The Free City of Greyhawk
The Golden Phoenix
The events of the last several days are the topics of conversation while the party is enjoying another fine meal at the The Celene Feast Hall.
An hour later 8 heavily armed (all in full plate, long sword, shield with emblem of Greyhawk, red robes) men enter and are seen speaking to the manager Fund Barq. They are clearly looking for someone.
At 1st they pass the partys table. Barely noticing any of the PCs. A few minutes later one of the guards, what looks to the leader of the bunch, steps foward while the rest of the guards surround the PCs: “I am Sergeant Xanian Swordhand of the Greyhawk City Watch here in The Garden Quarter. I ask that all of your come peacefully and surrender!”
Lord Xanian explains the charges to the PCs:
Clerics from The Temple of Pholtus claim a jewel studded chalice was stolen and they believe one of the PCs has it hidden in his room.
A quick look by the soldiers and they easily find the item hidden in Stevens room.
Steven is arrested and taken to the watchstation in the Garden Quarter.
He is questioned for several hours
The local guardstation captain insists Steven pay an additional 500gp for “other” laws broken, one of them being the resisting arrest by Theras Thoess of Clan Meldarin. These days this is an all to common sight with the local guardsmen and constables.
After about three hours, Pholemius Brightmantle, a high level cleric of Pholtus, and his acolyte; Beramane, are allowed to enter the cell holding Steven.
Pholemius casts detect lie and is easily able to verify Steven is in fact telling the truth.
The acolyte, Beramane, says: “The Father feels there is more to this story than meets the eye. He feels you and he are somehow being united by Pholtus for some reason he does not understand yet”
He asks for the party to meet them at the Temple of Pholtus in the River Quarter.
Once the PCs reach the Temple of Pholtus, Beramane explains: “The High Father has been called upon to give Final Absolution through wine and food given to the dying in his presence. He “eats” their sins and allows their spirits to ascend into the “blinding light”
“He needs PCs to be bodyguards to somewhere in the Gnarley Forest”
-needs to give final absolution to a Templar of the Church Militant from the Pale
-doesn’t know exactly where
-believes Pholtus will guide him
-all travel expenses will be paid for by Pholemius
-Pholemius will make all PCs swear an oath to the Temple of Pholtus that PCs will not harm him in anyway
Beramane: “The church can offer each of you $500 gp upfront, 10gp ea per day plus 500gp when the destination is reached”