Kissandi Charges the Darkness
Kissandi Charges the Darkness

Kissandi’s Story Part 4

March 1, 994 @ 8:30 pm

Kissandi and the warforged continue to the house, the suspected third location of four that have helped open the rift to the Shadowfell in Lambasa very recently. Here, they find two shadar-kai tenebrous. Kissandi tries to attack, but they are able to shadowy movement to avoid fighting and taunt Kissandi. The warforged do not get involved in the proceedings.

The shadar-kai say that"Fyria is amongst us, you stand no chance now!" They try to convince Kissandi that they will follow her, that Kissandi should join them and Fyria, as true servants of the Raven Queen. They know that Kissandi is from Tyr and say they believe Kissandi has the potential to be of note amongst the servants of the Raven Queen.

She does manage to notice the same Gloria to Fyria carved into the base of the walls. There is more written here that she cannot make out. She does notice a map on the wall that appears to show the four locations.

The tenebrous toss a defaced obsidian raven statue towards Kissandi. She kicks it back at them. Kissandi tries to convince them to fight, is confused by their knowledge of her past and of her power. She leaves distracted, suffering in her initiative.

She and the warforged continue to the suspected fourth location, a nondescript looking temple from the outside. The warforged make another effort to get more information from Kissandi regarding Ara’s companions and Kissandi’s associates from Terkent, unsuccessfully.

Entering the temple, Kissandi sees it clearly to be a temple to the Raven Queen. A bell with symbols to the Raven Queen brings feelings and messages to Kissandi. A vision accompanied by a flash of light and bad feeling tell Kissandi to deny the Raven Queen. Kissandi, in an effort to center herself begins to cut. The blood and pain will center her thought again, she tells herself as she prays. It feels right. In fact, she feels the need to cut the image of the Raven Queen that she saw recently into herself. She cuts into her thigh, bleeds, and envisions a woman, a priest (?) who will tell her only truths, and Kissandi feels much better. She bandages her wounds.

In a higher place, the second level of the building, Kissandi meets the woman she envisioned and questions her. The woman doesn’t speak, but her voice seems clear in Kissandi’s mind. Kissandi is questioned about a conversion. Kissandi feels it is as if to ask if she has converted an unbeliever. Kissandi questions this. Kissandi is asked who she can convert? A powerful female ally, who only seeks power is all that comes to Kissandi though this voice in her head. Kissandi feels very strongly that she is being told to convert Rowena, or at least try.

Kissandi is told she is being to reckless with the lives of believers, that she mustn’t needlessly throw away their lives (could this mean Haplor could have been saved?) Kissandi ascents.

Kissandi is told when the rift to the Shadowfell is closed, she will find a sack with a skull in it. Kissandi mustn’t open it. She must gift it to her powerful, power-seeking friend (Rowena?) to help in the conversion – it will be a gift of a true believer who departed the natural world for the Shadowfell to better serve the Raven Queen.

Kissandi also is compelled to make better use of non-believers to aid the cause.

Kissandi is told she will have others who come to help her, here in the temple.

The veil drops. The priestess dissipates. The symbols of the Raven Queen disappear from the temple and it now appears a nondescript temple to worship any god. Kissandi feels strongly that what she saw was real. Kissandi is no longer distracted. In fact, her focus has been heightened.

Kissandi hears the presence of many others on the floor below and drops to her knees in prayer.

Soon later, footsteps, the doors open behind Kissandi, and a deep voice tells Kissandi that they have come looking for her and seek a common cause, then depart the room.

Kissandi finishes her prayer and then goes to the balcony. She sees those who will share her path, at least in these next steps. Introductions are made. Kissandi does not recognize their Sojourners markings (one is likely not a Sojourner). They include:

A group of adventurers (Sojourners)
Rabbit – a male halfling axefighting leader and controller, the speaker of the group and a friend to Kaven Windstrike.
Tilly – a female halfling lurker who uses smoke and a short sword.
Kobhein – a longtooth shifter brute who knew Haplor

A group of scholar friends who hope to aid in shutting down the Rift in Lambasa, but who cannot defend themselves (likely Sojourners):
De La Rosa – a female half-elf arcanist (non-adventurer)
Lackey – a male minotaur historian (non-adventurer)
Lester – a male human theologian (non-adventurer)
Uehara – a female dwarf tinkerer (non-adventurer)

Another adventurer/performer (likely not a Sojourner):
Ven “Drake” Roberts – a human controller whose faced is deeply blackened and scarred around his mouth and nose – visibly seeping. He is known around Lambasa (but not to Kissandi) as a freakshow, a human who breathes acid.

Kissandi says you must have done something bad to Ven “Drake” Roberts. He says yes, but says his wounds are not from that, those he was born with.

The group finishes their introductions and sets out to head towards the center of this perimeter of four landmarks.

As they enter a graveyard and necropolis, the world seems different. Dark clouds block out the stars and moon, rain pours down, lightning occasionally lights the night and loud thunderclaps keep everyone on edge.

The buildings appear to sway. It feels as if they are in the Shadowfell or something between the Shadowfell and the normal world.

Zombies attack! The group shows their skills and destroys the zombies very quickly. More zombies spawn. Some zombies that die are able to grab hold of the Sojourners and Kissandi. Ven “Drake” Roberts is able to protect the smarties from the zombies, despite one very close call. To do this, he breathes acid, destroying the zombie and hurting himself.

As the fight progresses and more zombies emerge from the ground, Kissandi is able to locate a subsidiary post that is speeding the animation of the undead here.

Climbing the fence and defacing the obelisk statue the group is able to damage it enough to shut it down. However, the rift to the Shadowfell is not here and it is still open. Until it is shut down, defacing this secondary post will only slow down the reanimation process of the undead.

The group continues through the graveyard and deeper towards both danger and opportunity.

March 2, 994 @ 3:00 am

Kissandi Unlocks Clues to the Shadowfell Rift
Kissandi Unlocks Clues to the Shadowfell Rift

Feb 24, 994 at 6 a.m.

In their search of the underground secret crypts, Kissandi and Kaven find magic items. Kissandi takes Shadowflow Cloth Armor +4 (LVL 18). Kaven takes a Cord of Foresight LVL 18 (waist).

They found symbols. There is power etched into the runes running along the base of the wall and the lip of the crypts. The power seems to have a connection to the rift to the Shadowfell, awakening the undead, and includes a long Gloria to Fyria, a Shadow Angel.

Kissandi saw Kaven scratching out part of an etching, but did not understand why.

Later, before Kaven departed, Kissandi took a mental image of him and noticed a small gold compass symbol hanging from a tiny beaded portion of Kaven’s hair.

Kissandi found an abandoned area to rest. She arose to see warforged watchmen. After a feeling out period by both sides, they decided to work together. The warforged went to the crypt with Kissandi and helped her interpret more from the etchings. Kissandi did a rubbing of some of the etchings to possibly show others later.

The warforged were clearly very interested in past travel companions of Kissandi’s, but willing to help her in her search to shut down the rift to the Shadowfell.

Kissandi went to a market. She traded her Robe of Eyes for gold. She offered it for 500 gp, much below market value. The makeshift trader said he only carried 300 gp, but would give her the other 200 gp later. As Kissandi left with the 300 gp, a couple of children ran up to her and told her to wait. 200 additional gold pieces were brought from what appeared to be a friend of the makeshift trader. Kissandi paid the children 1 gp and bought food for 1 gp. She returned to the hidden crypt with the warforged.

The night passed uneventfully.

The next day, Kissandi went to Infernal Alley. The town guard found her. She ran, prayed, and hid. As she slipped into the alleyway back entry to a business, she was spotted. She entered the kitchen of the back of a bar. From there she went into the bar. In the bar, she was surrounded. Using gifts bestowed on her by the Raven Queen, Kissandi found a way to escape and get away from the town guard. She returned to the crypt.

She stayed the night.

The next night, she paid 3 gp to buy 3 days worth of food and returned to the crypts.

It was on the second night after this food restock that the warforged returned. Following their questions, Kissandi said she knew of a crystal-fisted monk that she may have travelled with before. After this, the warforged found two other sites and took her to one.

At this second site, they found and defeated a shadow snake, more howling spirits, and some sort of bloated zombie. There was no treasure here, but a similar Gloria to Fyria and etchings imbued with power.

They returned to the first site, slept and waited through the next day.

They were not aware of the fourth site, but planned to go to the third site as night set on March 1, 994…

Tyzzer, Bui, Rowena, Ja’Elle - Feb 23, 994 3:00 p.m. (30 days in each month)
Kissandi - March 1, 994 8:30 pm
Party Gold = 190,805 g.p.

Closer to Death and God
Closer to Death and God

As we ended the last time with Kissandi, she had signaled Haplor to take the city guard on past her as she went seemingly unnoticed to them…

10:30 p.m. – the weather took a turn. Storm clouds erupted in thunder and a downpour.

Kissandi, using the hat of disguise to change appearances, followed at a safe distance, thinking herself safely hidden out of sight. She saw Haplor lead the guards to the dead body of his fallen ally, into the house where the goliaths and tenebrous met their end, and back into the street. When the city guard left, Kissandi approached Haplor.

Kissandi thought her amazing recovery from a near-death experience should have convinced Haplor even more that she was the right hand of the Raven Queen. Haplor seemed less certain.

After taking Kissandi to a safe house for food and rest, they set out back into the tainted neighborhood with another ally, Shiuahn, a shadar-kai fighter known for her murderous frenzy.

Kissandi told them to follow her lead, to let her handle the leader while they took out the servants. As they approached a residence, a shadowy humanoid with glowing eyes, a hooded robe, and a gloomy voice welcomed them to their death. Kissandi and Haplor did not accept his invitation, but Shiuahn did and died at the false keepers hand, not before destroying several howling spirits. After the battle, Haplor took two arrows from a nearby roof and was told to drop his weapons.

Kaven Windstrike, who wouldn’t introduce himself until later, commanded them to explain themselves. Kaven didn’t seem to believe that Kissandi and Haplor were on the side of good simply because they were striking down another dark force. After some convincing by Kissandi, Kaven did not strike again, allowing them to enter the residence.

After a short rest, Kissandi and Haplor, upon entering the residence, discovered some etchings and scratchings on the walls and floors of the main level. They took a staircase down 6 vampires rose from their coffins to face them. Several of the vampires were destroyed quickly.

During the fight, Kissandi and Haplor heard another coffin open, in an adjacent secret chamber. Soon later a death knight entered the room through the secret door. He burst into unholy flames several times in the battle, finally striking down Haplor. He made sure Haplor stayed dead by separating his head from the rest of his body with a gruesome blow from his soulsword.

Kissandi struck what should have been the death blow to the last vampire, but he turned into a cloud of bats and flew off up the stairs and past the now entering Kaven Windstrike.

Kaven entered and stayed far enough away to stay out of melee for awhile, helping Kissandi with his longbow against the death knight. Kissandi used just about all the powers she had.

As the fight wore on, the three remaining all were bloodied. The death knight, empowered with fire from his unholy flames struck down Kissandi a moment before Kaven was able to strike down the death knight, healing Kissandi in the process.

Kaven introduced himself to Kissandi. Kissandi believed the Raven Queen sent Kaven for this moment. It seems to Kissandi that the Raven Queen has a great interest in keeping her alive for this purpose.

They began to search the place, Kissandi for clues towards more undead and the rift to the Shadowfell, Kaven perhaps for something else…

It is 6:00 a.m. on Feb 24, 994

The Main Event
The Main Event

Feb 21, 994 9:30 p.m. (Kissandi on own until at least Feb 23 10:30 pm)
Party Gold = 191,940 g.p.

Quests, etc.:
• King Snurre’s head to Lord Krombaalt – earn thundercloud tower (Major)
• Rescue Moonshadow, elven princess, from Snurre, fire giant king (Minor)
• Fumaro (gith druid) & Tekal (human psion) owed muscle in Glim by Tyzzer, Ja’Elle, & Kissandi
• Vaazrus (gremlin tinkerer) owed a service by Ja’Elle
• Lambasa Thieves’ Guild owed continuing help from Ja’Elle for Bella rescue + more
• Neogi owed info re: Adalaentar (red dragon) from Ja’Elle for freeing Ja’Elle
• R 100 g.p. reward through Lud (University) for info re: death of Lambasan Crow.
• Ja’Elle may speak to Lokara, female dwarf, former prisoner regarding death of Lambasan Crow. May also wish to follow up with Bella, or possibly not.

On information gained from Van de Vries, the group had gone to the Theatre District in search of tenebrous. As we left off last time, two tenebrous were spotted by Ja’Elle in a back alley behind the theatre…

The heroes readied themselves around the alleyway, setting themselves up with good advantage should this turn bad. After some interactions, the heroes led by Tyzzer and scouted by Ja’Elle determined that the tenebrous knew of Merlian Saar, but did not know him directly. The tenebrous were interested in finding/meeting Kissandi because of the story that Kissandi had seen the face of the Raven Queen. The party said they were unable to bring Kissandi to the tenebrous and the tenebrous said they were unable to bring Merlian Saar to the party. There was a third tenebrous in the alleyway, discovered later.

While Ja’Elle watched the tenebrous through the night, the others went to a coffeeshop nearby. Rowena used sending to communicate with Kissandi.

The next morning Bui used sending to communicate with Kissandi.

The group heard about a fight the next night at the Theatre featuring Mani vs. a challenger.

Bui got a note to meet Vale Temeros. When he met Vale, Vale introduced him to his long-lost “sister”, a woman one year older than him that he hasn’t seen since they were teens at the orphanage. Rosalyn, known to Bui as Jocy, was a reason he became a traveler. They were closest of friends, until she vanished one night. She went missing when they were teens. John was used to her night terrors and screaming so he fell right back to sleep. When she was gone the next morning, that was nothing new. She always was the first to set out, to explore, to adventure when they were kids. But, she didn’t return. He has never seen her since. He was quite surprised to see her in Lambasa. He asked Vale to take her to the safety of the University. Jocy told Bui she had been taken to water by frog-like or fishlike people and somehow she was able to breathe. She said she could teach Bui to do this, too.

Ja’Elle got a note that Jimbo had come by. Ja’Elle was upset that Jimbo hadn’t left town because this would mean great danger for Jimbo. The next morning, during other important talks, Jimbo showed up. Ja’Elle asked the University to watch over him and keep him safe, get him cleaned up, and then get him out of town.

Ja’Elle also had a short, but painful experience, as his mark radiated pain through his head. After this, Ja’Elle was insistent that the heroes leave Lambasa.

Tyzzer got a note from Lyrie Akenja. She spoke with him about resuming and finishing the mission Against the Giants. She didn’t say it needed immediate attention, but within the next few days to a week at most would be best. Two quests were added at this point:

  • Capture the Traitor – Obmi Ironwhisper, an exiled dwarf noble, serves King Snurre as an advisor. The dwarf lords want this traitor to stand trial for treason and are willing to pay 250 platinum pieces for his capture
  • Confront the Dark Power – A dark power is uniting the many tribes of giants. Find out who or what is responsible, and destroy them.

Later, Tyzzer got a message to meet with the town guard. Ja’Elle trailed behind, but did not enter city hall. Tyzzer met with Van de Vries. When Tyzzer told Van de Vries that he wanted to find Kissandi and leave town, Van de Vries was pleased. That’s why Van de Vries said he summoned Tyzzer. He said Kissandi was no longer welcome in Lambasa. She was considered a criminal and a threat to the city due to arson and a threat against Shelley, the proprietor of Neberintzen’s. Van de Vries also asked Tyzzer to gather any information about Feck, a disgraced Scarlet Guard (mage who had joined with the Thieves’ Guild). Tyzzer didn’t have much interest in helping Van de Vries with Feck.

Lud brought in an informant that came forward seeking the Lambasan Crow reward. Her name is Lokara. She is a female dwarf. She matched the profile of the person Ja’Elle was told about as a potential source of information. She said she was freed from prison because they trusted she wouldn’t say what she saw. After assurance from Tyzzer and the others, Lokara told the group she saw humans, who worked for years with the city guard, disguised as elves, setting out poison that would kill the Lambasan Crow later that night. She said she was seen witnessing this and that is why she was imprisoned and kept until the authorities believed she would not talk. She fears for her life and doesn’t know why she spoke now. She believes this must have been ordered by the king or those who serve under the king. The group plans to help her get to Standhall. Tyzzer plans to either ride with her there, or find a way to teleport her there, sending information to Shem Wartburg (mayor) and the librarian he knew there growing up to look out for her and keep her safe.

On the next night (Feb 23), the group went to the theatre for the fight, bought three tickets on the second hand market at a higher cost and got seats in the front. Ja’Elle snuck in and scouted the place. After the undercard dwarf fight, Mani, the renowned fighter helped clean up. The group noticed a sheep in his back room as Mani went to ready himself for the fight. The main event lasted less than a minute. Mani, again made sure that all blood was cleaned up. Rowena booed and said she wanted another fight.

After the announcer said to meet for drinks across the street, Tyzzer said he would fight Mani. After deliberations between Mani and the announcer, it was determined that Rowena would be buying drinks for everyone at the Theatre that night, that Tyzzer would fight another challenger first and then Mani would fight Tyzzer if he won.

Tyzzer used some crowd-pleasing moves to win his fight quickly.

Tyzzer then fought Mani. It was a good fight. When Mani knocked Tyzzer down a third time, the fight was over. Tyzzer and Mani seemed to have gained a mutual respect for one another.

During the fight, Ja’Elle snuck into Mani’s room. It was pristine. It had only one sheep, a small container with dirt and grass for the sheep, and a few buckets filled with water.

Across the street at the bar, Rowena put a sack of coins on the bar and said drinks are on us tonight. Tyzzer cleaned off a space for Mani. When Mani arrived after the others, he brought his sheep with him on a leash.

Mani said he wanted to be done fighting, but that he needed enough money to survive on and that those who set up the fights, the promoters, might not want him to retire quite yet. Tyzzer gave Mani a valuable ring that he could sell and told him to seek out Sarax to find a mission.

The group was told by Kissadi that Captain Eegar, a pirate, had somehow made it to Lambasa and painted the town red. So far, the party has found no signs of the town being painted red. Perhaps it was a false rumor.

At this point, the group is trusting the University to help Lokara, Jimbo, and Rosalyn Collins.

Tyzzer is hoping Mani will stop bare-knuckle fighting and find Sarax.

The group wants to find Kissandi and get out of town. Ja’Elle wants to leave as soon as possible.

Quests, etc.:
King Snurre’s head to Lord Krombaalt – earn thundercloud tower (Major)
Rescue Moonshadow, elven princess, from Snurre, fire giant king (Minor)
Capture the Traitor – Obmi Ironwhisper, an exiled dwarf noble, serves King Snurre as an advisor. The dwarf lords want this traitor to stand trial for treason and are willing to pay 250 platinum pieces for his capture (Minor)
Confront the Dark Power – A dark power is uniting the many tribes of giants. Find out who or what is responsible, and destroy them (Minor)
University to help Lokara (informant re: death of Lambasan Crow), Jimbo (druggie homeless man in care of Ja’Elle), and Rosalyn Collins (“sister” of Bui)
Van de Vries has sent group to rid town of Kissandi and to find Feck for the city guard
Tyzzer told Mani to find Sarax in an effort to get him out of the fighting ring
Fumaro (gith druid) & Tekal (human psion) owed muscle in Glim by Tyzzer, Ja’Elle, & Kissandi
Vaazrus (gremlin tinkerer) owed a service by Ja’Elle
Lambasa Thieves’ Guild owed continuing help from Ja’Elle for Bella rescue + more
Neogi owed info re: Adalaentar (red dragon) from Ja’Elle for freeing Ja’Elle
Ja’Elle may wish to follow up with Bella, or possibly not.

Feb 24, 994 3:00 p.m. (Kissandi on own until at least Feb 23 10:30 pm)
Party Gold = 190,310 g.p.

Kissandi's Vision Quest

Feb 21, 994 at 9:30 p.m.

Kissandi wait in the basement continues…

She remains hidden as Shelley comes into the basement to move a barrel of ale back upstairs. Eventually Kissandi climbs the slide and investigates the bedroom where she met Gein for a second time. She unearths a couple more small amounts of the chewable drug that Gein had.

Kissandi walked out of the room, down the stairs, and by Shelley. Shelley is clearly scared and startled, screening for help, tripping backwards across the room. Kissandi does not threaten her and leaves the bar.

As she enters the street, Kissandi quickly blends in, joining the general movement in the street and seemingly going unnoticed by the city guard.

Kissandi hasn’t eaten in over a day and heads towards a market, blocks down Infernal Alley. Along the way, a human priest of the Raven Queen named Haplor steps in Kissandi’s way, calling her a blasphemer and desiring proof of Kissandi having seen the face of the Raven Queen. Haplor says the same powerful force that will help Kissandi if she proves to be true will be the same who see to her destruction if she has lied.

Haplor invites Kissandi to a bar on Infernal Alley, feeds her while they converse. Then, Haplor introduces Kissandi to Byl.

Byl is quite shaken. His eyes are nearly pure white, formerly green, but much faded. Between shakes Byl says his family was killed two nights ago. Kissandi and Haplor determine that Byl is in the grey area between life and death right now, himself. Haplor blessed Byl, somewhat calming him. Byl says shadows dragged his wife and children from the house despite his attempts to save them. He hasn’t returned home since.

Kissandi and Haplor go to his home, a little more than a block off Infernal Alley. Noise is heard within. Kissandi enters the back door. Inside, she finds and destroys a ghoul snacking on a child. The investigation to follow leads to a house across the street from where the child was apparently taken. The investigation seems to show Byl’s family story checks out from two nights ago.

A neighbor lady will not open her door to Kissandi and Haplor.

Kissandi rests in Byl’s house while Haplor stands guard. Around 9 pm, Haplor starts to sleep. At 10 pm, 2 tenebrous shadar-kai arrive. A fight breaks out. The tenebrous make use of the shadows in the room and created by the characters, but Kissandi and Haplor are able to destroy both of them.

As the battle with the tenebrous is almost done, a loud banging is heard from the back door. The two goliaths that served Merlian Saar, known since the encounter in the Warrens of the Stone Giant Thane, enter the back door enthused in finding Kissandi. They clearly are upset with Kissandi about her ruining their lives. The fight continues. Kissandi is knocked out.

Haplor runs towards Infernal Alley yelling for help from the city guard. He is chased and caught by a goliath. After 12-18 seconds, a street fighter comes to Haplor’s aid. Haplor escapes, runs, and yells for help.

Kissandi makes a remarkable recovery and comes to (critted a death save after one strike). Kissandi realizes the goliath in the room with her was about to bandage her wounds. She continues the fight.

The streetlighter is killed.

Kissandi destroys one goliath and then the other. Kissandi finds the unknown street fighter dead in the road. She is concerned that with tenebrous and the goliaths showing up, Merlian Saar may be near. After trying to remain hidden and scoping out the area, she follows the tracks of Haplor toward Infernal Alley.

Haplor is bringing a few city guards with him and catches Kissandi’s bluff. He leads the guards past Kissandi towards the house and finds the dead street fighter, Haplor’s acquaintance.

Kissandi is blending in (not following Haplor), remaining unnoticed by the city guard.

To be continued…

Ja’Elle owes Vaazrus a service sometime in the future.
Ja’Elle owes the Thieve’s Guild help (recurring) (additional for help with jail break for Bella)
Ja’Elle owes the neogi information about Adalaentar.
Group Quests:
Deliver King Snurre’s Head to Krombaalt, storm giant lord (Major Quest) to earn a thundercloud tower
Rescue Moonshadow, the elven princess, from King Snurre, the fire giant king (Minor Quest) for a monetary reward
Help Fumaro and Tekal in Glim (Tyzzer, Ja’Elle, and Kissandi owe them help/strength in return for a previous favor granted.

Rowena put 100 g.p. reward through Lud (works at University) for someone to provide information about the death of the Lambasan Crow.

Ja’Elle may wish to speak with Lokara, female dwarf, former prisoner regarding the death of the Lambasan Crow. He may also wish to follow up with Bella, or possibly not.

Party Gold = 191,940 g.p.
Feb 21, 994 at 9:30 p.m. (Party of 4); Kissandi is at Feb 23 at 10:30 pm

Shadows, Giants, and Clues

Feb 16, 994 9:00 a.m. for group of 4; Feb 16, 994 after 10:00 a.m. for Ja’Elle

Rowena and Tyzzer each purchase a war horse and set off for Standhall. They choose to go off the road to make a more direct route across the prairie land. The ride will take 2.5 days. A storm appears in the distance. The storm grows stronger the closer the riders get to Standhall.

On the second morning, Tyzzer and Rowena spot a large group heading overland towards them. As they grow nearer, 2 ogres and several humanoids are seen (orcs & humans). They have two slaves. Just before Rowena can unleash, Tyzzer convinces her to hold her fire.

Negotiating for the slaves, Tyzzer gets the slavers to accept 450 gp for both. One of the slaves was a farmer from Standhall. The other was from beyond Standhall in the countryside. When questioned, the former slaves said they were just captured by the slavers and that the slavers had a small green creature with pointy ears captured and held in a bag, too.

On day 3, Tyzzer, Rowena and the two slaves make it to stormy Standhall. They free the slaves, inform Mayor Shem Wartburg about the slavers and ask about the storm giant. They learn that the storm giant left a 12’ long mark on the main dirt road of town in the shape of a lightning bolt. After Tyzzer and Rowena trace the mark, Krombaalt makes a dramatic entrance on his thunder hawk. Krombaalt thanks the group for rescuing his daughter, Elektra, from the Frost Giants. He gives Rowena the ritual Familiar Mount. He speaks of his hatred for King Snurre Ironbelly. Should the heroes bring him the head of King Snurre, he promises them a thundercloud tower to call their own (major quest). Tyzzer requests a celestial mount. Krombaalt says there will be one in Lambasa for him to keep for 90 days, or forever if Snurre’s head is delivered.

Tyzzer and Rowena teleport back to Lambasa, to the University. The mount is in Lambasa when Tyzzer makes it back. They rejoin the others.

Meanwhile, Ja’Elle continues his mission to find out more about what happened to the Lambasan Crow. After speaking with a exterior prison guard named Norris, Ja’Elle is let into the prison and talks with Calderax, a male tie fling. Calderax cries, is afraid of “them” and provides no information, seemingly fearing that Ja’Elle might be one of the “them.”

Ja’Elle talks to Bella, a opera singer imprisoned here, too. She is afraid of “them,” too. She is worried she will be killed by “them” if she leaves the prison. Ja’Elle convinces her that his associates can keep her safe until things can be changed and she can perform on stage again.

Ja’Elle greases Norris’ palm with 5 gp to look the other way while Bella slips out sometime in the next day or two.

Ja’Elle has yet to speak with the former prisoner who was named as a possible informant, too.

Ja’Elle checks in with Dryrry of the Thieves’ Guild, and learns that a day and a half later, with help from the Thieves’ Guild, Bella was freed and is safe for now.

Ja’Elle gets word that Bui and Kissandi are in town and he rejoins them.

Meanwhile, Bui and Kissandi try to uncover more information to unravel this shadowy force that has taken hold in Lambasa. Both pray to their respective gods. Bui learns that something is amiss in the world. A strange, unnatural, otherworldly force is taking hold of this area, something from the Shadowfell. Something must be done. Kissandi sees the face of the Raven Queen and the Raven Queen speaks directly to her telling Kissandi that someone has opened a rift to the Shadowfell near where Kissandi is and the rift must be closed to the stop the chaos. A force familiar with you has caused this.

Kissandi and Bui are able to figure out that Merlian Saar, a noble they found in the Warrens of the Stone Giants scrying on others may be the force. Merlian Saar was served by two goliath guards and two tenebrous assassins (shader-kai).

Bui gains the ritual Shadow Walk from his god because of the connection with Kissandi, the Raven Queen, and the newfound knowledge of the Shadowfell.

The investigation begins. The two decide Ja’Elle will be of help and send word through possible contacts amongst the homeless that they are in the Temple district and await him.

Feelers are put out to see if Merlian Saar and his associates have entered Lambasa. Two goliaths tried to enter and refused to leave their weapons. They were denied entry. Merlian Saar was not noted on any entry logs or by any guards. Neither were any shadar-kai.

Gein Kafog at Neberintzen’s – the group goes and sees Shelley the bartender and a couple of patrons in the morning. At night, the place is full. Gein Kafog, the white skinned, pink eyed drug dealer and punk makes an appearance. Kissandi, Bui, and Ja’Elle go up to his room. Things do not go well. Kissandi introducers herself as the right hand of the Raven Queen, draws her sword and threatens Gein. After a few tense moments, Gein makes an escape through a trap door in the floor, leading to a slide that descends two levels to the basement. Hastily, the group follows. All they find are illusory bats and a lot of broken boxes in the basement.

The heroes offer Gein’s stash of drugs to anyone who will help them find him. The crowd from the bar disperses and it is empty, save the heroes and Shelley.

Kissandi tells Shelley to help and when Shelley says she is not able to help, Kissandi tells Shelley that she (Kissandi) will find and kill Gein and will light this bar on fire. As Kissandi is leaving, she lights Neberintzen’s on fire. Kissandi tries to behead Shelley, but Bui recalls ally and brings Kissandi to her. Ja’Elle momentarily knocks out Kissandi. Before Bui and Ja’Elle can tie her up, Kissandi awakens.

Many come to help extinguish the fire. The town guard gathers and tells Kissandi she will need to come in with them. Kissandi disappears into a shadow, escapes, and climbs a building to keep and eye on it.

Bui and Ja’Elle depart.

Kissandi stays and watches for Gein. She spots 3 humanoids that all look like Gein meeting in front of Neberintzen’s later that night. Kissandi is unable to follow them, as each moves back into the shadows.

Using her hat of disguise and looking like a town guard, Kissandi goes into the basement of Neberintzen’s to wait for Gein. She’s still waiting…

Bui and Ja’Elle reunite with Tyzzer and Rowena.

Tyzzer and Van de Vries talk. Tyzzer senses Van de Vries knows something about Merlian Saar or his associates. After convincing Van de Vries that this is a common foe and the heroes can do something to help, Van de Vries agrees to gather information and meet with Tyzzer the next day. They meet and Van de Vries says shadar-kai were spotted last night in the Theatre District, behind the theatre.

At night, the four heroes go to the location that Van de Vries mentioned. They spot two shadar-kai in an alley behind the theatre.

To be continued…

2 war horses 750 g.p. each (Tyzzer & Rowena rode them to Standhall)

Celestial Warhorse for Tyzzer (90 day loan, can keep if you bring King Snurre’s head to Krombaalt)

Rituals Gained:
Rowena – Familiar Mount + Sending
Bui – Shadow Walk + Sending
Sending costs 360 each (x2 = 720)

Ja’Elle owes Vaazrus a service sometime in the future.
Ja’Elle owes the Thieve’s Guild help (recurring) (additional for help with jail break for Bella)
Ja’Elle owes the neogi information about Adalaentar.
Group Quests:
Deliver King Snurre’s Head to Krombaalt, storm giant lord (Major Quest) to earn a thundercloud tower
Rescue Moonshadow, the elven princess, from King Snurre, the fire giant king (Minor Quest) for a monetary reward
Help Fumaro and Tekal in Glim (Tyzzer, Ja’Elle, and Kissandi owe them help/strength in return for a previous favor granted.

Rowena put 100 g.p. reward through Lud (works at University) for someone to provide information about the death of the Lambasan Crow.

Ja’Elle may wish to speak with Lokara, female dwarf, former prisoner regarding the death of the Lambasan Crow. He may also wish to follow up with Bella, or possibly not.

Party Gold = 191,940 g.p.
Feb 21, 994 at 9:30 p.m.

Ja'Elle in the Big City
Terkent Notes 4-7-2014

Party Gold = 216,155 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)

Feb 15, 994 9:00 pm (after an extended rest @ University) – the party plans to leave Lambasa in the morning after some investigation and reflection around town…

Ja’Elle let the rest of the party know that he had some business in Lambasa to attend to and would set out a day after the rest of the group and catch up to them in Standhall.

Ja’Elle meets Geran the tailor. His sheath is complete (sewn into the interior pant leg). He pays the 500 g.p. balance and adds in an extra 100 g.p. to motivate Geran to help find out about somebody who can make/sell goggles of the night. Geran is clearly thankful and willing to try to help.

Ja’Elle goes to the Thieve’s Guild and finds out that Knyx is out of town. Dryrry, a female halflign rogue talks with Ja’Elle about shadowy creatures (wisps) that have become competition for the thieve’s guild in town. Bantos II, a high ranking member of the guild lives just outside of town. He hasn’t associated with the guild in some time. Ja’Elle talks with other rogues and gets more information about wear the shadows have been spotted (Infernal Alley and the Theatre District).

Ja’Elle asks about the Lambasan Crow at the guild. Rumors say he was poisoned, assassinated, or maybe killed by a shadow or evil spirit. Rumors say his popularity was growing just be he was killed. He was tired, but motivated to perform. Ja’Elle is told to talk with prisoners. Maybe that will give him more leads. Ja’Elle is asked to watch members Anlow and Malagar (ranger? Scarlet Guard) to make sure they are still friendly with the Thieve’s Guild and to possibly get more information on who to talk to at the prison. He is told to talk to a gremlin named Vaazrus about the goggles.

Ja’Elle goes to Infernal Alley after midnight. He makes a careful approach, then chooses to bluff a drunken stumble, falling to the ground by a guard. He asks where is Malagar and slips the guard a g.p. The guard helps and is discreet.

A street person tries to intercept the halfling. Ja’Elle calls him “Bob” and is able to maneuver away from him after a short conversation.

Ja’Elle reaches Malagar, a bearded Scarlet Guard, who seems down about a lot, almost cursed. Malagar and Ja’Elle seem to both have an interest in making things better in regards to the shadows. After some investigating, Ja’Elle gets a lead on finding a guy with long white hair and pinkish eyes. He also is told to talk two Norris at the prison about talking with prisoners. Ja’Elle buys Malagar a couple drinks and hopes to eventually help Malagar get back out of town and into nature where he seems to belong.

Ja’Elle goes to Neberinzin’s, a dive of a bar in Infernal Alley and meets Gein, the white haired pink eyed freak. Gein tosses a 6’5" man over the balcony. He calls the man Lug. Gein seems to consider himself “leader” of the shadows

Ja’Elle tries to get “in” with Gein or at least bluff Gein. Gein says he wants Ja’Elle to prove himself first. Gein is dealing some kind of drug, that Ja’Elle eventually chews. It’s heat works its way from Ja’Elles teeth, to his gums, to his cheeks, up just past his ears, until Ja’Elle can feel smoke coming from just above his ears. That’s not enough proof for Gein. Ja’Elle is told to find Lug’s friend Jimbo, take care of him, and bring back a piece of him to prove it.

Ja’Elle locates Jimbo, a homeless man, who would have been an easy off for Ja’Elle. Instead, Ja’Elle gives Jimbo 50 g.p. and tells him to leave town, his life depends on it. Jimbo says he agrees.

Before dawn, Ja’Elle goes back to Infernal Alley to an open warehouse with friends from the Thieve’s Guild to try to meet Vaazrus the gremlin. They go underground through a couple of trapdoors and some tunnels carved in stone. A couple of guards are there and make sure Ja’Elle will be safe and be unarmed. Then, they lead him through a locked door and eventually to a room with many gadgets and gizmos :)

Ja’Elle admires the items. Vaazrus (mini = Poog) shows him some pretty sweet stuff. He does have goggles of the night and sells them to Ja’Elle for 21,000 g.p. plist the promise to do a service for him in the future. Vaazrus asks Ja’Elle if he is acquainted with Bantos II, another high roller who could afford the goggles of the night price. Ja’Elle says no.

Ja’Elle goes to meet Norris at the prison and is able to get names of 2 prisoners and 1 former prisoner who is now in Lambasa – all might have information about the Lambasan Crow…

Feb 16, 994 10:00 a.m. (others on a slightly different timeline)
Party Gold = 194,615 g.p.
Ja’Elle owes Vaazrus a service sometime in the future.
Ja’Elle owes the Thieve’s Guild help.
Ja’Elle owes the neogi information about Adalaentar.
Group – Rescue Moonshadow, the elven princess, from King Snurre, the fire giant king (Minor Quest)
Rowena put 100 g.p. reward through Lud for someone to provide information about the death of the Lambasan Crow.

Rumors and a Shadowy Power in Lambasa

Terkent Notes 3/28/14

Party Gold = 216,185 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)

Feb 15, 994 9:00 pm (after an extended rest @ University) – the party plans to leave Lambasa in the morning after some investigation and reflection around town…

Back in Town

• Tyzzer and Rowena head to Lambasa Street Brats (now known as Tursyl’s Fist) to collect info about the death of the Lambasan Crow. Rowena bluntly asks the bartender about The Crow’s death. She doesn’t know much, but says there are a lot of rumors.
• She does offer that it was Rhendlichian elves who killed him. Maybe even Johev.
• There are rumors of elf attacks at the Osrik Stronghold. Tyzzer heads to a table with two dwarves and two humans who seem to be bardish.
• Tyzzer talks to one of the guys who also feels that there is more to The Crow’s death, but he doesn’t know anything. He suggests that we should talk to politicians.
• Bui walks around town hoping to find the Sojourners. He finds someone who gives Bui some new powers and recognition of some dark powers in Lambasa.
• Kissadi is offered a book deal by a librarian at the University. She then barely tolerates a conversation with the elven librarian. The librarian wants us to rescue Moonshadow, the elven princess, from King Snurre, the fire giant king (Minor Quest)

Next Day
• Rowena puts out a reward for info regarding the death of The Crow. Lud is brought back by Kissadi to post money for anyone giving info about The Crow. We give him 100 gp and 10 for his fee.
• Bui shares info about a “shadowy power” in Lambasa.
• Tyzzer sees the guy from last night, Citan. He tells me about a guy who breathes fire called Ven “Drake” Roberts. He’s not a dragonborn. He performs at Infernal Alley as a street performer.
• Bui sees Vale Temeros again. Vale talks about Bantos, who used to be an ally with the Thieves’ Guild, but now folks are not so sure.
• Kissandi sees a pattern of shadows and follows it like a dog to a squirrel. We follow her into a fight?

• After the fight, Tyzzer handles the bureaucracy of getting out of fighting on the streets. He has to deal with Van deVries at the palace gate, who vouches for Tyzzer and the group.

• Tyzzer and Rowena are going to Standhall to stop the giant.
• The others are going to investigate the shadow people in Lambasa.
• If either group does not communicate within a week, the other group will come to find out what’s up.

Feb 16, 994 9:00 a.m. (Ja’Elle on a slightly different timeline)
216,155 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)

A Traitor's Plans Unravelled
The Untimely Deaths of . . .

Feb 15, 994 at 5:00 a.m.

Double-crossed, the party responds…

Anger rolls:
Tyzzer gets nothing
Bui, Kissandi, Rowena get one thing
Ja’Elle gets both

The battle begins!

  • Rowena cast mass resist fire . . . no, um, cold.
  • Bui realizes that the female frost giant commanding the trolls doesn’t seem to want to follow Vaald’s orders. In fact, she starts backing out of the fight. It seems like frost giant chief’s crossbow is a point of contention.
  • Kissandi flies around the battlefield and does some really badass shit.
  • All the baddies are dead except for Vaald and we back off and hope the giants who just entered the room will want to deal him justice.
  • The giants move up, but are clearly torn about what to do.
  • We try to negotiate:
    Bui makes a diplomatic gesture and they seem to be amenable.
    Rowena tries unsuccessfully to open the doors we came through.
    Vaald keeps attacking, the giants keep placing themselves in strategic places, but don’t attack.
    We decide to attack Vaald and continue to try to placate the other giants.
  • Vaald is killed by Rowena.
    Tyzzer offers Grugnor’s crossbow to the female giant and she accepts it.
    It seems like the giants and us are cool for now.
  • Tyzzer and Kissandi follow the giants into the Jarl’s quarters.
    The female giant is pissed because her daughter had married Grugnor. She beats Grugnor’s dead body.
  • Bui, Rowena, and Ja’Elle loot.
    Found a locked chest with 5000 gp and a +4 staff of storms (Rowena takes this).
  • We join the funeral procession as the mother buries the daughter in the ice dome in the Rift. * We wait patiently for hours while they bury her.
  • We leave out of respect for the giants and head back to Lambasa. Rowena uses a ritual to transport us back to the University.
  • We meet with Elrilmarioum. We hear there is word of a storm giant desiring to meet us in Standhall. Tyzzer wants to leave for Standhall first thing in the morning.
  • The party sleeps until 9:00 p.m.

It’s 9:00 p.m. on Feb 15, 994
The party plans to leave first thing in the morning.
Bui will commune with his god to ensure he is on the right path.
Ja’Elle will go to the thieves’ guild.
Tyzzer is interested to learn more about the demise of the Lambasan Crow.
Kissandi awaits the time she is called to thwart Vecna/Orcus once the Shrine to Zehir re-emerges.

Party Gold = 216,185 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)

Jarl Grugnur's Last Stand and the Heroes Betrayed

Feb 15, 994 at 3:15 a.m.

The heroes hope to defeat Grugnur and solidify and alliance with Vaald and the frost giants. Grugnur, the lone survivor from the boss fight, is on the move in blizzard form, the heroes in hot pursuit as Rowena rejoins the pursuit.

Grugnur flees through the illusory walls, reentering the ice skull throne room as the party runs to keep up. He continues in blizzard form through the barracks, but Rowena is able to place a portal in front of him and bring him back to the party. Ja’Elle managed to get ahead and scout a little.

Grugnur breezes away again through the barracks and into the cavern of the frozen pools. A dozen glacial fire beetles give a strange light to this room. Grugnur shouts something in giant as he goes through. Ja’Elle spots 2 frost giants in robes carrying staves. As Grugnur crosses the frozen pool, he awakens something underneath. A huge bulette emerges from under the pool. Rowena attacks just before the rest of the party decides to retreat. The dire bulette rips through the ice and burrows up below Rowena. The others come to Rowena’s aid. After 10 or 15 seconds, the giant shamans enter the battle.

Running near empty, Bui is knocked unconscious during the battle by the powers of cold and fire controlled by the shamans. He is near death when Rowena stabilizes him. The bulette is defeated. Grunur returns in blizzard form, commands the frost giant shamans to call in a frost drake. Kissandi leads the charge against the shamans. The drake has a powerful attack but does not last long.

Grugnur makes a final stand. At the command of Tyzzer, Ja’Elle finds Grugnur’s weak spot and delivers the fatal blow. The jarl is dead.

Collecting treasure from the chest in the frozen lake, the treasure vault in Grugnur’s chambers, and the barracks, the party makes a huge haul. Bui gains a +5 (LVL 21) holy symbol. In Grugnu’rs treasure room, there is a crystal communication globe mounted on an 8-foot tall sculpted pedestal of ice. The treasure found includes:

Frozen Pool Treasure Chest:

  • crystal statuette of Cryonax with gems for eyes (2,500 gp)
  • silver medallion set with a blazing fire opal (1,500 gp)
  • 3,000 g.p.

Grugnur’s 3 Treasure Chests:

  • mitral crown (15,000 gp)
  • gem-studded jewelry box (7,500 gp)
  • five pieces of jewelry in the box (1,500 gp each = 7,500 gp)
  • frozen potion of vitality (Bui took it)
  • golden astrolabe studded with gems (15,000 gp)
  • 15 – 1,000 gp gems (15,000 gp)
  • 3,000 gp
  • +5 holy symbol (LVL 21) (Bui took it)
  • 200 pp (2,000 gp)
  • bundle of scrolls made from human & dwarf skin with Grugnur’s battle plans (Quest done!)


  • silver and gold brazier (7,500 gp)
  • platinum comb (2,500 gp)
  • black cloak embroidered with astral thread (2,500 gp)
  • 2 frozen potions of vitality (unclaimed)
  • 4-5,000 gp gems (20,000 gp)
  • 2,000 gp

The group returns to Vaald and notice the mangled bodies of the dwarves that were freed by Vaald strewn about the outskirts of the room, several blue trolls, a frost giant, the two large Xorns, and Vaald.

Initially the party cannot tell if Vaald is acting tough for the others who are in the hall or if he has turned on them. After a few party members drop their weapons at Vaald’s orders, it becomes clear to Ja’Elle and then the party that Vaald never intended an alliance with the heroes, that he was just using them to help him come to power here.

The heroes are weak and have little resources left. Vaald has called on their surrender. Rowena picks up her orb and readies to fight…

It is Feb 15, 994 at 5:00 a.m.
Party Gold = 211,385 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)


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