Hell's Rebels

The Song of Angry Men
Things become more challenging.

Over the course of the week, Corthos had been quite busy as Aldo, and had set up both a meeting to secure the support of Baroness Belcara Jarvis and a duel with a hotheaded young noble named Fabian Vasari. He had requested that Maxwell serve as his second in the duel, and Max had scheduled a meeting with Fabian’s second, Hendrick Rodier, in order to discuss the terms of the engagement.

Before that meeting could take place, however, Rexus had some information for the group about the documents he had been translating about the original Silver Ravens, as well as a mysterious letter they had received from a person or group known as the “Rose of Kintargo”. Before they could finish their discussion, the Long Roads Coffeehouse was investigated by a patrol of dottari who had heard rumors of subversive activity. Corthos managed to convince him that he owned the coffeehouse, and out of respect of House Tanessen the dottari left. With that done, Max headed off to his meeting. Hendrick was not very bright, but Max managed to talk him into setting 10,500 gold as the price in the event of Fabian’s loss.

Corthos then took Lena and Rexus (Max decided not to come) to meet with Belcara Jarvis and her sister Livia. Belcara was a very kind and pleasant woman, and she offered the rebellion 5,000 gold and a cache of maps that would help the Ravens move more secretly about the city. Together, she and Aldo toasted the Accidental God. Once he was thoroughly drunk, Corthos tried to convince Rexus to loan him the remaining 1,500 gold he needed to pay off Merry‘s contract (not that he gave the reason), but Rexus refused to discuss the matter until his friend had sobered up the next morning. After some discussion and some questioning, Rexus eventually agreed to lend Corthos the money from the Ravens’ treasury.

The morning after, Corthos, Maxwell, and Lena headed off to the duel outside Kintargo city limits (but not before Maxwell secretly passed Rexus the letter with the details of the duel). Fabian was eager to fight, but the duel didn’t last long before he was actually wounded and yielded. Rexus showed up just after the end of the duel, and after sending Maxwell and Lena to the Crooked Lion with the rest of the money and a letter for Merry explaining his reasoning, he vowed to Rexus that the rebellion would have his full attention from then on.

He then headed to the Lion, not even deterred by the fact that Barzillai Thrune had issued a new proclamation outlawing Mondragon’s works, along with others. However, what he didn’t know (and indeed, what no one knew but Max, who had downed a potion of invisibility and snuck into the Lion) was that Madame Charmaine had destroyed Corthos’ letter and lied to Merry about why he had paid off her contract. Merry refused to speak to Corthos, but eventually yelled at him through the door, telling him that she didn’t appreciate being bought and sold by others like an object and that she didn’t want to see him.

Heartbroken but hiding it, Corthos turned his focus to building up the Ravens’ support, accompanying Max and Jules to investigate a series of murders in the tiefling slum known as the Devil’s Nursery. After some investigation, they determined that a group of fae known as “tooth fairies” had been killing the denizens of the Nursery and stealing their teeth. They managed to lure the fairies out and track them back to their den before killing them, discovering in the process the body of a tiefling child used as a sacrifice to summon the fairies. The grateful tieflings of the Nursery flocked to support the Ravens.

Corthos then published a final missive from Mondragon, revealing his true identity and renouncing House Tanessen, taking the new name of Corthos Mondragon. The dottari then returned to the Long Roads to arrest Corthos, but the Silver Ravens overcame them, then abandoning the coffeehouse as a hideout. Although she was sad to lose her livelihood, Laria had been somewhat prepared for this, and she asked for twenty-four hours to find the rebellion a new place to hide. Rexus then asked Corthos and Max to help him investigate the abandoned Hocum’s Fantasmagorium, suspecting that his mother might be alive and hiding in the Archivists’ old headquarters.

The group headed into the Fantasmagorium, fighting several monsters before discovering the secret entrance to the Archivists’ base. Upon descending there, they found a number of Asmodeans working on redacting and destroying the books that had been housed there, and they fought their way through until finally reaching Nox, Thrune’s regenerating lieutenant whom they had first seen at the Opera House protest. Despite the odds being stacked against them, they managed to wound Nox so much that she cast dimension door and fled. Although Rexus found no sign of his mother being alive, he did find soul tomes created from his parents’ memories.

Laria then rounded up the Ravens, having secured a hideout for them with her friend Setrona Sabinus at her tavern, the Tooth and Nail. Though the Ravens’ notoriety had risen significantly due to recent events, they still had many supporters, and they were even able to recruit a group of merchants led by Tessa Rycroft.

Arise and Seize the Day
The rebellion grows.

As the rebellion began to gain a foothold in Kintargo, the Silver Ravens began to look for ways to build support. Corthos and Maxwell decided to keep an eye on Rinston “Clenchjaw” Jon, a tavern keeper who was rumored to be the target of excruciation for bending several of the proclamations. In disguise, they headed to Clenchjaw’s Tavern, where before too long four members of the Chelish Citizens’ Group showed up, ready to “doghouse” the tavern keeper. The Ravens helped Clenchjaw fight the thugs, and warned them that the Silver Ravens were protecting the city. They then investigated the ruins of the Victocora estate, but found little save a cache of spells and potions and a lot of dangerous pits.

Swearing Maxwell to secrecy, Corthos then brought him to the Crooked Lion to meet with Madame Charmaine and her right-hand girl Lisbeth. Corthos and Charmaine had been in correspondence over the course of the week, and in exchange for 500 gold Corthos had managed to talk the madame into a meeting to discuss the terms of Merry’s contract. Through negotiation, Corthos made a deal with Charmaine that if he paid her 15,500 gold within six months, Merry would be released from her contract. Although Maxwell questioned where he would come up with that much money, Corthos had confidence in himself.

The group then decided to investigate a group of mercenaries, led by Laria’s friend Forvian Crow, being held prisoner at the Sallix Salt Works. The guards were hired thugs and not actual dottari or government agents, so there would be less reprisal in the event of failure. Corthos and Maxwell decided to bring Isabelle along for this operation and give her a chance to throw a few fireballs at thugs. Disguised as fellow guards, they infiltrated the Salt Works and managed to get to where the mercenaries were being held before the boss of the guards, Kossrani, came out of the barracks where he had been sleeping. The group managed to kill Kossrani and allowed the other guards to flee into the night, increasing their notoriety a bit but attracting more supporters to their cause.

Finally, Maxwell and Corthos decided to investigate the mysterious gang known as the Red Jills, rivals of the River Talons. As Aldo, Corthos lured four Jills out by flaunting wealth, and after he and Maxwell delivered a sound beating to them, the girls told him where the gang’s hideout was. They followed the girls’ directions to an abandoned former orphanage in Temple Hill, and discovered that three Jills and their leader, a strix sorceress known as Scarplume (or “Not Jill”), were hiding out on the roof. Although they tried to resolve the situation non-lethally, Scarplume would not yield, and they were eventually forced to kill her.

Corthos had collected a great deal of treasure from the adventures, and not 48 hours after their deal was made he had delivered 3000 gold to Madame Charmaine as an initial payment on Merry’s debt. The party’s actions had helped bring many people to the Silver Ravens’ cause, and their supporters grew from 8 to 30. They even recruited a team of sneaks to acquire supplies for the Ravens, led by a half-elf named Jules Vaux.

Raise a Glass to Freedom
The birth of a revolution.

It was an overcast morning at Aria Park as the citizenry of Kintargo gathered to protest the recent actions of the new lord-mayor, Barzillai Thrune. Lord Aldo Mondragon, noted political satirist and demagogue, made his way to the front of the crowd and began an oration detailing his criticisms of Thrune and his proclamations. Maxwell, a member of the River Talons, blended into the crowd as he searched for his mentor Raymond, who was affiliated with the fledgling organization known as the Silver Ravens and had vanished after Thrune’s takeover.

Eventually, Thrune himself emerged. Sneeringly, he addressed the crowd, stating that he had heard their concerns and wished to respond by issuing an eighth proclamation, outlawing all non-native ships’ captains from setting foot in Kintargo. The crowd was extremely unhappy with this (riled in no small part by Mondragon’s mockery of the lord-mayor), and when an errant handful of manure was thrown into Thrune’s face, he fled inside the opera house and left his goons to deal with the ensuing riot.

Both Maxwell and Mondragon escaped the park, meeting up along the way when Maxwell fell from a tree and Mondragon helped him to his feet. They fled into nearby backstreets, where they happened upon a man being attacked by thugs from the nationalist Chelish Citizens’ Group. After the thugs were dispensed with, the injured man introduced himself as Rexus Victocora, sole survivor of the recently massacred Victocora noble house. The three took refuge in a nearby bookshop, where Rexus revealed that he was looking for people to stand up to Thrune’s tyranny. Mondragon agreed to join Rexus, revealing in the process that he was actually Corthos Tanessen, Rexus’ childhood friend. Maxwell decided to join in as well.

The group began by investigating the Fair Fortune Livery, which had been mentioned as a potential hideout of the Silver Ravens in a note from Rexus’ late mother Portia. After fighting their way through dire rats, grimple gremlins, and lemure devils, they uncovered three crates containing documents, equipment, and relics of the original Silver Ravens circa the Chelish Civil War. Rexus led the group to his mother’s friend Laria Longroad, owner of the Long Roads Coffeehouse. Laria was no stranger to rebellion, being the head of the Kintargo chapter of the the anti-slavery Bellflower Network, and she gave them a place to convene their nascent revolution – a warren of tunnels and caverns below the shop, which she had named the Wasp Nest.

Before they could go check out their new headquarters, the group decided to split up for a few hours and take care of personal business. Rexus decided to get started on decoding the Silver Ravens documents, which were written in a strange cipher that combined Celestial, Elven, and Strix. Maxwell headed back to the other River Talons and shared some of the wealth he had found in the livery, also sowing seeds of rebellion and Silver Raven sympathy among his fellow street rats. Corthos went straight to the Crooked Lion, where he gave Merry a pair of earrings he had acquired in the livery and spent a few hours with her. On his way out, he tried to once again ask Madame Charmaine how much it would cost to buy out Merry’s contract, but again she gave him no real answer.

Upon returning to the coffeehouse, Corthos and Maxwell descended into the Wasp Nest – Laria wanted them to make sure it was safe, since a smuggler friend of hers had vanished into it just a few days before. Rexus decided to stay upstairs and continue decoding the documents, since he wasn’t really a warrior. Corthos and Maxwell discovered the remains of the smuggler, partially eaten by an albino alligator that had taken up residence in the hideout’s lagoon. After dealing with the alligator, they also found that a group of tengu sisters were living in the Wasp Nest, and that their adopted dire corby sister had killed the smuggler and needed to be dealt with. Maxwell and Corthos dealt with the corby and arranged for the sisters to escape the city quietly and avoid attention.

With their headquarters secured and a small group of supporters already starting to be gathered, the Silver Ravens were officially reborn. Corthos would be their demagogue, arranging for public demonstrations of revolutionary support. Laria would serve as recruiter, bringing in new members of the organization. Maxwell would be their spymaster, keeping his ear to the ground and using his street rat skills to find out information about Thrune’s activities. Finally, Rexus would be their strategist, devising a plan of action. They quickly recruited two teams of supporters – a group of freedom fighters led by Isabelle Quint, and a band of rumormongers headed by Lena Farrowfall.


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