Somerville Burning Cabal

Session 5
Caravan Preparations

Farkas and Khunbish prepare for the caravan’s departure and the secret plan to envelope the the Lion‘s oncoming army. Farkas and Lord Paz jockey for position and control of the caravan forces. Despite it being Farkas and Khunbish’s plan, Lord Paz asserts his authority, and Farkas acknowledges this.

TonTon attempts to learn more about the caravan’s plans, by dressing up, singing, and mocking the nobles of the court. This gets him thrown in jail, where Jezebel visits him. TonTon promises to never bother her again, and Jezebel lets slip that her brother is part of the “caravan guard” which is actually going to strike the Lion!

Taneskel, outside the city gates, buys food, fails to buy a sword, anxiously awaits the departure of the caravan. He watches the stars for an omen.

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Session 4
Bath Fight

Flashing back to the night of TonTon’s ill-received gift, Farkas and Khunbish rescue TonTon from the guards that Jezebel had summoned. Not finding a court fountain suitable for cleaning up TonTon, they go into the city and get jumped by thugs. Farkas slowly wins TonTon’s trust by defending him, and Khunbish unluckily gets stabbed before he can shoot his bow. Eventually TonTon is able to escape the fight and call the city guards.

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Session 3
Failure and Exile

Taneskel fails to find someone who can give him a pair of shoes, and finally breaks down and purchases some.

Khunbish asks the Chancellor for permission to accompany the caravan, laden with tax collections, to the City of Coins. The Chancellor balks, asking who would be his groom if that were to happen. Khunbish promises to find a suitable replacement. After mucking about in the stalls, he finds Jerd the Groom, convinces him to commit to the job, and introduces him to the Chancellor. The Chancellor and Khunbish visit the Constable, so that Khunbish can be recommended for a job on the caravan.

Farkas tries to set up a meeting with the King so that he and his platoon can be assigned to the caravan, but obviously can’t use normal, public channels because he is the Royal Bastard. He looks for rumors about where the King might sneak off to for a drink and checks some of the less reputable watering holes, but ends up using a military messenger to write and convey a message to the Constable destined for the King, dropping some confidential information about the exact date of the caravan’s departure and hinting of a possible attack.

Taneskel is summoned by the Viceroy to a meeting at the temple. The Court Wizard of Qom convinces the Viceroy that Taneskel deserves exile for frightening the populace with his magical display the night before. Taneskel departs Qom with his meager possessions via the gate facing the City of Coins.

The message having its intended effect, Farkas is summoned to meet with the Constable. During this meeting, with the Chancellor and Khunbish also present, more information arrives of an impending assault, on both the city and the caravan, by the Lion’s forces. Farkas and Khunbish convince the Constable to treble the forces guarding the caravan, providing an irresistible lure for the Lion.

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Session 2
Ill-Received Gift

Taneskel looks for a library clerk with a known penchant for theft, seeking to use such a clerk to obtain the book Seeing the Unseen from the secret library. Farkas looks for anyone who can tell him of previous caravan attacks, hoping to use this as evidence for a future discussion with the King. He knows of such a soldier, but needs a horse to get to him. TonTon looks for a pious, young court page that he can dupe into sending a coded message to the Lion.

Farkas asks Khunbish to give him a horse. Khunbish, who doesn’t trust the Master of Horses, attempts to convince Farkas to take the horse he knows the best, the Chancellor’s horse. After a discussion, Khunbish grudgingly directs Farkas to the Master of Horses, who demands a note from the King before he will release a horse. Another discussion later, the Master reveals that, even if given such a letter, he would be hard pressed to loan out a horse, given the necessary preparations that are required for the upcoming caravan to deliver tax collections to the City of Coins. He freely relates the history of previous caravan attacks, which was the information that Farkas was looking for.

Taneskel wanders through a bad part of town and gets jumped by two thugs with knives. One Fire Breath and one botched casting later — granting everyone in sixty paces a temporary form of magesense — the thugs run away and Taneskel likewise leaves before the city guard can arrive.

Departing the stables, Farkas notices TonTon talking to a court page, but TonTon doesn’t realize he was seen. TonTon convinces the page to deliver a particular donation, two pears and a pomegranate, to a particular shrine just outside the city. The message to the Lion: the caravan leaves in two days. TonTon then looks for a flower to put into a pot as a gift to the Lady Jezebel, but instead fills a cracked bowl stolen from the kitchens with manure. Explaining the gift in song, it is not well-received.

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Session 1
The City of Qom

Farkas the Bastard stalks into the palace, looking for the traitor to the King that he suspects is in the King’s Court. He finds the noble Lady Jezebel, who complains about the advances of TonTon, and tells Farkas of TonTon’s sleeping nook behind a palace staircase.

Farkas finds TonTon there and intimidates him into leaving his nook without having the time to take his things with him. Farkas searches for something to link TonTon to the Lion, but finds nothing. He takes one of TonTon’s matched throwing daggers, though. TonTon takes refuge in the kitchens, where he entertains and helps with the cooking.

Meanwhile, Taneskel is tailing the Court Librarian, who is deep in conversation with the Court Wizard. Farkas notices him and stops to question, but is allayed by the aura of fear that seems to flow out of Taneskel. The Librarian and Wizard enter the Chancellor’s offices. Taneskel convinces the guards outside the offices to leave, and then eavesdrops on the discussion between the Chancellor, Librarian, and Wizard regarding a particular book from the secret library.

Idle in the courtyard with his master’s horse, Khunbish practices his trick bow skills, but manages to frighten, rather than awe, spectators.

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