Day XX – Day XX – Month of XXX – In Castle Serastis
- Defeated Shiuan, Cultist of Sertrous
- Released Sacrificial prisoners
- Released Arzanezra, Paladin of Cyric
|Ben Delat||–||Reldar||Leader of Grey Fists|
|Thorn||–||Knuck||Grey Fist Halfling Ranger|
|Oryeh||–||Selina||Grey Fist Human Shaman|
|Sturm||–||Bandar||Grey Fist Dward Cleric|
|Norreth||–||Bolt||Grey Fist Human Fighter|
|Damakos||–||Rayvaan||Silver Wardens Ranger|
|–||–||Rasp||Grey Fist Dward Cleric|
|–||–||Phyllius Three tongues||Human Fighter|
|–||–||Gisane Agerra||Genasi Swordmage|
|–||–||Xec||Razorclaw Shifter Seeker|
|–||–||Bariel Feywise||Wilden Priestess of Meilikki|
|–||–||Uldreth Thighsplitter||Half Ogre Avenger of Torm|
|–||–||Arzanezra||Paladin of Cyric|
Overview of session (DM narrative)
After almost a solid day of combat against the cultists which finished with the defeat of one of the key priests of Sertrous the Bonehunters regrouped outside Castle Serastis and continued summoning help. After carving a large symbol in the turf as a homing point for the Company of the Grey Fist they rested to regain their energy for the final assault.
The decision was taken by the Bonehunters to ignore the demi planes as much as possible and go straight for the rescue of hostages who were to be sacrificed as part of the ritual summoning the spirit of Sertrous into the body of the forgotten king.
Unfortunately without rest the Bonehunters knew that they might not be ultimately successful in their goal of disrupting the ceremony . With regret they rested. As they rested reinforcements arrived. . . .
The company of the Grey Fist, or rather their fit component teleported to the village into the area prepared. Reldar of the Grey Fist bought disturbing news. The Orcs were on the move in force. A Vast army estimated at some 10,000 strong was moving from the mountains towards Silvrymoon. The orcs were well equipped with both weapons and an unusually high level of magical support, from scrolls to wands to powerful weapons for their leaders. These items were not of orcish manufacture and it seems that they have been supplied by some other enemy of Silverymoon.
Silverymoon had called on it’s allies for support and started conscripting any experienced warriors, particularly through the mercenaries and adventurers guilds. The Grey Fist were sent into the Moonwood to support Lord Sedrals Druids and Rangers of the Silver Wardens in the disruption of the Orcish vanguard. They have successfully slowed down the orcish advance but at a horrific casualty rate among the Silver Wardens. Both Halis and Karadin Trollbane of the Grey Fist were badly injured in the fighting and are recovering from their injuries in Silverymoon . The rest of the Grey Fist came as son as they could but required rest before they could be of use.
Not long after the Grey Fists arrival there was another somewhat surprising appearance by Norreth from the Daemonfey stronghold currently occupied by the Giants. It seems he had been contacted by your mutual mysterious benefactor two days ago along with another group who are allied. They came overland at the best speed possible but the murderous pace they set left some by the wayside. Arriving with Norreth were :
- Damakos: Tiefling Ardent
- Rasp: Human Cormyran mercenary Mage
- Phyllius Three tongues: Charismatic Human Bard
- Gisane Agerra: Genasi Swordmage
- Xec: Razorclaw Shifter Seeker
Left along the way were:
- Bariel Feywise: Wilden Priestess of Meilikki
- Uldreth Thighsplitter: Half Ogre Avenger of Torm
It is expected that Bariel and Uldeth will make their way to Castle Serastis as soon as they are able.
Damakos has bought news from your benefactor but it was decided that the urgency of the current situation was paramount and that he would update you after this had been resolved.
Decisions, decisions !
In order to maximise the effectiveness of the adventurers it was decided to split into three groups and try for multiple objectives at the same time after much discussion the split was as follows:
- Reldar, Bandar, Bolt, Knuck and Selina together with Rayvaan went through the portal to the Swamp
- Rasp, Phyllius, Gisane and Xec would try and save the Faery folk in the Grotto, As added strength Bjaarn and Jet agreed to accompany them, Jet specifically for his wilderness skills and a burning desire to prevent the helpless slaughter of the Faerie. Bjaarn as muscle to replace Uldreth.
- The Bonehunters. Due to his instructions from your benefactor Damakos insisted on coming with the Bonehunters, as did Norreth, although his given reason was to prevent the sacrifices. This third group were to go directly to the Tower of Worship to disrupt the human sacrifices and to free as many prisoner’s as possible.
The Bonehunters were successful in the first part of their mission, They found a room filled with unspeakable horrors where prisoners were being slowly sacrificed on a stone block in the centre of the room. When they arrived a cultist was wrestling with a female warrior who still had the remains of shackles on her wrists. After dispatching the cultist Oryeh struck down the prisoner stating “She is Evil”, this sparked debate in the party as she was clearly a prisoner and due for sacrifice. Sturm took a strong line and pushed her from the room closing the door behind her. It was while searching the room that the party found her clothes and determined that she was a worshipper of Cyric, God of Murder, Lies and deceit. When they looked out the door again she was gone. The group freed the prisoners and took them outside to the village to recover, they then immediately set forth to try and get to the Tower of Worlds and disrupt the main ritual.
When they went through the portal from the Tower of Worship they found themselves in the centre of a room and the portal disappeared behind them. As soon as this happened thousands of tiny demons swarmed and attacked them . . . . .
Meanwhile. . .
Jet, Bjaarn and their companions came through a portal to find a sunlit green glade with the sound of falling water coming though the trees. They also smelled blood in the air . . .
They came through the wood into a small grotto were a narrow waterfall fell from the cliffs into a pool of water. Scattered along the banks and in the pool were numerous bodies. A search of the area revealed no loving creatures. Clearly they had arrived too late. The bodies were those of the Faerie slaughtered by the Vanguard of Sertrous. The group remembered that they were the descendants’ of the Faerie Queen who had blessed the birth of the Forgotten King. Too rescuers had arived too late, the Vanguard had returned with their prize.
As the moved closer to the waterfall an almost subliminal sound drew Jet, Xec and Gisane. They looked and saw the phantom face in the waterfall, the face that of a Faerie woman. Her whispered words initially begged for assistance, then, ore clearly they each hear. “I fear you are too late to aid us . . . Yet you might still be the agents of our vengeance” A feeling of staunch resolve cam over the three as the face faded into the waterfall, never to return. The dying blessings of the Feyrie ride with them.
The group made their way back to the portal, when they exited it took them to the main temple room near the black ziggurat. They adjourned outside to discuss next steps and met with Bariel and Uldreth. Jet decided to go and let the Bonehunters know what had transpired and the remaining adventurers set off for the third portal, to the Blasted Lands.
Jet hurried off to alert his companions and . . .on entering the portal found himself in the middle of a raging battle with thousands of Dretches attacking the Bonehunters . . . . . . .and here we resume.
|Treasure||Estimated Total Value (gp)||Notes|
|Scimitar + 3 (Soul Drinker)||21,000 gp||–|
|Dagger||??||Unable to determine value but seems same make as the sword Merthuvial|
|Giant Serpent Skull||1,000 gp||–|
|Fangs of Green Dragon||1,000 gp||–|
|Snake Bladed Silvered Bastard Sword||600 gp||–|
|+3 Holy Symbol of COnfrontation (Cyric)||17,000||–|
XP = 200 each for Combat, +300 each for releasing prisoners.
- Defeat Dretches
- Find and disrupt Ritual