Stamus Contra Malum: 1013 YE

Siadanos II - Sightseeing in Siadanos
Agitelen, 27th– Innelen, 8th (Aug 1-10)

Over the passing week, the Avery trained with Elwegon the Drake, a senior Spellblade and second in command of the local New Hellion cell. Garrick trained with Oppius the Pious, a veteran Nightblade. Oppius was known for praying and making sacrifices to the gods in the name of whom ever he assassinated. The training was intense and bruising, but the brothers worked hard to master their new skills.

While the elves were training, Ivanova and Vilhelmus explored the town. Ivanova was on the lookout for any potential Talon activity. Vilhelmus made a trip to the Imperial fortress and sent a magical missive to Tǘros Luln via Imperial Mage. He sent orders for the ship to be made ready and to set sail for Siadanos. It would take four or five days for the ship to arrive, so Vilhelmus decided to aid his cousin in her search for Talons.

Ivanova wanted to check out the First Ward also known as the Imperial Ward. Many of the imperial military and civil servants called this ward home. In order to not reveal her true identity, Ivanova disguised herself. She even managed to talk Vilhelmus into wearing a disguise.

It was during this time they visited Vasyli’s Emporium, a strange and wondrous place run by an equally strange little man named Vasyli. After a failed attempt to purchase a set of enchanted bracers, the cousins left. A short time later, Vilhelmus discovered his new left hand had a bad case of sticky fingers. It had stolen a ring from the emporium. The ring was unique looking and Vilhelmus decided to keep it.

Eventually the cousins found themselves at the House of Blue Orchids, the best brothel in town located in the Imperial Ward. It was here that Ivanova finally found evidence of Talon activity when she was almost spotted by a former college, a talon named Muso Gellusius. He was leaving the brothel and the cousins decided to tail him to see where he went. Muso ended up heading straight into the fortress.

The cousins hurried back to the Inn they were staying at. They needed to come up with a plan to kidnap Muso so that Ivanova could interrogate him. It was during this time the twins showed up and revealed that the New Hellions had a job for them, an important one.

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Siadanos I - A Long Respite
Agitelen, 3rd – 25th (Jul 8-30)

Agitelen, 3rd – 25th (Jul 8-30) – A Long Respite

The party decides to take a long break while they wait for Vilhelmus to recover. They had acquired quite a bit of wealth from Agrippa’s lair and from the Hidden Temple. Lozan had found a new paramour in the form of Roberto the Blade, a Cinnbarii duelist. Brother Merrin had not yet returned from the Black Eagle Fortress where he was gathering clues. Oberron took his share of treasure, some digging tool and disappeared into the hills.

Agitelen, 26th– Innelen, 10th (Jul 31-Aug 10) – Siadanos I

Once Vilhelmus was able to travel again, Ivanova, Avery, Garrick and he all decided to travel to the seat of the prefecture and border fortress Siadanos. The elves were looking for new magicks and additional training in their respective crafts. Ivanova and Vilhelmus wanted to see the town. Oberron and Brother Merrin had yet to return and Lozan decided to take her dead sisters headdress to the Shrine of Ianna at the Black Eagle Fortress.

The foursomes took two days to reach the border town and were taken aback by the size and wealth of the town. Siadanos was a bastion of civilization out on the western edge of the empire and had much to offer. Ivanova quickly began to ply the locals for information about the town, recent news, and people of importance and locations to be wary off. Vilhelmus and the twin left the walls of the town and headed over to the Lake District where most the of elven populace called home. They soon found their New Hellions contact and got to know each other. The leader of the local cell was a female elven priestess of Mityara named Arerwel.

The twin’s tutors were not in town, but were expected to return the following day. The threesome inquired if the New Hellions had any tasks for them. Arerwel paused to think for a moment before telling them no, but their services might be needed in the very near future. The three men soon left the Lake District and returned to the 9th Ward to reunite with Ivanova.

The heroes were soon sitting at a table in the Cracked Mug, a local watering hole popular with travelers. The soon shared everything they had learned. Once of the more interesting bits of news they learned was that a squadron of Imperial war galleries would soon be arriving. The annual collection of the fortresses taxes and tariffs was soon and all of the monies were to be moved to the Imperial Capital.

Vilhelmus after several bowl of wine had become quite loud and had begun to expound upon the virtues of several kinds of ships. A gentleman named* Julius Prasiuso* took notice of this and approached Vilhelmus. Julius was a trader who had cargo coming from the west and he did not want to pay the imperial tariff on his goods. Vilhelmus had a ship and knew how Imperial Custom Patrols operated. A deal was made.

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Oberron’s Return & Luko’s Good Bye
Esevelen, 25--Agitelen, 2nd (Jul 2-7)

While the party was recovering, Oberron showed back-up in town with a harrowing tale of his adventures in the catacombs beneath the hidden temple. He had managed to require Vilhelmus’s sword and had gathered a great deal of information about the environment and the denizens beneath the temple.

As soon as the elven twins had recovered and rejoined the party, Lukos held a meeting. He announced to the party that he was leaving to head back east to render aid to an old friend. He wished the party good fortune and left them the deed to the villa that he had purchased a month ago.

The party, minus Vilhelmus and Lukos, now decided to return to the Hidden Temple to retrieve the treasure they had hidden previously. Feeling the need for some additional help, they purchased a dwarven war dog named Tycho and a female hedge mage named Danica. The party returned to the temple where they soon encountered a horde of undead. The party made quick work of them and returned to Turos Tem with their loot

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Hidden Temple Part V
Esevelen, 23rd | Jun 30th

Esevelen, 23rd | Jun 30th | Hidden Temple V

The party minus Oberron, who had yet to return, made preparation to return to the Hidden Temple. Lozen at the last minute announced that she needed to leave to go to Türos Aster to deal with a personal matter. She promised she would rejoin the party at the hidden temple. Lukos accompanied her.

The rest of the party headed to the temple and arrived without incident. After a quick huddle, the party decided to retrace their steps and sweep all of the rooms they had previously cleared to ensure that no one could sneak up on them. It was during the sweep of the kobold chieftain’s throne room that Avery and Ivanova both discovered a secret door they had previously missed.

Behind the door was a secret room with three chests painted copper, silver and gold. Garrick was able to determine that all of the chests were trapped and that a special key was needed to open them. Ivanova noticed that there was another secret door that leads to the secret room. She tried to open the door but felt something heavy blocking it. Using all of her strength and the door swung open and the sound of breaking wood and glass drowned out the surprise cries of the orcs who were shocked to see the paladin burst through a wall into their room.

The heroes had managed to burst into the throne room of Apsa the orc chieftain. The heroes where soon embroiled in a full on melee as orcs and a warg from other rooms began to pour into the room. After 15 minutes of bloodletting, the heroes found themselves standing on dead orcs and repulsing wave after wave of orcs. Eventually the orcs stopped coming, and the party was able to catch their breath. They quickly looted the room and then proceeded to clear out the rest of the orcs in the vicinity. Fatigued from battle and frustrated by their inability to find Oberron, the party made camp in the Orcs former barracks. During their camp three gnolls walked in on them, but the party quickly over powered them.

Esevelen, 24 (Jul 1st) | Hidden Temple V

The party awoke and began to move out, it was then they found Lozan and Atticus. Reunited they went in search of Oberron but found trouble instead. They first encountered small groups of hobgoblins who were setting up In the goblin’s former territory. The real trouble began when the heroes encountered a warband of hobgoblins in military formation.

Lozan and Vilhelmus repeatedly attempted to outmaneuver the hobgoblins but where unsuccessful. Miscommunication between members of the party gave the hobgoblins the advantage which they pressed. The tide was turned when Brother Merrin used divine magic that enabled Lozan to wade into the enemy and thin their ranks. The hobgoblins unable to direct attacks at the blade dancer where soon on the defensive as the heroes tore into them.

Avery, Garrick, Vilhelmus and Ivanova all suffered mortal wounds and were close to death. Thanks to the healing arts of Lozan and Brother Merrin they were spared from the underworld. Vilhelmus’s left arm had been shattered and he needed to be brought back to Turo’s Tem.

The party retreated from the temple and headed back to the fort. Avery, Garrick and Ivanova were quickly treated. Vilhelmus however needed surgery; the chirurgeon was forced to remove his left arm at the elbow. Ivanova pleaded with Priestess Genelen to restore her cousin and make him whole. The priestess used her last remaining ritual scroll and restored Vilhelmus, who began to grow a new arm. Vilhelmus remained in a deep sleep and Ivanova prayed he would wake up.

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Reload!
Esevelen, 17th-23rd | Jun 24th – 3oth

Back to Town

Vilhelmus

Vilhelmus could feel the steam soaking into his tired and aching muscles, slowly loosening the knots. The physicians at the hospital had done a good job of sewing him up the day before. The pungent smell of the poultice they had used had become aromatic in the steam room. Lukos who was sitting next to him got up and headed out, saying he was going to head back to the villa to grab some food.

The bath house was getting crowded, the pre-dinner crowd had arrived and it was getting noisy. Deciding to head for somewhere quieter, he headed to the cooling pool before heading out. As he arrived he saw Lozan get out and towel off. She hurried up and got dressed, joining Lukos on the way out. As Vilhelmus waded into the cool water, he wondered how Oberron was faring and if he would ever see the strange dwarf again.

Ivanova

Ivanova slowly knelt down beside the duck pond near their villa. The morning sun was climbing higher and the air grew warm. The mallards in the pond quietly quacked as they frolicked in the water. Ivanova had her armor and weapons laid out on a blanket. She began cleaning and mending each piece of her armor like how her grandfather Borris has taught her. She quietly hummed a song she had been taught by the Swanmays.

After cleaning her armor, she began to clean her weapons. She noted with some dismay she was running low on arrows, time to by some more. The bustling sound of the forum could be heard off in the distance. Ivanova wondered if she might also find some curatives in the market.

Avery & Garrick

The fever burned hot in the elven twins, they twisted and moaned in their sleep. The sheets were damp with sweat as the illness burned away inside of him. Lynara and Lozan dipped strips of rag into bowls of cool water. They used the rags to cool the elves as best they could. Priestess Genelan came by and feed each of the brothers a curative broth. The priestess assured them both the elves would recover in time.

Vilhelmus

The forum was busy as Vilhelmus made his way through the stalls looking for a decent sword. He noticed an old man sitting next to a thread bare blanket. Displayed on the blanket were old trinkets and junk. One item caught his eye and drew him over. There was a sword sheathed inside a ratty scabbard. The sword was of imperial design, an older version of the current legion sword known as a Kopis. Vilhelmus picked up the sword and unsheathed it. The blade was still bright and sharp. He haggled with the old man for a moment and purchased the sword.

The old man cackled as he fondled all of the gold he just got. Vilhelmus had moved on and noticed his cousin haggling with a merchant over some glass vials. Vilhelmus walks over to his cousin.

Ivanova

Ivanova walked into the Quartermasters office looking for Koinus. The old man was hunched over a scroll making tic marks with a quill. He greeted Ivanova warmly and asked her how he could help. She told him she needed a resupply of arrows. The old man quickly appeared with a bundle of arrows, they talked for a time before Ivanova bid farewell.

As she left she could see Lozan heading towards the hospital. Every day the blade dancer went there to look after the elven twins. She waved at Lozan and turned and marched down to the forum to see what other items she might purchase.

In the forum, she browsed the stalls and came across a travelling merchant who had several potions of healing for sell. She was about to haggle with the merchant when her cousin Vilhelmus appears and helps her negotiate with the merchant.

Ivanova walks off in a huff as the price is too high, while Vilhelmus goes ahead and purchases a vial.

The merchant cackles as he counts his gold as Vilhelmus walks away.

Vilhelmus, Ivanova & Lozan

The afternoon sun had just begun to set as Vilhelmus settled into his favorite spot at the taverna. He had spent the day at the fort drilling with some of the legionnaires getting use to his new sword. Lozan had found him and let him know that the elven brother’s fever had finally broken and they should be on their feet in a couple of days.

Soon a group of legionaries joined Vilhelmus at his table, today sparring partners. Soon the wine was flowing as were the stories and tales that all soldiers and sailors carried with them,

[VILHELMUS ROLLS 1, CRITICAL FAIL]
[VILHELMUS GAINS STATUS SMASHED]

More wine is order and the men drink heavily. They soon began to sing military hymns and marches.

[VILHELMUS ROLLS 20, CRITICAL SUCCESS]
[VILHELMUS NEW STATUS INEBRIATED]

Soon Lozan and Ivanova arrive and join the festivities. The ladies order several more amphora of wine

[LOZAN HAS JOINED THE PARTY]
[IVANOVA HAS JOINED THE PARTY]

The ladies order several more amphora of wine for everyone. Bowls are raised and toasts are made.

[VILHELMUS ROLLS 7, FAIL]
[LOZAN ROLLS 1, CRITICAL FAIL]
[IVANOVA ROLLS 9, FAIL]
[VILHELMUS GAINS STATUS SMASHED]
[LOZAN GAINS STATUS SMASHED]
[VILHELMUS GAINS STATUS INEBRIATED]

The last embers of sunlight fade as the sun sinks beyond the horizon in the west. Oil lamps have been lit and more wine is drunk

[VILHELMUS ROLLS 3, FAIL]
[LOZAN ROLLS 2, FAIL]
[IVANOVA ROLLS 4, FAIL]

VILHELMUS GAINS STATUS SOZZLED

LOZAN GAINS STATUS BLOTTO

VILHELMUS GAINS STATUS PLASTERED

[DRUNKEN DEBAUCHERY REACHED]

Avery

The fever had finally broken two days ago and Avery finally felt normal. Garrick had already left the hospital and so Avery made his way to the officers barrack to see Lynara.
Lynara was waiting for him, she had the day off and she wanted to spend it with him. They first went to the quartermaster to see about finding Avery some better armor. Koinos was there playing a game with Ivanova.

Koinos looks around and he pulls out a set of Banded Plate armor. He offers it to Avery at the price of 50 gold pieces and Avery’s old armor as trade-in.

Leaving the Quartermaster’s Office, Avery and Lynara went to go see Mayln. The mage was asleep but one of his assistants was there. Avery negotiated trading his remaining blood lilies for 1 potion of cure wounds.

Eventually Avery and Lynara, found themselves outside the fort, on the banks of the river beneath a Willow Tree. They had spread out a blanket and enjoyed a bottle of wine with some cheese and bread. Lynara nestled her head in Avery’s arms and breathed a sigh of contentment. Avery looked down at her, cupping her face with his hand and leaned in to place a passionate kiss upon her ruby lips.

Later that evening Lynara and Avery headed to the bath house. They passed Garrick heading back to the fort; Garrick said nothing as he seemed a man determined to get somewhere. As the pair approached the bathhouse, Avery felt the call of nature and excused himself and headed to the outhouse. Lynara, who was standing outside, jumped in surprise when she heard Avery cry out.

“BLOODY AVATARS OF PAIN! SWEET MOTHER CALYFRA! WHY DOES IT BURN! IT IS LIKE PISSING DAGGETRS!

GARRRICK!!!

Garrick

The fever had finally broken two days ago and Garrick finally felt normal. Garrick left the hospital and made his way out of the fort and down the hill to the forum.

Shopping around Garrick looked to replace much of the gear he lost. Checking out the different stalls in the forum, he came across a beautifully crafted dwarven steel crossbow with a raven motif etched into in and a matching bolt case with raven fletched bolts. At another stall he found a good length of hemp rope and a. iron grappling hook. Satisfied with his new purchase, Garrick headed to the Tavernos to quench his first.

Kicking back, Garrick slowly sipped the honey laced wine and watched the day to day bustle of the village. A small form caught Garrick’s eye and quickly got his attention. A rather busty female halfling weaved through the crowd balancing a tray of baked good. Garrick motioned to her and the halfling sauntered over, swaying her broad hips. The young lass had hair the color of straw framing a broad pleasant face. Blue eyes the color of sea peered out of long eye lashes.

“How much for the sweets, my sweet” said Garrick coyling
“Oi, for a tall dark handsome stranger like you, a copper,” said the lass in a loud brassy voice.
“Do they taste as sweet as I think you do” said Garrick using his best seductive voice.
“Oi, why don’t we head over to the stable and find out” the halfling said in a smoky whisper. She gave Garrick a toothy smile, well as toothy as her as four remaining teeth would allow her.

Garrick soon found himself flat on his back on a pile of hay in the Inn’s Stable. The halfing has discarded any pretense of fair maidenhood as she quickly loosened her bodice and hiked up her ……

Several hours later, Garrick headed over to the bath house to wash the hay and sweat off. The halfling lass had been quite energetic. Feeling the call of nature, Garrick stopped off to relieve himself. As he urinated, Garrick felt a familiar burning sensation has had felt once before.

“_Bloody Hell, Not Again!_” Garrick quickly laced up his pants and headed to the hospital.
“I wonder if I can get Ivanova to Lay on Hands on me”

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Return to the Hidden Temple
Esevelen, 13th -16th | (21-23 June)

Return to the Hidden Temple

After returning to Türos Tem, the party turned over Agrippa’s head to Priestess Genelan. They watched as the aged priestess performed the rite that destroyed Agrippa forever. The priestess thanked the party for the tremendous service they had performed. The heroes took their leave and returned to the new Villa that Lukos had acquired for them. They were soon settled down for a much needed rest.

Setting forth from Turos Tem, the party marched westward into the Viaspen Forest. During their journey, the party could see how far the blight had spread. The closer to the Hidden Temple they got, the stronger the blight. The party once again found themselves standing before the massive crack in the side of the stone hill where the Hidden Temple lay.

They party entered the stone monadnock and entered the massive cavern antechamber where they found a war band of kobolds and a mutated wolf. A bloody fight ensured and the heroes were triumphant albeit mildly wounded. Vilhelmus had managed during the fight to smash open a crate of overly ripe apples.

The heroes then pushed through the massive temple doors into the temple proper. After some debate the decision was made to check on the former bandit quarter. They wanted to see if any temple denizens had reclaimed the old chapel for their own.

At first it seemed empty but soon a throng of zombies, many of whom were bandits they had previously killed lurched out the darkness to attack the party. A bloody battle ensued with the heroes hard pressed. It was the timely arrival of a priest of Ammonar and his retainers who helped turn the tide of battle.

Lozan, Ivanova, Vilhelmus and Oberron traded blows with the zombies slowly whittling down their numbers. Avery and Garrick chased after the zombies that Brother Merrin had turned away. Soon the area smelled of burning flesh and the air was filled with the wails of wounded elves.

The priest introduced himself as Brother Lankeister Merrin, a priest of Turas, who was here looking for the source of the evil at the heart of this complex. The party bound their wounds and with Brother Merrin in tow, they pressed on.

They soon found themselves in what must have been the goblin quarter. The dead rotting bodies of goblin were everywhere. They party remembered Drusus telling them that the hobgoblins had purged the temple of the goblins about 6 weeks ago.

The party reached a 40’ wide, 60’ tall courtyard which was open to the cavernous ceiling 350’ above. Unlike most rooms in the complex, the floor here was earth and not stone, though no living things grow in the dirt. In the center of the dead soil was a 15’ diameter brick-lined well. The shaft of the well descends downward 50’into darkness and then slants off to the north. A horde of giant rats soon descends upon the party.

In the chaotic battle that ensued, the heroes soon found a number of their party slipping and falling into the pit. They managed to recover only to have two giant spiders begin climbing up the well. Vilhelmus while falling down the shaft, losses his enchanted blade but manages to kill one of the spiders and rides the other one out of the well and the party kills it.

The party took stock of their wounds and remaining equipment. They decided they were too wounded to carry-on and retreat to Turos Tem was in order. Oberron however decides he needed to know where the well leads to, there might be a chance to see if he could retrieve Vilhelmus’ sword.

The party left the Hidden Temple and made the trek back to the safety of Turos Tem without any further encounters.

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Death to Agrippa
Esevelen, 9th -14th

Death To Agrippa

Agrippa came forth in the dead of night;
the moon in her eyes shone glassy bright,
as over the marshes she strode in might,
until she came to her end.

Dark lay the dale, the moon shone ‘round;
by the pit she lurked underground
and cursed the clinking armor sound
and arms of the heroes returning.

The stalwart band descended alone;
Sharp were their arrows and bright their blades shone,
And hungered for the flesh of Agrippa the crone.
The bard’s spirit whispered a song of vengeance.

Dank and dark was the fetid pit,
Twisting the black glass tunnels and grit.
Water, cold and stagnant to chill the bones within it-
What horrors slept beneath the surface?

Waterlogged tombs lay about, rotten
The bones of the lost and forgotten
Protected by those blessed with undeath, begotten,
The restless dead awoke.

Over isles of muck and bone,
Through hordes of vermin and mold and stone,
Tainted flesh eaters and corpse walkers did moan
And fall before the might of the heroes.

In her lair did she lay, the beast-
Agrippa, the fallen, the corrupted, unleashed.
The warriors girded themselves, did not cease,
And with mighty war cries made battle.

Cleaved and hacked her limbs did they,
Arcane magicks burned her flesh, they say.
Arrow and dagger pierced her skin that day;
Her howls shook the tomb.

Her head shorn from body and burned,
Mouth packed with salt so she would not return,
Thrice Blessed Silver Nails that they had earned
Were hammered into her head.

Agrippa came forth in the dead of night;
the moon in her eyes shone glassy bright,
as over the marshes she strode in might,
until she came to her end.

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Lukos in Peril
Esevelen, 2-8th | (9-15 June)

Return to Turos Tem

Esevelen, 2-8 | (9-15 June)

The party now had a new addition, a dwarf named Oberron, son of Oberron, Vault Lord of High Forge. He had been by D’mitri to assist the party. The Party decided that they needed to head back to the Hidden Temple and Türos Tem before they took on Agrippa again. They also wanted to check in with Lukos and his henchmen to see how they were faring.

They arrived at the Hidden Temple and soon found that Lukos and his men were under siege by beastmen. The party jumped into the fray, turning the tide and defeating the beastmen. After speaking with Lukos and his remaining retainers, they retreated out of the temple. The party returned to Turos Tem to resupply and rest for a bit.

After making all of their preparation, the party hired boats to take them east down the Western Krysivor River toward the Dragon Falls. As the party neared the falls they could hear the roar of the falls. The party disembarked on the south banks of the river right before the point where the four Krysivor converged and spilled over the cliff side. The party rappelled down the cliff face descending into the thick canopy of the Lusaun Forest. From the base of the cliff they marched to the fetid pit.

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Funeral for a Friend
Zigelen, 27-28, Esevelen, 1

Funeral for a Friend
Zigelen, 27-28, Esevelen, 1 | (6-9 June)

The party arrived in Türos Luln and sought out the services of a Dead House, a temple dedicated to the goddess Calefa and ran by the Sisterhood of Mourning. The party made arrangements to give Atticus his last rites with the Sisters. During the meeting with the Gray Sisters, the elven twins managed to upset the Grey Sisters, who sequestered them for a private chat.

While the brothers were being questioned by the Sisters, the rest of the party went out on the town to celebrate the life of the friend they had lost. It was during the drunken revelry that Vilhelmus lost his cousin, Ivanova, who was taken by a slaver. A spirited pursuit took place in the middle of town and the slaver managed to escape.

Vilhelmus and Lozen, searched in vain but could not find Ivanova anywhere. Ivanova who had been rendered unconscious had been taken on board a trading ship,_ Sinbad’s Revenge_, moored at the docks. The captain and his crew had been busy; they had a ship full of young women that they intended to sell to the harems of Zanzibar.

Ivanova, who had been unconscious for a while awoke to find herself at sea. She was in the captain’s cabin stripped naked and tied to a bed. She quickly realized her predicament and she was not having any of this. She managed to untie herself and secured herself clothing and a weapon from the captain’s sea chest. There was a guard standing sentry outside the cabin, who Ivanova expertly dispatched.

When the captain came to sample his newest acquisition, she promptly gutted him and cut off his head. She then marched out onto the deck with captain’s head in hand and in her full divine glory cowed the entire crew of the ship. In a day she was back at the docks of Tǘros Luln. She then freed the girls being held hostage and the crew scurried off to the darkest corners of the docks.

Ivanova then reunited with her cousin who she then presented the ship too. At this time the twins rejoined the party. Together they renamed the ship the Winged Lion. The rest of the week involved making preparation to kill Agrippa and last rites for Atticus.
Then a dwarf showed up………

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Unexpected Surprises
Zigelen, 24th – 27th (Jun 3rd-5th)

Up The River

Zigelen, 24th – 27th (Jun 3rd-5th)

The party once more reunited decided to head back to Türos Tem and check-in with Lukos and his henchmen. While on the road through the Via Marshes the elven brother convinced the group to make a side trek to see if they could find a lost elven shrine they believed to be hidden somewhere in the Lusaun Forest. There first destination stop was at the port town of Türos Luln to hire a boat to take them up the Southern Krysivor River.

Once a boat was acquired, the party made their way north up the Krysivor River. Traveling as far north as they could, the party disembarked and began searching for the lost shrine. After several hours of wandering the dense forest, the party discovered a set of ancient ruins deep in the forest.

In the center of the ruins was a hole in the ground from which arose a blighted miasma. While investigate the hole, the ground collapsed underneath the party and they found themselves in a waterlogged series of crypts. The party soon learned that his was the home of the beast known as Agrippa.

The party explored the crypts, fighting through bands of ghouls and zombies, with great success. It was a chance encounter with a bubbling fissure of methane gas that the party was undone. Their torches ignited the gas causing serious injury to most of the party. Deciding to retreat back to the surface, the party attempted to climb out when Agrippa revealed herself and attacked the party.

During the course of the battle the heroes inflicted serious injury to the undead terror. Agrippa returned the favor in kind injuring many and killing Atticus the Wanderer by smashing him into the cave wall. Lozan and Ivanova melted Agrippa’s head using healing magic, the bane of the undead. However, pieces of Agrppa managed to escape as the party had forgotten the lore that Priestess Genelen had provided them on how to defeat a Psychopagos.

The party climbed out of the fetid pit and limped back to the boat carrying the body of their fallen comrade. Once safely on the river barge, they headed back down the river to Türos Luln to give Atticus a proper burial and to heal their wounds.

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