Struggle Of Peace

A Puzzling Theft

Zarantyr 23

The party was having lunch together, discussing some of their recent adventures, when a heavily tattooed half-orc came in and made a beeline for Milan. He wanted to bust some heads, and he needed someone smart like Milan to find out which heads to bust. Milan introduced the half-orc as Unger, and gets roped into helping him, with Unger’s persuasiveness helped along by those enjoying Milan’s discomfort at the reunion. Apparently a necklace was stolen from the apartment of Banu, a drow friend of Milan’s that he had not seen in some time. The necklace did not belong to her, but to her employer, Tarz Sneric, owner of the Allure Talent Agency.

The party went to the Allure Talent Agency to talk to Sneric, hoping to get more details on the situation. Tarz talked to the party, but did not seem very hopeful for their chances. Still, he paid them 10 gold up front to look into the matter.

The party’s next stop was Banu’s apartment, the scene of the crime. Speaking to Banu and her half-elven friend Etse, the party learned the details of the crime. Banu left her apartment late in the evening, in a hurry to make it in time for a performance. While she was gone, someone came into her apartment, ransacked it, and then ran out. Her neighbor, Harra Dain, noticed something was wrong and screamed for the watch, and saw the thief as she ran from the scene of the crime. The watch was there less than five minutes later. The necklace was kept under the bed in a puzzle box. The puzzle box was found lying on the floor, but the necklace was not inside. This was very odd, as the puzzle box takes at least 2 minutes to open for someone familiar with it. Banu was amazed that the thief managed to get into the box in the few minutes she had to do it.

Speaking with Harra Dain, the only witness to the crime, the party discovered that the theft definitely occurred at 8 bells, as she heard the bell ring as the thief was running away.

Banu remembered that several years ago some woman came around looking for Milan, and asked Banu to give something to him. Banu complained that it’s been taking up space in her closet, but gave him the cloak, which seemed to be made of leaves that constantly twist a person’s eyes as they look at it.

The party went to talk to the watchman in charge of the case, constable Erex Kimble. On the way, a pair of men disguised with very fake beards and mustaches told them they should stop poking their noses where it doesn’t belong. When the party didn’t back down, the two threw a gem to the ground that summoned an elemental of ice to attack.

Kimble was not very hopeful, and believed it was likely a random theft, leading to a wide open suspect list. When the party mentioned the puzzle box, he noted that given time anyone could figure the puzzle box out, and the thief had at least 15 minutes to take care of business before he was caught. This surprised the party, who recalled that Banu told them that the thief had very little time. Going back to Banu to check the stories, they learned that Banu took a shortcut to the Starlight for her performance, and got there in only 3 minutes, rather than the 15 minutes the constable thought it would take using the normal route. This information seemed to make the crime impossible. The constable asked the party to go and talk to Sneric and see if he had any insights with this new information.

After walking into Snerric’s office, Sidereal immediately asked Snerric what he did with the necklace. Snerric was visibly shaken. Taking the initiative, Vincent proceeded to recount the evidence against Snerric, and that it was obvious that Snerric was behind the theft. Snerric, his confidence coming back, blustered that he has nothing to hide, and tells the party to search all they want to. It didn’t take long to figure out that Snerric’s desk was also a puzzle box, and with a little work, they managed to open it, revealing the necklace. Snerric desperately calls for his men, but even with their help he was no match for our brave adventurers.

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