Swamped

Swamped
RE: Swamped
Try compelling him to calm in the name of Qlat. That's the bug god, right? Maybe his response will give you a hint as to why Qlat is taking an interest in the goings on here in Nual/Brume-ville. If that doesn't have an impact, yeah, call for a nurse.
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RE: Swamped
Well, you have one idea, and it's dropping a particular name.

"Qlat demands you answer me!" you say, with as much authority as you can muster. "Put yourself together, or face his wrath!"

You don't actually know what he thinks of Qlat, but it's the one idea you have. Maybe there's a reason that particular god was sending a message.

And it seems to have some impact, because he blinks a few times, and then holds his hands out in prayer.

"Oh, Qlat," he says quietly. "You spared me, and I have failed you. How could I pledge my life to the Guild, when I had already pledged it to you?"

This has taken an uncomfortable turn. But it means you might get somewhere with your questions.

"You can start making amends by telling me just who wrote that," you say, pointing to the letter.

"I... I don't know. My master gave me the orders, I don't know who she works for." He looks like he's about to break down again. "I cannot face her again. But I know nowhere else to go."

Ugh, you can relate. If the letter's any indication, he hurt someone... but he's at more or less your position on the hierarchy. And with no better options for leaving the Guild than you had.

"And your target?"

"Leonard Flame. I don't know why." He starts to cry. "There were children there! But by the time I knew, I had already..."

Gods. This guy's a complete mess. You think you might have to call the nurse anyhow - but there's one more piece of information you need out of him. Who his "master" is.

And you also know just how hard it's going to be for him to reveal that. He'll be even more afraid of what happens if he outs her than he was of the ice. So this is going to take a very careful approach.
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RE: Swamped
Tell him about the one place he'll be safe from the reach of Guild politics: in the swamp.
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RE: Swamped
"I've heard of a place beyond the reach of the Guild, and of the law for that matter," you say. "A place where they don't care who you are or what you've done. A fortress in the heart of the northern swamp, and all they'll ask for is that you fight in its defense. I might be able to find a way to get you there."

"Swamp," he says, quietly. At first you think he's losing it again, but he soon speaks up.

"I survived that damned ice, I suppose a swamp can't be any worse. Long as it doesn't freeze there. What do I need to do?"

Now this is the awkward part. You have a theory that there's a Marshguard here, but you could be completely wrong on that. And even if you're right, how would you contact them, let alone convince them to bring him along?

But you're not going to string him along. You've seen too many in the Marshguards like him, and every last one of them told you that as bad as the swamp was, every other option for them was far worse. You're not even thinking about how it may impact the timeline - this man is suffering, and you know a way to help him. Even if you haven't worked out the details yet.

So the question, really, is what you tell him right now.
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