Whilst quietly going about our own business, we are rudely interrupted by a harried looking Gaston, come to deliver a message. I fear he loathes his duties when they concern our group, because those times when we see him if he is not already unhappy when he meets us he is by the time he departs. Anyway, he tells us that the Lady would like to see us.
We head to her offices, where we are informed that one of the lady’s former employees, one Hans Creete, has made off with an item entrusted into his care, instead of delivering it as he was supposed to. She wants this property retrieved, and an example made of this Hans, but is mysteriously unforthcoming about the specifics of the item in question. We are passed on to a lad called Narrow, who is to be our guide and also assist in the tracking down of Hans, a strange lad who says nothing but seems to communicate volumes with just a look.
We following him through the city, and we meet various people who we engage in conversation whilst Narrow looks on, and as if by magic the lad seems to sense the trail of our foe. After a few hours of this frustrating journey, punctuated with threats of violence and promises of burglary, we find ourselves in Brock Hill district.
Narrow points us to a building, and we head in. Immediately we sense something is wrong, it’s too quiet and there shouldn’t be children crying under the stairs. We attempt to question the child but get little other than there was a recent disturbance upstairs and now the child’s parents are missing. We decide to head upstairs, and make a strange discovery. Halfway up the stairs on a small landing is a statue of a butler, carved with such exquisite skill that it is almost lifelike, but right in the middle of the landing. We head on up, past locked and barred doors to the penthouse, where we find Hans in possession of an open crate, net in hand and guilt on his face.
Hans attacks and so we engage him, and a crazy bird like creature (which I am told is a cockatrice) comes out from the next room with anger in its eyes and death on its beak. After a brief melee Hans makes a run for it but is dealt with by Badden and Knarliss, whilst uric manages to subdue and re-package the bird. We exit with haste and meet up with narrow downstairs, who appears to have just bribed the guards, and we all head back to the Lady’s office. She is well pleased, and we receive a handsome cash reward.
She is so impressed with our handling of the bird, she offers us a mission to head out into the wilds to capture a vicious baby insect called a Kruthik. We agree, and with little delay start laying in provisions for the hunt, including nets, cages, handling gloves and the like. Our path lies across the river, and for some reason the law in the city says it is against the rules to cross the river, so we must attempt to find some way to traverse the 5 mile stretch of river that will prevent us from being picked up by one of the patrols.
After an aborted attempt to walk up to the nearest boat and charter a trip across the river, we hear of a man Jean-Pierre Galter who may have an unusual but undetectable way across the river, so we seek him out. After some haggling we arrange payment, and then discover that he has built a craft that resembles nothing less than a giant metal lobster. With great trepidation we board the craft, and are soon across the river with no imperial encounters nor even slightly wet: Remarkable, the man is a genius!
We begin our trek into the forbidden lands, searching for the spook of the dangerous but desired Kruthik, but encounter a Satyr who whilst seemingly innocuous is set against us removing creatures from the wilds for the city folk, and attacks us. We are forced to kill him in self defence, but I feel this bodes ill for our trip.
There is Kruthik spoor ahead…....
“Excerpt from the Diary of a Goliath”