Khyber's Gate

Session 18
Saying goodbye and saying hello...

With the task in Six Kings completed, the Chosen of the Gray Mist were ready for a new stage in their quest to assist the Kech Volaar. But not before saying goodbye to yet another comrade. After flying to Graywall, Sari left the group in the middle of the night, including a touching farewell to Calden. The rest understood, but were sad. Luckily, though, their ranks were bolstered by two new additions. A gnome faculty member from Morgrave University by the name of Nissa Carolden had tracked the group down. She was a personal friend to Gydd Nephret, and wanted to offer her assistance in finding her. The only clues she had were that the Order of the Emerald Claw were involved in her disappearance, and that our heroes had been one of the last to see her. The second addition to the group was a human woman by the name of Sophia. The party met her while in the plaza called the Roar in Graywall’s Calabas district. They were there to assist the Kech Volaar goblins in excavating to the ruins below the city. Sophia apparently was in search of adventure, and latched onto the group enthusiastically. She was a great help, as was Nissa, in their task of hiding the activities of the digging goblins. Taus rented a warehouse in the plaza to cover the expedition, while the group put on various shows or ruses outside to distract the passing crowds. It was a success, as word came from Tikulti that the fifth fragment of the Ashen Crown was found by the goblins. They were headed for the surface. But not before a surprise was sprung on the heroes. Demise had appeared at last, along with a few lackeys, ready to attack. A showdown is just about to begin…

Session 18 Chat Log

Session 17
Behold! The horrors of Khyber!

The aberrant denizens of Six Kings have met their match in the Chosen. The foulspawn who nearly ended their adventures were dealt with handily, as well as a band of a lost goblin tribe called the Na’ruktuu. Eventually, though, their delving brought them to their destination: the Moon Pool and those in possession of Zaraani’s Solitaire. As expected, those owners were more foulspawn—a group that had defied the laws of nature and persisted in undeath through the millennia. More than dolgaunts and dolgrims had cheated death, though, as became evident when an unliving beholder rose from the Moon Pool to challenge the intruders. All hope seemed lost until the Kech Volaar appeared from the darkness and attacked the beholder with all of the ferocity of Dhakaan. They quickly swarmed the horrible creature and brought it down, as the adventurers finished off the other foulspawn and retrieved the Solitaire for the Kech Volaar’s mission to assemble the Ashen Crown.

Session 17 Chat Log

Session 16
Crazy times...

Our adventurers took an unexpected and sad trip back millennia, somehow transported through the fabric of time to the days of the Dhakaani Empire and their fight against the daelkyr of Xoriat. They were delivered right into the midst of a battle between the goblins and the foulspawn, which were streaming through a breach between the planes. There they met a Gatekeeper druid by the name of Kruul’ort, who was tasked by the goblins with the burden of closing the planar breach. The orc druid recruited the heroes, who he took for elves, to aid him in drawing near to the portal and assisting in the ritual. Unfortunately, Sari resisted all along the way, apparently under the influence of the Coat of Eyes and the daelkyr power behind the artifact. Kruul’ort succeeded in performing the primal ritual and sealing the breach before a daelkyr could emerge, but they all returned to their own time knowing the sad truth that the battle was still lost to Zaraani and the goblin army defending Six Kings.

More sadness awaited in the present, though. Caelin was nowhere to be found upon arrival, and Sari found her brother entombed with the goblins in the stalagmites, apparently as retribution from Belashyrra, the Lord of Eyes, for her failure to stop the Gatekeeper from sealing the breach. She was beside herself with grief and rage. The group continued on, though, and battled more foulspawn and ghostly goblins. They met their match in a dark cave, where a group of foulspawn swarmed over them. The dolgrims almost killed Calden, and drove the party back to find safety. Will they brave the depths of Six Kings again?

Session 16 Chat Log

Session 15
Making new friends...

The quest for the Ashen Crown continues, and the Chosen of the Gray Mist venture into the caverns beneath Six Kings after the Kech Volaar goblins teleported away. The adventurers were assailed by ghostly denizens which tried to fling them off the edge of a ruined chamber into the darkness below, but they prevailed against the undead. Not long after, they met more unliving resistance, this time in the form of a ghostly goblin that threatened them in the passage. They didn’t heed the warning, though, and they came face to face with the reason for the goblins’ demise: a centuries old cemetery of sorts. Goblins entombed within stalagmites—probably for millennia. Both Sari and Keira were given indicators of the cause of the goblins’ petrification through the powers of the relics in their possession. Yet all of the Chosen received clues of their own as undead foulspawn attacked both them and the ghostly goblins that blocked their path. A strange fight ensued, and the adventurers joined with the goblins to destroy the ancient foulspawn. They now await to see if the goblin ghosts will now turn on them…

Session 15 Chat Log

Session 14
Six Kings at last!

A long trek up the cliff face, and the journey comes to an end. The search for the Kech Volaar is now before the Chosen of the Gray Mist. Luckily, that quest is resolved quickly as the goblins appeared from behind a boulder. Unfortunately, the Wordbearers, led by a dirge singer by the name of Yeraa, were not has happy to see the newcomers as they had hoped. Before allowing them to join the goblins, worthiness must be proved, as is the way of the ancient Dhakaani goblins. A ritualist brawl ensued, as each hero faced a goblin on the field of battle. Luckily the weapons were padded! A few bruises resulted, but with the help of the Citadel changeling, Tikulti, who had infiltrated the goblins posing as a hobgoblin, the adventurers proved their worth to the Kech Volaar and were invited on their quest to find one of two fragments: Zaraani’s Solitaire. The goblins would be searching a different area of the goblin monument for the second fragment: Lurtaan’s Cord.

Yeraa led the whole group into Six Kings where they found an ancient magical obelisk. With it, the goblins teleported away to pursue their quest, leaving the adventurers to theirs… and to a room full of undead. Using the obelisk triggered an ancient defense, causing goblin bones to rise in defense of the monument. A fight ensued, and the skeletons were reduced to bones again. Now the depths of Six Kings awaits…

Session 14 Chat Log

Session 13
Will the violence ever stop?

The road to Six Kings continues to be arduous and dangerous to boot. The Order of the Emerald Claw strikes again, this time in more official and predetermined form. A skilled leader among their ranks by the name of Warrik seems to have decided to ambush the adventurers, apparently against the wishes of the elf Demise, who wants the Claw contingent to simply scout their position and then return to Sharn. All of this is discerned from a letter on Warrik’s corpse. Demise wants to deal with the heroes on her own terms in Sharn it seems. How she plans to orchestrate that is a mystery.

And more violence ensues just outside of Six Kings, as Kech Shaarat goblins, the Bladebearer clan who is rivals to the Wordbearers that the group seeks, attacks them. The fight is a rout, though, and the surviving goblins scatter in hiding. The path to Six Kings has come to an end. All that is left is to find the Kech Volaar and convince them to let the adventurers join them on their quest to find the Ashen Crown.

Session 13 Chat Log

Session 12
Bandits along the way...

The journey is rough along the dilapidated Orien trade route for our heroes. They came upon a group of monstrous raiders, led by a hulking minotaur. The rough crew seemed willing to let the group pass, on the condition that they relinquish all their gold. How rude? Of course the decision was obvious, and a fight quickly ensued. The adventurers wiped the blood off their swords and continued on.

Session 12 Chat Log

Session 11
On the road again...

The next day after the attack, the Chosen of the Gray Mist appeared at the Citadel complex where Captain Kalaes was waiting for them. He was dismayed to hear about Gydd Nephret’s disappearance, and vowed to look into the matter. An airship was awaiting their departure to Ardev in western Breland. The ship took off, and many hours later, they landed just outside the remote town. The party decided discretion was the wiser path, and headed off on the Orien trade road towards Droaam and Six Kings at once. The next day, they came upon a group of ruffians who were harassing a goblin traveler. The ruffians turned on the adventurers at once, and it was quickly discovered that they were actually agents of the Emerald Claw! A brief fight ensued, and the goblin was saved. The heroes learned from the nervous goblin that both he and his captors were actually looking for them! The goblin was a Kech Volaar who was tracking the group’s location. Somehow their errand was known to the Wordbearers and Emerald Claw alike.

Session 11 Chat Log

Session 10
Job Opportunities

Things are getting busy for the Chosen of the Gray Mist…

Word has gotten out about their find in the ruins under Sharn. The hobgoblin priest, Olaakki, has shared that both Wordbearer and Bladebearer goblins from Darguun have been to the ruin and know that someone has the Blade. And now servants of the Order of the Emerald Claw—namely an elf known as Demise—seem to be after it as well. Even the Brelish authorities in Sharn have found out about Ashurta’s Blade, and it has led to an interesting development. Captain Saj Kalaes, an officer in the King’s Citadel, has hired the party to do a service for Breland. The Citadel would rather see the Wordbearer goblins ascend to power in Darguun than any of the other clans, and they wish to use the Ashen Crown to strengthen their position. Captain Kalaes is sending them to Six Kings in Droaam to follow the Wordbearer contingent that is seeking the other pieces of the Ashen Crown and to offer them the Blade and their assistance in recovering all 5 pieces. Who knows what could come of this?

Luckily, this job coincides with another just given to Calden by his House: to track down a killer by the name of Jurgen—a dwarf who works for the Boromar Clan. And who just so happens to be Taus’ ex-boss. Jurgen is said to have fled to Graywall in Droaam—just northwest of Six Kings.

Before leaving on the new jobs, the adventurers went to Morgrave University again at the bidding of Gydd Nephret. She feared that the elves interested in the Ashen Crown were not who they said they were. Upon arrival at the professor’s apartment, the heroes found it ransacked. The invaders were still there, including Lady Dannae Ulyan, who explained that the professor was accosted. But she was just an illusion, formed over an undead wight. More undead attacked with the wight, and the heroes were forced out onto the street to deal with the home invaders. Luckily they prevailed, and clues left in the house pointed to the nefarious Order of the Emerald Claw as the assailants. Gydd was nowhere to be found.

Session 10 Chat Log

Session 9
Scholarly notice

The heroes finally emerged from the Depths of Sharn triumphant. The kruthik hive was exterminated fairly easily, and more importantly, they have uncovered an ancient tomb and artifact. Molric, the dwarf foreman, grumpily gave them their reward for a job completed, and the hobgoblin priest Olaakki was excited by the find and troubled by the talk of Wordbearer goblins in Sharn. He told the group that he would look more into what they were doing in the Depths. Directed by Olaakki, the adventurers went to Morgrave University to seek out information on Ashurta’s blade from a Professor Gydd Nephret, an expert on Dhakaani era artifacts. The studious woman was floored by the find, and offered much information on the history of the artifact, including the knowledge that it was a portion of the Ashen Crown, an artifact with both elven and goblin roots. The Crown was sundered into five parts in ancient times, and the group appears to have unearthed one of those portions: Ashurta’s Blade. She excitedly told them that she would look more into this artifact and let them know.

What do these developments portend for Sharn, for the nation of Darguun—the heirs of the Dhakaani Empire—, and for the adventurers themselves?

Session 9 Chat Log


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