"By force or by stealth"
Played on July 22nd, 2012
May 8, 21 Years After the Departure (Atd)
It turned out that the rest had quite a story to tell -- they were watching
Etherington's mansion when a carriage with closed curtains arrived and
was allowed inside the gates. This they found suspicious, but after a short
time the gates opened again and out sped a messenger on a horse.
For what reason I still do not know, but Vhaal desperately wanted to prevent
a message to Un'donna, and therefore he took to his bow and arrows and
shot the messenger (in the back!). Not an agreeable action to me, but the
damage was already done. In no time the guards took to Soniah, Tharen,
Boulder and Vhaal and apparently combat ensued.
Luckily, while taking a lot of damage, they managed to subdue two guards.
This did involve Soniah revealing her magic side, for she needed to set
herself on fire to do so. At least this prompted a surrender from the rest.
After the battle they were led inside where they met... Lucretia!
Apparently Lucretia got involved herself after she had heard that
Etherington was not about to go along with the plan, so she hopped in her
carriage to pay him a visit. By now she had forcibly taken control of
the mansion, which also explained the rather quick surrender.
Of course, we (Galtar, the Chauncey's, Winthorpe and myself) only
learned about all of this after we had a visit from one of Lucretia's guards.
He asked us to come and join the rest at Etherington's mansion, which we did.
There we had a meal during which we had a chance to gather all this
When all was made clear to everyone, we proceeded to finalize the plans
for our current mission. After a lot of talk, it was agreed that we would
strike two days from now. Lucretia and Garret finally admitted the fact
that there was indeed a tunnel from the city to the keep -- they knew about
it because they had inherited the key!
After some deliberation, we decided that we would let the merchants armies
and all willing locals threaten the keep at the entrance. Then, we would
sneak in through the tunnel, open the gate to let the army in, and proceed
to assassinate Un'donna in the resulting chaos.
We would need two days to prepare because a lot of people were injured
during the battle with the guards. Because Galtar was not injured, he took
it upon himself to examine the tunnel and its condition. It turned out
that both at the entrance and at the exit, the key was needed, but the
tunnel was still in a good condition.
Other than that, people took the time to rest and sleep well. I tried
to help and tended to some wounds whenever possible.
May 9, 21 Years After the Departure (Atd)
At the end of the first day, we had another meeting. We changed plans
slightly: we decided that instead of showing the army, we would hide it
in boats on the river. That way we could open the gate in the night,
and they could sneak in on the unsuspecting greyskins!
Furthermore two teams would sneak in through the tunnel: one composed
of NMU / merchant guards, they would open the gate. We would be just behind
and go straight for the assassination of Un'donna.
May 10, 21 Years After the Departure (Atd)
And so we arrived at the evening of the second day, at the entrance
of the tunnel in NMU headquarters!