The Murders of Gradilla

Quest for the Fountain

We find our adventurers (Marvel, Zira, Sorrow, and an Assassin) traveling southward into the kingdom of Sabinthia on a quest for the Fountain of youth. Guided by a compass, and armed to the teeth, they have already faced down a small regiment of heroes (the heroes of Phohala) and the old crone Luohi, encountered another adventuring group and their unique bard named Cyclone Jack, and passed Barrier Canyon (almost being killed). They found Gradilla to be less than friendly (due to a downturn in the economy caused by the destruction of B.A.R.D. at the end of the Murders of Gradilla quest). They are continuously finding hints that an old acquaintance of The Crimson Marvel is traveling about a week or two ahead attempting to ruin his name.

Sorrow is having a series of strange dreams that he is told is connected with the Terracotta Temple within the Barrier Canyon. The assassin has had multiple encounters with a somewhat friendly barbarian with whom there was a small misunderstanding. They have also caught wind of another adventuring party beyond the Barrier Canyon.

Most recently, they acquired a new party member from a slave market in a village in northern Sabinthia. It is a smaller feline humanoid that calls itself a Lombax. It seems to have trouble understanding magic but seems to be quite talented at smithing, and engineering.

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The Beginning of the Investigation

What is already known:

THE VICTIMS:
- Denmam: The first to die, was the original owner of the Opium Den. Killed outside opium den.

- Neo Morain: Second victim. Powerful mage of Abjuration (protective spells) killed on first floor of tower. Stabbed with same blade as Denman. Used to be an adventurer.
--associations: Jervis McClain (apprentice) Devera Kali (BARD associate) Necromancer (nemisis)

THE SUSPECTS:
- Councilman Eugene Regalus: The high councilor who contacted the Crimson Marvel

- Captain Malrick: Head of the Gradilla City Guard

- Jervis McClain: Apprentice of Neo Morain

- Timothy Hax: Butcher who’s knife was used in the murder

- William Praxen: New owner of the Opium Den

- Jeramiah Weed: Talented redsmith (copper) who became addicted to opium.

- Fendric Thomas: Councilor who is in a protracted political battle with Jane Markwheat

- Colton Fifth: An old opium addict and unofficial dealer. Friends with Devera Kali

- Devera Kali: BARD associate, working with Neo recently, friends with addict Colton Fifth

- Jane Markwheat: Noble within Gradilla, contacted sharkman, political aspirations

- David McQueen: Another councilor seen at the Opium den.

- Necromance (name?): Two towns away, Neos arch enemy.

PLACES OF INTEREST
-B.A.R.D: Balerous Arcane Research and Development, powerful company in town

-The Opium Den: An official drug corporation recently acquired by William Praxen

- Dante’s Acquisitions: A front store for the local thieves guild

INTERESTING OCCURRENCES
- Neos tower blown up from below

- Strange doors and window, visions, sleepless walking people for about a month now

- Something stolen from the chest in Neos bedroom the night of the murder

- Dead bodies could not be magically spoken to (spell; speak with dead)

- Found an underground passage, humming spikes, falling trees, face in bottom of well
--“what progress have you made?”

- Thieves “highways” (sewers) blocked off by BARD

- On the night of Denmans death, a gypsy band was traveling through town

- Barrels with Military seals were stolen

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