Kaden decided to visit his father again. Lukas, still waiting for a message from the Chained Ones, decided not to accompany him, but mentioned his brother’s names to Kaden, hoping that Kaden can find the ones who killed Antonio and Brutus in the Autumn Skirmish.
Kaden’s father wasn’t very forthcoming, but mentioned that there was a new Imperial Harbormaster, and promised, if Lukas accompanied Kaden, that he “will not harm him myself.”
Going to the estate (with Lukas, Flora, and One-Eye) Kaden took possession. The family lawyer informed him of the estate’s resources (a 5D fund) and expenses (seasonal expenses and taxes totaling Ob 5). Kaden also retrieved the saddle from the silk merchant and discovered that the other items were long gone.
Lukas had no trouble at all finding the secret door that hid the portal, and together they managed to open it, revealing steps that lead down into the darkness. At the bottom of the stairs they found a bronze door, aged and locked. The Blues evidently descended no further than this.
Lukas managed to pick the lock easily, remarking, “I’m a natural lockpick, I should have gone into crime.”
Underground, they found a very old fissure cut into the natural rock. At the first fork, they went right, following signs of relatively recent passage. At the end was a broken brick wall with an opening that lead to a square chamber. There was a square pedestal in the center of the chamber, but whatever had been on the pedestal was gone.
Lukas discovered that one of the walls was actually a bricked-up doorway. Unable to break it open by themselves, they retraced their steps and explored the other passageway.
They came upon an excavation around the foundation of a buried building, and a noise that turned out to be rats. Rounding a corner, they were stopped by a hastily constructed brick wall and a rat with glowing eyes who ran into a crevice in the building foundation when they scared it.
They also found a half-eaten shovel.
Bringing down some of the servants, they broken through the wall in the square chamber and found a short passage that lead to a hidden door. Dismissing the servants, they figured out how to open the door and discovered a shrine to the Spirit of Aesthetics. Exploring further, they found the door that lead out to a buried, half excavated street. To the right was a hastily abandoned dig site, to the left, past a pile of rubble from an old cave-in, they found that the street continued onward into the darkness. A little ways down the street, they found the doorway that lead into the rusticated building they had been in the tunnels behind.
Inside the warehouse, door long gone missing, they found broken pottery and many rats. Kaden shot one with his bow. Lukas noticed that the rat’s eyes were still glowing after they had cut it in half.
Returning to the surface, Kaden went to see his father again. He surprisingly managed to convince his father of his sincerity and trustworthiness, so that his father lent him Bergholm the dwarf’s squad. (A short but definitive Dual of Wits.) His father seems to be warming up to him again.
Having some free time, Kaden went looking for a horse at the Hippodrome. His Faith resulted in a minor miracle, and the horse breeder gave him a horse for free. A horse that turned out to be a unicorn and caused no end of attention as Kaden walked through the city to return to the mansion.
Meanwhile, Max was commissioned by The Chained to hunt down a rogue neophyte sorcerer who has been raiding the warehouses. Attracted by the unicorn, he ended up meeting with Kaden and they both discovered that the neophyte sorcerer was one of the ones who had been trying to break into the house while Kaden and Lukas had been at sea.
Searching the party guest list, Max found two possible names, both minor nobility: Theophane and Philander.
Something has been raiding the mansion’s larder.