Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

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Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Zanaikin » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:12 pm

Lost Shipment - Escalated [Faction][Personal]
Type: Search & Rescue
Contact: Kurn d'Velderan
Description: After a shipment bound for the Stormreach Foundry from one of House Tharashk's mines outside the city has gone missing, Viceroy Kurn d'Velderan ordered his best inquisitive, Shurya d'Velderan, to investigate the matter. However, since she hired some muscle for protection and left for the forest, Kurn has lost contact and, after over a week, has yet to hear back from anyone in her group. He fears that her party has been attacked by the same assailants who intercepted the shipment, and is putting together an expedition to investigate both the shipment and what happened to Shurya.
Unfortunately, all of the elite Duraak'ash hunters of House Tharashk that Kurn have access to are unavailable at the moment. Kurn fears that it may be too late by the time they return. Normally he would not approach a new group for such a sensitive matter, but the Xen'drik Outreach Society has trustworthy connections to House Tharashk (Ahz).
Downpayment: 1,000gps
Completion Payment: 4,000gps
Missed Penalty: -25 attitude from the Dragonmarked House Tharashk; Ahz loses influence within the house
Failure Penalty: -10 attitude from the Dragonmarked House Tharashk; Ahz loses influence within the house
Time Needed: 1 week?
Time Limit: 3 days

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It was another foggy Monday, and the industries of Stormreach were gearing up for yet another laborious week after the hubbub of the weekend. In a city ran by former pirate lords, few places exemplified this transition from the wild west to orderly production more than the Tharashk Refinery in Cross district's Graystone ward. The large building towers over its surroundings, belching smoke and emanating an obnoxious noise from its loud machines.

One fact was apparent -- there was no way anyone would want to live anywhere near it, which might explain why much of Cross district was occupied by dirty, destitute Cyran refugees.

Just as the party nears the refinery, the main gate opened for the departure of a large cargo wagon. Its wooden containers were filled to the brim with Eberron dragonshards -- one of the most valuable resources extracted from this frontier continent.

The two ogre security guards escorting the shipment merely looked at the party, saw Ahz, and grunted before moving on.

Inside the refinery, over a hundred humanoids from various races, and even a handful of giants, could be seen working at the machines or conveyor belts. Overseeing them was a tall and gruff-looking orc -- whom Ahz recognizes as Durgran'Torrn.

"Morning all. Kurn's waiting for you in his office," he told Ahz while giving the party an inquisitive look, before getting back to his own job. He seemed to spend a particular amount of time hovering around the giants, his gaze trained upon them with a distrusting look.

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Durgran's words came as bit of an understatement though. Kurn was pacing about his room, jittery with impatience when the party arrived.

"Finally, you're here," he waved the party inside before offering them a seat on the cushioned couches in the room. Despite being attached to the Tharashk Refinery, the Tharashk Enclave that housed his office was surprisingly quiet thanks to its thick walls and double windows.

"Some of you may have met me already. I'm Kurn d'Velderan, leader of House Tharashk operations in Stormreach. My request comes rather urgent, so I'll get straight to the point.

"About two weeks ago, an armed transport ferrying dragonshards from our mining camp twenty-three-miles outside the city went missing. I had assigned the investigation to my best inquisitive, Shurya d'Velderan. I believe she approached you at the time, though it seemed you were too busy with other tasks. She hired one of the Xen'drik adventuring parties from within the city instead for security detail before leaving.

"That was over a week ago. Shurya might get too caught up in her work and forget to report in for two or three days, but this is absurd even for her. At this point, I can only guess that her investigation group had been attacked by whomever it was that intercepted our shipment, and I need a second team to track her down, figure out what happened, and if need be -- rescue her."

After anxiously pacing about the room as he spoke, Kurn plopped down on his chair with a deep exhale.

"Normally, I'd send one of my inquisitives with you. But as luck would have it, the remaining three are ALL away from Stormreach this week." He stared at Ahz before turning to the rest of the group. "I can only hope your company has the finesse to take care of this. Although I recommend hiring a jungle guide at least, unless you're very confident of your knowledge of the surrounding areas."

He hands the party a small bag from his table carrying the down payment.

"Now, any questions before you can get started?"
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Squall255 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:24 pm

OOC: Do we know the route the shipment normally travels? Do we have any indication where along the route it may have been hit (i.e. did it pass any checkpoints/ villages)? If we don't have these answers, Goodberry will telepathically suggest them to the more socially inclined of the group, as he doesn't really want to talk to this... taskmaster.

If we need the above information: "Ask for the normal shipping route, and if Shurya reported that the shipment had made it past any landmarks."

He leaves the decision to hire a tracker up to Gorin.

Particularly perceptive party members will notice Goodberry seems to be ill at ease after they enter House Tharashk's facilities.
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Zanaikin » Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:41 pm

Ahz already checked the 'road' -- if a dirt path through some grass between patches of jungles could be called that -- that leads to the mines. There are countless jungle patches along the road's sides; usually only on one side with some clearing on the other, except at a southwestern bend where there are jungles on both.

There is only one village along the way, and it's just outside Stormreach. The rest are inhabited only by nomadic tribes and indigenous critters. (Xen'drik is not exactly the Brelish countryside.)
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Mr_Praetorian » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:42 am

"Was there something about this shipment that might make someone attack both it, and the back-up? You know, beyond the 'Dragon Gems' or whatever they're called?" Gorin asked rather bluntly.
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Zanaikin » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:11 pm

"Dragonshards," Kurn corrected as his lips twisted in contemplation. "that stone which set the foundation for most of our magical engineering across Khorvaire... and to the best of my knowledge, no; this was supposed to be just a normal shipment."
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby skychan » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:00 pm

"How many shipments have there been since this one was lost, and, is the one we saw leaving as we came in going out on the same route?" Koko Speaks up curiously. Then telepathically to the others, 'if so it may be best to catch up to it quickly and accompany it a way's, if only to see what a normal shipment looks like, and ask who see's it, what they saw of the missing one.'

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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Zanaikin » Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:16 pm

"The shipment we're sending out today is refined shards heading for the docks and Khorvaire. And the mines haven't sent another shipment yet since the one that was lost."
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Kadi » Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:35 pm

"Could we get a description of Shurya? Any particular identifying features? Or can we maybe get a sketch, in case we need to ask people whether they've seen her?" In general, Leah leaves most of the talking to Ahz this time, seeing as he's part of the House.

[Sense Motive to pick up on Goodberry's distress: 1d20+9 = 25. IF she does...]

'Anything on your mind, Doc?' Leah asks Goodberry via telepathy, adding a warm tone to it (whether it's recognized or not). If he knew something that might put the group (and her) in danger, she wanted to know it. Thrill of anticipation and anticipation of thrill. Though she better not let on her particular (selfish) reason for caring...

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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Zanaikin » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:43 pm

"She's twenty-eight years old. Brown hair, green eyes, three inches shorter than me and borderline scrawny," Kurn described. "I don't have a sketch of her though."

(I think Kadi should pick up on Goodberry's distress? I'll leave that interaction between players though =P)
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby skychan » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:36 pm

'Goodberry, do you know what she looks like? If so later in private we can work to match her so that we all will recognize her when we see her later. I just would prefer not to reveal myself so to our employer.'

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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Squall255 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:57 pm

Telepathic to Leah: "Just some history. Nothing that affects mission parameters. Ahz is handling it." Goodberry sends back. He seems... anxious to be done with the briefing, and eager to be on their way. All of his responses have been short, non-verbal if possible, and he has been standing at the back of the group.

Telepathic to Koko: "I have never heard of her before today."
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Zanaikin » Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:11 pm

( any other questions? )
( if not, I suggest you prepare yourselves before heading out )
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Mr_Praetorian » Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:09 am

Gorin has nothing more to add.

He does, however, spend some time before the group's departure studying maps of the area to help with navigating.
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby Squall255 » Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:07 am

Goodberry doesn't have any other questions but he goes shopping for 3 doses of antitoxin for each member of the party heading out. 50gp market value each. over telepathy: "Would anyone like to help me shop for some antitoxin to aid us while we venture into the wilds?"
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Re: Mission 4 - Lost Shipment (Feb 16)

Postby skychan » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:10 pm

Koko jumps on the offer like a rat off a sinking ship. "That sounds great! One last chance to hit the markets before we are lost and alone, abandoned by fate in the wilds of the uncivilized wastes." Her tone overdone and dramatic about just how horrid leaving town will be.


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