World of Rhilamar

We Venture into The Green

As we traveled more to the east Ahmri began to notice we were dangerously close to The Green, if not already within it. After he mentioned this to us and he was speaking with Ellisar a fae woman appeared to us and said she knew Ahmri. She began to talk of Ahmri's newfound devotion to The Green and that the power he was receiving from it made him its Guardian. Apparently, I and Skipper were not the only ones that had made a deal. She spoke of something within The Green, causing rot to spread and I felt a vague cloud of badness surrounding the area. Ahmri told the girl that we would investigate before deciding to do anything further and that we would need time to prepare. Ahmri decided to paint all of our group to embody predatory animals, Skipper and I took on the visage of wolves, myself white and he black. Ingrodi an Eagle, and Kah a tiger. Ahmri made himself appear as a fox. We then ventured into The Green proper. As we were exploring I was continuing to feel a stronger presence of rot within the area. We soon came upon a group of giant spiders. We immediately began to attack them. I could not sense evil within them so I did not use my new power. After defeating them we continued on into the forest. We were soon attacked by a group of skeletons clad in the armor and colors of Riverrun. This concerned me greatly for it seems that Brisgella was a greater threat then we originally thought. We were not free of her yet, and she has not forgotten us. It seems we will have to face her eventually. Hopefully, we are much stronger at that point. After facing the skeletons we decided to continue onward. Searching for this rotting presence within The Green.

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Learning the ways of the Bad Wolf

As I fought the ooze, having had a night to sleep on the decision presented to me I made my choice.  I chose the power of reckless abandon.  Now that I have made up my mind things flood to me.  My options become clearer and my rituals more obvious.  I bleed our enemies at the end of every battle and invoke bad wolf's name often.  I try to focus more on the positive side of him, of how to use him to my own ends.  My methods work…for now.  As we are called to fight the taint in the forest I can see that there is still some good I can do using this evil.  Even as I grow stronger, and as we move further from home, my mind only drifts back to vengeance; I must control myself always….always.

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Skipper and I have made deals, but will they be for good or ill?

After our fight with the ooze, we were able to rest for a short while. After resting we slowly made our way to the vault Ellisar told us about. I was taking the lead and rounded a corner after being told to be careful because something lurked within the next room. I went into the room and saw an open doorway, where inside several elvish skeletons where shambling around. I quickly made my way back to the party and told them what to prepare for. I was knocked down by the first two to come upon our bottleneck and I was vaguely aware of being moved out of the way. It seems the fight went well and I was stabilized and regained some health. We then approached the door of the vault and between Skipper and Ellisar they managed to make some sort of key to turn the "tumblers" of the lock. Once we entered the vault there were many bronze blades, Ellisar called them shortswords, as well as a large wooden crate with bronze bands wrapped around them. We were able to retrieve some bronze arrowheads as well. After some time with the chest Skipper asked me to break the lock. I picked up a shortsword and with a great thrust, I shattered the clasp. Within this "chest" We found several potions, two of which healed and were given to myself and Kah as well as a potion to give me the strength of a bull. We spent the rest of the day and the next tending to our wounds as well as exploring our newfound abilities. I pledged myself to Akela and to my pack. I learned of the extent of Skipper's pledge to bad wolf and though I was uncomfortable with the evil that he had sided with I knew that if I were to dissuade him or turn against him it would only make the hold stronger. He is my friend and my family, and as part of my pack, I will be there to prevent him from descending too deep. Ellisar then told us of his plan to find more vaults to further his knowledge and he asked us to join him. We all agreed, with the exception of Klaria and Ohanzee who traveled north to Highrock in order to try and get the aid of the chief and shaman of the village. With our plans decided we began to take the journey east and quickly entered the Green. We were nearing a clearing when Kah said to stop and I felt a presence I had never felt before, though it was something far eviler then I could have ever believed. The.. creature spoke to us into our minds and told us of its mission that was given by Brysgella herself. It slashed at Kah and dealt him a grievous blow. Skip managed to get behind the creature and land a hit, doing no perceivable damage. I then went up to the monster and smashed down with my club while summoning up my new power from Akela to smite this creature. I dealt it a mighty blow and I knew I had gathered its undivided attention. Ahmri, Trinian, Ingrodi, and Ellisar all attempted to damage it but to no avail. I was soon strengthened by the voice of Ahmri as well as from something mumbled by Skipper. I was able to deal the creature a devastating blow shouting " Die you foul beast!", I thought the beast dead but it had narrowly survived my attack. Trinian whispered something to Kah and he seemed to gain new strength, for when he went to attack the creature he succeeded where previously he had failed. Ahmri ended up healing my wounds, a new spell of his from the Green no doubt. After the battle, we then decided to head towards the nearest settlement so that we could prepare for the long journey ahead.

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The World Hates Us.

That night as the others slept on my turn to keep watch I thought I had been doing a good job of everything when suddenly I felt something strange. Like a puddle of water. I looked down and saw indeed that but it was climbing up the side of the wall. 

"Look out!" the Elf had said but it was too late.

This strange creature used it body as a weapon and nearly took me out. The initial impact was painful and I realized that it's form was slightly acidic. I backed off and started firing arrows at the creature while Gundar and Skipper moved in.

The battle was not long but instilled me with fear. The creature hardly seemed affected by the volley of arrows from Ahmri, Ingrodi, and myself. Gundar had fallen and Skipper seemed to be on his last ropes. Our only hope seemed to be the magical members. Trinian and the Elf stood fast and flung spells at the foe and seemed to be the only ones dealing damage. After another volley Skipper let out the howl of a wolf and began to fight with a fury I had not seen of him and Gundars wounds started to heal.

In the end it was sweet Trinian that landed the killing blow to save our hides.

So, our friends Skipper and Gundar have made a deal with the spirits of the world, eh? But they seem to be on different sides? The Black Wolf and The White Wolf…. The Elf then talked of God's and worship and my mind wandered back to the man and woman that called me son and the strange raw power they seemed to live.

 

We rested a bit more and continued deeper into the dungeon The Elf… Ellisar guiding our steps. It was not long before we encountered a small hoard of skeletal foes which we dispatched with relative ease. Gundar had fallen once more and I was gravely injured but we prevailed and found the Vault not long after. We found some things of use but more over most the Elf seemed to gain the most reward. He told us of other Vaults and he asked us to join him in finding those.

We returned to the surface and started making our way East. I heard the Snap of a twig and halted the party as a…. A Monster….. What is this? It speaks in my mind of Brysgella. It advances on me and claws me. I just make it to where the fiend doesn't gut me but the wound hurts beyond what I have known before. I try to fight back but I don't leave any marks on where I hit. Gundar and Skipper advance on the creature to aid me. Skipper doing strange new things with his touch and a power from Gundar I had felt before from my Mother and Father. Gundar lifted his club and dealt a sound blow and now had the creatures undivided attention. 

I did what I could but that was not much. Gundar going blow for blow with the beast and Skipper dealing out damage where he could. Then I hear Trinian whisper in my ear 

"I know you can do this!"

Giving me just enough of the strength I need to land the final blow on the foul beast. 

I look around proud of my friends when I notice another of the monsters and my stomach flips in place, but it vanishes soon after I see it. It seems that we have not heard the last of that foul Witch.

 

Father…. How did you get so strong? How do you fight? How can I be as strong as you?

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We tried to sleep but were awoken by an ooze

After we fought and killed the gnolls we had went to the next room, with our new friend Ellisar in tow. We set watches and settled down for the night. Skipper had first watch, I myself had the second. I went to go settle down to sleep when Kah took over for third. I was awoken by a shout of alarm from Ellisar and a cry of pain from Kah. I sprang up, causing Skipper to fall over, and ran towards Kah. When I got there I saw a gray oozing creature that had attacked him. I watched as an arrow pierced its skin with a squishing sound and started to dissolve. I immediately took note of this so that I wouldn't lose my only weapon. I climbed up and got hit by the creature, nearly dropping. Knowing that I did not have much left I swung mightily at the creature before falling unconscious. While I was out a vision came to me of Akela saying "I can't have my potential champion dying now can I?" And I awoke with a start, having been healed by some strange magic. I heard Skipper let out a wolf howl and shoot at the creature saying "For bad wolf!" At this point, I realized that Skipper had chosen a path that was different from my own, and that I needed to keep him in check. Trinian, our former chiefs' daughter, managed to take down the creature with a blast of lightning from her hands. Her magical prowess slowly growing. I called a prayer to Akela to heal my friends and allies, and that I would take up the mantle he had asked of me. Ahmri became confused about what had happened so I told him of the vision I had had. Ellisar said it is similar to what his priests did and they were called "Druids." Ahmri was very interested in this and would try to learn more when he could. After the battle, we slowly began the trek forward towards the vault, and whatever may lay therein.

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The Epic of Riverrun 5

Exploring round their verdant wooded home

Ohanzee spies an ruined elven dome

They go to see whats held in decayed tow'r

To search for tools and for treasure to scour

 

When coming close they see among the stone

A gnoll was standing watch, his skin like bone

A tribe of hungry gnolls had made a base

The vicious leader making it his place

 

The singer weaves a song and changes shape

To lure the watchful gnoll into a scrape

They wish to get some info from the chap

The ruse does work, the gnoll walks in a trap

 

But Skippers blade does cut too deep and wide

Before he made a cry the gnoll did die

Chastizing Skip for careless swing and stab

The singer finds a new gnoll they can grab

 

This time Gundar does wield his mighty club

They drag the sleeping gnoll into a shrub

And questioning him for secrets of his horde

They learn of captured elf and of his lord

 

A rageborn gnoll led all these wild dogs

His vicious ways entranced the wicked trogs

An elven captive held against his will

They tried to get the treasure with his skill

 

The heroes planned to save the elf from harm

Their plan, to sneak and not to make alarm

Thus, hiding in the shadows, see the breadth

Of elven ruins dark and dang'rous depth

 

 

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The Epic Of Riverrun 4

Despair had flooded in on mighty tide

And left with nothing but their time to bide

Fair Trinian was witness to the blood

They cast her in with traitors, thrown in mud

 

But even in the darkest night so bleak

The dim and pinpoint light of stars does streak

Ingrodi was the witches daughter dear

But loved the singer and for life did fear

 

Her hair did flow like crimson rays of morn

Her limbs as lithe as newborn deers when born

The beauty in her eyes made all to say

That even in black night, despair's at bay

 

Ingrodi met with Skipper, they did plan

To free the real heroes from trait'rous clan

Skipper did sneak into the shamans hut

And got the Spirits gifts from witch's glut

 

Then suddenly alarm rings round the camp

The witch detects thievery from the scamp

Her warriors and magic rally now

To stop the bid for freedom from the bough

 

Now battle joins with captives fighting hard

No weapons in their hand with which to guard

The singer weaves his voice so rich and deep

And tells the ropes untie into a heap

 

Now fighting freed, the witch releases rage

Her spells to stop escape from wretched cage

A deep slumber comes on them as they flee

But Skipper has the tools to make them free

 

Upon the Raven our hero does call

He asks for help escaping from them all

The Raven's power surges to their aid

And in a forest clearing they were laid

 

Banished from homes, they look to futures path

Free as they are from witch's mighty wrath

Ingrodi and Trinian joined them now

They had no home left to them anyhow

 

They leave Riverrun gravely in the past

And vowing to return to win at last

The wide world opens to their tattered feet

Fate welcomes them and gladly they do greet

The darkness of the world they swear to beat

 

 

 

 

 

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The Gnoll, The Elf, and the Vault

We steeled ourselves for what may come next. The Gnoll we captured said there was an elf deep below but was guarded by his hungry brothers. A fight is sure to be had, though hopefully we are able to sneak past…. Nope…

 

As we made our way to the location the Gnoll told us about the others spotted us and from that moment on we fought. We fought our way to the door and to the way down. As we reached the depths we fought them in their home. We where playing into their hands. Though, the word smith with his brilliance had an idea when nearing where the elf was being held. "Trap the trappers." He summoned a very fine pony and sent it into the dwelling where it took a fair few hits for us and vanished. With sound blows from my companions and the sweet Lady Trinian we dispatched the creatures and found the Elf.

 

He speaks of a "vault" a place in which to stor valuables. He says that if we help him to the vault we are free to take the loot save for the "Scrolls". He wishes them for himself so he may learn more about himself and his ancestors I think? I understand that… But maybe not as much as Trinian as she stepped forward and talked with the elf of the magics she has and how they where "Born" with it… I hope she can find herself in this elfs words or even teachings.

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The Train went a rolling

We had Klaria stay with the gear as well as Skipper's horse. We went to start the journey down to where the elf was and immediately ran into opposition. I was the first in and struck down a gnoll. Ohanzee quickly followed and attacked and killed several as well. We fought through a few before realizing we were in the wrong building. I went over and checked another building and found a bag full of obsidian arrowheads and some carved bits of bone. I rejoined the fight in front of the right building and managed to take out a few before Ahmri knocked out a few using magic. I ran down the stairs and encountered several hungry gnolls and was able to kill one of them as the rest of the party came down the stairs. Trinian used some sort of magic to damage several of them. We kept following several gnolls killing them as we went before stopping before a room full of hungry gnolls, as well as warriors, and what we assumed was the rageborn. Ahmri came up with a plan to defeat their trap and summoned a pony that was shining with a strange light. The poor pony walked into the room, taking several hits and killing one of the hungry gnolls with an attack before succumbing to the shower of Javelins and blows. I went into the room and killed a warrior before having the rageborn approach me dealing a mighty blow with his large bronze greataxe. After a few minutes, we all came together to kill the rageborn, doing most of the damage myself, and we made short work of the other gnolls. We then heard a sound of knocking coming from a room down the stairs and after Skipper checked it for traps I removed the log blocking the way and out came an elf man speaking in slow Seonese. He told us his name and told us he would help us find the "Vault" of his people and that we could have whatever we wanted from it other than the "scrolls" of his people. We moved back to a previous room and prepared to settle down for the night and recoup our lost strength before we continued on.

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Is That a Gnoll In Your Pocket...

Finally! Ingrodi came with our gear on Skippers horse! I am not sure if I can trust her having been so close to the Witch, but then again the mentor doesn't make the person. And, I guess the same can be said about parents but i am not sure if that's true with my own past. I don't have much to go on there. So we have a few options now but our closest seeming target is the strange ruins that Ahmri noticed when we got here. It's a good a lead as any.

We head over and find a few hungry Gnoll's in the area. They shouldn't be much trouble but never underestimate an animal that is hungry. Especially if they have attacked human strongholds before in their hunger. Ahmri, decided that he would lure some of the Gnoll's on guard by seducing them as a female of their species….. Nice?

Our first target was felled by a sound blow from Skipper. The others had a problem with that but I was far too impressed to be bothered. And besides, as Ohanzee would say "Good riddance!" But that could be bad rubbish of me to say.

We had a lot more success with the second Gnoll, though I failed my attempt to subdue the beast, the rest of the party came upon him swiftly and had him dispatched. The Gnoll says that there is a Elf deep below these ruins and is guarded by a "War Born" White hair, human eater… I think I know where we will be going next…

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