Blackstone

A rough night on the nose
Would you like a cherry with that zombie?

As the party left the town meeting about securing the portal, there was much talk of the brilliance of Alyssa’s design involving the stone rooms, spheres of annihilation, teleportation, and bees. But due to a few small component requirements, everyone knew it probably wouldn’t happen and concessions would have to be made.

Bobbin went to check on his new Inn and was told by some workers that they had heard noises below the town in the sewers. Once Bobbin finished, Alyssa mentioned that she was going to the goblins because when she last visited, Gzob was missing. The others, particularly Chikna, were interested in checking in on their goblin friends and made there way to the goblin caves. There they were met by Lilo, who then brought the party to Mip. Mip is now very pregnant and after a few pleasantries, informed the group that Gzob had been sent to visit the Earthblood clan and had still not returned. After inquiring about the location of the Earthblood clan, the party learned that it is located in or near the underdark, which Mip said was a very dangerous place for nice people. Mip said that while she was worried, she would not become overly concerned for a couple more days. The group then decided to get their affairs in order and return in 3 days to check on Gzob, if he wasn’t back, they would depart to go look for him.

The group then returned to Ysabeaus tavern and found that no one was working. The group found them in Ysabeaus office having an argument. (While Chikna nabbed some wine from behind the counter.) Ysabeaus showed the group a note that said her adopted mother, Janna, was being held and Ysabeau had to show up at the cemetary at midnight to get her back.

The group surmised that Ysabeaus mother may be held in the sewers and since they had a couple of hours until the midnight meeting, it was best if they scoured the sewers really fast to make sure she wasn’t down there. The group entered the sewer and traveled towards the most remote part thinking that was where someone hiding would most likely be. The group eventually found a room with three zombies that were guarding Ysabeaus mother. The zombies were dispatched and Janna was healed by Chikna.

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Dragonspear
The Three Amigo(a)s

After the antics with the Gwydion and the Grey Maidens, the group decided to rest a bit, then head down to Dragonspear castle. There was word of trouble in the area and several members of the group wanted to explore the area.

The group headed south along the road for a day and came to a town. The townsfolk informed the group that many women warriors had visited the town a day or two before and had caused quite the ruckus. We got re-provisioned and headed south again. One morning we made the startling discovery that we had camped right next to a Rocs nest. That wasn’t our brightest moment. Shortly after that, an elven gentleman who Bobbin was searching for flew down on a flying horse. He greeted us and asked us if we would look after three children in a cabin ahead. He was going to look for help since apparently both the Grey Maidens with Liota and a contingent of orcs with Logat had shown up. They were trying to recover the spear and helm of the Dwarf and Dragon that used to rule the lands.

The mighty adventurers found the cabin. Two of the children were there, both boys, Honor and Valor. The boys explained that their sister was taken captive and held in the keep. They also described what was in the keep and what they knew to be there. Also, it was pointed out to the group that something lived in the northwest tower that called itself a dragon. It was friends with the children.

The party traveled on to the keep with Bobbin and Alyssa doing some scouting. The scout team learned that Purity, the girl, was being kept in a cage in the courtyard along with another man, both in separate cages. Purity was being held by a Hill Giant.

The group, with the layout of the keep in hand, went up to see the dragon guy. Once he was informed that Purity was being held captive, he flew over and attacked the Hill Giant. The group rushed in an freed her, escaping into the darkness. Garf stayed back to take a short or two on the Hill Giant, helping our wanna-be dragon ally. Purity was returned to the cabin, her arm was shattered during captivity and hung useless by her side.

The group then proceeded back to the keep where Bobbin used the hat of disguise to look like a goblin and secure the release of the male prisoner. He turned out to be Capt. Spearslayers husband. If he survives back to Daggerford, the Capt. will probably kill him.

Time was now running short so the group decided that saving the helm was more important than the spear. The group made its way down into the keep and saw the Orcs had positioned themselves in such a manner as to give a mage happy dreams for years to come. Garf proceeded to obliterate all but one of the enemy with fireballs. The placed smelled horrendous. Logat was tough but the group took her down in short order.

The group quickly ran back to check on the spear, but Liota and the maidens had already retrieved it. The group found the three children had disobeyed them and come to the chamber where the dragon had been slain. It was still in good shape considering it had been dead for a decade or so.

The party went back to the chamber where Logat was killed, killed some mummies, and retrieved the helm.

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A Purrrfect day for a fight
Stupid Goatee!

The week started soon after the trouncing of the Grey Maidens. The group learned that Ganjii was supposedly behind all of the shenanigans. The crew ran back to the inn, suited up, and cruised over to Delfens tower. We were all impressed by Delfens amazing ability to get immediately trapped in a spell. The group heard some growling, screaming, and general hysteria coming from Delfens tower. We hastened into the tower and found Ganjii standing behind an invisible wall with a large hell cat [ http://www.bizarbin.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/evil-cat2.jpg ] threatening him. The group intervened and killed the kitty, but not before he ate part of Alyssa.

Ganjii then claimed that Gwydion was really behind everything. The group ran back to the castle with Ganjii in tow. We found Gwydions room empty and were then informed that the Duke was broke. Nelson stood by and pointed at the Duke and said “Ha ha”

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Dance, Dance Revolution
Grey Maidens are Prickly Little ...

The dukes party was an enjoyable event. It started with a bit of mingling and proceeded to a fine meal that was a delight to all, except for Garf who apparently filled up on rice cakes right before the party. Bronwyn was acting weird, but that was because she wasn’t Bronwyn. There was some fine dancing by the group members except for a couple missed dances between Alyssa and Ysabeau because they had some girlie talk to attend to.

The party had an exotic dancer who was not hit on by Chikna because Chuck was sick. Bobbin played a nice tune much to the enjoyment of everyone. We had a great toast where the Duke and Gwydion were poisoned; thankfully Garf remembered what the remedy was. Delfen then cast some detects and warned everyone that there was magic about. Garf also did something similar, but no one listens to Garf. May be we should listen to him a little .. Squirrel!

Delfen then dispelled all the illusions and we all went “oh”. Bronwyn was Alai, not Liota, which was the true surprise. Most of the guards were shown to be Grey Maidens and last, many women had their larger breast sizes dispelled; much sadness ensued.

The group then attacked the Grey Maidens with Rakadara volunteering to take all the hits from them except for a couple stray swings that caught Garf and Alyssa. Alai fell quickly and the pathetic alchemist was eviscerated by the dapper halfing. Loot abounded although Alyssa pouted due to bleeding on her new dress. (Shakes Fist at GM)

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The Poisoning of the Well
The butler did it!

The group was traveling back from visiting Lord Elorfindar when they encountered a group of orcs along the road. Two of the orcs were dispatched very quickly, but one proved to be extremely tough. The orc was able to cast what appeared to be divine spells and when pressed, was able to cast a spell to make herself very fast. She escaped! A mumble was heard that it was Rakadaras mother.

When the group returned to Daggerford, it was learned that one of the towns wells were poisoned. Several individuals, including children, were poisoned and very sick. The party gathered together as many resources as they could to help with the poisoned victims. Bobbin ran off to the Goblins and was able to work with the Alchemist to cure a couple of them. At that point, most of the victims were out of danger.

The group then gathered up Ysabeau and went over to visit Delfen. Alyssa paid the 400 gold fee to have him cast dispel magic on the Pine Marten. The spell failed and had quite the spectacular backlash. Delfen then removed the earring from the Pine Marten and identified it as an earring of non-detection. Then, through some egregious act of divine intervention, the group instantly determined that the Pine Marten was Bronwyn.

In the morning, members of the group prepared for the ball at the Dukes castle. Ysabeau was being picked up in a carriage by Gwydion, so she lent the rest of the party her carriage. It was a sweet ride!

Arriving at the ball, the group members were introduced individually and greeted by the Duke and Bronwyn. Each of the members said their greetings and it was noted by several that Bronwyn seemed a bit nervous. The party, despite being commoners, were situated one row behind the Duke, Bronwyn, the Prince, and his sister.

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A Meeting with Lord Elorfindar
Darn, I said I wanted a green THUMB!

The party, having just recovered the Mabs Journal from her tower basement, spent the week taking care of personal business. We had one week until the Dukes ball so during that time, the group decided that we should visit Lord Elorfindar and hear what he had to say.

The party members each bought a steed and headed north to Elorfindars. The way was relatively quiet and we were greeted by an elf once we were within Lord Elorfindars lands. The elf led us to the Lords manson were we were told to wait. We were told that we should not expect to meet Lord Elorfindar because he didn’t anyone anymore.

The group settled in for a long wait when a discussion started up with large, rough looking man. He seemed a bit familiar but at first none could place him. He was apparently searching for someone, someone we had never heard of. After a few minutes, Alyssa was able to place him as some relative of Ulvi. It was then revealed that he was her father and that they had a falling out which led to her leaving home. After a few stories of Ulvis exploits, we agreed to help him, but told him that he shouldn’t just walk up to her, but instead let us bring her to him. He agreed to wait two days at the inn across town.

Shortly after, we were brought before Lord Elorfindar. He is old, even for an elf. We spoke a great length, learning about the picture that is housed within the vault. The painting was made just before the god Aroden vanished. Apparently part of his essence is inside the painting and is able to answer questions to whoever owns the painting. Based upon what Lord Elorfindar said, much power could be gained by anyone owning the painting. He also mentioned that what the painting says is not necessarily the truth.

The party was told that in order to get to the painting, the blood of both his house, Elorfindar, and the blood of Blackstone would be required. Since we were not in a position to get his blood, he gave us all a small ivy tattoo on our pinkie fingers so that his family would know the bond between us and help us at a later date. Also, just before we left, we made sure we understood how to get to the vault.

The party was told that once we left, Lord Elorfindar would forget about the meeting and everything he had remembered up until then.

On the way back to Daggerford, the party spied a odd warrior walking along the road. We introduced ourselves to him and offered for him to join our merry band. Also, a pine marten wearing an earring ran up to us and seemed to be friendly with both Chickna and Bobbin.

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Mabs Tower
Grey Maidens, Ho!

The party had just dispatched a couple of large beetles near an underground stream. We had a Grey Maiden named Alai captive who was very talkative. The party moved slowly forward when Bobbin discovered several traps. The rogue and his buddy, Gzob, were able to disarm the traps and allow us to proceed. Just a short distance forward we found several Grey Maidens and several more lizard men standing about in front of an intricate door.

After a short discussion about who was working with whom, the party informed the Grey Maiden leader, Liota, that we were working for Ysabeau Blackstone. At that, they seemed to relax and let us work on the door. (Presumably they had been trying to get it open for some time.)

The door had several depictions of things that were backwards so Alyssa went forward and stuck her tongue on a small plate based on Gzobs instuctions. She then said “close” and three symbols appeared. We entered the symbols and the door opened.

Inside the group found two golems, the diary of Mab, a spell book, two portals, and some scrolls and potions. The golems were dispatched quickly by our sorcerer and we learned that the portals worked by just invoking the name on them. The first one went to the base of Mabs tower, the second into the Dukes grounds in a small stream. The group then informed Capt. Spearslayer of portals.

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A Journey to Mabs Tower
Ok, maybe just the basement

The group had just returned from a successful visit to the lizardfolk. Bobbin and Alyssa went down to the sewer entrance and waited to see if Gzob, the goblin Bobbin helped in the lizardman camp, would make it safely back. Gzob did and were able to learn of an impending attack on the goblin tribe. The group gathered our belongings and head to the goblin caves where we met up with Mip and her crew.

Apparently one of the goblins had murdered the tribal mother and had ascended to take control. The goblin did this by allying with the lizardmen and summoning demons. Gzob led us through the opening to the goblin caves and past some nasty beetles. The group found a room with the would-be goblin queen and her two demons. Our goblin allies attacked the evil goblins and the group focused on the queen and her demons. The queen was cut down quickly by Bobbin and after a bit of a fight, the demons were also dispatched. With the fight over, Mip was able to take control of the goblin tribe and she rewarded us with some small fungus’ that had special properties.

The group also learned that the lizardmen and Grey Maidens had passed through the goblin caves to go deeper into the mines. The party asked for help and Mip sent Gzob to help lead us through the mines. We took off and moved quietly to avoid any confrontations. We found one place where it appeared that the Grey Maidens collapsed the cavern. Using some tools, we were able to dig a small hole through the rubble and avoid going through more dangerous tunnels.

Shortly after, we ran into two lizardmen and a Grey Maiden. The lizardmen fell fast, but the Grey Maiden, Alai, surrendered to us. We took her captive and proceeded on. Not long after we came across two beetles. We were able to kill them, but not after a pretty rough fight.

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Meeting with the Lizardfolk
Thems some nice boots, ya'll

The party had just finished up with sewers and was patiently waiting for the time to meet with the lizardmen envoy. Bobbin had put a plan into place were we would offer some weak weapons for trade to the lizard men in order to determine the threat level that they posed. The party agreed it was a good plan.

One of the local blacksmiths, a gentleman known for making nice looking but shoddy weapons, was employed to create some basic weapons. The party then loaded up a wagon and traveled to lizardman country. We were met with some lizardmen near the border and escorted to their leader, Red-eye. The party negotiated with Red-eye and tried to discern was he was up to but really only learned he was trying to amass power. He wanted to unite the lizardmen in the region which would probably spell problems with the Daggerford and the surrounding towns.

In the lizard encampment, the party saw they had a goblin held captive. Bobbin was able to subtly communicate with the goblin and unlocked his cage. Bobbin also told the goblin if he were to get free to meet us in the sewers in Daggerford. Also, it was noticed that a particular shield was in the camp. This was the parties first clue they were dealing with the Grey Maidens.

The party then head back to the Daggerford to let Capt. Spearslayer and the council know what happened.

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Prior Stuff
My memory is only so good.

Attacked by lizardmen outside of town. Demanding weapons and armor. Killed lieutenant, ‘Gruuumsh’. Lizardmen are led by ‘Red-Eye’. The lizardfolk come to the gate about once a week to demand to trade. Thus far the town has refused to trade.

Met Ysabeau Blackstone, minor noble and owner of the Blackstone Inn. Her family’s Blackston Mines are occupied by a dragon.

Learned that an elf named "Lord Elorfindar’, who lives close to Daggerford, has valuables stored in the Blackstone Vault as well.

Following rat attacks and kidnappings, explored the sewers. Met a group of goblins hunting rats led by ‘Mip’. Traded for some herbal remedy. Killed Seamus, a strange talking pirate zombie who was in possession of a letter discussing the Blackstone Vault and the Vaults creator, the Wizard Mab. Found the corpse of Lenny, the ratcatcher, who was a skilled artist. (Lennister Melwig). Found and killed Lila the Piper, a wererat. Rescued Bella.

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