Tales of the Stormhold Guild

Commanders, Criminals, and Consequences: ONGOING 2
Things get complicated quickly . . .

MULTIPLE SESSION SUMMARY

First Session: Sul, 22 Olarune, 998 YK
Last Session: Mol, 2 Therendor, 998 YK

Player Characters:
Vendrick Ebonlance [Vendrick ir’Delvyn (d’Deneith)]
Codrus
Kale d’Thuranni
Patrin Oden

NPCs:
Captain Kalaes
Flash
Gydd Nephret
Iyanna ir’Talan
Pietr
Lian Halamar
Sergeant Forge

  • The party did discover that, although badly hurt and having lost a leg, Iyanaa ir’Talan had survived the attack on her Garrison. Incensed by what seemed an obvious Boromar attempt to gut the one truly trustworthy band of Watchmen in the city the party decided to open a campaign against the criminal organization. Although ir’Talan (hiding in a House Ghallanda facility while healing) was unable to help them personally and her men were busy ‘taking personal time’ from the Garison the party decided they’d get a solid head start by tapping some of their contacts on the street.
  • Another meeting with Flash quickly led to a conversation with Savia Potellas. The Madam and councilor, tired of paying protection money to the Boromar Family, sold out the name and location of a collector: Delan. The party hit the safehouse where Delan was staying, killed or scattered the muscle assigned to protect him, and brought him in. They confirmed ir’Halamar’s corruption and sent Delan on his way with a hefty bribe in the hopes of turning him.
  • Patrin and Vendrick visited the tavern where ir’Halamar’s men spent their time and attempted to set up a meeting with the halfling Commander in the same spot where’d they’d fought and killed the crooked Watchmen and the Boromar thugs (under the guise of revealing information as to who was responsible for those killings). Their low expectations were actually still placed slightly too high as they ran into assassins from House Tarkanan, a hit squad from Daask, and Jesel and co. from the Deathsgate Guild all at the same time. Although the party managed to point out to Daask that the Tarkanans were the Boromar representatives at this four-way meeting the resulting combat quickly became confused. If anyone won the fight it was Jesel, who remained behind when her companions fled the start of the fight and made off with several looted coin-pouches. Daask was mostly wiped out, although some of them managed to quit the field successfully, and the Tarkanans lost a member. The Stormhold party was badly wounded and driven into full retreat, the first since the incident in Little Greywall weeks before.
  • As the fight against the Daask and Tarkanan groups was beginning another blast shook the city. Upon investigating the party discovered that the Cyran Embassy had been destroyed. Sharn, a city whose main experience with the Last War had been sabotage of this nature, was in an uproar. Although the Cyran ambassador survived, the Cyran community at large came under large amounts of pressure.
  • Investigating the refugee district in Lower Tavick’s Landing where a large portion of the Cyran population lived Vendrick and Codrus discovered members of the band of suspicious Cyrans the shifter fighter had followed on the Day of Mourning. They had insinuated themselves on each side of argument between Cyrans and other expatriates, and quickly began to incite a riot between the two. With a bit of trickery the pair broke up the majority of the riot before it could start, killing one troublemaker and capturing another. In the process they picked up a Cyran recruit, a veteran of the war named Talos who had fallen on hard times.
  • Meanwhile, Kale was contacted by her House and ordered to attend a clandestine meeting at Savia’s. Baron d’Thuranni himself met with her and demanded a report on her activities, curious as to what a potential heir was doing getting herself into this much trouble. Although he did not pull her out of the guild he did inform her that Test of Siberys was going to begin: she would either manifest her Mark, die in the process, or fail and be forced to return to her House and begin serving it proper.
  • Interrogating their captive revealed that it was indeed the Cyran Avengers who were responsible for the Embassy bombing – seeking to kill what the Avengers viewed as the weak-willed while at the same time creating tension between the surviving members of the Five Nations.
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Commanders, Criminals, and Consequences: ONGOING
The City of Knives earns its name . . .

ADVENTURE SUMMARY

Session Ended Early Sul, 22 Olarune, 998 YK

Player Characters:
Vendrick Ebonlance [Vendrick ir’Delvyn (d’Deneith)]
Patrin
Codrus
Kale

  • The Seekers awoke on the 20th of Olarune, the Day of Mourning, to a city in chaos: an explosion had ripped its way through the Black Arch Garrison in Tavick’s Landing, headquarters of Commander ir’Talan’s branch of the Sharn Watch. Thanks to the date the already nervous city was in an uproar and, fearing for the Commander’s life, the Seekers rushed to Tavick’s Landing to investigate. Seeing a line of watchman headed up by Dura’s own Commander Lian ir’Halamar, the group went to the King’s Citadel hoping to gain help from Captain Kalaes. Unable to meet the Captain they were nevertheless given several Potions of Invisibility by his aide, Corporal Tubrick. Before beginning their infiltration the group were able to meet with Sword Point Garrison’s Sergeant Forge, who was unable to give them much information but passed along a generally uneasy vibe about ir’Halamar, who was widely suspected of corruption related to the Boromar Clan.
  • While Codrus quickly retreated from the Garrison after too many close calls the others proceeded inside and quickly split up. Kale searched the evidence locker and discovered the case file for the Seekers’s hit on the crooked watchmen and Boromar thugs. Clearly doctored by Commander ir’Talan to make the case a cold one, Kale nevertheless found that a set of blueprints for the Black Arch Garrison had been recovered from the corpse of one of the crooked coppers; clearly, this was what the pair had been trying to sell to Boromar.
  • Vendrick managed to make his way through the Garrison and outside of the city, where Sharn’s military detachment had closed the roads into the city. Wondering if rogue Cyran elements were reponsible for the attack the shifter spent his time sifting through the crowd, eventually spotting a group of Cyrans that were oddly quiet about the current state of affairs. Although he would later follow the group into the city he lost sight of them somewhere in Lower Dura.
  • Patrin attempted to investigate Commander ir’Talan’s office, only to find that it was at the epicenter of the blast and completely obliterated. Studying the residue of the explosion he theorized that an infusion – a product of artifice – similiar to the known basic properties of a creation forge had been encouraged to run rampant and explode at the site. To further sate his curiousity he investigated the office of ‘Lt. Arianna’, on the edge of the blast. The scene was messy, a piece of shrapnel having clearly cut through the desk and struck the person sitting behind it. But there didn’t seem to be enough blood to indicate fatality . . . encouraged by this, Patrin rushed for the exit, unfortunately managed to alert the Garrison – and House Medani operatives investigating the site – that someone invisible was skulking around. While the alert allowed Kale to use the Garrison’s garbage chutes to flee into the Cogs the Thrane quickly found himself in trouble. Codrus caused trees to shoot up from the cobblestones outside, causing a panic and allowing Patrin and himself to flee unmolested – barely avoiding a squad of the Blackened Book that was rushing to investigate.

To be Continued . . .

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Tavick's Landing Justice: COMPLETED

ADVENTURE SUMMARY

Adventure Completed Wir, 18 Olarune, 998 YK

Player Characters:
Vendrick Ebonlance [Vendrick ir’Delvyn (d’Deneith)]
Patrin
Codrus
Kale

  • With a shortage of other work the party responded to the anonymous message they’d received instructing them to head to the Tooth and Nail Tavern in Middle Tavick’s Landing. Upon arrival they easily spotted a woman, later identified as Capt. Daja Brel, leaving the tavern after sighting the party. Soon afterwards a cloaked figure joined their table, apologized for Capt. Brel’s poor tradecraft, and showed her face – Iyanna ir’Talan, Commander of the Black Arch Garrison of the Sharn Watch responsible for Tavick’s Landing’s security.
  • Commander ir’Talan told the party of her attempts to clean up her Garrison, to remove the stain of corruption that often plagued the Sharn Watch. Despite making great strides she was still encountering difficulties, and wished to hire the party off of the record in order to deal with some of them. Two crooked watchmen had sold information to the Boromar family which led directly to the deaths of some her men. The Commander wanted the party to send a message – crash a meeting between the wathcmen and their Boromar contacts, kill the watchmen, and kill as many of the Boromars as possible. She also gave Codrus a Daask amulet to wear, hoping to get a bonus: frame Daask for the attack and use it to gain more leeway to deal with the Droaamite syndicate as well.
  • After the Commander left Codrus took issue with the orders to frame Daask, concerned that a headline in the Sharn Inquisitive about violent minotaurs would only make things harder for his fellows in the city who were trying to make a legitimate living. After some bickering the party came to agree on a different plan to throw suspicion off of themselves and the Commander: frame the Deathsgate Adventuring Guild that had been giving some Stormhold members trouble.
  • Heading across Middle Tavick’s to the Deathsgate district the party entered Redblade’s, the tavern that caters to the district’s guild. The greeting from ‘Redblade’ Rraac and his customers was chilly and very nearly turned violent before the party managed to convince them to settle things amiably and in good adventurer tradition: with a drinking contest. Codrus, Patrin, and Vendrick engaged a Deathsgate party led by a woman named Jesel in the contest, while Cale skulked around paralyzing the more threatening customers with her poisons. After the Deathsgate members were drunk under the table the party had little trouble stealing their insignias; the locals thought it was all in good fun, at least those who didn’t suddenly find they couldn’t move.
  • The fight went well enough. They ambushed both the watchmen and the Boromar thugs that night in Middle Tavick’s, perfecting the element of surprise because the two parties were arguing over price. The two watchmen leapt from the tower, notably equipped with Charms of Feather Fall. Vendrick and Patrin leapt after them while Codrus and Cale fought the Boromars. Despite almost dying in a myriad number of ways Vendrick and Patrin killed their targets and retrieved the Charms for their own use. Codrus and Cale managed to prevent the escape of the entire Boromar group, killing them to a man. Curiously, the party were not the only ones engaged in the fight; a hidden crossbow sniper picked off both the badly-wounded Boromar leader and the glidewing pilot who had tried to swoop in to assist.
  • The next morning led to some confusing headlines in the Wir edition of the Sharn Inquisitive, reporting that two members of the Watch had been brutally murdered by Boromar thugs. Over the next few days the writer of that article would vanish, and the ‘truth’ that a Deathsgate group had killed everyone involved would become known. There was no connection made between the deaths and the party or the Commander.
  • Upon visiting the Black Arch Garrison the party were led to the office of one Lt. Arianna, to be paid for dealing with one ‘kruthik infestation’. The elven officer was revealed to be an alter-ego Commander ir’Talan uses to manage these off-the-book ventures. ir’Talan pressed Codrus on the Daask issue, but upon hearing his reasoning and being told that he would not object to dealing with Daask directly she let the matter slide and gave the group their payment. She thanked them again for their service, wished them well, and let them know that she would be in touch.
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All Aboard the Mournland Express: BEGUN!

SESSION SUMMARY

Session Completed Zol, 17 Olarune, 998 YK

Player Characters:
Jurian Kundarak
Zak
“Nova” Novakri

  • The Stormhold Guild received a contract from one Elkavar d’Deneith, apparently on the recommendation of Sorghan d’Deneith, to act as guards on the ‘Mournland Express’ lightning rail route from Atur, Karnnath to Gatherhold, Talenta Plains. The Guild dispatched the Stormhold Shadows, a team that had been earmarked for work outside of Breland.
  • Arriving in Atur by airship the Shadows met Elkavar in the House Orien lightning rail hub, and were given a quick briefing on other important personages on the Express: Conductor Alara Orien, Artificer Dalus d’Cannith, and Master Chef Traven of Sharn.
  • Given the run of the rail as it left Atur, the Shadows split up. Nova cased the passengers, on the lookout for personal enemies. She spotted mostly Karns, a number of Jorascos heading to Vedykar and Ghallandas heading to Gatherhold, a small number of hobgoblins, a handful of Talentan halflings, and a House Phiarlan group, with a cross-section of various other Khorvairans.
  • Zak and Jurian headed for the containment cart to talk to fellow guard Marus about possible threats. Various Nightwood Forest creatures, Karnnathi bandits, escaped prisoners, Talentan tribesmen with a grudge, elves from Valenar trying to extract tolls, and of course nasty beasts emerging from the Mournland were mentioned. Mournland beasts have so far been turned away by Dalus’s experimental engine and conductor stones, but the job is stressful enough that Elkavar has to keep replacing guards who quit the job in a fit of nerves.
  • Zak and Jurian then managed to break into the engine cart, after a short encounter with Traven, as Jurian wanted to test the rail’s security. Despite bypassing both the physical and arcane locks, Dalus was alerted and got the drop on the pair. The Cannith artificer was intrigued by Jurian’s questions concerning the lightning rail, however, and let the pair go after answering their questions. The pair got the impression from the way Dalus talked that Dalus, Alaria, and Elkavar are personal friends who trust one another.
  • When they went on duty later that night, the Shadows were directed to act as crowd control in the Luxury Cart during the House Phiarlan show, put on by the Harlequinade. There was little to no trouble outside of a few drunks thrown in containment to sleep it off, and the group were even offered a chance to have a few drinks and relax themselves.
  • Zak and Nova were awoken by Marus shouting, leaping up to find two Talentan halflings fleeing the guard with stolen goods. Zak subdued one halfling in quick order, handing the prisoner over to Marus and another wounded guard before following Nova and Elkavar onto the roof, managing to capture the second thief and recover the goods before an accomplice riding a glidewing could enact a retrieval.

WORK IN PROGRESS

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A Pimp Named Flash: COMPLETED

ADVENTURE SUMMARY

Adventure Completed Sul, 15 Olarune, 998 YK

Player Characters:
Vendrick Ebonlance [Vendrick ir’Delvyn (d’Deneith)]
Patrin
Codrus
Kale

  • Gydd Nephret has been resurrected using the power of the Ashen Crown. Feeling both indebted to the party and eager to strengthen herself she has quit most of her duties at Morgrave University and joined the guild as a consultant.
  • Vendrick, having manifested the Mark of Sentinel at the very moment the Crown was assembled, is extremely concerned and is remaining secretive about the Mark.
  • Pietr presented the party with money from an unknown party, along with a note congratulating them on dealing with the Emerald Claw and instructing them to come to Lower Tavick’s Landing at their leisure if they wanted more work helping the city.
  • Pietr gave a brief report on other activities in the guild, including a brief and victorious tavern fight against Deathsgate Guild members who were looking to cause trouble for the new guild. He warned the party to keep an eye out.
  • The party rescued the . . . lady of the night Surina on behalf of the warforged gentleman named Flash, who runs an . . . escort service in the Lower Menthis district of Firelight. They killed Ricster the Black and most of the kidnappers, turning over two survivors to Flash for questioning. They recovered some burned papers with a signature, but the only letters left were ‘Nol’.
  • Flash paid the party for the job, presented Kale with a gift, and promised to both spread the word about the Guild and act as an informant if the party required one. Hopefully word will reach Savia Potella, who owns a business in Firelight and is the Council representative for Lower Menthis, thereby increasing the guild’s reputation.
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Seekers of the Ashen Crown: COMPLETED

ADVENTURE SUMMARY

Adventure completed Far, 13 Olarune, 998 YK.

Player Characters:
Vendrick
Kale
Patrin
Codrus
Colin – Killed fighting Ashurta
Orin – Killed fighting Ashurta
Pietr – Party NPC
Brug – ex-Party NPC, missing after events in Greywall (see below)

  • The group has recovered the Ashen Crown and claimed it for themselves. With Yeraa‘s blessing (see below) they haved decided to keep the artifact until it compels them to pass it on or Huugan, Yeraa’s mentor, comes to them looking for it.
  • Demise of the Aereni Skullborn and her apprentice Jaenus are dead, slain by the party along with what seems like all of her immediate allies in the Order of the Emerald Claw. Demise’s corpse was burned and her ashes scattered in an attempt to prevent her return via the necromancy of the Skullborn or the Emerald Claw.
  • Tiktuli has been taken alive and turned over to Captain Kalaes, Lantern Thorn, and the King’s Citadel, exonerating the party of the crimes he had framed them for. The Captain’s refusal to easily accept Tiktuli’s betrayal as fact was based on the fact that the changeling had been practically raised by the Citadel, but with the end of the Last War bringing no victory Tiktuli became disillusioned and threw in his lot with the Emerald Claw in exchange for a promise of immortality in undeath. The last the party heard he had been sent to Wroat for questionng and execution.
  • Yeraa and her Seekers were contacted using the Ashen Crown, their spirits appearing before the party and congratulating them on their success. Yeraa seemed pleased at Tiktuli’s downfall, yet was clearly still saddened by the lie that had been their relationship. Still, she told the party that among all his lies Tiktuli spoke one truth: the fate of the Ashen Crown was bound to those who found it. She gave the party her blessing to keep the artifact and led her Seekers back to Dolurrh, intending to now seek out her ancestors in the land of the dead. The Kech Volaar Seekers seemed at peace with their lot, ignoring the possibility of revival via the Crown.
  • The body of Professor Gydd Nephret, murdered by Demise and turned into a dreadclaw, was recovered by the party after the final battle. Their stated intent is to attempt to resurrect her using the Ashen Crown.
  • Brug was last seen covering the party’s escape from Greywall by taking on the House Tharashk guards that were attempting to arrest them. According to rumors picked up among caravans coming from Greywall, who were all talking about the massive uproar caused over the course of several days by a group of adventurers, Brug pummeled seven guards into submission before fleeing into the Bloodstone. His current status is unknown; Captain Kalaes stated that he was still holding onto Brug’s pay and had no idea what had happened to the half-orc.
  • The Far edition of the Korranberg Chronicle inlcuded an article about the hanging of rogue Aundairan Lord Teras ir’Lenian, apprehended in Greywall by Sentinel Marshal Sorghan d’Deneith. Sorghan credited his success to the help of a ‘group of Brelish adventurers’, but did not name the party in the article.
  • Abraxis has returned to the Inquisitive business, being paid off for his trouble by Captain Kalaes. The party are now the ruling body of the Stormhold Adventuring Guild. With the success of the ir’Tain contract weeks ago, and with word on the street that the Guild clashed with an Emerald Claw cell, more job offers are starting to pour in . . .
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