The veil has once again settled in and wrapped its dark arms around Raven’s Bluff. A few of the Menagerie and I were strolling the streets trying to make sure the peace stayed even though those of us in the watch were off duty. The city had been placed under a type of quarantine by the veil no one could see to get out or come in and it was dangerous to pass through not knowing where you could end up. Through the crowd burst a large playful Collie running around in circles looking rather confused and started running off again. Our Ranger and a few of us knew too well that animals acting strangely with never a good sign so we followed him. Baldor was able to corner I’m just long enough to cast speak with animals he explained to us that the animal needed to go home he was being called home . just then we were stopped by a great man well armed and dark armor and bearing the symbol of the Raven Knights. The Black Knight, Knight Commander of the Raven Knights. Well we stop to speak to him we lost sight of a collie. The Black Knight instructed us that we were being requested to investigate a great number of disappearances in the city people from all over world just vanishing in the middle of the night over the last few days. There were sightings of shops abandoned, plates of food left half-eaten as if they were just pulled out of this plane. He gave us a wand of polymorph self explained that all we had to do with say the words Black Raven and the type of animal we spoke next was what we would turn into it would only work on regular common animals. Just then the knight howled in pain and contorted and shrank into a black lab and ran off into the night. we followed through the throng of people again.
As we rounded a corner there was a large group of elves taking furniture out of a small shop lots of furniture. we address the elves and ask them what their business was here explaining that they were there to pick up furniture that was owed them after a bit of banter back and forth we finally came to understand that the wood used to make the furniture was taken from the High Bank Forest. Recently this area was settled by a group of elves led by the Coronal Lord Silverspear. Diplomatic channels with the self proclaimed leader have not been officially opened, as far as I know . After speaking to Fantassimil the spokesman for the group and presenting documentation from the Coronal, requesting that they return the furniture made from the absconded lumber. I agreed to let them leave and that I would file the proper paperwork to let our government understand what is going on.I also made it very clear that such matters should be gone through proper channels in the future.
Now with two missing dogs one; likely both, powerful citizens of the city missing. Morrin took it upon himself to a sheppard’s hound. His sable coat with a saddle of black and white shone in the pale moonlight peeking through the thinning veil. He didn’t seem drawn like the others and we followed his sense around the city . We were led to what seemed to be an old pet shop obviously closed for some time. We all stood outside and tepal crossed the threshold nothing seemed odd except she suddenly started having a conversation. She discussed something about a squirrel possibly buying one. I became concerned that she was under some spell and crossed the threshold.
Tim’s pet shop was as charming and wonderful as any you could imagine. I recalled childhood dreams of a place where any animal could be taken as a lifelong friend and companion. Tepal plunked down 15 gp in to Tim’s hand as he beamed at us. Hand is his name he said and talked in depth about his care. Tim Turned to me and we discussed the best option for my animal companion. He insisted on a goat of all things. Why do these goats always show up in my life. “Rupert” entertained me on father’s farm growing up and learning Tilla and Tillie had left the City to train with a Gnomish Coven to battle something rising in the eastern hills, I was not totally opposed to the idea of having a goat around. I handed the 15 pieces of gold we agreed upon and went back outside with my new friend.
“Beauty” vanished as soon as I crossed back out into the busy street. As I looked back to the shop I understood the confused looks on my compatriots faces that I saw from inside the store looking out the display window past the cage of kittens. A before I went in I saw again Tepal talking to ..no one. Now there was 30 pieces of gold lying in front of her and the scattered dust where I stood a few moments ago. I didn’t like the disappointment or the lie. I stilled myself and drowned out everything around me with silence. I walked back across the threshold confident that what I was seeing was all a lie. A voice wailed in my mind, “ Don’t do that I like it this way”. I mentally pushed through and again saw the empty room no animals Just Tepal, the money and I. Then Tim appeared again but only as a shadow of what we had seen before he explained that he was killed by orcs just outside the city and he was never laid to rest so he kept doing what he knew. In his initial rage and the release from the haunting he aged me ten years in just a moment. Now he was resolute in his peace and passed on to the plane of his god. Thankfully we had put away a potion that restored my age to its natural progression.
While we discussed our next option Morrin became agitated and started barking at Dannel who twisted and fell to all fours cringing in pain as he turned into a tawny and grey terrier the size of a housecat. He ran off, we followed. With Morrin’s new nose we were able to follow him all the way to an open field filled with hundreds of dogs. Using the wand one at a time we changed our selves to blend in. Faldor became a sledding dog of the great north, Silver mottled and eyes the blue Morrin’s lightning magic. Tepal’s hair lightened and covered her body in fur the golden fur the color of sun drenched wheat. When she sat back on her haunches it almost looked like she was smiling ready to retrieve her master’s fallen duck. As for myself I chose that of the great black dogs ridden by the halflings in the mountains to the north east. As we talked to the other “dogs” all we got out of them is that they were being called home. Every dog distinct no two alike and to my untrained eye looked like a perfect specimen of its breed and coloring.
Then a portal opened. With no warning a swirling vortex, to where? we had no idea. The canine cloud began to bilow through as natural as a leaf on a wind. After looking at each other and taking a cautious pause we went through as well.
I am not sure what happened next but we woke in a cage one of possibly a thousand cages. Dogs in cages from one end of the room to the other and near to the ceiling. We realized a very excitable ratter he was splattered with black and tan it was Mok but like the others he was mainly trying to be home but now just confused. A great mastiff of a hound looked down at us and asked where we were from. His eyes bulged in opposite direction in a way that nauseated even my current stomach. He explained we were in Zakhara, also known as the Land of Fate we were thousands of miles from home but at least on the same plane. We dismissed the magic of the wand and returned to human size this send a cascade of cages falling but thankfully no animals were hurt. With Mok and Dannel still enchanted we went in search of our captor. The guards coming in the room seemed like a good way to do that we had seen them patrolling and looking around the room earlier.
We shortly came face to face with Sultan Hilru al-Brengath I requested he explain himself for the abductions transmutations and what his end game was. He was offended and confused. We started over with proper greetings and he explained that he had no idea what all these dogs were doing in his palace. The massive dogs with the bugged eyes had told us there was a Djinni of some kind floating about earlier before we arrived. He explained he “wished” for an animal to represent his rule. The Sultan was not pleased and allowed us a symbol of his office. This allowed us to pass freely about the palace and went in search of the “dao” name Effin Heave. We came upon the Dao in question in the Library calmly reading. We explained the confusion. Effin was unconcerned and bitter as his contract was with the father the previous Sultan who died young and was now stuck with the current Sultan for 15 more years. He said he would return everyone to human form and reverse the portal to send everyone home. If he was released from his contract. I was in the middle of Saying, Alright, we’ll talk to the Sultan.” At the word “alright” he thanked us for agreeing and left.
The Sultan was not entirely pleased but took the loss of his servant well as his wishes were turned on him regularly. We all returned home with the citizens in tow. We returned and accompanied The Lady Devillars back to her Estate. There she awarded each of us with a pearl necklace from her own collections and each a potion to mend wounds .
Knights Council Meeting; I was inducted as a full member of Knights of the Griffon
Creation Mok gave me the items he had been working on since I was weakened in Ren’s Mansion. +2 int, +2 cha, +2 dex items created that all but wiped out my savings and the necklace I just got. Morrin finished the enchantment on the Shield made from the White Dragon Scale He and I led the mission to slay after chasing off the Prankster Ice Mage. I was Awarded the Griffon feather Necklace.
1500 Gp Pearl Necklace for each of us
A Potion of cure light wounds for each of us