We begin this session in front of the Chomstop in Zebbug. When our characters arrived the awning of the store had caught on fire as four cloak humanoid individuals raced from the store…
Lex, with a quick assessment believes the small fire is actually a medium sized fire elemental. We close in and find our adversaries are catfolk plus one tengu. We were successful in getting two catfolk to surrender. Lete calls for guards as two of catfolk are restrained and disarmed. Marco asks the cooperative Fessaj who hired them and was instructed that a Captain Soverah Fessaj put them to task; Marco allows that cat folk to ‘escape’ in return for this valuable information. Soon deputies Muck and Guck arrive.
The shopkeeper explains to the deputies the catfolk asked about Osso and was directed to the upstairs to search for whatever they were looking for. The shopkeeper states that Osso has not been seen for about day; Osso’s upstairs apartment looks to have been ransacked, our characters assume they did not find what they were looking for. Further speaking with the shopkeeper he indicates the offenders were disguised when they asked about Osso.
The guards check our identifications and seem appreciative for our character’s efforts. A mention of magic has alarming reactions bordering on the superstitious. Lete and Lex briefly leave looking for Jabari who had run off to find the fourth assailant- a tengu and the likely cause of the fire elemental (both were first spotted on the roof of the Chomstop.
|We want Osso right meow.|
Later our own search of Osso’s apartment as well as the roof top yields a false chimney, inside are three healthy sized finely cut diamonds, an Egyptian marked ring as well as a blank masterwork badge. Jabari would eventually look for Eye symbols in the shop but instead sees a woman taking interest in the activity around the shop. Once she sees she was noticed the woman walks steadily away.
The deputies says they are taking the captured catfolk to a nearby cellar where he will sit until payment is made, proceeds are to go to the lord-mayor. An arrangement we are not comfortable with, we must eventually speak to this lord-mayor.
The shopkeeper expresses his gratitude and offers us a discount for helping. We offer the masterwork falchion (with markings of Bayaloynian origin), a composite short bow and a breastplate. He offers 200 gold each in diamonds gemstones for the falchion but warns that the gem conversion is not equal throughout Malta.
The shopkeeper indicates where we can receive healing and offers the upstairs apartment during our stay. Furthermore he says Osso has been seeing a woman Evagara. We decide to investigate this woman and head to what is a family farm.
The farm looks deserted but we call out and approach and eventually meet Evagara. We explain ourselves and why we are looking for Osso. She claims to have not seen him and offers to extend our interest in finding him for our common employer Garamaldi. Lex pleads to her sympathy and warns that Osso is in danger. Lex and Marco decide to stake out Evagara’s farm while the rest of us go to try to secure healing with Gamon the Green.
Lete, Jabari, and Carlo find the large grove, located in the central portion of Zebbug, and are welcomed with a goodberry by a young druid. Upon inquiring about Gamon the Green the young adapt agrees to introduce the trio if they will follow social protocol and disarm themselves. Explaining their desire for healing we propose trading the composite shortbow for five CLW potions. Gamon agrees, offering to sweeten the deal (with a neutralize poison) if we would spread the seeds of a particular flower during our travels in the Mediterranean specifically Malta. We agree and are welcome anytime at the grove. Lete is offered a task of pruning rose bushes for healing, which he does saving the thorns for a makeshift caltrop bag.
Jabari asks the centaur of he is old enough to remember the Sundering? While Gamon is not he advises speaking with his father Nagamon. Gamon says that if we should ever encounter the Halfling Pan and bring him along he is Nagamon’s favorite cook and would go a long way towards good relations. Jabari asks if Gamon has ever seen a dragon? No and he hopes to never do, they are not of the natural order. Jabari asks how old Nagamon is? That is uncertain as counting of time is differs, but he is old. Jabari asks if Gamon knows Osso? Yes and are we friends of this man? No our characters reply but it is the nature of our visit to Zebbug. Gamon does not trust the man; in addition Evagara is recently returned to Malta after studying abroad. Jabari explains our encounter at their farm; Gamon explains the farm was uninhabited and is boarded up because of a past illness. After this Lete, Jabari and Carlo return to the farm.
Lex and Marco keep watch for over an hour. Evagara is clearly on the look-out but fails to notice our well hidden characters. When Lete, Jabari, and Carlo return Lex notices a flag is now missing from the front porch- probably some kind of signal.
We spread ourselves out keeping in sight of each other waiting for the cover of darkness before we attempt a stealthy entry. After about ninety minutes Jabari sees a flash of movement on the farm grounds. Lete is alerted to a camouflaged ice cellar which he opens and enters, waiting for Jabari and Lex before following a crooked passage towards a farmhouse door. Junk litters the basement. Searching the basement we find a family crypt but nothing of interest or value
Outside, Marco and Carlo witness individuals walking in their direction scythes working back and forth through the farmland. Marco and Carlo keen on watching for a diversion.
Back at the farmhouse Jabari, Lex and Lete climb steps to the first floor to the sounds of conversation. “we just have to wait until nightfall and then we can leave” Jabari moves to signal Marco and Carlo who warn of the scythe wielding visitors. We eventually reunite and reveal ourselves to the farmhouse occupants Osso, Evagara and a tiefling.
We explain that we came for the journal. Osso asks who wants it. We ask why the journal wasn't delivered to Garamaldi? Osso admits to crafting a story and that he took a better offer. Without the diamonds? Lex asks and things get hostile.
“Zabbar will learn of this treachery” the teifling says as he flees the fray. After a short battle Osso and Evagara surrender saying the journal is in Hagar Qim “surely we can come to some kind agreement” Osso states; when asked he explains he was hoping to secure their own ship. The sample was what he was using to secure the deal with Zabbar.
Evagara will be safe and will travel with us until we obtain the journal from Hagar Qim. Osso says we are looking for Mallox, a former slave dwarf who offers discrete safe storage and all we have to do is give the dwarf one of the gems (we found).