Jon – Guy Gouberge
Ryan – Keegan the Hunter
Trevor – Nasi the tentacle.
Session 10 opened with a bald-faced threat to inflict a corruption point on the party for abandoning the poor mother who had been the victim of a fish-man attack to the tender mercies of a pimp or whatever he was (end of last month.)
Party discussed and decided to try to rescue her, but had no idea how to proceed (or what to do with her once they found her.) After asking around Port-A-Lucine's dockside bars, they discovered that unfortunates often end up at "le Maison Gris" (the Gray House) and acquired directions to this place. In addition, they hatched the plan to take the rescued woman to the Church of the Weeper to try to have her cared for or committed to a convent, etc.
As the party approached the Gray House, they saw a sign calling the building "Saint Marcel's Home for the Mentally Unfortunate" and saw some other roughneck types entering. Inquiring with the guards at the gates, they purchased "the special" and were told to go down to the basement where they should "talk to Murten." This unsavory character collected 1 sp from each and then led each one to a cell in which resided a woman. To their surprise, they were each locked in a cell with their "date." By dumb luck, Guy ended up with the woman they were searching for, Aideen, while Keegan and Nasi each ended up with a young woman complaining that they didn't belong in this place— Keegan's cellmate, Emilie complained that she'd been unfairly committed after she turned in her sister for stealing a pendant from Mme. D'honnaire. While Nasi's cellmate, Sylvie, complained that her own "lying bitch sister!" had turned her in for stealing, etc.
While Guy tried to reassure the distraught Aideen in order to precipitate a rescue, Nasi waited for the guard to peek in to their cell and grabbed Murten's neck with a tentacle. They fought through the door with Nasi somehow choking his life out and bashing his head on the door until Keegan finally broke down his own cell's door (Critical feat of strength!) and Emilie took Murten's club and killed him with it.
They took the keys and started freeing many of the prisoner's in this hellish asylum-turned-brothel, but their luck ran out when the Doctor appeared, accompanied by his massive orderly, Bubba DIrt. At this point, Emilie charged him and attacked, but was flung to the wall and knocked out. Sylvie took a knife from Guy and attacked him while Guy tried to fire his sling at the Doctor, who quickly retired from combat. Sylvie was killed by the gigantic orderly but Keegan drew his angelic flame-sword which lit up brightly as he destroyed the murderer.
Having freed many other prisoners now, including "Rando", one of the sailor-types they had seen entering, they made a break to pursue the devilish doctor. Guy and Nasi chased him down and killed him, while the Nasi blew the head off of one of the guards. Guy returned to coax Aideen out of her cell and then Keegan carried out Emilie and dragged Aideen out while Guy set fire to the other wing of the asylum, trapping off the orderlies that were rushing down the hallway toward them. (It apperead that "Rando" was doing the same thing elsewhere in the place.) One of the orderlies jumped through the flames, lit on fire and pursued Guy with a madman's zeal before succumbing to the flames. Nasi searched the Doctor's body and found a beautiful gold watch and chain, a pendant of Uther (Drycheeks) and a signet ring of some kind with the initials DH.
The Mordentshire Arsonists' Association rides again!
All three PCs fled, Keegan carrying Emilie, Guy leading Aideen and Nasi alone. They split up and Keegan was able to return to the inn where Dr. Mignolet was holed up caring for NImush. He verified that Emilie was fine and would be OK with a little rest and water. Nasi made a detour to Jacque's bar to try to locate the pendant that Sylvie had hidden under some barrels behind the bar. He found the rags she had supposedly used to conceal them, but no pendant. He was then located by three guards and Nasi fled out of Jacque's bar and managed to shake them.
Guy was approached by one guardsman while ferrying Aideen home and managed to bluff his way past him by acting like a native of the city and keeping Aideen (barely) under control.
When they gathered later in the incongruous root cellar which became their temporary HQ, they hit on the plan of delivering Aideen into the custody of the church. (They first thought perhaps she could work at an orphanage, but she was too far gone to be of much help there.) But first she told them of a strange dream where her boy Jamie had been taken to an "Island of the Blue Dome," and she wanted them to take her there. There was some discussion about trying to find the island, but finally they didn't trust her dreams and wanted to stick to the plan (to return Kasper to Lekar, in Falkovnia.) So, they met up with a churchman at the Weeper's temple and made plans for her to be installed at the Convent of St. Cunegonde.
The party now plans to continue on to Lekar along the original route. They will take Emilie with them, who is glad to leave Port-A-Lucine behind. Lils Kasper warned them that all Falkovnians are branded with the hawk as children so that to be seen there without the brand on one's face is to be considered either a noble (who are branded elsewhere) or a foreigner (who have no status unless under a noble's protection.) So he will provide them a writ of protection, but they must be very careful in dealing with the soldiers there, who are arbitrary at best. They must NOT speak ill of Vlad Drakov, AKA "the general" "The emperor" "the big man" "The Falconer".