Dogcatchers of Khador

Excerpts from Rowan's Personal Notes vol 13

“Recent events in my life have become dire indeed. It is now more important than ever that my plans be put into motion. I am getting ahead of myself; I’ll should start from the beginning.

Upon finding the card and the note from Lamsyn for a private audience in Llael I set out immediately. I went alone as requested. Some may think my actions rash, that I was walking into a trap, but I know Lamsyn; the direct method is not his way. He prefers a more cat-and-mouse method to brute tactics. Plus I knew I couldn’t bring anyone with me. Gashunk, Grimm, and Kestryl, while good men, I don’t have enough dealings with to keep them in line and Sivasha, while I trust, is too wild in temper. She would have killed him on the spot. I too enjoy the cat-and-mouse too much to use brute tactics. So I made my way to Llael…"

…“I met with one of Lamsyn’s associates at the bar in Riversmet where we used to talk. The associate told me to come with him to meet Lamsyn but I insisted he met me here. It was as close to neutral group as I would find in Llael. Once he joined me we discussed his plan. He had in fact figured out what had become of Vargus and had removed the Rogue. He has also come across an artifact of great power and he plans to turn it against my native land. He sees this as a way to make us even for my part in what happened to Riversmet. I scoffed at the possibility and reminded him that he was fighting an uphill battle. He has to beat me every time whereas I only have to beat him once. He did not seem deterred by my revelation. Once he was done with his threatening I asked him to stay and chat, like old times. He was once my closest friend and I saw no reason for us not to speak as equals once more. We spoke at great length and during the conversation I came to realize the difference between us. He is blinded by his emotions and holds onto grudges like a drowning man grabs a floating log while I am not so petty”…

…“I returned just in time for our next job. I found the Rogue there, badly injured, but still alive. My surprise at seeing him alive betrayed my previous knowledge and the news of my meeting with Lamsyn did not seem to sit well with some of the Dogcatchers. I didn’t bother to explain myself, I rarely feel such a compulsion”…

“The job was to protect Lady Ann from an assassination attempt during a meeting with ambassadors from Cygnar and Ord. The description of the possible assailants led us to believe that the Black Widow was involved and might be linked to a group of strange, dark-skinned, foreigners seen around the capital. Myself and Kestryl went to survey the surrounding area. We scoped various vantage points and marked the most advantageous spot. There was a lot of ground to cover as all the buildings in the surrounding area had be bought up, their tenants hurriedly vacated, by a single holding company. It was going to take more than just us and the guard (considered inept in my book) to cover the ground. I left to make preparations”…

…“I paid plenty of the resident homeless a good deal of coin to occupy the buildings to serve as our eyes and ears. I bribed the holding company to break their dealings with Lamsyn, who I learned was behind the purchases. The set up was simple; Gashunk and Kestryl would watch the obvious spot, Sivasha would coordinate everything from the courtyard, and Grimm and myself would survey the inside. All the chess pieces put into place, pawns set up to protect the queen”…

…“Some times things do not go according to plan. Turns out the dark-skinned fellows had the same objective we did. I know little about them as I did not deal with them myself. Kestryl and Sivasha battled the Black Widow but were unable to best her. It was all just a distraction for the real plot against the real target. A mechanical rifle had been set up elsewhere to shoot the ambassador of Ord. However, that plan also did not pan out and the bullet only wounded the man. It was a direct assault against my homeland. This aggression will not stand”…

“I must use all available resources to best Lamsyn. I leave immediately for Ord. My first order of business will take me to Five Fingers. Somehow I need to get a message to The Baird to warn him of Lamsyn’s plot. The attempted assassination should give my words some credence. If I can not meet with him directly I can pass word through the grapevine. The news will reach The Baird somehow, this I am sure. There has never been a king as cunning as him. Lamsyn may think he can take on my intelligence but if I am backed by my crafty king then Lamsyn will stand no chance. He thinks that attacking our economy, our weakest asset, will lead him to victory. We’ve never been rich, we accept that. What he fails to understand is the quiet and noble strength of our people. Todorians and Thurians may have our differences but, once united, we stand resolute. We are used to the hardships, used to the struggle, and yet we continue on. Because of this Ord will never fall!”

“I will also spend some time in Midfast. I wish to speak to the Golden Crucible there about my idea of a unified system of investigation and law as well as spend some time back in my homeland. I’ve been gone for far too long. I will spend some time walking the mountains as I did in my youth. I may be gone for a week or so but the Dogcatchers should be able to maintain without my presence. The world will not end because Rowan Voyle decided to take a brief vacation.”

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