Campaign Journal – Winter, 10th year of the reign of Uther Andahar
The party rode forth from Sildonis’ tower in Hap with an eye to preventing the meeting between the mercenary Phoedele and her employer “Barcero” – a Thonian necromancer in league with the Wizard’s Cabal. Their horseback journey to the “Ghost Hold” of Sandersal Manor was cold, snowy and uneventful, but their evening there was anything but.
Sandersal must have once been an elegant three-story, fortified retreat for a Thonian grandee, but had fallen on hard times since its abandonment to Skandaharian raiders and transient beasts. Stealthily creeping through the burned timbers of the collapsed manor, the party found little remaining intact apart from a small coffer containing gems in the ruined watchtower.
With little to hold their interest, Arwan led the Companions to the rear walled courtyard of the house. He found it occupied by a man wearing exotic, velvet, black embroidered robes guarded by three bald, pale, gray-skinned creatures bearing sharp, elongated teeth and claws and smelling of the grave and two muscular, tattooed and pierced guards bearing blunt weapons.
The man paced about the small room incessantly and occasionally poked his head out of its doors to look about the courtyard. After watching this for a while Arwan concluded the man must be Barcero and concocted a plan to sneak in through the stable’s broken window and surprise the corrupt gathering before Phoedele arrived.
As Arwan dragged himself quietly and slowly through the empty window frame, holding his breath, every muscle tense and ready for the coming violent confrontation, the room suddenly exploded with a thunderous roar. A shockwave sent Arwan flying back into the courtyard nearly knocking him insensate.
Earos had opted for a different plan in which he turned himself into an invisible, arcane bomb. Naturally, a chaotic melee ensued between Barcero, his guardians and the Companions. By its conclusion, Barcero had fled through a summoned portal and the party managed to capture one of his tattooed thugs.
Under interrogation he revealed that Phoedele did not show as intended, presumably double-crossing Barcero and making for Peldan’s Helm to seek out the Vault of Song’s secrets for herself. As the party planned to set out for Peldan’s Helm in the morning to catch her, Earos rode off into the night with the captive towards Jackport. Separating himself from the party at great risk to himself, Earos made clear bringing the Thonian agent to justice was his highest priority.
16th session –950XP (total all sessions: 12900)
"Just wait until the 29th." (X will never happen – Mystaran months only have 28 days)