We finished are trip to the trip to Gomatlos, the capital of Tinuviel, and began looking for our contact to deliver Nigal’s message. It did not take us long to discover that he had been arrested and was scheduled to be executed in a weeks time. We were able to make contact with some other members of the resistance, but we couldn’t deliver the message to them since it had been magically keyed to the recipient. As we traveled around the city it became increasingly apparent that, non-elves and specifically catfolk were viewed as second class citizens by the government of Tinuviel.
Once we located the prison where our contact, who turned out to be the main leader of rebellion, was being held, Stellon shifted into a bird and flew over to get the layout. When he came back he reported a large number of guards and that an anti-magic barrier surrounded the prison. This made sneaking in incredibly high risk and assault unfeasible. Over the next several days we observed the prison and the square were the execution was to be held. We also were able to watch the transfer of one prisoner, the lieutenant who ratted out the captain, from the prison to the gallows. We developed two plans for how to free the captain, three if you want to count having Kiara sneak in to the prison by herself. The first involved attacking the gallows during the execution grabbing the captain and then running for it, possibly taking a shot at the king if the opportunity presented itself. The second was to ambush the transport between the prison and the square.
We chose the second plan, since it seemed the most likely to succeed and would likely produce the fewest casualties among the rebels and civilians. The plan was that Stellon, Rhianna, and I would blast the guards with as much magic as we could while Staccato and Freya stopped them from charging us. Meanwhile, Kiara would move invisibly up to the wagon and get the captain out. the Rebels provided some assistance by lobbing firebombs into the ranks of the guards.
The plan went off with out a hitch and in just a few seconds all but two of the guards were down and Kiara had the captain free. From there we hurried to the city gates to complete our escape before they locked down the city. Rhianna, Freya, and I arrived to late to make it out, but at least Kiara succeeded in getting out with the rebel captain. Stellon had transformed into a bird and had no trouble flying back and forth over the wall. Those of us trapped in side began to look for another way out, but the city was locked down tight. We found a place that we could hole up and stay out of sight. Our plan to get out was for Rhianna to disguise herself as an elf and then buy a wagon of food stuffs, to take to the town that was devastated by the earthquake. We would then hide Freya in the wagon and bribe are way through the gates. Later in the day the city guards began rounding up catfolk hostages to be executed if the rebel captain did not turn himself in. Luckily neither Freya or Rhianna were taken. After hearing this I passed a message to Stellon, still in bird form, making clear what was happening in the city.
Stellon flew back out of the city and deliver the message to Kiara and the captain. The captain’s first response was to go back to the city and save the hostages by turning himself in. Stellon explained that if he did that the rebellion was done for. The truth of this sank in and he grudgingly agreed that him staying alive served the greater good, and that nothing could be done to to save them.
In the morning Rhianna, Freya, and I made our way to the gates and succeeded in bribing our way past the guards. We didn’t like leaving the hostages to die, but the only thing we could do was die heroically in the rescue attempt. Our escape was not perfect as we were pursued by a group of cavalry, but we tricked them once by turning the wagon around and acting like were heading towards capital, and when they came back we hid in the woods. Eventually we made it clear of the pursuit and made it to the next town. We delivered the food, and Rhianna and I made sure to start the rumors about the atrocities the king was committing against the catfolk and possibly other non-elf races.
-Devon Ar Zarzuket (2100xp)