Vicious Rumor is a Bonus Quest. You do not need to succeed to complete this quest.
"My [lord/lady], we've captured an agent spying on us for [Your Friend]. How shall we proceed with her?"
Quest Duration: 45m
Old Ways Alignment QuestShould you select the Old Ways option, the following Bonus Quest will activate:
Near death, the spy reveals that [Your Friend] has tremendous gambling debts. The spy's head is returned along with a few coins, in sympathy.
The spy foolishly believes she'll be paid for her story of the failure of [Your Friend] to answer a summons to banner. Instead, she's put to death.
Sure that she'll be let go, the spy reveals infidelity in the house of [Your Friend]. Lenience takes shape in the form of a quick death, however.
The spy tells of domestic unrest in the house of [Your Friend], expecting amnesty. She is surprised to find herself kneeling for the executioner's sword.
The spy bears a letter from [Your Friend] with instructions to destroy your house from within. The letter is returned in the box with her head.
Believing herself among friends, the spy reveals that [Your Friend] works to destroy your reputation with [Your Fealty]. Her trust ends in a beheading.
The correspondence is, typical of [Your Friend], completely illegible. Even the spy admits that she can't read his writing most of the time.
Cunning Alignment QuestShould you select the Cunning option, the following Bonus Quest will activate:
"I know your cruelty!" the spy says fearfully. She claims [Your Friend] spreads word of your bloodthirsty nature, right before Rona slits her throat.
Barely conscious, the spy gives a garbled account of sensational and deviant behavior in the [Your Friend] household. Then Rona slits her throat.
[Your Sworn Sword] follows the spy to a tavern and overhears her plans to carry out the assassination [Your Friend] ordered. Later, she is dead in an alley.
The spy foolishly believes that revealing the many lovelorn letters sent by [Your Friend] to a member of the royal family will save her. It doesn't.
Her wounds tended, the spy believes herself safe. She speaks freely of the financial crisis of [Your Friend]'s household. Her throat is cut anyway.
Unable to withstand the pain, the spy reveals that [Your Friend] has had a secret envy of this house for many years. Her throat is cut for the favor.
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None Alignment QuestShould you select the None option, the following Bonus Quest will activate:
The spy can easily be turned for coin, and agrees to work on your behalf against [Your Friend] henceforth.
The spy is pleased to advance from the near-menial tasks [Your Friend] gave her. She promises loyalty to [Your House].
The spy quickly realizes that turning traitor to [Your Friend] is preferable than death, and swears loyalty to [Your House].
Without a sigil, the spy can no longer claim protection of [Your Friend]. She is forced to swear loyalty to [Your House].
Offered protection against the wrath of [Your Friend], the spy agrees to turncoat, and spy for [Your House] instead.
[Your Sworn Sword] releases the spy to spy on her in return, but she discovers the ruse and yields no information about [Your Friend].
Refusing any favor or advancement the spy knocks [Your Sworn Sword] unconscious, escapes and returns to [Your Friend].
"I will never betray [Your Friend]!" the spy declares, and [Your Sworn Sword] is forced to execute her for her loyalty.