Skyscrape: The City of Roses

Violations, Exceptions, and Invitations
Wherein our heroes discover that there are more forces at work in the City of Victory then they previously understood.

Skyscrape: a city of providence and possibilities. A city of glory and ill repute. It is here, on a midsummers day, that we set our scene…

Arriving off a boat from the mainland, Kade Thornrender and Starshrieker, knowing nothing of the other or about the circumstances that would bring them together, made their way into the market districts of the city for their own purposes.

Meanwhile, Lance Iomagard, a member of the City Watch holding the position of Honor Guard, walked his beat in an attempt to cleanse the streets of crime.

All of them were ambushed by unknown assailants, and after regaining consciousness, they found themselves in the wine cellar headquarters of The Bloody Brothers. Forced to fight to the death for the amusement of the Brothers, the heroes, despite their predecessors failures, overwhelmingly succeeded, and won their freedom, as well as the attention of Mathias, Journeyman of Selene, Goddess of Civilization. Before leaving, they were confronted by the priest, who claimed to be acting as an envoy for The Thornes Of The Rose. Commenting of the usefulness of their talents that were displayed within the melee, Mathias, on behalf of Silas, the leader of the Thornes, invited them to join. Thornrender and Starshieker were quick to respond, while Lance was not. He confronted Mathias about his treachery, such as allowing the Bloody Brothers to exist when Mathias, an agent of office, had the means to depose of them. Mathias rebuked this assertion by claiming that the law was corrupt and that it must cleansed using the Thornes, challenging the Lance to confront his own position to find the truth of it.

And so he did. Lance, in a fit of denial, stormed the City Forum, seaking counsel with the Deputy Head of Law Enforcement. Upon his explanation, the Deputy Head stated that the Bloody Brothers were allowed to exist to maintain an enemy that the citizens may rally against. Lance, shocked by this revelation, left his duties, and, in a crisis of consciouness, agreed to give his answer regarding the invitation, to Silas.

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The Depths of Loyalty
In which our heroes learn that not everything seeking to harm them is evil.

With the decision of a life-time hanging on the minds of our heroes, they quickly followed the trail of their contacts, leading them to an all but abandoned temple of Selene. There, they were greeted by Mathias, who asked for their answers. Receiving affirmation from all, he jovially welcomed them into the Thornes, stating that they would be contacted within the week.

During this time, each of the companions chose a different path. Lance Iomagard, interested in the organization, took refuge in the City Archives, looking for anything he could find about the nature of the shadowy organization. Kade Thornrender took a different approach, moving through the slums of the city offering small tokens of gratitude to those unfortunates who spoke to him about Silas. Finally, moving away from the issues of their bonding, Starshrieker took the opportunity to delve into the knowledge of those around him about an Orc from his past….

Eventually, the party regrouped upon contact from Mathias, leading them back to the abandoned temple. There, they met more eager recruits – Varik and Cavon – and were briefed on their 1st objective as Thornes: recovering a scroll claimed to have been written by the first mage himself, said to be lie in the tunnels carved underneath the City Archive. Gaining access to the tunnels found hidden in the staircase, the heroes pressed forward with no knowledge of which way was the right way. Eventually, after a grappling hook malfunction and a few bumps and bruises, the found themselves in the lair of giant spider. They were promptly attacked, but before any real damage could be dealt, Thornrender used his primal magic to converse with the arachnid, pleaing for peace. The spider accepted, on the condition that the heroes would slay the goblins that she had mistaken the party for; goblins who had taken refuge in her tunnels and presumably harmed her. Implying that she would give the party knowledge of the whereabouts of the scroll they sought, the spider sent them on their way, farther into the tunnels….

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