In Seven Days to the Grave, Part II, we go scuba diving! In Korvosa’s equivalent to the Hudson River. As is traditional, the ranger gets screwed out of actually affecting anything with his ranger powers. Reefclaws? Sorry, they’re aberrations. A shark? Sorry, it’s a hag’s buddy. Poor bastard.
Annata used Speak with Dead for the first time, to demand the truth from the dead priest of Urgathoa we found. We were not all that shocked to find out that the head of the Queen’s Physicians was implicated. And the Red Mantis, some improbably-garbed assassin cult (they kinda resemble Ambush Bug, my favorite supervillain, but not because of his menace factor).
Worried that the guard might decide to arrest them at the Queen’s behest, Annata insisted on going into Citadel Volshyenek alone to tell the Field Marshal this information. She thought Kroft had generally been fair with them, but had also turned over Trinia to the Queen’s goon squad when instructed. Luckily, it appears she’s practicing being less Lawful and said we should go find more proof!
I had a long confusing exchange with the DM from trying to roleplay Annata’s relationship with Grau. He was there in the Citadel. I wanted him to want to see me so I could give him the cold shoulder. I had trouble getting this across. “Does Grau want to talk to me after?” “Yes, what do you want to ask him?” “No, no, I want him to want to talk to me, but I don’t want to talk to him.” “What?” It’s so hard being a chick.
Then we went to the cool zombie death house to find the Ocarina of Gypsies, and rescue Hugh Hefner. Annata actually took that crossbow bolt from interposing herself between the crazy-lady and the lord; that’s not clear in the summary. It was pretty entertaining how the villainess’ S&M act largely defused any Intimidation-based interrogation of her. I am nothing if not persistent so I got her to open up more later in her cell. And then comes the best quote of the session:
Once Annata is finished talking to her, Malcolm steps up with his cosh. “Sleepy time!” WHACK!
Annata protests, “But she’s already in a cell!”
Malcolm calmly answers, “Well, now she’s unconscious in a cell.”