The Dawn Isles

Meeting with the Tide
The death of an engineer

After setting up a meeting between Corinne and the King, the Diamond Dogs turn their noses towards the Fellowship of the Tide, to figure out their involvement in the assassination attempt.

There, they meet the local leader of the Fellowship, Luca Barrelbearer. They pose as clients interested in securing a weapon, and learn that the engineer didn’t come to work this morning. When they push further, she gets suspicious, but the Dogs trick her into thinking they are hired by the Tide themselves to investigate and clean up the mess.

They reveal that the person that ordered the ballista to the hotel room was a drow in fancy clothes, who didn’t sign his name, but showed them a fancy letter with the royal stamp on it.

The Dogs then took this information to Captain Ironblood, who brings them along to a crime scene, where the dead body of the engineer has been found. He also reveals that the only Drow with access to that much is Hanaril, the servant of The Iron Mask on the royal council.

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Getting Political
Alt. title "House of Bards"

The Diamond Dogs talk their way into meeting with King Olmec, who has been stowed away in his chambers without any explanation.

The Dogs explain the whole assassination plot, and leaves him thouroughly impressed.

In return, they ask for a favor; that Corinne Moongazer is given a position of council and power under his rule. He is sceptical, but they convince him by pointing out how much he has to gain with her followers’ support, and that he shouldn’t be intimated by his own council.

He agrees to a meeting, and our heroes return to the cathedral to bring the good news to Corinne. She is giving a sermon as they arrive, and afterwards she meets them in her office.

She is happy for the work they have put in, and hopeful, but doesn’t consider herself fit for the position. Instead, she wants her protegé and protector, Agnes Thunderblade, for the job. Corinne admits she’s good at speeches and has the people’s support, but says that Agnes is a woman of action, and of practicality.

She agrees to meeting the king, and will let the Diamond Dogs have the dragon’s head if it goes well, and she is given actually power to change things.

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Aftermath
The investigation continues

After spending the day and night in a jail cell, the Diamond Dogs are released by Captain Ironblood.

They’re led into a private room with Ironblood, Olivia Hornwick, and the Captain of the Kingsguard, Undin.

The three of them want to continue the investigation, but they need to be discreet, because someone dressed as a guard, with official papers, have been involved in the assassination set-up.

They have also ran into a wall when it comes to The Fellowship of the Tide, the group that had set up the ballista. They want the DDs to try to talk with them, because Isaac has a connection to them. Ironblood asks them to lay low, and don’t reveal that they’re working for him.

After they leave, the group turns to the other important matter; The Green Dragon‘s head. They show up to Corinne Moongazers office, but she is unwilling to part with it yet, because the Dogs didn’t do either of the things they were asked for, and instead broke in to the Flint’s office.

Having disappointed Corinne, they decide to talk to the King, to see if Corinne can’t get a seat on the council, or something similar. They talk to the Runebrands, who manage to get them in to the royal castle. The castle is under heavy guard, and they even have to send a messenger to Undin before the Dogs get to see the King

Finally, they are let through.

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File Onyx-Gear-Fortitude: The Interrogations of the Diamond Dogs
By Captain E. Ironblood

Here are the transcribed interrogations conducted by Captain of the Guard, E. Ironblood, relating to case Onyx-Gear, the attempted assassination of His Royal Highness, King Lomec Silverbrand I.
These interrogations relate to the members of the Free-Lance adventuring group The Diamond Dogs. For other parties involved, see case file Onyx-Gear-Will. For findings and evidence, see case file Onyx-Gear-Patience.

The interrogations went as follows:
Volta, Isaac – part 1
Goldpile, Wance – part 1
KONSTЯUKT – part 1
Shou – part 1
Li-Fan, Garûk – part 1

Volta, Isaac – part 2
Goldpile, Wance – part 2
KONSTЯUKT – part 2
Shou – part 2
Li-Fan, Garûk – part 2

The following assessments have been made following these interrogations:
-The Diamond Dogs are considered NOT GUILTY in the attempted assassination, and have been working to prevent it.
-The Diamond Dogs are confirmed to be the perpetrators from case file Ruby-Hammer: The Flint Shipping & Crating burglary.
-The Diamond Dogs are possibly connected to case file Ruby-Pincer, the two burning bodies found by The Meating Place.

Based on these assessments, and of the findings from case file Onyx-Gear-Will, my course of action will be to -———————————REDACTED————————————————.

Signed,
The Captain of the Guard
Eric Ironblood

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The Kingsday
You come at the King...

After breaking in to the Flint office, the Diamond Dogs retreat and go to the Runebrand villa to get a good night’s rest before the big day.

Lord Runebrand welcomes them with open arms and delicious food, and is impressed by the vague implication that they’re working on a secret mission for the king.

They are shown to their very nice, individual bedrooms, but soon hear a knock on the door. It’s Orry, gathering them in the hallway. He seems very upset that they didn’t meet him in the castle to carry out any of the plans they discussed, but is dissuaded when he learns they’re trying to stop an assassination of the king.

When they wake the next day, everyone is getting ready for Kingsday, dressing up in their finest traditional clothing. They decide to split in two, one group going to the Dragon’s Head, the other to the speech at the main square, accompanied by the Runebrands.

Olivia intercepted both groups on the way, coordinating with them, making sure they signal her if anything is amiss. She will also appear at the square, in disguise. She also mentions she hasn’t discovered anything about the Filnts last night. they’re up to something, but doesn’t look like a murder, more like a plot.

Once at the Dragon’s Head, they order drinks, and as soon as they mention they have booked the room on the third floor, she gives them the key, saying “anything to serve the crown”.

In the room, they find something in-between a huge crossbow and a small ballista. It’s mounted on a sturdy pole in the middle of the room, and has a mark from the Fellowship of the Tide on it. They also find a letter, telling them to take the shot as soon as the speech has started. A scapegoat would come along shortly, make sure all evidence points to them. Also, they are being watched.

Konstrukt ducks out sneakily, and goes to the rest on the square, telling them about the situation. They decide to go there and surround the square in front of the pub, keeping a lookout for anyone watching them.

They set up there, and then the speech starts. After waiting for a while, Dame Gwynneth Flint appears in the room, and is very startled and confused. She was supposed to get a tip for how to take down the Silverbrands here, instead she finds the guys that were supposed to help her, but instead broke into their office. They start shouting at each other, but finally get established that there’s an assassination plot, and that she was being set up.

Right then, Garûk spots someone aiming an arrow off the balcony next to the crew. He immediately draws his short bow, and makes a miraculous shot on the arrow itself, knocking it away. He then whistles the signal to Olivia, and guards take the king to safety. Isaac tries to look inside the neighboring room, but can’t see anyone from the balcony. Then they hear a crash of glass, and Wance sees someone jump from that building and into the next. He tries the back door and then the front of this cheese shop, but both are locked. Then Garûk comes cannonballing through the glass part of the door, through the counter, and up the stairs, just in time to see a magic circle burned into the floor, purple smoke coming from it.

So close…

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Breaking and Entering, Bluffing and stuffing
Ocean's Five

Suspicious of the Flints, the Diamond Dogs decide to search for clues in the Flint office and abode, while Olivia stalks them.

They show up to the Flint warehouse, and find the stairs up around the back. Shou and Konstrukt go up, while the rest keep watch downstairs.

Konstrukt tries to pick the lock, but is unable to, so they try a crowbar instead. That opens the door, but not without taking a chunk out of it and making a loud noise.

This causes a dockworker to appear. Isaac tries to destroy a crate in order to give a source of the noise, but he’s too late, and the worker sees him doing it. Luckily, he manages to quick-talk the guy enough into confusing him, making him get his manager.

Meanwhile upstairs, the sneak team is rooting through the main office, of Lord and Dame Flint. They quickly locate a hidden safe, and Konstrukt manages to pick the lock with ease. But inside there’s no evidence of any planned assassination, just some important documents and a nice ring. They take the ring.

The manager appears downstairs, and he is less convinced by the unlikely story that Isaac is an adopted Silverbrand, and goes off to get the city guard. He leaves the dockworker to watch them.

Upstairs there’s only the living quarters of the Flints, and nothing seems out of the ordinary here either.

While Isaac distracts the worker with his world-class babble, Garûk sneaks around behind him and knocks him out, and proceeds to hide him in a barrell. The others come out, and they all make a hasty retreat.

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Coup d'Etat
A clandestine meeting

After dispatching of the Wraith of Grawth assassin in the alleyway, the Diamond Dogs decided that the best way to dispose of the bodies, was to set them on fire. After doing so, they almost managed to sneak away without detection, but Konstrukt was noticed fleeing the scene.

Afterwards the gang headed to the Cathedral of Duvané, where a meeting was taking place. It was lead by Corinne Moongazer, flanked as always by Agnes Thunderblade. There was also the rude dwarf from last night, introduced as Content Not Found: lord-daruis-flint. With him was his wife, Dame Gwynneth Flint. At the end of the table was the somber, youngest son of the Runebrands, Orry Runebrand.

They went over the situation: They feel like the city has been mismanaged, and that in order to take care of the needs of the people, the king and his council has to be disposed. Faith in the king is shaky right now, but their sources say the speech written for Kingsday is very potent, and will unite the people of Karak Tôr under him.

They want the DDs to help in two ways: Find the written speech and sabotage it, and/or find evidence of corruption between the crown and the Silverbrands personal company.

Dame Gwynneth suggested it would be convenient if he suffers an accident, but the rest of the meeting didn’t seem to agree, preferring a pacifist approach.

Afterwards the group conferred with Corinne, trying to root out if the Flints could be behind the assassination plot, but she was unsure.

They then went on to meet Olivia Hornwick. She was at the newspaper offices, talking to the editor. They explained what happened and mentioned their suspicions of the Flint clan. She offered to tail the Flints, while the crew searches their office.

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Bastard Assassin

After sleeping in the Free-Lancers Guild, the Diamond Dogs woke up and had breakfast with Olivia Hornwick (eggs made expertly by Lennart, the floating orb).

She has found out that the assassination is an open call, and that any interested parties should go to the alleyway behind the butchery The Meating Place at midday. The Dogs decide to go there and pose as assassins, as she suggests.

They go through the market, and Isaac picks up a disguise kit, and they sell the cane-rapier they took from Girax, the circus ring leader.

When they arrive at the alley, they see the dead body of an elf, suspended upside down, dripping fresh blood on the ground. Further in there’s a guy with black robes and bandages, and a tattoo over his eye, with a knife dripping into his eye.

The guy told them to scram, this was his job, but that changed once he recognized Shou as the “mute fuck” from his temple. He then claimed he was gonna bring Shous head back, to be the big man on campus.

He attacked the Dogs, but they quickly managed to surround him, and overwhelm him until Konstrukt struck the final blow. Shou took his weapons, a pair of bladed Tonfa, that he can spin around to slash and stab, or use them to block.

After they dealt with him, an arrow fell from above with a note attached. It told them to be at a reserved room at The Dragons Head on the third floor, in exactly 24 hours. Their target would then reveal itself.

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Holy Mother! The dragon's head!
The two daughters of Duvané

The Diamond Dogs arrived late at night to the cathedral of Duvané in Karak Tôr. There, they were met by the stern paladin from the procession earlier that day, who introduced herself as Agnes Thunderblade. They convinced her to let them in, to meet with Corinne Moongazer.

While waiting to meet her, a dwarf with a short-cropped beard exited the cathedral. He ignored the Diamond Dogs.

Finally, they were invited in to Corinne’s office, and there, they spotted the head of the Green Dragon! It is mounted on the wall.

They decided to play it honest, and told Corinne Moongazer about their quest from Pinecone to destroy the head, and how his partial reincarnation has caused an unbalance among the other dragons. Corinne mentioned she met the Green Dragon once, and that she liked him, but that she was sceptical to the destruction of the head. After all, they had not seen any effects of this, and the world seemed better and better since the war.

Agnes reminded her of Duvanés creed of balance and order, and Corinne finally agreed, but only if the Dogs help her first. They are trying to restore balance too, but to the city. They feel the Silverbrands have driven the city slowly into the ground by using the crown to personal gain, and has now run the economy dry. They are working with Lord Flint to find a way to overthrow the King.

When asked about the potential assassination, she was shocked, and assured the DDs that they wanted a peaceful transition. They think the Flints have the same idea, but will check with them the next day, when the Diamond Dogs also will get their assignement.

Due to this plot, the Dogs decided to spend the night at the Free-Lancers Guild rather than with the Runebrands.

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Digging through the Archives
Lore!

After impressing young King Lomec Silverbrand I with their adventures, the Diamond Dogs were granted access to the Royal Archives in the castle. Pirlowe Runebrand and Lord Kober Oakhide-Silverbrand escored them there.

Once there, they started researching the Green Dragon. They confirmed it was slain during The Sundering, by Lieutenant Lania Carlo, of the White Sun Empire. They eventually found a book profiling her, and it posited that most of the honor was taken by her superiors, including one General Ceol.

They also read up on Karak Tôrs role in the war. The city became a refuge for plenty of non-humans escaping war and prosecution, but it also housed many humans whose homes had become battlegrounds.

A young Duvané priest named Corinne Moongazer was the one who organized the refugee effort, and who made sure peace was kept between the humans and the rest. At the end of the war, both the king of Karak Tôr and the surviving human lords were grateful to Moongazer, and bestowed her with gifts. One of the lords mentioned expressing their gratitude was General Ceol of the White Sun.

Additionally, some people took the time to research some personal matters:
-Garûk found a book on similar curses, and found out that the surest way to lift the curse is to kill the one who placed it
-Konstrukt found that Zoltan Istvan was listed as “Whereabouts unknown”, and that he had been unaccounted for for some time.

Afterwards, they left the archives, and bid farewell to Lord Kober and Pirlowe. They headed across town to the Duvané cathedral. When they arrived, the stern-looking paladin from the procession earlier in the day was standing in the entrance, staring at them with fire in her eyes…

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