zondag 24 februari 2013

The Old Air Temple

1622, End of the Earth Season


After their encounter with the evil Shaman, the party takes some well deserved Recovery in Swenstown. During the evening outing the party runs into a bunch of Lunar soldiers, and they barely avoid a bar brawl. The next morning they leave Swenstown, en route for the Old Wind Temple, when they run into a Lunar worker hamlet. Raiko and Jaya decide to sneak into the campment, but Jaya is spotted, and three guards head forward. When the guard realize who they are up against, they change plans, and although Raiko and Herculon finish off one guard each, they third one escapes through the portal.

A wyvern Patrol: this might hurt

The party does not want to wait around for the rest of the Lunar garrison to arrive, and they make a run for it. They are spotted by a wyvern rider, but manage to escape nonetheless, until they take a false turn and stupidly run into a Lunar Patrol with two wyvern riders. The lunar sorcerer immediately start casting a Red Lune, but is burned to charcoal seconds later by Herculon's lightning spell. The rest of the guard charges, and Jaya barely escapes death when one of the wyverns take a bite out of her. The other beast attacks Daerius, who fails his parry. By this time, Giomanach is casting palsy, and manages to down one of the beasts. It takes two more lightning spells from Herculon to finish the fierce dragonbreed off. The victors take home the nice scale hide.


A good mood.

The party now tracks back, and finds the correct road to the Old Wind Temple, but are spotted by a Marble Phalanx Patrol, who block the road to the temple just outside the reach of the temple magic. Another fierce battle ensues, and again the party is unable to shove aside the powerful warriors, until Giomanach starts throwing around stones with his Animate Stone sorcery. The Lunars understand they might actually get in trouble, and decide to fight another day. Our heroes gain access to the Old Wind Temple.



zondag 17 februari 2013

Across the Plains of Prax

Jhonen's caravan en route to Swenstown
Our heroes have felt the wrath of GimGim the Grim and escaped with their lives, albeit with some help from Sun Lord Yelanda. That is an achievement in itself. Their loyal newtling sidekicks have escorted them out of the town, and out of harms way, with the aid of some riverfolk friends and a reed boat. The party decides to seek refuge at the dwarf knoll oasis, where the run into Jhonen, a merchant seeking protection for a trek to Boldhome. Our adventurers decide on the spot. They wil escort Jhonen to Swenstown, then travel south to the Old Wind Temple. From there, they will head to the Ernaldori lands and liberate Herculon's captive brother.
The party heads west from Dwarf Knoll, using Tada's as a reference point, and steer clear of Moonbroth and the ever-increasing Lunar presence there. They make it to Pimpers block in one day, then decide to press on to the hamlet of Thorsen, on the road to Swenstown, so they can have a good night's sleep. Jhonen the merchant is no unknown in Thorsen, and his arrival causes some excitement from the locals. Jhonen's goods are eagerly inspected, and business is good, and the Issaries merchant invites his guards for a drink in the Obese Hog's Inn that afternoon. Of course our heroes accept, and Raiko once again ends up rather drunk by sunset. In order to get his head clear again, he orders a banquet, a clear indication of the level of luxury this party has become used to during months of training and no adventuring.
At dinner Giomanach notices one of the locals looking at Jhonen in a funny way, and that same evening there is some noise in the hallway. Giomanach investigates and finds the same local threatening Jhonen with a knife. The sorcerer intervenes, and the local scurries off.
The next day, travel goes a lot less quickly, and the mountain roads prove hard to negotiate with four wagons of goods. When the road is blocked by large boulders, the party has no choice but to clear the road, and before they are back on their way it is getting dark. They decide to set up camp on a clearing on the top of the mountain. As they do this, they notices a pack of wolves on the slopes, and during the night, the wolves stay near the camp looking for opportunity. The party sets up a perimeter of torches to keep the canines at bay.
The next day, after only an hour of travel, the party is attacked by a group of archers. They quickly deploy, only to find out there is a second half of robbers attacking them in the rear. The situation is less than ideal, and things would look ugly if not for the hardened adventurers: Giomanach quickly dispatches some crowd control, and Herculon, Daerius, Raiko and Jaya make the thieves see the error of their ways. They are no match for the veteran warriors and are quickly dispatched. If Jhonen noticed the use of vile sorcery, he does not let on: after the fight he congratulates the group for their efficiency.
The chaos monster unleashed
The last village to visit before arriving in Swenstown is Aylesford. The party arrives at the village perimeter and notice corpses everywhere. Clearly something is very amiss here. As they roll into the market square, they notice the buildings, with the chapel being particularly gruesome. The door has been pulled out of the hinges, and inside lie most of the villages women and children, brutally slaughtered. Giomanach starts barking orders to Jhonen's men, in order to create a safe zone quickly, while the rest of the party start tracking. They find weird tracks leaving the village and follow them. After a few minutes they run into a clearing and notice a group of men around a crackling fire. Two leather tents are standing near the fire. Our party manages to sneak forward and launch a sneak attack, and within seconds several of the warriors are dead. Still, one manages to open a large cage, liberating a chaotic being halfway between a bear and a human. The monster charges out, howling, and runs into Herculon. In the same second, a shaman crawls out of the tent.
A fight ensues, the shaman summoning his fetch, a spider- like spirit, and several haunts. The players have a lot of trouble getting the better of these guys, and it takes the arrival of Giomanach on his speed enhanced mount to make it happen.

vrijdag 8 februari 2013

A cover blown...

1622, End of the Earth Season

The party has been spending their hard earned cash on training and all kinds of expensive entertaining, and they have become a bit complacent as of late. With their renewed reputation as river voices, their obvious good fortune, and some generous buying of drinks for the locals, our heroes have become the mainstay for some of the local taverns, and most popular among the average Pavis barbarian. With the harvest at its end, and a good one thanks to our heroes aid in freeing Heler, the city is basking in the Earth season summer sun, with that particular atmosphere of goodwill, massive ale consumption and occasional tavern brawl so typical of this time of year.
The Sun Domers save the day!
At one time during the dinner someone notices a small group of Lunar guards on the market, but this worries noone, and at the end of the dinner banquet, the party, in high spirits, heads for the inn. The long stay in civilized Pavis having blunted our champion's excellent perception skills, they fail to notice a dark figure on the roof of one of the houses bordering the market square. A poisoned crossbow dart hits Herculon, and luckily he resists the poison, still suffering considerable damage. The assassin is reloading his crossbow, but this plan is foiled by Giomanach casting holdfast on the crossbow. As a consequence, the party, rather than running for cover into the dark alley where the rest of the assassin troupe is waiting for them, charges forward.

The party leaves Pavis behind and takes to the desert.
From said dark alley 5 figures appear out of the shadows, forced to advance and initiate combat. A red mask assassin holding a net tries to catch Giomanach, but only succeeds partially. A brutal fight ensues. Soon the party notices these opponents do not die as readily as most opponents do. Jaya almost loses an arm, before being able to even attack her opponent. Raiko summons his ancestor and attacks, and Giomanach has to palsy another assassin heading for him with a flask of nasty acid.  If not for Daerius' impressive resilience against the fierce assassin attacks and his first rate armor, the party might well have been wiped out by the steady damage output and high skill of this adversary. When another assassin starts casting Sever Spirit, in an attempt to banish the ancestor and kill Raiko in the process, Raiko needs all his cunning and luck to stay alive. By now the party realize they are facing a very powerful opponent: all damage done by Herculon is divided amongst the opponents, making even his blows mere scratches, and they realize their luck is about to run out. As they prepare for a retreat attempt, a Lunar guard unit enters the square, boding more trouble, and just when things start to look desperate, their two newtling allies appear on the scene, with Sun Lord support. The stalemate allows our friends a very narrow escape, and they decide to quickly leave town, head for Sartar, and leave Pavis behind them for a while until things have cooled down.

They head for the Moonbroth Oasis, and luckily find a caravan heading to Boldhome that is still looking for guards. It looks like their luck has turned for the better again: a safe trip and getting paid in the process!