Shadows Descent

Departing the Tower
Beta Group Session 1b

The Warforged Tylusian Mage Onyx was summoned before the Tower council and questioned about the whereabouts of his mentor Nebin Timbers. Onyx knew very little of his masters plans, only that he was following up on a lead in regards to the origins of the crystal in his chest and Warforged in general. The council tasked Onyx with tracking down his mentor and aiding him if able. To that end the council assigned a Tylusion Knight to escort and protect Onyx on his journey.

Onyx met with his escort, a Dwarven Paladin of the Oath of Enlightenment named Ruff the Bluntest, and they prepared to depart the tower following Nebin's path. The duo was joined by a Gnomish Rogue named Fargus who was a member of the Eyes and Ears, a group of spies in the Towers employ. Fargus stated that he was on a mission for the Tower, and since they were headed in the same direction he would accompany them.

The three set out from the Tower towards the nearest port town, but met with a group of shady characters on the road. After dispatching the men it was discovered they were secretly spies from a cabal of dark wizards called Dusk.

Upon arrival in the port town the group split up and searched for information in regards to where Nebin could have gone. Through their conversations with various people they ascertained that Nebin had boarded a ship headed towards the nation of Cordica. Onyx and Ruff decided to book passage to Cordica for themselves, at which point Fargus informed them that he could not accompany them further. The duo bid Fargus fair well and booked their passage with letters of credit from the Tower. The two boarded the ship and headed off on their journey…

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The Winter Wolf
Beta Group Session 1a

Oscar Stormborn was conducting his normal inspection of his ship when a strange disturbance in the water caused the ship to spin. Once the disturbance subsided he found a fair featured man in strange clothing clinging to the side of his ship. After helping the man aboard he introduced himself as Bedelth Jacke. The two rowed ashore to Oscar's village where they learned that an Eladrin Elf had been found near death by hunters and brought back to the village.

The Elf was healed by the town Shaman, Corban, and the new stranger, Jacke. Upon recovery the Elf introduced himself as Faragorn, and explained that he had been tracking a large wolf through the wilderness. The village chieftain, Oscar's father Oskiir, arrived and told the Elf that once he was healed he would be sent on his way. Jacke and Oscar offered to go with Faragorn, but Oskiir forbid his son from leaving the village.

The next morning Faragorn and Jacke left the small village together. However, not long after their departure, the young barbarian Oscar caught up to them stating that his father had changed his mind about him accompanying them. The party set off tracking the large beast presumed to be a wolf. After following the beasts tracks to a cave that was the source of a stream, Jacke communed with the spirit of the stream to confirm that the beast lived within. The party entered the cave and fought a large white wolf known as a Winter Wolf, and its Ice Mephit minions. The battle was fierce but through teamwork the party survived and were victorious.

Following their departure from the Winter Wolf's den, the group came across a troll while navigating a mountain pass. The troll was dispatched and the group decided to go looking for its lair to claim whatever treasure it may have hidden away in its den. After a treacherous climb to the trolls den, the party dispatched two additional trolls and claimed their reward.

After the troll encounters, the party continued to travel south towards Valhiem's Highland territories. After several days of travel, a cadre of Nim Saern soldiers ambushed the group while they slept, capturing them without their knowledge. The troop commander, Faragorn's brother Havathorn, instructed his brother that their King Zaern was ordering him to assist and protect the Shaman Jacke. Havathorn then transported the group to the outskirts of a Valhorim Highland village. Jacke and Oscar awoke to find themselves in a new location, at which point Faragorn explained that his people had aided them in expediting their travel and that he had been ordered to assist and protect Jacke on his unknown mission.

The group set off towards the town without knowing where they would go next…

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Shipwrecked!
Alpha group session 1

While en route to the Malakarian Empire controlled city of Port Leclaire, a large storm wracked the cargo ship the party was traveling on. The storm grew in strength as the days passed and a few days away from port the ship broke up and went down.

Krag, Lyali, and Gimble washed up on shore. While pulling themselves together they observed Nero walk out of the ocean undisturbed and unbreathing.

After briefly introducing themselves and discussing their best course of action, three ogres climbed down the cliff face looking for an easy meal. The party easily dispatched the ogres working together.

After the ogre fight the party decided to dive for treasure in the cargo hold of the ship. They built a makeshift raft and rowed out to the wreck site. While Lyali and Nero dove for treasure, Gimble and Krag watched from the raft as sharks started to swarm. After finishing off the sharks and collecting their reward, the party followed the coastline northwestward towards Port Leclaire.

Finding a section of coastline impassable, the party headed inland and soon came across a Malakarian patrol. Knowing the Malakarians prejudice towards non-humans, Gimble ambushed them with a fireball grenade. The blast killed all of the patrol except the captain and his horse. After being thrown from his horse the captain charged and fought the party to his dying breath. As the fight wound down, the party watched with trepidation as the captain's horse, scorched by flame, galloped off towards town.

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