Battle Din Ohtar the Ring-Wight
February 28, 2008 09:58
Finally killing the demon
March 01, 1999 23:49
03/01 – 03/20, 1649
The PCs travel through Shrel-Kain on their way home. While there, Delhaelyn tells Voswi that she has secured a position for him at Or Sarn for the reknowned Instruction on Advanced Magery. She had applied his name almost 5 years ago, but he was on the waiting list up until now. Voswi catches the next ship heading to Or Sarn.
Everyone else charters the next available barge leaving to the Long Lake. It’s a good homecoming. The weather is still warm and everyone is still in a good mood from the Fall Festival. While they were out, a couple of new structures popped up. First, the Esgaroth Orphan Refuge was opened up on the westside. Mostly privately funded, it is a subject of much pride for Odagavia. Second, a shop called Eastern Trades has opened up near The Golden Elixir. The proprietor is Nechtan. He resides above his shop with a young boy named Parfin, who was Maboor’s servant. Nechtan adopted the boy and fled as far north as possible following his betrayal of the Logath during the recent conflict.
There are two governmental changes as well. Beadarof and Odagavia have assigned a detective to the Drihten. This was partly inspired by some of PCs’ recent work in resolving local crimes. The man chosen for the post is named Danya, a son of Merovech. Danya pays for several meals with the PCs over the next months, drilling them for information and techniques to help him in his job. Also, there is an election scheduled for 3/21, 1649. Odagavia has an opponent, Hreowalda, for the first time in 8 years. The race is so far clean, and no clear victor can be predicted.
The winter hits early in 1648, late October, and lasts all of the way through January. The cold winter months are spent in homes and taverns, and there are almost no out-of-town visitors. Voswi returns to Esgaroth in mid-February, following the completion of his course. With spring just a month away, and everyone back in town, even Eordinale spends more time in town.
Early one morning, Hargrim hears a cry of alarm from a city guard. The cry leads to Freca’s home, where he finds Freca gone and Erian dead in the doorway. A search is called out, but yields no results. Days later, Jenna suddenly appears in the Blue Belly Tavern. She says that after leaving the PCs before, she tracked down Grayden, but was again overpowered and imprisoned. Just an hour before her arrival, however, the wards around her cell dropped, and she was able to teleport out. She also notes that a young woman arrived just before her escape, and that several of her orc captors had blue tattoos. She offers to teleport the PCs to Grayden’s location, a place called Peratagon, but will require a day of rest, having taxed her powers tracking down and reaching them already.
During this time, the PCs research demons and Peratagon. Andaeson goes to see Beawyn. He learns that the dwarfs of Axewater might have information, and asks Jenna to teleport them there once she’s rested. Jenna stays, since the PCs suspect that Grayden can sense her presence. Hargrim speaks with Thorkel at Axewater, who states that Peratus the Mad fooled the dwarfs of Axewater into building most of Peratagon. When they discovered his purpose, they sealed it up and set traps to keep prevent escape. This was one of their greatest shames. Hargrim takes the information and some crude maps, and goes with the PCs towards Peratagon.
Using the maps, they locate the lair, and battle some orcs to enter. Once inside, they discover several floors of traps testing their wits and abilities. They finally encounter Grayden and his cadre of orcs, including some Lazugohoth. The PCs surround Grayden when he tries to escape, and destroy him using Rogoth. Most of the orcs, including Mogshi, are slaughtered. Releasing Freca from her cell, they gather what loot they can find, and return to Esgaroth.
August 22, 1998 19:47
8/22 – 9/15, 1648
Leaving the Wilderland, the PCs head north to Carnen and see if he can repair Cirthas. They stop in Shrel-Kain along the way and dine with Gaerendil and Korg. They are back in Gaerandil good graces due to their slaying of Borel. They learn that a Dorwinion nobleman is now courting Delhaelyn, whom she met while visiting Wintirion Iaur, and that Rhubar and Dorwinion are having a conference to re-establish trade relations.
Leaving Shrel-Kain, they stop by Wintirion Iaur on the way to Rhubar. Voswi and Andaeson research Cirthas in the library, Felkik searches for the identity of Delhaelyn’s suitor, and Hargrim watches Felkik. Everyone learning little, they continue on to Rhubar.
After entering the Taur Romen, forest-warders escort them to Rhubar. Andaeson asks Carnen if he can examine Cirthas and Eordinale asks him to repair one of his arrows. Carnen is busy fashioning gifts for the Dorwinion trade conference, but spares time to tell Andaeson that he recognizes Cirthas as being forged by Abulkar. He was once a craftsman of the Taur Romen, a master of Channeling runes, and a pacifist. He made only five weapons, of which Cirthas was the first, and then disappeared 200 years ago. Carnen doesn’t know why the sword is inert, but has heard that magical beings (such as dragons) absorb Channeling energy over long periods of time. Unfortunately, he also doesn’t know how to recharge it.
He sends the PCs to his friend Dinar. Dinar spends a day studying and finds an old map to a place called “Abulkar’s Well”, which was Abulkar’s workspace. Carnen asks Siracar to act as scout on the PCs’ journey, as he has become very knowledgable of the Taur Romen. Dinar, Siracar, and the PCs set off the next day.
They spend four days following overgrown paths before reaching their destination. Abulkar’s lair is a wide shaft, nearly a quarter-mile deep, which is descended via a spiralling staircase. They avoid the golem guardians at the entrance, destroy flying shadow beasts, and battle shadow versions of themselves. On the way down, they discover a library that describes three other “wells” of magic (in Mirkwood, Dyr, and Rhovanion). The PCs identify the Rhovanion location as the “Spring of the Valar”, which they visited over three years earlier. At the shaft’s bottom they find a shallow well which recharges Cirthas. They all drink from the well, and reset all of the defenses before leaving.
Returning the Erinstone and establishing peace with the Horse Lords
July 25, 1998 19:44
07/24 – 8/21, 1648
Several events take place after leaving Silverplunge. Felkik and Andaeson purchase the old Erannun Tavern and begin renovating and hiring employees. Hargrim visits Moria, Axe Mountain, and Azan to deliver the news of Silverplunge’s demise. Eordinale mysteriously leaves town. Freca weds Erian, with most of the PCs attending, and Andaeson buys them a house. Vosca and Forlet Bellia deliver the last of the items from Eldran’s remains, a suit of armor.
Soon after, everyone hears rumors of a war brewing between Gondor and all of the Eothraim tribes over areas of the Wilderland. Andaeson receives a letter from his aunt Gildas and uncle Atolson, asking him to return to the farm in the Wilderland where he spent many years in his youth. His father, Sortar, has been recalled to active duty and been assigned to Soren, a fierce political rival. Gildas is worried that he may be in peril.
A day later, most of the PCs leave, and Eordinale joins them after getting word from Goshafoc. Entering the Wilderland, they capture an Asdriag scout trying to spy on them. Continuing south, they are attacked by a Logath scouting party, and capture one of them.
At the farm, Atolson informs them that the Eothraim have allied with the Logath, and that the Asdriags are merely taking advantage of the Gondorian army being distracted. They soon find the soldiers lead by Soren. Since they had brought and surrendered a Logath prisoner, Soren agrees to meet with them. He explains that the army is split. His army is facing off with Lorath, the Logath headman, and his large force of Logath. The other half is lead by Vagaig, the Wilderland regent, and is facing off with Theolaer, who speaks for all of the Eothraim tribes, and Botan, who leads the remaining Logath. He also explains that he sent Sortar on a secret mission and cannot divulge the mission’s nature. By speaking with 3 Gondorian mages, Voswi learns that Lorath has 2 generals named Maboor and Kro, as well as a wizard named Jek. Jek has been casting powerful spells, including raising the dead.
The following night, Eordinale and Hargrim save Soren from an assassin. Over the next couple of days, each PC receives a note. They are ultimately able to decipher the notes, and become convinced that Orlif, possibly still in Borel’s body, is involved. They determine that he is Jek, using necromancy learned from The Book of the Dead. They convince Soren to allow them to investigate the Logath camp. At the same time, Soren sends word to Dorwinion that Borel is involved in hopes that it will draw them into the fray. Soren directs them to Nechtan, a Logath traitor, to help them enter the camp. Eordinale assassinates Jek after the PCs sneak into his tent. They realize that Jek is not Borel just as they are surrounded. The general Maboor is revealed as Borel.
Using Voswi’s control of the weather, and stealing some horses, they are able to escape. During their retreat Hargrim throws his hammer and kills Orlif/Borel. When they arrive at Soren’s camp they tell them to attack the Logath while they are still in disarray. The battle is swift and leaves few casualties, but sends the Logath heading home. Soren returns with Sortar, who had been captive. The PCs then accompany Soren’s army to unite with Vagaig’s. During the journey, Andaeson and Sortar are able begin healing old squabbles.
From Vagaig they learn that the Eothraim remain in military readiness at Warfinger. Their reasons for starting the fight have not been resolved. First, Gondorian settlers moved into Duchess Glade, an area where all of the Eothraim tribes meet once each year. Second, an artifact was stolen from the tomb of Erin. Erin was once a chieftain of the Hatanar tribe. Theolaer, the current chieftain, found the tomb looted and defiled with Adunaic graffiti. He then convinced all other chieftains to take a stand against Gondor.
The PCs convince Vagaig to let them go to Theolaer as envoys. They explain to Theolaer how they came to possess The Stone of Eomund, but that they did not defile the tomb. They then give him the stone. After a brief imprisonment, they are released when a peace accord is reached. Gondor has agreed to give them a buffer around Duchess Glade where no settlers will be allowed. The Eothraim tribes return to their respective territories and the soldiers who were called from Gondor return home. Sortar agrees to come north and visit Andaeson soon, but must return home at this time.
Slay Hyarleuca the dragon in retaliation for the destruction of Hargim's family mine
November 15, 1997 09:46
Many in Buhr Thurasig ask Hargrim if he is from Silverplunge. Dwarves from the mine used to trade in town often, but none have been seen in over 5 years. Many suspect they are all dead from Plague. Hargrim decides he must investigate, and the others agree to accompany him.
The PCs fight wolves, ice-orcs, and blizzards before reaching Silverplunge. There, they find main plaza littered with dwarf skeletons and the main door smashed. Investigating, they find no indication of attackers, but locate a survivor. Higdal, an outcast dwarf, tells them of a massive invasion of ice-orcs. He says that they return often and tells the PCs go home. Instead, they decide to investigate the main treasury, the most secure location. Rather than ice-orcs, they find a white dragon sleeping atop Silverplunge’s treasure. He explains that he came here, killed all of the dwarves, and claimed the treasure because he had given his hoard to his son. The PCs narrowly escape just as the dragon bores of conversation.
They find Higdal again, who tells them he only wanted to scare them off to save their lives. All he knows of the dragon is that his name is Scatha. As the dragon has killed Hargrim’s family, he is reminded of the dwarfish saying, “Kill my son, lose your father”, and the tale from which it originates. In the tale, a dwarf’s young son is killed by another young dwarf. Feeling battle with such a young dwarf dishonorable, he challenges the father instead. He kills the father fairly, exacting revenge and maintaining his honor. It is one of the bases for the dwarfish idea that debts and favors extend to all members of a bloodline. Hargrim resolves to find and slay Scatha’s son.
The PCs travel to Buhr Craesh, the nearest settlement, to learn more Scatha and his son. They’re told to visit Tral the Wolf-man. He knows that Scatha’s son is Hyarleuca, but is unfamiliar with its location. He offers to help them locate the drake for a share of the hoard. He travels to a huge fortress and speaks with some ice-orcs there, much to the PCs discomfort. That help enables them to find the dragon’s lair, however, and they arrive while Hyarleuca is out. They set up an ambush, and attack when the dragon arrives. Hyarleuca is slain, Voswi drops into a coma, and Tral returns home.
Hargrim and Felkik take Hyarleuca’s scrotum back to Silverplunge and leave it at the main gate. They take a long route home, through unpopulated areas, in case Scatha follows them. Andaeson rushes Voswi back to Esgaroth. There, Odagavia helps him find the healer Presebal, who heals Voswi for 20g. Eordinale follows Andaeson with a wagon full of their booty.
November 01, 1997 03:41
Kiril states that she is from Buhr Thurasig, and would like to go home. The PCs escort her back there, and stay for a while to sell their booty. The town is having its last trading market before winter sets in. The PCs talk up their deeds to a fresh crowd, which attracts the attention of a young boy. He tells Hargrim that his family’s home, east of town, has been under siege from a “filthy beast”. The PCs find an undead orc called the Gretch who leads a small cadre of undead local animals. He lives by sucking the life force out of other living creatures. The PCs kill the Gretch and rescue the young boy’s family.
Slaying our second dragon
October 18, 1997 19:39
The PCs hear a story from a traveler about a large group of orcs from whom he escaped, orcs covered in blue tattoos. He claims they had amassed wealth by looting travelers between Dale and Buhr Thurasig. The PCs pay him off, and he gives them directions to their lair. They want revenge on Unhir Wadflad, who was last seen with the orcs, to stop the looting, and to steal some of their treasure.
They arrive at the orcs’ mountain hideout, and sneak into the caves running through it. They’re quickly discovered, and engage in a series of attacks, retreats, and attacks through other entrances. They kill over 30 orcs before Mogshi, the leader, threatens a human serving girl named Kiril. He says that he’ll kill her unless the PCs stop their attack, but agrees to free her if the PCs accomplish a task. He wants them to go down into the deepest caves of the mountain and “free them from the will of their master”. The PCs agree to make the attempt.
They crawl deep into the mountain and find a blue-skinned ice-drake whose name they never discover. After a long and nearly costly battle, the PCs are able to defeat the beast. They deliver the dragon eyes to Mogshi as proof of their victory and take the girl. They leave with as they can carry from the dragon’s hoard.
Narrowly averting another war
August 16, 1997 19:36
A dying scout rides into town, ignoring guards and heading for Odagavia’s house. He’ll speak only to Odagavia and his circle of advisors: Woffung, Maethelgar, and Beadarof. He found a large orcish outpost just southwest of Esgaroth, on the northeastern edge of the mountains. He observed it for a week and saw over 200 orcs arrive in that time. Because he doesn’t want the outpost aware of Esgaroth’s knowledge, he’d like the information kept from the populace. Unfortunately, Woffung is actually a spy for the Necromancer.
At Odagavia’s behest, Beadarof and Woffung ask the PCs to spy on the outpost. The Fall Festival is less than a week away and a large celebration is planned. Eoder, kryn of Dale’s largest clan and leader of Dale-folk, is visiting during the festival to sign a trade and military alliance treaty. An attack during this time could jeopardize the unity and leadership of northern Rhovanion. The PCs agree. At this time, Woffung gives Felkik a small pendant that he claims, “will grow warm near danger.”
Along the PCs route, they are separated and ambushed. Andaeson, Felkik, and Eordinale are attacked by Woffung, Gerazan (a Black Numenorean), and Leonide (an Easterling). Gerazan defeats Andaeson and Leonide defeats Eordinale. Felkik cuts off Woffung’s hand, but must flee to avoid capture by the others. After ditching the pendant, which was actually a tracking item, he rescues Andaeson, but must watch Leonide and Gerazan leave with Eordinale. Woffung cannot be found. Hargrim and Voswi kill both of their assassins, and catch up to Felkik and Andaeson. They try to heal Andaeson, and then head to the orc outpost to rescue Eordinale.They sneak into the outpost and almost get caught, but are rescued by Allum, who’s been spying within the outpost for days. He shows them the venting tunnels which lace the outpost and they learn of a plot to assassinate both Eoder and Odagavia, preceding an attack on Esgaroth and Dale. They hear that there is an Easterling army east of the lake preparing to attack, alongside the orcs, when they’re signaled that both leaders are dead. It is unknown, however, how either will be killed or who is the assassin. Lastly, they find that Eordinale is on his way to Dol Guldur.
The PCs take off after him, while Allum rides to Esgaroth to warn of the plot. The PCs catch up to the wagons that hold Eordinale. They attack, and free him. Torturing a wagon driver, they find out that Eoder and Odagavia are to be poisoned. They all then head to Esgaroth.
They find the festival in its last day, with a ceremony for the treaty’s signing. Prowling the city for the assassin, they see Woffung greeting Eoder. They had never told Allum he was a traitor and thus the townspeople did not know either. The PCs chase Woffung into the Vodagarazun, where they engage in a short battle. Woffung dies falling from a 3rd floor window, but they find the poison and antidote on his body. They give both to Uphelb, who determines that the poison is administered by touch. Eoder and Odagavia are given the antidote as a precaution, and without their deaths, no signal for attack is given.
The treaty is signed. The Easterling armies soon disperse, but the orc outpost remains.
Gaining a favor (for a change)
July 04, 1997 22:34
Freamund, kryn of the Merchants union, approaches the PCs in response to a recommendation by Odagavia. During the plague his sister Hreowalda fled Esgaroth along with many other refugees. Most refugees returned following the plague, but Hreowalda and some others were not among them. Freamund has purchased information from a traveler, Unhir Wadflad, who claims he saw a small hamlet north of the lake called Penstow, to where it was rumored that people had fled during the plague.
The PCs travel with Unhir northeast, but he abandons them shortly after they pass through Dale. The PCs continue on the path they’ve been on and eventually find the colony of Penstow. They find Hreowalda, thyn of the village, and convince her that the plague is over. She refuses to return, however, until a recent crisis is settled. It seems 5 children have recently gone missing. The PCs track them down, killing the 2-headed troll whom kidnapped them. Hreowalda and her son, Volaf, convince 22 other villagers to return with her to Esgaroth. Thirty-one others, most not previous Esgaroth residents, decide to remain in Penstow.
On the trip back the PCs find out what happened to Unhir. He is now accompanied by 46 Larzoguhoth orcs. They decorate their bodies with blue tattoos. The PCs maneuver to encounter the orcs via a rope-bridge crossing a large canyon. After a long battle, causing the death of 4 Penstow residents and over 30 orcs, Unhir and the surviving orcs flee. The PCs return the others to Esgaroth. Hreowalda reunites with Freamund and Viclaf, the son she thought dead from plague long ago. Freamund pays them and offers Andaeson any favor he’d like from the guild.
June 20, 1997 22:33
A body washes up on shore near the town’s entrance. The man, name unknown, is suspected by Beadarof of being involved with one of Lake-Town’s smuggling rings. He offers the PCs a 20g reward to find the man’s murderer and hopefully uncover information relating to smuggling operations into town.
Following leads, the PCs discover a smuggling operation between Viloric of Londaroth and Hildegrippa the Lean, owner of the Erranun Tavern. They smuggle grains into town by way of a trap door in the tavern’s back room, which opens to the lake below. Andaeson convinces Vogir, Hildegrippa’s second, that he wants to smuggle Dorwinion wine into town. The deal is accepted and a trap is set up, including the PCs and several Drihten. An unknown Drihten informs on Andaeson at the last minute, however, and almost costs him his life.
In the end, Hildegrippa, Vogir, and several thugs are captured. One of Hildegrippa’s thugs testifies that she killed Saewic, the body from the water, when she caught him cheating at dice. Her thugs stuffed his body into some sacks of barley just in from Viloric and dumped him into the lake to sink or be eaten by a grundherd. Fish chewed through the sacks, however, and the body rose to the surface to float ashore. Hildegrippa was hung, Viloric was fined and banned from trading in town, and Vogir imprisoned for 60 days. The tavern was forfeited to the town government.