Year 438, the 22nd of Descending Water – Storm Season
A formal affair
- Laima and Hailong pay a visit to Ragara Syn.
- Very formal affair, with bodyguards, a speaker and Realm sensibilities.
- Lady Ragara Syn is a Air aspected dragon-blood, relatively young though.
- Everyone is very nervous. Guards on edge in Vendig.
- Long discussions about the trade problems and who might be involved.
- Lady Syn doesn’t care about local laws or customs – she is here to restore trade.
- Hailong and Laima offer to restore trade – Lady Syn gives them a month before she acts herself.
- Ragara “bodyguards” are currently on a ship to Vendig
- Demi is back from Kerker, after having learnt much from the sorceror-ghost Margarethe
- Metzalar Ricardo is unhappy and tense – not amused by Demi’s afectations.
- Demi reports on the Doctor’s activities, and the success in Kerker
- Ricardo is unimpressed “dont care for value to others, I care about value for me!”
- Demi is given a new problem – allow people to travel without the protection of the Church Wardens.
- Demi knows how to make some enchanted mobile warding devices – but expensive.
- Ricardo hands over silver and orders 10.
Plans at the Blue Lady.
- The Companion Neishin is making herself at home in the Blue Lady.
- Hailong and Laima deep in discussions about possibilities…
- Demi comes to ask for some exotic supplies from Hailong, which will need to be smuggled in.
- Laima interested in Ricardo’s requests.
- Hailong and Laima have been investigating – Ricardo owns 8 trade ships.
- They need 4 ships and crews to make weekly deliveries
- Ships are a sellers market right now, and they need some ships fast…
Bait and Switch
- Laima starts flaunting her wealth and telling stories about a trade trip to Chanos.
- Hailong makes sure Captain Raddim and his crew get word of the “trip”
- Hailong also hires a bunch of local thugs and pit-fighters as ‘meat shields’
- They invite Lady Syn for a private meeting onboard.
- She considers request for help – a deniable loan of 20 men is acceptable to her.
- They are arriving in a week, they will meet the ship offshore outside of town.
- Things go as planned, and they are accosted by the “Nymphy’s Fancy” a few days outside Vendig.
- The pirates are… Different. Show signs of deformities/mutations.
- In a close battle, half the crew and all the meat shields are killed – Ragara forces are decisive.
- A watcher is in the rigging, it is attacked by a shadowy demon…
- Captain Raddim and a few pirate flee by taking to the water – swim rapidly away.
- The ship is searched – ’Mother’s Blood’ and a small altar to demons is found.
- Hailong’s two ships limp back to Vendig with a skeletal crew.