The group of Verenian Watchers known as The Stellar Alliance took their next contract three weeks later. Abraxis Finch, a local wizard for the city of Northaven in The Great Elandrian Empire was concerned about a string of grisly murders that had occurred in his town. The Stellar Alliance arrived through the city’s arcane tower and went to meet with him. He explained that the city had suffered a string of murders of prominent community figures: Father Constantine of the Church of Ilmater, Isabelle Flemming of the Flemming Halfway House, and Argo Makris, a landed noble and suspected street captain for The Black Hand.
The party began by heading to the 32nd Precinct, where they met with Captian Thomas McDonnell of the city guard. He allowed them to look at the body of the most recent victim (Makris) and Kat recognized the telltale signs of a vampire attack. They traveled then to the Flemming Halfway house, where they met with a disheveled halfling woman named Maye, who told them about what happened to Isabelle. She gave them a piece of cloth to them which had on it the crest of a noble house known by the name Redfellow. They drew the connection then between this patch of fabric and a missing noble by the name of Namorin Redfellow. With some direction from the Northaven rumor mill, the party connected Namorin to Argo Makris, in that Namorin’s widow Natasha Redfellow was allegedly spending a lot of time with the late Makris. Deciding to investigate this further, the party then went to the Makris estate. There they were met with pit traps and an angry Natasha, who went after Kat with a frying pan. They managed to calm her down and get a bit more information out of her. She told them that Makris was indeed an enforcer for the Black Hand, that he owned a Water Treatment plant in the middle of town, and that she had been having an affair with him. She explained that on the night of Namorin’s disappearance, she had come home to find the house had been trashed, and suspected that he had discovered her affair, and that he was responsible for the death of Argo.
The party went with Natasha to The Drowned Rat, a seedy dive that apparently was a base of operations for the Black Hand. Tensions got high as the Watchers negotiated their stay and a fight nearly broke out, but in the end, they managed to come up with an arrangement. In the morning, the party decided that The Dewdrop Inn was far more their speed, and that they would be staying there the next day.
With not many leads left, the party began to head back to the Precinct to find more information, but along the way noticed something strange about the Water Treatment Plant. They entered the building, and found it filled with fog. As they investigated the area, they were attacked through a grate in the floor by a clawed hand. Panicking and frightened, they opened some hatches in the roof of the building, letting light flood into the room and illuminating the fog. When the light flooding into the room lit it fully, the sound of whatever creature was below them indicated that it really didn’t like that, and they heard it smashing something below them as it fled the light. They found a trapdoor, and pursued it into a chamber connected to the sewers. In that chamber were a pile of bodies that leaked out a pool of blood, and hunched over the pool, lapping at it furiously was the vampire: Namorin Redfellow. They slew the creature without much difficulty. As they inspected their surroundings, Daryl found amongst the bodies an enchanted shortsword called the Assassin’s Blade. They then burned the bodies, just to be safe and ensure that they couldn’t return from the dead.
The resolution to their investigation led to more questions though. It was clear that Namorin was a feral vampire, one recently turned by a more powerful one. Where was this more powerful vampire? Why had there been no signs of vampirism in the town before Namorin? And why did that vampire even turn him in the first place? They resolved to ask the questions of Abraxis. But first, they wished to clean themselves, so they headed to the Dewdrop Inn. Along the way, they were accosted by town guards who were suspicious of the gore and signs of violence the party portrayed. Stephon immediately began to spin a yarn, but Jacuzzi wouldn’t have any of it, and explained the truth. The guards, frustrated at the Watchers not including them in the investigation or seeking them out right away with news of the dead vampire, rushed off to clean up the crime scene. The party then got a room at the Dewdrop and cleaned themselves up before going to see Abraxis.
The meeting with their employer was… suspicious. When grilled about the possibility of another vampire in the city limits, he feigned ignorance and claimed that he didn’t know what a vampire was. Jacuzzi saw through his lie, but let it slide. Finch claimed that he was willing to pay them for the completion of his contract, unconcerned or at the very least, unsure of what to do about the possibility of another vampire. The party agreed to return in the morning for their payment.
On the way out from Finch’s manor, the party was approached by a curious halfling, Bob Ogden. A tense exchange of spells and threats followed, but somehow the meeting became much more amicable by the end. Bob Ogden explained that she just wanted to join their group. Suspicious, but willing, they agreed.