After our trip to Calabria, we decided to stay at the Monte Carlo. Fane Skarrick and Lumpskin share a room as do Delgan and Monock. Friday goes for the room with a private bath. She sends her armor and robe out to be cleaned, shined and pressed. Only the best for Avandra.
The barkeep asked us if we wanted to make reservations for the Primary Election celebration that was in two weeks. We declined even though it looked to be quite a gathering as they were sending two representatives to Sheene.
Lumpskin goes to La Dolce Vida alone, to leave a note.
While Friday bathes, relaxes and takes notes, the men go to a strip club called The House of the Painted Lady where the Madam (Lucia) works the bar. The men pool their coins and Monock heads upstairs with a young woman named Belinda. He changes his appearance to look more Elf like. He casts a spell that confuses the young Belinda and she pukes all over the place. He then questions the poor thing about Diego before she passes out and Monock leaves her to hit up the Madam.
The men devise a plan to wound Monock in front of Diego, but the plan goes wrong right from the get go when Diego turns the wrong way after coming out of the Painted Lady. Lumpskin follows as Diego and his guard get on a boat taxi and head to Diego’s home where he stumbles inside.
The next morning is the monthly public City Council meeting. We hurry and grab some seats in the back. Delgan sleeps until one of the representatives, Lucho, brings up the Mad Jesters. Hugo, in guard regalia, believes the city guard can handle the problem when confronted by one of the representatives. Lucho proposes a resolution that the City Council approve military action against the Jesters, but the resolution is voted down. The party notices that Lucho appears very passionate about the Jesters problem, and may be putting on a bit of a show…
After the meeting we go to meet Hugo. Inside Hugo’s office is a Sergeant in the City Guard, Nico de Luca. Nico and Hugo are in a heated conversation when we enter. Delgan offers our services to assist with the Mad Jesters. Hugo suggests we talk to Diego and see if he can use our assistance. Hugo says he doesn’t need our help.
Just as we leave the government building Nico flags Monock down. He leads us to a small market area where he talks about Diego’s lack of loyalty to the city guard. Nico also mentions that a strange black-clad figure, Silvius, appears linked to the Jesters. Silvius has been observed frequently entering the Jesters’ compound, always in the company of two other black-clad figures. There are rumors that Silvius is a vampire, but Nico doesn’t believe them. Nico and his men have tried to follow Silvius to learn more about him, but always end up losing him.
After leaving Nico, we walk over to the Mad Jesters part of town. It’s dirty and smelly. Most of the Jesters are ill dressed and made up. Immediately, we notice that many of the Jesters display the Eye of Vecna prominently on their garb! Many of the leaders of the Jesters keep a Drake on their shoulders. When rebuffed from entering the House of Horrors, we come up with a strategic retreat plan and execute it professionally.
After our retreat we head over to the Atlantis to get a bead on Diego. Diego is in a back room guarded by some city guard. Again we offer our services to assist with the Mad Jesters and again we are told our services aren’t needed. Finally, we go to Diego’s home and Delgan knocked on the door. A maid answers the door and informs us that the lady of the house is out shopping.
With the Jesters being a tight knit group and Diego sending the party away, we’re thinking it’s time to start knocking some heads! The Jesters are throwing a Festival tonight and something might be going down. Even if not, a certain city guard might find him and his guards confronted in a dark alley.