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Rise of the Runelords
September 15th, 2014
The party searched around the barn to try and find keys to the cage. Luckily some were hanging nearby, and Valtyra brought them over to Shalelu. After unlocking the cage, the party worked on getting the unconscious Jubrayl and Jakardos out of the cage and out of the spider web infested area. However, when they reached for the final body in the cage, they noticed a tattoo on his shoulder: the Sihedron.

They knew this meant ill for those involved, so the group immediately explained to Shalelu and Vincent the bad juju that permeates around that symbol. They still got him out of the cage and into the non-spider web area of the barn. Valtyra decide it would best if they only healed the two people they knew, and left the other man unconscious for the time being.

As Jubrayl and Jakardros roused, they both were happy to see humans not under oppression of ogrekin or ogres. Shalelu immediately took Jakardros to the side and spoke to him privately. Meanwhile, Naolexa led the conversation with Jubrayl.

NAOLEXA: "What on earth were you doing here?"
JUBRAYL: "Well, it's a long story. We had left to do a patrol route, and apparently during the time we were away, Fort Rannick was attacked. It was incredibly unfortunate as well, because our commander was also away during the attack. We came back to the aftermath, and were chased off. On our way back to Turtleback Ferry, we got captured by these ogrekin, along with a few of the other Black Arrows it seems. You came at a good time, as I think we were next on the menu."
Vincent: "What attacked Fort Rannick?"
"Ogres. Probably 20ish of em. I imagine it should be too difficult for the three of us Black Arrows to take the place back, may just need some help to ensure it's success."
Valtyra pointed over to the unconscious man.
VALTYRA: "What's his story?"
JUBRAYL: "Who, Kaven? He's one of the Black Arrows. He's been with us this whole time. Why's he still unconscious?"
VALTYRA: "Because of the tattoo on his shoulder. Do you know what that symbol is all about?"
JUBRAYL"No clue, I remember seeing it while we were locked up here, but I guess I didn't get the chance to ask while we were fearing for our lives."
NAOLEXA"It's bad business. Any idea what he is doing with that on his back?"
JUBRAYL"I dunno."

The party got the hunch that Jubrayl was being completely honest in his answers about Kaven, so Valtyra decided perhaps it was time to bring this 'Kaven' around, and question him instead. Jakardros and Shalelu also joined up with the group at this point, and Jakardros had the same information that Jubrayl did. With a quick channel, they roused Kaven as well.

When he raised, they questioned him about the Sihedron. He stated he was unaware of what it meant, and he got it a long time ago. The party filled him in on how it was linked to murders in both Sandpoint and Magnimar, and that it meant bad business. With an exasperated look on his face, all Kaven could say is that he was unaware of the meaning behind it. He got it when he visited the recently sunken Paradise, a casino that was using this tattoo as a member's pass. The party felt he was telling the truth.

However, after this was conveyed, Jubrayl and Jakardros began backing up slowly, looking up.

"Friends...I'm afraid we woke up Biggin'"

From the ceiling came a massive ogre spider and right for the party. The Black Arrows were unarmored, so they retreated back to the front of the barn where Dov and Oswin were keeping watch. Our party members armed themselves for the fight with the spider, and were able to dispatch it with little issue. Shalelu was able to fend off the poison from the spider after it bit her.

After the fight, the party exited the barn and tried to come up with a game plan. Currently, the Black Arrows were unarmed, and there still existed this possible threat of this "Mammy" that Rukus mentioned. The Heroes wanted to try and lure Mammy our by taking Rukus hostage, and try to fight them outside, instead of indoors. However, with varying breaking up of windows and yelling, no response came from inside. They decided the only way to deal with this was to go inside.

Valtyra led the group into the side door, with led them right into the bloody mess of a kitchen. She managed to catch her breath against the nasty smell in this room, from the number of human and animal corpses lie rotting in here. She warned the folks behind her of the smell, as she trudged in further. Vincent followed, however, wasn't able to hold back the smell as well, as he immediately began gagging on the smell. He warned Shalelu and Naolexa to maybe take the front entrance to the building instead.

When the ladies came to the front porch, Naolexa caught an eye of a somewhat blatant trap in front of them. Rusty saw blades lined the whole porch, and a windchime made from bones tried to hide a some of the chimes that were sharpened and on a hinge near the door. They went back to the kitchen entrance and did their best against the smell. They found 3 meat cleavers that were still in pretty good condition, so they hurled them out the door they came in to decide what to do with later.

Valtyra walked through a door from the kitchen, only to have a scythe come crashing down towards her. Luckily, she got her shield up just in time to block the blow. The group noticed that all of the doors in this area were rigged with the same trap, so Vincent used his magic to open the doors to spring the traps while no-one was near them.

They noticed in one of the rooms connected to this one were two ogrekin in what looked to be a playroom. They attempted to ambush them, but unfortunately Valtyra's armor slowed her down just a bit, and she accidentally kicked a chair in the room they were in. They sprung into action though, slaying both of the ogrekin easily. Naolexa did manage to sleep one of them, but ogrekin are healthy creatures, and he got right back up after Valtyra tried to kill him off.

While exploring, they found themselves in the top floor of this place. The heroes located a chest in what seemed to be a bedroom, but the lid was stuck. When Valtyra and Vincent worked together on it, the lifted the lid open to reveal a bag of coins. However, they immediately noticed that the bag of coin were on a pressure plate, and a war raxor was wound up ready to come down the moment the bag was lifted. Vincent used his Mage Hand magic to lift the bag up, trigging the trap and also getting the bag as well. He handed it to Valtyra while he worked to pull the war razor from the trap, as it seemed in decent condition as well. Aside from a number of severed fingers in the bag, they found a fair amount of coin in this bag. They got the war razor off, folded it shut to not get poisoned by the blade, and took it along with.

When they returned to the main floor, the split their efforts of exploring, to try and cover more ground. Valtyra and Naolexa discovered a room with a large number of bone chimes, one still clutching a ring on it. However, that's when Naolexa and Valtyra heard the scream from Vincent.


Vincent and Shalelu opened their door right into the room where Mammy was sitting on her bed, and three ogrekin lined the walls. She ordered the ogrekin to attack, as she began flinging spells.

They made quick work of the ogrekin, who ended up actually being reanimated. After being destroyed, they focused their efforts on Mammy, who began flying to try and get away. Naolexa, however, got into the room and put her to sleep, making her crash right back onto the bed she was lying on. Valtyra lined up her musket, and fired.

With Mammy no more, they gathered the loot from her, and continued to make sure every room was explored, as no downstairs level had been discovered just yet. Vincent returned to the kitchen to add to the loot pile outside, and then noticed a door that hadn't been opened yet.

After opening it, it led to a dark lower level.
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