A Brotherhood Reborn

Let the games begin

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Let the games begin.

The group met up with Leo and his mother, Niena, the Head Druid of Buromisace. The Quaff tournament kicked off the first day of Vestalia. In the first round, Chambord’s Flying Brushmen demolished the pitiful Tree Hulks, leaving Imrand without a horse in the race. In round two, Frostfall’s frigid freedom fighters, the Snow Owlbears, edged out a victory over the reigning champions, Ravinia’s own River Foxes, in the upset of the century. In the third match, the Crystal Scorpions went head to head with the Witch Snakes, earning a hard-won victory. In the fourth and final round of the quarter finals, the Arcadian Red Giants went toe-to-toe with Rozenheim’s Greyskins, dishing out a crushing defeat.

Going into the semifinals, the Flying Brushmen face off against the Crystal Scorpions and the Red Giants confront their long-time rivals, the Snow Owlbears. Who will claim the Crown? The Mid-Summer Invitational continues next week.

Olivia was shocked when the River Foxes lost out on the first round, but what happened next surprised everyone. The party was confronted by the very handsome and equally narcissistic Judge-Magister Gabriel. Instead of murdering the anxious amateur adventurers, he approached Olivia and expressed his relief that she still lived. As the other party members listened on, it became increasingly clear that not everything was as it seemed; they were friends! Or had been, at least. Not talking to someone for 5 years tends to put a damper on a relationship.

Things turned sour when Gabriel instructed Olivia to come with him and she (unsurprisingly) refused. The young Judge called in his men—the Shadowguard—but unfortunately for him, they were rookies, unpracticed and inexperienced trainees that he had unwittingly assigned to Buromisace. Talk about embarrassing. Gabriel ordered the Shadowguard to capture Olivia and kill the others before he disappeared, likely mortified.

The group easily out-maneuvered the trainees and afterwords, they interrogated Olivia. As it turns out, she only very recently discovered her former friends’ profession, swearing she was just “waiting for the right time” to tell them. No one was really content with her answers, but hesitantly agreed to forge onwards. Meanwhile, Kat tracked down another lead on her missing General and the gang, feeling auspicious winds beneath their wings, decided to pursue it.

As expected, things were not good. They were very, very bad. They reached the cave where this so-called “red-hooded figure” had been seen and found a horrible sight; the cavern smelt of rotting flesh and iron, and it didn’t take long for the party to discover whoever was living here was most certainly NOT the General. Navigating their way through half-devoured corpses and skinned human remains, the party found the heinous homeowner cooking up a horrid human stew. A witch had made her home in this cave. She gave the party a bit of trouble—especially poor Flint, who will be having nightmares about this encounter for a long time. Eventually they persevered and felled the foul femme. They discovered the red-hooded cloak was just a blood-soaked cape and Zakathra’s hopes of finding her General remained—for now—just a hope.

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Nazrek's Journal

Ten years ago attack on Arcadia

Day 1
Our assault on the main gate has punched a sizeable hole in Arcadia’s defenses, allowing our forces to move in and set up the siege. Moral is high, as we suffered almost no casualties during the initial assault. I’ve also received word of reinforcements from Chambord; this is great news. We could use the extra men. With Cid’s fleet providing air support, we should be able to maintain the perimeter and press forward into the city without fear of retribution.

Day 8
I’ve dispatched Tanna and her team to gather intel. Meanwhile, Lorien is covering the 4th division on the left flank, and I have Kaine leading the 3rd division on the right flank. Zakathra has gone to the front line to support the 1st division. Lysander Lavellan and his men comprise 7th division and Jax is manning the adjacent 6th division. Finally, I have Brock leading the 5th Division. I’m satisfied with the unit placement, If the winds continue in our favor, this battle should be over in no time.

Day 15
Tanna’s team delivered information last night. Apparently Master Decro executed Judge Zabranth last night. A shame, for sure. We could’ve used another Judge on our side, but regardless—we shall press on. We’ve suffered only minor casualties in the 6th and 1st division. Our ambush has gone off rather well. In only a short time, we’ve managed to press forward; we’ve already reached the Merchant’s District. I’ve sent the 4th and 3rd Divisions ahead to scout and set up the next site. We should reach the castle gates by week’s end.

Day 23
The 7th division has betrayed us. Lavellan and his men have decimated the right flank. Jax and the 6th division were completely blind sided. Kaine’s division is the only one remaining. To make matters worse, it appears the Judges were expecting us. Damn it. I should have seen this coming… there is no way Arcadia would put up so little resistance against our first siege. Why didn’t I see it? They laid the trap and we fell for it.

Day 31
Judge Gis discovered Tanna and her team last night. They were publicly executed this morning. Rylof glassed Brock’s division. There is nothing left. Lorien and Kaine are maintaining the left and right flank, but i’m not sure how much longer they can continue to hold. Kat has kept the front line mostly intact, though they are beginning to suffer heavy losses. The soldiers fear for their lives. At least we still have air support.

Day 36
Lorien’s division has fallen. She’s gone dark. Kaine’s Division still holds but he was severely wounded last night. He now lies in the infirmary. The front line has fallen and Kat…she’s been captured. Early reports say it was the Master himself. I would expect nothing less. The only good news is that her focus found its way back to me. 372 men died defending it, knowing that if it fell into Decro’s hands, all hope would be lost; their deaths will not be in vain. All that remains of our forces is the 3rd and 2nd division. I’ve fended off at least four waves from Arcadia’s forces but I’m not sure how long we can keep going.

Day 39
The 3rd Division has fallen. I’ve given orders for Marcus to get Kaine out. Cid has ordered a full retreat of his fleet. Without air support, it’s only a matter of time before Arcadia cuts a path through to the 2nd division. I cannot allow Kat’s focus to fall into Arcadian hands; I have but one choice. I’m ordering a full retreat. After that, I’m going dark… possibly for good. To everyone who followed me into this hopeless war, I am sorry. There is nothing else I can do.

Nazrek

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A list of loose threads

A list of loose threads. Kings day. Our gang decided against better judgement to attend the kings day parade. Judge Rylof, Damien, and Gabriel were all there including Lord Regent Saxton. However the festivities were cut short when the Black Suns set off several bombs, Roy was seen executing several soldiers on the roof of town hall. However he managed to escape again. The Judges managed to dispatch the rebels that remained with little to no effort and get Lord Saxton to safety. The gang laid low until the heat died down. They decided it would be best to get out of the city so they went to finish off the orcs the tried to deal with a week ago. The orcs still managed to put up a good fight, and on top of that it wasn’t even the main force. The gang found a map of a run down fortress north of Miradan. They decided against an assault on the fortress for now. They took Kain and Kat with them to Miradan to investigate a lead on the general. Apparently someone had been going around claiming to be him. Turned out to be some kid, whom upon further investigation may have been the son of Brock, one of the General’s Lieutenants. They took the kid with them to keep him out of trouble and keep an eye on him. They checked out another lead in the city about the general which turned out to be a setup by Arcadia, however it was easily dealt with. Now the gang is of to Buromisace and the Quaff tourney.

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A Foe from the past

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A Foe from the past. After the mishap with Roy the gang gets back together at the Pumpkin. Ollie tells them about the wanted poster she found, in the hopes it could bring in some money. Flint didn’t care about the money though. The wanted poster was none other than James Cray, the psychopath that murdered Kiyara. From that point on Flint went on a war path trying to find out any and all info about James. After checking by the guard precinct, which wasn’t very helpful. They dropped by the crows den in old town, just in time to see Lorien firing the current captain of this city and disposing of some traitors. They found out all of James’ crime scenes had sawdust at them. Victor was able to further help them by telling them of an old abandoned saw mill on the road to Miradin. The gang all bought horses and headed out. it wasn’t long before they found the mill, and James. Some insults were thrown around, mostly at Flint, before James had all of his men try to kill the gang. The flesh golem, Butch, gave the crew some trouble downing half the party, but as soon as he fell James went through his trap door and escaped.Flint was rather upset with this, but there’s always next time.

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Olivia's Journal - Aestra 20 1282

I awoke in the middle of the night, drenched in a cold sweat. Since I began down this path, I have often been plagued by nightmares and all sorts of terrible dreams; tonight was different. I did not relive the harrowing night my life changed, nor did I envision my companions being cut down by the traitorous Lysander. No, it was something altogether new and not quite as nightmarish as before.

I saw my father atop a white warhorse. He was younger then, his hair billowing like pale wheat in a warm summer breeze. He wore glistening white armor with the double-headed eagle emblazoned on his chest piece. There was fighting all around—bodies forming the banks of a river of blood. Father called out to his men in Elvish. They rallied around him in perfect formation, their weapons drawn. Some were injured but they all stood by his side. His crown glistened in the fading sunlight as stars in the night.

Father drew his blade—a beautiful blade, black until the light hit it; it reflected blue and purple, and seemed to sparkle when the fading sunlight hit it in just the right spots. The hilt was gold and heavily decorated. It was perhaps the most beautiful sword I have ever seen.

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I blinked and I was somewhere else, far away from battle. A temple. It was massive in scale, and heavily adorned with gold and silver. From the architecture, I assumed it was an Elvish temple, but I didn’t recognize the god it was consecrated to. Two statues flanked a white marble altar bathed in radiant light. The temple was silent but it wasn’t empty; a young man stood before the statues. I didn’t recognize him, but he had the same golden hair and violet eyes as I do.

He knelt before the pedestal and began to speak. I could barely understand him. It was Elvish, but not any dialect I had ever heard before. He pulled a sword from his scabbard—as dark as the night sky with a hilt of gold. The same sword from before, except it wasn’t reflecting anything—only blackness.

He finished speaking and placed the sword upon the altar. The sword began to levitate and suddenly it was dressed in holy light, as though it was absorbing the energy from the altar. It glistened purple and blue and sparkled like the stars.

The elf stood and reached out for the sword. The second his hand grasped the hit, I awoke. A word echoed in my head. Not a voice, but an image. The sword. Ilmarë.

I must find this sword. It is calling out to me; it wants me to wield it!

I know how silly that must sound. Swords do not have a will of their own. They cannot transmit visions and dreams…yet I know it to be true.

I must keep this secret. My companions would surely thing I was touched in the head if I told them the truth. I would not blame them. I have questioned my sanity over and over on this night, but something in my heart of hearts tells me it is true. Something greater than myself compels me forward on this mission. I can only hope this is not another trap, set for me by my enemies.

Until we meet again,

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Trust no one

Trust no one. Our heroes met up with Epsil again after a week in the brand new Smashing Pumpkin. Flint has been handing out fliers none stop to promote the bar. The rest of the party over heard a man arguing with an Arcadian soldier. the gang talked to the guy and found out he was part of a group of freedom fighters. The gang helped them steal supplies from the Arcadian outpost right outside of town. Which granted them a trip to their secret lair. Epsil tried his hand against the champ in the fighting pit. While Ollie tried to learn more about their leader, Roy. This mistrust in the group turned out to be the right call as they were more terrorist than freedom fighters. Roy and his men kidnapped a Councilman. With the help of Milo the gang was able to rescue the councilman, however Roy escaped.

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Algasi at last

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Algasi at last. The heroes make port in Old-Town and are quickly reminded of the expenses associated with the big city. After paying entrance fees, the heroes are escorted to the adventurer’s guild to apply for adventuring permits, rather than willingly give up their arms. After one really bad job and one really good lie, the heroes are granted free access to Old-Town, though crossing the river will still cost them more money as non-citizens. The party witnesses the mass execution of 35 rebel soldiers in the town square, and hurry along to Victor’s estate, where Milo helps grant them entrance.

Victor is overwhelmed to see the rumors are true, and a Martel still lives. He promises to help the group any way he can, though he must put the needs of his citizens first. He promises to look into information about Zakathra’s missing general and also recruits a real estate agent to help Flint, Sam, and Grog find the perfect place to open their BB&B (Brewery, Bed, and Breakfast). Victor also gives everyone proper papers, so they can traverse the city under his patronage—as his guests.

Olivia hopes to find out who the mysterious letter was from, and went to the meeting place specified on the note. It turns out it was an ambush all along. Rylof tears open a pocket dimension and sets about trying to recapture the party. Just in the nick of time, Vex arrives and rescues the party with her powerful magic.

After being unconscious for several days, the gang awakens in Victor’s estate. They arrange lodgings for their friends and Flint takes out a loan in order to afford his dream tavern. The party hands out fliers for Aquilarius’ Amazing Antiques and Artifices. Illivan gets himself into trouble by littering, using magic, and littering some more. After breaking several laws, Illivan becomes wanted on a local level, adding to the heat. Now with the town guard—and THREE Judges—on the lookout, the party needs to be careful, lest their new alliances fall through.

Later, at the Festival of Life, Illivan and Zakathra’s relationship took a sharp turn for the better. Olivia, Kaine, and Rex enjoyed their “triple-date”, which ended in Rex getting his highly sought-after kiss, and Flint enjoyed the festival happily alone. The party wrote their deepest desires on scraps of paper, set them inside paper lanterns and let them catch fire, offering up their greatest hopes to Ultima.

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The Smashing Pumpkin's Menu
Executive Chef Sam

BREAKFAST

Venison Sausage with Potato Buiscuts and Fried Potato Hash

Three Pancakes Served with Butter and your choice of Strawberry, Blueberry, or Plum Jam

Potato Buiscuts with Pepper and Cream Gravy

Dried Apples & Plumbs with Mixed Nuts Candied in Honey

PASTRIES

Honey-Glazed Jam Twists
Strawberry, Blueberry, & Plumb Jam Flavors

Honey Glazed Hazelnut Tarts
Chopped Hazelnuts Candied in Honey

Blueberry Scones

Plumb & Cidar Scones

Strawberry & Cream Scones

Honeyoat Bread with Hazelnuts
Served by the Loaf or as Toast with Butter & Strawberry, Blueberry, or Plumb Jam

SOUP

Shrimp Chowder
Shrimp, Celery, Potatoes, & Hot-Pepper Flakes in a Cream Sauce

Tomato Soup
Tomato Purée with Rosted Garlic and Cream

Chicken & Dumplings
Dumplings, Shredded Chicken, Onions, and Carrots in Barley Broth

LUNCH & DINNER

Chicken Pastry
Chicken with Mushrooms and a Turnip & Parsley Purée

Venison Pastry
Venison with Potatoes and a Brown, Ale Gravy

Mushroom Pastry
Mushrooms with Leeks and Aged Cheddar

Pyro Shrimp Roll
Grilled Shrimp Tossed in Hotsauce with Carrot Slaw in a Spicy, Hot-Pepper Roll

Grilled Cheese
Melted, Aged Cheddar with Shredded Chicken Between Slices of Cheddar-Chive Bread

Fried Cod
Ale-Battered Cod that is Fried and Served with a Baked Potato

Chicken & Vegetables
Roasted Chicken in a Leak & Rosemary Gravy Served with Turnips and Carrots

Venison Steak
Salt & Hot-Pepper Flake Crusted Venison that is Grilled and Served with Mashed Potatoes & Brown, Ale Gravy

DESERTS

Baked Apples
Stuffed with Candied Hazelnuts or Blueberries & Honey

Apple & Plumb Pie

Strawberry & Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Surprise

DRINKS

Grog’s Smashing Ale

Pumpkin Beer

Apple Cidar

Hot Tea

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Port Regal

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An unexpected stop. on the way to Algasi our party encountered a large dreadnought class ship with a city on it. Nami quickly explained this was Port Regal, a large mobile city primarily used by outlaws and pirates. they stopped in for two days and managed to sell some hot items as well as pick up a few. They also ran into a strange but rather charming magician by the name of Milo the Magnificent. They also solved a murder case for the locals as bounty hunting is illegal in Port Regal. They caught a kenku by the name of Edge who claimed to be the world’s greatest assassin. They collected the reward and now they’re on their way to Algasi.

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Against all odds

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Against all odds. The gang made their way to a volcano. they found the things they were tracking were kobolds. after several hours making their way through the volcano the discovered many things such as weird fire creatures that had tablets with vague writing on them. they later found out it was part of a logic puzzle. they also fought a fire elemental in the center of the temple. However none of that compared to the final trial they were to endure. They found all of the prisoners tied to stalagmites, all of the kobolds were gathered in this room chanting the same thing over and over again NEANDRIX. The party fought Neandix which turned out to be a red dragon. the battle was long and grueling, hope seemed lost as party members started dropping, but at the last moment Illivan with the blessing of Andromalek struck the killing blow bringing the beast down. They also found out the Dragon was guarding the arc fire stone. what will they do next.

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