Campaign of the Month: October 2007

Beldorn's Reflection

they look like Catfish
aboleths abound

Sorte 1,2 501 4th age

As the group moved with their prisoner towards the pens they were stopped by two water elementals and a marid. When asked who wanted to see them, the Marid replied Duras. The group gave up the prisoner and went with the elemental and Marid.
As the group was swimming, a large shark attacked the marid and it was noticed that another creature was shadowing it. Other sharks came from various parts of the compass and began to attack the group as well. Van Reeder found himself swallowed whole and had to resort cutting himself out of the shark.
Eventually, the sharks were driven off and the mysterious creature named an abeloth was discovered controlling the sharks. The Marid showed concern about the aboleth and decided to push towards the Duras residence.

As the group moved toward the Duras palace, they could feel impacts moving through the water. This again worried the marid. As the group got closer, they could make out lots of figures swirling around the structure which looked like a rose bush without the leaves and a pinkish white color anchored by a piece of elemental plane of earth. They could see a large crack in the structure and a large shadowy blob. Soon they could see other figures like sharks, dolphins , marids and whales and other things. They saw that there was a group of four aboleths sitting high above the fighting. They decided to attack that group.

As they were moving to engage the creatures, sharks and an extremely large creature appeared in their view. The group broke up to engage several things and while destroying the sharks and aboleths, their blows on the large creature wasn’t slowing the creature down and it bore in on the structure. The group killed the last aboleth just before the creature was to strike the structure and this allowed its mind to return to control and it just missed the structure.

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elemental plane of water
I hate all this water

Myscarah 31 Sortie 1 501 4th age

Kuras described the creature that the group would use to be able to breathe in the elemental plane of water. It was a smallish flat type of fish. Darrius volunteered to be the first to try it. Kuras said to attach to his face. Darrius gagged as something slimy went down his throat and he forced it off. He could feel the skin of the fish adhering to his flesh. Kuras simply picked it up and washed it off in the fountain that was still flowing into the prime plane.
Darrius tried again and didn’t gag on the slimy thing going down the throat. The edges of the fish adhered to the Darrius face and began to expand and contract as Darrius breathed. Soon however Darrius began to have trouble breathing. Kuras took him over to the fountain and had him go in.
Darrius tumbled into a deep blue environment, trying to orient himself. The fish worked well and he could breathe. Kuras was vague about the communications and the ability to cast verbal spells so when he spied a group of marids swimming by and decided that a magic missile was in order to test his ability
It worked and he watched as the marids moved up over him, under him and to his flanks. He cast improved invisibility on himself as the Marids moved to attack and Kuras then appeared about 20 feet away. Kuras nearly was attacked by the four marids but wasn’t. He went back to the group and asked about Darrius. Forge volunteered to go see if he could find him. Darrius in the meantime cast a light spell on his sword and became visible. Forge also lit up a sunrod and both saw each other, but were appalled about the time it took to close the distance
The group demanded someway of traveling faster and Kuras provided those mounts, dolphins. They were to hold on to the fins and were showed a way to give commands. Kuras also told them that they would be going through bubbles from the elemental plane of air so they could breathe. After some initial problems the group left.
The sense of alieness with the group as there was essentially no bottom or top for them to truly be able to orient themselves and the dark blueness of everything about them lent eeriness to things. The dolphins flying into the air bubbles and grounding themselves to breathe before leaving the bubble usually resulting in a series of smaller bubbles was different.
The group noticed an extremely dark shape in the water before them and avoided it. They were then attacked large blue skinned woman with a third eye which someone remembered vague references to an eastern style of demon, an oni. This attack caused Johannes Van Reeder to go into a coma, some thought him dead though.
The oni was defeated and the group moved on. They were tired after nine hours of traveling found a large piece of rock and noticed a tunnel going up inside it. They then went up it and found it to be a large air pocket and a place for the dolphins to go up and back. Four of the seven dolphins had died from the previous encounter. Inside they found a stairwell with a symbol that they recognized as the Symbol of Magica, Mystra) the goddess of magic. They followed stairwell up about four stories worth within the rock before seeing a sealed door. A detect magic was cast and the door opened revealing a woman wearing the blue and white of Mystra. It was found out that she spoke elvish and her Name was alaria. She spoke with the group and they found out that she got the word that she needed to be there from Mystra and that she worked with Duras, the twin brother of Kuras. The group asked about getting additional dolphins and if she knew where Duras was located . She gave directions to both and the group decided that they needed more transports and went to a spot where the dolphins could be gotten.
After finding the place and after some translations and haggling of exchanging coinage, the group was ready to make purchases when a group of three marids accosted them and were trying to put the group in a cell. They found out the Marids worked for Duras and a fight ensued. The marids were defeated.

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whats that?

Myscarah 25-30 501 4th age

The group trudged through the swamps to find Karathas the half orc summoner. They were set upon by swarms of insects, chuuls, vampiric mists and other assorted nasties making their time just plain nasty. They were a foul bunch when they finally met Karathas.
They spoke with him but he essentially said that they were better off to go get the creature whom was guarding the entrance to the elemental plane of water. Grumbling about a lot of things they left to remeet Ioan in the north. Ioan again allowed them to pass through his lands where the nastiness continued for the group. They ran into a black dragon whom seemed to be helping the creature that the others were afraid of. They found out it was a beholder.
The dragon went down , just in time to meet the beholder, whom launched numerous attacks which included distinigrates, finger of death, flesh to stone as the primary attack. It was levitating over a deep patch in the water to keep it away from the heroes. The heroes fended off these attacks and finally overcame the creature.
The group searched for a period of time until they finally spotted the site. A large chunk of land that had a fountain upon it. The group also noticed two very large creatures standing about on it. On of the creatures waved and a whirlpool surrounded the group and was beginning to suck their vessel down so the group used flight potions to get to the land mass where they fought two water elementals. Forge tried to swing at the fountain but instead of making contact he fell into the elemental plane of water where he quickly got back up the edge and back onto the prime material plane but as he got back on land two large watery hands grabbed him and began to pull him back in. Van Reeder and Taz attacked ferociously and eventually got forge away before he could be pulled in.
The creatures were eventually beaten and the group tried to figure out how they could close this particular portal. It was during this discussion that another creature popped out of the fountain. This creature was a sea blue in color and wore bright clothing. He asked if the group killed his minions to which they responded yes. The group began to haggle with him about the closing of this gate citing various reasons, eventually the sea green creature talked to the group about a problem within his kingdom, there was a renegade whom was causing trouble and if the group could remove him he would close the gate. The group asked for magical assistance to guide and survive their way about the plane of water and the creature agreed.

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views

Myscarah 21-24 501 4th age

I am awake. How long have I been asleep? Whose face am I discerning and bowing to my will. It is a dwarf. I am in his body. There are others, the style of armor on all of them is strange. What has happened to my home? Where did this swamp come from.How long have I been away? Where is Anton, My slave move to the pit. Good. Now jump in, I will direct you to my armory.

My spell memory is still good, put on the hat my slave, this is good, its magic still radiate. Now to take care of the intrudes of my demesne and to wreak havoc on my enemies. First a repulsion spell, slave move your hands and utter these words. Hmm, they are not chattel, I wonder whom they truly are.

My, such speed and he hits the wall. My slave touch him and watch him wither. His will is strong. Another rushes me and hits my barrier, I smile but there are spell casters in the group and are breaking down my barriers , I must maintain focus on the dwarf, these distractions are bothering me now.

Another warrior rises from a pit and I notice the strange metallic gleam of his sword. Adamantine, these are a powerful group of adventurers. Quit resisting my dwarvish slave. He rushes and by the seven doctrines, manages to fight through the barrier and he who shall be damned by me has destroyed my hat. I must flee, hopefully he will kill my slave.

I fly off. There have been changes here, I know not what age Im at right now, but this I do swear, Letica of the seven doctrines will wreak her vengeance on whom has caused this.

VEDOAS HEBREAN-Juan was playing with the other boys on the beach near the port when they stopped playing with the shells and saw a three masted ship heading straight for them. The boys knew enough to know that this was not the beach for a ship to ride up on. There was a particularly nasty stretch of reef along here and would rip the bottom of any ship that might be foolish enough.

The boys looked as the ship wallowed up and down as it moved towards the shore. The sails were at half furls and they could see nobody along the deck. They moved back away from the shoreline as the ship shuddered as it hit the first set of reefs. The sound of wood being ripped away sent shivers down their spine. Juan remembered hearing about ships from the ports of Patula being shipped out by ghosts and he decided that discretion was the better part of valor and went back home to tell folks about this this ship. The other boys followed.

BARSI PASS, EASTERN FULDA DALLIAN CONFEDERACY__-Saleed looked at the carnage that was the battle of Barsi Pass. It was one of the nastiest fights that he had ever seen. His genie advisor agreed. The troops were obviously from Baldamar but there were a significant group of Rus. The Baldamarians were well led for the most part. It seemed that they had some sort of central command that could see the battle field and used Clerics to help pass messages to the intermediate commanders.

The Falcon Raider losses could be made up but his heart was not as much into it. Retirement would be a good thing, he mused. Khalid the genie looked at Saleeds face and said “ thinking about giving this all up for some comfy footwear, a soft chair and a big bowl of pipeweed again aren’t you?”

Saleed just smiled “you know me too well”.

“that would kill you faster than the assassins”

“probably, lets head down to see what we can gain from this. I wonder if our compatriots in luxor are having fun. Its been nearly six weeks. “

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lazarus

MYSCARH 13-20 501 4TH AGE



The group took Van Reeder at his word and proceeded to find the center of the woods for the pond. The pond was surrounded by a thick mass of weeds and within the weeds lots of swarms within them.

During the journey to the pond, the group was attacked by a banshee whom the group dispatched with great effort.

The group got to the beach around the pond and looked around. There was a large rock formation that looked like a faucet that hung over the pond. Forge and Gregori were immersed in the pond and were revived. Van Reeder showed the group where he hid his treasure. The group had agreed to a 25,000 gold ransom for him and he provided the funds. His items were returned and he was asked to join the group which he did.

At the edge of the forest the group found that the Woods Giants had been slaughtered and the area of destruction indicated that a really large creature was involved in the attack. A little ways out of the woods, the group found a large site that had nearly 100 lizardmen whom appeared to be sacrificed by somebody.

The group left and was making a decision on which one of the three to attack first. Van Reeder told the group and it was decided to attack the summoner. Van Reeder also suggested that there was another power behind the three and that he had a servant named Lazarus whom had talked to the others.

The group was visited by Lazarus whom suggested that the group not continue their course of action and to leave the area. The group also met Ioan the oracle and his group of lizardmen. Ioan offered to let the group go through and kill the stranger that the three of them feared.

The group left Ioan and headed south.

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Two dead adventurers

MYSCARAH 13-15 501 4th age

The group moved out from the fight with the hill giants but soon came upon another set of footprints of similar style, the group followed the trail till they found an abandoned camp. This camp seemed to be different from what they expected from the hill giants. The group entered the woods and were promptly ambushed by not hill giants but a group of wood giants.

The giants were the final survivors of a clan that had been attacked relentlessly by Johannes Van Reeder and his pet dragon. They took the group to their temporary home and spoke with the group about what happened to them. They were also told about how to find Van reeders Hq.

Moving deeper into the woods seemed to trigger as series of responses against the group. First they were attacked by Red Caps, a phase spider and several spider swarms before being attacked by a large group of goblins led by a large creature.

Finally Van Reeder and his dragon came down and the final brutal fight began. Gregori and Forge were felled by the dragon and Van Reeder before the dragon went down and Van Reeder went unconscious. The group revived Van Reeder who said that he knew of a sacred pond that could bring back the two compatriots in exchange for some considerations. The group agreed.

The group moved out from the fight with the hill giants but soon came upon another set of footprints of similar style, the group followed the trail till they found an abandoned camp. This camp seemed to be different from what they expected from the hill giants. The group entered the woods and were promptly ambushed by not hill giants but a group of wood giants.

The giants were the final survivors of a clan that had been attacked relentlessly by Johannes Van Reeder and his pet dragon. They took the group to their temporary home and spoke with the group about what happened to them. They were also told about how to find Van reeders Hq.

Moving deeper into the woods seemed to trigger as series of responses against the group. First they were attacked by Red Caps, a phase spider and several spider swarms before being attacked by a large group of goblins led by a large creature.

Finally Van Reeder and his dragon came down and the final brutal fight began. Gregori and Forge were felled by the dragon and Van Reeder before the dragon went down and Van Reeder went unconscious. The group revived Van Reeder who said that he knew of a sacred pond that could bring back the two compatriots in exchange for some considerations. The group agreed.

The group moved out from the fight with the hill giants but soon came upon another set of footprints of similar style, the group followed the trail till they found an abandoned camp. This camp seemed to be different from what they expected from the hill giants. The group entered the woods and were promptly ambushed by not hill giants but a group of wood giants.

The giants were the final survivors of a clan that had been attacked relentlessly by Johannes Van Reeder and his pet dragon. They took the group to their temporary home and spoke with the group about what happened to them. They were also told about how to find Van reeders Hq.

Moving deeper into the woods seemed to trigger as series of responses against the group. First they were attacked by Red Caps, a phase spider and several spider swarms before being attacked by a large group of goblins led by a large creature.

Finally Van Reeder and his dragon came down and the final brutal fight began. Gregori and Forge were felled by the dragon and Van Reeder before the dragon went down and Van Reeder went unconscious. The group revived Van Reeder who said that he knew of a sacred pond that could bring back the two compatriots in exchange for some considerations. The group agreed.

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exploration

MYSCARAH 2-13 501 4TH AGE

Saleem looked at the assembled warriors and others of his merc company and read aloud what was proposed by the King of Luxor. The assembly looked amused and surprised by the proposal. Saleem told the group that indeed the Falcon Raiders had a new home and it would have to be cleaned up. As the Falcon Raiders that were currently there were under contract they would not be able to start the clean up and he ordered the group since they were uninvolved with the contract to go back and scout out what might be needed for the Falcons to make it their home. There was some discussion about the Rus assassins but that was relegated to some follow up.

Dragomir teleported the group back to the capital where they were given horses and supplies and a map of the eastern part of the kingdom. They were given names of the rangers and druid whom watched the eastern side also.

It was several days out before the group ran into trouble. A distressed bridge and a nasty troll. The bridge mostly hurt the pride of the group and the trolls were bothersome. The group then wandered in to a trap set by antlons and with more difficulty defeated them. They also found t he remains of some unfortunate wizard the group suspected with a scroll with three fireball spells on it.

Another day or so out, the group camped in a town not listed on their maps. They avoided a group of harpies. The group finally reached an inhabited village of about 75 souls-Lapi. They asked questions of the inhabitants of the town, while questioning them Cepol the ranger met them. Cepol spoke of the other ranger Petru and of the Druidess Doina
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He also spoke of the factions that were controlling the swamp and eastern side. The reason for the rising of the swamp as that there was a hole to the elemental plane of water somewhere within the swamp.. The factions were Razak a orcish witch, Anatol Zorgo a human sorcerer, a oracle named Ioan and to the west in the woods was a fighter named Johannes Van Reede who had a pet dragon. Van reede was a deserter from a merc company. The group decided that Van Reede would be the first target.

The group left and first night out ran into some hill giants who were dispatched.

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a Canton?

Myscarah 1,2 501 4th age

The noise was deafening in the mayors office. There was much confusion as to what went down the night before. The various officials and the priests were at loggerheads as to the best way to deal with the problem of the Wraiths. It was decided that the origin of the incident needed to be dealt with and a reward was offered. The second and larger problem was to stop the proliferation of the wraiths.
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The military wanted to remove the regular folks from the area to allow the experts to deal with the problem. The priesthoods wanted to sanctify the areas to limit access to those who were at more risk, and to find and destroy the wraiths
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The group was ordered into their hotel as part of the general safety crack down. While inside the hotel, they noticed the two rus officials talking to each other and neither looked happy and both were holding a document and pointing to it to the other. Their entourages all looked very worried.

Vassily came over to Darrius and Gregori and told them of the attack on the White Bear Regiment in Aponi and again urged them to consider the offer that he had on the table.

The group was discussing that situation when another man came up to them. He had a Long thin beard, dressed in Blues with purple trims. He said his name was Dragomir. He said that he noticed that they were falcon raiders and that he knew where their leader was located and that he could take them to him. They agreed and went with him. They found themselves in a swamp. Dragomir said I will be back in 24 hours to see who survived.

The group fought off various creatures who seemed to wander in on the group. After 24 hours, Dragomir came back and was somewhat surprised that the entire group was still alive. He teleported the group to a city and a castle. The site was depressing. Both the city and the castle were in a state of disrepair and despair. They were escorted into the castle, looking at the king Stanelecsu who seemed a frail shell of a man. They also noted that Dragomir treated the man with respect.

Stanelescu spoke with the group and handed them a scroll and told them to find their leader Saleed and give this to him. The group agreed and took the scroll. They were allowed to wander about the castle for the day, they discovered a sealed up alchemical lab and opened it, but didn’t find anything worthwhile
The next day, the group teleports to the area and although there are many new faces, there were enough who knew various members of the group to point out that Saleed was doing his usual solitary walk.

The group went to find him and found that he was under attack by a group of armored men. Gregori was able to thwart one of the attackers who was throwing a javelin at the leader. A nasty fight ensued. Saleed went down under the welter of blows and was close to death, he was saved by Darrius who threw himself on Saleed to protect him from the assassins. After the attackers were dispatched, it was discovered that the attackers were part of a Rus execution squad.

Saleed opened the scroll and found it was a offer to take over the Luxor Canton.

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NIght of the Wraiths

Swit 29,30 501 4th age

A solemn procession carrying a casket in perfect marching order, the sound of the boots echoing in the cellar basement. The coffin is simply adored with symbols of Wognar, a bastard sword lying atop it. The procession goes down two flights of stairs where the darkness almost over comes the torchlight.

A simple opening the wall, allows for the bearers to slide it in there. The coffin is opened. Each of the priests puts in a weapon and slices his hand to drop blood in there. The iron book is opened and words are spoken about the life of Carlo Renzo. Some of the priests are surprised that he has no friends who come to the funeral. The procession leaves Carlo to his final rest.

Julio was extremely happy. He was back in port and had just gotten paid and the wine and women flowed and he was wandering about the docks in a happy stupor. He had just passed a large cargo area when he felt what he perceived as a touch which chilled him. Almost immediately his happy state passed into fear. He looked around and saw what seemed to be a shape in the darkness. He decided that discretion was the better part of valor and attempted to flee. As he turned he saw a second image in front of him. His scream was cut short

Santiago and Juanita were in the fight at the port with other patrons. It was an exciting exhibition going on. A six on six fights as the opener. It was grand sport. The second event was a three on three with two more fights following. Neither of them was big gamblers but enjoyed the social aspect of the event.
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*They were watching when some sort of occurrence happened near the entrance. People began to scream and run towards the couple. They kind of began to move along with the other folk towards the closed big entry door. They both saw transparent figures that just seemed to touch others and they went down. They also saw a group of strangers fighting the transparent creatures. The creatures didn’t seem to be fazed as the two of them joined the surging crowd that was leaving. Santiago made sure Juanita got away and took a last look at the group and decided that he would be a heroic type but not tonight, He made sure that Juanita was safe.

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Carlo dies

Swit 28-29 501 4th age

Doreen soon found out that the ship had been damaged in the fight with the sea dragon and was forced to make landfall. She did so on a section of the peninsula nicknamed the fringe as it was a desolate barren area. The group got off the ship and was lounging when Da Vinci and Franz spotting a gleam in the group of trees. The two of them went to the trees and found a shovel leaning against a tree.

Looking around, they noticed a spot of somewhat recent digging and began to dig themselves. they soon found a chest of gold some, 5000 gold pieces worth and took it back to the ship, Doreen asked about it and the group offered up some of it to the crew. The ship was repaired but during the night some creatures came up from the sea and attacked it and the crew but the creatures were driven away.

The ship was refloated and sailed into Vieta. Vieta was busy and it took awhile for the ship to land. The group walked around the city, some of group kind of went into a stupor where they saw a kind of a cloaked skeleton who made a slashing sign across its throat. they met a person from Darris and Gregori’s land an ember mage named Pavel Yazov who had survived an assassination attempt. They also saw another Rus named Vassily Zhukhov a Frost Mage who is a enemy of the Ember Mages. The two of them were in the same tavern. There were sparks but no battle. Tazbane attempted to bait the frost mage by having him chill down his drink. Zhukov just froze the booze in taz’s mug.

That night after finding out that all the party had gotten the black spot on the hand. Each was attacked by a wraithlike creature. all survived but some were weakened but it was found out that Carlo had perished and was coming back as some sort of undead until forge rekilled him.

damn did you see that

_ two sailors were at the Drunken sailor sipping away a heady brew when another dropped in. His eyes were wide eyed. " By Burzah that was scary." the other two looked at him and asked what it was about. Taking a sip from the mug, he responded, I’ve seen a couple of thing but nothing like that. I was minding my own business heading here when I sees this guy, foreigner with a heavy cloak. Strangest thing was that he had a shimmering coming from him.The shimmering was heat. He stepped into a puzzle and there was steam peeling off the bottom of his boot. I got further back and then this one guy attacked him from I dont know where, Damn magical shit scares me. the attacker hit him hard but the guy didnt drop. I noticed the attackers weapon seem to be dripping something other than blood so I found a spot to go hide at but I wanted to see what was going on. The smoldering guy spun around and snarled. The attacker smiled and said sumthing but I couldnt make it out. and the smoldering guy motioned him to come and just smiled. real scary. He also pulle out a knife and cut himself with it. the attacker looked a little puzzled and attacked. the smoldering guy just waved the cut hand and I could see the blood land on the attacker and burst into flame. I think something else happened also because there were spurts of blood cuming out of him like he wus hit by sumething else. this kinda staggered the attacker so the other guy then pointed at him with his fingers on fire and fired flame bolts at him. the attacker was burning all over and was attempting to put out the fire and back away. the other guy just walked up to the burning guy and and grabbed him not being bothered by the flame and said a couple of words to him before sticking the knife through his eye. He looked at me and asked politely if I would get the authorities so he could make a report and actually handed me some money, very warm money mind you and I did what he said. “damn” was the word that the other two said before continuing their drinks._

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