It's not far to walk to the estate. From a little ways down the street the group can see a man from the city watch standing outside the door. On a nearby bench, a young woman is crying loudly, face hidden in her hands.
"Will the guards let us get inside?" Mari whispers to Zara
The girl looks up with big, sad eyes. "M-my papa is dead," the girl sobs, motioning to the house, another wave of tears coming.
Kyle "i found it along the edge of the fireplace"
Mari goes to the fireplace and examines it. "This powder can be what killed them. Handle it with care, Kyle"
Zara sighs, "I don't see anything magical . . . there are spells that would do this but they leave something behind."
Kyle gives mari with "why me?' look
"You cant bet something you dont have unless you know you are going to win for sure." Darn smirks "So what about that smoke, Zara?"
Zara waves at it. "I don't know. It smells awful . . . I can't imagine why they had a fire going anyway. It's not that cold, and with their coats off they look like they were too hot . . ."
Mari calls the rest of the group to the fireplace. "All right, I found the source of the /curse/. I know what is it. That powder is poisonous in big quantities. And here there's enough to kill a group of horses"
Darn approaches the fireplace taking the rake and pokes the coals
Mari covers her nose when she sees Darn doing that. "Don't move it! Maybe there's still some in the fire!"
Zara looks at Mari. "What is it then? It's not anything I've seen in a healer's kit."
"Believe me, you don't want to breath that powder," Mari says. "It's a sleep powder". Mari looks at them. "It is similar to the one you can find in the Undermountain near Waterdeep. in small amounts, it puts you to sleep. in large amounts in causes hallucinations, dementia, and death"
Darn stops covering his nose and looks at Mari "How do you know that?"
"My... mother used it to sleep when she got older" Mari shrugs. "She always said we had to be very careful and never wanted us to touch it"
Darn "Nice..." he steps away from fireplace "...so this family was assassinated?"
Kyle rubs hands in anticipation
Zara frowns, "If Mari is right . . . then yes. Do you think that poor girl is in danger then? Or her uncle?"
Mari takes carefully some powder with one of the cards and folds the card so she can keep it inside. "Of course they were. And yes. The guards expect them to die, so I guess that's what the murderer wants too"
Mari stops for a moment. "Unless the murderer is one of them, of course. Mmmh, do they leave a fortune behind? Who will inherit the state?" Kyle "so i think we seperate to protect the girl and the uncle ??"
"If she would inherit the money? I would say so...What about her brother? He might be the one that commit this...." Darn contemplates
Zara walks toward the door. "We can ask I guess. Carefully though . . ."
Kyle spins a dagger
Mari says "I don't think the girl has done it... but she can be a very good actress. I would watch both of them, as well as protect them"
"Youngest son wasnt at the best with family, through his picture still hangs in hallway....it couldnt be that bad." Darn follows Zara
Mari shrugs. "As far as we know, it could be anybody"
The city watchman is still at the door. He nods to them curtly as they walk out. The girl still sits on the bench, not crying now, just resting her head on her knees.
Mari looks around and since the mage isn't around she keeps the folded card with a sample of the powder in her pocket
Kyle attempts to ride on Torak, both wipe out like a boss.
The girl looks up to see Kyle and Torak fall, her eyes going wide in surprise<br>Mari facepalms at KyleM and Torak
Zara shakes her head at the weird human.
Kyle stands up to wipe the dust off, while Torak shakes all his fur
Darn thinks it is odd that guards didn't find the powder and squats before the girl putting his hand on hers gently "We looked inside"
The girl looks at Darn. "Is it really a curse? Am I going to die next?"<br>Darn says "We wont let that happen. Can you tell us about anyone who would want your relatives out of...way?"
"No if we can avoid it" Mari says serious. "But tell us, what is that curse's story about?"
The girl rubs her nose, "Papa said his parents died strangely . . . just found them in the garden, looking like they were asleep. That's why he says Auntie Row never got married. I can't think of anyone that doesn't like us though. I mean . . . not enough to kill us."
Kyle says "so what about the others uhm people to your family?"
The girl looks at Kyle with big eyes, "N-no . . . why would anyone . . . you don't mean Uncle Viktos I hope."
Darn looks aside for a moment patting girl's hand a bit. He is about to ask her a question when he sees a halfbreed approaching and stands up
A well dressed man with dark hair and a large moustache hurried toward the estate as you talk. The tips of his pointed ears give away his half elven heritage. He is well dressed, though not fancy, and the rapier at his hip looks as if it has seen some combat. Strangely, his belt has several small pouches much like a mage would carry.
Mari turns to look at him. "Hey! Where are you going?"
The half elf ignores Mari, walking up to the city watch. "Step aside! I demand to see Row - my cousins!"<br>"Is this your family?" Darn asks the girl frowning lightly
The girl shakes her head, "That's Auntie Row's man, from Waterdeep. I think we're sort of cousins."
The watchman crosses his arms, "I'll do no such thing." The man shouts, "Do you know who I am? Get out of my way or I'll have your job! Or your life if you prefer." He puts a hand to his blade
"From Waterdeep?" Mari narrows her eyes...
"Wonderful..." Darn thinks "Auntie Row lived in Waterdeep? What she is doing here?"
The man is obviously upset, face red with anger. The city watch scowls. "It's not worth dying over." He moves aside.
Kyle "uhm an interest point at waterdeep! things to discuss maybe"
Mari crosses her arms and looks at KyleM. "Shall we go and talk to that man?"
The girl watches, looking a bit frightened. The man starts to go in, only now really noticing the group. He sees Adra and stops. "Is she really dead, girl?" Adra nods, hiding her face again<br>"They're all dead inside the house" Mari says. "They haven't even taken the corpses yet"
The man looks at Mari, scrubbing a tear out of his eye. "Dead? She can't be! They can't be!" He gets very close to Darn, "What do you mean investigation? What has happened? All I got was some . . . some note!"
Darn has the feeling like he wont be able to get more out of the girl with this halfelf about and approaches him "We are doing investigation of this case, ser."
Zara stays beside the girl, disliking this loud half elf on principle
Mari suddenly feels sorry by the man. "Unfortunately, ser. They're all dead, and we suspect they were murdered"
Darn steps even close to the man but keep eyes on his hands "We are sorry. Can we see the note?"
Mari says"But if you have some information which can help us to get the murderers, we can help you avenge her"
The man reaches into a small pouch with the symbol of the Silver Sails Trading Company on it. He hands Darn a scrap of parchment. "So they are all dead? My Rowena, and all her brothers?" He glances at Adra, face going hard. "And she is the only one left?"
"Is that important?" Mari asks
"She is..." Darn choose to lie to the man. He hands the note to Zara "Please investigate this priestess."
The half elf nods, "It means the fortune is hers. Not that the money ever mattered to me. I have enough and then some from my expeditions."
Zara reads the note aloud, "If you want to see her before she's nothing but ash, you best return to Blacklake." She frowns, "That sounds like a threat."
Kyle examines the man there with torak
Mari thinks maybe they shouldn't say the other brother is alive, by the moment
"When did you get the note?" Darn lands the stern look on man
He looks to Darn, "I got it moments ago. Even now my ship is sailing back to Waterdeep without her captain. I didn't even pause to get my clothes." He looks to Mari, shoulders sagging. "Oh . . . the curse killed them? Then Row was right . . ."
"This reinforces the theory that they were murdered" Mari turns to the man again. "You know who else could be interested on killing them? Or it would be only a matter of money?"
The girl makes a soft, almost strangled sound of surprise.
Mari says "The guardsmen said something about a curse"
Kyle chuckles "curse"
Mari shakes her head. "I don't think it was the curse, but by now, it seems the official version, but maybe if we knew more about that curse...."
The man sighs, "Adra could tell you as well I think, but this is what I know. When Rowena and I were first engaged, and Edric was set to marry her mother, the family woke to find a message carved into the walls. That the family must never wed nor sleep beyond the walls of Neverwinter, nor bear children. We thought it some cruel trick." He continues, "Only a few weeks after Adra's mother announced she was with child, and on the very day Rowena and I were to marry, their parents were found dead in the garden. Needless to say, we broke our plans. She and I hoped . . . that is, we planned after this trip . . ."
Mari rubs her chin. "So technically, Rowlena never married"
Kyle "must be a very close then"
Mari looks at KyleM concerned. "As if they had a... secret vow?"
Kyle "and a very secret stalker"
"Oh what is that! Explosion in academy?!" Darn shouts and point that way trying to slip his hand into pocket of the halfelf
The half elf glances over where Darn points, confused. "What? Oh . . . I suppose that was some joke . . ."
Darn puts the content of men pockets to his and wipes his eyes "I have problems since I went to that room....do you know that feeling?"
Kyle says "effective !"
The half elf nods, "It must have addled your senses. I will go in to say my goodbyes to them."
"Be careful, brother." Darn looks at the man worried
Mari sighs. "Be prepared... it is not a nice sight"
He nods, "Aidan Manthar fears nothing. Though I venture to say seeing my beloved dead will be worse than any sight from the Undermountain."
"Cover your nose " Kyle says to the halfelf
"If you need anything dont be afraid to come to us." Darn adds.
Aidan goes in, covering his nose.
Kyle asks "so when we come to dat uncle?" to Mari and Zara, head tilted.
"That was a odd talkative and cuddling man....a prime suspect." Darn mumbles for himself
Zara sniffs, "I guess we can go see him now. Though leaving her alone seems unwise." She gestures to the girl
Mari turns to Adra. "So he was not officially married to your aunt, was he? I guess that gives him not rights over the fortune"
Darn nods "But enough grudge to go on..."
Adra nods, "Auntie Rowena said she didn't want to marry anyway. She loved her brothers too much to go to Waterdeep. Aidan . . . he's always been around. I don't think he wanted money, but Uncle Viktos never liked him much."
Kyle sighs, "eh they have brother-sister complex?"
"And the Waterdeep thing..." Mari continues pondering. "I wonder...."
Adra looks at Kyle, not understanding, "Auntie was close with her family, if that's what you mean."
Kyle shakes his head left to right, thinking she didn't get my meaning, it's ok.
"Lets see your uncle, Andra..." Darn smiles at the girl gently offering her a hand to stand up.
"Adra, you shouldn't stay here. Come with us" encourages Mari
Kyle agrees, "the girl go with us too"
The girl nods, standing. "I want to make sure he's ok anyway. I haven't seen him since last night before the card game."
Mari asks "He came to the card game too?"
"Rowena was winning in cards and is center of this tragedy..." Darn connects random thoughts giving the girl his arm to hold on it
Zara smiles at Darn being all chivalrous.
Together they all head toward the Docks district.