14-15th days of Hextor, 816
It has been a week of rest and rebuilding. Thanks in part to our heroes, Voryn Askello has consolidated his power and gained the Archwizard position of the Circle of Magi, putting him not only in control of nearly all the arcane spellcasters of Greystone, but also putting him on the Council of Greystone. For the party however, these days have been spent relaxing after their long quest to the secret glen.
Midday on the 14th, a well dressed gentleman paid a visit to Juba’s manor. It turned out to be the group’s old friend, Moeshe Leibowitz, recently elected mayor of Haugsmeed. After briefly catching up, he delivered the news: for quite some time, a blue dragon named Noachvi had been dwelling near the village, agreeing not to attack as long as it remained undisturbed by slay-happy adventurers. The day before, the dragon came crashing into town and announced that someone had robbed him of his Orb of Storms. The only clue to go on was a ripped tunic bearing the emblem of a rearing Griffin.
The team immediately pulled out their trusty library cards and paid a visit to Mrs. Professor Zweigstein. They spent the next several hours poring over back issues of Greystone Adventurer Quarterly until hitting pay dirt. An article about a band of adventurers calling themselves “The Griffin Claws” showed a drawing of their symbol, which matched the ripped tunic recovered by Noachvi. Apparently the group frequented a bar called The Black Beetle, so after doing a little more research into their personnel, the party set off.
As expected, the Griffin Claws were there, flush with cash and buying drinks for everyone in the bar. Clearly they had already sold the orb, but were unwilling to say to whom. Aravis stepped up and began flirting with Johann, their leader, then offered to take him home. On the way, he let slip that the buyer of the orb was a gnome cleric of Olidammara named Brother Ohl. With this information, she rejected him and he stormed off. It was late, but Monitus and Juba decided to call on their contact in the city guard registry, Professor Zweigstein to find out where Ohl lived. Krolok, Calvin and Aravis went back to the bar.
To absolutely nobody’s surprise, a brawl got started once Krolok returned. It started out innocently enough, but got more violent once Calvin stole an entire backpack off of Harrison the rogue. The inebriated Griffin Claws were no match for our heroes, and the fight ended when Krolok relieved Ognir of his head. Just as things were wrapping up, the others arrived with Ohl’s address.
Since it was now very late, it was decided that MJ and Calvin would use stealth to break into Brother Ohl’s mansion and steal the orb back. Unfortunately, they broke into the master bedroom, and the woman who was in bed with Ohl immediately charmed both the would be burglars. He didn’t seem to mind too terribly, and led them downstairs to discuss things civilly with the rest of the party. He seemed uninterested in their plight until they mentioned their pal Voryn Askello, at which point he decided to wager for the orb, provided that the party put something up of equal value. They offered to let him have a night with Ampersand, despite the fact that she was not present to approve this plan, and the lecher agreed.
First, Calvin and Master Juba played a game of Olidammara’s Dice to determine who would play the gnome. Calvin cheated relentlessly, but it took Juba a few rounds to notice. He gave up in disgust once he did. Ohl complimented Calvin’s cunning but warned him that he would not be so forgiving. The game went back and forth before finally coming down to a single die each, with Calvin having the advantage of first call. He motioned for one six, which left Ohl, who had a five, no choice but to call bluff. Calvin revealed his die to be… a six!
Brother Ohl graciously gave the Orb of Storms to Calvin and retired to bed with his buxom companion. The next day, the entire group traveled to Haugsmeed and returned the orb to the fearsome dragon with no further trouble. Mayor Leibowitz apologized that he had no monetary reward for the group, but they settled for a party in their honor back in the village, with wild and sexy results.