The day after the ‘murder’ at Morgrave University, it was the headline story in the Sharn Inquisitive, and the talk of Menthis Tower. The group met in the evening and realized that the plan to keep the provost’s survival a secret would fall apart once Gregor Rothschild went on trial for murder. Jesmet panicked and wanted to flee the city, but cooler hands and lean purses prevailed.2 Oralune 998YK
The next day, Zane got to dine with the Aundarian ambassador, who had heard about the murder and pointed out that what’s bad for Thrane is good for Aundair. At the University, many students were missing from Erdvar’s lecture because they’d gone to protest outside Silver Flame churches. He cut his lecture short and went to join them. Jesmet was questioned by an attractive gnome named Cheswene Snokwith who was very impressed with the story of how he single-handedly defeated the evil Flamish murderer. In fact, Jesmet enjoyed telling the story so much he repeated it to anyone who would listen for the next few hours. The same gnome approached Erdvar later about getting a spot in his class. Hearing about this later made Jesmet paranoid, so we went to find out if Zane had also been contacted by her. He had not, but the two of them noticed that their conversation in the halls of Zane’s building was being spied on. Copperclaw captured the spy and he confessed that he’d been hired by a mysterious figure in The Stores in Lower Dura.
The group went down there to investigate. Zane was able to learn that someone from Fallen was trying to hire people to run ‘errands’ in the upper levels and Jesmet got into a brawl with a local halfling who didn’t like his barbarian cousins. After a couple more bars were visited, they found an ambush waiting for them outside. Boldly, they sprung it, and had a tough fight with an elusive halfling street gang, along with a local human tough. Most of the halflings were subdued, the leader got away, and the human surrendered, only to die of mysterious causes before he could be questioned. The halflings said they’d been hired by the human to capture Erdvar and Jesmet. The human had no identity papers, but he did have a strange, crude tattoo…
But there was no time to investigate further, as the party has a morning meeting with the Bursar. Perhaps funding for their expedition has finally come through!
I changed the Dinner with the Dean to the Breakfast with the Bursar because the trip to the streets meant that I didn’t have time to do what I planned with the Dean. So I’m going to save it for later, and launch into the adventure I planned for the full group.
As you may have noticed, I like using Minions. In that fight, you had to be badly outnumbered for the halflings to think they had a chance of winning, but you were much tougher than they expected. I also like staggered fights, where the opposition isn’t all there at the beginning. It fits the scenario, and lets the opposition be greater without overwhelming you. I did, however, underestimate the power of Minions combined with Second Chance, especially when you had neither a controller nor a defender.