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.