Brash Young Fools Seek The Enemy Within

Lupin's notes 7
Session 7

We ride to Clothilde’s mansion, a place of sickening, angular opulence. Mercutio has decided to have a lie down whilst the Lady fetches her physicians. I gaze at the views of Averland, and miss the dark, dappled realm of Athel Loren. Wish I could go home. If only I’d kept my widdle in.

We ride for Averheim in late afternoon, Clothilde tips up a glittering fortune – 20 shillings.

We visit Curd Weiss, and turn over his destroyed wagon. He questions us on the resistance we faced and how they were armed. Mercutio previously discovered that the enemy bandits were wielding pistols from Averheim garrison – stamped with a sad sun. Hmm.
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Another 20 silver! And a feast. We feast on Halfling pastries – surprisingly excellent. Thess forgets her own name, quite drunk. The human, too.

A fancy, perfumed bearded human enters. Thess is drunk and instantly smitten, it is Graf Friedrich von Kaufman. He thanks us for our work.

To stop Thess’ ridiculous behaviour, and also mostly for fun, I engage the human in a contest. We toss a bottle and aim to shoot it out of the air. Mercutio chips the bottle – not bad, but my aim is true, and I shatter the target into a glittering vapour that descends gently and harmlessly onto the cheering onlookers. Kaufman is impressed and invites us to guard his party – for 30 shillings!!!!

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Lupin's notes 6
Session 6

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Thess and I met with Curd Weiss, who works for von Kaufman. He wants us to guard a charge and bait out local bandits. We’re promised a feast and ungodly sum if we kill the bandits and keep our bait safe!

We will have to wear some god awful human rubbish though.

Mercutio and Thess hide in the coach with a blunderbuss apiece. Our decrepit companions drive the ridiculous tasselled rig.

I leave them to their strange sweaty box and slip through the under-brush nearby, eyes pealed for assailants.

Combat Account
Sure enough, some suspicious horsemen hold up the box. I take aim at one of their pistoliers…

Staying hidden, I fire a perfect shot into the leader’s hand. He keeps hold of his pistol, miraculously. Mercutio dives out of the coach and fires his cannon. I find myself grudgingly impressed by the human.

I retreat tactically to a nearby tree. Thess blunderbuss my pursuer, an unnecessary distraction, of course, but an impressive shot. I flip off a tree and shoot my attacker in the back, leaving him barely alive for a satisfying kill.

A bandit enters the coach. One of the ancient humans battles with him while Thess pulls a knife and shanks the intruder. Thess strikes him again and he flees, for a few moments, before Thess shoots him.

Mercutio accessses unknowable reserves of energy, and dive-tackles the two wounded pistoliers, damning them to a chaotic muddy brawl.

I drag the leader away and Thess takes the other survivor.

We learn:

  • Mercenary freelance group working for the man in the black hood
  • The man in the black hood supplies bandits with leads & gunpowder, taking a cut from the robbers.
  • Black hood has contacts in inns for dead drops.

Other clues: the lead bandit had a key around his neck and worse Averland state troop colours underneath his bandit garb.

We took their key and pistols. Mercutio and the coachman are gravely injured.

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Lupin's notes 5
Session 5

We take the silks, blackpowder and wine back to Curd. He pays us more money than I’ve ever seen except for in Thess’ place. Curd tells us the blackpowder was an order for Cpt. Baerfaust, rumoured to have allowed the death of the mad count when he was killed at Third Black Fire by the Orcs. We are offered more work tomorrow.

I have a bath at Thess’ and my mind is blown. Thess meets the bright wizardLuminary Mauer. He believes the Skaven exist, but can’t offer definitive proof. Thess posits that they could be living in the city’s sewers, slipping under cover of the high river during the rain.

Meanwhile, Mercutio engages in a madcap scheme to take over Grosz’s business and become the next target for the man in the black hood. We will miss him when he is dead, I suppose.

Baerfaust visits us in the Upright Pig in shining noisy shell with tasty firewater. Mmm. Found it hard to focus, but he asked a load of questions about the mutants we found. He’s worried about the vanishing blackpowder supplies in Averheim.

That night the rains come. Thess and I take to the rooftops while Mercutio rallied his strange-smelling goons and ordered them to patrol. Mercutio investigated the sewers, but took the coward’s way and decided that we’d return during the day.

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Lupin's notes 4
Session 4

During an escort of a Red Arrow coach we encounter a band of mutants, who attack our caravan. I ambush the ambushers, giving Thess time to close and vanquish some enemies with a blunderbuss. I shoot everyone, and then backflip off a tree and shoot another guy. It’s awesome. Mercutio does a neat shield thing also.

After questioning the wounded mutants, we discover that the band is a cell in a wider conspiracy of groups called the Red Crown. They namedrop the man in the black hood.

We recover the wine & silks Curd asked us to find and also some rain sodden gunpowder.

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Lupin's notes 3
Session 3

Found body in the street. Helga, another racketeer, bearing similar wounds but nastier. Dealt with an assassin’s blade using some kind of magical and/or chaotic poison.

We manhandled Grosz into a pub, the black cowl is killing off racketeers. He fled & has likely left the city.

Ute, a familiar bard is missing. Went missing on a rainy night.

THE MURDERS ALL TOOK PLACE ON RAINY NIGHTS WHEN THE RIVER FLOODS

Curd Weiss hires us to guard coaches for the Red Arrow coaching line owned by Graf Friedrich von Kaufman.

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Lupin's notes 2
Session 2

Adolphus Stark’s shipping vessel explodes, Mercutio helps put out the fire while Thess and I chase down the arsonists.

After a swift, bloody, combat the team kill one goon and restrain the other. The restrained goon reveals that he took the job at the anonymous behest of the man in the black hood’s gang.

Mercutio discovers that Stark was attacked for his inability to pay the black hood’s protection fee. The black hood gang are moving on the protection racket.

Stark promises to pay Mercutio 3 shillings. The party delivers the cheesey wound flesh taken the day before to the sun society.

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Session 1

Fish gang member Rolph Haller vanished 6 nights ago, Wharf Rat gang blamed.

Klebb will pay for proof that Rolph wasn’t involved.

Jurgen Klinski, Olga’s husband, vanished 8 nights ago.

Klaus Keller, docker racketeer, found dead near the Pig. Thess acquires his cheesey wound flesh for testing.

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