As you gratefully depart the bridge and head towards your taxi, a cloaked stranger appears out of the rain and mutters to Velleman “If you want to know what’s behind Bonal Geldem’s death, come to The Broken Anvil at dawn tomorrow”. No sooner does Velleman look up to respond then the stranger’s back is turned and he swiftly strides away down a narrow staircase and into the rain and darkness.
Between the murderous assassin, the irrascible Sgt Dolom and the mysterious stranger, you have had enough encounters for this evening, and are only too grateful to grab a seat on the sky taxi and head to your quarters in Callestan. Later that night, you examine the Journal. It is of unusual quality. The pages are like no paper you have seen before, but the pages seem completely blank.
The next morning, you wake before the dawn and dash for an early taxi. Your destination is the next district over, so you hustle along skybridges and around towers for a half-hour before beginning the long descent to the lower levels and the Broken Anvil. The first lift is an elegant affair, where Brelza is so impressed she overtips the operator, who stammers his profuse thanks before letting out out. The descent from middle to lower levels is more functional – a creaky freight elevator lowers you another 200 ft to ground levels.
Around the corner, and the Broken Anvil’s door is before you. An un-prepossessing site, you step in with some misgivings. Immediately inside the door you are taken in tow by the halfling proprietress. “well good morning ducks” she says. “You’ll be following me” and she bustles through a door without waiting for a response. Across the common room she leads the way to another door and motions you inside. With some caution, you open the door and peer in. Inside is just a woman behind a table with some jugs on it. Filing in, she motions you to sit down and offers water, wine or beer.
You settle down, and she leans towards you.
“Thank you for coming. I am Elaydren d’Vown of House Cannith. I was working with Provost Geldem to recover a lost family heirloom. We were to meet last night.” She pauses to let the significance sink in. A contact in the watch told me about what transpired, so I had one of our men contact you."
She continues “The heirloom, according to family legends, was locked away in a foundry that dates back to pre-Galifar Sharn. Poor Bonal believed that he had discovered the location of the foundry in an ancient Cannith journal. I was going to fund an expedition to go to the site, but without Bonal…” her voice trails off, then she leans close “Perhaps you would be willing to retrieve the hierloom for me.” a couple of exhaled “yeses” escape involuntarily before she adds “for a generous reward, of course”. “If I could see the Journal please” she extends her hand, and Brelza hands over the seemingly blank Journal. As it approaches her hand, they notice that her ring – a House Cannith seal – glows and and the binding of the journal glows in sympathy. As the pages open, text and diagrams appear magically. Elaydren turns to a specific page, studies it and then pulls a folded map from her cloak. The location of the lost forge is deep below the Dorasharn Tower. 57 levels below the present sewer system. I offer you 1000 gp to recover the lost artefact. Will you do this for me?"
You practically fall over one another to accept. In response to questions she cover a few facts, such as an advance of 100 gp for equipment, a suggestion for enough portable lighting, and ropes. The item is a made of adamantium, in the shape of a seven pointed star, about the size of a human hand. She also mentions that she believes the “Lord of Blades” was behind the death of Bonal Geldem. “The warforged prophet has his own designs on the schema” she says darkly. Salazar mentions the whirring device that fled the chest of the assassin, and Elaydren frowns. “Then the Lord of Blades will certainly know of your party” she says and adds “we must move swiftly”.
“Somewhere beyond the E213 Valve, you will find a sealed door with the same mark as on this Journal. Open the seal and the tunnel revealed will take you down to the long forgotten level far below where the foundry resides. I am completely confident that you wil be able to handle anything you encounter” she finishes.