By Daniel Abraham
The strong city-state of Saraykeht is a bastion of peace and tradition, an important middle of trade and exchange. Its economic climate will depend on the facility of the captive spirit, Seedless, an andat absolute to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for all times. input the Galts, a juggernaut of an empire devoted to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious military. Saraykeht, notwithstanding, has continuously been too powerful for the Galts to assault, yet now they see a chance. in the event that they can cast off Heshai, Seedless’s bonded poet-sorcerer, Seedless will perish and the full urban will fall. With mystery forces contained in the urban, the Galts arrange to enact their bad plan.
In the center is Otah, an easy laborer with a posh earlier. Recruited to behave as a bodyguard for his girlfriend's boss at a mystery assembly, he inadvertently learns of the Galtish plot. Otah reveals himself because the sole desire of Saraykeht, both he stops the Galts, or the complete urban and everybody in it perishes ceaselessly.
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They will strike fast and retreat before citadel guards arrive. If a melee continues until guards show up (and Bismalla will warn characters to flee), everyone present will be taken to the Rock. Allow the PCs to steal and snoop, but make them pay the price if they are not cautious. Rogues who cant exercise discretion may well be arrested (consult the Law and Justice section of the Land of Fate boxed set for details on crime and punishment). They will be left on the Rock of Fasting until the Grandfather decides that they may stand before him and be judged.
There are wheels within wheels and plots within plots here, and 44 the players will probably figure that out soon enough. If there is no explanation why the guards showed up at a particular time (when they had to keep the PCs from going somewhere you didnt want them to go yet), the players may well point the finger of blame at one of the NPCs. If it seems appropriate, let them be right about their adversary. Keep track of the enemies that the party makes, then set up ambushes or nonviolent confrontations when the PCs enter those NPCs home territories.