DDDD: Mercenary Menagerie & The Princes of the Apocalypse

Session 2: Whose Job is it Anyway?

6-8 Ches (3), Claw of Sunsets; 1491 DR, Year of the Scarlet Witch

The group awakens in Red Larch at the Swinging Sword.  The proprietor, Kaylessa Irkell, told the group of disturbances near town caused by fell magic.  She believes these are related to a dark presence at Lance Rock, offering a reward for any who investigate it.  They then went to Mellikho Stoneworks and, masquerading as potential buyers, spoke with Albaeri Mellikho.  Finally, Constable Harbuk thanked the group for checking on Lance Rock and also mentioned a group of bandits south-east of town.

The group set out for Lance Rock a narrow, twenty-five foot menhir of bare, gray rock that juts eastward at a sixty-degree angle.  A nearby trail lead to a cave in which several undead beings dwell.  The group has spent the last 2 days clearing out the undead menace.

Session 1: The Road to Red Larch

The Mercenary Menagerie heads to Red Larch to explore the ancient dwarven city of Tyar-Besil beneath the Sumber Hills.  They took to the road due to delays on the Dessarin River.  A caravan agreed to bring them along for their journey to Red Larch.  In the Talking Troll (tavern) of Triboar, they met the survivors of a caravan raided by hippogriff riders between Bargewright Inn and Red Larch.  Additionally, they heard stories of weird weather and disappearances, including Gervor and his companions, and two Waterdhevian merchants: Kharloss and Jarlee.  They were joined by a group of men with half a dozen horses on their way to Helvenblade, home of the Silmerhelves, which is guarded by a "family ghost". After passing a group of dwarven miners, they were ambushed by a group of raiders in the middle of the night.  One of the raiders managed to escape, while one was subjected to a most intense fresh test by Linx and crushing volleys from Aralen and Gimble.

Session 0

A dwarf cleric of Dumathoin hired the reputable raider, Cloak, to retrieve a tome for him.  After finding it it in a tomb close-by Yartar, Cloack decided it would better suit him to sell it off to the highest bidder.  He peddled the book at the Inn of the Glowing Gem.  This caught the eye of Alaren who had heard of this book, The Life and Times of Unoth Axeriver.  It was rumored to contain hints of a long-forgotten dwarven kingdom in the Dessarin Valley.  Linx was also sent to the area to look into the recent escalation of disturbances, and was informed by her contacts in Yartar that this tome might help in uncovering the mystery.

After convincing Linx to open the tome, and Alaren to translate it, the three set off to the Red Larch, the closest town to investigate the Sumber Hills.


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