BenCo the Brave

recovery
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7/23
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return to the city
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Vivizax encounter
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City Shenangins

After returning to the city and setting out to investigate three possible suspects that may have some means or motive to undermine the kingdom and its ruler the group instead turns to minor chaos in attempts to gather information, and work out some of the party dynamics that seemed to be festering.

Rhunningo managed to find someone to trade Bellinith's amulet to, so far this person is unknown to the group and Rhunningo has had a lapse in memory. This amulet may be worth tracking back down, seeing as how it came from a powerful magical being that had some importance to the kingdom…

Trading the necklace (for a seemingly cursed dagger) Rhunningo was able to trick Vanoliel into casting remove curse which also removed the magic binding the ring to him. Once free of this ring that tied him to the paladin he saught to escape. A very interesting Benny Hill-esk pursuit ensued. Rhunningo managed to escape Vanoliel but was captured by the city watch (a running drow, the only drow in town seemed to have them worried).

Sudina enquired further for information about her parents, and with little luck helped tag along with Vanoliel and Fidget as the tracked down Rhunningo and the leads at the cathedral.

Fidget completely enamored by the mystic tree in her garden would stop it nothing to figure out who what why where how when and many other questions that ran through her head about this tree. Cacinethal said he would help in her quest for answers.

All of this was for not because Soar, in attempts to get straight to the answer and bottom of his person of interest's possible involvement led him to Prince Dukkah's estate. Through the servants quarters and into the office of the Prince. Finding nothing of use, but a locked drawer and the seal of the Prince, Soar decides to leave and instead pursue leads that may be within the office of the Prince at the castle…

This door was locked and seeing as how he would not be given a key and learned he was unable to pick locks whilst in the estate he sought help from the local guild. Two street urchins joined him that evening on his escapade to attempt to break into the castle office (not the estate) and after getting caught the first time and attempting to invoke the name of Cacinethal to continue wandering the keep (as before) the gaurd not knowing attempted to arrest the bird and children.

After knocking out the guard and realizing Cacinethal's name was in the mix, having to cover for their connection to the keep Soar then enlists the children for one last adventure. Halfway to Cacinethal's room one of the children gets spotted and books it with promise of payment to keep the guards attention away from Soar. Once in the room, Soar and the child as loudly as possible trash his room leaving an ominous note in hopes to draw attention in another direction instead of towards Cacinethal's involvement in trespassing.

The guard that comes to check the commotion is jumped by Soar and the kid and beaten unconscious. On payment the urchin ducks out and Soar attempts to sneak out, after getting caught and avoiding capture to throw the scent in a different direction the plan worked… a little too well.

The next morning Rhunningo is released but banished from the city (on reccomendation of Vanoliel) and Soar breaks the news to the rest of the band of traveling adventurers.

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crypt

After crossing the desert and meeting a band of roving gnolls, and saving a few of them from a giant scorpion. The group decides to camp outside the crypt and rest, the next morning they venture into the crypt, after dealing with a few evil rodents and clearing then entrance out the group found that large stone doors can be dangerous, smacked Soar in the face and thus it was decided that Soar would open all future doors…

After detecting a trap on the next door and disabling it only to find that it led to an empty pantry. All other rooms in this crypt having once been what appeared to be occupied, all the fancy clothes when touched turned to dust :*(

After cramming through tight cooridors the group happened upon a room pitch black with a lovely rumbling beyond, this room was inhabitated by a stone worm and magic along a side of the wall.

The party later discovered that this magic that was detected was a series of portals, after dispatching skeletons in the adjoining room, and running through the portals over and over and over again, Rhunningo managed to get himself trapped in a room with a wagon, only to find out that the portal in that room lead to what was more or less an inverted gravity well that led him to a key, this key opened the door to what was Bellenith's tomb.

Rhunningo without a second thought as to the words of advice given (do not disturb Belenith) runs straight in reaches past the magical barrier surrounding and suspending Belenith in her tomb, grabs the amulet that she was wearing and the entire room grows quiet as the summoned appiritions dissipate.

Hauling nearly 5000g worth of gems, jewels, and gold the party departs and heads back to Cacinethal to report the undead problem has been dealt with. Only to find out they are tasked with investigating the issue of the conflicting reports and rumors of subterfuge within the kingdom.

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Undead in the Desert
4th Adventure

Cacinethal once again summoners the adventuring band of travelers and asks them to sail the river and meet a guide in a small town outside the mountains skirting the desert, for there have been reports by traveling merchants and caravans of undead in the desert.

Setting out, the group boards a boat and sails the river only to encounter a baby river drake. Thankfully this was only a young drake and the group was able to keep it from sinking or destroying the boat. However the drake was quiet insistent on taking the boat out for crossing its territory. Managing to knock the drake off the boat and back into the river several times (including Soar at one point) the drake then in a burst of anger bellows out a line of flames and sets the boat afire. The captain continues to complain about his boat taking damage, and as Fidgit is saving the sails, the drake then decides to retreat back to his waters and lick his wounds rather than die to what was thought to be easy prey.

Once the travelers made it to the small town and met with a few of the caravans, the group was able to convince the guide to procure a wagon and camels for the desert trek (at the cost of the king/high council as well!) After procuring the means to travel the desert the group was able to narrow down the location of the undead and thus managed to convince the guide to continue to travel with them through the mountain pass and into the desert so that they would hopefully be able to make the return trip as well.

Once in the mountains, the narrow(ish) trail kept the wagon and camels from moving too quickly, Soar remembering the last time they were on a narrow path, demands the group have a pow-wow to discuss why the archers need to focus fire on the more squishy lightly armored threats than the big lumbering targets… once Soar was able to start this discussion/argument with the party he slips out of the conversation and further up the road. After sneaking further up the trail, and using his keen vision (thank god we have a BIRD!) was able to notice 4 onyx colored shimmering lumps, Soar proceeds back down the path and tells the party (who is still trying to figure out how to travel as a group) that there are 4 odd looking things ahead. The guide knowing the region can be trouble stays back with the camels and wagon and gently (prods) the group forward. 5 onyx colored winged monsters sprung up in what they thought was an ambush on travelers only to discover that the group already knew where most of them were, making quick work of the first two and only suffering a minor wound from a thrust spear the group tackles the small pack of beasts and continues forward to the mouth of the desert.

TBC

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A lapse in cohesion

Cacinethal, sends word to the travelers that helped clear the market district. All but Cyrrus are found and summoned. The five travelers are now tasked with getting a report, sealed, from the front lines to the west, back to the king. Reports from the war in the west say that nothing is going on and we should recall the troops. Cacinethal says he suspects  that the messengers are being intercepted and the reports changed. The travelers were then tasked to report to the western front and get a hand written report, officially sealed from someone higher ranked than a captain.

The band of travelers set forth and made their way to the western front. Along the road they made quick work of a small wolf pack. A little further down they noticed something blocking the road thought they heard voices. Soar stopping and attempting to slip into the brush and scout ahead, was being left behind by the party that continued to press forward without thought.

Encountering a small group the party stepped up to speak with them, after being told they must pay a tax to continue and refusing a fight insued. The last thing Soar remembers is holding his own with the help of Fidget and her pet fungi against what was clearly the brigands leader and his pet hound. The archers missing most of their shots or focusing on the heavily armored man, were set asleep by the caster who went largly unnoticed for a time. Soon after waking Sudina and Vanoliel focus fire and drop the magic wielder. However the ragged man on the opposite end of the road was making short work of Puff (Fidgit's fungal sidekick) and soon made his way to closing ranks with his leader. Soar manages to dodge and outlive the leader and manages to bring him down, the leaders loyal hound refusing to back down from this strange humanoid bird that dropped his master bites and refuses to let go. Most of this story is a blurr from here…

For awhile after this encounter Soar awakens back in the capital near his stream next to the druids camp, and feeling ill spends nearly all of the gold given to him by Vanoliel to visit the priests to cure what ailed him.

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Second Adventure

There was a fight in the square, there was a fight in an alley. Running-go-DURR tried to kill people. Violin wouldn't let him. They were tricked by a beggar. They were helped by a beggar. Apparently all is fair in love and begging.

Cacinethal summoning the travelers at the request of the High Council, tasked this motley bunch to help deal with an upstart gang that was causing trouble in one of the market districts.

The group decides that the best place to start would be the market. Splitting up the group begins to ask around, merchants, shoppers, and passers by are all asked if they have seen or heard anything. Cyrrus takes the more direct approach flat out asking if anyone has seen any bandits in the area, while some were trying to make contacts, and others diplomatically trying to pull information from the market. Cyrrus ultimately succeed in that his blunt questioning brought about unwanted attention from the gang and thus they came out to question this tiefling as to why he wanted to know. This led the market goers to slowly clear out of the market sensing the tension and uneasiness caused betweent he naive tiefling and what was clearly one of the bandits. Needless to say the market quickly cleared out as a fight insued. This fight went well enough with only a single bandit escaping and dodging Vanoliel's arrows as she loosed them at the fleeing man.

After arguing over whether or not to kill the bandits (which by order of the King and High Council we were permitted to do so) the diplomatic paladin convinces the group to keep them alive. After securing the prisioners the group decides to "procure" one of the market cart/stalls and bring the bandits along to turn in for sentencing.

Heading down the same alley in which the bandit from the market escaped the group happens upon a beggar. Soar offering the beggar a gold piece to tell all about what he had seen, this beggar however turned out to be a lookout for the bandit ambush (possibly set by the escaping bandit fromt he market). Soar not taking kindly at his attempt to help a beggar and recieve information pummels the beggar as the ambush begins. The ambush looked to be slipping, however the group manages to convince one of the casters in the bandit group to throw in with the adventurers and help end the gangs grip on the district.

After surviving the ambush the turncoat bandit led them through an alley signaling as he passed, helping smuggle the adventures closer to the bandits hideout. Sneaking into the warehouse and clearing out the bandits the adventurers manage to complete the task given to them and  learn a valuable lesson in taking out the mostly armorless casters and tehn focusing on the more muscular fighters next. The adventuring band returns to Cacinethal for their reward.

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