April 9th, 994
Alphariel, Vani, Rowena, Benjin, Tyzzer, Bui, Charzin, and Craynor meet outside of the Vortex in Glim. Introductions are made.
Each adventurer is questioned by Carnavan and enter The Vortex.
Sarax enters and tells us:
- Drow, not Rendlich elves might be the problem.
- Adelanter is a problem.
- Imix is bad and his cultists continue to pop up.
- Yeenoghou, the gnoll god walks the earth.
Sarax encourages us to despise traitors and work together to defeat these evils.
We follow Sarax through a portal (without our weapons or armor) and end up somewhere cool near a sea. There is a castle in the near distance – Castle Locathah.
ADD HISTORY NOTES RE: The 3 kings of old…
Seated in the castle are Elektra, Mani, Fumaro, Tekal, and Javok.
Sarax accuses Tyzzer (the greatest hero this kingdom has ever known) of treason! WTF?
Mani testifies under great protest. Apparently he told others about the Silver Hand.
Tekal and Fumaro testify, but clarify that they do not consider Tyzzer a traitor.
Elektra testifies that we hurt her feelings.
Shivon testifies that if Tyzzer is a friend of Nashua and Itzam-ye, he must be loyal.
Skyblade testifies that because Nan ignored his missions from the Silver Hand to warn Tyzzer about the threats of treason, Tyzzer must also be found not loyal.
Moonshadow approaches the bench, but Charzin immediately recognizes her as a rakshassa and confronts her.
Lyrie testifies that Tyzzer talked about joining the WJN.
Bui asked to summon Sarax… a demonstration of his powers.
Sarax brings out the dead, headless body of Nan. All hell breaks loose. Tyzzer has difficulty continuing and is clearly shaken.
Javok testifies that because Tyzzer talked to him about the Silver Hand, he is a traitor.
Rowena threatens to kill anyone who finds Tyzzer guilty.
Tyzzer’s gives a speech at Castle Locathah in his defense. By the end of the speech all of his allies stand behind him, moving the audience. The speech:
“I left my family and hometown of Welby eight years ago in search of adventure. For years I worked with Nan at his smithy in Standall, hauling ore, bending steel to the will of my hammer, getting strong. I listened to stories of Nan’s adventuring days, wide-eyed and anxious. Nan finished every one of his tales with wise counsel: A true hero seeks out adventure only in the service of a greater cause. I heard him, but I was too busy dreaming of battling orcs and slaying dragons to truly listen to his advice.
I stand before you now a slayer of orcs and a destroyer of undead. I have negotiated with giants and redeemed angels. I have traveled to the edge of the astral sea and returned to receive the mark of the gold dragon. The greatest bard of our age, the Lambasan Crow, has sung my praises. But none of these compare to my greatest accomplishment because none of this was accomplished alone.
A little over a year ago I signed up to explore Area 23 and learned the ways of the ranger from Quorion. Back to back, Atli and I fended off hoards of orcs under the cover of arrows loosed by Benjin. I dove into a bone-laden depraved cavity of death to fight off the horror of Haverthold with Derezim. In Ashenport I banished the old power of Dagon with Vani and Alphariel. Eventually, I stood with the barbarian Craynor on the battlements of Seegold, looking into the vastness of eternity and made the most difficult decision of my life as I left one of the truest and most loyal friends I have ever had to return to Terkent and finish the quest I started in Area 23.
I posed as a travelling circus performer, trusting in Ja’Elle’s crazy, but effective, plan at the Steading. I directed the zealous sword of Kissandi as we rid Lambasa of the infernal corruption of the Imix cult. After every one of these battles, when my body and soul felt like they could not possibly continue, Bui Collins was there to remind me who I am, and what I was fighting for.
And I cannot forget about the one who was there with me from the beginning in Standhall. So powerful, with seemingly inexhaustible fire in her heart. My closest ally through all of this. Rowena. She was a worthy and trusty steed. I will always cherish the memory of my first horse.
I have saved the lives of each one of these companions, and in turn they have brought me back from the abyss many times.
This is what we are fighting for; this is my greatest accomplishment. Companionship. Loyalty. The freedom to live our lives as we wish. Look at the person next to you. As we continue this crusade he or she might be the one who saves your life — either by putting a sword through the heart of an enemy leaping from the shadows, or by supplying the information that allows you to avoid the enemy’s deadly trap.
There are some who will tell you that to find your true strength, you must look within yourself. I’m here to tell you that you must look outward. Out to the ally next to you in the battle. Out to the family you left to be here. Out to the civilians who have no way of defending themselves. Out to those who have already fallen in the pursuit of freedom! We have been blessed to be strong enough to participate in this fight. It is our responsibility to stand up for every freedom-loving citizen!
Nan told me that a true hero seeks out adventure only in the service of a greater cause. There is no greater cause than to use your gifts to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Personal glory is the first step toward corruption. We do not seek death, but we are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so that future generations might live in peace. It does not matter if they remember our names; our legacy is freedom."
Sarax finds Tyzzer guilty and sentences him to death, but before this he divides the great hall between the audience and the front of the chamber.
A circle in the middle of the room starts growing into a slippery, transmuted mess.
A big fight breaks out on our side of the force wall.
There is a storm brewing — it ain’t natural.
In the storm is a gargantuan red dragon. It’s Adalaenter.
We head toward where the portal was across the bridge, but it’s not there anymore.
Fharlanghn (the god of travel) shows up and everyone calms down a little bit.
We head back into the castle. Cuz that’s the way the dragon isn’t.
The whole group follows Bui, they assume it was him who calmed them. A couple of the heroes do not make it as the dragon blows up part of the bridge.
We get back into the castle and the threat of the dragon is gone for now. However, it is clear that many forces have converged here somehow — the dragon, the storm, gods. It’s not good.
Shivon is angered by the storm because it is clear to her that Zehir is fighting with Melora. She tries to rally people to march against the temple to Zehir that she saw in a vision and believes is out there, nearby in the storm.
She is persuasive, but not to everyone.