Unearthing the Past

The Return to Marienheim

In total your trip through the vale lasted just over two days. On your way back you encounter a party of three woodsmen who claim they are searching for any signs of Friedrich Ravencrest and two of his companions who went into the woods to hunt, drunk. You are pretty sure the bodies you found have devoured by the Tatzlwyrm and the woodsmen confirm their identities after seeing the signet ring you collected. They seem unsurprised at his fate and comment that the woods are full of dangers and while they had warned young Ravencrest of them though he had dismissed their comments as needless caution. The group offers to lead you through the most direct route to the lumber camp, and from there you are able to get back to town. As you leave they ask you to inform Gavel Kreed of the fate of young lord Ravencrest.

You arrive in town a few hours later and find 4 freshly covered graves along with 3 newly dug ones. Going straight to Laurel’s shop you find a mini-riot being held back by the town guard. Several people are screaming about how they or their loved ones are sick, how Laurel should be giving away her her potions for free, how they do almost nothing and so forth. When the guards realize who you are, they usher you in immediately. Laurel, obviously stressed doesn’t notice you immediately. After a few moments she turns and sees you and jumps in surprise.

Gods! How long have you been standing there! It doesn’t matter, do you have the ingredients? No matter what I have tried, the best I can do is help people with the pain, but its just not good enough.

She takes the bag of ingredients you collected and inspects everything.

I am impressed, these ingredients are in exceptional condition. I will begin brewing the potion immediately. There is enough here that I could give everyone in town a dose. I am sure Kreed will be very happy to hear, his profits have apparently been through the floor with everyone sick or thinking they are sick. From what I can tell, this potion also works as something of a immunization against the Blackscour. I will make sure you each get a dose from the first batch, we don’t want you getting ill before the town can properly thank you!

Laurel immediately pulls out the largest cauldron she has and starts dumping in ingredients, shouting at the guards outside to fetch her fresh water and anything else she may not have immediately on hand.

Relieving yourselves from the shot, you head to the town hall. After announcing yourselves you wait over an hour before Kreed has time to see you. He seems unimpressed by your tale at first until you inform him of finding the body of young Ravencrest at which point his ace goes pale.

Lord Friedrich? His father is going to hold me personally responsible. Do you have proof its him? I mean it could have been anyone, maybe they just decided to stay out in the woods for a while, you know these noble types, camping for the fun of it…

You hand him the signet ring and he stares at it in his hand.

I don’t know what I am going to do. I… You said you buried him under the oldest tree in the vale? If anyone asks he was buried with full honors of state, a regal ceremony. I will have to send men out there to retrieve the bodies so they may be sent home to his father. Thank you for giving him a proper burial, I will find some means of compensating you.

You have is attention now and continue with your tale. You begin telling him of the fight with Graypelt but the disbelief is clear in his eyes, that is until Dyne unrolls the fur across the floor of his office.

There has been a reward on his head for years. Since long before I was appointed here. I will see to it that the reward is paid to you in full. Please continue

You continue on with the story and he shows concern with not only the condition of the monastery, but the mention of black mold covering everything. He calls in an aid and has him collect a number of men to go and investigate the ruins to see if it is the same mold or not. Though Laurel believes she can cure and inoculate the entire town, he is not willing to take any risks and wants to wipe out any traces of the mold.

He seems less that concerned about the witches hut, but does raise an eyebrow at the mention of an animated cauldron running rampant through the woods and says he will send word to the logging camp to keep an eye out for it. At this point he offers you free lodging in the town inn and mentions that his aid will pay you accordingly.

On your way out you are presented with a small bag by the aid, 15gp per person and another 25gp reward for finding Lord Ravencrest and killing Graypelt.

You decide to head to the inn for dinner. After your meal the assistant that paid you earlier comes in and tells you Laurel has finished her first batch and they were ready to test it out. He leads you back to the shop where several guards are keeping the crowd back, though before you are within sight of the store a sickly sweet smell almost knocks you over. It only gets worse as you enter the door, its like the smell of a dead animal rotting and sweet mash made to brew alcohol. Laurel is hovering over a cauldron, sitting at a small table to the side of the hut is a man who you would guess is somewhere in the middle of his 40s. As you stand there he hacks and coughs several times into a rag, before pulling it away. You notice that the rag is now quite bloody as well and it is clear that this individual is in the final stages of the disease. A few minutes later Laurel announces that it is ready and fills a small cup, no more than a shot glass, with the brew. She takes it over to the individual who stares at it for a few moments before drinking it in one gulp. He gags almost immediately but manages to get the foul smelling concoction down. He sits there for a full minute, seemingly unaffected, however just as he begins to ask if he should be feeling anything he starts coughing even more violently than before. His coughing fits become more and more violent, throwing him out of his chair. He struggles to stand as the guards back away from him for fear of catching he disease themselves. He manages to hoist himself on the table where his fit seems to calm for a moment. Then in one last fit he coughs up a disgusting ball of mucus, blood, and mold and collapses on the table.

Everyone in the hut seems afraid to say anything, however before anyone can react the man stirs. Slowly he manages to push himself up and inhales a deep breath, followed by an amazed expression on his face.

I… I can breath again!

They interview the man for a few minutes and he informs everyone that while his lungs burn a little bit, he is no longer having trouble breathing. After a few moments the he reports that the burning seems to have lessened a bit and while some soreness remains he feels quite better. Uthad and Dyne both use their abilities to discern his condition as best they can. Everything they know indicated that the man has rid himself of the disease and the remaining soreness will go away as his body heals.

Laurel presents each person in the hut with a small cup holding a sample of the brew and orders them to drink up, explaining that the last thing anyone needs is the Gavel, his guards, or the adventurers that brought the cure back becoming ill before they have a chance to give the cure to everyone in the town. With some hesitation, each of you brings the potion to your lips and drinks every drop. You all almost gag. It has to be one of the foulest thing you have ever tasted. The smell of rotting meat and alcohol is only multiplied in the taste. As it goes down you each feel a slight tingling in your chests, but is subsides after a few moments. Two of the men in the group start coughing and one hacks up a small lump, but other than that everyone seems to be fine.

Kreed and his men immediately begin preparing doses and handing preparing to supply the entire town while Laurel prepares to brew another batch. Having done your part everyone returns to the inn for the night, planning to spend the next day researching what you can about everything you have come across in your adventure.

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Marienheim's Last Hope

Over a month had passed since Dyne, Niene, and Uthad had ventured into the ruins and fought the kobold raiding party. They were hailed as heros and were the talk of the town. They were bought drinks and invited to tell stories at the tavern and it wasn’t uncommon to hear someone recounting how they had slain an entire army of kobolds and spit in their dragon master’s eye.

As time wore on though, things slowly started to return to normal. Every now and then the group would have someone nod to them on the street or a pat on the back, but after a while the town returned to business as usual.

After another shipment of food was running behind from Marienheim, Huln Deepiron requests the group accompany him to town as he meets with the mayor to find out what is going on. As the party arrives in town the see several graves being dug outside the gates. As they travel through town the group saw many people coughing and wheezing along with a large line of individuals outside one of the buildings in town.

Huln returns from his meeting with the town gavel, Thuldrin Kreed, and informs the party that the citizens of the town seem to have a disease called Blackscour Taint. A town crier announces a reward of 15gp per person that will retrieve the ingredients for a cure for the disease. The party proceeds to the town hall to speak with Kreed. When they arrive they find a short line of individuals that are after the reward as well, including one little old woman. Upon speaking with Kreed, he informs them of the need of Ironbloom mushrooms, “rats tail”, and Elderwood Mold. Unable to provide the party with specifics he directs them to speak with Laurel, the town herbalist and sends a messenger boy with them to allow them to bypass the long line outside her shop.

Laurel, dismissive at first, tells the party what she knows of the disease and cure ingredients. The disease is spread by the Blackscour mold. According to her, her grandmother learned her herbalism skills from a old witch in the vale named Ulizmila. Laurel has been brewing a variety of potions and salves to cure the disease though she has little luck so far. There is one potion she has not tried, but she does not have the time to gather the ingredients and is unsure of their exact location. She informs the party of what she knows about each of the missing ingredients. Elderwood Mold is reported to grow on the oldest tree in the vale, Ironbloom Mushrooms were reportedly grown by the monks at a Darkmoon Vale Monastery on the other side of the woods, and the rats tail may be found in Ulizmila’s hut. She gives the group a rough drawing of the region and circles the area where she believes the tree is and marks a lumber camp on the map telling them that she believe the loggers may have a better idea where to find the exact locations.

The party sets out for the logging camp and meets a man named Milon whose young nephew is ill with the Blackscour Taint and immediately takes them to the foreman, Jarlben, who who after some prompting by Milon, finishes filling out the party’s map with what he knew of the area.

The party sets out toward the oldest tree in the vale, however along the way the hear the whimpering of a small animal. As they get closer it becomes apparently that a small Darkmoon Firefoot fox has become stuck in a trap and is close to death. The party frees the creature, but the creature was the bait for a larger trap set by a hobgoblin hunter and his two pet crows. Quickly dispatched, the party heals the young fox and begins to move on. It however becomes apparent that they have gained a new party member. As they continue on they discover the body of a dead pixie. Investigating the site it appears that someone had captured and killed it, believing that upon death its body would turn to gold, however being a woodland creature it instead turned to wood.

As the party travels, the dense trees and thick brush of the forest give pay, parting seemingly in respect for the titanic darkwood tree that dominates this clearing. Several times taller than a temple minaret, in on the direction the obviously ancient tree reaches into the sky with branches like a giant’s arms, while in the other it plumbs the earth with roots thicker than a man’s waist. Its limbs broad and strong, its bark thick and so richly colored as to almost be black, and its leaves the size of bucklers, the giant thing is less a tree and more a cathedral of boughs and branches.

While approaching the tree, three bodies are seen hanging from one of the lower limbs. Slung over by some kind of animal, Uthad spots a reptilian creature slithering down the trunk of the tree to advance on them. The creature, a Tatzlwyrm, is quickly dispatched. The party discovers the entire base of the tree is covered in the mold they are looking for and after collecting more than enough for their needs, the proceed to take down the bodies (those of several young men that had gotten drunk and disappeared weeks ago) and give them a proper burial.

The group set up camp for the night, however during Dyne’s watch a loud buzzing is heard from the far end of the clearing. The party investigates to find a giant mosquito moving through the woods. Preferring caution over valor, the group allows the beats to continue on its way. In the morning they set out toward where the loggers had marked the location of the Darkmoon Vale Monastery. After traveling for little over an hour the ruined monastery comes into view. Made of simple stone blocks, worn smooth with the passage of time, the stout building is falling apart. Sections of the slanted shale roof have collapsed and the portions of the outer wall have crumbled. Weeds and wild thorn plants run rampant across the field leading up to the place, leaving only the slightest indication of a path that ends at the ruined front doors.

After scouting out the yard the party finds the remains of a unlucky adventurer next to the well. Alerted by the Darkmoon Firefoot growling at the door of the watch tower, the party tears the door open to find Graypelt, a worg who was something of a local legend for terrorizing villages with his pack of wolves. After a fight that seemed to last ages, the party strikes the worg down and takes his pelt as a trophy. Moving further into the ruined building the party faces off against a kobold watchguard, a pair of darkmantles that had roosted in the ruined alter room, and a pair of skeletons in a makeshift prison. While searching for clues the group finds a tunnel leading through the ground through the cellar. Both in the tunnel and the library above the group finds mold covering everything in sight. Knowing if they don’t return soon the number of dead in Marienheim will grow, the party chooses to save exploration of the tunnel beneath the monastery for later.

With the hours getting late the party the party sets up camp in the makeshift prison as it appears to be the sturdiest room available to them. Sometime in the middle of the night the party hears scuffling out in the courtyard. Looking outside, the party sees an undead kobold walking slowly across the courtyard. Uthad, follower of Pelor cannot such an abomination go and charges in for the attack. Swinging at the creature it gives no resistance, or even signs that it is aware of what is going on around it, and is easily dispatched with a single blow. The party disposes of the corpse and in the morning travels to the location of Ulizmila’s Hut.

As they approach the location on the map that indicates the location of the hut the sounds of the forest become suddenly distant as the trees part, opening into a small, almost perfectly circular glade. At the center squats an ugly straw and stick hut. From the thatched roof dangle bundles of gnarled roots and old dried carcasses, all clattering together like gruesome wind chimes. A dozen or so crudely crafted scarecrows stand guard over the glade like silent watchmen for the witch’s home.

Mindful of the idea that a witch might lay in wait for the party, Dyne reaches out with his mind and searches for any traces of magic in the hut. After several minutes of searching only two things in the hut show any signs of being magical, a small spherical item he believes to be on one of the shelves of the hut and the cauldron in the middle of the hut. Studying the cauldron, Dyne is able to see three strands of magic running through it. He plucks the first string like that of a banjo and the cauldron comes to life but seeing nothing in the hut disturbed it immediately goes back to sleep. Trying again, he is able to sever the first string. While severing the second, the cauldron sprung to life and went mad, bursting through the wall on the far side of the hut and escaping into the forest unhindered. With the threat gone the party are able to collect the rat’s tail and any other items of interest uninterrupted. The largest item of interest was a small shrunken dwarven head, fashioned into a necklace and radiating with a faint aura of magic, a few tribal sculptures and statuettes, and a pouch of materials that Dyne feels are most likely used in some sort of magical ritual. Having gathered everything asked of them, the party sets their sights on returning to Marienheim.

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Missing Food Shipment

Sometime mid morning, Huln Deepiron made a request of the patrons of The Rusty Kettle Inn. The latest shipment of food to the village from Marienheim was well over due and no word had returned from the boys that had been sent out to retrieve the cart and lead it back to town. Huln asked for a group of volunteers to venture out down the road and find out what had happened to the food and return with it, as the town was in the midst of a heavy winter had the food was desperately needed.

Dyne, Uthad, and Niene volunteered their services and set out down the road a short time later. Having only traveled a few miles the party crested a small hill and heard yapping, almost barking noises on the other side of the hill. As they moved closer the party saw a small massacre with several small, lizard like creatures searching through the cart and struggling with the remaining horse. Thanks to Dyne’s knowledge of the region and creatures of the wild, the party was able to tell that a small gang of kobolds had ambushed the traders on the way to the village.

The party quickly dispatched the kobolds, even managing to take one prisoner that had become entangled in the horses reigns. A quick survey of the site showed that only half the caravan was accounted for and less than half the food was in the wagon. A clear set of tracks lead to the south-east through the snow. The party lead the wagon and their kobold prisoner, now bound, back to the village and handed ownership over to Thorin Anvilmar who sent them back out with the promise of sending others to come after them as soon as they were free.

The party returned to the location of the massacre and set up camp near by for the night. When morning broke, they followed a set of clearly defined tracks a ways and found a set of rocky outcroppings with a small cave. Niene managed to see a pair of beady eyes staring out at her from the cave entrance. Ingeniously, she pulled out her spell book and using the divine power detailed within, was able to infuse a small stone with the power of the sun, illuminating anything around it. Throwing it deep into the cave a pair of kobolds who were waiting to ambush the party turned and were entranced by the glowing stone, giving Uthad ample time to close the distance and dispatch them.

Moving deeper into the cavern, the tunnel abruptly ended at a large stone door which gave entry way to ancient Ruins. At the entry way the both Uthad and Niene noted a carving of the ancient symbol of Pelor. As they moved into the room carefully they discovered a small group of Kobolds dining on the remains of the other horse from the caravan. Using surprise and strength, the party burst out slay two of the four kobolds while Dyne dashed to the door leading deeper into the caves and slammed it closed before another larger kobold was able to join the fight. The warrior kobold managed to get the door back open, but not before the others had been slain and the party was waiting for him.

A cursory glance at everything in the room made it clear that at one time it had been used as a staging room for excursions deeper into the ruins. The kobolds had discovered this room and added to it from what they stole from traders along the road. The party discovered a good deal of various items used for digging and excavating as well, though some of the food from the cart was still missing.

Moving deeper into the ruins, they came across a door marked Mausoleum that had been barricaded by the kobolds. Not wanting to risk unnecessary danger at the moment the party left the room be and moved further down the hall where they found a shaft with a ingenious lift designed to ferry people between the multiple floors. Making a quick stop on the 2nd floor, it was clear that the kobolds did not frequent this floor and had not been there for some time. The only room that was accessible had almost collapsed in on itself with rubble strewn about.

Continuing on the party moved to the bottom floor and were greeted by an ambush of six kobolds, one armed with a small crossbow who fired and missed as soon as their feet were visible. One of the kobolds let out a screech, calling out the name “Graal” before being locked in combat. The party fought valiantly and Dyne surprisingly burst out bouts of flame and lines of frost during combat. As one of the kobolds fled, their leader was seen making his way to the fight. Niene chased after the last kobold, just missing him as he fled, however the kobold leader kicked him in the face as he lay prone before his master. The leader attacked Niene with a clawed club, knocking her unconscious. Seeing this Dyne used the inherent powers of The Weave and blasted the creature with a crippling strike, sapping him of his strength. Unable to hold his up club, he struck at Uthad with his poisoned claws, scratching him deeply but Uthad was able to overcome its effects with little more than a burning sensation in his wounds.

In the final room the party discovered a ingenious puzzle, that when solved would give access deeper into the ruins. While looking for a means of solving the puzzle, the dwarves Thorin promised to send after them. The dwarves quickly discovered that it was an ancient dwarven puzzle that required water to be poured in the center of the room, which would then drain away and unlock catches hidden in the floor and open up the passage.

Deciding to return to town for the time being, the party returned to the 2nd floor to ensure nothing was left uncovered. While searching the room, one of the dwarves was attacked by a creature later identified as a Choker. The creature rendered one of the dwarves unconscious in short time, but was quickly cut down and the party continued on their way. On the way out of the ruins, they noticed a small group of dwarves pointing at the mausoleum door and whispering amongst themselves, but were quickly lead outside and escorted back to town as brave warriors returning to battle.

Loot/XP:

  • 850XP each
  • Kobolds
    • 3 Small Light Crossbows
    • Small Dagger
    • 1G, 30S
    • 2 Unidentified Gems
  • Supply Room
    • 60 Standard Crossbow Bolts
    • 2 Small Hammers
    • 2 Lanterns, no glass (1/2 standard price)
    • 4 Flasks Lantern Oil
    • 3 Broken suits of Dwarven Scalemail (can be repaired into 1 suit, or sold at 1/3rd normal value each)
  • Kobold Leader

Notes:

  • More to come later on what happened since return to the village.
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The World So Far

Seven years ago a small party of dwarves set out from the mountain kingdom of Karak Algaz looking to discover new sources of minerals and wealth and expand their kingdom. The party, lead by Huln Deepiron settled in at the base of the Sturmberg Mountains and founded the camp of Huln’s Lode. Initially the village struggled, finding little more than worthless rock and barely enough metal to craft even a dagger. Two years passed and the camp came close to collapsing multiple times. Had it not been for the generosity of the villagers of the near by city of Marienheim the dwarves would have surely died.

Just when things looked their bleakest, one of the dwarves struck iron. As they dug deeper into the heart of the mountain it became clear that it wasn’t a small vein, in fact it was one of the richest veins the dwarves had seen. As the news got out, people migrated to the camp looking to find their fortunes or improve their lives. In the following years the camp went from a handful of dwarves to somewhere near 200 inhabitants of every walk of life, though humans and dwarves still make up the majority of the population.

Due to the friendship struck up between Huln’s Lode and Marienheim, a partnership was formed. Iron was sent via ferry from the village down to Marienheim and in return food, various goods, and payment was sent back via horse drawn cart. Several businesses sprang up in order to take proper advantage of this setup and for he last few years it has worked out pretty well.

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Welcome to your Adventure Log!
A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.

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