Glimpse the Unthinkable

City of Korvosa

The city life is not for everyone and adventurers probably least of all, most knowing only the rules of the wild and untamed places in the world. And the laws in Korvosa are not the easiest to live with, leaving even those born and raised here ill at ease when authorities shows up. Korvosa is still recovering from the Blood Veil, a horrific plague that swept through the city three years, killing thousands, but has started to get back on its feet with the help of its newest Queen and her compatriots, who were instrumental in removing the old queen and in ending the plague itself. The city is rebuilding every day.

This process is starting from the inside out, however, and the poor and downtrodden of Bridgefront and other outlying sections of the city have yet to see their lives getting any better, only worse. Still grateful enough for the disease-ridding coffee handed down by the new queen, the people are nowhere near the beginning of revolts, but many have turned to drugs, alcohol, and other vices to make their lives just a bit more bearable.

Recently, although officially denied by the authorities, a new plague has started to spread through Bridgefront, although of a different nature; a plague of nightmares and restlessness. More and more suffer each day, their hag-ridden features evident of their nightmares and the lines of the coffee vendors growing longer.

This is where the adventurers found themselves after confronting the Beast in the dreamscape. In a crowded, dark alley of Bridgefront at the stroke of 3am. The Beast did it's best to follow them, forcing itself through dimensions via a dreamer that fell prey to his nightmares just moments before. The screams of those witness to the beast ripping into the world incited a panic in the streets and as citizens ran past, guards ran toward the terror.

Before the group could do much, Po was whisked away by what appeared to be his teacher, back to their home in the Laughing Forest to confront a new danger closer to his heart, an invasion of Rakshasa. 

Mary was quick to assess the source of the screams once Po left, flying to the top of a nearby building, while Nadeem ran out of the alleyway. The source was the creature that had haunted them in the dream trying to mindlessly rip its way from the corpse of a dead dreamer, dragging the body of the unfortunate soul behind it. Several guards attempted to hack away at it, but seems to be having trouble even landing a single blow. At the same time, a young wizard that had been following signs of a planar breach from another dimension arrived and began to help take down the monster. It took a bit, but eventually the creature faded back out of reality with the assistance of the three adventurers.  

Afterward, the guard captain, after interviewing her still surviving men, invited the group to meet with Magistrate Drune. Drune oversaw the current happenings in Bridgefront and had been asking for the help of adventurers that could potentially have an a better chance than his Korvosan guards. After agreeing to the job offer for 8000g, the group went their respective ways to sleep for the night, asking for guards to escort them back once morning hit. 

After waking, eating, and traveling back to Bridgefront, the group started looking into the reports and piecing together clues. They stopped at a few locations, but have yet to find any clues. Mary considered jumping into a pigpen to look for the missing pieces of the corpse from the night before, but her companions talked her out of it. After perusing the night market for a bit, the young wizard bought himself a dose of shiver and a rather odd, expensive potion that magically alters genders. The group got a few directions to local shiver dens and just stepped onto Scuttling Way. 

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Field Study Notes
From the Pocket Notebook of Mr. Dyer

Entry 1:

An hour into my nightly walk I was roused from my mindless wandering by a crowd of people running toward me. A look of panic and fear was set upon their face. As I turned the corner, I saw something that could be akin to the creatures in my nightmares. My newly acquired tome seemed to have vibrated as the eye on the cover started to glow a pale blue light. 

Out of the alleyway a strange dark skinned beast of a man leaped toward the monstrosity. He seemed to be punching the nightmarish beast with his bare hands….It was…actually effective, but I knew it wouldn't fell the beast on its own. I needed to intervene. 

I flung open the grimoire and chanted the first text that I saw,  which caused this dark fellow to grow in size to match the beast, it also caused his arms to take the form of which he was fighting. His arms turned into some kind of tentacles as if from a beast below the depths of the ocean. 

We defeated the creature just before it destroyed all of the guards. 

Intrigued I inspected the beast:

  • Multiple appendeges
  • Ability to possess 
  • Can be destroyed by conventional means
  • Bleeds black blood

Then I inspected the dark man:

  • Black  ichor-like blood
  • Able to survive tranfigurations
  • Unnatural strength/constitution
  • Bad at social interactions
  • Named "Nadeem"

The authorities want me to look into this matter more in-depth in the morning. This seems like an excellent subject for my field study for my final semester at the Academy. 

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Field Study Notes Entry 2
From the Pocket Notebook of Mr. Dyer

Entry 2:

Met up with subject "Nadeem" from before. Still showing signs of abberent influence, black blood, enhanced strength, etc. It is traveling with a hunchbacked woman who seems more spry than her form would presume. Her skin is black just like Nadeem, possible genetic link? 

Magistrate Drune informed us about the killings in the poor district of the city. Murders seem to be correlated to victims use of a drug called Shiver. I looked over the file that the Magistrate had on case. Need to do some investigating where the murders took place.

Gathering information in this district is harder than it appears. Our group is having a hard time relating to these poor citizens. We did get a lead from a potion vendor at the Night Market. She said to check out Dreamscape Alley, or something, down Scuttling Way. We will check that out later. The black faced woman, Mary, says we should try to acquire some of the drug ourselves. 

Drug inventory:

1 Shiver

Note to self: Don't become a drug dealer. Everyone is gross looking. Hardly anyone has a full set of teeth.

Nothing here in Dreamscape Alley, just a bunch of nearly conscious abusers. Tried to bribe one with food, didn't take. It seems all these people care about is where they are going to get their next hit. 

Subject Nadeem seems susceptible to the coffee. Subject began vomiting uncontrollably minutes after ingesting the coffee.  This coffee is said to have restorative properties, will continue research later. 

Next page has a lipstick kiss as the only entry on the page

Found a robe and a sickle with the insignia of a spider hidden under the bed where the magistrate was killed, possible connection.

What follows is very hastily scribbled notes in illegible handwriting, the only thing visible is something about "Spider Face"

Purchased a home from a local for 5 gp. This will serve as our base in the area. Next door is a manor that seems out of place for this poor district. The group decided it will be worth checking out. We are going to wait until the owner, the Lamplighter, is out on the job to take a look around. 

I am unable to bring to words what I saw in that house. If I even begin to write this down I will surely be hunted from every angle imaginable. One cannot fathom the fear and dispare I stumbled upon in that dusty mansion. Beware the Lamplighter. 

We tailed a dealer to his hideout, it is across from our newly acquired real estate. We plan on breaking in. Notes to follow.

The makers, what have I gotten myself into, we killed a man today. Shot him off the balcony, drug his body off the street and stripped him of everything he had. We found the dealers' stash, this will help fund the rest of our investigation. Now it will be much more difficult to find anything because the Cult knows who we are, they may even know where we live….

Drug Inventory:

6 Vials of Shiver

Subject 2: Mary is not what she seems. She is no old crone or hunchback. 

  • Feathered Face
  • Incredible Dexterity
  • Advanced Weapon Proficiency 

    • Particularly with Bows
  • Has a wolf companion, who she seems to forget about often. 
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