Summary of Session Events 10/04/2012
Referencing the map in the previous post, the group began its journey north on the west coast road from Coich to Gryrax. As they approached the fork in the road their trek was interrupted by a human Monk going by the name Fezzik – yes, Fezzik. He was fleeing from east to west, yelling to beware the angry creature pursuing him. A gargantuan monstrous Spider was chasing the Monk, apparently injured and aggravated by two of the Monk’s axes.
Traveling point on the trail, the Archer Nicholas Hook and the Half-Orc twins of Kragg and Krugg met the massive spider – initially flailing harmlessly at the beast. J.D. trudged slowly from his rear position to get into the action, slowing to measure up the new fellow Fezzik. Zerth, eventually joined by Fezzik, flanked the arachnid launching bolts and thrown axes at the creature. Iris tried to block the beast’s advance, but the large bug easily moved over the obstruction. The Druid began successfully throwing magical wooden spikes at the spider. The front men of Hook, Kragg, Krugg, and now J.D. began successfully hitting the massive target. But the twins and dwarf had been harshly damaged by the monster, Kragg taking the affects of the spider’s poison. Preparing himself for the right moment, Onyx launched another devastating electrical attack on the fiend. The near fatal wounds the creature had received, coupled with the wizard’s electrical energy, reduced the over-sized arachnid to a curling pile of a smoking carcass.
The Druid, Iris, administered her healing skills on her comrades and magically delayed Kragg’s poison. Some of the others questioned Fezzik on his intentions. Krugg wanted to find the spider’s lair, in hopes of finding treasures of the creature’s victims. Iris and Onyx gathered some of the venom. Barney, remember Barney, he gathered up the horses and cart – the cart with Neema and Sanura. The two maidens had not attempted an escape, the dangers of the forest smoking foully before them. The party gathered themselves and finished their journey to Gryrax.
Along the way, Fezzik imparted information to his fellow countryman, Nicholas Hook, concerning their homeland Keoland. Fezzik related that there was a Ranger fellow he met in the city of Gryrax. This Ranger told Fezzik that he was in search of a “kidnapped” noble from their homeland of Keoland. Apparently, this Ranger had been sent out to offer a sustainable reward for the return of this kidnapped noble. The Monk had no further information, other than he knew the Ranger was still staying within the City of Gryrax until he could muster a party to retrieve the missing noble.
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The party of wounded characters arrived at the main gate of the Dwarven protected city. The Sergeant of the Guard was not going to allow entry to the Half-Orc Twins and intended to take the “Dark Elf” Zerth into custody. Some within the group sensed the dwarfs motivations were to kill the “Dark Elf” – no questions asked. Fezzik started to interject, but was appropriately interrupted by the party’s dwarf, J.D., who attempted to speak the language. With this exchange of diplomacy failing, the reformed Half-Orc “I once believed I was a Paladin” Kragg quickly offered a donation of 50 gold pieces to the dwarven gate guards. Entrance to the city of Gryrax was granted.
Having just been in the city within the past week, Fezzik quickly showed the wounded party and poisoned Kragg to the Temple of Kord. Upon the base of the steeps before the Temple of Kord and before the group could even present themselves properly, the Clerics of the Temple seemed to recognize something about Kragg and granted the party full access. The Clerics immediately addressed the needs of the ill Kragg and the team’s injuries. They allowed the adventurers a place of rest for the evening, including securing Neema and Sanura. The most wounded, Kragg and Krugg settled in for a night of a magically induced healing sleep.
During the late night/early morning hours, Neema and Sanura seemly convinced Fezzik that the two ladies were being kidnapped. Fezzik attempted to assist them in their umpteenth escape attempt, however their failed again. The Monk was able to move about the temple quietly, but not the two women. Their noises awakened all of the party, except the twins. A story was related by the two maidens and supplemented by the group (the story will be summarized below). The adventuring party discussed their current situation, the morals of delivering the ladies and a few other issues, but the majority decided to complete their “mission”.
The next morning, the group delivered their “package” to a ship docked within the city walls. Adom and Jabari happily welcomed them and, as promised, rewarded the group handsomely. The following are the payments to the members of the Group.
A Ring of Protection +2 was given to each the Druid Iris, Wizard Onyx and Monk Zerth.
Amulets of Natural Armor +2 to each Half-Orc, Kragg and Krugg.
The Archer Nicholas Hook was given Lesser Bracers of Archery and a quiver of twenty (20) magical [url=http://www.mithrilcircle.com/Chells/RPG/DD_Guides/DnD3.5Index-MagicItems-WeaponsArmor.pdf]Burrowing Arrows.
For the Dwarven warrior, J.D., Adom presented him the “strength of the Half-Orcs” in the form of Armbands of Might and a master worked Adamantine Dwarven War Axe.
Experience Points for the encounter with the Spider and the delivery of the “package” can be found here: http://coinich.com/gamealot/viewtopic.php?t=433 Krugg and J.D. Leveled up at the end of this encounter.
The following is a summary of the Political Intrigue concerning Keoland and Neema (click through as appropriate):
In short, Neema and Sanura seem to accurately claim that Neema is a royal from Keoland who is being given up to an arranged marriage to someone in the Scarlet Brotherhood. Neema does not want to go into this arrangement, but does understand the political situation associated with such an arrangement. Neema and Sanura come from Duchy of Gradsul, making Neema the daughter of Duke Luschan VIII of Rhola.
The “intrigue” concerns relations between Keoland and the Prince of Ulek are strained from the latter's economic alliance with the Lordship of the Isles, so support of the latter's Pomarj campaign remains tepid. Duke Luschan wants to build a dozen new frigates to contend with naval threats on the Azure Sea, and he courts an alliance with Irongate.
This stated, it should be noted that Neema and Sanura know the arranged marriage is with someone in the Scarlet Brotherhood.. But, Local Knowledge would indicate that Duke Luschan wants an alliance with Irongate. Is Duke Luschan unaware the Scarlet Brotherhood. is behind this?
For Adom and Jabari, they are from Sultanate of Zeif. While it has been clear Jabari is a well-qualified warrior, it is only assumed that Adom is a high-level magic user. What is now known about Adom is that he wears a Robe of Stars, which has the ability to allow the wearer to travel physically to the Astral Plane. This has been confirmed by Zerth, who confirmed meeting Adom “on the other side” and Onyx, who confirmed the magic of the robe he had seen.
The current situation has the group free of obligations during the mid-morning hours. Players may take the time to “Play-By-Posting” to cover issues they may want to do while in the City of Gryrax. Gryrax has a population of over 27,000, many markets, temples etc. so there is plenty to do in and about the city. Gain character development and a few experience points by posting in this Play-by-Post thread setup here:
We have had Seven (7) sessions thus far. Your first Mission was assigned. When we meet again, on Thursday October 18th (tentatively), the group will have an opportunity to choose their own direction. Think about it – in character!
Admin Note: this thread will now be locked as it has become the GM’s account of the game.
I hear the horses thunder
Down in the valley below.
I'm waitin' for the angels of Avalon,
Waitin' for the eastern glow.
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