Side Trip Crystaldell's Temptress

If approached directly about the comments the villagers are quick to deny any knowledge if there are any guards nearby. If there are no guards the villagers will refer the characters to Edmond Pyn. Edmond tells the characters about the time he servers as the Baroness’s lord of coin. Edmond recounts times he was forced to change tax collection amounts and to show the coffers to be far emptier then they actually were. Edmond says for real proof he would need the books from the Baroness’s castle. They will be under heavy guard until 8 bells when the guard’s go to dinner and change shift. The characters can sneak into the small building at the edge of the baroness’s keep and remove the books quit easily. When shown to Edmond he produces a second set of books. He says the books he has show the real quantities of produce and tax collected for the last several months while the books taken from the keep show far smaller amounts. While Edmond is going over the books a knock comes at the door. Shortly after the house is stormed by royal guards. The Baroness has the characters brought directly to her with Edmond. She tells the characters that they have been under surveillance ever since they arrived in Crystaldell Bridge and they had performed admirably. She says they have uncovered a traitor amongst her castle staff that her agents have been trying to find for several months. When Edmond is searched a holy symbol of Ethar is found. Edmond is condemned as a traitor and taken to the dungeons. As Edmond is dragged away he yells that the characters are traitors to Bragia and serving a far greater evil than Ethar. Baroness Morgaina thanks the characters and apologizes for the deceit. She rewards the characters and invites them to stay with her until the next day.

{Other Info} Morgaina is actually part of Erthar’s rebellion. She plants the holy symbol on Edmond. The guards in the city are fiercely loyal to Morgaina. Later in the adventure the characters meet Morgaina again either as an opponent or ally depending on whether the caracters support the king or Arnaud respectively. Edmond is executed the next day. If the characters perform these acts it is the reason the convoy is delayed until mid-day.

Side Trip Crystaldell's Temptress

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