Rise of the Runelords

Hope's Diary, excerpts Rova-Erastus

. . . so, I gave Glade the ointment. Hope he liked it. I’ve got him with us, he should go back to his dad. I’ll bet his dad really misses him . . .

. . . Oto didn’t seem mad at me. That would almost have been better. Now he just watches me, looking pained. I want to be happy for him, but I’m not happy and for once I don’t think I can fake it. Maybe I should just do what he wants, maybe that will make us both happy . . .

. . . school is still really boring. Why does Oto want me here? What does he think I can learn? . . .

. . . maybe I shouldn’t let everything Glade and Caitlynn taught me go to waste . . .

. . . Sorry, Oto, don’t think I’m going to be your good little girl much longer. I feel like I going to burst out of my skin some days . . .

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Kaleb's Korner
A Showdown!

We go up the stairs, and there’s a lot of clockwork machinery, but more importantly, there’s a demon flying around here! Koth let’s loose with a bolt of electricity, and Hope goes on the offensive. The creature retaliates by turning her to stone! It doesn’t seem like we’re very effective here. Marika tries to push it off the roof, but to no avail.

After some time, we are starting to wear the thing down, I think. Then it decides to float into the air and heal itself while we try in vain to hit it. Somehow, a silent hawk starts swooping in on it, slowly driving the snake lady back towards us. Stuck between us and the hawk, the snake lady tries to control the hawk, but Koth squawks something at her, and it sounds like she’s cursing. I am feeling pretty exhausted by now; I’m almost out of spells! I see Marika climbing onto the winged statue after Hope throws her oil flask on it. The Varisian woman spouts fire out of her hand, setting the snake lady aflame. We drive her down further, but we’re just not doing enough damage to her. Marika launches herself off the statue, fails, but grabs on to the creature. Amid our many attacks, the creature floats off to the side and casts suggestion on the Varisian woman, who lets go. She kicks off the winged snake lady thing, and launches herself towards the tower. She grabs onto the shingles of the roof and hauls herself up, as Koth casts burning claws on the creature, which is just enough for us to defeat her. Barely.

Afterwards, they argue with the bird (which is beyond me), and began stabbing the snake lady until they’re sure it’s dead. After we’re done, Hope goes to give Glade a good talking to, but does not get far before she discovers the truth- he’s dead. We all mourn his loss, bringing his remains to the temple of Pharasma. After processing, we retire to the inn we stay at, quietly divving up Glade’s belongings. On the list of people we found, the mayor’s name was on it, and we go to inform him of such. However, he was expecting us, and we are able to inform him of his position on the list, and we all get paid!

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Kaleb's Summary
Hellos and goodbyes

First thing in the morning, we all gather to investigate Justice Ironbriar’s office. His office is very generically furnished, with almost no indication that he was really here. His paperwork is here, but no personal affects. There are no leads here, but we’ll try to see if anyone in town ever saw Ironbriar go anywhere else. The best we come up with is that people seem to think that he hung out at the temple of Calistria. It’s a bust, though, so we go home.

I go back to the tavern and get some sleep, though in the morning we discover that Marika had a “suitor” over after hours. She takes a lot of ribbing for it, though, but I tell her that the only thing that she should have done differently was remember it. After all, a half-orc will do the same job a Varisian would have done, if not a bit more…enthusiastically.

We make our way across the Irespan (I think it’s called), and Hope once again leads us into combat. In the tower, we come across what looks to be a flesh golem. As luck would have it, we are able to beat the creature with sheer determination (as well as Glade cackling like a lunatic and enhancing his own curses). Thank Calistria no one was seriously hurt! Afterwards, we climb the stairs to the watchtower. Rather, when Hope points out how rickety the stairs are, they send me alone! Sighing to myself, I begin the long ascent…when a bell comes loose! I flatten myself against the wall as it plummets to the ground, making a ruckus when it hits. I don’t see anything else, though. I hope no one got hurt.

As we make our way up the stairs, I have Mr. Rabbit drop me on the other side as Hope passes us by. She announces that we’re about to be set upon by shapeshifters, just as Glade tries to make the leap. He slips and his face smashes into the steps, he tries to grab for the edge of the stairs, and I turn just in time to see him fall.

He falls about a hundred feet. I watch him die, screamless, soundless, save for the horrifying crunch in at the bottom of the tower, a gasp escaping his lungs simply on reflex.

But I can’t dwell on that now…we’re under attack!

I see one of these shapeshifters rolling down the stairs towards me. It regains its footing long enough to stab me in the shoulder, and I feel suddenly woozy, and know its next attack will finish me! In desperation I crawl through Mr. Rabbit’s legs, forcing my foe to attack the heavily armored thing. I am alive for a moment longer, which is more than I can say for poor, poor Glade. I see that the only one left is still accosting Hope, and I let fly another Magic Missile that slams into him. However, I it doesn’t hurt it, but Mr. Rabbit makes short work of it. It grabs her as it goes over the side, but it’s grip is shaky, and it plummets to its final resting place, even as Hope gets hauled up by Mr. Rabbit.

I breathe a sigh of relief.

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Hope's Diary, Rova 23-24

Rova 23
Well, I think I’ll just a few notes down while we wait for Justice Reinholdt to see us. We found the hideout of the people behind the murders—it was in that sawmill, after all. Their leader seemed to be Justice Ironbriar, who was so thrown off at being caught that all he could think to claim was that they were, of all things, Larpers!!

We made short work of them, and found lots of loot while looking around. We also found a diary—it’s written in a trilingual cipher, so Glade and I will tackle it tomorrow.

. . .

Well, it’s time for me to get some sleep, I sure didn’t get any last night. We hawked the cultist masks on the way to Justice Reinholdt, then convinced him we’d earned our pay(It’ll take him a few days to settle). Koth came back, he’d found out where Ironbriar’s messenger ravens were going. We’ll pay that place a visit as soon as we rest up (and maybe pay a visit to the Justice’s residence).

We went back to the marketplace, split up the rest of our takings and went shopping(well, not Glade, he took some money from me to make me more scrolls). I needed a way to organize my plethora of useful items, so I found a handy haversack. Then I got some rest. Tomorrow, Glade and I will decipher that journal.

. . .

Rova 24th
We found out some information. A year ago, Ironbriar became fascinated with some lady he calls “Wanton of Nature’s Pagan Forms”. I did a little research, and others have mentioned her, usually just before disappearing. An investigation was launched, but went nowhere . . . because of Justice Ironbriar! The disappearances also seem to have stopped about then. Other things mentioned: meeting this lady at “the shadow clock” and delivering ’Vorel’s Legacy’ (Vorel Foxglove) to the Red Mantis (assassins who worship Achaekek, assassin of the gods). Tomorrow: go to the Justice’s house!

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