Ravens Bluff, The Living City

Ascension Continued

Players Present : Rowan, Mok, Ellie, Dresden, Bela Frandor
Players Absent: None

So the Efreeti lord teleports the group within 50 feet of the Armor of Bane The group appears outside the south gate. The city is under attack and the gates are broken. The city defenders are being pushed back by a couple of lightning giants, a Blue Dragon, and Thunderhips as well as a platoon of Bugbears and Lizardmen.

The front lightning giant is wounded pretty badly, and the city was trying to hold, but it went poorly. The group starts attacking from behind, taking down a lot of the bugbears and lizardmen. But the giants and Thunderhips and his ride are doing a lot of damage. Finally the group takes down one lightning giant, and Mok was invisible flies at Thunderhips knocking him off of the dragon. Falling down to the ground, they now have a target they can attack. Yet most can not, he has a spell which does not allow people to approach him. After much ranged fighting, the group kills thunderhips. The jewel is pressed to the armor, and it s destroyed. Magic can flow about the city again, people can teleport. Although the south gate is still detroyed and the south gate has become a magic dead area, and the cloud of dust that went up, fell upon almost all in the city, and now magic items can not be crafted by those in the city. An avatar of Mystra appeared for maybe all of 5 seconds, thanked the party for destroying that abomination of magic, and went on her way.


Players Present : Rowan, Mok, Ellie, Dresden, Bela
Players Absent: None

Our group has a dream, a terrible dream that causes them to wake up sweated. In the dream a cottage in the woods outisde the city was being attacked. The actor was an efreeti, and his friends, he breaks open some bottle, and out comes another efreeti. Just then a gnomish wizard appears and fights off the efreeti, all but one, that ends his life, leaving the efreeti, that was broken out of the bottle, left to kill this one remaining efreeti. After that, he turns to the party and says, I need your help. All wake from the dream.

The group wakes up and shares their dream and decides to set off for this cottage. It’s over a day outside of town, and it passes uneventfully, other than some worshippers of Kossuth that want to share their fire at night, and who are going to the city to make some money. Dresden isn’t happy about the fact that they will work for whomever pays them the most money, but they are not really enemy combatants, at least not yet, so there is nothing that can be done. They set off early in the morning, and the group continues on.

Finding the cottage exactly as they expected it to, there is an Efreeti, named Maelstrom trying to load the gnomes coffin into a cart with some mules, which will have none of it, since he is a creature of fire. They go inside, and talk to the efreeti, and they are told about the fight, and that the gnome, Yadzooks will appear in the morning and tell the story of his death. They group waits for this vision.

In the morning they are told how he was part of an adventuring group, and all but he and one other are dead, and that he wants to be buried with the rest of the group. While the efreeti says he was in hiding from the other efreeti, but now that the large one is dead, there will be a power struggle for a new leader, and he can not stay, he needs to get back and help his uncle. The group agrees to take the gnome into the forest to be buried. During the night there is another dream, and a jewel that the efreeti, Maelstrom gave his friend, was actually something needed for the succession of the Efreeti in the City of Brass.

On the way, where the forest should be, there are only hewn trees, apparently for the war effort. They meet a ranger, doing penance for allowing harm to come to the forest, and he is replanting trees. He asks each person to plant one, and tells them a story about each tree they plant. The group says farewell and continues on.

The group continues on finding a group of elves that Yadzooks had befriended, they have a celebration for the group for bringing him to them for his last rite, and in the morning, sends the group on the final leg of the journey to the grove. As they group heads in, a group of manscorpions attacks them and the party dispatches them.

Finding the grove, the group is blocked by a barrier of vines and leaves, here the earlier ranger Saryl gave them all a clue on how to get in, you needed a leaf from a tree that matched the race of the person. The group gathers them and heads in.

In come the elves and visages of the dead companions welcoming Yadzooks Gadzooks home. All goes well and the group leaves, except Efreeti show up wanting the jewel. Maelstrom appears and the party fights on his side against a half a dozen Efreeti and nightmares on the other side. The group wins, Maelstrom takes the jewel, and Maelstrom’s uncle is the new leader.

They return and offer the jewel back to the party. Apparently the jewel can destroy a magic item, of great power if need be, and if they party wants it to destoy the armor of Bane, they can borrow it. But that is a story for another time.

A Test of Fates Strength
LC3-62 (Fate#1)

Players Present :Al’Eli-ane, Sir Dresden Drumheller, Kodaly Bela, Mok, Rowan Titansbane,

NPC’s : Madame Coth – Tailor – selection of priest of Sunee clothes has a job
Isabella – Madame Coths Helper
High Revelmistree Shanna Aslaros

Enter a gypsy to start us on our quest “Please goto Madame Coth’s as she has a problem for you to help her solve.”
We head on over being led by Mok . As we get to Madame Coth’s Shop we are greeted by Isabella , Madame Coth’s apprentice/helper. Isabella informs us that Madame Coth is at the temple of Lliira (lie ra). We have a cup of tea while we wait for Madame Coth to show up. After about 1 hour we decide that we should head over to the temple.
As we arrive at the Temple there is a festival going on there. High Revelmistree Shanna Aslaros is the host of the party at the temple. As we enter the temple certain folks, Mok, Al’Eli-ane, Bela seem to be affected by a spell that makes us want to dance and carry on. We dance for hours on end, approximately 2 hours, eventually we make our way out after finding out that Madame Coth never even went there and that we went to the wrong temple. We are all fatigued :( Isabella should have sent us to the temple Leira (leer’a)
Mind you we did get the following bonus’s from dancing in the temple :
+4 to save vs any fear, pain, hopelessness or anger this adventure
Once we arrive at the temple of Leira we see that is in complete destruction except for 4 mirrored doorways, 3 with color 1 clear, colors are blue green and red in the only uncluttered or damaged area in the temple.
As we enter the temple a Magic Mouth speaks up and gives us clues to the mirrors to enter the correct one to save Madame Coth.
We finally figured out after a few minutes of much conversation that Madame Coth is in the “clear”/white glass area. We all go thru and see Madame Coth caught up in chains. We eventually break her free, after Al’Eli-ane herself gets caught in some (he he), and she leaves via a ring portal spell.
Inside this room we find : scroll of protection from Devils, magic Missle scroll 9th level, potion of Cure Serious, Potion of Strength – Hill Giant 2d4 rounds, Bastard Sword +2 on bodies in a room
We then leave this room to go thru another portal only to be greeted by a Death. The Death character points at Al’Eli-ane and says “I am come for you!” The party attacks the Death only to find out that if you attact it it splits off another one to attack them.We wind up being attacked by 4 Death. After a long battle we eventually defeat the last Death.
When the last Death disapears we get a devil that asks a question that we must answer correctly we get 6 mins to give the correct answer.
This is the riddle we received :
“The rules are very simple. I will ask you a question. You then have six minutes to discuss the answer amongst yourselves. At the conclusion of that time you will give me an answer. Are you ready? The question is:
The path of life is strew with challenges,
workers toil, hands grow callused.
A reading of cards spread out on a table,
Look closely at them, while you are still able.
The man on my right held five cards with three ace,
While the lady to my left a straight from her to her face.
A vampire sat close to the lady, his hand a high flush to a delicate stone,
A foolish gnome sat two seats to my right, his hand he folded with only a pair of his own.
Now, no one held a card under an eight, and the only king sat in my plate, the aces had friends, two lovely eights.
The lady to my left held five lonely clubs. Now I won this hand, and if you are able, please tell me the hands that played at this table?”
We got it wrong. As we went to rest in the area we got ported back to our rooms, so we could not finish the area
The next day we see Madame Coth and she gifts us with a bolt of silk cloth for each of us in a colour that we wanted and 60 GP each.

Orcs Galore
War #5

Players Present: Ai’eli-ane, Bela, Dresden, Mok, Rowan

Players Absent: None

In an earlier adventure our intrepid group met up with a ranger of the city, Sir Roger D’Morlain. At that time he had found a valley of orcs that has lived undisturbed for over a century. How they managed we have no idea.

Today General “Ogresbane” conscripts the party into helping out about the orcs. His real name is General Briandon Obespieri, but again, people just call him Ogresbane. He drills the party for a week and then sends them to see Sir Ranger to gain some information, and then their mission will be to find the lost valley of the orcs.

The party is off to see Sir Roger, D’Morlain. (photo from last winter!)
He draws a map on how to get to the area, or at least as best he can since it has been several months and now things are finally being followed up on. He gives what information he has, and the group is to set off. Before the City can get out of the city, the temple of Selune is under attack.

Our heroes find the temple under assault but there is a Lieutenant of the enemy. Thunderhips was leading an attack and where he succeeded in all but destroying the temple, and ending the life, or stealing away Mirial from us. At this point she is presumed dead. The menagerie killed off some of the attackers and then Thunderhips grabbed a few of his troops, and Word of Recalled out, somehow able to teleport about when we could not. After saving whom they could, the group sets off.

The trip was frought with danger, and the group managed to avoid a patrol of the enemy that might have made the mission impossible had the enemy known we were in the area. Eventually they come to an enemy camp in the road right where the entrance to the hidden valley is. Well with spells and silence the group sneaks in the entrance.

Here they are approached by a group of enemy orcs, but upon parlay they are the orcs the group is looking for, but the orcs think we are the enemy. They eventually agree to let us see their leader and that we are a different group of outsiders. Some of their people are trapped/captured by our mutual enemy and we want to help, but they refuse because we are not family.

Well we figure out that we can become family, by going through a ritual that all of their children go through when becoming adults. The ritual shall remain secret, and is not for the outside world to know or understand, but at the end, we are a part of the tribe. All know bear the mark of the trible, a scar/burn in the shape of a tusk on the left hip.

Now we can help rescue the trapped members, this is actually a very easy task with the help of the tribe, and we bring everyone back safe, and chase off the enemy. We are told to come back and speak to the orcs when the time is right, and they will help with pushing the enemy out.

All members are discharged from the army honorably and the city thanks us and pays us for our service.


The Search for the Truth

Players Present: Kodaly Bela, Tepal, Morrin Telemnar, Sir Dresden Drumheller

Presented by:
Mr Pointy and his familiar Mok the Powerful Wizard

Act I:
At an emergency meeting with Judge Rupert T. Hangman and acting mayor Belanor, our band of adventures were given details of the problems the city is facing and how they feel the adventurers might be of service. After Belonor left to meet with enemy leaders outside the city, Judge Hangman impart a few additional words of encouragement and told them the real reason they were called upon. With that the faithful band of heroes set out to find evidence of Belanor’s involvement in the kidnapping of Lord Mayor O’Kane.

Act II:
Of course nothing is ever that easy for our heroes. In route to Belanor’s room at the Sleepy Dwarf tavern chaos ensued. They upon a detachment of city guards being forced back into a small building by a large hoard of ethereal spiders . Many had already fallen to the deadly creatures, including the great Sirrus Melandor. Hey, didn’t he die once before. Oh well, I guess he was only “mostly dead” that time. Even after killing the foul beasts the party had no time to recover. Smoke began rising from a nearby building. A fire here could spread to the entire district and it is up to them to rescue those still trapped in the building as well as put out the fire. Real shame Mok wasn’t there with the staff of fire extinguishing. Of course our companions saved the poor souls trapped within and thru great effort saved the district from fiery death.

Act III:
Finally making it to the Sleepy Dwarf Tavern and a bit of searching the 1st clue of Acting Lord Mayor Belanor’s involvement was found. Moving on to Belanor’s official government offices more damning evidence was recovered including some burnt papers. Belanor was either the worst war mayor ever or he was working for the enemy. I’m thinking both are true. After returning to Hangman with the evidence and a bit of help from Hathmar Blademark to mend the burnt scraps of paper, the party recieves it’s final order. Arrest Acting Lord Mayor Belanor. DUN DUN DUNNN….

Act IV:
Warrant in hand the band caught up to Belanor at the North Gate. He had returned to the city void of the remaining diplomatic members that traveled with him to the enemies camp. When presented with his arrest warrant he first tried to talk his way out of it. That didn’t go so well. Left with no way out he proceeded to try killing everyone in sight, including the dozen city guardsmen in the area. Fortunately the reverent of Sirrus Melandor showed up and protected the guardsmen from Belanor’s wrath. Quickly beaten down by our heroes Belanor was taken into custody.

Act V:
It seems that the enemy enchanted Belanor in some way, and that this enchantment could have possibly caused Belanor to turn the Mayor and other city leaders over to the enemy. Belanor was sentenced to 200 years in the Ilwater Prison while the investigation continues.

Experience: 3000+War

The Goods:
Potions – Fly, Neutralize Poison, Enlarge, Waterbreathing, Gaseous form, and Darkvision
Six diamonds worth 300 gp
Each recieved Sirrus’s ring of protection +1


Players Present: Sir Dresden Drumheller, Bela, Mok, Tepal
Players Absent: Morrin

Our intrepid party is summoned to the house of a wizard Vizren Zerstal at 13 N WIzard’s way, on a mission of great importance. Having nothing better to do, the group sets out immediately, with a newcomer, not yet a part of the group, named Gail Westwind, she is a gnome and she totes a couple of pistols, something not seen in these parts.

The wizard has a payment for a mercenary band hired for the city, to smash into the rear of the enemy. Gail is warned not to touch the box once it is closed or it might explode. The group has a few questions, but ultimately sets off through the sewers of Raven’s Bluff, the only seeming way into and out of the city at this point with it being under siege.

They head for the nearest sewer great, and meet an old acquaintance, Cudzu was just getting ready to go down into the sewers. They share news of the war, but Cudzu is heading in his own direction, to check on people down below.

They travel for a little, and suddenly for the second adventure in a row, they meet with a purple worm. The worm swallows Gail, and she starts blasting her way out from the inside. Then the worm picks up Dresden, but at this point the damage from the rest of the group sends the worm to its last rest.

Next they meet some Earthen creature who wants to play a game. His mane was Grumlumm. Ultimately the group feels it doesn’t have time for this and moves on.

They keep following the path and eventually they meet back up with the wizard who hired them who wants the box back. Here the wizard is an agent of Myrkessa Jelan, and stole some items in the bottom of the box from the Wizard’s Guild. and was trying to get items to his people. It was a long tough fight, with some spells not seen before going off, turning Bela Insane, and turning Tepal to stone. They bring themselves back to the city, and then some other known associates are outed as spies. Good work for the Menegarie!

Strange Bedfellows
lc 3-59 Ravenloft #6

Exploits of the Midnight Menagerie
Log Entry by [[:http://raven-s-bluff-the-living-city.obsidianportal.com/characters/848479 | Sir Dresden Drumheller ]]
Sergeant in the Sewer Brigade Division of the City Watch
Knight of the Order of the Griffon

Players Present: Content Not Found: 84879, Kodaly Bela(Applicant), Mok the Powerful Wizard, Morrin Telemnar, Westwind Gail(applicant)

With Faldor and Dannel missing and Gevus’s betrayal we realized we needed to make room to give opportunities to others and reinstate our reputation. An add was recently posted in the Trumpeter. Mok has been handling the groups finances and was not pleased with the number of letters purchased.

Need Coins?
Want to make a reputation for yourself?
Need a hand with those really big jobs?
Want to save the city every week?
Keep reading…

The Midnight Menagerie is looking for a few good adventurers to join our company. As a band of Knights, Squires, and one particularly powerful wizard we never go a week without work. We offer a wide range of benefits. Like access to the Company magical item stores, numerous crafters, raise dead spells should anything happen to you and more. The Midnight Menagerie Bylaws are on file at the Ravens Bluff Hall of Records. Applicants should expect to work 3 jobs for the company before acceptance.

Interested parties should meet our representatives at The Mayor’s Office currently office first thing in the morning.

We discussed the the terms of the charter with the two that showed up A tall male human, athletic and somewhat brooding.Kodaly Bela and Westwind Gail a Gnome of an inquisitive nature to say the least.

As we entered we were in no way prepared to see the Balor Vonduryxx before us.
After a few tense moments it was explained to us that he was here to assist in the war although he would not divulge his motivations. He was going to assist us to stop the gates coming into the city allowing the incoming creatures like those that had been seen taking the Lord Mayor.

Relarn Dayspring Chief Prelate supported idea as well as XXXXXXXXX I detected no evil from either of them one none of us understood completely. As we traveled with Vondryxx he offered us an "opportunity to each have a stone that would grant us luck in many things. And the opportunity to recover Faldor and Dannel from the Abyss. We were not so trusting even though this being had never “lied to us”. I could not in good conscience deal with it more than I had to. The sounds of Faldor’s and Dannel’s Torments broke my heart but I could not show it now. I will debate this with myself for some time to come. Morrin was the first to decline. We traveled in the underbelly of the city and aquired a blade that would aid Vonduryxx in the blood wars but would not harm us. And he sealed the breeches as promised. But as a price for not dealing with him he took Morrin back to the Abyss with him. We later found out that. The city officials that supported and talked us into this plan were not of this world and were imposters.

Morrin is gone
Picture note

100gp ea
48 p ea
Dagger 2 bane vs lg humanoids
+2 cloak
Staff of conjuration

Dark Maiden
LC 3-58

From the private notes of Bela

Don’t you know it. barely joined the city forces during the war, and we get leave. Of course, things aren’t ever exactly what you might expect them to be. Out of the three “packages”, it seems the “fun time at the Temple of Sune” was sold out. Not sure it’s exactly my wavelength, but it sure avoided some awkward discussions with the rest of the Menagerie. We settled for a lovely thee day spell at a forest glade, with promised star light. Guess what? We spent much of it underground! Ah well, I’m sure they tried. It’s not easy pleasing the dogs of war.

We arrived at said glade without problems. Lovely place, surrounded by quite a few massive stones that ended up being altars to Elistraee. I’m just about to explain this to the others when we get ambushed by a pair of landsharks. A call far too close for comfort – broke a leg and tore a muscle in my right arm, but by the grace of the Starlady (and the hands of Sir Dresden), we all survived. We end up dragging those ridiculously big corpses away from their dancing place, just as the drow arrive.

So, this is where things get funny. Seems the leader of these drow, a priestess called Phyrra Dalael, got herself abducted by their less wholesome kin, and they;‘d like to see her back. So far, so good – I can work with that. But they somehow think it inappropriate for us to doubt them somewhat, given that we can hardly guess which sides of the drow people we’re dealing with. Bit of a tense moment, there, but we acquiescence to helping them. Can’t really gainsay people trying to be free to dance under the stars.

It’s a pretty long trek to the cave system that leads to the priestess’s whereabouts. There’s the usual cryptic notes and puzzles (a rather entertaining cypher, translating to “I suggest the right passage when the number is prime”), and a slugfest with a purple worm. Given the number of those things around, you’d wonder whether they’ve made those entrances to the Underworld in the first place. Bunch of ghost spiders after that, but we brush them off; we have more important things to do, and time was becoming an issue.

The big finale was more than a little hazardous, and when we finally made it, it was by a hair. We got hammered, and that’s no joke. Big cave system where we are stopped, first, by a few knaves with polearms that we need to work our way past, while several wraiths suck at our souls. Painfully, the Menagerie’s own lovely Tepal (a fellow faithful of Lady Mystra) was unable to take leave of her temple work, so we lacked her gifts in fighting these menaces. We made it, but it was a harrowing experience. Of course, while we were battling those undead menaces, a false priestess (presumably the captor of Phyrra) was slinging her unholy gifts at us from the far other end of the cave. Not an easy way to get there without exposing ourselves to the undead.

In the end we make it, and manage to re-unite Lady Phyrra with her dancing troupe; they were even thankful. In all fairness, I cannot blame them for their reaction. They have been persecuted for their faithful conviction, meaning to harm; a measure of suspicion is probably what has kept them alive all these years.

Well, that was our R&R. I think we’re about ready for some nice, relaxing trench warfare at this rate.

Foolish Pride (Living City at War 3)
LC 3-56

Players Present: Kodaly BelaMok the Powerful WizardMorrin Telemnar

An Entry in the Journal of:
Morrin Telemnar
Captain in the Raven’s Bluff War College
Sergeant in the Scout Ranger’s Division, Raven’s Bluff City Guard
Squire to the Keepers of the Mystic Flame, Raven’s Bluff Knighthood
Adventurer for the Midnight Menagerie, Raven’s Bluff Adventuring Group

Were you expecting a story? Really now? You thought you'd come to this page and find something interesting to read. Like a story about how the Midnight Menagerie met up with a quiet fellow named Bela? How the Menagerie and Bella went on what was supposed to be a simple mission together to get supplies for the city. A mission which went off without too much difficulty but then transcended into chaos within the city itself. A mission which, at the end of it, resulted in the capture of a certain prominent figure within the city? No, come on now.

Oh? You really did come here for that. Well, okay then, I guess I will tell you how this adventure went then. Let us begin a tale of intrigue, of stolen foods and a starving city. Of monsters and men who would come to clash and how the Lord Mayor himself would go missing. Let us begin, shall we? 

It was a fairly normal day really, as normal as days get when the city is at war that is. Which is to say it was not a normal day. In fact, Mok and myself were heading to meet with the first new prospective recruit. A man named Bela, a man shrouded in mystery who I still feel I know so little about him. But, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Mok and I


Experience: 2100+War

The Goods:

  • Magical Pear (10 Level Lightning Bolt)-> Morrin
  • Magical Apple (7th Level D-Door)-> Bela
  • Magical Orange (7th Level Stoneskin) -> Bela
  • Magical Kiwi (9th Level Passwall) -> Mok
  • +2, Lawful Evil Bane Rapier (Gift from Ghaele) -> Morrin
Tears of Selune

Players Present: Tepal, Morrin Telemnar, Sir Dresden Drumheller An Entry in the Journal of: Morrin Telemnar Captain in the Raven's Bluff War College Sergeant in the Scout Ranger's Division, Raven's Bluff City Guard Squire to the Keepers of the Mystic Flame, Raven's Bluff Knighthood Adventurer for the Midnight Menagerie, Raven's Bluff Adventuring Group We quickened our steps as the rain began, quickly finding ourselves within the front entrance of the Temple of Selune. Once inside, the ambient lighting of the lanterns causing our eyes to take a moment to adjust. We are greeted and brought into a well used, but pleasant office. A women there, black hair and blue eyes, very pretty, Mirial Moonsilver, the newly raised High Priestess of Selune. She is pleasant but to the point with her request. Several murders have occurred recently, on the full moon no less. All of which took place within two blocks of the Temple of Selune or within the Temple's Poor House. All members of the temple had at various points had dreams in which they were the victims of the attack, but no one was able to see the creature clearly attacking them. Mirial seemed worried, Lycanthropy was suspected, a festival tomorrow night during the next full moon, worried that it will happen again: answers needed before then. We continued listening and questioning Mirial after agreeing to look into the murders. It was pleasant, seeing the relief on her face when we agreed to do it. After getting a list of witnesses we decided to speak with who we could. We took the steps, smooth with years of use, but sturdy as the faith of those in the temple down to the kitchen. There we spoke with two Priests who had been witness to one of the murders. The short of it was that they had stumbled onto an attack in progress, unfortunately they did not arrive soon enough to stop the victim from dying, but they did note that nothing was stolen (point of order: coins and potions had been stolen from several of the victims, though other valuables were left behind). Following our talk with Ed and Vera (the two murder witnesses) we decided to head home for the night to sleep on things. As we approached the front to leave we realized the intensity of the storm had picked up. With little else to do we took up an offer to stay at the temple overnight to wait out the storm. Over the course of the night something strange happened, Tepal, Dusk, and myself (though not Dresden) all had strange dreams. Dreams that were eerily similar to the ones that Mirial had spoken to us about before. Dreams that every priest(ess) in the Temple has had. I was falling, falling towards the Earth, peaceful at first and then all of a sudden I was no longer falling. There was a creature above me, unable to tell what it was, but it then attacked and killed me. Then I awoke. And then the world ended and we all died. What a tale, let me tell you.


Experience: 2300 + War Bonus


500 GP in Moonstone -> Each

Favor of Selune (CL 16) -> Each

Moon's Hand Mace (+2 Mace)-> Party Treasure

Two Potions of Moon Healing (4d8+4 once or 1d8 four times)-> Dresden, Morrin

1 Chiv Point-> Each


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