Location: Co’erla; Stadt der Recht, then Uneinnehmbar
After retrieving Adelaide and Halvard, the group collected themselves on their ship, deciding to continue with the task given to them by the Drow empress. Making their way back to Stadt der Recht, they managed to find their way not only back onto land (fortunately for them, it was a tourist city, and therefore easy to enter), but also find a waystation easily enough.
Their plans very nearly hit a snag when Tesla noticed someone openly staring at them, a young man with pleasant green eyes who walked right up to them and noted his surprise at seeing them here, of all places. He’d barely recognized them beneath their new disguises, but Aofie could tell immediately that the young man was Crimson, somehow masquerading under a different guise from before. He didn’t attempt to confront them, however, instead leaving them somewhat disconcerted and just overall confused. But with that out of the way, they found their way back to Uneinnehmbar, where the king lived, and where they had left Nyarai.
After exiting the waystation, with Halvard a little worse for the wear, the group split up to cover more ground, hoping to find hints of Nyarai, or at least of this apparent conspiracy against the king or empress. Unfortunately, little information was to be found, though the entire city seemed to be on edge; the party saw a great deal more White Clad patrolling the rooftops, and there were few people wandering the streets. After being made thoroughly uncomfortable by this, they met back up at an inn nearby the West Gate, and made another surprising reunion.
Tesla and Aofie were the first to recognize him, but the entire party realized that the young man sitting at the bar was odd, dressed as nicely as he was. He practically screamed “target” to Euphie’s thieving senses. Harken and Aofie engaged him in conversation, not letting on that they knew him, and Harken was almost immediately confronted outdoors by the young prince’s bodyguard, Isolde. Having traveled with them for a time, Isolde could recognize by mannerisms and speech patterns. After threatening his life and the lives of all his companions, she vanished into the shadows, only reappearing after prince Manuel called her again.
Leaving the prince at the inn, the party left to go examine the city one last time, and managed to actually find Nyarai standing in the Residential district, staring at the one of the houses with a strange but unidentifiable look on her face. Unfortunately, not long after they found her they were attacked by a pair of White Clad, one of whom pounced on Nyarai, stabbing her fatally while the other failed to do the same to Aofie. After a brief battle, Manuel found them with one of the White Clad (the other had escaped), and demanded that the party follow him to a safe area. Once inside his late mother’s mansion, the party found themselves in an awkward situation, where they would have to either escape somehow and risk angering the prince, or trust him with the details of their actual mission, and who gave it to them…