- Holden Bolts Warforged Cleric
- Terrance Hornswash Half-Elf Bard
- Colt Shortwolf Halfling Ranger
- Katana Ember Fire Genasi Fighter
- Dawg Duskrock Dwarf Bounty Hunter
- Lord Dempsy Human Sorcerer
The players have spent the last week in Triboar staying in Northshield house. This morning they were approached by Forman, the assistant to the Lord Protector. He had an unusual assignment for them for them…
The players sat down to hear what Forman had to say.
“I want to get straight to the point, but first I’ll need to tell you a little about myself. Twenty years ago I was part of a famous group of adventurers known as the “Crimson Company”. Perhaps you’ve heard of us? “
After a sustained silence he continued,
“No? That’s a pity… Anyhow, to cut a long story short, our leader was named Rain Greyheart, yes that’s right, the sister of Frida the prisoner you captured.
Anyhow, to cut a long story short, the “Crimson Company” split up and we each went our own way. After you brought in her sister I tied to look her up and tell her what had happed.”
He pauses as his eyes grow a little damp. He takes out a handkerchief, dabs his eyes,
"Anyhow, to cut a long story short, and to get to the point, it seems that poor Rain has passed away. She set out to explore the ruins of a Sorcerer’s tower with her new party, nearly twenty years ago, and never returned. After some searching, Zindra has managed to determine the location of the tower “,
He pointed at a half-elf who was sitting at the bar. Zindra gave them a nod, the players had met her before at the Triboar Arms.
“To get right to the point, I need someone to explore the ruins and, perhaps, bring back the poor girl’s remains. It’s a longshot, I know, but one I have to take.”
The players agreed to help Forman out, for a price.
Zindra explained to the players her primary concern was with tracking mysterious groups of cultists in the wilderness. She blamed recent problems with the land on them, saying it all started around the same time they began their secretive activity. Zindra had found the tower for Forman as a favour to him and was keen to lead the players there as soon as possible so she could continue her work.
Without much delay they were on the road. The tower they were to investigate was a ten mile trek north. About an hour into the journey they experienced ground tremors. They were not violent but defiantly noticeable. Zindra had experienced this before and set about tracking the source.
What they found was two cultists focusing intensely on a boulder that was protruding from the ground. Hornswash snuck closer and got a glimpse at their faces. They both wore stone gargoyle masks that seemed to have no eye holes. Despite their lack of vision Lord Dempsey alerted the cultists as he attempted to move closer. They instantly swung round and began to attack.
As soon as they stopped focusing on the boulder it slowly sunk back into the earth as if it as never there. Holden shot forward and faced off against them. The cultists had no weapons but instead unleashed a barrage of fierce unarmed attacks. A few moments later a small partially formed earth elemental erupted from the ground and joined the fight.
The elemental swung a powerful strike in Dawg’s direction incapacitating him. Katana killed a cultist when it dropped it guard to attack, by burying her sword deep into its face. Holden pushed back the others assault taking some minor damage from their fists, but before long he fell to sustained fire from Colt and Hornswash. Lord Dempsey sent the elemental ablaze partially reducing it to slag and cast a magical shield to protect against its attacks.
After the battle Colt revived Dawg with this medical kit and the players look a short rest as he recovered. The cultists had nothing of value on them, but the elemental left behind a strange essence. Holden quickly captured this in an empty vial before it dissipated. After about an hour they continued their journey.
The tower was an ancient looking stone edifice, with most of the upper parts eroded away. It sat on a lonely dirt hill with some scrubby grass and a few withered trees. As the players arrived, black storm clouds came in and a fierce, cold wind is blowing.
Hornswash slipped up to the dark looking entrance and peered in. Inside he saw an ogre munching on the remains of an animal. He signaled the rest of the party and Holden charged in and began the assault. The battle ended with Katana back flipping off Holdens shoulders over the ogre while slashing open its face in mid-air.
Inside the tower an old tapestry covers a tall object toward the back of the room. Dawg carefully drew back the run revealing an iron statue. The statue was a figure in a long cloak with its face hidden beneath a cowl. In its hands it holds a small, rusty iron tablet with the following words engraved on it – ‘PATRON ORE POD’.
Colt investigated the statue and when he pressed up against one of the letters engraved in the tablet it glowed faintly. Hornswash cast identify on the object discovering that it was a switch of some kind. The players tried pressing the letters in various combinations and after some time Lord Dempsey decided it was an anagram. Working together they found the correct order and pressed the letters to spell out ‘OPEN TRAP DOOR’. The entire statue pivoted around on one corner, revealing a stone, spiral staircase heading down.
Before entering into the unknown the group decided to take a rest from their long journey and consider a plan.