Players Present: Kodaly Bela, Omegasun, Rowan Brightsword, Jorktah (sorry if I misspelled this Frank!), Warhawk Starson, Tiberius
NPC’s Present: Charles Frederick LaVerne Blacktree IV, Lord Field General, Cyden, Deputy Mayor Such and Such, Mr Pointy, Myra, Hathmar Blademark
It was early mornin’, i had just come back from assistin’ Mok with some short business from out of tha city, I be informed by a somewhat curious yeng man that me presence be requested at tha office of Field General Lord Blacktree. Upon arrivin’ I find myself greeted by most of tha Menagerie, a few new members. I stand in tha doorway awkwardly for a moment before greetin’ everyone and goin’ ta find a seat. Seems thin’s had nae gone well for tha Menagerie on it’s last adventure while Mok and I were out. Tha wheel of life moves on and life sags with tha weight of time. But stone be resolute, time for us ta redeem ourselves.
I also met another Knight of tha city, Warhawk Starson, he seemed a nice enough fellow, a Paladin like Dresden, though perhaps a bit different in strict philosophical views I gathered. Either way, I did nae talk with him much, but he was greatly helpful upon tha adventure as I shall note. Apparently he had assisted on a previous mission that I did nae attend.
We be eventually invited in, inside we find Lord Blacktree, a Priest of Lathander named Cyden, and tha Deputy Mayor. We be informed that tha war nae be goin’ well, enemy has recently begun ta press it’s advantage against tha city. Surprisin’ly though Pirates have been helpin’ tha city by brin’in’ supplies ta us. Ir was also brought ta our attention that Divine Spells above 2nd level were nae currently functionin’, some sort of disagreement between tha various gods. Nae matter, as tha Midnight Menagerie we wou’ overcome any obstacle that laid between us and our goal.
As tha discussion took ta it’s main focus we learned that in a desperate bid tha city was plannin’ a Center Offensive in 7 days, in an attempt ta find ways ta bolster tha chances of success tha Deputy Mayor and Lord Blacktree had been seekin’ additional assistance. Which be where Cyden came in, he had experienced a vision from Lathander where a Dwarven Army was seen in an underground cave near three shrines ta three different Drow gods upon it. Tha vision gave Cyden tha knowledge that tha army cou’ be used ta help save tha city from Myrkyssa Jelan’s dark army. I must admit, it bothered me whiskers ta imagine an entire dwarven army underground just like that, an oddity. Even more strange, tha heradly seen by Cyden was that of none other than me newly formed ancestors, Clan Brightsword! It wou’ seem foolish ta assume any have survived, but chances be always abound, nae, it was best ta sit and wait. Trepidation and fervor be good when needed, but problematic when used without regard.
Upon some discussion we decide ta head ta Rift’s and tap Dresden’s new girlfriend (I shan’t judge), Myra for another guide. First stop was Midnight Keep, as we needed ta git into tha vault for some gems (those underground tend ta prefer them) for potential payments. Of course this meant findin’ Mok, which we did nae do, but we did find tha next best thin’, a certain Master Hedgehog name Pointy. This was nae before sittin’ down ta eat breakfast with Cyden though (we were waitin’ ta see if tha Powerful Wizard wou’ show himself). Durin’ breakfast Cyden “delighted” tha Menagerie ta a discussion on tha nature of torture. A fascinatin’ discussion, I’m sure, that I missed a great deal of while spendin’ time in tha little Dwarves room. But it sounded like Starson and Tiberius from what I heard got into it at one point. I’m sure tha others had their thoughts ta say as well. As for mine? Well, that’s for another time.
After Mr. Pointy showed up, though nae Mok, we acquired tha gems, saddled tha horses and were on our way. Leavin’ tha city through tha South Gate we traveled for roughly 20 miles. It was a day full of oddities as while one wou’ expect heavy enemy resistance durin’ tha travels we met none, in fact tha only thin’ that was seen was a Halflin’ boy who fled tha party. This lead us ta a group of travelers who were tryin’ ta make their way ta Raven’s Bluff. We tell them tha way be clear, offer them food, and a large Pavilion (courtesy of Sir Warhawk) for tha evenin’ before partin’ ways.
Eventually we make it ta Riff’s, meet with Myra, only ta find nae one around who ken act as a guide for us ta take us where we need ta go. This unfortunate bit of news was saved by tha timely arrival of none other than Hathmar Blademark, who we had inquired into previously. Apparently he was in tha area on his own business but had heard that we were lookin’ for him and had taken upon himself ta see what tha Midnight Menagerie desired. We request a guide and he humors us and agrees ta lead us for part of tha trip. Before leavin’ Cyden brin’s ta tha groups attention a third philosophical quandry, whether ye wou’ kill an unborn baby ta free a larger group of people trapped ta die in a cave? I believe tha majority of tha party voiced support for tha unfortunate activity, I myself included.
Oddly most of tha party, includin’ myself were quite famished at this point and continued ta be ta some degree or another, nae matter how much we ate. We were thankfully able ta brin’ enough food with us for our travel below tha surface ta sustain us though.
We continued on for quite a while under tha unerrin’ guidance of Hathmar before he finally left us. Continuin’ several members voiced suspicion that thin’s were nae quite what they seemed, though we had nae real proof of anythin’. Other than hearin’ tha presence of a Purple Worm (we think) crawl near us tha trip went uneventful. We eventually found tha cave with tha three shrines, at which point Cyden seemed ta become very agitated shoutin’ about his visions, runnin’ through tha room ta another beyond. We quickly followed after him, nae wantin’ anythin’ unfortunate ta happen ta tha poor Priest, where we find him standin’ in a large Cavern with a dropoff. Below we see tha bones of hundreds, if nae thousands, of dead dwarves. Tha ancient remains of clan Brightsword.
We be then informed by Cyden that he had nae be fully honest with us, that tha Dwarven Army was long dead and in order ta save tha city we wou’ need ta sacrifice ourselves ta brin’ them back. Bela stepped forth immediately, with tha rest of tha party soon followin’ suit, Rockcrusher and I givin’ our lives for our Dwarven brethren as well. Tha fall was quick and relatively painless from what I remember, I still have twin’es in me right arm from tha remembrance of landin’ on it.
Then we were nae more, and then we were everywhere. Our spirits fueled tha dead bodies of tha Dwarves and through what were assuredly powerful magics, tha dwarven army was on it’s feet again. Nae wastin’ any time we marched our Dwarves towards tha city, attemptin’ ta brin’ aid as soon as possible. Nae a moment too late did our forces arrive, able ta join into tha fray, some of us splittin’ into tha city ta clear it’s borders, tha rest workin’ ta hit tha enemies from tha flank and assist Lord Blacktree’s men. A slow battle ensued but tha combined might of tha city and Dwarven army was more than tha Dark Army cou’ withstand (we also had a Black Dragon assistin’ us for some reason, strange indeed) we routed their forces and helped save tha city.
Then we were alive again, strange it was, and Cyden was nae more. Tha party gathered itself and left through a secret entrance near tha cave ta be confronted by Cyden, only ta learn that he was an avatar of Lathander (which explained a lot). He thanked us and explained a few thin’s before teleportin’ us back ta tha city.
Once back at tha city we be greeted by Lord Blacktree who congratulates us on our actions and hands out awards and tha like.
+500 Gold→ Each
1x Cure Serious Potiion→ Each
Potion of Fly → Omega
Potion of Haste → Jorktan
Potion of Dragon’s Breath → Jorktan
Potion of Cure Serious → Bela
Holy Water (x5) → Bela
Ring of the Ram (10 Charges) → Omega
Boots of Springing and Striding → Tiberius
Banner of Clan Brightsword → Rowan (Grants a +1 Morale Bonus to nearby clan members).
Order of the Raven (City Honor) → Tiberius, Omega
Floral Crown (Knightly Honor) → Warhawk, Rowan, Jorktan