There was much debate on Beacon Isle after the fighting had finished.
Would they try to keep some of the treasure?
Would they reveal the hidden shrine of Torkas Dark God of Storms?
Would they reveal that the Dock Watch squad had murdered Tristan?
After concocting a dozen plots, they finally agreed to come clean about almost all the treasure but to say that Tristan and the Dock Watch guys had all been killed by the undead and that the angry Sea Spirit had been in love with Tristan but had been appeased when our heroes killed the undead.
This may well have been a good idea as we later discovered that neither Richard nor Gaston could manage to stick to a convincing lie.
Richard paid Capt. Barnacle (the smuggler) 5,000 silver coins for his help and as a down-payment for future assistance. Bill has a small, fast merchant ship and seemed willing to give them tip-offs about rival smugglers and had lots of contacts in the underworld.
Richard kept the Horn hidden wanting to try and find out what it does before they decided what to do with it. He also kept an ornate carpet showing embroidered ships.
Abraham spent ten minutes casting a ritual spell to detect magic. The Horn was very, very magical – beyond anything they had seen before. The scimitar of the undead pirate captain was magical and there were two potion flasks – one a small vial (one drop of golden honey – very magical) and the other a larger pot with 4 doses of a thick, red paste.
Bill’s skiff took them back to the mainland where they delivered all the bodies to the Necropolis. Tristan was taken to the Justinian Family Vault (a mid-rank noble family who own Beacon Isle and whose ancestors may have been pirates). Abraham told the Father-Captain of the Inquisitors that the undead threat was over and there was no reason for the Inquisition to investigate the Isle. They accepted his word on this and seemed pleased with his handling of the situation.
Capt. Julius met them as they left the Necropolis and wanted the whole story. If they hadn’t given the story that Tristan and the Dock Watch guys were all victims, he might have suggested they hide any bad press about the Watch and pin the whole blame on Tristan, but as it was he seemed to accept their version. The widows of the guards would get their pensions and the Justinian family would continue to get their 2,000gp annual rent for the use of Beacon Isle. The under-isle would probably be closed-off.
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The next day, Richard tried to attune himself to the Horn – he learned that it was very powerful with three main functions. The first was to summon a Fog Cloud. The other functions needed something to unlock them. It was an artefact of evil and chaos (mostly chaos).
He also got the carpet valued by a fence suggested by Capt B. The man examined it through a jeweller’s eye-glass and seemed a bit shocked. There were tiny hidden figures stitched into the storm that identified it as belonging to the cult of Torkas the Dark God of Storms. He offered to buy it for 500gp as it would be a valuable piece if they could find the right buyer – but very dangerous to handle as the owner could be executed for heresy.
Instead Richard put on a disguise and delivered both the Horn and the carpet to the Inquisition as an anonymous donation, stressing that the Horn was dangerous. The next day a wanted poster is part of the Watch briefing. It describes the disguised man and offers a small reward.
The next day the sound of a horn echoes across the city and a fog cloud 200 yards across billows out from the Necropolis. The fog is so thick it effectively blinds everyone. Richard gropes his way to the Necropolis (without his disguise) and screams at the priest on the gate for being irresponsible. The priest asks him to come inside and explain where he got the Horn, but Richard vanishes back into the fog. Mulan had followed him and overheard the exchange.
Abraham and Gaston also make there way to the Necropolis after the fog fades after a couple of hours and the panic and looting in the streets dies down. The Inquisitors let Abraham in and discuss the Horn with him but leave Gaston shut outside!
According to Belisarius Groan – Inquisitor Captain, the Horn is one of three Horns of Torkas. They had to blow it to be absolutely sure – the fog cloud was the least of the powers. If enough people are slaughtered in the fog, this would unlock the next power – summoning Valkyries – winged warrior women. If they kill enough people this would unlock the third power – an expanded version of Spirit Guardians. If all three Horns are blown at once, they have a final secret power (which Abraham now knows).
Mulan has developed magical powers and summons a familiar called Mushu, a tiny wingless flying dragon.
Gaston’s experiences in combat have unlocked abilities as a battle-master, gaining a series of special combat abilities
Abraham has gained access to additional spells and also to a Domain Ritual “Skeletal Messenger” which has the same effects as “Animal Messenger” but requires the skeleton of a raven and it can deliver a verbal message.
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A week later the morning briefing includes the theft of a magical book from the half-elf Wizardess Sapphire O’Toole. Sapphire teaches at the College of Art but lives just inside the jurisdiction of G-Watch. The book was magically guarded and one of the thieves has been killed by the trap.
At Sapphire’s house they find she is a beautiful woman (despite being a couple of hundred years old). Mulan knows her from the weekly “Ladies Night” parties she attends at the house of Lady Clupea.
She has a small monkey as a familiar who instantly takes a dislike to Gaston. The monkey is called Mr Flannigan and is very haughty and sarcastic. The dead thief is one of Herb the Half-Orc’s henchmen – Jarvo Gann. He has been throttled by a Black Tentacles spell that was guarding the room. Nothing else was stolen other than the book Reflections of the Nature of Magic by the Wizard Agraven. this is a book about magical mirrors. Sapphire is a specialist in magic items and has been studying the book for a few years – it is on loan from the Library of the College of Art.
They determine there must have been a silence spell to cover the intrusion. They find tracks outside of a smaller lighter person (probably a woman).
Perhaps flustered by the clever monkey and the beauty of the wizardess, Gaston blurts out some information about the Horn of Torkas. Because she is a specialist in magic items, Sapphire is interested and probes for more – she has a book with a picture and Gaston says that they found that horn and handed it to the Inquisition,
They also found a couple of silver spoons on the dead half-orc with a coat of arms. Gaston (the noble) recognises the crest as the family Agravenus (descendants of the wizard Agraven).
Gaston and Mulan visited Sir Mantol Agravenus, last of his line. Sir Mantol is a retired paladin. His butler, Riginal, was very haughty. Gaston had been a visitor there years ago but wasn’t much liked. He returns the spoons and they find that Mantol had had a robbery in the middle of the night and a book had been stolen. “Shar Gazoth Vol 3” by the wizard Agravenus. This was the last volume of Agravenus’ journal about his expedition to the Orcish Citadel – Shar Gazoth. The key part of the story was about the Hall of Mirrors where the Orcs had a magic mirror of Teleportation and another for Scrying and another for creating evil duplicates. Agravenus had become duplicated and his party didn’t know which was the real one. Sir Mantol was very proud that he had said “Kill us both!”. His companions realised that the other one must be the evil one. They managed to re-set the Portal Mirror to point to a mirror in Agravenus House in Eastport and escape through there with some orcish treasure. The wizard locked the Orc’s mirror to his mirror and when they emerged, they locked-up his mirror somewhere safe.
Meanwhile, Abraham and Richard visited their underworld contact Capt. Barnacle, to ask about Jarvo Gann. Bill told them that Gann and Herb had recently been falling out as Gann was doing little jobs for himself.
Then they went for a chat with Herb the Half-orc.
He was sitting inside a candy/coffee shop, selling drugs out of a bag hidden under the table. Abraham intimidated him a bit and he revealed that Jarvo Gann and he had split up. Jarvo has been doing jobs for a mysterious woman and had been going to “Half-Orc Meetings”. Herb claimed to like all races equally – as long as they have money – but these weekly half-orc meetings were mostly to whinge about how the other races (especially humans) look down oh half-orcs. He told them that Jarvo was living with a woman called Misty in a brothel in the Docks called Seamans’ Rest.
Our heroes all met up at the brothel which was closed (it was only about 10pm). Mulan climbed to the roof to watch the back and front entrances, hidden against the chimney. The others persuaded the elderly cleaning woman to let them into the bar for a drink.