Campaign of the Month: October 2007

Beldorn's Reflection

banes back
why do they want my brother

Sharra 2,3 501 4th age

The group decided to go see what the crystal tower was about. Gregori and Franz were delegated to another job. Darrius teleported the remaining group to just outside the tower. They figured the tower dimensions at 90ft tall, 160 ft. wide and 230 deep, more of a rectangular dome. The crystal somewhat translucent and they could see movement inside it. There was a discolored triangle shape at the bottom which they figured to be a door of some sort.

After figuring out how to open the door, they found the shapes that they noticed to be kind of crystalline spider. Also inside was a circular tower with a small opening near the top. A voice called out to them. “Welcome to the temple of Bane, and submit to him.” This obviously set the group off and they attacked the spiders, while battling the spiders, creatures appeared from the inside tower and arrows came flying out from up high. Forge went down in fight and the others took lots of damage. Darrius directed fireballs up near where he could see the arrows launching down at him and others. Finally the bad guys were dispatched. Taz and Davos went to the opening at the top of the tower; Davos went in first and just disappeared, taz fearing for his friend also jumped in.

They found themselves in a strange place; everything in sight was a churning mess of things. Eventually Taz at first, then Davos found that they could create a stable platform for each of them to walk on. They however were lost, where they didn’t know. They moved along and spotted a structure, which looked like living flesh. They went in and found a place that resembled a bar, they saw creatures that they had never seen before and didn’t understand the languages at all. The gnome barkeeper handed Davos a drink and after consuming it he could understand the language. They were in a place called the Last inn and were stuck in Limbo.

Davos tried to use his wiles but was unsuccessful until a human who seemed to be a wizard beckoned to him and asked some questions. His name was Winston and he figured out where Taz and Davos were to be. He guided them to a colored spot and told them to step through. They did and came out in a closet in a home back in Dera Luxor.

In the meantime, Darrius took the body of Forge back to the special pond in the Woods and brought him back to life. They then teleported back to Dera Castle. They wanted an audience with King Saleed and found that a Frost Mage whom they had met in the past was also waiting to see the king. Darrius pushed and got the steward to push them ahead of the Rus Ice Mage.

They also asked to stay when the Ice mage met. Saleed agreed. Vassilyi the ice mage didn’t want the two of them in there but allowed it to happen. Vassilyi wanted Saleed to release Darius brother, Pavel back to the Rus. Saleed said he would think about it.
Darrius and Forge went to Pavel’s prison cell and began to question him about why would the Ice Mages want him back. All Pavel would say was that he was just a soldier and didn’t know why they would want him back.

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how come they have big birds

Eastern Loxor Sharra 1 501 4th age

The group went back to the ruined prison to inspect the remaining closed cell doors, trying to determine what still laid behind them when they were greeted by an old friend whom they had not seen in awhile, Forge whom had been helping to organize troops from Fulda and Loxor to defend the southeastern part of the lands. He had split off days before to look for his friends and had finally done so.

Forge joined the others Taz, Darrius, Franz, Gregori and Davos in looking around. They had discussed what they had found before, a series of tapestries telling the story of the elves decision to bring demons to fight the drow and their apparent leaving of this place to someplace unknown via strange vessels whom the tapestries proclaimed were in the heavens above.

Their stories were interrupted by a rider from the army Forge had left. His horse was nearly dead from exhaustion as was he. “My lords, I have to report that we were defeated by a superior force, our commander died early in the combat as did the second. We estimated our losses to be some 30%. We did retreat in good order though. The army was apparently a second army from Russ and they had the Red bears mercenary group with them. The second part of the report was that there was some structure being built near the swamps.
The group gathered together to let Darrius teleport to somewhere near the opposing army and did so.

They came near near a small town that they had passed through before. It was a smoldering ruins. The group sent Tazbane into the air to see if he could see the army in the distance. He eventually made out a blob which was probably the army in the distance and looking in the other direction he could spy out a glint which was probably the structure.

As the group was discussing things, two fireballs landed among them before they could react. Looking up there three large birds Rocs, with two riders each on them. Darrius took the inititiave and dimensioned door him and Taz, to the one bird where they determined the spell caster to be. Taz ended up tossing the controller off the bird and it went out of control nearly tossing Darrius off the bird. The spell caster launched herself off the bird and was floating along. Taz flying charged her and hit her hard. She attempted to back up and one of taz’s special abilities allowed him to attack her again taking her out of the combat.
In the meantime, the other riders peppered mostly forge with arrows as he was only able to mount ineffectual attacks on them. Darrius, using his recently discovered powers that he received from his brother went on the offensive and helped to eventually destroy the bird riders.

The group then went back to the castle to discuss what they had seen, and it was decided to check out the structure since the army would take time to advance and although damaged the defenders were to defend the area.

Neusan-Baltoace(fens) Sharra 1 501 4th age

Tak and Brok came back after seeing the dead bodies of the soldiers before them. The group went into a discussion about what caused their deaths. It was decided that they would continue to the abandoned structure in the middle of the area.

They came upon the structure where they found strange humanoids standing about a glowing lavender space floating just above the ground of the structure. The humanoids were wearing heavy clothing heavy hoods, all that could be seen of their faces was wriggling tentacles. They spoke to the group and demanded that they leave the area for this now belonged to them. The group disagreed and a fight broke out. The creatures were destroyed and Brok took a chance and peered through the screen. He spied a golden city and lots of other creatures about and came back to the group and told them what he had seen.

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other fronts
secondary group

Oghma 24, 501 4th age, Falbrek Neusan Dallian Confederacy.

Oghma 24, 501 4th age, Falbrek Neusan Dallian Confederacy. The treacherous back and forth for the bridge there stopped very suddenly. Ester the Red Crusader leader of the troops trying to get across the bridge was killed by a group from the Caines Raiders Mercenary group.

Apparently the group had a couple of run ins with her before the final struggle. The story goes that Aloyius the commander of the defense group dealing with keeping the bridge closed, became angry with the group for their previous failure which had decimated what little reserves he had and was going to be forced to retreat and allow Norstat and allies to march into the rich interior of Neusan.

Both sides were depleted by the savagery of the fight. Both sides brought in spellcasters in attempts to get an advantage and they were summarily killed on each side.

The final result was that the Norstats had to retreat from their positions almost to the original line of invasion. It is late in the campaign year.

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THE DISCOVERY

Oghma 25, 26 501 4th age

The group returned to the prison area and went down into the compound itself. They found a large chamber with what appeared to be prisonlike entrances with glows above them. There was also an escaped rather large demon within the chamber. The demon sniffed out the half elf Davos within the group and demanded that he be given to him, for the treachery of the elves whom had imprisoned him in there.

He promised that the remainder of the group could leave as all he wanted was the elf. The group refused and the demon began to summon aid for himself against the group he knew was dangerous to him. The fight ensued, a brutal and nasty fight. Franz nearly went down as did Darrius and Greogori.

As the fight began to dwindle down, Darrius and Davos spied a small door and went to it. They opened it and found that it appeared to be a council room with linen banners on the wall and a drawing of a vessel which resembled a butterfly. Darrius remembered a dim legend of vessels that could fly in the sky and beyond. the two of them looked at the elvish script and discerned that some elves had boarded this vessel and had left for parts unknown.

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Demons working for Elves?

Oghma 24-25 501 4th age.

Franz was brought back to life in the pond in the Forest Anguish. As he was redressing himself, two figures appeared near the pond. One was the alchemist, whom had been working on things at the lab In the castle and an new person, A swashbuckler whom was the friend of the king of Fulda and was his primary troubleshooter.

They met the group and went back to hunting down the invading army. They found the army still within the woods at a strange series of buildings. It was discovered to be a prison structure. The lady was within the structure, seemed to be encouraging the troops, Darrius and the alchemist decided that they would take out the lone flying drake left to the army, which they did. They retreated quickly when the lady turned into a black dragon.
The group then attacked the frost giants and the battle went long and hard. Gregori was killed during the fight but the group took down nearly all the remaining frost giants. The cleric and two others got away and the group didn’t see the cold riders at all. They then looked at the structure and found elvish writing about this place. It was built two ages ago, the story goes that the elves were in a major conflict with their dark brethren yet again. This time however the dark ones were winning the fight. The elves decided that they needed something nastier in a fight and discussed the option of summoning demons, many were opposed to it, for the demons always demanded something.

The situation became desperate enough that the ruling council agreed to this and the demons were summoned. Hard negoiations took place but the demons were unleashed against the drow. Many of the elves however had no intention of honoring the agreements and rapidly built a prison to hold the demons that they could not banish. The demons help to defeat the dark elves and came back to demand their payment.

It is unknown how many of the elves died in putting the demons in the prision, but the demons were eventually imprisoned. Most have vowed vengeance on the elvish race if they got out. The place was then hidden in a forest which the elves have manufactured to hide them. They created a story to keep the curious out of the of the forest.

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Damn the rank and file are tough
red veil

Oghma 11-23 501 4th age

Darrius, looking at the ruins of his brother decided to cast a blood spell to absorb knowledge of a spell that his brother had. This required that he drink the blood of his brother. He discovered to his surprise that the brother was not dead but retrieved the spell. He then informed the group that the brother wasn’t dead. Taz wanted to make sure he was but Darrius intervened and left the body and the two of them went back to the group

The group was attacked almost immediately by the Ice Drakes whom seemed to be intent on retrieving the body. Gregori used boundless step to stop the drake from picking up the body. He also noticed that reinforcements for the bad guys were coming. Gregori was able to defeat the drake and again use boundless step to get the body back. As the drakes were being dealt with a wave of frost Giants moving at an incredible rate were upon the group. Although taz tripped and put three of the giants down, it was realized that the group had not enough remaining firepower to defend them and decided to leave

The group got away with Darrius brother body but had to leave the woman behind. Exhausted the group camped and decided to return to the capital. They had another run in with Ioan and warned him of the coming invasion. They then went to the capital. Darrius brother was slowly coming back together but was still unconscious. They made it back to the capital and reported to Khalid the genie. They spent the night, taz and Franz seemed to have a contact with the female ghost from the swamp.

Getting back to the swamps, they found them frozen and many of the lizardmen were essentially ice cubes. They followed the wide swath and found it was moving towards the woods of the rejuvenating pool. They ran into a rear guard of 5 ogres, blew a horn that the ogre had and waited. There were three frost giants. Darrius roasted them but all of them downed potions of fire resistance. The group then went after the giants, two of them however, managed to down potions of displacement. The fight was fierce and Franz went down dead. (-26 I believe). The group made it to the pond and placed Franz in the pond where he came back to life.

In addition, the celestial phenomena The Red Veil appeared, harbingering change.

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My brother back from the dead, time to die

Oghma 4-11 501 4th ageThe week passes by. A dot appears in the sky and rapidly grows into the a winged creature with a rider aboard. The creature flares its wings just before Landing. Aurora has her weapon with the blue flag. She shows no fear of the assemblage as she dismounts her beast. She strides up to the base of Saleeds throne and gives a slight bow. “Well King Saleed, we of Smerc are desirous of your positive response to our request.” She moves to a position of rest. Saleed looks at her and at the allies and friends around the chamber. “Aurora, I’m afraid that your request is denied. You are welcome to worship in this land for I believe in choice for religion although I am aware of what you may bring to this land and it bothers me what you do in your religion. I will not allow Smerc to be the state religion.”
Aurora and Saleed stared at each other for several seconds. All could feel the crackle of tension between them. Aurora shook her head. “This is your final answer Saleed?” “My lord expected this and did hope that you would allow this request, but however he has a reply for you.” She pulled out a scroll and handed to Saleed. She then turned away and and began to mount the beast. Several of Saleeds compatriots yelled for saleed not to open the scroll. Aurora, after mounting her beast, her face colored at the shouting of the crowd. “I honor the blue flag of truce. Saleed will not be harmed by the scroll itself but the words there may eventually be his downfall.”
With that she commanded her creature to fly away. Saleed, despite the warnings opened the document and read it and then handed it around. The group meets with Saleed about their meeting with the oracle and his predictions of Saleed being betrayed, that Aurora is being led not by the true leader, of a prophecy of the dead son shall rise. That Darrius brother is still alive although he was different.
Saleed asked the group to head back to the east and to set up the defenses. He would send more aid to them as he could release things to come aid them. As the group was leaving they spotted an eagle circling them and saw it release a scroll which landed at their feet. The scroll after being opened read:

Yes my lords I have seen the army on the march. There are Bugbears leading in disciplined units. There are giants in groups of two moving about. There are smallish dragons flying about. There are bluish looking trolls and blue toads. In between there are a group of largish humanoids riding what appear to be large mooses and in the middle a man, around him is almost a mist that is extreme cold. You can literally see the ground die around him. It is eerie. I can also see some outriders under the banner of Smerc. Doina

Leaving Forge, and the Alchemist to bring up other reinforcements, the group went to the east where they met an old foe whom they had made a deal with. Ioan, the oracle who was leading the swamps of the lizardmen, met them in the swamp. He allowed the group to go through but complained of a female spirit who was killing off his lizards and he blamed the group for her being there. He offered to be the reserve in a sarcastic tone. The group moved through the swamp and was on the border of the bleaklands. They spotted a glint off in the distance and set up watches for the night.

It wasn’t long before they had company. The flying dragonlike things attacked them but got two low and monk was able to leap upon them and bring them to the ground where the brutal ability of the Barbarian showed up. The second one ended up with issues from Darrius. But as soon as the flying brutes were brought down, the group was attacked by a series of chain lightnings from a flying woman. She then tried to charm various members but their individual willpowers were too strong. She was brought down by Darrius d-dooring the monk and grabbing her. She could not carry the weight and began to drift down.

She tried to remove the monk by casting grease on herself but the monks ability overcame her efforts. Once down she didn’t last long.

Then another man appeared. He appeared to have a large field about him radiating extreme cold for the group could see the plant life just die within the field about him. He stopped and spot to Darrius, He was Pavel, whom Darrius had thought dead. Pavel explained that he hadn’t actually died but was raised by the Ice mages. Darrius and Pavel argued about things until Taz the dwarf barbarian, suggested that the time for remorse was over and that Pavel was the bad guy. Darrius agreed and then d-doored the two of them behind the wizard. Despite the intense numbing pain that both of them felt. Taz destroyed the wizard in a single shot.

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Going back into action

Oghma 1-3 501-4th age

The group sat down in the great meeting all. Most of his respected advisors, and comrades. Saleed spoke and asked for opinions.. All spoke against allowing Smerc to be the primarily religion, there was more leeway about it being a religion within the realm, although some were against.

Saleed made comment of how poor of shape the army is currently. It needed rest and rebuilding and if an invasion should come could they handle it. There was less agreement about that. Saleed dismissed the group for a bit so he could converse with Khalid.

The group had been offered the eastern part of the kingdom that they had helped clear and were pleased? by it.

Saleed recalled the lot and decided on various courses of action. Forge, Darriius and Franz were sent to ask questions of the oracle of Oghma in the mountains. They also met with Doina, a Druidess whom the group had met tin the past. She indicated that she had been in contact with other druids in the area and it was noted that there was movement along the bleak lands and from the Ostan empire.

the group rode out and during the day noticed that they were being followed from the air, first it was on then two and then three fliers. but they were not assaulted. They bedded down for the night and found there was company nearby. A halforc inquisitor of Smerc named Davor walked into the camp and asked if they had coffee. They chatted and found him to be reasonable except for Darrius whom found his constant talking extremely annoying. In addition Davor noted that Darrius looked remarkably like someone else he had met in his past, an icemage from Rus.

The group was attacked during this conversation by Manticores but were dispatched easily enough. Davor helped in the defense and left in the morning. The group moved to the mountains and were attacked by stone giants whom they also easily dispatched. They reached the oracle. It involved climbing up a steep hill to a small structure. As they were climbing, they were again attacked by somebody invisible and were forced to get into the structure where they closed the opening and met the oracle.

Questions were asked such as about Aurora, the response was that she believed her leader but its not the leader who leads. Asking about who leads, the response was the son who has fallen.

In addition they surmised that the Previous king was alrady dead, that he was influenced to make Saleed the king, that Saleed had enemies in Rus, that there was a traitor in Saleeds camp, and other things before returning to the castle.

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the crowning of Saleed Ibn Al Lith

Oghma 1-3 501 4th age

The walls of the castle were festooned with the colors and symbols of the new leadership in Luxor. The Red and yellow with the Manticore Motif was being replaced with the white and blue with a stylized Gold Falcon, among the guests were many of the mercenary company high ranking officers and representatives of many of the other Confederacies of the Dallian Confederacy. Some of these reps owed their position due to the efforts of the Falcon Raiders and others. The date of the coronation was Oghma the first.

The early guests were treated to concerts by the renowned bard from Aleran, Robur lePlante and the Sisters Wyslin playing at opposing ends of the castle area. Soon after was the comedian Arlith and a general fair that everybody could enjoy, Contests involving archery, shoeing a horse, milking cows and drinking contests.

A trumpet of horns signifies the beginning of the cornation of the new King. Saleed ibn AL lith escorted by his genie friend Khalid and the head priest of the Confederacy of Luxor, Jikta Khaveblov, priest of Helme. Stanalescu had abdicated some hours earlier In a quiet ceremony, witnessed by his wizard Dragomir, Saleed and Khalid.

Members of the household guard line the corridor, resplendent in their raiders colors watch the procession. Saleed mounts the dias to the throne. Khaveblov receives the crown and places on Saleed’s head, and pronounces the oath to Saleed.

There is an explosion of applause and Saleed stands and bows to the crowd who bow back. A speech is made by Saleed, and in return various personages present themselves before the new king. The party ensues.

About two hours in, the party is rolling along when there is a commotion just outside the castle. Several of the peasants coming rushing in screaming of a monster and a rider. Everybody gathers their weapons and moves to meet this unexpected threat.

A winged creature, tawny in color, with a semi human like face surrounded by a large mane, stands some 15 feet tall, its tail looks like a series of spikes. There is an armored figure mounted on it. It appears to be a female, dressed in a black and silver plate armor with a flowing black and silver cape. Her helmet is in the shape of a skeletial face. She carries a ranseur with a blue flag attached to it, the sign of truce. She dismounts with a grace and plants her weapon into the ground and strides to the new king. She removes her helmet revealing a strikingly beautiful woman, her hair is short and brown. Her eyes are Ice blue
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“I am Aurora, Defender of the faith of Smerc and I’ve come bearing a missive to the new king and his assemblage from the Faith of Smerc. Too long have we not had a voice in a government and we demand that this new king recognize the religion of Smerc as the state religion for this duchy. Failure to do so will in our eyes constitute that a state of War will exist between the religion of Smerc and the Duchy of Luxor.”

The crowd gasped at the audacity of the woman and her statement. Many began to draw weapons and began to prepare spells. Saleed yelled to the assemblage to honor the flag of truce and ordered his personal guard to watch for violation of the truce. Aurora smiled as she looked at Saleed. “ You are indeed a honorable dwarf, so know that my word is also true. If you do not recognize the religion of Smeric as the state religion, a state of war will exist.”

Saleed looked at Aurora, looked at Khalid, looked back at the woman. “When would you want an answer Aurora” Aurora looked a little puzzled by the comment but quickly replied. “ A week would be fine, Saleed. I will return in one week for your answer. “ She grasps her cloak and pulls it around her and walks back to the beast, who kneels for her. She mounts the beast and points to the new king. “Remember that I will be back in one week for your answer” and with a touch to the head of the beast it rose from the ground and was swiftly out of sight.

Saleed rose quickly and motioned to his people, “attend me” and moved to the meeting room.

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whats going on

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Firenz-Jurgen Ironhand barely escaped from being assassinated at a ribbon cutting ceremony. His senior General Egon Paul was killed though. Egons subordinate commander Helmut Hauk immediately moved up the process of removing the undesirable non humans from Firenz. Woljnar 15th

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Aponi-the rebellion against the forces of Rus continues unabated.

Baldamar-King Hamit has ordered his army to put down riots caused by his troops who had returned to Baldamar after the bloody war in Fulda in the Dallian Confederacy. Justintian 4th

Ohgma 13th Red Veil has returned.

The inner sea has been plagued by an increase in Piracy , An increase in the the reward for the most infamous pirate Chiyo Kamia to 50k is hoped to reign in the problem

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