Puzzled in Dal Nystiere

Hearing of the western Harkenwold’s problem with bullywugs by Reithann and the persistant aggravating Iron Circle patrols by Dar Gremath the adventurers chose to ask the Woodsinger elves to join the cause before taking on any threats. Eriyel of the Woodsigners challenged the party to bring peace to their once holy site, Dal Nystiere, after many years of fearing it. In Dal Nystiere a small group of goblins were easily vanquished with each member taking out at least 1. ESF was dazed and kept off-balance by the goblin wizard for the whole encounter whom nearly teleported away. But the goblins were not the real problem, a wizardly apparition troubled the party soon after. Coincidentally the mysterious skull plucked from the necromancer’s lair (outside Fallcrest) that was meant for the Baron began speaking to Regretfulagine. Although cryptic its advice was for the party’s favor to get past the first puzzle deep inside Dal Nystiere, which they past but will they conquer what lies next? (besides the chocolate fondue)

Into Harkenwold

Smoke spiraled east of them not far off where they were on the King’s Road. The party had to investigate. They stopped a quartet of Iron Circle mercenaries from burning down the small steading of Ilyana. Regretfulagine dealt the final blow to both wolves, ESF dropped 2 of the barbarous Iron Circle brigands, while Crank and Holfast took out 1 each. Aliya kept everybody healthy and potent. Ilyana was grateful and told the party of the Iron Circles constant torments since they arrived two seasons ago and took over the Iron Keep and imprisoned Baron Stockmer. Now either Dar Gremath in Albridge or Reithann in the druid’s grove would be leaders to talk to about ridding the Harkenwold of the Iron Circle.

Fallcrest Follies
Level 2

At the Humble Hog a drunk Holfast had the mysterious skull stolen from him. He went after the thief. Crank and Aliya followed but Crank lost them. Aliya stayed up with Holfast til the morning, when they went to the thieves guild to find out who it was, they got a good look. Aliya wasn’t allowed in so Holfast continued alone to level up and reclaim the skull.

Meanwhile Regretfulagine got drunk at the Humble Hog too but was able to meet Ari whom was willing to trade spells. While talking about spells Ari mentioned a magical ink (Emberlumin) that he almost knew how to make but needed help to solve the puzzles for the last two ingredients. So the two tried to solve them.

Back at the Humble Hog E.S.F. was inquiring about advanced fighter training. He met Rezbrah who offered to train, starting the next morning. It would provide an extra Toughness. Crank returned to the bar and wanted to join but she didn’t think Crank could handle her training.

Crank sought out a merchant and bought drinks for Onmun to get answers about Traverues and the box reward. Onmun said to stop by his store the next morning to get some real clothes.

That morning Aliya seeked out a temple to learn new spells and was promised new spells if she would help Haroon the priestess for Erathis to run out Melora’s priest, G’farrell. She tried to bluff him but he saw through her and notice she was with Haroon. He then suggested a trip to the forest for an afternoon commune with nature if she brought a friend he would listen to her again.

In the morning for the first part of his training E.S.F defeated 4 thugs while wearing glass shards.

Regretfulagine solved the moonlight butterfly puzzle after visiting the library. But couldn’t figure out the second until he asked Aliya to help during lunch. She solved the shadow rat puzzle. Immediately he went into the sewers to get the shadow rat eyes.

Crank went to Onmun’s store and helped him clear out spiders from his storage for a suit of chainmail. He got bloodied but survived after killing 2 giant spiders. Then met Aliya and Regretful for lunch.

For the next part of E.S.F. training, he swam the river with Rezbrah on his back.

The last training exercise for E.S.F was to climb Asmodeus prickle trees for 24 hours.

Aliya and Crank went out with G’farrell. Crank was quite drawn into the nature walk and interested in Maloran teachings. Aliya did start to make G’farrell trust her again. He offered to take them out for a night hike and camp out.

Regretfulagine got lost but found the shadow rat nest and got bit but finally captured one. Unfortunately they got lost trying to get out of the sewers. Luckily Aliya and Crank went looking for Regretfulagine in the sewer to tell him that G’farrell knew where the moonlight butterflies could be found.

Going out on the night camp out with G’farrell, Aliya, Crank, Regretfulagine. Regretful tried to bluff G’farrell that he would be ? but failed. G’farrell said Regretful could go up to the sacred tree where the butterflies live but only as natural as he entered the world. As Regretful went to the tree naked, Aliya warned G’farrell of how conniving and liars city people are and they would never be worthy of Melora so he should follow Regretful to see if was going to honor the trees and butterflies. Of course Regretful intent on making his potions captured the butterflies. G’farrell upset and disgusted said he would give up starting the church in Fallcrest and return to the woods, he asked Crank to join him. Crank almost did but Aliya had to give him 10 gold to stay, which was all Crank was trying for anyways.

Regretfulagine now with all the ingredients completed making the ink.

Aliya got an amulet to Erathis from Haroon for getting rid of the Melaric priest.

By the morning E.S.F succeeded with the 3rd trial of tree climbing and really impress Rezbrah with whom he shared a moment. And asked her to keep an eye out for his horse.

Going back to Onmun that morning Crank & Aliya & Regretful were considered safe enough to let them talk to Traveus who had been hiding in Onmun’s attic. The box was supposed to go to Baron Stockmer but his fold was overtaken by the Iron Circle and they were now after Traveus to prevent the box from getting there. Traveus gave the 100gp he promised as long as they took the box with the skull to the Baron.

Holfast showed up at the bar while everybody even E.S.F were enjoying a late breakfast. He had with him the skull and had gained new skills after working it out with Celia (the thief whom had stolen it from him in the first place).

Waking on the Road
The other fighter

Wearing rags and out of nowhere Crank joins the party.

Cleared and Skulled

Dragons and necromancers dead, time to leave.

Dragon Tales

But just a little white one.

Chess Anyone

Chess for everyone

Who wants a Horse

Elmo St Fire, of course.

2 More on the Road
The fighter and the cleric

It’s not the kind of sight one can easily ignore; a ill-equipped halfling battling a goblin who is trampling a human. Seeing this from the road battle aroused Elmo St. Fire ran into the melee while Princess Aliya took a moment to see what aid could be brought to the man/doormat. The goblin knowing the sharpened blade of his better would end him escaped the combat and almost vanished into the woods were it not for the resurrected Regretfulagine’s perfectly placed magic missile. The four victors now realizing their individual strengths could engender an even greater force together delved confidently into the cave. Well, Regretfulagine may not have been actually confident but statistically speaking it was less likely he would die twice in the same day.

They met in a tavern (of course)
The thief and the wizard

All the best plans come at 2am in a swill soaked stupor. After sharing an unbelievably similar story about their arrivals in town Regretfulagine and Holfast struck up the kind of friendship that must be fused with the dreams of bounty and of beer. The next day they set out to recover the mysterious package stolen from the merchant. Of course they were anxious but in small measure to their excitement. They were just starting out on their first real adventure.


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