The following morning I paid a visit to the Leadyhead estate and found that it was mysteriously closed up. Thankfully I had lifted a key and helped myself to a silver candlestick which I sold to a limerick-spouting tradesman who annoyingly insisted in paying me in silver. “Silver for silver!’ he cackled like a maniac. I asked another vendor if I could “coin up” and the scalawag wanted 15%! Since my hidden pockets were overflowing I purchased a money belt, still I felt ridiculous with all those coins clanging about my person.
I went to Alice’s little cottage to find a very distraught Alice lamenting her career opportunities. It seems the Leadyheads had left Graltontown and left her without employment. She seemed convinced that with the cloud of suspicion hanging over her former employer she would have no luck finding a job. I initially thought about steering her towards a brothel but thought better of it – revenge can wait, for now its handy having someone eminently poisonable in a upscale household. I told her I would help her find work but she despaired that her reputation would proceed her. I suggested, very reluctantly, that perhaps she could bend the truth a tiny bit. She as horrified of course, but eventually saw the wisdom of my plan.
Going all over this outhouse of a settlement trying to coach Alice through the simplest of lies to get her a new job as a maid may be the most tedious experience of my life to date. But was ultimately successful nevertheless. She was installed with the Galway family. She was grateful of course, not really as grateful as she should have been – I just saved her from being the bottom girl at the worst whorehouse in town. That’s people for you, no sense of appreciation at all.
I had intended to gather information on what became of Ringle, but I happened across two of Piltis’s goons being shouted at by a little girl. They ignored her and continued on to their rancid saloon of choice. She seemed intent on following them, but I intercepted her and doing my best to seem matronly (which wasn’t great I admit) asked what was going on. She said they had attacked her father. I asked her to take me to him and she led to me a small storefront that appeared to be empty. Locked in a small storeroom was a thin middle aged bald man who had clearly taken a beating. He had just come to town and was opening up a spice shop. I guess Piltis had sent his men to shake him down but they’re as bad as trying to racketeer as they are at everything else.
He wanted to go to the watch but I convinced him (truthfully maybe) that they would be of no help. I promised him my aid and retired to my room at to consider the angles. I checked in at the watch-house but they had no reward for me yet – still investigating they claimed. They’ll probably try to rip me off the ingrates. I mixed up some tea to ensure an early morning.
Funds: 251 gold , 400 silver
Inventory: Peasant outfit (with hidden pockets) , Signet Ring , Stiletto , Map case, quill pen, red riding cloak, candlerod (5) , dreamer’s star tea (3 servings) , poison ring, awful pendant, disguise kit (7 uses) , Fashionable Accessories, hollow heeled boot, poison locket , courtier’s outfit, different fashionable accessories , Ring of Many Garments, money belt
Revenge List: Duke Eaglevane, Piltis Swine, Rince Electrum, watchman Gridley,
White-Muzzle the worg, Percy Ringle the butler , Alice Kinsey , “Patch”
Rumors : Murderous servants (60%) , exiled noblewoman (40%)