Krispin, agreeing entirely, walks briskly along with Heinrich. He hopes to catch Father Gerald before he leaves the covenant. [color=red]"I think our watchword here is discretion. Weâ€™re not forcing anyone to attend Mass, and weâ€™re not accusing anyone. The last thing our covenfolk need is to fear that we will interfere with their lives any more than we already are. I think overt use of magic should be avoided as well, although more subtle investigations may be appropriate." Once they meet up with the priest, Krispin greets him warmly and ushers him into a room where the magi can interview him.
[color=red] "Well, Father, first let me say that we are indeed curious about where your wayward flock has gone. However, we do not think it would be right or proper for our Council to force anyone to attend your services â€“ this is, after all, a spiritual matter and as such we will leave it in your hands. If we discover why your parishioners are wayward, we will inform you, but we have agreed to leave regathering your flock to you, as is traditional and proper." Krispin gets a passing servant to bring them a few modest refreshments, and then joins his sodales in questioning the priest in earnest. He keeps the tone of the conversation casual, light, and unaccusatory. The last thing we need is a ticked off priest.
[color=red] When did you first notice parishioners were wayward? Has it been like this since the beginning, or is it recent?
How many are missing services?
Who is missing? Anyone we would know?
What have you done about it?
Why do you believe they are not attending services? What could they be doing instead?
How do you feel about all this?
Because their priest has proved himself at least odd and perhaps not entirely trustworthy, Krispin will also try to use Intellego magics to get a better handle on whatâ€™s up. He uses Probe the Secrets in what he hopes will be a fruitful way, casting it Deftly throughout the conversation and using it to monitor the priests heartbeat, level of excitement, and balance of humors throughout. Lines of questioning that make him nervous or give him pause may merit further investigation...
[color=blue]Heinrich could certainly do something similar with his Intellego bag of tricks. Hopefully itâ€™s worth at least a bonus to our Folk Ken. Frosty Breath would solve this problem, but seems too direct. It'd be nice to just Pose the Silent Question, but one makes do with what one has available.