Ravens Bluff, The Living City

Eye of the Raven
LC5-122

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Player’s Present: Amuka, HK-58, Zimb, Michaela
NPC’s: : Ramsey Devillars, Revelmistress Rachel Arren, Kovos Dyrva owner of The Wyvern’s Nest, Drake Devillars the black knight, Green Bard, Bloody Fang, Sheenra “Shining Eyes”, Katelyn
Run By: Joe
Submitted By: Pimfire


REWARDS

2600 XP each

1,000g each from Drake the Dark Knight

1 Chiv point for each Knight or Squire this game
1 Harper Recognition point each

1 Blessing from temple of Lliira (can be used for a service at 16 lvl)
- Remove Blindness
- Remove Disease
- Remove Curse
- Transmute Stone to Flesh

Globe of Cirulon (10 charges) = Amuka’s Handy Sack – an extremely fragile crystal sphere embedded with chips of gold, copper, silver, brass, and bronze.
Once per day can cast Heal at 12th level for 1 charge.
User does NOT need to be a divine caster to use this item.

Ring of Life Protection (6 charges) = HK-58
This ring will negate the effects of 6 levels worth of level drain and then crumble to dust.

Goggles of Night = Zimb

Potion of Invisibility/Freedom of Movement = Michaela
2 doses, duration 10 minutes each, cannot be split up

Handy Haversack = Amuka

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Anduri's Wandering Conundrum
LC5-121

Players present:Sean(Veth) Michaela(T) HK-58(Robert) Zimb(Matt) Amuka(Scott)
Ran by (Joe)
Written by HK-58
Stuff:

3,375 xp

5 Pearls of the Marid (3 charges each)
Worth 1,000 gp (3,000 gp with all charges remaining)
Can cast the following spells at 26th level.
Each casting costs 1 charge

Pearl 1(Amuka) – Detect Evil, Detect Good, Detect Invisibility, Detect Magic
Pearl 2(Matt) – Invisibility, Liquid Form (as Gaseous Form), Polymorph Self
Pearl 3(Veth) – Purify Food and Drink, Gaseous Form, Water Breathing
Pearl 4(HK) – Lower Water, Part Water, Wall of Fog
Pearl 5(Michaela) – Water Breathing, Darkvision, Bull Strength

Staff of Conjuration (Veth)
13 charges, Cannot be recharged
This staff is made of walnut and bears ornate carvings of many different kinds of creatures. It allows use of the following spells:
Stinking cloud (1 charge)
Summon swarm (1 charge)
Unseen servant (1 charge)
Cloudkill (2 charges)
Minor creation (2 charges)
Summon monster VI (3 charges)

Wizard Conjuration Spells
Sorcerer’s may choose 1 to add to known spells.
Doesn’t count against Total Spells Known.
Mudball
Acid Arrow
Conjure Carriage
Minor Creation
Acidic Spray(Veth)

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To Hell In A Handbasket
LC4/5-120

Player’s Present: Mok, Morrin Telemnar, Pimfire Tyndal, Xavier Cross, Omega, Clearice, Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe
NPC’s: Regina Picklelow, Snell Sneer
Run By: Andy & Joe
Submitted By: Pimfire

Brief Note: Andy started this game on Dec 19th, 2017 but due to time was forced to finish on Jan 25th 2018 where Joe took over to DM for the final session. Morrin was present for the first half in Dec 19th but decided after New Years he needed to take a break due to life/work/time.

Dear Journal,

I find myself weary, nervous and exhausted from stress and worry. My journeys with the Midnight Menagerie have taken me to the celestial heavens and down into the literal hells but most of all they have brought me my daughter Amuka who has been a shining star that lights my way home after each adventure. Now I find she has run off with our junior group of explorers gallivanting all over town and getting into fights. What is a parent to do? I worry for her safety but I know she will not be a child forever.

I know that as a parent who is often absent out adventuring myself I have not exactly been the perfect role model for her yet I can’t help but be both proud of her daring do attitude and worried for her safety all at the same time. It does not help now that Xavier has grown younger! And tells me he is attracted to Amuka, I think he does this simply to get under my skin but if he does have intentions on my daughter he’d best watch himself. Wait can it be I’ve forgotten to tell the tale of how Xavier became a teenager again? Oh dearie me. Well I best put that story to paper.

It began like all others in the middle of the night a summons, off to a tavern this time the Sleepy Dwarf, where we meet with a member of the wizard guild named Regina Picklelow. She told us of a missing agent of theirs, held on the plane of Gahanna by agents turned evil named Snell Sneer who is reputed to be a powerful alchemist. Upon the plane of Gahanna is an army of fiends gathering to come through a portal that has appeared here in Raven’s Bluff. Our mission was to go through the portal and destroy it, recover the missing agent and stop Snell Sneer.

Just as we are about to leave some Duergoloths appear with their five arms and attack us in our tight quarters. Mok screams out they are poisonous, immune to poison and acid along with resistant to cold, fire and electrical attacks. We made short work of them and stepped through the portal.

We arrived on Mungoth (Gahanna) to falling acidic snow. Here divination spells only work if you stand in the dead entrails of a foe and elemental magic along and necromantic magic is more powerful, water based spells will not work here however. While most of us are entranced by the fiends found below fighting/training, I work to destroy the stockpile of weapons found nearby by dragging them one at a time to the portal and throwing them through. Meanwhile Dalarn realizes the portal is made of Ironwood and quickly sets to with an axe chopping the framework up destroying the gate and achieving one of our mission goals.

With the fiends, none the wiser for this act we move upwards on the mountainside until we reach a building. As we inspect the first floor we are teleported into what appears to be a garbage room when a wizard appears and threatens us, Dalarn threatens him back that he will stick an axe in his groin at which point the wizard disappears sticking some snake creatures upon us. We defeat them only to have a huge demonic hydra come through the walls spitting poison everywhere. A blade barrier from Clearice and some well-placed blows by Omega finish it quickly as the rest of the group rushes through the new entrance to a set of stairs out of all the poison I rummage through the garbage and hydra to find a scroll and a potion bottle.

We follow the stairs upwards into a room where the same wizard is torturing two humans, this wizard had a few henchmen and a demon. I had to flee the fight to regroup after blood was literally pulled from my body but came back to see/find that the wizard we fought was a homunculus and the real wizard was behind a fake wall. It was a tough fight but Dalarn fulfilled his promise as the wizard was bathed in a fire shield spell, blow after axe blow landed until Dalarn’s final blow to the wizard’s crotch dropped both him and the wizard. Clearice rushed over to heal Dalarn and put out the flames licking his body.

The missing agent was saved, we looted the wizard only to find a soul gem and a powerful staff, searching the rooms we find a alchemy lab. There unknowingly I concocted a strange potion that looked a lot like chocolate only to have that chocoholic loving Xavier grab it and drink it. As we, all watched in amazement as his facial, hair receded and his build shrink a bit. Turns out it, was some sort of longevity potion and made Xavier 10 years younger. So now, he has to go through puberty again. Clearice mixed up a quick concoction herself before Mok used a device to return us back to Raven’s bluff where the soul gem of the wizard was destroyed and we were thanked for our services.


Rewards

Potion of Climbing (4 doses) – Treasury
+10 for 1 hour per dose

Sword of Gehenna (Forged in Gehenna) – Treasury
+3 on Outer Planes
+2 on Astral Plane
+1 on the Prime
+0 on the Ethereal

Potion of Extra Healing – OMEGA got

Priest Scroll (12th Level) – XAVIER got
with Cure Critical, Cure Serious, Prayer

Ring of Protection +3 (Forged in Gehenna) – DALARN got
+3 on Outer Planes
+2 on Astral Plane
+1 on the Prime
+0 on the Ethereal

Gehenna Staff of Rapid Magery (2 charges) – MOK got
+1 staff on the outer planes. Using a charge makes a spell cast at the very beginning of a round. The staff crumbles to dust when no charges remain.

Bracers of Armoring +6 (Prime) – MOK got / traded his Bracers +5 into the treasury that he was wearing

Essence of Moon shadow (1 dose) – MOK got
Maximizes all arcane spells
Doubles duration of all arcane spells with a duration
allows its drinker to detect magic
lasts 6 minutes

Ring of the Eye – CLEARICE got
casts Prying Eye at 12th level 1/day

5 × 1,000gp gems EACH (We took 5000 gold from treasury each in exchange for the gems which went to Treasury)

15,000 XP each for this adventure

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Another Serious Matter
LC4- 119-2

Player’s Present: Mok, Morrin Telemnar, Pimfire Tyndal, Xavier Cross, Omega, Clearice
NPC’s: Asphometh, Lamaunia, Lord High Jackal High Priest of Set, The Seeker
Run By: Andy
Player’s Missing: Dalarn
Submitted By: Pimfire

Dear Journal,

It has been a long time since my last entry. I can only blame myself for being busy with patrolling the Underdark on behalf of Raven’s Deep and spending what free time I had with my daughter Amuka. Since her capture/rescue from the Triad’s she has begged to learn how to defend herself and has spent countless hours in study of the wizardly arts along with learning how to handle a dagger from Grink. I fear where this may lead her but I find I do not have the heart to stop her education, as I know no matter how much I may wish it I will not always be around to protect her. Especially since duty has been calling me away to various planes of existence and I never know if I will make it back home. Sigh. I wonder if this is how all parents feel towards their children.

Case in point us senior members of the menagerie were recently ushered to the wizard’s guild and to the tower of Prophecy. There a robed wizard was working on some strange formula that Omega tried to explain was wrong due to the use of letters in his mathematics. After we attempted to explain algebra to Omega the wizard told us that today was a “special” day in the universe and wanted us to travel to the Astral Plane to trade a box for another box to somebody called “the Seeker”. He mentioned someone who used to be called “Asphometh” is trying to become a God on the Astral Plane and we were to avoid him at all costs and not to wake the dead god Moander up. How you could do that, I will never know or care to know and hope no one knows.

Given some rubies and told that we could use them to return to our plane of existence and not to let them fall into anyone else hands we were whisked away to find ourselves floating in the Astral Plane. Since many of us had been here before it was moments before we had adjusted our way of thinking to move and speak and we set out to find this “Seeker”. Along the way we encountered some guards but an amulet we were given gave us safe passage and we made the trade safely. This “Seeker” was using some cosmic machine trying to catalogue its various effects and many of the menagerie offered themselves as Guinea pigs. Omega and Morrin did not seem to do anything untoward other then a stiff breeze for Omega. Mok gained the ability to calculate the value of an item at a glance, Clearice tried to take up acting (as if!) while Xavier ended up with a temporary tattoo, which faded. I refused to risk it as someone was bound to draw a short straw and end up being turned into a puddle of goo or some monstrous creature. With that, we left the structure and headed back towards our entrance on the Astral Plane.

We should have known it would not be that easy. As we exited the structure several Githyanki attacked us, after a brief struggle I attempted to use my ruby to return home only to creature some magical wave that gripped all of us and shunted us off into another plane of existence. Turns out it was Avernus, the first plane of Hell!

As we gathered our bearings an Angelic creature calling herself Lamaunia appears. She claimed to be the servant of a powerful merchant/wizard named Beliakas back in Raven’s Bluff offers to help us if we’d sign a contract promising a favor for this wizard. After Morrin and Xavier agree to sign the contract she offers us information on how to get our rubies back and return home. She explains we are on Mount Hellspeak overlooking the field of Megiddo where hordes of demons fight tanari in a never ending battle. Our rubies are in the Pit of Pestilence on the other side of the mountain. Which meant up and over a mountain and down into a dark pit of disease before we could return home.

Along the way something crazy happened to Mok and he tried to convince us to attack a group of wounded blue dragons we saw land upon the mountain. I figure kick em’ while they are down is a sound strategy but after a few moments he comes to his senses and we decide to avoid killing dragons here and pissing of Tiamat who Mok remembers resides in Hell somewhere.

We eventually reach the pit which has several dead bodies inside its first main chamber. After Clearice communes with one of the corpses it’s found out that they served Tiamat and where supposed to guard the pit. Something about a Balor attack and Batezu guarding the pit. He also tells us about a stash of coins he buried while alive but it’s too far away to risk the trek so we press onwards into the pit.

Eventually traveling through the smoky pit we encounter some Vrocks, Giant Bugs, Goristro and a Glabrezu. Omega managed to finish off a Goristro and saved the day when he charged back into the main fray after almost everyone had fallen from various wounds.

As we near a chamber there is an awful stench. Finally we find what we surmise to the be “the Pit of Pestilence” for in the middle of the chamber is a huge pit and we all start to feel nauseous and sick. Xavier manages to keep us steady and healthy as we examine some side tunnel before heading through a passage directly opposite we came in. After a while we all get the impression to turn back as it seems this tunnel I wished to explore first is leading nowhere but Mok confirms this is the right way and we continue onwards to find ourselves at the entrance to a temple chamber. Inside is a large statue of GRINK!

Inside a bunch of priests and warriors scream out “Infidels!” and attack us. Before I know what is going on Omega charged into the room screaming we should stop fighting! As I pass the doorway pain wracks my body and blood oozes out my nose. A demon slams into me as I sit atop Omega and I fall off him into unconsciousness. I wake up as healing magic floods into my body and the battle is raging. Omega is rushing around pleading for people to stop the violence. Seeing me he picks me up and brings me deeper into the room to hide behind the statue. It’s there the Lord High Jackal, The High Priest of Set (we found out his title later when we made it home) attempted to severe my soul and bind it to Hell for all eternity. I manage to resist but felt cold’s deathly touch none-the-less as blackness once more claimed me.

I awoke to find my friends gathered round and us back on the material plane in the wizard tower of Prophecy. There we returned the recovered rubies, the box we traded for and received our reward and thanks.


Rewards

- Boon of the Wizard Guild = everyone got this
They will cast Stone to Flesh or Dispel magic (lvl 15) once

- Dose of Regular Rosy Extract = everyone got one
magical oil once applied to an item gives it +1 bonus saving throws / +10 HP to the item saves being destroyed / risky as could destroy item in attempt to apply

- The Menagerie chipped in and paid for the recreation/restoration of Dolly (Mok did the work) for Omega

- One Dose of Regulus’s Dark Derivity = Omega used on Dolly
protects an item from being destroyed ONCE

- Greensteel Bastard Sword +1 = Temple of Lathander for tithe/destruction

- Greensteel Magic Ring +3 of Protection (1 on the prime) that is a spell key for elemental magic in Aberness = Mok was given

- Xavier was given a special boon of the wizard guild allowing a one time transfer of a magical enchantment from one suit of armor to another but has 6 months to use this by.

- A Cure Light Potion, a Cure Medium Potion, A Cure Serious Potion, a Cure Critical Potion, A Potion of Fly, a Potion of Levitation = Everyone got one, Merry Christmas!

Honors

Omega – Leopard skin cloak for heroic act of saving someone (me)
Mok, Morrin, Xavier – Golden Crest for thwarting a plot against raven’s bluff on a different plane of existence.

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Total Eclipse

Players Present: Veth, Finn, Khad, Michaela, HK-58, Zimb
NPC’s: Kima Greyleaf, Jean-Dorial Encarthan, Lord Chester D’Marke, Harven, Bren, The Grey Machine (Zen Blacksteel, Amilia, Conner, Annalee, Marcus Deland)
Run By: Joe
Submitted By: Michaela

The Summer Solstice Festival had come back to Ravens Bluff and Michaela was enjoying the comradery and food that it brought with it. She was there with her friends: Veth, Khad, Trashcan, Zimb and the new friend they had met over the week, Finn. He seemed cool and easy to talk to and Michaela liked having a new friend.

While she was eating a bacon-wrapped apple bells started to ring, ‘dang it’ she thought, ‘we forgot about the wedding.’ The group hurried to the event and arrived in time to see Kima Greyleaf walking down the aisle toward Jean-Dorial Encarthan.

Kima wore a plunging, sweetheart neckline that was paired with a beaded, illusion high neckline to create a unique – and sparkling – statement. The unique, rich beading was layered to create shapes, and when added with the lattice detailing and scrolling lace, extended down through the bodice over the hips, shaping her body perfectly. The Bellagio crepe skirt of her gown was sleek and sophisticated and created an understated sheath silhouette. Low, sheer cutouts adorned each side of the gown before extending into an open back, complete with illusion tulle giving the illusion of floating, beaded straps. The back of the wedding dress zipped up beneath fabric buttons. To top it off she wore a diamond tiara on her head.

After tearing her eyes from the vision that was Kima, Michaela noticed that there were a lot of important people from Ravens Bluff attending the wedding. ‘The free food has nothing to do with that’ she thought to herself while smiling and the personal joke. Lord Chester D’Marke oversaw the wedding and it was a beautiful service.
After the clapping dies down and the newly married couple takes their places at the end of the buffet line, Michaela and the rest of the guest get in line for food and to wish the new couple well. While in line the older members of the Midnight Menagerie are there and the 2 groups converse while getting food and moving closer to the new couple.
Soon there are only 2 women in front of Michala and her friends and her plate is full, she is happy. As she steps up, with her friends, and began speaking with Jean-Dorial, the 2 women began speaking with Kima.

“Congratulations sir, it was a beautiful wedding,” Michaela said when she stepped up.

“Thank you,” Jean replied.

“Here you go, sir,” Veth said and handed Jean 5 Platinum.

“Thank you, kind Luck Dragon,” Jean says when he receives the gift. Veth starts to smile and walk around with pride from being called a Luck Dragon. The others give gifts and talk with Jean for a moment longer preparing to speak to Kima when there is a cry from Kima. They all look to her and see one of the women, both old, with her arm around Kima’s neck. As the onlookers see this, the woman begins to transform into a horrible looking monster.

Her companion warns Jean not to do anything so his bride stays safe. She pulls out a holy symbol of Shar, hisses at the crowd and then both women and Kima disappear. All hell breaks loose. The older members try to ascertain the situation while bystanders and normal members of society are frantic and began making noise ranging from whispers of fear to screams of disbelief.

Suddenly a loud and clear voice is heard above the chaos. It is Jean-Dorian. “Please, we must stay calm. This situation demands clear and calm minds. Those of the guests, who are not adventurers or military, please return to your home. When information is found out or new given, you will be informed.” He said with clear authority and then gave the bystanders and nonmilitary and adventuring guests time to evacuate the area. When they were gone he turned his attention to the remaining people.

“For the rest of you, I am going to need help in rescuing my wife, or recovering her dead body if it comes to that.” As the words left his mouth, for a brief moment, his demeanor cracked and all could see the vulnerable man beneath the bravery. Then he was back to his brave self. The military and adventuring groups began sectioning themselves off and assigning tasks to the groups. Veth went to Jean-Dorian and provided some information about the women who had done this.

Apparently, the woman had been purchasing property around town and when confronted said they were a follower of a god that was not Shar. They were also responsible for the Were-creature outbreak that had occurred in the Sewers. Jean-Dorian directs Veth to the city guard and the same information is conveyed to them. They thank him and the rest of the group for the information.

When the group arrived back at the staging area they saw that Lord Chester D’Marke was attempting some spells.
“For some reason, I am unable to locate Kima.” He said to Jean-Dorian. Jean’s face fell slightly, but for only a moment. Lord D’Marke continued. “I was able to ascertain some information with my Augury Spell, but it is not good.” He is about to convey the information when screams can be heard from onlookers. We turn to see what is happening and people are staring and pointing to the sky, we look up.

If the sun was a pie, it was missing slices, and more were starting to appear.
“Judging by the rate of disappearance we have about 2 hours before the sun is completely gone.” Lord D’Marke stated to the group around him. “We need to find Kima before the sun disappears or all is lost. Do we have volunteers to assist in the hunt?” All of the members of the Midnight Menagerie step up and volunteer.
Michaela and her friends are assigned 3 buildings near Lake Christina. They are to gather information and report back with anything suspicious. All of the teams are asked to come up with a codename so that information can be disseminated quickly; they name themselves The Unlucky Dragons. Before heading out Michaela takes some of the food from the buffet and loads it into their cart and then they head out.

They arrive at the first building. There it stood. Michaela had walked past it several times and she had never seen it. It shocked her, the idea that someone could have lived in this very building. The walls, so tall and never-ending, encircle them as if they were the victims of an ambush. They then noticed almost forcefully, the windows had curtains covering them. This didn’t seem to match the outside of the building.

The group watched as Khad ran to the building and jump kicked it for no apparent reason, but no one said anything. He then decides to go and talk to the neighbors to get information about the building, almost as if in frustration. As he walks off, Trashcan decides to open the front door and go in. The rest of the group followed Trashcan from room to room. During the search, Zimb found a book called Chemical Gardening that seemed to intrigue him and Veth.
During the search, the group finds and Alchemical Lab. While searching through the lab they find a letter:
Jillian,

Please use this property to store the weapons and other equipment that I ordered from you. I don’t expect to need the items until after the event, so make sure threat they are well protected, and will not rot or rust in the meantime.

Take Care,

Harven

After checking the house one more time, Zimb starts to pack up the Alchemical lab. Michaela starts packing the cart with what he packs up. The group finds a scroll with powerful spells, Veth takes them with Zimb’s permission. During the packing process, Michaela hears an explosion from inside the house. She finishes packing the last box and then rushes inside. Apparently, Veth and Trashcan were trying to open something and they triggered a trap, they seemed to be ok.

After everyone was done with the building the group packed up and proceeded to the next building. On the way there they came across the City Watch being attacked by Bug Bears. The group parked their horses and cart outside of the battle area and waded in to assist the watchmen. The fight was tough but ended with Khad kicked the last one in the groin and killed it. We were only able to save 4 of the 10 watchmen.

After talking with the watchmen and discovering that Bren might be the one responsible for the Bug Bears they preceded to the next building. As they searched this building, they discovered that it had a basement. The team separated into 2 units: 1. Finn, Michaela, and Khad stayed upstairs while 2. Zimb, Veth, and Trashcan went into the basement. Almost as soon as the 2nd group went downstairs Zimb yelled for the 1st group to come down quickly.
The 2nd group was being attacked by some strange looking dogs. They were attacking Trashcan and…eating his armor. Maybe more like melting it. the 1st and 2nd group combined and finished off the dogs without further injury, although Trashcan lost his armor in the fight. They search the room and find piles of rust, wooden shafts and crumbled barrels and boxes.

After searching the building thoroughly, they leave and proceed to the last one. On their way there they come across a mob of people outside of the Temple of Selune. They are accusing them for the disappearance of the sun and the calamities that will befall them. The group run and put themselves in between the mob and the Temple. They try different approaches to calm the crowd, some more effective than others.

Veth steps forward and promises the crowd that the Midnight Menagerie will save the city. With the promise coming from an established group that has done many good services for the city, the crowd disperses. The group tries to take a moment and catch their breath but then there is a loud noise coming from down the street. They look to see what the cause of the commotion is.

Coming down the street and toward the Temple are all sorts of beasts. They look frantic, panicked and a little hysterical. They are aiming toward the Temple and the group. From behind the group spilling out of the Temple is more beasts and at a closer examination, the group realizes they looked staggered. They begin collapsing in front of the temple as the others from down the street join the pile. Michaela and her friends go inside the Temple.
As they enter the temple they run into the lycanthrope bear they attacked a few weeks ago. This time they raise their hands in surrender and the bear doesn’t attack. They try to communicate with the bear but it can’t seem to transform out of its hybrid form and can only grunt out one word at a time through growls and snorts. It’s enough to figure out that the Lycanthropes are in trouble and something needs to be done.

The group proceeds to leave the temple and head to the 3rd building but as they are they see the pile of beasts and decide to take a moment and get them inside the temple where they can be protected. When they are finished they head to the 3rd and final building. When they arrive, the sun disappears.

Inside the building, voices can be heard, chanting. Khad rushes to a window as Trashcan charges the front door. Seeing that the door is open, Trashcan rushes inside, Fin and Michaela move to the door on one side and Khad on the other. Zimb is a few feet away and Veth steps to the open door. He pulls out the scroll from earlier, says some stuff while waiving his wings and tail and suddenly black tentacles burst from the ground.

The tentacles wrapped around the occupants of the room and before anyone could breathe and shattered their physical bodies. Their spell caster, a woman in the back, survived a little longer, but she eventually succumbed. As Veth saw the destruction he had caused he walked by the carnage, “Unlucky Dragon? PSSHH.”

After the spell is dispelled by Veth, we loot the bodies, but there is nothing really left except for amulets with the symbol of Shar on them. Floating in the middle of the room is an object that Michaela and her friends could only describe as a big dark jewel. They leave it alone and search the rest of the building. The only thing they find is in the basement. In the basement, they find a door that seems to be bursting with magic. So much power in the fact that the members of the group that can detect magic have to stop because it’s overwhelming.

The group spends time trying to break into or open the door and they can’t. Michaela goes upstairs and with her sword pushes the jewel down the stairs and near the door, still nothing. Eventually, it becomes clear that they have done all they can for now and Trashcan uses the conk he was given to summon the Grey Machine. Soon they arrive Zen Blacksteel – Elven Fighter, Amilia – Halfling Invoker, Conner – Dwarven Fighter/Priest of Muamman Duthanol, Annalee – Half-elf Priest/Wizard of Mystra, Marcus Deland – Human Swashbuckler/Wizard.

As they enter they congratulate the group on a job well done. They also inform them of a few details that have only been ascertained recently: 1. The Jewel we found is an orb of Shar and it is called the Lunar Orb. It has great summoning power over a large area. 2. They know someone is working with the followers of Shar. We were asked to escort the orb back to the others at Raven’s Park. We accept.

On their way back to the park, the orb explodes and a sentient whirlwind of flame burst forth and attacks the group. There is a fight and in the melee, Veth and Michaela are blinded. After the demon is vanquished, Veth and Michaela are loaded into the cart and brought to the park. There Amilia heals them all and the group reports to Jean about what happened.

End Results

1. The Grey Machine fought bravely.
2. Bren was captured alive and is awaiting trial.
3. Numerous hags, giants and other creatures were fought.
4. Harven escaped.

XP
2,500

Items

Bowl of Monster Summoning

To activate, the user must pour a vial of holy water in the 2 inch diameter bowl and meditate over the bowl for 1 round. Any monster summoning spell cast by the user on the following round summons monsters of the next highest category. (ie a monster summoning I spell would instead summon creatures normally called by a monster summoning II) Number of monsters summoned is determined by the initial spell. The bowl is usable once per adventure. The bowl is usable only by wizards and bards.

Ioun Stone (Pale Green Ellipsold)

This ioun stone absorbs spells o up to 4th level directed at the user. After absorbing 10 spell levels, it burns up, forever useless. It cannot be recharged. The spell levels cannot be used by the owner of the stone. Further, it only absorbs spells directed at the owner specifically; it does not absorb area of effect spells if the owner happens to be in the area of effect.

Wizard Scroll

This scroll contains the spells armor, Acid armor, monster summoning I and Black tentacles. They are written at the 11th level

Wooden Club +2
Short Sword +1

A week later gifts arrive for the members

Hk-58 – “Rakentaa”
This golden +1 heavy steel shield is impossibly light and handy despite its size. It has no armor check penalty or arcane spell failure chance, and it allows the wielder to use feather fall on himself once per day. A creature wearing celestial armor while wielding a celestial shield may command the armor to provide overland flight rather than fly once per day and can cast Daylight 3 times per day.

Michaela – “Fury”
This ancient greatsword +1 was once owned by the Frost Giant King Jarl. For many years he used it as an off-hand weapon. When wielded by a skilled warrior it grants one additional attack at -5 at the end of each round.

Vethihenich – “Jade Statuette of Zuur”
This beautifully intricate jade dragon statuette is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand. When held all spells with the an acid descriptor are cast at 1 level higher and the holder gains 5 acid resistance. If the holder has acid resistance from another means their resistance is doubled instead.

Zimb – “Silver Star of Midnight”
This silver starburst amulet acts as a holy symbol to Mystra. When worn openly by a Mystrian wizard it confers a +2 Int bonus (Diplomacy) and ability to memorize 3 additional spell levels per day. Due to it’s direct tie to Mystra it confers a +10 reaction bonus to Mystrians and a -10 reaction bonus to Sharites.

Khad – “Illmater’s Obal”
These tattered hand wraps were recovered from Gradus the Sufferer after his sacrificial death during the Time of Troubles. In the hands of an Illmaterite they can remove the suffering of others but at a price. As a touch attack, damage to a willing target can be transferred to the wearer. The wearer can never transfer more damage then his current HP-1.

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Where You Were - When Darkness Falls Part 3

Player’s Present: Veth, Atamar, Zimb, Michaela
NPC’s: Lord Dunstan Moray, Nastasja Moray
Ran by: Joe
Submitted By: Joe

LOG PENDING

1,050xp
Loot:
Each player recieved 875gp and 50 pp
1 potion of cure light wounds – (Zimb)
Scarlet & Blue Sphere Ioun Stone (+1 to Int related checks) – (Zimb)

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Queen For a Day! Part 3
LC4-HUD4-114-3

Player’s Present:Clearice Eilif, Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe, Morrin Telemnar, Mok the Powerful Wizard, Omegasun, Xavier Cross
NPC’s:Sune Firehair, Gelatia
Run by Andy
Submitted by Cleaarice

After our encounter with Madam Coth’s Seer we dealt with the delusional squires and headed onward to meet her tom undo her grim prophecy. She tells us that she has created an object gate for us to get to Arborea to find Sune. As we all grasp the handle we open our eyes to see the familiar land of Arborea but the beautiful sight was immediately fractured by the gang of Daemons before us brandishing weapons of evil. They immediately warned that we were trifling with matter beyond us and to return through the portal from whence we came. We, of course, obliged them with our own blades starting a hellish battle in the lands of Arborea. As the battle began we noticed a thick fog behind the demons from which sprung a group of Sladds and other Daemon warriors. The fight is brutal and we are injured but as the final Sladd fell we emerged victorious with no deaths on our side.

With the Problem at hand dealt with we hurry to the city of Sune. We quickly enter after the guard tells us to drink some potions as to not offend the fair maiden. Mok leading our way begins to tell Sune of our strife in a plea for help. As gods don’t normally interfere with matters of the mortal realm she only agreed to our request under a few conditions, first of all, is we must donate our most prized possessions, and second, we must make large donations during the spring festival coming up. After we all agree and give up our items she stands up and we are back in Raven’s Bluff. She tells us not to interfere in the coming event and asks were we might find Gelatia. We direct her towards the house of desire and upon our arrival, Sune finds a greensteel dagger on the door as a challenge to Sune. She walks in angrier than ever to find Gelatia. They begin fighting immediately growing to colossal sizes. The battle was of epic proportions leveling what must have been 8 city blocks but luckily few were nearby after the fight started. The battle was fierce as they traded blows until Gelatia put a slash on Sune’s face with the Greensteel dagger sending her into a rage causing her to Cut off Gelatia’s arm sending her fleeing.Sune than leaves as her work was done and she needed for her wounds to heal. Later that same day we find a box at Midnight Keep addressed to us with our donated items returned to us with strong enchantments placed on them. To all to our dismay, Dolly did not survive the enchantment and was lost… The enchantment allows our items to survive any action that would cause their destruction. She tells us in a message that enough had been lost that day so it was only right to return these possessions.

Everyone gained 1 Chiv Point Besides Morrin and Omega who gained a negative Chiv Point
Our Group Gained disfavor of House Skyhawk

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Queen for a day! Part 2
LC4-HUD4-114-2

Players Present: Omegasun, Clearice, Mok, Morrin, Xavier
Ran by Andy
Submitted By Clearice
As we headed towards the Chief Prelates office Mok decided that we must come to a decision regarding the Menagerie’s stance on the coming vote. After much debate a vote was called and the group sadly voted in favor of the devil’s acclimation to the city. This debate was finished outside of the Prelates office as im sure he could hear our voices he called for us to enter. Seeing this man of the city in such a grim demeanor was unsettling at best. He wore a grim visage as he spoke telling us that he believes Gelatia is manipulating the people of Raven’s Bluff and that he wishes us to find out if the vote is being swayed through such misdeeds. Of course we accepted but to the prelates dismay we refused to help persuade these people away from the vote they would be casting for evil.

We begin our misson by finding Lord by the name of Dandelion who we find at his residence. We ask him what he feels about the vote to which he tells us he is abstaining as Dame Irwina Ausentell had been captured and Gelatia had promised to help get her back if he supported her. Finding himself in this bind he cannot bring himself to vote for Gelatia but does not want to vote against as that would directly guarantee the death of Irwina . Mok sees this as a moot point and tries to convince him to vote for someone as it is his Lordly Duty as we take our leave to the next individual.

Next on our list is Lord Hildegrim who after arriving at his residence quickly tells us he voting for Gelatia and leaves before we can say a word flanked by 2 devils clad in battle gear. After being led outside we decided to head towards the Mages guild to find Lady Chiara who we discover has been cursed by an artifact of Gelatia and is in trance-like state. Morrin breaks the curse using his favor from Selune. We than are told By the Lady that she had switched followings away from Gelataia and that orb was punishment and says she will do everything in her power to deny Gelatia power.

As our Grim day drags on we find Argent Raphiel Outside of the Devillars Estate. We ask him of his satnding and he of course replies that he is for Gelatia as Serphane has promised to restore his family wealth and thus their power back to them if she has his vote. We travel on to collect Mok and Xavier from the Tavern they decided to stay at during these proceedings as they refused to be a part of our quest and left me to accompany the two Pro-Gelatia members in their business. After a short Argument the party re-votes, and thank the gods we did, as now our party is campaigning against Gelatia. We hurry off praying there is still time to convince the officials against Gelatia.

After our reawakening in the light of good we rush to find Lady Cathone who tells us she is voting for Gelatia to get back at her Ex who dumped her. She says he is voting against her and this is her way to get back at him. We of course convince her not to and offer a Compromise of dating our very own Lord Omegasun to which she agrees as this would be a perfect stab back at her ex.

We than rush towards the estate of Lord Stephton Skyhawk who we find heading off construction at his estate. He says he is voting for Gelatia as he feels it will lead him to finding out what happened to his sister and thus restore his family’s name as she had disappeared during the war. This brought dishonor as she had been the commander of the Knights of the Griffon, but to his hate and disgust we knew that she had indeed turned to evil and thus earned that dishonor. We told him this tragic story and this made him bitter as he cursed the Menagerie for ever bringing such bad news.

As the Day winds down we find ourselves looking for Lord Silverfox who is busy at work in his office. We are told to Wait and wait we do. As he finally approaches to speak to us some young ladies run up asking for Morrin to help as some squires had began gearing up to take down Gelatia. We of course rush of to stop them as this would throw a wrench into our plans to stop her and would get them killed. As we arrive Mok gives the Squires a speech about how wrong they are to which they reply you aren’t even a knight. Morrin Than steps forward and tells them to stop what they were doing and that as a knight he will deal with Gelatia himself but in his own way. This calms them down as we are approached by a follower of Madam Coth. She tells us she has seen a vision of a great knot that is this situation than only a divine hand can truly unravel. She tells us that if we would like to undo this knot we must meet her at madam Coths as soon as possible. We agree and head there with the Oracle.

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Queen for a day! Part 1
LC4-HUD4-114-1

Player’s present:Clearice Eilif, Morrin Telemnar, Mok the Powerful Wizard, Omegasun, Xavier Cross, Dalarn mac Conloch Runeaxe
NPC’s:Galatia, Lady Lauren Devillars, The Cheif Prelit
Ran by Andy
Submitted by Clearice

The dark days are upon us once again. Today they come in a story of strife, manipulation, and deception taking hold of our fair city once again.
It began after our grim voyage from Raven’s deep back up to the surface with relics and prisoners in tow. These prisoners had worked to earn their freedom from their past wrongdoings and were coming to the city to become free men once again. Sadly the fates had other plans for them as we were ambushed by a raiding party of fire giants when setting up camp for the day. We tried to beat them back but not before they captured some of the prisoners and fleeing into a nearby cave system. We tried to pursue them but were met with a blocked off tunnel that of which we could not get around. After searching for a way into the mountain we found a nearby tunnel but it was too late as we only found half eaten remains of the prisoners 1 hour into the tunnel. We brought back the man’s remains so that he may be properly buried once we made it back to the city. We then carried forth to our 1st destination, Fort Brightsword. Upon our arrival, we meet with Commander Pugg who takes the artifacts into his care and sends us towards Raven’s Bluff with armed guards.
As we arrive at the gates and are let through there is a loud crash as a tattooed woman flies through the second story window of a nearby inn. I rush forward to see her almost frozen in time with a distorted look of anguish on her face. I then rush inside to see the strangest sight I had seen in quite some time. There standing in an Inn full of Tenari is the Daughter of Asmodeus herself Galatia Healing citizens of Raven’s Bluff. She see’s us and asks if we are here to help as she is having trouble healing the citizens and fighting the tenari at the same time. We agree to help as our clash with the forces of evil begin. The fight drags out nearly getting us killed but to our luck, we pulled through with the help of a small Coatal that had been residing inside of Mok’s Crystal Figurine. After the fighting was done we found out why the princess of hell was here and to our surprise she tells she is here trying to gain a shrine in our fair city. She, of course, tries to sell it to us that she is doing it by Law but we quickly find out she is being deceitful and blackmailing us and anyone else unfortunate enough to have bought from Seraphane’s house of desires. We do help guide her representative to the cleric’s circle after we brought our prisoners to where they needed to go. As we arrive we find out a meeting is going on tonight about if the Clerics circle will allow a shrine of Gelatia to be erected in the city. Me and Morrin are invited to sit in but we are not allowed to speak on the subject at hand.

The meeting goes as my quickly jotted down notes follow:
-the meeting start we cant talk lots of clergy here even of unrepred oneds the meeting starts they ask for the shrine construction and to follow the laws of tere and helm and the other laws
-none of them have supposedly broken the law and she says she will take the blame and they have already helped the city with the house of desires and they would help more and even answer the call as other cleric entities
-chief prelit says a summary of temples opinion he says they will say nay
-Chauntea guy says they are for it
-Odis greggor of gond says they are for it
-Dearl iron hand of helm says he is a no cause he thinks it will be worse
-Chester of Mystra says nope
-Selune guy says nope cause it invites the bloodwar
-Tempus war master bloodstrike says supports the shrine
-Tymora guy says freedom of choice
-tyr says they should be allowed due to them bringing more attention to the followers
-Lady devillars stands and says that waukeen is for it
-Procampur embassador says that they have been in procampur for a long time and it has worked
-high priestess of sune steps forward and says its a bad idea
-Blood strike smashes a table and says stop with the chitchat and the vote gets pushed off

I could not write any more details of how the meeting went as it was very shocking to hear what some of these leaders of our fair circle were saying but this is a chronicle of what transpired there. After the meeting was through I was given a scroll sent by the Chief Prelit that requested us to meet him in his office. As we approached his office i couldn’t help but feel unease wash over me that this was just the beginning of the a long and treacherous day.

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