Loyalty and honor
- 1 Summary
- 2 Scribe Notes
- 2.1 Chapter 1 - To Stick's Keep
- 2.2 Chapter 2 - On to the Castle
- 2.3 Chapter 3 - Off to Stoneborough
- 2.4 Chapter 4 - The Prisoners and the Old Magic
- 2.5 Chapter 5 - Fight
- 2.6 Chapter 6 - Let them free
- 2.7 Chapter 7 - Gems and Logistics
- 2.8 Chapter 8 - Travelling Party
- 2.9 Chapter 9:Outnumbered and ready to fight
- 2.10 Chapter 10: Tactical maneuvers
- 2.11 Chapter 11: On the road again
- 2.12 Chapter 12: Ambush the ambushing party
- 2.13 Chapter 13: Wind and gore
- 3 Information
- 4 Logistics
- 5 Calendar
- 6 Seagate Time
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Place:13 Layard st Avondale
Phone 021 1067365 or 8285154
Information: Information from players for Julia.
- Alandis an Elf ranger with a dark past, played by (Fabio) Scribe
- Billy Rubin (Craig Harper)
- Elgar Elven Mind Mage (Neil Davies)
- Lila - Human, Dark Celestial/Air with Fire pet (Kelsie) Party Leader
- Mikhail Demitri Kalishnakov Dwarven, Non-mage played by Big Mac Mil Sci
- Quentin Ulysses Ash Orc Warrior Namerish (Sean)
- Roderigo - Michael McFadden
The lady Elizabeth De Winter wishes to fund a mission of Mercy to the north
Chapter 1 - To Stick's Keep
Thaw 1st: Castle Chilton
The 7 of us, (Billy, Edgar, Lila, MDK Rodrigo, Quentin, and me Alandis) are bought together in one of the guild chambers; we quickly introduce ourselves and swiftly select Lila, the only human, as our fearsome leader. MDK will be our military Scientist and me; once again I am faced with the duty of reporting our journey.
Once the roles have been finalized, the guild representative ushers us to a royal carriage, which is headed to Castle Chilton. We are expected by Duncan, the castle mage, and by her grace the Duchess Elisabeth of Carzala.
Once we reach his large office, Duncan clarifies our mission. Our assignment is to uphold the honors of the guild with the Duchess, by retrieving and escorting Lady Isabella (the duchess teenage daughter) back to Carzala. The Duke Baltmond Aladar is fostering the young lady in his summer house; Castle Festung a keep 10 miles north of Neuerafang Town in Grobbety County. Due to the Drow invasion the area is becoming increasingly unstable and dangerous, therefore the Duchess fears for her daughter safety. The Party will be remunerated accordingly.
We are taken to meet her Grace the Duchess which remind us not to start any diplomatic headaches, and to bring her daughter back alive and in one piece. After the brief meeting we head back to Duncan’s chamber, were we are introduced to Sticks, the rune mage. He will provide safe passage via portal; unfortunately the safest spot for arrival is in Sticks keep, a few miles north east of the Great Salt Flats, a few hundred miles west of Grobbety County.
Thaw 2: Rest and Fight
The journey is safe but we arrive completely exhausted from the 3 portal jumps, so after a good feed we spend the day recuperating our energies. The afternoon and evening goes by without troubles, however in the deep of the night during my turn on guard, I spot some flying figures approaching at speed. I wake everyone and prepare the defenses. All but one of the soul gathering Imps are defeated while we spare the one controlled by Elgar for interrogation. The little creatures was summoned by a Drow and commanded to collect human souls for a ritual, which require the offering of the souls to create the Big Drow Soul. Once we gather all necessary information we dispose of it and sent it back to its plane. The rest of the night goes by with no issues.
Chapter 2 - On to the Castle
Thaw 3: Flight'n Troubles
Just before sunrise, in the darkness of the keep, the celestial mage casts her spells. She is preparing all necessary magic needed for the day flight.
As the two rangers of the group, Elgar and I (Alandis) point the party to the correct direction; so the flight begins, we are headed north-east toward Neuerafang town
The rolling landscape and the magnificent waterfall of the local lake are a nice backdrop to our mission. It is a shame to think this land is slowly turning into a war zone. As I reflect on it we spot a few peasants heading west, away from the war zone. After another few miles we see a platoon of Gnolls, marching north; perhaps to the front lines. We ignore them and continue with our mission.
Not before long, as we reach the halfway mark of our flight, 2 men in a plated armor, materialize in front of us. They are on patrol from the local military post, and want to check our intentions.
We are escorted to the ground, and taken to meet the captain in the local keep, the prisons. At this point Roderigo decides to show off his Aladarian Medal for bravery and title. In times of war all nobles are required to be registered, so the party has to wait, while the registration takes place, along with having his newly acquired insignia, painted on the shield. Today we will not be able to reach our destination and we are forced to take refuge in this town.
We (the boys) take advantage of the free afternoon to do some sparring with the locals, wile our team leader, heads of to peal potatoes for dinner. As we talk with the locals we discover valuable information. The Drows are sacrificing human’s souls to make them self immortal, as well as keeping the Ice Bridge working. After a good meal we head to bed
Thaw 4: More Flight More Trouble
The night goes by with no accidents and, after a bowl of comforting porridge and few incantations, we continue our journey. We ignore everything and anyone we come across as our mission is of importance to us and the guild. After few ours we spot Neuerafang town in the distance; we came to land in an inconspicuous field, a couple of miles from town. Scouts are in the area but they do not appear to be bothered by our presence.
After meeting the guards at the gate, we are escorted to Castle Festung by the sergeant and 3 army men.
Once at the keep we are greeted and welcomed by the seneschal. Roderigo decides to show off again, his medal for bravery & title, and so the troubles begin. He is interrogated and questioned about his mission with us; why he is not defending his land?; why he is not supporting his local lord and why he is not leading us in war? We swiftly manage to divert the conversation, as well as organizing lunch with Lady Isabella for the following day.
We meet with Cnut, the dwarf captain of Lady Isabella’s guards, and we proceed in explaining our mission. We gently request for the preparation of all that is needed, for her ladyship and her entourage departure. The Dwarf Captain cordially accepts and warns us that it will take approximately a week for it. We return to town to rent a room at The Happy Fowl, where we experience the taste of their specialty, roasted seagull, all washed down with copious amount of refreshing ale.
Thaw 5: Lunch with Lady Isabella
The following morning we polish our armour, as well as making ourselves presentable for the lunch with Lady Isabella. While we spruce up, MDK chats with some guards, to find information about the town and the locals. He might have found a way to repay Roderigo's debt to this country, however we have to postpone those plans, as we are expected for lunch at Castle Festung.
Once there, we are introduced to Lady Isabella by one of her followers. As we explain our mission, she is not surprised to hear of her mother’s worries. She reluctantly agrees to return home, only on one condition; since she is a good archer she would like to venture back to Carzala, and while on the road, she would like to provide assistance to the people in need. The party is willing to accept as long she is safe and protected.
Chapter 3 - Off to Stoneborough
Thaw 5: After Lunch Duties
After lunch with her ladyship we pay a visit to Cnut, to discuss the trouble in Stoneborough, the home village of the seneschal. He has heard that something or someone is gone missing and the seneschal is really worried as he is busy looking after the keep and he is not able to investigate. Cnut is convinced that the village and seneschal will appreciate if we investigate and help. We will try to lend a hand to the seneschal, so to ensure Roderigos Royal Duties have been met.
Following the visit to Cnut we are approached by Kate, a young page at the Keep. She has a message for her mother Sarah who lives at the village of Stoneborough. We are more than happy to accommodate.
We return to town and try to purchase archer armor for Lady Isabella. In town we are approached by a local farmer. In fact he is a spy and has a message to deliver to General Harold de Honare.
The dark our is rising Carig towers are rising and are seeking to restore the old power again The power of Dumar
After all businesses are concluded we return to the keep for the night.
Thaw 6: Muls??? What's a Mul
We decide to fly to Stoneborough, a 15 min flight from the keep. Once there, a young girl is happy to take us to meet Goody Jones, the oldest lady in town, and the person in charge at present. She leaves in a stone keep and she is happy to enlighten us in what has been happening in the area, while Elgar offers to help with the soup.
Animals have been disappearing lately; more exactly the bones of the animals. They have discovered that some animal had all their bones removed. It appears to be happening since some strange lights have been appearing in the night sky.
We are happy to investigate and after been pointed to the direction of the farm of the latest incident, we take flight. In a few minutes we reach the farmhouse and the rangers begin their search for foot prints. We discover that some tree branches have been snapped by something big, and we follow the trail left within the tree branches until we reach some enormous footprint and eventually some red hair.
The Ork cast his aura detection spell; the true name of the hair owner is “Mul”. No-one in the party has any idea what it is.
From the track it appears to be more than one Mul in the area as well as a big Mantis. We continue to follow the trail which quickly disappears in the rocky terrain of the mountains. Immediately our Sniffer dog (the Air Mage) picks up the scent of the creatures. We discover a cave ahead. It is guarded, so our Halfling Roderigo, under his invisibility spell, approaches to investigate. With his Wizard Eye is able to see inside but he can only see one of the gigantic creatures inside.
After his return he informs the party of his findings; the Mul is a gigantic Dwarf.
We have to investigate further, so after sending the guard to sleep (he has a drow house brand of a mantis) we enter the cave. The mind mage casts his ESP spell and he is able to detect the presence of 3 big minds and 5 small one. Unfortunately as we try to search for any traps we manage to trigger the cave alarm.
We prepare for the fight. The 5 human are quickly scared with Grenadoes and blocked by a couple of walls of light and darkness.
The three big creatures (2 Muls and the Mantis) come crashing trough the walls, but, unfortunately for them, they are quickly subjugated. The cave raid is quickly over, and we captured all creatures and humans with no bloodshed. The prisoners look like a pillaging party. All of them have a “Desolate Emerald Mantis” tattoo, one of the Drow’s houses emblem.
Chapter 4 - The Prisoners and the Old Magic
Thaw 6: Hand over the prisoners
The pillaging party has with it some undecipherable order/dispatch papers. After tying the prisoners, we make our move down the valley to Stoneborough’s keep. After securing the creatures inside, we split up and 4 of our party stays here, to keep an eye on the prisoner’s, wile MDK, Billy and I fly back to Neuerafang town, to meet with the seneschal.
In town, the guards call for their Lieutenant, which informs us of the busy schedule of the seneschal. He will not take us to audience with the seneschal but instead he will bring us to meet Captain Brown.
We report of our discovery to the Capitan as well as requesting assistance with the translation of the papers, which he is more then happy to oblige. After an hour wait, the translators have finished their works and the papers are return them to us. The Capitan informs us that one is a list of Drows houses, and let the pillaging party know who to kill on sight and who to spare. The Second one is a diagram signed by the “Crutching Blue Serpent” house. Before leaving we arrange a meeting point with some of his guards, as we have the prisoners to hand over.
We return to Stoneborough, and head down the valley with the prisoners. We hand over the prisoners; the guards request that we kill the mantis, as they are not willing to deal with it. Roderigo is happy to experiment his dagger, which allow him to trap the creature soul and interrogate it. The mantis let us know of the people disappearing from the valley; it was not its party doing and probably the work of some other drow houses; maybe “Destroying Arctic Butterfly” or possibly “Surprising Cloud”. In addition, the mantis tells us about the diagram found. It is the diagram of the switches on the old Elven road. It tells us of a Drow army going north to attack Alfheim, and of the drow in the bay, who have created a “Mist of Despair” over the sea. It informs us that each of the drow houses have secret plans for the invasion. Its people are planning to create a buff with the sacrifice of a large amount of souls. Other, has plans to create a dragon. Other rumors tell of Succubus, which have successfully disguised and have infiltrated human towns and villages.
We return to the village for a peaceful night, after the mantis is dead, the exoskeleton removed for the fabrication of armor and the prisoners handed over to the guards.
Thaw 7: Old Elven Road
In the morning, we head toward the farms of the locals who have disappeared. Once there we inspect the scene. In both cases it appear that a group of 6, human size figures, attracted the attention of the farmer, which made their way outside their farm house, and once out, they where ambushed and taken. It appears the abductors have taken flight with the captive farmers, as the trail suddenly stops.
As the only structure that appears higher up in the valley is the Bridge of the Old Elven road, we decide to investigate further. No one has used this road in centuries; however, it appears in reasonable condition. As we begin to move, the look of the road changes. It appears to be as good as new. We also notice a two-story tower appearing in front of us. It is a magic tower, and we cannot perform any king of spells to asses the situation inside. The front door is open; we inspect the ground floor which is completely empty, as well as the second floor. On close inspection, we discover a weird mechanism. It has a lever, which points upward, as well as blue and yellow circle on either side. Once moved we are transported elsewhere.
Chapter 5 - Fight
Thaw 7: Fog and devils
While investigating the Elven road, we come to understand the diagram drawn by the pillaging party. We continue exploring on.
As we reach a particularly foggy point on the road, the mind mage Elgar perceives some strange minds. We decide to approach them; four foul creatures immediately attack us. They are Nightmares, controlled by some Illusionist trickster. While fighting against all nightmares and illusions we realize that is all work of few devils. The fight is intense, however, we manage to capture 3 of them, and send all the others back to where they came from.
Once the fight is over we scout the area; through the fog we make out a dark tower hidden with the magic mist. At close inspection the tower appears to have some creepy red roots, like pulsing veins, spreading from his base and on to the Elven road. That is our next destination!
Chapter 6 - Let them free
Thaw 7: Free the villagers
The Devils are stripped of their possessions and tied up along with some cold iron.
We try to interrogate the only awake one, but his only interest is to negotiate a kiss from our Leader Lila. After reaching the agreement he provides us with some good information.
He tells us of Surprising Cloud Drows House been responsible for their summoning. His job was to capture humans and to bring them to the tower, but he was not allowed to enter. He assumes the humans inside the tower are what power the Elven road. He recalls seen a Drow, few assassins and slimy figures, entering the tower few days ago, just before the explosion. He believes it to be the cause of the undead presence he has been feeling in the last 3 days. Before we get read of the devil and his companions, he is more than happy to give us all the symbols of the different Drows houses.
We heal each other in preparation for whatever we will find in the tower. Once we open the main door we see a very dark room with red shades and slimy floor.
MDK enters first and is immediately hurt. The mages DA the left over slime on MDKs leg and describe it as the slime of 3 Giant Amoebas. We shoot poison arrows to the creatures and we notice the doubling up as they are hit. 2 of the new Amoebas chase us out of the tower and are blocked by one of Lila’s Magic walls. They are hit and dye without splitting.
Note: Only use magical weapons to kill amoebas as they multiply if not.
After killing all the Amoebas, the door on the other end of the room swings open, revealing an undead creature ready to cast a spell. We attack and kill the undead, only to leave room for 2 ghouls to come out and retaliated. After eliminating them we inspect the room beyond the door.
We spot 3 more doors and a set of stairs leading to the upper floor.
The first door hides an alchemist lab, and on one of the tables we discover the carcass of the drow. Looks like the explosion took place here as all the magic and invested items appear to have blown up. The next door takes us into an empty bunk room, and the third one into an office. We ransack it and collect all the paperwork we can find, and that could be of interest.
We proceed to the top floor were we discover 10 humans hanged by stone spike protruding from the wall. The spikes collect the human mana and charge the huge jewel hanged on the ceiling. The floor is covered in drows writing and symbols arranged in what appears to be a magic ritual.
The room has two doors; one contains human prisoners and the second one a chest full of money. We free the humans and discover that some of them are from Stoneborough Village and the other from unknown villages.
Billy and Elgar try to free the humans from the spikes on the wall, and we notice some of Billy hair turning gray. The wall is protected with some magic, so the two elf (Elgar and Me) continue the job and we both lose 2 years of our lives during the process.
After freeing all prisoners we journey back to Stoneborough, with no trouble along the way. We decide to spend the night in the village.
Chapter 7 - Gems and Logistics
Thaw 8: Return to the Tower
Is early morning and the death aspect mages are feeling particularly energized and strong today; we assume the worst, someone has died in the village. On close inspection, none of the villager has perished in the night. We decide to return to the tower and remove the gem that power the Elven road and farewell Stoneborough.
As per our predicament, the gem, power source of the Elven road, runs out, so Lila cast some wings on us while Billy turns into a duck for the flight to the Dark Tower. On arrival, MDK has a bad landing and fractures his left arm.
We enter the empty tower and inspect again the life draining mechanism. It appears that the stone drains and stores mana, so the two elves (Elgar and me) proceed in wrenching the gem out of its ceiling socket.
Once the stone is collected and is stored safely, we take flight, headed to Neuerafang town. Our wing spell runs out, however Lila is exhausted from her previous casting. We try to work out the gem. The gem is a life-draining device, however if touched while casting it transfers mana to the caster. Lila succeeds in casting wings to us all, so we take flight to our destination.
While if flight we see the extents of the ravaged land and of the battlefront which is moving and is in proximity to our destination. The death aspect mages are feeling empowered, once again.
The town of Neuerafang looks shut; the only access is a heavily guarded door. Once we explain our businesses, two guards escort us to Castle Festung, where we rendezvous with Knut the Dwarf. We search for a healer for MDK, and then take Knut out for a beer.He gives us the list of all the people, servant an suitors that will join Lady DeWinter in the journey.
Then we meet Captain Brown and inform him of our discoveries.
Subsequently we meet Fred the spy, who takes us in a strange gentlemen-smoking club. Here, we notify him of our findings during the investigation. He provides us with a background on the Duchess DeWinter and her family, and informs us on the importance of the young Lady safekeeping. He also warn us about Lady Isabella being a Tom Boy.
[Duchess DeWinter came from the County of Caith; was previously married to Fint De Nevil (From Canumbria), and had a daughter, Anna Nevil. Fint tragically died when crossing a river that burst its banks and wash him to his death. He drowned and for 5 days, his body was not found, there for it was not possible to resurrect him. The duchess remarried with Duke Leto DeWinter, taking with her the dowry: “the salt rights in Brandenburg”. This will be passed on to Lady Isabella once she marries. The Nevil family is outraged, feel cheated, and blame the Duchess for Fint’s death. They are particularly infuriated about loosing the salt rights to the DeWinter Family. They think the rights should go to the first-born, as Anna Nevil is their favorite one. The Nevil family has a particular interest in seen Isabella disappear - P]
After all our meetings and after retrieve the armor ordered for Her Ladyship, we return to Castel Festung to settle in our room. Not before long, we hear a knock at the door. We open to find Luke de Honare; he has an invitation for tonight’s dinner with Lady DeWinter.
During the dinner, some of Lady Isabella suitors and some of their entourage try to approach all of us, and courteously try to win us over so to gain more time and favors with Her Ladyship.
After dinner, we make our way to Castle Festung stables in search for horses. Jimmy, the stable keeper, informs us that he has none spared to give us. Defeated and tired we make our way to our room where, shortly after or return, we are visited by someone from Novadom, who offers us horses for the trip. Pleased with the outcome we retire for the night, which goes by with no incidents.
Thaw 9: Logistics
Is morning and the court is all a buzz with the preparation of the carts and the departure of Lady DeWinter.
We head to our cart to assist with the preparation, and once in the courtyard, Lila notices a shady figure approaching our cart. We take a closer look and find a suspicious package. It contains a large amount of drugs, and we are suspicious that someone wants to incriminate us. We hand the package over to Little Flame, Lila’s Companion, which teleports it to the closest open fire and dispose of it.
We get ready for the journey ahead.
Chapter 8 - Travelling Party
Thaw 9: Noble on the road
The convoy is on the move. As we approach the main gate, we are stopped by one of the guards. Information have reached him regarding illegal contraband been smuggled, so he wants to inspect our wagon.After a little bribe and a light inspection, we are free to go.
The train of wagons stops for morning tea at around 11 am. All of us guild members are invited to join Lady DeWinter, for courtier training.
Soon after lunch we are back on the road, where around 3 pm we cross path with a convoy of wagons that carries black iron sand, and are directed to the war front. Following a catch up with the soldiers, we are on the move again. We camp for the night a couple of hours later and, we continue with courtier training wile catching up with all the nobles. Interesting facts come to light during the gossiping of the evening, and the social small chats.
Thaw 10: Mad House
In the early morning the weather in not promising; is cold and cloudy and, once the convoy is on the move the temperature drops. Snow starts to fall. The weather seams unnatural and everyone is quickly becoming uncomfortable with it.
We search refuge in a manor house a mile down the road. The place is deserted and looks recently abandoned. We move the wagons inside the courtyard and everyone inside the homestead.
Once inside, a general feeling of comfort envelopes everyone. Some of us who are normally more cautious, are wondering why they need to carry weapons at all. Elgar and I try to exit the house but cannot find the door; we are trapped. Lila however is able to exit as well as Quentin.
We come to the realization that people with questionable background have difficulty exiting the place. The mages DA the last spell on Elgar once Lila helps him out. It appears to have a Sanity aura.
Quentin and I inspect the rest of the house and once in the main bedroom on the top floor I cannot exit. On the back of the door there are scuff marks as if someone has been counting the days. Lila once again assists me in exiting the room. The weather outside is relentless, so we relax and spend the rest of the day in casual chat and card games.
Thaw 11: Hunt
The weather has fined up by the morning, and upon exiting the building some of us still struggle. Lila guides us all out including the 2 MDK.
She realizes the mistakes and she jumps of the 1st one as he is fidgeting and ready to leave. They both disappear, and few second later, we hear our leader screams coming from the back of the building. Elgar and I are quick and run to succor her. We kill the Drow that still resemble MDK due to his camouflage.
On the side of the building, just covered by the climbing ivy, we spot the writing Sanitarium.
We finally depart 1 ½ hour later, after packing the wagons and bury the Drow.
The road starts to climb on the foot hills of the Aladarian mountains ranges. To keep us entertained, we organize a successful hunting expedition. Once the convoy is camped, Roderigo is happy to turn the captured deer into fine sausages.
Thaw 12: Bridge to nowhere
After packing the camp we are off, back to our ascent.
By midmorning the convoy arrives at a bridge that crosses a steep gorge. To the trained eyes of the rangers, it appears as the perfect spot for ambushes. After cautiously inspecting the area we find no trace of enemies.
As the first wagon edges on, the bridge starts squeaking. Soon after, when the 2nd cart is moved on, it turns into a louder creak. We inspect the bridge structure, which appears sabotaged. We spent the morning fixing it and by lunch time the whole convoy is moved across.
The whole party continues the slow and steady climb until evening. Once the guards’ rosters have been arranged everyone retires for the night. Around 10pm Quentin spots some flying devils, which circle the camp a few times before disappearing into the night.
Thaw 13: Siege
We are on the move, and in a couple of hours we reach the top of the road. We commence our descent. In the distance we notice some smoke rising. It looks to be the roof of a keep further down the valley. Elgar flies to investigate, and observe a platoon of 60 in Aladarian uniforms, attaching the keep with trebuchet and siege equipment.
Chapter 9:Outnumbered and ready to fight
Thaw 13: Attack the attackers
We spend the day plotting the best way to assist the people inside the keep. Lila sends Little Flame to spy the platoon’s camp. It soon returns with news. Due to a very old dispute, the Knight family has lost the Castle, and he is trying to reclaim it. We believe The Valiant Marquees is involved.
We finally agree on plan of attack, as we decide hit them from two fronts: one group (Lila, MDK Billy and Quentin) while visible, will provide a distraction by flaying over the camp and dropping Grenados on the siege weapons; the other group (Elgar, Roderigo and Alandis) will stealthily and invisibly sneak into camp and capture the Knight, heading the platoon.
Dusk approaches while we prepare and before departing we are faced with the delicate job of convincing Lady DeWinter of the dangers of the mission, and preventing her participation.
At nightfall we take flight towards the keep. Wile flying to close to a cliff Quentin impales himself on a tree. Elgar lend a hand with Quentin grievous injuries, meanwhile Billy, while trying to assist, managed to make the situation worst by slamming in the two and throwing them to the ground. The Ork is near death however Elgar is able to revive him and mend his wound.
We approach the keep and notice the continuous sound of a horn. We split up; the stealth party lands at a distance and the flying party waits to attack. Despite the fact that we approach cautiously, a loud rooster starts to crow, sounding a magical alarm inside camp. The flying party starts their attack to the siege weapons, while the camp is in disarray as the army men are running to their posts.
The Stealth party identifies the 4 leaders of the platoon and plan their moves while the flying party are getting injured by the bolts launched by Scorpios. Roderigo sends one of the leaders to sleep. As we approaching camp, Elgar and I notice that our invisibility spell fades. So we proceed in create more disruption by throwing some corrosive traps. Elgar throws his in the middle of camp wile I take care of the knight’s horses.
Lila and MDK are injured by the Bolts; Billy succor Lila, while Quentin act as a Shield for MDK. On his flight past the keep the ork shouts inside and encourages the soldier to attack their enemies as well as noticing a group of knight preparing for a fight.
The flying party manages to burns most of the siege weapons wile Roderigo sends the Rooster to sleep. The Rooster alarm spell is broken; Elgar and I return invisible, just in time as I am nearly trample by 4 warhorses and stabbed by one soldier. Little Flame is busy lighting small fires around camp. He lights a tent where the horn blowing Bard is hiding.
After dropping corrosive traps on the enemy leader, Lila returns the favor as Billy he is now injured.
The knights are exiting the Castle ready for battle, while MDK regain consciousness and attack the bard with magic arrows. I prepare to attack with my bow and Elgar takes control of the Namer mage of the enemy camp.
Chapter 10: Tactical maneuvers
Thaw 13: the attack continues
I find cover by standing in a fire and continue shooting to the leading party wile Lila is looking after Billy in mid-flight. MDK and Quentin swoop around for the next attack.
While MDK, Quentin and Billy perform more areal maneuver, Lila cast a lightning bolt at the soldier maneuvering the trebuchet. I shot and stun the bard. The music stops.
Billy shield charges the soldiers struck by Lila, fail miserably and badly injures himself. Roderigo successfully casts and sends the bard to sleep.
Elgar succeeds in controlling a war horse and loses control of the Namer who immediately removes the sleep spell from the bard.
Two soldiers look for me after noticing my arrow hitting the bard. I shoot at them as I hope the fire will provide me with some cover as I am wearing a Fire Armor.
The Soldiers from the keep are finally out and attacking the siege platoon, as I get trapped by the net of the two soldiers. I quickly freeing myself as the rope catch on fire.
Elgar maneuvers the Warhorse to trample the Namer and the bard. Billy is up in the air, and tries to land so to attack the leading Knights of the siege platoon, however he badly lands. He is hurt and on the path of the incoming warhorse. He is trampled, but not dead yet.
MDK land and successfully shoots his arrows at the head Knight which is hurt but not down.
Elgar notices someone running with the horn. He chases him only after stopping to grabbing the sleeping magical rooster. Once he catches up with the soldier, he hit him with his sap and knocks him out.
I’m injured after been attacked by the two soldier, but Quentin come to the rescue and successfully hit one of the two soldiers.
Billy takes flight after recovering some energy and successfully hits the second commanding knight with his axe.
The head 2 knights drink a potion but are quickly trampled by Elgar warhorse, and the Castle’s army warhorses.
MDK is trampled by the warhorses after been shield rushed by two soldiers, but luckily does not fall. The Luck Stone in Lila’s pocket heats up. Roderigo is preparing to cast while Lila successfully lands with help from Elgar. Hopefully he will be able to remove the Scorpio’s bolt from her body.
MDK jumps on the two prone knights. One is dead when the other is unconscious. He declares ransom
Chapter 11: On the road again
Thaw 13: Victory
Lila manages to land safely and Elgar is swift in provide succor, and removes the bolt stuck in her. The battles end. A Castle knights approaches Billy, which manages to obtain safe passage for the whole party, wile looting is going on all around us. We help ourselves on what we find.
Sir Jiles welcomes us inside the keep. We introduce ourselves as he offer to take the prisoners out of our hands for a reasonable price. After discussing our intervention and the reasons for the battle, 4 of the party remain in the keep for healing when MDK Elgar and I (Alandis), fly back to the train of wagons.
While we return to camp, the healer of the keep looks after everyone. Billy than, opens a barrel of wine with another dwarf, and is gifted a pair of shoelaces which will increase his speed. Roderigo goes in search of sausages and Quentin a new armor.
Once at the camp, we report the evening events to Knut, and prepare for guards. During MDK guard he spots some canoodling in the Ranken tent. As the two figures continue and MDK turn finishes, he informs me of his discovery, as I take my post. As the night continues, I spot a someone exiting the Ranken tent. It appears to be a woman hiding in a fine cloak. I wake Elgar so he can perform his ESP on the figure and cover for me so I can follow the figure. The mind of the lady if troubled as she move towards one of Destiny’s tent. I return to my post informing Elgar of my discovery before sending him back to sleep. Later on, during his shift, Elgar spots some dark figures with leathery wing, circling above camp.
Thaw 14: Night at the keep
Is early morning when Billy and his newly found speed, exit the keep. He will return in 30 minutes with a pack pony, a palfrey and a warhorse.
Back at the camp Elgar and Me keep an eye on the Destiny’s camp to see if we can spot who has been sneaking into the Renken camp, but it proves impossible as few girls came out of the tent. Once all the wagons are packed, we head towards the keep. Lady Isabella is extremely grumpy with us this morning. Elgar politely approaches her and finds out the she is upset at the words used last night by Quentin, while attempting to convince her to stay back at the camp.
We reach the keep by noon and we are invited to spend the reminder of the day at the castle. We use this opportunities to train our new horses. Elgar and I also inform Quentin of his poor manners with Lady Isabella and encourage an apology.
Thaw 15: On to open grounds
The ork is quick at apologizing and Lady Isabella invites all of the Guild members to join her for breakfast, as well as receiving courtier training with her. We pack the wagons as well as collecting some of the pieces of the siege weapons to take with us. MDK will attempt to fix it in our journey.
We leave the mountains behind as we continue in a nice countryside. Quentin tries to DA the rooster. A Novadom Namers offer his service in exchange for some time with Lady Isabella. We ask him to DA the rooster and the horn as well as divinating the luck stone. The rooster has the magic ability to make invisible thing visible; the horn, once is played by a girl, increase the party’s defense. The stone appears to want something from the bearer; it seams to be a lucky stone, which can bring good or bad luck; is linked to an ancient sleeping god.
We cam for the night and during the night the flying creature are back circling the camp.
Thaw 16: Hunting
As we wake up, the 7 guild members start discussing about the flying figures.
Lila suggests that she can turn into a cloud and can keep an eye on things….then she realizes that in the cloud state she looses her ability of seeing in the dark, also she might forget to turn back into a human, and might float away.
In the early afternoon, we go for a hunt with Lady Isabella and the Novadom royal “offer” their assistance. Once back Roderigo offers to make sausages, while MDK attempts to fix the Scorpio machine. Lila forecast bed weather and as we finish reinforcing every tent a heavy storm hits the camp.
Thaw 17: Smell like an ambush
The sun is shining again so we make a move, but the muddy roads slow us down. We arrive at the edge of woodland and one tree is blocking the road. We immediately suspect an ambush so we ready ourselves.
Chapter 12: Ambush the ambushing party
Thaw 17: under heavy fire
The sun is shining again so we make a move, but the muddy roads slow us down. We arrive at the edge of woodland and one tree is blocking the road.
We immediately suspect an ambush so we ready ourselves. Wile Lila is Buffing us out, Roderigo, after turning invisible, goes scouting the area. He finds no evidence of what we suspect and wait for us all. While we approach, we notice a landslip blocking the road, few hundred meters behind the fallen tree.
The rangers inspect the area. The tree appears to have fallen long before last night storm and placed on the road as to block us same as the landslide; it looks like it was caused for the purpose of an ambush. Elgar cast an ESP and as we venture further ahead. He perceives 4 minds up to no good.
We take time to plot our attack. The plan is to send forward the ork who will climb over the landslip wile we move through the bush and surprise the bandits.
The trap is set and we are on the move, but as the ork engages in conversation with the 4 bandits, he falls down in an enchanted sleep. Elgar at this point perceives 12 minds.
We engage in a fierce combat and after few minutes, Lila takes flight. The wagons are under attack by 10 gargoyles and a magical storm is approaching.
After suffering few injuries, and defeating the majority of the bandits, we take flight. Lila is now in the proximity of the convoy. One of the flying beasts attacks her and while she tries to defend, she notices a good-looking mage appearing out of the storm.
Chapter 13: Wind and gore
Thaw 17: Gargoyles and Storm mage
Billy tries controlling the Gargoyle who has captured Lady Isabella, while Lila, in her storm form, is busy fighting another one. As they exchange blows Lila and the gargoyle are sucked up from a storm spell castled by the Storm mage. Billy is now on the ground, hit by the storm, but manages to control the Gargoyle. He commands it to return to the ground with the young Lady; as it does so the two are hit by the storm an fall. They crash in to the ground, they are stunned but alive.
Lila makes her way down; wile the storm mages approaches the young lady. Elgar, Quentin and Alandis arrive on the scene, out of the storm like Kamikazes. Roderigo is approaching from the distance.
The storm mage grab hold of Lady Isabella as he gets hit by one of the gargoyles and Elgar who has landed in the proximity.
Lila returns into her human form and all her equipment and clothing drops to the ground. Stark naked, she snatches Lady Isabella of the hand of the mage and take flights, wile Elgar and the Gargoyle inflicts more damages to the mage.
MDK come to succor the two woman as the storm is strong and they are about to precipitate. Him and Lila move away from the scene so to protect the Duchess daughter.
One of the Gargoyles takes hold of Lila’s pack and takes flight, as Billy attempts to climb on him.
Quentin and Alandis are busy exchanging blows with two gargoyles, Elgar moves to defeat the one left in his proximity since the storm mage has retreated, and MDK knocks one more out of the sky.
Only 4 of them remain and they take flight following the one who is been chased by Billy.
Billy retreats now that is been chased by 4 Gargoyles.
The party regroups and after healing all wounds we give chase to the remaining gargoyles. After catching up with the 5 we dispose of them quickly, so to return with Lila’s gear to the mission.
The mission is brought to an end and everyone return to Carzala with the help of Sticks’s (Rune mage) Portal.
Persons of Interest
- Her Grace the Duchess of Carzala
- Duncan, Castle Chilton Namer
- Sticks, the Rune Mage
- Seneschal of Castle Festung
- Dwarf Knut, the chief of Lady Isabella's guards
- Lady Isabella DeWinter, Daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Carzala.
- Fred the Spy
- Goody Jones, Stoneborough town Speaker
- Giant Mantis, head of the Muls and human raiding party.
- Captain Brown, of the guards of Neuerafang town
- Undead, amoebas and ghouls
- Lady DeWinter entourage
- Vetch plants
- 2 Giant Chain-mails (sold)
- 5 Chain-mails
- 2 giant Clubs
- 2 Tower shield
- Pillaging party's Grenados
- Mantis exoskeleton
- 1 talwar
- 1 Magic Healing cloak
- Devils Loot( 2 rapiers, 2 dagers, 2 fur armor, 2 leather armor, 4 fife deeds)
- Dark Tower paperwork
- Dark Tower chest of Money
- 2 Hand Axes (Sanatorium drow)
- bag of money from the siege camp
- a small chest full of precious stones
- 20000 sp for 1 dead leader of the siege camp
- 30000 sp for Zaden son of Zaden.
- 1 pack Pony
- 1 palfrey horse
- 3 warhorses
- 1 x pack of Grenadoes
- 1 x pack of healing, blue bottles for fatigue and green Bottles for endurance
- 1 x pack of provision and dried food.
- 8 red bottles of Venom
- Letters of introduction for the party, from the Duchess
- Whispering Wind invested, from the Duchess (just in case of trouble)
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|Strength of Darkness||8||+5PS||1.5 hours||y||Y|
|Shadow Wings||6||36 mph, 126 miles range||3.5 hours||y||y||n||Y|
|Fire Armour||10||44 protection||11 hours||y||y||n||Y||Y|
|Fireproofing||10||protection vs normal fire||11 hours||y||y||n||Y||Y|
|Weapon of Flames||10||+11 SC, +6 dam, +11 dam vs undead, cold or water creatures||15 mins||y||n||Y|
|Greater Enchantment||15||+16 on Combat or Magic, plus MR||3 days||y|
|Spring: Thaw (10) 813wk|
|Candlemansa||1||Guild Meeting, Pre-departure briefing, meeting with the Duchess||2||Departure, rest and Imps attack||3||Flight'n treouble||4||Grobbety town||5||Lunch with the lady. Preparation for the trip to Stoneborough||6||Stoneborough flight, Mantis cave fight, delivery of the prisoners|
|7||Ancient Elven road, Devils, Dark Tower: Set villagers free||8||Return to Tower, Flight to Neuerafang and dinner at court||9||Logistics and departure||10||Sanatorium||11||Drow, foot hills and deer hunting||12||Bridge||13||Keep under siege, and night incursion|
|14||Lady Isabella guest at the Keep||15||Return to the open road, and out of the mountains||16||More travel, afternoon hunt, and stormy night||17||Open road, fallen tree, ambush and gargoyles||18||19||20|
|Spring: Seedtime (11)|
|5||6||7||8||Rites of Thunor||9||10||11|
|12||13||14||15||Equinox||16||17||Eostre||18||Seagate Spring Ball|
|Spring: Blossom (12)|
After a successful meeting with Duncan (castle Chilton Namer) & a brief encounter with the duchess, the party gets ready for the mission ahead. The plan is to retrieve the Daughter of The Duke and the Duchess of Carzala, from the Duke of Aladar's summer Keep (Castle Festung)in Neuerafang town.
The following day is spent travelling via portal, and recuperating all the energy spent. In the depth of the night the party is attacked by a group of Imps. During the interrogation of the surviving imp, they discover the intention of a Drow ritual.
Next day the group depart and half way to their destination they are stopped by two flying military men. The party has to wait for Roderigo to register, as he is a knight of this country. This delays the party to their destination. After spending the night in the camp, the party moves on to toward their goal.
Once the heroes arrives at Neuerafang town, they have to deal with the trouble that seams to follow Sir Roderigo. However they manage to schedule a lunch with Lady Isabella, for the coming day.
During lunch they meet the lady Isabella, and discuss the plan for her return to Carzala. She is happy to make her way home as long as the heroes are happy to land a hand to everyone in need of help.
The following day the heroes depart for Stoneborough a little town north of Neuerafang. Strange things have been happening in the home town of Castle Festung seneschal, so to ingratiate Roderigo with the steward of the keep, the party decide to investigate.
They party discover the presence of a Giant Mantis and 2 Muls(giant dwarfs) along with some humans, Members of the Emarald Mantis Drow House. They are quick at subjugating them, and capture them as prisoners. After collecting some information, the party hand over the prisoners to the guards of Neuerafang.
The party moves on into investigating the disappearance of some local farmers. Their attention is draw to the Ancient Elven road situated at the top of the valley. On one if its bridges they discovers a strange mechanism, inside a magical road side tower which mysteriously appears ahead of them.
The party managed to work out the mechanism, but, during the investigation on the Elven road, they are attached by a group of devils. After eliminating the nasty creatures, they discover another, much darker and menacing tower.
The party enters the Tower and defeat some amoebas and undead before heading to the top floor. There they find the imprisoned villagers. Some are locked up, but some are hanging on the spikes of the life draining mechanism of the Tower, powered by the gem stone in the ceiling.
After freeing the lot,the party return the villagers to Stoneborough.
The following day the heroes return to the tower to collect the gem, before heading to Neuerafang town. There, they assist with the logistics for the departure of Lady DeWinter.
They finally depart, however, the journey is slow as the nobles are not experienced in long travels.
On day 2 the seek refugee in a Manor House as an unexpected storm hits the area. On day 3 they stop and fix a sabotaged bridge before crossing it. On day 4 they spot a keep under siege. They plan the attack and as night fall the are ready to strike. They are clearly outnumbered but they are able to cause enough disruption, destruction, and incite the knights of the keep into battle. The Guild party is able to keep the platoon busy while the knights emerges from the keep and win the battle.
After negotiating the ransom and spending a day at the keep, they are back, facing the challenges the road has to throw. The party is the ambushed wile scouting a landslide. This leaves them separated from the wagons which are attacked by 10 gargoyles.
Thanks to the Storm Mage the party get the upper and with the gargoyles. As we defeat them the party attacks the mage ho is sent running.
Some of the Gargoyles, retreat with Lila's bag as loot, so after curing all injuries the party gives chase to the creatures, which are defeated in a swift attack. After recuperating the loot they return to accomplish their mission.