Year of the Tiger

Maybe there is only one way to skin a salamander.

Maybe there is only one way to skin a salamander.

Thoradin here again with further news of the Azure Sentinels

Ruse had stepped out from last week’s session so a recap of what happened was needed. The short sightedness of this dwarf was demonstrated by the lack of description of the engagement ring. It was pretty that is what I remember; I do not pay attention to these things.

We exhaust the possibility of information from the librarian about salamanders. I ask where the mages guild might be found and we head off to a building with many towers that looks like it is being held up by magic. The mage at the door has the information we seek and will help if we find out what is a girl’s favorite flower. The girl turns out to be the Emperor’s daughter. Oh for simple tasks like slaying a storm giant.

We go in search of a flower vendor and find one near the palace. Loof’s discussion with the vendor somebody “The Great” was very interesting Loof buys some flowers and talks long enough to get the vender to call for the guard. We leave in a hurry. We find our way around to the back of the palace. Loof asks the guards what flowers they like one says the red ones, another says the basket. We get into the palace under the ruse of looking for jobs. Loof talks to the guards in the guard house. The rest of us head to the kitchen and are put to work. Ruse as a waitress, Az as a lady in waiting, and I as a meat carver.

Az gets sent up to the third floor and finds out that the princess wants 10,000 red roses from a suitor and is fed up with her father. She fakes being sick and gathers us together Loof having lost 30 gold at dice.

We head back to the mage and take a portal out into the wasteland where he opens a portal and a salamander comes through. Az teleports next to it and hits doing damage, I am next and throw my hammer at it doing damage and dazing it, Loof freezes the pond with Az in it and charges the salamander doing damage. I do not remember whether or not Ruse hit. Az hits again and I charge and knock the salamander out. Loof tries to skin the salamander from the back slips and pierces the heart and the salamander explodes in fire. The mage laughs. Maybe there is only one way to skin a salamander.

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Mission to Rockt

Mission to Rockt

Thoradin here again.

We were sitting at breakfast when a messenger arrived with a note for Lady Garrett, Loof takes the message up. It was news about the crown. Someone in the Rockt library has information about the whereabouts of the crown. Haarlem is currently at war with Rockt. We will need costumes that match current fashions in Rockt. Lady Garrett gives us the address of her tailor. We go to the tailors and order clothes they will be ready in 43 hours. Loof and Luna go to purchase a ring for Miharo. Luna sends Loof off to take Miharo on a wonderful night so he can ask her to marry him. He takes her to a wonderful garden in the center of town and on a bridge in the middle of the garden he gives her the box with the ring in it. She has to ask for the key to the box to open it and see the ring. He asks her. She accepts and Loof is walking on clouds.

The next day we need to get a portal address in Rockt to make our mission possible. Lord Garrett shows up with some troops to escort his wife back home. Our steward did not recognize him so we went down to greet him with weapons drawn. He does have our portal address in Rockt. We give him the address for the portal in our fortress. We get news of the war things seem to be going alright so far.

We contact the smith to fix the advertisements on our weapons so we can turn them off. He changes the weapons so that they will send him pictures of critical hits and so we can turn off the advertisements.

We then head to Rockt by way of the portal where Lurg sent us. We arrive without incident and are able to get to the library and find our contact. He gives us a history of the artifacts as well as a description of the powers. We find out that the empire claims the artifacts as well. He knows where the crown is and will tell us providing that we prove to his boss that there is more than one way to skin a salamander.

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Loof and Miharo, Lady Garrett

Loof and Miharo, Lady Garrett

Thoradin again, further news of the Azure Sentinels.

Loof goes to meet Miharo’s father at his estate outside of town. It is a much larger estate than he had been led to believe, so he was very nervous going up to the door. He knocked and no one answered. He waited awhile and then went around the house and found Miharo’s father in the pool in back. They talked about his intentions toward Miharo. He made mention that the Azure Sentinels should distance ourselves from Lord Garrett because of some rumors floating about him. He also mentioned that he should acquire some land for income purposes. Loof then took his leave and received a scroll to take to Miharo.

After Loof returned we went and talked to Riana of Stiletto about Lord Garrett and there was a rumor about him being a baby killer.

After we returned Miharo asked to meet with us about some things. Number one on the agenda was the household budget. We determined to take one platinum piece from each of our income from the advertising with the smith to pay the expenses. She said that she would use it wisely and save money up to buy land. Second on the agenda was the budget for the wedding. Loof did not understand and so the matter was tabled.

We heard a commotion out in the streets; we went to the walls to discover a Lady being set on by a mob of peasants. I noticed that it was Lady Garrett. So we proceeded to mount a rescue. Az sent her hippogriff to carry her out of the way. The hippogriff is attacked. Luna and Ruse jump down into the crowd. Loof runs down the side of the fortress. Az heals Lady Garrett and I heal the hippogriff. Everyone is able to get back inside the fortress. Lady Garrett said that the crowd had come to her home for Lord Garrett and decided that Lady Garrett would due since Lord Garrett was not in. She ran for our fortress for friends and protection. The rumor had started because Lord Garrett indulges in a self flagellation ritual and he went out on his balcony covered in his own blood. So the rumor started, the mob raged and was out for blood.

We offer Lady Garrett the hospitality of our house.

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Rockt Rogue

Rockt Rogue

Thoradin here again, with my latest tale of the Azure Sentinels.

We are approached in our fortress by a Roguish fellow from Rockt seeking information about Riana of Stiletto. This individual’s name was too long to remember. I thought it was a good idea to learn more about Stiletto because we did not know much about the organization. So we took the job and went to work, me having a certain amount of reservation about the fellows motives.

We take him to a tavern frequented by the Stiletto and we are taken to see Riana. We find her sleeping in a coffin when she arises, the rogue attacks surprising us. Az attacks also making some comment about the extra wives. The attacks render her unconscious and near dead. I use a power to bring her back. We attack the rogue rendering him unconscious. Riana told us to take him to the King for execution

We put him in Loof’s haversack, Loof sneaks out and lets him go at the gate. When he gets back we hear a call to arms because an army from Rockt is coming.

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After the Cudgel of Ordered Chaos II

After the Cudgel of Ordered Chaos II

We go to the address and find a stone building with a wooden door. Checking the door for traps and finding none. Loof puts the key in the door and turns, we then hear some kind of gas escaping so we scatter. Loof goes back and opens the door. A series of lamps comes on so much for paranoia. We go in and find the possessor of the Cudgel. We make small talk ask him to give us the Cudgel he offers us money to leave. The fighting starts and we have a fairly easy time hitting him but he has a lot of hitpoints so it takes awhile to defeat him. He uses the Cudgel to summon aide which disappears when he dies.

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After the Cudgel of Ordered Chaos

After the Cudgel of Ordered Chaos

Thoradin here with an update. Luna and I started a ritual to restore Ruse’s sight that takes ten rounds. I notice two people on the roof of the building.

Loof charges the door and breaks it down and notices that there is only one floor in the building. As we continue with the ritual Loof runs around the building and finds another assassin who attacks him. Az goes to his aide. She ends up blinded by an attack and retreats on her hippogriff. Also a young boy and an old woman come by to see what is happening.

About this time I see an angel of Moradin who offers help and a mission. The help is to cause the ritual to help both my companions in exchange for watching over the activities of my companions in relation to their respective gods except for Loof. I agree.

About this time Loof is attacked by another assassin but is able to move away and attack them singly. The ritual finishes and I am able to attack one of the assassins killing them.

The old woman and the young boy turn out to be raksahsa they say that we will have to kill them to get to their master. They attack and Ruse is knocked unconscious. I heal Ruse and attack the raksahsa. We defeat them and find a key and an address.

Level to 14

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Arrangement for New Headquarters, the Cudgel of Ordered Chaos.

Arrangement for New Headquarters, the Cudgel of Ordered Chaos.

Hi Thoradin here again with greeting from Haarlem. We started our day making arrangements with the gardener and the dragonborn. The gardener was a strange fellow but seemed to know his dirt, just ask Loof who got a face full of it. The dragonborn were happy to have a way to repay us for the land we arranged for them. Then we needed to make arrangements with the Arcane Collage and the Guardian’s Guild for guards. Those made we separated to do other things.

I went to the quartermaster of the Temple of Moradin to make arrangements for income for the orphanage I was able to double the support for them for the next two years. I then went to my mother Riswynn with the good news.

Trots went to see his father and asked him to visit the father of the girl he is courting to further his plans for matrimony.

Az went to see the prince to spend some time with him. Enough said. She received a request from her father that she come and see him. So she went to see him he was drunk and he does not normally drink. He asked where the rest of us were and asked if she could get us there.

Loof went to find someone who would purchase his stuff at more than 20% of value, he ran into a smith who was willing to sponsor him and the Azure Sentinels but did not sell any of his stuff.

Ruse followed Az around.

We met at the Boar’s Head afterward and decided to go see what Az’s father the Judge wanted.

When we arrived he had had about six pots of coffee so was speaking really fast. A group of outlaws were causing problems for the Boss and thereby the Judge and he wanted us to look into it as Paralee had had the Cudgel. We were thinking about leaving someone with the Judge when he passed out.

Now to Lord Garrett’s to find out what he knows about Paralee , the Cudgel and the new outlaw group. He thought Paralee was probably dead, that the new gang had the cudgel and that the address we had was where they were hold up.

Off to deal with the new group. We arrive at a four story building and Ruse makes an attempt to climb the wall. At which time the party is attacked by assassins. We are able to defeat them but Ruse is blinded by poison.

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Going Home, New Headquarters, Hank’s

Going Home, New Headquarters, Hank’s

Thoradin here, we managed to get the sword and we made it home to Haarlem. We stopped for a short time in Derhelm so Trots could court his girl telling her stories of his exploits.

We were at the Boar’s Head tavern having a few drinks and talking to some bards who wanted to know what happened, when one of Lord Garrett’s men walked in indicating that he wanted to see us.

We went to his home and found out that his home had been harassed by people seeking us, and he wanted us to get a headquarters that was manned 24 hours a day. He gave us an astral diamond to help with the expenses.

We went back to the Boar’s Head to talk about how to set up a headquarters. I noticed a girl talking to a gnome about Hanks the old bar that disappeared she was the waitress and cook at Hanks, Apricot being interested in what happened to Hank’s we asked her about what the gnome had said. She was to meet him at midnight and he could arrange for her to get back to Hank’s. She said she couldn’t find a job, so we said she could be the cook at our new headquarters as she needed a job. Off to find a headquarters for the Azure Sentinels (the name Luna picked), we talked to the owner of the Boar’s Head he did not want to sell us the tavern, but he did recommend Joffrey who found it for him. We went down to Joffrey’s stand and he was an amiable sort would said he had a couple of places to show us. Loof said it should be made of stone so there was only one, the city house of a former king.

We followed him to what turned out to be a small keep by the city wall. The garden had been neglected for 15 years and was over run and the keep needed some stonework repaired. We went inside it was immaculate (there is a spell keeping it from degrading.) It had suites, an armory, a library, kitchen, dining hall everything we need. We bought it. Now to get it repaired and hire a staff.

The group thought that Loof’s former girlfriend Miharo would be perfect for the job of steward of the headquarters but Loof would not ask her. We went and asked her she accepted for a 50% increase in pay, but she would select her own staff.

To get the keep repaired we thought about the dragonborn who had built some good stonework in the mine before we arranged for other land on which they could live. They were excited to see us. We made arrangements for them to come see the keep and give us an estimate on the stonework.

We went back to the tavern to wait to meet the gnome. The tavern closed and the gnome was in the alley. The gnome opened a portal into the feywild once we stepped through we could see Hank’s. Hank was there, complained about having no customers offered us a drink of some very fine ale said it was the best he ever brewed. As we were talking a group of eladrin demanding tribute from Hank, turned out to be who brought the tavern here to the feywild. We exchanged words then weapons, they were defeated and one ran off. We now need to get Hank’s Tavern back to Haarlem.

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Going after the Sword V

Going after the Sword V

Thoradin here, now for the Arcane Circle, someone fired an arrow at the circle it comes back and hits them. Trots and Loof go out and fill his rowboat full of snow. Loof throws a snowball and ducks and is missed when it comes back out. Trots goes around to the front door and it is open.

Loof then steps into the circle; he begins talking as if someone is there. The sword disappears from the circle. We all step into the circle and see an evil looking dwarf holding the sword and talking to Loof. The dwarf asks us to sit down so we can talk about whether or not the current leaders were worthy of having the sword, also if we were capable of making that decision. He tells us the story of Haarlem and the Shearneth Empire and how the Artifacts of Antiquity were lost in the past by unjust leaders. Losing the Artifacts probably caused the down fall of the Empire. He said he had been hired to retrieve the sword by someone who we would probably consider unworthy. Loof tells them of the dragonborn we helped get some land as an example they were good. He asked if we knew how they had been treated since then, if we had visited them. We had not and it seemed to me that he had some valid points and I was wondering if we should recover the sword at this time.

Trots then fires a crossbow bolt at him and the fighting starts. Loof attacks. Trots attacks and misses. The dwarf attacks Trots a wicked hit with the sword. I hold my first attack healing Trots. We find out he is vulnerable to divine, radiant and stances. He attacks Trots a couple of more times before we are able to knock him out he stabs the sword into the ground and mysteriously disappears. Loof pulls the sword out and discovers that it is amazingly sharp going through stone like sand. He tries it on Trots to see if it still cuts him. It does. Loof cuts the door hinges before we can convince him to put the sword in his haversack.

Level up to 13

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Going after the Sword IV

Going after the Sword IV

The party arrives at the tower. It is about twelve squares high having a door to the front and a boulder filled opening to the rear.

Thoradin hands Luna a throwing hammer as she does not have a distance weapon. They move forward and throw their hammers at the archers on the tower. Scrappy the bard climbs into Loof’s haversack and Loof proceeds to run up the side of the tower. Az flies up to the tower on her hippogriff. Trots proceeds toward the opening with the boulder. Battle commences in earnest at the top of the tower. Scrappy a changeling had turned into something scary so the enemies kept attacking him and he is the first bloodied. They then fought and killed the leader.

Scrappy turned into the leader and bluffed two of the four remaining archers so they believed that he was their boss.

Loof, Az and Scrappy eliminated three of the archers and headed downstairs. The remaining archer was headed downstairs and then realized that he had been fooled and attacked Loof. Loof fought and killed him and headed downstairs. The door downstairs was trapped and turned into a plane of magic. Az and Scrappy teleported by it, Loof was left on the other side.

Meanwhile Luna and Thoradin joined with Trots at the boulder. After some difficulty were able to move the boulder. They were faced by four Azurs and a priest. A fight commenced, after Az and Scrappy joined the fight the enemies were defeated. The sword was in a arcane circle trap by the front door.

Session ended.

Level up to 12.

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