Our story begins in the halls of the Clifftop Adventurer’s Guild, where a group of individuals await a new assignment. Mimi, a secretary at the guild, provided the details – guard duty for a valuable work of art. The employer, Toden Galt, is a warehouse manager in Cogsgate. He wants to ensure that the sculpture is delivered safely to Captain Jarvis of the Sea Maiden at the docks of Precarious.
No one expected any trouble, but before the adventurers acquired the sculpture, they were accosted by a Halfling cutpurse. Before the thief could make his escape, Crucible yelled for the thief to stop and then pursued him into a blind alley. Sidereal quickly realized it was his flaccid purse that was stolen and also gave chase. Halfling Slingers jumped out from behind crates and are quickly joined by guardian reptilian creatures. The battle was hard fought, and Sidereal was rendered temporarily inert. Fortunately, Vincent had a store of liquid metal to seal his wounds and magic to infuse Sidereal’s body, restoring him. Together, the companions managed to capture the Halflings and their dinosaur pets and turn them over to the Sharn watch. The heroes then continued on to their assignment, wondering if the job will prove to be as eventful as a simple trip through the city.
The party arrived at the warehouse and met with Toden Galt. He explained that he wanted a valuable statue guarded as a routine precaution, particularly since the piece is made of glass. Looking it over, the party saw that it was a gorgeous work done in the Flamic design popular in Thrane. Keeping it covered, they started down the streets of Sharn toward Precarious.
The party was not even halfway to their destination before their way was barred. A knife-wielding bravo named Vinny the Shark, accompanied by Bara Urp and two others, declared that the sculpture was stolen from his employer. When challenged, he offered to let the Watch sort things out. After some discussion, the party agreed. After all, Toden Galt would want to know if someone was trying to use him to pass off stolen goods. Toden Galt and the true artist, Marcel Markel, met at the guard station. Mr. Galt was mortified that he was handling stolen goods and, as a gesture of good faith to Marcel, offered to hire the party to guard the statue through the night. Of course, the party agreed to the generous offer, and traveled with Mr. Markel to his workshop.
The party spent some time talking to Marcel Markel and then settled into the routine of guard-work. In the middle of the night, goblins in black masks crashed through the windows and attacked. The battle was brutal… for the goblins. During the fighting, Aspen noticed a [[black-cloaked and masked woman]] watching through the window. When the mysterious figure realized she was spotted, she dropped out of sight.
Zarantyr 17th When Marcel came in the next morning and saw the bodies, he thanked everyone profusely for keeping his artwork safe. He also insisted that they come to his party that night at Gallery 23, an invitation only affair. Although there were some reservations, and a sigh of imminent boredom from Sidereal, everyone agreed to come.
That evening, the party seemed to be going well for Marcel Markel. It was not long, however, before the matronly and anti-Warforged Vola Horace verbally assaulted Marcel for bringing a “weapon” to the gallery. Although personally insulted, Sidereal responded diplomatically, attempting to smooth things over. Seeing his difficulty, Hamilcar prompted Sidereal to mention the Lady Horus’s charitable efforts to install handrails in Sharn’s lower districts. This seemed to mollify her somewhat, and Sidereal’s other companions also quickly stepped in to defend him, pointing out that Warforged were not all used as weapons, and that Sidereal in particular is not some unthinking weapon. After some discussion, Lady Horace admitted that she may have been hasty, and the art showing continued.
As the party left Gallery 23 for the evening, they were approached by a Warforged named Hand who asked them for help. He had heard of some of their work, particularly their recent run-in with Lady Horace. He wanted to hire a group to help distribute leaflets to some ignorant Warforged workers at a sweatshop in the hopes of enlightening them as to their rights so that they can break free of their bondage. The mission is slightly illegal, as it involves trespassing. However, the factory owners are also breaking the law in not honoring the Treaty of Thronehold, which freed the Warforged. The members of the party agreed to hear him out during lunch at a bar known as The Red Hammer.