Chronicles of Marhalla

Ranger Record's 12
A long Time coming

It’s been awhile since I wrote one of these Records, a lot has happened since the undead siege and now. To keep this nice and short I’m going to abbreviate all that has happened. After the siege we found out that Balgus was sent to the second layer of Hell. We all decided, as well as Thoric to go to the second level of hell and rescue him. To this end we all went our separate ways for three months to train and become stronger. I trained under Neel’s tutelage in becoming a nature warden and deepened my bond with Galahad. I also spent time with my beloved Matrena, the more time I spend with her, the more I begin to realize that I hate being apart from her. I find myself thinking about her non stop, and even during our last mission she was on my mind. I am not a child I should be able to control these emotions but I feel that I truly love Matrena. We also helped rebuild Dayhill. After three months I sent out to rendezvous with the others in Yampfield. We all meet in the Hands of Heironus it was good to see the others Lucius and Percy trained with the Golden Leginarries. Scarloc trained with Fox to become a shadow dancer, whatever that is, they use shadows, I think? Jiro trained with Lucan? And made not gonna lie some pretty awesome boots, and other cool magical items.We gathered around Valterya, Alec had agreed to teleport us back from Hell with the condition being we have to be on the first layer of hell. I decided not to bring Galahad with us, I won’t bring such a noble creature down into Hell itself. We all gathered around and prepared ourselves, and then next thing I knew we were in hell. The first layer was a barren wasteland that the only noise I could hear was the screaming of the damned. We journeyed along for a bit until we had the pleasure of meeting the inhabitants of this hell scape. Devils, we ambushed them and killed all but one of them. We then made an unholy contract with him, in exchange for sparing his life he would take us to the second layer of Hell. He failed his half, and because of the wording of the contract he was slain, and in his stead a red Tiefling stood before us. Ipkesh was his name, and he said he would fulfill the rest of the contract in his stead. He  then teleported us into his tavern in the city of Dis. After some debating we decided that we would strike a deal with the devil inside of Ipkesh, in exchange for killing a business rival he would sneak us into the prison that Balgus was kept in, but also smuggle us to the first layer, where we could safely teleport away. We then went on our way, his business rival turned out to be a giant fat disgusting Devil. We killed it, and as a side note never piss off Thoric, ever. Then Ipkesh showed up took us to the prison and left us in a room in the same ward as Balgus. The group decided to send Scarloc and Jiro ahead to find Balgus and teleport him back to us.To pass time in the room, Lucius Thoric and I played cards. Specifically Go fish, I lost. Not sure what happened but they found him and made it back to the room. It was good to see my friend Balgus again, but it was the joy on Thoric’s face that showed me how much he was really worried about his brother. The reunion was short lived as the jail wardens quickly found out where we were hiding. As the Devils were about to break into the room, we activated the contract with Ipkesh and he teleported us to safety. Jiro had to trade away a magic knife for it, but it was worth it since we all got out alive. Back on the first layer, we joined hands then used the crystal Alec gave us to return to the material plane. What we thought took weeks only took about three minutes. It was joyous to know that we were back in the material plane, and that I was reunited with Galahad once more. No rest for the wicked however, the King of Yampfield, King Aldwic wanted us for a mission. We bid Balgus and Thoric Farewell, then went to the Velvet Dagger to rest for a few days. We then meet with King Aldwic who knew that I was the son of Baron Kronsieg. The King tasked with with two missions. One find the source of the Dracolisk we fought, and two go to the city of Rax and defeat the poison lodge to prevent them from poisoning all of Yampfield. We decided that it would be best if we had a guide with us to the underdark (the location which the Deepwood scouts said the Dracolisk came from.) As it turns out the Yampfield branch had a man who knew the underdark well. Harvey! He fought alongside us in Dayhill, he used these items called guns, truly marvels of technology, I want to get my hands on one. In exchange for getting Harvey we agreed to allow Percy to join them on a mission as they needed a even number of members. We rested for the night, then made our way to the Kobold cave where we first encountered the Dracolisk, there we found an underground stairwell leading into the underdark. After traveling awhile we found ourselves in a mushroom farm. We eventually came across the gnome who owned this farm. In exchange for killing the powerful Kobolds in a cave near his farm, he would allow us to leave peacefully. We found the cave containing the kobolds, and where there are kobolds there are dragons. Usually. We entered the cave, and slaughtered the Kobolds. We then found out that there was a shrine deeper inside of the cave. We had to swim to reach the shrine, things never are simple. In the water were water based humanoids called sahuagins. We killed a few of them, then we tried to teleport away only to find the leader of the Sahuagins. This champion agreed to let us pass, if in exchange we gave him half of the treasure we find. We agreed, then left the water, after catching our breathe for a bit, we ventured further into the shrine. There we found not a dragon, but a Dracohydra, half dragon half Hydralisk.Instead of slaying the creature Scarloc used one of the weapons he got from Hell, his Infernal Short Sword to stab a crystal the Dracohydra seemed to be guarding, this caused the crystal to speak and caused the Dracohydra to turn into ash, that the Hen Avok were behind this creature, the crystal then began to spew lava. We tried to outrun this enchanted lava only the realize we were surrounded. Then the amulet around Jiro’s neck began to speak. This amulet was a gift from Ipkesh, the Amulet contains a devil, he offered to teleport us to safety, he only required knowing our real names.We all agreed, he then teleported us to the surface. We then slept for the night, in the morning we said our farewell to Harvey as we went our separate ways. Along the way back to Yampfield I kept hearing something that gnawed at the back of my mind. It was only when the noise got louder did I realize what it was, and my realization made my feel fear again. It was an Orc War band, their damn drums beating, its a noise I shall never forget. However the noise was ahead of us, and I had strong friend at my side, this time it will be different. We eventually found the Orc Warband and decided to ambush it. As we got ready to fight, it took all my willpower to avoid shaking in my boots, and breaking down in fear. The last time I fought against a Orc War band had ended in victory yes, but so many that I called brothers died. Bedivere death from that incident shook me, what if one of the others died? No I refused to let that happen, I would stand and fight alongside my fellow Sentinels. The battle was hard fought, but we slew most of them, and the timely arrival of reinforcements was a welcome sight. The Dorwianin battle group had a mage that teleported us to Castle Yampfield. Once in the castle we learned that while we were gone the Orcs and their full war host appeared. They ranked in the thousands, many Rangers were the front liners, and had the majority of casualties. I worried for my Dragoons, but I knew that they would be in good hands. I offered my help to Sarconis, then the group decided we would leave for Rax first thing tomorrow morning. Percy was due to arrive at night our group would be together again. I decided that PErcy would be fine, and that I wanted to get a general consensus of the war, so I traveled towards the frontlines. However Percy was not fine. Jiro sent me a message that I needed to return at once.  Apparently Selsani was the only person to arrive, nearly dead. She also told us that the others were ambushed and captured by Orcs. Orcs, they took Bedivere, Mordired and the other dragoons. They won’t take Percival. We asked permission from the King to chase him down and save them. The King then pointed out that the lives of all the people in Yampfield, was worth more than the lives of four individuals, and as much as it pains me to say, the King was right. Our duty was to the people, and I could not call myself Gawain of Yampfield if I did not put the people first. After seeing his wisdom he did give us a way out, the Orcs had a slave camp on the way to Rax, surely we could swing by on our way there. Hell yes we could. The next day we found that Sarconis was our guide towards Rax, and that his Falcon Kree was in fact a Roc, who could shrink himself. Kree carried us towards the camp, it was also during this time that I lost my druid ways and dedicated myself more into being a Ranger. We eventually found a caravan travelling on a road. We ambushed it to find Duncan, one of the members we lost. He guided us to the slaver camp where a slaver was beginning an auction. Jiro decided to masquerade as a slaver, only to be charmed by the slaver. Combat was unavoidable, during the combat Jiro launched a fireball at Galahad. If he hadn’t been charmed I would killed the shit, for trying to harm Galahad. Luckily the charm wore off and he returned to his right state of mind. We managed to save the other hands members, but it turns out the slaver had already sold Percival to Wyvern riders, who were headed to Rax. We continued our journey and eventually found the Wyvern Riders. We ambushed their party, and what was meant to be bloodless turned into killing half of their members. On a positive note we managed to free the wyverns and they left. After interrogating the surviving members we learned that they sent Percy and a few riders ahead to the city of Rax to drop him off at the buyer. We let them go, which I found myself surprised at. Before being with these guys I would of slit their throats to avoid any loose ends, but I found myself ok with letting them go. Perhaps I have changed. However it was then that Mavin told us that the ORc that ambushed her group were near, seeing as how this Orc was a high ranking member of the invasion we decided to kill him. During the fight we found out why he was called Vutnak the Swift. He was also deadly as he gave Galahad a scar, we eventually slew him. Mavin and her group ordered us to go, while they cleaned up the rest of the orcs. It did not sit right with me that we were leaving our comrades behind but Percy needed us badly, so I agreed with the others and left. After many days of Travel we finally reached our destination. Rax, the city of scums, the city in the trees. It lived up to its reputation of being a city of scum, as in a hour of being then our our stuff was stolen, but mine. I caught my would be pickpocket. We convinced him to show where he brought all of our loot. Scarloc went ahead and stole it back. Turns out it was a trap, and that the Whelps (a guild of thieves/assassins that rule the underbelly of Rax) targets us. Scarloc impressed them enough that they let us go and allowed our gear back. On top of that they agreed not to steal from us again. We got a lead on the man who stole Percy, he wore a mask, and the Poison Lodge seemed to operate out of a tea shop. After spending time hunting down leads we decided to spend the night in a tavern in the slums. A word of warning, if you ever go to Rax. Stay in a tavern above ground. The tavern was delightful and the owner Siege seemed pleasant enough. After drinking a bit, a blue bird flew in carrying a message for Lucius, he immediately stood up and stormed off. I followed him to Jiros room. It was there that we learned the truth. Jiro had made a deal with a Devil. He sold his soul of power. Jiro then allowed the Devil to materialize. I followed Eristil before, but this sight only served to deepen my faith to the gods. His mere presence was enough to strike fear in me, and his unholy aura only spoke that he meant trouble. Jiro then crossed a line as he claimed that I did not care about PErcy. Bad move, Percy is my brother, I care for very few more than he, so I slapped Jiro. Jiro then ordered the devil to contain both me and Lucius. This bad. Jiro had been completely corrupted by this Devil and he couldn’t even see it. We then all went to bed, I pray to Eristil for guidance in this matter… Our sleep wasn't long as Lucius woke me. He heard a strange noise, after breaking us out of our locked rooms, we found said noise. A giant, and I mean giant like impossible to measure, wall of water. The tavern was a trap and we fell for it. After nearly drowning a man named Mavus saved us. We then spent the rest of the time on a safer local. In the morning it turns out Lucius had gotten a message from Iomedae, in the well that served as the only source of fresh water for the inhabitants below was a note. The same type of note that told us where to find the Poison Lodge in the first place. We made our way over there and came up with a plan, Jiro would distract the guards around the well while Scarloc would steal the note. It did not go as planned. Jiro got knocked out almost instantly, Scarloc was spotted, as I was getting ready to help Lucius, two men fell from the sky like shooting rockets. One was a anti-paladin, I could tell by his aura, the other was a mage who seemed to know Jiro. In a one on one duel Lucius was beaten, I think this is the first time I have ever seen him fall. I decided it would be best to follow from a distance and bide my time trying to save them. It didn’t work out, the mage spotted me, luckily I was able to outrun him with Galahad's help. I know found myself alone. I decided that the next day I would look for my friends since the Chariot was to lower on the Day of Battle, and the cages underneather held prisoners. Later in the day however I got a throbbing in my head. The message told me to travel to the outskirts of the city. I did so, and to my very pleasant surprise. I saw something that truly made me feel honored. A ancient Wyvern, something similar to dragons descended from the skies. This Wyvern then began to communicate with me, since I had freed one of its brood, it would return the favor and take me to the second layer of Rax. I did have to wait two days. I felt a sense of satisfaction, my nature warden training had not let me down, and only deepened my need to protect nature, and all who call that place sacred. Galahad and I spent the night in a safer inn. The next day we explored the Chariot, however we could not find the others, giving up I returned to the inn, to spend my last day. Tomorrow will bring a new day, hopefully I will be able to find my comrades, I need to find them so we can safe Percy, and stop the Poison Lodge; I just hope everyone is OK. However I lay here, I keep thinking of Materna, she occupies my every waking thought, even in combat I still think of her, my heart hurts knowing how far away she is. I must tell her how much she means to me, however I have no idea how to propose to a dwarf. I truly love Matrena.

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Gawain Dragoon

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Lucius' Logs #16
... Ad Inferi

The time was upon us as Valtyra's ritual was completed and we could go to Hell. Our escape was to be orchestrated by Alec who gave us a rod to implant into the ground that would serve as some form of anchor so he could gather us and return us to the material plane. We were somewhat skeptical, but Balgus needed us and there was no time to ruminate on these details and we simply had to trust Alec. Thoric was to join us as it was his brother that was imprisoned and I was certainly thankful for his help. Alec also turned Jiro into an incubus and the rest of our group into slaves in order to make it look like we were to be sold in the city of Dis. The sentinels of the blazing sun as well as Thoric stepped into the circle that Valtyra had prepared for us and in an instant we were transported to the dim desolate wasteland that was the first layer of hell. We looked around us for any form of structure and landmark of some kind, but were able to find none save a large plateau off in the distance. Seeing as this was our only reference point in an otherwise flat and empty plain of nothingness. We walked on for what seemed like ages as there was no rising or setting of the sun to mark the days. After some time in the distance we noticed some mounted riders heading in our direction. They appeared to be devils of some kind. We waited for them to approach and Jiro went to go talk to them. It appeared as though the conversation didn't end well as they began attacking us and the rest of us moved to aid him. We slew or drove off the devils except for one who we managed to capture. After a lot of negotiating and wording things exactly right to ensure the safety of our souls I signed a contract with the devil in order to grant us passage to the city of Dis protected by the pact primeval. He continued to lead us toward the plateau for some time and the continuous walk was starting to drain me yet I knew I had to press on. We finally arrived at the plateau and the devil's allies appeared over the ridge behind him. Our only escape was the fleshy tunnel behind us as we didn't think that we could take them all in a fight. As we started to head towards the tunnel it appears the pact primeval protected us and the lead devil began to babble incoherently and him and all the devils that had joined him were erased from existence.

We stood there dumbfounded for a second before appearing in front of us was a tiefling who said that he would be the one to fulfill the rest of the contract that the devils had shirked. He told us his name was Ipkesh and that he would transport us to the city of Dis in a safe area for us to gather ourselves. He teleported us there and during the brief time I could feel the stare of Asmodeus himself stare at us giving me a chill down my spine. As I looked around I realized we were in what passed for a bar in the city of Dis with several monstrous devils eating scraps of flesh. He told us that we would be safe here for the time being and to talk to him should we need any help. After some discussion with the group we settled on seeing what form of help we could get from Ipkesh. Ipkesh told us he could get us into the bastion of flesh if we would do a favor for him. We had to slay a devil by the name Otugash who was competition for him and preventing him from advancing in the Hierarchy. We had to do it discreetly as it couldn't be known that Ipkesh or the devil that lived in him was behind it as this was the reason he hadn't done it himself yet. He also threw in some other deals we could accept from him should we so desire, but I was extremely hesitant to accept them, but they were there nonetheless should we invoke the other pacts. Jiro and I were the ones talking with him so we returned to the others to get their input on the matter. They agreed and we worded in a way for Ipkesh to get us out of the bastion of flesh should we invoke the pact. In return Ipkesh would acquire the service of Teto for a month should we invoke that pact. With our task set out in front of us and a clear way to rescue Balgus we set out to complete our end of the bargain and slay the devil know as Otugash. We walked out onto the street in our slave attire with Jiro leading the way towards the slave market that Otugash runs. We were harrassed along the way, but eventually we were able to make it to the market. We entered and talked with what seemed to amount to the secretary of Otugash who after some diplomacy and presenting Percy and I as two holy warriors seemed to pique the interest of the secretary. He lead us to Otugash's chamber. Jiro presented us to Otugash and the moment that I was close enough to strike, I grabbed my halberd and dug it as deep into his flesh as I could

In moments we surrounded Otugash and began cutting into him and lashing out as hard as we could. Worried I might attract attention I refrained from using my smite, but as the battle wore on I realized that it may be necessary. Otugash summound several of his minions to assist him, but Gawain and Jiro and Thoric were able to deal with the in a short manner whilst Scarloc, Percy, and I continued to hack away at Otugash. I continued to Stab and cut into Otugash while taking a large amount of damage in return whilst the others continued to harass the engorged devil. It was Scarloc though that landed the killing blow on the corpulent devil putting an end to him. As we stood there we began to hear footsteps down the hall as something was approaching fast. Jiro attempted to hide us and made us invisible as we stood in a corner however the devils spread out and swept the room. We were eventually found out and brought before the large horned devil. He told us that we were to be brought to Menthiri, the bastion of flesh, and it was at that moment I realized the horned devil was either Ipkesh or a servant of Ipkesh. The beast brought us through the city on what seemed to be an endless march. At one point Ipkesh revealed that he was indeed the horned devil and that he would safely put us into Menthiri into a room that was formerly occupied by one of the wardens. We arrived at the bastion of flesh and began to hear the wails of agony that permeated Menthiri and we were lead to an empty room. We rested for awhile to regain our strength and then when we were ready to go Gawain, Percy Thoric, and I stayed behind while Jiro and Scarloc went out to see what they could find. Gawain and I played cards while we waited so I only heard what Jiro and Scarloc told us about what happened and from what they said they teleported around a few times then managed to find Thoric and dimensioned doored back to the room. Shortly before they arrived there was an alarm that began sounding and after they entered and we closed and locked the door there was banging on it from the other side. It appeared as though the door would not last for much longer so we decided to invoke the fourth pact of Ipkesh so he could transport us out of the prison. As was requested he did indeed rescue us and brought us back to his tavern. We thanked him and Jiro managed to trade the service of Teto in return for a dagger that Dove had given him. Ipkesh also bestowed on Jiro some form of necklace and it turned out Scarloc had found a pair of weapons from Otugash. We thanked Ipkesh once more and he returned us to the first plane of hell so that we may deploy the rod that Alec had given us. Once we deployed the rod we were transported out of Hell and back to Yampfield with Balgus in tow.

Back in the hall of the hands of Heironus and free from the oppressive atmosphere that was Hell I felt it necessary to give thanks to Iomedae for helping us through these trying times and to ask forgivness for dealing with such evil creatures in order to rescue Balgus. Shortly after returning we found out that the King wished to talk to us when we had a moment, but it was necessary that we take at least a day to recover from our journey, possibly more.

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Lucius' Logs #15
Per Aspera...

After flsuhing the poisoned lodge out of the city for the time being the group decided to part ways in preparation for Valtyra to create a way for us to enter hell and rescue Balgus from his imprisonment. All of us had separate tasks that we desired to accomplishment before our inevitable trips to one of the most evil places the universe has, even more so than the abyss since that is simple brutality where Hell is ordered and purposefully done. Percy and I were going to travel with Arcus and his detachment of the Golden Legionnaires and return to their headquarters in the north. Percy and I went through brutal training that lasted the entire 3 months in preparation for our journey to Hell. They constantly tried to break us to build us back up again stronger than before. After weeks of travel we finally arrived to where they resided and Percy and I were met by an oddly tribal settlement and order. However as the time came to a close our training was complete and we were indoctrinated into the Golden Legionnaires. They sent us off with a new large Golden shield representing our status and Percy and I returned back to Yampfield to greet the others. We got back together and decided how we would go about rescuing Balgus.

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Lucius' Logs #14
To Kill a King

Father Armias gave us advice to go see what we could find out from the God of deception himself. I steeled my resolve to have a meeting with such a vile God of deceit, but in order to save the king I feared that this was the quickest route to finding out the plot that the poisoned lodge had come up with. All Gods are worshipped in one way or another in the city as even the gods associated with deception and poisoning can be used for some good or at the very least deserve a shrine in the city to appease them. Worship of the gods that are considered good is far more prominent in the city as their boons and assistance come without price so long as you fight in their name and honor as well as spread their teachings as I do for Iomedae.

Asking for my goddess' protection one final time before setting out to discuss with a god that she has had hostile relations with in the past, the Sentinels of the Blazing Sun and I set out to uncover the plot that the posion lodge has set in motion. We make our way to the shrine to Norgorber in the less populated area of the city square where the worship to the gods usually thought of as evil resides. The section of the city where Norgorber shrine resides is not very welcoming, especially to a paladin on the light. The learning and studying of these gods is perfectly fine, however, to make it your primary god of worship where you draw your powers from is an entirely different story. Not wanting to spend more time here than needed we make our way to the shrine. I kneel down before the small tapestry that adorns the wall and send out a plea for this dark god to aid us.  I implore him to see that even these subjects that follow him are unworthy of his assistance, however, he had a much different idea in mind how we might acquire the information about the poisoned lodge. He wanted a paladin of Iomedae to go kill two individuals that reside in the shrine to Urgathoa, the goddess of the undead. Why Norgorber desired us to go slay two people in the shrine I know not. I was hesisitant to accomplish this task as I had no idea why he wanted them dead, but the poisoned lodge must be stopped. I step outside the shrine and pray to Iomedae for forgiveness for this trespass against her and hope she can know that I do this for a greater good.

We make our way to the temple to Urgathoa and step inside. After quickly scanning around we find no one inside of the temple and I wonder why Norgorber sent us here. I step into a room off to the side and see within two large stone coffins. I move over to inspect them further curious to see if possibly the two Norgorber want me to slay are within. As I move closer out of nowhere two ghosts appear and begin attacking us. I channel Iomedae's divine power and smite the two creatures in an effort to slay them. Some of us sustain quite a bit of damage, but nothing that we couldn't take. We manage to slay the two ghosts sending them to their final rest and assumedly completing our end of the bargain to Norgorber. I questioned why Norgorber would want us to kill these two ghosts, but didn't think more of than these two ghosts had wrong him in the past either in life or death and he wanted them dead for good. We returned to the shrine and informed him we had completed our end of the bargain. He proceeded to tell us that the poisoned lodge was attempting to slay the king on the Jeweled Dias during one of his speeches that was to be given the next day. With this information in hand we first go tell Kaine Blackfoot about the plot to let him know what may occur. After that we return to the velvet dagger and inform them about what we had discovered. The next day we would set out to the city square and hopefully stop the assassination plot.

We woke up the next morning and set out to the city square. After some initial trouble getting in eventually we manage to contact Kaine who allows us through the gate. We take positions around the dias where the king is to give he speech and begin scanning the crowd for any person looking highly suspect. A man in a cloak is spotted by a member of our party and I rush over to see who it is. To my shock I realize that it is none other than Ish from my previous mercenary group I worked with. At first I was shocked and then as I saw his face and remembered what they did to those people on the caravan I realized that this turn of events should not surprise at all. Seeing his face and having the recent encounter with Norgorber I instantly though to search for Mattie Red, the cleric of Norgorber. Once that thought entered my mind it almost seemed to cloud it in an effort to find her, as if Norgorber himself willed me to find her and not the person who would have been doing the assasination. I scanned the crowd for Mattie, but to no avail. After some words with Ish that were suspect, but nothing incriminating we could do nothing but wait. We stood there as the king walked to the platform along with Kaine Blackfoot and began giving his speech. As he was talking Ish said that the problem with a prediction of an assasination attempt is just that, an attempt. He then dropped his axe to the ground and said he missed and began walking off. Almost simultaneously we watch as Kaine is hit by something and drop to the ground. Panic spreads among the crowd as the began to disperse. I make my way directly to where Kaine fell and push aside the guards as I lay my hands on him in order to delay the poison. I pick him up and carry him to the temple of light so father Armias can attempt to heal him. After a brief conversation with him we set out in order to the broken blade as that is where Ish said they would be during my brief chat with him. 

As we arrive they are already all sitting inside and offer us a drink. We decline and tell them our intention and why we came. After some nonsense about not having any proof that they are the ones who attempted to slay Kaine we decide to leave in order to gather more hard proof about their involvement. I leave only to find that I have been transported across town outside of TEP supplies. Realizing that my allies were still in the tavern I rush back to the broken blade to try and help before it is too late. Scarloc quickly runs past me as I realize they may be in more trouble than I thought. We continue to rush forward and find Gallahad waiting there for us. We hop on her and make the final stretch to the broken blade. Ish is dead on the floor while the rest it seems had escaped. We search the tavern for anymore clues, but find none. As we step outside Dove appears atop the tavern and drops Areen in front of us. We bring her back to the Maiden's Rose in order to question her and see what information we might be able to glean. After questioning her and Areen not giving an inch, Jiro became fed up with her and attempted to kill her. I was unable to react fast enough in order to stop him as first he tried to use the poisoned they used against her and upon getting it on his own hands and feeling it pulse through his system try to hurl a snowball at her. His snowball manages to hit her as he begins to fall unconscious. The next events that occur are events I wish never had happened, but certainly never allow happen again. We attempt to forcefully gain information from Areen, but to no avail. She was willing to die just to spite us. She said if we freed her she would give us the antidote, but that was the only way. I took Jiro to father Armias to slow the process leaving Scarloc and Gawain to Areen. In the heat of the moment and my frustration with her in the past and the possible loss of Jiro I allowed this to happen, but I must make sure that I never let my emotions get the better of me and allow my morals to falter. After awhile Scarloc and Gawain appear at the temple claiming to have the antidote, but saying that Areen had managed to escpae. We pour it into Jiro and Kaine's mouths and thankfully enough the two immediately begin to feel better. The poisoned lodge had brought the worst out in me and I intend to put an end to them before they can cause anymore harm.

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Scarlocs secrets 5
The Depths of Thostrund

<meta />We had won the blood bowl and proved ourselves to thortona of the kneecappers. SHe finally agreed to allow us to help her group to kill the hill giant for a mission. As we were preparing for the mission thoric had told me that I had received a letter. He didn't see who dropped it off but it just said to meet him behind the spider's den. I guess i will look into this at a later time. We headed off with the Kneecappers as a large group. The ranger… Gawain I think was his name? He seemed to have an eye on one of the kneecappers members. Matrina, I think that's her name. We didn't even make it 20 steps into the cave before we got ambushed by a couple of weird giant bug looking thing. Matrina and I scouted ahead and silenced a giant scorpion together as our entire team was ambushed again but we managed to  deal with the threat a lot better than last time. Thortona had a couple of hounds with her and unfortunately one of them perished. We went went into another cave and we spotted a giant, again Matrina and I managed to quickly stealth kill it. (so this is what it's like to have another stealthy person on the team, we really need to get another). Unfortunately for us though, there were more giants, but thanks to Jiro’s quick thinking he managed to oil the corridor the giants were coming through and stall them as we took them out one by one. I did end up having a reunion with one of the giants that knocked me out just before I was saved by Thoric. Unfortunately Matrina had a slaying arrow which dealt the final blow instead of me, so much for revenge. (Hope I get to deal the final blow for the revenge of my entire family.) We finally found the Hill giant, and was this thing huge, not as tall as the trees I grew up climbing but dam was this thing gonna take a lot to knock down. We decided to lay an ambush for the giant and once sprung things went pretty well. Our cockyness got us in trouble, another one of Thortonas hounds had died. Marnay (I think that’s her name) was grabbed by the giant and well in a blink of an eye Phethian the mage was in her place. He was killed by the giant. That's the first death of someone I saw, I was angry, memories of my family came back into my mind. My murderous rage was returning and all I saw was red, red as dark as blood. I wanted to end this things life with my own hands. I went in with blind rage which was not a good idea. My mind was clouded and next thing I knew I was getting thrown or something was thrown at me i think it was the paladin but I can’t remember for sure. I think I blacked out for a second when I hit the wall. I saw the paladin almost dead and wasn't gonna watch another die. I slid my potion to the paladin and he got up and went in. After that I was thinking a bit more and decided to just shoot it with arrows instead of just going in and dying. After killing the giant the kneecappers took phethian and somehow teleported out of the cave leaving our group on their own. As we were leaving a wall of fire was blocking our route. We decided to go looking for another exit and found a den of spiders. Our ranger friend could talk to… spiders? I think? I don't even know what happened. We ended up finding a mage they were guarding who was the one that sent me the letter. This mage named Opash told us that we angered some people and long boring prophecy blah blah, this sorta thing suits the paladin more than me. He summoned some creatures that we tried fighting but gawain died and i was knocked out and the paladin finally blew the horn and someone named hawk saved us , somehow resurrected gawai, took me out of my unconscious state and then once again blah blah prophecy blah blah magic stone blah blah once again not my thing I just go where the money goes. OH also the revenge for my family.

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Lucius' Log #13
The Search for the poisoners

Starting the day with the task set out in front of us in order to find the group that is poisoning members of the clergy and populace. I had no clue where we needed to begin our search for the group as I had never done any investigatory work. My skill set didn't include this cloak and dagger style of work so I would have to rely on the others for the most part to find any clues. At the beginning of the day we went to the City Square as we were informed that one of my mentors, Father Osbad, was the most recent target of these assassinations as they seemed to be. The five of us continued through the gate as we passed through thanks to one of the guards being a man I knew from my youth named Joric. Luckily enough he remembered me and allowed us through the gate. Before we entered he asked me about Domitius. It took me by surprise, the events of the past few months had so captured my attention I almost had forgotten about what happened so many years ago even as we entered the gates that I had lived in for the majority of my life. I stood there stunned for a second as the memories returned and the only thing I could respond to him was to say it was a story for a later time. We continued through the gates trying to put our current task at the forefront of my mind. The first thing we wanted to address was talking to Kaine Blackfoot and get his input on some of the things we had encountered. I had nothing to talk to him about, but I'm sure that I was probably the only person that could get us through the first gate. We talked to the palace guards and told them that we were friends of the court mage and they sent a page to go see if our story was true. The page came back to allow us into the palace. We continued through the palace, somewhere even I had yet to have been to, and met Prince Vilkas, son to Kind Alduic. For some reason he wanted to lead us to Kaine's room which all of us thought was fairly strange. We walk into Kaine's room and we all greeted each other and exchanged pleasantries. The others had some questions they wanted to ask of Kaine including some stuff for Gawain about his rangers and Jiro about the books that we had. As we exited the prince apparently had been eavesdropping on our conversation and knew of some sort of mind reader who deals with memories. We deliberated and had Jiro accompany Gawain to the mind reader whilst Scarloc, Percy and I continued to the temple of light to see if I was able to talk to my former mentor Osbad.

As we entered the temple there was a man in the pulpit giving a sermon. We remained in the back of the temple listening and waiting for the sermon to end. The man giving the sermon noticed us and walked to the back in order to greet us. The man's name was Father Armias and was the brother to Domitius. Luckily for me he didn't wish to inquire about what I knew about that as we managed to quickly address the poisoning of father Osbad. He took us back to where he was being treated and told us that there wasn't much they could do to heal him as whatever poison afflicted him was intensely strong and beyond even his healing powers. There wasn't much that Father Armias could tell us about the poisonings as they were in the dark about the situation as much as we are. I asked him to contact us with any information that he might receive and to send it to the Hands of Heironus guild hall. We left the temple and the city square and agreed to meet the other members after they had finished dealing with the psychic and Gawain's memories I believe. We met up and handled a few other things before heading to the Hard Stop Inn.

We arrived at the Inn and Scarloc and Gawain decided to talk to the bartender's while Jiro, Percy, and I decided to take a table elsewhere to see if there were any interesting people that we might be able to spot. We encountered an interesting person who began to talk to us. Both Jiro and I truly had no idea how to segue into talking about the poisoning so we pretty much just came right out and asked her if she knew anything. It appeared that she didn't and simply told us that she would be staying in the Brass Arrow tavern. I felt as though we weren't going to get much out of her. She left us and as we were preparing to leave Scarloc came and talked to us about an encounter with someone from his past. Gawain and Scarloc told us about what they figured out from the bartender which wasn't much and we told them that we truly didn't learn much of anything. Last thing we decided to try was talking to those in the Broken Blade Inn. We asked the barmaid what she knew of the poisonings and the only important information we managed to glean from her was that there were no poisonings that happened in the Western district. We then returned to the Velvet Daggers headquarters and told them of our findings which were meager at best. Hopefully we could find more usable information the next day.

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Lucius' Log #12
Return to Yampfield

After slaying the dracolisk and leaving its cave we went on to Yampfield. The city wasn't too far away and we would be able to get there by the next day. As we approached the gates I realized that I was returning home, where I grew up, and where I left to seek atonement and become a paladin. Scarloc wished to be stealthy whilst entering the city, I think he drank some potion he got from a dungeon with some undesirable side effects that he wanted to get rid of before walking around the city. Me and Gawain on the other hand continued to the Hands of Heironus in order to complete the quest and retrieve our reward. We were introduced to some of the other members of the Yampfield branch of the Hands such as Maven, who was the leader, Duncan, Xaric, and Selsani. As we got ready to leave I noticed Percy with his jaw down staring at Selsani. He told me he found he attractive, I'll have to make sure he gathers the courage to do something about it. We left and both Gawain and I needed to grab some items to purchase. I needed to get a stone to help with my abilities to recall things from memory as it had always been a problem for me. Gawain wanted to check out the smithy in the Bridges. He inspected some of their wares, but ultimately just ended up purchasing a safe that we could store our items in safely at the Hands. Lastly Gawain wanted to see the headquarters of his company of men that he says he commanded. Upon arriving at the Ranger's Lodge the man who gave assignments to the various ranger groups didn't seem to recognize either Gawain or Percy. Gawain began asking about the dragoons, but the man, whose name is Sarconis, didn't wish to divulge information about any of the members. I began to have my doubts about Gawain and his past and that he was either lying about it or somehow his memory had been altered. I didn't want to think that the man who had now been with me on several perilous missions and threw his life on the line in those caves would lie about something that could easily be verified, so there was more than likely something more going on here that we would need to find out about. These problems would have to be figured out at another time as we were supposed to find the headquarters of some mysterious guild in the city of Yampfield.

We met up with Scarloc and Jiro and me and Gawain ended up going to Jiro's House to rest up for the next day. Jiro wanted to show Scarloc around town as Scarloc had never been in Yampfield before. Gawain and I went to the house and as we were getting ready to go to sleep and Scarloc had returned as well Jiro came bursting back into the house and started yelling at us that we needed to follow him as there was something very important. We asked him what it was, but for whatever it was he didn't want to tell us what the problem was. He got us onto the back of his horse and Galahad as well as hasting all of us and we flew through town to the Western district. We ended up going to one of the, well I consider it the temple to the Goddess of pleasure, but many others take the meaning of temple to mean other things, but that is how the goddess wishes to be worshipped so its no particular issue for me entering such an establishment. We went up the stairs to a room and then waited there for a short duration before a woman entered. She said that her name was Dove, or at least the was her code name and said she was the member of the velvet dagger, the guild that we were supposed to seek out. Apparently Jiro had found it on the first night, later it seemed as though that was not his intention and that he actually intended to partake in the temple's 'worship' services. Nevertheless we had found the guild and then another man entered the room. Man may not be the correct word as he seemed to be one of those tieflings I believe they are called. Looked like the combination of a man, dragon, and demon. He told us that there was a group of people who were going around town poisoning civilians and members of the clergy and trying make it seems as though it is a disease that is spreading across town. Hawk, the code name of the white dragon/demon man wanted us to figure who was doing it and put it to a stop. With that we were allowed to ask Fox about some information of our desire. I asked about the man who trained me whom I had presumed was dead, and she claimed that he was alive and well somewhat nearby. This was an interesting development for me and I would have to see what I could find out about it in the future. They allowed us to stay in rooms at the velvet dagger. Seeing as it would be more comfortable than staying at Jiro's house we agreed to do so. We went to bed with a fairly important tasked ahead of us the next day as they were killing members of my order. They must be stopped.

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Scarloc's Secrets 4
Blood Bowl

Returning from our quest, we saw a dwarf woman arguing with Thoric, we asked what it was about. Thoric informed us that she was Thortona of the Kordar Kneecappers, another group belonging to the Hands. They were arguing about a certain mission regarding the take down of a hill giant. I was informed that the Kneecappers were a giant slaying specialty group so why was Thoric not letting them take it? With further talk we found out that only with the help of another team would he allow them to take the mission. Thortona agreed but only if we passed the first round of the blood bowl. The blood bowl… one of the worst things ever for me to take part in. Its like telling a fish to climb a tree. Not to that extent though. Im not a brawler or a straight up fighter. An arena in the middle of the day, im useless im more of the sneak around stab stab type of person. Well we needed the money. First round I did nothing and it was a little fuzzy , still cant remember exactly what happened but at least the ranger and Paladin were able to carry us through the first round. The fox and I were there merely to distract one monk while the other two dispatched the other monk. Well the 2nd round came about and we had to fight the Kordar Kneecappers. This would have really showed our strength (plus I really wanted the money  for the contract). The fight went well I didn't really do anything except break the string of my bow. The fox though, his balls of snow did wonders and practically won us the fight. Well except their last member , Matrina decided to forfeit the match,. We ended up fighting this Master Korimoto. He was easily stronger than us and all we had to do was strike him once and we would get the prize at the end. Surprisingly one of us hit him once, and he asked us for a 2nd go at him for an even bigger prize. Well long story short we got it, but barely. We got our prize money and a … horn? Well he did say it has one use and it is a special horn that will save our lives.

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Scarloc's secrets 3
The Crossroad Caverns

By this time we had ended up a group called the sentinels of the blazing sun. Well might as well start making friends and finding a home since there is none to go to now. We met the true leader of the guild. A dark dragon named Gobi, and another halfling. (He had the same armor as me and seemed pretty cool.) We had a little sharing of stories and the Jiro fellow is kitsune fox man thing kinda strange. We had another mission, it was an assassination contract to kill an orc warchief. Well we got there and I decided to scout ahead, I had thought the group would be a little closer than what they were. But they stayed all the way in the back of the cave and I had let my guard down and ended up getting caught and ambushed by many goblins and a few orcs. We managed to get through that safely some of us hurt and exhausted. Then  comes the warchief, who wanted to fight “fairly” this isn't some sort of ritual to become leader, this is an assassination. No 1 on 1’’s. Well Mr. couldnt hit water if he fell out of a boat decided to take his challenge. What is he insane? Well I hid a bit making my presence unknown, waiting for a time to strike. Mr. Paladin actually hit the guy, though granted he was a big target so it was kinda hard to miss him up close. The fight was taking a turn for the worse, and the kitsune had the same idea as me and pelted the big guy with a … snowball? Well whatever he did looked like he hurt the thing pretty bad. I let loose an arrow in just the perfect spot tearing through his chest and ripping out his heart. Killing this one… didn't make me feel good, it looks like I still have a moral compass outside of my revenge. Something unexpected though, when the goblins surrendered the Paladin killed him… something isn't right with him. You don’t kill unarm-… well I shouldn't be one to talk. There was one last orc in the cave, a spell caster who ended up marking us with a weird purple mark. We returned with the head in the bag to claim our reward.

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Scarloc's secrets 2
Cravens Cove

Finally, after months of searching , my first lead as to what had killed my tribe has come about. I have 3 others with me, they don't know and I doubt I should tell them. Who knows maybe in the end I'll have to kill them… no no that's going down a path you don't want to head down. Anyway I'll just have these guys be a potential asset in my endeavors. We finally reached the destination, the place that might just end my search for revenge… though if only it were that easy. Inside the cave we encountered some traps, we encountered some dark elves also, our first confrontation. I killed all three watched as our their heads rolled. Oh did it feel so good, killing those that wronged me. The one with full armor was completely useless though couldn't hit anything. Was this his first outing? He looked liked he had a lot more experience… huh appearances can be deceiving. Along the way with killing some more dark elves, everybody seemed to forget I was there half the time. It's like they have never seen someone stealth before. We met an injured halfling later and wow was she an incredible fighting machine. (note to self dont piss her off) towards the end we got locked in a room with a mysterious figure. He… he knew my name.(oddly enough he couldn't see me… nor could the people traveling with me.. What the fuck guys). I looked around the room, my masks… my tribes masks… what were they doing on the walls. The shade…. That he summoned… another of my tribe mates. What was going on who was this black shadow figure? We managed to kill everything, destroyed the masks, and laid to rest my tribe mate.

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As the dark figure escaped, I had realized my journey for revenge had just begun.

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