Eadoin Rhoswen Edalane and Victoria Hunch woke up in Farrain on March 12, and decided to go to the bar. At 9:00 a.m. By 11:00 a.m., they were both drunk out of their minds. Eadoin (Edy) passed out, and since Victoria was a ghost and couldn’t, she just got more and more drunk. Eventually, Edy woke up with a huge headache, and Victoria dragged her to the apothecary across the street. They got a concoction that made everything better. They went back to Edy’s parents’ mansion and got ready for Tiabherna’s ball.
The three of them (now including the late sleeper: Ardonen Silvester Strous-Kennish) went to the ball and met Count Nicham Reyns and his diplomatic guest, Andrastos Meanti, a white bengal tiger hybrid from Myorcini. When asked about his opinion of the recent political events, he said “I believe Empress Sargonia has the best interests at heart for everyone in Agycur, and that she can bring us to new heights that we couldn’t reach before.” They felt a kindred spirit in Trosides, and confided in him everything they learned from Principal Arkady, and he joined the party. The party learned, from mingling, that it was disconcerting that Duchess Alisia was not present, the Minister of Public Health’s funeral was that morning, and that Empress Sargonia was very attractive. After some time of mingling, Count Reyns approached them again, and asked them to become his assistants in his office (he works in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). After explaining that he wouldn’t need their help very often, but he does need some extra hands on occasion, they agreed to meet in his office the next morning.
The party wound down and they went back to Edy’s house to sleep. The next morning, they got up and went to Count Reyns’ office. In the hallway, they saw a young woman in her pajamas trying to pick the lock on Count Reyn’s office. Count Reyns recognized her as Duchess Alisia, and invited her into his office, not noticing that she was trying to break in. As the party walked past, she said, “I need to talk to you later.” In his office, he drafted the final paperwork, and then asked them if they wouldn’t mind travelling to Illias to get some files for him from the Agycurian Embassy there. While Edy was distracting him, Alisia managed to get a file marked: Sargonia’s Old Files: Authorized Personnel Only. They told Count Reyns goodbye and went to a conference room with Alisia to talk.
She asked the party what they knew about Sargonia, and they told her what they knew. She then opened the files, and pulled out a long list of names, one headed Gallisian, one Manchagian, one Utian, and a much shorter one Ibito. Some of the names on the lists had stars next to them. On the Gallisian list, they found the name Bespredel, unstarred, and the name Marianna Blasek, which was starred, but the star was crossed off. Alisia recognized it then as a list of the Vor, an underground organization. At the top of the list was the name Remus Migrus, who Alisia explained was Sargonia’s right hand man. She then explained a few things.
A year and a half ago, her friend Marianna came to her for help, with three Ibitonese refugees, Noritaka Suto, Ikuya Minamoto, and Kohoko Takaoji, who needed a place to stay. Alisia helped them get settled in Tulduroc, and helped them integrate into the community. Then Empress Sargonia showed up at their doorstep and tried to take Noritaka’s (as she calls him) research about the origin of psychic powers. When they resisted, she used Mesmerism on them. All but Noritaka were subdued, and he managed to snap them all out of it. When she was foiled, Sargonia tried a different method: she threatened his friend, Alisia. She named Alisia’s family the ruling family of Agycur, thus placing Alisia under her thumb, and when Alisia refused to help Sargonia, she placed her under house arrest. Alisia didn’t know what else had happened to them.
Alisia then asked them to help her as she tried to resist Sargonia. Though it took some convincing, the party agreed, and Alisia asked them to send a message to her friends in Tulduroc. The party decided to take the message themselves, and came up with an excuse to travel in that direction. Edy remembered that her relative was having a baby shower in the nearby city, Thorid, and Andrastos was helping her get there in his airship. Victoria was going with her as a friend, and Ardo was travelling back to Orham to check in where he really works.