Having escaped poison the Cauldroneers send Joesph’s lackey Pierre to the Constable-General with a secret message. Maintaining the rouse that they and the Davide family have fallen foul of poison the adventurers are collected by a city death wagon and taken to a clandestine meeting with their employer, France’s premier lawman.
While the Davide family are farmed off to s sumptuous Gite at the state’s expense for the duration of their temporary demise it is decided to ambush the Red Brotherhood at their Graveyard rendezvous.
To this end Joesph lurks in the tree tops his bow ready. Jean crouches in a fresh dug grave hole with 6 loaded Savoy muskets and Antonine at his side. The Baron Sordeau has disguised himself as the Baron De Gras one of the conspirators.
6 City Guards with matchlocks or halberds are available to seal the two entrances to the graveyard when merde gets real.
When the conspirators arrive they each have two rapier armed guards – so The Baron Sordeau stands out like a sore thumb. As he exchanges accusation and counter accusation with the real Baron De Graz loses his temper and pulls a small pistol shooting our hero! Fortunately his shot in the flank is not serious and Jean ‘le fusilade’ De Griz who has been aiming at the Spanish Ambassador fires – blowing out a chunk of his forearm and disarming him.
There follows a flurry of action archery from Joesph stuns a Spanish swordsman enabling Baron Sordeau to draw and hold Don Salamanca at rapier point.
At this the French conspirators flee. Jean ‘power burns’ de Griz blows the head off Monsiuer Moulin the rival banker in the conspiracy while Antonine trips and incapacitates the read Baron De Graz. Jean then eventually on the second attempt hobbling the Chevalier Didone and the City Guard closing the trap.
Evidence was required and evidence was found :
- Don Salamanca had a bill of exchange for 10,000 pieces of eight on him (40,000 Livre)
- The Baron had plans for the forts on the Spanish Netherlands border
- Monsieur Moulin had accounts that would have confirmed the artillery of the forts
Don Salamanca is returned to Spain under some experiment the Cardinal has agreed called ‘diplomatic immunity’ but the Baron De Graz and Chevalieur Didone are broken on the wheel for their treachery!
Celebrating their payment in their lodgings the adventurers respond to a knock on the door. It is the Lady Malfleur ! She congratulates on them on their recent service to France and gives them a word of warning – the poison in their case is well know to the Cardinal’s Agents – it’s the tool of a Spanish assassin Martin Pedrosa – a man known to be unhappy to be have been duped and leave work undone.