The party returned from the deep woods dropped off Giles and his apprentices at their place and returned to the Zahn estate where they had been staying, in the morning gathered to assess their situations. Mark found an ominous message written in his journel after Thia spotted signs of teleportation, this not being the first time someone had made it into one of their rooms in the middle of the night it seemed something had to be done. Mark recruited Ennith to hide in his room and stop any intruder from escaping. unbeknownst to him Moosa was buying black iron caltrops and setting them up in Mark’s room as well. While all that was being set up Rolan and Sariel had been following James Solen as he visited “The grand academy” and for some reason the palace. They followed as he returned to to the Vontaren estate and watched as he set up a magical ritual and appeared to use a mirror to gain a view into Mark’s room, through there they watched as someone magically transported into the room before stepping on a caltrop, falling, panickedly attempting to flee out the window and suffered a grievous crossbow wound from Moosa. Rolan saw some kind of opportunity and so elected to open the window hi was looking trough and throw a fire bomb at James. Whilst on fire James responded with a spell that immediately dropped Rolan whose skin began to crack and peel and rot. Sariel decided to become a bear grab Rolan and flee and indeed she was able to get Rolan to the Zahn estate and get Rolan healing.
Thia for her part had gone to visit Vancill and smooth over relations. Vancill had lost control and needed help. Thia cleaned him up and the two went around the districts and reestablished control, they arranged for a gathering that night. Vancill gave a speech about controlling their growth and Thia talked about humans outbreeding elves and being a serious threat. One Ear arrived and Thia listened in on their argument on how the elves should proceed. Vancill and Thia’s arguments convinced many but not all the elves of Avissium were begining to break into two factions, those who trusted Vancill and those who followed One ear. Thia’s choice was clear she regained the badge she had recently given up and stayed behind for dinner with Vancill.
The next morning Moosa interrogated the intruder from Mark’s room. He was apparently a local merchants son Jeremy who was paid by a masked stranger to sneak a note into marks room. The note asked Mark to ask about the weather at a local restaurant and promised payment. The party were as ever suspicious but curious, they gave Jeremy a story and carried him home as given his crossbow wound that was now necessary. They did stop of at Vigo’s to hear about how apparently a bear had run through town with a dead elf on its back, there was also reports of a large gathering in “The deep woods” the party had little to add. Following up on the note he hd received mark visited the restaurant and received another message this one more specific. Mr Burghed was asked to deliver a manifest of the goods purchased by the Hastings family from Zorias for which he would receive 1000 gold. Zorias was asked what he thought, he could only theorise but he thought it might be a way for someone to get some advantage over the Hastings, a plan to ambush a delivery or a test for Mark. He was able to provide a charm that might help him resist magical charming attempts something he had been focusing on since his lunch with James.
The next item on the agenda was the Thieves Court the most dangerous part of Avissium (except possible the royal court). Some of Gamlan old men had retreated there and were causing problems for Vancill and Thia had promised to help. The whole party headed down into the twisting narrow alleyways hoping to convince Gamlen’s remnants to join Vancill, to that end they went to a “Big Jim” a mildly respected member of the community narrowly avoiding a fight they agreed to a arm wrestle selecting Sariel as their champion betting Mark’s vest against further information. to the gathered
thugs audience the female elf seemed to be little threat she did however as soon as competition began become a large bear, it worked. beaten and humiliated Jim told the party about secret gathering of former Gamlen lieutenants to be held in the thieves court by a “Fat Pete”. The party decided to attend..