Off Topic: The Chronicles of "Of Course Brugo Did" - Chapter 19: The Necromancer, The Maids, and The Skull.
>>> Prelude <<<
Annnnnnnnd we killed the Regent. Buuuuuuuut I know a guy, or at least, I will know a guy, in a minute. Getting to that...
So our Cleric knows full well that Speak with Dead can be resisted & Raise Dead can be denied. Given that our most recently dead body (which we beheaded, of course, and threw in a bag of holding) is definitely not willing to be our bestest of friends... our usual “kill it first, question it later” routine?, not exactly going to work this time.
My answer? We need a Necromancer.
So, I put out word back to the Maids (the Assassin’s Guild) that we have some news. Big news. And arrange a meeting with their boss outside HQ, as non-Maids (I.e., the party) have to attend. They’re down.
Their boss takes on the guise of an old woman hanging clothing & they’ve arranged clothes on wires in such as way as to create a virtual maze of linens. Clever. I can dig it.
Anyway, so we tell them what’s up & the real scoop on what’s going on, mostly. At the very least, we reveal the death of them Regent & give them some details on the Dragon in question (Dailos, the Green Dragon).
They immediately ask if they can buy & release the information that the Regent is dead. Unfortunately, we have to deny them. We absolutely need as much secretiveness on our side as possible. So we have to keep it under wraps for as long as possible.
Getting to the point, I ask the boss if there’s a necromancer the Maids still use for interrogations. Sure as shit, there is! And, thanks to a 00 roll by the DM, I even know he guy, from back in “the day.” Of as ‘the kids’ would say, “you mean before you were dead?”
With no time to waste, we pack our shit & make our way to a rather distant island just far enough away from a large trading city as to be left to its own devices. Takes us a few days to make passage, as it’s pretty far off our radar. But we get there.
And, as would be expected, the island’s filled with animated bones. During the course of the upcoming conversation, I would like to point out that the Bloodrager & Druid wandered off to ‘play’ with the animals of the woods. The undead animals of the woods. Bears. Rabbits. Yup. That happened.
Anyway, so said necromancer recognized me immediately & we had a moment.
I got to the point pretty quick, and told him that we had the Regent, dead, of course. And that we wanted him brought back for interrogation. Annnnnnnnd, once interrogation was done, he’s free to keep that which he raised, since the Regent’s sure to know some super juicy stuff.
He agreed without a hitch & raises said Regent as some high-end, intelligent wraith. Who immediately tries to attack us (mind you, he DID warn us that might probably happen). Fortunately, for the wraith, the necromancer controlled it practically immediately & that was that.
Thus, interrogations began.
While some inane question were asked, such as “how did it feel when you were run trough...,” for the most part we stuck to our guns & ran it through the wringer about Dailos & the Templar Order.
To our surprise, we discovered Dailos had been masquerading as The Templar’s second-in-command for the last thirty years. And it’s basically in command of the entire Templar order as The Templar is well into his winter years & is expected to retire in the near future... which would put the Dragon in command.
Oh, hell, no.
Armed with what new information we gleaned from the Regent’s wraith, we sent a message back to the Maids. Another meeting!
Once we got back, I and the chameleon-Druid met with the master of the Maids yet again, though this time in their base.
And this time... I filled her in on ALL the details. Then I asked for her to pull in the Maids & provide support for the assault on the Dragon. How so, she asked? Stall, distract, delay... just keep the Templar Order , all of them, off our back so we can handle the Dragon.
If you do... we’ll give you half.
Half the Dragon horde.
She didn’t consider that for very long. In fact, she basically just asked “How long to I have?”
I told her “We’ll day ten days, subject to change. But do you to get paid, the whole of the Maids needs to be all in on this.”
We shook. She agreed. And we were on our way.
So, we arrive at the city of the Templars a day later, after having shopped ‘till we dropped for new & improved gear.
And we almost immediately find out... there’s going to be a huge parade in honor of the Red Dragon’s defeat.
In five days.
And The Templar & his second are expect to preside & speak.
Well, there goes that ten day forecast...
Next time, on The Chronicles of "Of Course Brugo Did," Dragonslayers?