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Dan
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Rise of the Runelords
August 2, 2015
After observing the situation from the small alcove in the pit, the group decided the best path of action was to teleport up to the top of the ramp and see where this Black Tower might lie. Conna explained that the only entrance to the tower was on the ground level, so they needed to get up there somehow.

The party teleported with the help of Naolexa and Vincent, while Philip simply burrowed into the earth. They observed the outside courtyard, which luckily was empty of any of the stone giants. On the towers that rise above this ring, stone giant sentries seemed to be stationed at each one, aside from a larger tower that stood double in height. As it was behind the mammoth stables, Conna helped the group sneak around the stables without alerting the mammoths, and over to the Black Tower.

They were cautious of entering the tower, but luckily Yama was able to confirm that no traps were armed on the door of the tower. He entered in cautiosly, and the group immediately confirmed that there was a trap door that was in the middle of this room. Vincent swung it open, and Valtyra confirmed that it was the only way down in this area. Valtyra tied some rope securely, and knotted the rope with Shalelu's assistance. One by one, the heroes descended into the lower level of the Black Tower.

Yama was first, and as he landed, he noticed the room was very cold. On the floor, there was a body wrapped in linens and holding a scroll case very tightly. Yama's greed got the better of him, and he rushed over to try and get a closer look at the scroll case. As he did, the body rose up, revealing that a mummy held Yama's treasure. With a wild spin, the mummy burst open the linens that secured him arms, revealing a chain that held the case to him.

The mummy put up a tough fight for the group, as he spread around disease with every hit he made. After all of the heroes made it into the room, he let forth a black fog from his mouth. This caught everyone but Valtyra off guard, but the party noticed that they felt generally weaker. The monk got a few blows onto Yama and Arvel that left behind spreading black marks. Yama stabbed his blades into the creature with one final swing, as the mummy began to spin around wildly. It stopped, locking it's gaze with Yama. It's jaw, already dislodged, fell to the floor, as the light faded from his eyes. The linens begin to fall apart, and fell into a pile onto the floor. The scroll case landed softly on the pile as well.

Yama eagerly picked up the scroll case. Inspecting it, he could tell that this was made out of adamantine, but also has 5 locks on it total. It took quite a bit of time for Yama to pick the locks on the case. Inside, greater treasure awaited for the group. Numerous scrolls awaited in here, all which Yama carefully pulled out of the case He could tell that they were quite fragile, so handling them could be extremely dangerous to them.

All of these scrolls were written in Thassilonian, which Naolexa and Dov studied. Yama was able to read these as well, but it didn't make sense as to why. He then remembered the strange gold ioun stone that orbited him, and immediately caught on that it was likely the reason.
The scrolls held powerful magics, all of which the casters were eager to find. Two other important things were in this, however. One was the Writ of Entry and Access, which read the following (in Thassilonian):


WRIT OF ENTRANCE AND ACCESS

To be presented to the clockwork librarian of the Therassic Library for the securing of full access to all archives held within.

Ware the shining guardians, for they guard the library without bias, and any who would enter are counted thieves and vandals to be slaughtered.

Speak aloud the name of the Master Architect, Viosanxi, afore entry is attempted via the bronze doors, if thou wouldst avoid their blinding wrath.


Furthermore, a larger scroll puzzled the group. Naolexa unwound it, and the writing on the scroll shined brightly. After that initial flash, the light died down and revealed another magic spell written in Thassilonian. This was Deathwine, which Naolexa went ahead and cast. After the potion converted to a dark red liquid, the scroll wound itself up, and despite any efforts that Naolexa or Dov had, they could not open the scroll again.

They returned to the upper floor, but the strain on the party to recover from the monks flurry caused the heroes to need some rest. Philip used his staff once more to move stone and seal off the door. Naolexa found enough room to summon a small shack to which the Heroes all piled into to try and get some rest for the rest of the trials that lie before them.
Session: The Jorgenfist Raid: Part 5 - Monday, Aug 03 2015 from 12:30 AM to 3:30 AM
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Rise of the Runelords
July 26th, 2015
With the two roads, the party took some time to recover. Philip took some time in the morning to obtain a prophecy from one of his spells, Legend Lore. After communing for quite some time, he received the following riddle, of which he quickly jotted down so he could remember:


The Prophecy

The valley of Jorgenfist holds many mysteries and rumors, yet none so well known as the darkness of the Black Tower. Adventurers who come to this place seeking the caves interiors need first to visit the monk who resides in the tower, lest your adventure only lead to your death.

Mokurian resides here, and has spent much time building an army. He plans to raid the rest of Varisia, but is it his own flag he flies? Or does he serve another king? Nevertheless, he has numerous allies here who all assist him with his endeavors.

Should you find his dragon, he only serves out of pride.
Should you find the hill giant, you find his assistant to his rituals.
Should you find his kobold, you find an ally quick to anger.
Should you find his advisor, do not be so quick to judge.
Should you find his captives, they have a higher purpose than what they know.
Should you find his matriarchs, they are an ally from a different army.
Should you find his trolls, they guard the door to a ruin below.
Should you find his Mokurian himself, prepare for your demise.


With this information, they at least knew what they needed to locate within Jorgenfist. After determining what the game plan was proceed through this cave, Nevik determined that he could scout ahead and see what lies before them. He proceeded to the north, where he found a very small room that went off the normal path. A stone giant looked over the ground level of the pit here.

He skipped this to proceed further in, and found a mess hall area. It was relatively empty, but the kitchen area that was connected to the room did still have the cook. She was still cooking, but was too far away for him to determine what. He snuck through this room, and through a small tunnel to the north. This connected to another room, but this one was smaller and had a small altar.

He observed a stone giant pace back and forth here, and she muttered words to herself. She looked worried, but since she was speaking in giant, Nevik was unable to determine what was being said. He carefully returned to the room with the rest of the party, and they formulated a plan to teleport close to the room with this stone giant. The heroes cautiously walked into the room, it didn't take long for her to notice the group. She immediately began speaking in giant to the group, and then corrected herself to common so that everyone could understand her:


Female Stone Giant
I don't have much time, but know that if you are here to slay Mokmurian, I am your ally. We can speak here in peace, and I wish to speak of your quarrel here. Without my help, you might only find your graves below Jorgenfist.


She introduced herself as Conna the Wise, Mokmurian's adviser. SHe explained that several years ago, Mokmurian slayed her husband to obtain control over this area. She served as an adviser just to save her own life, but secretly planned for a chance of vengeance. now with the Heroes here to presumably kill Mokmurian, perhaps they can work together to meet a similar goal. She knows much about these caves and can willingly speak on the creatures that inhabit here. She also warned the Heroes that should they try to enter the library without speaking with the monk first, they would likely die. She explained that the monk waited in the Black Tower, and that they should see him first.



The heroes were very willing to allow Conna to help exact her revenge, and welcomed her to come along. The group worked their way back down to the hallway outside of the smaller room, as Conna described this to be the general's room. They rushed into the room, Conna screaming "The time for the uprising is now!" as she flung bright green rays of acid onto the general. The group flayed his mind, tearing away his mental capacities. Naolexa then put him to sleep and Nevik finished him off.

They just cut down an important figure in the army, but what of this monk? What does the Black Tower have in store for the group?
Session: The Jorgenfist Raid: Part 4 - Monday, Jul 27 2015 from 12:30 AM to 3:30 AM
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Dan
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Rise of the Runelords
July 19th, 2015
The group ventured through the maze like tunnels found back here. Small critters scampered across the cave walls, and the party dealt with minor enemies, such as slimes, with no issues.

When they saw torch light coming through a longer tunnel, they knew they reached the end. However, before they could reach this, a new foe stood before them. Gnomes, who had bloodsoaked red caps, and incredibly large scythes. The group had to maneuver around each other, but after a few brutal kicks to the ankles, they group put these nuisances to rest. Continuing through, they found a larger room. Vincent lead the group, and when he stepped into the room, he saw a kolbold on the other side of the room.

She had her spear readied, and immediately screamed at Vincent, "Finally! I've been itching for a fight! My name is Enga Keckvia, and you shall die!" She immediately began flinging rocks from her sling at Vincent, as the group piled into the room to try and get a hold on the situation. They endured the blows that the kolbold laid down, and after enough trading, the kolbold tried to retreat back into the caves. Naolexa froze her in her tracks, while Nevik and Vincent lined up to end her completely. They took what they could from her, which included a very dangerous necklace, which could have been used on the party.

Nevik took this moment to hand the staff that he found early to Philip. After analyzing it, Philip knew this was a powerful boon that he just gained. He immediately used the staff to move earth and seal the room completely so that the party may rest and relax. Many foes lay ahead of them, so caution must be taken within the caves.
Session: The Jorgenfist Raid: Part 3 - Monday, Jul 20 2015 from 12:30 AM to 3:30 AM
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Dan
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Rise of the Runelords
June 28th, 2015
Our Heroes could see the giants at the watch tower, roughly two hundred feet away. Near a bonfire that burned next to the tower, two giants were throwing material on to it, as smoke billowed up higher and higher. The party knew this was a smoke signal, and could easily tell that things going forward wouldn't be exactly easy.

Naolexa had the idea to cast a poisonous cloud of gas on the two lower giants, in attempts to whittle away at their health. As she casted, a rock came flying through the air almost instantly, crashing in Naolexa just as she finished the spell.

A barrage of rocks slew forth from the three giants, as one moved closer and closer to Naolexa. Nevik stuck to the mountain side, and got in close to the other giant. The tall giant ducked down into the tower after a bit, and emerged from the tower. She stabbed into Nevik , Vincent, and Valtyra easily, all the while the other giant slamming his great club all over the place.

Things looked grim for Nevik and Vincent. Naolexa managed to sleep one of the giants, while Valtyra had to focus her efforts on healing. Shalelu pelted her targets with arrows, but had a few mishaps with her bow. When all seemed bleak, when it seemed that Vincent would have to watch Nevik fall, and then see himself fall...

Reiner and Malia rushed in on the scene. Seeing the bloody mess not only near him but also where Nevik was, he knew what he had to do. Malia went over to the giant who lay sleeping, and performed a cooup de grace. Luckily, after a few death gurgles, the giant succumbed to his wounds.

Vincent thought fast, and rushed over to Nevik. Luckily, the giant was distracted and didn't take a swing at him. Quickly, he teleported back to where the other casters were. Valtyra now stood between the giants and the party, as Reiner rushed as quickly as he could into the fray. Faster than expected, Reiner cut down the other giant, and brought the lady giant to her knees. She attempted feebly to stab at Reiner, but was unable to hold her spear steady. Reiner cut her down and returned to his friends to make sure they were okay. They focused their efforts on healing, but knew that if this is what lay ahead, they could be in over their heads.

While Philip and Naolexa toiled over the loot, appraising it and determining the magic properties of them, Nevik climbed to the top of the tower. He was able to get a better look at the area, and an attempt to see what lay ahead for them. He could see that the camps that were visible near the ring of towers were a buzz with giants, and a lot of them. He spotted around forty ogres in one camp alone, while the next closest one had eleven stone giants.

He relayed this information, and the party knew that their only course of action was to rest somewhere secluded and make a plan. Philip took to the air and invisible, scouting over the mountain range to the south. He was able to find a small area that seemed safe from the trouble. He returned to the party, guided them there, and then took to the air again while the party set up camp. He flew around the area, sticking close to the river side. Luckily, he saw two cave entrances near the river. Flying near the entrance of one of them, it smelled of a reptilian stink. The other didn't smell, but was covered in darkness and webs. Knowing he wouldn't be able to deal with this on his own, he returned to camp and relayed the information.

For now, the best course was to stay here one more day and prepare themselves for the road ahead. There were going to be numerous tough fights ahead. They had to prepare themselves for the worst here, lest they be catching up to their death.
Session: The Jorgenfist Raid: Part 1 - Monday, Jun 29 2015 from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM
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Dan
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Rise of the Runelords
May 17th, 2015
The heroes encountered an unexpected night of events during their stay in Ravenmoor. Reiner and Yama protected the town from rabid dire wolves, Nevik saved Naolexa's life from a crazed demon lord worshipper, Dov battled with dragons, all while Shalelu, Malia, Valtyra, Vincent, and Philip enjoyed a quiet evening and day of rest at the inn. They even met up with Maester Grump, who some of the heroes ran into in Sandpoint a while back. He helped the heroes reveal the mystery of their newly found egg; an axebeak would soon hatch from this.

Revitalized and excited for their journey, the group left Ravenmoor to the north east. They ventured closer and closer to the Storval Stairs, but on their journey, heard a unexpected noise: panicked moo-ing. A group of ogres were traveling through the area, each with a cow slung of their shoulder, still alive and frighting for freedom. The heroes intervened with the beasts, saving a few of the cows in the process. One ogre got away, but not before Shalelu got an arrow or two in it.

The finally made it to the bottom of the Storval Stairs. A incredibly large incline awaited them, and the only way up was to climb the steps.
Session: On the Road: Jorgenfist! Part 2 - Monday, May 18 2015 from 12:30 AM to 3:30 AM
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