So this is a general explanation of the plan for next episode, for players and DM.
Note that some of the details won’t be made known to all characters, namely Kymurt and the Cleric, since they may oppose parts of it.
Currently, we have Sir Jeff’s consort scheduled to arrive at the opera. We need to find a way to ensure Sir Jeff arrives at the opera as well, either by forging a note to him, or luring him with the promise of some kind of ‘deal’.
The Professor will escort Bella to the opera house by carriage. The Cleric and Kymurt will mingle with the higher ups, and Nix will be in the form of a servant.
Jeff and Bella meet. There is a possibility that Sir Jeff will not appreciate Bella’s presence in high-society turf. If this is the case, there will be an argument, and Sir Jeff will easily be convinced to drink. If this is not the case, then they will drink whatever Bella has taken with her, which both are drugged with ‘5-minute delay sleepy time’ poison.
If there was an argument, then Bella will be removed from the opera house (told to get out from Sir Jeff, running away in tears, whatever). If there was not an argument, then Bella will be unconscious. The Professor and Kymurt take Sir Jeff’s body, and Nix impersonates him and goes and mingles. Sir Jeff will be disposed of, with a combination of Vader-grip, heavy rocks tied to the body, and the ocean. Bella, if present, will wake up alone, be informed that Sir Jeff had some pressing matters of state to attend, and be escorted away from the opera house (With a nice gift).
Nix then pretends to be a little drunk, allowing him to mingle with his associates without raising (too much) suspicion. The Cleric exhorts him not to drink any more, but “Sir Jeff” drinks a bit more anyway. Eventually, he drinks to the point that he cannot keep his balance, and falls off the balcony, ‘injuring’ himself. The Cleric can treat most of his wounds, immediately, but a blow to the head will require a bit more care. The Cleric readily volunteers to care for him, and Nix is taken right into Sir Jeff’s home.
Unfortunately, it seems that Pelor is calling Sir Jeff’s soul home to a better place, and he probably doesn’t have much more than a week, at most. Now, anyone with unfinished business with Sir Jeff will want to come see him before he passes away. <evil>
Next, Nix will be replaced with a fabricated double, basically a mannequin made of flesh or something. This will allow Nix time to investigate as a servant. When Sir Jeff finally succumbs to his injuries, the mannequin will be buried instead.
Since it is the start of Fall, the nights are starting to get cold and the fireplaces will need to be lit, which means that the chimneys need to be cleaned before. The Professor (and Nix, should the mannequin be in place) will disguise themselves as Dick Van Dyke, and with a group of other guild members / chimney sweeps be able to scope out the estate. A few nights later, Lord Cornfield will have his chimneys swept as well, giving us a chance to investigate his estate.
That’s all I can remember for now. Let me know if I forgot any details or anything.