The deception works and Zeke and the others feign their confidence with the guards. Unknown to them, it seems that the guards were apparently already awaiting a group of adventurers. Under the impression that they are the hired help sent for from the capital of the City of Elenia, the guards let them into the Hyde Estate.
The team is ushered into Elias’ quarters to discuss the supposed issue at hand. The group keeps their calm, hoping that they aren’t supposed to know too much about the issue at hand.
After entering, the team keeps up the facade, telling all the guards and Elias Hyde himself that they are seasoned adventurers sent from Elenia to help with Elias’ still unknown situation.
Elias welcomes them, and has them take a seat before introducing himself. Elias looks worn and his face droops in misery. Behind the expensive clothing and jewelry, it’s clear that something is wrong. Before Nightingale can inquire, another man appears, and Elias introduces the man as his son, Damocles.
Damocles is intimidating, apprehensive, and tall. He sits nearby and stares at the party as the four continue to expand upon their lie of being the hired help that the Hyde family sent for.
Elias exclaims that he’s be waiting a long time for help from Elenia to arrive. Elias then explains his perils and informs the party of a sort of disease that is spreading within the city called The Blight.
People infected with The Blight devolve into mindless, bloodthirsty monsters called Blighted Guardians. Recently, everything came to a dramatic head when a Blighted Guardian found its way into the Hyde Estate during the night and attack Elias’ wife Rivka.
Elias explains solemnly that Rivka is not doing well. He goes on to explain that he fears that she’s been infected with The Blight herself.
Rook expresses his knowledge about The Blight to his friends. It’s known that there is no cure and anyone infected by the horrific disease meets a terrible end. Rook knows that Rivka likely doesn’t have long before she is turned into a Blighted Guardian herself.
Elias confirms Rook’s concern and let’s them all know that this investigation must be done with discretion in mind. With that, Elias hands a small bag of coins to them as payment for their work.
Elias suspects foul play behind the recent surge of Blighted victims in Hyde. He explains that in the same timeframe that his wife was attacked, there was an explosion in the mines of Hyde. Whatever was going on in Hyde, he requested outside help to help take care of it.
Elias requires the party’s assistance in investigating the cause of The Blight
Nightingale begins asking about Rivka’s condition but she is cut short by Elias. Elias tells Nightingale that his wife is none of their concern. Instead, he only requires that they worry about the mine and catch those who are responsible for this attack on a royal family. Elias sternly reminds them that he’s the King’s appointed duke. He served Balthazar faithfully and helped explore these wildlands before this town even existed. He feels that he is owed some assistance, and they were recommended by the first Princess, Shayliss Arsen herself.
Nightingale agrees, not wanting to give her cover away. Together, the group rises to leave but is stopped before they make it out the door.
Elias adds that his son will be accompanying them into the mines. Damocles will be able to grant them any clearance they might need.
Damocles rises quickly and briskly moves passed the group. Waving a hand, Damocles commands them to follow.
!Reward: Elias pays the party for their discretion.