A month has passed. Jin has continued to meet with Cyrus, her resistance contact, and she has learned that there are safe-houses and caches scattered throughout the city. She has learned how to access some of them, and has also learned more about the city itself.
Verrick, through his work in the Temple of Shadow, has learned that the Legates are divided, at the highest levels, between two groups called the The Cabal and the The Devout. Unfortunately, he does not yet know which sect he works for.
Kenneth has been skulking around the Tidewood district, and has noticed that men and women who don’t look quite like sailors will go out onto the sea in fishing boats when the sea is high a stormy, and they return near the end of the day, and always when they return, a storm is rising, driving everyone indoors. This happens only in the Worm Docks as far as he has seen.
Emre continues to train with Serge in The CalAmity, and has also had an opportunity to meet with Bron, the leader of The Flayers. It is unknown what the result of this meeting was, exactly.
Lastly, Callan has located his wife and daughter – they are working as slaves in the Cerogen family compound in the Guildhall region of the Bellows district.
Kenneth has spent much of his time exercising to become stronger, and he has also found a better place to live and extra sources of income. Jin and Verrick continue to work to help the refugees integrate into the city, and the refugess themselves have started a Watch, headed up by a hero of the Battle of Dorn Hill, Niklas Dornill.
Grund had been undergoing secret training in the bowels of the Temple of Shadow, and began circulating through the city, roughing up and interrogating people who came from Waymeet, starting with Verrick and then moving to Jin and Kenneth and others like Shipporah. He was personally investigating incidents like the death of Legate Karix and the successful resistance at Dorn Hill.
He crossed paths with Kenneth, but did not remember him. Kenneth, on the other hand, remembered Grund all too well, and decided he had to kill him. A plan was worked out – Jin would lead others in creating a distraction and drawing guards away from the part of the Crown district where Grund’s new house was. Kenneth would sneak into his house and hide inside until Grund slept, and then emerge to slit his throat in vengeance.
Jin took on the pseudonym “Jean Valjean” and led Emre, Callan, Asa, Niklas, Kendall and two other young men from Dorn Hill in an attack on Orcs and human guards in the Crown. Six Orcs were downed with poisoned weapons, and everyone excaped alive, though about half were wounded. Thee Orcs were branded with the sign of the victory of Dorn Hill, and Jin told the story of the great Sarcosian hero “Robbin’ Hoof”, a famous rider who robbed the rich and gave to the poor in the lands to the south.
Meanwhile, Kenneth broke into Grund’s home, barely escaping being caught by guards, and hid in a chest at the foot of his bed. Once Grund was asleep, Kenneth silently emerged, and slit his throat from ear to ear. The last thing Grund saw as he drowned in his own blood was Kenneth’s face and his own severed ear which Kenneth had carried since his wife and daughter were killed. Kenneth found some money, documents, and the knife that Grund always carried. In Grund’s blood, he drew the symbol of the victory of Dorn Hill.
Rumors spread quickly through the city, especially through the Crown and Leewall, of the attack on the Orcs that night. In reprisal, guards and Orcs ransacked a few homes and questioned who they could, but apart from a symbol found branded and drawn in blood, they could not yet find who was responsible.
Working with the documents that Kenneth stole, Verrick was able to clear Jin, Callan and himself from official suspicion which arose from Grund’s investigation. He also learned that the other Orcs are being trained in “special operations” by one of the greater Legates in the crypt beneath the Temple of Shadow.
Verrick resolves to become a Legate, in order to be even more useful and influential.
Callan, having found his wife and child, needs to break them out of the Cerogen compound. It is very common for slaves to be worked to death while there, and the Cerogens are long-time worshippers of the Shadow, and therefore almost certainly practice humanoid sacrifice.