Warhammer - The Depths of Corruption

A Simple Investigation - Part Two
There is more going on here than meets the eye
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A Simple Investigation - Part One
What could go wrong with this assignment...

Lord Rickard Aschaffenberg’s trust in his team had been shaken. They had uncovered a conspiracy to commit murder, as well as evidence of wrongdoing, but rather than arrest a guilty party they allowed the crime to remain unsolved, and worse a political rival to know that this had been done. With no crime punished, his position had been left vulnerable politically.

As a consequence, the group was tasked with a relatively simple task to show they could handle a low-key assignment. Lord Aschaffenberg’s nephew Maximillian had recently become infatuated with Esmerelda Fenstermacher, the only daughter of a poor merchant, who had been entertaining several suitors of late. Lord Aschaffenberg wanted the group to investigate these claims, and discretely break up the arrangement.

The group started with some gentle inquiries around town. Apparently the young lady had indeed become the focus of lots of nobility gossip lately. Apart from Maximillian, many other richer families had also been courting her via expensive gifts. She had apparently received a small fortune of gifts within the last few weeks – something that caught Valanduil’s interest.

As the group watched Esmerelda going about her day for signs of what made her so captivating, Guthrie vonHammastrat dramatically approached her, and announced loudly that he would be leaving for the mountains to slay a band of Orcs in order to win her favour – an act that Esmerelda greeted with trepidation and attempted to persuade him not to do so. Heedless of her request, Guthrie rode out of town immediately, leaving Esmerelda behind. As she stood there, Halion Balfour observed a faint aura of the wind of Hysh about her, but nothing that indicated any active spellcasting.

Although none of the three present were expert on human courtship rituals, they all agreed that there didn’t seem to be something special about Esmerelda to explain this surge in attention. Halion resolved to investigate a potential magical angle, while Valaduil and Bissil would interview the most active of her suitors to try and get to the bottom of this.

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Noblesse Oblige - Chapter Three
The difference between truth and justice...

Summary of Events

  • Arena confesses that Erasmus was blackmailing her, but denies killing him. She is dismissed from service
  • Search of the cart reveals a set of poison. Jakob says that Grethe was an assassin sent to protect him. She denies using poison, and puts herself to sleep as proof
  • Friedrich and Ruprecht get into a brawl, Ruprecht is outed as conspiring against his sister. Banished from hosuehold
  • Valanduil steals from coaches, uses it to bribe Everd into confessing that Darathee was previously suspected of poisoning her husband.
  • Darathee confesses to crime, says she was also being blackmailed
  • Brigita offers substantial bribe to pin blame for crime on Everd.
  • Party refuses to take bribe, but allows Darathee to go
  • Aschaffenberg very upset at confession.
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Noblesse Oblige - Chapter Two
Interrogating all of the NPCs!

Summary of Events

  • Inspection of Erasmus’s body reveals he appears to have been poisoned from close range. Other priests did not know what happened
  • Jakob Creutzfeld believes it must have been Beastmen, and wants conference to continue
  • Friederich Creutzfeld blames the Durrenbach, insinuates that he had an affair with Brigita
  • Grethe Rozenow claims to have seen nothing, was hiding with the troops
  • Arena Stretstorpe was coordinating the defense, can’t see Everd
  • Brigita Durrenbach believes that Friederich was responsible. Denies affair.
  • Ruprecht Durrenbach accuses his sister of orchestrating events
  • Darathee Durrenbach revales she is engaged to Jakob, but was not near the attack
  • Everd Setzingen asks for a bribe to reveal more information
  • Only lead presented was Arena and Erasmus had a history of bad blood
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Noblesse Oblige - Chapter 1
Two houses, both alike in dignity, torn apart by tragedy...

Summary of Events

  • Party dispatched to escort Priest of Sigmar to negotiations between two noble families.
  • Basic research into two families reveal history of feud and whispers of violence
  • At first coaching in, Bissil notices that Priest is praying for “forgiveness” for his sins. Unable to obtain more information
  • Arrival at vonAschaffenberg lodge, Creutzfelds and Durrenbachs refuse to talk to each other
  • Erasmus, Brigita and Jakob led inside for introduction of conference – Bissil accompanies
  • Valanduil talks to Durrenbach mercenary leader, who hopes talks fail for employment
  • Halion talks to Cruetzfeld mercenary leader, who is suspicious of an attack
  • During meeting of key players, mutants attack drawing party’s attention
  • In the aftermath, Erasmus is found killed.
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The Restless Dead - Chapter 3
A heretic is uncovered, and a battle is fought

Summary of Events

  • Zombie attacks, Bissil and Priestess quell her spirit and put her to rest
  • Other mysterious murders exhumed – found to be zombies and laid to rest
  • Next day, confirmation that the spirit does not reappear
  • Valanduil and Halion track body through sewer to near her place of work
  • Halion detects Necromatic magic leading to the sewers from a nearby shopkeeper
  • Rigor interrogates the nearby businessman, finds a suspicious one
  • Valanduil breaks into the basement, finds unresponsive zombies.
  • Shopkeeper flees into his basement. Pursued by party
  • Zombies inside of emerge from basement. Party flees basement
  • Valanduil sneaks back around to other side. Sneaks open door. Sneakily shoots necromancer.
  • Cake is had.
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