Skylee, a female half-elven rogue, was desperate to find a fence to get rid of her latest stolen treasure, the ancestral longsword of the Iturla family. Naamir Iturla, hero of the wars against the Starrock goblin tribes of 1358 DR, was thanked by King Valon for his duties with a knighthood as well as having been given a small plot of land in the hamlet of Aston’s Point. Skylee took the sword to her normal fence, who told her that the sword was too hot and known to too many people for him to get rid of it. He told Skylee that she should go meet Uzra Iyoane at the Running Monk tavern in Llorbauth.
Xu’ukra and Roac, Blood of Coac, a male half-orc monk and a male shield dwarf paladin of Clangeddin Silverbeard, were in Aston’s Point when the heist occurred. They came across Naamir a day after Skylee’s act. He fairly begged Xu’ukra and Roac to hunt down the thief, and gave them as much of a description of the thief as he could: that the thief was female, tall and lithe though with ample curves, that she wore a mask that covered much of her face. Naamir finally mentioned to Xu’ukra and Roac that the closest fence would could move his sword would be found in Llorbauth.
And so Skylee and Xu’ukra and Roac made their ways to Llorbauth, one day separating them. Meanwhile, Gimble, a male gnome bard, had been in Llorbauth for some time. He, as well as his master, Maestro Tola Bebin, were performing at the Running Monk Tavern. Gimble was preparing for his first solo performance and was getting anxious.
Theskal, a male elven druid, traveled to Llorbauth to find the bard Tola Bebin along with his family. The elven family, from the Shilmista Forest, were seeking out lost lore involving their family and knew that Maestro Bebin was an expert on elven history of the Lands of Intrigue.
Skylee made it to Llorbauth first, and found the Running Monk Tavern. She spoke to Megol Mieran, the tavernkeeper of the Running Monk. She found out that Uzra was gone for the day and would be back the following one. So Skylee made the most of the day, spending it becoming familiar with the layout of Llorbauth, the streets and alleys, so if she needed to make an escape, she could quickly and competently.
Xu’ukra and Roac arrived in Llorbauth the following day. They discovered where the Running Monk was and went there immediately. Tola and Gimble were on the stage, tuning instruments and preparing for the night’s performance, which was to be Gimble’s first solo performance. Skylee had met with Uzra, who told Skylee that she could get rid of Iturla’s sword, but it would take a couple of days, that she couldn’t guarantee Skylee how much she could get for the sword, and that her fee for moving the sword was 20%. Skylee agreed and then hid the sword in her room (underneath her mattress), setting up a number of minor traps and other distractions that would notify Skylee if anyone entered her room, or grabbed the sword.
Tola left Gimble behind, telling him that he had some personal business to take care of. He also told Gimble not to begin his performance until he could speak to him one last time. And thus, Gimble, Xu’ukra and Roac were left alone. The three of them were talking in the backstage area, where Xu’ukra and Roac told Gimble of their desire to talk to his master about where to find a fence that could move a famous sword. It was Xu’ukra who noticed that Skylee had moved closer to listen to their conversation. Skylee tried to bluff Xu’ukra, though to no avail. She then decided to reacquaint herself with the city, and left the tavern. Their conversation done, Gimble, Xu’ukra and Roac decided to travel the city as well. Theskal followed them, and traveled with them when Xu’ukra noticed that he was following them.
They returned shortly before Gimble’s performance. Skylee had arrived earlier and was waiting for the performance along with the rest of the crowd that had formed. Gimble got ready and waited for his master. And waited. And waited. Soon, it was 15 minutes later than his when his performance was to start. Then 20. Then a half hour. Megol asked what the problem was, and Gimble told him that he was waiting on his master to speak to him one last time. Megol replied that his master had left the tavern shortly before the top of the hour to meet someone.
As nervous as Gimble was, he decided the show must go on. His performance lasted an hour and a half, and was well-received by all. After he finished changing clothes he spent a few minutes receiving the accolades of the crowd when someone rushed in and said that something was happening in the nearby alley.
Skylee, Xu’ukra, Roac, Gimble and Theskal ran out of the tavern and towards the alley. They saw Tola in the alley as he was being attacked by two shadow creatures. The ethereal creatures flew into Tola’s chest and out his back in a spray of blood and gore. The shadows then flew into the walls of the alley and disappeared. The five rushed to the body of Tola and each knew that he was dead. Tola’s body seemed thin and desiccated, as if drained of body fluids. They also noticed two small holes in Tola’s neck.
The city guard came to investigate the apparent murder. They took the body away after speaking to everyone. The five went inside the tavern and Xu’ukra asked a few questions of the man who found Tola in the alley initially. Unfortunately however, Xu’ukra intimidated the man so much he fainted.
Later that evening, as they were asleep, Skylee heard someone in her room. She barely managed to evade the attack of an unknown assailant and then attacked her enemy, killing them. She quickly grabbed her belongings, including the sword, and put on her mask, intending to escape.
Meanwhile, Xu’ukra also woke up as someone was trying to attack him. He quickly vanquished the villian trying to kill him and went into the hall. He saw enemies entering every room on the floor, as well as the thief that Naamar Iturla had described as having stolen his sword. The thief (Skylee) tried to escape by jumping down the stairs. However, the thief turned and sprained her ankle badly. Xu’ukra caught up to her and tied her up with some silk rope, though doing a poor job.
Roac was also attacked and beat his assailant. He entered the hall and went to the next door where he heard noise. It was Theskal’s room. Theskal was under attack and could not escape off of his bed. He legs got caught in the bedsheets as he twisted to and fro. Roac tried to assist Theskal and attacked feebly numerous times before finally killing the one attacking Theskal. Gimble was under attack as well, and after being struck twice in combat, managed to kill the warrior fighting him.
Skylee escaped the bindings of Xu’ukra and jumped down to the floor of the tavern, twisting her ankle again. As she was writhing in pain, Xu’ukra knocked her out and then proceeded to tie her up. After he was done with that, Xu’ukra took the mask off, discovering that the thief of the Iturla sword was none other than Skylee herself.
In all, 11 people died that night in the Running Monk tavern. The only five visitors to the tavern to survive were Skylee, Xu’ukra, Roac, Gimble, and Theskal. The assailants to everyone were dressed in dark, skintight clothing. Also, their faces were painted a stark white, and painted on their necks were two small red dots. In Uzra’s room, the city guard found a small bit of blood on the floor of her room, Tola Bebin’s personal road journal, and a silver pin of a crescent moon and a harp, which was now tarnished and covered in blood. As for Uzra, her whereabouts are unknown…