The Assassination Attempt
Everything you say
Takes me one step closer down
I’m about to break
After Brindol’s Brigade finishes gracefully thanking the crowd of well-wishers Elder Cadrick steps to the podium again as the wind picks up. He calls for Bhenedict to join him at the center of the small stage. Standing eye-to-eye as equals, Cadrick reaches out gripping Bhenedict’s right arm with his own firming at the wrist the common Dwarven greeting and reaching into a pouch with his left hand withdrawals a medal.
Daydreaming in an odd distant way, Jeroen stares off at the statue of Majere …
“Zigil-Felak” he says, as lifts the medal high, the silver medallion gleaming in the sunlight. “These heroes have earned this honor, and our than- … Ah!” he sudden gasps in pain dropping the award clutching at an arrow deeply embedded in his side as he falls to the ground with a sickening thud.
…then hearing Cadrick cry out Jeroen thoughts race to the present with a feeling of shock not unlike falling into a frozen lake … jumbled thoughts, memories pouring in but with a sudden clarity as he remembers finally and at once his true name, Aenied, Avenger of Erathis, Scourge of the Underbelly of the City of Seven Dark Delights. Looking towards the direction the Elder’s fall, Aenied sees further to a building 50 feet from the square where at the top of building, as roof-line breaks, he spies a pair of cloaked figures preparing a second volley. Instinctually stepping in front of the Dwarf Aenied points out the would-be killers to the Brigade. Jimmy kneels at the Cadrick’s side seeing that he is grievously injured but alive even as other rush towards the attackers.
The building that the assassins are on is 20 feet tall. The Freeriders are already on the move with a small lead. With a flourish Ghena waves her arms speaking in something in Deep Tongue directing a cloud of daggers that appears upon the assailants; as at the same time Sylen fires a twin strike from his bow – one arrow for each attacker.
The response from the Brigade is equally quick. Jerion acting as Aenied yells, "We must capture these assassins to determine their purpose. Do not let the Freeriders ‘accidentally’ kill them before we can interrogate them. Jimmy sees to Cadrick." And with that Jeroen-Aenied wraps himself in shadows and shifts through the crowd with grace and speed making his way towards the building where the assassins launched their attack. Bingus quickly focuses his concentration, casting a pinch of sand into the air for effect … whispering a command “sleep” never breaking his focus on the attackers causing an ‘poof’ of an explosion of feathers and phantom sparkling sand over the attackers. The members of the Brigand and the Freeriders find their responses to be blunted however by some unfriendlies mixed into the crowd when as many as a dozen draw weapons and attack halting the progress of Bhenedict and Ragnum while slowing Megan, and Bairdyn.
Looking up to the rooftop Aenied sees one of the offending snipers swinging from the building towards another located across the adjacent backstreet making a ground landing well beyond the confusion and melee. The second attacker drops on second another rope to the backside of the building, the same direction that Madrick and his pet raccoon Bandit are running but as Aenied watches a halfling from the crowd grabs Madrick from behind and throws him up against the wall of the building while threatening him with a flaming dagger.
Vexed the attackers drop from their ropes, each suddenly weary and stumbling – the result of Bingus’s spell, the first rogue well ahead of the crowd pulls something from his belt and starts banging on it in a rhythmic pattern, it is a drum, a loud drum and somehow its beat excites the assassin’s allies while at the same time panicking the crowd further. Aenied steps deftly amidst the chaos of the crowd engulfed in shadow and moving easily through the quagmire surprising the first attacker in the alley with a sudden attack.
Putting everything he has into it, the attackt staggered the would-be assassin and Aenied heard the satisfying crack of ribs even as he wiped the trickle of blood from his nose. However, before Aenied has a chance to make a second attack the rogue vanishes, teleporting away, without a trace, his drums silenced.
In Aenied’s wake, Bandit manages to drive off Madrick’s pint-sized attacker freeing up his master and Megan to affect the capture of the second rooftop sniper – still wearied from Bingus’s attack. As the city guard arrives in force and takes control of the mob it becomes nearly impossible to separate the instigators from the innocent onlookers who had been caught up in the violent attack. Given Aenied’s description of the lead attacker and the attackers use of the magical drum it is determined with near certainty that he was Bairdyn’s arch-rival, Snare Drum of the Lost Ones, a group of thieves who call Overlook their home that escaped. The sole prisoner of the attack, a rogue calling himself Donn is held by the Freeriders until the city guard takes him. Bairdyn is quick to tell the Freeriders not to kill the prisoner but looking at the prisoner something bothers Bairdyn about the look in this Donn’s eyes but his musing is quickly interrupted when the city watch takes the prisoner. Megan is quick to offer the Freerider’s assistance in running down the gang, pointing out that one of their own was attacked.