So this is pretty much for DJ since he missed a LOT of stuff.
The RNS Impossible was attacked by a Hydra and a bunch of Slime Walkers (elementals made up of earth and water). The party was able to kill the Hydra (Xell nearly dying in the process), but at the end of the combat they noticed that the Dagger (Xambria’s small ship) was on fire. Some of the party members went over and put out the fire (infinite create water cantrips), but discovered that Dagger’s entire crew was dead, their jaws dislocated and their brains extracted through their palates. Xambria was nowhere to be found, and her stuff was gone. The area had a faint aura of teleportation magic still lingering. The Ber vessel, La Inspiracion, was not attacked.
The trip back to Flint was uneventful. Upon returning, a messenger told the party to meet Stover Delft at the Museum of Natural History at Pardwright University right away. After giving Stover a brief update on the trip out to sea, he told the party that the Museum had received an ominous warning letter from Xambria that morning, warning that the museum would likely be attacked in an effort to retrieve the Ancient Artifacts. The gala is scheduled to happen in 5 days. The RHC is taking the threat seriously, and has coordinated with Central District Police to have officers guarding the museum leading up to the gala, and Stover tasked the party with providing security for the actual event. Until the gala occurs, the artifacts are stored in a highly secure magical vault, so the point of highest vulnerability will be during the actual gala itself.
Against the strenuous objections of the party, Arcanis had to hand over the staff of the Ancients, and it is now stored in the same magical vault as the other artifacts. (Sorry to do this while you were not at the game. . . it had to happen though). The party took a brief tour of the museum to get the layout, and formulated a plan for security during the gala. During the tour, the party noticed some new paintings that had been delivered, depicting in great detail the Ziggurat of Apet. One painting had a horde of undead assaulting the ziggurat, while the party members and Rock Rackus stood atop it. The party learned that Rock Rackus was going to be involved in the gala presentation.
Stover then informed you all that Lady Saxby wanted to see you at her office.
Saxby had the results of the Audit on the party’s activities, which she went over in detail while awaiting the arrival of the Viscount Inspector General Nigel Price-Hill. The Audit report was incredibly detailed, and Saxby raked the party over the coals regarding things like interrogation techniques, release of known criminals (the Waryeye gnomes), as well as over questionable associations with figures like Morgan Cippiano, Lorcan Kell, and Gale. Saxby flat out stated she didn’t believe the party’s report that you had encountered a Fey Titan.
When Nigel Price-Hill arrived, he had a woman with him, Lauryn Cyneburg, who is an RHC infiltration specialist. It was revealed that she had tailed party members for some time using both stealth and divination magic. Her take on the Voice of Rot: “In case it comes up again, the preferred form of address for fey titans is ‘Your Titanicness.’ Personally I think you could have taken him.”
In contrast to Margaret Saxby, Nigel Price-Hill was mostly positive on the outcome of the Audit, commending you all for the work you’ve done. He cautioned against entanglements with criminal elements, even if it seems like it’s needed for the greater good – or at least to be aware that those elements are using you as much as you think you’re using them. By Xell’s request, the IG released him to be a permanent member of your party, stating that Xell, although an excellent auditor, was more suited to RHC Agency fieldwork, and would make a good addition to the team. Price-Hill ended the Audit review by stating that he has high hopes for your team, and that Risur is stronger and safer thanks to your work.
The current date is 26 Autumn, 501 A.O.V. The Gala is scheduled for the 31st of Autumn, so you have 5 days of downtime before the next game. Feel free to use the Myth Weavers PBP to engage with any NPCs, look for equipment, or engage in any other tasks prior to the Gala.