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Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition
The Red Larch Adventure.

The Union consists of-
Bob (Now Sweden & the world) playing Ken Lee, Male High Elf Wizard
Christer (Sweden) NOT playing Zyler, Male Human (Variant) Cleric of Tempus
Pedja (Germany) playing Goren Naeris, Male Wood Elf Rogue aka (atm) Lord T.
Simon (UK) playing Zalt, Male Half-Elf Warlock
Zoki (Serbia) playing Grimm, Male Human (Variant) Paladin of Tymora
&
Me- Goonalan (UK) playing everyone else (DM)

We play using Fantasy Grounds and Google Hangouts, usually once a week for approx. 3 hours.

And so-

Session #079 Wednesday the somethingth May 2017
The Incursion.

Starring-
Zalt, Male Half-Elf Warlock (Sailor) Level 8
Grimm, Male Human (Variant) Paladin of Tymora (Sailor) Level 8
Ken Lee, Male High Elf Wizard (Folk Hero) Level 8
Goren Naeris, Male Wood Elf Rogue (Criminal) Level 8 who looks a lot like Lord Thaelond, the ruler of Bargewright.

Alas Christer is no longer with us and so Zyler, Male Human (Variant) Cleric of Tempus (Hermit) Level 8 is being played by… I forget who botted Zyler, probably Simon? My head is a shed.

The Action-

1) Recap in Brief.

The Union have journeyed up the Dessarin River, courtesy of Shoalar and his crew on the Rivermaid, and have broken into Rivergard (an old Vraath Keep) using a combination of Fly spells and a pouch of Dust of Disappearance. They are here to rescue Lord Thaelond- who has the misfortune to look exactly like Goren at the moment. Rivergard is home, the guys believe, to a bunch of Cultists of some variety.

2) The Sneaky Way.

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Rivergard.

The guys a holed up in the top floor of the Keep, a brief scout around the building (by Zalt- Flying and Invisible) has ascertained that all bar one of the chambers on this floor are empty. The one occupied chamber seems to be occupied by a quartet of off duty Reavers (cultists). The guys are situated in the room opposite- the chamber turns out to be an old library, complete with a camp bed- and a little treasure.

The Dust of Disappearance wears off, they’re all visible again.

Moments later and Lord T is kicked out of the chamber to take a look around, the Rogue is aided in his task by a Potion of Invisibility and a Spider Climb spell from Zalt’s Spider Staff. The Rogue makes use of all of the dimensions, and surfaces.

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While Lord T is out investigating the rest of the guys take the chamber apart- grab a few books that may prove to be interesting, and also discover a secret door that leads into larger bedchamber that otherwise lacks a door. There they discover a little more treasure, this second bedchamber the Union later work out belongs to the chief of the Pirates here- Joliver Grimjaw. More about the third Grim below.

The sneaky LT has a look over the balcony, he spies down into a grand hall of sorts- and arrives just in time to hear a heated (at times) conversation between a very large fellow who is clearly in charge (Joliver), and a tetchy (at times) female Cultist. It becomes obvious that while these two are on the same side they’re not getting on.

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Joliver Grimjaw.

And so LT settles in to listen for a bit, this is what he overhears-

a) Lord Thaelond (the real Lord Thaelond who looks like Goren atm) is in league with the bad guys… this fact stops the room. Why the flipping heck have they come all this way to rescue the guy that is working for the bad guys.

A little later- when LT (I mean Goren- this could get confusing) sneaks back to tell the Union this Zalt asks the obvious question. When the bad guys kidnapped Goren (actually Lord T) why didn’t he just reveal that he wasn’t Goren (and was in fact Lord T- Grimjaw’s spy).

The guys are confused.

The DM isn’t however.

Lord T (actually Goren) continues to listen in and hears a (maybe) familiar story…

b) Grimjaw settles his argument with the female Cultist by telling a tale about the ‘Prophet’, specifically about the fact that he sailed with the ‘Prophet’ before he became the ‘Prophet’. Grimjaw knew the ‘Prophet’ when he was plain old Gar Shatterkeel. Very specifically the story Grimjaw tells is of a time when the ship the pair were crewing on was becalmed for weeks on end at sea, and then the food ran out, and then the water ran out, and then the crew took to killing and eating each other… and madness reigned. And the ‘Prophet’ was born.

The very odd thing is that Zalt told the members of the Union a similar story, an identical situation… it seems the Warlock may also know Gar Shatterkeel, and likewise know what happened on that fateful ship before the wind got up and blew the vessel back to shore.

It seems of the

3) What Happened?

4) Into Rivergard.


Session #079 Ends.

Ongoing Quests- Quest #1 Get the Pitchblende safely & secretly to Red Larch (COMPLETE), then meet up with Strom Halifax- get it authenticated, sell it and then return home- easy job. Quest #3 Find Savra, Lady Lara’s Sister- with the Flying Knights. Quest #4 Find Goren (who is Lord Thaelond really), Quest #6 Investigate Castle Overlook- What happened to Cadoc Vraath?

NPCs of note- Gundren & Nundro Rockseeker (Patron, again), Sildar Hallwinter (Lord’s Alliance), Sister Garaele (Shrine of Tymora)- GRIMM’S SQUEEZE, Halia Thornton (Town Master & Phandalin Miner’s Exchange- ZHENT?). Mags O’Mara (Triboar), Oggnog the Smith (Triboar) & Gable, of Gable’s Stables (Triboar). Sgt. Beavis & his men at Black Maw Bog Bridge. The Popper family & Gordo at the Rusty Gorgon. Sister Gallafrey (& the Pilgrims of Chauntea). The Village of Westbridge= More Owlman! Avarthel- Druid of the Land, southern Dessarin.

NPCs of note in Red Larch- Phaendra Chansyrl (Curvy in leather), Imdarr (Priest of Tempus & Gauntlet), Endrith Vallivoe (Junk shop owner & Harper), Mangobarl Lorren (Baker), Ghilee (Serving wench at the Swinging Sword), Constable Harburk (the Butcher, and the law), Ironhead (Ironhead Arms), Kayleesa & Ghilee (Owner, and Serving Wench, at the Swinging Sword), Gaelkur (Fence- buys gems etc.), Minnie & Pell Mhandyver (Poultry & Ghost Stories)- kindly old lady and her granddaughter. Elak Dornen (Quarry owner). Ilmeth Waevlur & Albaeri Mellikho (Rich men in Red Larch), also Baragustas (mad Old Guy), Braelen (Ilmeth’s son) & Grund (Pickle selling Thug). Larmon (Shepherd- saved his life).

NPCs of note in Womford- Tharrma (Proprietor of the Green Apple Inn), Morlin Coalhewer (of Morlin’s Smithy), Brother Derny (Shrine of Lathander), Sertiernen the Wise (Harper & Wizard), Captain Soranna Anitah (leader Womford Watch), Kellin Shadowbanks (proprietor of The Old Bridge Inn), Jarett North (of Jarett’s Sundries), Drathgur (Ferryman), Sterrel (of Sterrel’s Provisioners), Avarthel the Druid & Squire Welch aka Sqwelch- Protectors of the Land! Speaker Westron- Mayor, of sorts, of Womford. High True Trader Denaris, of the Church of Waukeen (Patron for Quest #5 find Sir Gustav). Sir Gustav (Paladin of Waukeen), Squire Conrad, and his groupies- Galder (RIP), Ren (RIP), Bryn (RIP) & Cora (RIP), Kessa Landau, Eshala (RIP), Ulf (RIP), and Rowan..

NPCs of note in Bargewright- Lord Thaelond (Ruler), Lady Lara (nice Horse- looking for her sister, Lady Savra), Foo Yung (with stone mask)- RIP, Staunch (fat bloke), Lord Slather (furious Gnoll), Captain Hargas (older Hobgoblin), Carl Drogo (thick-set Barbarian), Baron Ballbag (drunk Goblin), Killshot (dextrous Halfling), Kal’Zerth (mysterious Drow- with a history, see session #49), Lord Klarg (Familiar Bugbear- see previous adventure in Phandalin), Gershwin Chimbly (contract Assassin?), Red Malik (tough guy), Vran Diddly (jokey & drunk Duergar). Bloodletter (Orc Chieftain), Telos (crap Wizard- with face exchanging ritual).

COOL Sidekicks- Wodger, the Stone Dwarf.

Enemies of note- Gnolls, including (odd-looking) hard-to-kill pale Gnolls. Goren has enemies- the Greymen. Oreioth the Necromancer & his undead- DEAD. The Necromancer of Lance Rock’s “Great Eye”? Goblins? Ilmeth Waevlur & Albaeri Mellikho (Rich men in Red Larch), also Baragustas (mad Old Guy), Braelen (Ilmeth’s son) & Grund (Pickle-selling Thug), and the bad men in the Temple of the Moving Stones, including Larrakh- mostly all dead. VERY BAD Tiamat worshipping Kobolds- strange Hobgoblins, a Bugbear Lord (Wizard?). Gargoyles? High Priestess Sha-Ron blessed of Tiamat!

COOL Enemies of Note- Trimat, the Chimera & Dick and Dom, the Ettin.

XP Awarded-
200 Section 2) Planning the Attack.
700 Section 2) Flying Recon of Rivergard.
450 Section 3) Flying & Invisible- into Rivergard.
1350 XP Total

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