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Interrogation, Then Reincarnation

Posted in: Play by Ariel on April 19, 2009

“I have some good news and I have some great news.” That’s what I said to Buzz when he woke up after his reincarnation. “The good news? You’re alive. The better news is you’re gonna live a long time.” Then I handed him a mirror so he could see his new Elven reflection.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Orak is a true friend. He let us stay the night in the bathhouse. I didn’t trust the streets and we wanted to question the two assassins. We filled Myntilly in on the night’s events and took a long hot soak. Dyskko and Ian sat on the short people side of the big tub. The enfeeblement spell was still in effect for me, but the hot water and talk of my friends did much to calm my nerves.

As the others talked and planned, I mused over the idea of writing to my father. True resurrection for Buzz would cost about 5,000gp for materials. I didn’t have that much to spare. I might be able to scrape together the 1,000gp needed for reincarnation, but there’s the chance then that the person comes back a different race. I mulled over the opening lines of my letter: Dear Father, I know we haven’t spoken since the engagement party but….. Dear Father, I hope this letter finds you well. I need money….. Father, I am doing my best to fight evil and I ask for your help..…. Nothing sounded right.
Why not the truth? Dear Father, You are probably as shocked to read this letter as I am to write it. Although you disowned me and I swore I would never utter your name again, I need your help now….. Each attempt sounded more feeble than the previous. Pelor would give me guidance; I had to trust.

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The night was uneventful. In the morning we separated the two half-orc assassins. I cast discern lies and we began. The first assassin said he was named Tolrock the Mighty. He’d been hired by an “average looking” human to kill all of the Divas. Payment was half up front and half after the job. We left him to sit for awhile and talked to the other. As we left Tolrock, he called out to his companion, “Don’t tell them anything!” The second assassin was sitting in one of the changing rooms of the bathhouse. He was called Haruk. “Now, why would your friend think that you’d spill your guts?” Acgar fixed him with a fierce stare. He met her gaze. “I don’t know. He’s not my friend.” As I handed him a bowl of gruel, I asked “Where’s the meeting place?” His eyes got wide. “You know about it?” Acgar and I both nodded. “I’m not above hurting you to find out more.” Acgar grabbed my arm. “That would be evil.” I waved her away and turned back to the half-orc. “So you got half of your money. But you obviously didn’t finish the job.” Haruk spit on the floor. “I’ll kill you later. Solstice is still two days off.”
“Solstice?” Acgar leaned in. “Why is that important?” The half-orc winced, realizing that he’d made a slip. He pursed his lips and shook his head.

We went back to Tolrock. I had a picture of Wee Jas that I wanted to show him. “Does this symbol look familiar?” He shifted in his seat but didn’t speak. I sat down. “Look, the morning is getting away from us. We have things to do; you have things to do. Things you are supposed to do before Solstice. So let’s just make this a business transaction, OK?” I plopped a small bag of gold at his feet.

He said, “How do you know about Solstice?” I smiled. “The same way I know that the man who hired you was wearing this symbol.”
Slowly we got the whole story from them. Hired, along with two others, to kill us before Solstice. Rendezvous spot was the Jasidian temple.

After the half-orcs took off for their regular jobs as town guards, we went in search of Oakenfoot, the druid. He had reincarnated Sadi, so we went to him for help with Buzz. I was glad that it did not take long. We have a lot of work to do in the next two days, not least destroying the Jasidian temple. Who’s with me?

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