After a brief check-in between characters and divvying up of rooms, Gradelswain Grumblebrow gave them words of encouragement and gratitude in a voice Nic was trying to copy from Cyndi Lauper but apparently sounded “Long Island”.
It was revealed via story point that the vandalism of signs in the area was not only widespread but magical, perhaps pointing to a nogoodnik novice of necromancy noodling nefariously.
At the door to the Stallion, a booze befuddled builder bashed into Cherry. The party helped her first to the wall of the Stallion, but Boardshorts the bouncer shooed them away.
The party split along gender lines or along racial lines depending on how you prioritize such things.
Aeron and Yarles crept around back, dragging the half-elf dunkard and plopping her on the least ruinous stone bench on the remains of the mansion’s grounds, robbing her of one gold piece and six silver, but leaving her her masonry tools.
Meanwhile, Cherry and Valdosta went through the front door,, where Boardshorts and Flipflop, much enamored of the Levingley medallions, Cherry’s shiny armor and her eagerness to share its diamonds began a chain of inquiries to see if the owner of the establishment could be convinced to give them a tour of the premises.
Aeron and Yarles at the back of the building found that all of the first floor windows and the back door had been boarded up, the wood painted black and bits of colored glass attached, creating an illusion of stained glass. Through the second floor windows the two saw that the center room seemed to be somewhat busy, through the leftmost window a young half-orc seemed to be conversing with someone shorter, and in the rightmost window no one appeared to be moving. The two began to ascend the wall, Yarles on the left and Aeron on the right. Aeron looked through the window into a bedroom in which a high backed leather armchair sat facing away from the window. Yarles looked into a bedroom with a desk where the half orc was talking with a halfling while examining some documents. He cast Minor Illusion (suffering an unknown side effect) causing the two of them to hear someone cry “Get out, there’s a fire!” from behind them. The two left the room. While attempting to pry open the window with his crowbar, Yarles took a tumble and fell down to the ground, a little over 20 feet below. Aeron scooted across to the window Yarles had been at.
Valdosta and Cherry found themselves in a rather handsome entry hall with a pair of arcing staircases to a second floor mezzanine which overlooked a chandelier that, notwithstanding a few obviously missing branches was still quite striking. The hall was full of excited winners, dejected losers and people just happy to be out enjoying drinks with their friends. A pair of people shuffled through the crowd anxiously carrying large cages covered in leather blankets. Flapping noises were audible beneath the blankets. They headed first to their left. The first room they found themselves in contained four craps tables and two bartending stands. Valdosta asked a bartender about the amusements in the Stallion. He told her that there was craps here, prizefighting in the room just behind, Dragon Poker in the room across the hall, cockatrice fighting behind that, and a lounge with music and dance performances at the back of the hall.
Aeron tied a rope to the window shutter to let Yarles up, and attempted to break the glass with a dart. The blow was not hard enough to break the pane however, and only served to draw the halfling’s attention. The halfling called for assistance and walked to the window. Throwing it open, he took an arrow from Yarles’ bow and ducked to the side of the window. Aeron climbed in and, taking an attack of opportunity from the halfling’s deadly rapier took the oil lamp from the desk and threw it onto the bed. While the halfling was distracted with extinguishing the flames, and his cohort, including several thuggish bouncers and a huge guy in a cravat approached the door, Aeron slipped back out the window, clinging to the building’s wall between this room and the center room.
Cherry and Valdosta made their way to the fighting pit – a literal pit in the ground in a squarish shape with rounded corners. Cherry excitedly chatted with the staff person as bouncers and toughs in the Stallion’s employ made their way upstairs to investigate the commotion. He told her that they would love to have her compete, and that the game was bare-knuckle boxing. She’d have to wait for Tumus to return, though, since he – a former gladiator from the days when such contests were permitted in Fonhenge had left the room with the rest of the toughies. He also mentioned that he admired Cherry’s armor, and had assumed she must be in town for Grapplemania.
The halfling clambered out the window after Aeron, stepping over him to the windowsill, where he took another swipe with his rapier. Forgetting that halflings get to re-roll critical failures, he slashed himself badly with an overly showy twirl of his blade, and was helped in through the window by his cronies. Yarles made to beat a hasty retreat, running around the side of the building the way the two had come. The huge cravat wearing guy leapt right out the window, unconcerned for the ten points of damage he took in doing so. After righting himself, he gave chase to the fading footsteps rounding the corner.
Interested in investigating the commotion, and fairly sure it had something to do with either their companions or their objective, Valdosta and Cherry made for the stairs where all the thugs were running. They were caught up short by Tissues, who told them that only staff were allowed upstairs. Cherry convinced Tissues that she was brawny enough to be of use, and Valdosta convinced him that Cherry would require the guidance of someone more level headed. The two made their way to the top of the steps behind the crowd of bouncers. Valdosta investigated the room at the back left, where she found an ancient half elf sleeping in a high back leather armchair with a teapot on a little table in front of her.
Yarles hid at the corner of the building, the big guy still in pursuit. Aeron followed along, and when he encountered the big guy, convinced him that he was here to help. The two scouted about 15 feet apart. Yarles cast Minor Illusion, and created the sight and sound of a bush rustling behind the big guy.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT??