You and your troupe have been entertaining crowds for years. Traveling from town to town you’re rightly known for the wonderful singing, magic acts, tumbling and amazing daring of your performers. Every town you come to is excited and welcoming, and now you’ve been invited to perform for the Grand Duke himself!
It’s your most important “Performance” to date, something your group has been working toward for years. If they can become the favored performers for the Grand Duke they will be in a perfect position to assassinate the royal family.
The story began with the Characters in their room at the tavern. Tak-Tak (the groups handler) appeared and let them know that one of their fellow guild members Louis, a former guardsman now a guild spy, had been caught and arrested.
They needed to get him out, and find out if he had divulged any information, but not at the expense of their primary mission, “gaining access” to the Grand Duke.
The party scouted the area around the prison by pretending to spread the word about their show. Then, in order to get into the prison Nova pretended to be Loius’s girlfriend. Nova, a prescient bard, was able to communicate telepathically with Louis and find out about some of the prison’s defenses. Based on that Intel, the party bought the ingredients they needed to make a bomb that would put the guards and the monsters to sleep. Through the afternoon the team used their skills and contacts to gather and construct the device.
That evening it was Time to Perform! They arrived at the palace of the Grand Duke, Seik Aztori a Painted Clown and Master of Ceremonies began their introductions. They put on an outstanding performance with any fumbles easily covered up by their clowning MC. The Duke and Duchess were supremely entertained by Novas Dance of the Veils magically enhanced by Aurzel’s skill with cantrips, followed by an astounding Strongman act and a Blazing Sword Dance. The act was concluded with a show of Magical Prestidigitation by Aurzel, they had gained access to the palace and were invited to return for a Command Performance when the King arrived.
But all was not well, Nova was recognized. Quick thinking on the part of Aurzel he began a subtle disguise upon Nova and with quick telepathic communication their combined efforts were successful. The man who recognized her, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, came closer and believed he had made a mistake. Nova pretended to give him a reading as a gypsy fortune teller while she threw him off the scent.
That Night came the prison break! Even with the sleeper bombs they still faced a challenge as they had to get Louis out before the rest of the barracks became aware of their efforts. They were unable to neutralize the guard posted to the outer door without him letting out a warning cry. The party moved fast using their Intel. they placed their device sending many of the defenders into a drugged sleep. However following the path marked out for them to avoid the traps laid out before them they were faced with an unknown defender a Wraith! They were faced with a dilemma if they did not hurry their own sleeping gas would begin to affect them and this undead fiend was hungry. The battle was hard fought and they were in trouble but in desperation Seik focused his power and commanded the Wraith into a trap laid for escapees that locked the Wraith away in one of the magically sealed cells. In a moment of celebration and relief Seik forgot about the safe path and fell into one of those traps he had just set his opponent into, However in a moment of unlikely flourish he was able to escape his cell with a TADA!
They had prevailed, but none to soon as in the distance reinforcements were arriving. They slipped away into the night with their prize.
They were worried had they been seen, even recognized as the performing troupe from the Grand Dukes hall earlier?
What Intel. does Louis have for them?
What will Tak-Tak assign them next as he moves them on this board like a master chess player uses all his pieces?
For now they were tired and the beds welcoming.