By Sigrunn (Adam F.)
I had returned to Great Scale Village to check on Vecca’s progress with the potion ingredients that I had given her over a week ago. I came across my friend Krolan who was still here working to further secure the village and the region around it. We discussed the need to find the Harbinger that my friend Jaewyn encountered with the Sorcerer Liam and Sir Martius. Krolan had of course heard of the menace and when I realized that Liam was still here and that Sir Martius was on his way I decided to join them in tackling this beast.
We headed west, encountering the decay two hours closer to the village than before. The blight was horrible as death and decay were taking everything. I begged my Goddess for guidance and Liam the same from his patron. I was given a way to get us home and he was guided onward.
We continued west without encountering anything. Until the end of the first day when we heard a noise in the distance. Krolan and Liam snuck ahead while the old warrior and I followed at a distance. What we discovered were three “demonic Centaurs”. They were sparing with each other using hoof, claw and spiked tails. We attacked, hoping to defeat them quickly and take one prisoner. We rapidly killed the first, who fell on top of Sir Martius when it died, leaving him pinned and us short handed. These creatures were resistant to magic so we used our weapons and pounded them down. Once we were down to the last one we attempted to subdue it but it would not surrender and we sent it to meet its maker. We discovered nothing on them except a sword that our warrior was in need of. We spent the night nearby as the battle had taxed us mightily.
After the battle we soon heard a monster moving through the trees. Krolan investigated and discovered what he believed to be a hydra moving away. We chose to let it go as these creatures are known to be very powerful despite this one looking injured.
We rested nearby only to be awakened when a black pudding slipped under Krolan and attacked. We fought the beast, slowly chopping it into smaller pieces and using a bit of faith to burn away most of the pieces. Once the pudding was dealt with we continued on our way. We encountered the dessicated corpse of what appeared to be one of the Long Claw Lizardfolk.
Unable to do anything for him we moved onward until we encountered a well travelled path that would eventually lead us to the Long Claw Village. Upon reaching the gates, which were open and unguarded we hear the sounds of forges and stone working. And find the corpses of what we believed to be their chief and shaman both staked outside of the gates. I prayed to Freya to grant their souls peace and the souls of those who fell defending this village. We knew we had reached the center of the corruption, and the source of the darkness spreading through the region.
Krolan climbs an abandoned tower and discovers a village filled with what are believed to be orcs. The Huts of the lizardfolk are slowly being replaced but more sturdy structures of wood and metal. We decide to sneak around the village to a mound at the north end where all of the activity is taking place. We attempt to investigate the construction to discover what they are building. The best we can make out is that they are using the surviving lizardfolk to build a portal to the Abyss or wherever this Harbinger is from.
We devise a plan to slow down the work to buy us time to report what we have learned. I loan my amulet of disguise to Krolan who uses it to appear like an orc and once there is a gap in the guards near the portal and goes silently over the wall. He moves through the village and finds a group of rather flamable looking buildings and pours some lantern oil on and around them then sneaks back to us. We retreat to the farthest point that Liam can still cast a spell and the Sorcerer sets the place on fire.
We soon hear that we have done something terrible. Cries of pain and laughter fill the air along with the smoke. We run with the realization that we have likely killed the remaining Long Claws, exterminating their clan. My soul is heavy as I run, praying for forgiveness from Freya for the actions of me and my friends. We run all night, as exhaustion hits us we reach Great Scale Village and tell the guards that in the morning we must meet with Dol’kal and the village elders.
When the sun begins to rise we are awakened and brought to the chief and his elders. There is no sign of Salazar, which bothers me on some level. We relate our journey, no good news comes from our lips. Sorrow for the loss of life echoes through the hall and though no blame is laid on us I feel a pain in me that I must meditate upon.
The Great Scale are caught between the Harbinger to the west and the Dragon to the east and are unable to do anything for their lost cousins. We move on, back to Fort Providence to parley with others. Based on what Liam and Sir Martius told us on how far the blight has spread, we have about four months to solve this problem before it reaches Great Scale Village and a few more before it overtakes Fort Providence.
We may have to gather a large party to deal with the threat in the west. I will get the word out to our friends and then place myself before the altar of my goddess to cleanse the darkness from my soul.
The journal entries here are provided by the active player characters participating in the Detroit Marches.
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