Campaign of the Month: October 2016

Archnemesis

Session 59 : Farewell little sneaker
Act III - Chosen Of The Gods

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Myrtul 25, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Gloin’s Hole, Dwarven Pass

Olo swims into the air, grabbing his floating treasures, moving closer and closer to the center of the astral rift. In the blink of an eye, the rift explodes once again and closes for good. The explosion cuts the mountain in half, creating an opening in the ceiling, towards the surface of the valley. The gravity comes back to normal and everything falls down. The slavers are dead. The dwarves gather around trying to see who is alive and who is lost. Thornalf and Quinn rush to find Olo. They search the broken rocks, they pick every rubble trying to find their friend. Quinn uses his magical messaging coin, but there is no response from the halfling. The cleric, Mulgreen, offers his help and tries to communicate with him, using his divine power. His attempt is futile. The little sneaker is lost. Their friend is gone. Tears fills their eyes, as the cleric sings the last rites for the dead. The new born child is safe in Thornalfs arms, there are seven dwarves still alive and the cleric of Amaunator tends their wounds. They rest. Mulgreen, sees the birthmark on the neck of the child and recognize it as the symbol of Mystra, the goddess of magic. The omens were true, this godsend child is the chosen of the Lady of Magic. One of the dwarves is Hourin Hammerhand, son of Durin Hammerhand the first defender of Kelvins Cairn. He says that a civil war wages in the dawrven realm. Baerick Ironfist, with the help of a wizard named Pallindor, spread the black ice through the dale, corrupting many dwarves. Meanwhile, back at Kelvin’s Cairn, he questioned Stokely Silverstream’s leadership, resulting in a schism in the clans and the death of the king. Only Dourin with his troops, is left defending the realm. Quinn, wants to help them defeat the wizard and reclaim their home, but first they must go to Bryn Shander. There they will ask for help. The morning comes and they ascend to the snows of the surface.They breath the clean cold air. Thornalf and Quinn stand in the edge of the mountain. The dwarf pours some wine in the gorge, he gazes the horizon and says,

“Farewell little sneaker. May we meet again. "

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr13)+ 2000139000 / 140000
Quinn (Rog13)+ 2000133000 / 140000
Mulgrim (Clr13)+ 2000130000 / 140000
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Session 58 : Unexpected
Act III - Chosen Of The Gods

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Myrtul 24, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Gloin’s Hole, Dwarven Pass

The companions wonder into the old dawrven mines for a couple of days, trying to find the exit. They find a group of dwarves mining the rocks. But, those miners are chained, enslaved by another group of dwarves. They are equipped with weapons and armors made by black ice. Thornalf rush to free his kinsmen and the others follow. The slavers seems to be enraged, bound to a dark power inside the black ice. They attack leaving no chance for diplomacy. From a hall, across the digging site an albino dwarf, a cleric of Amaunator, name Mulgreen, witness the fight. His interpretation of certain omens led him there. He joins the fight against the slavers. Olo breaks the chains of the miners and they join the fight as well. Mulgreen attacks the leader of the slavers, a runecaster. The cleric use his divine power to cast a banishment on the runcaster, sending him in another plane of existence for a while. Olo, asks what happend and Mulgeen responds that the enemy will appear inside the divine mark on the ground in a few moments. Then a wild idea comes in the halflings mind. He throws his portable hole on top of the divine mark. The next moment the energies collide in that spot. They swirl creating a void and then they explode opening a huge rift into the astral plane. Rocks, items, dismembered bodies, the lining and the dead float into the cave, around the stars.

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr13)+ 3000137000 / 140000
Olo Quickskin (Rog10/Wlc3)) + 3000135000 / 140000
Quinn (Rog13)+ 3000131000 / 140000
Mulgrim (Clr13)+ 3000128000 / 140000
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Session 57 : Gloin's Hole
Act III - Chosen of the Gods

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Myrtul 22, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Gloin’s Hole, Dwarven Pass

The scout spots human tracks leading away from the destroyed camp, towards the hills of the Dwarven Valley. They follow the tracks and after a days travel they reach the entrance of a very old mine. A sign writes in dwarvish, “Gloin’s Hole, The deeper the better”. Inside the catacombs they find Jacob with a pregnant girl. He is dying from severe wounds and the girl is about to give birth. Before he dies, Jacob, tells Quinn that he had to leave town to save the girl and her child. The child, he says, is special, godsend. They must protect it. Thornalf, delivers the baby girl, but her mother didn’t make it. At the time of her birth, the ground starts shaking, things ascend and an earthquake collapses most parts of the mine. The scout is lost behind the rumble. Olo and Quinn watch Thornalf holding the newborn baby girl in his arms. The baby, has a distinct birthmark on her neck. A blue-white star. Out of the ruined caves, rush a creature of the depths, a basilisk. The heroes kill the beast and protect the child. Then, they move deeper into the mines searching for the exit.

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr13)+ 3000134000 / 140000
Olo Quickskin (Rog10/Wlc3)) + 3000132000 / 140000
Quinn (Rog13)+ 3000129000 / 140000
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Session 56 : Hazards Of The Dale
Act III - Chosen of the Gods

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Myrtul 20, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Dwarven Pass, Icewind Dale

The heroes deliver the evidence to commader Thadius, of the south gate. He calls for sir Garoth of the Order of the Gaunlet and for chancellor Vaelis. The chancellor gives permission to the heroes to free the barbarian and escort him to the prison. As they remove him from the execution grounds, they are attacked by the angry mob. Thornalf breaks the face and legs of a rational and they manage to get the prisoner to safety. At the same time Vaelis gathers the counsil and calls for a public hearing. He exposes the cult of Auril inside the Town and demands justice for the prisoner. He speaks for the menace of Auril and the problems of the city, pointing out that a new leadership could guide the town to safety. He proposes himself for Spokesman. The new elections will be held by the end of the month. The heroes learn that the cultist Jacob, lied to them and left the city with a caravan. They decide to go after him. They hire a scout in the refugee camp. There they find out that the old dwarf from Mirambar, that Thornalf gave him the gold to aid the refugees, took the gold and left with the caravan as well. After two days travel the scout leads them north of the city and stops at a crossroad. The caravan trails heads north to the city of Targos, but there are horse trails that goes east to the Dwarven Valley. They follow the horse trails and after a day, they find the remains of ravaged horses and a dead body in a campfire. As they search for tracks, a huge frost worm comes out of the snow and attack them. The heroes kill the beast and at the moment of his death it explodes throwing hundreds of deadly ice fragments all over the place. Olo use his magic box, creating a force barrier around them, granting protection from the ice volley.

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr13)+ 3000131000 / 140000
Olo Quickskin (Rog10/Wlc3)) + 3000129000 / 140000
Quinn (Rog13)+ 3000126000 / 140000
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Session 55: Cold Hearts
Act III - Chosen Of The Gods

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Myrtul 14, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Bryn Shander Woods, Icewind Dale

Inside the crowded tavern, Knucklehead Trout, the heroes spy on Brianna Alcott and her company. Olo, uses his magic medallion and sneaks on the surface thoughts of her companions. One of them thinks about leaving them. He has doubtful thoughts of their purpose and after a loud argument leave the tavern. The companions follow him and persuade him to help them, expose Brianna and prove the Barbarian innocent. The man, named Jacod, agrees. He sais they belong to the cult of Auril and Brianna is the priestess in this town. At midnight, the cult will gather in the forest ruins to summon the cold powers of the goddess. He leads the heroes to the secret temple in the ruins, where the unnatural frost covers the place. The cultists are in the middle of a summoning ritual. Winter spirits manifest into the material plane, under their chant. The heroes rush into the frozen chamber and disrupt the ritual. The cultists and their priestess are dead. Quinn discovers a letter to Brianna Alcott, from a high priest of Auril named ___. This document, with the other evidence should be enough to save the barbarians life. If they are not too late.

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr13)+ 3000128000 / 140000
Olo Quickskin (Rog10/Wlc3)) + 3000126000 / 140000
Quinn (Rog13)+ 3000123000 / 140000
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Session 54 : Shade Rifts
Act III - Chosen Of The Gods

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Myrtul 13, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Bryn Shander Mines, Tentowns

The heroes move towards the east side of the mines. They pass by the warnings signs of danger and death and go deeper into the abandoned corridors. They see a purple grey aura behind a turn. They find an old excavation site, with a big rift on one side. This is an opening to the shadow plane, but it is bigger than they ever saw before. Between the two worlds a dwarf trapped in a spring trap with his eyes burned, screams for help. The companions rush to help him. Behind the rift the area appears to be some kind of dungeon. The iron door breaks and a Golem made of shadows hit them hard. Olo flees in fear as he sees his wounds getting deeper. Thornalf and Quinn destroy the construct and save the poor dwarf.
The halfling stops to breath for a moment and Orcus finds the opportunity to speak to him through a dead miner. The prince of the dead reminds him of their agreement and the consequences of breaking it. The companions join outside of the mines. They head towards Mithan for explanation of Aarun’s letter. The cleric is having a conversation with their friend, Damien, at that time. Mithan say he never wrote that letter. Hearing their story believes that this must be the work of a wizard. There used to be one in the city some months ago, named Palinor. The cleric of Amaunator has knowledge of closing the shade rifts but he is too old to perform the ritual. Damien is willing to learn how to do it himself. The heroes point Damien to the direction of the rift. He will close the rift with the help of the cleric and the half-elf paladin Vito. The others will spy on Brianna Alcot, to find the evidence to help the barbarian prisoner.

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr12)+ 5000125000 / 120000
Olo Quickskin (Rog10/Wlc2)) + 5000123000 / 120000LVL UP!
Quinn (Rog12)+ 5000120000 / 120000Adamantine ShortswordLVL UP!
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Session 53 : The Lost Harper
Act III - Chosen Of The Gods

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Myrtul 12, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Bryn Shander Mines, Tentowns

The companions race against time to prove the barbarians innocence. Olo, visits Brianna Alcot, the merchant that accused the barbarian of robbery. He doesn’t find her in her store but he learns that she is a regular at the Hooked Knucklehead tavern. Quinn believes that Aarun the Harper, could have many information that will help them. The companions descent into the city’s mines to find him. The guards, warn them to stay away from the east side, because something dangerous lurks there. Quinn picks up the Harper’s trail and lead the company to an underground water cave, deep in the mines. A dragon-like carnivore that spots them, attacks. The heroes put the beast down and the small puddle fills with blood. Underneath the water Quinn finds the dead body of a man. He carries a ripped letter and a Harper ring. Quinn finds out that the dead man is Aaruun and the letter written from Mithan, led him there. Olo, spots an underwater passage and the companions swim to the other side of the cave. They find some kind of hideout. They unlock the wooden door and spy on the corridor. Three men kneel in front of a cloaked figure. One of them is writing notes in a piece of paper. The halfling activates his magical medallion. Instantly, he reads the thoughts of the three men, but not the forth’s.

“I should be leading the operations not staying in this damn city.” thinks the first man.

“We should get a bigger cut from the blackmails.”, thinks the second man.

“How much longer should i do it? I have to get out soon.” thinks the third man.

Quinns arrow intercept their thoughts, as it flies towards the cloaked figure. Instead of bleeding , it dissolves into smoke, appearing to be only a projection. The companions battle with the three men and kill them. Quinn recognize they were members of the Dead Rat’s assassins of Luskan. The notes contain merchant names and information used to blackmail them.

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr12)+ 3000120000 / 120000LVL UP!
Olo Quickskin (Rog10/Wlc2)) + 3000118000 / 120000Blackmailers Valuables
Quinn (Rog12)+ 3000115000 / 120000Aaruns Letter, Blackmailer’s Notes
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Session 52 : The Man On The Snow
Act III - Chosen Of The Gods

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Myrtul 11, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Bryn Shander, Tentowns

Sir Garoth, of the Order Of The Gauntlet, happens to be at the south gate, this morning. He meets with the companions and examines the evidence they bring. The mark on the hunters arm, is the symbol of the cult of Auril. They are followers of the Goddess of Winter and enemies of the Ten Towns. Olo, is familiar with the knights name. The halfling possesses sir Garoth’s ring and has a letter from sir Greywulf to him. Sir Garoth reads the letter and befriends them. The companions share their doubts on the barbarians guilt. The knight advises them to search for evidence of his innocence and he will expose them to the city council. Quinn, visits the house of Mithan, the elderly cleric of Amaunator. He tells Mithan, he is a Harper and asks information for the other Harper in the city, named Aarun. The cleric last saw Aarun a few days ago. He was asking the cleric information about the city mines. The Harper was investigating the gang of the blackmailers. Quinn asks for a potion to help the barbarian endure the cold as he search for evidence of his innocence. Mithan creates the potion and gives it to Quinn. Then, the Harper asks from sir Garoth to help them speak to the prisoner. The knight arranges a meeting with counselor Vaelis and the heroes ask his help. The counselor pulls some strings and gives them five minutes with the Barbarian. Quinn give a few sips of the potion to the prisoner in secret and whispers,

“Hang in there big guy. Soon you will be free again!”

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr12)+ 3000117000 / 120000
Olo Quickskin (Rog10/Wlc2)) + 3000115000 / 120000
Quinn (Rog12)+ 3000112000 / 120000
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Session 51 : Night Hunt
Act III - Chosen Of The Gods

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Myrtul 10, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Bryn Shander Woods, Tentowns

The heroes approach the hunter and invite him to their house. His name is Aglonell and he lives in a hut in the forest. He recognize the barbarian as one of the sons of the chieftain of Tribe of the Elk. Aglonell believes the young man is innocent. Yet he is afraid to support the outlander. When he leaves, Thornalf sends his crow, Feathers, to watch him over. After a few hours, Feathers returns and peaks at the window. The crow holds a frozen eyball in its beak.

“By Moradin’s beard, that’s not good!Feather’s where did you get this? Show us !”, say the dwarf and the companions follow the crow, outside the city in the snowy forest.

Quinn, discovers frozen animals that died from unnatural cold. They, reach the hunter’s hut, and they break in. Aglonell is not there. Olo, finds the hunters journal. He reads the last entries. The hunter felt something wicked in the forest. He felt watched, hunted. Quinn, spots the hunters trails in the back of the hut. They follow them deeper in the forest. Under a pine tree the hunter lies dead, frozen, with one of his eyes ripped out. A burn resembling a snow flake appears on his arm. A cold burst of wind surrounds the companions and the snow manifests into wicked spirits of the ice. They attack with their unnatural cold force against the heroes. The heroes resist and drive away the wraiths of the ice. They carry Aglonell’s body and gather evidence of what happened. They head back to Bryn Shander and reach the south gate, at dawn.

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr12)+ 3000114000 / 120000
Olo Quickskin (Rog10/Wlc2)) + 3000112000 / 120000Hunters Bow, Hunters Journal
Quinn (Rog12)+ 3000109000 / 120000
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Session 50 : You Shall Not Steal !
Act III - Chosen Of The Gods

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Myrtul 9, 1484 DR Year Of The Awaken Sleepers
Bryn Shander, Tentowns

“Easy there master dwarf. We just got here, lets not draw unwanted attention. There are many drunken barbarians in this world. He is not worthy of our time.” , Quinn says to his friend, looking the dwarf’s angry face.

Olo, is already among the frequents of Farlafil’s inn, relieving one or two of them, from their pouches. The companions learn the rumors of the area from their old fella, Andy Bernard. The bard tell’s them about the barbaric invasion in the north. He also heard about a barbarian thief who is sentenced to death by exposure to cold. The companions ask about the survivors of the North Star. Andy tells them, that the druid with the elves left for Caer-Conig ten days ago. The blind dwarf, found work in Blackiron Blades, here in the city. After along talk and a few pints of beer, they rest in their room. Quinn sneaks out in the cold night and scouts the streets for Harper signs. He discovers two marks. One points behind the marketplace, towards a house dedicated to Amaunator. The other mark, leads to the mines entrance, beneath the surface of the city. The next morning, the companions, visit the Town’s Hall, to meet with counselor Mika. They arrange to buy a property in the city, they pay up front and receive a discount and respectful attitude. Before they leave, counselor Vaelis Gant meets them and welcomes them to Bryn Shander. He is the right hand of the Spokeswoman, Duvessa Daghost and he manages the city matters in her absence. In the afternoon, a mop gathers in the east gate. The guards chain a young barbarian in the middle of the street and strip him naked. The companions watch from afar, concerned. Some of the peasants curse the thief. Most of the people look at the out lander, with no compassion at all except one man, a hunter. He stares the barbarian with sadness and say,

“This is wrong! May the gods forgive us!”

CHARXPTOTAL XPLOOT 
Thornalf Ulfgar (Ftr12)+ 3000111000 / 120000
Olo Quickskin (Rog10/Wlc2)) + 3000109000 / 120000
Quinn (Rog12)+ 3000106000 / 120000
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