Returning to Valen with the information about the safe’s contents, the group manages to impress the information broker, particularly the detail Mouse is able to provide. Valen returns the favour, informing them that a man closely matching Davin’s description had been seen in several towns along the Dragon’s Tongue river between Five Fingers and Point Bourne. Zareal also asks about Koren D’Avangelo; Oric Valen has nothing recent on the man, but does know of a former associate who is in Five Fingers.
It being late, the group takes a rest at an Inn on Captain’s Island. In the morning, they come down to the dining hall to find someone with an interest in them. A tough-looking man of Khadoran descent picks them out from the crowd. Eventually they are introduced: he is Ryovin, a member of Khador’s military sent by Koldun Lord Danov to help out and keep an eye on the group. Reluctantly, they agree to bring him with.
They next head to the contact: Makryn Solisc. He was an alchemist in the Order of the Golden Crucible with D’Avangelo, and the closest thing to a friend the man had. They were young, ambitious alchemists and inventors once but eventually left the Order to pursue endeavors out beyond its control. D’Avangelo was largely inscrutable, but Solisc recalled how he liked to take trips to the mountainous regions of Cygnar as a youth and be on top of the world. Where D’Avangelo was now he had no idea, although he recalled one of their instructors, Olivia Terantor, being fond of him. Her whereabouts have been a mystery since the fall of Llael, however.
With this knowledge in hand, the group finds passage on a river steamer to Renford, the first town where Davin might be. On the road into town, they spot a clearing off to the side with a large stake stuck erect in the middle. Tied to it is a woman; on closer inspection, none other than Kasilla Tandross. She greets them as friendly as is possible given her predicament, whatever that might be….
The Enigma of D’Avangelo Clue Acquired: #1: The Mountains