DM’s Notes: Episode 18 – The Gang Gives Jarlaxle the Finger

WARNING: SPOILERS for both Waterdeep: Dragon Heist the module in general and the story arc for this campaign in particular. If you just want to follow along the campaign but don’t want to have the plot spoiled for you, read no further.

Link to this episode’s podcast.

Remember, I said 2 episodes ago that jarlaxle was going to get a lot more dark? Well this is part of that. Icky said it best towards the beginning of the episode when he suggested that he didn’t really care if Jarlaxle wins. Well, I suspect that has changed.

In some ways this was a tough episode for the players. It helps that we have been playing together for a while now and trust each other in these situations. But even still it is a good idea to take a little bit of time out in a tough situation and check in with everybody to make sure that they are still having fun. It doesn’t take much. Just a short check in to make sure that you aren’t pushing things too far. This is important

Incidentally, cutting off their own fingers is not the only way that the party could have dealt with this situation. I am being completely honest when I have Jarlaxle tell them that he will return the twins once they get the stone. In fact, he’s not even going to demand the stone, just that they promise to pursue the dragon hoard for him. We’ll see how they feel about their options after they retreive the Stone of Golorr.

This new article appeared in the High Road Herald this episode, a painful reminder of their last encounter:

Brawl in the Seven Masks Theatre!!!

  Dress rehearsals for the bawdy new pirate adventure musical comedy Sapphiria’s Booty were interrupted yesterday by an outright brawl of epic proportions. Witnesses report that a brave band of compatriots engaged in a knockdown drag out fight against a dastardly drove of dashing drow. 

  “But in the end, the Drow were victorious  and quickly left the internecine interlopers behind, taking the  director Rongquan Mystere and two young extras.” Said the famed lead actress Westra Moltimmur. “Don’t forget that tickets for Sapphiria’s Booty are already on sale.”

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