Stamus Contra Malum: 1013 YE

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;
by the pit she lurked and listened long,
and she cursed the clinking armor and arms
and the hobnails of the heroes returning

The stalwart band descend into the pit
Bright blades and sharp arrows
hungered for the flesh of Agrippa
The bard’s spirit whispered the song of vengeance

Dank and dark was the fetid pit
Twisting the black glass tunnel turned
Water, cold and stagnant chilling the bones
What horrors slept beneath the surface

Water logged tombs lay about
The bones of the forgotten lay
Protected by those blessed with undeath
The restless dead were rampant

Over isles of muck and bone
Through hordes of vermin and mold
Tainted flesh eaters and corpse walker did come
And fall before the might of the heroes

I_n her lair did she lay, the beast
Agrippa, the fallen, the corrupted
The warriors girded themselves
And with might warcry’s did make battle_

Cleave and hack her limbs
Arcane magicks burned her flesh
Arrow and dagger piercer her skin
Her howls shook the tomb

Her head shorn from body
Mouth packed with salt
Thrice Blessed Silver Nails
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 Darkcrawler, son of Oberron, Vault Lord of High Forge. He had been by Dmitri 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 wanted to check in with Lukos.

They arrived at the Hidden Temple and soon found that Lukos was under siege by Hobgoblins. The party jumped into the fray defeating the beastmen. They then got Lukos and the remaining retainers out of the temple and back to Turos Tem. From there they set forth by river to the Dragon Falls. Scaling down the cliff face they then marched back to the Fetid Pit of Agrippa.in the heart of the Lushaun Forest.

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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 arrives in Türos Luln and sought the services of a Dead House, a temple dedicated to the goddess Calefa and run by the Sisterhood of Mourning. The party arranged for last rites for Atticus with the Sisters. During the meeting, the twins 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 loss of their friend. 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, who was being held captive on the slaver’s ship, Sinbad’s Revenge. The slaver and her crew 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 slaver captain 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 intimated and 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 decides that on the way back to Türos Tem, they are going to make a side trek to discover the lost elven shrine they believe is hidden somewhere in the Lusaun Forest. There first destination is the port town of Türos Luln to hire them a boat to take them up the 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 being searching for the lost shrine. After several hours 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 and the home of the beast known as Agrippa.

The party explored these crypts fighting through bands of ghouls and zombies. While fighting on a island of bone and muck, the party found a silver elven sword. When Avery held it aloft and chanted the words engraved into the sword, it burst into blue flame. The party continued on for their search of the crypts.

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 Content Not Found: null 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 retreated back to the boat and headed back to Türos Luln to give Atticus a proper burial and to heal their wounds.

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You Can Never Go Home Again
Zigelen, 4th – 23rd (May 17th – June 2nd)

Training and Mayhem

Zigelen, 4th – 23rd (May 17th – June 2nd)

Avery, Garrick, Lozan and Ivanova make to the trek to Rifllian. Along the way they make several important discovers. They find an elven landmark that denotes several locations in the region, including a lost elven tower and a shrine. While staying at Türos Drav, they are targeted by a member of a strange cult who wear black hare masks and worship Duvan’ku.

They eventually make it to the elven town where the elven brothers immediately dive into their training. After several weeks the elves are almost done, when Lozan and Ivanova engage in drunken debauchery and soon the four of them have to flee town due to an issue with cocks and an angry elven nobleman. The four of them eventually head south and reunite with Vilhelmus and Atticus at the Hastinov Estate.

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Kill Druss
Zigelen, 1st – 7th (May 10th-16th)

Kill Drusus

Zigelen, 1st – 7th (May 10th-16th)

The party makes preparations and heads back to the Hidden Temple. A bloody melee ensues as the party fights their way past the front down and into the temple. A savage battle erupts in the Bandit Quarter as the party tears through the bandits and soon is face to face with Drusus. The party emerges victorious with Vilhelmus and Garrick dealing a combined killing blow.

The party begins looting the room when tragedy strikes. Garrick attempted to pick the lock on a chest and triggered a trap which poisoned him. Only the healing skills of Lozan saved him from death. The party heads back to Türos Tem, where Garrick and Content Not Found: null recover from their wounds. The group begins making plans on their next steps.

Lukos hires a number of henchmen to help him secure the Bandit Quarters in the Hidden Temple to use as a base of operations. Avery and Garrick decide to head to Rifllian to get additional training; Lozan and Ivanova decide to go with them. Vilhelmus decides to head to the Hastinov Estate to inform Dmitry of what the party discovered.

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Truth Be Told
Pendaelen, 24th – 28th (May 5th-9th)

After the Battle at the Farmhouse

Pendaelen, 24th – 28th (May 5th-9th)

Party returns to Türos Tem to recover from the fight with Locke and Key. Many are wounded and an extended period of rest and recovery is had. Both the elven twins end up with identical matching scars that require extensive healing. Several important matters are discussed during this time by the group. The Twins reveal to the party that they are members of the elven political movement known as the New Hellions and reveal to the group their true purpose for being out in the borderlands. Vilhelmus declares himself for the New Hellions and asks to join the group, surprising everyone there. The group also discusses the fact that it is clear that Drusus, Brigand King does not trust them. The groups bonds over this and swears an oath to each other.

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Locke & Keye
23rd of Pendaelen

The Battle of the Farm

Session VIII – 23rd of Pendaelen

The party leaves Turos Tem and heads to meeting with the man known as Mister Locke. The location is a farm located an hour and half from the fort. Upon nearing the farm, Vilhelmus and Ivanova split off from the party to circle around a barn to approach the farmhouse from the side. Lozan, Avery and Garrick approaching the farmhouse directly, Atticus and Lukos decided to hang back with bows ready to lend support.
Mister Locke is standing out in the open near the farmhouse waiting for them. Avery hands over the opium but Mister Locke become enraged when he sees that the map that Avery took was not included. It is at this point a band of bandits appears members of Drusus’s faction from the temple. They are there to steal the opium and kill the party for making deals behind Drusus’s back with the Silver Scales.

Before a fight breaks out, another interested party arrives. A party of dwarves led Holgrim Bone-Breaker, son of the Vault Lord of High Forge, Oberron Troll-Nose. They are there is question Mister Locke over the recent disappearance of a dwarven merchant. Holgrim then proceeds to arrest everyone present. Mister Locke at this point reveals his trump card, his partner Key, a Zaharan Necromancer who was hiding in the farmhouse.

A massive melee ensues; Vilhelmus is knocked through the doors of the barn where he discovers the hanging disemboweled bodies of the owners of the farm. The intestines become animated and begin to attack him. Ivanova is able to free them as the rest of the party attempts to defeat Mister Locke and Keys. The battle ends with Key’s blowing up the farmhouse; allowing the duo to escape in the confusion. The bandits were all killed, as was one of the dwarves. A brief parley between the party and the dwarves reveals the past connects of the Hastinov’s family with Oberron Troll-Nose (from previous campaign).

Two key pieces of information that was revealed during the encounter was that Avery possessed an ancient map that the Silver Scale Trading Company wanted badly and that Drusus’s has a spy in Turos Tem that has been keeping an eye on the party.

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Getting Caught Up
9th to 22nd of Pendaelen

Session VI– 9th to 22nd of Pendaelen

Recap

Party returns to Turos Tem, where Garrick and Lukos recover in the hospital. The rest of the party find ways to amuse themselves.

Avery leaves town without explanation.

Vilhelmus engages in some Drunken Debauchery that leads to the capture of the Infamous criminal Jerle Hardbottom and Avery’s hand being maimed. The Priestess Genelen was able to restore the hand, but now the party owes her the head of Agrippa the Defiler.

After recovering from the mortal wound and tampering with his mortality, Avery can now speak with the dead.

The party returns to the ancient temple and encounters Antonius. They find the kobold’s treasure, deface unholy murals and kill the guardian of the treasure, a spitting cobra.

Session VI– 17th to 22nd of Pendaelen

Recap

Antoninus ends up losing his head and the party gets asked to deal with a Gnoll issue. The gnolls and their kobold cannon fodder prove to be a tough challenge for the heroes.

Both Avery and Garrick received mortal wounds that end up in the brother’s receiving matching gruesome scars, TWINS!. The party is forced to return to town, so the elf twins could receive proper medical care.

Once back in town the brothers are settled in at the hospital. After a full day of bed rest, Avery is discharged.

While they were getting medical care, Ivanova, Lozen and Avery got into some drunken debauchery. The night ends up with the three of them having to appear on the parade grounds at dawn to duel with members of the Black Bull Mercenary Company. The trio prevails kill their opponents in a Turas Blessed Duel.

Vilhelmus stayed on the sidelines watching the duel, while sinister eyes watched their every move. A dark shadow had attached itself to the party.

Garrick while still in the hospital is approached by a man named Locke, a representative of the Silver Scale Trading Company. Locke thinks Garrick is Avery and demands that Avery return something he had acquired.

After the duel, events transpired that forced Avery to reveal that he had come in to possession of a large amount of opium, but he did not reveal the exact manner in which he came into possession and what else he got in return

On the evening of the 22nd, Avery, Lozen, Ivanova, and Vilhelmus prepare to head out in the morning to a remote homestead to meet with the representative from the Company of the Silver Sword Company.

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The Deal with the Devil
8th of Pendaelen, (Early Spring) 1013YE

Return to Turos Tem

The party decided to return to Turos Tem to restock on provisions and decided their next course of action. On the morning of the 9th, the Party left the fort and returned to the mysterious hidden structure where beastmen seemed to be conjugating.

The Merchant

After a couple of hours travel the party spied a wagon being escorted by several riders. The sharp eyes and wit of several members of the party saw that the wagon was heading towards the hidden temple and not to any nearby town.

The party raced ahead of the wagon through the woods and across a stream to spring an ambush on the Merchant. It a bloody fight, the party slew all but one of the bandits, a man named Antonius. They quickly learned that Antonius and his men had waylaid a merchant and was take their spoils back to their leader, the wanted felon Drusus.

Antonius pleaded for his life and attempted to convince the party they should join the growing bandit army gathering under Drusus’s Banner. The party seeing an opportunity told Antonius they would consider his offer.

They escorted the Antonious and the wagon back to the hidden temple. Once there, they were taken to the bandit factions turf inside the temple. After some daring bluffs they meet Drusus , who looked them over and decided if they wanted to be a part of his new army, they had to kill the leader of the kobold faction. The party had gained considerable intelligence about the temple, the factions within and the mysterious leader who dwelt in the lower levels, The Lady Below. They accepted his test and marched forth to kill the Kobold King.

The Kobolds

The party headed over to the area where which the Kobolds claimed as their own. After a chilling experience with a couple of crab spiders, Lukos was badly poisoned. Using here healing skills, Lozen and Ivanova were able to save his life. It was then decided that Atticus would take Lukos back to Turos Tem where he could recover safely.

The party headed back into the temple and finally located the kobolds lair. The managed to convince the door guards they were sent by Druss to deliver a message to their king. Once inside the throne room things quickly turned into a blood bath. After beating wave after wave of kobolds, the party was left injured but alive.

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