The Fall of an Empire

Session 4: over the river and through the woods
To Tristeza house we go

After several days of trekking through the woods, facing off against various beasts and lurking monsters, the adventurers have reached Tristeza hours, aka The Bitter Manor. Seeing their destination in site, they have camped down for a night of rest before trying to breach it’s sturdy walls.

Session 3: In Whence the Mother's Care is condemned
Demons and Zombies and old age, oh my

As we return to our intrepid adventurers, they have located Dern Fosimuth and are attempting to leave Mother’s Care Home for Invalids with him. As they leave Dern’s room, however, they are accosted by a pair of horrid demon children. After defeating them, investigation in to the rest of the home commences. The party manages to rescue the remaining 5 patients of the home without incident, though hard evidence of who is behind all of this is hard to find. The remaining patients are returned to their families, and the party takes Dern back to Branda and Igneous for care.
Before leaving, Dern was able to point out a small shack nearby which held his secret stash of gear, including his Scimitar, Clarity, and his piece of their party’s Weirding Watch.
From here the investigation turned to looking in on Taergan Flinn. Finding his posh home still intact, but no one answering the door, the sleuthing commenced. Most of the home appeared undisturbed, but once in to Flinn’s bedroom and the adjacent office, they found the rooms ransacked and a window smashed in and blood puddled on the floor. The only other evidence was that of a daemon trapped in a wardrobe and his servants turned to juju zombies in their quarters.
Returning once more to report their findings to the remaining members of the Golden Watch, they found that Branda and Igneous had rushed off after getting word that Flinn was being held captive in the woods to the North. Dern regained some measure of consciousness while they were there and informed the party that Flinn had been the “new owner” of Mother’s Care Home and had been keeping him there against his will, and also that Flinn had plans to kill the remaining members of the party.
Preparing to rush off to the Watch’s aid once more, the party was greeted outside the Inn by the mayor. Having heard of your deeds in Hope’s Hollow, he thanked them with gifts of horses and offers of rewards for several other quests needing completed in the area.

Another letter from Kilik
Day two of the Adventure

Dear Father,

I hope that you and mother are still well and tell mother that I will settle down when Torag has told me it’s time to do so. I am still doing his work and now we have a greater goal to work towards.

We have made it to Alkenstar with only minor delay. On the way down the mountain the group encountered a small band of goblins, but they had two of the biggest goblins that I have ever seen with them. They must have been almost the size of a dwarf, maybe even bigger. The goblin hoard was attacking a group of dwarves protecting some civilians. Bres being handy with that fire wand again dispatched most of the normal ones leaving behind the big ones. We charged the evil goblins and between us all we killed the goblins and boarded the ship that the dwarves had.

They were heading to Alkenstar anyways and told us that it wouldn’t be a problem to take us. I haven’t seen a place so full of smoke since the forge caught fire a couple of years ago. When we entered the city Bres and Zarzuka looked like the something was bothering them. They told me that the city had an anti-magic field around it and they didn’t like the empty feeling that it left in them. I believe that while Bres was lost to his magic some other type of spell was cast on him that made him sleep. We stayed there for a few hours and the twins started to wake up. We got them properly dressed and suited up and armed.

We talked for a bit about what we needed to do about our current mission and about this mysterious master that wants us out of the way. We did some research about what we saw in that hideout we were in. We have decided that we would head over to Katapesh to talk to the Pathfinder society and get report back to home base about what we should do.

We boarded another ship heading in that direction and we stopped off at a little town to resupply and get some normal sleep. While we were there we got introduced to two old time adventures named Branda and Verus they told us about some adventures they were on. They asked us to see if we could check on one of their friends that was committed to an old timer’s home. We talked to the captain of the ship and he told us that he would hold our passage for one week and we could board a different ship heading up.

We headed out this morning and it was about an hour walk to this place and it was completely run down. The entire village
looked like it got pillaged years ago but never go burned down. We saw a specter there that attacked our party but was quickly turned in to mist thanks to Conan’s mighty attacks. Just before we entered the main building we saw a lady there that wanted some answers from the management of the place.

The twins decided to go around the back of the building just in case something happened to those of us that entered the front. We entered the front and saw the twins bust through the back doors covered in cockroaches. At that time the management of the place came out of the office slightly confused about what was going on. They happened to be demons that were covered in illusions. We quickly killed them and found the guy that we were looking for in one of the rooms. He was drugged and could barely walk out of there. We made sure that no one else was in the building and sent the place alight to cleanse it. I will have to remember to come back and cleanse the land and free any lost spirits. We will be staying here for a few days and help Dern regain his strength.

May Torag’s anvil always sing.

-Paladin First Rank Kilik Darkstone

Session 2: In whence the twins are saved

After aiding a band of dwarven guards to get their charges safely to their ship, the party was able to secure a lift in to Alkenstar. As was hoped, upon entering the anti-magic zone in smoke side, the bond between the twins and their soul-sucking daggers was broken and they were resuscitated.
Several days were spent in Alkenstar buying provisions and doing research. Leads were gained indicating that Kalukios was a powerful wizard most recently in the employ of Geb who had purchased passage for himself and a band of men from Andoros through to Alkenstar with a load of 7 large and one medium sized crates that were all marked with the emblem of Geb.
With this knowledge, it was decided that going directly up against Geb was not a wise decision, so the party headed north in hopes of making contact with the Pathfinders to at least get word to them that their original mission had been interrupted and perhaps get guidance towards their next move.
On the ride towards Katapesh, the nearest Pathfinder lodge, the party was approached by a band of semi-retired adventurers known as the “Golden Watch”. Two members of the Watch (Dern and Taergan) are missing from their annual gathering and they wanted to hire a younger, more spry band of adventurers to look in on them.
Upon locating the very run down nursing home that one of the watch members was staying at, our band of adventurers has been accosted by ghosts, dark ones and a swarm of cockroaches before finally locating Dern, drugged and barely conscious.

Kilik's First Letter
Day one of the adventure

Dear Father,

I have finally found some time to write to you. I have been out for several weeks. I do have to confess that I failed in my duties as a guard and got the group captured. We are mostly unharmed but I do find my faith is a bit shake at the moment. We have encountered an evil being, and I was unable to do anything about it for if I did I would have endangered the group and ended up dead. Here is what has happened so far and here is our plan of action just in case you do not hear from us in the next few months.

We awoke in a strange chamber, naked and tied to sacrificial poles. There was a raven that came into the chamber, and I guess it was talking to a man that was standing there. They were talking about something. I do not know what for I did not speak that tongue. The guy in the chamber was doing something to the twins. At the time I didn’t know what.

Armond slipped his bonds as he usually does, and grabbed a dagger that was at his feet and freed us. We all grabbed a dagger that was at our feet and killed that man that was in the chamber, but I do not know if the man was evil.

We freed the twins and saw that something red was coming from the each of them going in to the pommel of the dagger. We found out that this was their soul going into the dagger. We found a chamber across the way with some cloth. It had belonged to the dead man in the chamber we came from but was guarded by a skeleton warrior.

Conan thought it was a bright idea to take on the skeleton warrior by himself without wearing anything. You know how he gets when the rage gets to him in the heat of battle. He grabbed the skeleton warrior’s femur and ripped it off. Unfortunately he made lots of noise doing it too.

We were able to get dressed just before some more guards arrived. Bres was able to get some use out of one of the wand thats he got from the dead man. Bres was able to dispatch most of the guards that had arrived. There was one guard that lived through that and was slain by one of us while I was still trying to make sense of it all.

We got some chainmail on Conan before some more guards arrive with their commander. Conan took on four guards while I got the commanders attention. Zarzuket was spouting out information about the skeleton warrior that made it easier to dodge them. (Zac) was next to me in battle with the commander and his guards. Bres was casting spells to help dispatch the enemy forces. I was hit by one of the skeleton warriors extremely hard and was knocked out for a few moments but I was told that Zarzuket wielded a sword after I fell. I was able to come back with (Zac) help but as I came back the commander struck Zarzuket almost killing him. (Zac) was able to heal him with his magic but was almost drained of life himself. With Conan and Armond’s help we were able to get rid of all of the guards and the commander.

One of the party members found a food storage closet. We all went inside and closed the door. We then tried to find out what was going on. We were there about 30 minute when we heard a noise on the other side of the door. It sounded like flapping then it sounded like someone talking again because Bres and Zarzuket both said ‘no’ at the same time. Then Bres kept switching to a different tongue every few seconds and I was totally confused as to what was going on.

After a few minutes the door disintegrated and we saw the raven from before perched on one of the warrior’s skull. The raven then started to talk in a tongue that I understood and it was asking for the daggers that had the twins’ souls in them. We resisted at first but Armond, Bres, and Zarzuket started to talk to it just to find out that it was a green dragon polymorphed. I was on guard and wanted to rid this world of that evil but I couldn’t do it due to the dangers of dying and it would attack the group. I will have to remember this place and come back when I am higher in the order to slay the beast.

We gave him the daggers and he took them to his master who we have no idea who he is yet. The dragon wouldn’t tell us who he is either but he did tell us why he needs the daggers. They want us out of the way so he can do some evil plan. He can’t kill us because he’ll suffer for eternity, but he also can’t let us live for we will destroy him. So he decided to put our souls in the daggers to keep us alive but out of the way.

After the dragon left we packed up some supplies and headed out. We were in a mountain cave with a cabin a few hundred feet from the entrance. Armond went ahead and scouted out the cabin to find that there were three guys in there. Conan stood in the middle of the clearing and started to shout to get the guards attention. They came out and mistook Conan as one of their guys and invited him in. After they closed the door I don’t really know what happened but it wasn’t good because Armond and (Zac) were waiting on the side of the cabin. They jumped through a window a few minutes after the door closed.

We then headed down the mountain on some dog sleds and tried to go through a mountain pass that had some guards guarding it. We made it half ways when they noticed that it wasn’t their guys and they tried to trap us in there, but we make it out thanks to Conan running through a few of them to make a hole.

We have decided to head to Martel, for they believe the antimagic field there will free the twins from their coma and sever their ties to these cursed daggers. We should also be able to get better supplied. We can make plans from their and decide what to do next.

I hope this letter finds everyone in good health and tell mom that I love her and everyone says ‘HI’.

May Torag’s anvil always sing.

-Paladin First Rank Kilik Darkstone.


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