Things to think about
First a brief summary of the discussion so far. My actual new contribution is
at the bottom.
Jet says: Melf/Kym/wedding shower attack, Iuz Bane/Boneheart almost fight, and Tyroc Banebuster attack at Elven Embassy in Greyhawk is a red herring to distract us from something not connected to Iuz (lands or deity)
Vernard says: There are legitimate forces at work here. Think harder.
JD says: Furyondy (or some other hidden power) could be trying to provoke Iuz lands into starting some trouble to provide an excuse for Furyondy/hidden power to act aggressively. Or to get Iuz/Celene to exhaust its resources so that Furyondy/hidden power can get an advantage
over Iuz or Celene.
Jordy says: Iuz and Celene are just too far apart for this to make sense.
Jordy says: Maybe somebody is trying to destabilize Celene.
Jordy says: We need to find out more.
Jet’s new contribution:
I absolutely agree that the Yuan-ti nest and the attack on the Wedding shower could be parts of a larger plot (or plots) to destabilize Celene.
However, the people with the resources, access, political will to investigate this are ALL IN CELENE. We could, and should, tell our suspicions to Awen. However, but the elves of Celene closed their borders for a reason. They don’t like or trust non-elves, and they are not even really friendly with non-Celene elves. Let’s tell the one guy who might listen to us (Awen), and wait to get invited in before we poke any further in that area. Otherwise, one of those 20th level Elven Thieves may just come out from behind the molecules in the air and eliminate us.
However, the World Serpent Inn encounter and the Greyhawk encounter have no impact on anybody but us. They are intended to get us back fighting with the Boneheart. That does not benefit anyone obvious. If the Boneheart really wanted us dead, we are incredibly easy to kill. Assassination (as Maximus recently proved) is very effective. And we wander around alone and unguarded, and in many cases, drunk all the time. So, again, I argue the recent seeming flurry of Boneheart related activity is a diversion.
Now, Jordy’s idea about finding out about who is behind the diversion is excellent. His connections with the Merchant’s Guild, and with the Rough Riders should certainly be exploited.
I also think that when we tell our suspicions to Awen, we should ask him to consider the intelligence reports his predecessor (The elven ambassador lady to Greyhawk) collected, and if there is information there to suggest who might be behind the diversion/destabilization. If he would like us to investigate further, he needs to give us something.
Talking further to the new high priestess of Boccob is an excellent idea as well. She seems very accessible.
As for talking to Maskalyne, that seems like a scary tactic. Anything we do could be interpreted as setting a trap for him. Or he might take the opportunity to set a trap for us. Or a third party, trying to stir up trouble, could interfere and make it look like a trap. I would need a really careful plan before I did that one.
I shall be hitting the records that the druid’s council has been keeping. I will let you know if I find anything there.
Jebediah Archangel is also a relentless acquirer of information. Let’s go talk to him and see what he has.
Finally, Aldebaran — You were trying to create some political good will with that diplomatic mission you were on. Cash in some credit and see if anybody has any intelligence to share.
Talk to you guys later.