Thorsun sends a letter to his childhood nurse, Alexa, updating her on the everything thats happened so far.
Everyone starts putting their plan into action.
Nuada introduces Mahkdoh to the thieves guild and pays to have both him and Trinjal escorted safely through the tunnels under the river. It’ll take two days to get them through and costs 350 gold. Mahkdoh has Thorsuns’ axe, signant ring, royal outfit, and diary. Important note – Mahkdoh keeps the ring in his ass.
Nuada, Severath and Mahkdoh get to work on springing Trinjal from prison.
Nuada did some information gathering and decided that the easiest guard to bribe is a blond dwarf named Alex.
Raspina set it up so that he’s now being held in lighter security. Mahkdoh scouts out the prison ahead of time to “pray” for the prisoners. He makes contact with Trinjal and lets him know that there are folks looking out for him. He takes measure of the guards and slips Alex a coin, asking him where a good place to get a drink would be. Alex tells him the Hairless Dwarft after midday.
Alex later meets Mahkdoh at the bar, and sure enough, the guy is a jerk. He ends up milking Mahkdoh for more money than originally planned. He agrees to turn a blind eye as the party springs out Trinjal (who Alex thinks is just some lowlife wannabe bandit).
That night, Thorsun is spending a late evening with Raspina. Her assistant Liha doesn’t seem to trust him, but for some reason Raspina does. She confesses her frustrations with the current situation, and the two end up spending the night together.
The next mornning, its announced that the bridge will be lowering at noon.
The crowd is deeply packed and very restless. Whole families are there with what little they own, all hoping to cross the bridge and walk into a better life. Fights are quick to break out, and anyone who looks like they might cause trouble is turned away. Among those turned away include anyone lame, sick, non-dwarvish, and most of all – those unable to pay.
Pe-ling, Kuma, Throsun are all travelling with Raspina across the bridge. As befits royalty, their delegation is first in line when the gates are opened and the drawbridge is in place. Also with them is Dagvo Soulforger, one of the Clerestories of Hierophant Linjal. The party crosses without issue. Dagvo and his party are briefly searched, then allowed to pass. Everyone else gets searched much more thoroughly, including Raspina’s wagon and crew.
Meanwhile, the plan to break out Trinjal goes off without a hitch. He’s brought into an interrogation room with Nuada and Severath, but his shackles were left unlocked. Mahkdoh guards their exit in the hallway outside. As he’s standing there, a whistling guard comes up to him munching on pistachio nuts. He smiles at him briefly and asks “how is it going?” Mahkdoh says everything is fine. The pistachio-eating dwarf (now nicknamed “nutjob” by the party) looks at the door briefly, back to Mahkdoh, then says “Good!” and goes back to whistling as he turns around and walks back the other way.
The only one at the exit to the prison is Alex, who waves the group a dismissive farewell. The four of them hurry through the tunnels to the thieves guild jewellery shop, where “nutjob” is waiting, their packs ready. With a final farewell to Nuada and Severath, they descend into the tunnels, making the two-day journey into Runicstone lands.
Now Nuada and Severath have the arduous task of making it through the city, the crowd, and across the bridge. Two elves entering a xenophobic land will certainly have trouble. And they do.
During the commotion, folks almost forgot about Faenya. Luckily, shes in the form of an owl, and lands on Nuada’s shoulder as they’re standing in the crowd.
Finally the two make it to the gate, and are promptly denied entry. Bribes and threats fall on deaf ears, and for a moment they’re not sure what to do. Finally, after reassuring the guard that they are indeed employed by Raspina Redspear, the guard (named Tom Steeltoe) calls the captain over to check their papers. After a few disbelieving glances, he has no choice but to let the two through. Severath takes note of his name in his grudge book.
Raspina’s wagon moves slowly, and its not long after dark before the two elves catch up to them. A few days later, the delegation stops at a surface-based farming village. After a few days underground, Mahkdoh and Trinjal surface at an abandoned barn. Their escort points them in the right direction for the main road, and they head out. Mahkdoh uses a few spells to boost their speed, and they meet up with the wagon in the village by nightfall.
Trinjal is introduced to Raspina, and she lays into him about his irresponsibility. Ultimately, she thanks him for making the right choice.
Back together, and now with Trinjal, the party is ready to travel to Morndinsamman. The bone token is pulling them steadily, and its great to be back on the road again.
“If Raspina’s interested in it I’ll take a fuck”