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Genet Fouts
Posted in Lankhmar
A New Patron
Fiola Holkat ran off again this winter. At first, I thought it was her idiot lover Gybon, but after tracking him down again, it was clear he wasn’t involved in her second disappearance.

Fiona had been missing several weeks before I received a message from Julx. It was a small patch of cloth with the Holkat crest embroidered in fine threads. I recognized it immediately as coming from one of Fiona’s dresses. This piqued my curiosity as I had been unsuccessful in obtaining any clues as to the whereabouts of Fionia.

Meeting up with Julx, she led me to the docks and to a recently constructed warehouse. Inside, two sailors from the Solemn Vow stood guard over a lumpy bundle of sailcloth. They looked me up and down with scowling faces. Clearly not impressed with Julx’s “well to do” companion. She gave them each a few coppers and their demeanor changed to bosom friend (to Julx), and sideways glances towards me. With a tip of the hat they left and I was free to inspect under the tarp. It was Fiola, rather her horribly burned body, beneath the tarp.

Lady Holkat has kindly invited me into her estate and has introduced me to her compatriots as “her man”. We attend social events together and I have some say with the household staff, however I am only “her man” in public. Out of view, we are at most friendly acquaintances. Lady Holkat is amicable, even teasingly peevish, but she has made it quite clear we are nothing more than friends. This odd arrangement has its perks; I have security, comfort, and friendly companionship. However, we sleep in separate wings of the estate and have never consummated our relationship.

It is my impression that Lady Holkat was not overly fond of her late husband. Madame Vobrey confirmed Lord Holkat had an “open tab” at her “hotel” and the Holkat staff have given me hints that he was less than “respectful” to the Lady of the house. Although they would never say anything negative about his Lordship openly. I’m guessing Lady Holkat doesn’t miss her deceased husband all that much. The Lady is wealthy, powerful within the Grain Guild, and rather fetching even if she is a bit older than me. Perhaps she keeps me around to ward off other suitors?
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Genet Fouts
Posted in Lankhmar
Unmasking the Beggar King
Yorrabba reconnects with Rafe to discuss her “business”. She says Rafe’s overlord is buying up grain to inflate the price. Rafe offers her a room at his family’s estate.
Tyla hears news of the fire at the docks from the orphan Cuthbert. Many people were killed by the fire that burned a ship, dock, and warehouse. He tells Tyla that some of the dock workers had glowing eyes and their heads exploded when they were apprehended by the city watch. -Sound familiar?

Cuthbert was with the orphan Elaine on the docks. Elaine fell victim to the mind controlling mask and was killed.

Rob tells Rafe about the “Life Draining” silver bowl he acquired at Sendaru’s estate. They discuss destroying the bowl, but agree it must be kept safe until they decide what best to do with it.

At the orphanage one of the kids eyes glow and runs off. We don’t follow out of fear the child will be killed.

Jilks mask The Bunch of Grapes wine shop on Cash Street. David of the wine guild. In the basement of the shop we meet Milga. Kizzle is Milga’s real name. Mask given her by a handsome nobleman with curly hair. She didn’t put on the mask. She suspectes the man may be following her. We head together to the “Distressed Damsel” with Kizzle with the hope the puppet master Foostin will show himself.

Midarc, the priest at the temple of Goramash (beggar king), is the real puppet master. Foostin, the curly haired man, works for Midarc. Midarc uses the helmet of Goramash to become the avatar of the god and control people through the masks. The helmet is stored in the basement of the temple. Masks have been given out to courtesans, orphans, city guards, priests of Arth.

Tyla puts a mask on Foostin. Foostin’s eyes begin to glow and he lunges at Tyla. Tyla moves out of the way just in time before Foostin’s face explodes.

When we arrive at the temple of Goramash there is a service in session and the temple is full. We wait for the service to end. The priest leaves the altar and ducks behind a curtain. Rafe and Yorrabba follow. In the basement they find the priest. The priests welcomes them and asks what they have come for. Rafe tells the priest that they are there for retribution and relates a long list of wrongs, delaying for the rest of us to show up. The priest tells us that our bungling has impeded true retribution. The basement fills with his minions and the room goes dark. The only light is the glowing eyes of the minions. Much fighting. Eventually one of the nightlings kills the priest.

We retrieve seven masks and one helmet.
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Ruminations #12: the dream
The dream was so real. When I awoke, I knew that I couldn't take a chance so I swiped the mask. Who would miss that evil artifact anyway. And just like in the vision, the seas began to mysteriously swell. I didn't wait for it to get too bad though. Over the side it went and we had smooth sailing from then on. Gods damn that mask. May the Great Cephalopod below do his worst with it.
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Lost in the Faces
Every time we find a lead in the current case, it seems like we just end up with more questions. I feel like we are missing one important piece that will tie everything together and once we find it, it will be so obvious we will kick ourselves for not seeing it sooner. That's how it always works right?

We woke to find that Ash was missing this morning, which after a thousand times witnessing her drunken benders, I was unconcerned. Well not completely. With the current situation of the ARM killer (assault, rape, massacre), I was a little concerned. So to add on to the current case we were investigating, we had to find Ash. Joy. We head into town to retrace her steps. Apparently she made a name for herself the previous night, trying to seduce married women, making a fool of herself on-stage at a night-club and apparently making friends with the children of town, and enemies of brew masters and priests.

While on her trail, I spotted someone who matched the description of the ARM killer, given by Bastet and corroborated by the only surviving victim. As is common with our group, I found that I was alone, the others having left to their own pursuits. I was left to observe the suspect from a distance, with no means of contacting anyone. We really need to work on that. Luckily Daksh showed up and was able to track down the others. Unluckily, while Daksh was getting them, the suspect decided to move on from the store. There's always something. Finally the group made it back, but I had lost him in the sea of faces that had shown up for the towns festivals.

Luckily we were able to find him again, and Bastet and Kit were able to track him to a restaurant where Kit had a nice sit down chat with him. I just sat back and watched; it was an already awkward and weird situation. Apparently he checked out because Bastet left abruptly, although Kit seemed to get some information. Bastet has been acting very strangely in this whole mess, more tense, and on the edge. I want to speak with her, maybe she knows something that she's not sharing, or that she doesn't know that she knows.

After the awkwardness that is Kit and Bastet, we picked up the trail for Ash, which strangely led to a bears cave. HOW? WHY? This part of the story we will likely never know. We safely retrieved her from her resting place among the bears, and found she had horns. Now knowing she was safe, and not the next victim, we sent her and kit to see about getting the horns removed.

Relieved to find Ash, Daksh, Bastet and I redoubled our efforts of catching the killer, starting at the last victim's house. What we found was disturbing. Aside from the scene, the house was a little too perfect, the type that seems like a mask, designed to present a normal facade to any who would visit, but hiding the true face of the inhabitant. We began searching, and found a few things of note about the ARM Killer and more about the victim.

The killer seems to use the glass from mirrors to mutilate the victims, not using any magic of trace. This is very disturbing, noting the number of cuts and time it would take. It suggests a sick thrill and perversion to the kill, loving the torture. There are other deductions I can make from this, but to write them down would validate them in my mind and shake me even more.

What we found about the victim was troubling as well. While searching the house, we found his true face beneath his living room rug. He had a secret basement that he used as storage for the current slaves he was holding. We found 3 kobolds chained to the wall, malnourished and having been beaten. I am assuming these are 3 of the 4 that we learned were missing from the local authorities. We went to them and found them clinging to life, but barely. I did what I could, but seeing the looks in their faces, even if we saved their lives, they will never be the same. I suddenly felt a rush of anger that made me think the survivor of the attack got exactly what he deserved. Bastet went to the local hospital, and they brought them back. I advised to keep them away from the current patient, as it may create stress for them, him having been the perpetrator.

This brought on the question, was this just a coincidence that the ARM killer went after this monster? Or was this a planned move to strike against someone he knew was evil? Was he a vigilante? It is hard to say, but hopefully looking into the other victims will clear things up.

The faces of all the victims are currently swimming through my vision, I'm afraid of what I may see when I finally rest tonight.
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