Far Primus

Corpse Eaters

1st – 2nd of Nerull, 564 QC

The party returned to the Stoneforge Guildhall with a sick prisoner in tow to find out that they had a message waiting for them from the Field Marshall. She wanted them to investigate a corpse dumping ground somewhere in Old Ghalt. They found out from their prisoner, a gangster named Griggigz, that Old Ghalt was under the “protection” of his brother, Ares. He even told the party where they could find him. That evening, the party (Dazzetaine Deepfury, Gorok, and Therani Woodlight) traveled to Racker’s Alley to investigate the dumping ground. They discovered a mound of disease-ridden corpses piled up against an old abandoned toy store. After exploring for a while, they were beset by a quartet of vampire spawn. This led to a drawn-out battle that ended in a tight crawlspace beneath the toy store. Despited being driven to exhausted and near death, they drove the spawn back to their coffins and staked them in their blackened hearts. Before destroying the final vampire, they managed to force out a name associated with the growing plague in the city: Dr. Mortimer Blackweather

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Down with the Sickness
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29th of Eryth – 1st of Nerull, 564 QC

Ilyan Durani awoke the next morning finally feeling well enough to join the party again, while Gorok and Therani Woodlight were laid low by the same symptoms afflicting the little girl. Miles Fairchild, Dazzetaine Deepfury, and Ilyan spent the day exploring and learning more about Ghalt. They also discovered signs of a disease spreading throughout the city.

The next day, they were invited to a meeting with Ishani Dhatri at The Grand Vault, where they discovered the true extent of the problem. They met with Field Marshall Cressida Kroft and the Queen’s Doctors, and were informed that there was an outbreak of Blood Veil in the city, and that a quarantine had been announced. No-one would be allowed in or out of Ghalt until the outbreak was resolved.

The party spent the next couple of days trying to help an overwhelmed Ishani with some of the city’s more pressing needs. This included a visit to a shop named Lavendar that was selling a supposed cure for the disease. They “procured” a sample for Ishani, and met with him to let him know. On their way out of that meeting, they were accosted by a seedy man and his thugs. He was clearly sick and looking for treatment from the party, and he wasn’t asking nicely. After a short battle amongst a panicking crowd, the man was lying unconscious at their feet.

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To Ghalt

18th of Pelor- 28th of Eryth, 564 QC

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The trip was long, and relatively uneventful. Besides the Chuul ambush near Lan’Gess, and some waterlogged hags who tried to sneak away with a few crewmen near Ghalt, The Roebuck made it to the great metropolis in a little over three months with a minimum of fuss. There was a bit of an issue with an unexpected river inspection, but the party (Dazzetaine Deepfury, Therani Woodlight, Gorok, and Miles Fairchild) managed to disembark and set foot on Ghaltian soil on the 27th of Eryth. They were heartily greeted there by the local Stoneforge representative, Grau Stoneforge, and were given decadent lodging in their guildhall. The next day, Miles and Gorok trawled around North Point, trying to find Noble connections who might help them get into The Acadamae, while Daze and Therani traveled with Grau to a humble home outside of the city were a little girl lay dying of an unexpected disease. Daze and Therani were able to help the little girl, gaining the admiration of one Ishani Dhatri, a local priest of St. Cuthbert.

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Ghostbusters

11th – 18th of Pelor, 564 QC

… and they ran into more trouble. Ilyan Durani was overtaken by the unnatural stench below, and he returned to the surface. However, the rest of the party (Gorok, Therani Woodlight, Miles Fairchild, and Dazzetaine Deepfury) continued further underneath Old Man Zander’s home, eventually spilling out into an ancient cavern filled with the boiling stench of rotting peat. They found two haunting ghosts there, and put them to rest. The overpowering stench receded…

The party spent the next few days in Lan’Gess resting and searching for a few items of interest. Margrick Shortstone was able to translate their book, pointing them towards something called The Blind Path, which apparently led the way to Tondar’s Prophecy. He also recommended that they search out one Grakar Foechuckle in Ghalt, as he might be interested in the book.

After 4 days in Lan’Gess, the party secured passage on the Roebuck, captained by a Sayyid Al Hura. They set sail on the 15th of Pelor, heading northward on the river Ghaor. In a little over three months, they would hopefully be in Ghalt.

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A Favor in Lan'Gess
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29th of Fharl – 11th of Pelor, 564 QC

The party (Gorok, Therani Woodlight, Miles Fairchild, and Dazzetaine Deepfury) left Echeron on the 29th of Fharl, starting a months-long trip north to Nall’Morangar. Their first major stop was going to be Lan’Gess. A few weeks into their trip, they encountered a strange wandering elf from Elvenhome, Ilyan Durani. While conversing, they were ambushed by a gang of elven Nameless, led by a female druid. They defeated and killed all of their attackers, but they were unable to suss out a reason for the attack.

As Ilyan was headed towards Ghalt anyway, he joined the adventurers, and they made their way to Lan’Gess. They stayed at the Stoneforge Guildhall. The trade representative there, Ulmaline Stoneforge, convinced the party to investigate a ghost haunting in a nearby building. It was an old collapsed shop that had once been the home of an Old Man Zander. In exchange, Ulmaline would connect them with Margrick Shortstone, a gnomish scholar who would help them translate a mysterious book they had found in Kherrihm. The party agreed to the exchange.

After some preparations at a Temple of Pelor, the party descended into some ruins they found underneath Old Man Zander’s destroyed home. Down below, they discovered a strange black slime, an overpowering stench of rotted and burning peat, and the diseased claws of slavering undead. After they spilled out into an ancient crypt, they were surprised and fought off a gang of starving ghasts. They then powered up a number of magical defenses, and set off to explore deeper into the unknown…

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Next Steps

23rd – 28th of Fharl, 564 QC

The party (Gorok, Therani Woodlight, Sir Edward, Miles Fairchild, and Dazzetaine Deepfury) had managed to retrieve the fabled Brazier from mines of Kherrihm, but Shaela had betrayed them and made off with the Hands of the Holy. A mixed result, to say the least.

During the three-day trip back to Echeron, they had plenty of time to collect their thoughts and ponder their next steps. The Stoneforge brothers spoke to the party about the brothers’ upcoming trip back to Nall’Morangar, and the possibility of paying the adventurers to escort them there. Just before reaching Echeron, Sir Edward separated from the group. He was disappointed with his failure to retrieve the Hands for Heironeous, and vowed to chase down Shaela wherever she may be. His first stop would be Lan’Gess.

The party spent a couple of days in Echeron resting up, doing research, and selling off various items they had found in Kherrihm. On the evening of the 28th, they met with the Stoneforge brothers in the Stonehill Inn to talk about the specifics of their trip back to Nall’Morangar. During their meeting, a mysterious orc named Bolo showed up, claiming to know the location of their friend Sildar. Before the party could finish asking him questions, some of the Regent’s men showed up and a separate group of carnivorous plant-life started attacking the inn shortly thereafter. There was a sprawling battle that ended with a half-burned inn, a dozen innocents killed, and Bolo suffocated in the innards of a shambling mound. If there was something else Bolo had to say, the party would never know.

They decided to head off the next morning, escorting the Stoneforge brothers on their long trek back to the dwarves’ mountainous northern kingdom.

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Miles Fairchild

Miles, feeling more reflective than usual as of late, has begun work on his memoirs. Working Title: “A Man of Vision, The Miles Fairchild Story.”

Notes for the return to Echeron chapter: Well, I got paid. Two hundred and fifty lousy gold for six weeks of near-death experiences. I suppose it wasn’t all bad. Not ready to write about her, though.

As it turns out, that Gnomish book I found is a first edition copy of “Burbrik Steamspanner’s Long Walk Along the Blind Path: An Illusionist’s Impeccable Guide to the Mysteries of the Unseen.” Quite rare, I gather. I’ll need to find someone to help me read the damn thing, though. Had a lovely dinner with Halia of Thornton. Very classy lady. Lots of wine. Accidentally burned down a tavern when it was attacked by monstrous living trees. Whoops! Oh, and I bought a horse. His name is Lucky.

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The Mines of Kherrihm: The Forge
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22nd – 23rd of Fharl, 564 QC

Having their first encounter with the Black Spider, the party (Gorok, Therani Woodlight, Sir Edward, Miles Fairchild, and Dazzetaine Deepfury) regrouped, rested, and returned to the mines of Kherrihm. They found another, more secretive route back to the Black Spider, and managed to ambush the bugbear guards protecting the path. However, the Black Spider was waiting for them. They parlayed for a bit, and convinced him to allow them to return to their camp with his servant, Vyerith, to retrieve the second map from Gundren. They did so, killing Vyerith, and laying a trap upon their return. The battle was short, and the Black Spider was killed while being held down by Sir Edward.

Afterwards, the party traveled on to the Forge itself, in another part of the caves. There, they encountered a restless spirt and a slavering ball of eyes protecting the Forge. They quickly dispatched these guardians, and used their two arcane dwarven maps to break into a back room of the Forge, where they discovered a glowing mace and a fine set of filigreed gauntlets. Just then, Shaela appeared in the Forge doorway, demanding that the party hand over the gauntlets. They refused, and the battle was joined. The bard drew a menacing-looking greatsword that vibrated and hummed, filling their minds with overpowering divinity. They struggled valiantly for as long as they could, but were eventually overcome. Through the eyes of his owl, Miles watched helplessly as Shaela pulled the gauntlets from Sir Edward’s unconscious hands and walked out the forge.

It would be another hour before the party would regain their senses, by which time Shaela was long gone…

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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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