Everyone gets 450 XP each for the Train Encounter, the Skill Challenge, and the Minor Quest of finding the source of the food poisoning, and shutting down the problem.
Ditzy Duvik and the Poison Factory
Having hired on with Callista and her House Orien patrons, the group agrees to ride the Lightning Rail to Marketplace, Aundair. House Cannith also recruits Quinn to serve as an extra set of eyes for a valuable shipment being sent north. After a restful night, the group heads to the rail station for their departure. There, they meet with Krusk, a half-orc inquisitive of House Tharashk, and his companion, Alek. Though short in stature, Alek is described as a slashing devil when it comes to fighting. With introductions out of the way, the group boards the rail and makes themselves comfortable. They pass the time getting to know eachother a bit better. Krusk pulls out a deck of cards and a bit of gambling helps to pass the time.
The ride on the lightning rail was interrupted by a band of train robbers. They were well prepared, and seemed to be fully capable of pulling off the heist, but they clearly weren’t expecting our band of heroes to be on board. Alek lived up to his reputation as a capable fighter, and his assistance was invaluable. The party gladly relieved the defeated bandits of their protective charms before ducking back into the safety of the passenger cars.
In the town of Marketplace, the group performed an impressive feat of investigative work, they managed to narrow down exactly what kind of plant was used(Tooth of Kyber), who had access to the food crates, and who had the skill to create the poison from that plant. This all led to a man named Duvik.
Unfortunately, Duvik happened to be bat-shit crazy! He spoke in riddles, had a weird obsession with Spaghetti sauce, mother issues, and you just had to feel bad for his optometrist with that weird eye of his. But as with so many things in the world, Duvik turned out to be more than he first appeared. He was being manipulated by some other entity, and the riddles he spoke of seemed to be linked to the Draconic Prophesies(See chris’ previous post). The party subdued him and placed him under arrest.
Unfortunately, Krusk was a casualty of his own curiosity when he looked into the strange eye of Duvik, and was petrified by its gaze. Alek, enraged over the loss of his companion, actually stabbed Duvik in the eye! He eliminated the threat, but sadly it was too late to save Krusk. The half-orc was nothing more than a statue now.
Now, the party is pondering their next steps. Clearly, there are many troubling things in the world, but the path to deal with them is fuzzy and poorly marked. Our band of heroes must decide what path to take in these dark times.