Dusk City Outlaws – Part 5

Continuing with our Dusk City Outlaws adventure. See Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.

Day 6: Planning Scene

The crew is having a picnic at a park overlooking the approaches to the Van Der Greaves estate, using bits of food to represent a map of the estate. 

Timeline:

  • From dawn — House preps start
  • Noon — Entertainers, decorators and caterers set up the ground floor rooms 
  • Sometime in the afternoon or evening — Church protest starts outside
  • 6 pm — Expert examination by Manfred Willoughby
  • After that, Violet steals antidote from room 21 on second floor
  • 7 pm — Guests start arriving and explore
  • Pandora arrives fashionably late.
  • Between 7 and 9:30 pm is our time to cut through the floor from the basement and steal the panels; Warden team moves them to the cart. Friendly entertainers are located in nearby rooms. 
  • 9 pm — Speech and announcement
  • We need to be gone by 9:30 pm with the panels. Delivery is in a warehouse in the slum district.
  • 9:30 pm — Unveiling, guests start being admitted to the Silver Chamber in small groups
  • 11 pm — Party ends

Night 6: Legwork Scene

Violet dresses up as the Bandit King and stages a failed assassination attempt on Lady Malindra in her manor. (Our first official Drama scene!) First she incapacitates a lone guard patrolling outside and hides his unconscious body — badly — in the bushes. Then she makes her way inside and meets a squad of five more guards on the stairs to the second floor, who clearly recognize “Gabriel Vega”. Violet taunts them then runs away, smashing through a window. The guards ring the alarm bell and give pursuit. A running fight follows, in which the guards only succeed in grabbing “the famed Gabriel Vega’s” hat.

Pandora secures access to the party as the companion of an elderly noblewoman, then checks in with her Spider contact. Desiree confirms that Charles Montesque has picked up on the rumours about Gabriel Vega and the protests, but she also mentions more rumours about the Archpriest Galenna Altair’s visit to Dunhaven to demand that Lady Malindra return the panels of the Silver Chamber to the Church or face charges of heresy. Needless to say, cancelling the party would affect the crew’s plan.

Emilia goes to some society columnists and entertainment critiques and gets the newspapers to publish scathing articles on the affair. The articles, jeering that Lady Malindra will have to cancel her party and submit to the Archpriest, are calculated to goad Malindra into digging her heels. 

This works, but now the Archpriest threatens to excommunicate any guests who show up, and will bring a squad of knights militant with her. A lot of concerned guests cancel their plans to attend, as do Lysa of Rotwood and Manfred Willoughby.

Day 7: Legwork Scene

Emilia visits a magus she knows to get three matched talismans that will allow the crew to communicate during the job, but at the price of a painful brand appearing on Emilia’s skin (1 penalty die). When turned on or off, it takes at least 5 minutes before it can be switched back.

Pandora acquires some knock-out powder, just in case.

(Violet passes on legwork.)

Night 7: The Heist

Archpriest Altair shows up at the front gate with her knights militant, a scribe officiously writing the names of all who enter the manor, and an unruly mob protesting the event. Two squads of the City Watch are keeping a wary eye on things.

Inside, the party is much more sparsely attended than expected; Pandora mingles with the thinned crowd. 

Under cover of her supervisory job, Emilia goes to Lady Malindra’s study and picks the locks to the door and the desk. Violet joins her and switches the antidote to the alchemical veil for the fake she got from Naomi.

Next, Emilia sets up in the cellar to pierce through the floor of the Silver Chamber. It’s quiet in there and everything seems to be as expected, so she climbs in to get the panels. 

Meanwhile on the ground floor, the crowd is beginning to get angrier, switching from throwing rotten fruit to small rocks. Pandora also notices Charles Montesque strolling through the house among the guests, and Charlotte staying as far away as possible from the front of the house and the mob.

Emilia starts dissolving the glue holding the panels, pulling them off the wall, and disguising them using the temporary lacquer to disguise them as wood panels.  

Violet sneaks through the house and down to the entrance of the tunnels to bring in her team of Night Wardens. But in the middle of moving the panels from the cellar to the cart, Montesque wanders in and witnesses panels being switched on the cart. He flashes a badge and asks what is going on. 

Violet steps out from behind Montesque and stabs him, saying: “I’m sorry, my friend, but this is the cost of interfering with Gabriel Vega! Surrender, my friend, and you may live…” 

Montesque steps back and reveals a hand crossbow. “Right back at you!” He lets loose a bolt, even as the rest of the Wardens hurry to get the rest of the panels. 

To be continued…

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