Will the city of WatersDeep give up her secrets?
…or will you find yourself face down in the gutter, with some street urchin skittering away with your coin?
Arriving from the village of Gnob, our red-headed half-elf Kyras was hot on the trail of Gruel and Theodore. Curious as hell about “a red-headed elf” Neji followed him into the city. Forgetting all about her uncle in favor of putting food in her belly, she followed Kyras to the Wyvverns pub, but not before some snot-nosed street urchin liberated her from her coin. New to the city as well, and recognizing Kyras from her her homeland, Mellenessa joined him for their afternoon meal as Neji wandered in a minute or so later, curious as to what was going on, but, alas, having been robbed, she lacked any coin for her meal. Having been on the lookout for easy prey, the half-orc, Razor Bludgullet, hidden deep in his cloak, followed this red-headed oddity into the pub on the off chance he could grab some easy coin. Sitting at the counter, Hulgraht Ochervane sat observing the comings and goings of the various patrons as he dined.
The Missing Mason
A short while later, Wyyvern employee Hojji arrived and announced the afternoon news. One item of interest was the disappearance of stonemason Gillum Keepwatch, who vanished from his jobsite while working on the southern lighthouse, performing repairs caused by the high winds of the most recent hurricane. Greasing his palm, our party got some more details and eventually went on their way to locate his wife Molson to inquire of any more details and the reward. Prior to going on their way, Kyras spoke with the owner to inquire if he had any knowledge of Gruel and Theodore. Famous around these parts, they were advised that he hadn’t seen them in nearly a month. Speaking with Hojji about the same, it quickly became obvious that the truth of the matter was a bit different than what they were trying to make it seem. Yanking him up behind a closed door, Hojji quickly admitted it had only been a couple of days, but that he had no idea where the pair might be.
Traveling down to Gillum’s house, next door to the mason’s guild, the party made the acquaintance of his wife Molson. Other than confirming that he was “a good provider,” who was a bit of a philanderer, they learned little more than they had heard from Hojji. Promised a rewarde of 225 gp, the party went on their way as the sun was beginning to sink on the horizon. Poking around the normally busy, now deserted area around the lighthouse, the party eventually located a secret staircase carved into the rock beneath a rolling boulder and they struck torches and descended.
The steps dropped steeply and winding away until the party came to a landing. Stepping out into the hallway, Kyras was able to nimbly jump away as the floor pivoted beneath him. A moaning and dehydrated Gillum lay at the bottom of the pit. He explained that he had found the entrance a few days prior and gathered a little gear to explore the place when he came down the steps and the floor gave way. Explaining that he believed the place to be one of Dreadnaut’s lairs, he demanded to go along for his “fair share.” In no condition for exploring the caverns, they carried him home and collected their reward, intending to return early the next morning before the light of day to explore the passages below the lighthouse.
Show me the money
Arriving just before the masons early in the morning, they made their way below. Exploring the dusty, long deserted barracks and rooms, the party found an old sea chest. Inside, they located a fine rapier and a piece of parchment which appeared to display some sort of lock mechanism which was tucked inside a pouch containing a number of fine gold coins.
Walking into the barracks area, the party was surprised to come upon a giant spider which they began to attack. In their haste to deal with the threat before them, it came to most of them as a great surprise that there was a second spider approaching from behind. Hulgraht took a vicious bite, but the party was able to quickly dispatch both of the arachnids and they continued on their way.
In the ancient pantry area, two large swarms of rats hungrily rushed towards them. Again, our intrepid adventurers successfully won the day. Finding an old armory, they located a number of decent weapons that were still in resale condition which they loaded up and carried away.
having found everything of interest they emerged from below only to be seen by all of the masons working on the lighthouse, and Gillum’s rescue and the party’s find quickly became the news of the day.