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Rise of the Runelords
May 3rd, 2015
The Heroes left for Jorgenfist, following the Lost Coast Road north, heading through Galduria, then Wolf's Ear, Ravenmoor, and then reaching to Storval Stairs. A 15 day trip on foot, the heroes visited the Goblin Squash Stables and those who did not already have a horse or way to travel, bought a horse. This helped speed up the trip and helped shave off roughly 2 days.

As they headed north, they staved off a giant vulture who wanted to pick a fight, and shortly thereafter encountered a mysterious cave that peaked Yama's and Nevik's curiosity. Valtyra, Naolexa, and Philip were not interested, but Yama got the smell of loot to be had, and quickly surveyed the area to get an idea of what was in the cave. They were able to spot a small tail out of the shadows of this very dark cave, but could not identify it from the tail alone. Yama approached, and discovered that these were simply giant geckos. Yama, not worried about these pests, dismounted his horse by leaping blindly into the cave to discover what might be inside. He managed to catch himself on a wall before running into it, spooking the geckos as he rebounded off the wall. Nevik approached more calmly, walking past the hissing geckos, and into the empty cavern area.

Nevik saw an odd sight past the geckos, however. Using Philip’s everburning torch, he illuminated the room to find a large egg in the corner. If these geckos were anything like the shocker lizards, these eggs were not that of a lizard’s. Intrigued, he picked up the egg, alerted the 4 near him, and booked it out of the room. Vincent, recently being rewarded a new enchantment on his rapier, got overzealous with his attack on the gecko. He skewered and killed the gecko, but put too much force into the attack, and ended up snapping the blade. Vincent was devastated, but picked up the broken blade pices and focused on assisting Nevik. Vincent could tell at a range that it was a bird’s egg of some sort, perhaps a giant vulture’s, an axe beak’s, or even a giant eagle. The spots were a little different on the egg shell, however, upon closer inspection.

VINCENT: “Now that I am closer to it, I can confirm this is some sort of axe beak egg. However, it is a little different, as the spots on a normal axe beak’s egg are usually circles. These are...filled-in circles, which is a little different.”

Nevik was happy with his catch regardless, and hefted it into the cart with Shalelu’s assistance.

Yama walked into the opposite side of the cavern from Nevik, and found himself in a room with 4 geckos, and a small coin purse on the ground. He picked up the coinpurse, and immediately alerted the geckos in the room, who moved to attack him. He slew them easily, but not before one got a hefty bite on his foot. He shook this off with no problems, and retreated from the cave. However, two of the geckos still remained from Nevik’s troubles, and headed right for Yama and his horse. They gnawed away at the horse’s legs, and brought his massive beast to it’s knees. Yama killed off a gecko, while Shalelu sniped the other. Yama refused to ask for a heal for his horse, and immediately put it out of it’s misery. Everyone was shocked at this motion, but Vincent decided then that he could ride his horse, Nightmare, and place Yama on cart duty. Yama agreed to this, and took a moment to review over the coinpurse. Delighted, he squandered it away, but not without Shalelu and Nevik knowing of the coinpurse. Shalelu dismissed it, knowing there was better things to worry about, while Nevik met Yama with a look of understanding between two thieves, and let it slide.

The group continued onward, and found themselves passing through Galduria and Wolf’s Ear. On their way to Ravenmoor, they found themselves in close proximity to a large ant hill. It was covered in tiny carpenter ants, but something caught the group’s eye; a belt was hanging in the top of the ant hill. Philip, intrigued, mage-handed the belt to him, but not without covering himself in ants that were on the belt. Valtyra acted quickly, fire-hosing Philip via a create water spell, washing off the ants and drowning them easily. However, the incident stirred up the ants within the hill, who formed massives swarms, aimed for those trying to pass. Naolexa acted quickly, tossing a fireball at the hill. It scorched the ants quickly, and the group escaped from the scene quickly before they could recollect.

The group found themselves at Ravenmoor for the evening, trading with a few vendors and merchants before the heroes went to their own wishes or resting. They neared the Storval Stairs, closing in closer and closer to their destination of Jorgenfist, where they hope to find answers.
Session: On the Road: Jorgenfist! - Monday, May 04 2015 from 12:30 AM to 3:30 AM
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Rise of the Runelords
April 26th, 2015
Tired and bruised, the Heroes had only one more problem within the town; the Scarnetti Manor was on fire. They quickly rushed over to the manor, luckily void of any giants along the path. They seemingly abandoned a looting cart, and had numerous belongings of the Scarnetti's in the cart, ready to be rolled out. Unsure on why they left the cart, they only saw Aldern over at the front of the Kaijitsu Manor, out of breath. Did he take on the giants single-handed?

Valtyra quickly went to work trying to douse the fire, but the manor was near destroyed. Naolexa spotted a piece of paper sticking out of the desk, however, and took the opportunity to snag it. It just so happened to be a letter from Jubrayl, her father, to Titus Scarnetti. It detailed the blackmail that Jubrayl was putting on Titus for hiring Jubrayl to start the fire that destroyed the competitor's lumber mills. The rumors they heard on the lumber mills just so happened to be true, but Naolexa never expected Jubrayl to be the cause. The letter detailed the agreement of a payment to Jubrayl, and the continued protection of Kaye Tesarani. Naolexa pocketed the letter just in time for Titus to show up, out of breath, and not able to believe the situation. His manor, his home, destroyed, all while he was away. Naolexa decided it best to approach him later about the letter after getting an idea on what she wanted to do with this information. She could certainly have Titus locked away for this, but would the agreement of Kaye's protection be voided?

The group took the opportunity to assess the damage and rest. They found out that not only was Shayliss Vinder and Greyland missing, but also Ameiko Kaijitsu was missing after the dust settled. Other villagers reported missing family members, the Two Knight Brewery was destroyed, and the two brothers missing as well.

Speaking with Mayor Kendra Devrin, they explained the situation, who they knew to be missing, and waited the opportunity to rest and recover. Mayor Deverin paused a moment, and asked if any hostages were taken. It was then that Naolexa remembered, Dov freezing a giant outside the north gate. If the heroes were lucky, that giant was still there.

Luck have it, it was still there, frozen. The ice definitely took some hits, but it looks like whoever was trying to free this giant failed to, and ran off before finishing the task. Reiner melted down the top of the ice to the giant's shoulders, as it gasped for air. They immediately began questioning it, asking where they were commanded to take hostages to, and why they attacked Sandpoint. The stone giant was hard-headed (literally and figuratively), and grunted at the thought of giving information as a prisoner. After threats against his life from Vincent, he finally decided that it was either provide information, or die at the hands a puny human.

Captured Stone Giant
Defeated by nosy little humans, never thought this would happen to the Plateau People. Well, I can tell you this: My lord is might Mokmurian, one of the dark giants of old come again. His magic, the things he has made...He has convinced the tribes that they will rule all the lowlands again, down to the sea. He has mastered the ancient arts.

He will certainly kill you all, run rough over your tiny homes with the army he has called. The fortunate few will become slaves. You beat us today, but you won't beat us when there are a hundred or a thousand of the Plateau People marching together. Lord Mokmurian will make it happen. He's almost a smooth a talker as you are, little one.

Teraktinus--he was the leader of our scouting party. He convinced us that you'd be easy pickings and we'd all get rich. He obviously underestimated you, and he paid for his mistake. I've no interest in paying for that mistake as well. Grant me safe passage out of your lands, and I'll tell you everything you wish to know.

They wasted no time asking him where the hostages were being taken to. He explained that they were to take them back to Jorgenfist. He knew not why they were needed, or what sort of ritual they were needed for. THey asked where Jorgenfist was, and he explained that was indeed northeast of Storval Stairs. They also asked if he had heard the name Nualia at all. He thought for a moment, and said he believes he heard a similar name spoken of around the camp by the leader, but he wasn't sure of the details.

The heroes wanted one minor revision to the agreement before setting the giant free; when they release him, he had to go south instead of back to Jorgenfist. He agreed, saying that returning to the fort could mean death by dishonor regardless. Philip used an arcane mark on him, showing a image of a garden hoe, and they melted away the rest of the ice. The giant stood, stretched after being in his icy confines for so long, and then left on the road, turning into the forest he could cut through to begin his travels south.

The group turned to the Mayor, asking what to do now? She, stern faced, had been at the interrogation the whole time. She stated they knew no details on this Mokmurian leader, aside from him being able to use powerful magics. They also don't know why the leader was going after the Old Light, but something had the attention of who the giant called Teraktinus. They need a plan going forward, it was obvious they would be heading for Jorgenfist, but they needed to rest, and Valtyra was still missing an arm.

The Mayor had a connection in Magnimar who specialized in prosthetics, specially made from clockwork gears. The Mayor wanted to go visit the Lord Mayor anyway, to inform him of what had happened in Sandpoint and to see what support he can provide, so Valtyra decided to join on the trip to Magnimar as well. The others stayed in Sandpoint to help clean up the mess, and get some rest.

The body of the dragon still lay in the sanctuary grounds, so the group took as many trophies as they felt necessary; numerous dragon scales and even severing the head to have it mounted and placed somewhere in Kaijitsu Manor. The other villagers helped pick through the remaining parts of the dragon, scavenging meat, bones, what scales were left...they wanted nothing to go to waste from this dragon. The Heroes feasted well, as dragon meat is very filling when cooked correctly. Sandpoint ate well that night, thanks to the heroes and likely will for a while.

The group split to do their own activities. Yama and Nevik agreed to round up the various equipment of the fallen foes, bringing it to the armory in town for scrap metal and coin. Vincent approached the Pixie's Kitten, hoping for a good time, but was only greeted by a sour-faced Kaye. "Shop's closed for now, dear. Come back when there isn't a giant hole in my building." He meant no harm, and agreed to come back later to perhaps assist with the cleanup and reconstruction. Philip collected his thoughts and simply meditated prior to going to bed. Reiner helped where he could with the clean up, before turning in for the night.

Naolexa helped with the clean up of the Pixie's Kitten, while asking her mother on what to do with the letter. Kaye was just as shocked to hear that Titus was in agreement to protect her, she hardly sees the man a protector role. She thought about it for a moment, and said she should approach Titus on it. See what he knows, and how he reacts to Naolexa knowing this information. Naolexa agreed, and said he would approach him tomorrow.

THe next day, Valtyra made it to Magnimar in the early morning. The Mayor showed her to the doctor she mentioned, and said she can meet back up with Valtyra here afterwards. After a hefty bill, some signing of contracts, and a few minor preparations, she readied herself for the surgery. It went through with no problems, and she easily healed of the tissue damage that was caused by the various incisions. She now had a clockwork arm to replace her previous one, and catch back up with the mayor afterwards. They secured some assistance in the guard for the next few months, so they headed back to Sandpoint to get Valtyra back with her friends.

Naolexa, Reiner, and Vincent went to the Scarnetti Manor to approach Titus Scarnetti. Naolexa caught them up to speed on the situation, and Vincent was all for blackmailing him. Naolexa approached him, and slyly explained that she knew of the agreement between Titus and Jubrayl. This of course displeased Titus, as it meant his belongings were gone through. He offered to pay for Naolexa's and her friend's silence, but that was not enough for Naolexa. She wanted 3500gp, assistance given to the reconstruction to the Pixie's Kitten (a blow to the Scarnetti family, as they protest the building daily and wish prostitution criminalized), and the continued protection of not only Kaye, but also Jubrayl and Naolexa. He scoured, but agreed, knowing he had a reputation to protect. They left Titus to his own devices, pleased with the results. Naolexa debated about turning him in anyway, since she already pocketed the funds given by Titus. She held onto the letter and the thought for now.

Philip was introduced to not only Aldern, but also the Heroes' Manor they acquired. Excited to have a place for the group to call a base of operations, he quickly got to work taking orders on what plants to grow in a miniature garden for the party. His garden hoe, imbued with magic, helped foster the plant's growth, and he already saw progress of the plants when he finished his work. He spent the rest of the day writing scrolls and resting his mind.

The others rested, waiting for Valtyra's return before heading out for Jorgenfist. The sun set and rose again, as the dawn of a new journey awaited our heroes. They rejoined with Valtyra and her new arm in the morning, and left for the road north.
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Rise of the Runelords
April 19th, 2015
The Heroes had to act fast. Naolexa was worried about her mother, hearing the Pixie's Kitten was in danger. She used dimension door to get herself, Valtyra, and Philip as close to Pixie's Kitten as possible. Vincent, Reiner, and Yama wanted to intervept the retreating boss, while Nevik, Malia, and Shalelu took a round-a-bout way to scout and keep Malia safe.

Vincent, Reiner, and Yama teleported to a 3 way intersection to get themselves in front of the boss. This landed them in a position not exactly favorable, as they suddenly noticed they were outnumbered and surrounded by an additional 6 giants. They had to act fast if this was going to work; they were going to focus all of their attention on the boss, then dimension door again to teleport to safety. They wailed on the boss, and while they were pelted by rocks, managed to slay him in one fell swoop. They quickly left the scene, seeing the despaired look on the giant's face as they left.

Naolexa, Philip, and Valtyra were able to land on a dock near the Pixie's Kitten, with only a short jog over. They rushed over to find a stone giant holding a bag, accompainied by two bears. They worked to try and bring the sitution in their favor by charming the bears to turn against the giant. As they had some success with this, they were unable to control one of the bears from tearing into them. However, the previous group teleported into the scene to help clean up this rabble. The giant managed to get a vital hit on Yama, crushing his throat. He still fought bravely, as he slowly suffocated. Luckily, the foes fell just as Yama went unconcious from the loss of breath, giving Valtyra the opportunity to address the situation. He was healed up as best as possible. Naolexa helped her mother out of the bag, who had only taken minor injuries. They looked upon the building of the Pixie's Kitten, now with a gaping hole in its front. The other heroes eventually teleported over to Thanning's house with the others.

Nevik, Malia, and Shalelu originally tried to set themselves up on top of the roofs to help with the boss fight, but they others dissapeared before they made themselves noticed. They then turned their attention to a group of three giants they spotted eariler, who had bagged Thanning Catum. Malia swallowed her pride, and stood against the giants bravely. She acted as a decoy to let Nevik attempt to drop down on the giants, and Shalelu riddle them with arrows. They managed to take one down, but two more remained, and they were broken and bruised.

Just then, Reiner, Vincent, and Philip teleported over to this area hearing the commotion, and helped tear through the giant towering over Malia, ready to smash her to the ground. The final giant was already retreating, and went into a full out sprint once the other giant fell. Reiner, enlarged still from an eariler spell, followed in pursuit. Using his genie bloodline, he closed the gap and attempted to trip the giant to stop him completely. Sadly, the giant saw this coming and stood firm. However, when he continued to retreat, Reiner caught him in the leg, drug him closer, and finished him for good. The bag fell to the ground and a feeble Thanning crawled out.

Nevik took the opportunity while near the Bottled Solutions to try and find some healing potions to help with the damage. He snuck into the building, but the owner of the store was there. Frightened already, Nevik threatened him, stating that he needed the best healing potions he has, and all of them. THe storeowner hesitated a moment, then quickly scampered to the back room when Nevik stated that more will die if he does not provide this. He rushed out with 24 potions of Cure Moderate Wounds, plenty of healing to even help soothe Yama's repairing throat. Nevik gladly took these, and stated that the Heroes owed the shopkeep one.

Vincent, Philip, and Naolexa teleported over to again intercept the giant with the bag that Reiner was intercepting, in the event he wasn't able to catch him. They were close to the general store, but sadly a second too late. Giants far to the north, near the Old Light again, were seen running. The players exausted their options to hunt them down, and saw the gaping hole in the Vinder's general store.
Session: Raid on Sandpoint?! Part Quatro - Monday, Apr 20 2015 from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM
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Rise of the Runelords
April 12th, 2015
The group prepared themselves as the giant slowly moved it's way over. It downed a potion while he approached, and rested his hand on one of his picks. He saw an opportunity arise while the party moved about, and he threw the smaller of his two picks. It was aimed directly at Valtyra.

It hit with sure accuracy, and severed her right arm off. Carried by the momentum, her arm smacked Vincent in the face, and the pick went crashing into the raised platform that Shalelu stood on.

While the party tried to handle the situation, the giant had made it close enough to speak.

???: "Are you certain you want to fight? You seem to have a member not fully functional. I offer to you a bargain; let us leave the town peacefully at this point, and we will spare your lives. Stop us, and you will die beneath the foot of the Plateau People."

Reiner, worried about Valtyra wounds, gripped his sword tight, and stood to face to giant. The others tried to help Valtyra get it under control, but Valtyra insisted she would be fine and told them to worry about the giants.

???: "Very well. Men?"

Before, the giant only showed himself. However, behind the houses, other stone giants were waiting, along with another dire bear. The party was certain they were outpowered by these numbers, but stood against their foes.

Naolexa conjured up a Wall of Ice, in an attempt to bottleneck the forces straight to Reiner. Yama used the opportunity of tall ice columns to climb on top of them, ready to get the drop down on the enemy. Vincent did what he could to help assist by casting haste and get a few bow shots off, and Shalelu fired a barrage of arrows on the enemy. Valtyra handled her wounds as best as she could, just in attempts of stopping the bleeding. She wavered a few times, but managed to keep herself alive through out all of it.

The group slew 4 of the giants before the mysterious leader decided to retreat back into the town. The remaining giant followed after him when the bear was defeated, and the party decided not to give immediate chase to help Valtyra deal with her continuing wounds. Yama, not well-versed in the medical fields, took the opportunity to get a vantage point from a rooftop to keep an eye on the boss.

When he did, he also saw that there were numerous villagers being stuffed into bags. He caught sight of a few isntances, but since he was not from Sandpoint, he didn't recognize the people. He saw a human female being snagged from the Pixie's Kitten (Kaye Tesarani, Naolexa's mother), a Tengu male being stolen from the Rusty Dragon (Greyland, one of Dov's tribes members), a human wizard, being defended by a tiny bird who pecked at the giant's hand (Thanning Catum, Naolexa's childhood friend), and finally a red-headed human woman from the general store (Shayliss Vinder, who at a tryst with Nevik eariler this year). Other villagers also were being grabbed, but they were not as well seen as these four.

The group had to act fast if they wanted to rescue them all, but how would they go about doing it, and taking out the retreating leader?
Session: Raid on Sandpoint?! Part Trois - Monday, Apr 13 2015 from 12:30 AM to 3:30 AM
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Rise of the Runelords
March 24th, 2015
Not sure what to do about the raid, the party decided to use the night to unwind and relax.

Naolexa caught up with her mother and Thanning, and then spent some time with Shazam to learn some new spells.

Reiner checked in with Kaijitsu Manor, and then waited at the Rusty Dragon to unwind.

Vincent went to the local weapons shop to purchase a longbow that he could use, and then went to go find himself some "entertainment" at the Pixie's Kitten. He joined the group at the Rusty Dragon afterwards.

Philip and Valtyra went to go visit Brodert Quink, the local Thassilonian expert, to inquire about the purple cloth, and if he knew anything on Jorgenfist or the library. Sadly, the only information Brodert had for them was that purple was a typical color of the royal troops of a Runelord, and that Jorgenfist was north-east of the Storval Stairs. They joined the group up at the Rusty Dragon afterwards.

Dov spent his time relaxing in the Rusty Dragon, but was greeted by those he would not have expected to ever see again: his tribe elder, Yabu.

DOV: "I would not have ever expected to see you here."

YABU: "Well, we didn't exactly expect to be here in the first place, but it's nice to see you are well."

Yabu explained that they were forced out of their home in Whisper Wood by stone giants. Encountering the remainder of the ghoul problem, they hurried north, following the road to Sandpoint. Many of the Blackwing tribe fell not to the ghouls, but to the Stone Giant ambush in the forest. He spoke with the sheriff immediately upon arrival, and Sheriff Hemlock welcomed them with to Sandpoint as solace since their home was destroyed.

There were only 4 additional people with Yabu, so only 6 people were known to be surviving members of a almost destroyed tribe:
  • Dov, our tengu wizard hero
  • Yabu, the Blackwing elder
  • Greyland, a fierce warrior who duel wields katanas
  • Oakseeker, the tribe's druid scout, in tow with her owl companion, Sage
  • Whitefall, the tribes only remaining cleric, worshipper of Gozreh
  • Ebonfeather, a overconfident warrior in training under Greyland

Yabu did mention that it is possible Zaki might be alive still, but he position is unknown. He ran off a day after Dov left the tribe, likely in embarrassment as Yabu explains. Dov stated he will keep an eye out for him in his travels. Reunited with his tribe, Dov caught up with them over food and drink, carrying on into the night.

The party rested in the morning at Kaijitsu Manor. Traveling around town, it was another peaceful stride through town.

And then they heard a scream from the north, followed by a large impact against the gate, and bells ringing. They rushed to the north to find stone giants tossing boulders at the gate, guffawing at the guards and making insults in broken Common. The heroes wrapped them up rather quickly, while also destroying the catapult that was going to be used on the gate before it launched. Hear further screams to the south, they ran over to the east bridge to find two more stone giants leading dire bears into the town. One of the stone giants already busted into the tanner's house, and was looting the place.

They killed these giants will little issue, holding them still with Black Tentacles, and them blasting them with spells like Flame Strike and Volcanic Strike. Despite the buildings taking some damage in the process, they weighed the cons and blasted the giants with all they had.

As the final bear fell, the turned to the west just in time to see a red dragon light the Sandpoint Garrison on fire.

What will the heroes do?
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