An adventure in the dead of night! Secret passages and hidden killers! Out-of-control carriages. Honestly, it’s just like an episode of the 3-musketeers. … minus the guns of course.
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The party finalizes their plans and Nina goes to find Sir Denil. The rest of the party goes to arrange his carriage. The plan is that, together, they will bring Sir enil.to the healing house; Sir Syman of Tolfane and a retinue of guards will meet them there.
Nina heads off to Sir Denil’s quarters alone. Acting the role of servant, she is given directions by the castle’s staff and guards. She arrives to find the door open and the outer office looking like a wind storm of gargun has been through. She rouses the guard and orders him to raise the hue and cry! Sir Denil’s room’s been burgled!
While the party is waiting for Nina, they hear a hue and cry being raised; they stop a passing guard, who tells them that Sir Denils room has been burgled and that the guards are presently looking for him. Maketa Seenaë Dyren goes to the main gate to see if she can spot him. She reaches the gate, and finds that the guards there have not seen Sir Denil; she is told of a walkway that leads from the kitchens, through the walls and to a footpath towards town. She heads around the wall to find a door in the wall that cannot be opened from the outside; finding no trace of anyone there, she decides to head back around to find the other side of the one-way door.
Nina is greeted by Master Clemens, Sir Tirn and Sir Kjarri as they follow the hue and cry back to Sir Denil’s rooms. A through search reveals no signs of blood or violence but the rooms have all been thoroughly searched and tossed. Master Clemens explains that the castle is riddled with secret passages. Each passage ends in a one way door; so there should be two passages that lead into this series of rooms – one in, and one out. He opens the outbound door and the party trails after him to find where Sir Denil might have went. After several wrong turns, Sir Tirn uses one of his psionics to learn that Sir Denil passed back and forth this way. Eventually, they find the man stuck in a linen closet and unconscious. He is suffering from Fanosel poisoning.
Nina tries to send word to the The Motley Fool, and encounters one of the Motley Crew — but never hears back.
Meanwhile, on the way around the castle, Meketa Seenae she runs into Tamarie and informs her of the one-way door she’s found. Tamarie had equal bad luck in circling the keep (other than occasionally being called at to identify herself from the wall above).
As they are about to step away, the door opens, and out comes the rest of the group along with Clemens of Desforia; they are dragging Sir Denil with them. Master Clemens steps away and has the carriage brought around. The party bundles Sir Denil into the carriage, and all head off to the Peonian temple at the edge of town.
Not far out of town, they hear a yell from Tamarie up next to the driver: it is an ambush! Tamarie is severely injured but thanks to the quick thinking of the driver and some acrobatics by Sir Tirn of Selvos they manage to get to the temple with everyone more or less in one piece. The horses will recover, eventually and Sir Tirn swears it was pure luck and abandon that led him to climb outside a moving cart, and jump upon the backs of the horses as they were running pell-mell down the street. The driver continued only because he was ordered to, and the straight-away along which they were running to the gate had archers on the rooftops. There was a blockade, but the driver managed to swerve around and squeeze the carriage through a narrow alley that is cleaner after their passage than it has ever been. The carriage bears scratchmarks along both its sides from the passage.
Upon arriving, Seenaë jumps out to see to Tamarie. The Chabla comes forward and takes Tamarie off the carriage; she is carried off on his shield by two knights. Seenaë follows and helps. The rest of the party brings Sir Denill to the healers. They have been expecting him. The party notices there is some friction between the Peonians and the Chabla. Seenaë is helped by Sister Tania, who sets up a cot for Seenaë for her to get some rest near her patient.
Sir Tirn helps with the horses, healing the one who took the majority of the arrows. The poor beast is quite thankful and Sir Tirn, exhausted.
At dawn everyone is woken by the sound of a beautiful choir. Seenaë notes a cat asleep on Tamarie’s bed, and she checks on her before going to breakfast. The Motley Fool is there in his civilian clothes, with a bandaged arm. He and the Motley Crew tried to get ahead of the ambush but weren’t able to stop them. He is quite drugged up due to a broken arm. Seenaë checks his arm to make sure it is set correctly. For the first time since they’ve me him, The Motley Fool is honest and forthright in his conversation with them. After noting the consternation on Seenaë part, and probably because of the drugs, the Fool gives her permission to call him by the name his mother gave him: Etyen.
The party then speaks to Sister Oblath about what will happen to Sir Denil. He will likely survive, but it won’t be easy or pleasant.
The party discusses ways to get more information on the situation, such as the going rate for bribes. At one point the fool passes out. Seenaë brings him to one of the beds, then the group returns to the castle.
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