Edge of Anarchy, Part II continued the urban fun, as we took on missions for the Korvosan Guard to help stabilize the city. Sure, we stopped some killers and met with the crime boss known as the King of Spiders to get blackmail material on a Chelixian ambassador, but more importantly, Annata has been meeting some interesting men!
Last time, actually, is when we met Grau, the Korvosan Guard sergeant who was wandering the chaotic streets drunk and depressed. We escorted him back to Citadel Volshyenek at the time, and now we’ve been sent there by the Queen to help Field Marshal Kroft and the Guard. He’s cleaned himself up and has been showing the heroes around. She got the whole story out of him – how he and his fencing master had both fallen in love with the same woman, another fencing student, and it had all ended badly. (And the woman was Sabine, the Queen’s bodyguard and rumored lover!) A sad story and six pack abs. He definitely needs an understanding ear, and maybe hearing about the Dawnflower can help him.
Then, she met Vencarlo Orisini, a dashing gentleman, who was bringing important information to the Field Marshal. He’s well connected, very honorable, handsome – and Grau’s old fencing master! Annata was ready to not like him, but her standoffishness melted in the face of his nobility (he actually asked after his old student, who he wished well despite their falling out.) And you don’t get your hand kissed much on the streets of Korvosa nowadays. And he owns his own villa… And the long hair looks good on him…
What’s a good girl who’s been largely holed up in a temple for the last seven years to think!?!
And speaking of that, the heroes have had to be deceptive to set up their various “stings” – catching the assassins, for example, and even just going to talk to the King of Spiders (a notorious crime lord). Since confronting Gaedren Lamm and embarking on this hero business, she’s found it very easy to slip back into the mode of setting up a con, like she used to do back in her criminal days. Her friends, and even the Field Marshal and Vencarlo, say that it’s necessary to do what is needed to save the city, and that certainly seems like a noble goal, but Sarenrae teaches to be honest in all dealings… She’s been trying to reflect on all this, but the only real time she’s gotten for prayer and reflection lately was somewhat distracted, as it was in the office of the butcher shop in hopes that the mysterious benefactor of the poor who had been funding the place would make contact. (Annata knows it’s silly, but in her heart she hopes it’s the fabled Blackjack!)
It’s As Golarion Turns in this second session of the Curse of the Crimson Throne adventure path.