The World of Aadrynne

HOTDQ Evil Edition: Session 3

Session 3: July 13/16

The group approached the elf, just as he finished ordering the cultist he had been speaking to. Lucius became speaking to the elf, and leaving little hints in his speech that they knew who he was. The elf then ordered the adventurers to go help with moving the treasure hoard into the mouth of the cave. He dismissed them and left.

Lucius tried to follow the elf, but he lost him in the camp. The group then headed over to the wagons full of treasure to help out. Mondath was organizing the moving of the treasure, much to Vinditus’ dismay. She told them what to do with the treasure, which was followed by back talk from Vinditus. This made Mondath displeased.

The human ordered that the recruits unload three wagons themselves, as punishment for Vunditus’ words. They were not to happy about that. Lucius snuck away from the work, to go look for the elf. Ringa Ding, the master of the three sided shape, realized he didn’t want to work at all either, and went for a nap. The Kenku stayed and helped, that is he stayed only to secretly steal some of the treasure. Vinditus caught the Kenku trying to steal, and confronted him, tried to force him to stop. It only semi-worked.

Meanwhile Lucius searched for the elf. He found the elf sneak out from behind a hut. Lucius went around there and found a muddy boot print with something shiny sticking out. He picked it up, and discovered a brooch, the symbol of the Dancers. Lucius pocketed the brooch and continued on his way. He headed back to his companions and help Vinditus and the Kenku with the treasure crates.

While they were walking towards the cave, the elf passed right in front of them. Lucius stopped him and made some mention about a brooch. The elf ignored Lucius and continued to walk. They noticed however the elf do a once over of himself, and he seemed distraught.

Suddenly Mondath approached them and lost her shit because they weren’t working. Ringa Ding came running up behind them faking being out a breath and complained that he was doing all the work himself. Mondath threatened to give them more work if they didn’t get their assess in gear.

Lucius told the other recruits about the brooch, and they started to think what they should do with it. After the work was finished they all headed back to their hut and Lucius sat down for a came of cards with Vinditus. That is when the elf showed up again, with Cyanwrath in toe.

The efl pointed a finger at Lucius and declared that he was a spy and a member of the Dancers. Lucius denied the claims, but the elf claimed he had seen him with a Dancer brooch. Cyanwrath demanded that Lucius be arrested and tied to an X. Lucius tried to explain but Cyanwrath wouldn’t hear any of it.

As the guards dragged Lucius away, the elf turned and winked at the kenku, and Vinditus. Lucius was tied up and bound. Cyanwrath went to go retrieve Mondath, while the elf headed to go question Lucius. Along the way, Ringa Ding stopped the elf to speak with him, and during this time, Vinditus and the kenku headed over to Lucius to speak with him.

The three of them made a plan. The kenku took the brooch from Lucius, and hide it in his pocket. Ringa Ding was still speaking with the elf, and the elf ordered him to go retrieve Cyanwrath. Ringa Ding agree and turned to go. Cyanwrath and Mondath were already on their way so, he followed them to Lucius.

Cyanwrath arrived and immediately punched Lucius in the face. The human tried to speak but Cyanwrath refused to listen to him. Vinditus made a point, that they had no proof that the brooch was on Lucius as they had yet to search him. Mondath did the honors, and stripped Lucius down naked, and of course didn’t find the brooch.

While this was happening, the kenku secretly slipped the brooch into the pocket of the elf. Lucius claimed that the brooch was actually the elves but none of them believed him. He said well if it’s not on me, then why not search the elf. The elf was irritated but did not stop them saying he had nothing to hide.

Mondath found the brooch in the elf’s pocket. When this happened he smirked at Lucius, Vinditus and the kenku and said well played. The elf was arrested and then Lucius was taken down. Cyanwrath asked if they meet him in the main tent to discuss.

At the main tent, Cyanwrath asked the recruits if they would interrogate the elf for him and find out what he was doing, as he was confused why a Dancer would be looking into them. Lucius and Vinditus made comments towards Mondath about being kinky and she was not having it.

The recruits headed back over to the elf, and learned his name was Leosin Erlanthar, and he was indeed a member of the Dancers. He didn’t speak at first, but after a little torture, and the kenku placing attaching a kobold foot on Leosin’s ass, he finally talked. He was there on his own accord, and was investigating the Cult of the Dragon to see what they were up too. He said he was already sent a message out, and would not be receiving another one until he got out.

Leosin eventually passed out, and the recruits returned to Cyanwrath to relay the info. When they entered the main tent, they found Cyanwrath and Mondath inside as well as Rezmir and some tall human with gold painted skin. He was wearing large red robes. He was introduced as an ally.

After they told the leader’s what Leosin said Rezmir spoke up for the first time that it not surprising that Leosin infiltrated them, she knew he was on their trial for quite some time. She then says she is not sure if his presence in Greenest is a coincidence or a sign that the cult’s plans have been compromised. Rezmir dismissed the recruits saying she wished to speak with privately.

They left the tent and then went around back and eavesdropped on Rezmir’s conversation. The half dragon told Cyanwrath and Mondath it was probably time they departed. She says they should have the camp pack up within a few days. She then says if they are packed up quick, she will be assigning Cyanwrath and Mondath to the Hatchery, with a troupe of guards. She states that the clutch is too close to hatching to move them now. She also said the other wyrmspeakers will want to hear about the Dancers.

The recruits then went off to bed. They woke around noon the next day to Cyanwrath entering their hut. The camp outside was in chaos. In the night Leosin was able to escape, so Rezmir ordered the immediate departure of the camp. He then explains to them that inside the cave there are three dragon eggs close to hatching, to close to move them. He asks if they will stay behind with him, about a week to guard the clutch in case the Dancers or anyone else show up.

By the end of the day the camp was packed and the cult’s loot was placed in wagons and taken away. The recruits were assigned to watch the front entrance of the cave and given orders that they were not to enter the cave under any circumstances.

Six days past without incident. Until on the seventh day, when they heard screams coming from inside the cave. A kobold came running towards them but stopped short when it was struck with a spear. Three troglodytes came rushing into the cave. Ringa Ding, the kenku and Lucius struggled but were able to take them out.

They decided to head into the cave to see what was going on. They headed in, and were ambushed by more troglodytes, by a staircase. They dealt with the creatures, and continued further. They crossed through a patch of fungi, where the kenku was attacked by a tentacles, because he believed he needed the fungi for a potion.

Further in the cave, they found a room full a bats, they carefully snuck through, and found a room where the cult was keeping drakes. They tried to stay quiet, when they found the found a group of kobolds. The kobolds demanded they follow them and be taken to their leader. They noticed the kobolds had a glaze over their eyes, and assumed they must be charmed.

They fought the kobolds and Ringa Ding was able to break the charm spell on a few of them, but unfortunately they were killed. They continued and found a pathway leading up. They tripped a falling boulder trap but managed to escape. They snuck through a barracks full of kobolds and headed into a different room.

There they found Cyanwrath flanked by two large human cultists wielding battle axes. They made sure to stay back, just in case Cyanwrath was also charmed. In front of the half-dragon was a large shrine dedicated to Tiamat.

Suddenly Cyanwrath started smash it apart, crying down with Tiamat. That confirmed to the recruits that he was indeed charmed. They started to battle him, and Ringa Ding was able to break the spell with his own magic. Cyanwrath helped them deal with the other two cultists.

He thanked them for breaking the spell, and they said they were unsure about what was causing it. He said they must check on the dragon eggs, and hope that they are still okay.

End of Session.

HOTDQ Evil Edition: Session 2

Session 2: July 8/16

Vinditus (the mysterious man who is now not a sorcerer but a fallen paladin) and Oaken both drew their weapons, a massive bastard sword and a war scythe respectively. They engaged in battle, and quickly dispatched of the two guards in front of them. Lucius, the human assassin, whom everyone still thought was named Cornelius, snuck around one of the corners, and began firing his wrist crossbow.

The monks ran forward after the guards fell, and the other two guards fled, half because they were scared and half to get some backup. The monks proved issue for the mercenaries, and they struggled to stand there ground.

During the fight, a very tall, very ominous being appeared behind Vinditus. The being grabbed him by the shoulder, and shoved the paladin back. This being stormed through the open door and began fighting one of the monks.

One of the monks were able to knock Oaken unconscious. He was standing one the stairs, and as he fell he smashed them apart. Lucius and Vinditus continued to battle, and were able to take down one of the monks. After that Vinditus rushed over and began used his Lay on Hands powers to heal the fallen wilden. Celestial magic began forming around his hands, but slowly turned into corrupted tendrils of shadow magic. With the Ethereal Bleed vanished, paladins and cleric powers have no longer been able to work. Despite this, Vinditus is able to heal Oaken.

The tall being from before continued to battle the monk. Using its claw bracer it slashed the monk across the face, leaving a hideous gouge, and taking out his eye. The monk used his agility to escape the being next attack and then fled further into the keep.

The mercenaires then approached this seven foot tall being, who had since taken to sucking the blood from a body. Viniditus was not okay with its lack of respect for the dead, and the two of them nearly got into a fight. Lucius called the thing a vampire, but the being assured them he was a goliath, named Wan. Most of them didn’t buy it but they had no reason to press the subject further.

Lucius, put on his common/pleasant clothing, and smeared blood all over the shirt. He told them he would go on ahead and infiltrate the people. The others agreed it was a good plan, and they would follow slowly from behind. Wan didn’t pay any mind to them and decided to continue alone, even though he was there for the same purposes as the mercenaries.

Lucius took off down the halls, following the blood trail from the monk. He held his side where he had smeared the blood and pretended to lip. Back at the others, Wan turned into a bat, further making the group question who he truly was, and flew up to the ceiling. Vinditus and Oaken gave Lucius a head start and then followed the blood trail themselves.

After several twists and turns through the halls, Lucius found the main hall of the keep. Several guards were standing watch outside the doors, and he found the monk speaking to them. Beyond them in the massive hall, Lucius could see hundreds of scared people, some being attended for wounds, and others crying in the corner, not sure what to do.

Lucius ran up to the guards, wincing as if he was injured. He started to freak out saying that “They killed my brother, there are intruders in the keep.” The guards ran over to him and helped him walk. The monk them ordered that a they waste no more time, and he sent more guards after the intruders.

The guards brought the assassin over to some of the healers. Lucius noted that these healers were no more than temple acolytes and were doing there best to attend to the wounded. One of them asked him where he was hurt, and he told them it wasn’t his blood but his brothers. He then asked if there was anywhere he could go to be in private to mourn his loss. The healer lead him to a room, while Lucius scanned the crowd, and saw both the older governor Nighthill, and his castellan Escorber the Red, that was once used for storage. Inside there were six others mourning their own losses.

Meanwhile the others walked through the keep following the blood, while Wan flew above. Suddenly the pounding of marching feet could be heard up ahead. Oaken and Vinditus stopped and tried to think of a plan. In the end their plan consisted of taking the enemy head on. The two of them ran forward and turned the corner where the footsteps were coming from.

Ahead of them were four guards. As soon as the guards noticed the mercenaries. The front two jumped to their knees, and the back two hurled their spears at Oaken and Vinditus. The two of them were easily able to deflect the spears, but nearly took a hit, when the front two surprised charged them.

Vinditus and Oaken began battling the two guards, while Wan, who was still flying above as a bat, silently landed behind the two guards who had thrown their spears. Wan drew his war fan, and began attacking the two of them.

The battle was short lived, and the guards were easily killed. Again Vinditus and Wan nearly got into a fight of their own as the two of them argued and through some punched. Their scrape ended, when Wan turned back into a bat and took off down the hall, heading towards the keep’s main hall. Vinditus and Oaken continued walking forward.

Lucius, meanwhile, was in the storage/mourning room was they all heard the fearsome cry of Lennithon, the blue dragon, outside the keep. That is when the assassin got a brilliant idea. Everyone in the room was frightened by the roar of the dragon, and he used that to his advantage. He started a panic.

He began screaming that they had been put into the room as sacrifices. They were on an outside facing room, and the were in the perfect position for the dragon to come and get them. The crowd started to panic, and then as if on cue the dragon roared again, and Lucius screamed that the dragon was inside the keep.

All six of the people in the room believed Lucius and they all started to scream. They burst out of the room, and screaming that the dragon was in the keep. This caused mass hysteria among the whole crowd, and quickly all the hundreds of people in the hall started to freak out. Nighthill and his guards tried their best to keep the calm, but it was not working. Escobert escaped out of the hall through a backdoor, to go investigate. The crowd of people burst out of the hall, and started to stampede through the keep’s corridors, while Lucius snuck after Escobert unnoticed.

During that time, Wan had already flown into the hall as a bat, and watched the mass panic unfold. He followed after Lucius as the assassin went after the dwarf castellan. Not far from the main hall, Oaken and Vinditus were still walking the halls. They could hear this faint noise of trampling footsteps, and screams. Then they saw the herd of people stampeding towards them.

Oaken took shelter and hide against the wall in an alcove, while Vinditus, unsure of what was going on, started screaming himself, and began running ahead of the crowd. They started to follow them, as he raced back towards the storage he and his group had used to enter the keep. The paladin accidently lead them to a dead end. Vinditus tried his best to make sense of the crowd, but panic was running rampant through them.

The crowd almost beat Vinditus to death for being a vampire, but instead they mobbed one of their own. Vinditus then said he would lead them out of the keep as they were freaking out since they believed the dragon to be in the keep. He lead them back to the sewer entrance, and past the bodies of the guards they had killed. Vinditus stood by the entrance in the storage room and began waving people into the sewer tunnels.

When everyone was through, a guard that had been trying to control the crowd thanked Vinditus for his help in saving everyone. What neither of them knew was that a large group of raiders had found the sewer entrance and were slaughtering the people as they exited the tunnel. The guard looked over at the dead bodies of his fellow guardsmen, saying it was a shame that they had died. Vinditus agreed with him.

The guard then smiled saying, it wasn’t that bad since one of the guardsmen left behind and really hot wife named Ellen. Vinditus asked out of ten how hot was she, and the guard answered eleven. The guard then told Vinditus that she had been in the mob of people. Vinditus turned down the tunnel and started charge down it, screaming he couldn’t miss the opportunity of an eleven.

When he arrived outside he began to search the slaughtered bodies of the crowd, but was unable to find anyone worthy of an eleven. He then joined in with the raiders outside, and they headed around the keep’s walls.

During this time Oaken waited for the crowd to past, and then made his way to the empty main hall. There were still several guards in the hall, too many for him to take on alone, so he waited, watching for an opportunity.

Meanwhile Lucius followed Escorbert through very dark hallways, and up a staircase. Escobert went through a door, which lead out onto the walls of the keep. In that moment Lucius saw dozens of guards on the wall, and a guard manning a ballista, which he was using to attack Lennithon the dragon. This faded from view when the door closed and blocked his sight.

Lucius went up to the door. He took out a rope, and fashioned a noose. He attached this rope to a grappling hook system he had on his wrist crossbow. He then scaled the walls, one foot of each side, nearly doing the splits. Lucius hung the noose just in front of the door, the perfect height for a dwarf.

Lucius waited a few minutes before he heard footsteps approaching from the other side of the door. They were distinctly dwarven footsteps. The door open and Escobert walked right into the noose. Lucius fired his wrist crossbow into the ceiling, switch pulled the noose up, making Escobert hang a few inches from the ground. Lucius not over the barring system of the door to make sure no one else would be joining him.

The assassin drew his dagger, and slit the dwarves throat while he hung from his neck. Lucius released his hanging system, and then removed the dwarves head. He took a key ring on the dwarves belt, and also his longsword, and special dwarven handaxe the castellan was carrying. On the handaxe were dwarven runes, but he was unable to read them. Lucius then removed the dwarves head, to present to Cyanwrath to prove the dwarves death, and he picked up the body.

Lucius brought the dead body back to the door leading into the main hall, and placed the body against it. He made a noise, and hid in the darkness. The guards opened the door and were appalled as the body came falling towards them. The guards freaked out and then they sent detachments to go find the intruders.

As several of the guards walked across the main hall, Wan who was still in bat form full up to the ceiling of the main hall, and pulled the pins from a hanging chandelier. The thing fall and crushed a group of guards walking beneath it.

Oaken watched this happen in confusion. Wan then flew down and towards Lucius, who was now finding his way to the courtyard of the keep, where he was going to open the gate to let the raiders in. Wan returned to his normal form, and Lucius accepted his help after a brief conversation. The two of them found a door leading to the massive sixty foot by sixty foot courtyard. Walls surrounded it, which were occupied by several guards raining arrows on the raiders. Others guards were at the portcullis of the poking their spears through the iron bars at a large group of raiders. Cyanwrath was at the forefront of this, attacking guards through the gate.

Lucius donned his peasant disguise again, and told Wan to wait behind the door, as he made his way into the courtyard. There were a few guards close by them, seeing to their wounds. Lucius came limping out, announcing that the raiders were in the keep. He told them they were slaying the people, and had already killed the castellan. He said they needed backup.

The guards raced off into the keep, not noticing the seven foot tall goliath behind the door. Lucius quickly walked across the courtyard, the guards too preoccupied with combat to notice. He entered one of the gatehouse towers, where he found the crank to raise the portcullis. He looked across the courtyard and waved Wan over to him. Together the two of them started to turn the crank, slowly raising the gate.

They could hear shouts of the guards outside demanding that they close the gate. Suddenly guard opened the door, and found Lucius and Wan. Before he could attack them, he was impaled by a spear from Cyanwrath. The half-dragon praised them for their good work. Lucius presented Ecobert’s head, and Cyanwrath smiled.

During all this time, Vinditus had found his way to the bulk of the raiding party, the ones who were storming the keep gate. He pushed his way to the front and followed Cyanwrath into the courtyard when the gate opened. After he noticed Cyanwrath talking to Lucius and Wan, Vinditus drew a javelin, and throw it at Wan, still holding a grudge from their last exchange of words.

Unfortunately, Vinditus missed terribly, and the javelin struck Lucius in the shoulder, damaging a lot of his tendons and rendering his arm useless. Vinditus was extremely sorry for the incident and had no intention of injuring Lucius. Cyanwrath was furious about this, and ordered that there would be no infighting and they would speak about this later.

Cyanwrath then commanded the raiders, to storm the rest of the keep. He also said it was time to raid the treasury, where Lucius promptly gave the half-dragon the keyring from Escobert’s belt. Cyanwrath thanked him, and the raid continued.

Once the Cult of the Dragon had seized control of the keep, Cyanwrath has the raiding party gather in the courtyard, and Lennithon departs. They have taken some prisoners, some survivors have either fled or are in hiding. Cyanwrath has the party make a large circle. He then throws an injured Governor Nighthill into the center of this circle. Six of Cyanwrath’s men have guards hostage with daggers at their throats.

Cyanwrath then declares to raiding party, that they will give Nighthill one chance to save his men. He will face a champion. Should Nighthill win, Cyanwrath will order the prisoner’s release, and the raiders will leave. Should Nighthill die, they will execute his remaining guards, and they will take the prisoners back to the camp.

Cyanwrath then asks the crowd of raiders who wishes to face Nighthill as the champion, and Vinditus volunteers. As he is heading into the center, Oaken uses his powers to imbue Vinditus’ bastard sword with a Rite of Lightning. Electrical energy began to swarm around his blade as he entered the arena. Nighthill was given his own sword for the battle.

Vinditus charged Nighthill. It came at a surprise to everyone when Nighthill was able to deflect Vinditus’ first blow, even with his injury and age, the old man proved a capable swordsman. Vinditus attacked again, and Nighthill dodged out of the way. He rolled and grabbed a handaxe off the ground and hurled it Vinditus. Vinditus dodged the blow, and began whispering words in celestial as he charged. Thunder began to build up in his weapon as he unleashed a thunderous smite on Nighthill. Mixed with the lightning energy from Oaken’s rite, Vinditus devastated Nighthill with his one blow.

The Governor of Greenest fell and the raiders had the guardsmen killed. The raiders then collected themselves, the prisoners and all the loot and proceeded to march back to their camp. Along the way the mercenaries spoke to Cyanwrath about their success. The half-dragon was surprised and impressed by their near flawless work in the keep. He then gave them a proposal and asked if they would join the Cult of the Dragons as recruits, saying they could make good use of their abilities. Vinditus thanked him and said they would need some time to consider.

Vinditus then asked if he would be aloud to have one of the prisoners after he noticed someone fitting Ellen’s description among the captives. Cyanwrath told him know saying, that they have strict rules against giving prisoners to his men. But after some convincing Cyanwrath allowed them to have a prisoner, as long as no one else found out.

Upon arriving at camp the sun was nearly about to rise. Venditus headed to the prison section of the camp, and found Ellen. Lucius followed him there, and was able to talk with Vinditus and made him swear to treat Ellen with kindness. Wan took his own prisoner, an old blacksmith, and drag him away from everyone else. Vinditus then found some other mercenaries and used his renown of defeating Nighthill, to get himself some drink.

They gave Vinditus some of their homemade ale, and Vinditus downed the cup without a breath. He kept the drink down like ale, and asked for another. The men had never seen anyone handle themselves so well, and Vinditus downed another six drinks. He asked for the whole cask, and the men gave it to him without question.

Vinditus then immediately headed towards their tent, with Ellen in toe. Their he found his followers, Fredrick and Gedrick. They talked back and forth, before the drinks finally set in and he passed out, holding the cask of ale in his arms.

Lucius then went to his bed, while Wan dragged his prisoner out of sight. He started to drain the man’s blood, not enough to kill him but enough to make him pass out. Wan then carried the body over his shoulder and laid the man in bedside Vinditus. Gedrick asked what was up with the man, and he said he was drunk. Gedrick shrugged his shoulders and continued to play cards with Fredrick. Wan then headed off to bed.

When they woke again, it was almost noon. The camp was alive, and a messenger arrived at their hut to tell them that Cyanwrath had summoned them. Vinditus was furious when he woke up next to the half dead, blacksmith and then proceeded to try and punch Wan. After their little spat, Vinditus asked if they were going to join the cult? They talked briefly about it, agreeing it that it wouldn’t be a bad plan.

They headed to Cyanwrath’s tent where they found the half-dragon, the human in the purple robes, Mondath and the black-half dragon Rezmir. She was sitting in the corner writing on some paper, not even noticing the group when they walked in.

Cyanwrath asked/ordered them to sit, and they did so. Cyanwrath handed them their pay, two-hundred and fifty gold, plus another fifty for a job well done. It was clear that Mondath wasn’t happy about the extra pay.

Cyanwrath then asked them again if they would like to join the cult as recruits. They asked more about it, and he informed them that it usually takes months, maybe years of training to become a full member, but after seeing what they are capable he told them it would take them maybe only a few weeks learning the ways of the cult. The group asked more questions and Cyanwrath and Mondath answered them the best they could. Mondath and Wan got into a heated conversation, after where she informed him maybe he wasn’t meant for the job and belonged with the other mercenaries. In the end she accepted Wan and he joined along with the rest of the group.

Cyanwrath told them they would give them more details later, and for now they were to go out and help with the camp duties. While the group walked out of the tent they noticed a group of cultists talking not far from them. One of the cultists was an elf with a goatee and brown hair. For some reason they recognized this elf, and it dawned on a few of them.

This was the same elf they had seen among the monks in the keep in Greenest. The elf that had worn the Dancers symbol.

End of the Session.

HOTDQ Evil Edition: Session 1

Session 1: June 24/16

2 Years have passed since Devurog ended the Seekers of the Key and won the Battle for Anastasai. In that time, he turned the once thriving human kingdom into a wasteland now named the Realm of Madness. Recently, the great Demon Dragon has allied with one of Faeodal’s largest cults, the Cult of the Dragon. He has sent them on a secret mission, to collect treasure for a great hoard. Most believe this hoard is for himself, but there are others that believe there is a more sinister reason.

The Cult commissioned a number of their members to head to Dravell and begin with raiding towns and villages all throughout the lands. Mercenaries are being hired by the dozens to go and join the campaign, and there are a few of them that stand above the rest. The contact in the camp was one of the chief lieutenants of the cult, a man named Cyanwrath.

Two bandits from the great Northern Deeps slowly approach the Raider’s Camp. One was a towering goliath, while the other, a good friend of his, was a grey colored lizardfolk. As they approached, another person arrived, a human by the name of Lucius, but he took to the shadows as he saw the two bandits speaking with a kobold. This kobold refused to let them pass asking them for some credentials.

The goliath had none and thought Kirk the Kobold was better off dead. As the goliath electrocuted the kobold to death, another man appeared, and came beside them. This man was a strange sight to see, a kenku. When everyone saw this Kenku they made sure to keep their coin purses a little closer.

The kenku, goliath, and lizardfolk headed into the camp, after killing Kirk the Kobold and being directed by another kobold. The human followed them in the shadows. Finally, one more human arrived, this one with his hood pulled as to hid his face.

They all headed to the back of the plateau hollow, where they found a large tent. Outside stood four stoic guards flanked by four drakes. The group asked to go in, but the guards refused, saving only those they recognized by face or voice would be allowed in. The goliath didn’t like hearing that and started to argue with the guards, they told him to back off or they would be killed. The guard told them they weren’t the first mercenaries to try and intimidate them, and they wouldn’t be the last, so it would be best if they stepped off.

The goliath refused to listen and placed a hand on one of the guard’s shoulders. He sent lightning through his touch, and the man collapsed to the ground. Instantly the drake’s attack him, and he was restrained by the guards. The kenku, as well as the hooded human, tried to walk into the tent in the confusion. However, they were met by a large force as they tried to walk through. They were pushed back as a large being walked out of the tent.

He was seven feet tall, blue-scaled, with a reptilian muzzle and eyes. He looked down at the commotion and demanded he knew what was going on. Just then the lizardfolk tried to cut the restraints from his goliath friend. The half-dragon was not happy about this and had his guards detain the lizardfolk. He ordered they be imprisoned and told the remaining three mercenaries to come into the tent.

Inside they found two others. Both of them women, one was a human and one was a black half-dragon. The half-dragon had an air of dominance about her. When the group of mercenaries entered they stopped their conversation. The black half-dragon made to exit saying she was heading to the Hatchery. The group was then brought over to the human.

She was wearing elegant purple robes, that seemed to show her status among the cult. She introduced herself as Frulam Mondath and asked the other’s their names. Lucius gave a fake one, and the Kenku told them he would rather not tell names. He explained in their line of work they didn’t last long so names were pointless. The other hooded human agreed.

The blue half-dragon said he was Cyanwrath. Mondath and Cyanwrath explained that they were going to be raiding a town the next day by the name of Greenest. He explained to them that the goal was to collect as much treasure and loot as they could and bring it back.

He then told them that since it was already into the evening, they had no duties by come the next day they would have jobs. They explained that they were to touch nobody in the cult. Mercenaries always seemed to think they ran things in the camp, but they were always quick to learn it was quite the opposite. He then explained that the cave at the back of the camp was completely off limits. They were then dismissed.

At the camp’s center, the goliath and lizardfolk were being imprisoned. Cyanwrath came over to them and explained to them that he was an honorable man, and would give them a chance to win their safety. If they were able to defeat his best warrior, they would prove valuable and be allowed to live. The lizardfolk started to back talk him, and this angered Cyanwrath.

He ordered that the lizardfolk be the first to fight, and without a weapon for pissing him off. The lizardfolk was thrown into an empty circle surrounded by a huge crowd. A human man dressed in a large grey coat and mask entered.

He removed two daggers and began talking to the crowd. The fight started, and the human threw a dagger right into the shoulder of the lizardfolk, knocking him down. He then walked closer and asked the crowd if they wanted to see the lizardfolk dead. Lucius tried to convince the warrior not to kill the lizardfolk, but in the end, he threw his other dagger into the eye of the lizardfolk, killing him.

Next, the goliath was brought into the arena. When asked if he would like a weapon, he refused. He charged the human and tried to land a punch. As he did so the human connected with two attacks from his daggers. The goliath collapsed from blood loss. This time the mysterious human tried to convince the warrior not to kill the goliath, but in the end, the warrior decided to throw the goliaths body from the top of the plateau, about a 150ft. Drop.

Once the two bandits execution was done, camp business returned to normal. Lucius retired to the hut he had been assigned, which he said with the rest of the men he had met with. After a bit of exploring the camp, the Kenku returned to the tent and looked at Lucius as he faked sleep. He crawled into his own bed, and set up a bomb trap, should anyone try something foolish. The mysterious human left the grounds of the camp to do some secret demonic rituals. He then also returned to the hut.

In the morning the camp was alive with people preparing for the raid. By noon they were ready to go. The group of mercenaries noticed that Cyanwrath was waiting at the head of the raiding party, with a very irritated look on his face. Lucius approached him and asked what was going on.

Cyanwrath was whispering to himself about a person named Lennithon, and how it was dishonorable to always be late. Lucius asked who Lennithon was, but Cyanwrath didn’t answer him.

A few more minutes went by before they found out who Lennithon was. A thundering sounded in the distance, and a large blue shape appeared in the sky. It quickly became apparent that this large blue shape was a dragon.

It landed next to Cyanwrath and he sighed. The dragon and half-dragon argued before the dragon took off again and the raiders became to march to Greenest. The group of mercenaries took some time during the march to get to know each other better, but some of them were cold and mysterious.

The march to Greenest was 12 miles from the Mercenaries camp and took the group 6 hours to make it. By the time they arrived the sun was starting to set. They stopped on the outskirts of town, behind a hill, while Lennithon charged forward, and began sending the townsfolk into chaos, however, it was clear to the mercenaries that the dragon was not super enthusiastic about the raid.

Cyanwrath ordered the raider’s to attack, burn the town, and take as much treasure as they could. Kobolds, cultists, and raiders charged into the fray. The half-dragon then turned to the mercenaries and gave them their own objective.

He told them they were clearly more than just average mercenaries, so he tasked them with a different job. A few days ago, he sent scouts to the town to scope the place out. He informed them that the governor of the town was an elderly human man named Nighthill. The people loved him and he was a good leader, but he wasn’t their biggest problem. His castellan, a southern dwarf by the name of Escober the Red, was their biggest problem.

Their job was to sneak into the Greenest Keep, and take out Escobert. From there they would open the keep’s gates, which Nighthill was for sure to close, and let the rest of the raiding party in. This would give the cult access to the keep’s treasury.

Cyanwrath then made a clear point that the group was to leave any and all treasure alone, and take none for themselves. Mondath already agreed to pay them for their services, so they needed no extra. Cyanwrath made a point to about the kenku, telling him to keep his hands to himself, and he was said he didn’t trust the human Lucius. The other human of the group, the one with the cloak, agreed to watch over them. Because of his hood, no one quite knew what he really was, so Cyanwrath trusted him to keep an eye out.

Lucius and the kenku took off right away, leaving the mysterious human behind. They went right to the hill that the keep rest on, and followed along a shallow creek. They looked for any type of sewer entrances, or something similar, and found an iron gate that led into the side of the hill.

They tried the iron door and found that it was locked. The Kenku removed one of his bombs, being the alchemist that he was and placed a special powder into it. He grabbed a hold of Lucius and threw the bomb. The two of them teleported and reappeared exactly where the bomb had exploded.

Meanwhile, the mysterious human went looking for the others, as they had left without him. He found a dead guard and placed his armor on. He went to the keep gate and tried to convince the guards inside to let him in. They were too freaked out about the dragon and the raid to open the gate so they turned him away. He ditched the disguise and went looking for another way in. When he couldn’t find one he went to lighting buildings on fire and killing innocents.

Lucius and the Kenku continued to walk through the tunnel when they turned around to see another person was following them. He was a plant looking thing, known as a wilden. They were confused and surprised to see him, and they were even more surprised when he informed them that he had been there the whole time. They didn’t know how they could have missed him, but they greeted each other. The wilden introduced himself as Oaken and they continued one through the tunnel, with Oaken in the front.

Suddenly they could hear a skittering in the tunnel. Oaken let off some light, and ahead of them, they saw a swarm of rats racing towards them. Oaken grew a war scythe from his body and began slicing the rats to bits. Lucius scaled the wall and began firing with a crossbow (I think). The Kenku hurled a bomb at the rats which exploded in necrotic energy.

The rats proved no challenge and they continued on. Near the end, they discovered someone sitting against the tunnel wall. He was a creepy looking guy with strings hanging down from all around him. They were prepared to attack him when Oaken told them he was his friend Strings and that he was a part of the raiding group. Again the Kenku and Lucius were confused as they had never seen him before, plus they weren’t sure how he had gotten ahead of them. Regardless they continued on.

Soon the tunnel ended in a door, they picked the locked but were unable to open in as something was blocking it. They shoved the door open together and knocked over several boxes in the process. The room was completely dark, save for Oaken who was glowing and Lucius’ touch. During that time, the mysterious human was able to find the tunnel entrance after chasing someone through the creek. He got through the door and followed the tunnel.

The room the others were in was an old storage cellar that looked like it hadn’t been used in years. They explored around but found nothing useful in the boxes and crates. They found an exit at the other side and started for it.

They opened the door and were surprised to find spears pointing in their faces. Several guards stood blocking the doorway. Behind them were several elven monks, and one in particular stood. Before that elf took off, they were able to catch a glimpse of an insignia on his clothing. A blue shoe on a silver background. They recognized this as the symbol of a secret organization type guild that was dedicated to protecting people.

The mercenaries prepared themselves for a fight.

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1. Invite your players

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2. Edit your home page

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4. Create some NPCs

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5. Write your first Adventure Log post

The adventure log is where you list the sessions and adventures your party has been on, but for now, we suggest doing a very light “story so far” post. Just give a brief overview of what the party has done up to this point. After each future session, create a new post detailing that night’s adventures.

One final tip: Don’t stress about making your Obsidian Portal campaign look perfect. Instead, just make it work for you and your group. If everyone is having fun, then you’re using Obsidian Portal exactly as it was designed, even if your adventure log isn’t always up to date or your characters don’t all have portrait pictures.

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