They get a message that one of the lords, Aashir, wants to speak to them.
Also there’s some bad business going on at the docks that the lords expect them to take care of.
Also the lord of House Roku, a smaller upstart house, might be staging a coup?
They head for the docks.
There they find some obvious shakedowns going on. But when they try to stop it, the bandits are confused. “We’re just… doing… what you asked?” They are Edwin and Igers, and also appear to have a book with both accounts/ledgers, and physical descriptions and drawings of the new lords (Torinn, Toro, Emon, and Tharious)
They ask to be escorted to the head of operations, and meet Hughes. A rough dwarf with a scar and cataract. He passes along quite a large amount of gold, around 5000 between the “held” gold, and a personal gift from the “night market”. Hughes intimates that since they’re the new lords, they’ll be expected to “play along”. He agrees to give up the pier they took in for themselves.
That’s when Emon intimidates him to say that things are going to change. He expects things to be… “cleaner”. “I’ll pass it along” Hughes says.
They then go to see Lord Hayao. Lord of House Roku. He’s one of the “vassals” to former house Xaio, and part of the acquisition of house boom-crash.
Eventually they decide he’s full of crap, and “arrest” him. Now, they’re sort of within their right to arrest him right now. But also they’ve got to consider what it would look like. So they arrest him, but “discreetly”. By turning him into a sloth and taking him back to their keep.
Which they do, and that’s fine. But just as they’re about to start asking him questions. Assassins come in. Oh boy.
Until next time…