DragonHawk - Hidden Dragons

Jerok (and Binoll)'s NightWalker Quest

On Jeroks trip to Midori to research Nightwalkers, like the one that attacked the party, Binoll joined him. He asked for assistance in escorting the Elven Merchants
(EMUF) back to Synerg. Jerok agreed.

While in the capital city of Midori, Emerald City, Jerok met a very beautiful elf named Kari-L. They discovered a mutual attraction and it soon blossomed into a romance. (According to Binoll they were all over each other.)

Kari-L helped Jerok with his research and also assisted with the merchants, though at first it didnt seem like help. Turns out the merchants were going to refuse to go to Synerg after hearing rumors of Binoll dabbling in necromancy. Kari-L attempted to win them over to her and volunteered to be their agent. Jerok thought it was a competition. In the end, Jerok and Kai-L became their joint agents with Binoll agreeing to remain part of the venture, but in the background.

While escorting them and their wagons of magical goods back to Synerg, the three adventures had to fight off Fey, and bandits.. easy. But then, as soon as they passed the Midori border, a Nightwalker attacked. But not just one, it was two! They had found Jerok in the wilderness. Craven was still after them!

However, Jerok had been armed with knowedlge and quickly exploited the weaknesses of the Nightwalker. He also adopted Thuynder’s stragetgy in fighting it. With Kari-L and Binoll supporting he quickly dispatched them. However, before they died one hit Binoll with a forced planeshift and Binoll disappeared. Almost two days now with still no word.

Jerok and Kari-L fortifeid the merchants, rested and planeshifted after Binoll. With divination magic, they found the path to him, but encountered many weird and dangerous things on the Plane of Death.

Eventually, after losing an arm to death magic, and getting a clear warning from his Deity, Jerok decided to come back to the material plane and regroup.

However, Some weird magical effect dropped them 5000 miles from Synerg on a strange island. One armed Jerok hid from the insect-like humanoids on the island until he could rest, and Recall back to Synerg.

Whiel he was hiding he found an ancient temple to the Great Spirit-Great Mother. He also met and talked to the insectoid shaman who oversaw the temple. The shaman told Jerok of his beliefs.
Great Mother / The Great Spirit

Moriah had contacted Jerok magically on the island and offered to send Synerg forces to escort the merchants.

This is when Moriah told him the Prince wanted him to watch over the city while she was gone on an important mission with Quill— Orcs in the South!

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Climatic unexpected end of the Fairie Plane (alt) Campain

We picked up with Tranquility, Boha, Lightning, Khen and Edward standing about in front of a cave on the mountain. They hear some voices coming from in the cave saying something about being tired of carrying the captives and asking when would they be sacrificed.

Boha declared the captives must be rescued. Lightning cast greater invisibility and went into the cave. He found two Fey Grim guards lying in wait at one end of the cave. One heard him and began attacking the open air. Boha came in behind Lightning after hearing sounds of fighting.

Lightning dominated one guard as the other attacked. Boha stepped in battle and two more enemies began attacking with ranged weapons. Boha took an arrow in the front and an arrow in the back. . Edward and Khen joined in the battle and they defeated the archers, but another archer and the gang’s leader joined the battle.

The leader was quick with his weapons, but after a few wounds realized he was over matched. He drank his invisibility potion and moved across the stream toward the 3 naked prisoners tied to a donkey. Lightning cast See invisibility and warned everyone where the enemy leader was. Before anyone could reach him, he played magical pipes and the magical music sent confusion into the player’s brains. Lightning became overwhelmingly attracted to Tranquility and began to kiss her (still invisible) . One prisoner tried to kiss another and Edward fled the scene.

This did not last long as the enemy leader in fear of his life, stopped playing and placed his sword against the prisoners throat and demanded everyone put down their weapons or he would kill the prisoners.

Boha and Edward put their weapons down, Khen chuckled as he had no weapon, but the still invisible Lightning cast Hold Person and the enemy leader was frozen and then quickly dispatched.

They then finished off the remaining archer, freed the prisoners and searched the cave. When Boha cast detect Evil, it revealed one of the prisoners had an evil aura or evil intents.

While Boha questioned this prisoner and the other two, [Delvin (Ted) and ???? (Brian)], Tranquility searched around a chest in the back of the cave. He discovered and removed a trap. He also removed and recovered a magical padlock. Inside the chest was some great loot, magic items and the naked prisoner’s gear.

After much searching , questioning and discussion they continued up the mountain with the
evil prisoner now their prisoner, and Delvin and ???? joining their little band of heroes.

They came up to the cliff face and climbed the stone ladder. Lighting made his dominated Fey climb first and so when the readied attacked came at the top, he took the worst and fell from the tall cliff. Tranquility levitated up the cliff and was able to shoot arrows from the sky.
Meanwhile the others had a tough time gaining the top, Edward unwisely charging through to make room in the narrow space, resulting in a gauntlet of blows almost killing him. However, they eventually fought their way up against two Horde Fey warriors and two archers. However, before they defeated them completely 6 Fey wizards came out of the fog and joined the battle, then their master stepped out of the fog and joined the battle with many spells. Soon a second higher level caster also joined the battle.

With all the warriors dead and most of the casters, one of the Fey came out of the fog with a hostage, a little human child. Boha dropped his weapon at her demand, as did others. Except they tried to rush her and she killed the child and fell back into the fog. Boha was distraught.

The party entered the fog and tried to figure out what the rune covered monoliths were as well as the strange magical lines floating in the air between them. They didn’t have time to figure it out though as a dragon came visible in the dense fog and he attacked. Lighting sent all his collect zombie from his bag of holding against the dragon. His mighty breath wiped most of them out. However, meanwhile Ed and Boha flanked the dragon and were doing massive damage. His 2nd fire did damage as well as his many attacks but he was brought low by the mighty party. The “dragon” reverted to the Fey wizard as she had been polymorphed. Their victory cheer was cut short though as a 2nd dragon attacked. The worn and tired party fought on bravely but it was desperate fight. With some characters down and other near death the battle look to go to a total party kill, but just then, Lighting discovered the 2nd dragon to be an illusion as he backed away out of the fog. It became clear that in the fog, the dragon was very real, but outside the fog, you could see it was an illusion. They also discovered the dead child to be an illusion. Some, Ed and Khen included struggled with still believing the illusionary dragon to be real.

Delvin decided they needed to be past the fog and the rows of monoliths. She charged at a full sprint through the fog. He found himself faced to face with a massive Wall of Fire that stretched 100 feet in the sky and ran right to left leading from one mountaintop lake of Lava to another. The heat from the wall was so intense you took burning damage even 10 feet from it.

Soon ed and Khen finished with the dragon illusion and the party joined everyone by the Wall of fire. The Wall turned out to be a triangle of fire, overlaid by a triangle of a Wall of Force. The Wall of Fires ran between lakes of lava while the wall of force ran between magical stone pillars.

After much debate and discussions of plans, with good plans being brought up and thrown out, the first action was to use a stone to flesh scroll to turn a stone pillar to flesh and hack it down . this dropped one wall of force. Boha used his Helm of Contact other Plane to ask a deity questions about their plan.

Due to Boha’s limited familiarity with the spell and no cleric around to advise him, he did not realize that if annoyed (dice roll) the deity would lie to him. So the answer concerning the amulets preventing injury was a lie. Hence when Ed and Khen tried to dash through the fire wall they were killed [well almost… very almost].

It was at this point that the Fey Queen of the Uninvited, a great sorceress who stood in the center of the triangles on the great shrine of the Fey, communicated with everyone by telepathy.

Each person receive a plea for them to stop. The request was presented as a genuine plea that the party did not understand the full impact of what they were doing, that what she was attempting was in fact a beneficial thing for many mortals and Fey alike. They were also offered great tailored rewards that she had gathered from their minds to be a great desire.

Boha was offered the opportunity make right an injustice preventing souls from going to their rightful place in the multiverse and perhaps earning gratitude from more than one deity.

Lightning was offered power. The details were not revealed.

Tranquility was offered immense riches. The details were not revealed.

Edward was offered Glory in the eyes of his entire tribe and all nearby tribes when he would led Fey force, but instead of fighting, he would have them submit to his power in front of tribes and ask to fight his home tribe’s enemies.

Delvin was offered his greatest wish – The details were not revealed.

???? was offered a cure for his sister and other powers. The details were not revealed.

Khen was offered a great new monastery, under him, combining the powers of the Fey and monks into a new order of Peace and Wisdom.

In the end, however, Khen, Boha, Delvin and Edward did not believe her and did not want to continue the conversation.

At this point the party hatched a plan that would penetrate the Wall of fire using a Wind wall, Tranquility gave healing potion to Ed and Khen and the party attacked. Ed immedialty began dealing damage, but Delvin suddenly began attacking the party with magic spells! The party still doesn’t know if he was a hidden spy, or if the Fey Queen possessed him somehow, or if some other thing took control of him.

As they dealt with this suddenly Tranquility went from attacking the spell casting Delvin to attacking Kehn. The arrows dropped him. Then a charmed Lightning suddenly decided he needed to stop Ed from attacking. Even with Lightning on his arm, the raging Ed could not be held back. Boha was attacking as well, but then was hit with magical confusion to add to all the normal confusion. Suddenly the wounds forced the Queen off her pedestal in the center of the Shrine. the earth shook and Ed and Boha went in for a kill. Lightning however threw a pearl of power to encase them in safety, preventing them from attacking the Queen who charmed him. His timing was very fortunate, soon after Delvin cast a fire ball in the center of the Shrine but Boha and Ed were protected. Then Delvin attacked and dropped ??? leaving only the charmed Lightning and the seemingly similarly affected Tranquility. However, Tranquility bound Khen’s wounds before he bleed to death. Delvin for some reason then tried to kill himself by running for the cliff.

However, before he got far, The Queen then had recovered herself and began teleporting everyone back to the mortal plane, to wherever their memories declared to be their home. She started with Delvin, but soon all had gone.

She left a message in their minds of what had happened. They had indeed stopped her spell from full completion. However, she was pleased with the partial result. Three major permanent portals between the Fey plane and the mortal plane were created and many minor portal as well. Teleportation was now possible between the two planes. Soon Fey would begin migrating out into the mortal plane and of course many brave mortals would wander and explore in the Fey lands. Yes, She was pleased.

Boha ended up in his home temple in the northeast lands. Khen found himself in his home monastery in the Great Desert. Edward awoke in bed with his blacksmith girlfriend in the small Keltic village. Delvin and ??? went back to their homes. Lightning it was heard later was in his older brother’s (Thuynder) demi-plane. Tranquility was not heard from for a long time.

As predicted, Fey did start migrating in number to the mortal plane. There were good Gentry Fey seeking to help against other Fey, troublesome but fun Revelry Fey seeking parties, helpful Portune Fey repairing mortal’s items, but also untrustworthy and obsessive Uninvited corrupting mortals, domineering and hateful Bogeys pestering mortals, fanatic Grim murdering people, plus cowardly and vengeful Horde Fey raids.

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Dwarven Secret Tomb
Jerok's Mom is Laura Croft?

Jerok, Donus, Ambrose the monk, Syilla the Nature Shaman and Fauna (Jerok’s Mom) head south following Donus’s map to the hidden Dwarven tomb inside the Dwarven nation on the southern boarder of Synerg.

The discover the underground town,though vacated by the Dwarves as Donus had learned, was now overrun with Orcs. The group initiated battle outside the great Dwarven metal doors and had a running battle up the entryway, defeating two elite guards, dealing with Archers in the murder slot int he wall and gaining entrance past the doors before they closed.

More combat followed as they fought archers as well as some immense orcs-orge hybrids. That battle complete with no losses the group chose to follow small secret hallway instead of trying to cross the chasm that no longer had a bridge.

After careful searching and removing traps, Sylla was caught in a trap turning him to stone. His Bear lay down by the statue and waited while the other decided to leave him and comeback later.

Searching in a nearby room they discovered a captured woman. She thanked them for the rescue and offered to join them as she was searching for her mate whom she suspected had been captured by the orcs as well.

After Donus cleared many more traps they found themselves in parley with the the orcs sorcerer and Chieftain. The orcs offered them free passage to the next level (the tomb)in exchange for no more killing of orcs. The party agreed and were escorted to the stairs leading down.

They were not satisfied with that and had to search a couple of nearby rooms for treasure before heading down. One room had a major fire trap while the other was occupied by the grumpy orc sorcerer.

The trip down went past an underground river and more traps all of which Donus found. At the end of the decent the path opened onto a a high plateau overlooking a vast natural cavern. The plateau held a dozen Dwarven ghosts.

The party tried to use Hide form Undead to sneak by but it failed and combat ensured. Jerok used overpower turn undead to turn (or apparently destroy) most of them. One ghost inexplicably began following Jeroks orders and later answer questions by drawing in the dirt.

The Ghosts defeated they discovered treasure underneath a Throne-like altar and also a very important scroll of ancient history. Dwarven Ancient History Scroll

The party then descended down the very high cliff and once on the cavern floor proceeded across.

They reached a wide chasm where the underground river had deeply cut into the floor. The monk jumped across easily, but Fauna had magical spider climb slippers and between the two of them they were able to get the party across. On the far side they found another stairway down to a grand chamber.

The party explored this chamber running into and defeating many traps. the most dangerous of which dropped a thick stone wall closing off a whole side area. Moments before the trap went off a few of the party were standing under the stone wall, but luckily they moved before it went off. It did trap Jerok on one side, but then he had magical Boots that got him out.

Later, after some combat the party decided to seal themselves up in a small cavern and rest. In the night though a mysterious visitor came seeking shelter. They did not trust him, and in fact he turned out to be a vampire.

The vampire defeated they rested even longer, risking another surprise attack, but none came.

After resting, the party decided to seal one side passage with stone instead of exploring it. Then Donus used his special key to open the door to the Tomb.

Once down in the tomb room he searched and found multiple traps. He was able to disable most of them, but one backfired on him, Ouch.

A Ghost appeared from the altar and scanned them for evil. It would only allow those who swore to uphold the Dwarven people in past the doors he guarded. He also required a payment be placed in the altar for each person. Jerok and Fauna decided not to swear so were left behind when a giant stone wall, protected from magic, fell, sealing the others in.

One room had 5 major vampires waiting to do battle but the Nature shaman struck with a powerful sunlight spell destroy 4 of them instantly and leaving the last one very wounded. One spell turned a tough battle into an easy victory.

Jerok and Fauna did explore the kitchen and do battle with an animated kitchen table!!

Sylla fought an undead Allip and cleansed a Well of Shadow of its evil. He also found he heard Jerok through the stone wall and used his stone magic to create another way in and out for them.

Donus and Ambrose discovered hidden rings that though curses were the key to opening the sarcophagus that held the Dwarven artifact. After much deliberation, the rings were set in place and a Mummy Lord was released. After a short but intense battle the Mummy was defeated.

Ambrose took up the silver smithing hammer that lay in the sarcophagus and received a vision of using the hammer to create something, something the Dwarves needed desperately, the world needed desperately.

They also discovered a vast horde of +5 armor and weapon all Dwarven magical masterwork crafting. Donus took his share, as much as he could while Jerok decided to tell the Prince of Synerg of the find. He sent a force remove the orcs and take possession of the magical armor and weapons.

After returning home to Synerg, Jerok found new power from the Great Warrior including a new spell he had prayed for. he then set off to Midori to research the Nightwalker and discover it weaknesses.

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Email role play summary

Jerok begin scouring all sources of knowledge about the Nightwalker beast they fought, but finds very little in Synerg. He plans a trip to Midori to continue research.

DUring that time, at the behest of the Prince, Jerok sent scouts to the Dwarven mountains. The scouts failed to return so he asked Moriah for assistance in Scrying them.

She showed them in a desperate situation hiding from orcs. Jerok had Moriah send a recall message.

Thuynder and Jerok had old Dwarven friends who they asked Moriah to also Scry in an attempt to learn more of their fate. thy were both seen in a dark area, marching in lines with other armored Dwarves.

When the Synerg scouts returned they reported many deserted Dwarven cities, but that the capital was surrounded by orcs.

The Prince said he would continue having wizards Scry the city and try to determine what if anything should be done.

The thief captured in the last game was resolved in the email:
“It take Moriah a few days to Dominate the Thief , he proves to have a strong will and resisted the spell many times, but she finally succeeded.
He tells you "the camp has moved many times since he was taken. He has no idea how to find it. He say the Thieves guild is in a sort of civil war. Most of the rank and file objected to Rufus’ agreeing to not take advantage of the post battle chaos and ordering no strikes on supply caravans.
One of the higher ups, Wild Rohan, split off with a bunch of like-minded rebels, and started hitting the supply caravans. Many of the thieves melted into the woodwork staying neutral. Rufus has taken those loyal to him and started a war against the rebels. He hits the distribution of stolen goods in the city, searches for our warehouse [which I don’t know where they are] and has commissioned an assassin hit against Wild Rohan "

Meanwhile, at Jerok’s request, Quill visits with the Akuvilli Elves in the wilderness area of Synerg know as the Crags. He joins them on a long distance run toward the home camp but despite a valiant effort gives out before he reaches their camp (actually gives up before suffering damage to his body). The elves , Greystone and two nameless others are slightly impressed by his Endurance, if not his capability but not his dedication. Therefore they request he go through the Ritual of the Tree. Quill agrees and after much pain, he passes. After resting he join the Elves in a sweat lodge. There they discussed their Spirit Animals and Quill learns the other nameless Elves are GreyStone, Clan Chief and Riverstrike his body guard and adviser.

The camp dinner and drink with Greystone goes well. He inquires at length about both your backgrounds, and you families background. And any “tribal” history you might have.

Then late in the night one of the other Elves there performs a magical ceremony in which the history of their tribe in glowing magical forms flashes across the camp where he learned of their history.

“When the Ravosia tribe started a huge war against the Moderni were we force or drawn from our homeland. In that war, Alkuvilli fought Alkuvilli, brother against brother, sister against sister. We heal those wounds among ourselves, but we no longer trust either of our cousin tribes. We believe in roots, in nature and honoring our past with our way of life. We understand magic and gods and modern tools but choose not make them the focus of our lives.”

Quill explains to them that he needs them to track down a gang of thieves attacking the supply caravans. Jerok had been tasked with stopping the attacks. With the help of Beales’ followers and Amaryliss’ connections he had determined that a group had splintered off from guild leader Rufus and were conducting the attacks from a secret camp in the wilderness. The thieves apparently disagreed with Rufus’s agreement to not take advantage of the city’s weakness. No one had been able to track them, because they moved their secret camp everyday.

Greystone agreed to help. Quill left the next day and even before Quill reached Synerg again a message comes to him that the elves had located the secret camp that moves every day.

Meanwhile Beales and Amaryllis were putting on various parties for the leftover Merchant guild members. Each guild go their own party. Beales did all the talking while his partner Amaryllis quietly went though crowd eavesdropping and spying. In the end, they got all but two of the old guilds to agrees to form a council of guild to coordinate activities and the paying of taxes, but to swear to never form a central Merchant Guild governance like Craven had arranged.

Secretly, Rufus asked Amaryllis to remove the problem of the splinter group of rogues quickly and without involving any Synerg official forces. In return, he promised her a rich reward and leadership in the guild second only to him, if she wanted it. She said she’d consider it and has been discussing plans with Beales.

Binoll arrived back in town with the good news of his success in arranging for the Elven merchants of magic to return to Synerg and that he was now their spokesman, for all of them.

Jerok coined Binol as head of Elven Merchants United Front — EMUF

“They have had EMUF time away. They’ve had EMUF of the fear of being rejected by the city. et’s go back, and hopefully make EMUF gold to live happily ever after.”

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Synerg Heros come back together for food and Death
Back to Main game

Jerok meets his Mother’s old adventuring partner Donus to determine if he and his new partner Ambrose (Billy’s monk) are trustworthy enough to adventure with his Mother. Jerok’s determinations are that they are trustworthy enough but he has some concerns. He takes Ambrose around town to a tour while his Mother and Donus get reacquainted. During that time he is summoned to meet with the Prince. The Prince asks him to join Thuynder on the border where he is training the Guard in Dwarven techniques for combating guerrilla warfare the Barbarian tribes are conducting against the Synerg Guard. He should see if these can be useful for the Palace guard as well. Ambrose decides to go with him out of curiosity of this fighting techniques.

At the Border they meet Thuynder and take part in the training ritual. Jerok learns some techniques that may be useful to the Guard if the Palace was every attacked again. Ambrose agrees that the techniques are better than what the guard knows already but is not personally impressed. After staying the night, the return to Synerg, there is an upcoming Council of Temples that Jerok and Thuydner are expected to attend.

Mayor Moriah sent the party all a message to meet her in the Secret food storage area where Mythgem would deliver the month’ supply of food and the 50 Synerg scouts and soldiers were to depart for temporary duty assignment in Mythagem.

Everyone met and reacquainted with each other,( updating each other on their individual quests) in the secret circular auditorium (center depressed-outer ring rising above floor) room that the Balnorn once held power first under Craven and then in opposition to him.

Beales began reading old scroll and communicating with the Balnorn in an effort to release him. The party watches at the food was delivered and the scouts and soldiers left. They discussed Moriah’s distribution pan and Jerock’s security plan for along time. Adjustments and changes were made based upon the input of everyone. Mayor Moriah plans to attempt a census, first ever in history of Synerg.

Amaryllis first heard moving around, followed quickly by the Monk’s senses. They soon realized that invisible thieves were stealing the food and supplies.

A battle ensured, first again the three thieves trying to leave the front door with bags, and then against the 5 others hiding along the back wall. The group theorized that the thieves had come into the room from the lower entrance, from the dungeon below that the party had adventured though for so many weeks.

The battle was short and intense, but no party member was injured very much. The monk took one thief prisoner by using non lethal force. Another thief was also unconscious after Moriah had charmed it and it had been knocked out. Amaryllis decided this one needed to die and quietly slit it throat. (this caused an interesting chain of events-see below)

Ambrose and Thuynder afraid for the life of the other prisoner escorted him to the jailhouse. Ambrose then went to the City Guard office to report the murder of the prisoner.

The party meanwhile discussed the hit on the food and who was behind it all. They decided they need to hit the thieves camp outside of the city to get it to stop. What is unclear is who they will be attempting to capture, arrest, or kill. (or all the above)

jerock learns of the murder charges filed. He quietly get them to disappear and informs the party of Ambrose’s action. Thuynder tells Ambrose this later and the next day he goes to the Mayor’s office to lodge a formal complaint against the Guard.

However, before that, during the night, the party is all at a local inn where most have rooms, and they are discussing the thieves some more and what to do about them. Both Thuynder’s Deity and Jerock’s deity tell them a great had been released or cast and to be very wary. The Balnorn communicates with Beales and says the same thing to him, but included that it is Craven who has released or cast this evil. Only a few hours later a Dread Wraith attacks the Inn, then a 2nd ones joins in. Quill is critically wounded by constitution drain. Soon it become apparent that these area pawns of a greater being who stand outside the Inn attempting to get in. Lucky timing of a spell by Beales keep the Giant undead from wreaking the building, but the party is forced to go outside and face the beast anyways.

Multiple Unholy Blights, and other spells hurt the party, while they find it very difficult to hit and difficult to hurt with spells. Eventually through a combined effort they do defeat the beast, which is called a Night Walker, one of a group of Giant undead being that live on the Shadow or Death Plane.

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From Prision to the Mountain Top

Arrg I waited too long and now I and quite fuzzy on these details from the last Fairy game, and any details you remember would be helpful…

The party awoke in a Fey prison. Kehn, Edward, Anuja, Lightning, and Tranquility all demanded of the nearby guards why they found themselves locked up. Boha and Liftrasa were all there, but they had fallen victim to the Fey Sleep and were catatonic (though standing).

A stranger was also in the cell with them, a mortal Elf Ranger from their world. His named was Izul , also did not know why he was there, and he clearly did not trust the party.

A Gentry Fey came to explain to them why they were there. It seems the Fey more or less blame them for setting in motion the chain of events the resulted in Baba Yaga coming to their home, the Fey capital. Apparently in Fey law the resultant outcome weighed much more heavily and the justification much less then compared to the mortal world.

The Fey made clear that the trial would happen in 60 days and that they would be kept in the cells for that very “short” amount of time. They of course did not understand why that seemed so long to the mortals within.

They Fey explained to them that the revelation that the Queen had colluded with other tribes and possible lied would place her in a Crux, a terrible Fey crisis that might result in power loss, or even death.

Something more was said that made the party decide they needed to seek out the Mountain that Baba Yaga mentioned in a whisper to them; “If you want to know why the Queen did this , seek your answer on the Mountain.”

There was some negotiation and requests made, but little was gained. They discussed at length their options and decided to use Lightning’s Dimension Door spell to escape.

The party came to the conclusion that they needed to attend this trial in 60 days, but in the meantime they would travel to the mountain.

They manage to escape the city without any trouble,before the alarm was raised. They party crossed the bridge to the Great Valley and traveled up toward the Mountain. Near the base, they met some Giants, Galikan and Clarenbump. They were on edge, but willing to talk. They turned out to be related to the Giant Kehn negotiated with a short while ago in a cave to the north. They reported annoyance with the harassment by the Fey on this mountain.

Shortly after that, the group encounter hostile Fey and were forced to battle them. The fight proved victorious for the party,

As they traveled up the mountain trail, they faced a more fight with Pucks, Grogans, Shee all from the Nightmare Court and all good magic users. There were dark wizened Bogey attacking from the shadows and darkly beautiful Uninvited tempting them to change sides , and grotesque Horde Fey attacking without warning.

The party defeated all these challenges, but not without injury or weakness. They also encountered two Fey Guards, Gentry Centaurs apparently, who insisted the party turn back.

We ended the night here with the party jaundiced what to do. Rest, go back or proceed on to the summit.

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MAIN GAME INTERLUDE

Moriah, and Amaryllis make a special trip to Mythagem o check on Beales who had been living there for a while, making a fortune performing for the Atkamin elves.

Beales helped Amaryllis with a secret Rogues guild task. (Amaryllis managed to make connections with the very secretive and almost unknown Mythagem Thieves guild).

Moriah gained some important support deals from Mythagem for Synerg including the loan of another Lyre of Building to Beales for rebuilding of Synerg.

Elstem agreed to;

Provide food for 10,000 teleported to Synerg for 1 month
Provide Advanced Scrying of enemy forces around Synerg and provide significant early warning of any movements.
Loan the Lyre of Building and arrange release of Beales from his performance contract in Mythagem so he can travel back to Synerg.

Mayor Moriah agreed to ;
After Synerg is secure, provide 50 Synergy soldiers, (preferably with ranger skills) to aid Mythagem in patrolling surrounding mountains (She obtained Prince’s approval)

Allow the opening of a Mythagem Embassy in Synerg and construction of a conference building where Midori and Mythagem can meet on neutral ground to discuss Elvin issues.

Beales also hold a special performance for Elstem to raise money for a special research project he needs funding for.

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Meeting Baba Yaga

The party awoke after a night of rest, one they sorely needed. The routine of prayer, study and camp activities felt comforting after so much turmoil. They engaged the Sidhe around them in conversation, hoping to learn more about them, especially Edric, the Prince they saved.

Sometime that morning a magical summons came interrupting their fellowship . The Fey wizards immediately vanished while the other Fey leaped upon their steeds and dashed off. They headed east, but their intent to head back to the castle was all too clear.

The party debated what to do for a while, but soon decided they needed to head back to the Fey village and castle as well.

A few hours down road, they rounded the edge of the swamps and headed west toward the village. Able to track the horses they knew the correct path. Later that day, the party encountered the first refugees.

Refugees streamed out of the forest away from the village. Terrified, they wold not stop to explain why they ran, but a few words here and there and the party gathered that “Baba Yaga” had come to the castle.

Later they came upon a field filled with bodies, Fey bodies. Ryn soon discovered why as the ground was littered with magical traps, Symbols that, when past by, would trigger any number of nasty effect upon you and anyone near you.

They carefully tracked their way through, slowly avoiding most of the traps, but not all. A few struck out hurting the party, but they persevered. Unfortunately, that was not all they had to face. They were attacked right in the middle of the mine field by a bush, or rather Shambling Mounds, living plants that wanted to eat them. Quick thinking use of Force Beads and the three mounds were dispatched, one at a time.

After this they decided to use the refugee’s tracks to determine where a safe path through the traps lay. This proved successful enough to get them past the traps.

The party soon thereafter were attacked by Phase spiders. They struck without warning, appearing next to the party, striking, then dashing off, only to disappear again.

The battle with the spiders was furious, and their poison was deadly, so deadly that Lightning took a fatal dose, falling dead. Not before significantly damaging the spiders though. It took some fast thinking, but the rest of the party were able to finish off the spiders.

Coming upon the village now, they saw a horde of phase spiders and some Shambling mounds surrounding the village, ringed around the entire Fey army, who stood a last desperate defense holding back the creatures.

The creatures however only seemed to be holding them all in. In the center stood Baba’s hut, and floating before the hut in all his glorious power was the Fairy King. On the ground lay Prince Edric, tied by strong glowing rope.

Baba and the King allowed the party to approach. They told the story of how the half-giants had been framed for heinous crimes and how Edric had been manipulated into challenging them, resulting in battles to the death.

They accused Beleron, the Guard captain, of arranging all this. When Baba asked for proof, they told her that Lightning, the dead wizard had the proof. She cast reincarnate, raising Lightning up as a half elf. Upset at being a half Elf, it took Lightning a while to adjust to his new surroundings. He struggled with his pride and ego, but eventually did provide the info that Baba needed to believe their story. He gave her the scroll found on the body of a guard, laying forgotten in a giant’s cave saying this would show Beleron did this when the magical protections had been dispelled.

Beleron admitted to playing only small part, thinking it being a prank on Edric that would knock his overlarge ego down.

When the magical protections had been dispelled, the scroll revealed that Dagda ordered the placing of the fake evidence framing of the giants. The King demanded Dagda admit his part, but he refused and to everyone’s shock, the King sentenced him to death, holding him over a black pit.

Before that sentence cold be carried out the Queen rushed forward, eager to protect her son. She confessed there, in front of the King and Baba of arranging the entire affair. She said Dagda, Beleron and other only knew small parts of the plan.

The King commuted the Death sentence for Dagda.

Baba requested that custody of the Queen be given to her for one year, promising to return her, “alive”. The King granted the request, and Baba drug Queen away screaming.

Lightning meanwhile, begged Baba to turn him back into a full Elf, like he was before. After numerous pleadings, she complied. He turned back into the elf he was before, and was dead again.

Before she left, Baba whispered some words of guidance to the party; “The reason the Queen did this lies on top of El Capitain mountain to the west. Go there if you wish to know the truth, but be warned; the truth is dangerous!”

Afterwards, Snydees came forward and joined the group. She had turned Fey and now wished to live with the Fey. She was able though to appeal to her goddess of the moon, to Raise Lightning from the Dead. The party spent the required 5000 gold, and he awoke, groggy and permanently weaker, but as a full Elf.

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Frame, Retribution and Heroics

The party woke up in front of the cave, at least most of them did. Tranquility, Luthstrsa, and Ryn fell victim to the Faerie sleep and did not wake. Boha summoned his warhorse, tied them on its back and the party headed back. When they reached the second monument Lightning encouraged them to follow the giant tracks north to see what they could learn.

When they reached the cliff faces of the mountain range there was another cave similar to the one they found to the west, but what drew their eyes immediately were the three giant-sized graves near the front of the cave.

Khen sneaked up to the mouth of the cave and peered in. He saw a Giant eating a large leg of some animal. He backed quickly away from the cave to tell the others.

After some debate, they cast invisibility and Darkvision on Khen who then crept into the cave again. He crept past the giant and explored the cave. He followed the cave back to a hidden cistern water supply. However the giant , having heard his footsteps, had followed him and now blocked the only exit. Since by this time the invisibility had worn off Khen decided to talk his way out the predicament.

After the initial banter, the giant surprisingly asked Khen to do a quest for him and determine why “the normally justice loving Gentry Fey killed his innocent family members.” Khen agreed to help in exchange for some “food”.

Khen left the cave and returned to the party. Just when he returned, the party was surprised by a noise in the forest. Out walked Edward and Snydees.

Edward had awoken from his faerie sleep to find Snydees in the “tent” with him. When he woke her, she filled him in and they went in search of the party. Moira told them where their friends had gone and with the help of a friendly Fey guard the two went to the monuments and picked up the tracks of Boha.

The newly reunited party retraced their tracks to the monuments and back to the Bridge. A strange fog rolled across as they started walking the bridge.

When they were halfway across an angry giant stormed from the far side of the bridge. He threw a large boulder through the air straight for them. It crashed just in front of the party and broke a huge hole in the bridge. He then bellowed fiercely and demanded they turn around and leave. Swinging his axe menacingly back and forth across the hole in front of him he dared any to attack.

Edward dared just that. He leaped across the hole and landed just in front of the giant, who promptly hit Ed with the side of his axe and knocked him back , right into the hole. Edward fell.

The battle ensued via range weapons for bit. Boha ran back to start of the bridge to enlist the aid of the Fey guard, but he was sleeping. Boha woke him up, and the guard blew his warning horn, but then suddenly darts flew out of nowhere and struck them. When the guard saw the markings on the Dart, he ran away from the bridge and the battling heroes.

Khen tried jumping the hole himself but was also knocked into the hole. Using his monk reflexes he grabbed the edge of the hole, but he immediately noticed a strange thing; he was holding he edge through what seemed to be solid bridge planking. It was an illusion!
The hole was an illusion and another illusion covered a real hole. Khen climbed up out of the hole and told everyone about the hole.

Snydees or Anuja quickly cast Dispel magic on the illusions and not only did the hole move, but the giant disappeared as well. Unfortunately, a dozen darts flew in at them from unseen sources. Anuja cast a mist to provide them cover. Lightning used his See Invisibility gem to discover 8 pixies surrounding them and throwing darts (with poison)

Khen ran to wake the other guard and to summon help while Snydees and Anuja healed who they could. Lightning meanwhile could see the pixies so he launched a fireball at them. the others took cover while he fired another fireball.

They all then saw the two pixies had saved Ed and were carrying him away.

Khen raced back to join the fight but was put asleep by a dart. Snydees used neutralize poison on him and was able to wake him. Lightning tried to use hold person one one of the flying pixies but it failed. They flew further away and the whole party ran after them, through a hail of poison darts.

A second hold person froze on the pixies forcing the other to slowing bring Ed to the ground. After he set down (hard) Ed woke up from poison sleep. Under cover of many darts and magic missiles the pixies all flew off in retreat. Strangely however, they remained viable, jeering the heroes, encouraging them to chase after the pixies.

A couple more fireballs from Lightning (scrolls) dissuaded them from that idea. At least one pixies for sure escaped. (possibly more given their penchant for illusion)

The bridge guard brought help to the bridge and searched the area for any more pixie attackers, but found none.  Based on their description the Fey believed these to be rogue Gentry pixies, but they could not be sure.  They did not have the appearance of Horde or Uninvited Fey.

The party first decides to re-interview Angus, teh Kings adviser. After some initial questions, they decide to trust him with some information. Eventually when they mention that the three giant’s uncle told them of a “mother” of the three giants living to the south, Angus grew worried. He told of a powerful magical creature that lived out there. The King allowed it only because it was too much trouble to remove this creature. iF she was the "mother"she would have had no problem defeating Edric.

They then decided to investigate the other clues.

The word spread among the Fey settlement and castle quickly.  When the party entered the tavern, word had preceded them.   In the tavern, Anuja found Pugul and went to talk with him in the corner of the bar.  Meanwhile, Boha and Khan questioned the Tavern keep (actually winery).

The Tavern owner produced a piece of his broken sign that had sign been repaired and replaced. To everyone’s surprise it was an EXACT replica of the piece the party had retrieved from the backpack of the dead Fey guard in the giant cave.

After some discussion Khen joined Anuja and Pugul.  It was discovered that this was Edric’s favorite place and the singer Asheron, Edric’s favorite, performed her routinely.  The party headed to her house next and told her everything.  She also had an exact replica of the Gold ribbon for best Signer that the party had found in the backpack.

She was very surprised at the fact that the giant’s appeared to be innocent, and proposed that Edric would have known nothing about this frame.  They discovered that Red the Bard ran a traveling minstrel’s show, (on wagons) that was Edric’s favorite, but that they were gone for at least a week.

They decide to sleep for the night and thin the morning they interviewed the Queen. They did not get much information. They did not learn very much. Though the Queen did try to steer suspicion toward the Yarthkin. Then they interviewed Bladinger and with Pugual’s help also interview the Princess. Bladinger challenged Edward to a sparing match after he got off duty.

Thinking they had learned all they could, the party decided to head out the creek they know Beleron covered up the track of Edric when he searched for Edric right the disappearance.

They dont find track of Edric, but after some amazing tracking they do find track of the Grogan Fey stag person (Dun). They manage to follow these tracks to the mushroom grove.

They found a small hut with a herb garden and merchant’s stand. When Khen approached stealthily a pair of mushroom detected him and screamed an alarm. He escaped undetected. Then the whole party approached as if to buy something. A young beautiful woman came out of the hut and discussed selling her wares. N the discussions they asked for a magical search for Edric. The paid for this, but it failed. The party left, but before they gone far, a magical fog enveloped them and a Greenish Hag-like creature attacked them.

At a touch, Edward contracted Blinding sickness, but his strong fortitude saved his life. The mysterious fog complicated the battle, but Boha and Edward landed terrific damage while resisting the strange magic of the creature. Anuja buffed the fighter and Lightning used his magic to hamper her movement back into the fog and then finished her off with a Phantasmal killer.

When they went back to the center of the grove, the “hut” was gone. They searched and discovered a magical wand, a bunch of potions and poisons, and mysterious markers in the herb garden.

Lightning determined that the marker were magical. After casting read magic, it was clear each marker bore the name of missing people. While the others searched and stood guard he cast identify on the marker named Edric and determined to everyone’s surprise, that t was in fact Edric, transformed into this marker.

Anuja transformed into a Hawk and flew back to the castle to tell Angus. He quietly gathered some Fey wizards and quickly flew with Anuja back to the mushroom grove while ordering a contingent of guard to follow on foot as fast as they could.

When they arrive the wizard returned Edric to his normal shape. He was very distressed to learn that he had killed innocent giants. When the party related the battle they had and describe the creature to Edric, he said, to everyone’s distress, that she was just an apprentice to the Hag that transformed him. She had apparently taken her hut and moved elsewhere.

She could be anywhere and could return without a moment’s notice.

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The Mystery Deepens

The party was surprised when a messenger showed up saying that Boha and Tranquility were awake and could be returned to them. A Dryad escort brought them via tree travel to the bush-walled enclosure the others were staying at. They both reported having woken up, naked and intertwining with a Fey of the opposite sex in Saturnyn’s home. After the initial confusion, they agreed to come assist the party, their former companions.

As they were getting re-antiquated and trying to figure out again how they all got here, a noise came from outside the enclosure. Exiting they found Liftrasa being accosted by two Satrys. Though it did not appear this was entirely against her will, knowing the charming powers of the Fey Boha attempted to put a stop to it which resulted in a battle of sorts.

No blood was spilled and eventually the Satyr’s gave up. Boha reported all this to their Fey guide, Moira who cleared all of any legal retribution; “all’s well that ended well.”

Anuja had been missing and came in that morning with disheveled hair. She had met Pugual, a close friend of Prince Edric, the night before and spent the entire night with him, “questioning” him about Edric. She implied things went a bit farther than she intended, but would not go into details.

The party then began their investigation and interviews in earnest. They started with the Queen, Latherin. After they interviewed her, they talked with Angus the King’s adviser. Based upon things they learned from them they wanted to question Beleron, the Captain of the home Guard again because they are growing more suspicious of him. They use Detect Thoughts on him and find him to be lying about many things.

After that they traveled away from the castle to find Ana, Edric’s real Mother, planning then to visit the 3 sites of the Giant slayings.

The group had to cross the Bridge of the Chasm that separated the Forest from the Great valley. The valley stretch out beyond the ridge, beautiful and full of grandeur. On the far side stood great mountains that seemed to rise up out of the valley floor like a waterfall of stone. One mountain stood above the others, it huge round top standing like a bald sentinel over the whole valley (think of El Capitan and Yosemite valley)

After the bridge, along the way, they were attacked by an invisible stalker. Due to some fantastic listen checks, and tactile ambush and Lightning’s magic they were able to defeat this mighty foe, will they be so lucky next time???? While others distracted it, and hit it with an arrow Lightning “saw” it with a See invisibility spell and then hit it with a Phantasamic killer, the creature amazingly failing both its saving throw died instantly!

The group talked with Ana and after learning a lot they then moved on to the Giant slaying spots. (Notice i am not writing down what the party learned, that is for you to track but I have collected all the rumors in a list here.. Fey Mystery Rumors)

All three spots had a magical monument to Edric’s slaying of the Giant. The three spots lay in order moving toward the west, northwest, moving closer to the Cliff faces of the mountain range.

At the first spot, on the monument itself, they found a Golden ribbon with the words “Ashern, Best Singer” stitched on it left as an offering. They also found carved into the monument the words “It was just one giant”. Dog and horse tracks were found mixed in with many giant’s tracks.


At the second spot, on the monument itself, they found a decorative Stein, with Edric’s name engraved on it just above “Rusty Pipes, Dusty Strings and Musty Mugs.” They also found carved into the monument the words “So he killed another, they are plenty more”. Dog and horse tracks were found mixed in with giant tracks. The giants’ tracks were found to lead north toward the mountains and cliffs, but the party choose to head to the third spot instead of following the tracks.


At the third spot, on the monument itself, they found a small flute, with a drawing of a Harp etched into the side of it with red ink. They also found carved into the monument the words “How many have to die?”. Dog and horse tracks were found mixed in with giants’ tracks. This time the party followed the tracks from this site to the north.


The tracks lead to a cave in the Cliff face at the base of the mountain range. Before they enter though Anuja’s hawk flies in to warn her that large number of animals (wolves) are charging toward the party through the forest. The group quickly sets up a impromptu ambush and so when the wolves burst out of the trees they are ready for them with a Web that holds most of them. However, another group of Dire Badgers attacks from the right and left, flanking the party. Tranquility and Liftrasa climb a tree to escape the Badger attacks. The fights hard, and some are injured, but they emerge victorious!

The surmise from the nature of the attacks that someone, some Fey, is summoning creatures to attack them.

When they explore the Cave they find some treasure! They also find a skeleton wearing the uniform of a Castle Guard. In this Dead Guard’s backpack they find 4 important clues.

1. A scroll that has magical writing on it protected with a magical pass-phrase that scrambles the message for anyone without the pass-phrase.
2. A Broken Lute, engraved with the name Ashern
3. A piece of a broken Tavern sign, that reads “Musty Mug”
4. A broken wagon wheel spoke and hub marked with a red Harp.

They party decides to rest there in front of the cave for the night.

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