Campaign Journal – Winter, 10th year of the reign of Uther Andahar
The Raven’s Companions pointedly downed their ale before dashing out of the Millery Inn door to face an orcish attack in the dimming evening light. Between Arwan’s twin rapiers, Filandriel’s deft arrows, Earos’ endless thunder magic and Niko, the party ended the threat to Hap in short order. Though not before Niko turned into a plant – an example of the wild magic, or “Wyrd,” that permeates parts of the Northlands.
While Earos remained in the village to help battle a burgeoning blaze, the rest of the Companions trudged off through the mud and snow towards the shouts and sounds of battle coming from Sildonis’ tower at the base of nearby Haptooth Hill.
Arriving, they found a raging battle underway between several orcs and a beserk guardian, Sildonis unconscious and gravely wounded, and the apprentice Drindol locked in the cottage at the rear of the tower.
The party managed to defeat the orcs as Niko stabilized Sildonis. Earos arrived just in time to heal and rouse the Wizard of the Wood, so he could keep his rampaging Flesh Golem from crushing the life out of Arwan. With the immediate danger over Sildonis and Drindol pieced together how several orcs had stolen an elvish artifact – the Diamond Staff of Chomylla – and fled before the Golem could stop them.
Filandriel tracked the orcish raiders to a cave just a quarter mile north of Haptooth Hill. Discovering horses inside the cave entrance (which the party thought odd for orcs), Earos noisily tramped inside bringing on an attack from the rest of the inhabitants – more orcs and a few human warriors and mage. The humans’ clothing bore a symbol of a lightning bolt and skull and the orcs appeared to have sharp, animal teeth embedded in their hide gauntlets.
After a battle with more Wyrd – this time Earos glowing brightly and blinding friend and foe alike – the party discovered a letter on the dead mage. It suggested that a Captain Phoedele had fled the cave with the Diamond Staff to meet one Barcero at a “ghost manor” on the coast near Archlis. It appears the party will need to interrupt this rendezvous to recover the Diamond Staff and the key to lost, elven knowledge.
XP is awarded as follows:
15th session –1420XP (total all sessions: 11950)
The Immortals bless the sage who leaves before the storm. (Ylari common saying)