At session’s start, Sahara, Araevyn and Jorrim accompany Il Duce into the abode of Red Jack, leader of Venth’s thieves’ guild, the Royals. Il Duce had been previously coerced by Tanis Idarell to aid the Stormhawks in uncovering the organization behind several Corennan terrorist attacks on the city of Venth. Red Jack was less than forthcoming, but did provide the group with two leads – a dilapidated house in the Flare Ward, and “be in the market square this morning.”
The four followed up the lead in the Flare Ward first, but the Corennan thief they had been sent to find had been murdered in the most grisly fashion possible – a scene too horrible to describe. After searching the hovel to no avail, they made for the marketplace.
Meanwhile, Callidus had rushed to the covert meeting his fellow agents had arranged. He arrived to find his team leader, Keldor, dead, and was nearly ambushed himself, alerted only by the timely intervention of his other team member, Donovan. Callidus and Donovan fought their way through the deadly ambush, but Donovan was slowed by a poisoned arrow and told Callidus to flee. Callidus escaped, but Donovan’s whereabouts are still unknown. Callidus then spent the early hours of the morning investigating the attack, discovering that the crossbow bolts used by his apparently Watch-trained attackers were not of Venthian make. He then set out to contact the Royals, discovering that a silk merchant named Rylus would be able to put him in touch with the thieves.
As morning arrived, the group made its way to the market square. On the way, they encountered a group of Venthians accosting a Corennan traveler in their grief and anger at the death of Orus. Sahara intervened and discovered that the traveler was a wizard named Lucan, in Venth searching for his master, Beren Windsong. The group decided to accompany Lucan to prevent further incidents.
The group arrived at the market square, where they were immediately set upon by a very large, very loud silk merchant named Rylus. Rylus, an acquaintance of Zaltiar, enveloped his friend in a thoroughly cushioned hug, and then proceeded to wheedle some of the group into joining him for refreshments in his stall. Meanwhile, Callidus was observing the interaction, waiting for his chance to catch the silk merchant alone. Rylus regaled the group with tales of goings-on in the city, including the very recent deployment of Marshal Anton LaRoche and Knight-Commander Durien Volaris to the no-man’s-land between Corennon and Venth, as well as the presence of strange mists that have been blanketing the city. Rylus also mentioned that only a few hours earlier, one of Venth’s Rift Gates had been broken through, by someone capable of leaving stone, iron and the bodies of the guards in tatters.
Rylus took the group on a walk to the Imperial Quarter, where they found a trial underway for Beren Windsong and another Corennan. Beren was charged with using his magic to help the terrorists by suppressing the city’s wards and causing the mists. The other Corennon had stolen the patrol reports for the previous night from Knight-General Danniver’s office. The crowd was getting riled with the desire to see the Corennans hang, and even the presiding clerics of Jozan, Sahara’s father Janus among them, were hard pressed to ignore their anger at the brutal attacks.
Callidus noticed that there were a few brown-cloaked figures moving throughout the crowd, agitating and feeding the crowd’s anger. These figures moved like the assassins from the previous night. Araevyn, with a little magical help from Suggestion, got one of the figures to exit the crowd, where the assassin was taken by Callidus for a private chat.
Callidus interrogated his prisoner to little effect. His questions were met with silence and insults, even after the assassin’s Achilles tendons were slashed. The assassin even had the gall to twist so a cut designed to kill slowly instead bled him out in seconds. Callidus did, however, discover the mark of the Watch under the man’s ear …
Seeing his master about to be convicted on circumstantial evidence that he thought he could refute, Lucan spoke up at the trial and convinced the judges to postpone Beren’s trial. The other Corennan on trial, panicked at the thought of the hangman’s noose, pointed out someone in the crowd, who immediately broke and ran. He was chased by Araevyn and Il Duce, and the recently returned Callidus moved to intercept.
After eluding Araevyn and Il Duce, the man was taken out by Callidus. Tanis appeared and searched the man’s body, afterwards ensuring he wouldn’t wake up any time soon. He then disappeared to track down a lead while the party returned to the trial. Araevyn kept an amulet with an unidentified symbol that the man bore. Janus challenged Callidus’s status as an agent of Incarion, and took him to the Librarium to meet with Magistrate Tythis, Incarion’s liaison to Venth.
Tythis confirmed Callidus’s status as a member of the Watch, and confided his worry, lack of information and inability to contact Incarion. He asked Callidus to continue to unravel the Corennan terrorist organization. Meanwhile, the rest of the party searched the Librarium for information pertaining to the amulet they found.
Tanis found the group in the Librarium, and told them to come with him, as he had discovered the location of the terrorist organization’s hideout. He brought them and a platoon of Stormhawks to an abandoned manor home in the Rift Ward, ignoring Callidus’s suggestion to case the location. The Stormhawks performed a SWAT-style entry, and found a pool with sigils carved into it, apparently the source of the manipulation of the city’s wards.
Araevyn located a secret passage leading down into a cellar, where Tanis and the party confronted what appeared to be the leader of the terrorist organization. Callidus rescued bits and pieces of some papers from being burned away, and the terrorists were all cut down, the final blow going to Jorrim.