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The Ghost Network

Postby Kemian » Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:40 pm

For nearly a year now there have been, strange events occurring in and around Waterdeep. Bizarre accidents magical, alchemical, and even herbal based in nature. Events forming in what some have named the Pattern. As though someone or a group of people are using the city as a means of experimentation and expansion of recognized arcane knowledge and theories.

There have been rumors and supposition abounding regarding whom or what is behind this pattern of experimentation and some have been working hard to identify and bring to justice those responsible for the events. Many of the experiments and attacks have targeted both House Gundwynd and House Sultlue. A pair of houses with a history of rivalry and treachery that has spanned the better part of a decade.

House Sultlue has been out of favor for the past 5 years thanks to the acts of one member they have publicly named as a renegade and a traitor. Rigel Sultlue was killed during the events surrounding the Drow incursions several years ago and House Sultlue was deemed to be complicit in the trafficking of slaves as well as the assassination of Maurgoz Gundwynd the Head of his household.

Since that time House Gundwynd has prospered and House Sultlue has been slowly clawing its way back to respectability and prominence. So when this pattern of experimentation and assassination became focused on both House Sultlue and Gundwynd rumors began to swirl and questions arouse. Could this be one member of the House or a pair of rivals resuming the rancor between the two houses?

Over the course of the last year a dozen odd adventurers have worked to uncover the answer to that question.
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Re: The Ghost Network

Postby Kemian » Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:56 pm

Trapped like flies in amber

One warm early spring afternoon filled with people passing their day shopping, eating, and talking normally completely unaware of what was about to unfold.

A single man cut through a crowded intersection and set down an open flask of water. He then poured a powdery substance into the water and placed some sort of breathing mask over his face and began to walk away.

As he walked away smoke began billowing forth from the flask and as the smoke spread outward the crowd became horrified as the gas began to solidify around their feet and move slowly upward and leaving them immobilized trapped like flies in amber.

As the smoke continued to billow forth and trap more innocent bystanders a number of heroes tried to limit the effects by evacuating people and trying to disperse the deadly vapors as well as attempting to track down the man responsible for this heinous attack.

Unfortunately the man that dispersed the toxin that trapped 14 people in Amber was found in an alley with his throat cut. The heroic investigators became aware during canvassing that during the event two people were murdered in the Trades Ward while the attack was happening. One of the ranking members of House Sultlue and an influential member of House Gundwynd.
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Re: The Ghost Network

Postby Kemian » Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:43 pm

The man without a face

In the course of various investigations behind the recent disturbing events the heroes eventually came to meet with Tiberius Gundwynd. The man falsely accused of the murder of Reginald Sultlue and Maurgoz Gundwynd. To try and understand the history between the two houses as well as to see if the nobleman had any thoughts or ideas as to who or what might be responsible.

Tiberius was forthcoming and even eager to clear his house of any suspicion of wrong doing and was answering questions openly and honestly when he became suddenly ill, having difficulty breathing, as the Heroes look on in horror the man's lips drew together by skin and then his nostrils and finally his eyes were covered as though the man had no distinguishable features on his face. Then they saw him struggle and begin to grow pale from loss of oxygen,

Working quickly the heroes cut his lips free to breathe only to have it close over again. Desperate they cut a whole in the mans throat and used tubing to secure his air way only to be horrified as the wound started to close over again and the skin started to creep up the tubing to try and cut off the air way again. Assessing the matter as some form of super charged healing gone amok one of the Heroes ascertained that the negative energy behind a curse might be sufficient to stop the effects of the toxin. They were right saving Tiberius Gundwynd who now was motivated to get to the bottom of these events no matter what.

Once again the poisoner was found dead. Leaving more questions than answers.
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Re: The Ghost Network

Postby Kemian » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:21 am

The woeful tale of Bodger and Griff

Now properly motivated to discover what precisely happened to the rival of Tiberius Gundwynd, Rigel Sultlue in an effort to understand what was happening now a pair of heroes tracked down the watchmen known as Bodger and Griff.

The pair were loyal to a fault and as predictable as the sands of time. Bodger was a man of discerning taste with a penchant for pontificating on the many virtues of widows and older woman having seen more than five decades and never having risen above the rank of patrolman he could not be misconstrued as someone who suffered from an overabundance of ambition. Bodger lived for the companionship of his watch partners and the taste of fine wine when he could afford it and cheap wine when he could not.

Griff was a strapping young lad barely more than 20 years old who had considered himself lucky to find himself a man of the Waterdhavian watch and even luckier to have landed Bodger as his first and as yet only partner. Young Bodger was however a romantic after all how could he not be he was young strapping lad with just the slightest cross eye that you could barely tell was there. Bodger told him all the time "Ain't nuthin to worry about."

So when the troubles with the Sultlues and the Gundwynds happened and at various points one family member or the other was being questioned or incarcerated it fell primarily to these two keep watch over them. It might not have been totally unexpected that curious city members came to discuss the troubles with them after all they did have access to the various family members at various times. One young lady who was very generous to both Bodger and Griff came to call on them one evening when they were standing watch over the body of Rigel Sultlue. She had a wondrous gift for them both a very rare and special brandy to fortify the two against the cold night. The next day the two were found unconscious Rigel Sultlue's body was gone and a ride later, a body matching the young ladies description was found in the harbor.
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Re: The Ghost Network

Postby Kemian » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:33 am

The curious case of the 'GiveGood"

Tiberius Gundwynd having speculated privately that his old rival had been resurrected and was now using some outfit to carry out his attacks on his former house and his rival house had used his influence to provide a potential lead. A new guild known only as "The Brotherhood" was making moves and expanding their influence in Skullport. He had received word that this group was trying to gather information and that a meeting was set to take place in Undermountain near Temple row possibly inside temple row.

So Tiberius commissioned a group of as yet largely unproven adventurers to go down to Undermountain and to try and uncover what the meeting was about and if possible to thwart it's purpose.

The brave adventurers braved the first level of Undermountain as well as the random attack from nefarious monsters and they stumbled upon a small colony of Kobalds working to prepare some form of confection that they lovingly called "The GiveGood." The adventurers considered that this might be a coincidence but as the special stew was nearly ready and set to be delivered they thought that unlikely.

And so they boldly stepped forward and tricked the Kobalds into turning over the Arsnic laced stew that had been set for delivery to the Pain Maiden Temple and managed to get the stew secured and back up to Tiberius for his examination. Tiberius was later able to determine that the concoction had been commissioned by the Brotherhood as a bribe for information that a Priest of Loviatar knew regarding something kept hidden and secret in ancient Ardeep Forest.

What could a thieves guild in Skullport want with an ancient treasure in Ardeep?
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Re: The Ghost Network

Postby Kemian » Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:51 am

Once more into the breach my friends

Tiberius Gundwynd had grown weary of reacting to the efforts of his enemy and wanted to start making his enemy react to him and so he hatched a plan to do just that. Tiberius arranged for a shipment to be sent that would arrive in Waterdeep harbor on a specific date and he allowed the agents of his enemy to learn of the shipment and a rumor that the means to locate Rigel Sultlue would be on board as well as the fact that Tiberius would be the one accepting delivery of the item.

As predicted Tiberius and his guards were attacked at a time when the Docks were largely empty save a large group of heroes that helped to face down more than a dozen assassins. Much to Tiberius's chagrin his enemy never showed his face. So Tiberius finally publicly named his enemy Rigel Sultlue.
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Re: The Ghost Network

Postby Kemian » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:04 am

Slouching towards Paradise

With his enemy named publicly and with two solid leads to pursue Tiberius obtained the services of two groups of investigators to lend assistance. The less experienced group was sent to find out what the Brotherhood sought in Ardeep Forest using a plausible cover story.
The more experienced group was asked to go to Skullport to deal with the Brotherhood more directly and to find the location of the elusive Rigel Sultlue. The first avenue of investigation was the smuggler known as Cigavax. The smuggler was profoundly frustrated at the rapid growth of the Brotherhoods organization yet he had been unable to get any assistance from other organizations in curtailing the growth of the group. So he provided the heroes with what intelligence he could. The first of which was a means to get the organization to begin reacting and leaving their stronghold within Skullport which was rumored to be heavily fortified against infiltration to include wards against both scrying and extradimensional movement. The smuggler suggested the group begin by attempting to disrupt the Brotherhood’s protection racket by starting with a well known facilitator of black market purchases.

So the Heroes set up on Trader Gracie’s place and identified three key customers that met to arrange meetings to facilitate the movement of these black market goods. The heroes decide a high profile “accident” that would force the Brotherhood to meet with Gracie to discuss the status of her protection. The perpetration of the act was simplicity itself with a well-placed disintegrate to destroy a portion of the front of the store without actually harming anyone while an agent of one of the largest thieves guild in Skullport was present.

So the Heroes watched as Gracie’s three high profile customers all expressed varying degrees of concern for what occurred and they witnessed the calloused manner in which the group of Brotherhood agents expressed in no uncertain terms that they would not reimburse Gracie for the vandalism that occurred. So an opportunity presented itself for Ziandra, Sera, and Rauvin to place themselves in the store by offering to help repair the front entrance and watch the comings and goings of the various players. Soon it became apparent they would need to commit more acts of vandalism perhaps all at the same time to see if they could force the Brotherhood into making a mistake or perhaps force the citizens of Skullport to turn against the group entirely.

Clearly there was more work to be done.
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