Mosaic of Shadows

Chapter One

Sex, Drugs, and Criminals

The nobleman, Bo, with his release documents, headed for the stocks to recruit for his newest idea. He had managed to convince city officials to the idea of freeing lesser criminals as part of a labor force. This convincing most likely involved bribery, threats, or perhaps they just wanted Bo out of Ubersreik. Regardless, taking advantage of cheap labor was something he was commited to and so he took his legal forms and headed there with a spring in his step. After interviewing a few criminals in stocks, Bo had to choose between several folk of lesser birth. Eventually, he decided upon a strange apothecary Mr. Koch, a human thug named Simon, and the talented surgeon Todd, a dwarf who was only jailed due to not having legal license to operate within the town of Ubersreik. Each of them joined in part to gain freedom and partly for motivations all their own.

They headed out shortly after on a mission of secrecy to investigate Lord Aschaffenbergs manor. The journey wasn’t long but they had the strange feeling they were being followed and were assaulted just when they managed to make it to the gates of the estate. Though both Mr. Koch and Mr. Sezz were wounded in the battle, they were tough and made there way in to meet Lord Aschaffenberg and even helped carry one of the chests up to his room. Seeing their injuries, they were asked to rest while Todd and Bo carried the remaining 8 chests up, a tiring ordeal.

After a quick briefing with their lord, they headed to the Hospice. At the hospice they met the manor’s doctor, a blind nurse and an injured dwarf (Master of the manor’s forge). The dwarf had been injured in a Beastman attack, yet his wounds refused to heal and he thrashed in his bed with an apparant fever upon him.

Leaving the hospice, Bo and Mr. Koch used their charms upon some of the serving maids. Bo’s intent was to extract answers out of homely Hanna, while the disgusting Mr. Koch’s intent was only to seduce and bed the skanky wench Gertrude. Todd and Sezz explored the manor more until finally it was supper time.

Breaking their fast upon the well laid table of Lord Aschaffenberg, the dinner went well for a short while, until suddenly three of the four companions began to fall ill. At this point and time Bo begged off for the night to go rest in bed while Todd and Sezz went for a nightcap of brandy with the master of the manor.

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