Darkmoon

Home, part 3
Purging the spirit.

After Sneed scouted out the festering spirit of madame Portrance, the party devised a plan of attack. While Glynis purged the spirit from Marylebone manor, the party fought and defeated the festering spirit. With the house cleansed and its treasures plundered, the party carried an unconscious Glynis back to her house.

At Glynis’ cottage Alice was able to revive her. Outside the cottage, the party heard the screams of a trapped roc near the treeline. Wild men from the hills and trapped a young roc and were preparing to cook and eat it. The party put their foot down, Butch body slammed some hillbillies while Vic convinced the rest he was gonna eat them, and Sneed cut the roc loose. Sneed and the roc bonded and everyone returned to town to get healed and rest.

The next morning, Vylari came to the party to inform them of all of Mirwen and Fayah’s progress. She also offered each member a boon. Butch refused while the others accepted, but Vylari gave Butch a copy of Eternity Queen volume 2.

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The Stories We Tell Our Children, part 1

Ilvaria and Ezzereth brought Mordrin back to Jack’a’napes, while Mirwen and Fayah visited Iris. After wrapping their business with Iris, Vylari came in, and Irirs informed her that the special project was ready for testing.

Both Mirwen and Fayah took the mythic potion and survived. Then Vylari asked Fayah if she would accompany her to follow up with Kreed after she had broke the enchantment he was under the night before.

Mirwen returned to Jack’a’napes where she and Ezzereth gave Mordrin a brief history lesson on Andoran. After that, Mordrin wanted to walk around the Hollow and explore, so Mirwen and Ezzereth escorted her. While in the low market, Mirwen noticed they were being followed by the same man following them since Olfden. Upon mention it to her companions, Mordrin confronted him, making a scene. The man was Yahzu, catfolk monk from Mirwen’s past, looking to taker her back to Tian Xia or kill her honorably. Mirwen chose to face him, and a fight was set for dawn the next day, at the grotto of St. Elth.

At the Lumber Consortium headquarters, Vylari and Fayah questioned Kreed about Sarienne. He didn’t recall anything useful, but was fairly cooperative given his opposition to Vylari in the upcoming election.

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Home, part 2
Blood and Whispers

The party entered Marylebone Manor. Inside they found remains of dead children, eaten by human mouths, and other ghastly signs of the home’s horrific past. Once all were inside the place shut itself up, trapping all within. They found a partial journal entry from an adventuring party who feared they wouldn’t make it out, saying “we are in hell” over and over. Then the party was attacked by attic whisperers.
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While Butch, Sneed, Vic and the eidolon fought the attic whisperers, Elra and Glynis were lured to the basement. Once inside the basement door shut. One moment they were in total darkness. The next moment they were standing in the low market of the hollow as blood rained down upon them. There were mutilated bodies everywhere. To the north, the mountains were glowing with fire as flaming rocks showered down around them. They heard a woman’s voice singing, and they followed the voice into Jack’a’napes, wherein flayed bodies hung nailed to the walls. Atop the bar counter, a drow sat, singing gleefully, occasionally sipping blood from a skull goblet. Thunder cracked, and they were back in the basement which was filling rapidly with blood. Just as it filled the rest of the group smashed open the hatch and pulled them out.

The attic whisperers left Sneed fatigued, and Butch exhausted. They desperately needed rest, so they slept an hour, then continued upstairs.

Upstairs they found more disturbing clues to the haunt. Vic saw a glimpse of a frightened woman as 5 children were about to murder her. They asked Glynis to open up communication with the haunt. When she did, the haunt told the party it was “invited here long ago by the broken, the frightened, the lost,” and that this place is its home. The haunt then took the form of 3 wights the party dispatched without major losses.

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Home, part 1

After learning that some kids were frightened by “ghost children” at the long abandoned Marylebone manor, the party decided they would investigate.

They sought aid from Glynis, who was happy to help. She also had a magical weapon, a +1 Kukri of blood letting she was willing to trade to Butch for some livestock.

Preferring to take the path of greater resistance, Butch chose to fight a farmer for the livestock, get caught cheating, and still lose. Humbled only slightly, Butch bought the livestock, and paid the farmer’s tab at Jack’a’napes.

So at first light the following day, the party and Glynis set out for Marylebone manor. In the front courtyard, they faced 8 Jack’o’lanterns, defeated them without casualty.Jack-orsquo-Lantern.png

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The Eternity Queen, part 1
The Diplomat and the Drow

After the Larkos draugr’s were defeated, Elra and Vic brought Tamlik home to get healed. Vamros was very greatful.

Vic told the party what he learned about his father, including the adventuring party that took down king Merlokrep 2 years ago.

When Butch returned to his bed, Vylari’s copy of “The Eternity Queen” sitting on it.

The following day Iris hired the party to escort her to Gold Falls Inn and back.

While there, the party met some fans of “The Eternity Queen” who told Butch they were on their way to Olfden to get a copy of the book’s sequel. Butch asked if they could bring him a copy and they gave him a resounding “maybe.”

While at the inn, a hobgoblin named Grick brought Iris her delivery, a portion of angel tears. Butch tried to get froggy with Grick, and looked like an ass.

The party returned and had lunch with Vylari, who revealed to them that she is in fact, Ilvaria. She then introduced them to Ezzereth, a bard who is a friend and ally of Vylari.

There is now 23 days left until the election.

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The Lost Larkos
Homecoming

The party went to sheriff Baleson’s office, wherein they asked Vylari and Deston several questions. Both answered honestly, and the party learned that at least according to Deston, Kreed has been illegally selling lumber to Chelish spies. They also learned that Vylari had invested in the Consortium in hopes to lesson the hostility toward the fey of Darkmoon coming from the Lumber Consortium.

Vic saw Vylari speak to a soaking wet Marra and seem concerned afterward.

After praying to Serenrae, both Vic and Elra got the message to “keep Deston in the light,” so they accommodated and put light in his cell.

Butch followed Marra to her and Vylari’s room. He entered the room, found her naked, and after a couple drinks entered her as well. Author’s note: it was the best he ever had. After Marra fell asleep; author’s note: it was not the best she ever had. Once she fell asleep, Butch snooped through the room and found several notes on Kreed, Teedum, and several other names he did not recognize. He also found a map with several markings on it, including "hellgate?’ and “deep road entrance,” in addition to a list of names, including Kreed’s, with a possible connection to The Gifted Man. He then found the book “A Gifted Man Brings Gifts Galore” and an old book in Elven called “The Eternity Queen,” but when he touched it an alarm spell went off and awoke Marra. She confronted him. Looked under the blanket on the table and saw several exotic weapons before Marra darted him with a magical sleep poison.

As night fell, a glowing green mist emerged from the River Foam. As it crept into the Hollow, so did the screams of innocents. The Larkos family marched as rotten, shambeling Draugr, come to get revenge on creed. Butch awoke to the sound of the screams and came to the party’s aid. The fight took them into the high market where they defeated all the Larkos. Iris took a bad hit but was alive. Sheriff’s deputy Tarbik Splint went down and his condition is currently unknown.

Vic returned to the Tribunal. Deston was up against the bars of his cell wanting to know what happened. Vic started to explain when he noticed that Deston’s light had gone out. Before he can act, a fetchling assassin emerged from the shadows in Deston’s cell, and drove a dagger into his heart. The assassin stepped back into the shadows and vanished.

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Evil's Soft First Touches, part 2
The Necromantic Tower

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After meeting Vic and Ingrid at Jack’a’napes, the party brought to Vylari‘s attention the town’s need for a good mayoral candidate. Ingrid chimed in and agreed.

Vylari and the party then went to the tower in high town to speak with Sharvaros Vade. In the tower, they discovered a Hungry Flesh ooze and broke out out and devoured Sharvaros’ son.

Eventually they made their way to the top of the tower, in which, Vade’s zombie bride was tethered to the wall. When asked, Vade said he only tried to bring his wife, Amele, back. When Vylari asked him what went wrong, Vade explained that once revived, she couldn’t stop the prophecies, prophecies specifically about “the Gate opening” and “the Hollow burning.”

Vylari approached the corpse. She said “Why are you hiding?” and the corpse jumped to life. In a gurgled voice the zombie said “Hello, Ilvaria! Look at you, still meddling, thinking you can stop it!”
“I will not let the Gate open!” she responded with resolve.
“Just like you wouldn’t let Elam go either” With that, Vylari lost her composure and blasted the head off the zombie.

Butch asked Vade who helped him. Vade replied “I never caught his name, he just gave me the spells and promised I would see her again.”

She helped Vade to his feet and walked him to the stairs. A wraith began to materialize. Vylari shouted that she’s gonna get Vade to safety. Butch decided that was the time to try to read Vade’s spellbook andgot himself cursed.

Realizing their weapons were useless against the incorporeal undead, the party started lighting everything on fire, hoping to expose the wraith to direct sunlight. After about a minute of hot-fire-foolery, Vylari showed up and rescued them. Butch, in a bizarre mixture of bravery and stupidity, decided to leap from the top floor to the second floor and broke his leg.

Once everyone was safely outside the burning tower, Vylari levitated a nearby water tower and dumped it on the flames. Elra then shouted to the onlooking crowd, Vylari for mayor!

Ingrid removed Butch’s curse, while Iris patched him up.

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Evil's Soft First Touches, part 1
Enter the Drow

Upon arriving in town, the party saw flyers for Laurel’s run for mayor and wanted posters for a drow and a catfolk. The Lumber Consortium put a bounty of 2,000gp for info on the whereabouts of the drow, 1,000 for the catfolk.

The party brought the ingredients to Glynis, who promptly made a cure. While she did, she told the party of her suspicions that the hag Ulizimila is preparing to make a move against the Hollow. She also told them that she was part of an adventuring party
that slew the kobold king Merlokrep 2 years ago. While on that quest she found one of the missing dwarven altar gems, which she gave to the party.

The party brought the cure to Lady Cirthana of the temple of Iomedae. As promised, she offered them all the temple’s gold as a reward. She also gave them a chest of items. The party generously refused the gold, but took the items.

Then it was off to see Sheriff Baleson and get the reward for the owlbear. He paid them less than promised, even after the Knuckledrum brothers refused, saying “I’m in no one’s pocket.” The sheriff then updated them that 4 burnt corpses had washed ashore, each one disappearing the night after. They also discussed the mayoral election.

The party then went to Jack’a’napes for a well earned drink. Inside, Janice brushed off the drunken advances of Deston. When Janice left, Deston followed. Sensing trouble, the party then went after him. In a dark alley in the pouring rain, a woman cried out for help. The party rounded a corner and saw him with his hand on a woman’s throat and then, darkness. Magical darkness surrounded the area. Elra drew the wand of light and when she dispelled it, they saw the woman, unconscious, and a few feet away stood the drow with a limp, levitating Deston. She gripped him by the ankle, smiled at the party, and levitated onto the nearest rooftop. In an instant she was gone.

They brought the girl who turned out not to be Janice, to Jack’a’napes whereMarra and Baleson took care of her and made a full report.

The next morning, the party received a note from the Velvet Lady, saying to meet her there at 10am, and together they would go speak with Sharvaros Vade, the local necromancer about the strange goings on.

In the meantime, the party went shopping at the Goose’n’Gander. While there, Elra saw Deston stumbling into town and get arrested by the sheriff’s deputies. She went to the Tribunal Hall to inquire further.

Deston was a scared wreck. He claimed that the drow never asked him a single question and in the morning simply let him go. Deston knew that Kreed would not believe this, and kill him for talking. He begged for protection until Baleson locked him up.

Baleson then told Elra about how today was the anniversary of the Larkos family deaths, and a suspicious man might think that the charred bodies were a sign of them returning to exact revenge.

Meanwhile, the Kuckledrum brothers went to the high market with Vylari who got them access. Sneed went to the blacksmith to get his crossbow upgraded, while Butch went to look at books at the Red Maiden Apothecary. There, he overeheard 3 elven phrases in a private conversation between Iris and Vylari. He then found 2 demonic books. The first, in abyssal, a tome of specific demon names and historical encounters with them. The second, a book written in Infernal titled “The Gifted Man Brings Gifts Galore.” The book had a peculiar cover, soft blue with a picture of a beautiful stream with a man standing by it. Inside, all the pages were blank, with the exception of a limerick on the first page:
“His smile fresh as spring as towards him he draws you,
His Tongue sharp and silvery, as he implores you,
Your wishes he grants as he swears to adore you,
Gold, silver, jewels he lays riches before you,
Dues need be repaid and he will come for you,
He’ll snare you in bonds eyes glowing afire
To gore and torment you ’til the stars expire.”
As he read it, Butch felt a great fear come over him. Vylari closed the book and cast a spell putting him at ease.

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Victor Ghash Personal Quest part 1
Journey to Adamas

Once the party got back to the Hollow, Vic continued SouthWest to Fort Adamas on a personal quest.

During the day-long journey, he passed several waning farmsteads.

Once at the fort he ran into Tablic, who recognized Vic from Darkmoon Wood 2 days earlier. Tablic was kind to Vic, and got him an audience with Commander Odeber herself.

The Diamond regiment commander had a lot to tell Vic concerning his personal quest, but she also had information to share with him concerning the upcoming election of mayoral office in Falcon’s Hollow. Namely, she expressed concern over Laurel running and the lumber consortium backing her campaign. Odeber said that the consortium wouldn’t back anyone they don’t have in their pocket.

In light of this, Odeber and Tablic suggest a candidate they believe not only to be in the Hollow’s best interest, but someone they believe can win; Lady Vylari.They haven’t talked to her yet, but they were hoping that with Vic and his party’s help they can convince her to run. Odeber believes that the “support of those who cured blackscour will go a long way.”

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Blackscour, Last Chapter
Greypelt

The part encountered Greypelt, alongside a dire wolf and 2 kobolds. They managed to defeat him, and he fled into the mountains via underground tunnels, which surface at Droskar’s Crucible.

Victor acquired an ancient dwarven prayer book, and scrawled inside the cover “Torag is no longer worthy of our devotion, only Droskar can deliver us from the failings of King Garbold.” Local dwarven historian and accomplished drunk Butch Knuckledrum is unfamiliar with King Garbold.

Also found was 1 of the 5 gemstones from Torag’s altar. When placed in its slot, the gem glowed and a wave of positive energy burst forth from the altar.

The party met Gurtlekep, who told them that Greypelt was on loan from the Shadow Pack, to train forest creatures to be war beasts for King Merlokrep’s army.

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