A Brotherhood Reborn

A New Ally?

A New Ally? After coming back from Miridan Ollie was called away by Victor. The rest of the crew began to see these fliers everywhere asking for capable people to help look for Aquilarious. The gang headed over to his shop only to find the same vendor that sold Flint that “magic” broom. Flint got his money back or most of it anyways. They found out the guys name was Albion and he worked for Aquilarious, not just that but he was pretty much raised by him. He explained that Art (Aquilarious) didn’t know anything about magic he just thinks Alfie is a good salesmen. The truth of it though is Alfie was just doing what he had to. The shop hasn’t been doing well, they don’t get very many customers. The gang got a small tour of Alfie’s room, if it could even be called that, and discovered he was a wizard. After the introductions the gang went to Haven with Albi to find Art. They spent a couple of days there before being approached. They met the people that had Art by the river and found themselves in a really bad spot. They demanded Alfie open this ornate box or Art would die. He did so and the bandits quickly looted the contents. Alfie was then entangles, and Illivaun turned into a potted plant. Flint looked up just in time to see Art be tossed into the rapids and the bandits make off with….. no that can’t be right. It was unmistakable a glowing yellow stone, it was an Archstone. Flint made the difficult call and saved Art when he surfaced he had just enough time to see the bandits blink out of sight. They found a book and Art was grateful for his life as was Alfie. The crew returned to Algasi and had Nazrek start moving troops into their new fort it had been two weeks already and the repairs were coming along nicely. What will happen next

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The Fall of Tuskhorn

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The fall of Tuskhorn. After spending several hours shopping the group decided to have Nazrek, Kaine, and Lorien try to salvage what was left of the Black sons. The party however had bigger plans, they had another score to settle. The same enemy that has been foiling them since they first showed up in Algasi. The orcs had been a thorn in the side for a long time and now was the time, but first they have to get there. Along the way Flint tried to get this self sweeping broom he bought from a shady street vender to work but could not do so despite his best effort. After a day or so he inspected it again only to find out it wasn’t magical, and the potions he bought were nothing more than colored water. In frustration he used the broom as fire wood, but it dawn on him that many of the things that vender was selling were things from Auqalariuses shop, but when they had tried to visit him in the city the sign read that he was still out of town. Pushing that thought aside they made it to the broken fortress. Ollie scouted ahead granting the party much needed info on where and when to go in. They chose the watch tower using a grappling hook. They party made their way in slit a couple throats all without detection. however it didn’t last long a Illivaun set off a trap triggering several kegs of gunpowder to explode. The party fought through the entire fortress, and in the center they found him. The one and only Tuskhorn. The battle was long and several people went down but in the end they were victorious. After clearing out the orcs the party decided the fortress had fallen into ruins but if they fixed it up, it would be an excellent base of operations. What will the party do next week? probably find contractors . find out

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The sun sets on Roy

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The Sun Sets on Roy. The gang took some down time after housing Nazrek in the Crows hideout. Flint took sometime to maintain his bar and the rest of the gang met up with Epsil. Shortly after that they got a call from Victor telling them to meet him at his manor. To their surprise Judge Damian was there and met them with an icy reception. After all with Rylof in dispose after getting beaten to a pulp and Gabe on desk duty, he now had to do his job and theirs. He told them the Black Suns were getting out of hand and Arcadia wanted it dealt with quietly. In return for dealing with the Black Suns he graciously offered to not have the entire party and all of their allies captured or killed, and that he and Victor would be going on a date tonight so no pressure. The gang tried to seek out the senator that Roy had captured before to ask him for help in this matter however, they found his house being guarded by Paladins of Ultima and couldn’t even get past the main gate. Frustrated they then sought help from the crows, but Lorien wasn’t around and Rex was less than helpful. However, Nazrek was, and proceeded to tell them his 2 cents about the situation whether they cared or not. They locked on to a key detail about Roy, his gun. Not many people have a gun and needs to get gunpowder somewhere. They then spent several hours buying a barrel of gun powder, and pick up some clues on Roy’s recruitment. The crew disguised themselves as new recruits for the suns and brought Milo along in case they needed a good distraction. Which they did, they “set a fire” to draw some of Roy’s men away from him. That didn’t mean the battle was easy though, the gang took down Roy’s new champion, his second in command, and after a long fought battle Roy himself. They slit his throat, grabbed what they could, and with some tricks and a lot of running they made it out of the hideout in mostly one piece. They reported what they had done and found Victor back at his manor safe and sound. Damian thanked them and told them they would be in touch.

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The General

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The General. The quaff tourney came to a close with The Flying Brushmen as the victors. Illivaun made some money and everyone celebrated. After that the gang got another lead on the general near Varenthaull. After getting some info from the town the gang discovered there was a local hunter around these parts with a red cloak and orange eyes that glow. In addition they were told they weren’t the first people to ask about him and those that did typically didn’t return. The gang found his shack in the woods after several hours of searching only to be ambushed by Judge Rylof and Judge Gabrial. Gabe mostly taunted Ollie and nearly killed the whole party. While the red hooded man proceeded to destroy Rylof. After the party laid broken and Rylof as well. Kat managed to get her focus forcing Gabe to grab Rylof and retreat for the time being. The gang met Nazrek, the Fallen judge, the former general of the brotherhood. The found out he was indeed a former judge of Arcadia which would explain why everyone wants him dead. The gang tried to get him to join their cause, and at first he was very reluctant. He claimed he had seen enough people die and had no interest in marching more good men and women to their grave. However after talking to him they managed to convince him to join as a military adviser.

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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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