Nymm 25, 1000YK
We take a rest at the inn and the next morning decide not to waste any time. We begin by visiting the Cannith base. After learning that it may be too difficult to merely sneak inside, Rae proposes that if she can become someone of importance she can attempt to fake her way inside. She finds someone who looks as though he has some sort of fame and bumps into him causing him to drop a suitcase filled with papers. During the chaos she steals his ID and leaves the building.
The group waits until night before the man leaves and ambushes him while he is alone. Rae memorizes his features and changes to his form and travels back into the building with Ratchet at her side. We pass through the guards with little effort and as we make our way down the hall we notice a woman and a hobgoblin carrying a box. Thinking nothing of it, we continue on our way and eventually locate the room where the dragonshard is being held. After disabling the barriers set up to keep it safe, we retrieve the shard only to realize it’s a fake. Confident that the two that they passed by in the hallway must have had something to do with the shard, we quickly rush after them. Ashkhad and Thorn waiting outside see the bugbear and the human leave, and then quickly rush off into the night. Curious and suspicious of there quick getaway, they decide to chase after them, only to be stopped by a female tiefling and a male human blocking their path. They attempt to get past them but the hobgoblin and the woman escape, followed by the tiefling and the male human with the use of a smoke bomb. Rae tells the group that she noticed a streak of blue in the hair of the human they had passed by in the hallway, and becomes almost certain that it was Simile who was involved in the theft. Feeling too tired to continue on though, they decide to retire back to the inn and plan out how to get the shard back.
Rae reflects back on previous encounters with Simile during her training with the Dark Lanterns and tells the group her idea of Simile’s next goal. Knowing that Simile usually doesn’t leave town until she has something of great value, Rae points out an art auction that will be happening a few days from now at the museum has a very expensive painting that is to be the crowning piece that will be put up for bidding. She also tells the group of Simile’s usual tricks of making a counterfeit and replacing it with the original during her crime sprees.
Nymm 26, 1000YK
The group decides to visit the museum and see if they can find a way to steal the painting before Simile does and offer it up as a trade for the dragonshard. As they make their way into the museum they all split up into different jobs to cover more ground and gather more information. Rae dresses up to be a servant blending into the party taking place before the action begins, while Thorn and Ashkhad mingled with the other patrons and examine the part. Ratchet finds a back door and manages to make it inside pretending to be a repairman needing to fix a water leak. As Rae walks around the room she notices the owner of the museum, before she has a chance to attempt to take the museum keys from him, another server dangles them and reveals herself to be Simile. Rae is unable to get the keys back and Simile quickly disappears. Ashkhad meets the human male that he met before. Also turning out to enjoy art as much as Ashkhad, he gets into a debate about which is better, psionics or magic. Thorn learns that the painting is piece made by his father, Flint, and decides that he would much rather have it for himself than let Simile take it. He also meets someone familiar from his past at the Colosseum. A hobgoblin that he once fought before and won, to the hobgoblin’s embarrassment, that left a nasty mark on his reputation. Ratchet finds the female tiefling hiding in the control room and before she leaves, Ratchet gives her one of her tools that she dropped, (A Ratchet), enchanted with magic to help them track the group down. Before they all leave, Ratchet rigs up the control room so that they have an easy time dealing with security the next time they enter.