Screams! Thugs! Death!!!!
It is the middle of the night. The PCs are sound asleep in rooms at the Nodding Knave Inn and Tavern near the docks district of Neverwinter. Very little was remarkable about this tavern, except that it was the cheapest around with open rooms. It was not well kept, and the Innkeeper, Garamonde, a human male about age 45 with salt and pepper hair and a shaggy beard, had an air of defeat about him. The rooms were small, spartan, and contain little more than a hard bed and a trunk at the foot of it. The night is overcast and humid with a faint breeze from the sea, fortunately it did not carry with it the smell of the active fish market that bustles during the day.
The stillness of the night was broken as a woman’s scream echoed from the tap room next door. Moments later, shouts and a clash of steel ring out from the tavern hall below.
As our heroes jumped to their feet to see what was happening a patrol from the watch ran into the room, summoned by the noise or the innkeeper who had run out for help. On the floor lay the body of the ale wench. Around her stood 5 assailants. As the watchmen ran into the room, the leader took a shot with his crossbow, plugging one attacker in the chest and sending him to the floor.
Rejecting a call from the attackers for help, the heroes valiantly took up arms with the watchmen and slew all the attackers, save one, who was whisked away under arrest by the guardsmen. The body of the leader, slain with a calculated and precise blow to the base of the skull by Tordek, was identified as that of Lanros Glimmergaunt. Glimmergaunt, a local merchant who owned a fish market down the street had long been suspected of being a member of the Sons of Alagondar and it is now clear that he ran a pocket of resistance here in the docks district. Why did a respected merchant slay this woman in cold blood? The only thing of note that was taken off the body was a black pin in the shape of an octopus.
The innkeep eventually returned and explained that the woman was an orphan just working here to make ends meet. The watchmen found a pendant around her neck in the shape of a crescent moon with a harp next to it. The Innkeep explained that he had found that in the street and seeing no value in it, gave it to her. The watchmen declare that they are going to go see what they can find on this rebel group, but the heroes offer to go instead, to which the watchman agrees after seeing how they handled themselves in the fight.
The watchmen leave and the innkeeper remains. The heroes noted that he didn’t seem entirely truthful and pressed him after the watchmen left. He finally admitted that he had taken it off the body of Cymril. The leader of the Sons of Alagondar. He had given her up to the city guard in exchange for what he thought would be enough money to fix up his inn. Instead, he got nothing but a thank you for your service to the City of Neverwinter and its Lord Protector, Dagult Neverember. Glimmergaunt and his men had come for him, he explained. The serving girl was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The pendant was then taken by the heroes.
Donning the black octopus pin, the heroes then went to Glimmergaunts homestead just beyond the walls of the docks district in an attempt to learn more about the Sons of Alagondar and who else might be involved.
Arriving at the Glimmergaunt home, they find the main house and a secondary office/guestroom type location. Marl scouts the area, and after seeing nothing alarming picks the lock to the office. Instead he find a series of letters locked in a trunk written by Lanros, but never signed. They contain rantings about Neverember, and how he is turning Neverwinter into his own company, claiming he doesn’t give a damn about the people. Marl pockets these writings and the party proceeds to the main house. After Marl walks around the house looking in the windows he sneaks inside to find Lanros’ wife asleep in their room. He leaves the house and the party knocks on the door to awaken her, pretending to be from another cell.
She challenges them to identify themselves and summarily refuses to let them enter, pretending to know nothing of what is going on. Izzod kicks in the door to find the elven woman pointing an arrow straight at his face. Eventually it comes to blows, and after being lit on fire by Izzod, the woman surrenders. The Party explains why they have come and what they are after, informing her that they had to kill her husband. She says she understands and asks them to leave her with a few GP to heal herself at the temple. As Izzod generously hands over a few coins she whips out her knife and stabs him in an act of vengeance for the death of her husband. She is quickly brought down by the rest of the party.
Finding the key to his shop, they head down to the wharf and loot the place. They find nothing except for his change box and take the contents. The party then heads back to the Glimmergaunt homestead, their new base of operations.