Ties that Bind

Hey, Let's Rob the Mayor!

a solstice to remember

After having returned to the city of Maidenpool with a week to spare before your previous mission’s deadline, Each of you spent your time in the city as you saw fit.

Tyne and Godot, during a night of drunken revelry, somehow found their way into the headquarters of the Gray Magpies, the most illustrious (and hidden) thieve’s guild in the city and county.

Selene and Laila took in the various opportunities around the city to shop, visit famous locations, and generally get to know the city and its people.

Ave spent most of her time with the hired workers preparing for the summer festival, chopping trees and even hunting down and striking the killing blow against the festival’s main course: a Dire Boar.

Helios perused Maidenpool’s great library, pouring over various scrolls and tomes containing a variety of topics such as the history of Castrellon, Maidenpool, and even your new employer.

Two days before the festival, Walgrim summoned you to his office in Faganheim Plaza where he asked that you help in providing security and public peace during the festival, which has been known to get rowdy. Along with this general charge, he asked that any suspicious activity that did not fall under the level of pick-pocketing or drunken disorderliness, be reported to Walgrim directly, as he would be the de facto leader of the festivities this year. As he dismissed you, Walgrim mentioned that women traditionally wear flowers in their hair during the festival, which brought a grin to many of your faces (for one reason or another) As you were leaving, Helios and Ave noticed that the apparent doodling that Walgrim had been working on through much of their discussion, looked like the beginnings of a boat frame.

The two days interim passed quietly for the city, though not for you. The next morning, Godot and Tyne, with Helios in tow, made their way back to the Gray Magpies with a… half a plan to steal the best flowers in Maidenpool for use at the festival. You were met with some hostility at the door, having been to drunk the previous time to recall a password, but when you stated your goal you were rushed inside, and introduced to a woman by the name of Zania, who offered to let you come with her on a heist to liberate as many flowers from the private garden of Maidenpool’s mayor, the honorable Jerome Donte, as was possible. Each of you was promised an equal share of the spoils, provided you didn’t get caught, and providing that Zania received all the mayor’s orchids. You would meet the next night to sneak into the mayor’s courtyard and liberate the garden to decorate Crescent Square.

While three of you were planning burglary of a city official, the other three of you spent the day and evening enjoying the city, taking in dinner at the prestigious Lily Everlasting. While conversing and enjoying a wonderful meal, Laila suddenly noticed a woman sitting in the corner of a restaurant. She recognized this woman and immediately began to act nervous. Selene and Ave, noticing this, leaped to aid their friend. Ave left the restaurant with Laila, covering her from the view of the woman, and Selene complained to the management claiming that the food had made her friend sick, oblivious to the woman in the corner. Returning to your rooms at the Lamb and Lion, Laila began to explain her sudden apprehension and fear concerning the woman in the restaurant, admitting that she had run away from home against her mother’s wishes and those of her fiance. The woman in the Lily Everlasting was in fact one of her mother’s trusted handmaidens, no doubt sent to try and track her down. Ave agreed to help aid Laila in her continued efforts to elude her mother and her fiance. Ave then alerted Selene to the need to keep Laila safe, which was misconstrued slightly as being shaken up from eating a bad dinner. Laila cleared the air with some embarrassment. Selene hopped into guard mode to best repair the situation, and they all vowed to tip well the next time they visited Lily Everlasting.

Later that night, under the eaves of the Badger’s Cellar, Tyne, Godot, and Helios met Zania. The four of you sneaked through the back alleys of Maidenpool to the manor of Mayor Donte, meeting no obstacles along the way save for the estate’s garden wall, which was quickly dispatched with a clever tool of Zania’s. With a bag of holding for each of you, and a surprising lack of hitches for such an improvised and slapdash plan, thanks primarily to Helios’s use of a Cone of Silence spell, you… liberated the entirety of the mayor’s flower garden, orchids and all, without so much as waking the guard dogs. You parted ways with Zania, and spent the remainder of the night decorating Crescent Square with the stolen shrubs and flowerbeds, and weaving loose flowers into crowns to hand out the next morning.

In the morning, the party joined together again, half of you reeling from lack of sleep, having spent the night… gardening. Meeting briefly with Walgrim and the city guard to review your duties, you were then let loose to both protect and enjoy the festival.

Throughout the day you nabbed several ner-do-wells, including eight pickpockets, four thieves, a dozen odd drunks in various states of consciousness, two ragamuffins who thought it’d be fun to paint the statue of Saint Alamar purple, and a horse who had been let out of its pen. Despite these tasks, you were able to enjoy the festivities, capping off the afternoon with the dressage contest, which Godot and Molloy swept with apparent ease, and were presented with not only a ribbon and honor dress, but a prized orchid from the mayor. Unbeknownst to anyone but him and the tired half of the party, it was his last orchid.

The evening portion of the festival consisted of the town banquet in Crescent Square, and speeches by the mayor and Walgrim. Walgrim, you all noted, had not only donned elaborate robes for the occasion, but a crown of flowers as well. He had even woven flowers into his beard. He addressed the crowds thanking the townsfolk, the guards, and lastly mayor for his contribution of flowers and shrubs to the square, and began the feast. You all ate, drank, and partied with the other townsfolk. When all had eaten their fill, the tables were cleared from the square, and the last dance of the solstice began.

While dancing amidst the crowds, Tyne and Helios noticed a figure cloaked in rags and shadow. He carried a staff and wore no flowers, and watched the dancing. Helios detected an evil aura around the figure, and went immediately to inform Walgrim. When he received account of the figure, he Helios to Fagan, who after hearing the description booked it into the crowd, telling Helios to not do anything further. When Tyne and Laila tried to find the cloaked figure again, after losing track of them for just a moment, all they could find was the diretionless scent of earthy decay. Meanwhile, Selene happened to notice a woman with fair features and simple clothes dancing by herself, away from the crowds. Ave noticed that every once in a while, a crow would fly past her or perch, as though it were keeping an eye on her. Selene offered to dance with the woman, which she politely declined, and noticed the crow was now watching her. After some time dancing, The woman left, and several of you followed her curiously. She displayed a surprising agility that made it difficult to keep up with her. When you finally catch up to her, she begged to be left alone. When you asked if anything was wrong, both of her and the crow that had followed everything, clearly the woman’s familiar, neither gave you any information, and only asked to leave in peace. You let her go, feeling slightly confused and worried for the nervous and strange pair.

With nothing more to do, you all returned to Crescent Square to watch the two moons converge together creating the celestial Godseye: the vision of a great eye with a purple iris hanging in the night. Walgrim joined you all for one last set of thanks, and asked about any other things needed to report. When you recounted your encounter withthe cloaked figure, he informed you that the figure was likely Devras Kevrill, one of Castrellon’s most wanted criminals, wanted for crimes against the state. That was all he’d say at that time.

When he heard about the woman, particularly the behaviors of her bird. Walgrim was simultaneously flabbergasted and elated. All he would say before bidding you all a good night and a good job was a few half-vocal musings and…

“The Green Lady has come back to Maidenpool”

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