A crisp and clear bell rang out and cut through the sounds of merriment. A moment later, in full regalia of green and gold, the Lady of the Hold stood in the middle of the great hall's staircase with a wine glass in hand. Once the hush settled over the patrons did Lady Carmilla began to speak. "Ladies and gentlemen, I want to welcome all of you to Amaryllis Hold and express my sincerest gratitude for all of you coming in support of the bond between Walled Hold and Atricis Weyr,"
A pause was given so the people could applaud. "I dearly hope that all of you are already enjoying the food, drink, and music. Before I let you go to continue enjoying this wonderful night, I would like to give a special welcome to two honored guests. Quastor Cartammy of Walled Hold. Please, stand up and introduce yourself."
A lovely woman dressed as a white swan stood up and raised her wine glass to the sounds of clapping. While everyone had a mask on that was there, this wasn't the sort of masquerade ball where people tried to guess who others were. "Thank you, Lady Carmilla. It was my honor to accept your invitation for tonight. I hope tonight is a shining moment that will solidify the bonds between two great allies. May those bonds never break."
She raised her glass once more before taking a sip of it herself, then she sat back down.
After another round of applause, Lady Carmilla spoke again, "I would also like to give a special welcome to Brownrider Tr’ros, Wingsecond of the Diplomatic Ivory Feather Wing of Atricis."
More enthusiastic clapping was given as heads turned to see the Atrician Diplomat. However, no one stood up. Confusion could be heard in the way the clapping began to stutter. A few others could be seen moving and those close enough would see the brownrider slumped in his chair, a splattering of white powder on his clothes. The people around him were snickering at their friend who somehow already managed to get that drunk. He was poked and prodded, though it didn't work, finally, he was shaken to get him awake. Still, the man slept on. That was when someone finally knelt down to be face to face with him.
That man shot up to his feet in shock. "He's dead...HE'S DEAD!!"
The man declared, the shock turned into upset and then to anger. In mere seconds the entire ensemble started talking excitedly and anxiously. Healers were called to come check on the man, but it wasn't long until more people began to be angry. Despite the fact they were all here in the name of peace, it was usually inevitable that when two groups from different sides started accusing each other of things there were no grounds for. Soon it was as if the dead diplomat was forgotten about while people from Walled Hold and Atricis Weyr started hurling accusations at each other. There were some level headed people trying to calm the situation down, but the anger and yelling just continued to get louder.
The Lady and Lord of the hold were trying to settle things, but not even they could quiet the mob that was getting more and more agitated. Both knew something needed to be done but so far their efforts were not working. A man approached the stairs then, removing his mask as he approached. Some of the Atricians would recognize the blond-headed man as Guardhandler Corbin. He spoke with Lady Carmilla as her husband began to get some of their men to try and calm down the patrons.
The conversation lasted as long as it did to get at least get some of the people to calm down. Corbin headed back into the crowd and began looking for people who wanted to help while Lady Carmilla struggled to get the room quieted down. "Ladies and gentlemen, please, I implore you to calm yourselves."
She said and then took a deep breath. "There is no question that something has happened to the diplomat. Now, we all want to know exactly what that is,"
She gestured down to Corbin. "This man is trained in the profession to figure out exactly what happened and if there is someone to blame. Please, those near to the diplomat, give the detective and his team room to work."
While the Lady was doing that, Corbin was quietly picking out people he believed would be...well, not a total failure. Once he had several people he gathered them all together to speak with them. "Right, all of you shut up and pay close attention to me. From what I know about Tr'ros he was a healthy man, which means it likely was not a natural death. It'll be up to us to figure out exactly what happened to keep this so-called peaceful event peaceful lest the crowd decides to turn on each other."
He gave each of them a rather forceful look in their eyes. "Before any of you think your special or important let me make it clear. You are not. I only picked you because you lot seemed to be above the average intelligence. In this room anyways,"
he stated harshly. Then, in a mocking voice, he said, "But Corbin...why even bother asking us to help?' Yeah, I know...I am more irritated by it than you are. However, the Lady of the Hold said I had to. Something to do with accountability or other nonsense grumblings. So...whenever you all are ready...Which you are now because I say you are...the game has begun."
He said and then led his ragtag team over to the body to begin the search.
First of all, late warning, Corbin is an asshole. Don't take him personally...well, you the players...feel free to have your characters act as they wish.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Tr'ros's brown did between at his death so any of you with dragons that are nearby you would know before the yelling starts that something has happened.
This is all you need to do really.
IC wise have them act as they wish, but keep the objectives in mind. (Example: For Act 1 the objectives are to figure out how he died and if there is anything that could lead you to the killer, either where they went or where they come from.) Basically, have them do anything you think your character would do to figure those two things out. Act 1 will end when both objectives are met. The 'Clues' numbers are to let you know there are six potential clues you will find to meet the objectives. You do NOT
have to find all six in order to accomplish this. I also encourage you all to be creative while searching. Corbin is there as a plot device. If you're stuck and can't figure it out you can call on him to help get you unstuck. Keep in mind...you can only use him TWICE(2) an act. All actions concerning looking for clues, ie. searching the body, talking to people, etc., will be given a dice roll that I will roll openly after the action is done. (So...I'll be trying to get those in after individual posts.) Everyone will get the same base of +5 to a d20 roll
. The only tokens I would consider taking into account is Pernese Detective or Lore Master (but only concerning possible methods of killing).
OOC wise there is a lot less to do. I simply would like you all at the bottom of your posts to let me know exactly what your character is doing. For any villains out there...remember to be smart.
Lastly... HAVE FUN!!