Garlic World

Day 1

The music at Harfest stops
Everyone tries to listen
Level of inebriation does not allow for very concentrated ears
He continues, “this year we have made first contact with the actual first settlers of these lands, and i’m sure as you all can imagine…” as he finishes that, his body just stops for a second and is surrounded in flames instantly. As his body’s burning, some arrows fly at it. Some of you who are more perceptive know where they come from
He’s incinerated as he falls to his knees, they try to put him out but it takes them a while to put him out
Citrine goes up to try to aquabolt him and put him out
Meical looks around for assassins but it sux (8) so he doesn’t see anything
Finley tries to heal him w spellz, discovers he has a redfang poison which is resistant 
Meanwhile hao realises a calm guy; meical charges & knocks the calm guy prone; hao grapples him (20) and intimidates him (20)
“Peri sent me, if that’s what you want to know”
Doesn’t answer any other Qs, hao drags him away down an alleyway and meical stands in front

Meanwhile cit and fin look for assassins on the other side
Someone behind a corner, waiting for someone like you to show up
Citrine: i think he’s doing something weird, i don’t think he’s on the up and up
Finley: should we go ask him?
Finley gets stabbed

Are you not from here? Do you not know about the sigil?
Look the sigil is just the name of our little outfit

The reason we had to off our lovely doge is because some of us don’t really like the whole working with our neighbours kind of thing. Where do you live? Maybe you should move
No i mean our trade deals with lochtoon… i mean edgarville. Sorry, that place changes names all the time
Meical: can’t blame you, really does

So finley gets stabbed, citrine casts slow on them, approaches them, tells them murder is bad/mean, the two of them attempt to leave very slowly, cit gets stabbed

Is the sigil interested in trading w the great empire

Meical: that doesn’t really make sense since this is a democracy anyway
“Don’t worry these circumstances can be altered in our favour”

Fin and cit both suck at following and she notes and runs into a house and knocks someone out (which they hear); they go in after her after trying to goad her out and heal the elderly Kor (Tibi) inside who’s been knocked out

Inara tells Meical she mourns the loss of the Doge; he rose to power, gave a sizeable donation to support the local beggars; also vowed to get rid of crime in the city; yeah that stuff that happened to him (fire/arrows) was totally illegal; i think they stopped doing that 26 years ago

Meical: Are you staying around here?
Inara: I think it’s too soon to say
Night under the stars
She points to a hill/cliff
Can see it bc there’s a fairly low altitude.

anyway then they do some more festivities, e.g. drinking, Hao gets into a fight with a tavern vendor who wipes his hands on the Fucanlong pamphlet; they calm her down and leave; Citrine realises they might be followed but doesn't say anything and they all head to the diplomat apartment

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Day 2
You can take the girl out of the ocean...

finley and meical are awake first. meical goes for a run, and finley makes everyone lox & bagels & coffee. her own is quite raw. 

citrine is up. she tries to wake up hao who is miserably hungover. two dirty gnome children come to the front door and ask for citrine and say they're there to escort her to theron. she says alright and tells them to wait 20 min while she gets her friendos ready.

meical comes back from his run to find these children at the door and tells them to get out of the way and goes in himself. he finds that finley's accidentally cast Cresting Wave in the kitchen. she acts like it was because the bath was too small for him so she was setting him up a bath. he thinks this is unsuspicious and bathes in the kitchen while she goes to citrine to say she's had another accident. citrine tells her she ought to see a doctor.

hao declines to get up soon until meical says he'll carry her if she grabs a blanket or something. they follow the dirty gnome children to theron after meical sweeps out some of the water.
meical beer count: +1

at the financial building she meets theron and brings her friends with them to listen in on the conversation, which is really weird. he reveals he has suspicions that Sargon, from payroll, is tied into the assassination, and that a lot of small conversations around the office that show people were expecting the assassination.

citrine says she wants to talk to sargon and asks meical and finley to rifle through the desk in the meantime. meical isn't eager to break the law and stands by and looks aside. he eventually steps outside after finley breaks the lock and the two enter in. they find sargon's desk is cleaned out, which leads finley to think he's cleared out and isn't returning. 

the party goes to sargon's house. meical and hao stay out of sight while finley and citrine think to knock on the door. it's not quite a hovel, not too shabby, but you wonder how five people can live in there comfortably.  before they knock on the door they hear the sound of the children & their mother and so don't proceed. meical gets freaked out and leaves to harfest with hao.

finley asks if citrine wants her to sneak in as a small creature. she turns into a spider, gets into the study, then into a drawer, and reads a letter saying, "prepare, tonight we feast." finley turns back into true form and collects all of the notes before turning back into a spider, hoping the children and wife are too distracted to notice her. she then hides under the bed as a spider and comes out and shows all of the papers to citrine.
meical beer count: +2

the group splits with finley and citrine headed to the municipal library of rethalas and hao and meical headed to harfest.
meical beer count: +8
meical status: drunk

citrine and finley get stuck translating for 5 hours and make out embarrassingly few phrase: "fat dwarf" "sigil" "bring glory" "tremble before us
they take so long that hao and meical just go on and get food after the 3 hour mark during which they're supposed to meet up, and then they proceed to the apartment to wait for the other two after eating and sobering up a bit

meical gets ready for his meeting with inara while the others wait on the gnome children to meet with that suspicious employee from earlier. meical leaves for his date after admitting he's a little worried about it being an ambush or trap. they go on to discuss it for a while, but meical gets impatient and leaves, buying a drinking bird for her on the way up to Orchard Hill. as they begin to be collected by the children, finley decides to leave and check on meical just in case it turns out to be an ambush.

meical has an oblivious conversation with inara about star symbolism in each of their cultures, books, and more. she set up a picnic for them of meat.

hao and citrine have an unpleasant interaction with the dirty gnome children where hao is debatably rude due to being above their station. when they enter the building, theron sends his kids to the kitchen. the hovel explodes. 

meical and inara see the explosion from their cliff side date. she rests her head against him and says it's a wonderful night and that it "spices up the date." meical tries to confidently agree. 

a dwarf sees hao and citrine leave the scene of the crime after pulling the bodies out. citrine leaves their contact information with her and also reads her mind and realises the dwarf thinks they are criminals. the dwarf gives her name off as zippy but her name is actually moira. 

inara lives in a 3 bedroom house. 2 floors. fairly spacious living room. anachronistic fancy decorations, e.g. marble staircase etc. master bedroom is downstairs. meical cleans up after the picnic stuff and is invited to stay in the master bedroom with inara while finley and hao decide to go look for citrine. they hear a lot of locks on the master bedroom door. when hao looks in the cupboards to grab a snack before leaving, and notices all of the food seems really old, like no one updates it or eats it. finley speculates that maybe she's too big to eat. hao notices that everything seems quite dusty or used; things seem like they haven't been used in a while. hao notes the servants seem terrible and finley asks if there even are servants. "exactly!" said hao.

finley: who are we to judge somebody's mouldy food?
hao: we're guests and we haven't been offerred anything!

they decide to go look for citrine. a mysterious figure tries to "insert its shortsword" (disturbing direct quote from david) into finley that she hadn't seen and hurts her a lot (33 damage). notice the familiar dragonborn that slashed them once before, and someone else they don't recognise—a pale woman with red hair (?). 

they run away in a skill challenge. both dramatically wounded down to 6 hp, finley heals hao and then turns into a panther using her last wildshape of the day and then crits an athletics check while hao is on her back. hao tries to growl them off but fails the intimidation check. finley feints them into going the wrong direction for a while. then they escape while hao encourages her with a good ol' persuasion check. they decide to wait outside the city while they recover. 

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Day 3
  • starts with finley/hao hiding in a tree after a long rest

    • "we ought to check behind every bush and tree to make sure we're safe" – hao
    • "we probably should've done that before we slept?" – finley
  • meical leaves a note to go for a jog

    • notes the basically unused room, notes front door is shut, blood outside, doesn't think it's weird
    • goes for his jog
    • runs into finley/hao

      • they tell him they've been attacked
  • go to citrine's

    • wooden frame was opened from inside via break in the glass, bedroom window
    • bedoom looks kind of messy; does look like someone is there; can't see anyone in the room
    • hardwood floor not looking too good from the flood the day before
    • doesn't seem like citrine was in here or anyone who knows this place really well has been taking stuff out of here or used the bed for sleeping or anything, looks more like someone went into the house and didn't find anyone or anything
  • go to citrine's work to look for her

    • hard to get in bc before we were with citrine
    • receptionist: old, almost decrepit tiefling man who doesn't seem to like his job; wearing a black jerkin and sitting at his desk looking grumpy; not very healthy; upon approach he barely lifts his eyes and asks, "yes?"

      • finley: asks if citrine's been in
      • him: yea (repeatedly)
    • find her there
    • she's translated the note

Written in Abyssal:

To all my friends,

soon it shall be the first day of Harfest and when that day comes, Rethalas will no longer stand united with Edgarville. They will "tremble before us" and the might of the "Sigil"! The "fat dwarf" will no longer stand in our way as we "bring glory" to the mightiest realm in all of Tamaril!

Join us, brothers and sisters, in the celebrations where the Blue crowns the Light.

  • note the place where the "blue crowns the light"
  • go to guard house/gaol for citrine reports a break in & talk to Yanthar

    • guard is blue; normal plate armour; no colour/emblems on plate; just the blue cloak sets them apart
    • gaol keeper is a cheery young halfling
    • yanthar hasn't been checked in as a prisoner or anything
    • hao headbutts the guard who's from fucanlong but is a defector and gets thrown in gaol herself

      • sees a vivid vision as part of her detention; forest, pan flutes; apathetic to externalisations
      • chanting "fucanlong guide me" over and over again
      • like the teletubby sun the head of fucanlong peeks out
      • fucanlong's voice: "you must kill two chickens"
      • you are traversing through the forest and fucanlong guides you to two chickens
      • Lifted from Hao's travel journal:
        "After being arrested for defending the honor of the great Fucanlong  I was taken away to a cell, the guards seemed used to this procedure so I can only assume that they must regularly bring people here, crime really is rife in this city. I wasn't inside the cell for very long before I assume I fell asleep, I awoke in a jungle the plants were all very vibrant green, I've never seen such deep green looking plants, even in the grand oasis. The air seemed hazy but not with fog, it was as if the air itself  were somehow viscous, I needed to find M,Phin and Kit they would need my help when the next garbage building explodes, I, however, had no idea where I was or how I got there so I started to pray for guidance from Fucanlong. I used my thumb to rub my bracelet and repeated the mantra that had got me through tough times before "Fucanlong guide me" I repeated this over and over for some time. 

        I was met with a glorious vision of the majestic head of Fucanlong herself emerging from the sun, pushing away the clouds without any effort. I, of course, felt such elation from this blessing I bowed down to Fucanlong without a moment's hesitation and continued my mantra. Fucanlong they gave me the holy mandate of killing chickens and lead me in the direction of the foul beasts. I made my way through the jungle following the guidance of the wise Fucanlong, eventually I made it to a clearing, in the clearing were two giant crimson chickens they were fighting over a black egg. I slew the giant chickens with relative ease, the edge of my shield making short work of them. After my deed was done I bowed before the radiant Fucanlong and repeated my prayer. Fucanlonng reached down from the sky and put the egg into my hands and disappeared. I became overcome with emotion, I no longer felt the warm of her presence and a sense of safety when the glorious Fucanlong left, I just felt hollow. I was left with an egg, an egg the
        splendant Fucanlong had left in my care, I vowed to do my duty and protect it with my life. I'm not sure how long I sat crouched on the floor clutching the egg  and weeping but at some point I must have fallen asleep again for the next thing I next I was coming to back in the jail cell being lead out to the others.The egg was nowhere to be seen, I had lost the egg the almighty Fucanlong had entrusted to me. I will find the egg."
  • asks halfling about peri/sigil

    • and for his name (Carl… Qarl)
    • gets advice from carl about fucanlong
    • makes the best dioramas
    • we actually don't have any info

      • we believe peri runs the sigil she's, well we believe it's a woman, looks like, or how old she is, what she looks like, we don't know, reports are strange, some mentions of peri have been going back as far as a hundred years; it could be an elf or something of course…
      • the sigil has, what we know, we think, has existed for about those hundred years as well; peri/sigil knowledge comes from about the same period, they, it's, we don't actually know all the stuff that they do, from what we know around town they did deal/they have connections to the trade company, what goes in/out of the town
      • we believe they meet somewhere in the underground, but not quite sure where, haven't been able to find anything; movement there isn't very easy to… all of the water… haven't had time to do a proper examination
      • finley: what have they done in the past?

        • carl: let's just say this isn't the first time they've killed the doge
  • tall kor approaches us as we leave the guard house

    • herd u lookin for peri & so's is we
    • fin: whose is yous
    • go to a tavern called The Bloom to talk
    • turalia
    • small base of operations near the harbour but not really anything compared to the trade company (unnamed rn)
    • not hugely resourceful so far bc they're a small trade company and the sigil is hedging out
    • go to a shack that isn't as bad as theron's, there's a human lording over yanthar
  • meanwhile meical goes to the other end of the bar and says there's a pub pop quiz, "Where would you meet me if I said to meet me where the Blue crowns the Light?" turn in to me by paper and i'll buy drinks for the top 3 answers

    • rando: do you give us paper
    • meical: how am i supposed to trust your resourcefulness if you can't even solve how to get yourself a paper? write in your blood if you have to
  • meet yanthar in the hovel

    • where does the blue crown the light
    • i dunno
    • hao: don't pull this shite with me
    • meical: u ever been dragged around tied to a chair by a horse
    • yanthar: omg ok… it's our hideout
    • finley: why's that
    • yanthar describes a sunlight in their hideout in the harbour district
    • sewer entrance

      • the one we use is the … in the harbour district … 
      • grate is green, copper, like the top of the lighthouse
    • he keeps trying to get us to release him and we keep declining repeatedly
    • meical asks how a centaur sized person would get into the sewers and yanthar keeps offerring to shrinkify him
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