A contingent of Eladrin Fey Knights and Twilight Incanters move in to collect the adventurers in the Golden Unicorn Inn. The eladrin fence Shumskel is appointed their representative at court with Tisamath. They are brought to the palace and put into a queue outside the throne room. Shumskel will confer with them. He was asking around about a job for them when he was apprehended by the royal guard and told to point the adventurers out to them. They are going to be viewed by Tisamath and he’s not sure what their plight will become. He recommends that the adventurers offer their services to the throne. It is understood that the adventurers are looking for something by offering their services but any sort of payment or negotiation should not be mentioned. In fact, the party should leave all the talking to Shumskel and only speak when spoken to directly. Keep in mind that Tisamath and members of her court may take offense at the most minor acts of disrespect. While in the queue the party and other crowd members are monitored by orbs of light which hover around the room. These are willow-the-wisp type entities and anouncements regularly boom from them to the people in the palace.
“Rise for Tisamath Ghaele of Winter!”
“all visitors verify excusement with your palace representative before departure”
“Squad eleven silver report to area T3 immediately for briefing”
“code red area B9, code red area B9”
As visitors meet in the palace court they are announced and much of the exchange can be heard and seen from the queue. there is a slight delay between the actions in the throne room and the sound and many times the conversation will be blocked from the queue, less often the windows of the throne room will shift noisily and the activity of the court will be blocked from view. Most visits end with a declaration from the crier but occasionally Tisamath will address the court.
A grizzled dragonborn is recognized “the court welcomes Glaudites Capree” the dragonborn offers Tisamath a pack of gnoll pit fighters and claims they will be very entertaining in the arena battles. He is welcomed coldly, a few eladrin nod to him but there is a feeling in the air that this dragonborn is not well liked or has fallen into disfavor recently.
A priest is taken into the throne room “the court recognizes Kachos Rhaem”, the man retorts violently and much of what he says is silenced, the windows grind and the throne room is no longer seen, the windows grind after a moment and the throne room can be seen. The man is now much subdued “for displays of public zealotry, Rhaem will be offered at the next Aughmorvor appeasement, where he will have the opportunity to publicly pray for his life, until that time he will remain a guest of the dungeoneers”
“all visitors should be mindful that any public worship of a being other than the Prince of Frost is prohibitted”
A group of musicians perform for Tisamath.
Some eladrin complain about disappearences and rumored attacks.
A drow gives a mining report.
Some actors do a routine.
Tisamath leaves court for two hours and everything is put on hold.
A drow is allowed to cut ahead of the adventurers – he is a slave trader named Vumosray and has brought a special prize for the arena games.
The BUSA are interviewed by Shumskel and he presents them to the court using their real names. Tisamath sits on a white gold throne embossed with black and white opals, diamonds, saphires and emeralds. An eladrin crier called Pemorem addresses the palace representative, Tisamath sits with an entourage of eladrin nobles and guards. the nobles whisper and smirk among themselves. some even whisper to Tisamath. One eladrin in black chainmail and robes sits next to Tisamath. He is called Rhackor and the party saw him at the Golden Unicorn Inn. two young eladrin women sit by Tisamath as well. Tisamath is a beautiful young eladrin ghaele of winter. She is given a queens treatment even by her two best friends Zacerine and Cuntdra.
Tisamath decides to send the adventurers to Kincep Mansion to investigate, “so there are four of you? for some reason I thought there were five?”
Theren explains that they came into town with an eladrin they met on the road but didn’t catch his name.
After the adventurers equip and eat they will attend the arena battles. There they will witness the gnoll pit fighters defeat a group of duergar and a displacer beast and win the crowd over before being wiped out by a famorian giant who is thrown in the arena with Sage in a last man standing scenario. Sage eventually overcomes the giant but the fight is stopped and both are taken to the dungeons to be saved for a battle in the future when Koliada is in house.
Theren bets on Sage during the battle and then asks if he can meet the man. The “bookie” brings Theren down to the dungeons where Rhackor meets him and escorts him to Sage’s cell. Sage doesn’t have much to say and Theren is denied a private audience with him. Rhackor appears amused and a bit condescending about the exchange.