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Welcome to the Vigilants.  You are one of the thousands of people living in the imperial capital of Sentra, the jewel of the Empire. For some of you, this is home, a comfortable and familiar place you've known your entire life.  For others, the city is ...

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Welcome to the Vigilants. You are one of the thousands of people living in the imperial capital of Sentra, the jewel of the Empire

For some of you, this is home—a comfortable and familiar place you've known your entire life.  For others, the city may only be a brief stop, perhaps one of many in your travels.  But regardless of how you came here, you share the same streets.

Depending on who you are—and where you live—Sentra can be a beautiful city of wonder and splendor. Yet that perfect city is only what many people see on the surface.  There are those that understand there is more to the city, that there are flaws in it that run deeper than what most will see.  There are those that know what lies beneath.

The Story

Continued from Session 9: Unwanted Visitors.

Needing to find a nice formal outfit for his father Liam, Amos took him to the Cute As A Button boutique and haberdasher to get fitted. Feeling good that he was leaving his father in the capable hands of the proprietor Unknown, he left to meet the others.

While Tor'in went to find Oak and Alcor to see what they've learned, Amos, Meriel, and Ren met at The Buttered Biscuit for fresh baked pastries and to plan their next move. Ren shared the message he got from Braelyn, left hidden in a piece of graffiti art outside his home: "Shan knows. There was another murder. Two days ago. B." The group decided to look for more message from Braelyn, and Meriel spotted a hidden piece that showed where to meet her in the Warrens.

The group arrived at a short brown house as described by Braelyn, although there were a few people watching it. Braelyn was glad to see them, and told them of this new murder that happened before Thea was murdered. She said she could take them to see the body, but she'd have to convince Artellus Prusun, one of Shan's advisors and a Solari. When the party agreed, Braelyn shouted out to the watchers on the street to bring Artellus. He arrived as smug as ever, but Braelyn convinced him that her friends could help find the murderer, which would benefit Shan and the White Daggers.

Artellus and one of his men led the group to a small shrine of the Keepers. Ren and Amos looked over the body, and it matched the description of the stranger from Soft Blooms. Artellus said his name was Rhys Asertis, a local beggar. The clothes he had also matched the stranger's description. They saw that there were two careful cuts down the arm from wrist to elbow, just as with Thea, although Rhys also had his throat cut. He had a few coppers on his person, but it looked like a ring was missing, based on careful examination of Rhys's left ring finger.  The party discussed why certain people were targeted by the killer.

With this new information, the party decided to check on Emlyn, who may have also been copied by the killer. Amos took the group to The Ministries where an Aldarite was less than helpful. Amos still found a copy of Emlyn's work pass, and found his description, his hometown, citizenship status, and where he lives and works. With new information in hand, the party made their way Emlyn's place of work, Lukasak Tannery in Smelting Row.

Emlyn was helpful, although nervous. Amos showed him the tankard that Ren found in Thea's room, and Emlyn confirmed it was his. He made it when he was younger (10 years, 3 months, and 6 days ago) because he was planning on being a potter.  Emlyn describes that when the stranger bought him a new drink at Soft Blooms, he did not realize that his tankard was switched at first. He say the fight made him nervous and so he had a little too much to drink. Emlyn stated that the stranger kept scratching his arms. Worried about his safety, the group wanted to take Emlyn into custody, but he said he wouldn't be off work for another 5 hours and 34 minutes. With some help from Meriel, Amos was able to convince the tannery foreman to let Emlyn leave early with pay.

House Ceasian is the current imperial family.  Their reign began with Emperor Cessius er'Ceasian in 977 AE.

Emperor Hadrianus er'Ceasian took the throne after the passing of his grandfather Polonius er'Ceasian in 1191 AE. His father, Traianus er'Ceasian had died earlier.

There are currently two brothers that are contenders for the throne, Princes Barnabus and Tobias.  They are the nephews of the current emperor and their father Aleron er'Ceasian was the younger brother of Emperor Hadrianus.  The emperor's only progeny, Prince Cephius died in infancy.

The Week of Remembrance is a seven-day festival, a time to celebrate and honor the ancestors and the respected dead, that falls on the last Sunis in the month of Aprivius.  Although primarily an observance of the Keepers, many other religions and organizations follow the holiday.  The Aldarites and Imperial family use the time to promote the great leaders of the past, Kolrehsans remember those that have fallen in battle, and the Elves build small shrines to their ancestors and loved ones no longer with them.

In Sentra, the first day of the festival is started with a family dinner, with extra portions being set aside for those that have died.  As the sun sets, people stand outside holding traditional candles while a procession of Keepers walks through the city streets.  They pray and chant and sing, asking that any spirits that come to visit over the week are benevolent and remember their loved ones with kindness, and that those still living honor the dead in return.  This is supposed to be a time when the veil between the living and the dead is weaker, and although rare, it is not unheard of for a spirit to cause some havoc through the night.  The Keepers are very quick and very firm about putting an end to any such occurrences, although there are always children and teenagers that put on a mask and run around as mischief makers that lay the blame on restless spirits.

The City

Read about life in the city and the neighborhoods and people that live in them:  City Life

Spotlights

The mortal world, or known world, consists of Aleona and its surrounding oceans with rumors of other lands existing on the other side of the Great Ocean and Azure Sea.

Also part of the mortal world are the two moons, Ultrus and Minias.

Connected to the mortal world is the Spirit World and the Afterworld.

Thea was a worker at the Soft Blooms and was a friend of Braelyn. She was murdered by an unknown assailant.

Hammerfall has spent the last few years licking their wounds after a protracted turf war against the Shadowlords. Where they once controlled most of Tiberim District, they have now been confined to the eastern end of the district in the neighborhoods of the Downriver Ward.  Although the size of their territory has greatly decreased, they have been concentrating efforts in the illegal drug trade, making use of elven imports into the Bazaar.

Lieutenant
Oswin
Trader
Kiarra
Former Member
Alcor Aquilla

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