Riska, military leaders and the party discuss the upcoming ceremonies in Tritta, their attendance may be compulsory. Riley relays any information he received from the Imperial Generals and the Order of Bahamut. Scouts have been dispatched to review the site of yesterday’s battle. Shiele and Lillith go for a drink to cheer up the once more weepy rogue, Riska joining them to talk. Riley decides to head out of the camp to scout around. Riska also learns that the source of their boozy generosity is recently purchased establishments in the City of Sigils. He also helps Shiele to realize she can fill her Everfull Mug with the celestial ale, surely everyone will appreciate a less mopey Shiele.
Sar’n and Davros spend some time reviewing enemy troop movements with a few generals. Sar’n postulates more ideas for extreme measures to battle the Kofrath, such as dropping kinetic strikes through portals into the Under Dark or using Orbs of Annihilation. They also review the various fronts of the war, considering possible battle plans for the future. Lillith eventually returns and joins them as they discuss some of the monstrous races in the mountainous spine of the continent. Plans for defending Kobowlders keep against dragons are also brought up.
Meanwhile, over the course of a few hours, Riley covers the distance to the battle site and begins scouting for signs of hostile movement. He soon finds a trail and begins to follow it, eventually determining it likely belongs to a friendly scout. Further down the trail, he finds signs of an ambush that the scout lost. Riley follows the tracks employing his feline tracking instincts and his extreme mobility to discover if the scout was captured or killed. A short while later, he comes to a wide clear cut path that an army likely moved through. Finding a bit of high ground and a tree, he can see smoke and perhaps the Kofrath column about a dozen miles away. In the sky, he can see some distant specks, perhaps wyverns. High above there’s another tiny speck which could be an eagle or a dragon, the distance makes it impossible to tell. Moving closer to the camp, Riley slows down and moves as stealthily as possible.
Within four miles of the camp, a spear flies at Riley. A small Kofrath juvenile seems to have spotted him and attempted to attack. The battle is over almost instantly, a single blow snapping the creature’s neck and killing it. It appears to be a young Kofrath, oddly enough the creature doesn’t disappear after death, not being sucked to hell as it’s elder kin are. Curious, he hides the body and continues scouting for the Kofrath camp. A patrol takes a break under a tree as he hides and he overhears that some of their hatchlings have escaped into the woods prior to indoctrination. Once they’ve moved on, he moves closer still to the camp and makes it to within two miles. Here he can get an idea of the camps size, position and defenses. With that complete, he sweeps the outer perimeter for a live feral, but is unable to find one. Swinging back around, he takes the body of the one he killed and heads back to the allied camp.
Lillith, Sar’n and Davros take some of their recent booze purchases back to the keep and head once more to the City of Sigils. Davros seeks out information on the Shaari while Sar’n acquires more real estate. Heading to the poorer part of town, he seeks individuals willing to part with their property. He meets an Ultraloth named Glorg who lost his war band but escaped before his own death, who may have some property to sell. Glorg has a rundown tenament, which he’s been staying on the top floor of. After being kept waiting for several hours, Glorg’s toughs escort him out back and take him through some manner of magical portal. Inside, he finds a faux-opulent room with a throne carved from what may be bone. Glorg is in possession of at least one property he’s willing to part with, however he’s asking 10 million for it. Sar’n haggles him down to eight, but Glorg wants to include a group called Scro as security for the new property.
The Scro are an unalligned group that seem to have simply appeared one day, little is known about them but their aggressive demeanor makes for good security. Glorg mentions that there are almost five thousand of them and they are born in litters. Sar’n finds it agreeable and reviews Glorg’s contract before completing the transaction. The Scro are extremely muscular, but look similar to Orcs, like a more evolved version. Glorg gives Sar’n a gem with which to contact him for future business. The head Scro, Rogar, goes with Sar’n to inspect the property he’s bought, site unseen. He hires 14 Scro, leaving them with instructions to fix the place up and work alongside his staff at the head shop.
Lillith works out a deal with yet another shop owner to acquire another business, then goes around look to purchase an inn as well. After a few unwilling owners, she does hear about an inn where the owner’s wife died and the kids went off adventuring. Feeling this might be her best bet, she heads there and finds a somewhat run down establishment that obviously was nice at one time. An ancient peg legged gnome eventually comes down to greet her and she offers to buy the business. The old gnome thinks it over before asking to see her hand, he reads her palm and offers a different deal. At a lower rate and so long as she agrees to be adopted into the family, so he can keep his vow not to sell, he’ll bring her into the business. His dwarven cook, Maribell, is eventually called out to meet Lillith. Once again, she lets her newest business acquisition know that Sar’n will be along to write up the contract.
Davros is the first to conclude his business and heads to Lillith’s winery to meet up with the others. As soon as he walks in, the place goes dead silent, as he is quite clearly completely out of place. He’s shown to a table out of the way of the patrons after introducing himself, although he attracts a few looks from other patrons. Fortunately, Lillith arrives before trouble can start, followed shortly by Sar’n and his retinue of Scro, including Rogar, his best friend Tum, and several others. While the others wait, Sar’n and Lillith draw up contracts for their new business transactions, delivering them promptly for signatures. At the inn, Maribell’s grandsons have already begun work on renovations, Deskin is behind the counter awaiting her return. After a quick review, the adoption and business papers are signed. Lillith shells out some additional funds for the renovations as well as letting Deskin know about her business connections with the winery and ale house.
Back at camp, Riley brings the corpse to the command tent where some officers are still working, but no generals or Riska. They gather some scholars and mages to study it, trying to learn what they can. Riley reports what he learned on his scouting trip, including the position and size of the Kofrath camp. Nearby, the shoppers return along with Sar’ns personal guards and greet the sentries. The others immediately begin to examine the feral Kofrath corpse and Riley shares his knowledge. One of the officers had pointed out that this also indicates the Kofrath have begun breeding on the surface as well now. Soon after, Riska and Shiele return to join the new discussion as they ponder the implications that Kofrath appear to be under some manner of contract. They discuss the possibility of breaking the contract to free the Kofrath. There is some interest in the indoctrination program, but like the sounds of screaming prisoners, there’s no way to get in and out alive. Riska expresses concerns over the reported size of the enemy camp and the number of troops that should be there.
The body is taken for examination by a more skilled practitioner of the medical arts while everyone begins preparing for the coronation in Tritta. Shiele and Lillith go to get dresses made, even Riley is required to get some fancy new formal robes amidst continued scouting expeditions. Several days pass and they attend the ceremony, joining the procession somewhere near the front despite their contributions to the world so far. Standing at the bier by the body, are three young men, clearly brothers, including the new Baron who is the youngest of the three. Amongst the many notable visitors, including Empress Sharissa, they sit through the funerary ceremony. A few people overhear Shiele muttering about wanting to kill the eldest son.
Once the funeral is over, the guests take refreshments while waiting for the coronation ceremony to begin. Shiele is constantly muttering with Riska, over what matter is uncertain. The eldest son, Avis, is constantly glaring at the Kobowlders and raised voices can occasionally be heard from his direction. Riska admits he may be the focus of Avis’s ire to Shiele, as the former general of Tritta may stil be tied up somewhere after his poor reaction to the news of succession. Lillith sashays over to talk with him, piling on the charm and giving him a display of her cleavage. She inquires over his disgruntled look and he offers to join the group and explain. Neither he nor the party displays any pleasantness toward eachother, but the discussion remains civil for the most part.
During the coronation, Avis steps up to challenge Arion when the opportunity arises. Alric, the middle brother stands as the champion for Arion and apparently is much more fit than the eldest. Avis pulls out a document, claiming to still be the heir to the throne while Alric provides another where Avis agreed to cede his claim. The documents are briefly reviewed and the abdication is upheld, leaving Arion still the heir apparent. Thoroughly thwarted, Avis sputters and complains before storming out of the chamber. The coronation continues without further interruption and Arion is crowned as the new Baron of Tritta.
The evening proceeds to the celebration stage, with everyone filtering past the new Baron to pay their respects. For the banquet, they are seated even better than at the coronation and the funeral before that. Avis eventually joins everyone, sitting at the head table with his brothers, but is now wearing all black in mourning of his father. He also drinks very heavily throughout the festivities. After the feast, there is a formal ball. Lillith continues her efforts to seduce Avis, allowing the drunken noble to paw at her somewhat until he offers to invite her up to his chambers. At some point, Shiele and Riska slip off for a privae meeting.
Around midnight, a paige comes along to lead Lillith up to Avis’s quarters. She briefly contacts Shiele on her way up, although she responds that she is busy. Lillith sees herself into the chamber after the paige knocks and leaves. Inside it’s dimly lit, there isn’t much activity as she approaches the bed undoing her dress. Behind the curtain, Avis is on the bed and another man is tending to him with a kit of needles and bottles which he rolls up in leather case. He apologizes, telling her that Avis has had a heart attack, remarking that vengeance had to be delivered before he could meet Shiele while advising her to call the guard quickly. The assassin helps her retie the back of her dress and she moves into the hall, shrieking for the guards and otherwise making a compelling distraught woman.
A cleric quickly runs to tell the new baron who somberly announces the death and ends the celebration. Rooms are offered for guests unless they wish to leave. Riley is the first to depart, ready to get back to more pressing matters. Shiele and Riska of course get a room, as does Davros, while Sar’n teleports home along with his guard, Rogar. Lillith is asked a few more questions before being shown to a room for the night. Those that remained in Tritta for the night meet up to discuss the assassination with Sharissa, Skree, and Riska, most expressing regrets they were not the ones to do the deed. There is some mention of a Resistance possibly being responsible for the deed.
The next morning, Lillith is called to speak with Arion, a high priest of Heironeous called Ahmid, and officials. Skree and Davros also sit in on the discussion. After reviewing testimony, they find no reason to suspect Lillith and dismiss the meeting. After Shiele and Riska finally roll out of bed, she goes back to the keep looking for Riley and Sar’n to attend some sort of important business meeting. Shiele teleports them once they’ve been roused to the main hall, they appear before Duralith, the chief of spies for Tritta. He informs them of Vilma’s progress with Clarinette, uniting the Shaari and what they’ve learned about the feral Kofrath corpse. The body was very similar to a Kobold, but had some minor differences, such as the breath weapon’s respective glands were not fully developed. He also tells them that as word of the red dragons involvement spreads, other dragon breeds are reconsidering their participation in the war. Some of the freed Drow from an earlier campaign have been working as spies, delving into the Under Dark. They cannot be certain how widespread knowledge of their new tactics is among the Kofrath as they do not always work in concert.
Duralith also passes along word that an Artathi envoy has been requesting the Kobowlders by name, mentioning that their content as well is seeing Kofrath incursions as well. In fact, they’re in the Tritta keep already, having arrived shortly after the former Baron’s funeral. Riley is ready to go already, but the other convince him he has to stay for the funeral. Shiele seems to want to linger and get some things done. Once the second funeral passes, the party begins preparations for their new missions.