City of Towers

Sharn Inquisitive 16-4-998
Mol, 16th day of Eyre, 998

WARFORGED THREAT FROM THE MOURNLANDS

HOUSE CANNITH COVERUP

The Sharn Inquisitive received compelling evidence yesterday of a plot by warforged terrorists to reactivate one of the decommissioned Cannith warforged foundries in direct violation of the war-ending Treaty of Thronehold.

According to the Inquisitive’s sources (who wish to remain unnamed,) the explosion and attack on a House Cannith-owned skycoach at the southern edge of Middle Central Plateau (covered in S.I. 14.4.998), described at the time by Cannith representatives as an assassination attempt, was in fact a robbery targeting an activation schema that was to direct operations in one of the many House Cannith foundries.

Investigation by S.I. reporters suggests that the perpetrators of the attack were primarily warforged and other constructs, and that several of them had a symbol of a bladed gauntlet (pictured right) carved into their armor. Popular speculation in the past several months has linked this symbol to a terrorist figure theorized to be operating out of the territory once owned by Cyre. (see Letters to the Editor, SI. 17.1.998 and 2.2.998)

When asked for comment, House Cannith officials repeatedly denied any truth to the story. However, their statements are called into doubt by the evidence recently shown to the Sharn Inquisitive, ... (cont. on page 4)

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Thus Far...
recap as of January

A trio of odd characters:

  • “Double Dos”, an accomplished human archer,
  • “Captain Hammer”, a dwarf paladin of the Silver Flame,
  • Clawson Furlong, a dragonborn wielder of the arcane arts.

Recap

  • On their way through the skyways of Sharn one rainy night, the PCs stumbled across a dead body and a pair of very suspicious warforged. They eliminated the ‘forged (in self-defense, of course), but a “final messenger” gadget escaped from one of the warforged, hinting at a larger organization.
  • The party was contacted by a half-elf inquisitive by the name of Gellen who wished to hire them. He revealed that the dead body on the skyway was that of a man named Darmon Gannt, and asked them to check out a lead at a goblin smithy in town that may have crafted and sold the murder weapon. They set the place on fire.
  • The smithy pointed them to a hired assassin’s hideout, where they encountered more aggressive warforged (that didn’t appear to be allied with the assassin) and the assassin himself. They set the place on fire.
  • The assassin named Chellek had some information, including a bank account number, that the PCs were able to tie together with some pointers from Gellen and their own investigation into a chunk of incriminating evidence against Todon Bargrand, leader of the Heart and Soul anti-warforged-rights organization. Todon had had his own subordinate Darmon killed in order to frame some warforged and drive up public anti-warforged sentiment. After the PCs beat this confession out of him, they set the place on fire.
  • Given that the warforged they encountered were definitely acting suspicious, even if they didn’t do the murders, the PCs went to investigate further. Gellen pointed them towards a warforged hangout, the Stone Anvil, where a ‘forged named Chop suggested that the aggressive warforged may be allied with a figure out in the Mournlands known as the Lord of Blades, and were probably operating out of a secret cell down in the Cogs, the underbelly of Sharn.
  • Deep in the Cogs, the PCs found out that the warforged cell was planning to steal a House Cannith foundry key that could be used to produce new warforged to serve the Lord of Blades’ cause. Using the plans for reference, the PCs broke into a Cannith warehouse, stealing the key before the planned heist and replacing it with a fake. They had the key locked away safely in a House Kundarak bank vault.
  • The PCs were later approached by a man who claimed to be working for House Cannith. He bribed the PCs to not let any information leak about the warforged situation, as it would reflect poorly on the house, and offered to hire them to hit a supply line they believed the Lord of Blades was relying on. The PCs instead took his money and promptly told a reporter for the Sharn Inquisitive about the scandal, taking great pains to keep themselves and the reporter safe from the handful of figures that were clearly stalking them.
  • After all this, the PCs were attacked by the man who bribed them earlier and a couple of thugs, but managed to outwit and ambush them. They set them on fire.

Future Plans The party hopes to convince the army to attack the warforged so that all their enemies can eliminate each other and the party can take over the entire city… and set it on fire.

Highly Important Side Notes

Clawson has now cycled through Eldeen Feywine and Karrnathi Nightwood Ale, having settled on a particularly strong brew of goblin Korluuat.

Double Dos can last longer in a drinking contest, but Capt. Hammer can recover faster.

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