Following their meeting with Telline, our heroes returned to Ebn’s to gather the rest of their group. They discussed their options and considered whether or not this endeavor might be a trap, but decided to follow through as best they could.
They collected their gear and moved out into the night, hoping to get a better look at the area before the war-priest and her Torchbearers arrived. First, they sent Saerin and Boomah in opposite directions to circle the crowded block and get an overall view. The goblin drank a potion to disguise himself as a child for easier movement through the crowded slum.
He did not get far before spotting a figure staring at him from a darkened alley, motioning him to come. Boomah, turned tail, and ran into another — obviously black-blooded — individual behind him. He tried to flee, but the big man tackled the goblin and dragged him by his quickly expanding ear into the alley.
Once clear of the crowd, the two brutes became polite and ushered Boomah into a small cell in a dilapidated boarding house. The explained that they were aware of the group’s intentions and had an offer that would be mutually beneficial. The two half-orcs had a patron who wanted the group to find and return a set of noble’s keys that Borin (the head of the ruffians) had refused to return. All the group had to do was grab the keys while fulfilling Telline’s plan, and all would be well. He told the goblin that the group was led by a strong female in armor, who swore by the god Iss’k — whom they later learned was an old world river goddess allied with Notos.
When asked about payment, the larger brute by the name of Burr said they could offer up to 1000 in gold, plus whatever boom could negotiate from their patron. As a sign of good faith, he gave the alchemist a potion of gaseous form to aid them in their quest.
By the time Boomah was released, Saerin had found the spot where he had been tackled and had gathered up the rest of the group to search. Boomah soothed their concerns and they set about updating their plans.
It was decided that Kallius and Saerin would move toward the ruffians hideout and try to dispatch the guards and get in the front. Bombay would sneak around back and try to get through the roof. Luis and Celeste would stay slightly behind in a market stall until needed, and Dremahl would keep an eye out the back for trouble.
The elves moved into the alley and accosted by the guards, who kept a distance from each other and tried to flank the pair. Kallius did not approve, and lightning bolted the pair when they lined up, dropping one of them. The noise started a commotion inside the building, while Saerin fired two arrows wildly at the remaining guard. Kallius stepped up and cast a color spray at the thug, knocking him unconscious.
Boomah had moved to a small gap in the roof, and saw only a darkened store room below. But when the lightning crackled he moved to the main area. Celeste and Luix left their post and moved up to help.
The levels had gotten up to the door, and Saerin drank the gaseous form potion to get through the barred entry. He startled tow of the ruffians within, who had gathered to defend the doorway. Boomah saw a head poking up through the roof where a couple of the enemies were trying to get up, and threw a bomb at the man, catching him afire.
Celeste summoned a small fire elemental to aid the goblin in his fiery task, which made the little alchemist giddy with pleasure. Luis had joined Kallius, and noted that the entry wall of the shoddy house was not nearly as fortified as the door, and sent his flail crashing through the boards and opening a gap. Saerin became solid and unbolted the door to allow ruffians to escape.
The three warriors stood in the common room fighting off a handful of enemies, while other thugs were fled out doors and windows. Saerin tried to get to the upper level, but was stopped by a small fey-blooded tough in tight leathers who struck him with his bare hands, trying to knock the left senseless. Behind the slim brawler, a larger figure lurked in the shadows.
Boomah and the elemental tried to burn another fleeing ruffian, who rolled down the roof and out into the street. Celeste entered the common room, while Kallius and Luix dropped the toughs that dared stand against them. The big warrior from the shadows, now obviously Borin, moved out and stabbed the ranger with her shortspear. Her companion shifted about, trying to flank the embattled elf.
As the fires began to spread and thieves ran like roaches into the night, we called it until next time.