‘Red’ Stedd Darvinson:
“In the morning, I went out with Rhogash to try and find a smith who might be able to repair the armors we found in the temple. Rhogash suggested his paladin mate might know where to find one, so we went over to visit him. Turns out there used to be dwarves around who would have been able to fix the suits up, but they left years ago, so we’re stuck with some very heavy pieces of junk metal, really. Not an entire loss, luckily, as the paladin was able to tell us where to find Perrin. Not really the hardest thing to figure out probably, but still useful. Also, it seems Perrin has lost some of his edge over the years, as the paladin told us he doesn’t fear anyone and he would never suspect someone striking against him. Good for us, I guess. PERRIN IS LIKE THIS CITY. BLOATED AND FULL OF ROT. SO MUCH POTENTIAL HERE.
This meant the time was right for me to make my move, and I went to the Crowing Raven to tell my men to prepare to cause some chaos. This should keep Perrin’s men occupied while we attacked him. IT WILL ALSO SEPERATE THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF. IF SOME DIE, NO LOSS. THE NINE HELLS WILL HAVE SOME NEW PLAYTHINGS AFTER TOMORROW. After this, it was time to return to the Golden Axe. Eldeth was all depressed and everything; can’t really be helped, but I hope she pulls herself together in time. Aviendha and the mute went out to scout Perrin’s hideout. We found out there’s around 10 men there, one entrance, barred windows, and a possible escape route over a balcony.
I mentioned I had been chatting with Riffolk’s old crew and gotten them to keep Perrin’s men at bay, but it seemed that Eldeth got some weird kind of conscience issues with having other people attack yet other people, but not with hacking them in two herself. Not sure what to make of that, really. Anyway, the mute suggested he and Aviendha would enter through the balcony while the rest of us made a frontal assault. I know why he wants to attack Perrin right away; that’s not going to happen. I will have my vengeance on Perrin. I WILL CRUCIFY HIM. I WILL RIP HIS EYES AND TONGUE FROM HIS FACE. I WILL GUT HIM LIKE A PIG, AND LET THE CROWS FEAST ON HIS GUTS. I said I’d come to the balcony as well, but then apparently Eldeth got some trust issues as well now and couldn’t handle that. Fine. A full frontal assault it is. Works for me.
So, the next day I went back to the Crowing Raven and told my men to start our little gang war at noon. The mute would shut the balcony door to prevent Perrin from escaping, and I let my mask fade. If I’m going to kill Perrin, I’m going to kill Perrin, not some random shmuck whose face I stole. We took out the guards at the door and two more that came running. We went inside, got attacked from one side but a fireball from the witch knocked most of the fight out of them and soon enough most of the ground floor was a charnel house. THE FADING ESSENCES OF THE ROGUES WERE LIKE SWEET, ROTTEN FRUITS. I FELT FLUSH WITH STOLEN SOULS. The mute was pretty protective of some guy he knocked out; fine, he’ll get his later, and to be fair I might need some men after all this.
We went up the stairs and stormed Perrin’s room. Fuck me though, the guy turned into some kind of demon right there. I always knew there was something off about him, but not that he was a fucking demon. I know I’m messed up, but damn, that guy takes the fucking cake. He knew who was coming for him, though. He did burned me good, with some damn fire ray. Aviendha had a trick up her sleeve as well, though, and she summoned some kind of woozy lights that took out Perrin and half his guards. Was mostly clean up, after that really. Fucking Perrin though. Had him dead to rights, but he just went and disappeared. Poof. SO CLOSE… MY VENGEANCE WAS SO CLOSE… I DON’T CARE IF HE FLED TO THE NINE HELLS OR THE ABYSS ITSELF, I WILL FIND HIM. THE WEAKLING HALFBLOOD FIEND CANNOT HIDE FOREVER. Rhogash tried to find him with some icky paladin sight, but he was gone. Not as planned. Have to run with it, I guess. I did manage to quickly swoop up his paperwork. Bet there’s some useful information in there.
The mute brought his little friend up. Wanted me to send him out to find Perrin. Sure. Suits me, I need to start asserting control here now. This is the break I need. Eldeth got really annoyed that I wouldn’t let the city guard take over the syndicate. She knows nothing. Everything is sunshine in her pretty little head, except when she’s frothing at the mouth and killing things. Fucking hypocrite. Rhogash was giving me a hard time as well, but he was more reasonable. It almost came to blows, but Eldeth stormed off, and the mute ran after her. Fuck. I don’t need this. I need them to understand this city will tear itself apart if noone takes control. None of them really understand how this city is. None of them have lived here. I NEED THEM TO GO AWAY. THEY’VE SERVED THEIR PURPOSE, THEY ARE JUST LIABILITIES NOW. Aviendha was more understanding, though she too told me she wouldn’t side with me if it came to blows. Fair enough, I’m not an idiot. I’m not going to die over this, which I would if it came to that.
I went to the Crowing Raven again to meet with my crew. I had to start asserting control, and so I assigned some of them as lieutenants to take control of parts of the city and inform the rest of the syndicate there’d been a change in management. The paladin, Ivellios, dropped in on me. He’s more of a pragmatist than I had thought. Still slightly naive, but he does understand this city well enough. He would work with the city guard and the mayor, and he warned me not to let things get out of hand. Sure, I’m no butcher. I HAVE TO BIDE MY TIME. MY HOST IS STILL RELUCTANT. I NEED MORE TIME TO TURN HIM. I’ve got bigger fish to fry, anyway; Perrin is still out there. I know he is, somewhere. He might want to make a play for the city again, and I need allies. Ivellios is as good an ally as any, and better than a lot, really. Aviendha also came to see me. They’re leaving to some dwarven city. I explained to her I wasn’t finished here yet, not by a long shot. I guess she understood. I hope so. I told her I’d let them know if Perrin ever showed up. I’ll set guards on the temple, as well. I don’t need demons in my city. This city needs order, more than anything. I will provide that order."