Chronicles of Marhalla

Ranger Record's 17
Death of a Ranger

<meta />Rax, even though it wasn't home was still a welcome sight, while in the city I felt at least safe. In anticipation of our arrival Lord Draxus had somehow lowered the Chariot almost to the ground. There were lines of guards who were guiding us in, and as soon as we docked the Golem near the Chariot the Platinum Legion began to climb aboard and double checked the Mithril. We were then informed that Lord Draxus wished to see us immediately. As we disembarked the Golem we all realized we were short one. Scarloc had managed to sneak away in the confusion. When we arrived at Lord Draxus’ favored establishment, the Fountain of Ambrosia, we were greeted with a sign that didn’t allow any non humanoid customers. Apparently I angered someone in there and they didn’t want my adorable Galahad on the inside. One inside Draxus informed us that due to our success he told all the merchants on the Chariot that we had ten thousand credit. The only stipulation was that we would meet back at the restaurant at sundown. My first stop was to head to a Tattoo shop. Not any Tattoo shop but one where the Tattoo can be magically enchanted, however I learned that I needed to be able to cast the magic that I wanted to get enchanted. I then raced over to the go to magic shop on the Chariot. Apparently the owner and Scarloc had some kind of history? (I think Scarloc stood him up on a date or something like that). He had agreed to cast Magic Fang on Galahad permanently. This was going to not only allow Galahad to attack incorporeal creatures, but would increase her damage as well. Then for me I had my Cloak of Resistance further enchanted to give protection. I had this Cloak since I became a Ranger, it was my telltale item. Most people could recognize me due to the Cloak that I wore. The Hooded Ranger, it was a nickname that the Dragoons gave me, but had stuck around me for awhile. I also decided that it was time for a color change, instead of my favorite dark green, I had it be dyed the colors of the Kronsieg line. A dark violet and blue. It was time that I began to re earn my family name. However this finished my credit, so with nothing left to do I just walked back to the restaurant. Then came sundown and we there we all stood ready for our next mission. Draxus had said he learned the whereabouts of the Poison Lodge, however he would only share that information once we were all together. Once we sat down Lord Draxus congratulated us once more on a job well done. That’s when all the niceties ended. Then what I presume Lord Draxus is really like, came out. A cold power hungry man. Lord Draxus brought out the two last members of the poison lodge and at my saying had them both killed. He then went on to inform us that we now had two options. Option one, be killed here in the chariot; or two, take the fall for stealing the mithril and have the dwarves kill us. To prove how much power he held, he somehow had all the people currently on the chariot walk towards the edge and fall off. Killing them. Lord Draxus then walked off with Lord Darnoc. As he parted he shouted that Kayne was going to be keeping us company. We then had the entire Chariot to ourselves, besides this mysterious Kayne fellow. We soon learned that we were boxed in on all sides, the Chariot had some kind of invisible forcefield around it. What was also concerning was there was some kind of suspicious fog that suddenly surrounded us. Then someone spotted a figure, we all began to chase after it. It quickly vanished, so I began to look for tracks. However when I bent over to study the ground I felt all strength leave me. I fell to my names and I clutched my chest in pain. I had been stabbed, I don’t know when this happened, but whoever we were fighting was clearly going for the kill. A few centimeters more and it would of pierced my heart. After chasing tracks to no avail, we climbed a staircase that would normally lead to the hive. The hope was the funnel Kayne into a narrow corridor so that we may see his attack coming. However each of us in turn (besides Jiro) was attacked by Kayne. Each strike was barely not a lethal one. Then Percy began asking the group if we knew anything at all. Scarloc then piped up. Kayne was not only the Watcher, but he was Scarlocs undead brother. I guess this week is all about family issues. Percy then had an idea, if it was undead then it would be damaged by Percy’s healing magic. Giving off a burst of holy magic, we heard a shout from beneath us and a figure drop to the ground below. Lucius immediately jumped off, and began to chase Kayne. The rest of us had to play catch up. We raced down the stairs, then headed towards the sound of fighting. Jumping onto the back of Galahad, I grabbed PErcy and had Galahad run full pace to reach him. Then Lucius ran towards shouting that Kayne had turned into a fog. Then out of nowhere Kayne appeared next to us, it was in that instance that I felt a cold blade run into my neck. This however was a lethal shot. It had managed to reach my artery, and knocked me off of Galahad. As I was laying on the ground bleeding, the last thing I saw was PErcy reaching down trying to heal me. Then nothing. The next thing I knew I was waiting in a line, from what I remember this was where souls go to be judged, then sent on to their heavens. After what seemed like years, or maybe seconds it was my turn to be judged. I was sent to the Plane of Elysium. It was a giant forest, and bastion of endless nature. I felt oddly at home here, as if this was where I truly belonged. I began to walk, and walk, and walk. I walked for almost an eternity. Then I came across a lone figure. This man was simply sitting down on a log carving a piece of wood whistling a tune that I knew all too well. It was the same song that Matrena would often play on her Violin, or hum to herself.. I knew who this was, This was Matrena’s father Virnay. As I looked upon him I remembered, I had died in the middle of a fight; and what's more I made a promise to Matrena that I would return back to her alive. As I walked up to this figure he greeted me as a friend. He did not remember his name, the only memory that he really had was that of his daughter.  I knelt before this dwarf, and making sure he was looking at me. I asked for his blessing and permission to marry his daughter. He looked me in the eye, and for the first time looked serious. He agreed, giving me his blessing and his permission. At the same time he broke off a piece of the wood he was carving, and informed me it was time to wake up. Then next thing I knew, I was back on the Material Plane. Both Percy and Lucius were trying to heal my body. The wound on my neck closed, but had left a scar along it. I then had Lucius help me to my fight. As he did so we all heard a slow methodical clapping. Lord Draxus had returned. Beside him was Mordrid with two arrows trained on me, Lord Darnoc, Olen, and some stranger chained up. Lord Draxus again gave us an ultimatum, die in battle against these three, or die to the Dwarves. I had just died, and I wasn't planning on that happening again, so alongside Lucius, and Scarloc agreed to fight to the death. I also had absolute faith that Mordrid would not fight us. Jiro however said he had an ace in the hole, and allowed himself to be executed by Darnoc. As Darnoc reached Jiro and raised his sword, he hesitated. Then looking back at Lucius gave a small wink. Then out of nowhere Kayne appeared, and stabbed Lord Draxus in the back. As Lord Draxus fell to the ground, Mordrid launched two arrows to Olen pinning him down. The chained figure then sprung up free of his chains and informed us, that they all had a bank to rob and vanished. Then we stood on the Chariot, alone, just our group and Olen. It felt like a page had been flipped in a book. We were done with Rax, we had accomplished our mission from King Aldwic. We even completed some personal missions. However I didn’t get a chance to really enjoy this moment, as all of a sudden a loud thudding could be heard. Then out of the forest came charging not one, not two, but ten Golems. Each one was being piloted by what appeared to be a Rune Priest. The fall of Rax had finally begun.

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Lucius' Logs #21
The Chariot

Scarloc, Jiro, and I found ourselves waking up in cages far above the ground. We realize we had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into. We sat in our cages pondering what we needed to do, all of our gear was taken and we were left with just rags. We sat there for some time talking amongst ourselves about what we could or should do. Scarloc managed to get the note that we had seen on the well and read it and it told us to get in trouble, which I guess we managed to accomplish quickly. Realizing there wasn't much we could do at that immediate moment we sat there waiting to see what would happen to us. It was not but a few moments after that I heard Darnoc's voice from above informing us about what was about to happen, and with that a large amount of cages began to open up and release the prisoners inside down to the ground to be eaten by the giants that lift the chariot up. Apparently they use prisoners that they catch as feed for the giants, if the people who live below the chariot were any indication that the people who rule over Rax didn't care for anyone but themselves than this certainly was. Who knows how many people here actually committed a crime or simply were caught because they needed more people to feed these giants. It was at this time that we spoke to a massive individual by the name of Ron. He claimed that he has escaped several times, but each time has been caught and brought back to Rax. Realizing this prison could be escaped from I began to try and formulate a plan of escape from this prison. I barely even managed to begin forming a plan before Darnoc returned and got us out of our cells and told us that we were to talk to the lord of gold, Draxus. 

He brought us into the room and lead us to a table where sat a very garishly dressed men adorned head to toe with jewelry obviously trying to show off his wealth that he acquired by keeping those below beneath him both literally and physically. He began giving a speech about power and what it truly means to have power, but his version of power is truly skewed. The most important thing about it is that he gave us the opportunity to save Percy in exchange for doing a favor for him in the future. Realizing our options were saving Percy and remaining in prison and allowing the poison lodge to go free. Stuck between a rock and a hard place we quickly realized that accepting this mission was our only option in completing the king's mission that he gave us. He would tell us where Percy is being hidden and allow us to go rescue him. He would send us on this mission in the next few days and in the meantime we would prepare in the chariot. Lord Draxus only gave us one of our items back. Scarloc and I both chose our armors as we didn't want to be walking around the chariot in rags, Jiro on the other hand tried to fight with Draxus about what he could or could not have. Jiro requested the amulet infected with the devil and luckily enough lord Draxus didn't return it to him. Scarloc and I decided to set out to Zelath's tea shop and see if we could find anything out about the poisoned lodge before hand as we didn't particularly have anything else to do. Scarloc scouted out the tea shop  as I stood back, he came back to me after some time and it honestly seemed like a normal tea shop. Almost no shady individuals entered or left the establishment and most of the people who entered simply left with tea. We decided to enter the shop and talk with the owner of the establishment, Zelath, to try and see what we could learn about him in a brief interaction. We entered the shop and exchanged pleasantries and after some time I inquired if he sold anything stronger. Scarloc managed to get some money so we payed for a relatively cheap poison and left the shop. We decided to make our way further up the chariot to a tavern by the name of Roy's Hearth. The man behind the bar's name was Roy, who we guessed was the owner of the tavern. We talked to him about our situation and the man who followed us, a man who Draxus called the watcher who he sent to make sure we didn't attempt to escape. We told Roy that we were working for Draxus, but not of our own volition. He understood our position and gave us a free room for the night so that we could rest and regain our strength.

We all wake up the next day and walk down to the bar to get breakfast and not much later we see none other than our ranger  friend Gawain enter the building. Not wanting to draw attention to him as there was a chance that he was still undetected I tried to not notice him, but the others ran up to him right away and began talking to him. After a moment I realized that Draxus probably knew so we all gathered together and began to make plans on what we needed to do. We exited the building and were shortly summoned to go see Lord Draxus now that Gawain was with us once more and we also managed to gather all of our equipment back once more. Lord Draxus also gave us gold in order to buy equipment and such for our task that was about to happen. The first place that we wanted to go was a secluded magic shop that was carved inside of the tree.

We entered the shop and soon found ourselves being watched by a massive dragon born. He threatened us to leave his shop or he would slay us where we stood. Jiro and Gawain managed to talk him down and make him less hostile towards us, and even managed to gain his trust. We began talking with him about himself and the war between the dragon born and the coalition of humans and elves and the battle we fought. We also found out more about the Hen Avok and what they were, a group of five dragons that wrecked havoc across the material plane and even cast a spell to make all civilizations before humans to have been forgotten. The knowledge that they may be returning gave Kaldras Stormwind pause and we realized this may be why we have received the help of such powerful beings. We thanked him for informing us about what had happened and for illuminating knowledge that may be of importance to us. We left his shop and decided to go to some of the more minor magical artifacts as he only carried insanely powerful artifacts that we either couldn't afford or he thought we weren't worthy of carrying yet.

We made our way to the other shops to purchase the items that we needed and during the trip I spotted a man wielding a halberd and seemingly intent on going somewhere. I only managed to get a glimpse of the figure before he went out of sight. Why my vision was so drawn to him, I wasn't sure, but I had a feeling I would hear about him soon. We made our way back to the blacksmith named Unrul Blackhammer to retrieve our armor and found Lord Draxus there. Apparently he added Lords of Gold coins to our armor to denote our position so that we wouldn't have to deal with the guards or other people who may question us. A worried looking guard soon approached him and began discussing some delicate matter with him, however he wasn't too quiet and we managed to hear the majority of the conversation. Apparently a man by the name of Sir Gunther had knocked several guards unconscious so Lord Draxus told him that he with deal with it shortly. He bid us goodbye and we offered assistance, but he said that he would be able to take care of it. He took his leave and we made our way back to Roy's Hearth to rest for the night and prepare ourselves to save Percy. We made our way back to the Tavern and began to eat a great meal and play some gambling games, although I didn't particularly enjoy gambling I figured I would at the very least join everyone else for the festivities. After the gambling was over, the man that I spotted walking through the town for a brief moment walked into the tavern. I asked Roy who he was and Roy told me that his name was Sir Gunther. Apparently he had dispatched all of the other lords of gold and lives in the chantry these days free from any intervention from Lord Draxus. After watching him for a brief moment I decided that there was something important about him so I decided to walk over to him and try to talk to him. I asked him about his weapon and in return he challenged me to a duel.  Realizing I would probably lose, but knowing that he never killed anyone that he challenges I decided to take him up on the offer to see what he was made of. It didn't take long form him to knock me unconscious, and me only landing a single hit on him. I woke up to see Gawain above me and he told me that I was to find him when I woke up. I walked outside and looked around for a moment before I spotted him below a tree just outside of the tavern. He took off his helmet and I realized that it was none other than Antonius Gonatas, the guard who had train me to wield the halberd so many years ago. I greeted him heartily and we had a brief discussion. I told him of the predicament I was in and that I would visit him up in the chantry when I was able to. I was excited to see him, but also ashamed as the circumstance that we had left was not the greatest. We said goodbye and I walked back into the tavern. We spent a little more time drinking before heading to bed ready to rescue Percy on the next day.

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Ranger Record's 16
Becoming Thieves

<meta />Unfortunately the good times could not last forever, and come morning we had a mission to prepare for. Matrena was not in the bed next to me when I awoke but I assume she had woken up earlier and gone on to train some new recruits. Something about the mission did not sit well with me. Stealing from a Lord of Dorwain was bad enough, but to steal from my father and homeland was even worse. I wish there was time to go to Kind Aldwick and ask his advice on this matter, it was possible that he had a mage strong enough to remove our Geass spell placed on us. Trying to figure out our best move forward I meet with the others. Thankfully Lucius had similar concerns to mine, The Lord Draxus was attempting to set us up. Lucius Percival and I managed to convince the others to go to Yampfield and ask the King for guidance. However when Jiro teleported us there it turned out to be a day of mourning for the King. This day was the day his wife had passed and wished not to be disturbed by anyone, even us. Admitting defeat Lucius and Percival went to go pray, while I went to go find Father Armias, perhaps he could tell me about this crude bow Cernunnos gave to me. Ask I walked to the temple a very sudden, and very painful headache came over me. However as soon as it had appeared it had left. Bewildered I continued onward. Father Armias was giving a sermon so I waited until he finished. I then made my way to him once his sermon was complete. Upon inspecting the bow he told me that, it was a faith weapon. That it would grant immense power, but required absolute faith in the deity that provided it. Knowing that my connection to Cernunnos was deepened I thanked Father Armias and went outside. Lucius had gotten a message from his God that performing the theft was all right with her. I then mentioned that if worse comes to worse I could mention that I was a Kronsieg to see if the Dwarves would hand over the mithril. Low and behold guess who’s memories had been affected? My friends. Letting the matter go, we teleported back to Dayhill. There Balgus managed to catch us and began to grill us on some information regarding our mission for Lord Draxus. We finally acquiesced to his questioning and admitted that we were stealing from Dorwain and the Dwarven Empire. He then said he knew someone who could potentially help us in this endeavour, if we could wait and hour they would be ready. Eager to accept all the help we could, we decided to wait to see this mysterious stranger. For the hour I went around and searched for Matrena I wanted to get in as much time as I could before we were separated. Unfortunately I didn’t seem to be able to catch up, defeated I returned to Balguss’ Tavern. At the end of the hour the new ally showed themselves. It was Matrena. She know a great deal about Dwarven customs (yes I know because she's a Dwarf.) The sight of her made me feel both elated and terrified. I was happy to once more fight by her side, and in general spend more time with her. However I know what we were asking, to ask someone to kill their own countrymen is a hard thing to do. After making sure she was truly ok with this, we decided to finally head out to the rendezvous point. Jiro teleported us to the closest point that he had been. The trip to the rendezvous would still take a day or two, which gave us one day to scout out the Dwarven escort and steal the Mythril. I spent the two days with Matrena, it’s a rare opportunity to be able to show off my survival skills, and to track with my beloved. We finally made it to the rendezvous with several hours before nightfall. As we made camp we all heard something. It sounded like a loud thudding, it was so loud I at first assumed with was a particularly bad storm or perhaps a exceptionally large band of wild animals. How I wish that was the case. No the source of this noise turned out to be a giant Golem, easily over a hundred and fifty feet tall. The entire Dwarven battalion was stationed inside, with balliste to protect it; and on the back? A giant, and I mean giant amount of Mithril, the total amount had got to be around several million gold pieces. At a loss for what to do, we camped for the night. The next day as soon as we woke up we began brainstorming. We had several hours before the Kronsieg escort would show up to do the exchange. After long deliberations we finally came up with something. Jiro would teleport himself and Percival to the foot of the Golem. Percy had an item that acted as small siege weapon. After damaging the Golem enough, Jiro would teleport them away, then Jiro himself would cause a distraction in an attempt to get as many Dwarves out of the Golem. After losing the pursuers he would teleport back, then teleport us to the top of the Golem, where we would then take control of the thing. The first two parts went amazing, almost perfect, Percy almost cause the thing the buckle. The group that left the Golem looked to be a sizable force. With that many gone we should be able to take charge before they got back. How wrong I was. As soon as we teleported to the top, we were surrounded by at least twenty Dwarves, who surprised to see us, were clearly very angry at our presence. First thing I did was aim at the Dwarf who was in a strange set of armor. The goal of not killing flew out of reach, as Scarloc in a flurry of blows slew Dwarf after Dwarf. Lucius and Percy were taking the majority of damage, and Matrena and I were holding off around five. Knowing our odds were not in our favor, Lucius decided to use our trump card. Lucius shattered the blue coin that Lord Draxus gave us. Then after a few seconds four comets came striking out of the sky. They landed on top of the mithril itself. Our reinforcements turned out to be Mordrid Dragoon, Lord Darnoc, The Watcher, and Olen (I think that's how it spelled?) After that those four did most of the heavy lifting. Lord Darnoc somehow managed to fear all of the Dwarves into submission, his terrifying aura appeared to be too much for them. After that it was just a matter of rounding everyone up. After stripping the pilot of the Golem, we learned that the Golem required three things. One a suit of armor, two a pass phrase, however the third item eluded us. One thing that we did not notice however was a rune carved on the chest of the pilot. The rune which grew brighter and larger with each passing second. Matrena’s face grew grim at the sight of it. Whatever it was, it was bad news. Then flying out of the sky the biggest Dwarf that I have ever seen appeared. It was a Rune Priest. The strongest warriors the Dwarves had to offer. One look at him and I knew, there was no way to beat him. Perhaps it was the end of the line for the Sentinels. No Matrena and Galahad at to get out at least. Matrena however had an ace in the hole. Walking up the Rune Priest she declared that she was Matrena Goldhearth, and demanded the Priest to leave. I knew that Matrena was nobility, but it was the first time she had shown it. The Priest agreed to her request, but at a price. Matrena was returning to the capitol with him, before I could intercede the Priest teleported himself and Matrena away. The worst possible outcome had happened. My beloved was stolen from before my very eyes. I stood there shocked for what seemed like hours, before I remembered the Rings we wore. Focusing in on it, I learned that she was far away from me, but safe. I had broken into a prison in Hell, breaking into a Dwarven prison shouldnt be too hard right? Mordrid then knocked me out of my daze with some words of encouragement. We had a job to do, and sitting around mopping wouldn’t save Matrena, getting the Golem to move would. We then escorted two Dwarves to the leg of the Golem to repair the thing. I got to know the Dwarf Ranger rather well, we even shared a cigar together. Then dire news struck. Off in the distance Iolius had spotted something. A group of humans walking toward the Golem. The Kronsieg group. Baron Kronsieg was most likely to be among them. We then decided that we would distract the Kronsieg group long enough. Percy would oversee the repairs, and Lord Darnoc would continue to break the will of the Dwarves to find out how to move the Golem. We raced off to meet with the Kronsieg group. It did not take long to reach them, and to my shock, and joy Lord Kronsieg was not there. Instead a young man was surrounded by a force of twelve Dorwianin guards. Perhaps this man was trusted advisor? Or maybe a just a representative of Craburh? Nope, he was Prince Simon, the first born heir to Craburh. This felt like a slap in the face, I had another half brother, and this one was much younger then me. After some of Jiro shenanigans, and avoiding his questions, we were forced to spill the truth. We revealed that we had to steal this mithril to protect Yampfield, and that doing so was for the good of Dorwain. Prince Simon however refused all of our attempts to avoid combat. He did however have a compromise, if we were to defeat him, in one on one combat he would allow us to have the mithril. The fight would be all of us versus him, one at a time, he would not heal between fights and he would only use his fists. This told me a few things. One he is odds are a monk, or perhaps a Brawler. Two he was not unreasonable, and three that he did not know my real name. We then decided the order. Scarloc, then me, then Lucius would hopefully mop him up, Jiro had teleported back to Yampfield, so he would not fight. Unfortunately Scarloc was not in his element, and no offense to Scarloc, but I get the feeling that Scarloc is bad in a one on one. No room the sneak around. However Simon knocked him out within a few seconds. I dragged out Scarloc, and prepared myself for the fight to come. From what I had seen if I kept my distance I should be able to run him around long enough to whittle him down. Once I stepped into the ring Simon demanded that I share my real name before the fight could commence. Finally realizing that I could not avoid this any longer I said my full name: Gawain Kronsieg. After getting laughed at for a couple of seconds, he calmed down enough to start the match. My first action was to attempt to shoot him from ranger, however my first arrow, whether I had used to much force or simply it was a old bowstring, my bowstring snapped. I attempted to restring it, but could not due to the fact that I was on Galahad. Then it hit me, the faith weapon that I had been given. I drew it and first tried knocking an arrow in it. It was like an invisible hand pushed it out of my hand. Putting my absolute faith in Cernunnos, I went through the motions of drawing a bow. As I pulled the bow back, this gnarled piece of wood transformed. I turned into a beautiful bow. The entire bow was emitting a dark green glow. The arrow itself was a pure piece of green energy. This was the gift Cernunnos had given me, I must make it up to my God somehow. However even this proved to have little effect against Simon. He easily knocked the arrows away, and turns out he was capable of moving a lot further then I thought. He easily caught up to me and Galahad, Forcing me to dismount and engage him on level ground. He then tried fighting Galahad. Galahad got a lucky bite in, and me myself got one lucky arrow in when his back was turned. However Simon was too strong a fighter and knocked out Galahad. However due to my empathetic link I knew Galahad still had some strength left in her, and was merely playing dead. As soon as his back was turned Galahad pounced on him getting one last bite into him. It was also the only time I saw Simon get mad. He turned around and immediately knocked Galahad out, then turning to me I saw the sheer rage in his eyes. Apparently he can’t control his emotions very well, as his first strike against me, drew blood. I did not last long against him, after a flurry of blows I myself was knocked out. When I came to Lucius had begun his fight. It was Lucius Iolius, and PErcy against him. The first strike Lucius gave was a mighty one, that strike alone most likely caused more damage then Galahad and myself put together. However even those three were unable to defeat him, however after studying him I realized that he was barely standing on his feet. Being the clear losers of this fight I prepared myself to get ready to run and warn the others on the Golem. However Simon for our efforts agreed to let the Golem go, and in exchange for such a narrow fight give us each one thing we asked for. I requested a ring which would provide more defense. It was during this time that I went forward and request that I be hit with acid. The Kronsieg line were immune to acid, and I needed to prove to Simon that we were somehow related. He agreed and splashed not only myself, but himself as well. I saw the look of realization on his face. When I went to shake his hand in farewell he bid farewell to his brother, not to a mad man. Feeling victorious and slightly ashamed at losing we went back to the Golem. Darnoc figured out the last key to the puzzle (truth be told I forgot what it was) We began our journey back to Rax. Inside the ring I found a letter that Simon must of written saying that the real owner of the Mirthril would come to get it. That must mean the Baron himself might come looking for it. It was on the third day of travel that my worst fears came true. As I was sitting atop the Golem chatting with Mordrid I saw a lone figure walking towards us. I looked back to call alarm, when I looked back he was gone. Then the Golem shook, the figure had jumped onto the Golem. The figure was Lord Kronsieg my Father. In seconds he was surrounded. The other began their assault, however he managed to dodge most of the attacks, even the ones from Darnoc and Mordrid. At first I tried to convince him to leave, or perhaps talk, but to no avail. I soon realized how futile this fight was, in seconds a killed most of the Dwarves that had surrounded him. He even knocked out Scarloc. This was not all, he even picked up Darnoc with one hand, and swung him around like a bat, knocking everyone away from him. He then threw Darnoc off the side of the Golem. This fight would end in our defeat if we didn’t do something about it. Mordrid then revealed that he had a plan, all I had to do was stand near the Baron. Trusting Mordrid I moved to the spot he had pointed out. As soon as I did I felt two sharp, stinging pains in the back. To my horror and shock Mordrid had shot me with two arrows, I felt my strength sap, these two shots were bad, if they had been a few centimeter closer he would of pierced my heart. However as soon as the arrows did their damage, the good Baron stopped his attack. Mordrid then said if the Baron if he would not leave, Mordrid would kill me. Just like that the Baron began to walk away, I tried stopping him, but as soon as I got close to him, he merely stepped off the Golem. Mordrid had found a line that the Baron would not cross. However just like that we finally secured the mithril shipment. My first course of action (besides being healed) was to talk to Mordrid. Nearly killing your own brother is hard, and I wanted to make sure he was ok. It was during this time that I invited Mordrid to my future wedding. He then informed me that he was a wanted man, and would only ruin it. I do not care, Mordrid is my kin and I want him there, no damn bounty can stop that. After some convincing he said he would consider it. We then spent the next week doing our own thing. Daily I would focus in on my ring to make sure Matrena was ok. It was only one the fifth day that I realized something strange. Matrena’s position went from being to the south west, to the north east. She was back at Dayhill! A wave of relief washed over me, she was back home, and presumably safe. During this time I made a promise to myself, that I would at first chance return to Craburh. I would attempt to fix the wrongs that I had committed. I don't care what it takes, but I feel as if I must reclaim my family name, and prove myself worthy of being a Kronsieg. It was also during this travel back to Rax that I got figured out the bow a little bit. As a faith weapon I needed to prove that I was worth it. Once per day a creature would appear as highlighted green, and it was my sole purpose to hunt it, otherwise some terrible would happen. I’m not sure what Cernunnos was kinda iffy on the details. He did inform me that after enough time, he would allow me to chose the targets I hunt. However our ride on this Golem was drawing to a near, in the distance I can make out Rax. After this our adventure in Rax will finally be over, and we can rid ourselves of Lord Draxus, and return to Yampfield.

Gawain Dragoon

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Ranger Record's 15
The Best Day

it looks like everyone was busy with some kind of training. Lucius had trained under the Brothers of Iron. On top of that he also somehow got a pet Griffon. The creature is absolutely stunning, personally though I believe he was a little jealous of the bond Galahad and I had. Scarloc had trained underneath the Jackal, Rax’s infamous gang leader, he looked like he could take a few more punches now. On top of that he also got two new weapons, brilliant Bane weapons. And Jiro had trained under Kaldrus in the art of Word Casting. Jiro had lost some spells but in return gained a new set of very powerful abilities. Once we finished catching up we made our way to Lord Draxus’. Lord Draxus never made deals unless it specifically benefitted him in the long run, whatever the favor was I just hoped that it would not bring harm to Dorwin. However my fears turned out to be true. Lord Draxus wanted us to steal a shipment of Mithril meant to go to the King of Craburgh. This meant that I had to steal from my father. Despite my muddled past I’d rather not steal from my home country, and especially not my own father, but one does not simply cross Lord Draxus. On top of stealing it from the Baron Kronsieg we had to steal it the dwarves as well who were delivering it to the Baron. Lord Draxus’ spy master then filled us in on the details, the mithril was to be guarded by almost a full company of Dwarven soldiers. The spymaster was however not forthcoming with any other information other then that the best time to steal it would be during the exchange and that we would be able to transport all of it. Lord Draxus also gave us one other item. A small blue coin, that when broken would summon the best fighters Lord Draxus had to come to our aid. After that we were all prepared to get moving. Getting to the meeting spot before the Kronsieg forces meet would the Dwarves would be tough. However Jiro had an ace in the hole. Part of his word casting training was learning how to teleport. He had become strong enough to teleport all of us, and the closest meeting spot was Dayhill. As we were getting ready to depart Lucius had to shrink Galahad down to a token, we had done this countless times before, but this time something didn't sit right. Galahad had gotten smarter during our training with Mordrid, she seems to become more aware, and I get the sense she does not like getting shrunk down to a totem, in this was it had to be done to allow us to teleport to Dayhill. As I put the Galahad Token away I felt something else in my pocket. I grabbed the object out. It turned out to be a small ornate wooden box. Puzzled I opened it. Inside were three things. One a letter addressed to me. The other two were rings. I immediately recognized what they were. Rings of Friend Finding. I don’t know how but Scarloc had managed to read my mind, or perhaps just picked up on my very obvious love towards Matrena and had gotten me the rings. Elated I hugged Scarloc and thanked him, he will definitely be in the wedding. I knew what I had to do once we arrived in Dayhill, I could no longer wait, especially since this was the hardest mission I think any of us has ever undertaken. Finally all prepared Jiro teleported us away. Once in Dayhill we were met with our long time friend Thoric. We all agreed to meet up at Balgus later. I first had to go to Neela and return my druidic research items, it was only right that such items return to the hands of an actual druid. I then spent the day looking for my beloved. It didn’t take too long before I found her again. I know it had only been a few weeks since I last saw her, but it felt like an eternity. Grabbing her by the hand I suggested a nice moonlight stroll. Jumping onto the back of Galahad we raced towards a nice secluded grove that Neela had told me about before. Once there we agreed on another archery contest. The first went to me, then the second round went to Matrena, she cheated though by using a throwing dagger. Then for the third round as she took aim I quickly went behind her and dropped to one knee. This Human custom was the only one that I knew of, but as long as the message was conveyed it did not matter. When she finally turned around I saw at first her surprise, which to admit made me a little nervous and scared, then happiness. Matrena then accepted my proposal.  This is the happiest day of my life, never before have I ever felt so elated, not even when Galahad had become bigger. Not first forming the Dragoons, or even finding out that Mordrid was alive. I knew that this moment would forever be cemented in my memory. Matrena did however have one little Caveat, in order to actually become married I had to either go to Elysium and find her Father, or go to her Grandfather, and ask either for permission. Knowing that going to Elysium would be easier I accepted the challenge, for nothing will stand in the way between us. We then spent several hours enjoying each others company. I never wanted to leave this grove but knowing that adventures called to us both, we went back. Upon entering the tavern we were greeted with familiar sights, and familiar friends. Balgus even broke out some of the good ale to celebrate our engagement. Then together with my beloved and closest allies we spent the night with drink, song and laughter.

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Ranger Record's 14
Revalations

Once back out on the surface we came face to face with one of Lucius's old friends. This man used to be Lucius's mentor and sort of father figure. The man was the only person even Lord Draxus was scared of, the man had completed all the tasks Lord Draxus gave him, including an impossible one. This man had also beaten up Lucius's a couple nights before in Roy's Tavern, the man is a terrifying combatant. He then brought us back to the Chariot, when then went into Roy's Tavern to enjoy a nice hearty meal, with our full group it had finally begun to feel like normal. We then found ourselves with three month of nothing, while we waited on Lord Draxus to call us. I decided to follow the leads on Mordrid and see if I could find him. I also asked Percial to accompany me on this venture. I was very happy that he agreed. It was also during this time that I trained Scarloc in how to two weapon fight like I do, and in exchange he taught me some Dwarvish, so that I may better find out a way to purpose to Matrena. At this point I feel like the bond I feel towards her is too great to ignore, I find myself thinking about her almost none stop. Percy also wanted some time to gather his strength/supplies so he may gear himself up. After a couple days we meet up. However Lord Draxus had gotten wind that I was heading to find the Wraith of Rax, and decided to send some bodyguards with us. Specifically several member of the Follower of the Axe, strange Barbarians that excel in killing giants. They had been paid to lead us to where Mordird was rumored to be, and to protect us from all threats. As Lord Draxus put it “We were investments that he does not wish to see dead.” After meeting the followers of the Axe on the level below we began our journey. The journey would take several weeks and the entire time would be in Giant Territory. It wasn't long before I was thankful for the bodyguards, we were attacked by several giants, and the Followers of the Axe quickly, and ruthless dispatched them. It was on the first day of the second week that I noticed that The Followers of the Axe looked, terrified almost. We must be close to Mordird. When then crossed into a foggy forest. It was almost instant. The moment we crossed into the fog the total atmosphere changed. All of the Followers of the Axe were on edge, and most looked terrified. I admit even I was scared. I left Mordrid for dead, what if he wanted revenge? I didn’t have long to think about that before, all of a sudden we were beset upon. Giant arrows had come down out of nowhere. The Followers of the Axe dispersed and tried to hunt down the the source of the arrows. It didn’t take long until the leader came back. All of the Followers of the Axe had been killed, and as the leader reached us, an arrow pierced his throat, killing him. This man I saw kill Hill Giants with his bear hands, and even looked bored doing so. Whatever killed these men I knew Percy Galahad and I were no match for. But I would be damned if I was going to allow some force kill them, even if it was mordrid. It was then in an instant that three arrows flew out of the fog, one hit me, and two hit Galahad. When I reached my hand out to heal her, another arrow flew, but this one was a lot more powerful than the others. The arrow then pinned me to a tree. There was no option left. I ordered both Galahad and Percy to run. Galahad trusting my judgment quickly left, but Percy stood his ground. Then out of nowhere a figure emerged. The swiftly flew towards Percy and disarmed him, then in another instant, drew an arrow and aimed it at my head. The figure was indeed Mordrid. The sight of my old comrade only made me feel sadness. I had left him, perhaps this would be atonement for that. However Mordrid did not slay me, instead he greeted me like an old friend. Mordird after being left on the battlefield, was taken by orc slavers. He was then bought by a Goblin who allowed Mordrid a great deal of freedom, and in time Mordrid grew to consider this Goblin his friend. However it wasn't long before humans found this goblin, and killed it in cold blood. The Goblin had did nothing wrong but the humans, judging on the basis that all goblins are evil killed it. Mordrid then grew tired of humanity and its evils, decided to travel around. He eventually came upon the last tribe of Forest Giant’s and decided to protect them, he has been there ever since. Mordird then to my astonishment decided that he would accompany Percy, Galahad and I back to Rax. He informed the Forest Giants that it was time to move on. As we began our long journey back to Rax, I had forgotten how good of a Ranger Mordrid was. Then it hit me. It was like a fog was lifted from my mind. My memories had finally come back to me. It was back in Yampfield. Percy and I had gotten lost playing in the woods. Terrified we cried for help. It was then a figure emerged from the shadows. He took us by our hands and guided us through the forest. The figure taught us not to be afraid of the forest, but to respect it, and to see all of the things it had to offer. The figure was of course Mordrid. Then for the next nine years he taught us how to be Rangers. That was not all of it. Mordird was in fact my brother, and the son to Baron Kronsieg. Devastated that I had forgotten such an integral part of my life, I once again greeted Mordird, but this time not as a friend, but as a brother finally coming home. During this return of my memories, I also learned the truth behind my Dragoons. The Baron had created the Dragoons at my request, and even found the original members. Beyond that I do not know, the rest could still be altered. Percy also had memories return to him. Elated we all enjoyed each other's company, our family once again whole. It was this time that I decided for myself, that I would reclaim my name of Kronsieg. In order for this I must redeem myself, in both my eyes, and my fathers. Upon returning to Rax, I finished teaching Scarloc. I also decided to visit the shrine to Eristil. I left an offering, and thanked him for his patronage for the times in the past. I hoped the offering would lessen the blow of one of his followers leaving. I then traveled to the shrine to Cernunnos and spent the day praying. At the end of the praying I had begun to feel, something. Like some kind of connection to a force stronger than me. On top of that I also felt a deeper connection to the wilderness. As I started to leave, a branch fell out of the sky. The branch almost looked like a crude bow, but with no string. Feeling that this branch was somehow important I decided to keep it with me. I also thanked Cernunnos for this patronage of me. Then for five days I had someone teleport me to Dayhill so I may spend time with my beloved. It was good to see her face after such a long time apart. Then upon my teleportation back to Rax (I had run out of money, otherwise I would of stayed there longer). I began training with Mordrid. The training was brutal. Mordrid is an absolute beast where in comes to archery. As a result of such intensive training I felt myself get stronger, now I feel like I kind use a stronger bow. It was also this time that I came across an item called Rings of Friend-Finding. These rings would allow the wearers to determine direction, distance, and the status of the other. I decided that I would go with the human custom of proposing, and use these rings to do so. However the rings were expensive so I had to wait. Then the months of training finally passed. Lord Draxus was ready to give us his favor. We all meet up back in Roy’s Tavern ready, and a little afraid to begin our next Adventure.

 

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Ranger Record's 13
Finding Percival

<meta />Good news I managed to find my fellows. They were however not in prison as I had imagined but rather they were enjoying themselves in a inn. Turns out Lord Draxus had taken note of our group and decided that he wanted us to be Lords of Gold and to work for him. In exchange for doing a favor for Lord Draxus would tell us where to find Percy, and where to find the Poison Lodge. We agreed and then Lord Draxus then gave us 100 Platinum in order to arm ourselves. I went and got more armor for myself as well as Galahad. We then went to a magic shop that belonged Kaldrus Stormwind. Bluefang’s master, and the last known true Dragonborn. Kaldrus shared with us the history of his people, and how Humans and Elves brought his people to near extinction. He also informed us of the Hen Avok, a group of five ancient Dragons that nearly ended the world before infighting caused them to destroy them. It was then that I began to learn more about my family name. Kronsieg was the name of one of the five dragons. It was a green scaled dragon which might explain my strange immunity to acid, that all Kronsieg’s are somehow related to this farel dragon. After these revelations we returned to Roy’s tavern for the night. Thankfully no giant flood this time. The next morning we collected our Armor, which also had the insignia showing that we were in fact Lords of Gold. Lord Draxus then informed us that Percy was beneath the city in ancient Dwarven ruins. The entrance to these ruins where in the well that Lucius and the others were captured on the other day. We made our way down to the ground floor to meet the scouting party who had gone into the ruins. Only one had made it out, who informed us that there were many creatures down in the ruins as well as traps. We then descended into the ruins. Jiro at this point had gotten a little surprise from Lucan. It was The Pursuer, a variant of the Ironclad that we had fought beside back in Dayhill. The first room we encountered a series of semi-intelligent apes. I tried to convince them to let us pass peacefully, but to no avail. What was worse was the Pursuer had a fault in it, once it attacked something it refused to until it all that was left was a bloody pulp. After slaying all of the creatures I sent a silent prayer to Cernunnos, to allow these creatures to find their place in the heavens. We then found one of these creatures in the center of the room, apparently it had gotten stuck in some kind of trap that was draining its life force. Jiro managed to dispel the trap, I tried to soothe and help the creature, but even as I did it looked like the creature would not make it much longer. Perhaps it would be better to put it out of its misery, I would allow it to live for another hour, if it still looked like it did I would kill it. The creature however passed away a few moments later, probably for the best, less pain. The next room we encountered a strange creatures. I had heard of them before. Xil, evil outsiders, that kidnapped people and took them to another plain to feast upon them. We dispatched them with supreme efficiency. After that we decided to rest for awhile in order to heal our wounds. We however camped in a long corridor where a Golem stood guard. After moving into the corridor, the Golem moved to block the passage. After a few hours of rest we were beset upon by fire elementals. Apparently the Golem stood guard to prevent these fire elementals from escaping. The entire corridor was dedicated to providing steam power to some kind of Dwarven machines. The thing turning the fire Elementals, was a giant water Elemental. The water Elemental nearly ended our lives, however we just managed to slay the creature. We then found a chest the Elemental was guarding, inside of it were vast treasures. One of which was a amulet that provided some kind of armor, but one top of that one could activate to create a stone suit. This would allow one to capture any creature. After that we reached another Golem, this one had a note. The note offered us aid, if we so wished. We decided to agree to this strangers deal of help, and managed to move the golem. We then continued on our way, encountered a pack of feral evil outsider dogs. They tried tricking me into thinking we were friends. We brutally murdered them. The next room had Goblins in it. They surrendered, the chief was named Skarsnik. He wanted help opening a chest. We did and it turned out to be another treasure trove filled with epic treasure. After that we managed to figure out a riddle that would lead us to the room in which Percy was being held. Inside the room was the Masked Man, as well as two other Golems. The Masked Man then removed his mask, it turned out he was some kind of famous magic brawler? He also controlled the Golems, after a brief bit of combat, we were quickly being overwhelmed. Lucius in a last ditch effort used the Dwarven amulet to capture the Dwarf. It worked and upon the stone stuit completely covering him, the Golem’s became inert. We then dragged him out of the room, and began to politely ask him where Percy was since we couldn’t see him in the room. Then out of nowhere Percy showed up. He had somehow managed to get free. The first thing I experienced upon seeing my long lost friend was extreme joy, elation and relief. The next thing was worry. Percy looked changed, he looked less like Percy and more like Percival. It turned out due to the amount of abuse the masked man gave him, had caused some of his old memories to return. After we all greeted Percy we found out the reason why Percy was free. Areen Mardsen, one of the member of the Poison Lodge had freed him. The masked man had apparently nearly killed her, then Percy in an act of selflessness had healed her wounds over his own. This had caused a change of heart in her. Areen was also the women who Scarloc and I had tortured to get information on the cure of the poison they had used. I felt some regret, that way of life was apart of the old me, would I do it again to save my friends, most likely. But still I should strive away from such actions. Areen decided to leave the Poison lodge, this would give us a five month grace period to pay back Lord Draxus before attacking the remaining members of the Poison Lodge. Areen also revealed she was the one leaving behind the notes to help us. We then parted ways with Areen, but not before beating the masked man into a state of unconsciousness as payment for what he did to Percy. We then ascended a rope ladder that led back to the surface.

 

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Lucius' Logs #20
The Slums of Rax

After dispatching Grutnak the fast and heading off in an attempt to catch Percy before he entered the city of Rax leaving Maven, Xaric, and Duncan to deal with the remaining orcs of Grutnak's party. We pressed on as long as we could but knew should we encounter those who took Percy we wouldn't be able to take them on without rest. Knowing fully this probably meant Percy would be taken into Rax and that we would need to find him somehow in the city we took our rest before entering Rax the next day. We made our way to the city of scum and I waited to see if the rumors of the city were true.

After wading through throngs of people making their way to Rax we began to wade through something far more foul, blood and fecal matter covered the streets as well as probably a lot more. The people, poor and desperate, looked scrawny and unfed. Within a short period of being in the city Gawain caught a man attempting to steal from us. We found out that Scarloc, Jiro, and I had also been stolen from and the man said that he knew who probably had stolen from us. He claimed that it was probably at the hands of the welps and that he was trying to join them and knew where they meet up. He brought us to a cabin on the outskirts of the city and we had Scarloc go and attempt to retrieve our items for us. He managed to enter the small shack without an issue it appeared, but as he was in there he seemed to set of some kind of alarm. He managed to get back to us without being spotted even though they were on high alert. It was at that time we realize that we had been set up by Felton. He surrounded us with a group of Welps and started saying how the Welps only steal from those who don't need their items, but he thought that we actually are in need of our items. We were free to roam the city without being bothered by the welps and that Scarloc should contact them as he had impressed them with his skills, he even snuck up on Felton whilst we were all surrounded. They gave us all of our stuff back and siad we were free to go.

Deciding that it was time to see if we could make any progress on the poisoned lodge or Percy we made our way to one of the local bars that the locals frquent called The Slaver's Stint. There we met a woman by the name of Ratbag who ran the bar and oddly enough was blind. We got some information from her and it sounded as though there was going to be something happening at one of the local wells. We thanked her for the information and made our way to the well to try and scout it out. We arrived at the well, but the day was starting to get late. We looked around the well for a brief period of time before deciding to go to a tavern.

One of the local taverns that was more well-to-do than the others was on the northern end of the city by the name of the Copper Goblet. The bartender of the Copper Goblet went by the name of Siege and seemed friendly enough. We paid for rooms and had a small meal before I recieved a message that was simply signed T. The message said that Jiro was going down a dark path and that there should he continue there would be no coming back. I immediately stormed off to go confront him about the situation as I believed that it probably had something to do with the amulet that he got from Ipkesh. I barged into his room and asked about what was going on. eventually he caved and told us of the deal that he had made with Garshok in return for power. I began beratin him on how foolish he was for trading his eternal soul simply for strength during his mortal life. He began to lash out in defense at me for informing him about his stupid decision of getting in a contract with a devil and we had a brief argument on the matter. I told him that I would need to think about the situation and we would talk more in the morning. I went to my room with Gawain and we both prayed to our respective deities for guidance in this matter. From the heavens came and Astral Dive by the name Marcus who assured us that they would watch over us and assist us in this dire circumstance, but we must stick with Jiro during these trying times and save him from the decisions that he had made. We agreed to this and I knew that he was needed to help us both find Percy and to dispatch the poisoned lodge. With this new knowledge Gawain and I found rest in our beds.

However, this rest was short lived as in the middle of the night I awoke to not the sound of crashing and banging, but to the sound of eerie silence. I got up and walked to the door so I could step outside and see what the problem was, but when I attempted to turn the handle I found it locked. I immediately woke Gawain up and told him about the situation. He went to the door and deftly unlocked it as we attempt to rouse the others. We eventually got everyone up and went to the front door. Scarloc immediately ran outside and our of sight. It turned out that a massive wall of water was approaching and that we needed to get out as fast as possible. Jiro dimension Doored us to the top of the tavern to see if there was another way to escape the situation. We all braced ourselves for the inevitable crashing of water against the tavern, but Scarloc had yet to scale the building yet. I went over to attempt to help him, but to no abail. He was swept up into the current along with Jiro. Gawain and I remained on the roof attempting to hold on, but his grasped slipped and he was washed away as well. I continued holding on not sure of what to do as I was still in my armor and swimming would mean certain death. I went to the edge to see if I could assist anyone back onto the tavern roof, but the current swept them away far too quickly. Luckily from the stone buttresses around the bottom of the tree what appeared to be a man leaped out into the middle of the water and picked up Scarloc and Jiro. He jumped back and then went back out to save Gawain. Jiro summoned a spectral steed and rode out to me and I climbed onto the back of his horse. He brought us back while the man, who I found out was a brother of iron jumped back with Gawain and we were all safely on the stone battlement. We thanked him for his help and he told us that his name was Mavus. He took his leave shortly and we decided to simply rest there for the rest of the night while I took watch using Iomedae's power to remain awake to watch over the group.

Once morning arrived we were ushered off of the stone structure by the platinum legion so we made out way back down into the slums of the area. Not knowing what else to do we made our way to our only current lead, being the well that Ratbag had told us about to see what we could find. We made our way to the well and scouted around the various buildings. After exhaustive searching of the area for any clue about the location of Percy I finally plead to Iomedae to show me some kind of sign. With her strength she pointed my eyes directly at a piece of paper that was on the well. We decided to have Jiro distract some of the guards while Scarloc would attempt to retrieve that piece of paper on the well. Both Scarloc and Jiro got captured by the platinum legion and I attempted to step in, but their numbers were far too great and I was beginning to lsoe ground. To make matters worse from the sky two beams of light began coming down and once they hit the ground two men appeared. One of them seemed to be a somewhat scrawny individual probably some sort of sorcerer while the other was a towering man whose aura that surrounded him exuded vileness shaking even I to my core. He said he would free use should I defeat him in a duel. I took him up on his proposition even though I knew I probably wouldn't be able to defeat him. We began our fight and my first strike managed to hit true, he retaliated with a most powerful strike of his own stiking my helm, but glancing off in such a way I felt it didn't do quite as much damage. My next strikes regardless of how accurately I struck I could not pierce his armor and he eventually brought me to my knees. I had to submit or die during this fight, which we still had a task to do. I was bound and knocked unconscious and when I woke up found myself in a cell dangling below a massive wooden platform.

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Rescue of the Hands

We were transported back to Yampfield and told to arrive at the palace in a short manner as there was to be a meeting about the orc threat. On our way to the King's palace I encountered a familiar face, Tatius Cheriford, the former leader of Gorum's Fist. He apparently joined the Azantine blades, the best of the Hands of Heironus. I was surprised to see him especially as we had been dealing with the poisoned lodge, and was immediately a bit skeptical, however if he was going to be dealing with the orcs and fending them off from Yampfield then I figured we needed as much help as we could get. So long as he didn't interfere with us dealing with the poisoned lodge then there was no reason to suspect him of anything currently. We entered into the King's Palace into the war room with several of Dorwine's lords sitting around the table. We took our place at the table as everyone in the room was introduced. I could only think to myself how quickly we had progressed in life so quickly as apart of the sentinels and eventually our names were said by the king amongst the lords and powerful people of this part of Dorwine. We sat there as the plans to deal with the orcs was discussed and plans and troop movements were laid out we got praise for the group of orcs that we took out. Soon the gathering was dismissed and we were asked to stay behind with the king. Once everyone else had left the king told us about the escalating situation with the poisoned lodge. There was a diseased shipment that came, but luckily it had a note on it that informed them of the shipment. They knew the poisoned lodge was in Rax and the king was sending us there within the next few days to find them and to take care of them. We would rest up from our excursion into the underdark and dealing with the orc warband and prepare to head off to Rax. Gawain and Jiro went to go deal with something else, I wasn't entirely sure what while me and Scarloc went back to to the hands of Heironus to see if the others had return, otherwise we would just wait for some time there and rest up, maybe play some boulder, parchment, shears.

As we were waiting there Scarloc decided to try and play some hide and seek, there was no way I was ever going to find him so I just continued to sit there. Then right in front of me there was a bright blue light that began to shine. I prepared myself for anything and looked around to see if there was anything else around me that I should be worried about. During my scan of the room I somehow managed to spot Scarloc, either he was entranced by the blue light that was being formed in front of us or he decided to not hide very well so I may be able to find him easier to make it somewhat interesting, but that really isn't that important right now. From the blue light emerged Selsani, beaten, battered, bruised and as she looked at me began to fall. I reached over and grabbed her before she managed to hit the ground and I cast lay on hands on her in hopes to stabilize her. Realizing her wounds were far more grievous than my capabilities of healing I yelled at Scarloc to run to father Armias and have him prepare to heal. I picked her up and ran after him as fast as I could, but Scarloc is crazy fast and I was also carrying someone gingerly and healing her occasionaly to keep he alive. We made it to the temple and I gave her to him to try and save her. We waited there for some time and Father Armias came to us and told us that he managed to save her. We went to go talk to us and she told us that the others, Percy, Maven, Xaric, and Duncan had been captured by the orcs. We rushed to go speak with the king about the situation and after some speaking with him he gave us only a few days to rescue them before we needed to make our way to Rax and deal with the poisoned lodge. We made our way to Jiro to tell him about the situation and to message Gawain as he had left the city for whatever reason. Luckily he arrived back at the city that night and we told him about the situation and to meet at the front gates in the morning. I wished that we could leave that night but we needed to rest and would take off first thing in the morning.

When morning finally did arrive we met Sarconis at the front gates where we discovered the his bird, Kree, was actually a Rok and could quickly transport us to where Selsani told us they were captured. Impressed at the size of this bird we got on and the massive Rok took off and we began to head south. It was rather amazing watching the landscape rapidly fade beneath us as we made our way to rescue our friends and fellow guild members. During the journey Gawain was training to become a better ranger with Sarconis while Scarloc was practicing his dance moves, which had something to do with his fighting style I believe. I created a spiritual squire to be his dancing partner, but he quickly flew off of the bird since it couldn't maintain itself on the bird with the rushing winds flying by. We rapidly arrive in the general area Selsani told us they probably were and we began to scan the area. Kree spotted a cart being pulled by horses and we decided that it was probably holding one of our comrades. Kree rushed down and grabbed one of the horses while we all disembarked off of Kree. We got off and the driver was taken as well as the horse. Inside we discovered none other than Duncan in the back of the cart. We quickly released him from his chains and asked him where the others are. He quickly looked around and after discussing with Scarloc told him the general direction of the others and began leading us down the path.

We quickly made our way down the road as fast as we could. As we approched we saw some fires in the distance producing light. We sent Scarloc ahead to do some reconnaissance with Gawain and when they returned they informed us that it appeared to be some kind of slaver auction. We decided to have Jiro pose as a patron looking to purchase some slaves with me and Duncan posing as his bodyguards. Scarloc and Gawain would sneak around providing overwatch for us and hopefully Scarloc managing to get behind the main auctioneer. After some odd back and forth between Jiro and the auctioneer, it appeared as though Jiro had never been to an auction before, the auctioneer appeared to have cast some sort of spell on Jiro that put him under his control. I stepped forward to try and help anyway that I could to try and pull the auctioneer off of the platform that he was on. However he had enough of our trick and told the other slavers to strike me down. After a brief scuffle and me taking quite a few hits Sarconis all of the sudden released a shower of arrows killing a lot of the other slavers at the auction and the auctioneer teleporting out of the area to try and save his skin. Duncan and Scarloc killed those trying to take maven away so she was safe and we purchased Xaric who they both helped during the fight. Eventaully we killed or drove off the rest of the slavers and the auctioneer's guards. We took what we could, but didn't want to spend too much time as Percy had been taken by a group of Wyvern riders. Sarconis came back down and we all mounted back onto Kree with Maven, Xaric, and Duncan now. We began to travel in the direction of Rax in an attempt to catch them before they got to Rax.

We had some time on the back of Kree so I talked with Maven about what happened to them on their excursion with the dwaves. She told us that it was a trap as Grutnak the fast knew exactly how to deal with them, splitting them up and slowly taking them down. The others were acting weird during our conversations using odd phrasing while talking about seemingly innocuous things such as Maven wanting to spar with me once we returned to Yampfield. I didn't pay much mind to it as there were far more important things to deal with. Kree finally spotted the wyverns land and so we landed as well some distance away so as not to alert them of our presence. We dismounted Kree one last time and Sarconis told us that this was as far as he could go before neededing to return back to Yampfield to provide them assistance. Maven, Xaric, and Duncan would help us here, but would return right after this fight regardless if Percy was there or not. Sarconis would come pick them up once I shot a light lance into the air.

We landed and I asked them to not kill any of the people there as we could not be certain that they were in fact the ones who took Percy. Scarloc and Duncan would stealthily approach the encampment with Jiro, Xaric, and Maven to support them while Gawain, Galahad, and I would take out the wyverns should they prove to be a threat. We heard some talking in the distance and one of the riders began to wake the others up as well as the wyverns and then stuff began happening too quickly for what was happening. Until afterwards I had no idea what the others were doing, but while I was dealing with the wyverns with Gawain and Galahad apparently Scarloc and Xaric killed two of the four riders. After a brief scuffle with the wyverns however we either killed them or drove them off and they proved to be not much of a problem for me, however Jiro fell unconcious and I had to rush over and heal him before he died. After all of the threats had been dealt with Jiro seemed to fall unconscious again, but luckily I was able to save him from certain death. We talked with the mercenaries and it appeared as though they were hired to take Percy to Rax as he was said to be a prisoner. Scarloc wanted to kill the two remaining mercenaries however I adamantly opposed this action as they truly had done no wrong and were only doing what they were paid to do given incorrect information. We already slew two of their friends so we had done enough wrong as it is. We freed them and they began to leave the area.

It was at this time we tried to figure out what to do next when Maven, Xaric, and Duncan detected a fearful presence. They believed it to be Grutnak the fast so we all took up positions to try and deal with him. Within moments Grutnak appeared with his Gorthek riders and began to rush forward at us. We stood our ground and fought valiantly. Using his sword it appeared as though he took Jiro and Scarloc's life force out of them, it seemed as though his sword had some form of daemonic enchantment on it. Grutnak tore into Gawain and Galahad wounding Galahad severely. I created a light lance to ask Sarconis for help before the fight, but during the fight it proved to be a hindrance due to its length. Grutnak managed to keep close to me making it difficult to use the lance so instead i channel Iomedae's wrath into my fist and punched him with all of my strength. Scarloc managed to land the killing blow on Grutnak and Maven told us to quickly go so that we could try and rescue Percy. We pushed on, but tired from the fight and taking the wounds that we had we needed to rest. I took up watch with Jiro and we prepared to head into Rax and deal with what we must.

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Lucius' Logs #18
The Orc Warband

As we walked amongst the trees relishing the sweet smell of fresh air, away from the dank wetness that is the underdark and the oppresiveness that is hell we continued to make our way back to Yampfield. As we continued back we heard the sounds of marching and war drums. We began to follow it and try and find an outlying group that we might be able to spy on or possibly even take out. We came across an orc warband that appeared fairly strong, but nothing we may not be able to handle. We waited sometime to see if possibly there may be a ranger group or force of Dorwine to help us, but unfortunately we were spotted before any such force arrived. We took up battle stance and prepared to fight to the best of our ability. I took the front to try and buy Jiro and Gawain as much time as possibly to continuously whittle them down while Scarloc flanked around and took out targets of oppurtunity and leaders. We fought hard and bravely and with a few well placed spells and fireballs we managed to harass the enemy for some time eventually slaying enough that we could managed. It was at that time I noticed that the cart that was being pulled was pulled by no beast of burden, but ceustodaemons, the same beasts that we had fought oh so long ago summoned by Opash. Before I could strike out against the abominations I was hit in the side by a Gorthek rider, but managed to have it hit my armor in such a way that it would be deflected and merely glance off instead of pierce through. After their initially charge the rider and his beast were fairly easy to strike down even with all the damage that I sustained throughout the fight. I turned my focus towards the ceustodaemons and channeled Iomedae's wrath through my very body and struck out with several blows that managed to kill the best before it could return blows with me. I took out the other ceustodaemon as well as the others were finishing off their quarries.  

We turned around to hear fighting in the distance and saw a detachment of Dorwine's army dispatching the remainder of the orc forces that were there. The force was led by the Dorwine Knight Ser Nicholas Tychus. We thanked him for his help as he gave us an update on the situation. We told him that we must return to Yampfield quickly to report back to the king. He had his cypher mage teleport us back as there was to be a meeting between the high ranking members soon.

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Lucius' Logs #17
The Growing Terror Below

After we had rested and regained our strength we gathered together to go see what the king wanted of us. As we made our way towards the city square I readied myself for what would be asked of us. We entered the throne room to meet with the king and he told us of the threats that may be facing Yampfield and the whole of the eastern section of Dorwine. The orcs have been preparing for an attack, but he feared that the threat of dragon hybrids may be greater than thought. He didn't want any surprises coming from underground during the fight with the orcs. He told us that we may all receive one gift from him to help with this and for what we've done to help Dayhill from not one, but two sieges. I asked for a weapon that may be of help in the task that he set out for us. Scarloc asked for gold in order to buy more gear. Gawain asked for a set of gladiuses to wield, however the king asked for his loyalty to him, but Gawain refused. King Alduic was taken aback for a moment, but simply said very well and asked for the gladiuses back and would be returned once he swore his allegiance. Jiro received a magic artificat, but also requested that the king would watch one of his performances and recommend others go watch it.  Percy requested that we have some place of permanent residency for the deeds that we have done. The king said should we defeat the underground threat as well as deal with the poisoned lodge then he would nominate us to become lords of Dorwine. Excited at the possibility to further help Dorwine and to be recognized for the accomplishments that we have done we set off to start preparing for the task set before us. Although I admired his convictions, I wasn't happy about Gawain not pledging loyalty to the king. He was the lord of the realm and it is our duty to serve him. There would be time in the future to try and get him to come around, but at this time it was necessary to learn all that we could about the underdark.

Percy and I went to the hands of Heironus to see if they had any knowledge of the underdark. It was there that Maven told us that there was a mercenary they had hired who had knowledge of the underdark. In return for his service we would trade their group Percy as they desperately needed a healer. Percy was waiting outside as I spoke to Maven and I told her that I would talk to Percy about it. I went outside to discuss it with him. He was worried about splitting with us, but after some convincing  he came around and was willing to go with them. Discussing with the others we thought that it would be good to have someone who had been in the underdark. It turned out that the mercenary was none other than Harvery, the gunslinger that aided us during the siege of Dayhill. We were excited to team up with him again yet I was rather disappointed that Percy wouldn't be able to join us. We prepared our gear and bought a couple of items that would help such as goggles of darkvision and bottles of air to breath underwater. we made our way out of Yampfield and went to the kobold cave that we had killed the dracolisk in as it was our only lead. We went into the cave and into the room that we had killed the dracolisk in and found a passage further down. We went through the passage and began heading down, down, down. Finally after sometime we reached some glowing mushrooms, but had traveled long enough that we needed to rest. We all laid our heads down and luckily enough had a rather uneventful night.

We got up the next day and proceeded further down the path. After sometime we saw some large scrawny figures that for the life of me can't remember the name of. They all seemed to be gathering mushrooms and bringing them down the path following a bouncing red light. We sneakily went down the path following the light waiting for all the creatures to finish giving their offering to whatever the light was on top of. Once the last creature left the red light continued down the path. We began to follow keeping far enough behind as to not be detected as we did not want to fight with it as it was not our quarry this day. The light at one point vanished and we continued down the path hoping that we would not come into contact with it. However as we continued he appeared behind us and began to speak to us. It appeared to be a small creature with a large pack floating behind him. We eventually negotiated safe passage from him back should we defeat he Kobolds and bring him some of the loot in the cave. He pointed us in the direction of the kobolds over by a pool of lava and also warned us of the creatures on the ceiling that might fall down on us and told us to keep on the path lest we fall victim to them. we made our way to the pathway up and after a few close calls with the falling rock finally made it into the cave. Ahead of us were a couple kobold guards, Jiro managed to charm one of them and gave them a bead of light and asked him to bring it into the chamber and drop it on them. Once we heard the commotion we rushed in to take advantage of the situation only to have a gate fall before us. The kobolds on the other side of the gate who managed to not entirely be blinded released a handful of basilisks upon us. After a brief battle with them we managed to slay the beasts and turn against the advancing kobolds. With our combined strength we managed to eventually slay the remaining kobolds with vision even with their nasty casters trapping me in a hole. There were a few kobolds who remained blinded and we tied them up even though some of the others protested that we shouldn't let them live. We needed to rest after the battle so we all went to sleep to regain our sleep. 

When we woke after a night's rest we noticed that the kobolds had killed themselves, presumably because of the humiliation of being captured and no longer having any sight left. We made our way to the end of the cave and found a grate that led underwater. We placed the bottles of air in our mouths and Harvey put some form of breathing apparatus in his mouth. We went under and spotted a group of Sahuagins. Attempting to navigate around them, Jiro dimension doored us forward, unfortunately right into another group of Sahuagins. We dimension doored once more right into another group. We attempted to fight them but gradually began to get overwhelmed so Jiro dimension doored us once more right in front of their leader. We were surrounded and had to negotiate our way out of the situation. We told him in return for letting us go we would give him the majority of the treasure. We made our way up the ladder into what we assume is the belly of the beast. Once we got to the top we attempted to rest up a bit, but the beast was too perceptive for us. He spoke out to us and asked us to approach. I obliged him as much and approached. After a brief conversation and me having the task set before me by the king I lashed out with the mace that was given to me and struck with all my strength. We had an intense battle with the beast, it unleashing its breath weapon on us knocking Jiro unconcious. I distracted the beast while Gawain got him back up to his feet. we continued to  strike it and strike it. Eventually Jiro casted a spell to it to calm its rage and we began to have a discussion with the beast. While we were talking with it Scarloc ran up behind it and cracked the orb that was in its tail. Before that the orb told us that the Hen Avok would return and with that Scarloc struck the orb and it began to spew forth lava. We began to run down the hall the way we didn't come and approached a magical locked door. Luckily Jiro and Scarloc managed to unlock the door, but the lava appeared on that side of the door as well. We climbed the walls in hopes that the lava would recede, but it continued to increase. Garshok, the devil in Jiro's amulet said he could teleport us to hell and then back to above ground. If we would only but give him our real names. We had to consent unfortunately giving him more power over us, but at the very least we would survive. We sat there in hell for what seems like an eternity, but eventually we were transported back to the material plane above ground. We immediately began to make our way back to Yampfield and tell the king of our success.

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