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Longsun 28, 2665 CE
A Merciless Inquisition
Ztim
  • Five Dragons of the Broken Kingdom depart the Silver Raven for the Mages Guild
  • Arannis and Gruffudd Ap Llewlyn join the Guild and are given access to the archives
  • Group learns that Jovaris was the court wizard of Aerlynn about 100 years ago and created the teleportation circles between Korgan and his kingdom; Jovaris was searching for a paladin of Bahamut by the name of Valomir, who went missing in the Holoroon Marsh while he searched for his friend Dao Cheng, who had also gone missing; Valomir carried a large book with him at all times that he guarded very closely
  • During their time studying the Guild archives, Alethea asks Merciless why he didn't respond to Gruffudd's sending ritual when he had been abducted; Merciless responds that he didn't receive the sending; Gruffudd determines there's no reason he shouldn't have and secretly attempts another sending, which fails
  • The party ventures to Korgan's small church of Bahamut to discover more about Valomir; they learn from the resident priest-captain that Valomir was the First Blade of the Holy Order of the Crusader and the right hand of the then Abbott Marshall
  • During their time at the church, Gruffudd challenges Merciless to debate the finer points of church doctrine with the priest-captain; Merciless shiftily excuses himself from the conversation and goes to an outhouse
  • Krolar Mithralfist Kettlegard kicks down the door of the outhouse to reveal a doppelganger inside; the party captures the imposter and questions him
  • The doppelganger reveals himself as Veln; a crazy gnome by the name of Simon and carrying an orb of immense power hired the guild to discover more about the Unholy Codex and eliminate the Five Dragons
  • Veln also reveals that Merciless is being held captive by the guild in the Dancing Dryad
  • Veln gives this information in exchange for passage to Aerlynn; however, Gruffudd arranges for Virinus to arrest him upon arrival
  • Party heads to the Dancing Dryad and is intercepted by Slick who claims to be from a group known as the Iron Spear, headed by the deva Ulana; Alethea reveals she knows Ulana from her past
  • Slick joins the group on their quest to free Merciless in an effort to curry their favor on behalf of the Iron Spear
  • Group enters the Dancing Dryad and creates a diversion allowing them to enter a restricted area
  • Five Dragons fight a group of guards at the top of the stairs and defeat them
  • After several trap-filled corridors and many guards, the party finally discovers Merciless and rescues him; a wizard that works for the guild promises to help them escape if they let him live
  • The wizard leads the group through a secret passage into an alley near the Dancing Dryad; Slick kills the wizard so he is not alerted to the presence of the Iron Spear and leads the party to a safehouse
  • Slick sends a message to Ulana arranging a meeting with the party; he assigns Ztim to protect them until then
  • Party rests for night at the Silver Raven; a messenger arrives instructing them to meet Ulana under a bridge the following night
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Longsun 27, 2665 CE
Gateway to The Fang
Korgan
  • Five Dragons of the Broken Kingdom make final preparations and travel through the teleportation circle that sends them to Korgan; traveling are Gruffudd Ap Llewlyn, Krolar Mithralfist Kettlegard, Merciless, Krestia, Alethea, and Arannis
  • On the other side they find the circle to have been damaged and surrounded by undead creatures; the Five Dragons defeat them and find themselves in an arcane shop known as Smyrmans Sendings, run by the elderly Smyrman
  • Smyrman relates that the teleportation circle was built over 100 years ago by a mage named Jovaris, who was searching for his paladin friend that disappeared carrying a large book into the Holoroon Marsh
  • Five Dragons get a suite at the Silver Raven
  • Party attempts to gather information in the city's main market area
    • Lord Mayor Baizad came to power about 2 years ago after the death of Lord Mayor Timertikos
    • Baizad is never seen unless he requests an audience, though he meets with a council of nobles from time to time
    • Baizad has been known to send companies of the militia and adventurers into the Marsh, though few return and none who do are allowed to speak of the dangers they saw
    • Holoroon Marsh filled with dangers, most notably Jahalia and her minions; troops are sent to combat her forces and prevent an invasion of the city
    • Buildings of note in Korgan: Silver Raven, Flounder Pounder, Dancing Dryad
  • Group decides to investigate Jovaris in the Mages Guild and research the palace of Zartael the Mad in the library of the temple of Ioun
  • Party meets en route to the Silver Raven, attacked by members of thieves' guild; Merciless is teleported away by one of the thieves
  • Gruffudd issues a sending to Merciless, but there is no response
  • Merciless finally returns to the group seemingly out of sorts, asking lots of questions about the Unholy Codex and its supposed location
  • En route to the Silver Raven, Gruffudd attacks Merciless because he feels the dragonborn has been somehow compromised; Merciless surrenders and lays down his arms
  • Gruffudd casts an object reading ritual on Merciless' magic sword to determine if any foul play is at hand, but finds nothing
  • Group returns to the Silver Raven and spends the remainder of the night feasting and drinking
  • Party rests for the night

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Longsun 8 - Longsun 26, 2665 CE
The Rebuilding Effort
Neireus
  • The Five Dragons of the Broken Kingdom plus Krestia's new court arrive at Galadorn
  • Chamberlain Mullins does much to help restore the castle to its former glory; enlists the aid of the troops to help rebuild
  • Neireus is formally appointed court wizard and is given the old tower of the former court wizard; he begins exploring its secrets
  • Virinus is formally appointed commander of Aerlynn's military and made ambassador to the Duchy of Thrynn
  • Gruffudd Ap Llewlyn suggests that Lord Weylon be appointed chancellor to help smooth things over with the Barony of Obardyr and to get someone capable to help administer the kingdom
  • Petitioners arrive from all corners of Aerlynn to claim property lost 30 years ago during the attack of Avalokitasharan
  • Other workers (stonemasons, architects, farmers, etc.) also arrive to help rebuild Galadorn
  • Mullins also introduces two adventurers who come to serve the new queen:
    • a tiefling cleric of Avandra by the name of Alethea
    • an eladrin wizard by the name of Arannis, who Krestia appoints to assist Neireus
  • Neireus discovers a room full of teleportation circles that have remained unused for the last 30 years; one circle leads to the city of Korgan which lies near the Holoroon Marsh, the last known location of the Unholy Codex
  • The group also learns that Sweetie Palin is now in jail within the Earldom of Alyryn, locked away for theft; she left the group several weeks ago in an effort to steal back something they never should have sold in the first place
  • Party decides to pursue the retrieval of the Codex first and prepares for their journey to Korgan
  • Krestia appoints Virinus as her regent while she is away

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Bloomfury 28 - Longsun 7, 2665 CE
Back to Galadorn
Galadorn
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Bloomfury 27, 2665 CE
The Battle of the Broken Kingdom
The Battle of the Broken Kingdom
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Bloomfury 26, 2665 CE
An Attempt at Peace
The curse is lifted from Galadorn
  • The group arrives at the Second Grand Council to find the five principalities arrayed against each other across an open battlefield
  • The Duchy of Thrynn and the Margravate of Byrwyll are camped together on the south side of the field, while the Electorate of Wynhall, the Barony of Obardyr and the Earldom of Alyryn are camped together on the north side
  • The party approaches the south camp and speaks with Amblewort Eaglecrest and Sallinous Raemyr, who report that 10 days ago, when the silver light emitted from Galadorn, the nobles knew that the Five Dragons had succeeded and were reluctant to give up their power to the new monarchy; the Elector of Wynhall was the first to leave, followed by the Baron of Obardyr the following day and the Earl of Alyryn the day after that; the Margrave of Byrwyll stayed after having been convinced of the cause by the Five Dragons during the Second Grand Council
  • Lords Amblewort and Raemyr urge the group to visit the opposing forces on a peace mission to avert war, which would devastate the Broken Kingdom
  • Party agrees and visits Virinus at the front lines; he is skeptical of peace, but urges the adventurers to gather intel on the enemies' forces; the group agrees
  • The Five Dragons enter the camp, but are unable to sway the other nobles diplomatically; the elector Vatis Underwood seems to be in charge of things
  • Krestia notices a man among the ranks of Obardyr's soldiers that resembles the description they had of Red Drakecaptain Phlegethon; the group gathers valuable intel on the enemy forces
  • Group returns to their camp; Krestia visits the Old Man With The Canaries and gains some wisdom from him
  • Group plots a raid on the enemy camp later that night to kill/capture Phlegethon
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Bloomfury 16-25, 2665 CE
Return to the Second Grand Council
The darkness spreads from Galadorn
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Bloomfury 15, 2665 CE
Confronting the Traitor
Falgros
  • The Five Dragons of the Broken Kingdom proceed into the castle on the highest level of Galadorn; the ghostly blue wall disappears as they approach
  • As they enter the castle, they hear metal scraping against stone; they see a ghost ahead turn a corner; the ghost leads them through the castle to the top of a blasted tower
  • The ghost reveals himself as King Brommius VI; the tower is where he fell to Avalokitasharan over 30 years prior
  • Brommius warns the group that Falgros is in the throne room and controls all the souls in Galadorn through a necrotic vortex, from which he derives his power
  • The Five Dragons venture to the throne room where they encounter Falgros and his zombie minions
  • They destroy the necrotic vortex, releasing all the trapped souls and Falgros' strength diminishes
  • The battle concludes in the throne room with the Five Dragons emerging victorious and slaying the traitor Falgros
  • A bright silver bolt of energy pierces the sky and the cloud cover hovering over the land starts to dissipate; morning sunshine floods the area for the first time in 3 decades
  • Krolar Mithralfist Kettlegard discovers a letter from King Brommius VI to the dwarves of Clan Mithralfist that exonerates them from supposed past misdeeds
  • King Brommius appears and warns the party that war is brewing among the members of the Second Grand Council; group departs immediately
  • En route they retrieve Aldeng Hammerforge and Mullins, who has been nursed back to health; Aldeng mentions Sweetie Palin had run off to steal back a statue they never should have sold
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Bloomfury 14, 2665 CE
The Prince and Former Heir
The ghost of Laria
  • The Five Dragons of the Broken Kingdom enter the third tier of Galadorn where they find the ruined houses of the rich and noble
  • Castle gate is blocked off by glowing blue wall; next to it is a squat guard tower
  • Party explores a large, intact noble house bearing the crest of Aerlynn; inside they discover the ghost of Laria, who seems unaware she is dead and awaits Caldorus' return; Gruffudd Ap Llewlyn spots a material locket around her spectral form
  • Group goes to the tower by the gate and battles the undead form of Caldorus; they finally defeat him and his royal guard minions
  • Group leads Caldorus' redeemed spirit back to Laria; the two embrace and are able to rest in the afterlife; the locket is left behind and the party claims it
  • While resting for the evening, Krestia hears and barely sees a figure walking about bearing heavy chains and walking very slowly
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Bloomfury 13, 2665 CE
The Herald and the Priest
The House of Gloaming
  • The Five Dragons enter Galadorn's first tier by the lift
  • They come across a graveyard in ruins; one mausoleum seems untouched as all the others are
  • Upon inspecting the mausoleum, the Five Dragons learn its walls are blank and undecorated, while the bier within is empty: there is no body to be found
  • The party comes to a ghostly blue wall whose bricks are made of bone and mortar made of blood; written in blood on the wall are these words:

Swift-footed Lorenus, herald to the king,

Was first to feel the mighty serpent's sting,

Vanquished defender who rose to the fight,

Now wanders the world in the dead of night,

The key is the amulet that hangs from his chest,

Which the heir must claim after he is laid to rest 

  • The Five Dragons search the ruins of the first tier of Galadorn and are accosted by zombies near the ruins of the main gate; one zombie bears a large bronze medallion bearing the crest of Aerlynn around his neck and is presumed to be Lorenus
  • Five Dragons take the body to the graveyard with the intent to lay the body to rest in the empty mausoleum
  • There they meet Renda, a barbarian sent by the People of the Mountain to protect Krestia during her quest
  • Renda joins the group and they all venture to the graveyard, where a horde of undead creatures burst from the ground and attack
  • The Five Dragons defeat the undead attackers and lay the body of Lorenus to rest; reliefs depicting the life of Lorenus magically appear around the mausoleum; Krestia claims the bronze medallion for herself
  • Party moves towards the wall which disappears as they approach and allows them to advance to the second tier of the city
  • Group attacked by more undead spirits as they traverse the grand stairs to the second tier
  • On the second tier they discover a ruined church of Bahamut, from which they hear muttering
  • Inside is the uncorrupted spirit of Sirrinus who had been imprisoned above the church's seal by the undead Falgros who now ruled Galadorn; Sirrinus urges the party to capture the red crown of the vampire lord Nexull and break it against the seal, allowing the trapped ghost to escape
  • The Five Dragons make their way to the House of Gloaming and discover an imprisoned eladrin wizard; Aduin was sent as part of the delegation from Mithrandein and captured by the vampires; he joins the group and they proceed through the house
  • Party fights many vampires in the grand foyer, finally dispatching Nexull and capturing his crown
  • The party returns to the church and frees the spirit of Sirrinus; he warns them that Falgros has corrupted all the souls trapped in Galadorn; the soul of King Brommius VI also wanders the upper reaches of the castle; to get to the castle they would have to defeat Caldorus, who has been driven mad by grief
  • Sirrinus' soul passes on to Bahamut's realm and the party rests for the night in the church

 

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