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Chatlog, May adventure

apologies for the rough text

1. Let’s try to keep track of lifestyle expenses
a few days into the 5th month of the year
year 749 imperial reckoning
we have loot – at least everyone but Arblaith has loot
liquidated to a bit less than 100 gold per person
Plot summary
Matt: Wererat battles
gone to the farm, cleared it out. Saw the cave,
went into the cave, no one home
5 encrypted letters
written in an obscure old language or cipher
5 encrypted letters found at the farm, in the possession of the wererat cleric
Matt: the poser gang: the Hermits
Smith’s district is pretty good
Tannery district – transitional
Undead DM (GM): M. D.: Hermit gang – unimpressive petty criminals
Territory includes Bronze St. to Gull St., Bronze St. to Dyer Lane
Blue gang – more dangerous, neighboring gang
Elspeth: Hauling butt around the room serving and trying to listen
and other “victim types?”
Matt: Corruption further south in the territory south of Gull Lane
Undead DM (GM): Bad between “Side of Bacon” and Docks
I would close the evening with “Parting Glass”
glass of best wine, 2 gold, 5 silver
Matt: “Jester’s Justice” – a contradiction in terms
sketchy bar further south
Elspeth writing duplicate reports of the intel on the gangs for the church
Arblaith fully supports Elspeth’s idea – thinks that the Church may have more luck with any problem-solving.
Daniel A.: -and the church might actually care about what happens to the low lofes.
lifes. This is Jodie not Dan
Undead DM (GM): Elspeth would report to Grora the almoness, who would pass them to Balin the treasurer (head of lay board supporting the temple)
Matt: 2 ways forward:
1. Decrypt the letters
2. continue searching the slums
Undead DM (GM): It is the 17th day of the first month of spring today.
Matt: Can Jodie and Dan hear us? or can you guys see the typing?
Dan and Jodie – can you hear or see us?
Daniel A.: Hi
Yes I can hear you
Matt: Proof of life!
That’s a good thing
Daniel A.: No I do not, I am trying
Matt: Elspeth the cleric
Theodric the Monk
Arblaith the Bard/Paladin
Immanuel the Warlock
Daniel A.: This is frustrating…
Sorry.
Matt: I understand, Dan – it’s OK
Undead DM (GM): In your settings (gear icon) window, do you have: I want to Broadcast to others:
Daniel A.: I can hear and see you all fine.
Undead DM (GM): Video + Voice
Matt: Technical difficulties are irritating and uncertain
Daniel A.: Already selected to broadcast and receive both
Undead DM (GM): Just checking
You’re in Chrome, right?
Daniel A.: No, Firefox atm.
Undead DM (GM): Ah. I was just wondering if the browser was blocking access to the camera.
Daniel A.: Nope, had give npermission
Get started.
Can you see me?
Ku ku kachu.
Walrus Ave.
You people…
Matt: rolling 1d20+5
(
3
)5
= 8
rolling gather information, essentially, on the roughness of the establishments: Side of Bacon, Fair Maiden, Jester’s Justice
Daniel A.: YO!
Elspeth: o
Matt: they’re all rough, and insulted the people I questioned simultneously – 2 with 1 blow
Letter investigation – Dan and Michael for their characters Immanuel and Theodric
Immanuel looking to decipher the text – obscure alphabet perhaps?
letter frequency for cipher too
Immanuel searching for obscure alphabet
M. D.: rolling 1d20
4
(
16
)4
= 20
Matt: Elven, Northern, and Draconic alphabets
Northern is dwarves and humans
elven script
bottoms of the letter look like elven script
but not the tops
the tops look like Northern, somewhat
Matt: handwriting was idiosyncratic
Immanuel cracks it
actually written in modern elven
1st letter
dated 2nd month of spring last year
Undead DM (GM): Letter 1 is dated to the previous Spring, 745 IR, telling the cleric Lisbane to spend the summer breeding rats in the best position possible.
Letter 2 is dated to midsummer and tells Lisbane to expect further letters to be ciphered, explains the cipher, and says to burn this letter once she has mastered the cipher.
Matt: simple letter substitution cipher
Undead DM (GM): Letter 3 is dated shortly after Letter 2 and tells Lisbane that her efforts will be needed next year once the plague has spread and affected the human population significantly. She is to move on Thornlin secretly and meet up with other agents late this coming spring or early in the summer once this happens and cooperate with higher level clerics who will come down from northern Girifrid offering the people a choice between plague and rats or obeying the cabal.
Letter 4 is dated to the beginning of winter and instructs Lisbane to report on progress for the year, noting that if response is not received promptly an unpleasant visit will ensue from her higher-ups. This one is signed Geshkin, High Spoiler.
Matt: Geshkin = the High Moldy Cheese, according to Arblaith
5th letter, different cipher
now late on Thursday
Undead DM (GM): No letter translation cipher works on the fifth letter.
Matt: same handwriting as first scrap of paper
first two letters look “dashed off” – 3rd and 4th looks deliberate
5th looks very very deliberate!
script is the same in the 5th as the others, but it doesn’t use the same cipher, and we don’t know what the ciper is
cipher
werecreatures have elven blood. not surprising that they’re using an encrypted form of elven for communications
Matt: no news of any form of plague
in Thornlin
Undead DM (GM): Torfrem, god of decay
Party discussion: Track down other cultists of Torfrem mentioned in letters
In the city: sewers
Outside the city: swamps
Other leads: other people who have died of plague like the widow Emira’s son
Matt: cleric and healers in the city
how would these upper level cleric “make them an offer they couldn’t refuse”
could go to city administration, or more locally to the different districts within Thornlin
M. D.: rolling 1d20
2
(
10
)2
= 12
Daniel A.: rolling d20
1
(
20
)1
= 21
Matt: Theodric’s reading – successful – rats and insects both might be plague “Vectors”
also might be seasonal
different vermin flourish at different times of year
Sorianism, elementalism
by early spring, late summer – the plague would have spread
based on the timelines in the 3rd letter
Matt: and we’re now 1/4 of the way through spring
Morning of the 18th day of the month
final working day of the month
Grora – reaching out to fellow healers
shared letters directly with her
Grora is the Almonist
Matt: some folks consider her “Nosy”
Undead DM (GM): almoness
Theodoric: 5 copy jobs this month, 6 crowns up for the monthElspeth: exploring
the slums, exploring the sewers
marketplaces
other clerics
sewers: city records of where sewers & access routes are
Undead DM (GM): Common human deities:
Palion: Goddess of Peace
Heina: Goddess of the Sea
Kacha: Goddess of Fertility
Evna: God of War
Mefla: Goddess of Law
Undead DM (GM): First two have large public temples in Thorninl
Matt: Arblaith helping Grora, to free up some of Elspeth’s time, so she can check with the other Good, established temples
Talking with Palion’s temple first
“ruby fever”
found in the slums outside the city, in the Iron Bog?
if you cross the Drip river, there is swampy lands there – that area gets very nasty – mosquitos, sickness. etc
ruby fever spreads in the spring and early summer
Matt: corresponds with the letter’s timeline
Elspeth: yes
Matt: Ruby Fever not usually lethal. But there are nastier strains of it.
the widow’s son, dying of this disease, would be very strange
usually more lethal to the more vulnerable parts of the population – children and the old
Ruby fever – usually all the clerics can do is keep the patients comfortable.
Ruby fever is right up Torfrem’s alley
the priestess of Palion promised to talk with Palion’s high healer, high priest, and the city council
Matt: Elspeth also asked about Ciphers – Palion doesn’t emphasize scholarship as much as Sammas does.
M. D.: rolling 1d20
4
(
19
)4
= 23
Matt: the priestess of Palion could recommend some wizards who are good with ciphers, if it comes to it.
Immanuel investigating the sewer system
old tannery district specifically
(bluedock slums)
Undead DM (GM): District 7 (on the Thornlin map) as-built map of sewers and access points and major drops to individual buildings
M. D.: rolling 1d20
4
(
2
)4
= 6
Matt: juicy areas of the map
M. D.: rolling 1d20
4
(
20
)4
= 24
Matt: rolled a 2 – confusion about the sewer/street comparison – for this juicy area
knows who drafted the map, and when it happened
with the 24
everything on the map is most likely still there.
if we have partial information, it would be a situation of incomplete (new stuff added), rather than inaccurate
100-200 years ago – the age of his map
Matt: Immanuel knows the exact date or the exact range, since he knows who prepared the map
Undead DM (GM): DM is not prepared to commit to a date on the fly
Matt: Tannery Avenue, and Dyer Lane – matches the map
Gull Lane and Hermit lane – new streets, don’t match the map
All of the stuff south west of gull lane has changed
map of the sewers used today by Humans
the prior sewers the party was in was older than that. Implies the existance of an Elven city prior to Thornlin
rolling 1d20
5
(
4
)5
= 9
Undead DM (GM): Arblaith asks whether anyone in Thornlin has suffered from a disease similar to the ruby fever, specifying that someone WELL out of town had such a disease
Misheard by patrons & rumor starts to spread that fever & spots have been seen in Thornlin
Matt: rolling 1d20
3
(
10
)3
= 13
Undead DM (GM): Echos confirm that ruby fever-esque disease(s) are common in the slums & also among the iron miners nearby
Matt: old wive’s tales?
things to do to ward off the Ruby Fever
“They burn shit”
they associate it with stagnant water, and then they burn shit.
Undead DM (GM): giant vampiric undead mosquitos
vampiric mosquito swarms
Theodoric: connection between the bog and the sewers
Matt: rolling 1d20
5
(
14
)5
= 19
rolling 1d20
5
(
16
)+5
= 21
sea chanties and historical ballads – Bapsian robin hood ballads
end of night – pecuniary results
4 crowns!
blue coin sized plaques – archaic girifrian currency
Matt: semi precious stones – lapis’s
8 lapis’s
5 silver
per lapis
blah^4 = a worse plague than ruby fever
blah^5
Matt: If people get the blahs, they
are in trouble
the blahs are a late summer things
where does it develop: upcountry. (one person, unconfirmed)
Undead DM (GM): Closeout for session: tomorrow is the last day of the first month of spring
a free/“weekend” day
one more month of early spring
Matt: could start in sewers, or the bogs, or the mines
It’s odd that rats are involved with the Ruby fever. The healer remarked on that. No known connection between ruby fever and rats.
slums – also explore them
slums links to the other tasks
for the watch

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