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The Mines of Kherrihm: Deeper

21st – 22nd of Fharl, 564 QC

The party (Gorok, Therani Woodlight, and Sir Edward) were deep in ruined mines of Kherrihm, having just finished off a ravenous gang of ghouls. Miles Fairchild and Shaela joined them shortly after the battle, and the party continued deeper into the mines. They found an an old, unused blast furnace driven by a dried-up waterway, and were ambushed by zombies and a screaming skull. Eventually, they found a sneaky way past a barred door, only to encounter a mysterious dark elf threatening to kill the dwarf they were looking for. The party tried to fight their way past the Drow’s bugbear and spider defenses, but were quickly overpowered. They barely managed to escape with their lives.

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The Mines of Kherrihm
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13th – 21st of Fharl, 564 QC

The party (Dazzetaine Deepfury, Gorok, Therani Woodlight, and Sir Edward) returned to Echeron with a newly-rescued Gundren. They only stayed long enough to rest and resupply. On the same evening they arrived, they departed Echeron, heading towards Hell’s Canyon, where they hoped to find the lost mines of Kherrihm. In one of the caves high on the canyon wall, they found the entrance to the mine, along with one of Gundren’s deceased brothers. They spent the next two days furtively exploring the interior caverns, which had been mostly undisturbed for centuries… except, of course, for some recent bugbear tracks and entirely too many grasping undead.

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Cragmaw Castle

12th – 13th of Fharl, 564 QC

After a short rest, the party (Dazzetaine Deepfury, Miles Fairchild, Gorok, Therani Woodlight, and Sir Edward), with Shaela tagging along, continued their explorations of Cragmaw Castle. They ran into a few patrols of goblins and hobgoblins and tangled with a Grick. Gorok was nearly mauled to death by an errant Owlbear. In the end, they defeated the denizens of the castle, and rescued the unconscious Gundren. They also found his precious map. They rested and woke up the next morning in the castle. Gundren was recovered with a clear head. They had much to discuss…

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Gorok


Felled by an owlbear. Embarrassing. I just wasn’t feeling myself. I felt weaker, my skin felt scaly(?), and something about my sword… It was long, naturally, but it just didn’t seem so great. I hope nobody noticed.

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Glasstaff
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5th – 12th of Fharl, 564 QC

When Glasstaff entered the Stonehill Inn, the crowd panicked. Fighting back their own surprise and a surging crowd, the party (Dazzetaine Deepfury, Miles Fairchild, Gorok, Therani Woodlight, and Sir Edward) brought the battle to Glasstaff and his Redbrands. After a few hairy moments, all of the ruffians were defeated. Glasstaff himself was run through by the bard who had been entertaining the crowd. The party later found out that her name was Shaela. SIldar was rattled by the evening’s events, and decided to leave to find Gunnar that night.

A few days later, the party was on its way to Cragmaw Castle, intent on finding Gundren. Shaela had tagged along. They found the ruined castle, and snuck into the front entrance only to be ambushed by nearly a dozen goblins and their corpulent leader. They managed to defeat the goblins, but not without suffering quite a bit of damage. They were forced to rest.

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Tresendar Manor

5th of Fharl, 564 QC

The party (Miles Fairchild, Gorok, Therani Woodlight, and Sir Edward) spent the entire afternoon investigating the Redbrand’s hideout underneath Tresendar Manor. They killed ruffians, helped some prisoners escape, saved a goblin, fed the Nothic, barely evaded a trap, and found innumerable secret doors and passageways. They were generally quite successful in their explorations. They even found Glasstaff’s laboratory and his papers, but were unable to pin down Glasstaff himself. He had somehow managed to escape to the surface. So they returned to the Stonehill Inn, where they met up with Sildar Hallwinter. He seemed put out by a recent meeting with Edward Y’Danves, and asked the party to continue the search for Gundren while he tracked down a missing friend of his. Before the deal could be settled, Glasstaff and some Redbrand thugs burst into the Inn looking for the party. Chaos was sure to ensue…

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To Echeron

28th of Morad – 5th of Fharl, 564 QC

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After searching the rest of the newly emptied caves, Miles Fairchild, Dazzetaine Deepfury, Gorok, and Sir Edward woke Sildar and started asking questions. Most of his answers were reasonable, so the party began the end of their long trek towards Echeron. Over the next few days, Sildar regained his composure and was able to more fully answer many of the party’s questions.

When the party finally arrived in Echeron, they found a town teeming with troubles. A negligent and pouty regent, Edward Y’Danves, had been ignoring a number of festering issues in the town, including a recently arrived gang of toughs known as the Redbrands. The party spent a day or so asking questions around town before deciding to investigate the hidden headquarters of the Redbrands themselves. There, they found a strange psychic creature and an unexplained group of bugbears. They seemed to be generating more questions than they were answers…

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A Watery Cave
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27th – 28th of Morad, 564 QC

… before the battle could be joined, the interior levee crumbled further, sending another flood down the tunnels. Miles Fairchild, in his weakened state, was unable to resist the deluge. He was pulled off his feet and towards the cave entrance. The remainder of the party (Dazzetaine Deepfury, Gorok, and Therani Woodlight), unwilling to leave him to die, jumped into the flood and tumbled to the cave entrance. There, they found a paladin, Sir Edward, tending to their fallen comrade. For reasons as yet unknown, he was also searching for Gundren Stoneforge, and had tracked him to these caves. They decided to join forces.

For the next 16 hours, they raided the goblin hideout, killing the defenders and retreating multiple times to tend to their wounds. Despite some close calls, they were able to defeat all of the cave denizens and rescue one of their missing employers. Sildar Hallwinter was badly hurt, having been near death and thrown from a cliff. However, he was conscious, and had many things to say.

Dazzetaine Deepfury


It is not often I sleep during a battle but strangely I did today and rather deeply, too. It was a dream about bugbear-fighting.

It was a narrative and it went like this:

Bugbear-fighting is a creepy sport which is very popular in caves in the forests. There were professional bugbear-fighters. A bugbear-fighter is called a matador, and his equipment consists of a healer’s kit called a muerta, and a bright red armor. He waves his armor at the bugbear, which makes the bugbear big and causes him to charge. The matador then goes through a series of bloody dodge maneuvers to avoid getting hit by the bugbear’s “sword.” If the matador kills the bugbear, the spectators yell, “harder, harder!” and throw their arrows into the ring. If the bugbear wins, they yell “Shit!!” and call for another matador. Bugbear fighting is a very fun sport, but it will never be popular in Lan’Gess because the Lan’Gessi don’t believe in cruelty to beasts.


Sir Edward


Sir Edward reviews: Monsters That Hit Me.

  • Bridge goblin archer: unsatisfying. Got a good hit in while my back was turned, but refused to attack my shield. Stop hitting the ranger — I’m the one with the bullseye on my shield! One star.
  • Water goblin: too weak! Hit me once and then got killed by a dwarf. Points for trying, I suppose. Two stars.
  • Bugbear leader: Great muscle, decent stamina, lousy attention span. Slammed my shield for four or five rounds, but just as I was getting into it he turned his back on me and went after the ranger, so I had to kill him. Four stars, would’ve been five if he’d managed to knock me unconscious.
  • Sauna goblins: Won’t stay in front of me. The shield’s over here, guys! It’s got a big bullseye on it! Stop flanking — I’m not into that! Also, frankly, I like them better when they keep their clothes on. One star.
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Something Greater

27th of Morad, 564 QC

Having spent a few weeks together, traveling west from Lan’Gess, the party members were now well-acquainted with each other. Dazzetaine Deepfury, Gorok, Miles Fairchild, and Therani Woodlight had started off as strangers, but had all been hired by a Gundren Stoneforge to ferry supplies from the swamp city to Echeron while he raced ahead. On the 27th of Morad, however, they discovered that Gundren had likely been waylaid a handful of days prior, less than a week away from Echeron. They followed goblin tracks from the ambush spot back to a cave, which they investigated. After some flooding and goblin-squishing, they found themselves face-to-face with a corpulent bugbear. He seemed displeased with their presence. Given their weakened state, they were no happier…

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Don't You Ever Forget
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17th of Olid – 25th of Corell, 561 QC

Having successfully passed the tests in the basement beneath the manor, the villains of Branderscar were finally fully welcomed into Cardinal Thorn’s circle. A toast was made, and their training truly began. For three months, the Cardinal and Tiadoro whipped and molded the villains, driving their bodies and sharpening their minds. They were not alone. Another group, known as the White Ravens, was being trained alongside them. However, once the training was complete, it was the escapees that formed the Knot of Thorns.

Bhalthol Rho, Grey Dove, Payne Trayne, Wilhelm Thorn, and Borealis Tarian were brought before the Cardinal and told of their mission. They were to accompany a captain Kargeld Odenkirk and his ship, the Frosthamar, north beyond Talingarde and into the Hordelands. There, they were to deliver the shipment of arms and armaments to a waiting horde of northern bugbears. Afterwards, they were to travel south to the Talingarde tower guarding the border, where they were to harry and sabotage the tower, in preparation for the invading hordes.

The next day, they left. For over a week, the plied the waters just off the eastern coast of Talingarde, heading north. From afar, they encountered a few locals and fishing vessels, but were mostly unmolested. There was a brief incident with a local customs ship. However, with quick wits and sharp minds, they bluffed their way past. A few days and a winter storm later, they pulled into the mouth of a river just north of Talingarde, heading into the Hordelands. That night, they were silently set upon by a group of tritons, aided by strange water elementals. While the captain and sailors fought panic, the party fought the invaders. It was a fierce battle. Balthol was even thrown overboard. However, the escapees were eventually victorious, and the Frosthamar was saved.

Tommy McGregor


Tiadoro’s report:



Name:
Thomas Conor McGregor

Known Alias:
Tommy McGregor, “Mad” Tommy McGregor, “Notorious” Tommy McGregor
Age:
27
Sex:
Male
Height:
5’ 9’’
Weight:
150 lbs
Hair Color:
Brown
Eye Color:
Blue
Skin Color:
Fair
Address:
No history of permanent address on file
Jurisdiction:
Karfeld, Talingarde
Charges Filed:
Lewd Lascivious child under the age of 4
Bullying a knight as a minor
Vandalism of a Funeral Home
Harassment of a Cleric of Heironeous
Nuisancing
Trespassing in a sewer
Impersonating an Orc
Cruelty to a horse, pig, cow, and dog with intent of beastiality
Thievery of a horse, pig, cow, and dog with intent of beastiality
47 counts Truancy from court ordered church services
Desecration of a children’s playground
Public urination while intoxicated
Public urination while not intoxicated
Defecation in the presence of a royal subject
Defecation on a royal subject
Participation in the outlawed game of mob football, aka soccer
Indecent exposure in all public squares of Karfeld
Possession of poison with intent to distribute
Selling and supplying poison to minors
28 counts Soliciting a woman of ill-repute
39 counts Public intoxication with disorderly conduct
16 counts Resisting arrest with excessive use of violence
31 counts aggravated assault and battery with the following used as weapons: Fist, Head, Foot, Dagger, Candlestick, Brick, Holy Symbol of Heironeous, Ham leg, Human leg, Victim’s wooden leg, Shoe, Spoon, Cat, and one episode noted in particular of “grabbing a man’s balls and twisting while farting in his face”
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The Nine Lessons: Lessening

16th – 17th of Olid, 561 QC

Dr. Mortimer Blackweather was drained by the previous battles, and retreated back to the manor. However, the remaining escapees (Payne Trayne, Grey Dove, Wilhelm Thorn, and Borealis Tarian) soldiered on, plowing deeper into the basement below. They marched through 5 more rooms, encountering devious traps, ravenous undead, and mysteriously quiet giant fungi. At the end of the basement, they found a lone officer of the Alerion guard imprisoned behind an iron-enforced door. How long had he been there? Why was he imprisoned deep beneath a manor house so far from his home? Why did he still have his full complement of arms and armor? These questions were neither asked nor answered. The escapees were united in a single purpose. Grey Dove lured the confused knight out of his cell and into a well-laid ambush. He was slaughtered with little fuss, with Payne Trayne cleaving his head cleanly from his shoulders. His silver-and-sapphire Heironean holy symbol was unceremoniously stripped from his body and returned to Adrastus Thorn.

The Cardinal was pleased with the results.

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