After an evening getting the lay of the land from the wizard Melingar, our heroes set out in the morning down to Scree. They rode the elevator from the Hook House, and found themselves in the cramped, raucous outer environs of Gilt Hall. They quickly made their way to the Foggy Morn, a large tavern of ill repute.
Noting the large numbers of attractive young serving girls, Kallius sought out whomever was guiding their attentions. It did not take long unveil a hawk-eyed older woman who never left the end of the bar. After a brief bantering conversation, who was sent up the back stairs to achieve his goal.
He cast invisibility on Boomah for backup, and off they went. Unfortunately, they passed through an enchanted archway in the heavily perfumed halls and suddenly the goblin reappeared at his side.
This caused a but if an uproar, and since the duo refused to pay extra for watching, they were led before a huge black-blooded individual in his office. They plead their case about dragons and coming danger, but Gerr (for that was his name) was only interested in how this information could be turned to profit. The elf and the goblin showed a few lesser trinkets of their travels, but refused to offer any thing of rarity or extreme value. In the end, they could not find common ground and left the Morn unsatisfied.
After they left, they holed up in a small rental room and dug though their loot to make sure they did not overlook anything. They still could not unlock the secrets of the gold dragon statue, but they did discover the sigil go a near legendary wizard Sciao Si’ang. He is credited as one of the authors of the Anelectae Draconum, a book collected thousands of years ago.
In the end, they decided to return to Gilt Hall and speak to the dwarves.
• • • INTERMISSION • • •
As the group made their way out of Scree, they noted a beautiful elven woman selling alchemical candles and other small magic. She seemed to be paying close attention to them, so they decided to spring the trap and engage her directly. They told her their story, and Grila the Archandler mentioned that she knew another who liked ‘interesting stories’. They figured that it was Lord Mayor Bikkel, so they took the token she offered and returned to the Foggy Morn.
Showing the handkerchief to the barman, they were directed to a curtained banquette on the fringe of the common room. They settled in, and were only moderately surprised when a passage opened behind them. Two burly guards led them down below the tavern to a low, sprawling space underneath.
Lord Mayor Bikkel was a massively obese man in thin robes, lounging on a groaning chaise. The shadows were filled with all manner of creatures, including a tie fling and blue-black elf. They told their tale again, and asked for help gain access to the dwarves, and perhaps chase down the runaway wizard Menso. Bikkesl told them that he could indeed help, but they would have to do them a favor first.
Her sent them to a secret cult under the trade hall of House Acero. There has been an uproar with a group in the past week, and a few murders among the group known as the Curtain Call. He believed that it may be related to Mephitas, and even Menso. Our heroes decided to follow up and left the mayor to his revels.
They found the Acero hall on the fringes of the main slave market. Two pillared walls enclose the selling area and traders and customers were busily plying their trades. A long dark curtain along the back wall hiding the slave pens.
They set up in a drinking hall under a canopy, and decided to watch the hall before busting in.