Fina’s Notes

In Fina’s own words…

Eventually, Val stopped talking of his hypothetical stories, saying it was just some things that had been bothering him about his time in the legions. I really hope he’s okay. He seems tense.

I took Neela and Margie up to my room and I found some nice clothes and accessories in preparation for the dance. I discovered that Neela is actually the daughter of High Lord and Lady Imalas!

Then Lady Blackwell called me to speak with her. She told me that now that I am a partner I can winnow down my client list (currently 54) to just those I’m still willing to entertain. Then we can send out messages to let them know I’m going private. This is quite exciting! I need only take clients I wish to have now.
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In Fina’s own words.

I woke up refreshed to find a new caravan had arrived in town! They have lovely purple cloth. I had breakfast with Marjie and the famished Cathol then shopped a little, getting a great amount of beautiful pink cloth.

The mayor finished Marjie’s dress, or practically so, so I engaged her to make me a new dress too! She was overjoyed when I told her to keep any cloth left over in payment for her work.

A little later Cathol was still eating and Marjie noticed people were acting a little funny. Passing notes, acting a little out of character, that sort of thing. Of course I reassured her she was overreacting. Then I asked  barkeep what was going on and he lied, saying there was nothing, then hurried away. These people are so cute when they try to keep a secret!
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In Fina’s own words…

Marjie and Val joined us in that cavern under the underground freshwater lake. I talked to Cathal and he took his shirt off and made a torch from a smashed cask of blood brandy. (And he thought it tasted really, really, really good.)

Val was irritated with me running off, but he dried Marjie and I and I apologized to him for running off when I heard the voice of my goddess. Chesty hugs work with him.
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In Fina’s own words…

The old wizard Andermath told us these agaroth things can’t stand water. Hm. Not good. So, I’m going to bring a wineskin and a water skin both. Maybe two water skins. I admit I’m very nervous about this whole thing. Must remember — take no Mithral or suffer the Curse of the Dwarf Maiden. I got two 100′ lengths of rope knotted up.

You know, the way he talks seems a bit wild and senile, but I think he might be blessed by Sarai. He’s a tricky old coot! I like him.
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In Fina’s own words…

I haven’t seen Arria in over a day. After looking around town I learned she did head back to the manor yesterday, and that there was a suspicious man around. So, I caught Marjie and we did some tracking!

We found a place that looked like an attack occurred and Marjie went back to get Cathol and Val. After locating a place of struggle we recovered the adamantine dagger I gave Arria. Now I was sure she’d been kidnapped and likely going to be made a slave. I simmered and urged everyone to hurry because this guy had a day’s head start on us.

We followed them into the great way, the dwarven tunnel and kept going for a long time. I didn’t want to stop, but exhaustion took over.

Eventually we found her, apparently abandoned. Her captor was Trevem, master of thieves in Terandun. He remains at large and we don’t know why he took Arria. She says he thinks she worked for him, but that it was untrue. She also said he could see the future and had magic. Now I am concerned.

Val and Cathol went ahead to the far end of the tunnel to speak with the guards there that were waiting for someone of his and Arria’s description. There was no sign of him. We finally went home and Arria recovered, telling us about this guy and how surprised she was to see him. She never expected him to come looking for her.

Later things settled down and I got a good night’s rest. The next morning, the dwarf deputy asked for some help at the Gooseman farm, where they were having trouble with geese disappearing. It appears something underground swiped them!

After locating his missing daughter (she wandered into the woods a bit and narrowly avoided becoming food for wolves), we returned to town wondering how to get underground. Andermath overheard and told us of an opening in the Eye of the Stone Maiden…

 

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In Fina’s own words…

This morning, after the thing with the night elf captain, Val brought up the explosions last night and that the Sheriff gave him a directive to check it out. We all volunteered to go with him, but he refused to let Aria go with.

After checking out what turned out to be a huge, 50 meter wide by 2 mile long crater, we determined the dwarf was very thorough in collapsing the entrance and a good length of tunnel.
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In her own words.

With the victory over the night elf pirate, the town has begun to return to normal. The sheriff is free of that nasty slave collar, and I am the only courtesan to have had a dragon lord as a client! I think I might have gained quite a lot of respect in Amara’s eyes by staying behind and helping against the pirates by hiding the town and hiring the dragon lord to begin with.

She agreed with me, of course. They were well worth a couple hundred gold hawks. All lives were saved, except the for the pirates own lives and those of the captive they brought to feed into their awful soul-fire cannon.
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I managed to hire Hernan and Vay to come to the defense of the Manor after they finish seeing the town folk to safety. The cost was 100 gold hawks each! Not bad. I think we can afford this so I made the deal.

I let Amara know and she commended my bravery but asked that I be careful.

Next I went to the inn to set up a triage center. (Got a scene aspect “Fully Ready Triage Center” with 2 free invokes.) After that, I prepared a ritual to hide the town in mist, should we be attacked. The sheriff asked me to hold off on casting it for now, which is fine.
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I suffered from an awful hangover due to that disgusting ale I drank last night. I swear I will not drink ale to such excess again!

I spoke with Lady Amara about my mother (Tonica), and learned she had come from the Princeweald. Further, she offered that we might visit the Princeweald. I was delighted, of course, because it is a chance to learn a little about my own people.

After that I went to the Mithril Nail, the inn, in order to settle my grumbling stomach and aching head.

We had a caravan come in about then, too. I believe Amara mentioned that customers were to arrive! Things had been quiet since the festival, so it’s good to see some business come into town again.

The thing with Abigail and Donnie came up and gods forgive me I just could not keep my mouth shut. So, that was a messy thing that ended in tears at Margie’s folks place. ‘Nuff said about that.

Jewelers came in with the caravan, and I found a couple pieces of jewelry that are perfect! He worked with me on the price, too.

Then a handsome half elf named Hernan and his companion, Vay, arrived in town. Vay is a reserved person but I liked her a lot. She was quiet but laughed at my attempt at humor. Hernan was so interested in my “tour” of the town that ended at the manor, but could not afford me. Well, something to save for.

On the way to bring Hernan back to the inn, we noticed three flight-capable pirate ships. When they began attacking the legion tower with massive magic, the sheriff ordered the town evacuated.

That was when Hernan offered his services — and Vay turned into a blue dragon!

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In Fina’s own words…

I let Lady Blackwell know the good news! We decided to let Amara tell the mayor though. Probably… safer that way. I also let Margie know some of the details, but that was before Amara and I talked. I keep my mouth shut except for general info to the others.

After waking Margie we went for breakfast down at the inn. That included Cathal, too. I noticed Arria was there getting a little etiquette training. She seems to be taking to it pretty well. Proud of that one!

When the dock bell sounded, we all rushed out to see who it was. Nope, it wasn’t pirates. It was in fact an Avonian airship. A lady client arrived, and her guards came to the inn, where I managed to get some of the latest news from the empire. It seems all is, overall, pretty good with the exception of some vampire undead-ness going on in the northeast.

I got bored and went to take care of the shrine, when another airship arrived and a number of Avonian men arrived. Apparently, they came and retrieved some poor woman that had been left in a box during the festival up in one of the rooms at the inn.

More interestingly, I saw Abigail, the innkeeper’s daughter whoring herself to one of the guards recently arrived. Oh dear. Margie’s brother is engaged to her and she is not faithful. Hm. I got creative and asked Abigail what she might advise if someone else was in such a situation. She is a bit clueless as well as a whore. Not that being a whore is bad, it’s just not a profession that lends itself well to marriage. Or engagements.

I got Donnie, Margie’s bro, to the inn to talk to Abigail about it, but… uch. The wench fainted. And stayed that way for hours. I think she was waiting for someone else to tell him. I’m not telling him.

Anyway, I then got drunk and things go fuzzy. I think I walked home with Arria…