Last night I ascertained from my people that the “vault” is not so much a vault as it is the basement of Christops van Os’s house. You know, clearly the kind of place you need to approach from the sewers and try to bust through from below. I told my crew to stay put while I hit the streets of Malgareth to see what we are dealing with.
Christops is one of three van Os brothers that work together in their fence/contraband operation and they do indeed have an alliance with Grotharar. Grotharar and his crew are one of three “gangs” that controls the underworld in Malgareth and they’re solidly in the number three spot. There’s no overboss or anything of that sort to worry about.
I was able to learn from a thief had had tried to sneak into the “vault” that the van Os have a wizard on the payroll that monitors it remotely – which is presumably how Grotharar knew who to retaliate against. With that knowledge I was able to uncover that this wizard and the one whose staff had been stolen were rivals of some sort, so one assumes he’s the one who commissioned the staff to be stolen in the first place – in which case it’s probably not even in the vault.
After a quick lunch of giving my hirelings the stinkeye I took Heresia and Althith with me to scope out Christop’s house in the guise of a group of down on their luck young women singing for a few coins – not much of a stretch really. Three months since my exile and I’m still singing on street corners.
We attracted quite a crowd, so much so that Cristops and a couple thugs came out of the house to see what all the commotion was about. Cristops is a foreigner of some kind – he may be Krebish, I’m not quite sure. Doesn’t look so impressive, but then I suppose he’s a fence not a bullyboy. He came over to talk to us, he seemed quite taken with Heresia – probably because I’m in disguise – and it was a simple matter to get us into the house for some wine and a mid-afternoon snack.
Pretty standard house, nothing much in the way of security that I saw besides the four thugs who had a table set up in the front room where they were, as all guards have since the beginning of time, playing cards. I wonder how long the first guard ever was on duty before they started slacking. I excused myself to the restroom after a while and snooped around – there was a trapdoor in the bedroom that I have to assume leads to the “vault”.
After a few hours of merry-making we took our leave. So that’s our way in – easy enough, next up was to figure out what to do about the mage overwatch. The good news is it’s usually easy to find wizards – they rarely keep a low profile. The bad news is when you try to keep an eye on them sometimes you turn into a frog. That’s what you have goons for though. I gathered my crew together and told them they needed to set up the mage’s house and that this was their chance to redeem themselves. I was not shy about pointing out how I accomplished more in one day then they had with their sewer-crawling.
Their motivation was almost palpable. I just hope they don’t get too fired up about it and end up frogs.
Funds: 7,580 gold
Inventory: Ring of Many Garments, Bag of Tricks (rust), Cap of Disguise, Secure Pocket, Resplendent Diplomat’s Palette, Secure Paypack, Skeleton Key, Brooch of Shielding, Pouch of Magic Stones, Masterful Grey Gloves, Black Marketers’ Bag, Biting Bracelet (Endless Ammunition), Boots of Escape, Bracers of the Glib Entertainer
Signet ring, noble’s outfit, candlerod (9), masterwork dagger, succubi carving, Domiel family ring, walking stick, masterwork playing cards, spinel and peridot holy symbol of Kralten, oil of taggit (2)
Potion of Invisibility (3), Potion of Cure Moderate Wounds (2), Potion of Cure Light Wounds (3), Potion of Spider Climb
Silver ring, gold bracelet, gold and pearl pendant, gold ring, platinum necklace, mithril hair clasps (3)
Revenge List: Duke Eaglevane,
Piltis Swine, Rince
Electrum, watchman Gridley, White-Muzzle the worg, Percy Ringle
the butler , Alice Kinsey , “ Patch”, Heroes of the Lost Sword, Claire
Conrad, Erist priest of Strider, Riselda owner of the Sage Mirror,
Eedraxis, Skin-Taker tribe,
Kartak, Królewna & Bonifacja Trading Company, Hurmont Family, Androni
Titus, Greasy dreadlocks woman, Lodestone Security, Kellgale Nickoslander,
Beltian Kruin the Splithog Pauper, The King of Spiders, Auraluna Domiel, mother
Hurk, Mazzmus Parmalee
Rumors : Exiled noblewoman (Reoccurring), vigilante “Litheria”(Reoccurring), murderous Halfling (Reoccurring)
Teams – Labors, Brute Squad (Robbers and one team of Soldiers)
Graltontown Buildings – Mill