Trine: Heritage

Boreali and Kara meet
Session 1

(Nentin Inn, Fallcrest)
(Day 1 Afternoon)

Returning from a routine patrol around the outskirts of Fallcrest, Boreali and his partner Ashryn headed to the Nentin Inn. A Genasi warlord raised in the Elemental Chaos, Boreali was still adjusting to his life in Fallcrest. Ashryn, an Elf cleric who had healed the grievous wounds he received from the violent transportation to the Prime MAterial Plane, was a great aid in helping him adjust to life here. She looked on him in part as a broken bird that she had brought back from the brink of death, and part as a strong fighter to look up to. They made an excellent team in the service of the Lord Warden of Fallcrest.
As they entered the inn, busting with the evening crowd, they heard a large and impsosing figure, well dressed but oafish of manner, trying to hold court over the common room. The only thing bigger than the self-titled ‘Lord’ Armos Kamroth’s wallet was his ego, and he flaunted both with equal lack of tact. He was at that moment staring at a young lady coming downstairs from the second floor lodgings – a woman who looked like an Elf, but with red skin and a tail. “What is THAT?!?” Armos shouted loudly and let out a great guffaw of raucous laughter.

Silence settled over the common room as the red skinned woman, fire in her eyes, started towards Armos. But Boreali motioned for her to stop, and walking past Armos quietly slid out the chair from under the man. Boreali and the red Elf, along with Ashryn, took a few steps over the hearth, just in time to witness Armos falling flat on his ass and spilling his drink all over his fine clothes.

Armos stood up, spluttering threats and eventually fled the inn threatenin retribution. This gave the red Elf woman a chance to introduce herself. She was Kara, born from the union of her Elvish mother and a Dragon father! She and Ashryn recognized each other, as some time ago Kara had rescued Ashryn and many other captives from slavery at the hands of Hobgoblins. Kara had never met her father, and her mother had died some time ago. She had been spending her life wandering from town to town, working as a guard or entertainer by using her fire magic.

Ashryn was summoned away to report to the Lord Warden. Shortly after she left Armos returned with some hired thugs, intent on seeking revenge! A battle ensued, in which Boreali was severely injured, but Armor was knocked out and his thugs fled in terror at the combined power of Boreali and Kara. Dragging Armos’ NAKED unconscious body from the inn, the pair turned him over the guards and reunited with Ashryn who healed Boreali. Together the three set off to report on the incident to the Lord Warden in Mooncrest keep.

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il-Kash and Malharath arrive at Fallcrest and save it with Boreali!
Session 2

(Knight’s Gate, Fallcrest)
(Day 1 Morning)

il-Kash arrived in the city of Fallcrest, receiving the usual looks of awe and fear that he had become used to in this strange world of soulless beings. As he entered the city square a young Elf girl, clad in chain mail and carrying a large morning star, approached him with a look of wonder and curiosity in her eyes. She introduced herself as Ashryn, and while il-Kash found her perky demeanor overwhelming she proved a useful source of information. She arranged a meeting for him with the Lord Warden of Fallcrest, and while waiting il-kash made his way to the Nentin Inn.

There he encountered a Kalashtar named Malharath – a fellow Eberron dweller, inexplicably here in Trine. They engaged in some religious and politcal debate, but before they could part ways or come to blows Ashryn returned with a strange man in tow. He was Boreali, a Genasi in the service of Fallcrest. He engaged both il-Kash and Malharath in a discussion about their origins and planar travel, and managed to forge some common ground between the Eberronians.

As they all settled in to drink and converse, a guard stumbled into the Inn and collapsed, speaking of an attack on the Knight’s Gate. Leaping to heal him Ashryn implored Boreali to aid the defense of the gate, and he rallied il-Kash and Malharath to go with him. Together they rescued the surviving guards at the gate and killed the kobold attackers, working seamlessly together and developing a sense of trust and fellowship in the process.

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The gangs all here
Session 3

Moonstone Keep, Fallcrest
Day 1, Evening

The entire group is summoned to the Lord Warden Markelhay of Fallcrest. There he reveals that there is something strange going on with the planes, and that it appears the Dragons and Gods may be moving towards war once again. He commissions the group, as all are extraplanar in one way or another, to help investigate these threats. The first step is to head towards the town of Winterhaven, where an artifact stolen from the Paladins of Bahamut has been taken by someone named Kalarel. In addition to this the Lady Markelhay requests that the group look into her missing mentor Douven Stand from the White Lotus Academy of Magic, who was performing research near Wintherhaven. The party is given basic supplies and sets out the next morning.

On the King’s Road, halfway to Winterhaven
Day 2

Travelling along the road, Ashryn has been keeping the party’s spirits up (mostly) and the miles fly by. As they enter the hills of the Nentir Vale where the King’s Road bends back and forth, the party all but stumbles across a bizarre scene. A pair of cloaked figures standing besides some recently exhumed graves, talking in furtive whispers. As the party approached, one of the figures threw off its cloak revealing some sort of dragonkin creature, while the other ran down the road. A host of kobolds burst out of the surrounding trees, trying to protect the dragon creatures. They failed, and the party wiped them out, recovering a messenger tube with a note inside written in goblinoid, addressed to someone or something called “Irontooth”.

Winterhaven, Nentir Vale
Day 3

The party arrived at Winterhaven without further incident. They were introduced to Lord Padraig, mayor of the town, who commissioned them to wipe out the kobold lair but denied the existence of a cult or anyone named Kalarel. Further investigation of the town revealed several other leads: that a cult is apparently working with the kobolds, that Douven went to a dragon burial site nearby, and that a woman named Old Sarah went missing after selling her store to a man named Bairwin. (to be continued)

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Creeping Shrinkage ("It's cold in here")
Session 4

Wrafton Inn, Winterhaven
Day 3, Night

The party rests for the night in Wrafton Inn, and unwind with perhaps too much imbibing of alcoholic refreshments. This is not helped by the locals, who are fascinated with Kara and overjoyed at the idea of having the Kobold lair destroyed. Discussions and jokes soon give way to singing and dancing, until blind drunk Boreali strips naked and demonstrates to the crowd his ability to fly. It does not go well and he fails to “impress”, to which Ashryn shouts out “It’s ok, it’s cold in here!” having had perhaps too much to drink herself. This causes raucous laughter, and Kara hops on a table using her tail as a mock phallus, prancing around and teasing Boreali. Ashryn blushes furiously at the display, but her eyes are fixed alternately on Boreali and Kara throughout the proceedings, and she continues to sip from her drink (which is refilled by Kara whenever it starts to get low) throughout the night. Malharath and il-Kash do not take part in the debauchery, but watch, fascinated by the range of emotions and open displays of joy so in contrast to their respective upbringings.

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The Mystery of Old Sara
Session 5

Winterhaven
Day 3-4

The party decides to follow up on the mystery of the missing lady know as Old Sara. They discover that she used to own a store in town with her husband. After he died, she was approached by a man named Bairwin (a former customer) who offered to purchase the store from her. She sold it and went into retirement, but for some reason was dissatisfied with the changes he was making and wanted to reclaim the store. The party questions Bairwin and notices that he has made renovations to the store, expanding it and adding a basement. He is cagey and evasive, and it is somewhat inexplicable who exactly is providing him with custom, but the party is unable to pin him down.

They next head off to explore the Keep on the Shadowfell. They arrive at the ruins and find a door leading inside but can’t get it open. Howvever they do discover tracks leading away from the keep. They follow them, and arrive at a small farm near Winterhaven. Approaching they hear a scream, and burst into action. Ashryn manages to kick in the front door, and inside the party discovers a group of bandits and slavers. Holding a young farmgirl at swordpoint the bandits demand to be left alone, but the party refuses and manages to save the girl along with her mother and father and capture several of the bandits. They discover that they are working with Bairwin, bringing him sacrifices of young virgins for some sort of ritual, and that they are also working with the goblins at Shadowfell keep, providing slaves.

Returning to town with their captives in tow, they present them to the Lord Mayor Padraig as proof of the cult activity in town. He sanctions the arrest of Bairwin and the party heads to the store. Bairwin senses trouble however, and manages to slip through a secret staircase in the store. The party follows and arrives in a temple of the cult, confronted by cultists and summoned skeletons, they defeat them and corner Bairwin, but he commits suicide using his last breath to call out to “Kalarel and Orcus”. The temple has been used for numerous sacrifices and Lord Padraig is furious that this was occurring under his nose, and quarantines the store while opening a wider investigation into the cult activities.

The party now has notes linking the goblins and kobolds, the draconians, and the cult led by Kalarel in Shadowfell Keep.

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Who's on first?
Session 6

Outskirts of Winterhaven, South
Day 5

After resting for the night, the party decides to head out to the South to investigate the excavation site where Douven Stand was supposed to be working. As they approach they come across the body of a dead kobold, and when they stop to examine it they are struck by an arrow that paralyzes Ashryn.

In the ensuing fight they battle Draconians who were murdering Kobolds, and then Drow and a Warforged show up and start shooting arrows at everyone, and then another Drow shows up and starts killing the Drow shooting arrows.

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The Mark of the Bloodreavers
Session 7

Upon meeting Tor back at camp for the first time, Ashryn, Boreali and Kara set out to explore the area (Sovelis, il-Kash, and Kai are off exploring another region).

The quickly encounter a group of Hobgoblins with the Mark of the Bloodreaver. Kara notices this mark before anyone, as it was the same tribe of Hobgoblin that she had liberated Ashryn from long before. Kara informs Boreali, and the two go into battle enraged on Ashryn’s behalf.

Ashryn, Tor and Kara handle the main frontal assault, and Boreali flies up on top of the highest point and makes several careful shots to take down the leader, including one on his back for the deathblow.

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Cut a Warforged, Does it not Bleed?
Session 8

Dax, Il-Kash, Sovelis, Kai
Discover Irontooth’s cave
Evening of Day 5
Encounter with a bone golem Warforged sent by the Lord of Blades to make a deal of some sort with Irontooth or his master, and also to hunt down il-Kash

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Trojan Warforged
Session 9

Day 6
Go to get Il-Kash w/ Sovelis, Kara, Boreali, and Tor
Fight and defeat Irontooth
il-Kash plays the captive waiting for his moment to strike and throwing the enemy into disarray
Ashryn goes berserk on Irontooth upon discovering the mark of the bloodreaver clan on him

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Ninaran Shoulda Ran
Session 10

Evening of Day 6

The group comes back to town after fighting Iron Tooth. They pop in to their Inn, the Wrafton Inn, for some needed R&R. There they encounter the elf Ninaran. She appears to be watching the group very closely.

Tor notices that Ninaran has a piece missing from her garb, in the shape of a cloth fragment that was written on to warm Iron Tooth of our presence. Her plans were to raise a host of undead for Kalarel.

Boreali is the first to act. He flies over behind the bar (in front of Ninaran) and levels his bow at her. The group circles in to flank. The proprietor steps between Boreali and Ninaran, which gives her enough time to summon some evil wolves.

Boreali and Ninaran take pot shots at each other, but Boreali is flanked by the wolves. The group makes some strong moves against the wolves, especially Sovelis and Kara.

Boreali gets knocked unconscious, and Ashryn runs in to revive him. A few moments later Boreali has to return the favor for Ashryn, and he keeps her down in the back of the fight.

Ninaran is taken to the lord of Winterhaven to be imprisoned, and Boreali and Kara share their feelings with Ashryn. Boreali asks Ashryn to go away for her own good, and later that night Boreali, Ashryn, and Kara spend the night together.

Ashryn leaves early in the AM hours and takes Douven Stand back to Fallcrest. She gives a note to il-Kash to give to Boreali and Kara in the morning.

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