Last time on The Shea’s Revenge: We did stuff. Afa stole something from Lydia that Lydia stole from Sharzad. We trained the company. We talked to Nehaska about her hometown & negotiations for a deal between there and the darkwaters. Nalia tried to teach (poorly) and Riaeki taught defensive strategies. We filled out witness statements, and were informed that the trial would be tomorrow, and the execution would be several days after that. We arranged for our mercenary company to provide some additional security & went to prepare.
Riaeki & Sharzad agree to hang out for the night, Sharzad saying that she was ‘something she needs to finish up’. Afa heads over to the university library to do some learning. She meets with our dragonborn friend at the library to look up ‘Callum’. She finds a mention of Callum in a book about Fae. She borrows a book, and several others on the unseelie.
Riaeki & Sharzad go to Nehaska’s to ask about Tenk’s location, and in the process find Tenk! They go to buy some bulk goods, and then go off to find a Tinker to buy some gears. Tenk & Sharzad talk about Nehaska- letting her know about her Brother, etc. Tenk talk about how he met Nehaska: he was set to be sacrificed, and the two of them fought to a standstill- and became friends. They talk about what it means to be willing to be sacrificed, and the mathematics of having enough willing tributes. Sharzad decries the god as ‘a cruel spirit’, and Riaeki & Sharzad talk about what a spirit is. The conversation turns to Sports & the difference between Losing and Getting your Ass Beat. Eventually, they arrive at a Tinker’s shop- old, ramshackle. Riaeki hears cursewords, crashing, clanging around, and then the door opens. Standing there is a gnome, tall, dark grey skin, with small eyes and big pointed ears. He asks what we want and the conversation trails off to talking about body parts.
Sharzad asks Riaeki to negotiate on her behalf, and Riaeki casts detect thoughts so that she can know what prices to ask for. The gnome calls her weird, and Riaeki says that she’s a high elf, so maybe that’s why he’s discriminating. Damn. The gnome realizes that Sharzad is buying parts for a gun, and requests that he be able to inspect the gun. Riaeki negotiates that he can inspect it, but not take notes, and we get a discount! Sharzad shows off her guns, the gnome goes off to get the parts, and Tenk says “I think he likes you!” We… don’t believe that. We get the parts, & Sharzad asks to be told if he tries to build. They talk about spirits & guns, Riaeki threatens him for Sharzad, & he introduces himself: Kronthud Ironfoot. They go build a rifle together! Then they head off to sleep. Meanwhile, Afa is reading her book of fae stories. First, she finds a story where Callum helps someone get out of a deal. Then, Callum teaches someone how to hide their true intentions from the fae. He seems to fill the role of helping Fae trick people or helping people trick the Fae, as a trickster spirit, and is almost always helpful. He seems to be a staple figure in these stories. And these stories seem to be from the same region Afa is from- and the same region the goblin market was in.
They all go to sleep- and Afa dreams. Callum is there, with his Lute. He asks if Afa is ready to practice, and he seems quite normal. At one point, he teaches her a trick, and she says: “That’s very clever!”. She isn’t able to read his reaction.
We wake up the next morning, going to the trial & waiting in line for a while, before being admitted to the keep. Belinda Greyhawk meets us there, and directs Riaeki to go and speak with someone- we enter an arena-style room, big enough to hold a couple hundred people, and proceed through it to a small, nicely furnished room off to the side. Inside is a small, unassuming human man, slender with close cropped hair and spectacles. A scholar. He introduces himself as Wren- and we think he’s most likely Duke Wren Carpenter, the highest noble in the city. He says a joke about standing- he finds it difficult- then says he owes us a great debt for recovering Larr Xa & Nexxaya Myr. We say he doesn’t, really, and he acknowledges that, but says he likes to thank people. We mention the risks of a public execution, and he says that’s what he wanted to talk to us about- how we were going to help secure the execution. He says they’ll have 20 guards there- most of them around himself & around the stage itself. 5 guards will be in plain clothes, among the crowd. We’re… concerned.
We make plans to provide them with more information about the pirate crews, and tell Wren about the cult in the town. We make plans for how to use the mercenary crew, Sharzad makes a gaffe, and Wren agrees to hire some mercenaries (mages) to defend the harbor. We head out to see the trial.
Nexxaya & Larr Xa plead guilty, and we notice that a group has reacted poorly to this group pleading guilty. Afa looks back- and notices this group is covered in illusion magic. She tells Nalia- while Sharzad tells Riaeki she intends to go back there and speak to them. Larr Xa & Nexxaya admit guilt in the most assholish ways. The trial ends quickly and we go to confront them, with magic invisibility, Riaeki’s Pure Anger, and dimensional doors. Afa trips one of them, and Riaeki casts dispell magic on another- causing that person to be revealed as Jek Se.