Our party consisting of Ryltar, Phrae, Olivia, Grumly Rainhammer, and the newest member Balais continue on their adventure. Balais the depressed bard was found sitting in the Lit Lantern Inn drowning his sorrows. After the party’s previous discovery of dealing with Vecna assassin they need another party member.
The party decides to continue on their quest to find Laura Sthorms’s missing sister Eleena Sthorms. During the previous day the group got a lead to visit the Sundry Magics Shop as its address was scribbled on a sheet of paper found on the Vecna assassin.
Upon visiting the Sundry Magics Shop they meet Belik Iss the proprietor of the shop. He is very surprised to learn the assassin had his address and seemed a good bit concerned. Also when asked about Bella, the woman the party escorted the night before and was attacked by the assassin he admits that he was close to her and encouraged her to go to the university. After several minutes of questioning Belik grew impatient with the inquisition and kindly but directly asked the party to leave his store. As soon as the last person was out the door slammed and locked shut. Our heroes decide to stake out the Sundry Magics Shop and wait to see where Belik Iss goes.
However, moments later a page who knows our heroes are looking for the missing Eleena Sthorms rushes up with news that their benefactor Laura Sthorms is in a lot a trouble at the Pleasure Palace. The party abandon their post at the magic shop and rush to the nightclub.
Arriving on the scene Madame Wilda quickly escorts the team to Laura’s bedroom. The room had obvious signs of a struggle and there was a blood trail heading out the window. Surprising to the adventurers the trail of blood leads them directly back to where they were, the Sundry Magics Shop. The door was a ajar and they go in expecting a fight.
Making their way to the back room they find a trap door leading to the basement. They hear shouting coming from below. Belik was yelling, “You fool girl, you’ve led the authorities right to us. We must flee, we must get out of here immediately. Then the voice of the person they know as Bella (the girl they escorted to her apartment and then disappeared after the assassination attempt). Bella says, “But we can’t leave, we must recharge the ribbon, we must recharge the ribbon with blood so I can stay beautiful!” Descending into the basement they see a horrific scene that have the bodies of all the missing girls hanging on the walls in lurid poses. Just behind the alter where the body of Laura Sthorms lay a poorly/incorrectly drawn symbol of Vecna is written in blood.
The adventurers get the drop on Belik and his thrall. The battle lasts for several rounds and many of the adventurers are tested. In the end they drop both combatants. However before the team could completely gather themselves with a short rest more assassins and a true cleric of Vecna arrive on the scene and continues the battle.
At last the adventurers prevail and learn the full plot of what they just uncovered. Belik had a sick obsession of doing unspeakable things to beautiful women. He used an excuse of trying to worship Vecna as a cover-up for his actions. However his actions did not please Vecna it only brought some unwanted attention his way. So Vecna dispatched some true followers of Vecna to clean up the mess. Bella actually turned out to be Eleena Sthorms the same sister that had gone missing. Belik manipulated Eleena to help him care out his sick habit in exchange he was keep her beautiful with a simple hat of disguise that he had told her had to be powered by the blood of women.
After uncovering the full plot the adventurers inform Professor-Father Arnold Winthorpe of the happenings and received their reward. As the team was leaving the university one of our adventurers Ryltar took an “unfortunate” spill down the long steep steps of the faculty building. Some might think Balais and Olivia may have assisted in the fall. Nonetheless as they were splitting his gold between them they hear a loud laugh coming from the woods nearby.
Entering the woods they see a glow coming from behind one of the trees and more boisterous laughter. Looking out just so you can see only his face we see Loki the god of mischief peep out from behind the tree. Olivia recognizes him immediately and becomes obviously agitated. He speaks directly to her, “Hehehe, how goes the adventuring my dear?” Olivia immediately shutters and spits back with obscenity, “Its fine leave us alone Loki.”
The rest of the party is obviously shocked that one of their party members actually knows and is conversing with a god. Not only is she talking to a god, but is practically venomous towards him.
Loki continues, “have you found your jewels my pretty? Have you found the jewels we seek?” Olivia retorts, “No, you know good well I haven’t. If I had I would have my son back!”
With that Loki disappears with a flash saying, “good luck young adventurers, use this wisely.” In the wake of where Loki disappeared a wand, a Wand of Wonder. On the base of the wand it simply reads, “point and speak Wubba Wubba.”
Immediately after Loki disappears Olivia’s party members demand answers. “Look,” she starts, “Loki stole my son. I bore a son of Loki. He took him from me when he was born. He told me in order for me to get him back I have to find and retrieve a ruby jewel embedded in a case of jade. I’m trying to find it so I can get my son back. Now you know… I don’t want to speak of it any more right now.”
Slightly satisfied by her answer the party turns their attention to the wand left behind by the god. A gift from the gods is very rare. Brazenly Olivia, picks it up, points it at Ryltar’s dead body and speaks the command words, “Wubba Wubba.”
Immediately from from the wand flows thousands of gems, which once done covered Ryltar entirely. What a great gift thought the party. A wand that produces money. Clearly a gift from the gods.
They spend the rest of the day burying their fallen comrade’s body and cashing in their gems for gold and magical items.