Schism: Consequences of the Divine

A simple man

After the events of my past I just wanted to live a simple life. Traveling around as a mercenary and taking jobs that allow me to apply my new philosophy in life, liberally applying hammer to faces. However it seems Kord has other plans for me. I find myself traveling with some strange companions a half elf who seems to have trust issues and difficulty understanding the concept of personal property, A deva who seems to have a psychological need to help people, and a dwarf who seems to have two unique talents in life bitching about nature and physical comedy, seriously in the short time I’ve known him I have seen him fall down a hole, fail to climb a rope, and get set on fire repeatedly, tough bastard though I don’t think I’ve ever seen him get really hurt during all of this.

But anyway on to more recent events journal. We were preparing for our journey to Bloodhollow still not sure why we repelled the mercenary band that was attacking the town. Oh btw the so called mercenary captain and his elite soldiers where a joke. My hammer that was recently consecrated to Kord really did a number on them granted Nightdew got the pleasure of killing the leader but my hammer got most of them. So we did our jobs, but apparently the Malach has decided to declare a war on the followers of Tiamat. I was trying to avoid getting in another religious war and you think that as a deva who fought in the Wars of heaven as my people call them he would want to at least take a break but apparently he want to pick up where he left off. But the rest of the group thought it was a good idea and I do owe them for aiding me when I fell against the kobolds so I decided to go along with it. So we left for our journey.

Our travel to Bloodhollow was actually pretty uneventful. The first night Nightdew tries to climb a tree in order to prepare for his watch, he fails miserably, I though his people live in trees they should be able to climb them maybe he takes after his human parent more. Anyway I decide to show him how you climb something and get a view of the surrounding area. My night passes uneventfully but the dwarf who kept us all up bitching by the way says he has a feeling that were being watched. I would like to know why he is trusting his feelings when he admits that he is already uneasy in a forest.

Anyway we spent three nights on the road and it was one of the easier journeys I’ve taken there was a nice road and soothing rain. Nothing like the treacherous mountain paths where I come from. The entire time Aes says that he thinks were being watched. And while the eyes of Kord are always upon us I don’t think that is what he meant. However both Nightdew and Malach could not find anyone and while there were signs of us being watched the cowards neither announced themselves or attempted to attack us. Show obviously they didn’t have hostile attentions and if they did they obviously would have been too weak to cause us serious harm.

So we finally approach the town of Bloodhollow two main concerns came to my mind. This first being where are all the dwarves and second being if the town was under siege where are the camps of the enemy. Luckily we soon encountered a guard. Who Malach proceeded to smooth talk into telling us what happened granted him being outnumbered probably had something to do with it.

Apparently the town fell during the time it took us to journey to it and had been captured. The dwarves were being kept as slaves by the blades of the chromatic scale. We were able to approach there leader a man by the name of Lethesin. Though the door man gave us a hard time a large man well large for a human by the name of Telk. (Making a mental note remember to hit him in face with hammer next time I get the chance) The captain proceeded to hire us to explore a dangerous section of the dwarven tunnels. I was barely paying attention to most of the conversation however I did notice Nightdew flirting with a bodyguard of the captain’s. Honestly I wasn’t too interested in helping the mercenaries out until they showed us what the reward would be for helping us. I saw the magical hammer in their vault. At that point I decided to go along with the mercenaries.

After we agreed to help the captain clear the tunnels the group for some unexplained reason decided to go see the quartermaster. She was a goliath. While that did catch my interest she lacked any of the proper marking from a tribe I recognize. In the mountains I call home the tribes all have distinct markings representing the tribe they came from she appeared to have none of them. After a short conversation the group decided to leave the quartermaster without buying anything, who thought it was a good idea to go again?

Anyway we entered the tunnels and began to explore. As we entered the area that had been sealed off we noticed a few things. There was a glow coming from the distance and second the large amount of burned bodies that were lying around the rocks that were ceiling of passageway. (Which reminds me set more things on fire starting with Telk) We entered a forge and in this forge we were attacked by fire elementals. The elementals managed to separate me and Malach from the rest of the group. Things however we were holding our own for awhile My ruins and Malach’s psionic gifts made a pretty potent combination and allowed Aes to distract the elementals however poor Nightdew he took a pretty good beating.

Everything for the most part was going fine until the dragon showed up. There was a dragon hiding in the lava. Then I thought it was going to be a rough battle. However apparently it was a small dragon because we proceeded to beat the lava off it. A couple of attacks and it went down like nothing. We still had to mop up a few fire elementals but they were not a serious threat.

After we recovered from the battle Nightdew decided to scout ahead. As sneaky as Nightdew is he still managed to bring back company. A group of dwarves who were armed with crossbows and pissed off. Apparently they were pissed at Aes and proceeded to yell at him. My dwarven is a bit rusty but apparently they don’t think he is a real dwarf and half a man. Though to be honest all dwarves are half a man.

The Dwarves apparently were the only people left who had not been enslaved by the blades of chromatic scales. They were using the dragon and the fire elementals to kill the patrols that approached them. Such a cowardly tactic to use. Followers of Kord would never use someone else to fight their battles without risking themselves.

The main dwarfs name was Stalich Forgefather and he wanted us to help him take back his town. We agreed and decided to hatch a plot to do so. We decided to let the mercenaries leader know that we cleared out the tunnels and then we would ambush the party he decided to send down here to clean out the tunnels. And while I’m curious to see how the plan will go I still don’t see how this will help us clear out all the other mercenaries who inhabit the town.

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Gotta Love Bagage

Seriously, I don’t know what band of merry men I’ve joined. Escorting Praden to the temple seemed simple enough. All in days work, right? Wrong. You think you can simply drop off a Tiamat lover at the doorstep of a Raven queen temple and leave, but instead this crazy 8ft spiked chain wielding lady starts attacking Malach. She swings at him again and again, till he kicks her in the knee and takes her down. Come to find out they know each other. From a previous life. A deva… with baggage… from a previous life… of which he remembers about 7000 years. Something about a general, not turning into a rakshasomething, and killing himself for the greater good. He tells me he will explain more later, but i really don’t want know more. Seems Malach ordered this priest Zevana to her death by sending her into battle. I still think it looked more like a ex-lovers quarrel. Where is a bard when you need one?

Then she starts to ask me questions. Oh yes, let me divulge my personal details to the crazy chain wielding witch. I obviously passed; I’d rather pass on dancing with her right now. At least she offered a bit of weaponry and gear to aid in the defense of the town.

We finally left-both of us still with our privates intact-to see if anything useful could be found at Praden’s shop. Aes was already there, but he hadn’t even found the safe. He certainly didn’t find the map in the back. He really should let the expert handle that. The map showed targets that needed to be taken out for mercenaries to have an easier time taking the village, both buildings and people. I decided to take the deva in confidence about what i really am. Seems like a trustworthy guy. We shall see; if he betrays my trust he will have an issue, and I will be off looking quite different… Perhaps like a deva. Off to find the council to see what we can do.

Aes went off to find the miller and Gauthak got the Smith. He certainly is a big guy that can handle himself in battle, but damn, he is equally good at whining. “Is my hammer ready yet?” Seriously, all that over a few runes on a hammer. I still don’t trust that mercenary captain, so i decided it was time to go snoop in his room. Had to get Vincent to help a bit. A bar fight was involved as well. Aes was helpful in distracting the captain as I looted his belt for the key. Kept his gold for my trouble as well.

Council really wasn’t of much use. Farmers can’t fight, priests are busy chanting. Time to suggest something useful. I will disguise myself as Praden and get the mercenary leaders across the narrow ford where we will ambush them. A few tree trunks to wipe out a good portion of the troops and some pitch for extra crisp. Nothing much useful in gear from the priestesses. A couple of healing potions and a flow form +1.

The plan worked like a charm. Idiots never knew I wasn’t really Praden and followed me across. Midway the ford I called out for Aes my trusty dwarf helper/scout. The villagers had been hacking at trees and dropped them in the water as they heard my signal. When Aes approached us I lit two arrows and set the pitch across the river ablaze. Nothing like squealing mercenaries. We made quick work of the rest, especially since I skewered the captain with an arrow in a way that almost made me cringe. We took this pretty elf thing captive, that was second in command.

Back at the inn we interrogated her. We found out a few interesting things. Tiamat has been a busy little dragon god. Seems quite a few towns have been converted to Tiamat including Wyvern Roost and Bloodhollow. A dragon by the name of Verrosariotherax is behind it all. For some reason the elf told us that its favorite food is mutton & venison. Strange. Bloodhollow is only 3 days away and Zevana strangely gave us some treasure to pay the dwarfs for their aid.

I gave the elf the chance to take her faith in her own hand instead of that of Praden who has been tied to the tower clock slowly dying. She was a smart girl and slit her own throat with the dagger i gave her. I shot Praden. Enough already.

What a day.

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Finishing off the Kobolds

I hate kobolds. From what I remember of my last life, I’ve hated them for something on the order of 7500 years. In all the time I have spent traversing the planes, I have never seen kobolds so resilient and resourceful as these. If they weren’t so abhorrent I might actually respect the damned things. After killing some of the vile creatures, we sent Nightdew to look around and he brought back a pair of Gloves of Agility. We let him have them. None of us could justify holding on to them. I found it odd that he didn’t tell us where he found them though. [he also found some potions of healing and gold, but didn’t tell us] Nightdew played scout for us before we moved forward to clean the cave, and he was good at it; he told us that they had arrayed themselves along a cliff in a fairly defensible position. We decided on a flanking maneuver, that lacked the element of surprise as Nightdew was immediately spotted. Despite this, Gauthak and Nightdew scrambled up the cliff as Aes ran around the ramp and completed the maneuver. Gauthak, set on fire by the little bastards, was temporarily overcome by the flames and came to after the battle ended. The little bastards weren’t too much of a problem in the end once we started actually thinking things through. I made short work of the stragglers and we took some time to gather ourselves.

We cleaned ourselves up and Nightdew, once again, set out to scout. The last room of the cave had another raised section fronted by a spiked floor. On the ledge was our final quarry, the damned chief. A good number of his tribe was scattered around him. Our little sneak also mentioned some reddish beetles (fire beetles) around the foot of the ledge and mentioned that he heard a male human, fearful. As we started our planning, I overheard what I assumed to be prayers to Tiamat; they were preparing some kind of ritual and I feared what these foul beasts could be preparing. I urged our party to action, and we made a mad dash for it. Immediately realized that I hate fire beetles more than some kobolds. A slinger put me under and I saw the next life, eternally frustrating, but Gauthak was able to bring me back and fortify me against the beasts. My own personal accomplishment consisted of pulling the chieftain through a stone column and then crushing him to death under a telekinetic trap I has laid for him. I know that my kind must show compassion lest we are punished in the next life, but these creatures deserve no sympathy. We fought bravely and freed the man that had been captured by the kobolds. It was Vensen, the innkeeper. Arella will be happy. He mentioned that a human from a village, who seems to worship Tiamat (a god of greed), was employing the kobolds to kill Vensen. We found some coins, and escorted Vensen out of the cave and returned to town around night. Nightdew and Aes went to confront Praeden and I went with Gauthak to return Vensen to his inn before returning to talk to Praeden. We confronted him and tried to get him to confess what he might know about Tiamat, with Nightdew hiding in wait in case he ran. He did. We followed him through the town and up to the roof of one of the ramshackle tenement houses where he, with the aid of the Raven Queen’s minions, confessed that mercenaries were on their way to take the town.

Nightdew and I took the traitor to be sentenced by the High Priestess of the Raven Queen. Upon arrival, I was immediately confronted by the Priestess. The time has come for me to own up to mistakes many years past.

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Our Party Sets Out!

Aes Wasar, Denzsol Nightdew, Gauthak and Malach are working as guards for a local merchant caravan. Everything is all well and good until arrive at the bridge in the town of Grayspire, and see that it is out, sabotaged by kobolds. With a little down time on their hands, our intrepid party takes a commission from a local shop owner named Praden. They are to seek out the culprits of the bridge disaster, and put them down. At the same time, we are to keep an eye out for the Grayspire Innkeeper Vencen who went to investigate the kobold situation and who hasn’t been seem since. His daughter Arella is worried, so we head out to clear out the “problem.” Our first session ended deep in the kobold warrens.

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