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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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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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Rise of the Runelords
March 3rd, 2015
Once the party woke up for the morning, they gathered around the campfire to devise a plan to get back at the necromancer, and end his threat to the region for good.

Reiner decided it would be easiest for him to teleport right up to the necromancer, and cut him down there. Vincent and Valtyra would teleport behind the throne and try to flank him, while Shalelu and Philip would keep their distance as best as possible.

When they returned to the cave and the throne room, they found not only the necromancer waiting for them, but also a skeleton of the stone giant they killed yesterday. They wasted no time, as Reiner poofed in to get toe to toe with the necromancer. Malia was instructed to stay out of sight, should they target her and kill her.

The Necromancer stood no chance. Valtyra and Vincent took out the skeleton while Barl Breakbones was cleaved in two, only able to get of a single spell. Our heroes looted his remains, and found a stash of Black Arrows equipment behind the throne as well. Most of it benefited Shalelu, so she outfitted herself with some of the things found.

They returned to Turtleback Ferry to convene with the mayor-priest. Upon reaching the town, however, they were greeted with a loud crack coming from the north.

The dam was nearing collapse.
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Rise of the Runelords
Feburary 17th, 2015
Needing to know the rest of what this cave had in store for them, our Heroes opted Nevik to do some scouting ahead to find out what else remained, and what the biggest threat was. He borrowed Philip's ring, and went to work.

He discovered that there were two other rooms in the cave; one with a single man standing in front of an altar, while the other room was the largest of all. It had two stone giants and a whole slew of humans in the room.

Taking this back to the group, they needed to decide what the biggest threat was; the room full of ogres, the one "big-bad" as they referred to him as, or the room with the stone giants?

Weighing their options, they decided that the "big-bad" should be first priority.

Sneaking up onto the room, they wanted Nevik to set himself up so he can get the spring up on the enemy first. Vincent quicken the pace with haste, as the group went to work. Nevik noticed something while sneaking up on the target: This creature donned the symbol of the Black Arrows, and wore a crown. Reiner came crashing into the scene, however, eager to lay a heavy hit into the fiend. It came to attention at that point, that this creature was undead. A frost wight, which was then assumed to be the missing commander, Lamatar. Knowing he was undead, our heroes rather wanted to show him peace than mercy, and quickly slew him after a short battle.

A howling wind came blowing through the wind, carrying the screaming of a woman.

Return my beloved to me! Return my commander to my heart, or I shall find him with my vines and my dark trees will eat the land and churn your people to bone and misery. Return Lamatar to my embrace!


Being immediately frightened for their future and safety, they removed his armor and weapons and shoved the remains of his body in one of Philip's burlap sacks. Being left with two choices here, however: deal with the forge or deal with the stone giants. After discussing the issue thoroughly, they decided the forge would be better to take so that the reported 11 ogres do not ambush them during their fight with the stone giants.

They prepared themselves for a heavy fight. Vincent caused one of the campfires in this room to burst with light, blinding the tougher looking ogre and a few others. Reiner came crashing him, sweeping the tougher ogre off of his legs, while Nevik got a running start a leaped an incredible distance, bringing the blade down into his foe. The ogres began to gang up around Reiner, who then doubled in size and strength and met eye to eye with the ogres.

The tougher ogre died before he could even get up, which cause a good number of the other ogres to panic. Some of them began running towards the staircase, trying to escape. They met toe-to-toe with Vincent, who immediately used fearing magic to cause them to flee back into the room. As Shalelu, Valtyra, and Philip all took swings and shots at the weaker ogres, eventually all of the ogres lie dead on the cold ground Within a matter of a minute or two, the room of 11 ogres was massacred, with no sight of Malia.

They traveled to the final room, not knowing anything of what will happen, but expecting answers. They discovered that the humans in the room were undead, dressed in slave's rags. However, one person was next to the throne occupied by one of the stone giants. It was Malia.
Session: Hook Mountain Summit: Ogre Overpower Part 2 - Tuesday, Feb 17 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Rise of the Runelords
January 27th, 2015
Our Heroes hiked and traversed through Hook Mountain with general ease. They came to a corner of a mountain, with on their left side a large mountain face that showed no plateaus within sight, and on their right a long drop off a mountain cliff. Their reason for concern with this is because Vincent spotted a troll who was busy relieving himself on the side of the mountain.

Remembering the fight with the trolls in Skull's Crossing, they recalled that they needed to douse these trolls in either fire or acid. Knowing this, Philip bolstered his own bolts and Shalelu's arrows with flames. Nevik attempted to run along the cliff side to get around the trolls, but he discovered 5 additional trolls around the corner.

They knew being near the cliff side would be a bad idea, as the trolls could easily knock them straight off the mountain. Some of the trolls did attempt to push Nevik off of the cliff, but he managed to stay his ground against the trolls. Philip lit off a fireball, hitting the additional trolls, while Vincent, Valtyra, Nevik, and Shalelu all went to work against the beasts.

They dispersed this group with no major injuries, and proceeded further on the mountain. Getting closer to the reported ogre campsite, they decided it would be best to make camp here for the night, and attack the camp at full strength.

Steel yourselves adventurers; there is no telling what might be in this massive cave.
Session: To the Hook Mountain Summit! - Tuesday, Jan 27 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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