3 things I’ve learned in the past week or so:
1) Rodents are never trustworthy.
2) Chinchilla is oddly resourceful.
3) The Hairless Weasel Inn is far classier than the Hairy Weasel, but never as classy as the Shaved Weasel.
After three days at sea, we arrived at Riddleport without incident. Marcello finally woke up, but Yssith-Atil went into a food coma so he slept it off while the rest of us guarded Priestess Yarzoth.
Yarzoth arranged two suites at The Hairless Weasel. This is the first reference to a small mammal while in Riddleport. It shall not be our last. The name of the inn reminded me of my human pet back in Magnimar. Our entire boat ride to Riddleport I was thinking about my pet Chinchilla and how I hadn’t said goodbye to him. I know the others deemed him a useless fool, but I thought he had heart and reminded me of my first human pet, Count Quelin the Oblivious. No, I must not dwell on the pains of the past.
Not long after we settled into our suite did I get a message about a visitor. Who would possibly know I was there? Another of Yarzoth’s acquaintances? No, it was my doltish human pet, Chinchilla. He had found out where the gang and I were headed and jumped on a boat before us. When asked what he was doing here instead of staying in Magnimar like I asked, he said he was assembling an army for me. Chinchilla had enlisted the help of his friend in Magnimar, code name Dark Vole, into getting into the council meeting in Chinchilla’s place. He had also already asked a local Riddleportian to help him recruit for my army, and was having a meeting at midnight at the swamp. Say what you will about Chinchilla, but that man is a proactive go-getter.
After Chinchilla left, a pale intimidating woman who introduced herself as Illyona came looking for Yarzoth. I had never seen Yarzoth so flustered before. We were told to drop our disguises and it turns out this woman was Markesh, the assassin hired to kill all those on a certain list…Akara-Jetzii seemed especially startled.
Valyria set up a meeting with her codebreaker contact, Mandria, at sundown. Mandria agreed to mistranslate the text for us and to meet Yarzoth the next morning.
It would soon be midnight and Chinchilla’s deal with this local Riddleportian, who he called Deep Dark Marmoset, concerned Sharta-Meklesh so we decided she should go in her Thuggy persona along with Brea, aka Bitey, to check out this meeting. I would follow in a male persona in case Chinchilla needed his Master to appear, but we thought it best Master stay away until necessary. The rest of our group decided to stay and keep an eye on Yarzoth, who was easing her anxiety from her meeting with Markesh by consuming copious amounts of alcohol.
Bitey dubbed my male persona Slappy and along with her and Thuggy, we went to Chinchilla’s meeting at the swamp. It was easy to find because of the bright torches, and when we arrived, Chinchilla was there with about half a dozen others. Deep Dark Marmoset hadn’t arrived yet. Chinchilla sent two of the guys, Squirrel and Ferret, to see if Deep Dark Marmoset was on her way.
Yeah, they were killed pretty quickly.
We were ambushed by three wererats. Chinchilla and one of the recruits, Ebony Kitten, joined in the fight. It was a struggle at first, and Bitey and Ebony Kitten were wounded, but Bitey did some damage and I imitated a wererat to take weapons.
We brought Ebony Kitten out of the swamp and into an inn. Chinchilla stayed with him and the three of us went back to the Hairless Weasel.
Once again back at the Hairless Weasel we contemplated our lot when one of the assassin’s minions came to give us some information. Turns out there is a price on Brea’s head. Chinchilla’s contact, Deep Dark Marmoset, told the Overlord of Riddleport that someone was starting an army and now the overlord wants us all dead. He was also the one to send the wererats. The minion offered to kill the overlord for us, but be declined. It is good to continue collecting names of ready assassins though.
Valyria told Yarzoth about the meeting with Mandria and Yarzoth gave us the 30 page Aklo text to decipher. It turns out there is a lost city protected by magic which has the key to resurrecting Ydersius. This city, Saventh-Yhi, is said to be accessible through Tazion City. There is a puzzle in Tazion City to open the path to Saventh-Yhi, which is what Yarzoth wanted deciphered.
We took the text to Mandria and she said the information was incomplete and she couldn’t solve the puzzle with what was there.
When we explained to Yarzoth the information she gave us was too fragmented, Yarzoth decided we need to go to Tazion. We don’t know where Tazion is exactly, but we can ask around. We are on our way to Eleder, Capital of Sargava, to find this guy who has been to Tazion and Saventh-Yhi.
Maybe there I’ll find a new human pet. Or maybe a marmot.