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Posted by: Khilkhameth on Oct 26, 2010 at 10:49:07 PM
A brief stopover in Vermillion and The Red Order was off to the next location under giant attack. It was chosen not randomly, but because of its proximity to the Frostspire, where the jarl behind the invasion would be holed up.
The village of Flotsam turned out to be constructed almost entirely of its namesake, and inhabited by dregs. The Order arrived just in time, as frost giant war canoes began beaching immediately, killing several villagers before anything could be done.
Once the giants were dealt with, the guardian of Flotsam - some genie named Caseem - appeared to wonder at what was going on. Leaving aside for the moment his carelessness in being absent during an attack on his dependants - and forgetting about the section of the Divine Engine they were looking...
Posted by: Khilkhameth on Oct 11, 2010 at 07:46:30 PM
So, triumphant over the hill giant chieftain, The Red Order (Arthur the human swordmage, Gregeon the dragonborn paladin, Kawaii the shifter avenger and Shibboleth the dragonborn cleric) trekked across the Plains of Chaos to return to the city of Vermillion. Finding the lost kobolds arriving ahead of them, they concluded that the terrain wasn't that dangerous after all, and after Arthur had retrieved his magic map from them (and The Order directed them to begin rebuilding the city), it was back to see Obanana.
En route, an old friend revealed himself: Glenn Chesterby, human druid and gnome-foe, left behind in Nentir after the defeat of Prince Malachi. He'd come to track down his old comrades after yet more giants began marauding across his ancestral forests.
Getting him fully up to speed...
Posted by: Khilkhameth on Sep 2, 2010 at 12:54:53 PM
The Red Order sprang upon the two giant guards to kill them quickly,promptly being surprised as a shaman appeared in the magic circle. He was clearly surprised by the presence of so many adventurers in the fort, and ran off to ask for help.
The next room held more giant guards and an elemental sitting in the fireplace. It should come as no surprise to discover that The Order left them all dead and the building ablaze, taking shelter through a doorway cut into the very stone of the mountain.
Kawaii's keen senses soon spotted a secret door, but as she wandered over to investigate a very not-so-secret door burst open to disgorge a groupof drunken orc revellers. Once again The Order was caught up in battle, and the scuffle alerted more giants, and even the giant chieftain himself kicked...
Posted by: Khilkhameth on Aug 26, 2010 at 06:34:52 PM
The Red Order sallied from the gates of Vermillion, undaunted by the suspect substance that an archon was throwing at them, and not bothered a bit by a giant lobbing a bomb at the gate. Even when Gregeon the paladin was swallowed whole by a behir, they took it in their stride. With only three creatures having gotten through the shield, it wouldn't be too much trouble. Indeed, Greg cut his way out from inside the behir, and it was time to head back to the city to drag the wizard from his cups.
Obanana was happily muttering about having driven back the army with his magical defences. The Order pressed him for more details of their quest to prevent the giants reassembling the machine, but the mage was more concerned with chasing down the diabolical masterminds leading the chaotic force....
Posted by: Khilkhameth on Aug 19, 2010 at 07:08:00 PM
The Red Order isn't too proud to admit when it's beaten. So, after an astounding entrance into the library of Acererak's mansion (upon being told to listen at the door, Kawaii went ahead and knocked on it), the party was set upon by a rather distracting skeletal snake, a pair of wariths and two wise-cracking skulls.
The team was too quick to rush in, getting itself surrounded and slowly beaten down. Arthur spotted a secret door lodged between the bookcases, and crept through to grab another lump of the ore before joining the others in scarpering, using his sword to hold the doors closed behind them.
Of course, the wraiths could just waft straight through the walls in pursuit, so Gregeon held them off while Shibboleth got started on the ritual to return the party...
Posted by: Khilkhameth on Aug 14, 2010 at 03:30:32 PM
So, while Shibboleth rested from his exertions raising the dead, and Kawaii celebrated her second chance at life by hugging some trees, Arthur and Gregeon attempted some research into the nature of the machine that the enemies of Vermillion seemed intent on rebuilding.
The swordmage found the library's organisational system somewhat bewildering, but the paladin's attempts to commune with the gods in the temple met more success. The Divine Engine was created to hold the primordial Pirinioth, and putting it back together would allow his devotees to free him. Even if they lacked a piece, divine aid would allow such a plan to be achieved. The foremost experts on the subject are a group of astral giants on another plane, who would be able to provide further assistance.
Posted by: Khilkhameth on May 27, 2010 at 05:35:13 PM
The combat was long and involved, with both the archers and The Red Order climbing and falling several times, as The Order attempted to reach an elevated pipe that would clearly provide an easier access to the castle than the main gate. The addition of a flying, insectoid demon complicated things further, as each time one of our heroes seemed close to getting clear and away, it dragged them back out again. Eventually Kawaii leapt down to decapitate it shortly before it was about to lay eggs in a dying Glenn.
The pipe was carved directly into the ice, but wasn't as cold as expected. Multiple tunnels led away, but since the team was still a little beaten up, they decided to bed down for a rest in a deserted room rather than risk too much moving onwards. With...
Posted by: Khilkhameth on May 25, 2010 at 10:00:55 PM
A group of demons proved no real match for The Red Order - sure, Shibboleth fell unconscious during the proceedings, but it was but a brief postponement of the trip through the portal, and back out of the Shadowfell. The sudden arrival of Glen Chesterby - rejoining the party after an undisclosed period of bothering gnomes.
Isaac had mentioned that Malachai's lair was to the north of Tymbarque, but when the party emerged into an icy wilderness, one had to wonder just how far north a two-day jaunt through the Shadowfell had brought them. An ice fortress lay on the other side of a deep ice floe, with a corona of far realm illumination above it. No prizes for guessing where the evil prince would be holed up, plotting to rule the world.
Crossing the ice was a simple matter for Glen....
Posted by: Khilkhameth on May 18, 2010 at 08:20:34 PM
The Red Order decided that it would be best (or the least bad, anyway) if Cassandra went back to inform the king of his son's treachery while they went through the portal to catch up with Malakai and prevent him from using the stolen Tear of Ioun to wreak mischief. Isaac vouched for her, and seemed rather insistent upon wasting no more time before beginning pursuit. He also seemed a little eager to get to the stabbin' part of the confrontation, but seeing as how he'd only recently come back from the dead, this was mostly ignored.
After Kawaii picked up the tracks of their quarry, it seemed clear to the halfling (with his newly restored brain memory) that Malakai was heading north, using a shortcut through the Shadowfell to reach his northern stronghold in the mortal realm....
Posted by: Khilkhameth on May 10, 2010 at 08:05:59 PM
Isaac's body safely stored in a bag of holding, and Shathraks' head severed for proof, The Red Order rteurned to the surface to tell the people of Tymbarque of their triumph against the illithid and its minions.
Constable Harras was relieved to hear that the troubles had been ended, and sent along a number of his guardsmen to help in the retrieval and rehabilitation (sometimes through death) of those townsfolk still imprioned below. Under his advice, the Order decided to use the biggest temple in the city - the Mind-Spire of Ioun - as the location for Isaac's return from the dead.
En route, Cassandra the changeling followed them again, upset over being 'left behind' at the inn, as if she'd required the Order's permission to tag along at any point in the past. She...