[1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat.   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Kyra
 player, 118 posts
Mon 23 Sep 2019
at 08:02
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Kyra speaks out, though she is clearly uncomfortable doing so.

"I agree that us getting to her before she is torn apart by the crowd or intimately introduced to Hellknight's methods of policing would be her best bet at this point. But, even if we manage to do this quietly, how likely is the fact that we have her to remain a secret? Guardsmen are people after all, and people talk, especially when tempted with large amount of gold. If the queen finds out we have her, she might demand to turn her over, innocent or not. Couldn't we stash her somewhere more... discreet instead? A safe house or a cell somewhere in the city. At least until we look into this mess and decide what to do with her? And you could then truthfully say that she is not in your prison if asked."
Kraw
 Rogue, 280 posts
 HP 25/25 AC 18
 F+3 R+7 W+3
Mon 23 Sep 2019
at 15:12
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Kraw also looks uncomfortable, but eventually nods. "Better she is held while making an investigation rather than suffer either the Hellknights or the mob. And we are likely the best agents available for the job. Perhaps someday someone can explain to me how the Hellknights came to represent a policing force in Korvosa....but I will help take her in."
Ayeesha
 Bloodrager, 156 posts
Mon 23 Sep 2019
at 21:25
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
"You had me at please," she smiled at the Field Marshall, ready to do what was asked. She just needed to convince her group.

She shook her head at Kyra's suggestion. "I like my neck exactly as long as it is right now. Not planning on getting it stretched out in a hangman's noose for harboring and aiding the rutting king slayer. No, the safest place for this woman is with the Field Marshall. I trust her. She's going to do what she can to get to the bottom of this all."

"Besides, you sure we can find any place discreet enough that the Hell Knights, the guard the Sable company, hell even the Cerulean Society all of them won't be able to find it? Willing to bet your life on that?"


She shook her head again.

"No, I'm in with the original plan, find this woman and deliver her to the guard, it's the only way. Sounds like you're with me too Kraw. Hope you can help us Kyra."

Kyra
 player, 119 posts
Tue 24 Sep 2019
at 05:50
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
"I am certainly still with you on this. I was not proposing that we hide the suspect from the Marshal, merely that she is held somewhere less obvious, to give us more time to figure out what to do with her. But if the Marshal believes her stay here can remain a secret, that is good enough to me."

She did ask us to do this quietly, so I guess she must have some confidence in keeping a prisoner a secret.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 304 posts
 Teller of tales
 Lord of lies
Thu 3 Oct 2019
at 04:27
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Entering the Midland ends up being relatively easy as long as pains are taken to avoid the main streets. Several times, the party is detoured due to large angry mobs, patrols of the Order of the Mob, and, in at least one occasion, an actual clash between the two.

By taking alleys and side streets, and in the case of the small riot an entire detour, the group is able to make its way to the directions given by the Field Marshall.

When they arrive at the tenement in which Trinia is said to live, they find the place in a densely built section of the city, a place where, at ground level, direct sunlight is a rarity. Above, jury-rigged catwalks, overhanging roofs, lines of laundry, and homemade bridges of rope and boards create a cluttered tangle, a multi-level mess of gutters, upper floors, and rooftops.

This is the slum above, a place known as the Shingles. In many ways, the Shingles is like its own sub-ward of the city of Korvosa. Here, in shanties built atop roofs, on the upper floors of otherwise abandoned tenements, and amid jungles of chimneys, peaked roofs, and eroding gargoyles, are vagabonds, thieves, monsters, and perils to match those found in the most dangerous slums. Stirges haunt gutters here, as do nests of imps. Pseudodragons lair here too, although in their frenzy to keep the imp population under control, the little dragons often cause nearly as many problems as do the tiny outsiders. Criminals use the Shingles as a highway to move about unseen by the guard. Worst of all are the chokers, hideous aberrations with long boneless arms who have taken to the Shingles with a tenacious fecundity that has resisted all attempts to date at eradication. Stories of chokers wending arms down through chimneys or upper windows are common, and serve as the primary reason most citizens avoid climbing above the second floor in regions the Shingles overshadow. This is where Trinia lives, and this is why the mob hasnít found her yet.

Triniaís home is in an old tenement, three floors high and containing dozens of other flats. Children play on the street as the mob and violence haven't reached her yet while concerned parents keep a close eye on them, ready to scoop them up at the first sign of trouble. The directions given to the party puts Trinia's flat on the third floor, southwest corner. A central staircase rises up in the middle of the tenement allowing access to the upper floors but given the verticality of the Shingles there are numerous other ways up as well.
Kraw
 Rogue, 281 posts
 HP 25/25 AC 18
 F+3 R+7 W+3
Thu 3 Oct 2019
at 06:50
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Kraw looks up with his low-light vision, trying to ascertain any dangers to an outside-climbing approach. "If Trinia lives here, 5 gold says she has a few possible escape routes planned out. Best bet is to try an approach that she won't see coming....like up the side of the building."

23:51, Today: Kraw rolled 14 using 1d20+10 with rolls of 4.  Perception .

This message was last edited by the player at 06:52, Thu 03 Oct.

Kyra
 player, 121 posts
Thu 3 Oct 2019
at 07:38
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Kyra picks up a small piece of a crumbling brick from a wall, closes her eyes and concentrates. For several moments she is silent as she seems to be listening to something nobody else can hear.
Ayeesha
 Bloodrager, 158 posts
Thu 3 Oct 2019
at 22:43
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
"Lovely place," she muttered, looking up into the shingles.

"I agree. I'm not much of a sneak though. She might have friends watching the streets as well, or be watching herself,"
she continued.

"We shouldn't stand around long. She might already know we're coming."
Figus Dva
 player, 167 posts
Fri 4 Oct 2019
at 00:18
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Figus looks at the tenements and considers his options.

"If we knew where she is, I would be able to take to the roof and cut off her retreat."

OOC: Take 10 on Perception for total of 19
Ayeesha
 Bloodrager, 159 posts
Fri 4 Oct 2019
at 02:02
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
"Well, unless someone told her we're coming, we know she's in that tenement building, third floor southwest. If you can get on the roof without anyone seeing you, it's probably not a bad thing to block off that exit."
Figus Dva
 player, 168 posts
Fri 4 Oct 2019
at 02:10
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Figus smiles "That can be arranged. Give me a few minutes and I will be in position. Having ones parent a drow does have certain advantages."

Figus heads to the southwest of the building. Once there he concentrates a bit and begins to float up, guiding his ascent with his hands.

OOC: Levitating and trying to be stealthy (take 10 for an 18)
Kraw
 Rogue, 282 posts
 HP 25/25 AC 18
 F+3 R+7 W+3
Fri 4 Oct 2019
at 08:12
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Kraw sneaks along, following Figus. As he ascends, Kraw keeps a pair of daggers in hand to 'cover' his movement. Kraw is prepared to intercept any attempting to ambush Figus with a pair of quick-thrown daggers.


01:09, Today: Kraw rolled 28 using 1d20+12 with rolls of 16.  Stealth .

Dungeon Master
 GM, 305 posts
 Teller of tales
 Lord of lies
Tue 8 Oct 2019
at 21:22
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Figus and Kraw climb (or float) up to the rooftop without seemingly drawing any undo suspicion.

Meanwhile the other two members of the party hear the mob coming closer and closer. The parents start hurrying their children inside and doors and windows start shutting tight left and right as the sound of anger and violence start to approach.
Figus Dva
 player, 169 posts
Wed 9 Oct 2019
at 01:14
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Figus hunkers down, gets out a Tanglefoot Bag and waits for Ayeesha and Kyra to flush their target.
Kraw
 Rogue, 283 posts
 HP 25/25 AC 18
 F+3 R+7 W+3
Wed 9 Oct 2019
at 03:47
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Kraw waits in the shadows, his twin saps in his hands.


20:46, Yesterday: Kraw rolled 19 using 1d20+12 with rolls of 7.  Stealth .

This message was last edited by the player at 19:11, Wed 09 Oct.

Kyra
 player, 122 posts
Wed 9 Oct 2019
at 05:48
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
"We better get up ourselves, staying down here could get very unhealthy very fast." Kyra says while listening to the sounds of the approaching mob. She then flicks her scarf over her shoulder and sprints up the central stairway to Trinia's floor.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 306 posts
 Teller of tales
 Lord of lies
Wed 9 Oct 2019
at 18:25
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
It's mid-morning so would be bright but the mess of the Shingles makes a lot of shadows and obstructions of the sky like an artificial forest canopy.

OOC: If you're making a stealth or disguise check please roll, including your bonuses if any
Figus Dva
 player, 170 posts
Wed 9 Oct 2019
at 18:38
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Figus attempts to stay out of sight.

14:38, Today: Figus Dva rolled 24 using 1d20+10 with rolls of 14.  Stealth.
Ayeesha
 Bloodrager, 160 posts
Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 03:20
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Ayeesha moved with Kyra, not taking any pains to hide herself. They were the hounds, hopefully they'd drive their prey into the hands of the lurking hunters.
Kyra
 player, 123 posts
Thu 10 Oct 2019
at 05:12
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Kyra is in too much of a hurry for stealth on her way up. But once up there she can try to find a shadow to lurk in.

07:08, Today: Kyra rolled 30 using 1d20+15 with rolls of 15.  Stealth.
Dungeon Master
 GM, 309 posts
 Teller of tales
 Lord of lies
Sun 20 Oct 2019
at 06:27
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
When Ayeesha approaches the building people scatter. It's not a question on anyone's minds that she is there on business of a violent nature and with the mob approaching everyone hustles double time.

Ayeesha makes it up to Trinia's door and is about to knock when Kraw realizes someone is sneaking around the side of the roof below them. Looking down he sees a woman matching the description the field marshall had given them inching around the ledge to the opposite side of the building as where Ayeesha would be approaching from. It looks like Trinia snuck out of a side window and had stayed out of sight by pure luck and happenstance until now.

OOC: Initiative time!

To set the stag, Kyra and Ayeesha are inside the door to Trinia's apartment (which is closed and presumably locked). Figus and Kraw are on the roof and Trinia is on the ledge on story below them.

Kraw
 Rogue, 285 posts
 HP 25/25 AC 18
 F+3 R+7 W+3
Sun 20 Oct 2019
at 08:19
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Kraw motions to Figus to join him at the edge of the roof and points downwards. With a quick motion Kraw flips himself down to the ledge that Trinia is edging along.

01:16, Today: Kraw rolled 10 using 1d20+4 with rolls of 6.  Initiative .

01:16, Today: Kraw rolled 27 using 1d20+10 with rolls of 17.  Acrobatics .
Kyra
 player, 124 posts
Sun 20 Oct 2019
at 13:26
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Not knowing what is going on outside Kyra just waits for Ayeesha to knock on the doors. Or knock the doors down, whatever gets it open. That mob is getting closer.

Don't know if I should roll initiative since my character is on the sidelines here, but...
15:21, Today: Kyra rolled 23 using 1d20+6 with rolls of 17.  Initiative.

Figus Dva
 player, 171 posts
Sun 20 Oct 2019
at 15:11
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Figus gets ready to use the Tanglefoot Bag as he intended

11:10, Today: Figus Dva rolled 16 using 1d20+4 with rolls of 12.  Initiative.
Ayeesha
 Bloodrager, 162 posts
Wed 23 Oct 2019
at 22:40
Re: [1.06] The Queen's Scapegoat
Inside, Ayeesha knew nothing about Trinia fleeing. She stuck with the plan, battered on the door with her fist and shouted, "Trinia! Let us in we're with the guard!"

She would give about ten second to hear a sound of someone coming to the door, then opened it (if it was unlocked) and if not, tried to bash it down.

OOC: Not sure if I need a roll...