Scales of War

The story so far...

A series of events resulted in two eladrin, Ildeth Mist Tyrneaundlin and Glinneran Bladestorm, appearing in a field outside the human town of Brindol, near the eastern edge of Thandor. At the same time, a young woman, Cytherea, came running out of the Boundary that encloses Thandor, and met a young man named Theren who helped her fight off the zombies that pursued her.

Later, in the tavern in Brindol, the four found themselves thrown into battle with a raiding party of goblins. The townspeople were amazed at the courage and abilities of these four, and after finding that some townspeople had been kidnapped and items taken from the Hall of Great Valor, they asked the four to rescue their friends and the items.

The party was tracking the goblins to the ruins of Castle Rivenroar, but on the way there they encountered a group of young eladrin who appeared to be from House Brightsun. A battle ensued, leaving Glinneran and the eladrin from House Brightsun dead.

The party soon found the artifact Arselu Tel-Quessir on Glinneran’s corpse. After a brief conversation with Selutaar Eris, they found the book was displeased with them. They tried to bury it, but it vanished.

Later, the remaining three reached the ruins of Castle Rivenroar, and began fighting their way through the old tombs. Along the way, an elf druid named Lalnios appeared and joined them in the fight against the goblins, explaining that he had tracked another group to Rivenroar from the hills to the north.

A party of four once again, they defeated the goblin leader, Sinruth, and found the items and all the prisoners. After nearly a week at Rivenroar, they are preparing to head back to town.

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June 27 2009

The party began making its way from Rivenroar back to Brindol. On the way they ran into a group of eladrin soldiers led by General Inali. Inali asked where Glinneran was, and the party explained that he was killed. She asked if it was Neron who had done it, but Ildeth said he didn’t know who it was. Inali explained that Neron was one of the relatively young scions of House Brightsun who had gone looking for Glinneran, seeking Arselu Tel-Quessir.

Inali then asked what had become of the book. Ildeth admitted that the book had become displeased and he buried it, at which point it disappeared. Inali was furious, and ordered her soldiers to arrest Ildeth. As they began to lead him away, the dwarf Andronsius smugly waved goodbye saying, “Bye elfy!” Ildeth cast a spell at him to make a point.

Zerriksa then spoke up, saying, “That woman is a vampire! She is going to kill us all!” She was referring to Cytherea. As Inali looked Cytherea over, Lalnios vouched for her, saying, “That woman is lying. She is not a vampire, but she is a dhampyr. I am Lalnios of the Tiri Kitor, and this woman has made no hostile move toward us.”

Inali accepted that, saying, “Very well, we have had dealings with the Tiri Kitor, and I will take you at your word.” The eladrin then marched away with Ildeth.

Clouds gathered in the sky, and the day grew dark as the party arrived back in Brindol. When the party entered the inn, a beautiful woman at the bar turned around. “Cytherea, how good to see you again, my dear. I see you’ve become something of a local hero.” It was Cytherea’s mother, Duchess Cladelia Parnan of Arcavius. Cytherea had fled Arcavius upon discovering that Cladelia was a vampire. The Duchess tried to convince Cytherea to return to Arcavius, but she refused. When a fight broke out, a gnome sitting at a nearby table jumped in to help the party as the other customers fled for their lives. The Duchess was eventually forced to flee, saying, “You haven’t heard the last of me,” and then turning into mist and flying away.

Introductions followed. The gnome was Pock, a traveller who had recently arrived in Brindol.

The next day, a rider came into Brindol, announcing that the city of Overlook put out a call to arms. A huge orc horde was moving on Bordrin’s Watch and they were seeking fighters to help repel the huge army. Councilman Troyas said, “Theren, I want you to go to Overlook and see what you can do to help out. They wouldn’t be sending out a call to arms if it wasn’t serious. They’ve never asked for help before.”

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August 22, 2009

The party left Brindol to answer the call to arms in Overlook. Arrving on the morning of the 5th day out from Brindol, they moved through Shantytown and the outer wall. Being questioned at the second wall, Pock bluffed, claiming that Theren was the Prince of Aldgate, a human city-state to the north. A messenger was sent to announce their arrival to the Council of Elders. Pock continued this bluff through the rest of the walls, and had them announced by heralds as they entered Old Town. The disbelieving residents looked on as the party passed through the massive gate in their sad little wagon drawn by a draft lizard.

After visiting the local shops, the followed the massive crowd into Caer Overlook itself, and after navigating a maze of corridors they finally arrived in the massive domed room.

Elder Cadrick addressed the crowd, explaining that the tunnels under the mountains had been breached. The Farstriders would be sent to secure them. Meanwhile, most of the rest would go to defend Bordrin’s Watch. They were also looking for volunteers to undertake a dangerous mission to evacuate the Monastery of the Sundered Chain.

The party stepped forward to volunteer for the Monastery mission. For some reason, the leader of the Farstriders seemed annoyed and had a heated discussion with Elder Cadrick just after the crowd was dismissed. After their private conversation was concluded, the Farstriders left and Cadrick discussed the mission with the party in more detail.

The party arrived at the outer wall of the monastery only to find orcs relaxing in the courtyard. The party dispatched the orcs easily as they advanced on the monastery.

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September 12, 2009

The party entered the monastery to find a grisly scene. Dwarven bodies lay in pools of blood. Pews were smashed. An old orc crone stood by the raised dais in the center of the room, and a large figure who was chained and blindfolded sat on a nearby step. The dais was smeared with excrement, having been recently defiled. Theren and Lalnios quickly spotted the orcs who stood on the balcony surrounding the room as they levelled their huge crossbows at the party.

The orcs with the massive crossbows were quickly dispatched, but as the party moved toward the crone, a previously unseen door slid open in the base of the dais, and orcs poured out. The crone cast her spells as the orc warriors tried to hold the party off. The blindfolded figure, a goliath, stood up awkwardly, asking to be freed so he could help with the battle. Pock told him to shut up. The goliath tried to help anyway, and was somewhat successful. When the party eventually prevailed, they freed him, and he introduced himself as Aukan.

Using the door in the dais, the party entered a huge hall with a high ceiling, taking the orcs there by surprise. After delivering all but one of the orcs to their death, they restrained the last survivor and questioned him. Pock’s silver tongue and Aukan’s show of strength convinced the orc that he had little to lose by answering a few questions. He told them of a dwarf paladin who was being tortured in the chambers below after collapsing the tunnel the orcs used to enter the monastery. The orc expressed his opinion that the discovery of this tunnel is just confirmation that they will be able to find a way through the mountains without having to assault Bordrin’s Watch.

The questions done, the party killed the cooperative orc, and looked around the area to discover dead dwarves in nightclothes and sometimes no clothes at all, slain as they were roused from sleep, unarmed, to defend against the invading orcs.

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October 3, 2009

The party moved to the end of the hall and found that it opened into a huge cavern, with a stairway leading down several hundred feet. A group of orcs rushed up the stairs to stop the party, which was also harassed by some sort of flying creature swooping down to attack.

The gnome used his powers to make several orcs, including the leader, leap right off the edge of the stairway, plummeting to a quick death on the rocks below. The rest of the party met the attacking orcs with various ranged attacks, and finally the stairway was clear of enemies. They used a rope to lower themselves to the floor to loot the ones that jumped.

At the bottom of the stairway they found a room with a roaring fire to one side. A huge orog was pummeling a limp and bloody dwarf in plate armor, while about ten other orcs looked on. The party attacked, winning the day and learning that the dwarf in plate armor was the paladin that the orc the questioned earlier had spoken of.

The dwarf informed the party that he had already blocked two of the three possible routes through the mountain. After some discussion, the dwarf learned that the Council of Elders had sent only the Farstriders to secure the third. He cursed, and insisted that they should be off to see that the job was done. The party needed rest, though, so it was agreed to rest for the night, and head to the steam vents in the morning.

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