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Dan
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Rise of the Runelords
March 10th, 2015
Confronted with this threat they thought they handled, they had to act fast. The water has rose from previously, so getting to the dam the same way might have been difficult. Instead of taking the road by Kreeg Wood, the heroes opted to go by Ash Wood, and north into the Wyvern Mountains.

They made it to the border of Ash Wood when they ran across the scene of a cleric huddling over a body. He noticed the adventurers approaching, and rose to greet them. He explained that his friend was recently taken down by the local werewolves. Luckily, by inspecting what he could see, there were no bite marks on the body, only claw marks. The cleric did not want to see his body rot out here, but also wanted the equipment to still be put to good use. The party opted to relieve the gear from the cleric and provide it to Malia, giving her the opportunity to train with sword and shield.

They assisted with getting the deceased cleric's body back to Turtleback Ferry with the cleric, and then rethought their decision on attending to the dam first. The only thing stopping them was the guilt of still carrying around Lamatar's remains in a bag of holding.

VINCENT "The people can defend themselves against the flood. They can't defend themselves against the wrath of whoever this person was demanding the bones."

They opted to go to Whitewillow first, return the remains, and then head to the dam. They recovered a fishing boat to get the group across Claybottom Lake. When they neared Whitewillow, they heard the small sound of someone crying. Continuing forth, they discovered a small pixie trying to get their attention, as it was talking about how his mistress has gone mad and cursed the forest. The pixie was requesting the help of the adventurers to help put Myriana at peace. The heroes happily agreed, since they now knew the pixie could lead them straight there.

However, this forest was certainly cursed, and proved to have some troubles for the group as they passed through. Gnarled trees, mystical reflections in the water, and a ghost pirate ship greeted them here. Passing all of this and trying to stay focused, they followed the pixie's guidance the entire time.

Reaching Myriana, they discovered her sad fate of also being undead. Not wanting to anger the fey spirit, they offered Lamatar's remains rather quickly. Instantly gratified, she began to make numerous lights around the forest spin in the clearing they were in. As they swirled faster and faster, the area grew brighter and brighter. Vincent got a last glimpse of the nymph, as she smiled upon him before the flash. He felt confident from this smile.

When the light died down, Myriana was no-where to be found, and before them was a naked elf. Myriana used her own life force to bring Lamatar back to life via reincarnation. Vincent offered his cloak of elvenkind to the elf to help him cover himself. Lamatar thanked the adventurers, and stated he should honor Myriana's sacrifice and take over the forest as it's protector. Seeing the forest restored back to it's glory, the group said their farewells to the elf and went to pursue the ghost ship.

Luckily the ghost ship was still there, as they clambered up onto it to see what they could find. Inside of the captain quarters, they found the remains of the captain, but also a massive harp. On top of it was some sheet music, of which Vincent immediately snatched up. When the group exited the captain's quarters, they saw a white, ghostly dog sitting on the ship, looking off into the distance. It got up, hopped down off the ship, and then ran off into the forest.
While Reiner wanted to pursue the dog, the group decided they should leave this place. Out of fear, Vincent left the sheet music behind on the ship.

They moved quickly to try to get up to the dam. They decided to just go as far as the water would take them along the Kreeg Wood, and travel north-east through there. They made it to the dam and used Dimension Door to pop right back to the room where they fought the Skull Ripper. Seeing the device there, Vincent walked up to it and pulled down on one of the skull's mouths. A sudden rumble shook the dam a little bit as water began going through one of the floodgates. Too terrified to return to the devil with no results, they evacuated the dam as quickly as they could, not knowing anything about his condition.

After checking back in with Turtleback Ferry and updating the Mayor, they decided they were ready to head back to Sandpoint to try and help with the raid if Sandpoint still stood. They recovered the ferry which had floated down towards Pendaka, and followed back through the Yondabakari River to Magnimar. After making some quick stops to the library and various stores to sell and restock on supplies, the group made their way to Sandpoint.

Arriving there, they saw the building still stood, the people still here, and the seagulls still flying above. The town looked the same, but on the horizon to the north-east there were billowing clouds of white smoke...
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