Friday, January 8th 2016
Puzzled, desperate, and under pressure…. Illythian and Bud sit at the Salty Broad Tavern and decide what the next plan of attack is. First, the duo return to Percy Bloom and explain to him what they have learned. They figured that going to Luskan where there is a known Arcane Brotherhood Tower was a priority. Percy agreed and would prepare his guard to travel there immediately, however… he feared the outcome would not be fruitful as you can not walk up to the tower and “knock on the front door”. After a lengthy discussion, Illythian and Bud decide to return to the Salty Broad Tavern and question Top Hat on what he knows about the mysterious Duergar and his nefarious plans.
They manage to convince Top Hat to go to the storeroom and from there begin to interrogate him. Suspecting he was holding back, Bud began to beat Top Hat with a large salami (yes, a salami) until he gave up the information they were seeking. Top Hat reveals that this Duergar was going to drop off the Constance to a well dressed dark haired human at an outpost called Icebone Peak, about 3 days travel west of Mirabar. Top Hat also reveals that the Duergar is currently camped ina part of an abandoned mine known as Thyrm’s Pass and will leave within the next day or two.
Learning this informatin, Illythian and Bud attempt to force Top Hat out of the bar to confess his crimes to Percy…. but this was met with failure as many of Top Hat’s patrons were willing to take up arms in his defense. The duo thought it was best to drop Top Hat (literally), and make haste out of the Salty Broad.
Returning to Percy’s manor, they once again explained what they had learned. By this time Percy and his men were rallied and prepared for the long ride to Luskan, so time was of the essence. Percy tells the duo confirms that Thyrm’s Pass is an abandoned mine owned by a Dwarf named Diesa Frostburn. Percy refers to her as a “bastard” and is reluctant to ask for help as she owns The Crescent Moon Mining Company… a direct rival to his own. The duo convince Percy to wait until the morning after they speak with Diesa before he makes the trek to Luskan as they may be able to rescue Constance beforehand.
Once the sun comes up, the duo make their way Diesa’s manor house. As they approached the thick walls of Diesa’s manor house, they were surprised to see no guards at the front gate… and the gate itself was unlocked. There was howls and yells coming from inside the courtyard, so Illythian and Bud cautiously opened the gate and entered. Inside the courtyard, the duo saw a large crowd surrounding what looked like to be a female dwarf and an impossibly large dragonborn in a grappling match. After the exercise ended, the attention shifted on to Illythian and Bud. The female dwarf was indeed Diesa herself, and the duo managed to get an audience with her and explained their situation.
However, their pleading seemed to fall on deaf ears as Diesa was a business woman, and wondered what compensation she would get for this. Knowing that compensation was not an option, Illythian volunteered Bud to a grappling match with Diesa, and if he won, she would give them access. Diesa found this amusing, but countered by saying that if he can beat her Dragonborn, then she would comply.
Bud confidently agreed to the contest (he was able to mask his fear well). The 2 competitors entered the grappling circle and once again the guards and house workers gathered around and cheered on. Bud made the first move with a body shot and quickly clinched the much larger opponent. Bud found it difficult to maintain his hold and continued to lay in with body shots… driving the wind out of the Dragonborn. However, the strong scales of the Dragonborn provided much protection.. and although Bud got in some great shots, the Dragonborn suddenly erupted out of his grasp, headbutting Bud in the nose. Stunned, Bud reeled back and threw a sloppy punch that missed. The Dragonborn took advantage and drove a side kick into Bud’s pelvis that nearly flipped him over. Bud did not get up after that.
Diesa was pleased with the contest, and the Dragonborn seemed eager to help in the Duo’s cause…. so it was agreed he would take them to the Thyrm’s pass to see if their story holds true and to help them rescue Constance if able.
And so this day, the Duo became the Trio.
After leading them through the blockaded area into Thyrm’s pass, the tunnel became more of a unworked cavern. After some travel, they came upon a small alcove with another tunnel on the opposite side. They could see 2 goblins in the alcove, who seem to be laughing at something. The Trio decided to act, but the Dragonborn moved in first and gave away their position due to his loud armor and heavy footsteps. One goblin immediately ran away to a tunnel that led in the Thyrm’s Pass cavern. The other goblin through a javelin, striking the Dragonborn in the leg, before making a retreat.
Inexperience and impatience led to a tense battle. As more goblins came pouring down the hall, it seems that the this Trio were about to meet an untimely end…. but fate was on their side today, and they pulled through.
The tunnel on the on the other side of the alcove opened up into Thyrm’s pass, and they could see the Duergar, taunting them with warhammer in hand. Behind him a cart holding a cage… only a humanoid silhouette could be made out. Weakened and bleeding, the Trio retreated back up the mine and to Diesa’s manor.
After returning to Diesa’s manor, the Trio had a chance to heal and reflect on the day’s events. After some rest, the Trio set out to leave and met Diesa in the courtyard to say goodbye, but she seemed distracted by 2 gold elves standing at her front gate talking to her Earth Genasi servant.
The 2 gold elves lock eyes with Illythian and he freezes in fear. As Illythian and the gold elves stare at each other, everyone braces themselves for what could be a battle. Overcome with fear, Illythian yells “RUN!” and turns on his heels and bolts as fast as he can in the opposite direction. The gold elves….with a dangerous calm…. backed down and walked away.