Chronicles of Marhalla

Lucius's Log #5
The Depths of Thostrund

We were sent to Thostrund in order to deal with a Hill Giant alongside the Kordar Kneecappers. Hill giants are savage beasts that terrorize countrysides and should be dealt with as soon as possible. Whilst fighting the giant, the mage of the Kordar Kneecappers, Phethean Klexius, died after sacrificing himself to save Marnay. After which the Kneecappers teleported out of the cave with their presumably dead comrade after I managed to slice the head off of the beast. During our time in the cave, after slaying the giant, we came across an old man who was protected by spiders after we were prevented exit by a wall of fire. He then summoned an evil outsider, which gave us all trouble in fighting after the being summoned creatures of his own. This forced me to blow the horn we acquired in the blood bowl in order to slay the outsiders and asked the summoned celestial being to save Gawain’s life, who had died during the fight against these abominations. The summoned celestial being was a sight to behold and further strengthened my faith and desire to rid the world of evil. He confirmed that Gawain, Scarloc, Jiro, and I are destined for something great and to possibly purge an evil from the world. We were also given an artifact of immense power known as the Morning star jewel which is an item required in ascending to God-hood. I have no idea why we were given such an item, but I take it upon myself to carry it with pride and achieve my destiny.

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The Ranger's Record #4
The Depths of Thostrund

Traveled with the knee cappers, Matrena showed me a trick to perceive for dangers. Upon reaching the cave, once inside we were immediately attacked by strange bugs. However one dog died to a scorpion. Then upon the Hill Giant we took casualties, Matrena was hurt badly and their mage died. Trying to leave we encountered a wall of fire. We then encountered spiders where my Ranger skills came in handy, I struck up a peace treaty. We encountered a strange man who summoned an outsider. The first one was easy enough, but the next two were deadly. I was slain by one, the after life was strange, I heard strange whisperings. Thankfully since we had the horn of the gods, a helpful outsider managed to resurrect me. Lucius received the morning star jewel from the Knight of the Hawk. The Hawk said we were destined for greatness, I don’t know about that, so long as I get paid I’m fine.

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Lucius's Log #4
The Blood Bowl

Returning to Dayhill and walking into the Hands of Heironus, the leader of the Kordar Kneecappers was discussing with Thoric about the prospect of slaying a hill giant. Thoric didn’t believe that they were up to the task and advised that not embark on such a fool hearted contract. It was then that I spoke up about the possibility of the Sentinels of the Blazing Sun joining with the Kordar Kneecappers on this quest to slay a giant. They wanted to see if we were capable of handling ourselves and said that we must fight in the blood bowl against the monks of the Temple of the Sun. I accepted as did my fellow comrades as there was also a prize to be had along with a possible powerful artifact. In the first round it was the four of us against two monks from the temple. Me and Gawain handled the monk we targeted fairly easily and were able to assist Jiro and Scarloc with their adversary with haste. The second round involved us fighting against the Kneecappers to see who would fight the master of the temple in the final round. Jiro started the round by attempting to entrap them in a web of some kind while Gawain pelted them with arrows and Scarloc being invisible with the help of Jiro. I rushed in initially going for Marnay, their healer, but the web proved too much for me to handle ensaring me next to the leader, Thortona, Me and Thortona traded blows whilst Gawain was blinded by their mage, Phethean, and Scarloc and Jiro hit them from range. Jiro’s snowballs proved to be very powerful in the fight dealing the majority of the damage as I received most of the damage other than Gawain. Unfortunately I was flanked by their ranger, Matrena, during my battle with Thortona and they managed to bring me down eventually, but with extreme difficulty. I was knocked unconscious, but apparently Jiro managed to knock Thortona unconscious leaving Matrena alone against Scarloc and Jiro. She then forfeited the match to us as their was no use continuing to fight. Afterwards we had some rest and eventually went up against Master Korimoto. An amazingly talented warrior who managed to block or dodge a large number of our attacks whilst merely sitting on the ground. Eventually one of my blows struck true and Korimoto stood up asking if we wanted to continue the fight in his true form. I obliged as he promised a greater reward if we managed to strike another blow. We all proceeded to attempt and strike him but none of us managed to land a hit. He then struck Scarloc, Gawain, and I with a series of blows the left only me standing. I asked him for one last attempt to strike him as he had seriously wounded me which he managed to dodge both my strike and Jiro’s bolt. After which he attempted a punch which managed to knock him off balance after hitting my helmet in a poor manner. I attempted to strike him one last time, but to no avail. Jiro attempted to crossbow him at the same time and as he reached out to catch the bolt it sliced his hand which was the seconded time we drew blood from him earning us the grand prize. He gave us the gold from winning the tournament and a horn the could call a good celestial outsider in a time of great need. We then proved to the Kneecappers that we could handle ourselves and they were willing to kill the hill giant alongside of us.

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Jiro's Journal #423
Voyage to the Crossroad Caverns

During our brief time back in town, we met up with some of the denizens of Dayhill. We met a wonderfully kind blacksmith named Argon, as well as a horribly annoying Mercane gentlemen named Memphis who kept calling us the wrong name. The most significant of these encounters, however, was meeting Caine Blackfoot, the court wizard. I explained my disposition to him, explaining why my journey began to begin with. He was incredibly understanding and legitimately cared about my strife. He even knew of my parents! What an honor that was. Bizarrely, though, he mentioned something about me being a ‘diviner.’ I had never heard of such a thing before—could it be a bad thing? As if reading my mind, however, he handed me a book, explaining that when the time is right, only then could I understand it. What a copout.

                After our encounters, the Sentinels once again began our fight for good, this time to assassinate an Orc warchief. Simple enough! We arrived at the cave that night, and got a good night’s sleep before our task. Upon waking up, we descended into the cave.

                It began silent, but if I had learned anything by that point, it is that such silence would not last for long. We were promptly ambushed by the scum which lived in the cave. We tore through them with little resistance. That is, until the distinct banging of drums welcomed the arrival of the warchief himself. The hunkering beast requested a fair brawl—what a load of shit. Ambush us, exhaust us, then ask for a proper fight? Lucius accepted, but I knew I wasn’t going to sit back while he fought us. I pelted him with my newly learned Snowball spell until he literally died. Jiro 1, Orc scum, 0.

We inspected the cave further and found a bizarre Orc druid within a tent. He seemed frightened and helpless, claiming he was unable to walk. I felt sympathy for the guy—we were not ordered to kill all of them, just the warchief. As I offered to help him up, however, I caught a glimpse of malice in his eyes. In direct response to this, however, he issued his counterattack…by killing himself.  Strangely, as he stabbed himself with an ornate blade, he disintegrated into ash. As this happened, though, the crystal that he possessed exploded, releasing a shadowy substance that targeted Lucius, Scarloc and Gawain—curiously, not me though. The matter did not seem to have any direct effect on them, though, so we decided to return once more to Dayhill to reap our rewards.

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Lucius's Log #3
Voyage to the Crossroad Caverns

The second mission we took, but the first as official members of the guild and as the Sentinels of the Blazing Sun, was to kill and orc warchief that had been terrorizing the surrounding area. As we arrived the cave seemed empty and it appeared as though no one was in the tents. Scarloc attempted to stealthily approach the tents that were in the cave, but was spotted and surrounded by orcs and goblins. He managed to run away whilst I killed several orcs and goblins as did my fellows Sentinels. The Orc warchief then emerged from his tent and I engaged in combat with him. Unfortunately I had been injured severely by the other orcs and goblins that infested the caves and required the assistance of my fellow sentinels to slay the beast with Scarloc managing to pierce the beast heart and rip it from his chest with an arrow. Several goblins attempted to run, but I believed that they committed the same crimes as the warchief by serving him and needed to be dealt with as well. Although they surrendered I believed letting them live would be worse as I didn’t believe we could easily return them to be imprisoned in Dayhill.

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The Ranger's Record #3
Voyage to the Crossroad Caverns

The next mission we took from the Hands was to find and slay an Orc warchief. His underlings ambushed out rouge friend, but lucius managed to wipe them out handly. The Orc warchief then challenged him to a duel, it was an impressive display of martial display. However Orc warchief are no pushovers, Lucius needed some help, and thankfully Scarloc managed to deal the killing blow. After slaying the chief, there was some kind of orc spell caster who placed a curse on it, which we must found out how to remove it from us.

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Jiro's Journal #398
Mission into the Craven's Cove

Well that was…something. The gentlemen I just met and I made our way to the cove Thoric informed us of. It began innocuous enough, but as we explored deeper, we faced several dark elves. They put up a good fight—if it wasn’t for the undeniable combat experience of my compatriots, I would likely be dead a hundred times over.

                We proceeded deeper and deeper into the bowels of the cave, as the surroundings got more and more mysterious. Demonic rituals were performed at many points of the cave. We managed to find some great loot, however—I valiantly had leapt across a treacherous cavern to fetch the gents the loot. Perhaps I wasn’t as useless as I had thought!

                We encountered a captured dwarven lady by the name of Miya Darcy. A tiny girl, but quite the beauty. I looked forward to pulling the moves on her in the near future. She assisted us for the remainder of our journey, offering both fantastic combative and restorative prowess.

                We ended up locked within a room, where we had to fight a shadowy man controlling a ghost. There was absolutely nothing I could do…I felt appallingly useless. However, when all seemed lost, Miya and Lucius used their divine powers to smite the beast. It was quite magnificent. However, the demon controlling him managed to escape—a terrifying sight to behold, somewhat reminiscent of the nightmare I saw back at the college.

                We returned to Dayhill with Thoric and Miya, proud of our accomplishments. When we got back within the guild halls, Miya departed our company. Why must all beautiful women leave me? Amidst my self pity, though, Thoric asked us to follow him down to the dungeon below the keep, where we met Eldor, the head of the Hands of Heironus. Behind him sat an enormous dragon which he called Gobi. Because that’s a way to make your new initiates feel welcomed.

                My new friends and I agreed to fight together for the Hands of Heironus, now under the title The Sentinels of the Blazing Sun. I loved it. Before we exited, however, Eldor suggested I removed my disguise and display my true form. While I did, indeed, trust my new partners, I still was terrified to reveal my true form. However, I knew I had no choice. I stopped them during our ascent up the winding staircase and revealed my canine form. Instead of the animosity I expected, they were all incredibly accepting. This took me aback—since my departure from the college, my true form has been met with nothing but vitriol and anger. These men simply did not care. It felt good to finally don my true form. I gained an indescribable sense of safety amongst these fighters, one that I had not felt for a long time.

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The Ranger's Record #2
Mission into the Craven's Cove

The first mission the hands gave us was to clear out a cave full of dark elves. Turns out the cave was full of not only dark elves but undead. After battling our way through both of them we found a survivor from the previous expedition. Eventually found we found the leader of undead. He summoned some kind of spector who actually snuck on me. After leaving the cave, we found Thoric. He had just killed a dire wolf and there was one puppy left. I managed to bond with my creature. I called him Galahad, before a closer inspection turned a him to a her. Galahad is a true companion and I am glad we bonded. Also Thoric agreed to hire my crew as well, I look forward to seeing them again. At the end, the group I was with became The Sentinels of the Blazing Sun.

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Lucius's Log #2
Mission into the Craven's Cove

After waking up in the hands of Heironus we were tasked with clearing out a den infested by lawless dark elves. This cove proved to be more than just a cove of dark elves terrorizing the countryside. Behind a magically sealed door that opened by speaking the name of a blasphemous god, Urgathoa, in order to enter. Inside was the ghost of a member of Scarloc’s tribe. This being was obviously summoned by necrotic means and I believe the shadow being that was behind this ghost will posed a threat to us in the future and should be dealt with if at all possible. Upon leaving the cove Thoric was waiting for us and lead us back to Dayhill and the Hands of Heironus Headquarters. There we took an oath to the Hands of Heironus from the leader of the guild eldor, who had a dragon named Gobi, to serve as guild members and as a subgroup of the Hands known as the Sentinels of the Blazing Sun.

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Jiro's Journal #380
Initiation into the Hands of Heironus

I woke up, dazed and lightheaded, thankfully still donning my human persona. However, without missing a beat, I was met with the face of a loud dwarf yelling about how I need to join his mercenary group. I was amongst a brawny paladin named Lucius, a mysterious rogue named Scarloc and a serious-looking ranger named Gawain. Oh well. I went along with the charade, knowing better than to cause a scene amongst strangers. Some might catch on to my true form. Why did I ever leave the riverboat…

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