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Madame Elethi's Ledger

Excerpts of coded notes from Madame Elethi's Ledger.
Madame Elethi's Ledger
Wondrous item, Uncommon

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94 M07L HEVMBEJLA     35  21  78  89  87
94 S01B TERINEVF      55  13  18  84  75
93 W13B NENEN         78  69  50  56  59
93 M12R URYREVR       48  35  61  27  40
92 T09O MLYCUVAR      68  35  97  40  23
92 S31F DHVYRGU       44  95  53  28  30
91 S41L SHYBZNE       87  43  21  18  99
91 F35L ZHAVE         25  14  11  58  65
91 W18O XVEHMNEN      64  33  25  33  60
90 M22F CHLVZVEN      14  35  95  34  72
90 M22F OEVGV         90  92  89  64  43
89 S01F FNORGUN       90  31  65  26  80
88 W13E XRGBZNE       14  98  87  68  65
88 F35R EBURTHE       60  75  97  50  12
87 T09S TLANENY       79  22  47  66  39

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3.3206.6.13 #0397 CNFUGHZ

018 004 018 026 026    034 017 012 008 005    024 024 038 020 009
022 012 024 037 036    032 004 034 011 030    034 032 025 022 020
019 011 032 027 027    038 016 043 026 044    033 025 035 027 045
040 038 034 024 015    032 041 032 012 009    022 019 024 024

6.15 PBAGENPG PBZCYRGRQ.
6.16 CNLZRAG ERPRVIRQ.

3.3206.6.16 #0398 CNFUGHZ

032 004 037 024 027    024 033 021 007 036    017 014 018 034 011
007 017 003 023 018    029 011 015 014 023    025 022 020 019 011
032 027 027 038 016    042 026 044 033 045    026 027 042 043 040
038 034 024 015 032    041 034 029 014 022    013 036 042 020 018
010 023 020 019 020    005 027 033 054 041

8.24 PBAGENPG PBZCYRGRQ. VGRZ ERGHEARQ GB CNFUGHZ ONAX.
8.24 CNLZRAG ERPRVIRQ.

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3.3206.6.32 #0407 FXVAX

021 014 008 032 017    017 009 010 023 011    027 022 014 020 011
017 030 021 040 025    016 013 028 035 036    039 026 037 037 024
042 057 052 052 006    018 052 045 043 008    024 029 019 028 026
040 028 003 015 031    038 038 017 021 027    034 022 027 018 028
035 017 032 025 026    040 031 038 027 016    022 029 019 020 008
004 022 008 021 017    021 016 016 021 031    038 007 013 046 053
053

8.33 PYNFF BS 3206 QRSRNGRQ. A. LVAQRA ZVFFVAT.
8.34 OBHAGL ERTVFGRERQ JVGU PVGL. CEVPR ABG JBEGU JNEQ VAIBYIRZRAG.
8.35 A. LVAQRA PNCGHERQ. RKCRYYRQ (ABA-ERSHAQNAOYR).
     GENASREERQ GB PELCG THNEQ. SNGURE GENASREERQ GB CNAGEL.

Decoded Pages

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94 M07L URIZORWYN     35  21  78  89  87
94 S01B GREVARIS      55  13  18  84  75
93 W13B ARARA         78  69  50  56  59
93 M12R HELERIE       48  35  61  27  40
92 T09O ZYLPHINE      68  35  97  40  23
92 S31F QUILETH       44  95  53  28  30
91 S41L FULOMAR       87  43  21  18  99
91 F35L MUNIR         25  14  11  58  65
91 W18O KIRUZARA      64  33  25  33  60
90 M22F PUYIMIRA      14  35  95  34  72
90 M22F BRITI         90  92  89  64  43
89 S01F SABETHA       90  31  65  26  80
88 W13E KETOMAR       14  98  87  68  65
88 F35R ROHEGUR       60  75  97  50  12
87 T09S GYNARAL       79  22  47  66  39
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3.3206.6.13 #0397 PASHTUM

DEATH OF JEFFRY PASHTUM REQ ELOUISE PASHTUM 2000GP PROMISARY [sic] SABETHA

6.15 CONTRACT COMPLETED 6.16 PAYMENT RECIEVED

3.3206.6.16 #0398 PASHTUM

RETRIEVE DRAGONHEAD REQ ELOUISE PASHTUM 10000GP PROMISARY [sic] URGENT SABETHA CF0397

8.24 CONTRACT COMPLETED. ITEM RETURNED TO PASHTUM BANK. 8.24 PAYMENT RECIEVED

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3.3206.6.32 #0407 SKINK

DEATH OF KEEN REQ HENRY SMALLS 1000GP 500 ADV TRIVIAL STUDENTS OR OPEN BOUNTY MUST DECLARE CLIENT FIRST CF398

8.33 CLASS OF 3206 DEFEATED. N. YINDEN MISSING.

8.34 BOUNTY REGISTERED WITH CITY. PRICE NOT WORTH WARD INVOLVEMENT.

8.35 N. YINDEN CAPTURED. EXPELLED (NON-REFUNDANBLE). TRANFERRED TO CRYPT GUARD. FATHER TRANFERRED TO PANTRY.

Pages 37-44: Family Dossiers

PASHTUM

  • Interests: Banking
  • Predominant Ancestry: Human
  • Current Head: Thorus (Elouise)

Dossiers

Thorus Pashtum (3119 - ) Male. Rarely seen in public since 3180s. Suspect mental decline. Shrewd, petty, cruel.

Mali Pashtum (3132 - 3198) Female. First wife to Thorus.

Elouise Pashtum (3174 - ) Female. Married Thorus 3199. Real power. Obsessed with legitimacy, propriety, appearances.

Gynaral Pashtum (3167 - 3188) Female. Twin sister to Temon. Graduate, class of 3187. Slain by Belik Brescht while executing #371.

Temon Pashtum (3167 - ?): Male. Twin brother to Gynaral. Left Uman 3188 following death of Gynaral.

Jeffry Pashtum (3187 - 3206) Male. Began clerking at the Bank in 3204. Gambler. UPDATE: Killed (#397) after losing deposits intended for the vault while gambling. Known associates: Rimbal Knacklebun, Drakosh Brescht.

General Comments

Founding family. Rose to prominence extremely quickly; suspect initial financial backing provided by outside sources. Provides favourable but profitable financial services for 3rd and up; usury and extortion common at 4th tier and below. Influence established through cultural pressure: Umani citizens now consider direct exchange of funds impolite(!). Legitimacy conferred by Bank as intermediary. “Scrip” a recent initiative to further restrict free capital flow and exert pressure on newer merchant enterprises.

Regarding the Pashtum Bank

  • Outer vault protections include classic Duergar security (gas, arrows, flood chamber), full platoon of guards (6hr rotating shifts, 20 minute patrols, barracks on-site).
  • Inner vault guarded by enslaved Beholder (control method unknown; related regular shipments from Simbali Warehouse 6? Should investigate)
  • Maintenance tunnels accessible internally via guard barracks, 3rd level. Layout suggests presence of ventilation; surveys required.
  • Vault is planar portal to lair of Baishefalaxus. Precise location unknown. Terms of contract/indenture unknown.

Contracts requiring direct action on Bank not advisable. Duergar security circumvented by maintenance access (guard assets) but no known countermeasures for beholder, and no leverage on dragon. Exfiltration with any significant assets improbable without significant resistance; Watch involvement likely.

Intelligence

  • Thorus and Elouise affair began in 3191
  • Elouise paid kitchen staff to poison Mali circa 3195?
  • Jeffry bastard by Elouise, though officially recorded as son of Mali
  • Temon now a high-ranking Skink. Blames Thorus for deaths of Gynaral and Jeffry. Useful asset against family interests if made aware of Elouise’s role in deaths. Whereabouts valuable intel for Elouise.
  • One student per year provided to Pashtum family, on condition student be reported as killed to family. Students disappear; reasons unknown. Efforts to locate post facto unsuccessful thus far.

BRESCHT

  • Interests: Watch, private security, weapons merchants
  • Predominant Ancestry: Half-Orc
  • Current Heads: Bartok, Aralir

Dossiers

Drakosh (3129 - 3188) Father to Belik and Bartok. Killed (#371). Brother Master Inquisitor, Martial Order of Bahamut (ex-communicated; circumstances unclear). Captain-General of the Watch, 3168 - 3174. Taciturn, severe, inflexible. Abandoned official duties following death of Umila.

Umila (3117 - 3169) Wife to Drakosh, mother to Belik and Bartok. Died of disease. Mudslide Pits Unarmed Champion 3149 - 3155. Ex-mercenary. Details of relationship with Drakosh unknown. Responsible for expanding Brescht interests into private security and weapons.

Belik (3144 - 3188) First-born son. Captain-General of the Watch beginning 3170, succeeding Drakosh. Naive, petty, quick-to-anger. Inflexible as Drakosh and tough as Umila but lacking both shrewdness and vision. City Watch infiltrated, controlled by competing interests during his tenure. Killed (#371). Suspect failed attempt to blackmail House Simbali.

Bartok (3147 - ) Second-born son. Martial Order of Bahamut 3162 - ??, known rank of Brother Defender of the Light (Cleric). Married Aralir am Yvia 3177, relocated to Zikrin’s Eyes (?). Joined Temple of Woden (Paladin) date unknown. Assumed Captain-General of City Watch 3188 following deaths of Drakosh and Belik. Genuinely believes in justice; believes he is the avatar of Woden in Uman.

Aralir am Yvia (3103 - ) Wife to Bartok. Half-elf. History prior to 3188 unknown. Runs family business interests, turning increased profits yearly 3192 onward, predominantly on external investments. Avoids expansion of business in Uman. Rarely seen in public.

Drakosh (3186 - ) Son of Bartok and Aralir. Known associates: Jeffry Pashtum, Rimbal Knacklebun. Adolescence spent in petty crime, theft, vandalism. Left Uman 3200; whereabouts unknown but likely Eastriver.

General Notes

Founding family. Financial status prior to diversification strained, reliant on protection fees. Bulk of wealth now from private guard contracts (3rd Tier and up), mine security, caravan escorts, smithing and weapons trading. Watch funded through common taxation administered through Pashtum Bank.

Regarding the Watch

The Uman City Watch under Bartok Brescht has become an efficient and trusted organization. Longstanding contracts with House Myrndottir provide enchanted and anti-magic tooling. Bartok’s elite guard formidable warriors, trained by Bartok himself. Direct confrontation with guard acceptable for appropriate contract remuneration, but elite guard involvement likely to include Bartok directly; not recommended.

Parties deemed “Threat to the Peace” are disappeared. Brescht compound on 2nd Tier rumoured to house secret high-security prison compound. All attempts to secure access or intelligence unsuccessful thus far.

Intelligence

  • Drakosh, J. Pashtum, R. Knacklebun formed gang (“Kings of Uman”) circa 3198. Suspects in death of wine merchant in Simbali compound, 3199. Investigation squashed by Bartok Brescht. Suspect blackmail of House Pashtum by House Simbali to exert pressure on Brescht.

  • Legal protection for Wards operations, bounties within Uman established 3121, renewed 3181. Bartok bound by House honor to provide guarantee of safe passage for all operatives involved in registered bounties (see pp. 13 - 18).

  • Brescht likely to deal if integrity of Watch threatened or safety of 5th and lower threatened, but easily provoked. Any direct threats to family likely to encounter extreme response.

MYRNDOTTIR

  • Interests: Manufacturing, Alchemy, Arcane Research
  • Predominant Ancestry: Dwarf, Human
  • Current Head: Kirshen

Dossiers

Muzzah (2914 - 3116) Half-Dwarf, father of Kirshen. Wizard, artificer. Died of natural causes. Repeat client (#317, #323, #324, #351).

Hyel (3021 - 3204) Half-Dwarf. Husband to Kirshen. Died of natural causes.

Kirshen (3101? - ) Human. Mother to Ciyâch, Ginny and Janey. Wizard. Kindly, gentle-spoken. Extremely Paranoid. Controls House interests, directly managing arcane and alchemical concerns.

Ciyâch (3163 - ) Human male. First-born to Kirshen and Hyel. Ostensibly manages mining industry subsidiaries, reporting to Kirshen.

Ginny, Janey (3179 - ) Identical twin daughters to Kirshen and Hyel. Human. Left Uman 3199. Graduates, class of 3198. Service waived for compensation rendered. Known agents of Skink. Known associates: Henry Smalls, Lord Blackwell, Keen.

General Notes

Founding family. Secured long-standing contracts with Houses Rasmusson and Knacklebun to supply industrial machinery, gem, mineral and ore processing. Contracted to House Brescht for anti-magic defense and enchantments. Muzzah repeatedly targeted key arcane / artificer innovators in other houses to maintain primacy, secured House’s expansive wealth. Kirshen borne 3101, assumed control of House interests 3124. Expanded on enchanting and defensive armaments business to both Watch and private concerns, under the “Grandmother Myrndottir’s” subsidiary.

Intelligence

  • Kirshen powerful arcane practitioner and extremely paranoid. Direct confrontation with House not recommended. Dotes on Ciyâch; leverage by threatening son’s safety or reputation. Can be provoked by suggestion of unknown enemies plotting against House interests.
  • Ciyâch: idiot. Business affairs maintained quietly by staff unbeknownst to Kirshen.
  • Ginny and Janey sent to employ of Lord Blackwell 3199; joined Spectacular Spectacular shortly thereafter. Graduates; school records indicate gifted practitioners of spycraft.
  • House dealings with Skink apparent result of extorted or leveraged position. Circumstances unclear but Kirshen clearly under Blackwell influence; internal Uman contracts being delayed in favour of external shipments. Brescht likely to take dim view of Skink business.

KNACKLEBUN

  • Interests: Mining (metals)
  • Predominant Ancestry: gnome
  • Current Heads: Panaver, Glintering

Dossiers

Glintering (3054 - ) Male. Formerly employed by House Rasmusson; co-founded Knacklebun Silver Mine 3172 with Panaver. Crass, rough, speciesist. Intensely disliked by most Houses. Husband to Panaver (married 3172).

Panaver (3043 - ) Male. Formerly employed by House Rasmusson; Husband to Glintering. Vain. Inferiority complex. Hates dwarfs, Wiph Rasmusson in particular.

Panaver Rimbal (3186 - ) First-born son (surrogate) to Glintering and Panaver. Known associates: Jeffry Pashtum, Drakosh Brescht. Adolescence spent in petty crime, theft, vandalism.

General Comments

House established 3172. Purchased remaining House Throgdottir assets following collapse 3184. Glintering and Panaver both former employees of House Rasmusson. Repeatedly agitated for miner’s rights. Established Umani Rock Gnome Precious Metals Mining Collective, 3168, drawing conflict from both House Rasumusson and House Fullfoot.

House Knacklebun viewed either with disdain or bemusement by founding families, but financial positioning solid due extremely lucky strikes on major silver and iron veins. Rasmusson and Knacklebun openly hostile, competitive over mining rights in Redfall hills.

House has expanded rapidly, with many 3rd and 4th-tier concerns headed by extended Knacklebun family. By custom, first-born sons expected to be named Panaver in deference to head of family.

Intelligence

  • Knacklebun rights to first silver vein secured by contract theft of new Rasmusson prospector reports (#367). First-born sons expected to provide aid and assistance to Wards on contract when asked.
  • Umani Rock Gnome Precious Metals Mining Collective enjoys unwavering support from Gnomish population; only guild to be sanctioned by the city not controlled by Fullfoot.
  • Rimbal kidnapped by The Community, fanatics following Mera Maryndottir. Rescued by Keen and Associates; motivations unknown.

SIMBALI

  • Interests: Brewing, Wine, Spirits, transport, intelligence
  • Predominant ancestry: Elf
  • Current Head: Selarine

Dossiers

Selarine (?? - ) Male elf of advanced age; date of birth unknown. Projects magnanimity and good cheer. Prominent member, Temple of Freya. Hedonist. Personal history unknown.

General Notes

Founding family. Extensive land holdings throughout Telisar, notably: Simbali Eastriver Vineyards (el Qatra), Simbali Redfall, and Simbali 7 Isles. Notable commercial interests include Simbali Uman (wine, spirits), Simbali el Astrum (information, research, intelligence?), Simbali Transport (import/export, trade caravans, mercenary companies?). Financial status unknown; majority of holdings managed outside Pashtum Bank.

Reputation obviously fabricated but no-one willing to speak against Selarine. Prefers misdirection, proxied leverage through intermediaries to direct action.

Dangerous. Contracts contrary to Simbali interests not advisable.

Intelligence

  • Uman founding charter (2694 M.E.) includes signature of “S. Simbali;” Selarine claims this is him. Uncorroborated, but possible.
  • Suspected financial support of House Pashtum during construction of Pashtum Bank, circa 2700
  • Simbali Uman compound (2nd Tier) includes several warehouses; bulk of wine stores, spirits housed on-site.
  • Contract with Pashtum Bank for regular seasonal deliveries from warehouses, 9 barrels, per, contents unknown.
  • Suspected involvement in #371, death of Drakosh, Umila and Belik Pashtum, 3188. Contract secured by K. Myrndottir; suspect Selarine response to failed blackmail attempt by Belik.
  • Suspected involvement in collapse of House Throgdottir, 3184
  • Suspected financial involvement with Skink, circa 3190s
  • Suspected financial involvement with Danta Kosht, circa 3200
  • Suspected blackmail of E. Pashtum to pressure Brescht over suppression of investigation into death of wine merchant, 3199
  • “Simbali Private Reserves” consists of five different wines: Simbali Red, Simbali White, Simbali Green, Simbali Blue, Simbali Black. Sold as luxury brand wines, but when mixed with particular alchemical catalysts provide arcane influence. Simbali Black mixed with powdered black opal yields effects similar to Zone of Truth spell. Other catalysts unknown.
  • Knowledge of Private Reserve catalysts possible leverage?