Rebels of Laketown

A simple job, that is really a test of our loyalty

Talarus and Andaeson test out the PCs by asking them to deliver a wagonload of pots to Salodar.
Andaeson approaches the PCs with another job.

He first informs them that the man who had asked him to find individuals to steal that tax document was named Talarus. He resides in Cotstow and has offered to pay them for another little job that he wants done.

The PCs agree and are given his address to meet him the following morning.
The PCs meet Talarus and find that he would like them to take a shipment of pottery by wagon to a man named Salodar at Bard’s Bridge.

The PCs will be paid 20sp for intact delivery, and it had to be done that day.
Talaurs doesn’t expect any trouble, but he wants to be sure that the wagon isn’t searched too carefully.

Salodar is an Aldurlingas clansman from Dale. The PCs purchase a few supplies and begin their short trip. Just a couple of hours from Cotstow, they spot some thieves attempting to ambush their wagon. The PCs ambush the thieves, lead by Aramdil, instead and let them go without hurting anyone.

About halfway to their destination the PCs run across a toll station manned by two Drihten. The guards spend a lot of time questioning the PCs and looking around the wagon, but ultimately just charge them the toll (2cp per person and 10 cp for the wagon) and let them move along without anyone getting hurt.
About 4 hours into the journey the PCs are stopped by three mounted Drihten. They first accuse the PCs of smuggling contraband, and offer to let them leave without their wagon if they pay a fine. After the PCs refuse to be intimidated, the guards offer to pay them off to take the wagon. Finally, they threaten to arrest them as resistance collaborators if they don’t surrender the wagon.

From listening to their banter, the PCs determine that the men’s names are Durath, Elakil, and Gara. Eragin recalls one of the names as being under the command of Agumis, a good friend of Cadmus.

Finally, the PCs attack and dispatch all three guards. They send their horses south, rider-less.
When they arrive at Bard’s Bridge, Salodar pays them for their work.

He confesses that the entire mission was a ruse designed to test them. He states that he, Talarus, and Andaeson are all members of a resistance group opposed to Easterling rule. Successful completion of this mission was necessary before they would even discuss the existence of the resistance. He says that, if they agree now, they will be approached in the future to undertake a mission designed to allow them entrance into the underground resistance. The PCs agree.

Salodar arranges for everyone to stay the night at his small farm just a few miles away. The PCs return to Esgaroth the next morning.

A misheard name leads to a stolen funerary urn

Tankarus has an urn, containing his late wife’s ashes, stolen and he would like the PCs to recover it.

Andaeson approaches Ceowulf and asks a favor that would likely end up profitable. His friend Tankarus has had something stolen and is unable to go to the Drihten for some reason. He asked Andaeson if he knew of anyone who could help. Tankarus didn’t mention money, but Andaeson knows that he’s quite wealthy from his years as an elite smith. Ceowulf agrees to speak with him.
Tankarus states that someone broke into his workshop the night before. He didn’t discover the crime until this morning. The thieves stole his tools and some half-finished items. More importantly, however, they took a bronze urn that contained the ashes of his late wife. He wants the urn back, as well as anything else found.

Tankarus says that he gave away most of his money years ago, but has something else to offer as payment. He’d just completed work on two long-knives commissioned by the Northern Governor. The thieves hadn’t found their hiding place, but Tankarus can report them stolen anyway.
He gives a Fine Long-Knife and Excellent Long-Knife to Ceowulf.

Tankarus can’t go the Drihten for help because of some plans that were stolen with everything else. Jemell, a boat builder had asked him to design a lock box and false bottom for a boat. Tankarus turned him down, but was intrigued by the challenge. He’d spent a few nights working at it, and planned to destroy his notes once completed, but the break in occurred before he was done. If the Drihten were to recover these plans, it could be perceived that Tankarus was doing something criminal.

Ceowulf examines the workshop for clues. The workshop is across a smithing and tanning yard from his house. The only items not stolen are those too heavy to carry or too common to bother stealing. All high quality tools and equipment are gone.

Though no obvious signs of a break in, Tankarus points out scratches on the door’s lock. He feels the thieves must have been very skilled, as the lock was very complex. Garushon, whom he considers the city’s best locksmith, personally crafted it. All windows and hinges are intact.
Ceowulf notices that the scratches are only external and don’t appear to be on the interior mechanisms, as one would expect if the lock were actually picked. He surmises that the thieves wanted it to look like the lock was picked when it was not.

Tankarus states that only he and his wife have ever had a key and, with Ceowulf’s help, both are located. Tankarus had his and his wife’s doesn’t seem to have been used in quite some time.
Tankarus and Ceowulf surmise that Garushon may also have a key.

Ceowulf goes to visit Eragin at the Blue Belly and ask him for help. Eragin agrees, and they both visit Garushon.
They meet Garushon and Talodon, one of his assistants.
Garushon is shocked that someone was able to overcome his lock. He explains that he makes a dozen types of standard locks, and has skeleton keys that will open all of those. The lock that he made for Garushon, however, was unique. He does not keep keys for the locks that he makes exclusively for individual customers. Instead, he keeps a tracing with sizing details in case another ever needs to be made.

When he checks his files, he finds that the tracing for Tankarus’ lock is mis-filed, and he had checked these records just days ago.

He notes that only himself and his two assistants, Talodon and Rovarik, have access to the files.
Talodon is in the shop that day. He’s been working since dawn, when Garushon let him in. He has no alibi, but Ceowulf and Eragin find nothing suspicious about him.
Rovarik is off on that day. Garushon provides his address.

Ceowulf and Eragin visit his residence, which is a room he rents from Krello, a barrell-maker.
Krello saw Rovarik leaving with his brother Hadron this morning.

Krello doesn’t know where Hadron lives, but knows that he works at Warfan’s warehouse.
Eragin speaks with Warfan and learns that Hadron has been staying at a vacant shop on the other side of town, staying there for free while he does some repair work.

Before visiting the shop, Ceowulf and Eragin drop by the Blue Belly to pick up Dahlkin and Kora.
The PCs follow Warfan’s directions to the vacant shop. As they approach, Ceowulf realizes that they are in Hooks’ territory. Sneaking up to the shop, they peak inside to see two men fitting Hadron and Rovarik’s descriptions arguing with one another as they rifle through some smithing equipment. The PCs enter and confront the two men. Before they can get any information, a gang called the Night Owls barges in through the back door and demands surrender. Before the PCs can resist, four Hooks barge in through the front door demanding to know who’s doing business in their territory. The Night Owls and Hooks begin arguing, and ultimately break into battle. The PCs come out victorious in the three-way battle, with one Hook and one Night Owl being killed. Hadron and Rovarik escape during the melee.

The PCs return all of the equipment to Tankarus. With the plans safely in his possession, he decides that he can now contact the Drihten. Within the day they arrest Hadron and Rovarik.
Tankarus later explains to the PCs what had happened. Hadron had heard a rumor that Tankarus was going to receive casts to mint another batch of Esgaroth coins. He found that the Night Owls were willing to pay a lot of money for the casts, and contacted his brother to gain access to Tankarus’ workshop. The Night Owls planned to mint counterfeit coins, cutting the precious metals with iron and tin. Tankarus found it somewhat funny because he never mints coins. That’s done by Rantarus, a local jeweller. Hadron must have misheard the name.

Replace a city document with a forgery

Outline. Andaeson asks the PCs to steal a document from the city’s Administration Building and replace it with an altered forgery.

Andaeson approaches Ceowulf late on Sunday morning and asks him if he’d be interested in a job that pays 120sp. He’d like him to break into the Central Administration building and replace a tax document with a forgery. Ceowulf agrees, and Andaeson leaves to obtain the necessary forgery.

On Andeason’s advice, Ceowulf approaches Eragin. He pays him for information relating to the building layout, guard schedules, and city procedures. Ceowulf learns the following information.

The tax clerk’s office is located on the second floor, and has a window to the outside on the north side. The guards’ ready room is located directly below the tax clerk’s office.
There are two guards on duty during the 8:00pm to 4:00am shift, and it is required that one remain no matter what occurs outside.

During those hours, guards are instructed to only leave the ready room if a new visitor to the city needs to be registered or if there is nearby disturbance.

Generally, merchant licenses wait until morning if someone enters town at a late hour. This is because the bridge guards don’t want to escort them all of the way to Central Admin. Arms merchants are the exception. If the goods of an arms merchant were ever used for a murder or insurrection, and they had not been registered, the guard who let them slip through would be flogged.

Only a new visitor, or someone unrecognized by the guards, is required to register.
During the conversation Dahlkin walks into the Blue Belly, inquiring about the whereabouts of his brother and sister. Ceowulf tells him that he has some local connections, and that he’d be willing to ask around in exchange for some help.

He wants Dahlkin to either leave the city before 8:00pm, when the bridge guards change, or by boat if he waits until after 8:00pm. He is then to return to the city, carrying a cache of weapons that Ceowulf will supply, and inform the guards that he is a weapons merchant.
After being escorted to the Central Administration building, he should waste as much time as possible registering.

Andaeson returns in the afternoon and provides additional information. He has arranged for the forgery to be generated by Scalara by 10:00pm. He has bargained for a price of 100sp, payable at pickup, but Ceowulf is welcome to whatever is left if he can bargain for a cheaper price.
Unfortunately, he’ll only be able to pay him 100sp for the job. The bartered price for the forgery left him with only that much left. He’ll pay him the rest at a later date.

The tax document in question arrived Saturday evening. Vernudon, the city’s Tax Clerk, returns to work Monday so the switch must take place Sunday night. Vernudon is aware that the document is coming, but unaware of its contents. If he suspects anything, he’ll request another copy or confirmation.

Eragin, Dahlkin, and Ceowulf arrive at Scalara’s just after 10:30pm. They find his shop ransacked, with Scalara sobbing in the corner. Scalara tells them that Sawec “The Sabre” and his gang stole everything.

Asking around, the PCs learn that Sawec and his gang operate out of a shop they extorted from a merchant. After some spying, they determine that they need help to tackle Sawec and his gang. They return to the Blue Belly.

Andaeson recommends his friend Theoden, a bard who happens to be playing at the tavern that night, as a trustworthy fellow.

Theoden agrees to help for a price. He also tells them that there’s a skilled warrior nearby who’s likely looking for work. He calls over Kora, currently working as a barmaid. Ceowulf offers to pay Kora if she’s willing to fight alongside them, and without delay. She agrees.

They all head off to Sawec’s shop. After a fight that leaves Sawec and three other gang members dead and no PCs injured, they question one of the remaining members. He says that Pinterius, owner of the Lucky Loon, hired them to recover 100sp in gambling debts and interest owed by Scalara. Since he didn’t have the money, they took everything from his shop and dropped everything off at the Lucky Loon after they left.

The PCs recover one set of Good Lockpicks, a Booklet of First Aid, a Fine Sabre (from Sawec), and a Fine Leather Breastplate. They visit Pinterius and Ceowulf buys the document from him for 50sp, leaving Pinterius with all the rest of Scalara’s property. Dahlkin and Eragin take a boat out of town. Theoden and Kora keep watch around Central Admin while Ceowulf, document in hand, waits for Dahlkin. Dahlkin and Eragin re-enter town via the bridge, Eragin acting as his bodyguard. Caldorus and Faradon, the shift’s bridge guards, greet them. Caldorus escorts them to Central Administration, where Grundin and Savel are on duty. Savel takes Dahlkin into the building, and Eragin waits out front. Ceowulf begins the break in, and Eragin calls Grundin outside and makes small talk. Ceowulf picks the lock on a shuttered window, enters the tax clerk’s office, replaces the document, and exits. Dahlkin completes the paperwork, pays a small fee, and returns to the Blue Belly with everyone else.

The stolen document is then given to Andaeson.


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