The Heidmarchs have a way for us to see into Glorio’s study, where the artifact is located.
their plan was to get in, copy or take the artifact, and get out.
they have discovered that there is a guardian in the room, that will activate after we’ve been in there, or if we touch anything.
they have scryed the room,
it is in Glorio’s sitting room, 15’ wide 40’ wide, fireplace, couches, shelves on the walls where artifacts are displayed.
the artifact we are after is on the mantle shelf
Sunash wants to teleport in with a serving tray and hot cider, to show that we were ready to entertain Glorio.
the Heidmarchs scry into the room for us.
there are 3 exterior walls, 6 windows. only 1 exit.
the windows are barred on the exterior.
the doors exiting the sitting room go into a foyer, then into a hallway that leads outside.
we get our gear ready, and teleport in.
the artifact is on its own shelf above the mantle.
there’s a nice rug, high end furniture, lots of shelves of artifacts. mostly Ossirian, some Chellish.
the doors to the room are carved mahogany, platinum hardware.
the mantle is obsidian, the shelves in here is darkwood.
looks like he smokes in here.
Gelid, check for traps.
There is a trap on the artifact.
He thinks he’s got it disarmed.
Skeet, start making the copy. Pait will screen her from the door.
We hear some one coming in, and she finishes just in time.
a very tall person dressed as a butler enters, "ah, Goblin Grinders, would you like any refreshments? Lord Glorio will be with you momentarily
Bonk asks for beef, and the majordomo heads off to get it.
He returns a few minutes later, with food.
A large hunk of cow for Bonk, and sandwiches for the rest of us.
He directs us to a bell pull, and says that we can call for him if we need anything while we wait for Glorio.
the meat is cooked just right, marbled nice.
He claims to have been out of town, and had been unaware of Tiffrea’s condition.
He is visibly disturbed, and pledges to help find whoever did this. He reaffirms that he will exert all his (not royal) influence.
He doesn’t have the authority of the King, or Queen… (his eye’s narrow at her mention)
He confides that the Queen is taking more authority as the King is loosing his mind.
He thinks that she is not serving Korvosa’s interests, in favor of her own.
He has never heard of Brightstar. the wizard might have a lead, but he isn’t sure.
It might be that the queen is picking a fight with us, to bring our anger against Glorio.
We probably want to go find a place to stay, maybe be seen around town.
Glorio invites us to stay, and recommends some good inns to stay at, and some fun bars to drink in.
He finishes his cider, invites us to finish our meal, and offers his butler to help us.
We ring for the butler, and have him show us out.
The foyer is carpeted with plush red carpet, there are tapestries, frescos, and mosaics of the family Arconas and Asmodeus
the doors are all just as nice.
As we leave, we’ve accomplished the Heidmarch’s goal,
We check in with networks of informants, Glorio was out of town for two weeks to Absolom.
Queen Ileyosa is described as eccentric, and demanding of her husband, and with more sway over him than normal.
The king has been in public much less, she has been acting in his stead more often.
Rumors range from the king being dead, to insane, to sick.
no indications that the king’s insanity would be natural or unnatural.
Sunash’s contacts think that the king is in poor health, and not insane.
Looking into Kerra,
we confirm that she is the head bodyguard of the Queen, the description of her and Sabina Merrin overlap basically perfectly.
she is native Korvosan. daughter of a lady-in-waiting.
she was a fighter, and castle guard, an incident allowed her to catch the eye of the queen.
She is trusted by the queen beyond just a bodyguard.
there’s a rumor that one or two members of house Arcona are not what they seem.
around a year ago some were gone on a trip, and their personalities and business dealings have changed drastically. they are more ruthless… in business.
they are more strict about the letter of the contract, not just the spirit.
Glorio seems to be much the same.
his sister Vimanda was the most pronounced change. there are tensions between them.
Liolo has not been seen, his family has restructured. His sister is now in charge, and she has a more level head. They are holding tight, and waiting to recover before starting to climb the ladder again.
We find a place to stay at the Braying Donkey
notes were eaten by a bug
We have 2 days before we can meet with Sabina (Kerra)
It is 6th Neth, our meeting with her will be 8th Neth.
Skeet gets a lead from her witch contacts, a note that recommends checking out a stall in the market.
The stall has some magic items, a few artifacts, weapons and charms. She notices an aura from one of the back cases that draws her.
The owner is Chelaxian, he’s with another customer.
She is drawn toward an amulet, shaped like a scarab, made of obsidian, diamond encrusted legs, and ruby eyes. It looks like something that would be a swarm bane, or a non-detection type item. The non-magic value would easily be a couple thousand gp.
The storekeeper (Beval) finishes with his other customer, Skeet asks to look at the things in the case.
the scarab is on a tray with tiara, necklace, other jewelry. Asks about the scarab.
He bought it from a traveler returning from Osirian. he confirmed that it was magic, and the seller said it seemed to protect from wasps.
How much? 2500gp
how about 2k?
well, for a customer as knowledgeable as you… 2200.
Get it gift-wrapped.
Make sure to let skeet know if he comes across similar items in the future.