Welcome to the New Age

Unification part One
Hail to the King, baby

May 29-30, 25NA

The Heralds return home after a wearying journey to find the town of Grayson once more under threat by outside forces.  This time the threat is the fey lord named Dialb, whom the party had encountered the year before in their mission to cure the poisoning of Gwythr ap Llewellyn.  Dialb now controls the northern portions of the Greywinder Wood, as well as the gate to the Feywild.  He is making his presence known in the area as he threatens the elves of Caer Nimir.

While they were gone, Mayor Bruce Courdry and his adventuring companions travelled to the remains of the Pentagon, braving the lair of the Illithids there to rescue Nancy Healy, now pregnant with a child, and strangely rejuvenated by her experiences.  Mayor Courdry, too has expressed an inner reserve of energy not seen for many years in the town Grayson.  Bruce and Nancy are engaged to be married.

In the midst of the heroes having misgivings about the goings on in Grayson, Lord Gwythr ap Llewellyn and Master Grunr Stormborn maneuver Bruce Courdry into accepting a position of greater authority over the area…

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Trek
Homeward Bound

March 25-May 29, 25NA

The Heralds manage to escape pursuit by Wendigo when another dragon interferes.  The Red Dragon, Typhon, assaults Wendigo over territory dispute.  The dragons battle covers the party's escape.

The return to Nicholas' camp goes well after that, and the group, as well as the rescued slaves, all get time to rest.   Nicholas suggests that Aideen seek out his friend Samuel for advice on how to proceed in their "dragon problem".  Fizzle decides to stay with Nicholas, to attempt to recover away from the judgement of the folks back home.

It is decided to allow Declan to use the remaining teleportation scroll, but he lost control of the casting, and the scroll was destroyed. 

And so the long walk home begins.  The trip involves taking a pair of boats across the inland sea crossing from what was once Canada to the former United States.  The trip runs overland from there, and a few close calls with danger and a near miss from the hunchback and a large party of orcs follow their steps home.

Near Roanoke, the party meets Samuel, who helps them overcome a trap in a cave and tells them of the current problems: Dialb has come through the gate in the Greywinder Wood and declared war on Caer Nimir by the forces of Summer.

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The North, part two
The Hungry Wind

March 25, 25NA

The Northern Militia of Paladins joins forces with the Heralds to wipe out Rancid Ox orcs.  A carefully crafted plan involves the Heralds sneaking into the Orc village to attack the leadership while the militia attacks one edge of the camp in an attempt to draw out as many of the slavers as possible.

As they slip into camp, the party takes out a group of sentries and then are in position to attack Torc Manspawn, Luthig the Shaman, the Mouthpeice of Wendigo and their servants.  As they approach, it seems that the orcs have set out five humans chained to stakes as they await… Something.

The combat is fierce and as the party nears its victory, Gareth spots a dark spot in the sky, flying towards them from the south…  The Dragon, Wendigo!

The Heralds rush to search the orcs for the key to the prisoners chains as the dragon draws ever nearer and nearer…

Our heroes barely escape with the prisoners and the treasure…

 

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North, part one
Have Scroll, will travel

March 24, 25NA

The attempt to travel directly to Caer Nimir goes awry and the party finds themselves in a prison along with a group of human slaves being kept by the Rancid Ox orcs.  They aren't certain where they are and the humans report to being a second generation slave populace.

An attempt is made, seemingly successfully, to prop up Fizzle's confidence in himself for a day or so.  Evan and Lora, slaves that seem to represent the two factions of slaves (those wishing freedom and those fearing it) are brought into a plan to escape the next day when the slaves are brought to work.

The ambush is successful and the Heralds and their rescued slave allies meet a mysterious group of red coated cavalry soldiers and their leader, an older human named Nicholas.

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Hunger Part Four
A Ghastly Mess

A final,brutal encounter with Eleanor and Walter Grimsby: as well as the more than half-mad gnome necromancer, Fizzle Gingergrip ends with the party barely victorious.  The Grimsby's are destroyed and Fizzle is captive.  The party decides to seek help for the crazed wizard among the elves of Caer Nimir.

Now they just need to agree on how to get there…

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Hunger Part Three
Monastery of the Damned

Krik the Orc proves to be less than helpful in his singleminded devotion to clan and to Wendigo. This point is proved to be moot when the group is attacked on the road by a swarm of skeletal crows that unleash a powerful necromantic spell among them before being destroyed by Aideen.

Upon reaching the monastery, the Heralds go through the front door only to be trapped inside the room with a wall scrambling horde of undead hungry for their flesh, accompanied by a re-animated frost giant corpse.  

After the desperate battle in the chapel and a difficult escape from the sealed chamber, the party moves up stairs, arriving on the roof of the building.  Fizzle Gingergrip, recognizable though much changed, retreats from the group into his tower laboratory, fearful both of and for the party.

While the majority of the group follows him into his lair, Iliken finds himself confronted by two ghouls, as well as Walter Jr and Eleanor Grimsby — both also now horribly undead…

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Hunger Part Two
Cabin in the Woods

March 14-20, 25NA

The Cage house proved to have signs of recent trouble, including a pair of dead town guards.  Further exploration on the way to the Slocum house shows disturbing signs of necromancy and undead activity in the mountains.  Strange animate heads and buried skeletons are all over the place.

The Slocum farm proves to be just as devoid of life, but the Grimsby house has a surprise for the group in the form of a trio of ghouls and a pair of marauding undead bears who destroy the house trying to get at the party.  They also discovered a vision of what might have been the start of all this when Eleanor Grimsby attacked and killed her husband.

A map leads to a chapel deeper in the mountains, and the party travels along to a deeper place, finding the trees decorated with hung orcs.  One was found alive, and admits that the Burning Eye tribe was attempting to ally with the ghouls at the behest of Wendigo.

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Hunger part one
Home is where they have to take you in

March 10-14, 25NA

The brand new Declan is introduced to the population of Grayson.  Reviews are mixed.

While there is a strong drive to return to Tillman's Port, Mayor Courdry pleads for caution and instead decides that the group might be better put to use looking in the mountains for the two missing patrols as well as the missing homesteaders.

Recongnizing the Fizzle Gingergrip is still unaccounted for, Gareth asks a local ranger and fur trader to have a look for him near Roanoake — the only major stop on his itinerary. 

Gareth gathers information on the families up in the mountains and learns of the Grimsbys- one of the most well informed families in the Appalachians, as well as the Altizers, Slocums, Warrens, and Whitts. Some activity of the Burning Eyes – an Orc tribe – had been reported in the area months ago, but no one can confirm that they might be in the area in force.

The first home the Heralds find is the Cage Farm, and while they find the remains of two Grayson guards in the house, slaughtered but not devoured.

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Alien, finale
Denouement with a Dragonborn

March 5-10, 25NA

The video files on the computer reveal more secrets to the party.  As they make ready to depart, securing the bunker in case they need to return, Declan gives in to temptation.

He places his hands on the door to the generated and is…transformed.  The draconic power in his magic is now pasted directly on his body, making him a beautiful, horrifying, dragon-man.  The reaction to his new appearance is predictably varies.

Creatures attempt to strike at the party as they leave the flooded city, but they return to the Stoutsails' ship and are delivered to the mouth of the Southfork River where they travel up to River Running, taking horses to return to Grayson.

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The Interview with a Dragon part one
The Open Door

Excerpt from DOSA interview with D'Artagnan aka Argentium aka Breach Alpha

Interviewer:  You keep talking about a danger to us, can you elaborate on that some?

D'Artagnan:  Apart from you opening the doors of all reality?  Or are you intent on ignoring that? The fact is that your… Machines… Are an invitation to every predator out there.  There are beings out there, among the planes, that have waited to have such fertile hunting grounds.

I: Such as?

D: The Ba’Atori?  The Unseelie?  The Choir Celestial?

I:  Choir Celestial?  That sounds like… Angels?  That doesn’t sound so bad…

D: They are judges.  Are you honestly prepared to be Judged?

I: That DOES sound ominous, I guess. ::nervous chuckle::

D:  These things might sound familiar.  Comfortable myths. They are not.  They are not myths, not stories.  And they hold power.  Power that you haven’t seen here.

I: You mean magic?  ::Another chuckle::

Silence.

I:  What are you doing?

D: Unintelligible muttering

I: Can we get the heat turned up in here?

::Static::

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