Year of the Tiger

Back in time Gnome Bar in Rockt

Back in time Gnome Bar in Rockt

Thoradin again with news

We proceed on to the palace and find a place of new construction with tapestries depicting I assume scenes from recent history many of them depict goliaths male and female fighting. After a short time the queen shows up and introduces herself as Lady then Queen we find out that she also had been attacked by gnomes this morning. She was a goliath and obviously not merely ornamental. We talk about jobs she might have for us. Dealing with the gnomes who are centered in a bar outside of town was number one. Without directly asking for the items we were looking for we found out she did not have them. She offered gold and land.

We head out for the bar. We find the bar easily and go in and talk to some of the gnomes around and find out that the Eladrin woman at the bar is in charge. Luna tries to intimidate her but that backfires and she threatens to start with us and continue until the eladrin have control of the city. The gnome that Loof was talking to runs upstairs. Battle commences Luna attacks the eladrin behind the bar and eladrin from upstairs comes down and attacks Loof. I move and attack the eladrin from upstairs then Loof attacks killing her in a single critical stroke. (note: 113 points)

Tharek dazes the eladrin from behind the bar who then teleports into a room behind the bar and closes the door. He then pulls the gnomes into center of the room and drops two of them into the latrine killing one, the other swims off. The rest of the gnomes disappear into the stonework. Luna opens the door and the eladrin woman surrenders. We find out there is a portal downstairs with guards and wards.

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Back in Time Rockt

Back in Time Rockt

Thoradin again with news

Next morning, we do some research about what to wear when we go back to Rockt. We find out that the city was ruled by a warrior woman at the time. We then gather at Emanuel the inventor’s to get sent back in time.

We arrive in a field outside the city near a relatively new wooden fortified city. As we approach the city the guards seem to be reluctant to let us past, but finally do.

We find a tavern. One of the patrons approaches and starts flirting with Luna she explains that she is an adventurer and comes from a town near the elemental chaos and he loses interest. He does however have a friend who could get us an audience with the ruler for a price Luna gives him a platinum piece. He leaves and comes back later with a half-orc who will lead us to the ruler. He did comment that the found the coin unusual but accepted it anyway.

We start our travels through the city and are ambushed by some gnomes who rose up out of the cobblestones. They surprise us and the battle goes their way for awhile. We then manage to kill several of them and the others disappear back into the cobblestones. Our guide thanked us for the help explaining they were a group who regularly attack persons from the town. Tharek wants to know why so he can broker a peace settlement.

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Back in Haarlem various

Back in Haarlem various

Thoradin here with News

Luna decides not to go into town at this time she did not know how she would be received being and exile. So we set the rock we were on down near the city and opened a portal home.

Luna talks to Miharo about the Eldritch Panoply items they where last recorded as being in Rockt 200 years ago. The sword is on a flying island in the hands of her brother.

I had my meeting with Adrik, Diesa and Morgran most thing are progressing acceptably our nearby mines are playing out so we have to go further afield for resources. We are watching the city states at war in the old Shearneth Empire for new developments in technology.. We agree to have a monthly security council meeting and that the prince will be invited to future meetings.

Trots calls a council meeting and they discuss the situation in Haarlem, his upcoming parenthood and a place for him to move to.

Ruse receives instructions from the Raven Queen.

Raja writes one of her sisters.

Loof goes to meet Miharo and is asked to gather us for a meeting with Emanuel an inventor who has been bugging her to meet with us. We meet with him and see his invention a portal machine that apparently can open portals in different time periods. He demonstrates retrieving a chest full of astral diamonds. Loof grabs all but one and takes them to Miharo. We discuss the ramifications of this type of obtaining goods and decide since it comes from Rockt 200 years ago so it was alright. I am still a little dubious. Luna finds out that it can take us back in time so she wants to go back to get the item from the Eldritch Panoply both Trots and I think going back in time is risky.

Miharo gives us each 10 of the astral diamonds for equipment and expenses. We decide to go back in time to get the items for Luna.

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Into the Elemental Chaos

Into the Elemental Chaos

Thoradin again with news

The next morning the genasi arrives and leads us to house near the noble district. We go in another genasi is preparing a portal. He finishes and starts calling the other an idiot for bringing the Azure Sentinels they argue for awhile. They decide to let us go through the one who brought us stays and the other walks through the portal. Luna follows, Trots asks if anyone thinks this is a bad idea. We agree but we came to put down the cult and prevent them raising a primordial. So we follow and arrive at a relatively stable part of the elemental chaos.

Luna and I understand primordial so I translated for the others there were two air archons, two ice archons and an earth archon. The earth archon seemed to be in charge so we talked to him. Luna and some of the others went along with the ceremony until the earth archon asked them to kill Loof and me, they then attacked. It is tricky fighting in a place where gravity is what you think it is and land just floats around.

The fight was interesting with people falling into each other and Luna falling of the island and jumping around. The islands crashed into each other and knocked people down. Tharek flew around and pulled people to him, then missed with his attack. We finally manage to kill of the archons and a storm starts in the lightning. Luna manages to fly the island piece we move to and get out of range of the storm. She then notices that we are near to her home town. She swears in primordial.

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Haarlem and the Harmonious Hobgoblin

Haarlem and the Harmonious Hobgoblin

Thoradin again with news

We step through the portal to find Nadia waiting for us. She informs Loof that he has the wrong crown and chides the rest of us for not doing an arcana check on the item to figure out what it was. It turns out to be a Leader’s Helm and item only usable by someone with healing powers so the others give it to me. Nadia asks Raja how she did and if she wants to join the Azure Sentinels. Raja replies yes but I do not know if they want me. Nadia says good, I will inform Lord Guy. She then informs us also that a cult is trying to raise a primordial and we need to address this. As she leaves she tells us the treaty with Rockt fell through. Wonderful, I wonder what happened.

Miharo asks us to have a meeting so we go up to the meeting hall. Household budget was doing fine except for one of our former employees stealing from us. Miharo gives us a bag with 3 platinum in it our share of investment income less expenses for the new vineyard. Luna gets extra for the income from the temple property. Miharo has information about the group that is trying to raise a primordial, meet at a seedy tavern called the “Harmonious Hobgoblin.” Several of us know where it is.

We arrive at the Harmonious Hobgoblin to find it is no longer a seedy tavern but has been recently remodeled. We walk in; walk out check the address and location in town because it is not what we expected. We walk back in have the waitress seat us at a table and we order drinks, while Ruse investigates, she finds a couple of genasi in a back room and a few other patrons of the tavern. Luna goes to talk to them finds out that they have met her brother on a flying island and say he was a real jerk called them brainwashed minions. They then come out to meet the rest of us. Then he says we will have to fight and kill his companion in order to prove we deserve to join the group in the elemental chaos.

They attack first whirling through us making three attacks at us then we attack most of us missing and the fight goes on another round. After three in the party get bloodied we are able to kill the one genasi and the other sheaths his swords and tells us to meet him tomorrow. We discover that the bartender is Lord Guy’s brother Gordon and he is not very happy about us having killed someone in his bar.

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Confrontation in the tower – Continued

Confrontation in the tower – Continued

Thoradin again with news

As the wall came slowly up, Luna started interrogating Raja about her past. She was not very forthcoming except that they wanted her to be something she did not want to be. Enough for now. There was a frost giant and 8 statues of Queens of the Shearneth Empire. Raja could hear the thoughts of the giant ”they will never solve the puzzle of the queens and then I will get to kill them”. Raja tells us we have to move the queens into a certain formation in order to open the door. If we solve it the door opens and we go on if not then the giant attacks. We spend about an hour with no solution when the giant offers some help if we will take him with us because his boss was not very generous and there were not many women. After a discussion with Trots we decide to take him up on his offer, he gives us a clue the queens do not like each other we are able to solve the riddle with Raja’s help and the giant goes off up the stairs to break the windows depicting dwarves being tortured.

The door opens to reveal a large set of stairs we go up the stairs to find a sturdy wooden bridge some platforms surrounded by a chasm on which there are two frost giants, a frost titan and two medium sized females all appearing hostile. Battle begins; Luna charges one of the frost giants and teleports him into the chasm, Raja attacks and teleports the titan into the chasm he catches himself by driving his axe into the wall and climbing back up and jumping into the middle of us and kicks Trots. Loof critically wounds one of the females and we manage to kill her first round. We other female manages to magically retrieve the falling giant and the battle begins. I get pushed off the platform and take falling damage Loof uses his wallwalkers to great advantage. The cold resistance from my ring really helps minimize the damage but I still end up with only 30 hp. Most of us end up bloodied except Luna and Trots and we finally manage to take out the titan, frost giants and the other caster. The crown on the head of the titan falls of and shrinks down to human size and Loof wins the race to grab it. He places it on his head and feels funny. Then he receives a sending from Nadia asking if we had the crown he sends information about the crown, the frost giant and the dead. Trots receives a sending questioning Loof’s sanity with a request that we head home immediately.

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Confrontation in the tower

Confrontation in the tower

Thoradin again with news

After a short rest, Ruse shows up and notices Raja and that they appear to be related. They talk for awhile then; Ruse enters the tower and heads down the stairs and finds a male kalashtar meditating below a crystal in a room filled with mirrors. The rest of us follow Ruse down the stairs trying to be stealthy we do not succeed very well. Raja recognizes the fellow and they have a silent conversation. Luna figures out that the crystal is defensive and the mirrors need to be destroyed in order to shut down the arcane machine in front of us. She whispers this to us. She hears a masculine voice telling her it would be a very bad idea. Trots wonders if we should leave being that the machine is defensive. Raja asks the kalashtar Litith why he was not with his love and what he was doing. He said he was making the world a better place. That during the reign of the giants there was one thousand years of order. He then tells Raja that she should be back at the monastery. Interesting questions surfacing about Raja’s past.

Luna says we might as well fight and Litith says yes. Luna gets dominated by the crystal and kalashtar. Loof breaks one of the mirrors taking minor damage. Luna hits Trots. I decided to attack Litith with my action point so I hit him with “Call of Iron” which allows my allies to do extra damage to him then I used “Word of Healing Assault” which allows two of my allies to attack Raja hits, Trots missed. Trots action his turn allowed Luna to save against being dominated good one Trots. Luna uses “Dual Lightning Strike” to attack and kill Litith and destroy a mirror, then uses an action point to go critical and destroy two mirrors and ends up taking a lot of damage and getting bloodied. The mirrors are doing more damage as more of them are destroyed. By the time my next action came around Litith was dead. As he died he said to Raja that she was a worse traitor to the cause than he was. More questions about Raja. I threw my hammer at one of the mirrors breaking it. We finish destroying the mirrors the crystal falls and shatters

And the walls start to move upward.

We take several short rests to get back up to full strength.

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Awakening from the Dream and Heading North.

Awakening from the Dream and Heading North.

Thoradin with News

Luna comes into breakfast saying that she had had a dream and the gods were jerks and she was not going to worship them anymore. Apparently last week’s confrontation at the temple did not happen, however I did get visited by an angel who said I was doing a good job and did point out a flaw in the armor that I was forging. Trots noted that he and his wife were visited and now his wife will be on the Erathren Counsel. Ruse was not at breakfast but apparently there was a visitation there as well. There was not much conversation about the dream we had but it seemed to be the same for all of us. Sadly Az has retired from the Azure Sentinels and is about her new job as the governor. I received a neck item +4 Healer’s Brooch for services rendered to deity.

Loof was out looking for a vender to purchase his loot when he ran into a Kalashtar named Raja that looked a lot like Ruse. He talked to her and invited her to breakfast and to stay in the Azure Fortress. At the table Loof introduced her as Rickshaw I asked her if he had gotten the name right. He had not. Her name was Raja. She was not forthcoming with more information or reasons why she had left her home and come to Haarlem. Miharo said she was welcome but that she must work or pay. She said that she did not have much. It seemed to me that was some reason for her leaving. I said she looked like she needed some time to think and sort things out and that I would pay her rent for a month. Miharo was pleased. I need to talk to her and see if she has enough to run the fortress. As is her custom Nadia showed up for breakfast and talked to Raja and hired her to guide us north. (A not so subtle hint that we need to go and to be about finding the crown.) Luna said we were leaving tomorrow.

This time when we stepped through the portal it was indeed snowing. Our winter gear was indeed necessary. Maybe we are in the right place. I perform the Endure Elements Ritual to help us deal with the cold. There was a trail that let to a tower that had various sizes of footprints. As we approached a frost giant stepped out of the tower and started walking toward us. Another one followed and a humanoid woman. The Frost Giants attacked doing damage to Loof and Luna. We attacked doing damage to the giants. The lady attacked and did damage and knocked most of us prone. We trade several more rounds and several of us got bloodied. I expended my Runes of Mending. Trots commented that he should have purchased more potions. Alas none are available in the middle of nowhere. We do need to plan better as far as potions are concerned. We also should have met with the Prince to see about rewards for defending Haarlem and getting a treaty signed.

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Confrontation at the Temple of Selûne

Confrontation at the Temple of Selûne

Thoradin with news

As I was working at the forge and angel of Moradin appeared to me telling me that there was going to be some trouble at the Temple of Selûne and that I was to defend the worshipers and temple. After that I went to the Temple of Moradin for a conformation ceremony where I thought I was to be advanced to High Priest. It was a surprise to me I was made the Primate over Marshall Development. I went to Hanks with the other Azure Sentinels to celebrate. As we were having a few drinks one of the worshipers of Selûne came in to say their portals defenses had been breached and an attack was eminent. We ran over to the temple and the worshipers welcomed us and fled.

A group of Githyanki had come through the portal. Loof attacked first and killed a minion. Luna attacked killing a minion. The minions attacked Luna doing some damage. I threw a hammer at one killing her. Then all hell broke loose when Trots attacked Luna doing damage. Why are you attacking yelled Luna. Loof was confused and so was I. then Ruse attacked Luna setting me on Luna’s side against Trots Ruse and the Githyanki. I healed Luna. Trots asked for healing also I said nothing and attacked Ruse, Trots and the githyanki. Ruse explained that they had been instructed by their gods and had to follow instructions. I said I had received instructions also, and I healed Luna and attacked them again. At that point Luna pulled the Sword of Justice and calls upon it to pass judgment. It then disappears saying this can easily be resolved. Ruse, Trots and Luna make a tentative peace accepting that Luna will no longer fund Selûne and will let the githyanki destroy the temple. I am torn and continue to defend the temple until I am overrun.

Apparently Trots, Ruse and I had received visitations from angels.

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Haarlem and the War with the Empire continued

Haarlem and the War with the Empire continued

Thoradin here with more of the story.

Trots teleports over to the dragon and attacks him doing some damage in his weakened state. Ruse attacks and misses. I charge and miss, but hit with a rune attack that allows people additional damage to their attacks until my next turn I also hit with another attack doing damage. The following attacks subdue and kill the dragon with it breathing fire and clawing at Az and I. After the dragon falls the others flee and our troops follow after them and what was a close battle before we came turns into a rout. We discuss what to do with the gold dragon corpse, whether or not to barbeque, and can not decide whether or not gold dragon is edible and finally settle on letting the arcane college have it for study.

The Elder Iron Dragon revives and we try to find out what compelled him to fight against us. He wants a book from the Haarlem Library that discusses the life after death. In return he will negotiate a treaty with Rockt. He makes a promise to return the book which Luna finds his intentions to be questionable. The dragon suggests a 20 year term Trots suggests a longer term like the dragon’s lifetime. The dragon tells us that the longer term would invite the princess make war on us as soon as she came to power. We finally agree on the following terms. He gets the book, we get a twenty five year peace with a negotiation at the end of twenty, and we get the city the Gateway to Rockt.

We take the proposal to the Prince and on our way notice that people are crying and acting strangely. Loof picks up a small girl and scares her so badly she soils herself then runs off. An older maid is not so scared by Loof and tells us that one of the royals has been shot, but does not know who it was.

We go into see the Prince and he is alright and says to Az that her fool of a father-in-law has been shot by a stray arrow from the battlefield. That the king will survive. We relay to him the details of the agreement we made with the dragon. He accepts the terms and has a treaty drawn up. He sends Loof to have Miharo put some misleading information in the book. He tells Trots that the Erathrine Dwarves are to gear up for war providing arms and babies.

We take the treaty to the Dragon and he returns with it signed. We are no longer at war with Rockt.

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