Having acquired their adventuring licenses and a monetary gift from Claudius, the party decide to use the rest of the day to celebrate. They headed for one of the busiest inns in the North-western harbor, [[The Moored Galley Inn & Tavern | The Moored Galley]].
There, the party was approached by Varian, a veteran adventurer. Varian had been contracted by the Arcane Society to investigate a series of murders targeting Mage University freshmen. He had a plan to take down the killer, but he couldn’t do it on his own. He offered a generous sum of gold in exchange for the party to help him. The party accept.
Varian then shares the details. Four mage university freshmen have been murdered on separate days within two weeks within the hour before dawn. All victims were killed by one to two back wounds, likely caused by a dagger. The victims’ hearts were then cut out of their chest. All bodies were found in a residential district close to the north-western harbor in Black City.
The party opt to wait till the next day. However, a new body was discovered the next day. When the party goes to investigate, they question some of the people living nearby. Some reported seeing a great winged beast around the time of the murders.
Varian then suggests to lure the murderer out by using Maia, a mage, as a decoy. The party reluctantly accept the plan.
As Maia and Jay, disguised as a mage, wander through the district during the hours before dawn, they are charged from behind by the assassin, who has used magic to mask her approach (and neutralize Jay). Luckily, Varian was lying in ambush, and was able to critically wound the assassin before she is able to kill Maia. Realizing that she was at a disadvantage, the assassin attempts to escape.
The party chase her down an alleyway, but just as they were going to corner her, a 9ft winged beast intercepts the party. The beast had inhuman strength, and well, I’ll let the picture down below speak for itself! Garrek bravely faces the beast!
The beast proved a formidable foe, it’s thick skin impenetrable to all but the most determined attacks, and its wings swatting away bullet or spell like they were nothing. However, a clever Rocky takes a potshot at the Assassin who was attempting to escape behind the Beast, knocking her into the sewer tunnel she was going to escape into.
Seeing that his charge has been killed (?), the beast surges forward, and flies away.
End Heart-Breaker Part 1