Gallowsbird (2016)

Public: Internal Review

We meet up at the apple because of a letter we received from Richard. We go there, briefly note that a chair has been taken, before we go find a large pile of square books. These were delivered by Viola who is connected to Richard. After I shout a few insults that she ignores she leaves. We have no idea who the books were given to but there are at least a dozen. I tell them they’re magical and that I was attacked and apparently I’m the only one.

The group, now officially working for the weather, meets up in the office. Apparently Broderick has arranged himself a super desk for some reason. We are given a list of people to look into

*Eugene Piggabrick – monotizing orphanages, adopting a lot of children, chimney sweep, address of home and orphanage, applying for lower council
*Michelle Rodriguez – crossing into the matroni district, not native to there, home address, applying for lower council
*Venyard – Accused of swindled and scammed at Delectable Comestibles, involved animal trade, also accused of not providing a home address
*Deryl Huffweiser – tax collector, came into a large sum of money, home address

We first decide to investigate the courier. Given that we have her address we decide to go there first. I am volunteered to go act like I am a person who is interested in moving in to confirm if she is in the facility. We notice that she was trying to hide her non human heritage and has trimmed her ears. She gives me some generic info, goes on a strange tangent about gnomes being bad. Eventually I leave and we decide to stake out her place to see where she goes.

We tail her to a market where she collects tags from various shops in the district. We confront one of them and learn she is collecting tax information. We continue to tail her and note she goes to the Matroni district. She enters a building and we push Broderick into the second story so he can go listen in while Richard and I stake out different entrances. Broderick hears that they reference Vendrick about some letter “They passed him by without issue. He’s working for them now” &“Good catch. He owes us.” while Richard finds out that the building belongs to mercenaries called the “Opal Wardens”.

She eventually leaves and we follow. She goes to the Weather Society and we wait outside. She eventually leaves again and then returns home. Now that we know Venyard was involved somehow we decide to find him. This is easy since he is seated outside the facility reading a square book.

He offers us some “peanuts” which Broderick accepts. Apparently they are actually coffee beans. Broderick is enraged at this betrayal. We continue our questioning and Venyard is very upfront. Admitting to tricking people and claiming he is going to do so again. We ask about the Opal Warden connection and states they are after him. He apparently slept with the boss’s daughters?

We decide to use Venyard as bait to try to get more info on the Rodriguez thing. Venyard refuses. Since he’s admitted crimes the others decide to take his stuff and have one of us, Broderick, disguise himself as Venyard. Venyard starts shouting and when his wheelchair is taken his complaints become frantic. At one point he brings up that I owe him. After realizing that they can’t jail a man without questions popping up they follow my initial suggestion of placing him under house arrest at my house. Venyard, while still unhappy, prefers that option. We also throw in a contract if his wheelchair gets damaged. The session ends with me wheeling him home.

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Pearce Succumbs to Peer Pressure

I go to the Weather Society station in the afternoon and find Richard at some sort of workshop. I pull him outside to hand over the evidence found at Gary Borland’s house and the sword which I partially identified. In return Richard says that the meeting with Harrison won’t be possible. Instead he hands me the contract for Belltoll herself.

Before we can split we encounter a ratfolk performing some sort of experiment. He is wearing a large brimmed hat and uncomfortably large darkened glasses. We discover he is pulling a large spool of “mosswire” that is powered by some source to utilize vibrations to let him hear/smell things from far away? He has me hold a cable and takes Richard away. I smell something awful coming from the moss wire and I’m told that was the intention. The rat introduces himself as “Mortimor Norvegicus, Inventor” hands out his card with his address and then leaves.

Richard and I separate and I eventually return to the Weather Society where I find a old human lady feeding some pigeons. I introduce myself and she says she is “Margarette Batch” a member of the upper council. She said there was some “major deception” in the society and now she wants to hire the apple staff to be ‘Internal Review’. She points out that the higher council exists to “stop wicked legislation”. I apparently represent the Mids, Broderick the Senations, Tharul the Docks, and Richard the Society itself. She stresses that we should not join the lower council and suggests I try to talk Broderick out of it. I agree to her offer and she stands up and leaves.

I walk into the facility and find Salisbury who leads me to a small office where Venyard is waiting inside. We have Venyard Conversation 1 and then he rolls out. I find Salisbury outside and we agree to go to his bar again. We have Salisbury conversation 2. We iron out some basic rules for our group and separate.

I go to the Apple to find Tharul and Belltoll. I find Belltoll by herself crying in the Apple. We have Belltoll Conversation 1. We are interrupted by a yell from Samantha. I run up there to find her in a state similar to being drunk, a result of rapid tonic consumption. Apparently the people have been rapidly using the healing power. I promise to inform the devoted and let her get some rest. I go finish my conversation with Bell and come up and tuck Samantha in.

Before I go to bed I check the square book and find it’s half formed in the chest. There is a box seemingly behind it. While trying to check where the rest of the book is I find that pages have snuck around and 4 are touching the bird. The pages seem burned at stabbed 47 times. I remove the pages and ensure the bird is safe. Out of curiosity I use object reading and find myself having a vision. I’m a fat owl inside a forest near the city. I’m being attacked by a ton of tiny enemies. I flee and lose some feathers before escaping.

I gather the rest of the pages and throw them in the chest, cast arcane lock on it, and wrap the seal of the chest in fabric. Then I call it a day only to be awoken by Samantha in the night and we have conversation 11.

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The Book is Immortal

Before I go to bed I notice that the chest containing the square book is open so I close it. I go to bed and the next morning give Jacket the loot to sell. The chest is open again and when I look inside I see some ash covering the bottom of the chest. I suspect this is the square book reforming so i bottle some of the ash and note it’s being pulled towards the chest. I search my apartment and find a line of ash slowly heading towards the chest. I secure several other sections and take several precautions.

During this Jacket awakes. He gives me an odd look and I explain that I’m dealing with a cursed book. He suggests I get rid of it or give it to the book salesman, Viola. I ask where she is and Jacket says he can’t say. He needs to be more professional. I ask him if he thinks I’m sane. He responds with “sometimes” and that everyone needs to be sorta insane to survive. Also commenting that one day things we’ll make sense but it won’t be a good day.

As Jacket is leaving I find a letter: "To whom it may concern,

My name is Margarette Batch. I’m speaking on behalf of the High Council.

If possible, I would like to have a word with you. The nature of it isn’t appropriate for letters. It concerns the actions in the docks. Please come in anytime between morning and early evening. I will be wearing the ugly hat." I burn the evidence and go enchant the downstairs with arcane lock.

At the request of Richard I go the house of Gary Borland in search of evidence. I scope out his place and note the trap at his front door. I enter the house after he leaves and quickly make sure I’m alone. After I do I find his study and comb it for any evidence. I find out he’s obsessed with his cat named Corn who is not anywhere in the house. I find two letters suggesting Borland is fabricating his testimony to pay off a debt to an unnamed party. I also find a neatly wrapped package that I find out contains a square book. Object Memory: “You feel this book become birthed from an iron womb, seared with the square of its captors, and bound without a moment of pause. The rest of the memory is darkness within the package”. I leave the book, take the evidence, and leave.

When I return to my apartment I find no evidence of the book. I use my bottled ash to act as a compass and find that the book is in the apartment next door. I knock and a red-eyed elf answers that is obviously high on something. I get drug inside and find a lot more strung out elves and some drums. I also see a large pile of ash piled near the wall. I put the ash into a bucket and attempt to leave. The elves offer me some bark to burn and I decline. I ask enough stupid questions they think are profound until I can get out. I dump the ash in the chest to keep it from forming in other odd places.

I go check on my demon-ness. My left is leg dark colored. Like the flesh is dying but not rotting. In spots.

I head to the Weather Society

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The Miracle That Never Should have been

When Ratman‘s spell ends we’re both back in the library. Samantha knows nothing about what we’ve discussed. I give her the basics of the conversation and she asks what the monster is. I question how she doesn’t know since she made a deal with the monster and apparently the monster can alter memories. It’s suggest he might be similar to the Ratman and Samantha suggests he take off his armor. Ratman ignores that request and walks away. I explore the library (half of which is now a garden). I learn that the library isn’t exactly normal geography. I find myself walking in circles and learn that walking away from Samantha is taxing. Also learn that I can’t read the books in her library. Eventually I go back to my room.

After a few moments I get an idea and decide to go stab the square book in my room with the jester sword. It pierces deeper than a book and sizzles when I stab it but when it comes out the book looks broken. I report to Samantha and she says the book in the library is no longer healing. I cut it up some more and take it out back and burn it. I proceed to have conversation 9 with Samantha.

I go downstairs to heal Jacket’s lock and have conversation 7 with Jacketman.

After that conversation I head back up. Samantha is gone from the mirror and I find a note “I can fix this”. I can’t communicate with her and before I can do anything else I hear a scream in the street. Jacket has picked a fight with a couple of teenage thugs. I knock one of them out and stop the fight. He requests that I help him kill whoever killed his daughter, to which I agreed. He says that Samantha headed for the temple and after saying a few profanities I chase after her.

I find her cold and crying near the temple border and we have Samantha conversation 10. We go get some alcohol and she doesn’t like it. We enter my apartment and Jacket cooks a meal. It’s awkward for everyone. He sleeps in the spare bedroom. Samantha asks some questions about him but I dodge most of them.

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The Monster makes his move

After we leave Salisbury confronts me and says he wants to go get drinks to celebrate and talk. I agree and he takes me to a Halfling diner called “Ma’s”.

We proceed to have Salisbury conversation 1.

We separate and I go to my apartment. Samantha is standing on the balcony excited and waiving. We hug and go inside.

We proceed to have Samantha conversation 8 part 1.

There is a pause and the conversation shifts to stuff that should be asked of followers. Eventually books are brought up.

We proceed to have Samantha conversation 8 part 2.

The memory from the Square book
“Patricia is writing in the book furiously. A woman in a black leather outfit is behind her, silently approaching. The woman reaches for something on Patricia’s person, but from your angle you can’t see her. Patricia glaces at a time piece, closes the book. She turns and misses seeing the woman in leather. The book returns to the bag. End of memory.”

Before I can observe more I hear a rattling from my bedroom. I go observe and quickly determine that the book is having some effect on my magic canary. I pick it up and confirm that someone/something is casting mage hand on it. The notebook flutters open. An ironcast hand emerges, and points at the bird. It’s similar to the Ratman but covered in sand and rust. It tried to cast a spell on Samantha and I attacked it. Just as suddenly the arm disappeared.

After a conversation with Sam I go to the library. Apparently the room is now partially a garden created by the Ratman. It appears that he is part construct and has grass and flowers growing out of his creases. I try to communicate and he eventually offers to cast a spell. A chorus of rats start to sing and suddenly me and Ratman are both shepherd dogs. We proceed to have Pearce and Ratman conversation 1

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Public: The War of the Apple

Forces include:
-Apple Crew (Broderick, Richard, Pearce)
- 5 Leeches-for-Eyes Mercs (Commander, Mucus, Flexticle, Ugly, Membrane)
-Several Weather Society (Venyard, Salisbury, Lenny, Jorge)
-Georgeguy and Lucky Dogan

The next day the group gathers together and heads towards the doc without much incident. The plan is for Brodie to sneak in, get some info, come out and inform us. After that Richard would use some explosives so he and the weather could charge in from the south west. The Leeches and I would run in from the east. We hoist Brodie onto the ceiling but before he can enter we see a medium sized woman in black clothing with possibly potions. She leaves without a word.

Brodie enters and several seconds later and we prepare to enter. Richard’s explosion goes off and the fight begins. Patricia is in a warehouse along with several women dressed in different uniforms but seemingly of the same mercenary group, and a group of Ratfolk. The battle raged on. Some key notes:
-Georgeguy died
-Venyard showed to be able to cast healing magic, Lucky Dogan seemed to have curses
- Salisbury was able to cast healing magic by touch
I stabbed Patricia with the Jester Scimitar shortly before she died.

I was given a potion and we threw all the loot in the bag of holding Patricia had on her body. We then leave the docks. Along the way Salisbury strikes up a conversation. He claims that he had dreams of Samantha and me. That she gave him the ability to Lay on Hands. I tell him we can meet up after. Along the way I have a vision as well of Samantha changing the fate of Tharul.

When we arrive we get the following scene: You walk in to see Tharul unconscious and bleeding out from a well placed purple bolt. Belltoll’s hands are shining and she seems extremely confused. She is holding Tharul, the light in her hands shifts. This happens over the course of about 3 seconds, and afterwards she seems to act confused, but Tharul seems to have miraculously healed, as if by the devious magics of old. He isn’t better, but he isn’t dead. You may freely use potions and what have you to heal him if you’d like, otherwise Belltoll will silently tend to him.

We all were shocked but didn’t have much to say. We divided the loot and split up. Among the loot is a note:
“P,
It is no longer beneficial to work with you. I’ve had a great time but I think it is time for a new hero to take the stage. Me. I’ll meet you at the docks at noon in two days, you know where. I think I can help you escape the mess you’ve gotten in.
– H”

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Potential Last Hours

After the group split up I headed back towards the Apple. Along the way I ran into Lucky Dogan walking some dog-like thing. We hear voice shout out and all of a sudden i’m an accomplice in abomination-napping. He asks for help, hands me the leash, and runs off. Eventually the person chasing me catches up and I realize it is also Lucky. I then wake up in a smokehouse with Lucky. Apparently that was all a vision. Then for a random reason he decides to help me fight Patricia, apparently I inspired him while I was out? He runs off and I wake up AGAIN in the middle of a road.

After that episode I go to the Apple and find Bell. After she was shot she seemed to be wrapped in dirty bandages that probably did more harm than good. Since I can’t go to Fieldsworth I go find another physician working in the docks. They can’t do much but they can at least put fresh bandages on and tell her not to push herself. After we left I brought up her contract. She tried to tell me something but whatever she wanted to say was lost in translation. I told her I’d try to get her away and we parted ways.

When I returned to the Apple a meeting was taking place between Tharul, a Leeches mercenary, and a representative of the Ratman. After they Leave Tharul and Pearce conversation 1 happens. We say our goodbyes and I depart for my house.

There I find Jacketman. He offers to sell me a few items.Three handy harvest sacks that are connected to each other. I decline since I lacked the gold. He asks about my disease, I inform him of what I know. He asks about the girl, I say she’s wanted and need to keep her info off the market. Jacket thinks that is wise. I loan Jacket some money for a new place and after we fail to cook food I send him to the spare bedroom. [wip]

Sam stuff [wip]

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Public: The Day before the Big Day

The group gathers at the Apple the next day. Discussion was had. I told the group I worked for the Reclamation and knew where we could find Patricia. The group decided to go gather as many troops as possible to help take her down.

We went to the docks to see if we could ask the Ratfolk for help. Encountered demons on the way and they quickly did a lot of damage to several of us. I DID notice that my demon blood appears to be poison to them so that was cool. The battle looked dire but Brodie through a smoke bomb and we were able to flee. We made it to the emissary and were able to talk to the m. I found out Ingred is working there. We had a brief moment and she wished me luck after giving me a week’s salary of potions. The talk with the diplomat goes ok, they were reluctant to send troops but they gladly provided scouts to help us find the way to warehouse without getting attacked.

We contacted the weather next. Richard was able to get us a meeting with one of the Lower Council. He seems reluctant and did not like the implication that Patricia was involved with the Weather. We appealed that if she wasn’t cause the Mids could be a warzone and he agreed to send a small force to join us.

After that we went back to the docs to hire a band of mercenaries “Leeches for eyes”. They said that Patricia was also looking to hire mercenaries but couldn’t afford them at the time.

We briefly go looking for Crazy Eye Tom and find him drunk, high, or both. We tell him that we’re going after Patricia and he seems to be willing.

Our forces gathered we split up and make final preparations for the fight.

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How to start a religion for dummies

When our group breaks up I track down Richard and we have a short chat. I’m concerned about Belltoll and how she has been treated by whoever her employers are. Since she’s under contract with the Weather Society I’m hoping he can get some specifics and we can figure out what to do with her.

After that I go and make sure Crazy-Eye hasn’t met the same fate that the rest of the Apple has. I find him in an alley intoxicated or in some way drugged up off what looks to be magical fruit. He was able to talk and curse so I assumed he was fine and left.

When I return to my apartment Samantha has moved a lot of my junk around. This is not cool. Pearce had his junk exactly where he liked it. She is also somehow holding one of the bolts I kept from the recent assassination incident.

Samantha and Pearce conversation 6

After the conversation I tuck her into the bed and bring some drinks down to Jacketman. Inside I find that a large portion of his house is just stocked to the brim with food.

Jacketman and Pearce conversation 5

I go back to my place and have another conversation with Samantha: Samantha and Pearce conversation 7 part 1.

That evening I go down to find Jacket’s place broken into. I have conversation 6 with jacketman and he leaves. I identify the culprits using Object reading, a bunch of teens whose identities I save for later. I find his diary burned in a trashcan and use mending to partially restore it. I take the entire trashcan. Once there I also read the formula. It’s an alchemical potion that masks the scent of a race.

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Public: Speak of the devil and she doth appear

So the group meets up at the doctor’s office and we given everything that’s happened we decided to move our conversation to the Apple. Along the way we saw a lot of people running. It turns out a building had been swarmed and covered with rats. We go to the Apple and see Tharul talking to Shadles . Crazy-Eye is investigating the rat swarm and we talk and determine a few things
-If Patricia is with the Weather Society the grunts don’t know anything. She seems to be restricted info.
-Richard is currently being framed for Wilson, the guy who was doing the temple negotiations. Apparently he was killed by a rat casting fire magic
-We’re not going to buy the info on Patricia, it was deemed too risky since I couldn’t reveal the source
-Asked about the Jester swords, said a friend was injured by it, that didn’t go over well. I was told the sword was more symbolic.
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The emissary was running late so we went to make sure there wasn’t something wrong. There was something wrong. A couple of weather guys and the emissaries were under attack by peasants. Brodie tried to grapple while me and Richard knocked everyone else out. I see that the emissary looks a lot like me for a rat-folk and seems to be dressed like a female. We take the injured to Doctor Feelsworth. He initially refuses but when we point out that they were on Weather Society business he lets them in. We learn that they’ve already used their 10 free visits. We end up going to get a potion for the emissary and make a quick stop by Jarvan. We pull the emissary out on a gurney.

As we approached the apple I noticed Patricia on a pile of rubble aiming THE crossbow. I dove in between her and the emissary just fast enough to take a bolt to the shoulder. It started wriggling around so I pulled it out and we all broke for cover, Brodie pulling the emissary. Richard and I gave chase but she escaped in the alleyways. When we got to the Apple we saw Bell and Tharul had been shot, we were able to stabilize them.

The emissary, whose name was Ingred, stated that she was there to meet with the surface representative Patricia. She claimed that she was one of two representatives that were sent to negotiate a new district, one of Ratfolk. They offered to mostly take the docks and some of the mids in exchange for clearing a path to the shore and improve the trade. We discussed it back and forth but ultimately said we didn’t have any control in the mids and couldn’t make any such deal. So we escorted her back to the bluepoles sewers. She asked my identity and we hugged. I told her she could always come to me if she was in trouble and she said maybe someday.

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