Leucis & Sim
After hearing everything that is about to occur Zargoth decides that since he has not been paid and is no longer needed he will part ways with the party. So Sim and Leucis decide to return to Wrafton's Inn. When they arrive they find it is empty save for Karathix and Krag. Krathix and Sim sit at a table and begin to explain why they are both here and what their objective are. They also realize that they must both speak to Eilian the Old. Even though they know thery are here for different reasons the party agrees it would be best to work together and perhaps they will all gain what they desire as a result. Sim explains the sitruation with Lord Padraig and how there may be work up for grabs so they decide to speak with him in the morning before leaving town. Everyone retires for the evening except for Krag who lingers behind to speak with Salvana. He asks her if Winterhaven has a local smithy. She mentions Thair Coalstriker. But the shop has been closed for several days now. Krag inquires about the quality of his work and all she can say is that she knows he has been here as long as Eilian, possibly as long as the town itself. Krag then heads for his room for the night.
Everyone is fast asleep when suddenly around 3 A.M. noises can be heard from downstairs. Karathix is the first to hear this but decides to ignore the comotion and return to sleep. within a few minutes footsteps can be heard coming up the stairs. then nothing more for a moment. Suddenly there is a knock on the door across from Karathix and Krag's room. The guard knocking yells out "CoCo wake up!" CoCo jumps out of bed and puts on his armor and grabs a weapon before replying. "Who is it!?" Before an answer can be given it is obvious a second group is coming up the stairs, more guards. This time they stop in front of the first door. Krag overhears the conversation "He's in this room." Leucis then hears a knock on his bedroom door and a guard tells him to wake up as well. He immediately recognizes the voice as one of the local militia they met earlier. CoCo again speaks out through the door "Identify yourselves!" The guard replies and tells him that there is an emergency meeting at eh manor. His name is Tibein and he was sent by Lord Padraig to collect him. CoCo was apparently supposed to meet with the Lord in the morning. Krag & Karthix (who isn't as asleep as he seems to be) hear the guards in front of CoCo's say "Where are the other ones?" They can hear them approach their own door and knock loudly. As CoCo emerges from his room he looks around. He quickly realizes that the 3 guards standing in front of Leucis's door and his own are wearing different armor. All he can determine beyond this is that they also appear to have different objectives. Leucis is told the Lord of Winterhaven wishes to speak with him. Leucis says that is well and all but he is guarding a lady in the room next door and can not leave her. One guard from this party then moves to Sim's door and knocks. Meanwhile Krag and Karthix prepare for the worst. The quickly jump out of theirs beds and gear themselves ready. The guard knocks again on their door and this time tells them "Lord Padraig would like to have a word with you adventurers." Krag snipes back "This late at night!" The guy explains to him that the Lord is looking for adventurers to aid the town with an emergency situation. He informs them that there is a meeting about to take place and it would be most appreciated if they could attend. The two decide that it may be best to investigate what is going on, after all Lord's do tend to be wealthy. Sim opens her door and in stares the guard down with a cold stare and a bright glowing corona of red. "Who are you and what do you want!?" "We are here looking for adventurers to help the town by the request of our lord. I am one of the Lord's personal guards. Would you please come with us?" As she is talking to him the rest of the party, including the other two of the Lord's personal guards, leave the inn and head for the manor. Sim asks the guard how it is the lord knows of her and the party. He informs her that Salvana told Lord Padraig that there were adventurers staying at her inn. She then asks where the manor is. The guard tells her the location but when she attempts to find out how to get there all he says is that they really must go and he must take her there personally. Sim again gives him a cold look and with a short and simple "NO!" she slams the door in his face.
(Sims story continues but since the party/players do not have this information this party of the session will be added at a later time once revealed.)
Leucis - CoCo - Krag - Karathix
The two groups of guards arrive at the manor. CoCo takes a good look around the manor and notes that is is located along with 2 other buildings behind an inner city wall. He observes the wall for tactical information and realizes that going up the wall there is a small path that runs the length of it. Leucis is escorted through with the guards he came with. The other group of guards halts at the gate and tells the party to continue with these new guards. As they do so Krag gives the former guards some lip, question why they are being handed off like cattle. The militia replies that they are no permitted beyond the gate but only the Lord's personal guards. They merely nod without word to the other guards and leave heading back into town. As the party continues from the gate entrance to the manor they notice six guards standing off tot the side. These guards appear to be more veteran than the others. One in particular seems to have even been in a battle recently. One of these guards turns to him and asks "So you arrived tonight? Were you paid?" The group continues inside before they can hear anymore of the conversation.
Once inside the manor they are taken to a large room and asked to have a seat at a side table. In this room there are four small side tables surrounding a large conferance like table in the middle. At a side table to the left there are two elves seated here. One looks clearly older than the other. They remain quite as the party passes them. Around the room there are six guards spread out and standing at attention. At the main table Lord Padraig and a female elf are seated. Leucis is seated at the main table and the others to the side. The doors to the room re-open and Delphina walks into the room. Lord Padraig greets her and asks her to sit at the table. The Lord turns to Ninaran and starts the meeting. "I understand the problem we had discussed ealier and I believe these adventures may be of some help, if they are willing. The Lord turns to Leucis and asks for his name to which he replies. The lord then calls for CoCo to join them at the table. CoCo thanks the lord and Leucis is introduced to CoCo. The lord looks back to the party's table and asks Leucis if there are with him. He says yes and the Lord motions for them to join. He then turns to the elven ranger and introduces her as Ninaran to the party. Leucis introduces CoCo to the party. Krag asks bluntly "Why is he here?" The question is promptly ignored. Lord Padraig then turns to the human and introduces her as Delphina to the remaining party, whom is very quite. He begins to talk about a conversation they had had previously concerning the local attacks of kobolds. He then turns to the party and asks if there is any way they could help with this threat on the road and town. Suddenly before the party can answer the doors swing open and two guards and dwarf enter the room. The guards introduce him as Capore and say he brings urgent news. The young lord is obviously annoyed and demands to know why it could not wait. "I bring news from Thorribin my Lord. The Eyes Of Orcus have been taken!" The Lord shrugs it off and replies "We will discuss after the meeting is over." The dwarf is seated on the other side of the room at a small table.
Lord Padraig turns back to CoCo and the party and asks if there is anyway they could come to some sort of agreement and work together on the matter. Leucis after hearing what the dwarf has said and knowing what he does about the Eyes Of Orcus suggest that it is likely that the events of the attacks and the theft could be related. Immediately Ninaran stands and shouts "ABSURD! These rumors are not true! They are not related just as there is no cult activity!" CoCo begins to call her out but Leucis whispers that it would be wise to keep it hush hush for now. The party is again asked if they will help and Karathix inquires about payment. He is told that there will be payment but as to how much it cannot yet be said. The party decides to help with the hope of glory and reward to come.
Karathix and CoCo begin to question the Lord for more information regarding the kobolds. The says that all he knows is to travel back to King's Road as the attacks seem to always occur there. CoCo asks about supplies, maps and transportation. He is told that in town their is an armory and a stable. But the most he can offer is a donkey to carry their supplies. They are also informed about Market Square. And are told that this is the main reason for urgency. Apprarently there is a market day held here and merchants from all across will be traveling down the King's Road to sell here. The group decides it would be best to leave as soon as possible. Karathix asks if the lord knows the location of the Shadowfell Keep and the Dragon's Burial site. He says he knows nothing of a burial site, but that he can help with the keep and gives the party a map with it's location.
The party agrees to leave immediately once they gather supplies and find Sim. Delphina says that she would like to discuss a private matter with the Lord afterwards. Leucis turns to Krag and attempts to get him to talk to the other dwarf for information. However not being one to be pushed around and seeing no benefit for him in it, he declines. So as the dwarf is heading to the main table Leucis asks him to stop and attempts to gain some knowledge.
He then asks him these questions three:
1: What is your favorite col...... opps wrong campaign....moving on.... >_>
1: Tell me everything you know about the Eyes Of Orcus.
The dwarf says nothing.
2: Who would take the Eyes and why?
The dwarf says nothing.
3: Is there bad blood between the elves and the dwarfs?
The dwarf says nothing. (I'm sensing a theme, or bad die rolls)
CoCo approaches the elves and asks if they have any information on the kobolds that could be useful. They know nothing but the younger of the two, impressed by CoCo's demeanor offers to help the party. They were apparently here seeking militia work and would welcome the opportunity to help the lord.
The party returns to the inn only to find Sim missing. After waiting a few moments she walks up to the front door and says they should gather the supplies and donkey and head out of town. Krag begins to question this statement but it is foolishly overlooked and the leave town and head for their destination. After traveling off the road and entering the woods.
As they emerge from the trees they can hear the rush over water hitting the rock bed below the cliffs. It was also obvious that they were no longer alone. Queitly the party sneaks in to gain a better look at the situation. From their observations they determain that there are approxamentaly ten minions, a wyrmpriest, two dragonshields, as well as two other kobolds. Faint growling can also be heard as two drakes begin to prowl through the trees. In the middle of it all there is also a eerie blue glowing circle surround by rocks, suggesting some sort of ritual mound.
Karathix decides it would be better to scout ahead alone and get a hold on the situation. Leucis rushes forward to the left side and attempts to draw attention to himself by intemidating the enemies around him.
(Combat portions coming soon)