Quorian arrives back in town. He had been training with Allef. Quorian says Allef has information about the NPC party and the Eastern Foothills. Quorian decides to drink with us at the Wellby festival.
Mon., 6/8 Sweetie the waitress invited us back to Oleaster’s. The festival begins. Drunken evil halfling, Yaws, says that Finmond the elf king didn’t die, he changed his name to Johev. At the festival Judge Chiari told a story about the history of the 3 Kings and the festival (a timeline follows):
685- King Rhendlich is killed in a massive orc raid from unknown lands (now known as Mar Dir). On the day of his death, the nation mourns but also celebrates the renaming of their nation and continent to honor their king. They name the continent Rhendlich, attempting to leave all of their troubled history behind.
685-710- Rhendlich engaged in battles between monsters and settlers. During the struggle, humans and elves from Terkent came to help. By 707, the three racial allies had excellent leaders: Tinsack the dwarf, Finmond the elf, and Drahmund the human. Tinsack led his forces to the north, Findmond took the middle of the continent, while Drahmund took his forces south. All had great success. Eventually the continent was ready to be settled with good-aligned cities again.
710- Rhendlich was divided into 3 parts. All three leaders agreed that the land would be re-divided when one or two of them died. Each leader trusted the other two to rule justly.
723- Tinsack was poisoned and died. Suspicions came and went. Nobody ever discovered who the murderer was. Rhendlich was re-divided into two equal parts. The north was run by Drahmund I while the south was led by Finmond.
737- Terkent’s King Demus dies of natural causes. Enough leaders realize that the best two current leaders reside in Rhendlich. All agree to allow Drahmund I to rule Terkent. Finmond remains in Rhendlich and rules the entire continent, and now nation.
757- King Drahmund I dies. His son is appointed king. This starts a hereditary monarchy that spans eight kings and almost 200 years.
795-805- Finmond and his royal army defend Rhendlich from the attack of The Unknown Sorcerer and his many brigades. The Drahmund Sea was named after Drahmund III, the brave king who personally slayed 2 dragons during the war.
952- The Drahmund family has no more direct heirs to the throne.
952-962- Various warring lords battle for power. Leaders are established on five occasions, never lasting more than two months before another power struggle ensues.
968- Festival of the Three Kings established to honor these leaders. Week long celebrations, festivals, and shows in Wellby. Wellby has a chance to showcase their city. Legends are retold, goods are hocked, and many parties are celebrated over the course of this week. Invariably there is a play celebrating the union of the 3 kings and their races (dwarf, elf, and human). By the current year, 993, Mayor Ludd of Wellby supplies the beverages for the party for one full day. Many people travel from their towns to celebrate for the entire week. Early arrivals get spots in the inns and with relatives and in the nearby capital. Others pitch tents within the cities or on the city limits during this time.
Tues., 6/9 More chicanery
Thurs., 6/11 Origins of 3 – the Play.
Sat., 6/13 3 a.m. met Rebar, a self-proclaimed friend of the Lambasan Crow. The Lambasan Crow has been loose-lipped about the hardbacks. Rebar also described the lights like in the woods. The party also hears about the dragon demanding tribute in the King’s Mountains. The Crow performs at 8 p.m. and uses a light show like in the woods with Friend. Derezim confronts the Crow during the show. Derezim and the rest of the party are recognized by the Crow in front of the roaring audience.
Sun., 6/14 3 Wizards. The song by the Crow is about us. Over the week, the party spent 40 gp.
Mon., 6/15 Sleep in the area of the former Rhondora.
Tues., 6/16 Late, late arrival in Standhall.
Wed., 6/17 Allef begins training Tyzzer. Others pay for their training. The town crier alerts the town that the dragon Adalaenter is demanding tribute or he will destroy towns. Tyzzer completes phase 1 of masterwork greatsword.
Thurs. 6/18 – Wed. 6/31 Training continues uninterrupted. Paid 20 gemeralds for training.
Thurs. 7/1 Full moon. Party heads back towards the foothills. At night during Elios’ watch, he smells sewage and tastes minty fog. He wakes Derezim and then the others. Lights continue to flash like before. Lights, fire close in and then turn to ice. The party is surrounded by a wall of ice. A door in the ice opens toward the party. A figure enters. The door disappears. The ice turns into a dome. Clouds clear outside the ice. The figure is Friend. He continues the bread tradition. Ja’Elle continues the water tradition. He questions the party if they have been keeping the peace and if they have been telling stories about him. He appears satisfied by the answers of the party.
Fri., 7/2 Awaken remembering Friend. Was it a dream, or was it real? The party gets to Station 1. Romak welcomes you back. You discuss the hard-backs, etc. It is mid-day at Station 1. The party has agreed to clear the area of orcs before heading to find out about PRIII.