Melothian

Oops....

(Disclaimer: This is being posted like 4 months late, so best guess as to what happened)

We crossed into Tsarsas with some minor difficulty at the boarder and continued traveling south. Since Lorican is not on the best of the of terms with Tsarsas and we have issues with slavery, we decided it would be best to get through the country as quickly as possible. The eight of us were not going to be able to overthrow the practice of slavery on our own.

The plan went well until Eiri almost ran over a slave as we passed through a town. Eiri ended up buying the slave with the intention of releasing him once we got somewhere safe.

We continued south,until the noise of of some one approaching our camp disturbed us in the night. Stellon launched a flame strike killing several escaped slaves. Shortly after that several slave hunters appeared demanding compensation for the escaped slaves. After some negotiation Stellon paid them off, although there was some serious discussion about killing them and running for the border.

We finally made it to the Conakry in Gabon and were able to meet with the ancient elf, and he was able to tell us some of what happened around the time the wall fell. It seems that some charismatic chieftain or war leader was able to unite the uncivilized races and lead a campaign against the civilization. They seemingly breached the wall using gigantic siege engines, seemingly mundane means not big flashy magic like one would expect. The rest they were able to accomplished through shear numbers.

-Devon Ae Zarzuket (Level to 8th)

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Attack of the Werebears

We returned to the village sometime after nightfall without incident. After we got back we went to one of the local temples to get some healing and I ingested some wolfsbane and successfully purged the disease form my system. While we were in the temple a commotion started out in the village. In order to see what was happening we went up to the temples roof and looked out. What we saw was a small child wondering in from the surrounding farms towards the village center. Freya, Stellon, Eiri and I went to see what was going on with the child while Kiara and Ruaridh went to find some more silversheen at the local alchemist shop.

When we approached the child we saw that he had been injured but did not appear to have contracted lycanthropy. When we questioned him we he told us that he lived on a farm outside of town and that it had been attacked by monsters. By this point the villagers were starting to gather torches and pitchforks to go out after the werebears. Luckily, Freya was able to at least temporarily talk them out of it. After a brief discussion we headed out into the night to the farm that the boy lived at, but by the time we got there the werebears had left. Freya and Stellon were able to find some tracks and we followed them to another farmstead.

When we got there we caught 3 werebears in the house with about a half dozen farmers. We rushed to the house and managed to save most of the farmers. Sadly the werebears killed 3 of them before we could stop them. We killed 2 of the werebears but there leader got a way. We did try to track her but she eluded us in the woods.

We waited in the village for a few days, but there were no further issues with the werebears occurred and we continued our journey south.

-Devon Ae Zarzuket (2000xp)

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Werebears

Following the ambush we searched the forest for wolfsbane. Freya and Stellon where a patch of it would have been but it had been harvested several months ago when it would have been in season. Leaving the cure for later we went back to where we were ambushed and followed the trail left by the escaping werebears back to their lair.

Once outside the lair we began to make preparations to go in after the remaining werebears. Unfortunately our preparations were noticed and several sling stones came shooting out of the cave at us. Once we entered the cave we moved through it quickly, killing a dozen more werebears, with only a few complications. The first was when Kiara’s sword was stolen be one of the werebears. The next was the when the lantern ignited a fire trap and caught several of party members in the blast and then a pool of burning oil. Then we encounter several ballistas that had been rigged to pressure plates. Finally a series of pit traps that caught both Staccato and Kiara.

We found a journal in the cave, that revealed that the weres attacked the village after the villagers had killed several cubs. We also suspect that several weres may have escaped using a hidden tunnel in the back of the cave.

With the sun setting we are now ready to head back to the village.
-Devon Ae Zarzuket (800xp)

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Southbound

We made it back to Hightower and reported the events of are mission in Tinuviel to Nigal. We were given 1200gp(?) as our reward and a couple weeks off.

Most of our time off was uneventful. Except that Rhianna was hounded by the local bard’s college for not paying dues. Also during our time off the I was able to confer with my researcher and discovered that he had made some progress. He had uncovered that the each of the elements (Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, Magic, and the Divine) come into the world from a specific source. We still don’t know where or what these sources maybe. He also let me know that some representatives of the Gûl Man had inquired into his research.

For are next mission Nigal wanted us to travel back south to Gabon to ask an ancient elf about the events around the time the wall collapsed. Along the way Nigal asked us to deliver a message in Nolg. We took a few days to prepare and then set off south down the Coast Road.

The trip progressed uneventfully until we reached Narek. While traveling into one of the cities Freya spotted someone she recognized from the village where she grew up. As they talked she learned that the her village had been recently attacked by some kind of monsters. After asking a few more questions we figured out that the the monsters were some kind of Were. Armed with this knowledge we stocked up on silversheen before heading to her village.

Once we got to the village, Freya and Stellon went out and searched for tracks. Even though it had been two weeks since the attack they managed to find some. Having found the tracks we followed them into the woods. We made good progress until the forest exploded with Were-bears and bears. They almost took us completely by surprise, only Freya and Staccato saw it coming. We succeeded in killing several of the Were-bears and most of the bears before they escaped back into the forest. In the aftermath everyone was pretty badly hurt, but no one but me had an infected bite. With a little over two days until the next full moon hopefully we can finish the Werebears and find a cure before I go furry.

-Devon Ae Zarzuket (800xp)

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Viva la Revolution!

We finished are trip to the trip to Gomatlos, the capital of Tinuviel, and began looking for our contact to deliver Nigal’s message. It did not take us long to discover that he had been arrested and was scheduled to be executed in a weeks time. We were able to make contact with some other members of the resistance, but we couldn’t deliver the message to them since it had been magically keyed to the recipient. As we traveled around the city it became increasingly apparent that, non-elves and specifically catfolk were viewed as second class citizens by the government of Tinuviel.

Once we located the prison where our contact, who turned out to be the main leader of rebellion, was being held, Stellon shifted into a bird and flew over to get the layout. When he came back he reported a large number of guards and that an anti-magic barrier surrounded the prison. This made sneaking in incredibly high risk and assault unfeasible. Over the next several days we observed the prison and the square were the execution was to be held. We also were able to watch the transfer of one prisoner, the lieutenant who ratted out the captain, from the prison to the gallows. We developed two plans for how to free the captain, three if you want to count having Kiara sneak in to the prison by herself. The first involved attacking the gallows during the execution grabbing the captain and then running for it, possibly taking a shot at the king if the opportunity presented itself. The second was to ambush the transport between the prison and the square.

We chose the second plan, since it seemed the most likely to succeed and would likely produce the fewest casualties among the rebels and civilians. The plan was that Stellon, Rhianna, and I would blast the guards with as much magic as we could while Staccato and Freya stopped them from charging us. Meanwhile, Kiara would move invisibly up to the wagon and get the captain out. the Rebels provided some assistance by lobbing firebombs into the ranks of the guards.

The plan went off with out a hitch and in just a few seconds all but two of the guards were down and Kiara had the captain free. From there we hurried to the city gates to complete our escape before they locked down the city. Rhianna, Freya, and I arrived to late to make it out, but at least Kiara succeeded in getting out with the rebel captain. Stellon had transformed into a bird and had no trouble flying back and forth over the wall. Those of us trapped in side began to look for another way out, but the city was locked down tight. We found a place that we could hole up and stay out of sight. Our plan to get out was for Rhianna to disguise herself as an elf and then buy a wagon of food stuffs, to take to the town that was devastated by the earthquake. We would then hide Freya in the wagon and bribe are way through the gates. Later in the day the city guards began rounding up catfolk hostages to be executed if the rebel captain did not turn himself in. Luckily neither Freya or Rhianna were taken. After hearing this I passed a message to Stellon, still in bird form, making clear what was happening in the city.

Stellon flew back out of the city and deliver the message to Kiara and the captain. The captain’s first response was to go back to the city and save the hostages by turning himself in. Stellon explained that if he did that the rebellion was done for. The truth of this sank in and he grudgingly agreed that him staying alive served the greater good, and that nothing could be done to to save them.

In the morning Rhianna, Freya, and I made our way to the gates and succeeded in bribing our way past the guards. We didn’t like leaving the hostages to die, but the only thing we could do was die heroically in the rescue attempt. Our escape was not perfect as we were pursued by a group of cavalry, but we tricked them once by turning the wagon around and acting like were heading towards capital, and when they came back we hid in the woods. Eventually we made it clear of the pursuit and made it to the next town. We delivered the food, and Rhianna and I made sure to start the rumors about the atrocities the king was committing against the catfolk and possibly other non-elf races.

-Devon Ar Zarzuket (2100xp)

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Earthquake!!!

With the assassination attempt foiled we were given the rest of the festival off to enjoy as we wished. Near the end of the festival Nigal called us together for a banquet in his house, where he rewarded us for our service. Each of us was given an emerald valued at 5000gp, and we were each given a special boon. Freya was given the rank of lieutenant in the army which came with a stipend, Kiara was given a appointment at on of the local fencing schools, Rhianna was appointed to the bard’s college, Eiri was named an associate pastor at the local temple of Gada, Ruaridh was allowed to name an animal that he would like to acquire as a companion, and I was given an appointment to the mage’s college. Marcato received his reward and chose to retire from adventuring, but before he left he introduced us to his brother Staccato. Staccato seems like a nice person, but perhaps a little dim and uncivilized.

Rhianna and I chose to start using our new positions to conduct some research into some of the aspects of the prophecy. I began by checking with the librarian at the mage’s guild. I found him to be incredibly unhelpful. Looking at the endless shelves of dusty books, it was clear I did not want to search conduct the search for information on myself. Instead I set about hiring a student to do it for me.

After a few weeks we were once again summoned to Nigal’s office and given our next assignment. We were to take a letter to a group of dissidents in Tinuviel to warn them about moles in there organization. Staccato misinterpreted this to mean that there were literal moles or mole-men that were going to attack. We left Nigal and traveled uneventfully into Tinuviel, until we stopped for the night in a town at a crossroads on the way to the capital. Even there the night was passing uneventfully until the whole earth began shaking. Our entire group escaped the inn safely before it collapsed. Freya, Staccato, Eiri, and Ruaridh managed to save one of the maids who had been pinned by a beam on their way out. Once the shaking stopped we began to rally other survivors to work on rescuing people and animals trapped in the debris and to work on containing the fires that had started around the city. We continued fighting fires and pulling people from the debris well into the morning, making a noticeable contribution to the effort. We even managed to contain a raging inferno that had started around the the stores of grain and lamp oil. Once everything was under control, Rhianna and I made sure the people knew that the aid they had received was from people of Lorican.

-Devon Ae Zarzuket (850xp)

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Assassins!!!

We continued guarding Nigal for the next several days without incident, although we did manage to identify several people as potential assassins. After identifying these people we started working up a plan to try and capture one of them. We never got the chance to try and capture one, because before we could make our move they made theirs by attempting to kill Rhianna, Kiara, Ruaridh, and Eiri by ambushing them as they made their way home from the nights events. Both groups were able to escape their attacks, but they were seriously injured and poisoned in the process.

The next day we stepped up our guard trying to keep the the four who were attacked out of site, in hopes the assassins would attempt to attack, The day proceeded to pass uneventfully until our group was walking home from that nights party and Ruaridh raised the question of who was watching Nigal while he slept. Since the answer was most likely nobody competent we made a panicked run to Nigal’s home, with Ruaridh and I flying ahead. After talking to the guards at the front door we made sure that mansion was clear and that Nigal was still breathing, and then spent the rest of the night there.

In the morning five of us, Freya, Marcatto, Rhianna, a gnome cavalier, and myself, set out with Nigal for the days races while the others staid and rested. On the the way to waterfront we were jumped by five assassins. Their archer and mage started attacking Nigal while to of there fighters began cutting there way through the guards. Seeing the ambush coming I Hasted the party, and then turned my attention to the mage. Freya also seeing what was coming moved to defend Nigal and then intercepted a halfling rogue coming up from behind us. Marcatto and the cavalier engaged the two fighters, an anti-paladin and a barbarian, in a brutal melee halting their advance. Nigal did not fair well against the assassin’s arrows and poisons, and Rhianna began working to keep him alive, even taking an arrow for him in the process. Freya made short work of the rogue and then went to assist the cavalier, and after I dropped the mage I lent some assistance to Marcatto in finishing off his opponent. As the other assassins began to fall the elven archer that had been on the roof top started to run for it. Rhianna seeing this began to chase him only to encounter an enemy cleric in her path. Having seen the archer flee and hearing Rhianna scream in the alley I cast fly and moved to help in the pursuit. When I got to where I could see Rhianna was fighting both the archer and the cleric, and the fight was not going in her favor. I joined the fight blasting the cleric. Before anyone else could make it over to assist Rhianna went down in a growing pool of blood and the archer ran away, I stopped the cleric before he could escape. In the aftermath the Nigal was still alive but barely, Marcatto and the cavalier were cover in as much of their own blood as their foes, and five of the six assassins were dead along with several guards. Nigal was quickly rushed to the nearest temple where his wounds were healed and the poison was purged from his system.

-Devon Ae Zarzuket (1500xp)

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The Festival of the Regatta

In order to provide security for Nigal during the festival we decided to take it in turns with Freya, Kiara, Rhianna and myself on guard during the day and the others taking the night shift. Those of us working the day the shift followed Nigal to the races and attempted to blend into the crowds while we looked out for signs of trouble. The ones on the night shift would follow Nigal to whatever party he was attending that night.
The first several days past uneventfully with no attempts being made on Nigals life. The only thing that we noticed of any note was a pair of kids dressed in black and wearing holy (unholy?) symbols of a couple of the evil goods. I was able to talk to a paladin I found in the crowd and he didn’t detect any evil, and he wouldn’t try to smite them just to be sure. They also didn’t have emit any magical auras when I tried that. Kiara and Freya took turns following them back to a wealthy neighborhood where they kissed and then went to separate houses.
During the nights those of us on the day shift were free to attend what ever parties we could score invites to. Rhianna kept busy performing and attending the shows and parties thrown by other musicians. I offered Rhianna several scrolls she could use during her performance to liven things up, but she wondered if she could use them at her competitions shows instead. Kiara divided her time between helping Rhianna with her shows and attending various kinds of games a round the city. Freya was able to find herself invitations to several of balls being hosted for by the military for its officers. I was able charm my way into the parties of several minor nobles and wealthy merchants.
At one of the parties I attended I ran into an older woman who lived near the kids we had spotted at the during the races. She told me everything I wanted to know about them and more, even pointing out the father of one of them who was also at the party. It seems that while the kids are weird and troublemakers, unlikely to be assassins or evil cultists. The father, who owns a leather works, did mention he would extend some gratitude if I could get the kids to act normal. While its not a high priority I do have some ideas.
- Devon Ae Zaruket (500xp)

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Epegard then Home

Before we left Ragna we had one last meeting with Palar’s adviser and his suspicions were in line with my own. We agreed that the prophecy is referring to the source of the elements and magic. In some aspect this source will come in to play whether it needs protected or something else is still unclear, and no we have no idea where or what that source maybe.
Leaving Ragna we traveled uneventfully to Epegard. After we took some time to clean up from the road we split up with myself, Freya and Eiri going to wait for an audience with the king, while Rhianna, Kiara, and Rauridh went down to the docks to see if we could book passage home on a ship. After we waited for several hours in the antechamber and explaining why we were there we were shown in. The king had several immaculately brushed cats in his in throne room. suprisingly the the king addressed us by name when we entered. As it turns out the king has some abilities as a seer. We conferred with him about the prophecy and the he confirmed what Palar had told us. We also discussed what chances and alliances we might find to allow us to prepare for the prophecy coming true. We also learned from him that an ancient elf who was at the wall when it fell. To the kings knowledge he is still alive in Gabon and has used most means of cheating death short of becoming a lych. Before our audience with the king ended the I told him that we had learned about the doppelgangers. He was already aware of the threat and was taking measures to secure his kingdom. Strangely he warned us no to mention the doppelgangers to the king of Tinuviel.
Meanwhile the other half of the party successfully booked passage on a boat. In a few days we set sail and arrived back in Hightower the day before the festival. After arriving we reported back to Nigal and informed him of all that we had found out. Then we were given our next task to provide security for Nigal during the festival.
-Devon Ae Zarzuket (1000xp)

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Signs and Portents

In the early hours of the morning I sit in the common room staring at my own reflection in the ruby liquid that fills my cup, I’m not sure what I’m looking for answers, hope, or maybe just understanding. It’s been a strange turn of events and many miles that brought us here to Holgersson. Most of the others are upstairs trying to get what rest they can. We’ll be riding for Epegard when the sun’s up but I doubt its rising will met with the usual joy.
We began this odyssey in High Tower, where the morning began with news of a prophecy sweeping through the city. A prophecy being issued is not such a big deal on its own but an almost identical prophecy being put out by at least five temples on the same day is almost unheard of. Eventually we all had the opportunity to see the prophecies nailed to the doors of the temple:

1. A pair of tarot cards one is a veil and one is a Tower. The clue says to seek the answer you must remove the shroud.
A Knight on his charger protects these riddles.
2. An essential fountain
The horse’s mouth.
A spring where the river commences.
The root that holds the tree in place.
3. I am a vehicle that’s wondrous large
But neither coach, nor wagon, ship nor barge;
Whether sitting, standing, lying;
With you I’m miles uncounted flying;
You hear not a breath while, mute as death,
My journey I pursue;
With a mighty swift whirling,
I’m constantly twirling,
But ‘tis all unfelt by you.
Some travel with me who never can see,
nor believe I convey them a yard;
And for years I have taken them.
Nor ever forsaken them,
And yet claim’d no reward.
And, gentles, against or with your will,
Or sleeping or waking, I’ll carry you still.
4. I have many tongues but cannot taste
By me, most things are turned to waste
I crack and snap, yet I stay whole
I may take the largest toll
I assisted all of the first men
And I will pay them back again
Around me, people snuggle and sleep
Yet run when I am released from my keep
I jump around and leap and bound
The cold man wishes I he had found
5. Three lives have I.
Gentle enough to soothe the skin,
Light enough to caress the sky
Hard enough to crack rocks.
6. Voiceless it cries,
Wingless it flutters,
Toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters.
7. I am White or Black
I have numbers and words
I make Squares and circles
Power I both provide and require.
what am i?
8. I drive men mad
For love of me,
Easily beaten,
Never free.
The Knight and Death battle over this riddle.
9. In the sky it roams
as a dark cloud in the sky
yet much faster
and not when nearby

Sometime before mid-day but after we had all seen the prophecy, messengers bearing a summons from Nigal appeared, and we gathered in his office to discuss. We believed that we understood some parts of it. Parts 3-6 seem to be referencing the elements earth, fire, water, and air, but the others were a mystery to us at that point. Nigal requested that we seek out any oracles or sages that we may have encountered in are travels and ask their guidance in the interpretation of the prophecy, and he suggested that we might confer with some of the ancient elves living in Epegard. We then laid out our plan we would ride hard overland to Holgersson were we would consult with Palar the White, the dragon king of Ragna, from there we would travel onward to Epegard and consult with their ruling council, and then with luck we would make it back to High Tower before the festival.

Unfortunately the trip to Holgersson did not pass uneventfully. During the middle of the trip we were set upon by a pod of Bullete, apparently drawn to us by the scent of our Halfling companions. We were able to run them off killing two in the process, but they severely mauled the Eiri and Rauridh, and Kiara was almost eaten whole. Out of vengeance she and Rhianna cooked and ate one them, it actually didn’t turn out half bad.

We arrived in Holgersson and were granted an audience with Palar. We were at first surprised that he had already heard the prophecy, but it had been issued from the temples there as well marking this to be prophecy of great import. Before he would help us we needed to offer him something in return. To begin with we told him everything we had learned about the doppelgangers since we last spoke. In return he gave us his thoughts on the first two parts of the prophecy. First part of the prophecy he believes refers to the collapse of a great wall that separated the northern a southern continents some 2000 years ago. The collapse of this wall started 40 years of war and marked the decline of the civilized races. The prophecy seems to indicate that the truth behind the walls collapse needs to be uncovered and that a guardian either protects the secret, or that a guardian is needed. The second portion of the riddle is a source of some kind, according to Palar. I had already figured out that the parts seven and eight referred to magic, arcane and divine. To get anything more from Palar we needed to offer him something more, having nothing else to offer him we offered him a favor at some point in the future. The ninth part Palar said foretells the beginning of a high point in the orc population cycle, during which they make war on all those around them. As we stood there contemplating the doom we face, marauding orcs on one side and doppelgangers and dark races on the other, Palar offered us a glimpse of hope. Suggesting an alliance may be possible between the dragons and the civilized races, and that it may be possible to convince other races to at least stay out of the fight if not fight at our side. Then he offered another piece of information, all it would cost us is another favor. Needing all the information we could gather, we agreed. The final piece information Palar provided to us the existence of another population of the civilized races living in a cluster of islands on the other side of the world, where they have existed in isolation for the better part of two thousand years. Palar said that there may be some help to be had there, but he also warned us that they were incredible xenophobic, and that the xenophobia even extends to people from other islands.

Now I sit here owing two favors to a dragon waiting for the dawn, seeing only dark clouds and dangerous journeys in the future.
-Devon Ae Zarzuket (1000xp)

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