Deciding to make all possible effort to enter Kotahitanga without complication, the adventurers made their way to a guard-post on the road pas the outskirts of town. Ushered inside under watchful guards, the captain informed Koorie that he was expected, and that a guest was awaiting a private audience in a meeting room. While he met with whoever had foreseen his arrival, the rest made uncomfortable small talk with the captain, who seemed to be in no mood for their antics. For all his primal adornments, Koapani blended in with the common citizens of Kotahitanga only slightly more than his colonial companions.
When Koorie emerged from his private interview he was visibly shaken. He urged the party to make great haste towards an inn where they could procure rooms and speak privately. They found discreet lodgings at the Waygate run by Blind Magda. Once inside and unpacked, Koorie explained that there had been a series of disappearances lately of children in the large city. The significance of these children was known only to a few, and their fate was vitally important. As their group was proven not to be related to the events, they had been granted unique clearance to act on behalf of the clergy to investigate this matter.
Because of Koorie’s foresight, the entirety of the stable was reserved for their various animals. Koapani removed his bone armor for the time being, but retained his weapons. Kailen acquired a simple dagger to have a holdout, just in case. They decided to split up to cover more ground, as the disappearances were already some days past.
Koorie and Kailen made their way into the mixed quarter towards the church that was attempting to find a way to open worship of Moemare to the colonials. On their way, they made haste to investigate the sounds of a gunshot. Kailen found there to be a lizardfolk by the name of Putol attempting to deconstruct and reassemble a simple musket. After some expert assistance from Kailen the firearm was back to functionality and the tinkerer seemed eager to learn more if the opportunity presented itself. Inside the church, the priest was clearly at the bottom of several hierarchies, and did everything he could to assist Koorie. Koorie offered some helpful advice to make the church more appealing, based on his time in Cape Hope. In return, the priest, named Hoaha, promised to make discreet inquiries about “those missing from our lives”.
Koapani, Mary, and Asmund meanwhile, wandered towards the nearest house on Koorie’s list to have had a child go missing. Along the way, they rehearsed a cover story taking advantage of the Mahi-Tahi’s unfamiliarity with dwarves to pass Mary off as a child. An adolescent Vishkanya answered the door, and Asmund barely managed to convince him he was lost. Playing the part of the novice salesman, Asmund used the guise of the candle sale to press the youth for information on his missing sibling. While he was distracted, Koapani and Mary examined the home, looking for possible methods the abductor could have used. Satisfied they had learned all they could from this location, they returned to the Waygate to confer with their companions about how to proceed.