17th Cloudsreach, 9:42 Dragon
After the brawl in the Pearl, Goran, the owner of the establishment, pleads with the three unlikely heroes to help him be rid of his aggressors. He fell into debt with a local contingent of the Coterie when he borrowed money to help keep the Pearl afloat after the siege of Denerim. Only in recent weeks have they begun to act more and more aggressively, asking for more and more exorbitant amounts in re-payment of the loan.
Our three heroes take on the task of locating the local leader, Reed, and either convince him to stop his attacks on the Pearl, or force him to stop his attacks.
After searching the docks for Reeds warehouse for what seems to be an eternity, they finally locate Reed and his group holed up in the Altus Shipping warehouse. There is no talking to be had. No negotiation. Reed and his men begin to attack the three heroes.
After nearly losing Sol, the three regroup and manage to put down the group of thugs, keeping Reed alive for questioning. They also find small tokens on the bodies of his henchmen, bearing this image:
Reeds only response to the questioning is to spit, “May Skarn curse you…” and then utters a foreign phrase, “Notara Car Nocte.” which causes all the tokens to begin to warm up, but it is Reed that suddenly and violently explodes in a shower of gore.
After recovering from this shock, the three begin to search the warehouse for clues, only finding many, many barrels full of blood. Having over heard earlier from a load master on the docks that he was awaiting a shipment from Reed, and also overhearing Reeds men talking about having to load a wagon with disgusting cargo, the three leave the warehouse through the large bay doors to be met with Velker Doral, already studying the direction of the wagon’s travel.
Adding this fourth member, the group hurries to the loadmaster, but find that the ship and it’s odd cargo has already set sail. The only thing the loadmaster can say for sure are two things: the ships name is the Sea Hag; the destination was reportedly Kirkwall.
The group retire back to the Pearl for a much needed rest before deciding on their next course of action. It is here that Velker reveals that he’s seen the tokens before, and that the groups name is the Hand of Skarn.