The Angry Wife
Aravis leads the group on a quest for justice

15th day of Fharlanghn, 816

     Krolok, Ampersand and Monitus were enjoying some time off with Master Juba at his estate when a Half-Elf woman came calling. She introduced herself as Aravis, a former member of the Teeth of Slar gang. Aravis had originally been in it for the gold, but balked when Ahgul Slar began killing innocents unnecessarily. Master Juba’s parents were among those that Slar had personally killed and she offered to help avenge their deaths.
     The party was skeptical of this stranger, but they decided to check out her story by going with her to the Angry Wife, Slar’s tavern. They found an Ogre wearing a top-hat standing outside, clearly the bouncer. Since he would undoubtedly recognize Aravis, it was decided that Monitus and Ampersand would attempt to go inside while Krolok kept an eye on the newcomer. Juba was, as usual, hiding on the rooftop.
     Biff the Ogre told them that it was a private party and they weren’t allowed in, but Monitus cleverly told him that Ampersand was the night’s entertainment. After a stirring demonstration of her vocal ability, Biff begrudgingly let them in and told them to talk to Gruzz, the bartender.
     Inside, they found about a dozen gang members, mostly Humans and Half-Orcs, as well as a dirty Halfling playing the piano. Monitus convinced Gruzz to let Ampersand sing, (Gruzz threw a bottle at the Halfling, knocking him out) but this proved to be somewhat of a mistake. Once she began singing, Gruzz recognized her as one of the famous adventurers and associate of Master Juba. Monitus gave him a piece of paper with Exploding Runes on it and sent his cat out to get the others. The bartender (and several thugs near him) were engulfed in flame and shrapnel, but the others in the bar were so entranced with Ampersand’s magical song that they didn’t notice or care. Ampersand even took a couple out with her whip mid-song.
     Meanwhile, the group waiting outside saw the cat run out the door and under Biff’s legs and lept into action. Master Juba jumped down onto the Ogre with a sneak attack, gravely injuring him. Then Krolok and Aravis joined the battle with axe and arrows. Though the Ogre was large and powerful, he could not last long against the three seasoned warriors. The remainder of the gang inside offered little resistance against the entire group.
     After the battle, Juba revived Twindle “Twittpuff” Pyfey the Halfling in order to get some information out of him. The small bard took an instant… err… liking to Krolok and was more than happy to help. He led them downstairs, where there was a secret door to Slar’s private study. Inside the room they found what appeared to be a powerful monk, but turned out to be just a weak sorcerer named Dink Butterman with an illusion cast on himself. He turned invisible and offered to give information in exchange for his life.
     As it turned out, Slar had recently left on his ship, the Uza Slar, to some mysterious island. Dink could not say why his boss was going there, but he did have a map to the island, as well as a chest with 5,000 gold pieces to buy his freedom. The heroes were merciful and let Dink sneak off, but decided that their next course of actions should be to get on Master Juba’s ship and try and catch up to Ahgul Slar.

On A Boat
The group sails in search of Ahgul Slar

16-30th days of Fharlanghn, 816

      Master Juba and his companions now had both a map leading them to Ahgul Slar, and the means to get there. However, before they could reach the boat, they had a strange encounter. The party was stopped in the street by a strange sight: 7 robed men, the apparent leader of whom had hair that appeared to be turning into leaves and skin like bark. A squirrel hopped down from his shoulder with a scroll introducing himself as Lord Melancthon. He offered to help the party with their adventure if in return they would help him on his journey when the time was right. The heroes decided that they would take his offer, at least temporarily.
      After two weeks at sea with Captain William Husker, things were looking grim. One stormy evening, Aravis, spotted a ship in the distance flying Slar’s flag while on watch in the crow’s nest. Their quarry’s ship was faster, but Melancthon summoned a magical wind to help catch them. While closing on Slar, he and his minions began firing ballista bolts at the party, damaging their ship. Monitus responded by casting Fly on Krolok, who worked himself into a rage while hurtling through the sky towards the ship and Nirinjan transformed into a great sea hawk to call lightning down upon them. The Gnoll marines and sailors aboard Slar’s ship put up little resistance against these powerful adventurers, until Ahgul Slar himself came up from below the deck. He challenged Juba to one on one combat, and they began to duel on the stairs of the ship.
      Almost all the Gnolls were defeated and everyone except for Master Juba began to rest on their laurels, when out of nowhere a gargantuan tentacle rose out of the water and knocked Aravis out with a single blow. A Kraken had joined the fray and began tearing into both ships’ hulls, as well as lashing out on anyone standing on deck. Juba threatened Slar into a temporary truce for as long as the great sea monster was our destroying everything in sight. Slar accepted and boldly jumped into the water to slash it with his sword. Melancthon, on the other hand, had a different idea. He called five of his devoted followers up and ordered them to jump into the water with the giant squid. They each unrolled a scroll, and then there was a great explosion, followed by a cloud of steam and raining chunks of kraken meat. When the air cleared, there was no sign left of either the kraken or Ahgul Slar.
      It was a victory for our team, but both ships had been badly damaged by the battle. Fate was kind however, and Captain Husker spotted land. Some of the Gnoll crewmen were taken on board as prisoners, and everyone soon found themselves crash landed on a strange island, thick with jungle. Could this be where Ahgul Slar was originally headed?

The Lost Island Pt. 1
Exploring a dangerous island

31st day of Fharlanghn, 816

      With supplies beginning to run low and their ship in need of serious repairs, our heroes decided to explore the island in search of food and fresh water. Through wild shaping into an eagle, Nirinjan was able to scout out most of the island, finding an old pyramid in the middle, in front of which a village of savage Neanderthals had been built. After returning to camp to report this, Krolok and Balthasar decided to go hunting; Monitus, Juba and Tales the hedgehog went on foot to the temple, Nirinjan flew back to spy on the village some more while the others stayed at camp to help set up for their survival.
      Unfortunately for them, Monitus and Juba were ambushed by six of the Neanderthals on the way. Greatly outnumbered, things did not look so good, with Monitus getting clubbed and knocked out early on and Master Juba coming close to being defeated as well. The true hero of the battle was little Tales, who clawed and bit the faces of the Neanderthals in a wild rage until they were all defeated. They decided to cut the expedition short and return to camp for the night, where the hunters had returned with a feast of wild boar.
      During the night, while Ampersand and Juba were guarding the camp, a group of large bipedal reptiles attacked. During the battle, the ship was sustained minor fire damage, which had to be put out by a Water Elemental Nirinjan summoned. The monsters were eventually slain and the rest of the night passed without incident. Now the group is debating whether to risk investigating this curious pyramid or to simply fix their boat and leave this inhospitable island as soon as possible.

The Lost Island Pt. 2
Exploring the ancient temple

1-7th day of Pelor, 816

     After spending several days repairing the ship and guarding their camp from any more Dinosaur or Neanderthal attacks, the group was ready to leave. However, the strange pyramid shaped structure at the center of the island seemed too tempting to pass up, so our heroes decided to investigate its interior.
     The strange dungeon was filled with several tricks and traps, as well a few monstrous guardians. The very first room they came to featured not only a deadly Naga who attacked them with Lightning Bolts, but also a false room that triggered a collapsing ceiling. Luckily, this trap was triggered by an unseen servant, then investigated further after Krolok had torn the door off its hinges and Juba had used his immovable rod as a safety mechanism. There was also a dead-end room filled with statues. The party worried they might be animated guardians waiting to attack, but instead the room was found to contain the Naga’s treasure.
     Leaving that area, they found a sort of shrine-room, with runes written on the floor. Unfortunately, Monitus was unable to decipher them. As they advanced down the hallway leading to a flight of stairs, Nirinjan and Balthasar fell down a trap door that opened into a 70 foot pit but Melancthon was ready with a Feather Fall spell to save them. The pit opened up into a natural cavern, but the group decided to investigate the upper passages first.
     Next, our heroes came upon a very large room with a 60 foot high ceiling and a large Air Elemental in it. In what turned out to be a lucky move, they ended up fighting it in the hallway outside the room. This came in handy once they realized that gravity in the room reversed itself every minute, leading to some close calls with people almost “falling” up and crushing themselves on the ceiling.
     Things calmed down for a while after the reverse gravity room. A long, snaking passage inexplicably filled with crushed bones gradually worked its way up through the pyramid, leading to an abandoned dining room. In the hallway outside the banquet hall, another trap was narrowly avoided as Master Juba and Krolok jumped out of the way of being boxed into a small compartment, which then began filling with water. Lord Melancthon’s follower Calvin used a stone shaping spell and drained the water as well as making a passage they could continue through.
     This passage led to a long abandoned alchemy lab. It seemed empty at first, but then the party began to be attacked by a pair of invisible assailants. The battle was frustrating, as the heroes were growing tired and it was difficult to defeat enemies that could not be seen. In the end however, the prevailed and decided to hole up in the lab and rest before continuing on.

The Lost Island Pt. 3
The party finish exploring the ancient temple and leave the island

8-12th days of Pelor, 816

      Having spent a fitful night’s rest in the strange pyramid on the mysterious island, the group awoke ready to finish exploring this place and then go home. Juba, Krolok and Ampersand decided to guard the rear, while Monitus, Nirinjan, Melancthon and Calvin climbed the stairs leading up. They found themselves in a large room, possibly the last chamber in the temple. The decaying tapestries showed that this was once richly decorated and a pedestal at the far end held a crystal ball on a golden stand. Unfortunately, there was also a large stone statue, who stood up and began to move towards the intruders.
      Monitus, knowledgeable in many fields, identified the construct as a Stone Golem, unfortunately immune to magic. This was not good news for the group consisting of Wizard, Sorcerer, Druid and Cleric. They decided to play defensively, using summoned creatures of Nirnjan and Monitus to keep the brute at bay, while Calvin and Melancthon used magic to weaken the floor underneath him, dropping down into a combination of mud, webbing and grease. While this bought them some time, they examined the orb, and found that it cast some sort of anti-magic field. This would have been rather unfortunate for the spellcasters, had it not then have been found to temporarily nullify the golem’s power as well.
      This only left the natural cavern found at the bottom of the pit trap from the first section of the pyramid. The party followed a slightly unstable passage to an underground beach, littered with the corpses of whales and other large sea creatures. However, the shoreline was littered with gold and other precious items. Unbeknown to our heroes, this was the lair of the Kraken who caused their shipwreck in the first place, and who had survived Melancthon’s followers’ attack. Luckily, they cautiously used magic to scoop up the treasure and then absconded with it.
      After returning up the stairs to retrieve the orb, the entire group left the temple (with the Golem following angrily behind them). They quickly boarded the boat, said farewell to the strange island and headed north towards civilization.

A Visit to Chasselbury
Monitus reveals a possible plot to take over Greystone

13-25th days of Pelor, 816

      Much of these two weeks were spent sailing, but a few notable events occurred. After leaving the Island of Leor, the group ended up in the city of Chasselbury, where they stopped for a couple days to finish the repairs to the ship. While exploring the city, Monitus revealed that he had been warned about a secret evil organization called the Red Hand who have been trying to overthrow the government of Greystone. Their alleged leader is the Grand Wizard Voryn Askello, a charismatic and powerful leader with a less than stellar reputation. Since Monitus’s information indicated that the Red Hand were somehow working with Chasselbury, this seemed like a good opportunity to do some investigation and try and find evidence of Askello’s involvement.
      Firstly, Master Juba put his dubious flirting/information gathering skills to the test talking to some women in a tavern. He learned that the Red Hand were a legendary group of Chasselbury knights from fairy tales and that more information could possibly be found in the Royal Library. Unfortunately, this library was located within the walled-off noble quarter of the city, but the party decided they would go and get into the library one way or another.
      Luckily, there were only two guards standing at the gate, and a couple Suggestions from Melancthon quickly gained the group access to the inner grounds and the library. Surprisingly, the library’s architecture was very reminiscent of the ancient temple they had explored a week ago. Juba decided to magically detect secret doors, while Monitus and the others scanned the shelves for any information on the Red Hand. Juba’s spell paid off, there was indeed a magically sealed door in the floor and Monitus found the command words in a book of fairy tales that were embossed with the image of a red hand.
      Inside the secret passage was an alchemist’s lab, guarded by a powerful demon called a Herzou. This type of demon is resistant to non-blessed physical attacks, as well as most forms of elemental magic. Monitus ended up doing a good portion of the damage with non-elemental magic missiles and by summoning a Celestial Lion, but the attacks of Master Juba, Aravis and Nirinjan in the form of a tiger helped as well. Melancthon and Calvin went to get assistance from the guards, but they provided little help.
      Eventually the fell beast was defeated, and searching the room revealed a few clues. First of all, the shelves of the workshop contained books from The Library of Greystone, specifically from the forbidden section that only a Grand Wizard could have accessed. Secondly, there was a mysterious teleportation circle set into one of the walls which could not be activated. With the trail at a dead end for the time being, the adventurers returned to their ship.
      Back on board, they checked with Krolok, who had been holding onto the mysterious orb, only to find that it had been stolen! In its place was left a stone of similar size and shape along with a playing card. Krolok could offer no explanation as to how it had been stolen from him, and with a lack of evidence to pursue, the group left to return to their journey back to Greystone.

Investigating Voryn Askello
Breaking and entering the home of a Grand Wizard

26-30th days of Pelor, 816

      The heroes were glad to be home in Greystone after over a month and a half of traveling. They wasted no time, however, in continuing on with the clues gleaned from Chasselbury. Krolok, Melancthon and Calvin went to see old comrades Sherlock Gnomes and Watson, while Monitus went to report with what he had found to Reyd Eichenteld.
      Sherlock Gnomes and Watson had never heard of anything related to the Red Hand, nor could he find any connection to the mysterious playing card left by whoever stole the mysterious orb. Voryn Askello however, the sorcerer believed to be leader of the Red Hand, he did have information on. Mr. Askello was supposed to be investigated by the judges, to find any general wrong-doing. Strangely, the request for this investigation came directly from Aten Delrod, leader of the Circle of Magi and Voryn Askello’s superior. The group then left Gnomes to meet back up with Monitus.
      Reyd Eichenteld was happy that Monitus had ended up in Chasselbury and had been able to gather some information on the Red Hand. He confirmed that the books Monitus had taken from the laboratory underneath the library were indeed accessible only to the seven Grand Wizards of the Circle, of which the suspected leader Voryn was of course a member. It was decided that Eichenteld would ask for an audience with Askello and that Monitus and his companions would use this opportunity to sneak into his house to look for damning evidence. Monitus, Krolok, Melancthon and Calvin staked out Voryn’s home and waited for nightfall.
      When Askello left, Krolok of course took the direct approach and smashed in one of his windows. This unfortunately drew the attention of two guards, but they were easily dealt with by a couple of Suggestions from Melancthon. There was nothing of note to be found in Voryn’s private library, but a secret passage was found in his room, leading underneath his garden. While Krolok and Monitus examined this, Melancthon decided for some inscrutable reason to sink Askello’s fountain down into the secret room. A the only door down there radiated magic, so the cautious crew dispelled whatever spell was in place and proceeded.
      Inside what was undoubtedly the secret lair of Voryn Askello, the group was attacked by its guardian, a large dragon skeleton! However, Krolok had already worked himself into a massive rage to break down the door, and the undead beast did not last long against his fury. The usual post-battle searching and looting was cut short when Grand Wizard Askello himself teleported in. There was a bit of confusion when he accused the party of being members of the Red Hand, and this was compounded when a trio of Herzou demons (the same type the group had fought in Chasselbury) teleported in as well. A retreat back up the stairs was made, with Voryn in tow, who used powerful magic to force the demons back to their home plane.
      With that business out of the way, it was time to discuss what was going on and who was on whose side. It turned out that Voryn was not a member of the Red Hand and had in fact, been working against them all along. He had just returned from a covert mission similar to the party’s, except that he had sneaked into the secret sanctuary of the Archwizard, Aten Delrod. There he had found the other half of the teleportation circle from Chasselbury and other incriminating evidence before he was chased off by the group of demons that Delrod had summoned. He welcomed our heroes as new allies in the fight, but warned against an open confrontation at this time. He advised them to lay low for a while, possibly even out of the city, while he would gather strength for the coming conflict against Aten Delrod and the Red Hand.
      It was at this point that Lord Melancthon brought up the quest he had asked for assistance with when he first joined the group and produced a map and directions in the form of a strange rhyme. This seemed like a good time to help out their new friend, so the adventurers set off for the closest landmark, the village of Lonsalindel, hometown of Ampersand.

The Great Lonsalindel Plague
Hindsight is 20/20

1st day of Heironeous, 816

      After several days of journey, the party reached Ampersand’s hometown of Lonsalindel and met with her parents, Janak and Janini Hollysword. They were very happy to see their daughter, but advised her and her friends to leave, as the town was in the middle of a magical plague. Being the helpful adventurers they are, the group offered to try and solve the mystery of this disease.
      Their first stop was the home of the alchemist Polach Beldshy, one of the top suspects. He had moved to the town just a week before the disease started and did work involved with strange and magical compounds, so he was an obvious scapegoat. He didn’t want to talk to the heroes, but they got inside through bluff and magic. They searched his laboratory and questioned him, but could find no evidence that he had caused the plague, so they left to talk to the mayor.
      The Half-Elven mayor Jakob Netrii didn’t prove to be too helpful, although he did suggest they talk to Jotham Delwar, town constable and former lover of Ampersand. Off the record, he blamed Yogini the witch.
      After a tense reunion with his former girlfriend, Jotham divulged some useful information. He confirmed that the two main suspects were Polach and Yogini. Polach had cooperated with the authorities and was no longer official suspicion, at least for the time being. Yogini however, refused to talk to the town guard and had a history of wanting to violently expel the Human element of the town. However, would she go so far as to inflict a disease on the town that killed as many if not more Elves than Humans? The party decided to check in with the local priest and then investigate this supposed witch.
      Father Samtai did not add much they didn’t already know, but the trip to Yogini’s hut proved to be eventful. They knocked on the door and called to her with no answer, so a cunning plan was hatched. They would cover the chimney so that her house would fill with smoke and she’d be forced to exit. Surely nothing bad could come of this! Unbeknownst to the group, Yogini had been awake all night working on a cure for the disease and was currently in a deep sleep. By the time smoke started pouring out of cracks in the hut and the adventurers entered to see what had happened, the old woman had died to smoke inhalation.
      The party panicked. They had killed countless Kobolds, Troglodytes and monsters, but they had just accidentally murdered and old woman in her sleep. To make matters worse, they could hear someone approaching the hut. The body was stuffed under the cot and Monitus used a spell to make himself look like the witch. The lady who came to the door was an Elf named Vidhava. She wanted to talk to Yogini about the supposed human conspiracy to get rid of all the Elves in the town. Luckily, she believed that Monitus was Yogini and that “she” was too sick to discuss it at the moment.
      With Vidhava gone, the “heroes” set about covering their tracks. First, for some reason they decided to let Krolok perform a crude autopsy of the body, to see whether or not she had died of smoke inhalation. After chopping her into pieces with his axe, they concluded that she probably had. Nirinjan took her herbalism texts and research material in case they might come in handy later while the rest of the group unsuccessfully searched the hut for anything else they might use. They then left messages outside making it seem like a group of Humans out for Elven blood had done the deed and torched the hut.
      A group of Elves soon gathered and muttered to themselves about how the Humans had “gone too far this time.” Ampersand was able to gain their confidence and found out that the Elves were going to organize a midnight meeting in Vidhava’s wheat field in order to put a stop to the humans once and for all. The party split up and began to wait for the meeting. On his own, Melancthon revisited the Cleric Samtai and put a spell on him to make him confess to spreading the disease, thinking that might calm the townsfolk down.
      Evidently, news of the Elves’ plan had leaked to the Humans, for as they gathered in the field, a crowd of Humans bearing torches marched up as well. A fight was about to break out when Father Samtai and showed up and announced that he was the cause of the disease. Just when things couldn’t get any more confusing, a horde of demonic Dretches crawled up through holes in the ground and began attacking all who had gathered. These were dispatched easily by the party, but not before two of the villagers had been killed. Calvin used an earth shifting spell to discover an open area directly beneath the field. There they found a huge wounded Nalfeshnee, a Demon much more powerful than the weak Dretches. The beast had been in battle with a powerful Paladin when it had attempted to teleport away. However, it had just received a mighty wound from a holy longsword which disrupted its teleport and made it end up under the field of Vidhava. Unable to move or heal itself, it had laid there for weeks, poisoning the fields and infecting the town. Using Gate to call upon a mob of Dretches had been its last ditch effort and now it lay closer to death than before. Krolok was all to willing to put it out of its misery and the town was saved from any more disease.

The Kobolds and the Giants
A custody battle over a red dragon egg

2-11th days of Heironeous, 816

The Secret Glen
The truth behind Melancthon's quest is revealed and a new headache is found

12th day of Heirouneous-3rd day of Hextor

      It took three weeks for our heroes to get out of the mountains and wander about aimlessly looking for an owl, but they persevered through it. Finally the owl appeared, as foretold in Melancthon’s map, and directed them thusly:

The forest yonder which you seek. Hoot. O’er the plains where Cypress grow. Hoot. There within crawl up the creek. Hoot. Of it speak to Brother Crow.
      They did as the strange talking bird suggested and found themselves in an ominous forest. A tree fell onto Krolok without warning and a swarm of bats surrounded the party, making it seem like the forest itself was out to get them. Then, when Krolok idly attacked a tree, it came to life and literally tried to get them. It was during this battle that Master Juba noticed that his prized Immovable Rod was missing.
      After searching their belongings, almost everyone discovered that they had missing items as well. Judging by the amount stolen, it seemed unlikely the thief had struck on just one night, so the adventurers decided to lay a trap in case he or she returned that night.
      Just as planned, that night a shadowy figure approached the camp while everyone feigned sleep. The man, who turned out to be a Tiefling, was easily subdued and spoke the Infernal language with Monitus. He had heard of the group from none other than Zultan Kanatir, who was currently still in Hell. Impressed by the stories of the heroes’ triumph over Zultan, the stranger had decided to come here to be their friend. Evidently, his plan was to steal the items so that they could be given as presents and win their favor. During the conversation with the new ally/enemy, Melancthon disappeared, so the group ventured into the night to find him.
      They found an area of trees even blacker and thicker-grown than the rest, with an arch like entrance. Outside was a large crow, who almost predictably spoke to the party.
The secret glen is within paces. KAKAAAW. In it’s heart a bleeding tree. KAKAAAW. It’s bark is black, and etched with faces. KAKAAAAW. Is said to grant immortality.
      Melancthon was waiting inside the glen, standing in front of a huge black tree bearing many faces crying out in torment, as the crow had said. Calvin stepped forward, having finally found a living avatar of his god, but was casually crushed into the dirt by the claw-like branches of the demonic tree. Most of the group engaged Melancthon and the tree, but the tiefling (who we will refer to as Nya) took this opportunity to slip his bonds and cause havoc on the party, especially Monitus.
      The tree was of course defeated, but the team had lost two of its members and Nya had absconded with Monitus’s Spellbook. Also, they’ve been gone from Greystone for over a month. Will Voryn Askello still be alright? or will Aten Delrod and the Red Hand have launched some terrible plot in the mean time?


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