by Shaena Tosscobble (Lisa S.)
Play Dates: 3/3/2018
Present: Shaena Tosscobble (Lisa), Glin Ybendawien Droat (Kep), Merelda (Vera), Salazar (Paul), Rhogar (Mike)
In-Game Date: 3/3 – 15/2018
TL;DR: We travelled to the Great Scale village and restored relations, staying with them until Salazar could participate in the Challenge of the Chiefs as the Kunyata Kar.
A charred and blackened lizardfolk strode into the Fort Providence tavern, catching my attention with his towering height and strangely sophisticated garb. He introduced himself as Salazar, fresh off the road from Summerport by way of Griffin’s Roost. A talkative lizard, Salazar was happy to share his story over an ale. Stolen from his clan by slavers, set free by a pirate, and eventually cast into an obelisk for 700 years, his was quite the tale.
As we talked, we were joined by Merelda, Glin, and Rhogar. Salazar told us that Theobald Peacekeeper, the Herald’s traitor, had told him of the plight of the lizardfolk in the Black River delta. We explained our experience with the lizardfolk, from their work for the hags to the death of Chief Atuji. Salazar told us of the wintry tundra of Summerport, asking Merelda to rent a locker to store his heavy marathon pelt. After deliberating our options, we decided to take news of Atuji’s death to the Greatscale clan, hoping to take advantage of their honorable nature.
We set out, north through the wetlands on a pleasantly humid day, passing the remnants of a recently slaughtered boar. We were surprised at how nice the trip was, without any blights or curses to muddy the path.
We arrived at the Greatscale village just before evening, approaching the tower by a well-established path through a tunnel of trees. As we approached the line of lizardfolk defenders, I cast Tongues and hopped up on Salazar’s tale, playing The Fall of a Noble Warrior, the dirge I had written in honor of Chief Atuji. As we approached, one of the lizardfolk called out to Salazar, asking him if he knew the words “Kunyata Kar”. My spell caused the words to ring in my head as “The Old Ones”. He did not, but he offered the Great Scale a blade as a token of good will. One of the guards ran to the village proper to ask about our admission. While we waited, the lizardfolk treated us to food and I sang them the song in full.
Upon hearing of their chief’s death, the great scale guard said they would beseech Semuanya and hold a tournament to determine the divinely appointed successor to Chief Atuji. When we asked, they told us they had been able to recover their stolen eggs from the Midden Heap’s lair after she had fallen.
After an hour, the runner returned, and we were asked to follow them to the Tribal Lands to speak with the venerable Shaman, Veka. As we passed between the hide-covered tents, lizardfolk young and old looked to Salazar, repeating the phrase “Kunyata Kar.”
We followed the runners into the long great hall, were we were introduced to Veka, the village shaman. All around us were the Great Scale spoils of combat, including half a dozen shields bearing the symbols of Black River Island. Veka welcomed us and asked me to tell of Atuji’s death. I sang The Fall of a Noble Warrior once again. She asked if we had brought his weapons and shield, that they could honor him properly. I told her that we had them preserved at Fort Providence, but that they could be returned to her and her people.
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.
by vandil (Alex P) 28 HS
Cleared the remaining unexplored rooms of an ancient flooded structure a half days trek from BRI. A pack of shimmerscale lizardfolk had taken residence in the lower rooms, attempting to loot the deepest room. We proactively defended ourselves against them and found the treasure hoard behind the final door.
Oh there was a pile of ancient sylvan corpses in another back room. Builders of the structure carved this near the treasure hoard:
“The warrior of the four seasons steps between the worlds on the fullest night."
Tonight is the new moon, is that when night is most full? Are these words connected to the four obelisks rumored to be in this swamp?
by zorak dreadmast (Alan h.) 16-17 hs
TL;DR: A party slays the giant gator atop Gator Rock; recover some loot; and get ambushed by the Shimmerscale lizardfolk clan.
Zorak slams a mug of ale on the table as he regales the tale to Hurlee, “So Leatherhead came at us as we were heading north, as I’ve heard he does, and then decided to tip over Chat, Cesare, and Hadriel’s canoe. Rhoagar, Brea and I stayed to its side and took shots as it took Hadriel under. That thing took a beating from us, and Hadsy even managed to escape. The beast looked near to finished and after Brea challenged me... I just couldnt take that shit from a gnome and chased it back to its hold under that rock.”
Zorak shows a fistful of gems. “Leatherhead’s trove was certainly not without bounty and I’m sure there’s more where this came from.”
“Then we wandered west a bit, past the lizardfolk obelisk and in search of a “sunken ruin” that may or may not actually even exist, but the trip was cut short by an ambush from those shimmerscale bastards. Needless to say, we're back here safe and sound!” Zorak guzzles the rest of his tankard.
by merelda meznen (vera d.) 10-15 hs
TL;DR; Members of Shield (Udo, Merelda, Kotalon) join with the Heralds (Theobold, Haldor) to talk with the four chiefs of the lizardfolk clans to discuss a weapons trade and alliance. Instead, Wicked Polly Frogwart (aka Pollen) disrupts the peace talk, Theo and Haldor fire the first shot, and the clans clash. Shimmerscale declares he will not let Black River Island adventurers proceed safely in the bayou. Theobold's Recap | Koltalon's Recap
12 -13 Highspring - Clan Shimmerscale
My fellow Shield members decided to join the Heralds, led by Theobold Peacekeeper, on the mission to discuss a weapons trade with the chiefs of the lizardfolk. Chief Udo and Theobold speculated on whether or not Chief Atuji would be in attendance. Theo wanted to bring dwarven forged weapons to impress the Shimmerscale clan but having firsthand experience with the Greatscale clan, we insisted that "silver stings" like arrows and hand axes of "silver light" (or steel) would be sufficient in satisfying the lizardfolk's expectations for weapons.
We left a couple days before the scheduled parlay on 14 of Highspring, anticipating yet another ambush. Surprisingly, we spent the next couple of days without much disturbance except for Haldor's brief encounter with some large lizard beasts. A guard that Theo called Longtail, but whose real name is Thisma, scolded us for not telling them we had left our camp to investigate the lizard beasts. Honestly, they seem less accommodating and hospitable than the Greatscale Clan of the East. I don't like them at all.
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