take on the aspects of a god when consumed. The vile has the symbol of the Rat King. It is to be delivered to Vannik the grain merchant.

We leave the Harry Cod. Genet goes first. Tyla, Margon, and Flossin leave next, pretending to be drunk. Rafe follows behind. We are all looking to see if we are being followed. Flossin ducks into the alley to pretend relieving himself. The mysterious woman attacks. Rafe castes a spell to make us all look like rats. This startles her and we overcome her with fists and honeyed tongued persuasion. She tells us the Tears of Ilthmar were stolen. She killed the person who stole them but the tears were already passed on to us. The tears originated in Ilthmar. Her (Yorabba’s) mission was to return the tears to Ilthmar. We hatch a plan to use the tears at the upcoming birthday party to implicate Vannik. Yorabba reluctantly agrees to help on condition we return the tears to her after the party. Rafe offers to provide room and board for her until our mission is completed. Flossin gives the tears to Genet for safe keeping. Genet suggests they both carry an extra glass vial on their person. The extra vials could be broken, inside of pockets, to suggest the vial of tears is broken and no longer available to be returned to Ilthmar.
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