Liberportus

IV Terror in Liberportus
or What Lies Below

IVNIVS XI DCCCXCI
The PCs are once again contacted by
Aggilius Hamatus who asks the PCs to investigate Milos Xiphaen, a cultist slain by the PCs in the events of Death in Liberportus. The investigation leads the PCs to suspect that councilor Titus Villemus Verlaine is in league with The Brotherhood of The Yellow Sign and approach his home but are imprisoned by Verlain’s vigilies. 
At the courts of law in
The Old City the PCs are threatened with exile but are rescued by a serpentman in the guise of Aggilius who tells them that their friend Lucius Plautus Varro has once again been captured by the Brotherhood.
The PCs are led into the sewers of Liberportus by the false Aggilius and eventually into a trap. Locked in a room with exploding amphora created by an enigmatic figure known as “
The Alchemist”, they barely manage to escape a fiery doom. Through the sewers they find another subterranean temple to The Unspeakable one and manage to foil another cultist plot and rescue the real Aggilius. With the true Aggilius they flee the temple via a secret passage only to discover that the temple lies directly under the home of the councilor Verlain. A search of the home finds Verlain assassinated and incriminating documents branding the PCs as the assassins. The documents also foreshadow of an attack on the temple of Minerva that very night.  They then dash to the temple of Minerva in order to protect it from the fell Brootherhood.  
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III Murder at the Baths of Artorius
or Blood and Water

MAIVS XXIX DCCCXCI
Afternoon:
Needing to relax from the activities of the past few weeks the party heads to the Baths of Artorius in The Old City for a full day of relaxation. After some massages and bathing they are approached by Nicius Antonius Publinius, a freeman and servant of Flavia Publia Nimachis, who asks them to keep an eye on his master. Flavia Nimachus, Nicius explains, is the daughter of the powerful senator Flavius Savius Nimachus. The girls has recently ran away from her father to marry Magnus Larcius the famed explorer who is XXXV years her elder. Larcius is a local hero in Liberportus and his return along with his sons Rufus and Brocchus is a time of celebration.
While looking out for Flavia, Etrusicus Superbus Invicti notices some graffiti scratched into a bench: "Have You Seen the Yellow Sign?"
Shortly after the discovery of the graffiti Flavia excuses herself to the women’s changing room and a loud shriek echoes through the baths. The naked PCs boldly rush into the women’s changing area to find… nothing. It seems that Flavia has simply vanished, leaving behind only her towel. The PCs pry up a floor tile to peer into the hypocaust but all they can find is steam, water, and darkness. Sensing that trouble may be on horizon, Gaius Severus Commodus runs to the villa of Julia Felix to retrieve the party's weapons.  He returns just in time for the party to hear another scream from across the thermae. A slave of the baths says that she saw a large snake tail slither around a corner and out of her view. Alarmed by the claim of the slave the PCs attempt to find Nicius to tell them what has transpired so far but he too has gone missing.
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II The Ambarvalia
or When a Spider is Not a Spider

MAIVS XXV DCCCXCI
Morning:
At the festival of Ambarvalia the cult of Magnum Innominandum is once again thwarted by the PCs when attempting to assassinate a prominent merchant turned politician, Julius Fulvius Lydon. The PCs track down the assassin in a warehouse in the Aegrotatio, only to discover that the would be assassin is actually an alien beast resembling both man and spider. They then find that another Brotherhood hideout exists below the warehouse.
In the subterranean temple, the PCs watch the cultists breathe deep a pungent yellow incense and summon a tentacled abomination from a living sacrificial victim.  They butcher the cultists and manage to slay the hideous thing but not without some difficulty.
MAIVS XXVII
The warehouse is eventually excavated by vigilies of Arias Tullo, including Gaius Severus Commodus who becomes physically ill after spending long amounts of time in the summoning room. The event is soon hushed up.


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I Death in Liberportus
or Dreams of a Scholar

MAIVS XIV DCCCXCI
Dismissed by his uncle, Primus Thoranius Invicti, Etrusicus and his companions Gaius, Marcus, and Lucius are sent off to Alexandria to begin new lives for themselves in the east.  From Rome they make for Ostia and in Maius they board a ship to Ægyptus.
An unexpected summer storm forces the ship to make for the island of Avalia and the wealthy trading city of Liberportus instead. It is here that the horrors truly begin.
Morning:
The Docks are crammed with ships from ports all across the empire and with people from even further shores. Their wide eyed rubber-necking attracts the attention of a press gang whom they quickly dispatch. This display of combat prowess attracts the attention of Aggilius Hamatus, a priest of Minerva, who is trying to find men of decency to help him in a most serious task.
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Prelude, The Parentalia
or Never Trust a Faun

FEBRVARIVS XII DCCCXCI
Midday:
The party, made up of Marcus Corvus Rutilius, Etrusicus Superbus Invicti, Gaius Severus Commodus, and Lucius Aemilius Rufus, is sent by Primus Thoranius Invicti to clear out any beggars or prostitutes residing in the tombs of the Invicti family on the Appian way before the Parentalia on the ides of Februarius.  When they arrive they discover that the tomb has been quite literally painted with gore. Among the human ruin they come across a blood smattered prostitute who claims to have lured men to the tomb, butcher them, and then desecrate the mausoleum all on the orders of a faun. The questioning is interrupted by the presence of a black robed figure who appears in the enterance way then flees when the characters approach.  Marcus and Lucius give chase but the figure in black out maneuvers them. Just as the figure runs out of sight his robes catch and tear away revealing to Marcus that the man they were chasing does indeed look very much like a faun.

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