The Thousand Thrones

The Crusade of the Child
The investigation begins

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Roderick Schreck sent for Carl Kell to help with an investigation within Marienburg. A new cult of Sigmar has formed, like never seen before.

Carl and his companion Margat Chaoseater also bring Luidolf Desfleuve and Argam Aldinsson to the meeting. The witchhunter throws in another companion, Kite, a.k.a Markus Mudgeboren. He will help with navigating within the city to speed up the investigation.

Late in the afternoon, they all meet the investor behind the investigation. Selena Reiva is a local merchant and follower of Sigmar, who is concerned about the Crusade.
She offers 100g as compensation and hands out her Sigil, which will cover most of the costs.

Roderick passes on the little his does know what happened. He only arrived 3 days before the Crusade left for Altdorf. The first band of investigators never returned to inform him what this was all about. He only knows that a boy with a twintailed comet on his chest, swinging a hammer single-handedly, killed off demonlike attackers in the middle of a street near the Winkelmarkt. A crowd gathered and the local priest of Sigmar, Helmut, proclaimed that the boy is Sigmars Heir. This happened about 4 weeks ago. Since then the followers were growing rapidly

To make things worse, the exiled former Grand Theogonist Esmer also gave his blessings. This poses a threat to the already tumbling Empire, which is still weak after the Storm of Chaos.

Roderick needs to know where the boy came from, so he can inform Altdorf about it. They need to know what they are dealing with.

Right next day the group sets off to investigate the blacksmith where the boy was found. They learn various rumors about the source of the boy. At the blacksmith they meet Josef Peek, who sells of “relics” of the boy. Lord Luidolf Desfleuve isnt interested in this nonsense and lectures him about the glory about the Lady of the Lake. Finally Jospeh comes forth with something real – a torn tunic. Carl identifies that the tunic belongs to a shallyan orphanage.

The group moves on to the shallyan orphanage, where they meet Abbess Gerda Lutzen. She tells them about Karl and how he killed off his attackers. Carl notices that for a shallyan priest, Lutzen speaks to furious about the recent events.

On the way out, an initiate gives Markus a small piece of paper:

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The group meets Maida Widmann. She is put in a cage, her fingers broken and gagged with rags. Guarded by Black Hats no one is allowed to speak with her. Carl tries to convince the captain of the guards, but in the end it takes the fine diplomacy (Mine’s bigger) of Margat Chaoseater to make them change their minds. Maida tells them about the boy. 7 years ago, Karl was brought to them as a babe by a witchhunter named Osric Falkenheim. Soon she found out that the child is special and “has some awful power about him that bent the will”. She ordered Abbess Gerda Lutzen to bring the boy back to the witchhunter, but Gerda hid the boy and raised him.

Maida tried to stop Helmut and tell the truth about Karl, but the angry mob almost lynched her. She was put in this cage to die by Gerda Lutzen and Father Helmut.

The group decides to return to Roderick to report about their findings. Also they want Maida released from the cage.

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