Tawnos and Jack sat patiently waiting for Lady Cevine tiKalloban, sister to King Noren tiKalloban, to arrive. Meanwhile, Orinda played her part as servant in the kitchens, despite the fact that she was eager to glean information from her ladyship. But, before Jack could grace the high lady with his presence, a correspondence came for him with word that his father was ill, and immediately he excused himself, leaving the inaffable priest of Qi to his own devices. Luckily for Tawnos, just as Lady Cevine arrived, Orinda was able to make an appearance with the other servants and wait on him, giving her a good ear for the conversation at hand.
Eventually, after a long wait, the High Lady Cevine graced the remaining ambassador with her presence. She had a very sharp but elegant demeanor, and clearly seemed hardly able to stand holding company with the priest, and this attitude did not leak through due to lack of tact either. She would tolerate this meeting, but she felt she did not have to be polite or respectful during it. Various forms of small talk and tactful questioning was exchanged, and it was revealed that Lady Cevine was not aware of her brother’s death, nor of any of the other secrets that the group had thus far uncovered. At one point, she nearly lost herself in a fit of rage at the mention of her brother’s political policies, to which she raved about all sorts of problems, and alluded to his misguided trust in the “Undying Queen” and his associations with a “whore from the East”.
Once calmed again, before breaking from the dining table to her next affair, a servant escorted in two new faces to the table setting. The first was a diplomat of the Iscobal government seated here in the tiKalloban palace. The second was said also to be a diplomat, but later it was found that he was actually a craftsman from a local family with skills in metalworking. The diplomat of Iscobal had an instant mental link with the priest, and while the meal meandered on, he made Tawnos aware of Lord Fidelius‘s involvement in their attendance to this discussion and his request that the two of them help the secret group uncovering the murder of King Noren tiKalloban. After Lady Cevine left them alone, the four began conversing, and soon decided to find another location. Once safe, they exchanged further information in preparation for the next day’s tasks.
The following day the group decided it best to head to the royal physician in hopes of examining the late king’s body for clues to his assassination. Upon doing so, they found a wealth of information, and for the first time had direction to their cause. They found a small piercing on the back of his neck, just above his collar line, and a minuscule numenera device that appeared to be a dart of sorts made of an interesting synth. In Noren’s shirt there was a pocket with a small leather book, his private journal it seemed, and a very peculiar numenera device consisting of a spectacle affixed to a pen of sorts. Tawnos, after much consideration, determined it to be a glass of secrets, a rare lost art form for encrypting messages. As well, he had with him a simple note from a source named X.A. providing very little detail or insight. They searched for further clues to no avail, but these two trails gave them plenty to work with.
For the dart, it was planned that they would seek out its manufacturer and contents, through means of a few different sources. But prior to this, their newly acquired diplomat set to deciphering the late king’s journal of secrets using the glass. The most recent entries were written using this one, but clearly older entries came from others, and many it seemed, each more confounding than the next as they grew closer in date to the present from the journal’s beginning. From this, six entries were uncovered, relating to his court, his cousin Garu, his sister Cevine and his adviser Fidelius, a mysterious woman named X.A., concerns on the Sarromere family’s malicious attempts, and pleas from Lady Regent Elia from the east. Each led in seemingly different directions, but of this the group could be certain, they now had paths to follow and secrets to root out.