Act One / Episode – 10
A TIME FOR TEA
Session Date: August 7, 2012
In which ruffians aggress, footwear is frisked, hooligans are held captive, and an ultimatum is served alongside splendid teas and cakes at Madamme Sanguine’s . . .
While leaving the Lower Ward after Dolly’s show at the Crimson Harpy, Sitani, Naedas, Abacus, Tim, and Margot follow some ruffians into an alley and are accosted. When their mugging fails, the ruffians attack the group; they are handily defeated and, save for two that fled during the melee, are beaten into unconsciousness. Abacus and Naedas search the fallen bandits’ possessions, and eventually a consensus is reached to tie up their attackers and take them somewhere private for questioning.
The group travels by Pony Cab up to Dancer’s Court in the Market Ward, and at Abacus’ suggestion they rent a private room at Madame Sanguine’s, a discrete cafe-slash-BDSM dungeon specializing in exotic planar teas. Utilizing some of the equipment available at Sanguine’s, the muggers are restrained and brought to consciousness. Sitani questions them on their motives, families, and life choices, before informing them that they will all be living with him from now on, as he teaches them responsibility and helps them to find honest work.
Abacus returns to his home alone, while Sitani, Naedas, Tim, Margot, and the three muggers – Robert, Robert, and Jimmy – go to the home of Jimmy’s sister Anne for the night. Naedas and Sitani sleep in shifts, and Naedas stops Anne from stabbing Sitani in his sleep.