Day 7: Tamravena
Following their harrowing misadventure with the Sandman the party ventured onwards towards Tanraenva. On the way the party encountered several wall guards who were fending off a group of undead Orcs. The party intervened to save the desperate guardsmen, successfully defeating the vile undead. The guardsmen were thankful, but the party felt that they were being shifty and holding something back. Grimriver attempted to intimidate the guards into revealing whatever secrets they were keeping, but guards remained close mouthed. Bodine did, however, notice that the guardsmen were infected with spores from a native plant that would slowly kill their victims and eventually raise them from the dead. Bodine tried to warn the guards of the spores, but they did not listen and continued on their way back to the wall. Frustrated by the guards’ lack of cooperation the group moved on towards Tanravena.
The party arrived around midday in Tanravena, and headed to the nearest inn. While getting supper at the inn the party overheard some rumors that a local Duke’s wife and daughter had gone missing. They pressed a few locals for more information about the Duke, who was identified as Duke Tenenbrae, and learned of even more strange happenings: one of the Duke’s sons had been seen for strange burn wounds late at night at the church of Pharasma, and the Duke himself was seen at the local magic shop purchasing large quantities of sleeping potions. Intrigued, the party decided to investigate Duke Tenebre and the disappearances, and headed to the local magic shop to question the shopkeep about the sleeping potion purchases.
At first the shopkeep was uninterested in “sinful gossip”, but when Grimriver revealed that he was an inquisitor of Pharasma the shopkeep was eager to impress the Dwarf with her devotion (a bit too eager, thought Grimriver). When asked about the sleeping potions she confirmed that Duke Tenenbrae had indeed purchased many sleeping potions from her recently, and Duke Tenenbrae said that they were for his son who was having problems sleeping. The shopkeep also told the party that she was suspicious of the missing Lady Tenenbrae, and believed that she might be a witch who used crystals to weld otherworldly powers against her foes.
The party decided to visit the Duke later and inquire about this strange affair, but Kendra noted that they could not visit the Duke unannounced and would need a noble to request an audience. Bodine revealed that Lucian had connections with nobility and might be able to get an audience with the Duke, and tried to convince Lucian to make the arrangements. Lucian agreed, but only on the condition that Bodine spend some personal time with his partner. The two of them spent a romantic evening shopping for a proper outfit for Bodine’s audience with the Duke.
The party reconvened later that evening at the inn. Just before the party retired for the night Lucian announced that he was going to go midnight stroll to “attend to some errands”. The party thought Lucian’s behavior a bit odd, but didn’t question him about it.