Cadion in Spring

Chapter 1

The City of Cadion is the capital of New Eden and is as ancient as recorded history. In it's sprawling streets we find a happy coterie of fellows that have fallen in with each other and somehow scratch out a living without ever seeming to have any regular paying work. These men are not thieves nor soldiers of fortune - let us say rather that they are useful men to know.

Travelling about their business these fellows happen upon a scene in which an artist returning from the market with a basket of pigments along an ill advised cut-through is being robbed by a group of youngsters who should know better than to be freelancing on the Grindstone Boys patch. Sharp words and a few blows are exchanged and the artist is rescued and steered onto the right path - in his gratitude the artist, Danton Cartier invites his rescuers to a party that he is holding the following night and they agree to see him then.

At the party the rescuers meet significant members of the artistic community of that quarter of the city - some find themselves more welcome than others and one of their number spends considerable efforts avoiding the attentions of the more predatory women in the crowd.

Finally taking their leave the players notice that in the courtyard of the property the sounds of lovemaking that they had noticed on arrival some hours ago have reached a louder and slightly more desperate tone. Danton explains that this is his neighbour the Hanorian perfumier who has taken a new wife - this is likely to be a repeat of the experience the last four times the man has taken a wife ending with screams and weeping and eventually another suicide. If the players would be prepared to look into it and put an end to the nightly noises the artist would be very grateful - offering to go so far as to put them into the crowd scene that he is preparing of the veneration of Avandra.

Chapter 2

The following morning the party decides to investigate the Hanorian Perfumier further. Tom heads to the apothecary and settles down across the street to watch the customers come and go. The clients appear to be drawn from the more well heeled members of society and whilst some walk in their finery, many arrive by coach. There are also a fair number of servants presumably making purchases for their masters. At one point Tom's patience is rewarded with the sight of what appears to be a widow, accompanied by her attentive son and servants emerging from the apothecary, clearly distressed.

Two doormen greet the customers and they are supervised by a very tall and well built man who appears to be in authority. Eventually the doormen tire of being spied upon and Tom is politely invited to move along - he smiles and does so with no ill feeling.

Dave meanwhile asks some questions of the local citizens - they are happy enough to pause in their morning toils and gossip about the Hanorian. It seems that every year he travels back to Hanoria for a month and often returns with a new wife. Sadly they never seem to flourish here - there are lots of ribald allusions to the man's famous elixirs.

The two warriors decide that the direct approach is best and dressed in their smartest non-combat clothes present themselves as a military friends shopping for a perfume gift to further the advancement of Dave's career. They are greeted cordially and asked to wait whilst the master completes a consultation with some other customers. It is clear that there are others in the shop either waiting for an appointment or working up the courage to ask for one.

Whilst they wait the couple observe the movements of a figure entirely covered in a black Burkah - at one point she serves them tea - but there is nothing to indicate that she is distressed. The perfumier impresses them with his wide knowledge and courtesy and they leave with an expensive bottle of perfume.

Further questions are asked, this time in the less salubrious neighbourhoods and the curiosity draws the attention of Shakey Jonas a fireman and racketeer who makes a significant profit from the Hanorian Perfumier. His threats are followed up with an ambush in the street as the couple head home. There is a significant battle and some deaths, Tom is hurt but not critically and the two return to their lodgings.

The following day, the two contrive to return and attempt to determine if the servant in the Burkah is undead. They have learned that as well as his many other skills, the Hanorian is also a mortician and they suspect something darker than suicide is happening in that place. A careless slip of the hand with some holy water and Dave determines that whatever lies beneath is still with the living. Making a despondent purchase to justify their presence they again return to their lodgings without a clue. However, later examining the scarf that the servant wrapped for them they discover a small scrap of silk onto which the words Help Me have been hastily inked.

Chapters 3 and 4

Following the hiding that Jonas received the two heroes discover that he has been found dead and investigations point the finger at an undead assassin. The the pyromancer conjures up a smoke mephit and sends it to scout the perfumier's apartments and plans are drawn up to break in.

Following the slaying of the previous fireman, the perfumier appoints a bigger player, known colloquially as The Rooster. His me are backed up by another two plate mailed guards at the door - clearly the Hanorian is nervous.

The break-in is through the chimney in the dead of night and quickly the heroes manage to secure an exit. Silencing their racket with a sound deadening cantrip, the two head up into the apartments - a battle ensues culminating in the Hanorian revealing his skills as a magician himself. Tom's wizardfalls but Dave's paladin prevails, the necromancer defeated and his poor wife freed from the clutches of her undead predecessors.

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