Trine: Heritage

Happy Birthday- You're Dead!
Session 35

This was the hardest fight the crew has had to date (granted- there were some mistakes made). This eve, the protectors of the realm failed to do a most important thing- Save Steve!

Yes, it is true, that the once famous NPC, known as Steve, was blasted into dust by several lightning bolts. The group mourned for a brief second, then realized that they might be next.

Surtur was there, and had turned several of King Alexander’s guards into draconian warriors. He had possessed Kara’s body weeks before, and the crew had chased Surtur’s planar movements to that spot, at that moment. After warning Alexander to hide, the crew evacuated the other seven kings of Karkoth.

King Dhurn of Gormad and Axel the dwarf stayed to help us fight, while King Vasil of Surthgard and King Brusev of the Groaning Tower helped Hadarai with his ritual to close Surtur’s portal behind him.

The crew chose to focus the fire on Kara’s possessed body (Hadarai had put Surtur to sleep). But after they had freed her unconscious body, Sovelis and Boreali took the brunt of the assault. Several people were near death when Boreali and Ashryn healed them. When Boreali finally got knocked unconscious Hadarai had to teleport to him and force feed him a healing potion.

That was the turning point in the fight. Once Boreali was up, he healed everyone in the group. Boreali should have said something like, “I come back to you now at the turn of the tide,” but he couldn’t think of anything that creative or Gandalphesque in the moment.

From there Tor’s mind was invaded, but Tor and Kara fought for their minds and bodies and expelled a seriously injured Surtur. With that, Surtur vanished.

King Dhurn of Gormad was thankful for the help and rewarded the group well, but they could only think about healing the destroyed body of Kara. They will set off toward the last known location of Omarion, who might be the only one on the continent that can help Kara.

*Note- High King Alexander agreed to finance a crew for the Scourge of the Weak if we ran some adventures for him.

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Horse Butt and the Art of Chasing Your Tail
Session 34

The title actually sums up this session pretty well.

Because of the unstable political climate between Kharsk and Marhad, Sir Haldor chose to take up through the wilderness on the way to meet Alexander. En route, we were attacked by some Gnolls.

The gnoll warriors were sent and outfitted by the Kharsk leaders, it appeared, but the crew dispatched them handily. The stand-out moments were when a Marhad soldier, whom we named Steve, lived through our battle (actually taking out a giant hyena in the process), and when Hadarai made one of the hyena’s chase and bite it’s own tail off.

We learned from Haldor that Boreali’s Dragonring might be in Surthgard, that Alexander has his advisors monitor planar activity, and that Omarion is a trusted member of the Court of Thrones (but is missing currently).

Oh, and Ashryn’s horse, lovingly named Wrecking Ball, has a big booty.

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Phylactery or Horcrux?
Session 33

Today Ashryn is in the spotlight. Not only could this fight have gone VERY badly had it not been for a few key shots on Ashryn’s part, but the party found out something very important about the group’s paladin during this session.

The group traveled from Sarthel to the White Lotus Academy. They turned over Algol to the authorities there and received a ritual that Hadarai could use later (to close Surtur’s portal). Then the group took a ferry to Karkoth. There the fun began…

Ashryn, Hadarai, and Boreali went ashore first and encountered that Dessel was waiting for Boreali there. While il-Kash, Sovelis, and Tor were slow to get off the boat, the group was separated by some portals. And those portals were spewing forth undead zombies. Some vampires joined the fray.

Hadarai was able to group all of these undead creatures together, and Ashryn was able to do a large amount of damage to all of them. Ashryn and Boreali chipped away at the big bads during the fight while Hadarai closed the portals.

In the end, none of the good guys had a close call, but the tide of the fight definitely could have shifted had it not been for the good team work (and good rolls).

Sir Haldor Elros approached with some soldiers and the group learned that he was Ashryn’s father. Then the group marched off toward Marhad, the capital, for an audience with King Alexander.

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He Does It For The Sulz
Session 32

Venic allows Meichar to live and asks her to teach him the special magic that can strip a Greater Dragonborn’s powers. The crew lets Zahira go unscathed. They try to explain the reasons for not letting her leave with Meichar. How that will play out with Dax, only time will tell.

Venic recommends a mooring for the Scourge of the Weak. Upon checking it out at the docks, the crew is attacked by three very impressive Iron Circle Tieflings (who were there to collect Tor).. The battle is made more difficult because the group had already had two battles that day and had expended many powers already. But the good guys prevailed, and Tor even managed to talk the surviving captain into removing the bounty on his head.

Okay… NOW the group is really going to go back to the White Lotus Academy to return Algol… no really, they are! Promise.

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I Hope You Have a Big Dock...
Session 31

The group needed supplies (really we were just missing half of the players), so they stopped at Sarthel, en route to the White Lotus Academy.

Ashryn, Tor, and Boreali entered the city gates as Ashryn was evangelizing the good name of Bahamut. They learn from Tor that he has a price on his head in Sarthel. Other than that, things were going peachy, until they weren’t…

Upon seeking out Venic, the crew is accosted by the dragon Scrpslous and some other guards.The guards are taken out readily, but the huge dragon isn’t impressed. After blowing most of their good powers, Venic rescues them.

Venic convinces the group to go after Meichdar, who was the person who offered the bounty on Tor’s head. She was a tiefling conjurer that has devised a way to supposedly kill Venic (who has been throwing a wrench in the Iron Circle’s plans in Sarthel for some time). The crew dispatches her and her minions.

Upon leaving with her for questioning, a Drow named Zahira will not let us leave with her. The Drow wants to take her back to Dax for reasons the good guys know not. This didn’t sit well with Boreali. He took up his bow and shot and arrow at the prisoner, but the shot was blocked. A standoff ensues and eventually Zahira is knocked out and taken back to Venic.

The fallout to this day may be immense…

And the prisoner knew a spell to gimp dragonborn. And Ashryn blocked Boreali’s shot. ;)

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"Epic Pirate Battle: Part 2"
Session 30

As a great man once said, “We came. We saw. We kicked its ass!” That is what our heroes did to the crew of the Scourge of the Weak (mostly).

As Sovelis, Il-Kash, and Boreali pulled the booby trapped Ashryn’s Bounty alongside the Scourge of the Weak, Hadarai convinced Sontro-Vhi Primor, the Captain of the Scourge, to allow the Damned Servant to pull along the other side. Tor and Ashryn were manning the cannons (that were doubled up) along the adjoining side.

Then the action started, many of the bad guys boarded the Ashryn’s Bounty. Those that didn’t were implored to do so with Hadarai’s magic. When the good guys from the Ashryn’s Bounty boarded the Scourge they blew up the Bounty. Then, the canons fired from Servant and the three remaining good guys boarded the Scourge from that ship.

Most of the ballistas were not working due to the initial damage, what was left were 3 minions, the captain, 2 shaman orcs, and a few other miscellaneous individuals that the group cut through readily.

Though Hadarai did get knocked unconscious once, and most of the group used most of their powers, the fight was wrapped up fairly quickly. Only one minion was left alive, and he jumped overboard in the end.

The group had to leave the sinking Ashryn’s Bounty and the Damned Servant afloat, but they now have the fastest ship in the high seas for their personal errands. And as they sailed back toward the White Lotus Academy, Olra (through Il-Kash) told the group that Kara would appear in Karkoth in 2 weeks…

Other than that reveal, two other major events happened after the fight. Tor reclaimed his beloved Ghost Drake Mantle, and Sovelis read the prophetic inscription on the dragon skull figurehead from the Scourge.

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"Epic Pirate Battle: Part 1"
Session 29

The crew set sail in a northern route toward the Thunderspire Mountains in order to drop the “slaves” and prisoners off at the White Lotus Academy. They were waylaid by Captain Sully and the pirate ship the “Damned Servant.”

Their captain and Be’in Dar demanded Sovelis or else they would open fire with their canons. Initially agreeing (for show), Sovelis crossed a ladder and attended to put a hurting on Be’in Dar and the other pirates. Suddenly Boreali, Ashryn, and Tor were also on the other ship. They focused their fire on the two “big bad” and dispatched them with no trouble.

Hadarai magically convinced everyone to either fall to the ground or jump in the water… and like the piranha he is, Tor ended up in the water “for the sulz.”

Though the Damned Servant fired upon Ashryn’s Bounty, Boreali was able to convince the crew of the Damned Servant to cease fire. After that the good guys prevailed and took the crew for their own.

They learned the the “Scourge of the Weak” was in the area. That is their next target… To find Tor’s Ghostdrake Mantle and to acquire the fastest ship in the Skalgard navy.

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Going Fishin'
Session 28

The group appeared in a cave off of Nera Bay from the Shadowfell. They promptly pulled out their magic candle and took an extended rest. Then Hadarai convinced a few of the enemies to walk off a cliff into a river/stream. Tor jumped in after them (for the souls), and it was all over for them.

Sovelis floated around the battlefield hacking bits and pieces off of the others. Everyone else did their things as the group rescued the slaves and took more prisoners.

Upon going outside they encountered some cannibal sea creatures. After releasing the Cracken on them, the group acquired a sailing vessel, where they loaded everyone aboard and sailed toward the White Lotus Academy (they are tired of trekking Algol around with them).

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Beauty in the Shadowfell
Session 27

When the heroes arrive in the Shadowfell they encounter a handful of Drow warriors and some Warforged (that look a lot like Il-Kash). The group also sees an undead warrior named Beauty that had escaped the group’s grasp weeks before.

Because Beauty worked for Dessel, indirectly, the indication is that whatever is happening in the Shadowfell between the Warforged and the Drow somehow might be related to both Dessel (who is becoming a Lich) AND/OR Il-Kash’s maker.

After the fight the group met a partner of Dax and learned that he has a “team” of Drow warriors in the Shadowfell. Lastly, the remaining bad Drow agreed to make a portal to send us back to Trine if we spared his life.

The group rappeared in the middle of what looked to be a Bloodreaver den, somewhere in Trine.

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Shady Business
Session 26

Olra, the Shadar-Kai, is the gatekeeper for the portal to the Shadowfell. She works for Tiamat, kind of, but her job is to make sure that Trine is free and clear of Drow and Light Speakers.

Other than that main purpose she enjoys making Rumpelstiltskin-like agreements with passersby. The group thought about attacking her, but opted to make a deal with her. The heroes each gave her a prize for knowledge of their “greatest desire.”

After that, she allowed us to go through the portal, and trapped us on the other side. She kept a Shadow Il-Kash behind to keep tabs on the group.

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