Gravin Clothilde von Alptraum spoke warmly of the charcters asking them about their exploits since she last saw the in Averheim. Since then, she has appointed a new bodyguard, a Tilean man named Michelangelo Angeletti
Gravin Clothilde von Alptraum said that she wished to release both Mortelis Bloodbough and Lambeth from the bonds of their oath to her however, she first had a simple task for them. Apparently, the The Temple of Drama Theatre is having difficulty staging a production because of problems with props. The Gravin asked if the party could investigate.
After meeting Gravin Clothilde von Alptraum Daith Sharpeye and Lambeth headed back to the Laurel’s Rest to investigate Luminary Konrad Mauer who had acted suspiciously earlier paying a large sum of money to acquire the bell clapper.
The pair staked out the Inn. It was quiet and still in the The Palast District with little activity of note. A horse and cart arrived and made a delivery at the rear of the Inn. Lambeth. Moved around to the rear of the Inn and met Lily Foote a comely halfling servant. Understandably, Lily Foote was nervous in the presence of the dashing
grey cowl Lambeth but his soft words won her over and the pair spent the evening eating fine food and enjoyed each others complany. meanwhile a cold, damp fog began to rise as Daith Sharpeye kept watch over the establishment while Lambeth investigated.
Back on the Street of a Hundred Taverns, Barlin “Grimbane” Duraksson and Mortelis Bloodbough were treated to a show by the Great Oozelli, who used a combination of flatulence and an ear trumpet to play popular Riekland songs. Robert Schalmer went to his room. During the performance a keg of Pilsach Peculiar was opened but instead of ale black gunpowder spilled out of the large keg. Barlin “Grimbane” Duraksson was quick to recognise the powder and helped make it safe by looking after it. They noticed a red X marked on the bottom of the barrel and the serving staff said it was delivered to the Inn by The Four Seasons Coaching company.
The next morning a sinister note was delivered to the group which read:
Upon leaving the Inn, Mortelis Bloodbough questioned a group of dockers about a missing elf but he did not get any useful information from them.
The party moved along the Street of a Hundred Taverns and Daith spotted a dead bird at the foot of the The Heads of Traitors .
The group made their way to the Black bat tavern to investigate claims in the note that Frederick Grosz was staying at the Black Bat. Barlin “Grimbane” Duraksson created a diversion by starting a brawl with a thug in the bar. The brawl was a brutal one with Barlin emerging victorious but sustaining a broken nose. Meanwhile Lambeth search the room upstairs as best he could but found no sign of Frederick Grosz.
As the party headed to the The Temple of Drama to help with Clothilde’s task, Lambeth stopped to play dice with a smuggler on the street. After a few shillings and a few games of Cheater’s Bones Lambeth discovered that a man who matched Frederick Grosz’s description has visited the black bat and met with a man wearing a Black Cowl.
Meanwhile in the theatre, Barlin “Grimbane” Duraksson, Mortelis Bloodbough, Robert Schalmer and Daith Sharpeye discovered that the play had been delayed because a giant spider was on the loose in the Theatre. Inside the Theatre were 9 members of the Miraculous Mummers of Miragliano troupe and 3 Altdorfian theatre staff. On searching the theatre they discovered the spider had been broken out of its cage and they eventually found it in a sack in the store room along with 3 kegs of gunpowder, all marked wit a red X. They subdued the spider so they play could continue. After searching more of the theatre, the leading man of the play, Nicolai di Fortessi, was found murdered and when Lambeth threatened to reveal the skeletons in the closet of understudy Carlo Spinezzi, Carlos confessed that he had murdered Nicolai to take his place in the play.
When he found a patrol of the dock watch, they tried to fine Barlin “Grimbane” Duraksson for his involvement in a brawl earlier in the morning. barlin refused to pay and the Watch gave chase and he took a few blows with a nightstick before fleeing into The Temple of Drama.
After a long walk through the crowded streets of the capital, the heroes found Captain Marcus Baerfaust in the barrack in the The Palast District . they told Baerfaust of their concerns about the black powder and the Black Cowl. Conspiracy. Baerfaust agreed that the dock watch are nothing but a bunch of thugs and offered to send some of his Greatswords to the Street of a Hundred Taverns to search the Inns for more gunpowder kegs.
The group then headed back to the Laurel’s Rest where they broke in a searchedLuminary Konrad Mauer’s room. Inside they found the lead-lined box that housed the clapper was open and the clapper was missing.
Before leaving Lambeth questioned the smitten Lily Foote. Lambeth noticed that she appeared nervous when questioned about the late delivery of the previous night. Lambeth urged her to tell him the truth and stressed how important it was. Lilly succumbed to lambeth’s charm and finally broke down into tears saying, ’ I had no choice, they were going to tell everyone about the warrant. They only wanted me to take a bell clapper. What harm could that do? So I crept in Luminary Konrad Mauer‘s room and took the clapper. I gave it to the delivery men last night as asked…’