On the road to Absalom the Erstwhile Five awoke to find they were again the Erstwhile Four after the sudden and secretive disappearance of Bronlodious, and 50 coppers. Knowing Bronlo’s mission might differ from their own, the Erstwhile Four determined to continue to Absalom. During their trip the final day, the group noticed a quiet exodus of the wealthy from the city. Despite their honest questions, no answers were forthcoming.
The Erstwhile Four approached the West Gate of Absalom to find the gates heavily manned by the First Guard. Lazarus questioned a foot soldier manning the gate learning that Lord Gyr had ordered all gates sealed at sundown until further notice. Determined to find Conrad, the Erstwhile Four entered the city knowing they may not leave again.
Entering the Puddles may have been a fools errand, as the Erstwhile Four soon found themselves the focus of a brute squad’s investigative efforts, and thereafter the First Guard’s, but may have found a resource in retreating (that’s what it’s called when the tactically savvy run away like school girls), in the short stature of a Halfling named Philly Quickfingers.
Philly guided them to safety offering them a place to recover (hide) so the Erstwhile Four could regroup. Upon awakening, the Four find Absalom descended into chaos, the foul fingers of a plague ravaging the city. How quickly a night can change the face of a simple task.
From here the Erstwhile Four traveled across closed and wardened districts to seek Conrad at his Ivy District town home. Dodging patrols and facing others, the Four find the town home empty save for House Astym elfservant Kithem Seoral managing the estate. Kithem welcomes the Four, but has no information of Conrad’s whereabouts. A mystery is afoot!
Seeking more answers, the Four travel to the Coins district to question a merchant with a history of service to House Astym.
While travelling, the Four discover they are being tailed by a mysterious black-robed pair. The Four split with Lazarus and Kahir taking the robed followers head-on. A battle ensues! The Two are victorious.
Meanwhile, Varg and Xing speak with Oki Ginfuji and being rewarded with more questions than answers, and a quest to boot. To find the answers they seek, the Four must reclaim lost cargo for Oki, which lays in a customs limbo at a warehouse in the Docks district.