by Ayten Gilrin (Vera d.) Jan 17
TL;DR: Ayten hires Rawq, Morgrimm, Zorak, and Shield leader, Udoroth, to seek the last sylvan sword called "Summer's Breath" in the northwestern mountains with Dufdor (the firbolg's help). The party takes the sea route and encounter a shark (thwarted with Beast Bond), an abolith in Dead Man's Grotto, and discover a nest of manticores. They discover that an earthquake had set loose Heartslayer, the undead Eladrinne warrior who protects the sylvan sword, Summer's Breath. They delve into the underdark and discover the ancient drow mausoleums and a treasure trove.
Dear Eilis and Theobold,
First - dear sister Eilis - I'm sorry you lost your sword, Aqmar, to a clever polar bear. I hope the recovery goes without a hitch. I have successfully acquired Summer's Breath, but it wasn't easy. The undead elf, Heartslayer, was sworn to protect it and he gave us a good fight -- in a drow temple! I will have it for you when you return from Summerport next week.
Theobold: In this journey, we have established an alliance with the firbolgs, led by Dufdor and his sister Audra. Together, we opened the spire using arcane means: Bless (Morgrimm), Jump (me), Druidcraft (Dufdor), and Jump (Audra). We entered the tomb without disturbing the plate but discovered an earthquake had opened the door leading to Heartslayer. We jumped in and followed the quake to a series of tunnels that ultimately led us to a company of skeleton soldiers (magic stone is pretty handy for destroying skellies) and delved into a drow crypt. Heartslayer was waiting for us in the drow temple. Udo had successfully summoned one of the undead minions and had Heartslayer under his control but for a moment. I had wildshaped into a giant spider but unfortunately, Heartslayer got the best of me. I ran out of wildshapes but fortunately my heroic companions prevailed. We found the exit leading back to the forest and got back safely.
Lore on the obelisks and the swords: The four spires in Black River are from a primordial elf race from before the cataclysm. The eladrinne created the swords to evoke the four seasons of war. They magnify power and Midden Heap has her hands on the Spring sword. The White Tower has a fairy ring by it that opens on the night of a full moon.
By the way, have you ever heard of an abolith? He was an odd slimy creature waiting for us in a grotto we dubbed Dead Man's Grotto. He was accompanied by a couple of pale almost translucent fisherman. He really messed with our heads and kept inviting us to join him. I fought him as a giant octopus but ultimately escaped to prevent further injury. I think you try to make contact with this strange humanoid. Zorak had the heebie jeebies about him.
P.S. I have added to my catalog of creatures on Black River "Island."
By Zorak Dreadmast (Alan H.) 8-9 Spring Fell (game session 12/8/17 and 1/5/18)
TL;DR: Kyull the Tortle knows how to drink, Tortle Island is quiet, and there’s griffins at Griffin’s Roost! See Ayten's Recap
I needed some goddamn fresh air, so I went with some others to Omgar, the paradise island of these turtle dudes. The trip started fun enough by getting absolutely wasted with Kyull at the bar. Next thing we knew, we got an enterprising young fisherman named Hamilton to take us over to the island, which seemed to be...moving? He was a nice enough dude and I think with the right training, I could make a real sailor out of him. It’s weird teaching people to sail...without the pirate stuff.
Honestly, not much to see at the island. Things were certainly fun enough. Great food, great drink, sharing stories with with the turtle dudes, but these other groups that have been here pretty much cleared Omgarr out of treasure. There are tons of stories and rumors of stuff, but nothing new that we found that Ayten, Bennie and the others hadn't seen before...until we came on the crazy giant lizards we called Valaquaraptors. I think we found a nest or something. Luckily Ayten and Bennie distracted them while we ran into the nest to find an old corpse with some loot on him. I got a nice ring and we all got some treasure. Poor guy was some kind of minor noble from Sanctus. I guess we’ll never know for sure now that Omgar is moving on.
And speaking of Omgar moving on, we had to take off ASAP before the island left us too far from the rainy hellhole of Black River Island. As Hamilton took us away, we spotted a large structure at the top of the cliffs to the east of the island. Luckily enough, there was a seaside cave entrance to take us up; unluckily enough it was filled with those stupid sahaguins that have attacked BRI before...and some goddamn rust monsters that ruined my axe, and soem kind of weird ooze thing, and some undead, but the real prize was at the top. Motherfuggin Griffins! And they had eggs! Ayten made sure we didnt harm them and they didnt hurt us, but we need to find a way to secure this fort, dubbed “Griffin’s Roost”. It’s clearly the best place to watch for incoming ships or lead an eastern signal point. You can even see the island from the top! It would also be fuggin sweet to ride some griffins and drop in on these hag bitches!
by zorak dreadmast (Alan H) 23-24 hs
TL;DR Bullywugs dead, Ft Providence is ours. Raid party included: Zorak, Merelda, Roscoe, Bennie, Namfoodle, Lindir, Morgrimm, and Vandil
Zorak pulls up a lone canoe with a blanket covered mound filling the front 2/3rd’s of the boat. His body covered in blood and you can tell from the pace of his paddle that he’s exhausted. Upon spotting Black River Island, his heart lifts and he makes the final push. A few fishermen, fearing the worst, rush up to help him pull in the canoe. As it shores, one of the men accidently peeks under the blanket and gasps.
Zorak looks at the man and booms a laugh. “Haha, you won't have to worry about the damned Bullywugs anymore!”
The fishermen all gather around to ask what happened and where the others are. “Oh yeah, everyone else is fine. Just starting to fortify Ft Providence until Dougal can send a group to take over there. I should probably find Udoroth too. He’ll definitely want to hear about this. It was actually pretty simple, Vandil and Lindir snuck up and dispatched some guards, but not before being spotted, then we all scaled the walls and killed them all. Fight got pretty tough, but we did it!” he boasts.
Zorak fishes through his pile of bullywug heads and fishes out a couple. One has tattoos and primitive piercings all over, the other looks bigger than any bullywug head anyone has seen. “This one was a shaman or spellcaster, and this one was the chieftain that took up residence at our fort”, Zorak opens its mouth using the head as a prop and mimics “Ribbit!!”, as blood drips out the onlooking fishermen turn away in disgust. “Hehe, oops, sorry about that. I shouldn't joke about such nasty business”, Zorak composes himself remembering the vile pirate life he’s left behind and how disapproving his wife would be of the jokes he just made. “Anyway, the waterways should be slightly safer now if you don't run into a hag. Just stragglers left of the bullywug from the sound of things near the fort.”
by merelda meznen (vera d.) 23hs
A party of us descended on Fort Providence to take it back for Shield on the morning of the 23rd of High Spring:
Vandil and Lindir stealthed ahead and scaled the wall and tower to take out the bullywug guards. We stayed back until we got the signal. We infiltrated the fort and battled many bullywugs and their giant frog pets. A shaman challenged us for a bit but ultimately we prevailed. Namfoodle got the shaman staff of sleep. Lindir and I are staying here at the fort to keep it secure until reinforcement arrives.
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.
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