Faromir

Act 2, Chapter 3
Location Change

As the ravens packed into Derricks inn, most faces were awash with smile. Finally it was time to press onto greater things, nearly everyone was excited at the prospect of greater glory and adventure and most felt their time in Darwash was overstayed purely for Turians benefit. The band went through its normal voting process, packed into standing room only, there was 112 of them now, dwarves, gnomes, human, drow, and tieflings of all walks of life. Members were sitting on the bar and tables, peeking in windows, and lining the upstairs railing, the hefty Templar’s stood in stark contrast to their smaller compatriots. Rin presented some options, as did Verion. The band deliberated into the night, finally settling on Astoria as their next venture. Though many of the mages of the ravens were hesitant to venture into possible death or slavery, Rin assured everyone that if things looked too sour, the band would make a hasty retreat. At the crack of dawn the group departed, packing quickly and departing with little fanfare as was their norm. As Darwash faded into the distance, the band pressed North East, into the fractured states and up towards the lands of The Conclave. The journey was three or four weeks, the band moved leisurely, making slow but steady time and enjoying the uneventful journey through the mostly untamed wilds as they left the chaos of the west far… far… behind them. When they finally drew into Conclave lands they were immediately set upon by the familiar plate clad crimson troopers of the conclave, with Teek and Rin quickly mediating and explaining the groups purpose and intent. Dealing with the single-minded war machine of the conclave proved difficult, with the troopers ultimately sending a telepathic message back to their commanders for instructions. The return message was clear, the ravens would be allowed to camp outside Astoria in a designated area, watched over by Troopers, and would be allowed within the city walls to handle whatever tasks they wished. As long as they followed conclave law (with some concessions on the conclaves part for ‘renegade’ mages in the ravens charge) they would be given Worker Caste privileges and expected to act within their stature at all times. As the group moved within view of Astoria, the towering spires and huge walls were impressive to behold, easily one of the largest cities the ravens had been too. As they settled into their camp site, which the Conclave had so ‘nicely’ walled in and gated for them, the ravens felt subtle unease… every movement… and every moment… was carefully and meticulously observed by the un-speaking, un-responsive, helmeted war troopers who guarded the camp. Was this a camp site?…. or a prison yard? Time would tell.

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Back Alley Justice

Ravens newest acquaintance Izzen Do’Arth had a mission from a local nobleman (Xavier Highwater) to deal with a rival noble (Telgar Stormbeach) that kidnapped, and repeatedly raped and then murdered his daughter. The nobleman tried to have Telgar arrested, but he was too well connected. So he turned to the underground to get some justice. Izzen noted that Telgar had some pretty bad dudes protecting him, a mix of housemen and white snakes, and he has been contemplating whether he wanted to take the mission alone or bring some compatriots. The party joined forces with him for an even cut of the reward, and the party was able to locate the nobleman inside his mansion and assassinate him with a variety of ingeniously applied tactics and then escape without a problem.

Party
Dolos
Finn
Din Frostfire

Allies
Izzen Do’Arth

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Turian's Grand Ball

Turian was hosting one of his famous grand balls, a huge extravagant party at his mansion in the nobles quarter. This time however, due to rising tensions between himself and the Teventi family, Turian asked for the ravens to augment his house guard in protecting him and his property. He wanted the ravens to send a party 4 or more to his mansion for the night, to guard various avenues of approach, deal with any trouble makers, and stop any would be assassins. Over the course of the night the ravens would bust up some drunks, stop an assassian or two, and earn a hefty sum of coin for their diligence.

Party
Dolos
Finn
Din Frostfire

Allies
Laphantus
Izzen Do’Arth

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Sewers, Hooks, and Horrors

Tusk’s was awash with chatter about some kind of creature or creatures that had taken up residence in the sewers, it’s making life hell for everyone down there, dragging people off while they sleep, attacking and mutilating solitary sewer dwellers, and striking when least expected. People were scared to leave the vicinity of tusks, and nobody had come back from the deep sewers living place known as “CrudTown” in days. Tusk asked for someone to put together an expedition into the depths to figure out what the hell is going on down there.

A group of ravens answered the call, joining forces with a young Drow (and recruiting him to the ravens) the set off into the depths, and ultimately found and eradicated a nest of hook horrors. (but not before the bard rustled the necros jimmies with speak with dead).

After dispatching the creatures the party returned to their inn.

Party
Dolos
Finn
Din Frostfire

Allies
Izzen Do’Arth

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The Flesh Trade

In his last visit to Tusks, Dolos struck a deal with Ta’Keesh, he would get some of his women back who had been stolen, and owe the cat a ‘favor’ in the future, in return the cat would tell him everything he knew of “The Revenant”

A local crime-lord and racketeer named Dulgat Teventi, is growing ever bolder and braver, he’s honing in on other peoples ‘turf’ and making many enemies quickly. Specifically he had his men seize one of Ta’Keesh’s bawdy-houses and shut it down, much to the shock of any that heard about it. Dulgat then paid the local city guards to jail them and is demanding an absurd payment or he will have them killed. The cat is not interested in paying an obscene price for his own property, he just wants his ladies back, but in the interest of cooperation, he tried to strike a more reasonable deal with Dulgat Teventi but no dice. So now Ta’Keesh goes to war, quietly. The opening shot is to get his women back from the west quarter guards jail, he does not want the teventi using them against him. He explained to Dolos that in this venture, coin will likely work best, but nobody will notice a few dead jailers in the west quarter and in his usual hands-off approach, simply left the execution of the plan up to the Tiefling.

After linking up with Harlen and Laphantus, the trio made their way to the jail after dark. Despite some failed attempts at intrigue, the party managed to managed to convince the desk Sargent to take a sizable sum of money and flee the city with his family, as the Teventi have no reach beyond darwash.

Taking the women through town, the trio was set upon by Teventi thugs that had been watching them. Through intimidation and persuasion it looked like a fight would be avoided, however at that moment Derrick Bonesteel and several house Banwell guards appeared. It became apparent that Turian and Teventi had a beef as much as (if not more) than Ta’keesh and Teventi. A lopsided slaughter broke out, with the Banwell men and ravens easily eliminating the Teventi thugs.

Derrick had heard some ravens were working for Ta’Keesh, but was shocked to find the group that was working was some of the ravens ‘top crop’. He told them to come to him for some ‘less-than-legal’ work to them in the future.

Upon returning to the Inn, Teek confronted the party, and was visibly concerned for the well being of not only the party, but the whole of the ravens. It would seem other ravens had been getting involved in the underworld out of boredom as well.

Party
Harlan Ilewhen
Dolos

Allies
Laphantus

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Rejected Advances

The party had ventured to Tusks Tavern, where they ran into Niona who vouched for their charecter to Tusk.

Tusk confided in the party that he needed assistance with a small, but important, matter. His barmaid Anita had not shown up for work, and he wanted someone to venture to check on her.

Harlen, who had developed a mistrust of everyone in Tusks, decided he was done with the mess, and ventured back to The Uneven Weasel. Dolos however, agreed to check on Anita.

After moving through town to the slums district, he was able to locate Anita’s house, and made entry only to find her sick from drink. Someone had cursed her so that anything she drank turned to alcohol and she was slowly dieing. Dolos carried her back to The Uneven Weasel to have grennon cure her, and she then gave him the name of a well off wizard Razgad and his address. He had apparently tried to have his way with Anita, and cursed her.

With everything sorted, the party escorted Anita back to tusks before venturing onto their next adventure.

Party
Dolos

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The Hammer of Justice
Random Encounter

The pair was heading through town, walking through a busy square, when they heard the cries of a woman. As they tried to determine what was happening, a young tiefling woman sprinted out of the scattering crowd, and hid behind Dolos and Harlen, begging them for aid.

She was being pursued by a Justicar, a paladin from a rouge highrock law enforcement agency known as The Tribunal. He demanded the party turn over the Tiefling, for various minor crimes she adamantly denied (though a few she admitted to) most of which were theft. The Justicar indicated her punishment would be immediate, and that if the party did not stand aside they would join her in it.

Neither Harlen nor Dolos seemed keen on letting the Justicar hammer the tiefling, but twas Dolos who drew steel first and launched himself at the paladin.

A lenghtly fight in the square took place, with hundreds of people, guards included, watching from a safe distance, not wanting to get involved. Eventually, the two would slay the Justicar, and then strip him naked and flee with the tiefling.

Later that day, Derrick would chastise the two for their lack of discretion, and warn them that paying to cover up the murder of a justicar in a city street was not cheap, and demanded they keep their squabbles out of the town squares.

The tiefling ended up being Niona Silverbreeze who would put in a good word for the Ravens in the highrock thieves guild

Party
Dolos
Harlan Ilewhen

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Drugs or Thugs

After some discussion with Derrick, our pair decided to venture to the hidden tavern known as Tusks.

After locating the place, and gaining entry, the pair met with several prominant figures in the locale, one of whom was Ta’Keesh a local drug lord and criminal.

Ta’Keesh needed someone to deal with some Teventi thugs who had been harassing local businesses that purchase bomani from him. While he is not particularly interested in the well-being of the patrons, the Teventi thugs are not letting his men sell their stuff in those areas. He offered to pay the party to deal with the thugs.

Dolos and Harlen brought a young drow named Izzen Do’Arth along with them, and the trio made their way through the sewers of Darwash with Izzen at the lead.

After locating the house, and waiting for night, the group enacted their plan, sneaking into the building before attacking and eliminating various thugs in the downstairs room.

An accord was struck with the remaining thugs who tried to baricade themselves upstairs, and the party discovered the thugs also had stockpiled stolen bomani barrels in the basement. After returning to Tusks, the party was rewarded and went their separate ways.

Party
Dolos
Harlan Ilewhen

Allies
Izzen Do’Arth

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Hero of the People part 2

Screams come from deeper inside the castle, and the sounds of people being tortured. deeper inside the depths of the old castle.

The party ventured into the lower ruins, finding an elaborate, but dilapidated, jail. The cells were filled with various spirits of peasants and servants, whom the mad baron was apparently eternally torturing down here.

After a fight with a ghostly jailer, the party located the main torturer room and the spirit of the baron within. Working together they slew him, and with him the evil energy that was holding the other spirits captive.

They returned to Darwash for a sizable reward.

Party
Dolos
Din Frostfire
Fin
Harlan Ilewhen

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Hero of the People Part 1

Darmok Edric an incredibly powerful fighter and local highrock figure, had quietly requested the ravens send a party to his mansion after dark for a secret meeting. He offered to pay them an incredible sum of money if they complete a quest but allow him to claim credit for it.

After determining he was a fraud, the party was able to extort an even greater reward out of him by agreeing to go to to The Ruins of Castle Lorath on his behalf and cleanse the place of whatever evil had befallen it.

The party found the Castle, and upon entering, discovered ragged old skeletons apparently at odds with other, equally ragged old skeletons, being led by a variety of ghosts. After clearing several of them out, and bypassing a large group, the party found an entrance into a deeper part of the castle.

Party
Dolos
Din Frostfire
Fin
Harlan Ilewhen

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