by krolan ironbender (doug s.) 28 hs
TL;DR: Krolan the dwarven ranger arrives on Black River Island and explores a sunken bunker defended by Shimmerscale lizardfolk. Hekili's Recap | Ralthor's Recap | Vandil's Recap | Fagan's Recap
The Black River Island Tavern is busy. Dozens of fishermen, merchants and adventurers gather for supper as Hurlee has created a feast from the various creatures hunted and trapped in the wilds of the bayou. Rawq Elrid provides assistance in the kitchen with spices and some cooking skills shared from the Hayer to liven up the crowd. As the patrons sit and dig into their meals, a rather large mountain dwarf steps up onto a table in the corner of the hall and announces, “Ladies and gentlemen! My name is Krolan Ironbender, gladiator and dungeon delver from the high peaks of the Farclan! Focus your attention for the next few minutes as I present a true tale of discovery, combat and high-adventure from my party’s expedition into the harsh south bayou! Listen closely, as you may set foot upon this very site…”
With that, Krolan draws a perfectly sharpened battleaxe with his right hand and a handaxe detailed in dwarven runes in his left. Each weapon catches the dim room light as they are wielded in strong, fluid motions as the dwarf reenacts the physical elements of the dramatic story as it unfolds. Krolan takes in a deep breath and begins to regale the previous day’s events…
“The nimble forest hunter, called Vandil, recruited four brave souls along with myself to join him on a mission to clear a partially sunken bunker of stone deep in the central southern bayou region that he had discovered some time before. The mighty Raalthor, my towering dragonborn nomad friend, followed our halfling guide closely. The charismatic and well-known gnome bard, Namfoodle, a half-elf burglar called Fagan, and a very unusual turtle-humanoid warlock called Hekili rounded out the party. Finding the ruin structure did not take as long as rumored, due to Vandil’s keen skills as a guide and hunter. We discovered that the structure portals were mostly left open after the prior party exited, but some key rooms remained un-explored. One such area was barred by a jammed stone, pocket door…that I nearly cracked my head open with a crowbar trying to open,” Krolan acts out a crowbar striking himself on the side of his face, then continues, “…but Raalthor made quick work of loosening the portal with a loud mechanical clank.
As the group began entering the dark chamber,” Krolan then grabs a big, cooked mushroom off of Raalthor’s dinner plate and holds it up in the air for all to see, “six shrieker fungi began to deafen us with a terrible sound *EEEEEEEEEEEE* which also alerted rotting, undead goblinoids to enter the far side doorway. The battle had begun!! Namfoodle put a few of the mushroom sirens to sleep with his magical quarterstaff and the archers, Fagan and Vandil, targeted the remaining creatures to silence the room. Raalthor, Henkili and I turned to the three zombie assailants to strike heavy hits and keep them at bay from our ranged specialists. The team united to clear the room of enemies, but then Fagan noticed a shadowy figure running away from the party just outside the door we entered!
We began to pursue down two hallways to find an odor-rific troglodyte supported by lizardfolk inhabitants. A bloody battle ensued,” as Krolan acts out arrow shots and artful flurries of his axes, “that led us into the murky flood waters at the back half of the stone ruin. More lizardfolk advanced along with a powerful shaman leader to flank us into a kill-zone…but this did not hinder our resolve!! Vandil, riding his giant wolf-spider companion, peppered the reptilian foes with masterful arrow volleys. Fagan dealt deadly back-stab strikes into the hearts of the advancing horde while Namfoodle deployed his powerful sleep-staff again and again, knocking the creatures into deep slumber to thin the assault. Henkili drew upon ink-colored beams of energy that sliced into the lizard flesh and my friend Raalthor delivered ravaging greatsword slashes that struck down the vile beasts one after the other.
Myself…I dealt a killing crossbow shot upon the shaman leader, dropping it into the dark waters and dispersing its attack magicks. Victory was ours! The stone ruin was cleared, along with a small amount of precious treasure of gems and coins. A very interesting engraved rune on the back wall was deciphered that stated, ‘The Warrior of the Four Seasons Steps Between the Worlds on the Fullest Night’…but what does this mean? Is it some other dimension or perhaps a portal to another land? A mystery unfolds and you have the powers to solve it. What will you do next, my friends? What is YOUR destiny?!” Krolan bows and thanks everyone for their attention and states, “If you enjoyed my true story or it inspired you in some way, please feel to leave a coin or two on my plate here next to me, as I now dine on the delicious meal provided by our wonderful host, Hurlee. Thank you again and good evening.”
The journal entries here are provided by the active player characters participating in the Detroit Marches.
All Abaza Amaranth Aredhel Lethe Astrid Gilrin Atuji Of Clan Greatscale Audra Ayten Gilrin Basil Benedict Greenfield Black River Swamp Blackscale Brea Daergle Brynn Bryn Naikaho Cavalier's Watch Chat Clan Shimmerscale Crimson Surgeon Cylowboborow Nonsoon Demogorgon Diamondshard Banwyze DILONDORG KAAL Doros Doross Dorros Dredge Dufdor Dwain Eilis Eilis Gilrin Eladrinne Escobar Fagan Far Reach Fort Providence Gator Rock Genji The Wererat Glin Ybendawien Droat Golden Apple Great Cataclysm Griffin's Roost Grildor Trueforge Haldor Kemleigh Ham Hamilton Hekili Nalani HEYKITD GETOFF MELAYN Icegate Jerimiah Jerwin Jinn Kanyu Il Senya Kathra Kegrove Kellen McCall Kenku Kiera Lyssandria Kohaku Ruim Koltalon Kresh Krolan Kunyata Kar Leatherhead Liam Buckham Liana Lindir Lizardfolk Longtail Lucretzia Borgia Makani Pahili Malmir Merelda Meznen Midden Heap Mindartis Morgrimm Naill Amakir Namfoodle Nehi Xum Nehi-Xum New Cadeni Njord Noric Synphase Noxochiyotl Obelisks Of The Bayou Omgar Onen Peter The Wolf Phoncledeh Player Character Journal Entry Polar Bear Polg Pollen Quinzli Rabbits Ralthor Rawq Elrid Rhogar Roscoe Greenfeld Rotten Morgan Bonecrusher Rube Lastname Ruins Salazar Sang Woo Ser Mathius Shaena Tosscobble Silent Mockingbird Som Sorrel Summerport Syndar Beratos Tabaxi Tainted Falls Teddy Bear Tharrus The Fist Theobold Peacekeeper Thur’a’ugh Tormund Firehammer Tortles Treewalker Truss Stacianodel Udoroth UDOROTH THAMMILIDAAR Umberlee Underdark Valaquaraptors Vandil Varron Greensleeves Vengir Duskhallow Verloren Yuan Ti Zorak Dreadmast