Back Cover – Introduction
A murderous betrayal drives recently reunited child hood friends to uncover a twenty year old secret. A secret so enticing that reclusive Elven scholars have crossed a continent to unearth the legacy hidden under the sewers of Redforge.
The players must discover why the master librarian was killed, and further still learn why his research was so dangerous that the town itself would be threatened if he had been allowed to locate the Fallen Temple of Darkness.
The players warm up their in-character muscles by meeting in an inn.
Tabba works as bouncer and bar man at the Fair Harvest inn.
Lily Williams and Vo’epheous Onza arrive with Portia (a friend who I had presented as a pick up PC who could be treated as party cleric if any players came in unexpectadly).
Arwen Skinner comes in a little later, and instantly occupies the bath room.
Portia is usually a quiet and self conscious girl, pretty but not confident enough to make any more of her looks. But tonight she seems to have found a new strength and actively pursues Arwen on whom she has had a long running crush.
The others discuss their recent encounters and this drives them to pick up on the plot elements that have been seeded.
From these discussions the group decide to investigate the murder the next morning, and each returns to their own abode. Lilly in her mourning has drunk herself into a state and Arwen and Portia walk her home. Portia then gets walked home by Arwen and she invites him up stairs.
The Scene of the Crime
While Tabba and Arwen Skinner create a distraction Onza and Lilly revisit the crime scene. Here Onza uses his sorcery to strengthen Lilly's recall and puts her back in the memory of finding the dead body. He connects with this mental scene and the two of them explore the room in her mind.
The murder weapon, a letter opener has been discarded on the floor. The blood spillage forms a pool on the desk but there is a large rectangular gap where something has been removed.
Further evidence draws their suspicions and lead them to an unfortunate realization.
At first rumors about a disagreement between the Mayor and the Master Librarian casts the players attentions to the mayor's office.
Other suspicions rest on the patronage of Lady Sanja.
Finally enough evidence is gathered to implicate Portia; the murder weapon was her office letter opener, and a motivation is discovered when it turns out the Rufus' research was leading to the discovery of a temple dedicated to the evil god of the dark night. Portia herself is a advocate of the god of light and it is believed she struck out to deny anyone access to the temple of evil.
They find the missing book in the chapel of light, and when Portia is confronted she confesses in front of a priest of her faith. They question her and ask why she killed Rufus – "because his research was dangerous he was looking for an evil place." – They point out he was researching on behalf of Lady Sanja and that it was not to reopen the temple. But she is not repentant.
Portia is handed over to the city guards and the heroes retire for the night.