A month of laying low produces little progress. In close quarters, the rebellion experiences sickness multiple times, failed protests and dissafection with the cause.
A new character comes to the forefront-Maruman, an elf of middle years. While a visitor, Severita Barro ( who is a juicy gossip) [“the order of the torrent is outlawed by barzelli thrune. he has stripped them of their titles and lands. he has the support of the order of the wrack!”,] is at her house, Maruman recieves an uninvited guest- a disraught aquatic elf scout who was ambushed outside of town and comes looking for help.
“we decided to visit the city but only to discover that…that there was no legal way in.”
" I see. so you proceeded througha gate? throught the water?"
“no. no. we looked for a way in through the water. "
“into the large building?”
“yes. yes, into the large bulding. but my sisters were taken.”
“your sisters fell onto hard times?”
“your sisters came into conflict with the powers that be?”
“no. no, with something worse.”
“was this with something that could be reasoned with?”
“no. no, not at all. it could not be talked to. "
“were you looking for the singer?”
She switches to elvish at this point- mid sentence.
“yes, we were looking for the singer. we were ambushed by something under the large building. They were Skum.”
“this was in the city that you found the skum?”
" no, outside in the river. between the city and the ocean."
“i’m sorry to ask it this way, but why did you come to me?”
“we thought that you might know where shenchen was.’
“why would i know where shenchen is?”
“I dont know. I had just lost my sisters, and didnt know what to do, or where to go.”
“I dont know her personally. i had heard that she had dissapeared. why would you come this far, away from the village?”
“Azichasti was in danger. we had heard that shenchen would be able to help, and save our city.”
maruman gives the elf some tea.
“how many skum were there? if they were going to be killed, they would be dead know. if they are prisoners, then they will still be alive. rest now, my child, and I will try and find out more about where your sisters are.”
maruman goes and tries to find out more about the skum and shenchen. there are many rumors, such as shenchen was stuffed and turned into a marrionette, or that she went to arcadia and started another opera house.
maruman decides to go to a pub and grab a burger and a pint so that she doesnt have to deal with her visitor.
once back in her house, she finds a piece of paper on an open shutter.
roses are red, violets are blue. barzeli thrune is an asshole.
a window across the way opens up, and a small piece of paper floats down to the street. a small dragon head peeks out of the open window, looks down, and then vanishes. maruman casts see invisibility, then casts invisibility on herself. she follows the faery dragon to old kintargo, and straight to a building…
and to the silver ravens…
The order of the Torrent has been outlawed in the city, and its leader imprisoned. His cousin, the owner of a seedy tavern, “the tooth and nail taverna”. holes in the wall show the outside, and the rickety tabes and chairs threaten to break under any one of more than average weight.
The order of the torrent is pledged to find abductees and the lost. most of those outlawed are out of the city, but he may be out of the city at a small shrine in the swamps of Argo. His cousin thinks that he may help the Silver Ravens if he is rescued.
Marm enters the tavern, following the faery dragon. Aerodus immediately notices her. he goes over, asks if he can help.
The highwayman goes and says “we are against thrune!”
everyone hushes, and then loudly proclaims loyalty to thrune and the queen. confused conversation ensues, with aerodus nervously acting kind of immaturely, the highway man trying to distance himself from previous actions undertaken by the silver ravens, and Edwynn remaining quiet.
After regaining some order, the cousin talks about why she has tried to get the silver ravens to help.
Marm says that this is the result of prophecy- that a young woman has coem to her with her sisters taken by skum off of the old docks, and perhaps they might be related to the dissapearance of shenchen and the dissapearance of the leader of the torrent.
an old overweight guy with a red snoot comes over with the kid from teh bar, insome. “who are all these guys?” “have a free drink”
he’s a crap hauler for barzelis dogs at the castle.
doesnt know anything
young woman comes in with an apron covered in flour. she gets a shot. laquelle next door, sweet tooth owner.
everyone goes back to marms to interrogate the elf. she is gone when they all get there.
there are spellbooks all over the place, nice little place.
the adventurers go into the shrine, at night to try and find the leader of the torrent. the highwayman enters into the shrine, where two older people live- an older woman and man, who are dressed in tattered but clean clothes. they have sea shells and rocks woven into their hair and beard.
they are sister rainell and brother Bo.
the highwayman says that we are looking for the lictor, and we are here to help find him.
when the npc comes forward, they say “oh, yes, he is here. i see the resemblance. we will take you to him.”
the room they take us to is flooded, with six pillars. the cieling is supported by rough hewn wood. piles of soil and canvas and jumbled timbers lie on the floor. this may have been built to look like the hold of a ship. a statue in the corner is a woman holding a drowned sailor, built out of driftwood. the silver ravens
those that would visit the drowned departed must give forth lifes bouty
to these lips lest you face my guardian" everyone kisses and breathes on the lips of the drowned sailor statue. in the corner of the cavern past the statue there are bodies of sailors on hte floor, and someone has set up camp.
octavio stands up and asks" cousin, who have you brought? are these my arresters?"
the lictor says that he needs to see that the silver ravens can work subtly and within the law when necessary. if we can rescue the armigers and bring them to us, he will help us with tracking down the missing elves.