Midgard

Entering the Tower

The party gains access to an enchanted tower east of Darunia in search of treasure and ancient magic:

After resting at the Retired Sword tavern the party is informed by Bernard that the imperial wizard Nicodemus has requested their presence at the castle. Bernard also introduces the party to Throanton, an elven rogue who joins the party.

At the castle Nicodemus asks the party to venture to an ancient tower of a forgotten wizard to search for lost artifacts and magic texts. The tower is surrounded by a thicket of enchanted thorns so he lends them Briarbane, a +1 scythe with extra damage against plants, that he has recently acquired.

The party uses Birarbane to cut into the thicket. They encounter and slay 3 giant spiders. They also rescue and befriend a pseudodragon. The party then proceeds to the door of the tower to discover what awaits them within.

The party earns 395 xp each giving them a total of 2200 xp each.

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Lost Lore Recovered

The party explores the ancient tomb and solves a puzzle to access a secret chamber in the back of the main tomb. They find the secret room strewn with bodies; some of the bodies have magic weapons on them which the party loots. They find a +1 Staff of the War Mage, which Aramis claims; a +1 Wand of Witch Fire, which Khirad claims; a +1 Flaming Long Sword, which Valkyr claims; and a +1 thunderburst crossbow bolt, which remains unclaimed.

They also find a magic greatsword buried in the chest of one of the corpses, but when Valkyr removes it the sword disintegrates and the corpse rises up identifying itself as Mantrid the necromancer. Mantrid raises the corpses of the fallen heroes to attack the party. They party slays the zombies and Mantrid, but as his body turns to dust he hisses the words “Let the game begin”, and explodes in a wave of necrotic energy that knocks Khirad unconscious, but Aramis revives him with his healing skill.

Valkyr then locates the writing of Calaron Darune in the secret room and they sneak out of the necropolis, expertly avoiding Paige on her patrol. They return to the Temple of Erathis and return the manuscript to Risha where they are rewarded with 600 gold. They then return to the Retired Sword tavern for a good rest before their next adventure.

Everyone earns 1145 XP each. (300 xp for the crypt puzzle, 545 xp for the zombie fight and an additional 300 xp each for completing the primary quest of returning the lost manuscript to Risha.) [Total XP now 1805, level up!]

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Finding the Crypt

The party divides the spoils from the street gang giving Akbor the +1 vicious long-sword. They then continue onward to the necropolis north of the city and begin to search it for Dorian Gandry’s grave. As they search the graves they are confronted by Paige, a human paladin of the Raven Queen, who is suspicious they might be grave robbers or necromancers. She refers them to the temple of the Raven Queen for any information they need on the necropolis. The party meets Enoch, a elf priest, who manages the records in the catacombs beneath the temple. The party tries to convince him they need the access to the location of the tomb, but he is suspicious of their motivations, and they fail to convince him. So the party forges a note from Paige which finally convinces him to help. After obtaining the location from Enoch they journey back to the necropolis, open the crypt, and venture into the darkness hoping to find Dorian’s tomb and the writings of Calaron Darune within .

Everyone got 100 consolation XP.

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Quest for Lost Lore Begins

Bernard directs the party to the temple of Erathis where the high priestess, Risha, tasks them with recovering ancient writings of Calaron Darune, the first Emperor of Nerath. The writings are supposedly entombed with a priest of Vecna named Dorian Gandry. The party sets out to search the city’s necropolis in hopes of finding Dorian’s tomb and the writings. On the way they are waylaid by a group of street thugs who demand a “toll” from them for using the road. The party fights and defeats the ruffians gaining 310 xp each. A search of the bodies also reveals 200 gold in loot and a magic longsword with a jetblack blade.

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The Adventure Begins

Our heroes meet and get to know each other in a tavern called the Retired Sword, which is a popular place for finding mercenary work. The party fulfills a request from a posting to find a lost cat. After returning the cat the proprietor Bernard takes a liking to the party and offers them a lead on a better job if they clear out the dire rat infestation in his cellar. The party easily handles the rat situation and receives 250 xp each.

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