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Session 13: Rollin' on the River
Splash fight with a hag
  • Galendan was anxious to restore his right arm and immediately set forth from Fernwall with Bolger Tallweed to confront the human merchant Hubren Swade who was seen with the petrification potion that turned the green dragon Zalthannus to stone.
  • The rest of the party stayed behind to rebuild Fernwall which was badly damaged during a Troll attack. During the work, a halfling lookout approached the party and town leader Muddy Gladwell and told them a lone lizardfolk was watching the town from the bushes to the north. Apparently the lizard didn’t know he was spotted.
  • Petrin wanted the Black Scale alive, but with the rogue Galendan away, it was up to him to sneak out into the forest and approach the lizard from behind. To the party’s surprise, the dragonborn sorceror successfully navigated the thick wood and got behind the lizardfolk. He attempted to bluff the lizard, telling it he was the new Black Scale in charge of watching the halfling town. He commanded the lizard to continue looking forward. The lizard was clearly uncertain and asked a few questions which Petrin was able to answer. Petrin had additional questions, but decided interoggation would be easier with the walls of Fernwall. He knocked the lizard unconcious and carried him into the town.
  • Petrin and Voren took turns interrogating the lizardfolk (Petrin with words and Voren with a torch). The captive spilled information like a broken vase. The party learned that an army of lizardfolk would march upon Fernwall in the morning. Petrin and Kitten remarked that it would likely take an army to provide any challenge. The lizard replied that the heroes thus far had only faced their grunts, and the approaching army would contain flying draconians.
  • Muddy quickly ordered the evacuation of the village. All women, children and wounded were to depart to Wicker Glenn, another nearby halfling settlement. Eldarion volunteered to escort the evacuees. Petrin asked Muddy to consider abandoning the village but he refused stating that he would not leave the petrified Zalthannus to be destroyed. Every denizen of Fernwall owed her their life. The heroes respected this decision and decided to make a stand at the dragon’s cave.
  • While moving lumber to the cave, Arygno was approached by Drogo Cornhill. He remembered the old halfling wasn’t pleased when they first arrived at Fernwall and he didn’t look any happier. The halfling got right to the point and asked the cleric, “Why do you join in this fight? Is it for us, or do you want something from Zalthannus?” Arygno was caught off guard by the question and simply answered the group was on their side. Drogo did not seem convinced and asked, “Are you here to take her away from us? Or would you kill her?” Arygno restated that the group had no plans to bring any harm to the dragon and that they would defend Fernwall at all costs. Drogo simply nodded and moved on.
  • Meanwhile, Galendan and Bolger made their way to Hubren’s cottage. During the hike, Bolger asked Galendan what the heroes planned for the dragon. Like Arygno, Galendan replied that they were on the same side and wished no harm to the dragon. Bolger explained to the eladrin that Zalthannus meant a great deal to them, and there was concern amongst the halflings at Fernwall regarding the companions’ interests.
  • Bolger and Galendan came upon Hubren’s cottage while he was gathering wood. They watched as he carried the wood inside. Galendan came up with a plan where Bolger would approach and knock on the door while he waited in the shadows. Bolger raised his eye brows at the plan but Galendan explained that Hubren knew Bolger, but not him. Bolger agreed with the logic, but added Hubren and he may not be on friendly terms any longer, especially since the human turned Zalthannus to stone. Galendan agreed and compromised that Bolger would knock on the door while Galendan stood with him but off to the side and unseen. Before the elaborate plan could be carried out, Hubren called from inside, “Just come in Bolger, and bring your friend.”
  • Inside Hubren’s cottage were two statues, one of a woman and one an old boy. Bolger told Hubren they knew he was responsible for turning Zalthannus to stone. Hubren explained that the river hag Tavale learned about his access to the dragon. She turned his family to stone and told him if he refused to use the petrification potion on the dragon, she would destroy the statues. Should he simply obey her, his family would be restored after the fall of Fernwall. Hubren told Bolger he had a terrible decision to make, and chose his family over the dragon. He felt terrible about the ordeal. He says he will not lift a finger against the hag, but he would share her location with them and added that she was very powerful and heavily guarded.
  • While building fortifications at the cave the party came under attack by a raiding party of lizardfolk including four draconians. Two halflings were killed by glaive swinging draconians, while the heroes were kept at a distance by lightning-breathing draconians. A third halfling was rescued by Arygno. Galendan and Bolger returned from their visit to Hubren in the middle of the battle. Reunited, the heroes dispatched the rest of the lizards, but their victory was a sobering one. With the morning an army many times larger than this raiding party would arrive. They would need a restored Zalthannus to win the fight.
  • Galendan shared what he learned from Hubren and the group decided to confront Tavale straight away. Bolger Tallweed joined them. The hag’s hut was situated in the middle of a fast-moving river. It was guarded by savage crocodiles and the river banks were guarded by black scales. Petrin instructed Bolger to cross the river a ways down and sneak up on the archers on the opposite bank. They gave him 20 minutes and then launched their attack. The lizard brutes proved difficult to take down, but it was the hag herself who posed the greatest threat. She shot shards of water, like missiles, from her dagger striking several of the companions, nearly suffocating them. She walked upon the water, out of reach, continuously launching attack after attack. Bolger appeared on the scene and was able to take the archers out of the fight. Voren plowed through the river, trusting his enchanted armor to keep the crocs from devouring him. With some luck, the group managed to take down the hag.
  • Inside Tavale’s hut were two stone to flesh potions. The group gathered up the elixirs and raced back to Fernwall. Would they get there in time? Would the restored Zalthannus thank them, or eat them?
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Session 12: This...is...Fernwall!!
Here, there be halflings.
  • Once through the wall of Caerbannog the adventurers heard a cacophany of yeti howls from the southwest. The yeti accompanying the heroes snapped his head up and sniffed the air. He then tapped his chest with his mighty claw, pointed towards the howls and nodded. Petrin replied with a series of hand signals that confused both the yeti and his companions. The yeti grinned, as best a yeti can, and then he bounded off towards the howls. Eldarion was pleased to be rid of the beast.
  • The heroes, weary and battered from their orc encounters returned to Paysan Pintaude’s camp to rest. They told Paysan that they would not return to Silver Hill, but would be journeying further north. Paysan wished them well and said he would be departing south to the mining town in the morning.
  • The adventurers set out with the dawn upon the very same trail that Harkano’s daughter Annatithi and the green dragon Zalthannus were said to have taken 900 years ago. The trail brought them down out of the snowy mountains and into a quiet evergreen forest. It was refreshing to no longer be surrounded by orcs, but their moment of tranquility would not last.
  • During the hike, Petin suddenly dropped to one knee and grabbed his head. Someone or something invaded his mind and was leafing through his memories like pages of a book. Petrin saw himself and his companions delivering Harkano’s journal to Simus and hearing the translation from Stephen Crow. He re-lived his battles under Menzo’s tower and his visit to Silver Hill. At times, the invader would linger on memories involving Eldarion Telchontar. He finally witnessed the moment he stole the Book of Years from the manor of Kimath It-Arist. At that point, his mind began buzzing so loud that he thought his head might explode, and then the presence was gone and he was left to catch his breath.
  • Petrin’s episode was clearly evident to his fellow adventurers and they asked him what happened. He told them that someone broke into his mind and now that someone knew everything they did. Voren detected that the incident was clearly tied to the Book of Years, which was still in Petrin’s backpack. Voren, Eldarion and Galendan discussed destroying the book, which Petrin was not prepared to do. Kitten offered to remove the dragonborn’s head to ensure there would be no more spying. There was a brief scuffle, but the dragonborn and shifter were separated. The group agreed to let the book be for now, but they would look into visiting the Feywild in the near future to pay Kimath a visit.
  • The group followed a river north and came upon the remains of wrecked boat. It appeared a body not much larger than a child’s lied among the debris. The companions quickly moved to investigate and discovered a female unconcious halfling. Arygno brought her around and she quickly informed them that they had stepped into an ambush. Lizardmen advanced from the nearby woods while poisonous darts zipped through the air from concealed locations. Arygno told the halfling to stay down. It was time to go to work.
  • One lizardman tried to run away, but Petrin wouldn’t have it. He, Kitten and Eldarion tracked the wounded scoundrel through the brush and came upon a cave where other lizardmen seemed to be waiting. Petrin overheard the bloodied lizard explain that they had failed to capture additional halflings. The other voices expressed disappointment. Petrin than shouted towards the cave, demanding the lizards emerge and surrender. To his surprise, many lizardmen emerged, some quite large. They were grinning as they charged into battle. The trio of warriors were more than up to the challenge and before long, only one lizard was left alive. Petrin told him to return to his village and explain that the halflings were no longer their concern.
  • The rescued halfling identifies herself as Finny Gladwell of Fernwall. Her village is in trouble and she left the town to search for help, against her father’s wishes. She is hesitant to mention the nature of the trouble in her town, and refuses to answer any questions about dragons. Arygno noticed the bump on Finny’s head and healed her. Finny was amazed at his skill and thanked him for his compassion. She invited the heroes to follow her to Fernwall.
  • Fernwall is a small village comprised of a handful of huts, a meeting hall, and a storage house. The settlement is surrounded by a wooden wall, which does not appear very impenatrable. Upon entering Fernwall, many halflings ran to their homes and closed the doors. One older halfling named Drogo Cornhill asked Finny why she would bring such dangerous men to their village. She tells him the story of how they rescued her and slaughtered the Black Scales. This did little to abate his fear.
  • Finny introduced the heroes to her father, Muddy Gladwell, who is also the town’s leader. He was accompanied by the well-armed and alert Bolger Tallweed and the rather frightened Ivy Shortwick. Muddy was angry at first with Finny for leaving town and bringing back strangers, but after hearing her story he thanked the adventurers for their help. He explained that the town was in trouble, but before he could finish his tale a duck call sounded from outside, signifying that the village was under attack by trolls.
  • The heroes agreed to help defend the town. They tried to bolster the strength of the walls by adding large wooden beams, but the trolls were too strong and punched their way through. The companions and a few of the halflings who knew how to fight battled two trolls and several wolves. The troll were exceptionally strong but the heroes managed to keep them out of reach while Petrin lit them on fire. The day was won.
  • The heroes won the trust of Muddy and he told them that Fernwall had been protected for centuries by a great green dragon named Zalthannus. A week ago, something terrible happened and the dragon was turned to stone. Without her protection, it would only be a matter of time before the trolls and Black Scales that lived in the Valley of Whispers obliterated them. The heroes asked to see the petrified dragon.
  • Zalthannus is immense. Even in stone form, she exuded an aura of awe and reverence. Her cave was decorated with gems, armor, and weapons, some that looked quite old. Kitten attempted to communicate with her using his statue speech skill. Unlike the dragonborn statue in Caerbannog which had no soul or personality, Zalthannus was able to speak for herself to the shifter. She shared with him her last vision of a departing man wearing a green hood. He had thrown something at her that turned her to stone.
  • Kitten relayed the message to the others. Muddy said the description fit that of a human named Hubren Swade who had visited Fernwall many times in the past. He’s a merchant who helped the village greatly by bringing much needed goods that they could not have obtained otherwise. Both Muddy and Finny expressed shock that Hubren could have done such a thing.
  • In looking for clues, Galendan found the remnants of a broken flask which still contained a bit of thick grey liquid. Kitten said the group should test the liquid on one of the village’s goats to determine if this was the agent that petrified the dragon. Galendan was slow to respond, and in impatience Kitten picked up a goat and threw it at the flask, which was still in Galendan’s hands. The eladrin managed to dodge the goat, but his quick movements caused the flask to empty its contents on his right arm. He looked in horror as his arm turned to stone.
  • Furious with Kitten for his carelessness, Galendan demanded the group pay Hubren Swade a visit so that a cure for his arm could be found. The others pointed out that the town was defenseless and the walls needed to be repaired from the troll battle. Galendan said he would go alone, but did not know the way. Bolger volunteered to lead him to Hubren’s cottage.
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Session 11: Beware the Harpy Queen
Discretion is the better part of valor
  • As the party loots the corpses of the orcs, Kitten lies down next to the toppled Dragonborn statue so that the two are face to face. He asks the statue if it can hear him. To the surprise of his companions, that statue’s face awakens and speaks. Only Kitten can hear its words. The others simply hear a deep rumbling emanating from the sculpture’s face.
  • Kitten discovers that the statue bears the likeness of Nera, the Healer. The orcs have been encamped in Caerbannog for nearly a month. When asked about Menzo, the statue reveals that the wizard has made a deal with Yssinia the Harpy Queen who leads the orcs. In return for bringing back the head of a rival orc chieftain named Ungryn, Yssinia will give Menzo the Staff of Rejuvenation.
  • The group agrees that they need to leave the building but the ruined city is crawling with orcs. Petrin decides to utilize the yeti as a distraction. Using hand signals he tries to tell the yeti that there are more orcs outside. The yeti mistakenly thinks the dragonborn wants him to take the dead orc that he was eating outside, so he nods in agreement and hoists the orc corpse over his shoulder and proceeds to exit through the front door. “Good enough,” thought Petrin.
  • The orcs react quickly to the emerging yeti, unleashing a volley of arrows. Several arrows sink into the yeti’s fur, but they only seem to anger the beast. It charges into the orcs, providing the distraction the adventurers were hoping for. They exit the building and note they may be able to leave the city through the back gate with little risk of being seen. However, another structure nearby draws their attention. While many orcs are scurrying about in response to the rampaging yeti, a squad of orcs remain at attention guarding this one building. There may be something important in there and the group decides to sieze the opportunity provided by the current chaos in the city and attacks the guards.
  • These orcs proved just as tough as the others the heroes faced. Petrin was cut down by an archer and Galendan, Kitten and Bel all took a beating, but the adventurers bested the orcs. Arygno revived Petrin and mended the wounds of the others. It was time to discover what the orcs were protecting.
  • The heroes were greeted by darkness. Galendan lit a torch, illuminating a 20 by 40 foot room. The walls were of the same ancient stone as many of the buildings they saw in Caerbannog. These walls however were covered in writing…the same sentence over and over again…“Death makes us stronger.” Against the left wall of the room was an old stone staircase leading down.
  • The stairs led down to Caerbannog’s catacombs. Centuries old Dragonborn remains, too many to count, lined the long corridor. A close inspection of the stone floor revealed tracks that none of the adventurers had ever seen before. What was down here…and why? The corridor ended in a three-way intersection. The party ventured left and came upon a door.
  • The room on the other side of the door held more remains, but where the hallway had bodies in proper recepticals, these were haphazardly strewn about the floor. Among the corpses was one that didn’t resemble any known creature, like something only an alien mind could create. Voren approached this corpse and poked it with his staff, causing it and several nearby Dragonborn skeletons to awaken and attack. The cleric Arygno quickly casted “moment of glory” knocking prone nearly every enemy in the room. The heroes quickly advanced and finished off the undead. But where was Petrin? He never entered the room, for he wanted to explore the passage that led to the right.
  • Petrin, seeing that his companions had the battle well in-hand, backtracked to the intersection and took the unexplored path. It also led to a door. This room was dusty and empty, except for a glowing apparition of a Dragonborn. The ghost approached Petrin and made a remark about how similar in appearance he was to Harkano. The ghost introduced himself as Dansem Ulfor.
  • Nearly nine hundred years ago, Dansem led a project to construct a portal gate that would lead to the Fey Wild. He successfully built the gate in the city of Caerbannog, but the portal did not operate as planned. Dansem assumed the Fey Wild was the only other realm besides his own. To his shock and horror, he discovered that his gate opened a pathway to the Shadowfell. Dansem tried to close the gate immediately, but failed. Soon a group of dark dragons emerged from the gate and destroyed the city. Harkano travelled through the portal and destroyed the gateway on the other side, preventing other dragons from entering and imprisoning himself in the Shadowfell forever. Heartbroken by the disaster he caused, Dansem vowed to stay with the city until it flourished once more.
  • Petrin told Dansem that they were looking for the Staff of Rejuvenation and the lost dragon eggs. Dansem told Petrin that Yssinia, the Harpy Queen held the staff and that she was in these catacombs. However, he warned Petrin not to look for her for she was too powerful and would destroy him and his companions. Instead, he advised Petrin to follow the path that Harkano’s daughter and the green dragon took when they fled the city 900 years ago. The dragon may still live and know the whereabouts of Sunwyn.
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Session 10B - Caerbannog
The ancient city has seen better days
  • While the heroes are away, Eldarion and Paysan Pintaude await their return in a cave that Paysan has used many times in the past. Eldarion appears to be in a coma. Paysan, not knowing Eldarion can still hear him, exposes how the two know each other. Paysan was framed for a crime he did not commit and Eldarion was the bounty hunter that brought him in. Paysan was imprisoned for six years. Paysan then debates with himself about whether he should exact his vengeance and kill the half-elf now, but decides against it declaring himself the better man.
  • To Paysan’s surprise his cave hideout is visited by two strangers: a human warlock named Voren Belliger and a changeling artificer named Kyp. Though suspicious, he invites the two to share a meal, which proves to be a good idea as the cave is soon under attack by giant centipedes.
  • Shortly after defeating the centipedes, Petrin, Galendan, Kitten and Arygno return with the antidote. They quickly pour the liquid down Eldarion’s throat and to their relief, he slowly recovers. The group decides to continue their journey to Caerbannog and invite Voren and Kyp to join (which they accept).
  • Paysan leads the adventurers to Caerbannog and he’s surprised to find an orcish army encamped in the ruins. He tells the group that they were not here the last time he visited this place. The party recognizes the Three Spears war banner but are completely surprised when the bulk of the army marches out with Menzo and his two ogres in the lead.
  • They decide to sneak into the city and send Galendan to scout for a safe way in. The rogue discovers an old breach in the wall and the party prepares to move in under the cover of night. Paysan tells them he will wait here for three days and then return to Silver Hill. He wishes them luck.
  • Once inside the walls the group begins to realize just how vast Caerbannog must have been. Most of the city is now in ruins and the group wonders if a giant blackstone portal hovering above the city may have had something to do with it. The portal appears dormant.
  • The group hears orcish voices coming from one of the few structures still in tact and decide to investigate. Galendan peers through a window and see a group of orcs having a meal. In the corner of the room is a bound and gagged yeti. The orcs occasionally throw their garbage at it.
  • Though Eldarion advises against assaulting the orcs, the rest of the group votes to move in and free the yeti. A fierce battle commences and Petrin is cut down whilst trying to maneuver past an orcish rampager. Galendan frees the yeti, which immediately charges an orcish archer trampling it into the ground. Soon the battle is over and Arygno manages to stabalize Petrin.
  • Kitten soon realizes that the table the orcs were eating off of was no table at all but a toppled statue. It was time to try out his new gift…
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Session 10A: Into the Fey
Here there be foxes
  • The man in the mask took the adventurers to his camp at the base of a nearby mountain. On the way, the heroes told him about how Eldarion became very sick after receiving a wound from an unusual yeti. The man in the mask told them that his yetis’ claws are treated with a poison called Feybane that slowly kills anyone of Fey origin, including half-elves like Eldarion.
  • He tells the heroes that he could create an antidote, but he’s missing one ingredient: Fomorian Fury. This rare and potent elixir is all that remains of a long dead Fomorian king. According to the masked man, it is so strong that it will neutralize whatever poison is circulating in Eldarion’s blood. Unfortunately, he only knows of one vial and it is in the Fey Wild in a chest belonging to a knight in the Winter Court named Kimath It-Arist.
  • The adventurers rest for the evening and at sunrise follow the masked man through a series of caves to an underground pool. The team swims to the bottom and resurfaces to find themselves in what seems to be another world, which is in fact, the Fey Wild.
  • The masked man leads them through a snowy forest where impossibly tall evergreens plunge the land in shadow. After thirty minutes of hiking Kitten notices a red fox silently padding along side him. To his astonishment it speaks, asking, “Where are you off to Mr. Shinyman?”
  • None of the other adventurers in the party can either see or hear the fox, and the masked man begins to wonder at Kitten’s sanity. His discomfort is heightened when he hears the shifter paladin explain the details of their mission to what appears to be an ordinary tree stump.
  • The fox tells Kitten, that their mission is indeed a dangerous one and therefore offers his assistance, with one condition. The shifter must share a poem about foxes. He warns Kitten, that should he find the poem offensive, he will be compelled to inform Kimath of their intentions. After a few moments, Kitten improvises a poem entitled, “Oh Foxy Fox.” The fox listens to the entire poem silently and at the end, with a tear rolling down one cheek, says, “You honor me Mr. Shinyman. I shall go before you and be there when you need me.”
  • The party comes across Winterspeak, the estate of Kimath It-Arist. The masked man points to a window on the second floor and says the chest with the Fomorian Fury should be in that room. There are several guard patrols, but Galendan notices there’s a certain timing to their rounds that provides a window for the group to dash across the yard and then scale the wall to the upper floor.
  • The group makes a run for it. They reach the wall and Galendan throws up a rope. Unfortunately only a few of them are able to reach the upper floor as Arygno and Kitten have difficulty with the rope. Soon the guard patrols are upon them, with elven adversaries attacking from the upper wall and the ground below. The adventurers manage to dispatch of the guards, but they may have lost the element of surprise.
  • The upper wall does not have access to the room with the chest so the adventurers enter through the window of a nearby room, which turns out to be a library. Petrin senses magic emanating from a thick black-bound book entitled the Book of Years. He flips it open and notices the pages bear the images of people of various races. He comes to a blank page and is surprised to find his own likeness soon cover the page. He feels weaker and closes the book, placing it in his pack for later.
  • The adventurers enter a room across the hall from the library and discover a gallery with nothing more than a blank canvas. Upon looking at the canvas, each of the viewers see a glimpse of their future, and the future for each seems grim. Kitten chose not to see his future.
  • Visions: Petrin saw himself standing before a giant green dragon. Someone was behind him and about to stab him in the back. Arygno saw himself wearing warpaint and standing amongst a field of dead bodies. He was being charged by a troll wearing a crooked crown. Galendan saw himself in a dark room. He was grinning and shaking hands with Menzo.
  • The final room on the floor was well-guarded, but there didn’t seem to be another way in, so the group prepared for a charge. However, before they made their move, the fox appeared and darted down an opposite corridor. The guards sounded the alarm and chased after it leaving the room unguarded.
  • The group enters the room and finds the chest, flanked by two large statues of hideous hounds. Upon opening the chest, the statues come alive and attack the adventurers. During the combat, Petrin flashes a shadow hound with the Book of Years. It’s image joins the book and it’s momentarily dazed. The hounds are defeated.
  • Inside the chest the adventurers find a suit of bloodthread armor, the vial of Fomorian Fury, and a Faerie trapped inside a cage. Kitten chooses to rescue the faerie and as a reward is granted with a gift that allows him to speak with statues. The group exits Winterspeak and make their way back to the portal.
  • Upon return, Galendan hands the Fomorian Fury to the masked man and asks how long it will take to make the antidote. The man smiles, reaches inside a pocket and hands the eladrin another vial and tells him he better hurry for feybane works quickly. The man then drinks the Fomorian Fury and thanks the adventurers for their help, for he could not have gotten the fury alone. He tells them he now possesses the strength of a Fomorian and in a frightening display causes a small tremor by hitting the cave wall. The adventurers take their leave and set off to find and heal Eldarion.
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Session 9: Killer Orcs of Doom
  • The yetis were defeated. As the adventurers inspected the corpses, Eldarion collapsed into the snow. He was clawed by a yeti on the right arm, but it didn’t seem to be a life-threatening wound. Arygno examined the half-elf and determined he was poisoned and may only have three days to live. An analysis of the yetis’ claws confirmed the diagnosis. Each claw was coated with a pinkish liquid. Petrin detects magic in the poison. Why would yetis in the middle of nowhere have poison-coated claws? And why was only Eldarion infected when Petrin, Kitten and Paysan had also all been scratched?
  • Paysan Pintaude told the adventurers a story he overheard from a dwarf at Torchlights. The dwarf claimed he met a Dragonborn in the mountains who had just miraculously survived a yeti ambush. Just before he was cut down, the Dragonborn says a man with a hood and metal mask whistled a command to the yetis to stop the hunt. The yetis quickly ceased their attack and lumbered back into the darkness. Paysan says he believes this story because the dwarf telling it was not yet intoxicated. Perhaps these odd yetis and this story are linked. If someone created a poison, they may also have an antidote.
  • The adventurers decide to hunt down the mysterious man in the dwarf’s story. Petrin, the sorceror dragonborn, can detect a powerful arcane disturbance from the east. It bears a similar signature to the magic poison. Eldarion is in no shape to travel and Paysan volunteers to stay with him until the adventurers return. He tells them he has a hideaway in a cave nearby. It has water and supplies. The adventurers entrust Eldarion to Paysan and head off.
  • After thirty minutes of tracking the magical disturbance, the adventurers come upon a wide, barren snowy expanse. They can see an orc encampment and a campfire about 200 yards away. The orcs, who are well armed and bear a banner depicting three spears, do not yet notice them. The adventures need to pass through the area but they are outnumbered.
  • Petrin decides to intimidate the Orc party by mimicing the sound of an angry yeti. His companions are skeptical, but Petrin’s roar is amazingly similar and upon hearing it, seven of the twelve orcs take off running to the east. The other five remain and brandish their weapons. The adventurers decide the odds are more in their favor now and charge the encampment.
  • Little did they know, the orcs were well-trained members of an Orcish military campaign that had seen many battles. They were too much for them and it didn’t appear the adventurers would survive. The battle became more complicated when, in response to Petrin’s earlier roar, a group of yetis charged upon the scene. The yetis did not take sides and decided to kill everything. During the battle, the Orc regiment managed to mortally wound both Galendan and Kitten.
  • Before the Orcs and yetis had a chance to finish off Petrin and Arygno a man in a hood and metal mask appeared on the scene, accompanied by two more yetis. He commanded the yetis already in the battle to direct their attention upon the orcs. Together, with Petrin and Arygno, the orcs were vanquished. Arygno managed to stabilize both Galendan and Kitten and with rest, it appeared they would survive.
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Session 8: Welcome to Silver Hill
  • The adventurers and Romm‘s Reavers manage to slay the drakes without losing anyone, though several fighters would have perished without Arygno’s healing. Eldarion decides to take one of the corpses into town with him and hopes a tanner there may be able to fashion some armor from its hide.
  • Romm invites the adventurers to accompany him to see his master, Ruddy Brodak. The beer merchant will want to thank them personally he tells them. They agree to the meeting.
  • Brodak gives the adventures a monetary reward and gives them some background information on the town of Silver Hill. When the adventurers ask about a forgotten dragonborn city, Brodak tells them that there is a man in town who has made claims of seeing such a place, but that he’s a bit mad. Brodak tells them to look for Paysan Pintaude who is often seen at the tavern and gaming room, Torchlights.
  • Lucard departs from the adventurers as he tells them he’s recently been hired by Romm as the newest member of the Reavers.
  • The adventurers look for Paysan Pintaude at Torchlights and find him engaged in a game of Dwarven Hold’em. They approach him after the game and ask him several questions about dragonborn artifacts and the lost city of Caerbannog.
  • Paysan confirms that he indeed has seen such a place and then asks some questions of his own. He asks Kitten what a shifter is doing in Akari. Kitten tells the man that he’s looking for the six-fingered killer of his brother. Paysan, an exile from the Western Kingdom, tells Kitten of a six-fingered werewold lord named Belaruse Garu who has a strong hatred for shifters. He warns Kitten to be careful in his quest.
  • Paysan says he will only serve as their guide if they agree to play cards with him. He remarks that the only way to really learn about a person is to play cards with them. After playing several rounds of Dwarven Hold’em, Pintaude is satisfied and tells the adventurers to load up on supplies. Where they’re going it’s going to be cold and rigorous terrain.
  • While gathering supplies in town, Petrin visits the house of Logan Duten, a man down on his luck. He offers him money in return for delivering a message to his hometown. Petrin has heard rumours about trouble befalling his dragonborn home and he’s desperate for news.
  • Kitten believes the group’s odds of survival would be greater if they could find some other hearty souls to join them on their quest. He approaches the two largest gentlemen in Torchlights and challenges them to a fight. He figures, if he wins they will respect him and want to follow him. Kitten beats them within an inch of their lives and instead of respect, the two men swear that one day they will have their revenge. Kitten later learns the names of the enemies he made are the Maguffin Brothers (Tug Maguffin and Vern Maguffin)
  • The adventurers and Pintaude head into the mountains. After a day’s travel they are ambushed by a group of yetis. They are nearly killed, but find a way to win the battle.
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    Session 7: Menzo's Den
    • Arygno, Eldarion and Galendan reunite with the rest of the party. They decide to once more visit the magically locked door they found when they first entered the underground chambers. A few of them take turns trying to bash the door down, but their efforts fail. Kitten, who was holding a key he found on the kobold wyrmpriest Qweet, tries it on the lock. After some clicks and whirs of invisible gears, the door opens.
    • The adventurers find themselves in a large natural cave with many stalactites and stalagmites. The chamber’s opposite end meets an underground lake, which is very still. A few feet from the lake is a desk and chair. Galendan, Kitten, Arygno and Eldarion move to the desk to investigate while Lucard and Petrin stay near the door.
    • The desk holds many papers and a small blue book which appears to have been run through with a rusty dagger, fixing it to the desktop. Upon inspection the book is titled “How to Play the Flute”. On the inside cover, written in charcoal is the enscription “Property of Petrin Iceblade”. Petrin smirks and the adventurers remember the last time they saw this book…being carried off in the hands of an ogre.
    • Galendan starts looking through the papers and realizes that he’s reading the full translation of the journal of Harkano. When Menzo went under the guise of Stephen Crow, he translated the journal for the heroes, but he clearly left out several key events.
    • Galendan reads the notes to his companions which include the following key new facts: (1) the ancient treasure of Sunwyn is a large clutch of dragon eggs; (2) the dragons that hatch from these eggs will develop a loyalty with those who raise them; (3) Harkano took one egg with him when he fled from Sunwyn to Caerbannog; and (4) Menzo believes this dragon may still live and know the location of Sunwyn.
    • Galendan’s reading is interrupted when two giant visejaw crocodiles charge out of the underground lake and attack Eldarion, who was washing slime off his gear. The croc battle stirs a nest of young phase spiders that attack the group from the rear. Lucard is nearly killed by both the spiders and an errant flame strike from Petrin. Galendan manages to salvage the documents on the desk before Petrin lights it on fire.
    • Having fully explored the depths of Menzo’s underground tower, the adventurers decide to visit Simus and let him know about Menzo’s plan to claim the dragon eggs. They are stopped however by an enchanted crow who calls himself Cryer.
    • Cryer tells the adventurer that he brings a message from Lady Darriph, an arch-druid who the adventurers have been referring to as Primal Evil. Cryer tells them that the undead march upon Menzo’s tower and they need to move quickly. Fyrus wants the evil wizard. The crow tells the group that Menzo departed his tower three days ago and was heading northeast toward Silver Hill
    • The heroes stop in Arcannus to speak with Simus and learn from him that King Akli Langriff has promised a reward to anyone who can discover the identity of two mysterious ships spotted far off the coast of the fishing town of Garby. Langriff fears the ships may herald the return of an ancient and deadly foe, the minotaurs.
    • The heroes are faced with a choice: investigate the ship sightings or try to find Caerbannog and thwart Menzo’s plans. They decide that an evil wizard with an army of dragons is a more dangerous enemy than minotaurs and plan to travel to Silver Hill where they hope to launch an expedition to discover Caerbannog.
    • Shomon informs the group that a caravan is leaving the town for Silver Hill in the morning. The caravan of three carraiges belongs to a wealthy beer baron named Ruddy Brodak and it is guarded by a mercenary group known as Romm‘s Reavers. There’s just enough carriage space left for the group and they negotiate a price for passage to Silver Hill.
    • Halfway through the trip, Kitten spots movement on the road ahead. Romm quickly halts the carraige as nearly a dozen drakes emerge from the woods and surround the caravan.
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    Session 6: Speaker of the Trollslayers
    • While basking in their victory over Qweet an unseen kobold peers into the chamber and throws an explosive into the room
    • The explosion collapses the floor sending Eldarion, Arygno and Galendan falling into a hidden chamber below. The rubble prevents them from climbing back up and they are separated from the rest of their party
    • After lighting a glow-rod they find the chamber is older than the rest of Menzo’s underground tower. Crude paintings of men hunting are found on the walls. A corridor leads out of the room.
    • The three adventurers follow the corridor to another chamber where three above-ground coffins give off an eerie glow. Each coffin contains what appears to be a dead human, but a magic shield, much like a shell, prevents any close inspection.
    • Galendan, who’s experience with death makes him more sensitive to those who’ve tasted death, can hear one of the bodies trying to communicate with him.
    • His name is Ito and he was warchief of the Trollslayers. He tells Galendan that he and his comrades are actually still alive and that they’ve been trapped in the coffins for nearly 400 years. An old enemy clan, the Longtooth, were desparate to defeat their rivals and enlisted the aide of a bonecaster named Denyna. She raised an army of undead and wiped out all but seven of the Trollslayers. She offered them two choices: death or life in servitude. Ito and his fellow barbarians opted for life in servitude with the hope that one day they would escape and exact revenge. However, Denyna’s idea of servitude would make that hope impossible. She trapped them in enchanted coffins where they persistently straddled the line between life and death. The coffins allowed her to sap their strength and lifeforce so that she became immortal.
    • One day a wizard named Menzo challenged her to a mage’s duel. Though he was less powerful, he emerged victorious through trickery. Instead of giving the Trollslayers rest, he continued the ghastly ritual. Ito tells the group that Menzo is likely 350 years old. Ito tells the group that to break the ritual they need to destroy the Ebon Stone which was close by but guarded by undead versions of their ancient enemy, the Longtooth Clan.
    • Should the adventurers break the enchantment, Ito says his magical armor and amulet known as The Trollslayers Heart are theirs. The amulet has healing powers but comes with a price. Whoever wears the amulet will be branded The Speaker of the Trollslayers. The amulet is only removable upon death. The wearer will be the only living Trollslayer, and Ito says the Speaker’s purpose has not yet been fulfilled.
    • The heroes overcome battles with vicious slimes, skeletons, zombies, wights and a very nasty specter. The specter was guarding the Ebon Stone which Eldarion shatters, finally granting the Trollslayers the rest they had long awaited.
      *Galendan claimed Ito’s armor, and Arygno chose to become Speaker of the Trollslayers.
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    Session 5B - Hunting Crow
    Enter: Menzo
    • The adventurers return to the valley where Galendan died and finish off the kobolds.
    • They uncover a hidden entrance to the underground tower of Menzo (formerly known as Stephen Crow).
    • The adventurers discover rooms of Dragonborn artifacts and shelves of books on Dragonborn history.
    • A battle breaks out in the kitchen between the adventurers and Menzo’s servants, which includes two Iron Guardians. The adventurers keep one servant alive who tells the adventurers about Menzo’s dungeons below and his alliance with a nation of kobolds. He also tells the adventurers that Menzo was visited by a man named Yellowspine who seems to hold an influential position with the Sinking Sun.
      *The adventurers find a hatch that leads further underground. The first room they come across is a large meeting room with very comfortable chairs and a large polished cedar table. Upon the table is a map of Haven with seemingly random spots marked with an x. A trail of blood leaves out of the room.
    • They follow the blood trail to a dungeon room. There are three cells and a table surrounded by instruments of torture. The first cell holds the corpse of an unknown dragonborn. The second room holds Lucard. The third holds a cleric named Arygno .
    • Lucard tells the group he knew Menzo had hired the Sinking Sun to steal Harkano’s journal. He followed the bandit Ny to Menzo’s underground tower in the hopes of finding some valuables to steal. He was captured by an Iron Guardian.
    • Arygno long held suspicions that Simon Crow was not as he appeared. He tracked him to his base and was captured.
    • On the table is the dead (and tortured) body of Ny. A door at the back of the room swings open and a group of kobolds set upon the adventurers. The kobolds are defeated and Lucard and Arygno agree to team up with the adventurers to finish exploring Menzo’s lair.
    • The adventurers come upon a statue room. Each statue is of a dragonborn and each has an inscription. The inscriptions are as follows: Nera the Healer of Caerbannog, Holding the Staff of Rejuvenation; King Harkano of Sunwyn, Preparing for War; Annatithi, Daughter of the King, Hunted Refugee; Orastus, Seer of Thurmesh Glynn, holding the Starheart; Mogaze, Champion of Arimba, Defeater of the Colossus; and Fyrus, Destroyer of Sunwyn, Immortal Death Knight, The Hunter.
    • At the end of the statue room is a crude banner nailed to a wall with iron spikes. The banner features the depiction of a large curled white tooth. After some investigation the group discovers a secret door behind the banner. Before passing through, Eldarion takes the banner and fashions it into a cape.
    • Beyond the secret door is a short hallway that leads to another chamber. Once inside the adventurers are attacked by many kobolds, including Qweet the Wyrmpriest. The adventurers vanquish the kobolds and find Qweet possessed a magic key which appeared to be the exact shape needed to enter a door previously found to be magically locked. Eldarion takes Qweet’s bone mask.
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