Defenders of the Realm

Inside the Mountian

After defeating the kobolds guarding the entrance to the mountain we are greated by some dwarfs who let us inside the city and take us to Nan.
Azgrim the dwarven leader
Raynor the cleric leader
Hurusk the forge leader
Nan asks our names and spits on Brathours name, unsure of his families living above ground.

Inside the tavern The Eminent Mazipan is a mix a dwarves and a gnome, as we enter Brathour ans Araligh approach the bar and the gnome organizes some rooms. He is interested in kobolds being cleared out of the mountain passes.

After a nights rest Azgrim summons us to one of the temples, in a small meeting room we are presented to 3 dwarfs. We introduce ourselves to Azgrim, Raynor speaks up and introduce himself as the voice or Moridan, Hurusk hammershot offers his forge services.

Raven tells of the troubles in Darromir, Azgrim understands
Hurusk, we are in a bit of a bind ourselves.
Azgrim our city, the life blood has been stolen, heart of the mountain is what our city survives on. A magical devine blessed item, it spews forth a river of lava hot enough to forge our starmetal, it was also the light and heat of our city. When the kobolds cut us off we were not tok worried but then the races of the underdark came to trade but the embassidors stole the heart of our mountain. We have sent some of our best trackers after them but they have not returned. The kobolds have made their presence known beforehand, this city was built centuries ago and so there are many secrets hiden in the city.

Araligh ‘who stole the heart and how?
Azgrim ’drow, duragar, there are bags that can contain it but theirs seemed to be faulty as they have left a trail of lava.’
Raynor ‘enough Moridan will help us’
Raven convinces them that by using the devine power to heal our party member of a curse then we could retrieve the heartstone and that would be Moridans divine work helping them.
We sign a contract for the removal of the curse and the allied forces of the dwarven city in exchange for returning the heartstone of the city which Raven signs.

The cleric removes the curse off Lygon who drops the axe.
Brathor punches Lygon to test it works and there is no retaliation.
Lygon summons his hallbird.
We then went shopping

Then we were taken down the elevator to the lowest level of the mine. We were told that the last group to follow had a container of sorts with them and so we would need to find this to transport the heartstone back.

Following the trail of lava we ventrue down the natural caves with glowing fungi on the walls, the tempreture rises up as they turn a corn and find a slow flow of lava, cutting through the lava.
Brathour uses the grappling hook and swings across the stream, Beast and Araligh jump across together, Lygon swings across, Raven then swings across with the assistance of Brathour.

We then find sign of the lava and so Raven cast invisability on himslef and Araligh, they scout up to a large stalitigh where they can see the lava. They push open the door at the top and make a small gust of wind that attracts a small dark dwarven man who slams the door closed.
Raven and araligh bursts into the room, and everyone battles a mixture of humans a duragar. Jasmin is killed and so Raven becomes emotional.
As the group explore the maze of corridors and rooms they find a a torture chamber where a guard sets off a fireball, incinerating himself, the prisioners and Lygon, saying ‘Fierna’ who is an archdevil of the 9 hells.
A creature covered in barbs and green skin comes up to the entrance and through a rough battle the black knights notice it has no effect from poision and resistance to slashing. Brathour brings it down in the final blow and then snaps off a shard from its back

View
The Mountain Pass Continued
Mt Thargill is within reach

After waking up refreshed in the former cave home of the “chirpers” the Black Knights begin debating what to do with the remaining egg in the nest but that quickly ends after Brathour smashes the egg with his stonemaul covering himself with eggy goo. Arileigh then decides to sense for any kobalts nearby before the group sets out to find Mt Tharguil but comes up empty.

After being on the mountain pass for some time Arileigh tries this again and this time the presence of kobalts is detected nearby at which point Raven sends out Jasmin to find them. However after waiting some time Jasmin does not return and the group sneaks closer to the ridgeline to see what has happened only to find another of these massive winged dinosaurs with five cobalts on its back heading in the groups direction. Attempting to hide unsuccessfully the group gets attacked by the kobalts and Lygon finds himself overwhelmed with the urge to use his newly caressed battle axe. The kobalts put up a tough fight but are eventually defeated but not before telling the Black Knights that Aridais will destroy them. with the fight coming to a close the group starts letting their guard down when out of nowhere Lygon lashes out at Brathour slashing him with his axe. Brathour never one to back from a challenge strikes back as the rest of the group struggle to bring Lygon under control. A brief moment of clarity from his affliction Lygon yells at the group telling them to run away but the group continues to struggle with him eventually knocking him unconscious. Raven looks over Lygon and finds that the axe has cursed him and that he will attack indiscriminately attack anyone nearby if he succumbs to it. The Black Knights then take a moment to rest and recover from their wounds at which point Raven hears from her queen and gains newfound powers.

The group then sets out on the mountain pass once again and come accross a entrance to a cave and apon entering it find a large dwarven door locked shut. The group tries unsuccessfully to find a key to the door nearby and Arileigh senses the presence of a large number of kobalts past the door so the group decides to come back another time.

After being on the mountain pass for another few hours Arileigh once again senses the presence of kobalts up ahead but before the group has time to react kobalts leap out of the snow ambushing the black knights. A mighty battle erupts as the group battles six kobalts and two sky terrors and at first everyone holds firm but after a relentless attack Lygon, Beast, and Arileigh are incapacitated as the the kobalts are whittled down. Raven darts in between all the action slamming healing potions down the throats of all who go down and the tide turns in favor of the black knights. After seeing many of their allies fall the two remaining kobalts try to flee on the back of the last sky terror but the combined firepower of the group brings it down. Everyone rushes over to finish the job but only find one kobalt body crushed under the sky terror. After a quick search however the Black Knights find the remaining kobalt named Pozi who quickly pleads for mercy and promises to help the group on their quest giving them information on the guards at the main gate.

The group sets off to find the main gate but before they get close they find two more huge winged sky terrors lurking up above the cave where the group spent the night. They cry out at finding the remains of their kin on the mountain side and the group successfully sneaks past them avoiding what would have been an unpleasant encounter.

With the main gate only a few miles away Arileigh only senses the presence of three kobalts ahead and the group decides to send Pozi ahead to draw them out while they set up an ambush. The plan however backfires and Pozi predictably betrays the group leading the kobalts back to attack with two more sky terrors. However after a long and difficult fight the Black Knights emerge victorious with all the kobalts slain and the path to the gate clear they set out to finally meet the dwarves of Mt.Thargill

View
An Unlikely Find
The Black Knights discover something very unexpected
View
The Mountain Pass
The Black Knights make their way to the Dwarves of Mt Thargill
View
Starting the search for Allies

Vin’mar talks to us about building allies, he has 2 suggestions:

Dwarves of Mt. Thargill, dwarfs have recently not been heard from, they mine for starmetal which may be important to withhold from Theren.

The Elves of Riatavin, a secretive bunch, they keep to themselves, this is where Theren came from before getting a seat on the council. They could be a great alliance as apposed to battleing against them as they are experts in the the arcane arts. This is where Ravens father works.

Raven suggests we build an alliance first with the Dwarves as this may help show the Elves our strength before asking for an alliance with them. All agree with this plan.

Lygon susses out Erod and he offers his services, we ask him to find information on Junta the leader of the Iron company. We hand over 60pp to Vin’mar to use at his discretion.
Vin’mar is given the responsability to protect the orb

At Zazesspur we purchase cold weather clothing, climbers kits, grappling hook, tents any other loose items.

The group sets out to the Mt Thargill, as they start to climb the snow begins to fall, falling heavier as they climb untill it gets to point where it becomes hard to see. As walking we pass some ice, slowing down to walk safer. We hear cutting through the wind a screach of some kind, a dark shape up above, several winged creatures.

Raven fires at the beasts which begins a battle against these large beasts. Lygon and Raven bring 2 of the beasts down with their arcane arts. Araligh tests out her new bow and kills the last one, she attempts to identify them and finds it as another varient of a chirper who Brathor agreed with. Lygon steps in and explains it is a type of dinosaur but should not normally be found in this area.

View
Downtime

Downtime:

Raven researches the golden orb and finds information about ‘Orbs of Dragonkind’, in a paladin’s journal it is lead to believe that the orbs could have helped them in defeating a dragon but did not locate it. Raven also found reference to it being used in a war against evil dragons. Elves and humans fought in a place called Krynn where they fought a battle against them and barely survived (folk lore story). The Orbs contain the essence of an evil dragon and they have some power over these evil dragons, there is mention of it being used to cast spells of some kind. Being a magical item it is said to be able to save someone from death or cure wounds.
His research then turns to Green Dragons where he learns that they are the most cunning and they use trickery to get the upper hand on others. Their breath weapon and immunity is poison.

Arileigh makes a disguise and back story before heading into the city, she comes across a wanted list with traitors to the crown on it, the BlackKnights and Vin’Mar are at the top of that list. She sets out looking for magical items and finds 2 healing potions and a potion of climbing. Over the next 2 weeks she then finds a traveling merchant with a few items, he has a potion of Supreme Healing, oil of sharpness, and a bow. The bow is inscribed with intricate wings, its incredibly light and very angelic, the merchant has traveled from the lands of the south, he tells her that the bow was crafted by a sect of a long lost god to channel his power. He picks it up and mutters a word and the bow glows with light and then it returns back to its form. The bow cost 200gp for she buys it without hesitation and leans the word to activate the enchantment ‘bliss’

Brathour spends his first week closing up the entrance to the underdark under the castle, the then reiforced more of the structural walls.Then he heads off to the pits to brawl for winnings, he wins some matches and makes friends/building respect. With a second week of victories he returns with 200gp of winnings and the pride of a lion.

Lygon does some religous service at a temple in the cirt and earns a a favour from Wake an acolyte at the temple. And then returned to the keep to continue building moral with our current workers. Joins Dresdak to help research and gain knowledge abojt the arcane arts, it becomes aparent to him that there may be space for another in this ritual.

Dresdak comes to us an demonstrates the ritual spell and the ground rumbles, the walls then are reinforced with natural rock formations (resistance to bludgening, slashing and peircing) and the wind swirls around above ( ranged has disadvantage) and darkens the sky again to avoid detection from the outsiders.

Vin’mar looks into the wanted list and some why are on it are currently with us already, a few he doesn’t know but assumes the list is from Theren and who may threaten his rule. A contingent of the iron company has come to Zazesspur and people are now staying away at night, steering clear of the new guards. He also has news of a great battle has erupted between the iron company and hob goblins to the east of Darromar.

A half elf found snooping the castle, attempting to pass through but caught by Vin’mar. Erod believes that information pays well, in exchange for his life he offers his services of a spy, we keel him for forced manual labour.

View
Introducing Lygon

Setting out to find the castle the Black Knights come to the outskirts of the city of Zazesspur. Apon entering the city the group quickly notices that Arileigh seems a bit on edge but seems to know her way around the city quite well. After getting into the heart of the city Vinmar says his goodbyes and sets off to find more allies for the coming fight. Finally getting the chance to get some supplies and purchase equipment the group splits up and scours the city in search of some bargains. After meeting up again Raven suggests finding a shop to identify the numerous unknown potions that she possesses and quickly finds a gnome that seems to offer a fair price for the time spent to work out their properties. But before the deal is struck he is quickly interrupted by a loud commanding voice calling out the knome as a cheat. The tall well armoured man that steps forward introduces himself to the group as Lygon and offers to identify our potions for free. The group agrees and much to the knome’s dismay Lygon has a small sip of each potion and tells Raven of their properties. Lygon is introduced to each member of the Black Knights and impresses Brathour in particular by returning his overly firm handshake with one of his own. Raven asks Lygon to accompany them to the local tavern with the offer of many free ales to compensate him for identifying the potions he agrees and the group makes hast to the nearest pub. After many drinks at the tavern Brathour decides to treat the locals to some “real music” by attempting to play a song on his newly purchased bagpipes but ends up more torturing the ears of all those nearby as his playing suffers in his state of drunkenness. The Bar keeper very quickly politely asks Brathour to sit back and listen to the paid musicians. Raven heads to her room where she spends some time summoning Jasmin back into existance. Jasmin returns as a bat. Brathour continues to down drinks then drunkenly enlightens Lygon about their escape from Darromir and their quest to back Princess (or should I say Queen) Zandra as the rightful heir to the throne. They will do so from the cursed castle not far away and Lygon should join them in the takeover as there should be some mighty monsters to fight.
In the morning with a new member ready for action the Black Knights set out for the castle but apon coming closer the group notices the ground rumble then stop which increases in severity the close to the castle they get. Coming to the end of the path up the group stops at the edge of a chasm that separates them from the castle and after a lengthy amount of time getting a rope across everyone makes they’re way over some much easier than others. Once inside the outer walls of the castle the group notices that the castle has taken its fair share of damage over the time it has been abandoned and begin looking through the rubble. As the search begins the ground rumbles again louder and more menacing than before and a great rock figure breaks out of the ground and begins engaging the Black Knights. After a lengthy fight the Black Knights emerge scathed but victorious and begin they’re search again.

View
A Monarch Falls
The Black Knights Run

After the death of the King and Queen the group make a run for the city walls and it is quickly aparent that Noir is missing without a trace, they come across ‘Lions Rest’ where 3 nooses are set up and 2 prisoners are being taken up to the stage, 1 blue dragonborn and Marawyn. Raven blasts one of the guards without warning and this starts a small battle and all the guards are killed. We release the prisoners and Vin’Mar leads js toward the city wall.
We find a crack in the wall where a tree has grown under the foundations and yet to be repaired.

Vin’Mar climbs the tree but Raven falls down from a hight, Araligh slides through the crack but Brathor is unable to fit so he instead climbs up the tree and defends against coming guards with a javilin. Beast comes running from the city and crawls through the crack with Arileghs encouragaement, Raven copies but also gets stuck untill he budsts out the otherside.

Outside the city in farm land we run to the forest to hide.
Marwyn “Thankyou for saving me, whats happened, why were you running”
Vin’Mar " Theren betrayed us, i suggest we stay in the wilderness to stay undetected. I cannot let Theren take my city!"
Brathour “What can we do?”
Vin ‘Mar “with the king and queen dead the next in line to the throne is the Queens sister, she is like you, an adventure seeker, restless as far as princesses go. If we find her she can support us to build our allies. Her name is Zandra”
Araligh “what were you being punished for”
Marwyn “insubordination, i struck an iron company officer”
Vin’Mar " I do not trust them, the leader Jounta has a reputation of being barbaric and very secretive. We need resources and allies as the odds are against us. I ask you all the same, help me free my lands a d restore princess Zandra to her rightful place"
Everyone agrees , Brathour " I know what it is like to loose you home so you have me"
Vin’Mar " I do not know where Zandra will be, someone in the city could find more info but we first need somewhere to rally, a beacon of hope. There is a place but I think it is impossible. A castle in the west, Castle of Tethryn. It would be in ruin, but it is atop of cliffs and naturally protected. Said to be cursed its grounds tremble and skys are stormy. If we could secure this castle it would be a symbol of hope. If Theren has gone as far as to murder others may aid us."

View
An Audience with Royalty
A return to Darromir

The exhausted adventures finally approach the city of Darromir. They have learnt so much during their travels and are eager to receive some answers from Theron.
The guards at the city gates are not those that the party recognise so they approach with caution. They pass with no disruptions.
Nymeria and Layla say farewell to the rest of the group as they begin their journey home together.
Raven, Noire, Brathour and Arileigh make their way to the barracks to hopefully find Vinmar and get his support to speak directly with the royal family and Theron.
They find Vinmar easily enough, upon hearing of their adventures and the possible hidden intentions of Theron he is quick to support their plan to reveal all directly to the King and Queen.
The group march into the castle, leaving poor Beast at the front, where they confront Theron and the king and queen in the throne room.
The group haul a flurry of information and accusations as Raven detects thoughts on Theron. He seems relieved that the group uncovered the orb but before anyone can do anything Brathours stone maul is ripped out of his hands with magic and it flies into the head of the Queen, crushing her skull. Theron then points at the king and he is engulfed in flames. He calls out to the guards accusing the party of murdering the king and queen.
Theron was able to leave via a back door as the group defend themselves against heavily armed guards.
The battle is long and bloody but the team emerge victorious and are quick to escape the castle.

View

I'm sorry, but we no longer support this web browser. Please upgrade your browser or install Chrome or Firefox to enjoy the full functionality of this site.