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 Post subject: A Business Proposition (Week 22)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:25 am 
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On Sunday morning, just as the twenty-second week of the ritual is beginning, the Knot receives a message from their network in Farholde; it seems that Lady Shalyn Marsten, the second-richest person in town, wants to take advantage of the recent unrest, and hire some out of towners to help cement her position further. She sends a list of names, and explicitly offers to pay 1,000 gold pieces for each of her rivals that the Knot or their minions can assassinate. In rough order of how strong she estimates their defenses to be, her targets are:

Targun Harbold, owner of several inns, including the Auld Briarhall
Max Strickland, apprentice to the town's best remaining blacksmith
Maria DeVandle, traveling jeweler
Tomacina Vanderville, a landlady who's bought up many farms not belonging to Baron Vandemir
Richard Marks, merchant sea captain
Harlyn Brackler, master brewer and vintner


Should you wish to help her out, each takes an assassination action (Ruthless check).


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 Post subject: Re: A Business Proposition (Week 22)
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 1:17 am 
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Targunn is found with elven arrows in his heart and throat, in an alley outside his newest inn. As he was a widower with no children or other kin, his properties are put up for auction.

Max Strickland, a jovial bear of a young man, is last seen alive drinking with a new friend who seems able to absorb far more alcohol than his frame would suggest (due to a surreptitious alchemical aid). When closing time comes, the tavern owner is horrified to find he's not breathing... his distraught master soon has a new employer.

A horrifying sight is seen in a public square; just as Maria DeVandalle is closing business for the day, a demonic form drops out of the sky, smashing into her cart with clawed feet. The terrible, ogre-like beast grabs her, as a gang of sadistic thugs begin beating and robbing bystanders. Her death is quick, but agonizing, as Grumblejack devours her alive, and scatters her wares throughout the street. Ale and stronger drink flows freely in Lord Drownington's Manor that night, as precious jewels are handed over the counter.

Tomacina receives a most unexpected visitor, that she at first takes for a travelling monk on a pilgrimage... and so he is, but not of the sort she expected. Her instruction in her errors - the twin sins of avarice and charity - takes most of the night, and by morning she is begging for death. It is a wish granted with the rising sun. Her properties are quickly bought out from under her heirs, and her son makes a desperate marriage contract with a foreign merchant's daughter, and departs Talingarde forever.

Captain Marks is interrupted while speaking with a potential passenger by a group of red-robed intruders. They quickly seize his ship, subdue and bind the crew, and burn out the Captain's tongue, before leaving the ship ablaze. Despite all efforts to save it, the vessel is burned to the waterline, with no survivors, and the screams echo across the harbor until it sinks beneath the waves.

Harlyn Brackler's home is surrounded in the dead of night by what looks like a gang of delinquents, led by an older boy dressed as a knight... a gang that proves terrifyingly effective fighters, for all their youth when they silently enter the house and begin taking prisoners. These prisoners are tortured, taking a very long time to die except when young hands tremble at their work. Punishment awaits those who end their victims' pain too soon...

All in all, quite satisfactory statements have been made. The promised payment arrives by the same clandestine channels as the offer was made, and the Knot's minions have received a valuable blooding.

(6,000 gp reward, and +1 Ruthless.)


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