“I don’t own a catapult.”
“Yet.” — Kosvach Vargari & Carenza Vega
Once they’ve finished gathering the spoils, the blades take Fabria securely under their wing and prepare to get moving. Ettorio takes the lead, veering off into another district to leave a trail of false distractions. The others carefully take an evasive route back to the Clarion Call. They relate the adventure to Vittorio, who sadly says “It sounds lovely.” The devil puts a little effort into looking cheerful, but the increasing guilt over the impending accusation of infernalism weighs heavily on him.
With some medicine on her bruise and a fine drink, Fabria begins to tell what she knows of the Miriadis in Garganta.
- Grunestia is not an infernalist. She left the Bascho because she was “too sloppy” to inherit a proper rank, and was easily wooed with the offer of the Topaz Seat.
- Grunestia uses her clockwork firefly to spy for the Miriadis.
- The alchemists have been working on the Brass Bull project, a construct that Grunestia is attempting to animate with the power of the lightning forge.
- She doesn’t know about specific evidence of infernalism, but does suspect that Rofogarre’s rod may be something suspect; Grunestia has corrected him on “its aura” before. It might be concealed by illusion.
- Everyone is intimidated by Donatessa. They treat her as if she’s very well-connected.
They rest on the news. The next morning they split up for the next phase: gathering allies that can be witnesses when they expose the Miriadis. Ettorio vanishes to contact the Black Veils and any others they might recommend. Kosvach is dispatched to Templeshadow to speak with Brighthawk Invista, and see if the local faith of Urvan is trustworthy — and then perhaps speak to the local Vargari.
Carenza heads to the Arena to speak with Spadio. He recognizes her from the five-on-five battle with the Fisher Kings, and is surprised to learn that she also fought recently under a more male aspect, in the very memorable duel with “Larettio D’Oscura.”
“Yes. That was me. …Not the vampire, the one fighting him.”
She convinces him into having some of the more honest people he knows attend the Prince’s celebratory party that evening, if only to watch. While he won’t commit to more active assistance, he points her toward Captain Diandra, the guard-captain most likely to be interested in helping expose a band of infernalists.
Vesper speaks with Tacitarus Verastin. He shows great interest in assisting them. When he offers his ability to dispel illusions, she gladly accepts. She asks him to visit the Prince’s party, and to stand ready.
While all this information-gathering goes on, Vittorio continues to nurse drinks and his remorse at the Clarion Call. His exceptional senses aren’t entirely dulled by the drink, though, and he notices a large, shining bug clinging to the window frame. The clockwork firefly flies off as he draws near, and he shoots it from the sky. He wanders out into the street, quickly pockets the still-whirring thing, and returns to the tavern.
Carenza finds Captain Diandra a willing audience. She gives a very convincing oratory, and the Captain is positively inspired. She agrees to join the team raiding the Miriadis quarters, though she stresses the very high stakes involved in a raid on the Prince’s guests.
A bit before dinnertime, the group reconvenes. Vittorio is still morose, and playing with the broken firefly. Kosvach notes it could be worth a lot of money. The devil looks at him, pulls off another leg, and throws it forlornly over his shoulder. Ettorio still has yet to arrive, but the time of the party is drawing near.