Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lamashtan 18, 4710

The baroness Maggy decides to return to Staghome, so sets off from the stockade at Varnhold. On route, she is bush wacked by a pair of misguided Spriggan, who are quickly put to death. Back at Staghome, the kingdom claims the ford in which the village of Tatzleford is planned. A tavern is built in town. Julian Carlton tires of being rejected by the ex witch Violet Rottdrak, so he buries her alive in the town cemetery.

The Baroness, Butler Carlton and Councilor Eudon set off east to find the Nomen centaurs, hopefully to make a treaty with. On the way, they slay a Manticore, clear a field of spider lairs, and run from a Bullette that dwelt in the Blood Furrows. They stumble upon a party of centaur outriders, who react poorly to overtures of peace. The centaurs chase them off Nomen lands with shouts and arrows. Undaunted, they try again, this time entering the centaur camp. They show the Priestess of the tribe a war bow, Skybolt. They found it on the spriggan boss of Varnhold. In exchange for the bow, she agrees to ally with them. Before they leave, she asks them to find her daughter, and tells them about the legendary haunted graveyard she might be in.

At the ancient burial site, they fight a zombie cyclops. Turns out the graves are all in cyclopian too. At the far end of the grave filled valley, is a tall stair leading into the mountain. Halfway up, a smoky demonic beastie tears into councilor Eudon, but is beaten back. The group returns to Staghome to recuperate and rest.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sarenth 11, 4710

The triumphant heroes return to Staghome to spend some time ruling Eternya. A forest glade is claimed on the western border, and the environs around Bokkens hut as well. A famous poet spends some time in "The Hungry Tatzlewyrm" and an extraordinary Tinker shop is erected. Its unique architecture brings curious visitors from nearby kingdoms.

A new charter arrives, sending the Baroness, Councilor Eudon & Manservant Carlton to the east. News from nearby Varnhold has ceased, and the Swordlords of Restov fear the worst. The group travels east, through a mountain pass. They arrive at Varnhold to find it abandoned. No signs of struggle or conflict is evident. A hungry giant feral hog is defeated, and a river dwelling Chuul is talked into leaving. A gang of Spriggans were found to be squatting in the empty town. The crew find them holed up in the stockade overlooking town. They gain access through the roof and kill every Spriggan they see.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Roval 17, 4709

Baroness Maggie, Spymaster Zett & manservant Julian Carlton arrive back to Staghome by boat, only to find it in flames! The stunned townsfolk inform them that a rabid owlbear rampaged through, tearing up the cemetery and a few dwellings. They are upset, and a little bewildered that a beast would come in and tear up a new cemetery. Zett prays and meditates a day, to get a new horse companion to replace the one recently killed by a drakes breath.

They head south, following the obvious devastation caused by the owlbear. On the way, at an old ford crossing, they stumble upon a smoldering homestead. In a near by grove of trees, an angry shambling mound waits, ready to kill any thing it sees. They destroy the heap of vegetation, and explore the ruined home of a gnomish locksmith, recovering his collection of fine locks.

The owlbears lair is discovered, and the beast killed. It was wearing part of a suit of barding, and it's dead mate and cubs were inside the cave. The party rescued one hooting infant, and discovered a map showing the lair and Staghome on a dead barbarian within. They return to Staghome, and are greeted with cheers and accolades, for killing the beast.

Over the next 10 months they stay in town, expanding the kingdom and Staghome. A herbalist shop, a house, a stable, a baker, and a new graveyard were founded. A serial killer was apprehended, and Grathis was caught in the bed of Grand Diplomat Svetlana. A pack of rabid Worgs were threatening the borders of the barony, so the party set out to dispatch them.

Arodus 27, 4709

The party returns to town, delivering the charred skull of Howl-of-the-north-wind. It is put on display in front of the town inn. A graveyard is founded just outside of town. A new charter arrives, tasking the rulers of Eternya with chasing off a gang of Trolls. Crackjaw the killer turtle is hunted down and slain in his lair. The mud bowl is explored, wherein a patch of black rattle cap mushrooms are found. Also there is a hideously large carnivorous plant called Tendriculous. It swallows a couple of party members whole, one of which was the butler Carlton. He lets loose a "Qualls tree token" inside it, bursting it asunder.

A miserable wandering hill giant named Munguk is found. Communication with him is difficult, but The Magister Deemous slowly begins to understand Giantish. He tells them about trying to join the Troll gang and being rejected. They use this information to set out to find and kill these Trolls. On the way they kill an Elk, and encounter a green drake that kills two of their horses with its poisonous breath.

The Troll lair is located, in a hidden ancient Dwarvish out post. The party starts the assault by throwing fireballs through the arrow slits. They continue the raid by dousing as many of the Trolls with alchemists fire and spells as possible. The Troll boss is slain. As the party starts to travel home, they see devestation and torn up fields. Off in the distance, they see smoke and fire engulfing Staghome.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Erastus 28 4709

Upon returning to Staghome, the Baroness, Butler, & the Magister decide to put Grigori on trial. He is found guilty, and sentenced to hard labor in the gold mines. High Preist Kavken informs them that there is rumored to be a cult forming. The party investigates, and discovers indeed, a coven of witches worshiping Gyronna has sprung up in town. They begin watching a few suspects, and discover that Captain Wedge's wife is one of them. Late at night, they follow her out of town, to an old barn. In the basement, six women have been led astray by Goodwife Niska. The party defeats them, with out a single casualty. The women are taken back to Staghome to stand trial. The head witch is sentenced to death by burning, and the rest are pardoned.

Staghome begins clearing a new district, and a couple proposes starting a town to the west called Tatzlford. The party agrees to help them found this. They head off toward this area to explore. On the way, they find a Thylacine trapped in a pit. In the process of trying to help it out, manservant Carlton falls in. The hungry beast starts to threaten him, so the party lays into it with lightning, magic and axe. It cowers in fear, leaving Carlton alone. A branch is lowered, giving it a chance to scurry out. At a ford in the river, the party encounters two more Tatzlewyrms. This may be the last two in the area, which they summarily dispatch.

Further south, on the shores of lake Tuskwater, they come to a creepy shack. It is the home of a lonely old hag, The Old Beldame. They cautiously wait for her to return home, then befriend her. Her ability to make potions, and her knowledge of spells prove to be very useful, especially to Magister Deemous. She asks them to collect some black rattlecap mushrooms for her. They continue on.

From the shores of Candlemere lake, they can see a tower on an island in the center. They decide to leave it be. Where the lake and Murque river meet, they find a fortified Lizardman village. Near it, they hear a child screaming in terror. They make ready to storm the place, until they realize the cries are coming from in the swamp, not the village. Following the sound, they find Tig Tannerson submerged up to his neck in the mire, just out of reach of a bunch of hungry Cayman. They free him and return him back to his parents in town.

At Staghome, manservant Carlton begins to woo one of the reformed witches, Violet Rottdrak. Soon after, they are propelled to seek out the treasure from the mad hermits map. It marks the location of a forgotten barrow to the east. On the way, they encounter Howl-of-the-North, an infamous man eating Worg. Upon seeing him and his pack, they let off a couple fireballs, torching the beasts. They continue on to the tomb. Inside, they trigger a trap that leaves them all fatigued. It causes them to be sluggish, and so they rest a day. On the next day, they clear out the dozen shambling skeletons inside, and face down the wight of the barrow. The robe of bones that Deemous put on turned out to be a cursed robe of vermin. He was bitten and distracted during the fight by the filthy pests issuing from it. The wight was destroyed, and Carlton claimed his magical feybane axe.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Erastus 13th, 4709

The Baroness Maggy and company head back to Staghome for a quick rest before finishing off the Elven ruins. In town she meets up with Grathis, Eudon, Zett & newcomer Manservant Julian Carlton. The fighting butler isn't the only new face in town. A rabble rouser named Grigori has been speaking out against the rulers of Eternia. He claims their negligence has led to increased monster attacks & that they use the peoples wealth for their own gain. They respond to this by arguing with him publicly, then locking him up in his room at the inn. They interrogate him with a zone of truth, discovering that he is an agent of a foreign power. He is stripped of all his possessions and left in custody. They give an Elven statue to Lily Teskertin, who rewards them with cash and gratitude.

They set out to explore the next day, leaving Grigori locked up in town. They meet a group of loggers who have angered a nixie in the woods to the west. The lumberjacks had cut down five ancient coachwood trees around her pond. She retaliated by charming two of them to defend the rest of the grove. The party helps them come to a compromise. The loggers are to go harvest trees to the north, and the party is to set off to obtain five replacement trees from a nearby dryad. Once the group meets the dryad, she asks them to go kill the scythe tree. It has a taste for dryad flesh, and soon it will come for her. They reluctantly agree, fearing the malevolent plant. They make short work of the tree, and recover the treasure it was keeping under its roots.

The party returned to the dryad for her reward, then to the nixie. She frees the charmed lumberjacks. Both fey agree to watch the borders of Eternia, granting stability to the tiny barony. They then travel to the Elvish ruins to finish exploring. Inside, they are harassed by a quickling. His speed makes him almost impossible to hit. Grathis rashly entered the main tower alone. At the top he encountered a Baobhan Sidhe called "the dancing lady". She used her whiles to enchant him to attack the rest of the party, laying Eudon low with his great axe. The heroes engage in a grueling fight, with Grathis chopping them from one side, and the quickling sneak attacking them from the other. Grathis eventually shook off the enchantment. In rage, he spun around and beheaded the lady. Her severed head attempted to put a curse on him, but failed. They collected the treasures of the ruins and set off back to town.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Erastus 8th 4709

Magister Deemous and Baroness Maggy begin the day conferring with their advisers on what the town needs most. This gives them itchy feet, and they decide they would much rather be out exploring. Marshal Garess insists they bring a pair of body guards. He fears yet another period of unrest would come, if the current baroness dies in the wilderness just like the last baron.

They agree to bring Captains of the guard Wedge and Biggs. Due west of Stagholm, the group encounters a caravan of Gnomes in dire straights. Kobolds from deep in the Narlmarches ambushed them. The ponies that they had tied to one of the wagons spooked, and ran into the middle of the Skunk river. As Narthropple, the head gnome of the expedition stands on a hill and shouts orders, the Baroness and Magister get to work. The Baroness swims to untether the ponies, as the Magister sinks to the bottom of the river like a rock. The guards muscle the cart to shore, while the floundering Magister and waterlogged Baroness assist.

Narthropple has a sheaf of maps of the region, which he bargains with the charter bearers for. They agree to heal his wounded employees in exchange for the location of an Elvish ruin, and Candlemere tower.

The next day they meet a mad hermit and his pet puma. They try to reason with him, for they know his brother Bokken. He wants none of that. The hermit is bat shit crazy, and after defeating him, the explorers try to reason with him. Doesn't work, so they order Captain Wedge to take off the hermits head. They follow his trail back to the hollowed out tree in which he lives. Inside they find loot and a map to "fabulous treasure".

On the way to the Elvish ruin, they stumble on to a decaying clearing scattered with bones. This is the lair of a Scythe Tree. The Baroness is taken down with one hit, so the guards throw her on her horse, and bolt. A safe distance away, the party rests and recuperates.

They find the Elvish ruin deep in the forest, and proceed to go in through the front door. A portcullis drops on Wedge, blocking their entrance. Through this gate they can see a hole in the southern wall, and take that route instead. They encounter rat swarms, a grimstalker and his pet assassin vine, and find an ancient mithril Elvish statue. They bar themselves in one of the towers and camp for the night.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Erastus 8th 4708

Unrest grips the youthful Barony of Eternya, as the posts of Baron, Spymaster, and Magister are left vacant by the deaths of the charter bearers. A new group is sent by the Sword Lords to restore order. The priestess Maggy, ranger Zett, and wizard Nick O. Deemus arrive, and claim the posts of Baron, Magister & Spymaster. They order houses built, and an Inn erected. The Inn is named "The hungry Tatzlewurm", its sign a lizard chewing on a bone. Over the next year, more lands are claimed. Dwellings and farms spring up. A local artist erects a statue on the site of the town pyre, commemorating the deeds of the founding fathers. The gold mine becomes a source of revenue and taxes are levied. A scandal stirs the town, as Councilor Eudon and High Preist Kavken vie for the affections for local flirt Lily Teskertin. Farms are established, followed by a food surplus. The nobles of houses Surotova and Lodovka begin feuding over land rights.

Wanderlust affects the new rulers, so they set off to find the fangberry thicket. They discover it shrouded in webs, infested by chew spiders. Spymaster Zett uses his woodlore to calm the spiders long enough for him to gather a bushel of the berries. He is torn and frayed by the thorns of the berry bushes, but comes out with enough of the fruit to satisfy the needs of Bokken the mad. On the way back north, they stumble on the lair of Tuskgutter. A large and unruly boar, he is quickly slain by the group. They collect his head and continue north, exploring the abandoned Thorn River camp on the way. They deliver the head of Tuskgutter to Oleg's trading post, and the berries to Bokken at his hut.

They travel south then, to map and explore. They find a cache of Wizardly gear under an old claw like tree. At a ruined crossing, a shambling revenant of one of the Stag Lords victims rises. He demands the remains of the bandit king. They return to Staghome, because that's where the knaves head is on display. Upon arriving, they discover a Werewolf has eaten two of the townsfolk. They track and subdue him, intending to cure him. Wolvesbane is procured from Bokken, which after two painful applications cures Kundal the barbarian of his affliction. He grants his saviors a magical great axe, and pledges to become a responsible citizen.

They then travel back to Nettle's crossing and dump the head of the Stag lord in the river. The revenant, now freed and greatful gives them his enchanted ransuer. They explore more of the region, and spend time governing the young Barony.

Gozrah 25th, 4708

The brave charter bearers rest for a week after returning from their victory against the Stag Lord and his minions. A new charter is sent, declaring them rulers of a barony made of any land they may claim in the Stolen Lands. They dub this new land Eternya. They spend the next week mapping and exploring the hills connecting Oleg's trading post with the lair of the Stag Lord. During this time, they slay a giant spider in its nest, find an abandoned gold mine, a rickety old bridge, and a ford crossing the junction of the Shrike and Thorn rivers. At the Stag Lords fort, they discover that someone has been feeding the captive Owlbear in their absence. Down in the basement, they discover the lair of Nugrah the Decrepit. He is a mad and filthy druid, the father of the stag lord. He uses his divine power to meld into the wall, behind which he starts casting a battery of spells. The party pinpoints his location, and waits for him to emerge. He barrels out in the form of a Wolverine. He is summarily cut down by the assembled might of Phineous, Karasu, and Akir.

The new rulers of Eternya then found the capital at the site of the fort, naming it Staghome. They build a pier, a road, and appoint various local personalities posts in the fledgling government. The party, now Magister Phineous, Baron Akir, and Spymaster Karasu, set out to explore the nearby hills. There they encounter four of the rare and dreaded Tatzlewurms. They are defeated and partially devoured. Marshal Kesten Garess discovers the bodies the next day, and chases off the feeding wurms with the help of the watch. Their goods and possessions are recovered, and bodies burned on a funeral pyre just outside of town.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Pharast 30, 4708

The group, now made up of Phinneas, Karasu, and Ekir return to Oleg's trading post. There they meet a pair of new charter bearers, Eudon the Elvish cleric of Nethys, and Grathis the Half-Orc fighter. The new adventurers agree to accompany them to the Kobold lair to return their idol. The next day they set off for the lair of the Sootscale Kobold tribe. It lies within an abandoned mine, and with the help of Mik Mak (Karasu's second Kobold lackey) they gain audience with the Chief. They proceed to bargain with Chief Sootscale, wanting Svetlanas wedding ring in exchange for the idol. He directs them to the shaman, who is keeping the ring. When they meet the shaman, a purple Kobold named Tartuk, he demands the statue. The chief, looking bothered and excitable, snatches the idol and smashes it on the floor. He then orders the tribe to kill the shaman, which they dutifully do. The charter bearers are then given the ring, and the dead shamans diary (which reveals him to be a malicious poly morphed gnome). They then pledge an alliance and part ways.

The next day they travel to the bandit camp, swiftly dispatching them with their now increased numbers. Two bandits are charmed into revealing the location of the Stag Lord, king of the local brigands. The group loads up a cart with the bandits ill gotten gains and sets off back toward the trading post. En route, they stumble across four more trolls. They flee again, almost losing their cart in the action. Ekir is no cartsman.

Upon returning to the post, they spend a week relaxing. The Swordlords reward them for killing off so many bandits. Emboldened they decide to set off for the Staglords fort. On the route there, they come to a chasm crossed by a rickety wooden bridge. Fearing that their horses wouldn't make it across, they take the long way around the river. This takes them nearly a week.

When arriving at the fort, they decide to be subtle and sneak up from the back. Karasu soon discovers the back way is cursed, and infested with zombies. She regroups with the rest, and they decide to go the front way. They come to the gate and pretend to be bandits. They had the secret pass code from the bandits they charmed earlier. Upon gaining entry, it only takes them a few moments to start trouble. Inside the fort was a caged Owlbear, which Ekir set free. It tore into a bandit right off, starting a ruckus. In the ensuing battle, Mik Mak the Kobold is killed, Akiros the bandit turns coat and joins the party, the oafish brute Auchs surrenders, and the Stag Lord wakes from a drunken stupor only to be cut down by a hail of magic missiles. The party then returns to Oleg's trading post.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pharast 6, 4708

The party, now consisting of Phineus, Karasu, and the bloody head of the slain priest of Asmodeus further explore the Stolen lands. On the second day of their mapping, they encounter another Tatzlwurm. Remarking on how often they meet them despite their supposed rarity, they swiftly dispatch it. On the next day they return to Oleg's trading post. There they meet a new charter bearer, Ekir Atarus. A cleric of Gorum, god of battle, a deity with a much more pleasing portfolio than the prince of darkness.

They set out, and for the next two weeks explore the surrounding plains. To the east, they make the acquaintance of Bokken. He is a slightly mad hermit who brews potions. A rare ingredient is required for his brewing, fangberries. The party agrees to keep their eyes out for some. He also mentions a CRAZIER brother of his that lives far to the south. In their travels, they also slay two boars and a brush thylacine (tasmanian wolf).

After returning to the post to resupply, the party sets out to explore again. The next four days would prove disastrous. While charting an expanse of prairie, they are set upon by three hungry trolls. Deeming themselves outmatched, the party sets fire to the brush and runs as fast as they can. On sore feet, they return to the post to buy mounts. Two horses with tack and a braying ass are purchased. Newly mounted, the group sets off south to look for bandits.

They find the bandits, and are quickly routed. The party flees to a hail of arrows and taunts. They try to sneak back in to the camp hours later, only to be discovered and chased away again. They return to town to resupply, and discuss seeking weaker prey. It is decided that they try to find the troublesome mites and take out their frustration on them.

The first stop on their quest is to go to the moon radish patch and see if they can find any signs of kobolds. Not sure of where the kobold or the mite lair is, they plan on using a kobold as a guide. The four week old corpses of the kobolds they had slain the last time they were there acted as a kobold deterrent though. They then set off into the hills, only to run across the old sycamore the next day. Their first kobold captive had mentioned that the mites dwell in one such tree.

They find a hole in the roots of the tree, just big enough to squeeze down. First they toss down a vial of alchemists fire. This produces a puff of smoke and painful squeals from below. They then shimmy down the root lined hole to find 2 charred mites. They explore further, and in no time find and kill mites, a huge whip tail centipede, and the leader of the mites riding a giant tick. The tick latched on to Ekir, draining his blood to the point of unconsciousness. Phineus, Karasu, and a kobold they had rescued from the mights fought on. The mite leader Grabble was slain, and an idol stolen from the kobolds recovered. On Pharast 29, the party, now with a second captive kobold, returned to Oleg's trading post.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Calistril 24th, 4708

At the northern borders of the Stolen Lands, Hakak the 1/2 orc brigand, Joseph "Suedomsa" Surotova the priest of Asmodeus, Phineas Arc the dwarvish mage and Karasu Tori the Tengu rogue met at Oleg's trading post. They all held charters tasking them with exploring and ridding the environs of bandits.

Soon after arriving the proprietors of the post begged them to deal with a group that had been taking all the posts stock. They agreed, and at dawn the next day slew all four and hung them from the south wall. Afterwords, they rested two days, for the orc had been sorely wounded by arrows. Once he had healed, they went south to explore.

In the plains to the south, they encountered a foul Tatzlewurm, which they swiftly dispatched. Upon returning to the post, they met Kesten Garess, a guardsman who had been sent to protect the fort, with 3 men-at-arms.

The next day they set out to find a patch of moon radish, at the request of Oleg's wife. Due south, in a clearing in the woods, they found them. They also found four gluttonous kobolds, laying around moaning after eating too many tubers. They killed three and enslaved the fourth.

When they returned to the post with the radishes, they met the priest Jhod Kavken. He tasked them with finding a nearby temple of Erastil, that had fallen to disuse. Suedomsa planned on murdering this cleric as soon as possible.

On the fifth day of Pharast they found the temple to the south, and while Hakak was away voiding his bowels, they faced the enraged grizzly bear that dwelt in the shrine. It disemboweled their pet kobold, but soon after fell to a hail of magic missiles and arrows. When the grizzly lay down dead, it transformed into an old man, then a pile of bones. The pool of algae and stagnant water in front of the shrine became crystal clear. So Suedomsa decided to dump unholy water into it. This vexed Karasu, so she ran him through with her short sword, as Phineas blasted him with magic missiles.