Our adventurers make their way to Bravil with their company and the body of the Emperor. Women and children are sobbing in the streets. The townspeople light the Emperor’s pyre in his honor. The group is granted stay at the inn. The Emperor will be laid to rest in the crypt just outside of the city walls, by the Nibenay Basin.
The Gray Fox
While wandering the city, Marcelus talks with a couple of townspeople and finds that he might be able to find information regarding the Gray Fox in the Scuma Den. [While scuma is illegal in other parts of the region, it is not illegal here in Bravil.] Marcelus, Merida, and Phentricya find themselves at a table in the Scuma Den, where they are greeted and served by Khajiit. They are informed that a gentleman has paid for their drinks. Once they spot him, Marcelus motions him over and he joins them. Rennan [Bosmer], they find, owns the Scuma Den as well as other similar establishments. They ask about the Gray Fox in subtle terms and he informs them that – even for as loud as it is in the Scuma Den – they can’t talk about him at present, but he could help more if they should run into him in the Imperial City.
The First Sighting
Mialee decided that she’d rather not go to the Scuma Den and went wandering on her own. She finds herself in front of a statue of Mara, the Goddess of Love. She admires the statue, taking in every detail. Soon, a stranger, comes up behind her, eating an apple, asking her what she is looking for. Annoyed that her alone time has been interrupted, she is short with the stranger and becomes even more upset when he won’t give her his name. As the rest of her group walks out of the Scuma Den, the stranger attempts to slip away unseen. Merida spots him and discusses what happened with Mialee. Phen [who partook in scuma while at the Den] and Marcelus don’t seem to have noticed the stranger and suggest going to the Fighters’ Guild for more information.
The Lonely Suitor
After getting a bit of information about the Fighters’ Guild, it’s sundown. The adventurers head to the inn, The Lonely Suitor. When they walk in the door, it smells heavily of lavender and other flowers; well-dressed, well-groomed, well-behaved men fill the room [both very odd occurrences for an inn]. The innkeeper tells the group that in order for them to have the room that they were promised, they are going to need to find a way to get these men out. The most logical way of getting them out is to convince Maureen, priestess of Mara, to fall in love with one of the men as it is very close to Hearts’ Day. They agree and set off.
Skill Challenge: Bravil Bachlorette
Level 5: success, before 3 fail
Bluff – 4 success, 1 fail
Diplomacy – 3 success, 1 fail
Insight – 1 success
Religion – 2 success
Perception – +2
Streetwise – (n/a)
long, fiery red hair; green eyes; 19 years old; “Blessed by Mara”; wants to leave temple; wants a man that can protect her; has title of ‘lover of the wounded’; abandoned by parents in the temple of Mara; for as much as she wants to leave the temple, she’s hesitant; she’s heard stories of men, but knows that there are good men out there; four requirements: 1) acts of bravery, 2) rough, but soft/kind heart, 3) knowledge of ages, 4) proof of bravery in forms of physical scars; man must pass questions about whether he practices religion devoutly; trusting, excited, fearful
[Marcelus has gone ahead to narrow the suitors down to five.]
- Valentino Oracia: blacksmith apprentice, love of his craft is equal to her love of Mara
- Hrothgar: burly man, limp, used to be the captain of the guard
- Oratio: long, slicked back hair; kills for sport; sees himself five years from now being in bed with Maureen
- Stranger with apple: [same guy from earlier] disbanded the brotherhood, Winterhold Mages’ College, volunteer at Fighters’ Guild [Merida and Mialee lose patience with him and end the questioning]
- Renner: Dunmer, travels, sells goods, from Morrowind
Maureen chooses Hrothgar. [Awh!]
Encounter: The Angry Mob
The stranger with the apple leads an angry mob to attack the adventurers. They throw rocks at the windows and threaten to burn down the inn if the adventurers don’t come outside. Mialee begins the fight by blasting them with a fireball.
Most of the men are dead or unconscious when the fight ends. However, a group of men including the stranger with the apple have run away.
A bounty goes up for the adventurers [400GP] for murder. In attempt to cover up the “scandal”, the Empress talks the officials down. The bounty fine will be taken out of our pay for accompanying the Empress and Emperor. That is, unless we meet with Lord Hestio Semmus in the Castle Bravil.