finding Nessa Innogen, the bariaur Xaositect and trying to get to her inheritance; visiting Inky’s Kip in the Hive Ward, then bumping into the bariaur cleric outside the Ivory Elephant, then to the vault (courtesy of some Gray Orb thieves’ guild members), and eventually heading to the Plain of Pillars (Nuada’s Realm) in Tir Na Og
(Thabit’s account follows)
After returning from Sigil on some personal business, Thabit passes a scrap of paper around the group.
“Thought you’d get a kick out of this.”
The Chattering Bone Box
Post Peck Edition
An Inheritance for None
Commotion today in the lady’s ward after officials gathered at nobleman’s home tied to an apparent robbery attempt. Officers were guarded and tight lipped on details and would only state that their was a burglary at the home the previous night. But clues indicated that the dark on this story was deeper then it appeared.
First is the owner of the property. A respected nobleman and investor of good standing, or at lest until his resent passing. Not much was found on his passing, but nothing of suspension arose. What is of interest is the apparent heir to the aristocrat’s fortuned, an eccentric Xaositect, Nessa Innogen. This leads to much speculation to fate of money and the cause of the break in.
On top of the interesting heir to the fortune of the nobleman are the parties involved in the investigation. Aside of the standard complement of hardheads and guvners a third party with an distinctive symbols were also seen. Upon proper digging it was quickly found to be the notable thieves guild the Grey Orb. Also notable was the presence of the Dustmen, which only indicates the dead book as a new entry. The Harmonium and the Fraternity of Order refused to comment on the Dustmen’s presence or the Guilds involvement. The Grey Orb was unavailable for comment.
As official channels are their typical red tape and stone walls it takes the reporter’s skill to find the real source of info. The Dustman were around, so it meant at some point a body would be moved to the Mortuary. Getting there is easy, picking out the same berks you spied at the mansion was the trick. After the few morose words I could get of the Dead attendants, and a quick peek at the two corpse that arrived it was clear that these two had met a violent end. Evidence indicated this end was by a pair of large hard fists, likely golems guarding the fortune within the property, a popular choose of the elite.
Further digging found the pair were local thieves part of a larger group looking into acquiring wealth at the expense of Innogen. Sources led to several witnesses who saw the local thugs trying to convince the Bariaur out of her inheritance, to little effect. These witnesses also noticed that she had recently been spending extravagantly, most notably in the effort to find bard of worth to proclaim her story.
As for last night story, here what this reporter has deduced. The local thugs frustrated with the Bariaur’s indifference to their efforts and threats decided to claim the treasure by force. I was able to track down one of few that saw the sods with a large party, numbering over ten, enter the mansion in the late evening. Innogen was off on the planes apparently finally finding a bard worthy and wishing to have an adventure for which of him to sing, leaving the property vacant.
The party seems to have been formed of two groups. The first was the two dead thugs group with some mercs for good measure. The second an unknown group also looking into acquiring the money. The second party had some insight or expertise needed and were muscled into helping crack the defenses of the treasure. Given the amount of rumor and interest in the inheritance by so many groups it impossible to deuce who was this second party. Likely, their knowledge was not enough to best the defenses of the home, and were seen not long after scrambling from the mansion in to the dark of the night.
Now, this seems like a simple robbery gone wrong, but so much is unanswered. Why are the Grey Orb involved in the investigation? Their expertise would be fitting for more elaborate crimes. Who was this second party? The locals where not large enough to compose the whole group, and what was this second rabbles Real interests? And what of Nessa Innogen and her inheritance? Who would give such wealth to a Xaositect? Was there even any wealth to start with, or just her attempts at attention grabbing.? Unfortunately these answers will likely never come and we are left to wonder the truth.
- Margo Frerighter
“It was odd that a gentle gust of wind just blew it at me…”