Once upon a time in Tyrn

Into the Den

With Maré knocked unconcious after the “mock” fight with “Ratchet”, the party decided to cover her body loosely with foliage to hide and protect her while they dealt with the looming threat.

Heading inside the Kobold den, the party noticed several kobolds off in the distance hard at work. Deciding not to interrupt them, the party turned the corner only to find other kobolds disposing of various waste in a large pit. A brawl quickly ensued, resulting in a quick end to the kobolds. The final kobold was thrown headlong into the same pit they were throwing trash in by Janus Altus, whose mind games were once again deadly.

The kobold landed with an odd sound so the party decided to investigate this. Seeing the kobold suspended and decaying rapidly, Janus Altus knew immediately that a gelatinous cube was present and being used as a garbage disposal. Seeing nothing of value in the hole, the party proceeded forward.

When they rounded the next corner, a shocking discovery was made. The creatures that lay ahead were more than just kobolds, they had been changed, made into something much worse. The beasts had arms that looked almost mechanical and shot steam with each vicious swing of the kobolds sword. When they spotted the party, the bloodthirsty beasts headed to the jail cells in back to kill the prisoners they had captured.

Though the party fought quickly and valiantly to go and save the innocent before their slaughter, they were too late, and “Ratchet” was the first to see the slaughtered women and children laying in the cell. The next had a pair of half-orcs, their hands grasped lovingly tight. Seething over what he had seen, “Ratchet” tried quickly to down the kobold, but it commanded mechanical minions, minions which would protect it with their lives.

Unfortunately for the kobold, “Ratchet” spoke the language that commanded the beasts and he turned them on their master. Ending the life of the kobold quickly, “Ratchet” investigated these creatures and what had brought them about. A very strong and dark fey magic had constructed them, and it set “Ratchet” in a state of unease.

Meanwhile, Khaine had heard the cries of another half-orc and was taking out his wrath upon a kobold he had frightened into intimidation. As it shook in fear, Khaine drove his fullblade through the creature and ended it’s life. Seeing this Cyrus became infuriated and refused to tolerate such barbaric actions. He reprimanded Khaine but it did not good, as Khaine simply accepted what he had done as necessary.

Travelling back out to the main room, the party decided to deal with the working kobolds and found that they had received the same modifications as the others. An unseen figure sprinted off as they entered the room, and the kobolds prevented him from being followed.

As soon as the kobolds were dealt with, the party moved on only to find a room that seemed eerily plain. Cyrus knew better and detected the trap right away, finding every minuscule flaw in it. He then conveyed this information to the party, and the party soon enough crossed the room of blades.

Despite all of their experiences and travels, nothing could prepare them for what they saw next. As they threw open the large doors, the party saw a room full of orcs. Creatures they had once thought hunted to extinction now filled a room and were readied to kill them. Charging in, the orc captains quickly downed Kami-Kavi and Khaine, but Cyrus had some words to say of this.

As the party began to deal with the beasts, things only became worse. From behind a veiled wall came the leader of these orcs, along with a small gnome. The gnome seemed to revel in the carnage, slaying several of the orcs by himself, while the orc with the bandaged eye walked forward slowly to engage the party.

The horrors he wraught on them were agonizing at best, causing each member immense physical pain. The beast even slayed his own bretheren to stay healthy as he began to plow through the party. The gnome did the same as the other orcs stood frozen. The party could not bring themselves to run and let such a slaughter occur so they began to confront the true leader of the orcs.

As blow after blow struck the party, each member became weaker and weaker, unable to fight or even flee from their monstrously powerful attacker. Cyrus called upon Corellon for aid and told the foul orc that his days of service to Gruumsh were over. Sending searing white light and an angel of the deity at the orc was simply not enough. As Cyrus held the line and stuck with his faith, the one eyed orc brought the deva to his knees, and then, as Cyrus lay inert, he slew him in cold blood.

Seeing this sight, the party decided it best to avenge their fallen comrade and brought their full strength against the orc. Bringing him to his knees in turn, the orc left his final imprint upon Janus Altus, showing him the horrors that lay behind his bandaged eye. With his death curse spent, the orc fell and the gnome ran, leaving the party two members short and totally exhausted.

Searching the room the party found a large stash of treasure and food, as well as the corpse of a Young White Dragon. Chained, pathetic, and stripped of it’s beauty and luster, the party was left to ponder what had happened to it. Perhaps the gnome’s rantings of taking it’s magic had been true, but with the gnome gone, no one was left to question.

Using Cyrus own ritual upon him, Janus Altus preserved the corpse and made sure it would not return as an undead and then asked Kami-Kavi to carry him to town. Aiding Maré and bringing her to consciousness, the party brought headed back to the village to see what had happened.

A Rude Awakening

When the party awoke, they found some fruit laid out with a note, perhaps due to Kammi Anna’s odd encounter with Kami-Kavi the day previous. While some of the party enjoyed fruit upstairs, others headed downstairs to see what meat was available and then head out.

Kami-Kavi was in search of a new weapon and asked Kammi where he might procure one. When she told him that Arms by Kain likely had what he would need, Kami-Kavi headed straight out the door. When he looked around outside, there was a rather large gathering around a statue of Kormayne. Ignoring the crowd, Kami-Kavi proceeded to Arms by Kain where he found written in red on the door that the establishment was closed. He knocked several times, only to be jeered at by the crowd. Greeted only by weeping from inside the shop, he proceeded back to The Bear’s Den.

Khaine and Janus Altus decided they would head out to go and visit Nol Terell, whom they had met the previous night at Thoracia. When they went outside, they saw the crowd and decided to investigate. They found that a man had been murdered in a rather vicious manner during the night and that his blood had been used to give the statue a new paint job, so to speak. Khaine, upon further investigation of the body noticed a symbol of Bane carved into the chest amongst the other slashes. It was too perfect to have been random slashes. In the meantime, Janus spotted Kiiren Teo, writing notes, and then storming off.

Deciding to follow, since they were headed in that direction anyway, Janus and Khaine confronted Kiiren and asked him what he knew of the crime. The three butted heads, but in the end, Khaine and Janus had noticed things Kiiren had not and thus managed to gain a small amount of favor with the elf.

While Khaine proceeded back to The Bear’s Den to gather the others, Janus went to meet with Nol alone. Nol seemed deeply troubled by the information that Janus brought him and told Janus to wait outside for his friends to come while Nol did what he could to gather information. Kiiren escorted Janus out and thanked him for his help, in a begrudging sort of a way.

Not long after, the party arrived at Nol’s estate, despite a butting of heads between Khaine and “Ratchet”. The party met with Nol and learned of two possible threats in the region, neither of which seemed directly linked to Bane. There were kobold attacks on the farming community to the north, and goblins were raiding the caravans that typically brought orders for Thoracia, Arms by Kain, and The Thistle and Antler.

After some deliberation, the party decided to head north and stop the kobolds, hopefully finding some useful information as well. Taking nearly a days trek north, the party eventually arrived, only to be greeted with a slight disdain by the farming community.

Though the party volunteered to help watch, they had not yet proven themselves to the villagers and were forced to watch on their own, ready to chip in should the villagers need them. “Ratchet” took first watch, but was far too tired from the days trip and fell asleep on the job. Luckily, no attacks were made on the village that night.

Khaine, in the meantime had done some scouting of the area and located the mouth of a cave guarded by kobolds. Feeling fairly confident that this was their hideout, Khaine returned to the party and imparted this information. Combined with the information “Ratchet” had gained talking to townsfolk, the party set out to put an end to the kobold threat.

“Ratchet”, using his knowledge of draconic, fooled the kobolds into think he was an ally and lead them in an attack against his own party. With the kobolds fooled, he instructed them to fight to the death and for the honor of the great master. The kobolds foolishly believed and were dispatched by the party.

With a fair number of kobold corpses littering the cave opening, the party hesitantly proceeded to continue their mission inside the cave…

The Final Field Examination

Maigera Srain greeted the students as they sat around the table, ready to face the zombies which had last plagued Maré’s team. Janus decided it was best to see what exactly they were about to face from the person at the table most likely to tell them.

“So, what did your team actually face?” he said plainly looking over to Mare. Her reply stuttered out uneasily, but the team learned that they had not passed a single encounter in the group. Hearing this, everyone realized it did not bode well.

Feeling Maigera’s pleasure overtake them, they awoke in a graveyard in a bad state of disrepair. Filled almost to the walls with gravestones, some smashed to bits, the team positioned themselves for an onslaught. As the first zombies rose, the team took action quick.

Khaine and Cyrus both forced their way through with divine might, smiting any who would oppose the team, while everyone else did their best to aid in the destruction of the living dead. While everyone had an impact on the fight, it was clear that the might of Corellon was shining through yet again.

Clearing the first round with what appeared as ease, Maigera was delighted with the groups progress. The next round went even better with more than half of the combatants being vaporized instantly by holy light guided by Cyrus.

When the time for the final task came the group finally received their first challenge of the day. Horrifying grave hounds surrounded the party, along with their seemingly human handlers. As the team fought hard to overcome this, the dogs continued to ravage the party, nearly killing Mare, and for once, hindering Kami-Kavi.

When it was revealed that the humans were actually Wererats, the fight became more interesting and the team struck down their newly identified foes with a vengeance, but not before one of the beasts managed to inflict Mare with a debilitating disease. Mopping up the fight quickly the team received their reward from Gary and went their separate ways for the night.

Cyrus and Mare headed straight back to The Bear’s Den, for some much needed food and rest. While Cyrus practiced his art outside in the rain, Mare was searching for someone who could help her cure herself of the disease. Kammi had fortunately picked up some healing talent throughout the years and brewed Mare a disgusting looking drink. Fortunately it did the trick and Mare started to feel better after a rest.

Meanwhile, “Ratchet” and Kami-Kavi headed over to visit Elyas at his tavern The Thistle and Antler. There he greeted them with full mugs of ale, having made a glass specially for Goliaths now that he had encountered one. He then prepared the men a meal they would be happy to eat after their arduous task that day. The three talked and ate to pass the time that night.

Janus and Khaine headed over to Thoracia to see what was going on at a much different tavern. Inside was bustling, a stark comparison to The Thistle and Antler and the men were greeted at the bar by the merry Dragonborn Dram Torreth. The men had their round and headed over to shoot some dice in the corner. Janus came out ahead after losing only a single roll. The gold on the table was stacked high, but this didn’t seem to intimidate Janus in the least. Walking away with 25 gold in winnings the other men stormed out of the bar.

Khaine had managed to spot an interesting face in the corner. It was Nol Terell, an odd figure to see in what many would consider the unsavory part of town. Janus spent his winnings to buy a round for any who would “pay a visit” to The Thistle and Antler before heading home and the whole bar cheered with enjoyment at the thought.

Heading over to greet the men with the fresh beers for them, Janus and Khaine met the leader of the town and began a friendly conversation. After this wrapped up, Janus looked about the bar for some able bodied men to guard him in case those he shot dice with earlier will still sore from their loss.

Arriving back at the inn at around the same time, all the men decided to call it a night. Shortly after the men fell asleep, Mare awoke and decided to do some investigating of her own. The morning was young and she thought something might be afoot. Finding the town to be quite dead, she headed back in, unsure about what her suspicions had lead her to.

Only time would tell…

A New Member

After their grueling first encounter with the goblins, the team still had some spunk left in them to fight. As they weighed their options, however, something odd happened. Maigera Srain, another teacher at The Academy, entered with a lone Human girl. Gary Longbell walked over to greet them and they talked in silence for a time.

As the group looked around at each other, they wondered what could have happened. Before long, Gary returned and explained the situation. Mare was the only surviving member of Maigera’s class after the zombie encounter, and since the teams sixth team member had never shown up, Mare would be more than happy to fill the role should she be accepted. Should Mare be denied, she would need to finish the other tasks on her own in order to graduate, or simply wait for another session of classes.

Luckily, the team accepted, and due to Cyrus insight, decided it would be best if they didn’t immediately delve into the zombie encounter as they had once planned to do. Instead, the team would face kobolds, and then call it a night. With no team to compete against, the group was told that simply passing would entitle them to a tuition refund.

“Alright, I’ll be leaving you with Maigera then, best of luck,” said Gary, leaving the library.

Unlike the transition with Gary, when Maigera entered the students minds, she sent them into a blissful state of euphoria before the cave snapped into place. Soon enough the room was populated with kobolds and the team would face its first new task as a complete six person team.

Cutting a swath through their ranks as if they were no more than stationary targets, the team advanced quickly to the second wave of creatures. Janus decided quickly that now was the time to stop toying around with his power and bring out it’s full might. He summoned a massive ball of fire that seamed to seer through anything it came in contact with. He was racking up a body count as quickly as the bloodthirsty Half-Orc Khaine.

That is not to say they were the only ones in the limelight, as “Ratchet” finally seemed to have everything in order and began to tear through the enemy ranks with his dark energies.

The new addition Mare also made quite the impact, using her deft dagger work to put a quick end to many of the small reptilian men.

In the final encounter, Cyrus revealed the true mark of his faith upon his back, and Corellon seemed to become incarnate through Cyrus faith. Simply decimating the opposing ranks as only an angel sent straight from The Astral Sea could.

Kami-Kavi finally decided to show that he was more than an average Goliath, and took on the form of a Winter Herald, making it impossible for the normally shifty kobolds to escape the reach of his war pick.

When the last kobold fell, and Maigera collapsed the illusion, the team headed off in separate ways. With Cyrus and Mare returning to The Bear’s Den, they were greeted by Kammi Anna, who questioned them about the days tasks. It wasn’t long before Cyrus headed upstairs to study rituals, and Mare headed up simply to read.

Meanwhile, the rest of the party headed for The Thistle and Antler, to see what fun could be had in the town. Greeted by Elyas Shore along with a near empty bar, the group decided to have some ale. A dark brew Elyas was quite proud of, it didn’t impress Janus at all, who returned Elyas haughty attitude to him saying “I thought the bar didn’t serve water?”

None to pleased, Elyas returned to polishing dishes until both Janus and Khaine had left. Returning to talk in apology for their friends behavior, “Ratchet” and Kami-Kavi learned of Elyas history as a student of The Academy. When Elyas learned that they had not yet faced the zombies, he offered his aid in a way, telling the two to meet him before their task in the morning.

The next morning, when the team awoke to an embarrassing scene between Kami and Kammi, they hurried off to The Academy to finish their final piece of field training…

And so it began...
The first day at The Academy

Their classes had been going well, having learned what to expect from Goblins, Kobolds, and Undead, Team #1 (consisting of Cyrus the Deva Cleric of Corellon, Janus Altus the young Human wizard, Khaine the Half-Orc Avenger, Kami-Kavi the Goliath Warden, and “Ratchet” the Half-Elf Infernal Warlock) was ready to begin their field experience.

Seated around a table within the library they know as The Academy, they were greeted by their instructor Gary Longbell. Though Gary was somewhat intrigued by having a Deva in class, he was for the most part unimpressed with the all human team. The team had opted to fight against Goblins first, so Gary initiated their training, attacking their minds to create the very real illusion.

Mopping up the first group of weak goblins rather quickly, Gary complimented the group, only to have Kami-Kavi smart off to him about his size. Now upset, Gary decided to throw a much more challenging set of Goblins against the team.

Khaine seemed to tear through the beasts as if they were nothing more than paper, his own actions even more monstrous than theirs. “Ratchet”, however, seemed to not have full control over his power. Though he would often try to end the fight quickly with strong spells, they seemed to fizzle more often than fry. Janus brought about the end of a fair number of Goblins, attacking their minds just as Gary had attacked theirs. Cyrus seemed to be the only one unafraid of the threat of death, citing Corellon’s greatness a number of times as arrows seemed to simply vanish before striking him.

Taking out the second group without much trouble, the team seemed prepared for whatever threats could be thrown at them. Seeing this, Gary decided that it time for them to try their hand at Hobgoblins, a much larger and meaner variety of Goblins than the party had faced so far.

The team struggled with the Warcasters whose force was keeping them pinned to the ground, but ultimately prevailed, and as the last Goblin dropped, the world collapsed around them, bringing them back into the library.

“Well, what’s next?” coughed Gary, looking at his students.


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