Up at dawn, I moved quickly to find where Piltis’s two goons flopped their clammy-pig flesh last night and then hurried across town to find my new friend the spice-merchant. I convinced him to visit Piltis and grovel at his feet, in the process letting it slip the mountain of silver that he had given his men as tribute. It took a minute before he understood what I was asking him to do, I hope he’s a better merchant than he is a schemer. As he went off on his errand I went off on my – stashing the silver coins on the two pinheads as they snored drunkenly in an abandoned cathouse.
I staked out Piltis’s candleworks and eventually saw that he was able to round up enough sober lackeys to drag in his “traitors”. Not long afterwards several of his scarred candle-boys came out, struggling to drag two corpses to the refuse pit. Two less minions for Piltis, and more importantly the information that for all his piggishness Piltis is a far more dangerous fellow that I would have anticipated. I wouldn’t have thought him capable of cold blooded murder so casually. I’ll need to be more careful with that one.
I wasted another day trying to track down Augrim, who was nowhere to be found. Before the markets closed I managed to convince a down on his luck caravan guard to give me his broken crossbow. It looked fine for my purposes and I had no idea what I would do with a working crossbow anyway. I crossed paths with Recutio has he made a beeline after work to his favorite bar and helped myself to his house key with my deft fingers.
His small home was decently appointed and I settled on a comfortable chair to await the master of the house. I used my ring to deck myself out in all black leather with a bandit-mask. I doubt any real assassin dresses like this but you have to give people what they expect.
Hours later he came home whistling a jaunty tune that stopped dead as he entered his home and saw a deadly assassin pointing a crossbow at his chest. I told him that I was sent to kill him but that I was more interested in hearing what he knew that was worth killing over. After he stopped pleading for his life he told me that he had been spying on a wizard by the name of Bern for Ramos Daval and Gremag but he had been found out and the wizard was pressuring him to spy on Ramos Daval and Gremag for him instead. His blubbering was quite off-putting.
I told him he had to leave town right that very second and never return. He seemed reluctant to take this very prudent advice but I was able to convince him eventually. To set the scene I had him take off his shirt and slashed him across his chest with my stiiletto, getting enough blood on the floor and bed to make it look good, in truth I think I went a little too far as he was still bleeding pretty badly when he left. He may not have made it far. I was able to send him off in such a fright that he didn’t take much with him, but still there was little of value to be had – a box of cheap tobacco, a walking stick and some nice playing cards.
I mixed up some tea on account of my late night activities once back at the Cardshire.
Funds: 250 gold
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, broken crossbow, box of cheap tobacco, walking stick, playing cards
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%)