Players Present: Pimfire, Xavier, Omega, Clearice, Dalarn
NPCS: Prince Bleth Balehammer of Glimmering Sword, Gunther Beermop, Thane Golgi Balehammer of Kandelspire, Culgar, Shrista, Totgarth, Tilmorg, Yelthorian Munstrabur, Midael (Solar)
Deities We Meet:
- Moradin (God of dwarves, creation, smithing, protection, metalcraft, stonework)
- The Red Knight (Lady of Battle, deity of strategy, planning, and tactics)
- Tymora (Goddess of good fortune, skill, victory, adventurers)
- Waukeen (Goddess of trade, money, and wealth)
- Lathander (God of spring, dawn, birth, youth, vitality, athletics)
- Chauntea (Goddess of agriculture, farmers, gardeners, summer)
- Tyr (God of justice)
- Torm (God of duty, loyalty, obedience, paladins)
Run By: Joe
Submitted By: Pimfire
Discussion/Side note: Discussed Pimfire giving up a Feat called Manyshot for the next month so start of August will have Fleet (+5 movement)
A story being told by many bards throughout the taverns of Ravens Bluff currently
So there the mighty hero’s of Midnight Menagerie where faced with a task to retrieve a scepter, awaken a sleeping angel and somehow hold back the tides of a vast army of drow and their minions while the dwarves and folk of Kandelspire retreated to safety through a magic portal.
What do you think they did folks? Did they run away? NO! They set out on their quest through enemy lines to a land beyond a strange portal where they encountered prehistoric like drow who where trained by a dwarf! The mighty Lord Omega challenged the tribal leader in fair combat and won! Being the humble warrior he instead asked for a favor to be allowed to go to the Caverns of Doom in the defeated chieftains place rather then take up the mantle of leadership for the tribe. Lo-and-Behold his request earned him great respect and honor from the entire tribe who allowed him and the rest of the Menagerie permission to visit the Caverns of Doom from whence no one has ever returned.
There Lord Omega puts a fallen follower of Ellistraee cursed with vampirism and entombed for all eternity out of his misery, the group frees an Efreet named Yelthorian Munstrabur from a terrible curse of cold and in thanks are given directions on how to proceed through the Caverns. Finally the group reaches the end of the caverns and retrieves the scepter from it’s resting place. They return to find the dwarves of Kandelspire prepared to fight and flee once they awaken the Protector Midael the Solar.
How best should I describe the chaotic battle that took place that day but to use the hero’s own words themselves:
Sir Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe of Clan Ironstar and hero of the retreat of Kandelspire stood enlarged by magical means as a giant amongst his brethren dwarves fighting intensely every-time a dwarf fell his fighting became more focused, Intense, and desperate with each swing of his axes claiming a foes life. Finally seeing Thane Golgi Balehammer fall to an overwhelming horde he reached down and grabbed him in one of his giant hands and with a mighty toss threw the Thanes body through the Portal so that he would not be lost and perhaps maybe even revived by powerful clerical magic. Dalarn then made the decision that he would not cross the portal while even one other living dwarf was still on that wide of the rift. When it started he was ready to die for his people so the enemies did not matter to him, neither in numbers of strength. Let it be known never has a Dwarf shown his colors more true then that day, many a dwarven child shall grow up to revere his heroics for the Glimmering sword clan.
Xavier Cross paladin of Chauntea with his powerful bow stood amongst the archer dwarves a full 2 heads taller was focused on taking care of stragglers and knowing exactly how far off an ancient Shadow Dragon was taking shots upon it when it flew close. He wasn’t too worried about the dwarves because he knew that Omega and Dalarn would be the last ones through the gate and they wouldn’t leave anyone behind. Neither would Xavier leave his friends behind. When they got through the gate, he felt exhilarated at being picked up by the divine creatures that were there and seeing all the survivors there.
Lady Clearice Eilif was was stunned by the mass of forces that were bearing down on them and the hard battle they would certainly be facing. The odds were certainly against them even as the battle was just starting and from up on high she could clearly see this. She began the battle trying to minimize the casualties through the power of her healing abilities. Once the more perilous waves began coming forth she decided that offense might be best to quell the storm of enemies. As the battle raged on things became more and more desperate until she heard a familiar voice urging her to accept his help in this struggle. At this point, Clearice had started to feel more torn accepting help from a demon lord as she was starting have doubts that he was as helpful as he had seemed, but seeing they were in such dire circumstances she felt she must do all she can to help even if it risked her own soul. She accepted his help causing her blade barriers to become a writhing mass of sickly green blades flooding the area they sprouted from in acidic waves of blood. This was much more effective than her previous attacks and struck fear in her enemies but it was still not enough to slow the coming tides so when she once again felt the familiar whisper in her ear she made a horrible mistake. Knowing it was likely evil to even imagine using the enemies dead against them she felt it was all she could do to slow the tide. She asked this of of the demonic voice to which he maliciously obliged by not raising the dead of the enemy but fallen dwarves who we had been fighting alongside up until now. They rose as vampires numbering over 100 swiftly killing all who stood in their path as Clearice looked on in horror of the fiendish act she had committed. For the voice in her head was none other then the demon Lord Graz’zt. She heard it’s final words rang mockingly in her head, “For you? I would do anything..” and with that she cried as stepped through the portal with the last of defenders.
Sir Pimfire Tyndal inspired many a dwarf that day as he took to the skies upon summoning a group of Pegasus (Plural: Pegai) for himself and a squad of archers. There they rained death down upon tanari forcing a Marilith to retreat even. He watched in horror as a giant spider construct stomped through Kandelspires gates and rushed to the huddled masses fleeing through the portal and with a wave of a wand managed to blast it and slow it down enough until help arrived from a Giant Lord Omegasun to deal with it. It is said he summoned stars that shone with daylight to blind the drow and silence the priestess of Lolth, buying time for the defenders to flee. With another word he transported his group of flying avengers towards the portal but not before they managed to grab a fallen comrade each and throw him/her over their Pegasus.
Lord Omega you might ask where was he? Why he was made a giant as well through magical means and if it wasn’t for his efforts that Giant Spider construction that Pimfire slowed would have eventually blocked the portal but Omega picked it up and twirled it around smashing drow and their minions alike only to hurl it at the massive Arach-Zanilith temple which was lumbering forward. Yes he hurled a giant spider at a massive spider folks much to Lolths priestess woe. Somewhere you know Lolth must have smiled for the chaos and irony of such an act but don’t mistake he’s probably on her most wanted list for such a sacrilegious act.
Finally as the last stepped through the portal it closed upon the face of Arach-Zanilith itself gouging part of it’s face off and dropping it into the Lake the survivors found themselves in. They had arrived to a safe haven, heaven or Celestial in fact for before them was Mount Celestia.
Among the confusion the group was given a moment to speak with Midael who gave them the vital information on the orb of protection they had been seeking along with help reaching Arvandor for a moment so that seed from the Tree of Life could be planted. It was then he informed the group of Clearices corruption from a demon lord and seen only an elf could perform this act Xavier a half-elf was given leave to step through a portal and plant the seed releasing the elven souls which he did before stepping back through the portal.
Now you might think there deeds stopped here? you would be wrong for with a moments warning they were told the Gods themselves wished to speak with the mighty hero’s.
Stepping forth from the mists which came up to surround them were Moradin, The Red Knight, Tymora, Waukeen, Lathander, Chauntea, Tyr and Torm. Each of the hero’s was greeted by one or more of these gods.
Sir Pimfire Tyndal watched as Tymora herself greeted him with admonishment for calling on her all the time, then for not calling on her enough in recent times since she’d grown fond of him. She took his lucky coin and upon inspecting did indeed pronounced it lucky and decided to keep it for herself but in exchange she gave him a special coin of her own with her face stamped upon it and instructions to call upon her favor more often. With a single kiss to his cheek she left. His heart lurched for while he says he has met many a beauty in his time including Selune herself none could match the love and tenderness that Tymoras kiss left upon his cheek and heart.
Lord Omegasun was greeted by the Red Knight and told she is pleased for his power in battle in her father Tempus name, She asks that he disarm and he does only to watch as she picks up his Flachion and drives it straight into his chest! A moment of shocked silence by the hero’s as Omega stood with his own sword through his chest before everyone realized he wasn’t dead nor bleeding! As the sword is withdrawn from his chest a tattoo can be seen of the Red Knight herself and she swears no mortal blade shall penetrate his flesh easily.
Lady Clearice Eilif ex-follower of Chauntea now priestess of Waukeen stood humbled before the gods and goddess for upon arriving at Mt. Celestia Clearice could only feel pain and remorse for the horrible acts she had committed during that battle feeling the slimy taint of Graz’zt having corrupted her even as she burned in the waters of Mt. Celestia undeserving of her rescue. She sat feeling the burn of the Light on her freshly blistered skin realizing how much of a cretin she must seem like. Then when she was asked of the seed of the tree of life she felt even more ashamed being under the eye of an angel as he commanded her comrades to deliver the seed in her place only solidifying her feelings of depravity and self-loathing at what she had done. After the delivery of the seed, she could hardly believe what she was hearing from this Angel. He said the gods wished to have an audience with us.
She knew of course that she should not be another gods presence being now only fit for Graz’zt himself at this point and immediately threw herself to the ground in prostration to the beings of goodness and light that were to be here in but a moment. She did not react to the heartwarming moments between the others and their patrons as she felt she was undeserving to gaze upon such things at this point. When she finally felt the presence of her own deity she raised her head only to affirm what she felt she deserved as the last remnants of the light were stripped from her as Waukeen turned her back on her craven priestess. Even though she had seen it coming Clearice could not have prepared for the feeling of fear and pain associated with the loss of her divine grace. This was also coupled with the feeling of loneliness and trespassing as she sat in such a divine place while being such a despicable creature.
This feeling was not the end of her torment as Lathander stepped forward looking down upon Clearice making her feel like an insect before the might and grace of a mountain. He spoke of the wickedness that Clearice had performed but she had been unaware of the true evils she had performed as Lathander restored her memories of her month in service to Graz’zt and the abominable acts she had performed in his name and the innocent souls in which she had taken and sacrificed never to be given proper rest till the end of time. He also showed Clearice the true grotesque visage that was Graz’zt piling on more horror for the acts she had committed during that month and giving a new sickening layer to the vile corruption that coats her being and soul like a viscous oil. After being shown the truth of her actions Clearice felt only a hollow emptiness in her being having already been abandoned by her goddess and now being shown how deeply she has been corrupted she felt as if she were alone in a swirling bit of chaos like her own personal Island of the Abyss for which she felt she deserved, solitary and confined to stay here until the end of time never granted rest such as the souls she had destroyed. She felt irredeemable that nothing she had done could ever be forgiven but in this nearly endless moment of torment upon the sea of darkness surrounding her, she could see a light growing in the swirling mass of endless darkness. This light kept growing until she was truly blinded by it and the darkness was gone as if it had never existed.
This Light was the true form of Lathander in all of his brilliance and perfection. As she tried and failed to shield her eyes from the brilliance of the light she heard a voice. “Do you wish to seek redemption for your sins?” Clearice still could not see how she could ever be redeemed from what she has done but the warmth and brilliance of the light gave her a faint hope that maybe just maybe things could be made right. “Yes.” with that single word the Light faded into the form of Lathander towering before Clearice the taint of Graz’zt having been washed away leaving only the horrible memories as a testament to her sins burning freshly in her mind. As she rose from her knees she felt the void in her being filled by a new Light as she witnessed Chauntea step forth with Tyr. She felt sadness as she saw her old patron goddess knowing that she has failed her as well with her past deeds and vowed once again to seek atonement for the horrible acts she performed. Of course, Chauntea was not here for her but for Xavier as she said a single beautiful tear for him before turning away. This tear struck hard into Clearice as it must have with Xavier as she had let her down as well. Xavier’s sentencing for his actions was harsh but merciful and showed Clearice the true mercy of the Gods that neither of them were denied a chance at redemption. She told herself she would not squander such a precious gift as she accepted the scroll case with the information about the orb of protection that needed to be delivered.
Xavier Cross stood there unaware of what was to befall him. When the gods came and bestowed the gifts on Dalarn, he was happy for his friend, especially when he saw that his parents were there. When Tymora came and talked with Pim, he was sad that she didn’t seem to notice him, but got over it. He was shocked when Omega got stabbed and then happy for his reward. Scared for Clearice when her god turned away from her and happy that she wasn’t insta-killed by her new god. Sad when Chauntea shed a tear and then turned her back on him stripping him of his powers as a Paladin for he had committed a heinous act of killing an innocent dwarf who was turned into a beholder despite protests and warnings from his allies. Tyr himself sat in judgement over him ready to deliver a verdict of guilty when Torm stepped forth and offered him a chance at redemption by giving up his worldly things, atoning for his past and taking up the mantle of a paladin of Torm to fight in his name. Sacred of the sentence Tyr would bring he accepted the conditions of Torm and Tyr warned him not to falter in his duties as there would be no more chances from his Justice.
Sir Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe of Clan Ironstar first thought was that he had failed and they had all died. Especially after the Solar apologized before they showed up. So he was in awe but also relieved when the spoke to us. Moradin destroyed Ebony Shadow a powerful axe he was using which saddened him, it had over a thousand years of Dwarven history and had held up well for him. It also seemed to be a waste of Dwarven craftsmanship and the legacy of its maker. Moradin empowered his ancestral axes and told him never to use any other weapons but these. Then Moradin gifted him with a visit from his parents souls. He actually shed a tear when he seen his family, and was honored beyond words at it. As far as everyone else went he was shocked and confused by Omega’s stabbing till he seen he was okay. He was indifferent to Pim’s but it seemed to make Pim happy so Shrug. He was glad to see Clearice cleansed, as he had suspected she was under an evil influence, since she could cast like she was and had not spoke of difficulty getting her spells while in the demon web pits. He was vindicated by Xavier’s situation. He remembered the remorseless death of one of his kind at Xavier’s hands and had not forgot or forgave it himself.
Then my friends the hero’s left Celestial along with the remains of the Kandelspire citizens and lead them here to Ravens Bluff. That is how Clan Glimmering sword once thought lost found it’s way back.
1 recommendation from Semmunsal Silverspear, Cornel of the Highbank Forest Elves, to any knighthood
Omegasun and Dalarn
Griffon Feather Necklace (Griffon): This necklace is adorned with the purest feathers from a noble griffon mount. This honor is awarded for a knight’s actions of reckless courage that inspires others to accomplish a great victory over a powerful enemy.
Golden Crest(Phoenix): This honor is a large gold charm of an ornate shield with the heraldic symbol etched on it. It is the highest honor given by the Knights of the Phoenix; this honor is bestowed upon a knight who travels to the Planes in order to thwart a plot against the city of Ravens Bluff. The knight involvement must be a critical part of the success of the mission and without that involvement the plot would have succeeded.
Pimfire and Xavier
Ivy Crown (Military): Awarded to an individual knight (not a unit) for actions taken behind enemy lines that result in the rescue and return of a friendly unit, which would otherwise have been destroyed.
Past Honors earned
Dalarn Runeaxe for basically 1v1ing a Cornugon
Griffon Lance (Griffon Claw): This masterwork lance (type is knights choice) is made from a solid piece of ironwood and is considered of excellent quality. It is awarded to a knight defeating in one-on-one honorable combat a foe who is significantly more powerful than her.
Clearice for the Cornugon fight
Brass Talon: This honor is a finely crafted brass charm of a phoenix talon reaching out of a flame. It is bestowed upon a knight whose direct action resulted in the defeat of a free-willed planar creature that threatened the city or populace of Raven’s Bluff. Damn dimensional anchor.
Sir Omegasun, Lord of Ravens Bluff, Leader of the Midnight Menagerie, Senior Corporal of the Harbor Patrol, Knight of the Griffon, and Battle Commander of the Red Knight
Blessing of the Red Knight
- Primary Weapon – +1 enhancement bonus.
- Chest Tattoo of a Red Knight – DR 10/magic
Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe of Clan Ironstar, Son of Conloch and Isabold, Brother to Gethfrik, Friend to Clan Brightsword, Savior of Clan Glimmering Sword, Alaghor of Clangeddin, Defender of Ravens Bluff, and Squire to the Knights of the Griffon.
Axes of the Mother
- magical transference of all the properties of Ebon Shadow to your +2 Ancestral Dwarven Waraxe and an additional +1 enhancement bonus
- your +2 Holy Ancestral Waraxe gains an additional +1 enhancement bonus
Sir Pimfire Tyndal, President of Dirgeflame Consortium, Scholar and Loremaster, Defender of Ravens Bluff, Knight of the Golden Rooster, and Proud Father
- this copper coin depicts a kissing face on one side and hugging arms on the other.
- It confers sonic resistance 15
- it also confers the powers of a Stone of Good Luck upon any devout worshiper of Tymora who possesses it.
Lady Clearice Eilif, Priestess of the Light, Defender of Ravens Bluff, and Squire to the Knights of the Phoenix
- The return of the lost memories of your time with Graz’zt and of the atrocities you committed in his service
- Alignment is changed to LG
- Must spend the rest of your life trying to atone for the things you’ve done
Xavier Cross, Paladin of Torm, Defender of Ravens Bluff, and Squire the the Knights of the Phoenix
- Must give away all you possess to strangers who have nothing to retain your Paladin abilities
- Must accept no charity from others
- Must never own more the you can carry on your person (extra-dimensional spaces are cheating)
- Must always display courage in the face of danger
- Must use only the items provided by Torm until you earn better through deed or action (1 set of basic clothing, suit of chainmail, shield, and a +1 longsword)
- Must never harm an innocent for any reason. Harm caused for the “Greater Good” is justification for those who lack the courage to find a better way. There is no “Greater Good”, there is only GOOD.