Dustnite's Wrath of the Righteous

Session 1: Kaey Gets Roached and the Survivors try to Survive the Underground Caverns
A blind elf, A ranger with a busted leg and an asshole of a noble. What could go wrong?

The party awakened in darkness with sounds of low moaning emanating from nearby. The area was pitch black and the area felt fairly chilly. As the ringing in their ears cleared from the fall you sustained, the party quickly checks their bodies for external wounds and find none. The recent memory seeing the pitched battle between the guardian of Kenabres and the demon lord had everyone concerned but the more immediate problem was caring for the injured or dead and assessing the situation.

Daven was the first to wake up and proceeded to wake the rest of the party after their fall into the ground. The party appeared uninjured, however several other people were not so lucky as the fell into the same rift from the surface. The party discovered a few survivors and several victims of the demon attack: Anevia; a dark haired woman with a grim determined look on her face, Aravashnial; a silver-haired elf whose face has been horrifically scarred from the balor's whip, and Horgus; a pompous old noble who appeared to have only a few scrapes.

Balin and Kaey fashioned a splint for Anevia's broken leg and successfully set her bone back in place.
Horgus immediately tried to demand the party leave behind the "cripples" and move forward to get back to the surface. Bardas was able to successfully talk him down before he did anything stupid or try to leave the party on his own. Aravashnial's face was bandaged with some water and clean cloth and he was healed by Balin and he quickly tried to assert command over the group in order to assess the situation.

While the others were burying the dead with rubble, Kaey scouted just outside their immediate area to discover a dead spider nearby. Lighting a torch, he draws the attention of two giant maggots that were feeding on the corpse of the dead spider and he bravely runs from the danger. Daven, being on watch, didn't notice a thing but the rest of the party heard the commotion and came to Kaey's aid. Bardas made short work of the maggots and the party finished burying the dead. A prayer to Shelyn from Balin for the dead and the party left going east to try and find a way out of the caverns.

Kaey scouted ahead and chose a branch in the caverns to the right and brought the party with them with the survivors being surrounded by the healthier members of the party. Kaey came upon a dead campfire that he mistook for a person and tried to sneak closer to it,
however two giant cockroaches appeared behind him and cut him off from the rest of the party that was waiting in the tunnels behind him. As Kaey bravely ran away yet again, he took several bites from the cockroaches and eventually succumbed to his wounds. Daven was able to drag Kaey away safely and he was stabilized and healed by Balin. Searching the old campsite they found the following: a torn bedroll, three candle stubs (each can burn for 30 minutes),a bent fishhook, 10 feet of badly frayed hemp rope, and a copper brooch depicting a bat perched on a mushroom and both of the bat's eyes are tiny amethysts.

The survivors requiring rest to mend and after Kaey's ordeal, the party decided to rest in the old campsite for now so they can renew their trek through the dangerous caverns.

Session 0: Magical Oranges, Bluffing, and the Abyss - 6/17/15
The Beginning of the End

For several weeks, excitement has been building in Kenabres for the Armasse festival. Traditionally an opportunity for scholars and priests to come together to study the lessons of history from wars past, since Aroden's death, this holy day has become more about training commoners in weaponry, choosing squires, and ordaining new priests. Over time, Armasse has grown to encompass jousting competitions, mock duels, battle reenactments, and other festival events. In Kenabres, the festival is eagerly anticipated, for it provides distractions from the horrors of being on the front line of the war. Smiles on faces normally marred by downcast eyes and furrowed brows do wonders for city morale in the weeks leading up to the event.

The morning of the festival we came upon a group of recruits getting instructions from a bellicose Lieutenant Doyle. The Lieutenant picked volunteers from the gathering and picked Bardas Syros and Daven Firesbreath for an impromptu wrestling match. Bardas is a tall, muscular man covered in plate armor while Daven is a tall, lanky and lithe young man that appears to be fairly weak in constitution. Bardas traveled here with a young, beautiful woman whose name we have not discovered yet while Daven appears to have traveled alone.

It was no contest when Bardas quickly subdued Daven by pinning him to the ground by stepping on his chest and he was awarded a masterwork backpack, which he promptly gave to one of the other recruits. Daven was offered help by one of the other recruits, which Daven ignored but thanked him later after the fight was over. Bardas, the woman, Daven, and the helpful recruit all left for Clydwell Plaza to witness the start of the festival.

Across the city, a dwarf named Balin Gorinsson was sitting with his friend Gerrald in one of the seedier taverns in the city. Balin noticed a strange looking woman (read noble looking woman in a seedy tavern) was sitting behind him staring at him with a smile on her face. Balin attempted to ask her politely if he could help her with something and gave her one of his carved songbirds. She accepted it with a mirthful smile but said nothing. Balin returned to his friend's table and turned back around to see she had disappeared. Gerrald bid him farewell and left for the plaza, suggesting that Balin visit the temple of Shelyn to pay homage to his goddess. Balin paid his respect by tithing at the altar of Shelyn noticing out of the corner of his eyes that the statue on the dais of Shelyn glowed briefly while the eyes looked directly at him, however looking directly at the statue reveals nothing strange about a normal looking statue. Balin left to go to the plaza to join his friend Gerrald.

Nearby outside the cathedral, another adventurer named Kaey on a mission from another part of Mendev was perusing the market stalls out in the square. Stopping at a food stall, a merchant sells him an apple for 5cp and clearly sees some more money making opportunities. He offers Kaey a magical orange for 1sp, which Kaey declines, then "lowers" his price to 20cp which Kaey thinks (through a failed check) is a really good deal. Having paid twice as much for a "magical orange" he notices a heavily armed dwarf exit the nearby temple and start toward the south of the city. Kaey decides to trail the dwarf stealthily and continues south toward the inner city as well.

Balin (being followed by Kaey unknowingly) is suddenly accosted by several ruffians form a backalley that attempt to mug Balin for his possessions. Kaey disguises his voice to make them all think that guards are coming down the road toward them causing all but one to run back down the alley. Balin attempts to dissuade the ruffian from attempting something stupid, however he is unsuccessful. Kaey comes up behind him and manages to scare the ruffian into fleeing with his friends as well. Balin thanks Kaey and they continue to Clydwell Plaza.

Finding an empty space in the crowd, Kaey and Balin meet up with Bardas and Daven and wait for Lord Hulrun to speak to begin the festivities. The woman who knew Bardas kissed him and went to the market for something to eat while the helpful recruit that tried to help Daven earlier greeted everyone with a smile and a handshake. Lord Hulrun then began to speak…

As Lord Hulrun was commencing the blessing for the festival and the crowd gathering in Clydwell Plaza quieted, a bright light shone from the west as if the sun were rising from the wrong direction. Hulrun's shadow fell huge and distorted across the cathedral's facade. A moment later, the sound of a thunderous explosion ripped through the air and earth, along with a violent tremor.

To the west, a giant plume of fire, lightning, and smoke erupted into the heavens. A moment later, a powerful roar accompanied a welcome sight rising from the crowd – Kenabres' greatest guardian, the ancient silver dragon Terendelev, who had until that moment been attending the opening ceremony disguised as a human. Another form appeared as nightmarish as the dragon was breathtaking, a humanoid shape three times larger than a man: a balor lord!

The creature's identity was immediately obvious to some, but not the party. What is certain is that demons were attacking the city! 

As the ground continued to shake and disgorge demons into the streets, the dragon and the balor lord clashed above. The fight was over in a few harrowing moments as the balor cut deep into Terendelev's body, swooping down to strike the dragon and arresting her charge. A few more blows and the titanic duo spiraled down the crowd with a thunderous crash on top of Lord Hulrun.

The sight of the dragon smashing into the facade of the Cathedral of St. Clydwell is one no witness would ever forget. At that moment, a titanic demon erupted at the far end of the plaza, reducing several buildings to ruins as it smashed into this world. The rift it created shot across the plaza, and this time there was no escape – it opened below the party's feet and everyone began to fall. 

Even as you fell, the dragon noticed your plight. Though she saw death standing over her, she seized this final chance to save a few more souls. The dragon pointed one bloody talon toward the party's direction as they fell into the abyss. The last thing the party sees as they fall away is the sword of the Balor lord cleaving full through her neck and the rift slams shut as the party falls away into darkness…


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