People you don’t want to see….
You are now at a point where you don’t take on cases that you don’t want to. You are now getting two types of ‘clients’. Your clients are either poor and have no where else to turn. They can pay very little to nothing but you have found them to be a great resource for finding out things. Most of these poor clients are looking for someone to help them because they are being ‘shaken down’ by a street gang.
Your second group are people with wealth. They have been merchants or ship captains. The wealthy want to find out who is ripping them off. If you want to avoid using your magic then you would be engaged in good old fashion detective work. Find the target, tail the target, learn everything you can about the target by talking to people around the target. Once you are sure you can prove the target is in fact guilty then you can either use your bounty hunter skills to get the individual or use your magic to accomplish the same goal.
You and Russa are still very much together. Her daughter, Ceila is an attractive and charming young lady. Russa is clearly grooming her daughter to make a fine wife for a wealthy merchant in town. She wants three things for Ceila when it comes to marriage – mutual love, respect and a comfortable life. You have been helping Russa in the vetting process to find suitors for Ceila.
One afternoon while you are enjoying your afternoon kaffee a small package arrives for you. Upon opening it you find the following cloth symbol
and a note:
We must meet at 10pm at The Watery Lagoon. Come alone.
The symbol is the symbol of the Cult of the Black Sigil.
Meeting at The Watery Lagoon
You enter The Watery Lagoon and find a table to sit at. (read The Watery Lagoon description). At the appointed time directly in front of you on the table, in High Abyzinian script the following letters glow. *3rd. Left. 3. 2 short, 1 long, 1 short. Enter." As soon as you finish reading the letters, they disappear.
You decipher the message as instructions to go to the 3rd floor, turn left, go to the 3rd door, knock 2 short-1 long-1 short and go in the room. Someone who wanted you dead would have just killed you where you sat instead of giving you a message that only you could read.
Following the instructions, you enter into a room that has a single table, three candles, a ‘person’ sitting across the table from you and a chair for you to sit in. This ‘person’ appears to be distorted – like looking through quartz.
The rest of the room is very dark and quiet. Obviously someone has used magic to make the room dark and silent.
The hairs on the back of your neck raise up because you ‘feel’ like there is something else in the room. You 100% certain you don’t want to know what it is.
The ‘person’ in front of you gestures to the chair. When you sit down the ‘person’ in front produces two wine glasses and a fine Abyzinian wine. You both drink your glass of wine. You knew that it would be wise to bring a couple of fine cigars. You hand one to the ‘person’ across from you and they take it and lite it as do you.
After smoking for a few moments, the ‘person’ across from you says “Brother Darkarus I am glad you heeded our invitation. We have known for a long time that you have been seeking to kill Barius. It has come to our attention that in fact where others have failed you may succeed.”
You can now tell that this ‘person’ is a man. “We do not know how you can succeed as your magic is not that powerful. But you may succeed. We want Barius dead… As much as you do. Because of this we are going to offer you some assistance.”
“We know you travel with companions. You and your companions need to be protected against Barius’ powerful sorcery. To that end we have crafted the following amulets. As long as they are worn the person wearing the ring will receive some protection against Barius’ sorcery.”
“We also have two scrolls with maps. They have been in our archive for a very long time. We do not know if what they contain is true or merely a storyteller’s dream. That is for you to find out.”
“Finally you must understand. I was never here. No one must know that we have meddled into the affairs of Sarth. If anyone from Valdoria found out they would declare war on our country. We no longer have the strength of arms or magic to keep such an army from eventually succeeding.”
At this point the amulets and scrolls are left on the table and you find yourself in a very plain room at The Watery Lagoon.