The party made its way to the door of the manor after convincing the town mayor to let them meet him. They were greeted by a sudden rain pour, the wolves howling and a significant increase of bats. Two guards stand by the door, they were drenched from the rain. Hesitant, they knock at the door.
The party enters the manor after being greeted by the Butler. Even though the party refused the snacks and drink, the butler escorted them upstairs in the office of him master – Ainz Oonze Gooal who was midway conversation with a Goliath. Unknown to them, he was actually under a very deep enchantment that forces him to bow to his will. Since he was still early in the stages on the enchantment, he followed orders but was still acting a bit like himself – trying to break free. This enchantment was a gift to the Order of the Blood to be used to infiltrate the Dralux mountain and come back with the Lance. His manor was horribly empty, he stared at the painting of his family and missed his wife and son who were out working for the Order – collecting information for them and bribing governments.
The party entered the room to make their demands but unfortunately, their ruse did not work as intended as the noble of this house usually gets messages from Mulmaster by crow. His relationship with the Council of Blade dictates that he travels to Mulmaster or receives messages from them only in dire times. Ainz consider the town of Amblewood to be independant but keeps the Council friendly since the fall of Phlan. While the council uses his knowledge of enchantments (despite the ban of magic), he gets to toy with the people of Amblewood as he pleases. Who sent them then?
Having a keen eye, he spotted the aura of the cleric, Samuel and its lawful alignment but it was unusual for him to wield a mace wearing the emblem of Bane. He gave him the benefit of the doubt and was more worried of the prideful dragonborn. He waited for a slip of his tongue – did the council decide that his knowledge was not useful anymore or was the Order after him for turning some of their members – these frail humans do despise vampires after all. He waited for him to reveal his true nature which he did. As the dragonborn killed the crow using magic, he knew that these members of the Order of the Blood had to be taken care of.
He looked at the crow on the ground who was not given any mercy.
- “How inappropriate.” said the vampire as he placed his wine on his desk next to his quill.
The vampire revealed his true nature – the battle started and since the manor barely held any of his servants at the moment, he called forth his new toy – surely it will make a fine experiment to see him butcher these ungrateful guests.
Ainz almost died and the heroes did manage to escape. As he form himself back from the mist form that he assumed, he stared at the ceiling, his two index fingers at his chin while resting on his bed of silk.
- “This was a utter and complete disappointment. Azazel will have to answer to this. I have no proof that these men were sent by her. The Blades Council might also be behind this.” he thought.
A gentle knock at the door drags his attention out of focus.
- “Dinner, sir?” a men in suit comes into the room with a covered tray, “You have recover.”
- “Tyrneiros, we are going to have a dinner next week. Invite Azazel, Dagon and Ramiel. We are also going to invite the blades. I want to speak with all of them concerning a threat to our plans for Mana.”