War in the Adriatic

Meet Kotor
Session 1: Summer's Almost Gone

Kotor, Albania Véneta, September 16, 1538. The holidays of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows are finally over. Memories of the previous days’ long, solemn processions through Kotor’s twisting lanes evaporate in the hazy morning sunlight. Sea fog dissipates along the cliffs of Mt St John. The imposing thick stone fortifications quietly radiate the security they represent. A lone gull calls from across narrow, peaceful Kotor Bay.

Other than the bastions along Kotor’s walls, the most dominant building in the area is beautiful Drago Palace, abode of local governor Count Fortinbras. The usually-subdued palace grounds are in a hubbub this morning as pages, porters, and valets in full livery scurry to and fro. A large, sturdy carriage, pulled by four well-muscled stallions, approaches the palace from the direction of the sea gate docks.

A feast is planned to welcome the Ambassadors in the evening at Drago Palace. Attendees will be arriving all day, and include:

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The Tunnels of Drago Palace

Last session we met the bespectacled librarian Baltazar Beazleblor. He, his assistant Djuradji, and his cousin’s son Mikel Fragula snooped around Drago Palace during the All Saints’ Eve feast with the help of architectural plans of the palace that were hidden in the library, which they found on the hints provided by Mikel’s dying uncle.

Passing the tests in the catacombs, the three intrepid locals retrieved some rare Roman Empire coins, some unusual unguents, and a few rare maps of the Adriatic and of local notable buildings.

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