Operation text Edit
A situation is unfolding in the Nevarran city of Cumberland, location of the College of Magi--which, until the outbreak of the Mage Rebellion, was the philosophical heart of the Circles of Magi. Now mostly abandoned, it has become the home to a number of mage refugees. This has drawn the ire of local citizens, and mobs are threatening to assault the college and burn it to the ground, with Duke Sandral Anaxas doing nothing to stop them. Inquisition agents suspect that Venatori agents are behind the mobs, looking to recover artifacts from the college once its magical defenses are breached.
Advisor suggestions Edit
Use diplomacy with Duke Sandral. He must be convinced to intercede.
We should send in agents to evacuate the college. They can be brought to Skyhold, along with their artifacts.
Send in a force to occupy the college. We can protect the innocents and recover anything useful.
It took the exchange of several favors, but Duke Sandral eventually agreed to intervene with his forces and guard the college of magi's gates from the crowds. My ambassador toured the college and assures me the refugee mages there are most grateful for the inquisition's actions. They sent to us what artifacts were present, though whether they are what the venatori sought is uncertain. The Duke himself is pleased at our handling of the situation.
My agents were successful. Our dwarven warrior, Korbin, led a foray into the College of Magi and emerged with both the mage refugees and whatever artifacts could be transported --- All before the Nevarran mobs finally stormed the gates. If the Venatori were behind this, they have been disappointed, and the refugees expressed their relief and their thanks for the rescue.
The presence of Inquisition forces in the College of Magi provoked an angry response from Duke Sandral. I'm told this led to a standoff where the Duke's forces threatened to attack, and it was our agent at the college who talked the man down. Korbin displayed a level head and sound judgment, both things I would normally never ascribe to a Dwarven warrior. The mobs have backed off, and Korbin sent to us the artifacts he believes the Venatori may have been after.