Sham's The Enemy Within

Enemy Within, Chapter 29: The Taunting Green Moon, part 2
A last burst of effort...

Session 48
Attended: Alex, Brendon, David & Loreal
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on 6 Nachgeheim.

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GM’s Summary:
Adelyn takes the recovering Willow down the sewers to see the abandoned Beastmen camp, while Piers charts the sewers as best he can and Alric finds the Ar-Ulric to inform him of the camp site’s discovery. The Ar-Ulric promises to send experts to investigate. Checking in with the city’s criminal elements, the party find that Joseph the information peddler is interested in buying what they’ve learned so far, and in return gives them some idea of the drug trade conducted through The Pit tavern. They buy some laughing powder there and bribe the barman to tell them when a woman matching the description given by Chancellor Sparsam could be found buying her stock from him (which should be the evening of the 7th).

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Enemy Within, Chapter 29: The Taunting Green Moon
A last burst of effort...

Session 47
Attended: Alex, Brendon & David
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on 6 Nachgeheim.

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GM’s Summary:
The party investigates the sewers the previous nights’ attackers supposedly came in through and find, apart from a lone, old dwarf guard guarding the tunnels, an exit to the base of the mountain, and not too far off, an abandoned campsite. A short meeting with Chancellor Sparsam reveals his drug habit, pushed on him by a mysterious woman, is behind his support for the new taxes. An even briefer interview with Law Lord Wasmeier reveals very little and seems to annoy him.

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Enemy Within, Chapter 28: Inns and Outs, part 2
Everyone has their price

Session 46
Attended: Alex, David & Loreal
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on 5 Nachgeheim.

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GM’s Summary:
An extensive espionage operation is put in place to keep track of Emmanuelle’s maid, who engages in several unremarkable Carnival activities, before the party interrogates her in her bed. Alric also takes part in the first night of the Blackpool Lights wizardry display. Then, when they’ve all returned to bed, there’s a huge commotion from downstairs, which turns out to be a band of Skaven, Beastmen and Goblins, trying to capture guests as hostages down in the bar. The intruders are all killed, and Willow is almost killed too, but for the intervention of another mage, Erina Eberhauer. A crude note calling for help is found on one of the corpses.

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Enemy Within, Chapter 28: Inns and Outs
Everyone has their price

Session 45
Attended: Alex, Brendon, David & Loreal
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on 5 Nachgeheim.

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GM’s Summary:
The party decide to buy an inn, as a front for future smuggling and fence work. Adelyn initially tries her luck with the Drowned Rat’s owner, Fritz, but when she returns, she finds Willow (who’s bought a wolf and needs somewhere willing to keep it) has already begun negotiations with Uli Breitner, owner of the Templar’s Arms Inn, where they’re staying. A group effort succeeds in bringing the price down, on the condition that Uli retains ownership of the land (so they owe him monthly rent for that), he gets a cut of the profit, and the exchange is only effective from the start of the next month, allowing him to keep all the Carnival profit.

After this is settled, they go to watch the ice dancing again, looking for people worth talking to, when Alric has the sudden idea that he should privately confront the Ar-Ulric about his alleged affair. He manages enough tact that the priest confesses and tries to get Alric to help him foil the blackmailer, Elise Kaltblutig. To do this, the party works to get Emmanuelle Schlagen to talk to them, ultimately leading to an elaborate scheme whereby Adelyn, posing as a palace maid, spent an afternoon spying on Emmanuelle’s normal maid.

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Enemy Within, Chapter 27: Amnesiac apathy, part 2
Who? What?

Session 44
Attended: Alex, Brendon & Loreal
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on 4 Nachgeheim.

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GM’s Summary:
A few more Carnival attractions distract the party, and Alric has himself a formal coat of arms commissioned at the Exhibition of Heraldic Arts. Alric also produces many poisons and he and Adelyn test them out on some unsuspecting townsfolk that night, killing an old woman.

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Enemy Within, Chapter 27: Amnesiac apathy
Who? What?

Session 43
Attended: Alex, Brendon & David
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on 4 Nachgeheim.

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GM’s Summary:
The party are uncertain of what to do next and half-heartedly attend a few Carnival events. The party are refused an immediate audience with Law Lord Wasmeier, and Alric discusses Palace gossip with Petra Liebkosen over lunch, but little other investigation is done. Karl the street starfish is hired to assemble a team of kids to snoop on certain city officials for the party.

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Enemy Within, Chapter 26: Champion!
The Answer to the Question

Session 42
Attended: Alex, Brendon, David & Loreal
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on 3 Nachgeheim.

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GM’s Summary:
Alric wins the final day of challenges, becoming the reigning Champion of Middenheim for 2512/2513. This affords him a chance to meet with the military leaders in the Palace, and to ask Chancellor Sparsam to excuse him from paying taxes over the next year (not to mention getting a clear explanation of the official system for creating new taxes). Sparsam agrees, in exchange for the new Champion’s informal escort on the way to and from the opera that evening, for psychological as well as physical protection. Adelyn also arranges for Alric to take Petra Liebkosen to the opera. Piers finds a place as a reserve player for the Castle Rock Coaches snotling football team and his few minutes on the pitch in their first game are quite successful, putting the little greenskin in the net in the last minute of play. Willow enters her pony in the horse show, but fails to win a blue ribbon. Alric delivers the Chancellor safely, then disappoints Petra by haggling openly with Adelyn over the scalped tickets found only at the last minute, which are for quite poor seats. Shortly after, Doctor Pavarotti insists Adelyn and Willow join him in his private box. Willow takes this opportunity to spy on Sparsam in his box, expecting him to be meeting someone there. Instead, he was on his own, inhaling some white powder. Alric ultimately returned to the Templar’s Arms to meet with Piers, while Adelyn and Willow went back to Pavarotti’s rooms. But as Adelyn had tried to slip him elvenhair poison again, he merely got sleepy and had a servant escort them out to a late dinner in the Outer Palace. There, Rallane, also recently returned from the opera, answered their questions about who might have influenced the Graf into accepting the latest tax reforms.

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Enemy Within, Chapter 25: Narrensprung
Hounds ever at their heels

Session 41
Attended: Alex, Brendon, David & Loreal
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on 2 Nachgeheim.

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GM’s Summary:
Alric tries his hand at the challenges to the champion again, winning two slow, underwhelming quarterstaff battles, one against the Talabeclander from the day before and another against a Bretonnian named Piers, who he befriends afterwards with gifts of ale and new armour. The party try their luck at the archery again, with Adelyn beating the day’s shooters handily, but with the over all tourney medal going to Allavandrel Fanmaris. A second attempt to break into Gotthard Goebbels’s manor is called off due to much-increased guard patrols, while an attempt to sneak into the Merchants’ guild offices fails dismally from the start, with Alric almost cornered and caught by a number of guards.

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Enemy Within, Chapter 24: Challenges to the Champion
All work and no play

Session 40
Attended: Alex, Brendon, David & Loreal
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on 1 Nachgeheim.

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GM’s Summary:
Alric Konrad loses his first challenge as new reigning city champion to a quarterstaff-wielding Talabeclander. Most of the party takes part in the second day of the Archery Tourney and Willow Alderberry takes the day’s second place. Attempts are made to intercept Gotthard Goebbels in the first performance of a new opera, but instead the party tries breaking into his mansion. They get as far as the stables before the alarm is raised and several guards are killed. Odric is badly injured for the second night in a row, vowing to leave the party, and little useful is learned.

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Enemy Within, Chapter 23: Day of Mystery, part 2
Progress or Distraction?

Session 39
Attended: Alex, Brendon, David & Loreal
Venue: Alex & Chevonne’s

Covers events on Geheimnistag.

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GM’s Summary:
Breaking into the Komission for Trade, the party finds a record suggesting the key herb, elvenhair, that was used to poison the children the night before, was likely imported to a nearby warehouse owned by the Komission. Investigating there, a bunch of revellers arrive from the Carnival and enter the warehouse, leaving Willow trapped inside while the others remain scattered outside. Willow witnesses the revellers beginning a ritual that will likely result in the sacrifice of the kidnapped children, and takes a drastic risk to disrupt the apparent cultists. This works, and the rest of the party begins picking off cultists trying to chase her out the building. Odric is severely injured and most of the cultists escape into the dark city, under Morrslieb’s glow. The watch seizes the building and the children are placed under the care of the Cult of Ulric.

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