The hopeknife ceremony for Ruby daughter of Halgra finally came and a good time was had by all. Although Ruby may have shown a lack of wisdom in her selection for the ceremonial tug-of-war. Choosing Blazemore and Thornbeard were solid choices but Pigpen and Rey aren’t naturals at tug-of-wars. But it was all for fun and the Kurst brothers weren’t trying to win and the crowd rushed in to make sure they didn’t this was Rubys big night and there was no way she was going to lose. Then then the Festivities went on until late in the evening. The party did hear a few rumors.
1, The hopeknife is more than a weapon- It’s a symbol. It means you are wise enough to make adult decisions,know what it means to fear, and strong enough to protect your neighbors, even if it costs you your life.
p. 2, “Even though she’s the chief defenders daughter, Ruby has to uphold the Standing Vow in order to receive her hopeknife., just like the rest of us. She must agree to hold Trunau against all comers and to never forfeit her homeland willingly. That is the vow”.
p. 3,“Rumor has is that Rodrik Grath is next in line for the position patrol leader after his old man Jagrin retires. Jagrins a good commander but he’s getting old, and it may be time for some new blood in the militia’s leadership.”
p. 4, “Shame about the graffiti all over town. The militia’s got better things to do than clean up youngsters’ messes, but even stranger is how long it lasts. Try as one might soap and water don’t do a thing to those marks!”.
The next morning the group was approached first thing by Kurst Grath and informed than his brother Rodrik had been found dead "right now the official cause of death is suicide, but I just can’t believe that. He asks if the group will lead the investigation, since he is to busy to do it himself. When they agree he tells them.
His brother wouldn’t have committed suicide because he was in love with the Brinya and was planning to marry her. When the party met Brinya(that evening) they show her the hopeknife given to them by Kurt she informs them that isn’t Rodriks hopeknife. She shows them his hopeknife is hanging on a silver necklace around her neck. She tells them Rodrik lost the hopeknife she had given him. The party later finds the receipt for a new hopeknife and the missing hopeknife proving she was telling the truth. She informs them Rodrik kept a journal and tells them to ask at the sanctuary.
p. Where they learn Rodrik had been spending a lot of time talking with a old half orc seer named Katrezra, who disappeared the night of the murder but they don’t suspect foul play. They also reason he couldn’t have gone far due to limited mobility.
p. They asked around at the Ramblehouse where the Murder occurred. They found the receipt for the hopeknife and in another room they later learned the proprietress had rented to a half orc who paid handsomely but refused to leave a name(they had to coerce this out of her). They found a love letter to someone named Melira.
p. When they went to Clamor to speak with Sara Morninghawk to verify the receipt and find the knife. When the show Sara the murder weapon she informs them that this is the knife she had her employee Urnsil another half orc working on but Urnsil disappeared since the day before(the day after Ruby’s ceremony). During the conversation Katrezra appears from a side room where he was listening in on them. He had Rodriks journal and went into hiding when he heard of Rodriks murder fearing foul play. He had been having visions of the plague house recently. Rodrik went there which is where he saw the flood troll which led him to talking to Katrezra about. He told them they are native of Belkzen but rarely head this far south of the flood road. Katrezra gives them the journal which proves Rodriks death wasn’t a suicide.
p. This took two days of investigation and the party was attacked by "diseased wolves in the street and were nearly killed when they were attacked in their room by a group of assassins. They were nearly all killed but these assassins weren’t very brave.
p. They brought the Journal to Kurst informing him his brother was murdered. Kurst suggested they investigate the plaguehouse and they did. This is where they found the lost knife and fought some centipedes and some spider one that was pretty large they found the stairs down they assumed beyond a locked door. There was also a hole in the floor that could reach the basement 20 feet below. It was getting late so the went back to town to report to Kurst and get some sleep.
p. The next day they went with Thornbeard to his home to(?) But they did run into an ogre and several orcs with a captured woolly triceratops. The party rescued the beast and it became Thornbeards companion. (Depending on what Damon decides to do for a character you may be meeting up with him and bringing him back with you). Either way by the time they are approaching Trunau the sun has set and they notice there appears to be a blue fire in the firepit outside of the plaguehouse.
This is where we will pick up, sorry if this isn’t very smooth, trying to remember all of the different parts of your investigation without making it too long was a challenge.