Gnargle: Met new companions at Hydra’s Horde. Just as we were about to descend to find out why we were here, our host was attacked by a Were-Rat. I chased her off with a magic missile and immediately pursued so she could not reveal anything about our secret passage to the meeting place. Managed to get another Magic Missile into her as she fled down a drain in the tannery next door, where we followed into the sewers. After frying a swarm of rats and several giant rats, we managed to defeat 8 humans and 2 were-rats to free a woman imprisoned by the Assassin’s guild. Received 27 GP and a pearl as my share of items found – I’ll need them to purchase more reagents. Also, to buy new boots – can’t get the sewer stains out of these. Journal post, day 1.
Aelodir Reiniel: Illuminated One, as instructed I met my new companions at the Hydra’s Horde. Our host was beset by a were-rat, who Gnargle singed with a magic burst, chasing it away. We pursued as our host managed to tell me that it’s knowledge of our secret meeting place must not be shared. We followed it into the sewers through a drain in the tannery next door. We defeated many rats, and a group of 10 enemies, including the were-rat, and freed a female prisoner. We learned that the Assassin’s Guild is involved, and that they are targeting merchants to gain knowledge of secret meetings. I’ve received a Flail of Resounding and a pearl as my share of the recovered items – please instruct me on how I should use these for Pelor. Yours in Pelor’s Service, Aelodir
Cavendish Marek (encoded, private cipher): Joined new companions to serve Lord Kypton – a Gnome Wizard (a Gnome!?), female Elven Cleric and Half-Elf Ranger. Met at the Hydra’s Horde supply shop near the docks – gave the password “barrel of red rum” and was led into the back room. I arrived early to scope out the room and detected the passage below the desk, and also a weak panel at the back of the room. As we were descending the stairs through the secret passage a were-rat attacked the proprietor, slipping through the weak panel from the Tannery next door. The Gnome reacted quickly, stopping the creature with a magical burst of energy, sending her through the opening in the wall back to the Tannery, where we chased it down a drain into the sewers. We followed it through several tunnels, at one point through a secret opening (standard two-hand-holds cavern wall slide) beyond which there was a keyhole in the tunnel wall to the left – we did not have time to explore. (I suggest we look further into what’s hidden down there and if it ties to what the Assassin’s are up to.) Just past this entrance there were 3 pressure-plate triggered spear traps. We managed to track it into a cavern where a woman was held in a cage by the were-rat woman, another were-rat and 8 henchmen (standard bully-boys). (I suggest we keep a closer eye on any of our members with rat-like tendencies.) We managed to kill them all, though I received the brunt of their damage, and freed the woman, who had been kidnapped by the Assassin’s guild to try to flush her husband out of hiding. He works at the Orange Eye Spice merchant across the street. The Assassins seem to think he has some knowledge of a resistance group, but they appear to be misinformed. We returned to the Hydra’s Horde. Will leave a copy of these notes in the usual hiding spot to keep the guild aware of events. Haul, split with group: 27GP, 4 pearls, gold elven brooch, silk robe and a Flail of Resounding – my share was the robe & a pearl. Guild tax exempt for this mission, per your orders. – Magpie
Bangalor Maine: Met with new companions at the Hydra’s Horde. Host attacked by Were-Rat. Pursued her into the sewers, defeated mixed group of humans & were-rats aligned with local Assassin’s guild. Freed female prisoner, wife of employee at Orange Eye Spice merchant. Received a pearl and an elven brooch. Returned to Hydra’s Horde to resume meeting. Event Log, Day 1.