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"Thank you everyone, thank you!!" Lavinia says

 

"First thou, enjoy the meal that Jared & Kora has prepared."

 

"So Jared, how was your trip to Cauldron?" Lavinia says to Jared.

 

"La'lee" it was pretty unexciting, thou the scenery was grand. It is always interesting to see how they built that city on top of a dormant volcano." Jared says

 

"Someday I'll take a trip there, but I guess for now I'm stuck here in Sasserine, epically now with gathering the money that the people in those IOUs & that ledger, which is coming in, I've collected at least 20 names off those papers since we got back from the vault. I guess those people were true to their word." Lavinia says in between a bite of salad.

 

Lavinia looks at Vieta, "And to answer your question, you family wasn't in there." she gives a smile.

 

"Jared, do you recall the last few days that Vanthus was here?" Lavinia asks Jared.

 

"Yes, actually I do, I recall that young man changed so much when he got back from that plantation. It was like he was replaced by someone." Jared says as he tears into a piece of bread.

 

"Yes, I know." Lavina says "It was him thou, that I know. Do you recall if he said anything maybe to you where he might be staying?" Lavinia asks.

 

"He didn't say much to me, but I do recall he didn't say." Jared says "I'm sorry lass, I'm no help here."

 

"It's ok, Jare'. Hopefully something will be found by someone." Lavinia says.

 

Jared looks at the party, "So what is your plan in regarding of tracking down Vanthus or at least some information in regards where he is at?"

 

"I'm not sure, I was thinking of maybe we go in twos, with Tolan on his own. I figured if he has connections, it'd be easier for him to see them without the rest of interfering with it." Yarrin suggests.

 

"Heleger, you were designated leader before we left the manor our first night together as a group, what would you like to do?" Yarrin says to the dwarf. "I've had some dealing with the docks here in Merchant District, some of my contacts might still be there."

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"I think scoping out some of the taverns in the Azure taverns might be in order." Gil says, taking a big bite of food and continuing while chewing. "You never know what kind of interesting tid-bits one might hear in a tavern; especially if he has been associating with the 'seedier' types."

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"Ah think separate groops soonds like a good plan. Me an' Gil'll goo lookin' aroun', an' yoo take Vieta wi' yoo, Yarrin."

 

That decided, the dwarf really digs in to the meal, going light on the ale, but not on the food. It looks as if he believes this may be his last meal. And who knoos, it may be, he thinks, as he swallows a mouthful of food.

 

"By tha way," Heleger says between bites, "Doos innyboody knoo of a close by armorsmith? Mine's still a bit torn, an' I was thinkin' o' tradin' it in fer somethin' better anyway. A temple o' Moradin wood be yooseful. Ah wood get m'armor, an' ah could pick oop some healin' potion as well."

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"Well now, that I can help you, Heleger." Jared says, "Over to the west of here on a small island is The Metal-Skinned dwarf. It's owned by Gildindorf Steelhammer, a good friend of mine, just tell him that Jared Allen sent you over, he might offer a discount for yah." Jared says. "Really all you have to do is take the northern bridge from here & then down Festival Street, that is the street that runs from the bridge all the way over & then when you get to the third bridge, it'll be the first building on your left." Jared strokes his beard for sec. I don't recall a temple to Moradin in this District, but the temple of Fharlanghn is over by Market square. You can't miss it, big building with a wall aroud, near the big central market area for this district (it's the marketplace where the ship (Blue Nixie) was supposedly docked, but was out in the harbor). There are various shrines around town thou, & the closest to here is the Shrine to Dalt, that shrine sits right behind the manor. I'm not sure if you'll find healing there thou, as Dalt's priests are more locksmiths & keymakers."

 

"As far as potions & such, here in Merchant District I know of one person that will have them & that is the gnome, Zilch Glittermane. His shop, Glittermane's Vault is over by one of the Lighttowers. A single building right on the corner, you can't miss it if you go down Festival Street." Jared says as he finishes up his drink.

 

"Well I hate to eat & run so sudden, but I told Mykal that I'd help him with some repairs to his house today." Jared says as he gets up from the table. "Good luck everyone & I hope you find Vanthus." "Bye luv, (he give Lavinia a peck on the cheek), Bye Kora (he does the same). The huge man exits the room.

 

"Well, now that everything is settled. I wish you all luck in whatever information you can find." Lavinia says.

 

"Yes, I think Vieta & I will do good in Azure. I think searching, Sunrise would be a waste of time. That doesn't mean Sunrise is free of riff-raff, just I don't think it sounds like Vanthus would be there. Thou we still need to search each district. So that leaves Noble, Champion, Cudgel & here, as our choices to search. Veita & I can check out Noble, once we are done in Azure, so the two of you take one of the other ones. As you said, Tolan, check out Shadowshore, just don't get yourself into to much trouble while your there. If we do find something about him & he refuses to come back with any of us, won't do any of us, epically Lady Vanderboren any good. Also Heleger, you might try asking the people in this district, you never know they might have seen him." Yarrin says as he finishes his plate of food & drink.

 

After awhile the party finishes lunch & is escorted out of the manor by Kora. "Good luck everyone, & be careful out there." she say & she waves goodbye to the party."

Heleger & Gil

 

Heleger, you & Gil take the route that Jared described, you first stop at the gnome's place. A gnome with a golden beard runs the place, he is dress in a light robe & is wearing a fez on his head. "Good afternoon, what may I interest you in? he says with a slight accent your not sure where from. After a bit you haggle the gnome for some healing potions & he sells you 4 of them for 50 gold all together. You thank the man & then make your way down the street to the dwarven armorsmith. You make your way to the island where his shop is. As you see a signpost that shows a shiny dwarf on it (the dwarf's skin shines in the sun, like chrome would), you notice a building next to it with a familar 8 pointed star on it.

 

As you approach, you hear familiar metal on metal banging, someone is hammering something, suddenly it stops & you hear a searing sound. The side of the shop is open & there is a forge & anvil inside, along with all the familiar tools of a weapon/armorsmith would have. The searing sound is followed by a cloud of steam, as a dwarf pulls a blade out of a barrel of water. The man is about your height, he has a long fu-manchu style mustace, that is tied at the ends & wears a top-knot. His hair is black. The man's arms are covered in runic tattoos & he has a eye-patch over his right eye. "Aye'll be witcha in moment." he says as he eyes the new blade. The dwarf sets the blade down in rack. "Gildindorf Steelhammer is me name & metal is me game." he says as he sticks out his hand in a greeting.

Tolan

 

you make your way back to the Marketplace to catch a gondola ride over to Shadowshore, only just a week ago you were swimming the bay to see what this invite was all about. You make it just as a gondola is about to leave, it's full, 8 people, including yourself, heading for Shadowshore. The trip over is uneventful, thou humid & hot, as the day goes by.

 

You make it Shadowshore & then head off to a place you might think Vanthus might congregate at, the Skinned Man, a tavern. on the west side of district. It's a bit far from the gondola station, so you make your way up Gull Street & & then down Rubble Street. As you walk down the street, you catch the reason why Shadowshore is Sasserine's underbelly from a drug deal going down, to a lady of questionable virtues offering herself to you for only 2 gold, to a man getting stabbed as he walks out of Neldrek's Goods. You make your way up to the tavern, a ramshackle building, that could use new sidings & probably more, a half-elf wearing studded leather, holding a club sits near the door. He looks up at you, 'Business, bub?" he says in low tone. You tell him you want a drink, & that man lets you through....after paying a 5 gold door charge. Inside the place is fairly dark & lit only by a few candles on the tables & a couple of lanterns hanging on the rafters. There is a stage with a couple poles on it off to the side with a female elf dancing on the stage. There isn't many people inside, a couple near the stage & a couple up at the bar. The bartender, a halfling stands behind the bar, rubbing a mug with a rag. "Watta want?" he says as you approach.

Yarrin & Vieta

 

You make your way over to Azure District by the gondola. Vieta, again you see the walled manor of the Kellani family, but this time no man is scrubbing the walls. The street is bare. "Something bothering you?" Yarrin asks as you both walk past the manor & up Lubber's Lop. You continue north, before turning on Harbor Street. You pass through one of the gatehouses that seperate Azure's district, the waterfront. You make your way over to the docks where all manor of ships are docked & more importantly sailors & other ruffians that might associate with Lavinia's older brother. You enter the business called Finback Whaling, but the only response you get from a human sailor inside is, go to The Drunken Dolphin or the Empty Grave, they'll help yah, as he has important business to attend to. You both decide on starting at the Drunken Dolphin.

 

(Both of you make Gather Information checks at time)

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Tolan looks at the bartender and says, "Gimme a pint of that swill you call beer. It's been a hot day and I am looking for something wet to cool me down a bit." He tosses the bartender a gold coin to cover the beer and the insult and then turns to look over the patronage of the bar. "What's been going on here lately?" he asks the bartender, tossing him another coin.

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"Oh, tis nothin', mate!" Vieta answers Yarrin when the man questions him as he stares at Kellani Manor. He wonder where Rowyn might be, a curious thought in his mind.

 

Vieta enters the watering holes in the Azure district with a confident familiarity, as if they have been his stomping ground for years (some of them have been, at least, when his various crew docks). When he enters the Drunken Dolphin, he approaches, he questions the innkeeper and the serving wench.

 

(Gather Info- 12+2 (14) )

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Tolan

"He he. You wanna get wet, then stand over by the stage, but since you feel like throwing money around, that'll be a gold." The fat halfling with a week's worth of grey beard says & he pours out the beer into the mug he just wiped down. Handing the coin over, you ask the question "Well mate, that depends on how much of the coin you have on yah" he says as he hocks up something & spits on the floor behind. The two men, fisherman by the looks & smell of them, turn a eye to you.

(Make a Gather Info Check, it'll be modified by how much coin you give him)

 

Yarrin & Vieta

 

Vieta, you ask the innkeeper about Vanthus, but all you get is, a who? or never seen anyone like that type responses. Yarrin asks around as well but comes up empty. You both agree to check the next place down the street, the Sleigh Ride. Entering the establishment, you see scantily clad women of all races standing around, even a sailor or two with a couple of them, sadly even a district guard is here as well, you catch a glimpse of tabard as him & lady exit into a room.

 

"Hey sailor, come to ride the waves?" a blonde half-elf says to you. A dwarven female come over & puts here arms around Yarrin's waist, "Hmmm just right." she is about to say something else, when a skinny man with a thin mustache & wire frame glasses enters the room. "Ladies, ladies, you'll have your turn."Welcome to the Sleigh Ride, I am Malik Peltiar, you humble host. What can I interest you in?" the man says with a smile. "We have all types, all shapes & sizes to please anyone."

 

Yarrin replies, "We aren't here for the women, we would like some information if you have it."

 

"Well now, the depends, whats in for me?" the man says.

 

(Make a Gather info check, & it will be modified by coin if you choose to use it)

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Tolan leans over to the bartender and says, "Me and a couple of my friends are wanting to know what kind of things are going on and perhaps a bit more if it is available." As he says this he slides 3 gold coins across the bar to the bartender.

 

(Gather info check: 15 +2 (Cha) = 17)

 

Tolan also tries to keep an eye on the fishermen's reactions to his conversation with the bartender without seeming to look at them.

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Tolan

 

As you discuss things, you bring up Vanthus's name among people your wanting to know about & then produce the coins.

 

"Well now." the halfling's grubby fingers grasp the coins & slide them his way before the other patrons get a look at the coins. "Vanthus Vanderboren, hmmm noblekid with a fancy goatee?" He rubs his hairy chin & then says "Yup, I've seen him, he was in here a couple days ago, along with Penkus Cachoo, they were talking business by the stage." he says to you & by the look in his eye you notice there is more to the story..........but he isn't saying anything.

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Vieta looks the blonde half-elf up and down and brings himself close to her with a smooth glide, his nose so near to her hair that he can't help but take a whiff of her perfume.

 

"Tides be not the only thing I ride, miss." he says with a grin.

 

However, when Yarrin brings up the business at hand, Vieta's attentions returns to the business at hand. He lets Yarrin deal with the owner and decides to try to gain information from one of the ladies.

 

He takes the blonde she-elf's hand and gives her a gentle, waltz-like twirl as if to "inspect" her "wares".

 

"Name's Vieta, my dear. What be yours?" Vieta speaks softly to her. "A fine woman like yourself must be attractin' more than mere sea dogs like I. You be fit for the highest noble in Sasserine. Tell me... does the name Vanderboren ring a bell? Vanthus Vanderoboren? A young, noble bugger with long hair and a mustache?"

 

Gather Info- 21 (19+2)

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Tolan eyes the bartender and says, "Really? I am looking for some work at the moment. Perhaps they might need my help with whatever is going on. Any idea where I can find them to offer my services?" He slips the bartender another half dozen gold coins as he asks.

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At the sight of the dwarven smith, Heleger's demeanor cahnges at once. Gone is the dour warrior with hands seeped in blood. A friendly smile, and an overall sense of goodwill radiate from the dwarven prince, and he takes Glindindorf's hand in a firm grip, shaking it vigorously.

 

"Heleger Unglefsson. Well met, master smith! This's Gilhurst," he says, indicating the gnome. "We're dooin' soom woork fer Lady Lavinia Vanderboren, an' Jared Allen said yoo'd be able ta replace m'armoor wi' soomethin' better. Ah'm innerested in a good breastplate, or mebbe a set o' half-plate."

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Heleger & Gil

 

"Well met, well met." the dwarven smith says to you as he grasps your hand, then Gil's (btw Gil is a gnome :unsure: ). "Ah yes Lady Vanderboren, fine young lass, for manfolk of course, ha ha. The young lady has always been kind to me & my family. My son Darius is away from here for the time being, he sails the vessel the Lady's Luck, one of the deckhands onboard. Dwarf sure knows his way around a ship & water." the proud dwarf says. "Jared, anther fine name. I recall the days that him & I would go out in world & slay monsters of all sorts, his healing magic always came in hand, a hook horror about tore me in half, but he healed me enough that I was able to lop the foul beastie's head clean off, good man, very good man." Gil says.

 

"So if I may ask, is Kora Whistlegap, an elderly gnome, still live with them?" Gil asks. "I don't mean to be prude, but Kora has always been special to me, I just don't get over that way much these days, with my shop & other business to take care of."

 

"Ah yes, reason why your here, of course. I see you've seen some combat." the dwarf says & he eyes your chainmail shirt. I don't have many plate armors in stock, as with this climate, people tend to use the 'cooler' armors, but I do have this one I'm working on." He shows you a breastplate about half finished. "All I really have left to add the embroidery (not sure what the actual name is but the raised design work) on it & such. If you'd like I could add something personnel to yah at no extra charge, or we could design a totally new set of armor for yah, half-plate would be know problem."

 

"Being that your a friend of Lady Vanderboren, I'd could make the breastplate for 125 gold or the half-plate for 450 gold. What do you say?" Gil asks.

 

Tolan

 

"Well now, I like the way you talk business, stranger." the halfling says as he slides the coins into his other hand. "Penkus Chacoo, is a man like yerself. Thou the man has bit of a liquid problem, if you know what I mean, not to mention, he gets mad, to a point where he turns red & starts garblin' his werds. I have no idea where either of them are now, as Vanthus hasn't been in here for a bit & Penkus all but disappeared from Shadowshore. I do recall overhearin them talking about buying a boat. One such boat dealer is Panchi, a dwarf. He runs the business "It Still floats", here in Shadowshore. It's near the shoreline."

 

Vieta & Yarrin

 

"I have pouch of gold here. What do you know?" Yarrin says as he jingles the coins. "Vanthus Vanderboren, hmmmm I do recall that name. He has came here a few times in the last few months, but that is all I know. The coins please." Malik says as he holds out his hand. Yarrin gives him the coins. "Good thing there wasn't many in there." he says. "Come on Vieta, we have no reason to be in here now." & Yarrin heads for the door.

 

"Kayla, love." the half-elf says "Your friend seems uptight." As the man pulls out 5 gold coins, he says to Kayla & the dwarf. "Girls, do you have other things to do? Unless...Vieta right, has business here. If so, then you talk to me." Malik says with a raised voice, as the girls walk out of the room. You can tell the man isn't pleased about the bag of coins. Make a Sense Motive check.

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"Well mate, I appreciate the tip. I could use a nice trip back out onto the briny again. Might just have to see if I can find them before they cast off. But that can wait a few minutes." Tolan slugs down the remainder of the beer he has and says, "Pour me another one. That was pretty good." He tosses the halfling another gold to cover the cost of the beer.

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