Three unfortunates given over to service of Master Threx, the Spymaster of Queen Armalu’s court, through a mixture of their own volition and the Crown’s. A coldly efficient and violently capable young man, a charming worker of miracles and a young woman so nondescript you sometimes don’t see her. Thrust into the investigation of a mysterious death of a golden-skinned woman for reasons that are not entirely clear to them at first save for an errant ‘note’ left by the enigmatic Father Brink, an apparently ‘de-frocked’ Aeon Priest in the Court.
The group’s investigations took them to the delightfully debauched establishment known as the Grove and into the house of Madame Josepha, where the aforementioned murder had taken place. Short on information regarding cause of death, subtle clues made themselves apparent and lead the group to believe this was no ordinary murder.
The golden woman, it seemed, was a member of a religious order known as the Grace. A movement relatively new to Charmonde but garnering converts, if only by the slowly increasing number of golden-skinned individuals seen in the market squares of the city. The question of who murdered this Sister Charon of the Grace, and why, lead them to the affluent Colonnades with a description of a striking woman, her comrades and a jewelled-studded claw.
Careful questioning and (mis)use of Constabulary resources led the intrepid group to Fremwell and Associates Ltd, who would claim to create the most beautiful (and most expensive) artifices for any noble’s adornment and are known for building Numenera into their creations. Following a tussle with some hired mercenaries and some careful distraction, the group established that Lady Yvensa Everring was the owner of the exquisite claw.
On finding the Everring estate in the Colonnades, the group boldly gained entrance to see the Lady in her home only to be confronted by Lady Everring and her guest, the dangerously informed Wreave. A fight ensues in which Everring’s arm is taken from her and the Wreave killed as she attempts to escape, the end of which is witnessed by an unfortunately large contingent of the Constabulary.
The group are ushered, pointedly, into ‘protective custody’ within the lower levels of the Empiternal House despite attempting to speak to Master Threx. Administrex Lenne makes her bid for their loyalties, without success, and leaves them to the fate she arranged. Unbeknownst to Lenne, the Mordicant of the Necrologist’s Guild she has brought in to commune with the Wreave’s deceased spirit knows of the Grace and of Lady Everring. Introducing himself as Koda Resk, one of those present at the death of Sister Charon, he helps the group escape by distracting their guards with something unseen and terrifying.
Rushing from their prison the group find themselves in Arulli’s Hem, witnessing a brutal attack upon a citizen of the area by a strange white creature. Giving chase they come to battle the strangely animalistic being and discover a nest of similar creatures, all strangely reminiscent of the Wreave which reminds them sharply of her threat regarding her daughters. Believing they have discovered the new Wreave, a growing and changing Wreavling, the group fight their way through a number of Wreavlings to reach her.