Part 1. The Heist
Martin Short is named by the Machine. He works for the Kundarak Bank of House Kundarak. Together with a few other men (and a dwarf), they transport Kundarak assets from bank to bank using an armored caravan.
Arik d’Thuranni posed as the new guy hired in the caravan. Vorik, meanwhile, follows the caravan from a distance. The first leg of the journey is uneventful. Arik notices that the guards are not as alert as they can be.
Part 2. Kissing feet
Erastes Boromar arrives at the goblin warrens in Dura. He is flanked by his posse of mooks and a Deneith bodyguard. He offers forgiveness and even friendship to Lizardface, but only if he kisses Erastes’ feet in apology for the death of his son. Lizardface seemingly agrees, but one-ups the halfling and shames him, in turn. Erastes is pissed and calls for his head as he and Vaarus run.
Part 3. The Ball
Anka and Killian prepare for the ball with the help of Thora Tavin‘s seemingly limitless wardrobe. Their dresses are outrageous but classy. On of the Helais twins ends up being Anka’s forced date. Killian comes with his secretary, who has a large bag for leftovers.
Thora introduces her daughter to her employers, the patriarch and matriarch (who happens to be a former member of House Jorasco) of the clan, as well as their daughter Ilyra.
Vaarus and Lizardface arrive just as things take a turn for the worse.
A woman literally crashes into the party through the stained glass windows. Standing on a Telekinese’d piano playing Vivaldi was a woman draped in bandages. She wore a fluffy dress, what seemed to be Cannith goggles, and a hat topped by a couatl feather. Behind her were two grells.
The grells attack, and the woman activates the familiar red glow of an aberrant dragonmark as she murders members of the sixty left and right. With her mother nowehere in sight, Anka and company fight the grells and the mysterious woman.
In a desperate moment, Anka activates her own dragonmark to use Telekinesis on the chandelier. It triggers the woman’s Cannith goggles, it whirs and beeps, and then explodes. Seemingly satisfied, the woman commands the piano to leave the battle. She ignites her silver sword to fend off the desperate attacks of the would-be heroes.
Pulling Terrorist Strings
Martin Short makes his move and triggers an expensive fireball dragonshard. He attempts to escape with more shards in the possession of the caravan, but Arik stops him soundly. Vorik convinces Martin Short to sell out his employer, convincing him that he can fabricate documents to make it appear as if he was sick on this day of the attack.
They soon find out that Martin and his wife Takara were under orders from Malen Torr to steal the shards. In return, he gives them the 100 gp needed to purchase a lil’forged, Cannith’s newest toy, for their daughter Dahlia Short. Arik and Vorik then try to prevent Malen from escaping, but are stopped by a Dread Knight, a suit of armor housing a Karnnathi warrior.
Malen Torr returns to the Karrn embassy, bag of dragonshards in hand. The fireplace is in use; a mouth appears. Lord Tarkanan thanks Malen Torr for the shards.
Dahlia is ecstatic at her new toy while her parents beam with happiness over her. “Did we make you happy, child?” They ask in unison. She nods, and then says as her eyes glow, “you can sleep now, mother. Father.” They comply with no question.
Anka’s concern for her mother was unfounded, Thora says as a masseuse works on her back. She was outside when trouble began in the gala, she reassures her, and smiles genuinely through the green beauty goop covering the areas around her eyes.