Lord Varios' Party
Lord Varios Restakelm has a scroll that the heroes' employers want. They
accompany their employer to Lord Varios' palace for a dinner party and
evening of dancing. Now is their opportunity to steal the scroll.
This scenario should be as much about rubbing shoulders with people as
it is about the actual theft. Many of the middle-ranked nobles in Joranit
will be there with their sons, daughters, stewards, and other highly-placed
This is a social occasion
and retainers are not generally invited within. Armour and heavy arms
will be noted and frowned upon - are you insulting Lord Vorios by assuming
that you are not safe in his house? A sword and dagger will be fine as
would ornate armour - a greatsword, nope; an axe, nope.
The heroes are to
find a scroll in an obsidian case marked with a dragon motif.
Lord Varios' palace is in the High Quarter facing onto the Goddess' Way,
the main street that runs from the Moon Gate to the Satrap's palace. The
palace is surrounded by a 10-foot wall tipped with jagged pottery and
the grounds within are patrolled by Restakelm house-troops and warded
by the house deva - guardian. The grounds are accessed through an ornate
gate where 3 guards and a house steward check invitations and directed
the attendees along the paved drive - paved in finely cut marble slabs.
The Palace is a two-story
building with a pillared entranceway. Grooms will take horses, chariots
or carriages to the stables. Four guards flank the open doors where the
house major-domo awaits. Heavily armed guests will be looked at significantly
and there is a rack just inside the door where weapons may be left.
The entire front half of the palace is taken up with a grand hall brightly
lit by a glowing ceiling. Fine tapestries, intricate murals and ancient
carvings decorate the room. Bronze statues of the house gods and of the
emperor stand in lit alcoves. In the centre of the room is a great fountain
that taps into a hot spring under the palace and sprays steaming water
high into the air. A wide stair leads to a balcony around the room on
the second floor.
The room is filled
with milling people including the leaders of several major guilds, priests
from most of the major temples, the city's nobility, representatives of
the Satrap, the various regiments based in town and the commander of the
city guard. House troops line the walls in glittering armour while servants
circulate with platters of drink and small foods. There is a long banquet
table against the rear wall and an orchestra plays on a raised platform
in a corner.
The front half of the second floor is a balcony ringing the grand hall.
The rear half is the family resisdence. Lord Varios' den, library and
lock-room are here along with quarters for him, his sons, brothers, unmarried
daughters and other family members.
Behind the hall, in the northern half, is the kitchen, servant quarters,
barracks, armoury and other rooms required to keep the palace going. There
are servant stairs going up the back of the palace leading to misc places
on the 2nd floor. In the southern half of the bottom floor are the counting
rooms, clerks' stores and work rooms for the business side of the house.
This smallish room is unlit. The walls are covered with shelves and cubby-holes
holding scrolls of various types and designs. There is a reading stand
in the centre of the room with a thick candle on it. The scroll that they
are looking for is not here but let the heroes fumble in the dark for
a while before letting them know that.
This comfortably outfitted room is lit only by the glow of the moon through
the window. There is a desk, a sitting area, thick carpets and heavy candles
decorate the room. There is a reading stand before the window and the
subject scroll is upon it.
The southern side of the palace is a vast garden with plants and flowers
from across Dara Happa. There large beds of flowers, carefully trimmed
bushes and delicately placed trees. Cobbled paths wind their way through
the garden leading to alcoves and hidden glades. Will the heroes be invited
to a secret assignation? Or will they find somebody in distress from a
group of drunken sailors.
The 'Working' Grounds
On the north side of the palace, hidden from the view of guests, is the
working side of the Restakelm compound. Here are the stables, the warehouses,
storerooms and other buildings related to the actual business of house
Some Other Attendees
is the Librarian of the Irripi Ontor Scholarium. He is new to Joranit
and is getting out to all of the parties and visiting all of the quarters
to see what the city has to teach him
is a popular and successful gladiator in the arena. He is the brother
of Bassil the Brinitite. Bourikt is a grizzled warrior with plenty
of scars and stories to show off if anybody can get past his suspicious
Emia is the youngest daughter of the Satrap of Karasal. Cold, arrogant
and disinterested could all describe the young noblewoman - or is
that only her public persona?
Jaime the Penitent
Baron is a Seshnelan lord leading a mission to Joranit to increase
trade with his distant kingdom. He is a typical Rokari: intolerant
of pagans, austere, up-tight, anal Unfortunately for him, this is
a do-or-die (or perhaps do-and-die) mission from his king so he has
to play nice with the locals.
Jepi the Squat
Jepi is a senior member of the Oilman's guild. The Grand Master would
not attend this gathering but sent Jepi instead. Jepi is a friendly
man, fond of wine, women and dance.
is an Adept in the Order of Makaebeus and an assistant to the Grand
Master Kartuandar. He is polite to the gathered guests but feels this
kind of gathering is below him, after all, hasn't he been presented
to the Emperor himself?
Noilin is the sister of Lord Varest, leader of an ancient Karasali
family with holdings across the satrapy, and the widow of the late
Lord Gersk - 50 years her senior. Noilin is tall and elfin and friendly
Saureth er Keth
Saureth is a junior officer in the Cold Line regiment stationed in
Joranit as part of the depot establishment. Saureth is from Dyth along
the Oslir and was sent to the Cold Line when his womanising became
a scandal at home.
Weinclas' is the Captain-General of House Restakelm. His post is mostly
honorary as he is rarely in Joranit to fill it. He spends most of
his time on the White Sea trading and raiding. He is a loud man with
a thick beard that nearly eclipses his eyes, heavily calloused hands
and a grip of iron.
Scimitar, Shield, Cuirass +9
Magic augments +4
Guardian augments +3
If Lord Varios suspects who stole his scroll then they will have gained
a powerful enemy in Joranit. This may even spark a dart-war between the
houses. It may be amusing to watch Restakelm destroy a minor trading house
in retribution for the crime - while the heroes look on hoping that he
doesn't figure out who really did it.
What is on the scroll
that the heroes' employer wanted so badly? Is it a map to treasure? Is
it written proof of some indiscretion on the behalf of another noble?
Is it Restakelm's plans for a campaign to bankrupt the heroes' house?
The scroll turns out
to be written in a language that nobody can read. The heroes are sent
to a distant temple to find a scholar that can read it.
Who have the heroes
met during the night? How did they interact with them? Any new love interests,
employment offers, foes, friends, contacts?