With several avenues opened to our investigators, and but a few more loose ends to tie up, our sleuths continued onto the tasks of meeting with Fidelius, studying the place in which the late king was found after his assassination, and investigating his quarters for any further clues.
Their detective work began with the long awaited meeting with Lord Fidelius Crenwick, of which they had not seen since the dreary night a week past in High Master Sernias kiNovreck‘s chambers back at the lavish manor of Qi’s southern House of Whispers. During the visit, Fidelius did his best to fill in the gaps on the occurrences in the palace around Noren tiKalloban‘s death and the addition of a select few to the party of knowledgeable individuals. He explained about the king’s double, posing for him so nobody but the royal family and a few important individuals of the court would know of Noren’s absence, and so that those others would simply assume he was away on business. Along these lines, he indicated that the impersonating king was happy to let the detectives investigate his quarters. He as well pointed them to the royal archivist for help on information relating to the palace.
As far as getting to the king’s quarters was concerned, however, he thought it best to go by cover of night, since only one of them, Tawnos, the priest and assumed ambassador, would have justified reason to visit the king there, and even then under shaky pretenses. As well, there was tell of a secret passage from his chamber through the sewers to outside the palace walls, but it was warned that abominable creatures slithered and skulked through the pungent waters in numbers great enough that many rulers of Iscobal over the years since the creatures’ cultivation had not had the gall to try and eradicate them. Of course, the adventurous group, at the mandate of Priest Tawnos or the Order of Truth, opted for the perilous path of “vanquishing the slug menace” in the depths of Mullen’s dark, filth filled catacombs.
But prior to the slug menace, the group needed to investigate the kings place of murder and his quarters. The place of his assassination was none other than his private library, which sits high up on the south side of the Mullen palace overlooking the sea and port. The library is a lavish, private suite with one entrance, solid glass windows on the south wall, two stories of book shelves, and a sitting area and fireplace tucked in a corner of the first story’s north wall. The entrance is guarded at all times, and has a lock that only the king and his primary advisor are able to open.