Mask Campaign Chapter 4b: The Trail of Edmund Vargus
Upon arriving in Landover the players meet with
Charilus. He listens
to their tale of the adventure in Laribus and the ambush outside
of town with an impatient attitude. Elan
chides him for his callous attitude. He responds with exasperation
stating "How can I be concerned since
you obviously survived and made it here intact! BAH!"
With that taken care of, to Charilus's satisfaction
only, the wizard wishes to see the books the party has brought back.
He eagerly begins to catalog and sort them. After a bit he stops
to explain that "This may take a few
hours or perhaps a day or two". The players expenses
at the local inn will be taken care of by Charilus. During this
lull any romantic plots concerning Elan or any other NPC/PC might
be moved forward.
Eventually Charilus will excitedly call the party
together. He has pieced together part of the lost journal of Edmund
Vargas. Vargas once owned one or more of the Masks it seems but
became somewhat fearful of something concerning them. He bought
passage on a ship to dispose of the mask or masks, unfortunately
the journal is incomplete. It seems perhaps that Vargas may have
destroyed the parts that state the actual location of the masks.
Charilus tells the party that while we do not know Vargas's final
destination we do know where he stopped during his journey. He supposedly
sailed to the port city of Land's
Edge in neighboring country. There he visited a cartographer
(map maker). This happened only 65 years ago, perhaps the map maker
kept records or he is still alive. Either way, this lead must be
Also, it has become obvious that others are seeking
the masks and know of Charilus's involvement, with all these ambushes
"So therefore, We
will move my myself and my goods to the city of Harken, then you
shall book passage to Land's Edge."
So the characters along with Omar
are put to work packing the goods the mage deems necessary to set
himself up in Harken. After another 2 days of this a wagon is bought
and the trip to Harken is begun. The players will have Elan, Omar,
and Charilus with them so any side encounters involving combat would
be unadvised for the GM. But this side adventure might be appropriate.
Make note however that Charilus is disinclined to help others or
be bothered with doing anything he does not want to do.