At the beginning the villain is lured to a meeting where an attempt is made on his life. Another character fired a projectile out of a cane which wounded him but he was able to magic up a shield or something to avoid death.
There's also a bit later on where our protagonist (young male) has sex with a woman. There are elements of BDSM. She ties him up if I recall correctly. I think him and his companions are guests at her home.