Hell's Rebels

New Names and Faces

Malramuiluen (in which the Ls are silent) “Marm”, aquatic elf, Ryon’s character.
Severetta Barro, gossipy accountant from the Lord Mayor’s office.
Aava, aquatic elf, young survivor of a captured scout team from Acisazi (achi-sah’-zee).
Shensen, half elf, a celebrated opera performer missing since the Night of Ashes.
Setrona Sabinus, proprietor of the Tooth and Nail Taverna.
Insome, bar help at the Tooth and Nail.
Garvex, a drunk who is paid to clean up after the dogs at Castle Kintargo.
Luculla, proprietor of the Sweet Tooth Confectionary.
Brother Jenbai, oracle of St. Senex.
Sister Remele, oracle of St. Senex.
Lictor Octavio Sabinus, leader of the Order of the Torrent.

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A new start

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?”
“yes.”
“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.

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Kintargo recoils

When the good citizens of Kintargo set out for Aria park only a month ago, they knew they might be setting themselves on a difficult path. The violence has begun to escalate, and bodies have been sprouting all over the city, like weeds in the garden. As always seems to be the case, most of the violence has fallen on the backs of the poor and marginalized. It started with the massacre in and around Aria park, but it didn’t end there.

There was the tiefling woman found on a rooftop in the temple district, whose face had been eaten off by some small predator. Folks mostly think it’s connected to the dozen-or-so tieflings who had been found dead with all their teeth knocked out over in the Devil’s Nursery. Then there were the foreign thugs who’d been skulking around the old salt works. Their tongueless heads were put on display before Castle Kintargo for the crime of “Mercenary Violence”. And just this week the city was stunned by the terrorist attack at the Delronge Estate.

All of these deaths are starting to add up. A month ago the Thrune accountants had Kintargo listed with a population of 11,900. Today their divinations returned the troubling number 11,849. Is this a brief time of turmoil, as the city settles into a new ruler, or is this the sign of more darkness to come?

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Further revelations of documents
The kintargo docs.

The silver raven documents

The silver ravens headquarters in and below the opera house.

Said to be able to use something called the song of silver for when kintargo was attacked by enemies.

The leaders of the silver ravens knew that house thrune would sieze control, and made an agreement to surrender should that occur. The documents were a time capsule to remember the silver ravens.

In addition to studying these doc, he is also studying some of the doc that he recieved from his mother, who was a member of secret society, the sacred order of archivists.

He believes that his mother is still alive. He has discovered that hidden in some of the secret doc of the silver ravens that the archivists were founded before the silver ravens, and that they are an old organization. They may still be at hookum phantasmagorium.

The phantasmagorum is a museum and house of oddities, in old kintargo’s bridge district.

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An evening at Laria's

So there they were in the condemnable livery, Aerodus, Rexus, and Gilly hurt badly, and the pig farmer knocked unconscious. With the sun’s rise in the morning the city’s curfew was lifted and the nascent revolutionaries where looking forward to Rexus treating everyone to puffy milk and brandy at Laria’s Cafe’. But how to get Bigby Tusk across town in his state? Aerodus, in his opium induced haze went and bought a donkey, not getting a very good deal. Gilly and Rexus cleaned off the old cart that was in the livery and hid Bigby in it’s bed and covered him in straw. They all passed quite well as homeless beggars as they drove to Laria’s. On the way, they encountered a man who should have been dead but was somehow alive and desperately in need of coin to pay his debts to the Church of Asmodeus.

When they arrived at the cafe’, Rexus introduced everyone to Laria the halfling as revolutionaries and she seemed pretty skeptical. She introduced herself as the leader of the Bellflower Network and offered to show Aerodus and Gilly the basement smuggling tunnels, describing how one of her smuggling contacts had recently disappeared down there. The party decended into the darkness with torches and lanterns, weapons on the ready.

The body of the smuggler was spotted floating in the the water in the underground tunnel and Aerodus attempted to fish him out, but the subsequent encounter with the giant albino alligator did not go well for him, but Gilly and Laria managed to kill it. After reviving Aerodus, the three of them felt like they were being watched and then spotted a beastly looking Tengu type creature just before it attacked them. After a good wounding the thing fled. But there were four Tengu sisters led by Korva who came out of the shadows, and Aerodus calmed their fears about the heroes with an excellent bit of diplomacy. The Tengu sisters said they were being smuggled by the poor dead bastard who was pushed into the alligator’s den by the beastly murderous “pet” of theirs, and they asked the group if they would finish the job of killing it, putting it out of everyone’s misery.

Laria offered to let Aerodus, Gilly, and Bigby use the underground facilities to house their revolution, and all agreed that the Tengu sisters could stay there in exchange for work.

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group treasure

12 gold
185 silver
342 copper
1 pair of quartz earrings worth 10 gold each
set of 9 silver coat buttons worth 5gp each

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The Fair Fortune Livery

The Heroes and Rexus go to The Fair Fortune Livery to try and find a way of getting back at the Thrunes, and saving the city.
Nothing interesting happens on the way to the Livery, but curfew is rapidly approaching.
Coming up on the aged stable, it precariously leans to one side. The entire thing is entirely covered in dust, and smells like urine. The front doors are chained, but slightly ajar, and dog tracks are right around the door. Gill tries to go through the doors, and gets stuck in the chain. his coat rips and he falls into the dust. Rexus suggests that we try and open the lock- Gilly takes an extra moment and works the lock open.
They loudly sneak in…and are confronted with three mangy dogs that growl loudly as the heroes enter into the Livery. Bigby walks up and bares his tusks, growling back. It doesn’t work. So he fires an orb of acid at the biggest of the dogs, some sort of mastiff, and splashes behind it. Gillie attempts to convince the dogs that they love him. they do not, so he tries to frighten them. They are shaken, but still decide to attack. One of the smaller dogs bites the pig farmer. Rexus moves to the side of the attacking dogs and casts a spell deftly and without components; colors shoot out of his hands. Two of the dogs fall down, paralyzed. Aerodus stabs the mastiff.
Gillie again attempts to gain intimidate the mastiff, staring him down and making several sharp movements with his hands. The mastiff attacks Aerodus, taking a big chunk out of his side. Bigby smacks it with his staff. Aerodus flanks it and stabs the mastiff, leaving it bleeding. the other two dogs are put outside the doors.
Bigby finds a key in a desk, and finds some tracks in hte dust on top of the desk that look like baby feet with claws on the end. a clatter and crash from outside in the yard draws the party out into the courtyard of the livery. out of the corner of his eye Aerodus sees something small skitter into a stall. Gillie and Aerodus stealth into a corner. Bigby walks towards the stall it skittered into, and sees fake blood flowing down a wall. Bigby throws some dust into the stall, and something scurries past him. The group finally sees that it is some sort of possum person. Aerodus tries to talk to it and convince it to help, but it skitters through the grate and into the area that they haven’t been able to reach. Gillie finds some old rope and harnesses to try and climb up a beam and grab a shiny thing that he saw up in hte rafters. he decides to knock it off of the beam with a pebble. it is an old signet ring. aerodus looks at it and deduces that it belongs to the juliac line of nobles, no longer a noble family in kintargo, but present elsewhere in Cheliax. It is probably worth a fair amount of money, probably 250 gp.

Gillie looks at the walls close to the walls on either side of the grate, and deduces that the mortar is loose enough that someone with a low strength could push through the wall. he pushes through some of the mortar to look into the next room. there are lots of interesting tools that are in there, and there is a trapdoor ajar in the corner held open by a block of wood. everyone enters into the room. As all of the heroes stand there, some of the tools start flying across the room. Bigby goes down the trapdoor, 15 ft down a ladder. There are three dire rats down there. Bigby charges one of them and misses with his staff. Aerodus gives his dagger to Gillie, and then climbs down into th eroom. Gillie follows. The rats attack Bigby, and all three bite him. He falls. Rexus drops down into the cellar and casts colorspray, dropping them all. Gillie feeds Bigby a healing potion. The solidly built subtereanean rooms seem pretty well constructed- more solidly than the livery above. A big room beyond has animal warrens and tracks. Bigby walks boldly into the room, while Gillie and Aerodus stealthily walk into the room. Arerodus sees something shiny. Bigby pokes a pile with his stick. 5 possum people emerge from the blankets. They run forward and puke on everyone, swarming onto bigby. Aerodus and Rexus and Gillie fall back into the previous room, while bigby tries to whack the one on him with his quarterstaff. he misses, and moves back into the room with the others. the possum things swarm rexus. Gillie punches one of them a couple times, then they run away.

The heroes find some loot. Group Treasure

Bigby goes exploring and finds some a giant cistern full of slurry and sinister carvings on the walls, menacing chains hanging from pillars in the middle of the room. While Bigby is standing, looking at the room, two sloppy looking creatures rise from the muck; he recognizes them as lemures, the lowest minions of hell. Bigby attempts to kill them and fails. He falls to the ground, bleeding out. Rexus runs down the stairs and grabs bigby and drags him up the stairs. He is eventually stabilized, right before he is about to die.

The three remaining party members decide, after a hit of opium, to combat the lemures. sallying forth, the three brave heroes barely survive the encounter with the two lemures, with rexus becoming unconcsious, and gillie and aerodus down to one hitpoint apiece.

Continuing into the tunnel, Gillie and Aerodus find three crates with treasure, that would be super helpful.
The group heads to the coffee house.

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A nice night for a riot
A peaceful protest turns violent

The scene opens on Aria Park, where a gathering of citizens is protesting the arrival of -Barzillai Thrune- and his subsequent proclamations.

One woman, wearing recently piurchased plain but fine clothing talks about the recent dissapearance of a singer, Chanson.

Another man, a little shady looking seems suspicious because someone is killing tieflings down in the Devils Nursery. He thinks that it might be the return of The Slasher.

A family man thinks that red roof or temple hill are unsafe to walk in at night, as several gangs, the are starting to act up, something that didn’t happen before Barzillai Thrune arrived.

Stay away from Clench jaw’s lots of brawls and politic talking, and people think that its going to be shut down soon.

After a large crowd gathers, a woman flanked by some rather large men. Her name is Nox, and while relatively new to town, has no reputation for violence.

The crowd is agitated but not violent. a halfling pickpocket makes the rounds and picks the pocket of the well off woman.

A woman thinks that Gilia Bane lenus fell down the stairs while drunk, instead of fleeing the country to Arcadia. We might be able to find out more at the docks.

A beggar in the streets starts rabble rousing against the Thrunes. “The Rhetorical Beggar.”

A Half-Orc with a Piglet under his arm starts yelling about not being able to afford pigs and cotton. “They took er hogs!” People start talking about ’The Naked Pig Farmer"

After another hour, a crier comes out of the opera house, and issues an eighth proclamation- foreign captains may not set foot in Kitargo, and they are responsible for the actions of their crew, on threat of squassation. Because, evidently, sailors are dirty.

“The Rhetorical Beggar” starts rabble rousing.
Three minutes after the third hour, the bells of the temple of Asmodeous peal out three times, and Barzillai Thrune strides out. “my adoring little chickadees, i am sorry to say that i have not yet adapted to your country ways. blah blah blah, know that i have heard you concerns, and i will address your concerns. i take pride in updating your quaint laws, and strengthening your ties to the capital.”
Someone throws a tomato, which goes through the window of Barzillai Thrune and he sets his thugs on the crowd.

Nox gets stabbed in neck. not phased. probably not human.
The rhetorical beggar sneaks up on some thugs, while the Naked Pig Farmer scares the thug enough that she runs away. Aerodus convinces some of the thugs that he is one of them.
Gillie, The Rhetorical Beggar, pokes one of the thugs in the eye.
Aerodus Jheltro steals an armband from one of the thugs. The Dotari move over to try and take out Bigby, who then casts a spell to dissapear. Aerodus fails to convince some thugs to help him move Gillis unconscious body. As Aerodus and Gilli head out to grab a drink, they hear snarls and tearing sounds. looking back, Aerodus sees nox holding the leash to a hell hound as it tears into the bodies of the protestors.

A clash of steel against steel alerts the party to some thugs messing with a regular citizen. Gilli rouses the crowd against the nationalists, and several nearby liberals run up to help. The nationalists pull out their maces and start wailing on everyone. Gilli starts throwing rocks, and Aerodus scares one off with threats. All the citizens get crushed, and bigby casts a spell, and swings his quarterstaff at one of the thugs. Aerodus treatens one of them and fails. Gilli gets hit and falls, while Aerodus tries to stab one of them, and misses; one steps next to him, and he stabs him. The group rushes to try and stabilize the citizens who fell defending them. Bigby heals the citizen, who then goes to heal the rest of the fallen citizens. He introduces himself as Rexus Victicora. He is a noble whose family lost it’s mansion and nobility during the night of ashes. He wishes us to help him against Thrune in Kintargo. He gives us his family fortune in exchange for help to try and start an insurrection. His mother porche was a member of the order of archivists. He has a letter from his mother that she wrote in case of her death. She mentions that there is a group called the Silver Ravens that in the past has helped keep Kintargo safe in previous wars and conflicts. There are several safe houses associated with the Silver Ravens, including the Fair Fortune Livery which she was investigating when she died.

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