(From the pen of brother Godric, Wotan’s Day, (Wednesday), Halig Monath.
So far, certain dark issues have surfaced in Ongus. The party has had to work out what these are and what places we need to visit.
At the moment the issues are:
1. Rumour of plague in the city.
2. Children disappearing, (note Keiran Bode was an apparent target).
3. The individual that asked for a package to be delivered and was violent when it wasn’t.
4. Is Mistress Marta up to something that concerns us.
Places to visit:
1. The pet shop.
2. The dockside.
3. The ship Sweet Azalea.
4. The orphanage.
5. The carnival, (at the moment, not considered highly relevant).
6. Any location relevant to Mistress Marta (maybe).
Deciding to look into the issue of disappearing children, the party made a visit to the pet shop that evening. Entering the darkened shop, Gregor crept upstairs to find the (not) friendly individual concerned about a package, and promptly hit him over the head. He was astonished to find a woman hiding under the bed. Not only was she Chaubretten, but it became clear that Gregor’s blow wasn’t necessary as she had killed the man. She said that she was an operative looking into the issue of disappearing children, which wasn’t occurring in Ongus alone. Several papers and a book (all written in Mercanian) were taken away.
At the cathedral, Godric secured the assistance of a lay brother, Nigor, who could read Mercanian. The most important information was a list of four ships, each with a number, (Blood Helm 4, Savage Maiden 5, Death from Underneath 11 and Sweet Azalea 17).
Agreeing that the Sweet Azalea should be looked at next, Brother Godric convinced his employer, Father Henwick, to write out an ecclesiastical writ to inquire into immoral practices, (prostitution outside licenced premises). This secured entry onto the ship, with the officers ashore. No children were found, although there were animal cages in the hold. When the officers returned, things got ugly. Brother Godric and Gregor were locked in the hold, but the hatch was opened after Godric threatened to set fire to the tar below, (trusting in a higher authority for the welfare of Gregor and himself), and the officers were swayed by the presence of a church writ. One said that when the captain returned they would be leaving. There was also talk of the crew losing a ‘good profit’. Sure enough, when the captain was on board, the ship set sail, after a crew member was put off, (possibly the one that allowed the party aboard).
Inquiries were made at the dock. The dockmaster confirmed that all four ships had visited Ongus. Curiously, Death from Underneath was a war galley. It was speculated that this could be owned by an important person, so that the issue of disappearing children might involve someone high up in one of the royal courts. There was also some talk at the dock about ‘children who could work magic’. Godric, Gregor and AElfraed stayed at the dock to make sure that the ship departed without picking up a cargo at the last minute, while the others headed to the orphanage. Godric and Gregor ran there after the ship left. The Sweet Azalea appeared near the orphanage and a crossbow bolt hit Gregor, (fortunately without much damage), further indication of displeasure aboard that the party had prevented the crew from making their ‘good profit’. After a girl came out to fill some buckets with water, Jayden decided to help her and the party went in after them. They were then confronted by the headmistress. It appeared that the ophanage was not involved with the matter of disappearing children, although the headmistress knew about it. She scorned the talk of children performing magic.
At some stage Mistress Marta got to hear about this talk of magic-using children. She also dismissed it. By now the night had passed and the daylight of Torsdae was beginning to appear.