A close relative of the PCs, a key NPC employee of theirs, or perhaps even one of the PCs who has not made the gaming session has gone missing on a world with a very low Law Level. The subject has fallen foul of gang customs and is being held in a highly secure location in the city of Torgan. Unfortunately, several gangs in the area are essentially at war with other and internecine conflict is ongoing and brutal.
Contacting any relatives of the subject is a bad idea as that will draw them into conflict with the gang, called The Barony of Torgany, run by two shadowy figures known as the Baron and the Baron. (If the two need to be distinguished, it has become the practice of gang members to refer to the first with a two fingered stroke of the chin representing his goatee and the second via a stroke of the cheek representing his sideburns). Two distant relatives of the imprisoned character, the Grendel brothers, are members of a gang that is in alliance with the Barony but are not involved in the current situation. They could potentially be allies, however, if they could be contacted.
The PCs arrive in the city on Day 185 of the present year, a day of festivity, feasting and fireworks. They have had a lengthy wait for the owner of the cargo they’ve shipped in an ancient stone and wooden house deep in the swamps close to the city of Ruie. Now they realize the cargo owner is the heir of the Barony gang and is intent on killing the imprisoned character as part of a plan to replace the elderly Baron and Baron. After a tense encounter, the PCs now know where the prisoner is being held (a villa in Rue nee Curios – a leafy old-fashioned street known for its antiques dealers) and that he or she may be killed imminently. The PCs have access to a safehouse in the city that is unknown to any of the gangs.
The Grey Messengers:
On a world where there are few laws and few government institutions of any kind regulating life, some basic functions of ordinary living would be difficult. A swift, secure and stable postal service is one such function. On this world the solution is an organization known as the Grey Messengers. They are trusted, impartial and ask no questions. They carry messages, packages and data; go anywhere; see everything; see nothing. They work for payment or payment in kind if they need a service of some sort. They may be any age, gender, or species.
They are also known for their ability to procure equipment of any kind, legal or illegal, and possibly of any tech level – for a price of course. They ask no questions and will deny any involvement of illegality.