The last chapter of Curse of the Crimson Throne starts out with a bang in Crown of Fangs, Part I. In Kaer Maga we meet a bard and his Shoanti barbarian girlfriend/henchman who also wants to see the Queen fall in Korvosa. We sign them up!
Behind the scenes, Patrick (Thorndyke) is in London for a month, so we had to send him ahead of the group to “scout”. Bruce (Valash) is still stuck in a bizarre employment purgatory where his ex-employer is keeping him on on a contract basis but he has to fly to frickin’ Minnepolis every week and is unlikely to ever return, really. This left us with only me (Annata) and Chris (Malcolm) – we are mighty, but 2 PCs is a little light. Luckily, there was a player who had to drop out of the other Curse of the Crimson Throne session at this point, Ed (Cayden Cailean, a bard). To get in a better RP experience, rather than run one 8-person game of CoCT, Paul (our GM) kindly split our gaming group and ran 2 4-person games. So we called up Ed and he’ll be getting to finish out the AP, just with us instead of his original party! That’s a nice win-win.
After we blow all our money on the best gear the Pathfinder RPG and Magic Item Compendium have to offer, Annata Word of Recalls our group back to Korvosa, into the shrine to Sarenrae at the Temple of Many, where she spent so many years as an initiate. We’re quickly reunited with the rest of our resistance brethren – Vencarlo, Neolandus the seneschal, Grau the guardsman, and even Field Marshal Cressida Croft has gotten off her ass and decided it’s time to fight the Queen. They give us a laundry list of targets which we go and prosecute, including a Blackjack impersonator and Sabine herself! Sabine, for those not following along, was at the heart of a love triangle ending in a duel between Grau and Vencarlo back in the day, and now she’s the Queen’s lesbian lover and goon squad commander. Except, sadly, they say she’s really honorable at heart and should be turned and brought back alive. Annata’s a good enough Sarenrae… -ite? ist? that she’ll do it, but it doesn’t make some parts of her heart happy. We brought her back alive; I’m sure she’ll start vamping on Vencarlo again.
Annata is still way in love with Vencarlo and keeps trying to get him to do something about it, but he keeps saying “Yes, well, back to the struggle…” When she was younger this would have driven her into a fit of insecurity, but she’s pretty confident in herself now and it’s starting to annoy her. “I’m cute, smart, and can wipe out a small army solo, what’s his problem?!?”
We also go on a special ops mission inside the Queen’s palace. The bloatmage, her new seneschal, escapes us but we kill a mess of devils and retrieve the body of an Abadarian priest. Our comrades get things underway, and resistance forces reclaim the streets of Korvosa!
Things are going well. Annata’s still trying to figure out Cayden’s part in the story. She is one of those people who sees symbolism in everything, and so far she’s seen huge parallels between Malcolm and Thorndyke and the original founders of Korvosa, Field Marshal Jakthion Korvosa and original Sable Company Marine Waydon Endrin. She wouldn’t be surprised, when it’s all over, to see them heading up the Korvosan Guard and Sable Company Marines respectively. She suspects she’s Alika Epakena (St. Alika, who died saving Korvosa from the Great Fire). She died once already at the hands of a demilich in Scarwall Keep, and though her comrades released her soul and got her a Resurrection, it definitely showed her that there’s ways to die that magic won’t cure, and would be unsurprised to give her life permanently in a final effort to save her beloved Korvosa. Cayden – she’s not sure. Maybe he represents Montlion Jeggare, the gentleman explorer who also had a hand in the founding of the city, and became a major merchant house? The whole thing with House Arkona hasn’t been resolved yet; her deal with the hidden rakshasa Lord Arkona is chafing at her and her inclination to purge all evil from Korvosa is starting to chip away at it, so there may certainly be a power vacuum there too. She’ll figure it out, she’s sure that destiny’s hand is laid hard upon the group.