PROLOGUE - Radiza   Posted by Dungeon Master.Group: 0
Dungeon Master
 GM, 96 posts
Sun 16 May 2021
at 09:03
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Heading downstairs was uneventful. There was no light coming from the ground floor.

Across from the stairs Radiza could see a small sitting room against the far wall. Two lounge chairs and a table. A passageway branched off 10ft to her right.

Ground Floor, Staircase

Radiza
 player, 36 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Sun 16 May 2021
at 09:11
PROLOGUE - Radiza
The lounge chairs offered no interest to Radiza, although it did suggest a drinking cabinet had to be around. Perhaps in the kitchen? These places had kitchens. Of note was that the stairs did not seem to continue. So perhaps there was no basement, or at least not a big one.

She padded forward to peek down the hall. As ever, her ears were perked and hunting for sounds, and her nose took in the scents. Had whoever lived here left for the pickup to happen?
Dungeon Master
 GM, 99 posts
Sun 16 May 2021
at 09:15
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Three doors were presented to Radiza as she peeked around the corner. One at the end of the hallway 20ft away, one in either side of the passage 5 ft away. Soft light was visible through the door to Radiza's right.

Ground Floor, Hallway

Radiza
 player, 37 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Sun 16 May 2021
at 09:42
PROLOGUE - Radiza
The last door with light seemed like the last door where people might be so Radiza carefully checked it, then slowly opened it..
Dungeon Master
 GM, 102 posts
Sun 16 May 2021
at 09:51
PROLOGUE - Radiza
The room was quiet and as Radiza opened the door it revealed the kitchen of the house. A large room with hardwood floors stretched beyond her vision. A cooking fire was set in a brick oven, it was barely more than a small blaze but gave off dim light. A variety of vegetables were on one of the benches, cooking pans and utensils covered the other. A few barrels sat by the door.

Ground Floor, Kitchen

Radiza
 player, 39 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Sun 16 May 2021
at 10:49
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Radiza ducked into the kitchen, on the lookout for some smoked ham..
Dungeon Master
 GM, 105 posts
Mon 17 May 2021
at 03:14
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Radiza stepped into the kitchen.

More barrels and some crates were at the end of the room. A door was in the far end 20ft away. There were scraps of food, sliced vegetables and some meat on the benchtop. it looked as though the remains of a prepared meal.

The barrels smelt of meat and opening one nearest the door Radiza almost got her wish, salted pork sat in the bottom of the barrel, a few salted pork hocks and a side of pork were all that remained in the barrel. The other barrels and crates held an assortment of fresh vegetables, salt and spices and salted meats.

Ground Floor, Kitchen

Radiza
 player, 41 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Mon 17 May 2021
at 11:36
PROLOGUE - Radiza
The pork was quickly wrapped in one of the items of clothing and added to the sack. Fine meat! What a treat!

Radiza's attention then turned to the door at the end. It should be a small room by her estimate, perhaps a pantry? Or perhaps it led to a dining room? Having a separate room for eating was of course ridiculous, but rich folk had their odd ways..
Dungeon Master
 GM, 115 posts
Tue 18 May 2021
at 08:23
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Defying expectations, when Radiza opened the door it revealed an entrance hall at the front of the building. She could see the front door from her position and a hall stand with a pile of letters and parchment lying on top.

A statue stood in the middle of the room.

Ground Floor, Entrance Hall

Radiza
 player, 42 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Tue 18 May 2021
at 09:37
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Continuing her exploration of the mansion, Radiza peeked around the corner and slipped into the entrance hall. This was a first for her. A room completely wasted? Or made to impress visitors she guessed? Like a temple? At any rate, the pile of letters and statue might give a clue who owned this place so she gave them a cursory examination. But she was here for the sort of loot that catapulted her notoriety, and there was no sign of anything that required keys so far, so she hurried on, guessing there would be a door on the other side of this room to open to the opposite side of the mansion..
Dungeon Master
 GM, 116 posts
Tue 18 May 2021
at 23:53
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Radiza crossed the lobby and crept to the opposite door. There was a door in the center of the room connecting to the passage between the kitchen and, as she opened the door, the dining room.

The dining room held a long table almost the length of the room, chairs were situated around the table. Unlit torches were on the wall and the room was dark and quiet. At the far end of the room was a liquor cabinet.

Most notable was a half eaten meal on the far end of the table.

Ground Floor, Dining Room

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:54, Tue 18 May.

Radiza
 player, 44 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Wed 19 May 2021
at 08:29
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Did the brief look at the statue and pile of letters tell me anything?

Well then. Radiza was a little puzzled. There was nothing here that needed keys and by her count, she had now seen the entire house. She crossed the room and looked at the half-eaten meal. Did the owner leave in a hurry? Or did these rich bastards just leave their food to spill and for a servant to clean up come morning? Bah. To eat well and then leave food to rot was another thing to add to the long list of why Radiza didn't feel bad about stealing from these people. Speaking of which, the liquor cabinet looked promising. She could have some brandy with that pork..
Dungeon Master
 GM, 124 posts
Wed 19 May 2021
at 08:45
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Glad you reminded me, sorry I forgot that.

The letters were mostly about taxation, transport fees and tallys of ledgers. However, among the letters was personal correspondence addressed to a Baron Lurhman at this address. They appeared to come from family members, nieces, cousins and a son in law. The contents were not interesting, family drama, holidays, checking up on uncle.

The statue itself was carved from simple stone, it depicted a heroic eight foot figure thrusting a sword in the air. Many smaller figures were at the base of the statue looking up at the main figure. A plaque at the bottom reads'. 'Duty, Honor, Country.'

The meal inside the dining hall looked barely touched. Someone had sat down to eat but had not the time to even really start on the meal.

The liquor cabinet held many expensive looking spirits and liquors. All of them were opened and in various volumes. It was not likely anyone would buy half drunk bottles, but they could certainly be put to better use than sitting on a shelf.
Radiza
 player, 45 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Wed 19 May 2021
at 09:29
PROLOGUE - Radiza
With a touch, Radiza checked if the meal was still warm. Then she took the fullest bottle of brandy and added it to her spoils, again using the convenient clothing she took earlier to wrap it, so it wouldn't make sound or easily break by mistake.

Did a baron live here? She had imagined them in castles. Maybe the man had fallen on bad times? This might be what bad times for nobles looked like. They lost nothing of their arrogance or pretentiousness. Duty, Honor, Country indeed. Duty to themselves, their own honor, and the country they owned. Not the people, oh no.

That left the mystery of the keys to solve. At least she now knew the house was empty so she could move quicker. Perhaps there was a hidden compartment somewhere? This might take a while. Perhaps she should start with what she had. She took out the envelope, scroll and pouch she had looted from the chest above, and checked its contents. Perhaps there were more hints what she might be looking for..

This message was last edited by the player at 09:29, Wed 19 May.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 127 posts
Wed 19 May 2021
at 09:48
PROLOGUE - Radiza
The meal was not as cold as Radiza would expect if it was lying out for a day. To guess, it was an evening meal left unattended.

The pouch held an assortment of gold and silver pieces, 25 gold worth.

The letter was addressed to Lurhman.

Baron Lurhman,                                                                                                                              .

Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated. You are well aware of our organisation and know we       .
value secrecy and discretion. The item in question is an obsidian skull, no larger than a typical human    .
skull.                                                                                                                                              .
The item is being transported by the Thayans on the morn of Alturiak 15th. It's route is uncertain          .
however it will be leaving Athkatla by cart with a minor guard.                                                             .
I suggest contacting Rachel Thursin at the House of Iron and Gold if you need additional hands.              .
The object is priceless. Make sure you hire enough swords for the job.                                                   .

Good Fortune,                                                                                                                                    .
Haram Barthew                                                                                                                                  .

The scroll, unrolled held a charcoal drawing.


It is currently late in the evening of Alturiak 18th.
Radiza
 player, 46 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Wed 19 May 2021
at 12:58
PROLOGUE - Radiza
A gigantic haul in coin, enough to live a year on in some luxury, and promise for wealth eternal! Now Radiza's heart was thumping with excitement. As shivers coursed through her she tried to make sense of events. Apparently some folk called Thayans carried this skull. They left three days ago. This baron, whose house she was now in, was asked to get said skull. He likely hired some hands for the dirty work, because barons didn't carry out robberies in person. Then, today, some folk left the baron's address and two keys in a drop-off spot. She saw no sign of the skull, nor a ready explanation for the keys..

It was troubling. She felt so close, but something was missing. Two keys. This address. Likely the henchmen were to bring the skull here? Use the keys somehow? Had they received a letter on how to use those keys? And why had the baron left in a hurry? Because he was expecting the drop-off? That made little sense. Then he would have eaten normally.

She was missing something she guessed. But what she could look for was the use of the keys. She was likely looking for a hidden compartment, big enough to hold a skull. And so she began. Looking in every piece of furniture that the dimensions were correct, looking behind paintings, the statue, all the way back the way she came, to even look for loose floorboards and under the carpet..
Dungeon Master
 GM, 131 posts
Thu 20 May 2021
at 03:02
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Radiza scoured the house, it was a straightforward process knowing that nobody was home. Working back the way she came the furniture was checked, drawers and cupboards opened, keys checked in keyholes. Back in the kitchen she dug through the crates and barrels and checked the oven then moved into the sitting room and stairs. The ground floor was complete as she worked back up the stairs and to the second bedroom. She felt along the carpets pulled clothes out of the drawers and checked the bottoms, emptied wardrobes and yet nothing else of value was found. A few small trinkets, hairbands, bracelets and cufflinks but only a few looked like they would be worth the time to sell.

She was back in the study checking the chest when she tested the keys and found that one of them fit. The blank key was used on the lock of the chest. Radiza, trusting her ability to pick the lock, had not considered it an option earlier. It took quite some time to so thoroughly search the building and it was as Radiza was flicking through the desk that she heard voices outside. They were hushed whispers which seemed to come from right below the study window. Mere seconds after she heard the voices the were two loud bangs and a squeal of metal then the shattering sound of glass breaking, someone was breaking into the house through the lobby windows!
Radiza
 player, 48 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Thu 20 May 2021
at 12:03
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Radiza's ears turned towards the noise. Well well... what was this? Not a coincidence, that was certain. Was there a third faction involved, one that the baron decided to flee from? Or perhaps the people the skull was taken from had tracked this place down somehow. But the Tabaxi did not panic. She had a perfect escape route over the rooftops. She did not want to stand and look who it was. Her shadow could betray her against the window. Instead, she gave the desk one last look for hidden compartments or keyholes, and then would head for the bedroom window she had entered in..
Dungeon Master
 GM, 140 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 00:32
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Whoever was downstairs was making no effort to avoid being detected. A metal grate, presumably from the window clattered across the tiles in the lobby directly below the study.

Radiza quickly checked over the last of the desk and, confident there were no hidden compartments, left the study and returned to the back bedroom. As she reached the gaming room the steps of multiple creatures could be heard coming up the stairway. She had arrived at the window as voices began to echo throughout the stone building

"Place's already bin done over." One voice said, a light female voice speaking in hushed tones.

"Doesn't matter!" A raspy, older male voice curtly replied. "Find what we need. Anything that mentions the Baron."

Radiza heard a male voice calling from downstairs but couldn't make out the words.

"Go see what that idiot wants. I'll check this floor." The raspy man demanded.

"Yessir."

There was silence for a second before Radiza heard the incantation of spellcasting in a language she was not familiar with.
Radiza
 player, 50 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Fri 21 May 2021
at 12:14
PROLOGUE - Radiza
They moved fast, and knew what they wanted. There was no mention of the skull, interestingly enough. But this could still be the baron's employer, or the people he robbed from. The Thayans? Whoever they were. Or just maybe he had even more enemies, or these were some form of authority. One did answer in a formal way. Nothing a River District thug would say, that was for sure. And there was a mage. Expensive... Things were interesting, and her curiosity piqued, so Radiza went outside and hung from the wall, listening at the windows. If need be, she could be on the roof and gone in a second...

This message was last edited by the player at 12:19, Fri 21 May.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 147 posts
Fri 21 May 2021
at 12:38
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Radiza hung from beside the window and it was a couple of minutes before she heard any further voices from inside, echoing from within the stone halls. Radiza would guess they were in the gaming room, the carpet would not likely echo as much.

"Nothin' downstairs Sir." It was the female again.

"Yes. The place has been ransacked." The raspy man replied, "His chest is opened and anything important has been taken."

A few heavy steps were heard, then a gruff male voice continued. "An who woulda taken 'em?"

"Whoever took the keys stupid!" The woman sarcasticly replied.

"Enough!" The raspy voice reprimanded the others, "We should have never trusted the Guild. I will report this to Rafaam, he will need to make other arrangements." He continued but it sounded like his voice was further away, "You two check the place, inside out, upside down. Bring me anything you find."

"Wait. How do we upside down?" The male asked.

"Ugh. Shutup and help me move this furniture." The woman replied.
Radiza
 player, 51 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Fri 21 May 2021
at 13:10
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Another name. Rafaam. It didn't bring anyone to mind, but that was not surprising. These people moved in different circles. They sounded dangerous too. There was a moment's temptation to sell them her loot, but it was far more likely they would get rid of her to make sure she didn't gab. But most importantly, they knew about the keys so they must have known about the skull. But how did they know the address? The only thing Radiza could think of was that these people were with the ones who put the keys and address in the hiding spot. And they knew about the keys being missing, so they must've come back for that spot. And that likely meant there would be no delivery of the skull. Oh well. It was time to cut her losses anyway. She already had a magnificent haul. It was time to vanish.

Her claws easily dug into the wall as she quietly got to the roof, and vanished into the night on soft padded feet..

This message was last edited by the player at 12:00, Sat 22 May.

Dungeon Master
 GM, 159 posts
Sat 22 May 2021
at 11:16
PROLOGUE - Radiza
It was not far across the rooftops back to the River District and the makeshift shelter Radiza called home. The night had been interesting and even if she stopped right now, profitable. A bag of gold could set somebody up for a long time, even many somebodies. Although while the glint of gold always caught her eye Radiza pulled out the sheets of parchment again. The half burned letter didn't reveal much although it held a single name, Barthew, who Baron Lurhman appeared to be in correspondance with. The letter retrieved from the chest however showed promise, a priceless item was lost; the obsidian skull. What was lost could be found. But if Barthew, Haram Barthew if the letter was truthful, was concerned about who may have stolen it and recommended 'enough swords for the job' then this was not something Radiza could do on her own.

There was family, maybe; and there were the others, maybe. Neither of which should probably be involved in something like this. The former for the danger, the latter for the possiblity of them leaving her with a sliced throat in a gutter somewhere and taking the spoils for themselves. As she thought on the problem one more name stood out from the letter; Rachel Thursin. That was a name Radiza was not so much familiar with but had heard around certain circles. She knew of those who had quit more dangerous, less lawful work to join the Adventurer's Guild. Rachel was a name many mentioned as a woman who had the ability to arrange work, arrange contracts and arrange for skillful groups of competent mercenaries.
Radiza
 player, 52 posts
 Tabaxi Rogue
Sat 22 May 2021
at 20:08
PROLOGUE - Radiza
Rachel Thursin. It was very likely that Baron Lurhman got his hired help from her. If she was going to find out where that trinket was that might well be the passage to the good life, she needed to find out who they were, and what they knew. Perhaps this Rachel kept records. A ledger. Perhaps another nightly visit might be worth it, even though hitting a mercenary boss was daring. But they usually didn't expect someone to be brazen enough. Or so Radiza hoped.

But for now, the hunt was over, and the prey was caught. Radiza walked alley and roofs with equal ease now she was back in the River District, her home turf. Smells of the ocean intermingled with refuse and shit were welcomed her back, but she was at ease. She knew the rules of these streets. Huddled in her filthy and ragged cloak in the dark she might just be another vagrant, and the speed of her step didn't make her an easy mark. Even so, she knew which roofs would hold her weight and which wouldn't despite the dark. She had mapped them out long ago.

Finally, she reached home. It was a humble thing. It was atop a ramshackle building, well past its life expectancy. The only visible maintenance seemed to be some additional struts put in place to prevent the entire building from collapsing. The paint had long gone, and many shutters had been replaced with hammered boards or an iron bar left and right. But it had one redeeming quality; its roof was normally not accessible or even visible from the street, which made it ideal for her. She dug in her nails and hauled herself up in moments. And there was home. A simple shanty of wood and boards. Every bit she had taken up here herself, with some help from her family. A heavy curtain was its door and she had no windows, nor needed any. It had plenty of gaps for ventilation. The roof was reinforced with a vibrant collection of tiles to keep the rain out. As for the climate, well, she had many blankets and pillows for the cold. And in the heat everyone in the River District was in the same stew pot. At least on the roof she could catch a breeze. Here she dozed away the days, watching into the distance, often towards the ocean. That direction smelled better. Somewhere over there, far far away, was the home of her ancestors. Her parents had told her many tales of it and their people, the Tabaxi. Anyone from Athkatla would call them savages and barbarians, and pride themselves lucky to live in civilization. Radiza wasn't sure about that. Civilization had a way of presenting itself to be better then it actually was. Like a fat noble with too many jewels.

She pushed aside the curtain to her home, and hung up her cloak. a tiny table was in the corner, but no chairs. In fact, most of the little building was taken up by her pile of pillows and blankets. A few pots and kettles, as well as what little cutlery she had, was stashed on the opposite side. She cooked outside usually. Finally safe, Radiza piled her weapons and burglary tools on the table and took off her studded leather armor. Underneath she was sweating, but she had no water for washing. That would come tomorrow maybe. So she took off her clothes and hung them overhead from a string, so they and her fur could dry. She wrapped a blanket around herself against the night's breeze and sat on her pillows with her pouch. Tonight was a night for celebration. She took out the well-filled bottle of brandy, unstoppered it and liberally filled her wooden cup before putting it aside. Then she tore off a chunk of ham. Finally, with a sigh, she leaned back, letting her muscles relax. She stretched legs and tucked them in, then let morning slowly creep up on her, as she took small bites and sips, thinking of fortune and a better life..
Dungeon Master
 GM, 167 posts
Sun 23 May 2021
at 00:23
PROLOGUE - Radiza
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