After proving your worth to the Reformers, they let you in on their most pressing task. The Conclave of Earth, an assembly of the realms nobles, has been called with the goal of resolving Faxis’ financial woes. The Reformers believe that, if left to their own devices, the Nobles will move to consolidate their privileges, extract ever more taxes from the merchants and poor, and merely prolong the inevitable collapse of the Kingdom for another decade. The Reformers have come to believe that the only choice is to disrupt the Conclave and force King Vasselus to call a Session of Stations – a meeting of all social orders – to register his new taxes.
You also meet:
Fulco – Wine Merchant, keen on merchant friendly reforms, his skills of Oration are renowned.
Gaustlmann – Printer, knows everything about everyone, and will print whatever he can to move papers, including making and/or destroying reputations
Martes – Born and raised in the Skitts, Martes scraped hard and rose to become a prominent lawyer, now widely considered the legitimate Vox Populi of the Skitts
During a lengthy brainstorm, a plan was hatched to simultaneously infiltrate the conclave from within and without. The plan:
- Eddain, Roi, Badger, Justice and Camshaft plan to assume identities of Nobles and their entourages to gain access to the meeting.
- Eddain will charm Archduke Randall, a prominent noble with liberal sympathies, and convince him to concede his opening speech to Count Altmühl, the most viciously conservative noble in session.
- Justice will then use Zone of Truth to hopefully get this man to weigh inflamatory invective against his class enemies.
- Hoping the crowd will be riled, the rest of the party will then physically disrupt the ceremony, forcing the nobles to flee outside
- …Where Martes will hopefully be waiting with an angry mob of angry poor, inciting a riot and achieving the goal of temporary political intransience.
BUT FIRST, Martes needs to rally a mob in his favor. So, the party takes a short rest and sets off with Martes to stop a public execution and hopefully earn the favor of the crowd of impoverished onlookers.
As the adventurers approach the execution square, a Royal Official reads the charges against three criminals as an executioner awaits to pull the lever on their trapdoors.
As an impulse, Roi makes a wild crossbow shot from the crowd. Going, wide, his bolt TWANG hits the tops of one of the gallows, startling everyone. Immediately, the Executioner pulls the first lever, dropping a prisoner to his demise.
Responding instinctively to the bolt, Camshaft launches her javelin, but in a panic sends it flying over the entire square, impaling an observer clear across the square…and into the chest of a civilian directly next to Badger.
Badger, sensing the impending discord, bounds to the back center of the square, unleashes a TREMENDOUS Cone of Fear into the gathered crowd, causing several guards to flee and a near riot to break out as the onlookers begin to stampede.
Through this chaos, Roi took another shot, this time aiming for the Royal Official who had been reading the sentences of the condemned. As this weasel fled for reinforcements, he was felled by Roi’s exceptionally accurate crossbow bolt, and finished off by Badger with her rarely-used but nonetheless deadly quarterstaff.
Meanwhile, Justice casually reached out of the crowd and put one of the remaining guards into a headlock, and eventually beating him into submission. Sensing they were losing the crowd to panic, Camshaft and Eddain climbed onto the scaffold where, in an epic speech, Eddain’s bardic charisma rallied the remaining citizens to the Revolutionary cause while she and Camshaft simultaneously subdued the remaining city guard.
Eddain passed the riled crowd on to Martes for further instruction, then the whole gang retreated to Hrothgar’s for a celebratory pull from the ol’ Ale tube.
At Hrothgar’s, Hr. Fulco finds you and recommends you keep a low profile, you’ll have increasing notoriety after today’s stunt. He escorts you to the Osar Guildhalle, where you encounter the ratlike Hr. Gaustlmann (who provides you each a smokebomb) and prepare for infiltrating that evening’s Conclave.
We end with the adventurers in Hair and Makeup for their big show…