In the morning, Finley’s groggy sleep was interrupted by Laradon and someone else who fell on top of him in his bed. He jolted awake screaming “NO ARIA NO!!!!”. The other guy recognized Finley, and introduced himself as Farris Mountfairer.
He said he was a jewelsmith and a fan of his work. Finley didn’t recognize him. After conversing for a bit, Finley asked him if he wanted to put pants on. Laradon was disappointed as signaled Finley to get out. Farris asked if he could stop by Finley’s shop later and if they could work on something together. He replied that he is currently busy, but maybe later on.
He left to his workshop, the same way he crashed on the bed the day before, and noticed people looking at him weirdly. When he got closer, he noticed people lining up to his workshop. He entered the shop and let people enter. An old guy came in and said he has information about his girlfriend and wants money.
Finley explained it was a long time ago and he already got info about her. Finley agreed to give him specifically the money and that way he will tell the others that he already got the information. The man told him he works in Rivington and saw her cross the bridge. Then other people started entering one by one and he dismissed people who had the same info about her entering the city.
He paid people from different parts of the city. It seemed like she entered the city from the basilisk gate, and saw her around the lower city, and in the Wide. The most recent one was yesterday. He then left the workshop and told people that he no longer takes information about her, just business inquiries.
Aria was a kebab.
She went to Father Alby. Alby poured some wine and she sat down to confess her sins.
She told him about her torture and the Bhaal-influenced murder of Arepal.
She was concerned, as it was the first time she lost control. Alby noted that her saying “first time” implies it will happen again.
He told her that the more powerful someone, becomes the more they are influenced by the gods, and sorcerers such as herself are especially susceptible. He told her she must find a way to control Bhaal’s essence. The cost will be great, but not as much as allowing it free reign. Unfortunately, the last person who knew about handling Bhaal’s essence was murdered by the Baldur’s Gate Two.
Aria asked if Abdel Adrian left a journal. Alby didn’t know but said that the patriars or dukes would. She mused that perhaps writings of other people who need to control their curse like lycanthropes would be useful. Alby apologised that he cannot help further in the matter.
He suggested she studies evil in all its forms to know her enemy.
She decided to heed his advice and vowed to get a library card, in the meantime distracting herself with clergy work.
Raoden was busy with busywork as Marzat’s apprentice. He didn’t have any time for himself or his research. After one such day Raoden had a tantrum that he can’t work that much. Marzat said he was free to quit. He told her he isn’t doing any productive work.
Marzat told him to look at the experiment she was conducting. It took her two months of research to get to the practical experimentation.
She said she was teaching him patience – that being a wizard was about sitting on your ass doing things you didn’t want to do for months on end. She then told him to fetch her a scroll. He obliged while calling her a bitch under his breath, to her satisfaction.
Once he could summon the willpower to stay awake for ten minutes after work, he resummoned Max.
Max complained that he was sent to his death and then died. He also had a problem with the amount of time it took Raoden to resummon him.
Raoden thought it was fine because he assumed he died instantly. Max asked him if he knew what it was like to burn alive, then realised he does. Raoden said they can now bond over their shared pain.
Raoden decided that Max was mad because he missed him. Max said he was never using the help action again and he was not coming back next time he’s burned alive. He then immediately forgave Raoden.
Max went to sleep, and Raoden cleaned up Max’s fez and left some nuts for him.
Oliver had three things to do.
First, he went to the temple of Umberlee to talk to Mel. She told him that a Sister has reached Ulgoth’s Beard, and they could still be redeemed through penance.
Oliver asked her what she knows about devil deals and whether the gods can break those deals.
She said she recommended against making such a deal, and that gods can – but won’t – break them. She produced a small coin and told him it was a soul coin she got from a devil.
She said it is useful for many purposes. For example, if you were at sea and Umberlee required a sacrifice, you could drop the coin.
Additionally, it can be used for certain spells.
He asked how one gets such a coin. She told him the Guild would be able to point him in the right direction, but warned him against dealing with devils.
He explained the ghost ship situation and his desire to help. Mel told him perhaps Umberlee blessed him and let him narrowly escape being part of that ghost ship. He said he can’t abandon his crew. She warned him again of interfering with devils.
He asked if some sailor came in and talked to her about something interesting. She said there was a sailor who saw a black ship with black sails anchored on an uncharted island, somewhere to the north.
He asked her to keep him on the up and up, thanked her, and left.
Secondly, he went to the library to read up on soul coins, where he met Aria.
He told her she was looking better and asked her how she was doing.
She she’s feeling weird – she does regret what happened but she doesn’t remember doing it, so she doesn’t feel how she expected to feel.
Oliver sympathised that she can’t escape her blood. She said that was what she came here for.
Oliver explained the purpose for his visit.
Aria said it wasn’t a great look, morally speaking, to use a soul coin to trade with a devil. Oliver said they probably deserved being turned into a coin from dealing with a devil.
Aria said that has been debunked by independent fact checkers, one can be turned into a soul coin by a wizard or such. And in either case, some people who make deal with devils are desperate or stupid rather than evil.
She suggested dealing with the ghost ship some other way, healing them or killing them.
In any case, Oliver told Aria they’re all rooting for her and will help her and make sure she won’t do it again.
Oliver decided to research ghosts and other types of undead instead, to try to find out what he’s dealing with.
Sergor reached the Citadel of Strategic Militancy. He went to one of the clerics to turn in his quest in shame. He was told to take it to the smithy.
There he saw Farnsworth working on a sword.
Sergor gave him the holy symbols of Garagost. Farnsworth spat on the ground as he took them, then directed him to Morgan Barrelheim.
Morgan spoke to him about his mission while playing a game of chess with him. They talked about how the mission went wrong.
Sergor said he first assumed wrong that there would only be one caster. Secondly, they left their own casters exposed by splitting the party wrong.
Third, they focused the wrong targets with the explosion. Morgan recommended they have a scout tell them the threat level of each target.
Fourth, they did not finish off the people hit by the explosion. From this he learned that carriage drivers can cast spells.
Morgan asked how well they worked together. Sergor refused to snitch and said they all did a good job. He pointed out some good teamwork moments. Meanwhile he got trounced at chess many times.
Morgan asked him to stay and meditate on his battle, and resume his meetings with Sadon. So meditate he did.
He eventually won a single game. Morgan congratulated him and said he would do him good to play a game once a week. Sergor tried to play up their previous successes with sirens and such. Morgan told him it takes one failure to die. Sergor asked what the Garagostians were doing and Morgan said to leave the thinking to people with a brain.
Back at Farnsworth’s, Sergor was given a holy symbol of the red knight made of the Garagostians symbols. He received the blessing of The Red Lady to let him channel divinity to get people to get the fuck back in position.
And every night that Sergor was enjoying his vacation, Baldurian warehouses and businesses burnt down as the war between the Iron Throne and The Guild continued.
Finley arrived at his workshop in the morning, where someone was waiting for him. It was a battle-worn guy who said he was there because of the advertisement. He said that he has a network of friends in the city who are able to get the person he is looking for to him for the low low price of 4000 gold. He suggested that they already kidnapped her and every day they need to keep and feed her the price will increase. Finley said that he doesn’t have that kind of money so he said he will be back every morning to see if he can pay. He then left so Finley sent the homunculus to follow the guy. He learned that he went to the Low Lantern so Finley gathered the crew at the Steel Dragon.
Finley told Aria he needs her to use her Bhaal powers to murder a bunch of people.
After they calmed him down, he explained the Faye situation. They pointed out there’s no proof that they actually have her.
Raoden then asks for a biological piece of Faye so he can
clone locate her, but Finley only has spell components of hers and no possessions. Raoden suggests that if he forgo sleep for a couple days he could pirate a scroll of scrying from Marzat.
Finley was pressed for time, so they decide to ask tomorrow for proof that they have her alive, and a possession of hers. Raoden then had to go because his break was over.
Aria then expressed concern about the phrasing of Finley’s request of her, and about the fact that he wanted to murder a bunch of people. She agreed with his sentiment but asked him to take a breath, but he insisted that he knew her for a long time yet only asked her to kill people this once. Aria warned him that he didn’t want to go down this path and it’s very hard to stop once you start killing.
Oliver said he should expect that Faye is going to be mad at him and blame him for what happened.
Aria suggested two plans, one where she tortures people brutally and one where they politely ask for proof that they have Faye alive.
Aria then asked Finley to describe the man and disguise her, allowing her to go look for him in the Low Lantern. Aria got 4 four potions of Alter Self to look like a pirate and headed to the Low Lantern.
Aria was not used to the scummy vibe because of her being a pretentious patriar. She saw a few people meeting Finley’s description. She sat nearby and listened inconspicuously, but not inconspicuously enough. She was noticed, do so he apologised and left. She heard a commotion from downstairs and realized there are more floors to search. She checked for suspects and saw a high roller at the gambling table. She watched him. Someone called him Steel, and asked why he was spending so much, to which he said “Wer’e going to get a big fat paycheck”.
She left and waited outside for him to leave. He came to the Singing Owl, where Finley and Oliver were already sitting. Finley was very surprised. Steel asked him what he was doing here and if Finley followed him. Finley protested he was already there, drinking with his friend. Oliver told him to piss off, which he did. After pissing, he came back and demanded a drink from Oliver.
Aria came into the tavern and was surprised to see them, but happy when Finley confirmed she tailed the right person. She went outside to not be seen.
When he came back from taking a piss, he demanded Oliver buy him a drink. Oliver suggested he go to the bar, and tried to make him trip which caused him to get mad and start yelling, which prompted Finley to stop writing the summary. Aria walked into the tavern and tried and deescalate the situation by buying him a drink. They successfully defused the situation, and Aria shared the information she found out, and they also learn that he sleeps in the Singing Owl, usually after sleeping with a woman or two .
Di next morning, Finley re-enchanted the cloak of elvenkind.
Steel came back and asked for the money.
Finley said he talked to his pirate friend who knew about these things, and Oliver told him to request proof they actually have her.
Steel said he could give him her hand or her eye. Finley told him that would be the last thing he does. He demanded they ask Faye to give them an object Finley would recognise. He begrudgingly accepted and said to prepare 5000 gold for this afternoon.
Oliver followed him into a warehouse, but found no good entrance. He did notice the warehouse was rented from Heartlands Circle.
He tried to look in under the door and saw him going in deeper.
He looked for secret escape routes to no success, so he went to the sewers. He found out no guards in the sewer but chose to not proceed further.
While Oliver went on this stealth mission, Finley attempted to gather the group, but couldn’t get to Raoden because he has become a responsible adult with a job and doesn’t have time for his childish shenanigans.
Marzat just wouldn’t let Finley meet him. Finley sent his homunculus into Raoden’s room and Max let Raoden know about the monstrosity that came into his room. Max tried shooing it away, but failed. He asked Raoden if he can try and kill it. Finley attached a note to his homunculus letting Raoden know there is a mission of utmost importance. Max let Raoden know about the note. the homunculus left and returned with a potion of flight, vomiting it out as that’s how the homunculus can carries things. Raoden read the note. Max poisoned Raoden against his friends, saying that they only ever talk to him when they need something from him, which depressed Raoden.
Raoden went to Marzat and told her the good news that he’s not going to pirate a scroll from her, instead he is leaving to help Finley save his dumb friend. She did allow him to leave as long as he comes back to make dinner
Raoden rendevouzed with the group and then discussed the plan with Aria in which they discuss getting there before they hurt Faye.
They came up with a brilliant plan – when the guy comes, knock him out and have Oliver replace him, disguised as him. Meanwhile Raoden goes in invisible through the sewer entrance, with Aria waiting in the sewer. When the time is right, Raoden teleports Faye outside and everyone charges in and kills them.
Raoden stood his ground and refused to risk his life by being alone in the room with thugs. The ghost of Sergor said that Max could be invisible on Oliver’s shoulder, and Raoden could see through him and cast the spell.
Finley could go with the “messenger” (as he was told he’d see her), then when he sees her, tell her she’s about to be teleported to safety so she doesn’t resist. Then the thugs can surrender or die.
The plan was ready, with time to spare so Raoden would be back in time to make dinner.
Steel arrived to the workshop and asked if Finley had the money. He did, and asked if she was safe. Steel said he’ll see her soon. Finley bid him a good night as Oliver knocked him out. They tied him up and had Oliver disguise himself as Steel. They went to the warehouse with Raoden and Aria in tow.
The moment they walked in, Oliver noticed an archer loosing an arrow. Oliver was hit by multiple targets. He ran to where Steel went previously and saw another thug full of arrows.
Aria walked in and noticed an orc with blue warpaint. She asked what they were doing but they didn’t answer.
As the orc ran to attack Finley, he stopped as he recognised him. It turned out that these fellas were Jonah’s Brotherhood! Finley introduced the parties. Jonah asked him what the hell he was doing kidnapping Faye. They cleared the misunderstanding, as Finley was merely naive in taking out the ad and not malicious. Jonah scolded him for his idiocy. Aria told him to fuck off. Finley too said fuck off while hiding behind Aria.
They left, and Johnny told Raoden they should get dinner sometimes. Raoden responded with death threats.
Oliver told Finley he shouldn’t let people talk down to him like that. Finley said he was used to it. Raoden told him he can sympathise as he also is used to harsh mentor figures. Finley said like the one he’s supposed to be making dinner for, which everyone found to be a low blow.
They looked around the scene and saw it was a surprise attack. They found one of Faye’s hairs which Finley kept. They wondered how they knew about this situation to save Faye if they didn’t know her personally.
They wanted to find out, so they asked around until they found Johnny Brightsong performing in the Helm and Cloak.
Johnny revealed that Little John saw Faye being grabbed and that’s how they knew about the kidnapping. Johnny proceeded to ask Finley why Jonah had such a bad opinion of him.
Finley said he joined the Brotherhood under false pretenses, pretending to be an adventurer so he can go gather ingredients with them, and in the process made a lot of rookie mistakes.
Johnny said it still would be a big jump to assume he would stoop so low, and maybe he was mad because he got bad news from his Circle in Cloakwood. Aria said that’s an interesting side quest, but Cloakwood was too high level for us.
But what will they ask Johnny next? Will they ever take a stance in the Guild Wars? Will Raoden make dinner in time?
Find out next time on Dragon Ball Z!!!!!!