Ok, first up, I want to thank you all for enduring the late hour in order finish up that story line. I hope you all enjoyed the game so far. This has been a fairly epic tale, and we aren’t even out of the heroic tier yet.
Last night, we tied up one of the major ongoing story lines, save for a bit of an epilogue here on the forums. It was kind of like the 2-hour season finale that lasted for 6 hours. And as with all such things in this game, the ending of one story just means the beginning of another.
Revenge of the Gith
Our heroes were informed that they were to travel to the port town of Vralkek, in southern Droaam. There, they found a welcome surprise. Their lost companion, Krusk, had been restored to health, after having a nasty encounter with the eye of Duvik. And even better, he had been sent to assist the Line of the Mark as they persued the blade that Hyax had been injured with.
Krusk informed the party that a group of ogres had taken over an abandoned Dhakaani tower in the area. He also told them that the ogres were rumored to have been dealing with some of the shadowfolk… creatures that live in the Shadowfell. He also offered to accompany you on your quest, and was especially happy to hear that the government of Droaam was footing the bill. Those fat government contracts are always nice.
With Krusk back in the party, at least for now, the group went off searching for the ogres’ tower. Along the way, they encountered a band of roaming shifters, along with a werewolf, and some dire wolves. Even though our heroes were victorious in battle, there were some lasting repercussions. Both Alek and Krusk were infected with the lycanthrope’s disease, and are still battling it. So far, they haven’t lost control, but who knows when their luck will end?
The party rested, and regrouped, then continued onward. They burst through the entry and were immediately attacked by a group of ogres, who fought with brutal savagery. These were not the ‘civilized’ ogres that you had met in Droaam. They battled hard, and the two weaker ogres were brought town, but their boss was in a class of his own, and he lured the party into a trap.
The floor gave out under the feet of our heroes and dropped them into a dungeon, where they faced off against a trio of monsters that the ogres had apparently been keeping as pets. A snake, a spider, and a wyvern. The fight was a brutal one, but the tactics of our adventurers turned out to be superior to the instincts of the animals. Krusk actually tried to save the Wyvern, and had plans to take it as a mount. He locked it back up and left some snake meat for it to eat when it woke up.
After escaping from the dungeon, our heroes ambushed the ogre boss that had tricked them before. They took him down with brutal efficiency and then went after the Oni. They found him upstairs, still dealing with the Dark One. The monsters were haggling over a business arrangement of some sort, when they noticed our adventurers creeping up behind.
The Dark One was eliminated quickly, never having a chance to escape. The Oni, picked up the body and hurled it through the portal to the shadow fell, prompting some of the umbral creatures to emerge and investigate. With reinforcements, the Oni and his umbral ogres began to take on the PCs.
At one point during the battle, Alek saw that the blade which they had been pursuing this whole time, was actually the blade of his father. Even though the blade had been warped by the Mournland, the familiar script of Alek’s family was still plainly visible. Alek would have recognized the blade anywhere, and the battle took on a much more personal tone for him.
The battle was hard fought, but the experience and skill of our heroes eventually won out. The new tactics that they had picked up in their recent battles turned out to be very effective, and very lethal. The only survivor, the Oni, was forced to flee into the shadowfell to survive.
Now, our adventurers are faced with some difficult decisions. Does Hyax wish to pursue the Oni, into the shadowfell, or stay on his planned course, to visit his Pact Dragon and find out whats going on with his powers? Does Alek want to find out more about the sword, and the ultimate fate of his father? And what about that set of faked warforged components? Will Grey-7 and Quinn continue to investigate that mystery? And will Callista, who has been forced face some of the demons from her war-torn past, be able to continue without the need for treatment of her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
In the world of Eberron, it seems that no story ever has a completely happy ending…
Each character (including Krusk!) earns 850 XP for last night. That includes the combat, and the major story reward.