After a quick clean-up from our journey, we met with Garess to find out what was going on. He told us that Grigory had just walked in and demanded to speak to the ruling council. Not wanting to let Grigory out of his sight, Garess had simply locked him in the dungeon and gone to the Calistrian temple right away. Grigory’s been down there ever since. Armed with very little more knowledge, we tramp down to the dungeon with a small contingent of guards and Garess himself (not wanting to miss having his curiosity satisfied) and open Grigory’s cell. He seems genuinely happy to see us (maybe most of a week in a cell will do that to even a former enemy) and says that he must retrieve something he hid before his incarceration. Even with his promise to come right back, we don’t really trust him, so it’s a nice little procession that follows him to his hiding place where he retrieves a sheaf of parchment, and then right back to the room we intend to interrogate him in. He agrees to be questioned under a Zone of Truth as long as we understand that he may refuse to answer questions about some of his past activities in our kingdom. Finding this arrangement agreeable, we proceed.
He begins by telling us that he’s been receiving orders from a contact in Fort Drelev (a ways northwest of Isenfell), but that his orders changed a few days ago from simple sowing discontent to an order to assassinate Oleg and Svetlana, which he refuses to do. He has no great love for anyone in our ruling council, it’s simply not something that he wishes to do in his line of work, so, knowing that he’d probably experience some unfortunate consequences if he simply refused, he instead would like to make a deal with us. In exchange for information about his contact in Fort Drelev as well as all the contacts he’s made in our fair city (malcontents willing to bring him information or perform minor tasks for him), he’d like his death to be faked and for us to simply allow him to leave and not come back. He speculates that his contact in Fort Drelev is actually working for others, perhaps Daggermark (angry at our refusal to relinquish the Gaulus family), Pitax, and maybe Mayvon (who may just want the land we now claim).
Lily thinks it’s a splendid idea, and gets to work plotting Grigory’s death with him, as well as getting the necessary information to subvert his spy network. We’ll keep his incarceration a secret as long as possible to have time to try and milk what information and supplies we can out of his contacts, then have a grand execution when it’s no longer plausible that he’s still “failing” to kill Oleg and Svetlana.
Oleg wishes immediate retribution on Fort Drelev (completely understandable, especially when Grigory indicated that they’d already known of Svetlana’s pregnancy when giving orders to kill her), but we calmed him down while assuring him that they would indeed be added to our list of “problems to deal with as soon as possible” right after tracking down the missing people of Varnhold. For now, assuming there may be back-up assassins when Grigory fails to complete the job, we’ve moved them both into the castle and mandated that no new staff may be hired until we’ve dealt with this little issue. If they’ve already got people in place in the castle then that won’t help, but Grigory didn’t know of any so far.