BAND OF IRONS

Vinny days after return

Vinny sets up at the Bear Trap, inventories items collected, cleans them up and slowly moves items to the market to sell. Some of the short swords and chain mail from the Drow are in good shape and command good prices (note these aren’t the 2nd edition drow stuff that disintegrates)

Vinny is considering setting up his own trade route from Safeton to Pelagryn to Zulern. With possible trips to Harby and Narwal. He contacts merchants and traders and starts to try and work out a system beneficial to all. His ulterior motive is to keep a network of eyes in those towns and to try to assist slaves in getting out of Pelagryn and Safeton. He woudl liek to undermine the organized slave trade and eventually destroy it.

With the mansion under our control. He feels buying the area around it is important. He wants to put up a horse track and have a sizable portion of the land around the mansions he could build it on. He has heard rumors that the city of Hardby, where the assassins that came for Alynis were based has a famous calvary force, with great horses. He hopes to lure them to his track.

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Helm Days after return

Helm returns to the “lost” temple and is rarely seen in town. Although you have been consulting with the leaders of the Cathedral of Pelor and assisting with healing there. But there are those among the Pelor worshipers who slightly mistrust you due to the now wide known information about ‘your’ 3 god temple to the north of the city.

You spend several days in contemplation, alone in the temple, feeling new powers surge through you. You feel that you must get someone to run the temple, so you can continue your questing.

Helm searches out the two “healing women” ___________ and her grandmother. They were receptive to his pontificating on HELM. They both agree to meet and you find out that they have contacted the Helmites, Witness the cleric has started with some religious training and Helm is satisfied that the two woman can venture to the temple to continue their studies. He provides them with the means (gold) to live for a few weeks at a time in the temple. Heading back to town occasionally when needed. The crying child is living with other relatives.

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Alynis Days after return

Alynis stays at the college resting and studying.

TUROK SWORD
Turok comes to her with his sword and she is able to find a history book that talks of such a sword “Drake’s Breath”

UNDERDARK
Since Tiberious had identified the area you’d gone into “The Underdark” she found some writings on this area. It is simple and brief but makes mention of an upside down world in direct opposition to the kingdom of Celene.

This underground area is called Central Darkness. Tiberious says it looks to be similar to “The Underdark” in structure with an upper region of evil humanoids like Goblins, Orcs and Bugbears, and then a deeper society controlled by Dark Elves. The writings indicate it should not stretch this far southeast, it should be under the Gnarley forest, not as far as Zulern.

What disturbs you is that this mentions that these “dark elves” have voluntarily gone below. Elves of Celene who for some reason abandoned their beliefs in order to believe the exact opposite. Voluntarily becoming “Dark Elves” and worshiping something called The Brier Queen

In order to get to Nulb/Homlett, you will need to travel through the Kingdom of Celene “Elf Country” and The Gnarley Forrest.

Alternatively the “Central Darkness” the portion of the underdark you were in, was heading off in that direction and you may also be able to get under Celene.

NULB
She also finds that some of the papers they recovered are correspondences between Stercus and his sister Usnea in a town called Nulb. Nulb has a recent history as an evil place For many years, a cult of Evil flourished somewhere on the shores of the Nyr Dyv. Although the location of their Temple is not sure, the villages of Nulb is listed as a reference point. The following facts regarding it and its followers are found by Alynis . .

Temple of Elemental Evil

The cult was based on the premise that the elemental forces of the universe are Chaotic and opposed to mankind, and are thus from man’s point of view, Evil. The Temple of the cult sought to destroy all works of Good and to disrupt order. Its members were thieves, assassins, brigands, and the like.

Fire was regarded as the first elemental evil, and its penchant for Chaos fitted the premise of the cult.

Water was like- wise worshiped as an even more powerful force of Chaotic Evil, in the form of floods, storms, and raging seas beating upon the land and ocean vessels.

The epitome of Chaotic Evil, however, was regarded as a combination of air and earth, represented by blackness and corresponding with the demonic Abyss. This combination was regarded as a complete negation of matter.

The cult grew powerful and rich, attracting followers of the worst sort and offering them safety within the walls of the Temple stronghold. From this fortress would the followers ride to rob, pillage, and lay waste the lands about, tithing the cult from the spoils of the carnage. Captives from those raids were brought back to the Temple to serve as human sacrifices (children to the fire, men to the water, and women to the blackest Evil) or to slave their lives away in bondage.

Besides the extensive upper works of the Temple, a deep labyrinth beneath the place was constructed, but virtually nothing is known about these dungeons except that they were inhabited by a plethora of creatures serving Chaos and Evil. It is rumored that a demon took up abode in the deepest level, to better receive the sacrifices to it. Alynis thinks the demon could be the Cambion Usnea

Eventually the neighbors of the Temple grew tired of these depredations. All Good, both Lawful and Chaotic, banded together to form a mighty army. Their army marched to the Temple, fighting two battles along the way. The first was conclusive, thought the forces of Good who held the field afterward, so they gained the reputation of victory, and their ranks swelled with local men. The second battle saw a great slaughter of orcs, gnolls, evil men, and the like.

The Temple was thereafter besieged, fell, and its inhabitants put to the sword. It is reported by some sources that the Temple and its precincts resisted complete destruction, but the majority state that the whole was razed so that the cult could never emerge again nor could any find where it once flourished

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Turok Days after return

The next day, after being healed, Turok takes some time with the new sword. He does what he’s done before, practicing on rotten fruit and trees in the woods. The new sword feels well balanced and light in his hands, its blade gleams and never seems to scratch or mar.

Its Red White and Blue leather handle reminds him of the vision he saw of Kord, the god of wrestling who wore Red dragon White dragon and Blue dragon skin.

While in the woods and attacking the trunk of a tree, the sword is over his head and he sees one of the crystals glow. Slowing his swing he brings the sword down curiously and touches the crystal, it is the Red Crystal

FLAME! springs from the blade, red magical fire radiating heat, the fire lasts for a minute then goes out. He tries the other crystals BLUE produces a crackling of electricity around the blade and finally WHITE sees the blade seemingly turn to ice intense cold radiating from it

Each one will not reactivate when touched again….

He heads to the College to find Alynis. It is not long before they are able to identify the sword
Drake’s Breath
This sword is said to have been created by a powerful wizard who could steal the powers of vanquished foes. He had a knight protector that he made the sword for as both a gift for his service and as a weapon for the knight to protect the wizard.

Hundreds of years ago the wizard and the knight set forth on a journey into a vast subterranean cavern and were never seen again

Once a day you can make the sword into a Fire, Ice or Lighting weapon.

You can choose that the sword do this type of damage for 1 minute (10 attacks)
OR
The sword can burst with this type of damage on your next hit (double damage)

Torok then goes to Tiberious, finding him at the Forge. Turok wants Tiberious to make leather gauntlets for him using the dragon scales from the taxidermied black dragon. Tiberious consults a leather maker and has a a good pair of leather gauntlets made. He then dyes 6 dragon scales 2 red 2 white 2 blue and sews them onto the back of the gauntlets. A week later Turok has awesome dragon scale gauntlets.

Then
Booze Booze Booze after the healing spells you feel better than you have ever felt. You go on long benders and then rigorous practices with your new sword and exercise like long runs through the woods…training as you feel more powerful than ever before. You are swinging your sword with reckless abandon and it blurs as you swing it, you feel able to strike faster than ever before

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Back into Zulern

The group is weary from their trek in the underworkld. Their gear is wet and slimy and Turok is clearly suffering from something, his skin ashen and he is complaining of weakness

Kvothe, Turok head back to The Cockatrice. Turok tries to cure his ills with alcohol, Kvothe retreats to his room with the trunk bearing his family name
Vinny heads to Bear Trap. He polices up the loot from the portable hole and gets ready to sell it at market
Helm to the Cathedral. He is inquiring about healing for Turok
Tiberius to Fire-strike Forge
Alynis to College
Raif stays near the teleporter where he has moved his shrine.

That night some of the group meets at the Cockatrice. Kvothe, Tiberious, Torok, and Helm. Meet for drinks. Helm informs Turok that he needs divine intervention at the cathedral. Turok is taken to the Cathedral where Brother Thelonious looks him over. He says it is Mummy Rot a type of curse. Money is given to the church and a remove curse spell makes Turok feel instantly better.

Back at teh Cockatrice the group has a few drinks and heads their separate ways

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Aboleth?

There is another area of 20 foot tunnels and 50 foot globes down here, off to one side. The group finds some treasure incurring loose gold and a trunk bearing the Kvothe family name and a black thorn shillelagh. Although the gold was buried in thick grey dust, the trunk and shillelagh look to have been placed recently.

Tiberious thinks he knows what this is. When an Aboleth can not get to water, it has to hibernate in “deep slumber” that some fear worse than death. He thinks this is a such a creature, calling out to those around it to try and get liquid onto it, they were trying to get blood onto it?

They are confused and Turok tries to hug the egg, looking to roll it, a slim-like tentacle swings at him and he ducks it, deciding not to hug the egg anymore. Tiberious decides to consult Rotcod’ohw Does indeed identify it as an Aboleth in deep slumber he tells them that he is will ready something to keep the Aboleth trapped there.

The group moves back to the top of the shaft. There are 4 green glowing rods, Rotcod’ohws voice tells them to throw each on at areas of the “force field” that covers the top of this area.

The green rods impact the force wall and stick, they send out waves of green impulses that splash across the previously invisible walls surface Rotcod’ohws voice tells them it is time to leave…NOW. The group runs for the door and feel the earth shake, an earth quake is occurring behind them. Rock, tons of it rain from the ceiling down into the shaft and onto the aboleth in deep slumber below.

They retreat back through the town. Everyone is clamoring about the earthquake, the outpost is alive with movement, some Drow and Druegar fleeing, others looking a the spire in confusion. Many occupants are in the streets crazed by the earthquake. The tavern had slaves working to repair the fire damage, they are now being coaxed with whips by their Drow masters to return to work.. The group leaves hurriedly to Coldstone keep and the teleporter.

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The Dragon?

The creature is flying in front of the group, at the same time they can see a group of blob-like translucent red Kou Toa moving slowly up the outer walkway. Turok and Tiberious rushes the approaching Kou Toa. Vinny readies a grappling hook and Kvothe, Alynis Hlem and Storm begin hitting the dragon? with spells.

The Wyrm’s tail lashes out, its tip a barbed stinger “Wyvern” someone shouts alerting others to mind the poison tail. Vinny has managed to throw a grappling hook about its neck (nat 20) and has swung out on the rope of climbing and is now on the creatures back, he has drawn a dagger as he attempts to stay on its back.

Tiberious and Turok are tearing through the Kou Toan ranks, their gelatinous flesh tearing off in sticky hunks as the sword and axe slash them to pieces.

The Wyvern does not look natural, it is jet black and moves in odd jerky motions. Vinny’s daggers piece it as its tail lashes Mourning Storm, causing him a large amount of pain and damage, he transforms into a bear.

Vinny is stabbing the beast as Storm in the form of a Grizzly Bear LEAPS at the Wyvern, also attempting to land on its back. SUCCESS but the weight of the bear is too much for the wounded wyvern, as it and its two “riders” plunge 50 feet to the bottom of the shaft. Vinny and Storm are thrown from the crashing beast which is killed by the impact. Vinny and Storm are also shaken up but alive.

The group finishes off the Kou Toa red slime creatures and descend to the bottom, there is a huge black egg of some sort on a pedestal….

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The first bubble

There is a thin wall made out of a mica like substance, brittle but strong enough to stay upright. It looks as though someone has smashed through it as there is roughly a man sized hole in it and shards of it scattered about.

The room beyond the “habi-trail” continues. A tube 20 foot in diameter extends 20 feet then becomes a enormous round room. the room is perfectly round, like you are on the inside of a 50 foot diameter ball. There is a perfect circle in the middle, 20 feet in diameter leading downward and another straight across leading to what looks to be a cave in.

Vinny has the others hold a rope as he secures it to his waist and investigates the room. The middle passage goes straight down to another mica wall, this one unbroken. The passage across from them does end in a collapse that looks very old and impassable

The group heads back out into the main hall to continue the downward spiral. After another 360 loop there is another 20 foot diameter hole. Leading to another mica wall, this one unbroken. Vinny probes it with a dagger BLAM! he sets off some sort of Glyph of warding. Vinny is shocked but not severely, he shakes it off and cuts through the mica

On the other side is a similar structure as above, a 20 foot diameter tube, leading into a 50 foot diameter ball….BUT in teh ball this time are 5 red gelatinous masses, 4 are the outlines of Kou Toa an one of a Dwarf. The figures move toward Vinny who backs away, the party takes turns firing missiles and cantrips at the figures until they are all cooked assured to be dead. The figures were having difficulty climbing the rounded globe, falling and unable to get out.

This structure is similar to the one above, a second 50 foot diameter ball sits behind connected by a 20 foot tube. Inside the ball is an immense black tree, several fruit looking lie eggplants hang from its leafless branches. Raif Windgate (Mourning Storm) the druid, attempts communication with it, assuming it to be a treant of some sort. Suddenly an eggplant is hurtled at the group, it explodes in a noxious cloud of poison gas.

The group retreats firing fire magic at the treant, whose branches reach out trying to pound or grasp them as they scurry away. Soon the area is awash in smoke from a burning tree, it drifts up through the 20 foot tube in the ceiling. THere is a third ball behind the tree, but it only contains a thick 1 foot layer of dust on the ground.

The group moves back to the well area and starts to do another 360 in the main chamber. Suddenly a screech of immense noise, rising before the is the form of a dragon, its scales pitch black….

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Behind the Red Door

Tiberius and Turok hear something coming down the rough cut entrance and get ready for a fight….it is just Vinny. Vinny let’s them know that he had teleported to a strange area that seemed to be harvesting the essence of bodies. He destroyed the equipment, killing 2 Drow scientists.

The items from The Elite Drow and Stercus are loaded into the portable hole and the keys are inserted into the Red crystal door. The door opens as before and you see there are keyholes for them in the back as well. So the door can be locked and unlocked from both sides.

Behind is a corridor, old and of well cut stone. Similar to the rest of the area, dwarven or gnome in manufacture. There are columns every 15 feet bas-relief which depict the 3 eye god. After 50 feet the floor begins to slope and turn to the right. The walls between the columns to the right are now open spaces and cool air blows at the group.

Looking out the group sees a HUGE bottomless round well 75 feet in diameter. The passage spirals around its outside down down down. The floor is at a 30 degree angle. There are no railings or protection on the openings. The columns look to extend all the way to wherever the bottom, if any lies. ON every 3rd column is a fish head sculpture, a chain from its mouth hangs down 5 feet at its end a glowing lantern of the red fire that has burned in all the braziers in the complex

The group begins moving down, having to travel in single file. A full 360 degrees around and down 60 feet they come to a 20 foot diameter smooth hole in the wall. It goes back 30 feet and there is some sort of thin mica like wall that has been broken through as if someone smashed though it. The spiral passage also continues down down down.

The group decides to check out the mica wall. The passage they walk into is hard to walk on, it is smooth and round

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Vinny Slays a god

investigates

begins cutting

Drow run from him

One trys to lure him as other attacks from behind

Vinny grabs the baiting one as the other lunges.

Vinny gets stabby to stab his freind

Eventually offs the drow and deryos everythign

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