A Comedy of Errors, a Tragedy of Fate

The Masud Situation

Did you notice a sign out in front of my house that said...

Masud: You’re… you’re black…
Immartus: Go on…
Masud: You have white hair…
Immartus: Do I look like a bitch?
Masud: What?
Immartus: [Stabs Masud in the shoulder] DO I LOOK LIKE A BITCH?
Masud: No!
Immartus: Then why you try to fuck me like a bitch?
Masud: I didn’t…
Immartus: Yes you did. Yes you did! You tried to fuck me. And Immartus Sondassa don’t like to be fucked by anybody except Mrs. Sondassa.

They thought that the hard part was over. They smuggled Munir El-Amin out of the government district and into hiding. The group couldn’t decide on what to do for their next steps, so Kitaryth “Kit” Orilaia felt that it was a good time to serve her god and the people of Al-Qahira. Leaving her friends behind, she struck out into the city on her own. Meanwhile, the rest of the group split up between searching out the local rebels and remaining behind for guard duty.

Kitaryth “Kit” Orilaia is dutifully serving the sick and lame of the city, then without warning the city guard marched up to the shrine and took her into custody. Not wanting to put anyone else at the shrine at risk, she went quietly and without a fight.

Hours go by and the party begins to get concerned. They leave the shelter of the safehouse and seek out Akram for answers. They learn that Kitaryth “Kit” Orilaia has been arrested for the murder of Munir El-Amin. They head to the palace where the hearing is to take place. They also learn that Aamir Ajam is scheduled to take the office of Vizier of Trade the following day.

At the palace they find Kitaryth “Kit” Orilaia in chains in front of the governor and a large crowd. An eyewitness comes forth to claim that she was found fleeing the scene of the murder. Without any evidence to the contrary she is sentenced to death. She is placed into the custody of her brother and ordered to return the next morning. While this is happening, a note is tied to the foot of the owl familiar to get word back to the safehouse. As the party is leaving to return to the safehouse, the owl returns. The note, untouched, is still tied to it’s leg. Concerned, they rush back to the safehouse.

They find Umara Jabari and Zilt unconcious of the warehouse when they arrive. The safehouse is empty. All of the slaves, including Munir El-Amin are gone. Masud had sold them out. Nejem Al-Amir had arrived to pick up his latest shipment of slaves. When he saw who was being hidden among the slaves, he made Masud an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The party decided they needed help finding Masud. The rebels they had encountered earlier could likely help, as they likely have eyes and ears throughout the city. The rebels were easily tracked into the slums to the Leering Dwarf, a most wretched hive of scum and villainy. After some persuasion, the leader of the rebels, Ameera Karimi, was able to be convinced that they shared a common enemy. They promised to keep an eye out for any of El Hajajj’s men. Ameera also had an idea where Masud could be found. Where do any men go when they come into money in the city? If they aren’t looking for drink, they are looking for…

Before long the party found themselves standing outside the Honey Pot, one of the more reputable of the city’s brothels. With the golden skill of persuasion, the madam led them upstairs to the room where Masud is doing his dirty work. They burst into the room in time to see him leaping out of the window carrying his pants with him. Women on the street scream and cover the eyes of their children.

They relentlessly chased him through the streets of Al-Qahira. Crashing through fruit stands and beggars, they ran down alleys and through random buildings. One of those buildings happened to be a temple of Chauntea, goddess of Purity. The priestesses shrieked in horror as the nude Masud ran through the sanctuary.

Masud nearly gave the party the slip after exiting the temple. Noticing the man hole cover askew, they followed Masud down into the sewers beneath the streets. Splashing through the filthy foul-smelling water they navigated the maze of tunnels, following the trail of wet footprints. They heard Masud let out a scream and turned a corner just in time to find him cornered by an Otyugh.

The Otyugh grabs one person after another, slamming them into the roof of the tunnel, before dropping them into the chunky brown water flowing along the floor. The Otyugh sinks its dagger like teeth into Kitaryth “Kit” Orilaia. Be either the force of her faith, or her iron constitution, she escaped contracting filth fever. They vanquished the foe and captured Masud.

Armed with the truth and a star witness, the party returned to the governor’s palace. They forced Masud to confess to the crime as it actually happened. They also provided a damning piece of evidence, Munir El-Amin’s signet ring of the office of the Vizier. Attempting to flee, Aamir Ajam was grabbed by the guards and forcibly dragged down into the dungeons below the palace to await a trial of his own.

One problem still remained. Munir El-Amin is still missing and in the hands of El Hajjaj. Appealing to his vanity and thirst for political gain, the party was able to convince governor Brutus Amlethus to send an army after El Hajjaj. Now it’s time to rescue their friend, and time for a little payback.

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