YAY!!! We had a game night the other night. It’s been a while. That whole real life thing got in the way for a few of us. People were either unable to get to a PC, or had a broken PC. Since we play online using Discord and Fantasy Grounds, not having access to a PC was a bit of a problem. But the stars realigned and we got a session in…
The session was a bit short, but I believe it was informative… as it was meant to be.
The group spend one last night on the banks of the Welandar River before being able to reach Welandar City, the kingdom’s capital. They spend the evening recovering from the ambush by Kogan and his band of Krell soldiers that happened earlier in the day. But soon the discussion turns to what they plan to do once they get in The City. They have a mission, vague as it may be, and they are being pursued by creatures and humanoids with ill intent.
The group believes that there is something more behind Slythis, the “convenient” encounter with the bug-creature and Kogan’s ongoing pursuit. Theren has felt the presence of “dark magic” during many of these encounters. They are now convinced that many of these encounters have been orchestrated with information from magic and/or spies that are tracking them. They know they need to change their tactics and make contacts that can help them change this situation.
Once they reach Welandar City, each member of the group has something in mind to do for themselves in addition to finding a way into a secret library in a secret location in or near the castle dungeon. They want to help with the situation that is unfolding before them, but they also have goals and dreams of their own… some of which they hope will help with whatever is going on.
After a restful night on the riverbank, the group, along with the riverboat pilot start packing their things so they can head downriver to The City. While this is going on, a couple of them spot what appears to be a body lying on the bank near the water’s edge a short distance upriver. The group investigates and finds a Krell – dressed like the others from yesterday’s ambush – near death from brutal stab wounds to the gut.
The group realizes that this situation could produce valuable information if parlayed properly. Fang successfully stabilizes the Krell with some first aid (they don’t want to waste magic on the enemy). While doing this, he checks the wounds for signs of desiccation similar to what Slythis’ knife could do. Fang finds none… to the relief of the group.
With some “persuasive” comments, the Krell, named Urd, begins to answer some questions. They discover that Urd was part of yesterday’s ambush, but withdrew when he saw the magic being used by the group start to kill his fellow squad mates. He decided that being killed here was not a good way to accomplish the mission of killing the group. He thought reporting back to Kogan would be a smart thing to do. The essentially fatal stab wounds in his belly, delivered by Kogan, has since convinced Urd otherwise…
Further questioning reveals that Kogan had been in contact with the bug-creature they dealt with in South Haven, but long before the Krell had even made it to Mert. Urd also reveals that Kogan had spoken with a Dwerg near Piketon reinforcing the idea that the group has, in fact, been tracked throughout their journey.
As the interrogation continues, the group learns that Kogan possesses a talisman he wears on a necklace. By asking the right questions they realize the talisman is similar in nature to the knife that Slythis had. This explains the feeling Theren has gotten when Kogan has been nearby… again similar to Slythis. It also appears to have some influence over his actions and general behavior. Urd reveals that Kogan has definitely become much more powerful since he got the talisman. Of course this causes concern over what sort of transformation will occur in Kogan as he continues to wear the talisman.
Throughout the questioning, Urd mentions that Kogan refers to something known as “The Dark Tide” and how it is coming to, at the least, destroy Mentari’s secret. Apparently, Kogan is either a part of this agency or is serving those that are a part of The Dark Tide.
Armed with this new information about their situation, the group decides that going straight to Welandar City and sending a message to Perry Braiton would not be wise. They, instead, decide to take Urd and go to Braiton (the hometown of Fang, Theren and Bran) to report to Lord Braiton directly. They also plan to turn Urd over to the local authorities. It’s agreed that Urd should not be simply murdered by them since he chose to cooperate with them and is decidedly uncertain about his place in life. The notion is that Lord Braiton might see fit to let Urd live and serve his time for crimes in the Kingdom as a member of a work gang.
At a bridge for a road that leads either into Welandar City or north to Braiton, the group parts ways with the riverboat pilot. They make their way to Braiton with Urd in tow. It is quite late at night when they arrive at the edge of town…
And that is how we ended the night. The group now has a name for that which is pursuing them and trying to stop their efforts to reach the secret library… The Dark Tide. They now know that their movements have been tracked since they began their journey. This points out the fact that the Dark Tide has agents in many locations, and that they must become more covert in order to stop the pursuit.
What will happen next?
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