Day 69 of the Blue Moon, Year 448
Jedd and Sylviya were attacked by a group of skeletons on the road leading from Mirith to the portal. The pair discovered an unmarked grave in a small hollow in the rocks, guarded by a force of skeletons, one bone mage, and one skeleton archer. The archer was carrying a short bow of power, and the mage was guarding a silver glaive. Finding nothing else out of the ordinary, the adventurers destroyed the grave and informed Vilohin at the bridge of what had transpired.
((Reproduced below for ease of access: older reports from Discord.))
Day ~76 of the Red Moon, Year 447 – SulovirII – (2017-07-10)
Sulovir II pulls out his diary
T’was a blurry day for me. I lacked the motivation to act at a normal rate and my reaction times were slower than usual. “We’re about to hunt,” Nargaroth says. I followed him and cleric friend into the woods, towards the Gooey Park. Some time passes and we are assaulted by a Brigand. “Charge!” he yelled, but he appeared to be the only one “charging.” We investigated where the charge was lead from, but found no camp or any remnants of where they came from or what they were after. 13 heads were collected.
Sul puts his Diary back in his chest and heads to town, letting Bunny at the bank know to warn others passing by of Brigand activity
Day ~54 of the Waking Moon, Year 448 – Sieglinde – (2017-11-26)
((A burnt journal is found at the ruins of the old Nether Hall, the Sanctum collapsed from years of vacancy, occasional slides in the mountainous region near Duldrus, and frequent nesting by various species of wildlife. Few pages remain intact, but one is fairly complete:))
"This place has become an odd home for all sorts, it seems. Our little group had picked this place for its unique closeness to a cavern through the rocks and stones which most people would pass by without a care. We sought out that little nook, though, to carve a temporary home for an invaluable guest. Arjun had been traveling without us last evening, and had encountered something very strange. She had found a young wyrmling, red as anger but with a softness in its eyes that clashed with the creature's normal temperament. We had already known that its mother was seeking out her child, for it was one of her last and threatened. We carved out its lair while Arjun sought out the elder, and then built our great hall around that entrance.
The construction crew knew little, save that we were holding precious finds from our hunts and travels within the cave. Shortly after, elementals of the oddest sort took root in our forge and fires, curious and chirpingly friendly. They came and went periodically, but only so long as the wyrmling resided there. Though nothing came of it, I cannot help but derive that its presence drew them, or that they were sent by the wyrmling's mother to help protect it more than our walls and arms could alone. Arjun was ecstatic, and Shogun and Usasa were intrigued. I was cautious, but as time passed and the elementals chirped more often, even I warmed up to their special sort of charm.(edited)
I never saw nor spoke to the elder dragon mother, for I had helped slay their kind and had no interest in such a relationship, but one day the wyrmling was gone and Arjun returned more somber than I'd seen her in a long time. I knew her duty was fulfilled, for she neither wept nor withdrew. She was proud in one way, and empty in another. Playing caretaker to that creature was, simply put, the peak of her life, and the look in her eyes showed how well she understood that."
Sieglinde Blaquestone, 430
((That's a bit that never hit to the RTQs because of its secretive nature.))
Day ~78 of the Waking Moon, Year 448 – Bronte/Shivani – (2017-11-28)
I ran into Yendu while out for a stroll around Andris and she informed me of her encounter with an Old Gypsy, who mentioned strange occurrences around the ant cave. We stopped by town, grabbed some orange pures and set course for the fishing village. We found a female corpse, mutilated and burnt beyond recognition in front of the cave upon arrival. Quick dash into the entrance revealed the ants had been displaced by creatures from the volcano: rust beasts, red dracos, lava spiders. Yendu was gravely injured and mentioned seeing at least 1 red Dragon, a Magma Golem and lots of dracos after resurrecting.
Andrisの近くで歩いてあいだにYenduさんに会った。Yenduさんは一時間まえにGYPSY に会った。GYPSY は “Ant Caveは奇妙に見える”と言ったので、私とYenduさんは町へ戻った、Pure Xtalを買った、Caveを調べに行った。CAVEの入り口へ着いたら、削がれた女の死体を見た。入ったら、様々な火山の生き物を見た！例えばRed cos, rbs。不可能みたいし、私が出ましたでもYenduさんは死んちゃった。死ぬの前、彼女はRED D とMGを見た。やっはりCAVEの暴徒を倒すために、もっと人が必要です。
Day 1 of the Lucky Moon, Year 448 – Rivvyre – (2018-03-23)
early in the first day of the Lucky Moon, year 448... Castus, Danery, and Elpiis were cleaning up the Mirith Cemetery... destroying in good measure, the putrid Zombies and mindless skeletons that haunt the area. While in the Cemetery, we were set upon by an occasional Forest Troll... Which we thought rather odd; to see these green skinned humanoids so far nor'east of their native habitat. The three friends slowly made our way deep into the Cemetery, until we reached the sou'east corner. Resting there while Elpiis replenished potions. In the stillness of morn' we heard what sounded as raspy whispering... Moving quietly to the fence, we spied several Forest Trolls outside the fence, amongst the Trees. What little we could understand hinted to some Troll mayhem. A consensus was quickly reached... we would put aside the cleansing for now ; these Trolls were up to no good thing… Rushing back toward the Cemetery entrance we were met with an onslaught of undead minions… The Ranger shouldering his Bow for a bashing weapon... Castus's sword splitting them asunder… Surrounded as we were, Elpiis conjured several spells to Turn the vile undead... Bones and rotting flesh piled around and under our feet. We moved swiftly to the Gates of the Cemetery... just in time to see an approaching Armsman... Rolin ! We informed him to the possible plot of the Trolls. He spoke of being attack by Trolls to the Nor'east, and joined up with nary a moment's pause !
The band of able Warriors circled round south along the fence line, turning east at the corner… toward the Dark Forest, where the Trolls had been spied. Shortly, we were among a small group of Trolls… Battle was joined ! Not a one of the fleeing Trolls were shown mercy. For we knew, were it a human fleeing... no quarter would have been given. Searching the bodies, we found no clues to their purpose. We pushed on along the fence moving north into thick forest...
Suddenly, we were set upon… realizing too late, we had moved too quickly... Trolls were jumping from the trees… screaming insults 'n taunts… attacking from all sides… ! Within the thick, dark Forest... all was to their advantage ! The three warriors fought valiantly... slaying many of the opposing force, tho there seemed no end to the crazed Troll's numbers. Aye, the Green Ones had come well prepared for battle.
Day 1 of the Lucky Moon, Year 448 – Rolin – (2018-03-27)
After a long night of swinging my hammer over the forge, I could only think about all of the skulls I could have been crushing with the same motion. The desire took priority over my tradeskilling and I suited up in my battle mail, stocked up on potions from my chest, and marched on down fingering the leather handle of my Flail. As I was pondering the thought of it being my lucky day for a Holy Dagger, I was ambushed from either side by two Forest Trolls.
They snickered and tossed feeble insult after insult, but the tide turned against them as I slayed one of the pair and began chasing the other down the patch South. It was there where I ran into another group of adventurers, a crew clad in elegant robes and brandishing battle-worn platemail armor, engaged in a parlay with 2 of the same trolls. Twas strange as there hasn't been a troll problem so close to a capitol city in such a long time.
I aided them in finishing off the last of the trolls, not exchanging a word, but I knew by their demeanor, determination, and teamwork that we were fighting for the same side. If there are 5 trolls here, theere must be more out there. I headed East bound where I heard the trampling and snapping of branches.
2 trolls, 3 trolls, 6 trolls, all were cut down with significant ease. I allowed my pride to get the best of my and began my chase of cutting down the remaining fleeing troll.... only to be surprised and overrun.
It was there me and my new friends made our final stand, only for us to fall valiantly....
Day ~38 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Varto/Bertrand – (2018-04-14)
Varto posts a transcript of a conversation with Elarison a cleric of Brigobaen
(Elarison): You may have heard of the new discovery.
(Varto): I've heard rumors
(Elarison): I will let the story for others to tell, but...
(Elarison): My brother at Brigobaen, Evaristos,
(Elarison): asked me to call as many druids as I could find.
(Elarison): He is insterested in deepening the study of this spell.
(Elarison): And he needs their help.
(Varto): I'll spread the word!
(Elarison): I think Evaristos lost his mind over this...
(Elarison): He wants to invite them to the Volcano nearby!
(Varto): Good place to test smiles
(Elarison): For Elara, do not let your druid friends go there alone!
(Varto): laughs Silly druids want to go everywhere alone
(Elarison): * nods *
(Elarison): And Evaristos! he is so excited...
(Elarison): He could have thought we would need a bigger party.
(Elarison): In any case, he will be providing some dragon teeth for the experiment.
(Varto): More will arrive soon
(Elarison): I must return now, and try to knock some sense in that cleric's head.
You enter a bank.
(Elarison): You know... an older generation.
(Elarison): They sometimes overestimate their strength.
(Varto): We will be prepared
(Elarison): nods Thank you.
(Varto): Thank you for the great news!
(Elarison): See you soon, I hope!
(Varto): And safe travels, may Elara protect you.
(Elarison): And you. She is always looking over us.
Day ~56 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Varto/Bertrand – (2018-04-15)
Varto attaches a note on Mirith's gate
Octar, myself, and Asbjorn were hunting some hill giants when we were attacked by an ice golem and a frost giant in tandem. Beware it seems that the frost creatures are expanding their area of influence.
Day ~76 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Octar – (2018-04-17)
A haggard looking figure rushes to the city gates, saluting the guards and handing the corporal a note. “See that this reaches Captain Charonia”. Ignoring the Maralian fauna and flora, he marches to the Marali Vanguard and pins a note to the door. ‘Commander McTyr is restoring the tradition of the city that two equal leaders have primacy amongst the Majors. There is no obvious candidate. McTyr would like that person to command our respect as well as our swords, arrows and spells. You will find me in the City, or in Andris at the full moon. Yours in haste, Octar.’
Day ~77 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Shadran Mathas – (2018-04-17)
Black hand druid Fyod looking for a thief in red, with gohoran accent and chocolate. Has two gapers in tow.
Spotted near mirith crossroads.
This is my report for the conversation with Fyod the Black Hand Druid. Shadran lost in memory and thought near Mirith river is suddenly pulled from his thoughts by a voice (This is the conversation from the logs, I do this for eas of reading). (Fyod): I am looking for a troublemaker.
(Shadran Mathas): Wel...
(Fyod): I will find him.
(Shadran Mathas): I doubt that.
(Fyod): Do you, now?
(Shadran Mathas): I do.
(Fyod): And why is that?
(Shadran Mathas): Well. your pets will draw attention to you.
(Fyod): I can defend myself.
(Fyod): I need all the eyes I can get.
(Shadran Mathas): And the adventurers will, likely deem you hostile.
(Fyod): Pff. As if I cared.
(Shadran Mathas): chuckles
(Fyod): Hostile is that little crook!
(Fyod): And I will find him, I can assure you.
(Shadran Mathas): Tha hand has many eyes. and fingers it seems.
(Fyod): The hand is strong.
(Shadran Mathas): Yes, I know.
(Shadran Mathas): What does your "Thief" Look like?
(Fyod): Look, I must continue my search.
(Fyod): He wears red.
(Fyod): Like you.
(Fyod): Gohoran accent.
(Shadran Mathas): Hmm.
(Shadran Mathas): Nope haven't seen him.
(Fyod): Hands full of chocolate, I hear.
(Shadran Mathas): chuckles
(Fyod): Useless, you are, but thank you anyway.
(Shadran Mathas): Farewell
(Shadran Mathas): Hmmm. After this I returned back to Mirith.
Day ~78 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Shadran Mathas – (2018-04-17)
Cave south of mirith portal: possible Black hand hideout.
Heavy enemy presence.
Day ~82 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – TinyEvilSeaSnails – (2018-04-18)
A brief report appears at the banks around Day 82 of the Blue Moon:
Notice to Adventurers:
Beware! The Black Hand operatives are about and capable of coercing Gapers under their control. If you see a Druid commanding Gapers, odds are good they are affiliated with the Black Hand. Do not approach without diligent preparation and superior numbers.
Also be aware of a Thief sighted around the time of Black Hand’s activities. While this individual of ill-repute may appear to be opposing the Black Hand, their motivations are unclear, and they should be regarded with suspicion until they can be vetted by a proper Vanguard authority, be it Mirithian or Maralian.
Exercise heightened caution whilst exploring Bear Caves, as the Black Hand Druid appeared to lure a number of Black Bears into one such cave, also planting nearly a dozen Bracken seeds to ambush enemies of the Hand. One nest of vicious foes slaughtered an entire adventuring troupe.
Finally, a drunkard of a Stranger may either appear to aid your ensemble or request alcohol. Accept his assistance if necessary, but do not enable his substance abuse. It is clear he has enjoyed far too much rum as it is.
I have instructed scribes to produce duplicates of this message and relay them to all banks in our lands. In the meantime, stay safe this harsh winter season.
-Nial the Ranger, Armsman of the Marali Vanguard
Day ~88 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Terliyne – (2018-04-19)
((This RTQ was one day before the RTQ posted by Shadran. Apologies for the late post))
To all those involved in the recent disturbances:
A few days ago a note was flown into Mirith – trouble at Port Gast. Upon arrival myself, Asbjorn and Cassandra made haste to the small town. We arrived to find a common Brigand Fort, built just south of the town. I found it peculiar that one might build so close, it was as if they wished to be found.
The campsite was littered with Gapers, I couldn’t count how many. Brigands were mixed into the bunch. Unfortunately we faced some causalities but with effort – we cleared the camp of the terrors. (My thanks to Raven Shield and your assistance from your Guild Hall guardian Spiders.)
Within the fort was a note, one stating “All eyes on him, he is coming -F”. Within the chest was a Rusty Sextant… I couldn’t say the purpose of this item, but it seems to be in partial working order… Just south of the brigand fort was a small abandoned camp site, surely where someone stayed for the night... but who?
This happened prior to the events today, it seems they moved from Port Gast and across the bridge, in the direction of Andris… We thought this druid was strong, but I am curious to know who he is referring to as ‘he’? Muster the forces, and be prepared.
Day ~89 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Shadran Mathas – (2018-04-19)
* Report for battle of Andris Bridge ** Dramatis Personai Mustafaa-Fighter Altruii - Fighter Shadran Mathas - Wizard. Pixie and Wolf. Shadran walked down the path to Andris bridge, wondering what kind of trouble he would find. Soon enough trouble found him, in the form of brigands and Gapers, he fought quite a few until his potions ran low. Then by chance a grey wold flew out from nowhere and mauled a brigand to death. saving Shadran from a most grizzly death. They fought on for a while, then were soon joined by Altruii and Mustafaa, and somehow a very snarky and cranky pixie. The battled their way to a small fort with bracken and Gapers/Brigands. After clearing that mess, they found a note from "F" (The black hand druid with two gapers as pets I cannot remember the name atm Fynd?? maybe)). saying that the Thief hadn't gone far. THe group soon went east and found said camp. thus ending this chapter in the ongoing Red handed Thief RTQ Chain.
Addition to my report. The Mentioned wolf attacked the brigands due to it's pups being killed by the brigands. and the cranky sleepy pixie was woken up by the wolf, to maybe if it felt like it to bring me back to like after I got wrecked by Brigands and Gapers.
Day ~99 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Semris – (2018-04-20)
Satyricon, Rivvyre and me have cleared brigand fort east of Andris cemetary. This note was found inside.
Day ~99 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Rivvyre – (2018-04-20)
It would seem, someone... 'the Master' , had stationed these Brigands and their friends, a slew of Gapers, in and around this makeshift Compound. For what purpose, is not known as of now. We think possibly, to waylay the Merchants delivering supplies, food, and drink from the Docks to the southwest. Also possible is to postpone the upcoming Blue Moon Festival. Well if that was their best... the Festival shall begin soon.
Day ~104 of the Blue Moon, Year 448 – Semris – (2018-04-20)
Brigand fort near to pixie cave