Graybrow's Fall

Adventure 3: The Rival Mercenaries
In which our heroes meet their rivals.

The party returned to Burskinston with heavy hearts to break the news to the families that they [[Adventure 2: The Cult of Discord | could not save their daughters]]. The couple claimed that “the Inquisition is right. Magic only leads to darkness and tragedy”. Upon making it back to the tavern, Milos rewarded our heroes for ridding the town of the cultists with free ale and rooms for the night. He also provided The Mighty Tiggs with manacles for his quarry. While Torojirowatched over the unconscious Ethan Slightfingers, Folith studied the spellbook that he had retrieved from the battle. After much time, he was able to at least determine that the language was draconic. Nell and Tiggs went into town to purchase a healing potion. The woman who ran the apothecary, Agatha, persuaded them to buy a potion that could knock anyone out for 24 hours. This would assist in keeping Ethan from escaping. They enlisted Duchess Catslove to barter the price down. They made away with the potion, as well as a few healing vials. Back at the tavern, Tiggs and Duchess grew closer, as she made a dandelion crown for him. They all drank, while the others meditated, studied, and prepared spells.

That night, Folith had a very disturbing dream. He saw flashes of two powerful wizards fighting, where many would die. He also had visions of a staff stuck in a stown, and a city of the dead. He explained this dream to Torojiro, who believed the spell book to have been cursed. He also hypothesized that the vision was that of Graybrow’s fall, over a century earlier!
The four set out towards Everthorn with Ethan in tow. On the way their,however, they were attacked by a giant centipede, again bearing the mark. After a brutal fight, Folith almost fell in battle, but was saved by his friends.
The next day, the party was ambushed in the woods by a group of mercenaries led by General Romulus and Temple Bane. The men were looking to “relieve” Tiggs of his quarry. They brought with them a group of mercenaries of their own: Caden Noteworthy, former thieving partner of Ethan Slightfingers, Kentethelion, a half-orc barbarian, infamous for maiming and eating small children across the Kingdom, and Merki, an elven Sniper. A lengthy battle ensued, and though the party was badly wounded in the fight, they all survived. The only casualty was Kentethelion, whose black heart was ripped out by Torojiro.
After tying up and questioning their rivals, the party found out that Romulus was out to discredit Tiggs, to stir up thoughts of war against the Dwarven Kingdom. Romulus agreed to leave the party alone, as long as they would keep his humiliating defeat a secret. Tiggs acquired a magic compass, enchanted with a tracking spell, from Temple Bane, who used this tool to steal from other mercenaries. The party stole the horses from their foes and rode off, towards everthorn.

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Adventure 2: The Cult of Discord
Wherein our heroes face the wicked worshipers of a dark god.
Our heroes followed Ethan‘s trail to a small cottage, owned by a man named Otis. Otis, being kind in nature, had offered Ethan a place to stay. Ethan, being a thief by nature, stole supplies and a horse from Otis. Otis offered the party a place to rest and what little food he had left for the evening, and directed them to Burskinston: Ethan’s most likely location.

Journeying through the forest, the party encountered many strange beasts. Each monster had an insignia burnt into its flesh (the same insignia found on the Zombie Bugbear from the temple). Finally, they arrived in Burskinston, but noticed that everyone seemed to be in a rather dim disposition. Local women had been disappearing from the village. The parents of these girls told the party that their daughter was last seen at work in The Hole, the local tavern.
Upon arriving at The Hole, the party was greeted by Milos, the old bartender. He told the players that Ethan was last seen speaking to a man in a black cloak, a member of a Nomadic religious group of some sort that was passing through. Suspecting the man of foul play, and wishing to find Ethan, the party began to track them outside of town.
After a few encounters with more branded beasts, the party heard chanting. There, they saw a group of hooded men, gathered around 3 different circles, connected like a triangle. In the furthest circle stood a manacled Ethan Slightfingers. Two men guarded each of the prisoners and began approaching them with knives whilst chanting. The party hatched a clever plan: Duchess Catslove would sneak up into a tree and ready her crossbow. Meanwhile, Torojiro and Nell would attack the men with daggers in the circles. Tiggs would run toward the other circle. Folith, hearing the chanting and recognizing it as a dark summoning decided to play a countersong.458407906

The countersong held the summoning at bay, but alerted the guards, who slit the girls’ throats, spilling blood into the circle. A bloody battle ensued, with the cult members still trying to fulfill their ritual, while dealing with the party. Duchess Catslove made short work of their sniper, then went forward to rescue Ethan Slightfingers. As she pushed him out of the circle, the lead cultist began to rise and chant louder. The other noticed the bodies of their fallen foes beginning to glow and ran to join Duchess as quickly as possible. Suddenly, all of the corpses vaporized and the lead cultist delivered a threatening message “Foolish mortals! We are few of many. Our century-long task will be completed soon. Everything is in order, all the plans have aligned. This world of man, light, and order shall fall, and we will bathe in your bubbling blood and feast upon your rotted flesh. Your souls shall power our war machine, as we spread out across the land! KNEEL BEFORE THE CULT OF DISCORD! KNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEL!”
He hurled a fireball at Nell and Torojiro, the two purest souls in the party, and was suddenly transformed into a giant spider. The battle was fierce: Torojiro delivered a flurry of blows, while Nell smashed at the beast with her mace. The Mighty Tiggs hacked and slashed at the abomination while Folith tried to pierce its flesh with his rapier. During an attempted backstab, Duchess was wounded by the scorpion’s tail and poisoned. The party finally slayed the beast, cutting all of its limbs off and then beheading it. Nell used her divine powers to cure her fallen ally.
Amongst the tattered remains of the cultists, Folith found a spellbook, written in an unknown scribe. Always possessing an interest in arcane wizardry, which was not common in Pheramat, he took the book with him to study. The party also found a tattered manuscript, which read “Spread from the East, and the Pits of Hell. This world will fall once the light in the wood is extinguished. Praise be to Nerull.”
Though victorious, the price for victory was quite high. Tiggs rendered Ethan unconscious and they dragged him back to Burskinston. None were looking forward to telling the girls’ families the news…

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Adventure 1: To Catch A Thief
Wherein our heroes are united for a common cause.

The Goblin’s boot was filled with a number of strange visitors, which was not uncommon for the Port City of Clavensport. There were regulars, such as the drunken adopted son of the mayor, Leon Sporkfire. While Territs Drinkmaker, the goblin bartender, served ale to these strange patrons, each spoke of their story. There was The Mighty Tiggs, a Dwarven Mercenary on the hunt for a thief who was wanted for stealing sensitive materials in Everthorn City. There was Torojiro, the young monk, who had left his monastery to find ways to combat the growing darkness in the border forest, Anna “Duchess” Catslove, who had just popped by for some ale, and, of course, the regular performer at The Goblin’s Boot, Folith. Suddenly, through the window crashed Ethan Slightfingers, the man Tiggs was looking for. The visitors banded together (for the most part) and knocked the thief out cold. They found that he had stolen a dagger from the mayor of Clavensport, Chester Hightower. During the scuffle, Leon, Chester’s son, had been rendered unconscious. Motivated by different reasons (duty, greed, or a lust for adventure), the four took both Ethan and Leon to Chester.
Chester Hightower, an extremely kind soul, rewarded the party with supplies, and gave them instructions to escort Ethan to Everthorn, where he was to stand trial. That night, Folith quit his job at The Goblin’s Boot, and Tiggs attempted to buy a whore (with no luck. Dwarven racism at its worst). The next morning, they set about their journey.

The group was, unfortunately ambushed by several dire rats and a group of goblins. During the scuffle, the goblins were slain, but Ethan managed to escape. The group found a small halfling cleric, Jillian, crucified to a tree. They healed her wounds and she, gratefully, returned the favor. Then it began to hail and storm. Much to The Mighty Tiggs’ dismay, the search for Ethan needed to be called off. The party sought shelter in the basement of a Tower to rest. Unbeknownst to them, they had stumbled into a Goblin’s Tomb.

In the tomb, the group faced horrid monsters, such as a Varguoille, a group of wandering goblins, and a Giant Spider. Torojiro was rendered unconscious, and the rest of the group was fading fast, when a wandering cleric of Pelor, Nell, arrived to seek shelter. She healed the party’s wounds and accompanied them in exploring the rest of the tomb. There, they discovered a zombie bugbear prince, who impaled Jillian on his spear, killing her instantly. The heroes fought this foe bravely, sustaining multiple injuries (the Mighty Tiggs received a scar to the face when he was knocked out). Once the beast was knocked out, the party discovered strange markings on its neck. The storm stopped outside, and Torojiro and Nell took the time to bury their fallen comrade. The party set forth to the next town to Recapture Ethan, as well as investigate this spreading darkness…

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