It’s been two weeks since our encounter with BoB and during that time Theno has assured me that the previous missing folks were all saved prior to being branded as slaves. Additionally, new year’s is quickly approaching – it is just a few short weeks away.
Lina Inverses’ reputation as a bandit killer proceeds her. Janice Su-Yu is looking for her brother Frank Su-Yu the pearl merchant whom left Wilkie 5 days ago on his horse and never made it to Southern Cross. Janice suspects bandits and asked Lina to investigate! Janice is actually not even sure if Frank made it to town.
Lina gathers the group minus Kevin and Margine – they were not around. As a group we decided our first course of action was to find out if Frank even made it to town. This entailed a lot of footwork. It literally took us all day. After visiting multiple inn’s in Southern Cross we found that approximately half a dozen individuals were missing. And those are ones that people noticed. Some inn keepers didn’t want to talk to us so I suspect there were yet more people missing. You know Asta actually impressed me – as a Cleric of Dixon she was able to impart knowledge to myself and other members of the party to assist our investigations.
We decided it was time to inform Theno the town mayor. Theno unfortunately was not available – she was out of town on business. Jerry Jenkin’s the vice-mayor of Southern Cross was left in charge. Jerry’s reputation proceeded him as that of a “rest-n-vest” individual. Getting his support in our missing persons investigation wouldn’t be easy. He claimed to have no knowledge of this and wasn’t going to assist us. He frustrated me. I went for the blunt and direct approach – I threatened him. Should anything bad happen in town on “Jerry’s watch” it would reflect poorly on his ability as the vice-mayor of Southern Cross. He bristled at that – but as all politicians he covered his ass. He wouldn’t “interfere” with our investigation nor would he endorse us. But if we were successful – then he’d take all the credit. Damn politicians…
We made it to the Guild Magic Store just as it was about to close – Barrett had some knowledge of a “seeker” spell that would allow us to find these missing people. Purchasing the spell we hung out in the lobby of town hall – as long as we were quite Jerry begrudgly allowed us to stay while Lina learned this new spell.
Around Midnight we were ready – Lina cast the seeker spell and had a lock on David the fishmonger one of the many missing folks. She lead us through town to a nondescript two story house. Forget the fact that its midnight – we’re adventurers fully armed for combat – we knock on the door anyway. A woman answers the door and tells us to come back in the morning. She slams the door on Kenzi before she could even get her foot in the door! She was fast – inhumanly fast! Kenzi and Asta started hacking on the door. Meanwhile Lina sensed David moving about on the second floor of the house. I sent Montra my familiar to monitor the back door in case anyone tried to make a quick escape. Barrett started scaling the house to the second story window.
By this time several shouts of bandits and thieves rang out up and down the street! This was taking too long! The door was still not open and the noise generated by hacking open a door echoed up and down the street. I used my knowledge of architecture and cast stone to water on the house – simultaneously the door finally gives and falls open. The window Barrett had been climbing to also opens – he jumps in! Crazy bard – everyone knows you don’t split the party!
Its dark in the house – very dark. Asta blindly rushes in while Kenzi evaluates the dark house lobby. Remember what I previously said about Asta – forget about that. As a group, we need to discuss what “splitting the party means”. Combat ensues – at one point Barrett yells out vampires. The postal clan appears – yells out to Barrett that she loves him…
If you are looking for a detailed blow by blow description of combat here you are going to be sorely disappointed. There were vampires in the house. The vampire minions, probably about dozen in all were subdued and beheaded. The lead vampire had a tussle with Asta and escaped out the back door. Montra followed the vampiress to the edge of town where she promptly scaled the town wall and disappeared into the woods.
I’m not sure what happen after this. Lina was unconscious and severely wounded. Healing her I helped her home.
I’m looking forward to see what Theno is going to do about this. Public awareness of vampires in town is bad for business. The politicians will “spin” this to their advantage however… or cover it up quickly. Who knows by the time the sun rises tomorrow i’m sure the ruckus we caused will be attributed to bandits or thieves.