BAND OF IRONS

Into the Mountian

The mountainous wall that you’ve been walking toward now completely darkens all of the area in front of you. The light glow is off to your right and it provides the silhouette outline of this enormous mountain of a wall that looks to stretch for miles in either direction and straight up into the air above.

Ahead there are many more phosphorescent glows and the outlines of a structure built into the escarpment. A large hole is directly in front of you, a oblong cave 30 feet in diameter, with the structure directly next to it. Looking like a cross section of a football, or Stewie Griffin’s head, is only 30-40 feet high, yet 50-60 feet wide. The hole looks to have been cut by the river long ago with the river bed going down 15 feet from your central position while the roof is 20 feet over your head.

There is a clatter behind you and up ride 3 grey gnomes on large lizards about the size of Tiberious’ boar. The two in front are heavily armored, helmed, and armed with swords and short lances. The one behind is also armored but carries no lance and is helmet-less. The two front gnomes carry shields with a stylized mushroom on them.

The two front gnomes are as intimidating as gnomes can be and look to be competent fighters. The helmet-less one speaks in undercommon, understood by some of you and translated by Tiberious for the rest “Who are you headed to Glimmerfell? You wouldn’t be the group of hired thugs paid to harass me would you?”

Vinny steps up and begins speaking his mix of trade language to the gnome saying that he is a trader in salt and mushrooms…. As soon as mushrooms comes out of Vinny’s mouth the gnome gets agitated “WHAT? WHO DO YOU BUY FROM?!?!” he stammers and yells

It is several minutes of Vinny trying to explain that he is wanting to get into the trade business here and that he is from far away. Now a little less agitated the gnome says that he is “Funguseater” and he is owner of all the riches of the mushrooms grown here abouts. He lets Vinny know where he can be contacted, Vinny feels that Funguseater is a shrewd businessman.

The cave entrance has a small strong point built into the cave wall. There is a roar when the water from the riverbed pours into a structure and disappears into an aqueduct. Phosphorescent light is coming from within and seems to be embedded into the walls, everything is lit a pale blue. Gnome sentries acting very suspicious of the group question them as to their intentions, seeing the writ that you carry from Javi the commander of the keep reassure them and you are let on your way.

The football shaped passage is smooth and water carved. There is clearly a aqueduct to one side that funnels water down the passage. The floor has been improved and smooths so that there is at least 20 feet flat and is easily traveled. About 100 feet into the cave there is a slight blue glow from the ceiling, very dimly illuminating everything.

As the group moves down its length they encounter more carts, and grey gnomes. Everyone eyes you suspiciously…..

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Follow the river to Glimmerfell

Returning to the old riverbed, now damned off by the gnomes, the group travels along its bank, heading away from the dam. As they travel they notice that the river bed has a constant flow of water in a small channel cut in the bottom of the bed. The water is flowing very quickly and has many covers and small bridges. The water is purposely being channeled along the riverbed and the dam is controlling the flow rate. On this side of the riverbed there is a well worn path that you are on.

As they travel they run into more and more of the Deep Gnomes. Many are travelling as the group along the riverbed, some are engaged in repair and maintenance work to the water channel. As they travel they realize they are moving to ward the glow they saw earlier from the dam, like the sun had set and its last lights are silhouetting things in the underdark.

After several miles of travel there is a large area of darkness ahead, like a mountain in the dark. Tiberious speculates that it is a wall or mountain of rock. The glow which is now off to their right shows it as they draw nearer. A huge mountainous region rises into the darkness and stretches for mile in either direction.

Like a mountain on the surface, but with a very sharp face to it, like a shear cliff. It is lost in darkness of the ceiling but is so immense that it is most likely connected. The riverbed is heading directly into it. The path you are on is now a road well worn into the bedrock and having some obvious repairs in places

You are about a mile from the rock wall/mountain and the road you are on splits. There is a sign with a picture of a mushroom on it pointing to your right, off toward the glow. There is another one that says GLIMMERFELL in Gnomish with an arrow pointing straight ahead. You can see several carts moving off on the road toward the mushroom/glow. You continue

You pass more and more gnomes some on smaller carts pulled by large spiders, some on larger carts puled by lizards. All of them are wary of you, keeping an eye on you as you pass in the dim-gloom

The edge of the riverbank is now a well improved road and heading straight into the mountain.

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Finally the Keep

Weary from their travels the group finally sees the outline of the keep ahead in the gloom. Drawing near it looks to be the exact same as Coldstone, albeit in much better shape. Gnomes mill about it including 2 astride giant lizards at the front gate holding long lances.

The party approaches cautiously and is greeted with suspicion. It take quite some time to win these gnomes over. Again they ask the party if they have any “damn dark elf” blood in them. Tiberious wins them over with his necklace of Drow ears.

They are taken to see the commander, a stout deep gnome named Javilinchucker. Javilinchucker, like all these deep gnomes is a uniform grey color, skin, clothing, armor, everything grey. His bald head and large nose look like huge grey plump fruit. He asks why you come and after some banter, lets you know there is in fact the teleport stone here. It is guarded by the gnomes of this keep, who also watch for Drow and Troglodyte incursion raids.

Tiberious asks about the Drow medallions that you have captured. He says that is from “House Brier” a particularly wicked Drow House They usually don’t get this far as there are other factions in this area of underdark.

Javi tells the group they must seek the king of Glimmerfell who holds the stone if they want to unlock the teleporter. They are instructed to go back to the dam and follow the river basin, this will lead them to Glimmerfell. Vinny asks about a safe passage note. Javi says he will give you a Writ of Passage The group decides to long rest at the Keep. Spending 8 hours before heading back to the dam and then down the old riverbed.

When they are ready to travel Javi comes with the Writ of Passage It is written in the language of the Deep Gnomes and you can only make out a few words. He says to show it to any Gnome soldiers who hassle you and you should be fine. He has pressed a wax seal from his signet ring into the page.

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The Drow in/are the Trees

As the group moves ahead they hear the cry and flapping wings of birds taking flight ahead. Something has startled a flock of birds? It seems too dark for birds to be down here. Worried about stirges they proceed with caution. Ahead they see movement before seeing a lone tree It seemed like something moved behind the tree, or maybe the tree moved. Vinny creeps around the tree and draws daggers. Someone shouts “Barseck, behind you” from out in the dark somewhere, they group thinks they see movement in the dark.

Vinny is near the tree and it looks as though a camouflaged humanoid is standing as still as possible, Vinny tries to reason with it to surrender, but the shouted word of caution makes it move, Vinny stabs it, the “tree” seems to be covered in burlap and twigs, some sort of camouflage suit.

The rest of the party dashes at the movement, spotting 2 figures running away. Tiberious on his boar is on the first one, an axe blow cuts it down. Vinny has disengaged from his kill and dashed to stab the other in the back. All 3 “trees” lie dead. Investigation brings an odd discovery, the “trees” are drow elves, but the camouflage does not come off. Some sort of magic has bonded the twigs and leaves to the Drow’s flesh, it is like the plant is growing out of them.

The group is wary of the bonded plant material, using daggers and sticks to search the bodies they find each has a copper medallion on a chain around their neck. The medallion has an image of a stylized sun maybe? with many points coming off a circle.

The group takes a short rest and burns the bodies or the Drow where they are and the group continues to the keep

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Vacation at a Dam?

The group continues on from the mine. Vincent already scheming how he will use the teleporter to move salt and goods quickly too and from this region. The party discusses some of his business plans as they travel along the coast of the Obsidian Sea. The travel is uneventful, light noise from waves lapping at the shore of the sea, occasional lights far out showing there to be several miles at least in that direction.

After several miles more travel a structure looms in the dim-light ahead, outlined by several spots of dim glow. You can make out the form of a castle like structure right on the edge of the Obsidian Sea. A turret silhouetted against the minuscule amount of light.

Closer inspection reveals it a dam. There looks to have been a river flowing out of the sea as sometime that has been damned over. The dam is massive. A large stone turret to your side is occupied by dozens of small humanoids moving about, including what looks like a ballistae on the roof.

The tower rises 40 feet above the surface you are standing on, and you feel that the occupants have seen you. The empty river bed carves 30 more feet down into the rock in front of you. There is a scaffolding on some areas of the dam and you can see more humanoids in the river bed. There is an outer stone staircase on the turret leading to the top of the dam as well as several doors and balconies on the turret.

There are areas of phosphorescent glow, enough to make out forms but not get a distinct look at anything. Tiberious approaches and hails the dwarves speaking in under-common, he is eventually allowed to talk to the Dam’s commander, Halifax Greyleader. Greyleader is very suspicious of the elf and half elves in the party asking if they have any “Damn Dark blood in them” Tiberious is easily able to convince them that the party as well hates dark elves.

Formalities aside and able to win over the gnomes, Tiberious tells the gnomes the party has been tasked with finding a keep, he describes Coldstone. Greyleader says the Gnomes have many keeps like the one he describes. Tiberious tells him of the teleport device they seek. Greyleader is puzzled, but assists. The party is allowed to cross the dam with instructions as to the keep that they seek. He will have to talk to the commander there.

The Dam is 30 feet wide with a 10 foot wide walkway atop. It looks of very old construction. As you walk over the top of it it is a massive 1/4 mile across you run into gnome sentries and see gnomes working on the riverbed side. Gentle waves lap at the seaward side, and lights are seen far far out on the water. There are control gates in the middle, which are letting a stream of water flow into the riverbed. Off to the riverbed side is a slight glow, as if the moon is about to come up.

At the end there is another 40 foot turret identical to the one on the other side, and a bronze plaque. “Thank you for visiting the Gnerbert G. Gnoover Dam, please come again” The party descends the stone stair and follows the directions of Zarlag and Greyleader. It is only another mile to the keep

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Origin of a Phrase
Only the biggest.....

Donarious Thibault was a scoundrel. He had never needed friends, unless it was to gain their confidence in order to betray or use them. He lived alone, traveled alone, stole alone..a lone wolf of a rogue. He was a crude man, who’s vocabulary was mostly swears and rude retorts. The word ‘nice’ was never spoken of Donarious.

He was also easy pickings for a Drow raiding party a single loner, shot with a sleep dart and thrown in the back of a cage on on a wagon. Healthy human males sold well in the underdark slave market.

Donarious awoke to a stick poking him, he was still in the wagon. But it was not his Drow captors that he saw, for he saw no one. Just a stick poked up from below prodding him awake and a odd accented voice squeaking “Hey You, Alive?” from below the wagon. “well I ain’t fucking dead” Donarious said rubbing his aching head.

He looked over the side of the wagon in the darkness he could barely make out several 3 foot tall small humanoids. His head hurt from whatever the Drow drugged him with and his human eyes could not see in the dark of wherever he was at. He heard odd words he didn’t understand, and then his hand covered his eyes instinctively as a bright light source grew in front of him.

As his eyes grew accustomed to the light, there was more babble of words he didn’t understand. He lowered his hand from shielding his eyes. “What be you?” said one of the creatures before him that his eyes could now see. There were 5 gnomes, he knew them to be gnomes by their huge noses, but these looked as if covered in dirt and dust. They were almost uniformly grey/brown, clothing, armor, skin…everything the same color, almost like living statues. One gnome was forming his hands around a glowing ball that was illuminating the area, concentrating on its clearly magical eminence.

Scattered about the ground by the gnomes were several bodies of Drow, some had crossbow bolts buried in them, one body was still smoking and burned severely. He was in some sort of cave with a smooth floor, well worn and traveled. The gnomes babbled again in a tongue that Donarious could not understand. “What are you runts gonna do with me?” Donarious asked.

The gnomes mounted the cart, and took off with it. The cart bucked and bounced along the rock track, tossing Donarious about the cage. “Hey arn’t you little bastards gonna let me out?” he yelled his throbbing head worsened as the gnomes drove the cart at a freinzied speed…..

I first met the Deep Gnomes of Glimmerfell on a trading mission, fluent in the usual trade language of the underdark, undercommon. I greeted them, and then to gain their trust, I spoke what little gnome-tongue I knew “hail brothers, what have you got for me to trade?” is what I think I said. Surprisingly they responded in human-tongue, evidently for the same reason, but with the phrase “Only the biggest pair you’ve ever seen”

I wondered what I had said to them in gnomish, that made them say that? Better I go back to speaking under-common. But the gnomes persisted in human-speak, oddly ending many of their statements with “The biggest pair you’ve ever seen”

It was many years later that I learned that long ago the gnomes had rescued a human named Donarious from the Drow. This was at a time when the gnomes were interested in trade with the surface and wished to learn human speak. The gnomes learned all they could from Donarious before he disappeared, and unfortunately for them Donarious had a crude sense of humor, teaching the gnomes that in common human language “penis” meant friend “turd” meant good and “only the biggest pair you’ve ever seen” was a common friendly greeting to initiate trade.

It was even taught in the schools to the young…..

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just another 'day' in the underdark

As the party rests Vinny produces enough food to create a fantastic nourishing stew. Later their rest is interrupted by splashing toward the marsh side. Kvothe heads out with his cloak of Elvenkind hiding his figure into the marsh toward the noise to see what is coming toward them. Kvothe returns telling of a single Deep Gnome (Svirfneblin) riding a flat bottom boat, pulled by a large spider the size of a small pony.

The group awaits the gnome’s arrival and hails him. The gnome is typical of his race, his clothing and skin and hair all ashen grey. The spider a fuzzy black monstrosity that behaves as any draft animal would, slowing as the gnome pulls on the reins to halt it.

“I’m looking for the NOQUAR trade bridge, do you know of it?” The gnome asks the party who respond with accurate directions of where it is. The gnome’s cart is full of sacks and when questioned about what is in the sacks the gnome replies “the biggest pair of balls you ever saw” Mourning Storm is not amused and draws a dagger, but feels this gnome is not worth the trouble and re-sheaths it. The gnome thanks you and continues on his way.

The party packs up camp and continues to follow Zarlag’s directions heading along the edge of the swamp. They arrive at the black river, that they once crossed with the aid of a huge Kuo Toa and his ferry boat. The river is slow flowing, its smooth black surface 100 feet across and only occasionally broken by light ripples.

“Beware the salt” is their next instruction. Several more miles of trudging through the under dark, the area is just barley lit by occasional stands of phosphorescent fungi and odd lights that swirl like mists above.

The ground rises dramatically, there is a hill 30 feet in height in front of them, and Tiberious says he smells the sea. Cresting the hill, it drops off sharply, almost straight down 30 feet below is a light colored plain, which looks to have pools of water across its surface. the wall of the cliff indeed splashed with salt deposits

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Love Letters from Zarlag

After almost a month in town the party is considering returning to the underdark. They want to make sure that the evil that is below, stays below. Alynis has found several things of interest at the library.

1-A history of the region where Stercus sibling is, Nulb, seems to have seen a recent epic battle, and once housed a great evil temple.
2-Secondly that there were once 7 wizards who were scatterd about the region. They designed a system of teleportation, where each could teleport down into the under-dark, then around the underdark and up into coresponding areas.

There is speculation that the teleporter in Coldstone Keep and just outside Zulern is one of these. If they find more telporters they may be able to get about this world more easily.

Two things arrive, both from a suspicious source, Zarlag the mind flayer whom tricked the group into getting a magical cape called Fiend’s Embrace, has sent them assistance. Zarlag had said he would help the party if they helped him….

The first is a hand sized brass wheel/dial, its interior divided into 7 sections like a pizza, labeled R,O,Y,G,B,I,V. The outside of the dial is also divided into 7 equal parts, also labeled R,O,Y,G,B,I,V.

The second thing is a note. Seemingly directions from Zarlag “I know of what you seek”

The group contemplates Zarlag’s note, could it be a trap? Why would a mind flayer help us?

They gear up and use the teleporter in Mourning Storm’s cave to head to Coldstone Keep. Arriving there they find it in decent shape. They have spent several forays down here to rebuild it and nothign seems to have wandered into it to give them trouble. They set off following Zarlag’s directions.

Encountering things they already know are near, they trudge through the cold grey swamp, find the water wall and then move down it 2 miles. In the distance is a large stone structure, lit by faint red lights. It looks like a gatehouse, but it spans the water wall, rising up and over. Moving closer they see that it is manned by Drow and Druegar, including ballista installations on the turrets at each end. They also see the sigil of house NOQUAR on a sign as they approach and see banners with it hanging from the tower.

A quick examination results in them hailing the Drow. They learn that this is a trade bridge and are asked for a gold piece to cross. Vincent is able to talk the Drow into charging them only a silver. On the other side of the bridge it is no longer as swampy. Bedrock stretches away from them, altough the swamp continues to one side, a path that Zarlag told them to follow “the edge of the swamp”

They head off along the edge of the swamp, after many more miles they decide to rest.

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A month in town

The group spends a month in town….

Will update this

Tiberious finds a pig
Alynis finds some info on Nulb
Kvothe gets a sword and a bow
Turok figures his sword out
Helm finds a priestess for his temple

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The Mansion is Yours

A week after you return you receive some correspondence. A letter signed by the head of the banking guild indicates that the Listmoor Manson is yours. Blaine Listmoor has paid off his debts and then eloped with the banker’s daughter, the girl that had gotten him in this trouble in the first place. Blaine signed over the deed to the mansion in all of your names, before he fled town.

Tiberious, Vinny and Turok are the first to be very keen on the mansion.
Turok moves his ox Auroch to the stable and begins renovating the hayloft into a sleeping area.
Vinny envisions entertaining guests and dignitaries at the mansion
Tiberious begins plans to work in the cave section below the mansion. A dwarven sanctuary below ground

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