On the afternoon of the 48th day of his Majesty, High King Antony XIII’s 51st year as High King, the servants of his Majesty’s loyal 6th Division led by Freya the Valiant received a summons to the stockades of Uldany, located in the Old Port disctrict. They were instructed to meet with The Mason at his request and in exchange, he would give up the location of the Diamond Core.
They are led deep within the prison to a chamber containing a massive pit and a pillar set in the center where the Mason was chained. He spoke to them a nursery rhyme, then asked if they understood why casters served their servants. He spoke of the Diamond Core and how it can bring out the hidden powers of a magic user, making them incredibly powerful.
When he had stolen it, he was gifted with some magic by a powerful caster to help him elude the traps. He would become famous when he refused to hand the item over after realising what it did and the peril it would set upon the world. The caster has been chasing him ever since, but has apparantly gotten an idea of where to find him. Thus, the Mason turned himself in so he would have a measure of protection while he found some sturdy people to retrieve the Diamond Core to keep it out of the hands of the other wizard, who at this point has not been named.
They group was given some instructions on how to assemble a “key” to the location of the Core, but the Mason discouraged the group from sharing the details with Prince Nigel. Upon leaving the prison, they are stopped by the Prince and his group of “heroes” from earlier in the week. He seizes the paper from them, whereupon the group realizes they note magically changed when they left the prison to gives directions that basically ran a circle around the continent.
Remarking to his group of heroes that he would find the Diamond Core and one-up his brother, they all left. On the way back to the Labor District, Freya was bumped into by a non-descript man who quickly disappered into the crowd. Yurik noticed and brought it to the group’s notice by behaving strangly. Freya checked her purse and found a note carefully tucked in there from Justicar Fel and Prince Jeren instructing them to meet a contact named Sly at the Daggerfan Lodge and assist him in any way possible with discovering if the rumors of Prince Nigel working with the criminal guilds in the LD are true, thus proving him to be a traitor.
The group arrived where they were supposed to meet, ordered the food they were instructed to order, but nobody arrived. Hours passed before they picked up and left, going out into the streets in the latest hours of the night. As they walked, they were set upon by a group of black-clad individuals who moved almost at unworldly speed through the darkness. While the group fought valiantly, they were joined by another dark-clad individual who was fighting on their side.
After removing all of the immediate threats, the group had a moment with the man. He introduced himself as Sly, then appologized for his tardiness. He ushered them down a dark alleyway and into a small room with a trick door. He told them that the rumors are abound of the Prince’s treachery in the LD and they were to find the evidence as soon as possible for them to make an arrest. It would have to be in the form of a witness that would condemn the Prince and/or a written documentation of his treachery.
The group returned to their homes to rest, then set out the next day. They stopped by the Fire Spit Tavern, reknown for hating the military. In street clothes, they showed up in two different groups and tried talking up the clientele. They were successful at extracting a rumor that the Prince owned the Thieves Guild in town. They headed over and banged on the door, whereupon they were hastily handed a heavy bag of gold and told to deliver it to Bronc quickly because they were late.
Using this as a means to get to Bronc, they headed for the Prince’s estate, incidentally where Bronc lives as well, but were turned away at the door. The Prince was out in the Trade District dining with Justicar Pennyfinger and Bronc was settling some sort of merchant dispute. Taking the hint, the group headed for the merchant guild. The man at the door saw the bag of gold and let them in instantly, then showed them down to the basement, leaving them at the door.
They heard Bronc speaking with another. When they opened the door, the other person in the room, a tiefling, pointed at them and told Bronc that “it was them!” Bronc picked up his maul and called them traitors before attempting to bring them to his own form of “Mercy.” The group, however, was able to withstand his blows and managed to kill the Tiefling while knocking Bronc unconscious.
The Tiefling was carrying the orders from Bronc. The paper was definately in the Prince’s writing and instructed the recipient to kill an unnamed target tonight before he cracks, then bring his eyes to the Prince at Justicar Pennyfinger’s estate. It explains as well that the wizard he just met can divulge the information with only the victim’s eyes.
The group successfully detained a witness and holding firm proof that the Prince was ordering assassinations, was directly linked to the criminal organizations through his First Leiutenant, Bronc, and by group testimony, was sending out a war party, the other adventurers, to grab the Diamond Core before his older brother can.