As the clock struck 6:00 pm, the Gala had begun, and guests began to trickle through the door. It was showtime for our heroes!
First through the door was Dalak Rembrandt, Sorcerer Supreme of Lorwynn, representing Prince Lomithien Nightfeather. Drawn to Barty, they chatted about a potential employment opportunity in Lorwynn as a part of the Prince’s magical entourage.
Bazzle Greenfist of Spellhaven (representing Mayor Zofwyn Lunaros) arrived next, a red dragonborn whom ran off to speak to Ellion immediately.
Branic Tarhaven, Head of the Crestguard Culinary Council came next, running to try some of the hors d’oeuvres, and chat up Dalak.
The Volkarsian Ambassador, Fennick Broadwater and his guest arrived, followed by Shane Thistlewood and his guest, from Lormont. Shane’s guest called many eyes to her by her unique look, white flowing hair, bright blue eyes with golden rings around the pupils, and a billowing dress. A few of the guests recognized her as a Genasi, but our heroes are not familiar with their people.
Volkarsian General Tassarian Othmont arrived next, and his guest sent chills down the spine of Barty and Jorvyn, who recognized him as none other than Obsidias Thorne. Immediately following them was the King of Volkarsis, Uthian Traalivar, and a small band of four bodyguards.
Meanwhile, Torsten spends time in the closet collecting and checking out weapons that are dropped off, and Ellion promises him a meal delivered.
Gearwood Undercoil’s advisor Treymane arrived next, a creepy halfling man whose surprise to see his Ward Leader was overtaken by a need to talk to him immediately. Jorvyn, impersonating Gearwood, quickly learned through chats with Treymane, and the next guest, that Gearwood is up to no good.
The next guest was another Ward Leader of Quiverfall, Vikarus Vendalt, one of Barty’s sons. Barty put on a disguise so as not to be seen, and Vikarus went to Gearwood and whispered that he “knew what was going on”, and one of these days he was going to “make sure everyone else knew too”, making a threat.
Next to arrive was King Nysos Black of Astryer, along with two bodyguards, and Theodore and Allison Bravarti. Levinia had adopted her own disguise complete with personality in order to not be recognized, as she formulated what to do next.
Branic went off to speak to Nysos about expanding a branch of the Culinary Council into Astryer, when Shendar Ironback, leader of Rannorton in Volkarsis arrived, a dwarven man.
Duke Etherrabard Umelind of Greymont appeared, showing similar personality to Barty in his interactions with staff and others.
As it seemed that was the end of the arrivals and early mingling, Sly got Ellion and Bazzle back so that Ellion could give an address. He welcomed everyone (meanwhile Vanion and Dequilar are still in the theatre getting prepared for the show!), and showed them to the dining hall.
Jorvyn caught Charlie Fisher, Sheriff of Barrowbeach sneaking into the crowd at the last minute, hoping to find “his little gnome buddy”. Gearwood assured him he’d let him know he was looking for him. Being that Jorvyn, Levinia, and Barty were all in disguise, he didn’t recognize anyone but Zoshia, and wrestled with her over the logbook issue, imploring she never share it with anyone if she lied about destroying it.
Everyone sat down for a delectable 9-course meal at the table, and many conversations were struck. There were talks of Prince Lomithien commissioning Dalak to build something in Lorwynn, but he couldn’t decide on what to build! Branic aired his grievances about the new Goblin restaurant opening in town, showing his clear racism to the goblinoids. There was even talk of building an artificial island between the continents of Dystomos and Volkarsis to aid in overseas travel of goods.
During the meal, Shane got up to use the restroom and bumped almost purposefully into Fennick’s guest, knocking a handkerchief out of her pocket onto the floor. Shane picked it up, showing it obviously to Jorvyn across the table that the letters L. R. were embroidered on.
Torsten snuck out after getting his meal, and only Sly noticed this. He went out to meet Torsten in the foyer. Calling out what he was doing there, Torsten claimed he would now defend the entrance/exit. Torsten kept attempting to convince Sly that he had spilled something on his shirt, eventually succeeding, and getting Sly to check out his shirt in the mirror in the weapons closet. When Torsten checked on him, Sly had disappeared.
Soon after, Ellion began to usher folks to the Theatre for Dequilar’s play.