Once again, the players set off on adventure-this time to find Farfal’s long-lost son.
Playing in this episode were:
-Mike (me), the evil dungeon master of the world Lorr
-John, playing Farfal Soushard, a neutral Shade cleric of The Raven Queen
-Kyle, playing Kai Relin, a neutral human ranger
-Alistair, playing Sir Stelian Soul-eater, a neutral Vryloka Warlock Binder
Chapter 1: The gratitude of the Empire
Upon returning to land, the heroes and Bayronx were greeted by High lord Alain, while Graar was pounced upon by guards and arrested. The party recounted the entire story of what happened at Noscarta to him, including killing High lord Jorgan (Abanazar). As such, High lord Alain had the party detained for a while so that he could investigate what had happened, and make sure the heroes were innocent. While they were detained, each player received an Imperial seal, which allowed them to be given a favour from the Empire’s jurisdiction (within reason).
A half an hour later, High lord Alain returned, and told the party they had found evidence of Jorgan’s treachery. They were free to go-however, Baryonx was still a criminal, and could not. Lord Farfal elected to use his favour to get Bayronx off the hook. As such, Alain agreed to let him go, due to his helping in saving Courtbridge. As such, Bayronx vowed to serve the party, and clear his name.
Chapter 2: Making deals, breaking deals
Upon returning to Jinglewater, they found Balrad still tied up there, and prepared to interrogate him-however, High lord Zarkovich had spoke to them a little earlier beforehand, and told them that they could not harm or allow Balrad to be killed or escape, as they needed someone for the people of the Empire to blame, due to Logan being dead. Farfal agreed, and decided it would be better to make deals with Logan. After many negotiations, they agreed to take Balrad to make sure his back-up fortune was safe, and to let him go once they were finished with him.
The party travelled to Maple-field, and were surprised to find that Errich Seagar (the halfling merchant whose son the party saved back in episode 2) dealt with Balrad’s money. However, he revealed to them that Strom had already threatened the location out of him. Furious, Balrad demanded to be taken there, which the party duly did-only to find the fortune had been dug up. Balrad (seeing himself losing out in the deal) immediately demanded that the party give him 20,000 of the gold which they took from him in Noscarta. Fortunately, they managed to appeal to his reasonable side, and he agreed to keep going only for the promise of his freedom.
Chapter 3: A cunning plan
Balrad led the party to Gold-watch, only to find a small force of Hellmoney soldiers inside. Balrad told them this was a bad thing, as the idea behind the under-ground prison was for it to remain a secret-so Strom is here. Farfal sneaked up and killed a few sentries, but soon combat broke out, and the party quickly slew them. They then headed underground to the below-surface prison which Daniel should be in.
Upon heading down there, they found a cuffed Daniel being held by a handbow-toting Strom, guarded by two battle-trolls. Strom made a deal with Farfal: Balrad for Daniel. He wanted Balrad so he could kill him and consolidate power, and Farfal wanted his son back.
As such, the party concocted a plan: Stelian (using shade twin) would impersonate Balrad, and as the two prisoners swapped over, he would teleport them using the orb of far realm displacement. As for the real Balrad and Kai Rellin, they would swig the teleportation potion which they had saved since the Trouble of Bayronx adventure and escape. Farfal would then evade Strom and hide. The plan went swimmingly. Stelian and Daniel teleported to Jader-reach, Kai Rellin and Balrad ended up in Harg Farst’s house (which was hilarious) and Farfal hid himself from Strom. However-Farfal heard Strom say that he was not finished, not by a long shot, and would have revenge for this trick. Strom and his men left, and then Farfal sneaked away to Jader-stone.
Chapter 4: Enemy of the Empire
The party re-met at Jader-stone, and Farfal kept true to his deal by letting Balrad free. Balrad thanked him, and hoped they would never meet again. Farfal then sent a letter to Zarkovich, who replied with furious words. Now who was the Empire to blame for the assault on Courtbridge ? Farfal, being ever-the most helpful of lords, suggested Strom, and now the Empire are actively hunting him down.
Then, Farfal and Daniel spoke for a short time, and reconnected as father-and-son. However, Daniel would be better with his mother, so Farfal got Novak to transport him to Layla and Kayla. Daniel got there safely, and the party relaxed, knowing they had succeeded in their quest. However, Farfal knew both he and Kai Rellin had family to be found, so gave the task to his spy ring. Hopefully, with a bit of luck, they would uncover something.
I hope you enjoyed this adventure, as it was especially enjoyable for Lord Farfal to finally complete one of his character goals. However, the question now is would he find the rest of his family ? You’ll have to find out in the episodes to come.
Until then, Happy gaming !