We headed off to Barrinsgate, to look for someone named Dark Star. This person would have information in regard to Remus. We gathered what various information we could on the way there, and it seems that Dark Star deals in goods that are worth at least 1000gp.
The city of Barrinsgate is run by three bandit groups that unified for the purpose of looking legitimate enough to be left alone by the Brelish government: the Blackhearts, which we discovered were the owners of that pirate airship that attacked us; the River Rats, who Raven seems to have angered; and the Bloody Knives, who are alright with our group due to our interactions with the other two groups.
While staying at an inn on the way to the city, some peasant farmers spoke of monsters that were wrecking the farmlands surrounding Barrinsgate. Taking care of that problem would garner us some rep, and hey, it’s on the way anyway. We found one bulette, and it was far larger than what we were told about them. This was likely a mother, and the ‘normal’ ones her children. We tried a couple of things to try taming it, but in the end, we fought and injured it enough that it fled. We took a large chunk of its flesh as proof of our victory.
After arriving at Barrinsgate and finding an inn to stay in, we receive a letter from Stella Lightbringer, the founder of the current governmental setup of the city. They say that she doesn’t really have any power in the city, but I’d say such a rumor is a good way to not draw attention to yourself.
At her lavishly decorated office, we had to convince her that we were capable of the task she wanted to have done. Afterwards, we met at her even more lavishly decorated residence, populated by numerous cats, to discuss the task itself. We could feel the abjuration magic throughout the area. We are to investigate the recent murders of guard patrols in the city, and provide solid proof.
We investigated the scene of the most recent attack, and found a flesh-colored scale. Yuriel used one of his many rituals to scry some things about the owner of that scale. After some more investigation, we discover that this person is from the Bloody Knives.
On our way to looking in on a location that Randalf triangulated for us, we were attacked by some of those dragonblood-mutated people. They announced themselves as River Rats, though they were identified as Bloody Knives after the battle. Though there were numerous enemies, we had to be careful of the civilians caught up in our fight, as well. One of them took a hostage to stay Naral’s hand. Fortunately, the Shield Bearer managed to free the child, and the attacker no longer stood a chance.
Though we won the battle, the leader of the attackers, Sharona, fled into the streets. The party split up, one group to pursue her, and the rest of us tended to the injured. Although we avoided magic that would injure indiscriminately, the chaotic nature of Yuriel’s and Raven’s magic had an adverse effect on the civilians, who could not withstand its residual presence. I soothed the minds of everyone I could, but I’ll have to tell the two of them to hold back on their stronger spells as much as possible when civilians are about.
Damascus informed me of a Khoravar named Erinblad de Vast, another prominent figure in the Circle of Peers who oversees public works and maintenance of government office. He’s recently been becoming more vocal about hiring some private security force on top of the city’s watch, which is Lightbringer’s responsibility. There’s also a new girl in the picture with de Vast, named Talria. He hadn’t looked into the name as of yet, but as Damascus commented, when a guy changes suddenly, it’s usually because of the new girl.
He also got a couple bits of info on Dark Star. She has connections with all three of the gangs; it’s important to have as many resources as you can, after all. It also seems that she only comes out at night; given her elusiveness, this would make sense. Though at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if she turned out to be a vampire, or something.
Lastly, Kurja met with me immediately after Damascus left. He informed me of three dragons that he detected in the city, but he couldn’t get too much information as he was suppressing his own aura to avoid detection. None of the auras he detected was similar to Raven’s, as the altered humans we fought had. Two of them are flighty, and hide throughout the city. One of those two, the strongest of the three, managed to detect Kurja’s presence. The third dragon stays in Bloody Knives’ territory. If we’re going to investigate any of them, we’ll probably have to start with that one, as we’re not exactly welcome in the other districts.