After fleeing the Cauldron Mountain and the strange happenings, we ran into a squad of troops wondering what was happening. After discussing with them, they were understanding.
We set off to try to prevent the arson at Heward’s Factory. Unfortunately, we were outnumbered and out-powered. With their initial attack, they severally wounded everyone but Stuart with a wall of Fire. Ellanna dropped back to heal herself as Henri pushed forward. He was able to dispatch one of the arsonists before one of the lizard men backhanded him and sent him sprawling with deep wounds to his buttocks.
Calim and Stuart chased the 2 lizard men while Elanna Ser used her wand to heal Henri. His grave wounds resisted the healing. One of the lizard men turned upon the pursuers and shot fire from his breath, resulting in Calim falling to the ground unconscious. Stuart was able to apply a band-aid to Calim’s owwies and make him better.
We were successful in stopping the fire from claiming the Factory and got a captive in the process. We travel back to headquarters.
On the way, we get a message that comes on the wind with a yellow canary:
“Your character comes recommended by a dear friend of mine. At his suggestion, I would like to arrange a meeting so you and I may discuss a mutual enemy. Speak to the wind a time that is convenient for you, preferably within the next two days, and my canary will guide you when you are ready. The meeting will occur in my territory, because while I trust my dear friend, I confess I find him a poor judge of character. After all, he associates with me.”
We questioned the arsonist:
- got the names of the lizard men: Eberardo and Valando.
- They have a hideout in the Parity Lake area
The officers met several hours later at RHCP headquarters and proceeded to Kindleton’s house. A note was on the door:
bq). Officers, I heard from the Doctor and am going to meet him now. Come find us in East Parity Lake. L. Kindleton
Calim inspected around and found a pile of cigarettes that had been disturbed where our officer probably was on stake out. It is possible that he was drug off?
Stuart spoke to the butcher that lives downstairs and he said he saw some ruffians that came into her class.
We stopped at the RHCP office to see if anyone had seen the officer on duty. He had not reported in. We set off to East Parity Lake, realizing that we had no clue where in the district to find her by carriage.
We parked the carriage on the edge of the Parity Lake district and walked. After a few minutes into the area, we noticed that several people were avoiding being too close to us and bolting off. Several people were watching us suspiciously.
Rounding a corner, we discovered a mob at the entrance to an alley. A man ran up to us, exclaiming “They are beating him to a pulp! Officers, help him!”
In the alley, is a stopped carriage and a man on the ground that appears unsteady with a woman kneeling over him. She points down the alley and yells, “Stop them!”. Two figures in red scarves turn and run away down the alley.
When we reach the woman and the man on the ground, Elanna noticed that the man appeared to be faking. We cuffed both the man and the woman, after the woman tried to run away, which caused Stuart to hex her and put her to sleep.
We found ourselves surrounded by 12 on one side and about 40 on the other. After a brief discussion, we decided to surrender and go with the leader to his boss.
Rufus Hammerton is the underboss of the Kell gang. He seemed nice aside from being in the Kell gang.
He leads us into Lorcan Kell’s private theater box. Lorcan told us that he knew where the doctor was and would take us to him for 1000 gp. Lorcan claimed that the Doctor had come to them for help.
After some negotiations and threats, we agree to pay the 1000 gp. He made good on his word so far. Lorcan returned the officer and Kindleton to us. They were mostly unharmed, but roughed up.
We might be able to use Lorcan in the future.
Rufus was assigned to take us to the Doctor. Rufus takes us up into the Nettles via carriage. We stop at an old church built into a rock face.
We entered the church, passing several homeless that the Doctor appears to have been helping. We found the doctor in the back, who told us about having papers. They said the Norin factories seem to be involved in smuggling.
We heard a commotion outside when we were going to bring a woman’s who’s husband lost his thumb back for help. Feeling we were about to be besieged, we searched and found a well opening that let us climb up above.
Stuart and officer McBride watched the entrance. Iron bars erupted from the ceiling and floor, blocking the hallway. 3 figures started down the hallway, passing through the bars like they didn’t exist.
They retreated back to the doctor’s room. Elanna took watch. An area of deep darkness appeared at the entrance. She turned and urged Stuart to get the Doctor up the well. She held her scimitar threatening as she readied her Storm Burst ability.
The Doctor struggled to get up the well shoot. Stuart runs over and pulls the lever to the north of the room, releasing the gate that blocks the north passage. It falls to the ground with a loud clatter.
A shadowy figure steps out of the darkness. Elanna shocks it, barely wounded it as the other glides up next to her. It stabs her with its dagger, barely slicing her arm. As the pain shoots through her arm, she feels a lethargic effect take her.
Taking the opportunity to get away, Elanna sprints to the well shoot, grabs the rope and climbs out with a strength born from desperation. The shadows flounder at the bottom, screeching, but do not pursue up the shoot.
We escaped to RHCP headquarters and safety. We looked through the documents and talked to Dr. Wolfgang. After some time, we returned to our homes and rested till the next morning.