The Cost of Doing Business - A Through the Breach Campaign

Episode 4
Your Shame Will Be as Beaten as the Hooves

It’s Bernadette‘s first performance at The Star Theater. Tallis attends the show, still pretending to be Bernadette’s agent. In her eagerness to impress Colette Du Bois, Bernadette does her magic a little too exuberantly. Colette isn’t happy—she doesn’t want the Guild snooping around and finding out that the theater’s “magic tricks” are real magic. Bernadette promises she’ll tone it down next time and heads up to her room, sending Django to The Sultry Saloon to report back to Murphy under the guise of collecting some of her things to bring back to the theater (Tallis had headed back earlier).

While walking to The Sultry Saloon, Django hears some seriously creepy singing and heard the clopping of little footsteps. He runs back to The Sultry Saloon to tell Tallis and Murphy about it and they head out to investigate. They also get some guardsmen to accompany them.

Outside, they discover some marionettes that are climbing the wall of the Star, heading for Bernadette’s window. A voodoo doll is seen, too, and swipes at Tallis’s leg before hiding under the front steps of the theater entrance.

Bernadette hears the noise as well and then uses her magic against the marionettes. The guardsmen notice the lightning from her Elemental Strike and rush in to bust Colette for using actual magic, with Murphy hot on their heels.

Bernadette runs to get Colette’s help. Colette and Bernadette dispatch the dolls in the building, and Bernadette creates a hooded phantasm as a scapegoat, convincing the guards that she and Colette weren’t responsible for the magic.

Meanwhile, outside, Tallis and Django are trying to stop the Guild from entering the building. Tallis gets a little too in-your-face with the guards and ends up getting arrested and handcuffed to a railing. She then panics and suddenly transforms into a crow and flies away. She hides in a bush a few blocks away, naked and unable to run back to the saloon without someone seeing her.

After the fight and placating the guardsmen, Colette gets angry at Bernadette for using her magic and drawing attention to her business. She fires Bernadette because she is too big of a risk, shattering Bernadette’s dream of performing at the Star.

When Murphy and Bernadette head back out with the guards, everyone (except Django) is stunned to see that Tallis is missing from her handcuffs. Baffled, they head back to the Sultry Saloon, and Tallis pops out of a bush wailing about being attacked and abducted. This convinces the guards that she’s innocent, and the group continues to the saloon.

There they discover that there is a letter saying that the Ortegas will meet up with them the next day. Tallis and Django keep their mouths shut about Tallis’s new ability, which pisses off Murphy.

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Episode 3
The Name You Cannot Speak

Tallis has a dream in which her family (who are all dead) ask her to come join them. She then believes she wakes from this dream only to discover a strange figure in her room who she recognizes and says that she should really join her family. The figure then turns into a nightmarish version of her mother and tries to bite her face off. She wakes up at that moment to find her bed sheets stained with blood from the bloody tears the nightmare version of her mother was crying. Tallis asks the group to come help her investigate the room and Bernadette touches the blood and notices that it burns her skin. When asked who the figure is, Tallis finds that she cannot speak, arousing Bernadette’s suspicion of enchantment.

The group asks some of the prostitutes (Violet and Desiree) if they saw anything suspect and also talk to Consueala to see if she noticed anything strange. Desiree says she heard people leaving early this morning and the inn guest log confirms her story.

At a loss of what to do and suspecting a neverborn as the perpetrator, you all consult Gregor Higgins at the Guild offices nearby. Higgins informs you all that he doesn’t believe you were behind the incident at the bar and seems honestly concerned for you about the neverborn issue. Murphy suggests consulting with the Ortega family about the issue, but Higgins cautions against this as they are somewhat “unstable.”

You head back to The Sultry Saloon to ask Consueala Ortega if she’s in contact with her mysterious neverborn-hunting family. She says she’s not “with” them, but that her brother is — and she offers to write to him about your problem in exchange for five script. You agree, hoping that a letter of introduction will be more appealing to the Ortegas than showing up on their doorstep with nothing but a bloody sheet.

With nothing else to be done, Bernadette heads to The Star Theater (despite Clayton‘s warning to her) with Tallis posing as her agent and Django posing as her manservant, under the guise that Murphy fired the three of them in light of the neverborn drama and the Guild’s interest in Bernadette’s magic.

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Episode 2
As the Echoes of your Laughter Die

The entertainment tonight at the saloon is a travelling comedian by the name of Clayton Biggles. He isn’t a bad act! In fact, he has packed the house for the first time in months and the 20 percent cut he asks for from bar tabs and escort fees seems worth the cost. The tips are good, the gambling is going well, and the opening house act is getting some recognition. After his set, Clayton mingles with the audience for a bit and then approaches the bar to settle up with Murphy.

Biggles informs the group that he is owed money by the proprietor of The Faded Rose, Allen “Lefty” McGuinness. If the group agrees to get his money for him, Biggles tells them that he will provide them information about who he suspects of trying to frame them for necromancy. The group agrees to help him in exchange for this information and Murphy, Django, and Tallis agree to go get his money for him. Bernadette Samson stays to watch the saloon and further question Biggles.

Bernadette doesn’t learn anything new from Biggles except that he lost his leg in a mining accident shortly after coming breachside to Malifaux. He also cautions her to stay away from The Star theater.

The rest of the group discovers that Allen “Lefty” McGuinness has been keeping Rotten Belles in his basement to use as cheap entertainment for clients. The group ends up executing McGuinness and opens his safe. They discover a small sum of money and a soulstone. The group takes everything and comes back to The Sultry Saloon to make Clayton Biggles make good on his promise.

After some coercion from Murphy, Biggles tells the group that Colette Du Bois may be behind the framing. He says he overheard her discussing the saloon in very suspicious and hushed tones after one of his performances. The group also gets him to agree to repeat performances at The Sultry Saloon at a somewhat discounted rate.

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Episode 1
As You Are Mourned by the Father

Gregor Higgins comes sniffing around The Sultry Saloon, investigating Bernadette concerning her magic show.

Murphy, Tallis, and Django get their hands dirty with some Canine Remains at The Sultry Saloon. Murphy demands answers from a pair of Guild guards who had been patrolling the premises.

Tallis, Django and Bernadette do a bit of exploring in the sewers, encountering a bizarre group of rats. After defeating the rats, the three discover the name of their saloon written on a piece of paper.

It seems a conspiracy against the Sultry Saloon is afoot…

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