Haunta Autumntide was returning to Dragonmeet, her ship, the Hell’s Fury, laden with treasures she had discovered in her recent excursion. A grand parade was organized in honor of this event, organized by her father, Lucien Autumntide. Instead of merely offloading the treasures and taking them for examination, they would be taken down the main street from the docks, to the Great Hall for a public viewing before Haunta put them aside for further review.
Suriveth Varune, Glaedwin Longclef, Kouro Marmari and Dracovel Kilvesh decided it would be exciting to view and went to watch the mysterious and exotic items transported down the street. While watching the impressive display, Kouro noticed one item, a crate, with a mysterious symbol on the side. It was at this moment he had a strange flashback or vision of a night, several years ago, with the caravan master, Philos. In this memory, he saw this same strange symbol on a book held by a dark visitor to the encampment. When he approached, Philos sent him away with a cruel and horrific gaze that was somehow, until this moment, seemingly erased from his memory. Staggered and stunned over the incident, Kouro mentioned this to his friends and thought it would be interesting to get a closer look.
Going to the Great Hall, all the items were on display as well as endless food and drink, titled ‘A Taste of Dragonmeet’ where numerous taverns were providing their wares, paid for by House Autumntide. While deciding to get a better look, Kouro was approached by a mysterious woman and told that the Prince of Shadows had need of an item on display, a ring that Haunta had brought back. Within a short amount of time, Kouro, Suriveth and Glaedwin formed a simple plan to take the ring and bring it to the woman at The Dirty Vixen, later that evening. While there a small group of halflings ordered Glaedwin a drink and seemed pleasant in their neighborliness.
Stealing the ring proved simple and Glaedwin went off to have a few drinks and something to eat until it was time to go to the The Dirty Vixen. Suriveth, Kouro and Dracovel went to the House of Lavations to partake in a well earned steam bath.
Meeting up with each other, they went to The Dirty Vixen to hand over the ring. While en route, they were attacked by the same halflings that had purchased Glaedwin a drink. It was clear they wanted the ring and little in the way of discussion would get that out of their minds. Eventually the heroes prevailed and quickly made their way to The Dirty Vixen.
Once inside they met Captain Arthix and Giannatella, the woman who sent them on the errand for the ring. She thanked them and further explained that the Prince of Shadows was smiling on them and wanted to offer them a ship to use when needed that would be docked in Dragonmeet more often than not. Giannatella was a representative of his in Dragonmeet and she and Captain Athrix would be able to provide some of his plans with them as well as take them from place to place on the Harpy’s Wake. As to the crooked halflings that attacked, Giannatella theorized they were members of a newly formed halfling criminal gang, calling themselves the Broad Toe.
Mysterious as this was, this seemed the norm for anything with the Prince of Shadows.