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 c ...
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.
Tor'in and Meriel arrived at the Fournius Remembrance Ball early, disguised as servants. The event was held at an eighty foot tower in the wealthy Wyvern Towers neighborhood, its great height reinforced by the magic of the Magewrights. They met with the House Fournius head steward, Edmonde d'Fournius. He was earlier informed by the Vigilants that the two would be working undercover. He assigned them to work with and distribute linens and napkins so they would be able to move about the ballroom and other rooms.
Meanwhile, Ren and his brother Desconocido prepared themselves to help work the security for the ball. Karl was applying make up to create a fake scar on his face. At the ball, one of the Fournius house guards, Bertram, gave them directions on how to check attendees. It was clear from the way he talked to the two Vorkur brothers that he did not think highly of their intellect. Ren didn't act in any way to correct him. Ren noticed that the other house guard, Jens, was surreptitiously drinking from a flask of some kind while patrolling the ball room.
After Ren told Meriel what he saw, she and Tor'in decided to investigate. With Tor'in causing a distraction of dropped linens, Meriel was able to grab Jen's flask from his inside coat pocket with noticing. She quickly took a little sip to discover it was whiskey, and then placed it back where she found it. Jens was none the wiser.
Guests began arriving, some fashionably early. Among them was the young lady Cordia fae'Fournius er'Amatus, and Kaeso Er'Amatus who seemed protective of her. An elf named Lit'ta and listed as a Hero of Viterbo arrived with a pair of fine elven swords that she was reluctant to give up. Tor'in saw her arrive, and made sure to tell Ren to be very careful with her weapons.
Amos and his family arrived. His father Liam was in a dashing suit from Cute As A Button, but a little nervous about being there, and spent his time critiquing the quality of the pastries. Early in the ball as guests were still arriving, Edmonde fetched Amos at the request of Lady Zara fae'Fournius. Amos met her in the dressing rooms backstage, behind where the musicians were playing.
Lady Zara told Amos that she had information about his mother's death five years ago, and told him that would really happened was covered up. She said that Trisa Crow was actually at the Imperial Docks and interrupted an attempted heist of Arcstone. She also said that the Imperial family covered up the death of the emperor's emperor's brother, Aleron er'Ceasian. Lady Zara had reason to believe that he was killed the same day, but High Keeper Sidonia Sadafi helped to cover it up and make his death appear much later. Lady Zara gave Amos records about his mother's death and her Vigilant assignment on the day of her death. One copy was the original, and the other was edited. Both were signed by Constable Surt.
Trisa Crow was a high ranking and effective member of the Vigilants. She died in the line of duty five years ago. Information has recently come to light that the public records of her death and assigned duty for the day do not match what actually happened. According to new records obtained by Amos, she was at the Imperial Docks. Lady Zara fae'Fournius says that Sentinel Crow interrupted an attempted heist of the Empire's Arcstone stored there.
The Crow family continues their tradition of Vigilants with Trisa's daughter Laybeth and son Amos.
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.
Elisandra is the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Spoiled by her father, she can be petty and demanding. When Zarin didn't return her affection, she was surprised she did not get what she wanted. She grew infuriated and takes every opportunity to bad mouth Zarin, inconveniencing and harassing him whenever possible.
The Speakers' Guild runs messaging stations throughout the city. More are located in more human-centric and wealthy neighborhoods. These messaging stations have magical stones secured in the building that are used to send messages to another magical stone in a different location. Sending a one page message to any station costs 1𝔊. Messages have to be picked up at the station.
The Speakers' Guild also handles criers that spread announcements throughout the city and more traditional couriers that can deliver small packages. There are about eighty couriers working in the city.