The party, reunited once more, spends the day tracking down leads and eating (perhaps too) well. What foul and infernal doings are going on (quite literally) within the walls of Ereynorth? Tune in dear readers to find out!
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19 Nolus, afternoon
The group decides to check the inns and taverns to find out which are selling supplies to the castle. They go to the Five Pennies first. The chef comes out to speak with the party. They poor over this month’s tally sticks together, taking copious notes. None of what he sends out makes up for the overspending. The Five Pennies Inn provides up to half main meals and a third of alcohol shipped to the castle. The chef admits that the Green Saltier, the Fox and Glove, the Sunset Inn and the Sword and Scepter may be also providing special orders. The Silver Cavern may be where the drugs come from.
The party goes to the Green Saltier. While they wait for the chef, fine appetizers and finger food is brought out. Soon the accountant comes to meet with them with her ledgers. Her name is Sara. They send special orders to the castle, but rarely alcohol (maybe once a year). Nothing is sent up daily. She writes a sealed affidavit on what this inn and the Five Pennies send up to the castle.
Next is the Sword and Scepter. Their main sales are their beers. The group takes a table; they order licorice beer, bread and cheese while they wait. According to the cook, the inn send a hogshead of ale to the court every ten-day when court is in session, otherwise once a month. They also do some special food orders to the barracks, but never to the castle. He shows the group his ledger to confirm what they send up.
The group then goes to the Sunset Inn, down on the south side of the city near the shipbuilding area; the inn is made up of a hodgepodge of pieces of old sailing ships. As the group drinks tea, Urso the cook explains that he sent a sturgeon to the castle yesterday and has also sent fish eggs. Very occasionally they send ale in a small cask, and always gets the expected amount back from chamberlain. They didn’t send alcohol up recently.
Next is the Fox and Glove, a hunter’s inn. This place smells a little odd due to all the different meats cooking. The group has tea. The innkeeper shows his his tallies willingly; this places dresses all the kills of the castle’s hunters. Food goes up daily, little alcohol. At the last guild meeting he tells of Sabateen the owner of the Silver Cavern, who had no record books; she said they were lost in a fire. He strongly believes that her books were crooked. At this point, Sir Kjarri of Setara leaves to go on his date with Fenga.
The group goes to the Porgen’s Inn. Some care is given to this establishment. They sell simple fare. The innkeeper’s name is Alaga; his books are copied by Sera, the same accountant who works at the Green Saltier. He states they sent mostly baked goods and breads to the castle, up to 12 loaves a day. He strongly advises the group not go to the Silver Cavern; he says the innkeeper there deals mostly in debt, and only the desperate go there.
The group goes to the innkeeper’s guild, at Palace of Aeldele, where the Royal Mint is located. The group is shown to the office of the guild master of the Innkeeper’s guild; she produces all the ledgers but Sabateen of Aliendil’s (the innkeeper of the Silver Cavern). The last meeting of Innkeepers was last fall. Generally, the guild only questions dramatic changes in purchases or sales that are not associated with a season or event, and they look for people trying to falsify their books in order to pay lower guild fees. When an inn needs to advise the castle that they have something special to sell, they speak to the chamberlain at the castle.
The group heads back to the castle. Nina and Tamarie head into an alley for a moment, and come out with a black leather bag… that contains a brick of fanosel. No guild marks are visible on the wrapping. They head in to see the Grand Inquisitor, who does not ask what it contains, but puts the drug under lock and key in the castle vault.
They go back to the main chamber to speak to the chamberlain himself; he takes them to his offices. He shows them the books, but they are not the ones that Nina marked earlier. The group questions him further, and Maketa Seenaë Dyren sees through his lies. They clearly tell him they know what’s up and he comes clean but still refuses to produce the other books. Nina finds where they were hidden, and the Chamberlain explains how and why he did the falsifications. Nina sends for Sir Bressen, then hears signing coming down the corridor: Kjarri and a large Orbaalese man, Captain Bjorn, are approaching. They both guard the door as the group knows that an attack on the chamberlain is imminent. A sound of glass breaking is heard in one of the secret passageways coming into the room… and a couple of minutes later the King’s Fool enters through a hidden door. He killed or stopped the poisoners; the party gets them inside and clean them of the poison, and they are taken away. They report to the king and the prince, with the chamberlain and both sets of books. A full report is given, and they discuss what to do next. the Chabla, Sir Syman of Tolfane and Master Clemens of Desforia are summoned.
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