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Vimlareon



Joined: 27 Jan 2013
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Location: Barad-dur

Post Winter's Crown, Chapter IV, War, Toads, and Distrusts Reply with quote
The party press on in a pressured tunnel, the city streets become jagged and wrecked, the once beautiful cobble stone is now buried in moss, mold, and rubble. The way starts to ascend, a promising sign! However, Fizz and Lia warn the others of the sounds of battle echoing ahead. Lia suggests to avoid the battles ahead, she is concerned for the groups survival. Siberius seems clueless of the danger but is excited to meet everything with artful combat. Fizz however had a balance of both opinions, and offered to scout ahead with Emer.
The way is littered with bloody bodies of sahuagin and skum alike. They seems to be at war with each other, but no knows why. It does not matter, what matters is to get out alive with each other and the other 20 prisoners.
The caverns appear to be more like a maze, with many turns to take. The party discovered an underwater passage leading deeper into the sunken city, which was also a warzone. It was here Emer and Fizz swim deep to witness senseless bloodshed. The sahuagin ride shark mounts to battle! The two adventurers swim into the window of a tower, they find more sea elven lanterns, but also encounter battle worn sahuagin! It was a struggle underwater, using small weapons, and Fizz his trident! As Emer was losing breath, Fizz did not hesitate to "kiss" her. Fizz blew air he gets from his amphibious ability. This was a lot for Emer later, probably never had that closeness with anyone before.
The party did come across a large toad statue, for an evil skum god that demands living sacrifices. The chamber was otherwise featureless. Lia did come close to the statue, to examine it (Siberius FAR behind) the ground for an instance became slick, but the effect went away. The group decides to stay away from this thing. It is too strange.
The 20 other people gather at the temple of Tempus, during this time of rest, Ogdar shares with Fizz he does not trust Emer, taking us down here and still won't tell why she needs them. It is during this time the party gets ambushed by skum. They try the doors, which were barred, so they came through the tinted windows! In the chaos Lia unleashed wild magic, Ogdar was pushed aside by the panicking prisoners. Fizz lead the people out! Siberius fighting with rapier and halberd in hands. The skum came in as waves. Sadly 5 people were lost to the ambush...



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"Listen Vimlareon. It's a large world out there, and I taught you all I know. If you wish to learn more about magic, there is no better teacher than experience itself. May your quest to become an archmage be fulfilled."
Mirillium, Vim's master
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Vimlareon



Joined: 27 Jan 2013
Posts: 1171
Location: Barad-dur

Post Winter's Crown, Chapter V, Crossfire Reply with quote
The party returns to the toad statue, Lia's curiosity got the best of her. The party examines the statue, Lia touches the stonework and the trap triggers again. The floor is slick, and the toad mouth opens and she slips in. Lia finds herself in a pit of rotting corpses, probably other sacrifices, however one was still alive. A weathered old wizard named Toby was found. And with him the party discover a forgotten spell from ancient days past.
From the prisoners, a sneaky tabaxi reveals himself to the group, and strikes a deal with a contract. Together they encounter something from the water, a large mutation of a creature! The tabaxi ran for help, as Fizz stood firm as best as he could until he too had to step away, Emer proved to be tough, as she threw lethal kicks and blows! But it was the tabaxi who stole the kill. Indeed after running far away from it, he returns to deliver a knife in the head. The tabaxi's victory was short lived, for when the party come across an underground canyon, with a very unstable zig-zagged pathway down, the tabaxi lost his footing and fell to his death. However, from his backpack, a goblin came out! The goblin introduced himself as Gimme, a rogue and thief.
Water ankle deep, but the way out was near. Before the party was a massive chamber, at least 510 feet wide! It was here the skum and the sahuagin had their final confrontation! The group takes the people out the caves by sneaking around the walls, Emer dashed through the fray to clear the way out. The party dodge spears and arrows, and bump into smaller battles along the way, passing through the enemy. The party dodge, skip over the dead, and block incoming strikes as they escape the tunnels under the ocean.
Now above ground, the party camps, Fizz and Ogdar now demanding Emer explains herself. Around the campfire, Emer tells of the troubles of giants and dragons in the North. Many innocents are dying to their conflict. She says she envisioned something of a possible future. A king, a forgotten king from ancient days past, before the Time of Troubles, possibly before mankind settled on the Sword Coast. The Forgotten King ruled the North, but he had an enemy, a priestess of Auril. In a desperate battle, the priestess killed the king, and raised him as her servant. The king however, had great willpower. He managed to break free of her control and defeat her. The king was withering as he fought, so he retired his kingdom, built his own crypt, and put himself to rest. he scattered his artifacts across the coast, and spake that if ever the world needed him again, return the artifacts to his tomb. Emer says in a dream she sees them.. the heroes, taking the artifacts. She asks that the party to fulfills the prophecy she has seen. And with the help of the King to return peace to the Spine of the World.




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"Listen Vimlareon. It's a large world out there, and I taught you all I know. If you wish to learn more about magic, there is no better teacher than experience itself. May your quest to become an archmage be fulfilled."
Mirillium, Vim's master
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Vimlareon



Joined: 27 Jan 2013
Posts: 1171
Location: Barad-dur

Post Winter's Crown, Chapter VI, Banditry Reply with quote
Emer tells that in her strange visions the mace was located in a place called the Vale of Shadows, a burial place carved into a canyon deep in the mountains. It is cursed, it is said the Vale moves in a mist and does not often appear the same place twice. Tracking will be difficult. But it is a first step to re-awakening the King.
Being free meant more options for the heroes to make. But everyone was in agreement that the refugees need to be somewhere safe. Lia suggested to venture south, back to Featherfields, perhaps even see if there are survivors. The goliath Ogdar told the group if they need shelter in the mountain, Thunder Keep may be a good option. However it was settled to go to Bryn Shander, one of the Ten Towns in Icewind Dale.
The road was dangerous. Less then two days into the journey and the party started to feel the chill of the wind. Siberius for sure came close to getting sick from the freezing cold, but he shivered on. On the third day, the party comes across a quickly made wooden wall, made right on the road in between to cliff faces. An armored hobgoblin demanded gold for safe passage. The wall had archers at the ready. The party gave him the gold but found out that the "archers" were dummies, made to look like soldiers from afar. After through the gate, Fizz turned and demanded that the goblinoid return some money. The hobgoblin was strict on his deal. So the party challenged him, but he was tough, bringing Ogdar down with his sword, he turns to kill the rest of the party, but Ogdar's sword found a place in his shoulder, this bought enough time for Lia to unleash fire on him!
Another robbery attempt happened on the journey. A bandit named Absolom and his crew mistook the group for his rival, Redwolf. The paladins made him turn his head to the prisoners, that they are not bandits, but refugees. The bandit chief let the people go.
AT last after a week of travel, Bryn Shanders was ahead, and with it hot soup, resupply, and rest!


_________________
"Listen Vimlareon. It's a large world out there, and I taught you all I know. If you wish to learn more about magic, there is no better teacher than experience itself. May your quest to become an archmage be fulfilled."
Mirillium, Vim's master
Sat May 13, 2017 2:56 pm View user's profile Send private message
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