A cloaked and hooded figure runs accross the next set of buildings to the west, its head turning this way and that as if trying to sense the wind. The Black Merlin is about 50 feet away from her, while Io finds that the quickest way up to the top of the building would be either the stairs or going out the window and scaling to the roof.
I want to apologize for the lack of timely posts this last month. Depression and work demands have become a daily battle. I'll be better tomorrow, and things will resume on a daily or two day basis. It's not fair to you guys and gals that you wait so long for posts after playing with me for a year and a half. Thanks for your patience.
The young man appears to be lying...
"Oh she was never part of the troubles. Not like those rioters in Old Korvosa or that mad bard Gaspard. Crazy fellow, dressed up like a pelican and said he was the White Pelican. He said he was going to be the vengeance of the night and bring down pelicany doom upon his enemies. If you want to find Trinia's room, she was upstairs on the third floor. Maybe something is left up there fo you to find her. And if you find her, tell her Horatio says hello.
"Nope, don't know nothing about any blond parchment woman. Sounds like one of those protesting artsy types who live upstairs. Make all sort of racket and praise about leading the charge to destroy the barricades with the sound of angry men and women. Young people, always wanting to change the world without any sense of how to do it. That reminds me of the time King Eodred decided to start a bank anyone could invest in without balance limits. It lasted a week before someone burned it down in the name of the workers. They found a group of young anarchists hiding near the University, and the Hellknights plus the gold crossbowmen put them down quick enough.
The old man nods. "There are some here and there in this section of the Shingles. Some are workers, others mothers, or others killers. You never know which is which these days, especially with that nonsense about the queen being in charge. It's a devilish cult that's behind the king's death. Probably Serpent people or reptilloids. I encountered some near Garund one time, back in my youth. Scary humanoid snakes with teeth that eat rats and speak like men...
Machaera detects the scent of tannin oil and charcoal coming from the man's clothes. The Black Merlins sees nothing but people going in and out of the tenement, birds flying around, etc.
"Trinia Sabor"The old man says. "Never heard of her. Is she your squeeze or pesh dispenser? What happened to you, guts boy? You smell like I do after a day's work, but with more crap on you. Did you fall down a sewer and encounter one of them things crawling out of them the pointy ear is talking about?
"As for you pointy ear, the streets are always something else when you get new pants on the seat of the throne. This Queen may have a finer looking seat to set on that throne then the old King did, but she's definitely got more issues then a sack of rabid kittens thrown at a dragon.. The old man wheezes, and then says to Yanis: Them crow masks always come with doctor types. You got any harlot sweets or brainburn to aid with a nite with the wasp walkers?
Korvosan tenements usually don't have apartment numbers, just tax records..
Yanis knocks on the door of the first room the group comes across. An elderly man, wearing a wine splotched green tunic, answers the door. He's still somewhat fit, though his arms have started to show the flap of gravity. Long strands of white hair are gathered in a top not, held by some sort of leather. He smells of lime, urine, and some random scent (roll Craft Alchemy to determine if you have the skill). "NO deliveries available today, chums! I'm still working on the last batch of rot hides for Lester over in Ridgefield. Besides, you crows never pay on time."
The group arrives at Moon Street. Above them lies a complex filled with links to the Shingles. 42 appears to be an old tenement building, complete with lines of laundry hanging from clothes lines hanging from its three floors. Some people kill about, kids in hushed play, parents observing, a couple folding blankets after the dirt has been beaten out. All seems quiet, waiting for the beginning note of a composition not yet begun.
In ages past and present, cities have made deals with offal and carrion eaters known as otyughs. They are intelligent predators who love eating garbage and dead things. They usually lair in sewers, disgusting dungeons, and up and coming boy band concerts. Korvosa has an agreement with several of them to patrol the sewers and help prevent the spread of disease from nasty things getting in the water, but these two apparently took their duties a little to far.
Prestidigitation is your friend.
Yanis Boulin wrote:
They came up from underground. If you like, you can make Knowledge local or History checks to see if there are rumors or instances of tentacled beasts roaming the sewers of Korvosa before this incident. Knowledge dungeoneering would also help.
The beast crumples to the ground dead.
All party members gain 600 xp, since Albatross is no longer with us.
Loot on the bodies
Tentacle Beast 1
Total value 1217 gp
Total value 939 gp
The monster's teeth and spikes tentacles bounce off Headsmans's armor as they fail to make a purchase on him.
The next tentacle beast attempts to consume Io.
Bite: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (16) + 7 = 23
The first tentacle monster keeps its last meal down, resisting Yanis' compulsion to throw up.
The first monster attacks Headsman, trying to rip apart his armor so it can get to the gooey human filling on the inside.
Bite: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (9) + 7 = 16
Both monsters have 15 ft reach with tentacles, so it you wouldn't be able to find a 10 ft space safe to discharge your shot. I'm sorry for the lack of a battlemap on this one. My old PC's hard drive died, and I haven't be able to download all of my old gaming stuff yet.
Io and Headsman fail to connect with their targets, while Machaera's shot hits the tentacles beast engaged with Headsman.
Headsman's constitution, strengthened by his trials, reists the nasty disease this creatures are carrying from their years in the sewers.
Albatross arrow shot: 1d20 + 10 ⇒ (10) + 10 = 20
The first monster, having been hit by the group's combined firepower, attacks Io, while the second charges 40 feet towards Headsman and tries to bite him.
Tentacle Beast 1 Bite: 1d20 + 7 ⇒ (9) + 7 = 16
Tentacle Beast 2 Bite: 1d20 + 9 ⇒ (10) + 9 = 19