The Fall of an Empire

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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