A Shattered Heart: The Shards of Fate
Met Supreme General Isaac Sinclair;
discussed assisting him with tracking down the pieces of an artifact he called the
Shattered Heart, that he planned to use to recover his son whom he lost at the
hands of the blue dragon, Araugauthos.
He wanted to test the party and sent them on a quest to aid the nearby
town of Purskul deal with the undead that have been coming from their crypt.
Immediately upon leaving the highly
protected Guard district, the party was delivered a missive inviting them to
join Bartuc Reniff of house Yellow at the Platinum Baton later that evening.
After the party made its way across town
to the scepter district, they decided to look around a bit at the different
council member houses located there.
Once at the Platinum Baton the party made
the acquaintance of Ganick Greymane, the owner and purveyor of the Baton. Whom
had already receive instruction to provide the party with access to a room
suitable for a private meeting with the General.
After a brief misunderstanding with one
of the bouncers, the party met with the general and learned a bit more about
who he is what his ultimate goals are surrounding the Shattered Heart (see
above). The topic of him becoming the
next Namarch was briefly discussed but his uncertainty that anyone else could
adequately command the military forces of Athkatla dominated the conversation.
Later that night the party met with
Bartuc in the Baton who very quickly seemed to set the party on edge with his
insinuation that he wanted them to betray the general and assist house Yellow
in ascending to the seat of Namarch. A threat was made, a whisper was over
heard and a stool was possessed’ all in attempt to discern more information
about Bartuc and his intentions... all to little avail.
The next morning, upon rounding up
everyone in the party and sharing a meager breakfast, the party was attacked by
a half-orc and a few of his pirate cronies.
The party survived and discovered a handful of admission tickets to an
illegal event knows simply as ‘The Pits’.
While rumors say that this event is a fabrication and that it has never
actually taken place, similar rumors say that it is a place for glory and money
to be won and wagered over the sport of life or death combat.
End Session 1 – Exp gained: 0.65
Total exp: 1.65
Embarked on a journey across western Amn
to investigate reports of undead from the crypt in Purskul.
§ Overcame a small band of orcs with a rather large leader that didn’t
look fully orc
§ Defeated an Axebeak that was hunting them in the night
§ Arrived in Purskul earlier than expected due to taking the more
dangerous route across the delta as opposed to sticking to the roads.
Discussed the matter of the crypt with
the Mayor of Purskul, Mattias Duncan, who offered to pay them 20g each if they
ventured there and dealt with whatever was causing the dead to walk.
Made fast friends with Brian(the local
smith) and his wife, Diane Little of Purskul, and were invited to take shelter
in their home in the rooms of their sons who had all left to join the Delta
watch some years ago.
Investigated the Purskul Crypt and found
some undead being controlled by a necromancer of some sort. While fighting the necromancer, he fled and
left his minions behind to fight. A
small amount of treasure was discovered by the party in the crypt in the
sarcophagi that were already opened by the necromancer. The party agreed it was
not a good idea to desecrate the other sarcophagi by opening them per the
agreement they had made with the Mayor.
Returned to town and informed the
townsfolk of their success and were paid for their work as well as generously
offered some of their findings to Brian Little even though he could not afford
to pay the party for them.
Decided to venture back to the crypt to
see if they could track the path of the necromancer, only to fall too far
behind and lose the trail due to an unfortunately, abrupt change in the
The party made their way north to Crimmor
where they may the librarian friend of Skrevik, Rodger Faust. He suggested a trip to his father’s old home
to bury the memory once and for all.
Skrevik instead found a note and a brooch asking him to keep the brooch
as I belonged to his adopted father’s wife before she passed. The party sought out some information on the
necromancer in Crimmor only to come up with limited and unhelpful information.
End Session 2 – Exp gained: 0.55
Total exp: 2.2
Upon returning from Purskul, the general
gave the party the heart artifact and a sending stone to communicate with him,
introduced them to Hakeem the Wall whom advised investigation into house yellow
and red starting with the Diamond Loupe
Party went to the Diamond Loupe and
awkwardly asked about Wendal and stumbled through a conversation with his
Visited Cedric to buy a buckler
Went to moonwell, had a drink with Arnok
Red and inquired about his allegiance only to get very little info. Followed to pits, and dealt with an ether
trap before discovering a slot to use their invitations on to access the pits
Gathered info on red and yellow during
the pits, and placed a few bets while depating the best way and morals of
participating in the pit fights
Left the pits and stayed in motel 6 for
the night, spent a few days acquiring some items and crafting while the party
did some information gathering
Returned to general after time had passed
only to find him battle worn. He
explained that it was a certain type of creature and revealed a doppelganger
corpse to the party that seemed to have taken the place of a scholar associate
he knew right here in the guard district.
Upon request of the general the party was
asked to investigate the house of the scholar and see if they could discover
anything. During the investigation of
the house, which was quite disgusting and obviously a doppelganger lair. Through some searching by Tharock, a strange
scroll was found and discovered that it had a strange enchantment on it. Skrevik attempted to use the scroll and had
his mind affected in some distorted way, the party, not knowing exactly what
was happening, decided it best to subdue their comrade as it seemed like he was
attempting to flee.
End Session 3 – Exp gained: 0.45
Total exp: 2.65
The party returned to general Sinclair
with Skrevik under the control of Julia due to him being in an unconscious
state provided by the rest of the party.
The general easily opened the scroll and removed the compulsion from
Skrevik after he explained more about the compulsion’s purpose and Elizabeth
provided some healing. The General then gave the option to stay and investigate
the council or journey in search of the possible location of a second piece of
the shattered heart, based upon the research that his colleague had done, that
he did not share with the party fully.
Party chose to get prepared for the
journey to the south to investigate the possible piece of the artifact.
§ Journeyed south for 5 days and were ambushed by a River drake
§ Journeyed south for 7 more days and stopped at the Tendril’s Oak for a
drink and restock on supplies. Met
Cotton that fat cat, King the owner of the Inn, Darnel the bard(singer of
ballads), Luke the Steroid enhanced bouncer and Samuel, a priest of Lathander.
Samuel requested aid in delivering
something to the head of his faith in Zazesspur, offering the party 200 gp up
front for the trip plus an almost certain reward from his high priest upon
§ The party debated whether to help the priest of Lathander and decided
to watch & follow him and eventually possess him in order to discover what
he was delivering but would not divulge to them. A Nacreous Gray Sphere Ioun
Stone worth 10k gp. During the
possession, Julia gave the item to Elizabeth, effectively stealing the stone.
While Skrevik did not seem to think this was an acceptable course of action and
put up a small protest, the rest of the party seemed to agree that they were
mislead into thinking that this item was not worth the value that Samuel and
his high priest described it to them as and thus justified their actions in
§ The next morning after stealing the item, Samuel had ample time to
search through his belongings and confirm that the item was missing and alerted
the other residents of the Inn that there was a thief in their midst. After hearing his plight, Luke and Darnel
agreed to assist Samuel in inquiring with the newcomer adventurers about the
item. When confronted, Elizabeth hid
back in her room and transformed in the form of a fox and then proceeded to
move toward Samuel, Luke warned the party to return the item and leave the Inn
and there would be no harm and no foul…
End Session – Exp gained: 0.2
Total exp: 2.85
The party took measures to amiably
resolve the theft of the ioun stone an received some explanations about why
Samuel kept the stone so secret and why it was so important to the people in
§ This did not sit well with a good portion of the party and insults and
mockery of his faith ensued at which point he made it clear he did not want
anything to do with the party.
§ Luke also mocked the party and openly offered beatings to anyone who
wanted one. Exchanging a final threat to
Elizabeth which was scoffed at.
Left Tendril’s Oak Inn and headed south
on the King’s road/Coastal Way
Fought a Giant Scorpion
Met Arilia the Friendly Satyr, who
offered her friendship and informed the party of the recent death of her
§ She offered to trade her mate’s old magical backpack to them at a very
high discount as it reminded her of him and she didn’t want to continue to
possess it. The party made an offer for
the magic bag and Arilia accepted and in turn offered to hunt with them and
share a camp for the night.
§ After a successful hunt and meal, Arilia offered to use some of her Fey
magic to lullaby the party in a way that would allow them to enjoy the fruits
of their hunt for multiple days.
§ After the party agreed and both Arilia and the party began to fall
asleep, Julia took control of Elizabeth’s body and threatened Arilia and scared
her off due to her distrust of what she felt the Satyr’s intentions were.
Party discussed the merits/mishaps of
Julia’s manipulation/effects of their encounters and came to a bit of an
understanding, ending with Julia promising to avoid such issues in the future.
Fought a couple Bears, at first
attempting to dissuade them from fighting then ultimately dispatching them
Restocked and sold the wagon in Riatavin
Kept the horses and made their way east
towards the mountains.
§ Came across a Riverside Mill and noted a couple bodies on the ground
and decided to investigate.
End Session – Exp gained: 0.5
Total exp: 3.35
The party investigated the murder scene
at the abandoned Riverside mill only to be attacked my murderous bandits the
moment a party member could be singled out.
The party slew the bandits with no mercy
and found some valuable items left behind from the works of the victims of the
bandits as well as the bandits possessions.
§ These findings led the party to decide to back track and return to
town, in Riatavin they sold their treasures and made some small purchases.
Back on the path towards the location of
one of the pieces of the Shattered Heart, the party was attacked by an ogre and
his two pet worgs, which were dispatched easily by the mind manipulations of
Arriving in the Thornwood, the party
decided to trust in their geographical knowledge to lead them to the right
location and after some effort in trudging through the underbrush, made their
way directly to a ring of stones near the mouth of the River Minta, just what
they were searching for.
Upon trespassing on the stone circle, the
party was immediate set up on by a pair of undead that they recognized as
shadows. Caution and effort proved successful as the party defeated the undead.
End Session – Exp gained 0.45
Total exp: 3.8
After fighting the shadows and doing some
testing of the stone circle, the holy symbol of Cyric appeared on the Menhir. A
moment later Cyric himself seemed to appear before the party and threatened,
“You were warned.” then tore Julia’s form from Elizabeth’s body and with a
surreal ‘pop’ magic seemed to release from the menhir and it toppled over. In front of the Menhir, now stood an elderly
man who represented himself as Ovar.
After introductions and some speculation,
it was determined that Ovar was imprisoned by cultists in the Menhir itself
though his magic had drastically diminished from his telling of it.
Upon interacting with the Menhir, time
itself seemed to swell into Ovar for a moment and centuries of knowledge
flooded back to him as if he was in this time and was never imprisoned. This also caused the Menhir to disintegrate
leaving an easy way to access the tunnels below.
After resting in the Thornwood the party
decided to enter the tunnels that seemed to be hidden beneath the Menhir. Immediately obvious it was a hideout devoted
to the god Mask the party was met with an odd door with no way to open it. On closer inspection, old blood stains were
found nearby and it was discovered a blood tithe was required to enter
The party explored the northern part of
the passage first as it was hewn stone and the south passage was not and had an
ominous thumping coming from it that resembled large footsteps.
The party found a statue of Haemar and
fought a pair of Allips before discovering that they couldn’t proceed without a
The party then backtracked to the natural
cavern and Skrevik snuck down into the area.
This unfortunately alerted the protector of this area and the party
fought an defeated the Mask Golem
The party then explored the Golem
Master’s quarters and found some components for making golems and a key
The party then continued through the
thickening steam and mist and found some steam pools from which came a group of
Steam Mephits that didn’t seem immediately to want to fight, until the dwarf
called them ‘nasty, smelly fairies’
End Session – Exp gained 0.55
Total exp: 4.35
After the dwarf unknowingly insulted the
Mephits, the party fought a hard battle but was ultimately victorious and after
some further investigation a small treasure horde was found that the mephitis
had been pilphering.
With all tunnels in this area now explored,
the party decided to return to the door they could not open and try the key,
which worked opening the door to a frightful sight immediately on the other
The party was disoriented by the Crypt
thing but thanks to some quick thinking on Ovar’s part, he was able to shunt
the creature out of time for a short period to allow the party to regroup, and
upon regaining their composure, Brutus, Elizabeth’s Courtier, hewed the
creature down in a single devastating blow.
The next room seemed to be something
called a Hall of Masks, a place where the devout and renowned of Mask are
honored by putting their masks on display eternally. The party found a couple masks of some
magical nature and put them away for future use.
Upon venturing further into the complex,
the party found a room with a beautiful mosaic of the sunset upon entering the
room a Gloom Wraith came out of the mosaic and confronted the party. The party was already on its toes and easily
dispatched the undead creature before it could even react to their intrusion.
Once the wraith dissipated, the room shined with daylight coming from the
mosaic, cascading colors all about the room.
The party took inventory of their
abilities and decided it best if they used the rest of the day to collect the
valuables of this place and store them above ground and take the rest of the
day to rest and recover.
After an uneventful night in the
Thornwood, the party returned to the tunnels and went back to where they had
left off. In an effort to discover what
the Mosaic might mean, one of the masks that the party found was put on an
attuned to by Skrevik, immediately revealing an entity inside of the mask known
Cytheria did not want anything but for
Skrevik to prove his love to her and in an attempt to save his own life, he
professed that he would cherish her and she relinquished his senses back to
Further into the complex, opening a
storeroom door revealed an Ochre Jelly which was recognized and easily
dispatched, revealing a ring and a silver staff that the jelly was not able to
End Session – Exp gained 0.6
Total exp: 4.95
From the storage area the party decided
to first examine the area near the northern gate and determined they could
bypass the trap within by using the most basic of Ovar’s teleportation
skills. The sparring room held a magical
Quiver and an entrance to what may have once been a barracks for this
complex. It was at this time that the group
discovered that the mirrors in this complex may have been used as portals to
rooms in the very same complex that had simply been lost to time.
Heading north now, into an unknown dark
tunnel, the darkness seemed to creep into their bodies and fatigue them the
farther they went. After reaching a dead
end, the party decided to once again make use of Ovar’s teleportation magic and
quickly remove themselves from the area.
Exploring further into the lower part of
the complex the party discovered what was found to be the guild master’s
quarters in a room that held four identical pillar each carved with a menagerie
of masks upon them along with the most unique of all the mirrors found in this
complex. Connected to the Guild master’s
quarters was a small shrine complex to Mask along with a statue of the god
himself, prostrated on his knees with an inscription.
The party began to discuss where to go
from here and made considerable effort to puzzle out the unknown secrets of
this complex. Using the statues &
mirrors, they were able to successfully bounce a magical light from the shrine
of Mask through the complex and into the northern hallway that was shrouded by
darkness. Thus washing away the magic
that was effectively hiding the entrance to Haemar’s Crypt.
Having gained access to the crypt, the
party now ventured forth into the Cavern of Fate. Ominously watched over by two massive skulls
that seemed to watch them without taking action, the group came to a chamber
holding a dias topped with a large sarcophagus and an even more massive statue
atop it, all seemingly created out of a substance known as boneclay, that can
be cultivated by infusing magic into gravesites causing the bones to turn to a
clay that once shaped using water, rehardens stronger than steel. The side of the sarcophagus had an inscription
chiseled into it.
I am not represented by chaos, nor law.
I am part of that which is inevitable.
I am the beginning of the end, and the
end of that which was before.
After some poking about the party
discovered that the statue was a guardian of sort when it struck out at the
party as they fumbled with the structure while searching it for clues. First, Mina was struck and seemed to weather
the blow well. After this the party
became wary but not wary enough. Skrevik
decided to again approach and investigate and was nearly cleaved in twain by
the guardian’s well placed axe swing.
Fortunately, the healing talents and the hand of fate were able to keep
Skrevik from joining his adopted father.
After some time, the old man Ovar
tottered up to the statue and boldly stated the letter “E” aloud. To which the same letters in the word ‘INEVITABLE’ began to glow with
At this point, the others in the party
began again to experiment with what to do
until they finally discovered that speaking the letter aloud and then
pressing both of the lit letters at the same time, released a mechanism that
drained the water from a well in the room nearby and thrust out a pillar with a
familiar looking kind of magical stone piece neatly displayed on it. Menander grasped the stone and they discussed
what it may be. Landing on new knowledge
of Tyr and his missing parts, they summed up that this must be Tyr’s thumb and
that the parts they were seeking must be part of the Artifact known as Tyr’s
Redemption and this must be why Sinclair wants to recover it so badly.
Some further exploration showed that the
well led down to the source of the River Minta in caverns deep below. As well as the fact that there may be another
entrance to the Cavern of Fate, but the door was not accessible to the party in
any method they could discern.
Upon returning to the Hall of Masks, the
party began to clean up the remainder of the mirrors for loot, and when they removed
the mirror that was holding the focus of the beam of light from the statue of
mask, an audible crack of magical discharge could be heard from farther down
the northern hall. After some
discussion, water began to flood the complex, slowly, but surely. The party took this as their signal to make
haste and leave the complex.
Once back on the surface, the party began
to fashion a sled to carry back the considerable bulk of their treasure. After a day or so, the sled was nearing
completion when they party was attacked out of nowhere by a Putrefied version
of what they determined was a Grey Render.
After some researching and discussion, it was determined that it would
take a somewhat powerful wielder of nature magic to be corrupted and want to
blight the land for such an abomination of a magical beast to exist.
Ovar recollected that the cultists he was
pursuing when he came to this Menhir in his timeline were rumored to be in
league with a Ranger that fit the description of a nature dweller that would commit
such putrefaction as what befell the Render they fought. After some debate and an almost unanimous
vote, the party decided to attempt to track down the cause of this putrefaction
as it was the right thing to do.
End Session – Exp gained 0.55
Total exp: 5.5
The party decided to follow the
recollection of Ovar to try and revisit a location Ovar was aware of. That of a
massive tree to the Northwest.
As the party neared the location of the
tree, not only did they discover that over time the petrified tree had fallen,
but that the area near it was now the home of a giant bee’s nest.
With multiple hives emerging from the
ground, the party decided to keep their distance and make their way to the
fallen tree by giving the bees a wide and respectful berth.
Upon making it to the tree, they deduced
that they were on the right path after discovering a patch of blighted ground
and a few sets of booted humanoid footprints.
Tharock was able to follow the footprints
with some ease but the party was attacked by a pack of Dire Hyenas in the night
along their journey towards the mountains where the footprints led.
Once reaching the mountains, some further
effort was given to following the tracks and a somewhat well-hidden approach
was discovered with a massive energized magical Gate being sustained via some
magic statues on either side of a chasm that led down to ground that was spell
blighted by the spell plague itself.
While approaching the statues the party
cast some magic and immediately were set upon by a putrefied Remorhaz, which
they were able to fight off at the cost of a few weapons.
After the fight some research and
experimentation were done and the party discovered that the Gate could be
activated but didn’t fully understand how to control its magic. First opening it to Nessus, the deepest of
the hells and sending one of Elizabeth’s courtesans in to investigate, where he
was quickly dismissed from that plane.
Next the party decided to communicate
with Sinclair about the presence of the portal and discovered that when they
last communicated with him, he did not get their message for some reason and
thus did not yet know that they had recovered the artifact piece. Once he heard this news, he requested that
they return to Athkatla immediately… leaving the party torn between further
investigating the putrefaction and following orders from the General to return
End Session – Exp gained 0.55
Total exp: 6.05
The party decided it was best to return
to the spot where they had stowed their loot and then return to the portal
location and attempt to travel through to shorten their journey.
When they arrived back at the portal
after gathering their plunder, they noticed and were able to successfully sneak
up on a pair of putrefied ettins that were dispatched somewhat easily.
The party decided to have Elizabeth
attempt to use the portal this time and then send her courtier through to
investigate. After a few moments,
Richter was resummoned and revealed the had arrived in Athkatla in the courtyard
of the Tower of the Aegis just as planned.
After traversing the portal, they
discovered a couple pieces of information about it. 1) it seemed to be one way
unless someone on the destination end was aware of its presence and made effort
to keep it open, though the method of how to do this was not discovered. 2)
That the travel through what they now knew was called a ‘wormhole’ pushed them
ahead in time, about 36 hours in this particular usage of it. 3) Magics such as
this were created by Ao the overbeing in order to allow deities and demigods to
move across great distances without detection a short time after the spell
The party took some time to meet with
Sinclair who was less than helpful but appreciative to hear their
progress. Also revealing to them that
his colleagues had been successful in their research and think they may have
discovered the location of another piece of the Shattered Heart. Last guarded by Kezef the Chaos hound. The
same primordial that had bitten off Tyr’s right hand after he was deceived by
Tyr and Mystra. Kezef was freed by Cyric
and caused a volcano in the Crags of Neverwinter Wood to erupt as he came
through it to the Prime plane. Little is
known what happened to Kezef after he was freed other than he sought revenge on
Mask until Mask acquired a legendary blade called Houndsbane from Mystra and
successfully sacrificed his own divine power to his mother, Shar.
With this new information the party did
some shopping and sought to gather some information on the true allegiances of
some of the houses in Athkatla. During
their attempt at gathering knowledge, Ovar struggled with staying on task and
was causing some concern amongst the other party members. Upon discovering that Ovar was causing this
issue, Elizabeth blasted him with fire, severely injuring him and causing the
rest of the party to come to his defense, Menander even threatening Elizabeth
with a thorough check-clapping.
Elizabeth summoned Brutus who quickly put both Tharock and Menander on
End Session – Exp gained 0.30
Total exp: 6.35
Attempting to avoid confrontation that
may draw the ire of the Delta Watch, Ovar teleported Menander, Tharock and
himself a good distance away. Both
groups of the party decided it best to avoid the eyes of the guards for a while
and lay low while everyone sorted out their feelings.
Upon returning to the low budget Inn they
have been calling home while in Athkatla, the group agreed to a early evening
and to sort out the strife within the party after everyone had a good night’s
The next morning, the group convened and
apologies and clarifications were exchanged, with a few reasonable asks passed
around for the party to acknowledge that they should seek help. It was agreed upon that the Temple of Torm
would be an acceptable choice and the party ventured to seek said assistance.
At the Guards District temple of Torm,
the party met up with an ex-adventurer, now high priest of Torm known as Jakob,
the redeemed. After some discussion and
deliberation, Jakob referred the party to gain the aid of his colleagues,
Holvard and Hellen, twins who held great knowledge of both healing and
foresight. After allowing the twins to inspect them and some cryptic
revelations the party decided they no longer required anything from the twins
and departed the temple.
All was well and the group was beginning
to discuss their next course of action when Menander received a sending from
Sinclair requesting they come to the Tower of the Aegis immediately.
Upon arriving at the Tower, Skrevik chose
once again to stay outside causing Ovar to question why. Only to be kindly requested to mind his own
business by Skrevik.
Sinclair informed the party that Riatavin
had sent for aid from Athkatla due to a uprising surrounding some form of
blighted creatures that had attacked the city.
The blight itself manifesting as a disease that spread rapidly amongst
the humanoids of the city. The
Psy-priestess nobles of Riatavin agreed to provide the party with light riding
horses to allow for investigation.
Asking that the party attempt to find the source and core of the blight
and putrefaction while the protectors of the city continued to fight against
any further incursions against the city itself.
The party headed out to investigate the
assumed epicenter of the putrefaction, the massive giant bee hive/nests near
the old fallen Great Tree. They
discovered a significant increase in the putrefaction in areas near water and
that the areas that seemed small and sparce just 6 days ago, were now large and
much more frequent.
Upon arriving at the presumed location,
the party cautiously approached the hives after discovering that some of them
had been destroyed. While on cautious
approach, Richter unknowingly interacted with some of the blight and cause the
putrefied bees to signal an alarm.
A battle ensued in which a blighted
ranger of sorts fired arrows and called commands to the other blighted foes
from the perch of the fallen Great Tree.
After seeing his putrefied minions begin to falter, the Blightmaster
called to a creature the group identified as a Duke of Detritus that had been borne
of the hive queen through a ritual of blight.
End Session – exp gained 0.20
Total exp: 6.55
The party continued to battle the
Blightmaster and his minions, eventually dispatching the Duke of Detritus in a
violent explosion, narrowly avoided by quick thinking on the part of Ovar. Moving people as far away from the epicenter
of the blast and preventing severe injuries.
Next the party turned its focus on the
Blightmaster’s allies, the blighted evoker and a war priest of Bane. Soon after their defeat, Elizabeth’s
courtier, Brutus once again proved his mettle and struck a decisive and fatal
blow to the Blightmaster himself, bringing his plague of the land to an end.
Post battle the party discovered that the
disease that they had contracted through interactions with the blight seemed to
wash away after the death of the Blightmaster.
Along with the blighted land and waterways as they journeyed back to
It was also discovered that the plague of
sorts that had been devastating the city’s occupants had miraculously
dissipated, assumed to be linked to the blight and its source, the
Blightmaster, the party sought the psi-priestesses and confirmed that they had
completed the task they set out to complete. The psi-priestesses, grateful for
the news, asked if the party would persist to aid in clean up and aftermath of
the blight’s impact on Riatavin. The
party seemed to agree that this was not their task to undertake and declined to
help Riatavin any further.
Skrevik made it clear that he would not
be staying in the city due to the discomfort Cytheria was feeling from the
pressure of having to constantly defend herself from mental intrusions upon her
existence. He chose to stay just outside
the city walls in order to please her. In the morning, Menander was contacted
via sending by the general who seemed short and curt in his order to complete
the reconnaissance of the aftermath of Riatavin and return to Athkatla
The party split up and quickly did some
trading and finished the efforts on gathering the information requested by the
general and then went to meet Skrevik outside the city walls and filled him in
on the need to quickly return to Athkatla, there was a discussion about how to
best travel and ways to quickly return and possibly use the wormhole in the
future if needed. The topic of not
wanting to bring Cytheria into the Tower of the Aegis in the past was briefly
glossed over and dismissed by Skrevik stating that he no longer needed to hide
Cytheria from the general as the psionic officials of Riatavin had already communicated
their thoughts on the matter to him.
Upon returning to Athkatla, the general
seemed displeased with the party due to him recently being given information
about Elizabeth’s practice of sacrificing her still living opponents and
offering their souls to Bane in exchange for the freedom of her people’s
souls. He also expressed his distaste in
the party’s failure to follow up with Riatavin in the post blight clean up and
recovery of the city. As well as, their seeming prioritization of pursuing the artifact
known as the Shattered Heart over the aid that Riativan had requested, accusing
the party of refusing to follow his orders, even though they all acknowledged
and agreed to his request to never put his personal interests above that of
Amn. Elizabeth took a position of
defiance, offering no compromise on her stance on her quest to save her
people’s souls. The general scoffed at
her devotion to a cause and promise to such an obviously evil deity and his
false promises and scorned her that she had likely done more harm in making a
deal with Bane than she could ever hope to restore, going as far as mocking her
juvenile notions and regal arrogance in the face of such a manipulative figure
of evil and deception. The general then
dismissed the entire party and told them he no longer required their presence
and that he would summon them when he required their presence again.
End Session – exp gained 0.60
Total exp: 7.15
After the tense interactions with the
general the party decided to spend some time in the library of Waukeen
researching Araugauthos, the general and the general’s son.
The party discovered some interesting
information and revealed the records were not correct regarding the
dragon. As well as discovered the truth
about Araugauthos’ power origins, finding out it was Tiamat who pleaded with
and deceived Tyr, convincing him to free Araugauthos from imprisonment at the
hands of Halaster, deep in the confines of Undermountain and consequently
imbued her as one of the dragon demi-god Tiamat’s chosen.
After a long day of digging through musty
old tomes and scrolls the party decided to take an early rest and retire for
the evening in order to wait for some commissioned work to be done in by
Cedric. With Elizabeth and Menander
deciding to spend some time at the Moonwell and Ovar, Skrevik and Tharock
heading back to the low budget ‘Troll’s Nest’ in the bridge district.
Shortly after arriving, Ovar decided to
go and interrupt Skrevik in his alchemy to inquire about Cytheria. Ovar quickly drew Skrevik’s ire and began to
ignore Skrevik’s warnings and address Cytheria herself. A battle between Ovar and Skrevik occurred
and the ruckus draw the attention of Tharock who was seated just around the
corner in the common part of the Inn. By the time Tharock arrived, Ovar was
badly wounded and Tharock had to intervene. Ovar continued to press Cytheria,
offering himself as a much more suitable recipient of her power. The draw of more power seemed to work on
Cytheria as she separated herself from Skrevik, and fell to the floor. Ovar quickly move in and picked up the mask,
only to have Tharock, who was clearly through with all the hijinks surrounding
this mask, sunder it and shatter it into porcelain dust. Cytheria, with no place to hide, took
occupancy in Tharock’s axe and then took control of his body, a couple swings
of mighty Tharock’s axe laid Ovar low allowing Cytheria to flee into the
densely populated city streets in Tharock’s body.
A short time after the altercation,
Tharock, having fled to the western side of Waukeen’s promenade under
Cytheria’s control found an unassuming ring merchant and touched his axe to a
random silver ring for sale and Cytheria released her control over him. An exchange involving the guards and the
merchant followed, with the merchant escaping the scene with the ring.
In an effort to track down the now
presumed rogue Cytheria the party did some divinations in effort to glean where
they should begin their search.
§ Divination questions/answers –
How do we find Cytheria?
o The mask is no more; The axe was a bore.
o The ring is not to her taste; He will take her to the council with
Will we find Cytheria at the council
chambers at the next council meeting?
o Your aim is too high, The houses, too sly.
o A simple merchant's request; Someone less important will test.
What item is Cytheria seeking?
o Material is of little weight; Power & influence are the true prey.
o The merchants request is merely the bait; She will seek higher status
before the end of this day.
With the information from their divine
query in hand the party decided they would attempt to ambush Cytheria by lying
in wait at the Courthouse where meetings with officials took place.
After discovering that there was to be a
meeting between a man fitting the description of the merchant and Bartuc of
Yellow, the party, through some coercion of the staff at the courthouse
arranged to be part of the inevitable meeting. Approximately an hour before the
meeting was to take place the party was caught by surprise as Bartuc burst
through the doors and demanded the party be arrested. The party thought otherwise…
End Session – exp gained 0.30
Total exp: 7.45
The Delta Watch guardsmen in the room
began to detain the party based on Bartuc’s accusations. Skrevik and Ovar
decided it best to submit to the guards while Elizabeth, Menander and Tharock
resisted and began to fight back, claiming that Bartuc was not in his right
mind and under a dark influence. Enough information was presented to provoke
the Head Clerk to think this an emergency matter and summoned Jameson the
No life threatening wounds were exchanged
during this altercation and only accusations had been leveled, so Jameson
listened to what the party had to say and asked some clarifying questions of
his own to both the clerks and Bartuc.
After hearing their reasoning, Jameson asked Bartuc to allow him to
examine the ring that seemed to be at the root of this confrontation. Bartuc’s seemed only too eager to give the
ring to Jameson.
Cytheria, only too eager to take control
of such a powerful man as Jameson. Willed Bartuc to pass the ring to him. There was no way she could know that the
protections afforded Jameson whilst in the Halls of Justice would render him
immune to her influence. Now knowing her
true intentions, Jameson summoned the power of Torm and ended Cytheria’s
existence with holy destruction, dropping the dust that remained of the ring
once the deed was complete.
Once released from the clutches of
Cytheria, Bartuc was surprisingly grateful to the party, though still openly
showed disdain for them. Their objective
of stopping Cytheria now completed. The
party decided to rest at the Troll’s nest and head to the Wormhole in the
The party deciding to purchase some more
trained horses for this trip they set out and made good time across the
southern King’s Road and east along the Wealdath through Brost and towards
Riatavin. After resupplying in Riatavin,
they headed out towards the Southern Snowflake Mountains. Near the end of their first day of travel
they were ambushed by a band of goblins as they neared the bridge to cross the
River Ith. As the battle subsided and a
few of the enemies fled, they saw them running into what seemed to be a goblin
End Session – exp gained 0.40
Total exp: 7.85
Slowly investigating the goblin warrens,
the party crept into the first few tunnels and quickly encountered extremely
high amounts of goblin vines, the same vines used to draught a poison known as
Goblinvine Oil; a contact poison that causes a terrible sickness to befall
those who succumb to it.
A quick-thinking Menander drew upon his
inner strength and brought forth a divine blessing, granting the party
temporary immunity to the effects of the vines and their poisonous greasy
discharge, allowing the party to freely explore the first few corridors of the
A few easily fought battles with
seemingly lesser goblins led the party to a chamber where raging goblin
gardeners vehemently defended their Goblinvine crops and one especially sneaky
goblin tried to assassinate Elizabeth as he surged from the shadows with deadly
precision, ultimately failing but injuring her with a well placed blade.
Cleaning up the raging gardener goblins,
the party crept deeper into the warrens…
End Session – exp gained 0.15
Total exp: 8.00
Pushing deeper into the reeking squaller
of the warren, the party encountered another small group attempting to stop their
progress and once again were victorious over the outmatched Goblins.
After hearing the goblins call out for
Reekbad & Dirtmurk, assuming they must be leaders of some sort, the party
decided to let Skrevik do some recon alone to see what he could discover.
Turning a corner into the largest room in
the warren the group had discovered so far, the young ratfolk was able to
detect more than a dozen enemies with his keen senses and returned to the group
to inform them of his find. Smelling
victory yet again the party surged into the room of goblins and were
immediately surrounded by the foul little creatures.
A crazed bomb-toting goblin sprinted his
way to the front of the battle and let loose a belch of fire that was near
entirely ineffective but seemed pleased to be in the thick of battle.
While the party fought to get
advantageous position on the enemy, a goblin spellcaster broke the din of
battle with the crack of thunder as he ripped a lightning bolt though party
members and goblins alike. Using some of
the goblinvine for cover the party was mostly uninjured and now the goblins had
revealed their positions.
Menander took the distraction as an
opportunity to instill the fear of the Eye into the majority of the goblins,
causing them to scatter like rats in full panic.
Richter and Tharock began to quickly hew
down goblins and as their ranks dwindled, Ovar noticed the goblin with bombs
getting a bit too close for comfort and teleported the creature into the fray,
firmly planted on his backside at the feet of a goblin hating Dwarf. Not seeming to phase the goblin, it went
ahead and tossed its bombs at Tharock standing directly next to him and cackled
maniacally as the shrapnel hit both the party and the other goblins.
One last pathetic attempt at catching Menander
off guard and the group had successfully brought this fight to an end.
Taking a moment to gather themselves and
prepare as the sounds of boars and goblin chatter still echoed off the walls of
the warren, Skrevik took the opportunity to scout ahead again. This time seeing a larger hobgoblin dual
wielding falcatas and a goblin barricade waiting for the party to come into the
final chamber of the warren, the boar pens.
Skrevik raced back to tell his allies
what he had found, and they discussed how to proceed and decided on a frontal
approach. Only running into a pair of squealing boars around the first corner,
an obvious distraction attempt. As they neared the entrance to the boar pens,
Skrevik’s keen senses once again detected enemies back down the tunnel whence
they had already been and immediately deviated to confront them.
As the party began to confront the threat
that had seemingly come in behind them, the goblins shouted out an alarm and
the hobgoblin and remaining goblins began to attempt a pincer attack,
assaulting them from two directions and split the party.
This seemed to only drive the party to
fight even harder as they stood their ground and slayed goblin after goblin
until seemingly only Reekbad remained. Clearly outmatched by the combat prowess
of Sir Richter and Tharock, the cowardly hobgoblin retreated into the stench of
the boar pens and attempted to hide using a potion of invisibility, only to
foolishly reveal himself attempting to attack at an opportune time, a final
failed effort to assassinate Tharock and another swing of the axe and the
goblin warrens fell silent. The enemy defeated, the party began to take
inventory and discuss how to go about which loot to take back to the surface
and suddenly, the blessing of Torm sputtered and expired and suddenly, no one
felt so good and the poison they had been delaying with magic began to take its
End Session – exp gained 0.25
Total exp: 8.25
The party surged into action attempting
to remove the Goblinvine sap from themselves by jumping into the slow moving
river immediately outside the goblin warrens.
A few of the party, being affected by more potent poison than the vines,
made use of magic and the powerful fate changing abilities of Mina, Elizabeth’s
courtier, which she hastily summoned after dismissing Sir Richter.
Once they had recovered from the delayed
poisoning they had suffered, the party decided to take a few hours to search
through the Goblin warren and recover any items of value they could find while
Tharock sought out a camping spot for them to take shelter from the storm that
they could see rolling in over the Snowflake mountains.
During the recovery mission in the
warren, the rain began coming down heavily and the river swelled to cover the
sandy banks and was now running quite swiftly.
Elizabeth, while making clear her distaste for such magic, used some
necromancy to revive the dead horses and they all made their way to the camp
Tharock had procured for them.
After a quick discussion, the party
decided it best to head to Riatavan and sell all the loot they had recovered
from the goblin warren and restock before continuing on to the wormhole.
Now fully stocked and with some fresh
gear and the jingle of coin in their pockets, the party headed southeast once
again, making incredibly fast time due to the aid of Ovar’s knowledge of time
Moving at quite the clip through the
persisting storm the party was traversing the petrified fields near the remains
of the Great Tree; all the while watching the repeated lightning strikes near
the location they presumed to be very near the wormhole, when out of nowhere; a
skeletal, flame-shrouded creature they quickly identified as a lich, popped
into existence in the fields in front of them.
Immediately warning them to abandon their path to the wormhole and never
return; insinuating that they did not have the ability to control it and that
it was becoming unstable as the spellplagued area it was drawing power from
continued to diminish. When asked why he
knew so much about it, he claimed to have had a hand in its creation.
Attempting to both prove their ability
and not make and enemy of the lich, the group began to parlay with the lich
asking both why they weren’t powerful enough and why they should trust him. Providing only half answers, the lich simply
scoffed and warned them of their weak mortal state and inability to possess the
mental capacity to manipulate, let alone control, the magics of the wormhole.
Ovar, stating he was the most
strong-willed of the group offered himself to be tested by the lich. The lich waved his hand and put Ovar in the
confines of an imprisonment spell. The party, not knowing what had happened,
asked the lich about Ovar and his whereabouts, pleading with the creature to
see reason and asking if they could help the lich in any way with the wormhole.
Scoffing at the party, the lich bemused
that it would take far greater knowledge and magic than they had the ability to
control, unless they happened to have access to a large number of souls. Almost
as if she had turned to glass, Elizabeth, actually having access to a large
number of souls, attempted to hide such information, failing terribly in her
attempt to do so.
The lich stayed silent not offering any
new information so the party suggested if the lich would return Ovar, then they
would turn back and not proceed towards the wormhole. Since the party had surprised the lich in his
cynicism, the lich waved his hand again and Ovar returned, though quite shaken
as he knew the power of the magic that the lich had used while the others did
As the party discussed what to do amongst
themselves, the lich seemed to transform into a burning ember of flame and sped
away in the direction of the wormhole at an impossible speed.
Ovar now made the party privy to a
conversation he had recently had with his god, Mystra in which she had informed
him of a coming cataclysmic event that would be brought on by the collapse of
the wormhole. Now imploring the party to
continue to the location of the wormhole and that the lich would not oppose
This did not go over well, with Skrevik
threatening Ovar and demanding that he cease in causing problems for the
party. Ovar maintained his innocence and
purpose to be true, but that it would require Elizabeth to relinquish the souls
she had captured in order to attempt to stabilize the wormhole.
With the party at odds, further
discussion resulted in everyone agreeing that communication should be
established with the General and he should be made aware of the potential
outcomes of the information they had discovered. A message was sent, via sending stone, to the
general, with the reply urging them to return to Athkatla and elaborate. After hearing the General’s reply, the party
decided they would teleport back to Athkatla immediately. Some withholding of information about Ovar’s
intentions concerning the teleportation, and it was decided that Elizabeth
should be the one to use the teleportation scroll. While Menander volunteered
to willingly partake in Ovar’s newly acquired ability to hold living beings in
his personal extradimensional space.
Upon their return to the astrology lab in
the courtyard of the Tower of the Aegis, where Elizabeth was bound, the party
moved swiftly into an audience with the General. During this audience, Skrevik humbled himself
to the General, apologizing for his selfish and foolish actions concerning
Cytheria. The General commended him on his self-reflection and deemed it a valuable
lesson if Skrevik felt that he had grown from the event and realized the error
of his ways.
The group also asked for direction and
discussed the lich, the wormhole and where they could seek more knowledge. The General offered to use his influence to
gain an immediate audience with Hellen the Oracle in the Temple of Torm and the
During the audience with Hellen, she
professed she had seen their arrival and knew what they wanted to know. Stating that they would never succeed as long
as their purpose was not shared.
Cautioning them against the certainty of the words of Mystra and that
following the path of singular desire would result in suffering for all,
regardless of which path their footsteps fell upon. After Hellen took her leave, the General,
feeling righteous in his warnings to the party to not follow his selfish desire
above that which served the greater good, ended the audience with him becoming
frustrated with the party and their lack of cohesiveness, resulting in him
storming out of the chamber, once again.
The party now needing some space away
from each other, went their own way throughout Athkatla.
§ Tharock, visiting Cedric and being put to work for a short time,
followed by dwarven company and the lack of urgency.
§ Elizabeth, seeking out Bezmora at the Temple of Bane attempting to
connect with Bane and offer him the souls she had acquired. Eventually, performing a sacrifice of blood
and currency to The Dark One and seeing her offering be acknowledged through
the success of ritual she performed.
§ Ovar, Heeding Mystra’s warning and performing the work of his deity in
saving souls, in preparation for the coming cataclysm. Successfully capturing some commoners to
bring to the new time in which they will serve their own purpose. Narrowly
escaping the eyes of the Tormtar while performing his abductions.
§ Skrevik, beginning his journey with Oghma, met a new friend. Waylon, a priest at the Temple of Oghma. Offering a great amount of wealth as a
tithing, giving hope to one of the smaller churches in Athkatla and opening his
eyes to the pursuit of knowledge.
§ Menander, seeking some solitude and fine food and drink, made his way
to the Moonwell and spent some time enjoying the unique atmosphere and
enchanting company of the Elven Thelonezi family that owns and runs the
In the morning, the party met back up at
the Troll’s Nest and decided to do some research regarding the lich they
encountered. Only to discover through
the distinct lack of lore on this specific lich, that it seemed as if he had
been purposefully omitted from history.
Thinking it may be a good option to see
if they could find answers in the esteemed and legendary libraries of
Candlekeep; The party now needed a way to access to Candlekeep itself, the
party conferred and decided to test Skrevik’s new found faith and see if the
church of Oghma, could aid them. Waylon,
still basking in the glory of Skrevik’s hefty tithe, was pleased to offer a
possible solution asking the party to meet him later at the Troll’s nest.
Upon arrival, Waylon introduced the party
to Lou Ann, his mother, and a storyteller of some renown. She was pleased to be
of assistance to the adventurers and revealed that she knew one of the elders
at Candlekeep from back in her adventuring days and would be happy to reach out
to him on their behalf. She revealed his
name was Elder Elkazar. Accepting this aid, the party agreed to meet up with
Waylon and Lou Ann again the next morning at the Troll’s nest to allow her some
time to attempt to contact the Elder.
Wondering about the coincidence of the
name of this elder, the party decided to discuss amongst themselves and came to
the conclusion he was thought to be a 122 year old
human orphan taken in by the clerics at the Spirit Soaring, named after the
land of his birth and though to be a bastard of the noble bloodlines that once
ruled the region know as Elkazar; raised under the tenets of Oghma and now
shunning his lineage choosing instead to contently occupy the title of Elder of
The next morning Lou Ann returned with
good news that she was able to secure them an invitation to Candlekeep based
upon Elder Elkazar’s interest in the lich they had encountered and his
relevance to this ’wormhole’, even though they had not mentioned the lich nor
the wormhole to Lou Ann or Waylon.
Puzzled, perhaps a bit concerned, but still
grateful, the party listened to Lou Ann ramble on about the stories of her
lifetime while sharing a glass of wine.
End Session – exp gained 0.30
Total exp: 8.55