Khyber's Gate

Session 22
Victory! But the plot thickens!

Demise and her Emerald Claw plots have been thwarted, and all that remains now is to decide upon the fate of the Ashen Crown. Just as the heroes begin cleaning up the mess in Ashurta’s tomb, two newcomers enter the room: the hobgoblin priest of the Sovereign Host Olaakki, and the Kech Volaar goblin Govaan, who apparently survived Tikulti’s treachery. Olaakki congratulates the heroes and prompts them to decide on the Crown. With the help of Keira and Nissa, Gydd performs the Rite of Arkantaash, the ritual to conjoin the fragments of the Ashen Crown. Once complete, the Crown is finally whole in Keira’s hands. And with the group’s decision to give it to Govaan and the Kech Volaar, the Chosen of the Gray Mist complete their mission. Breland will have its wish to a more peaceful neighbor in the future.

After returning to Captain Kalaes and receiving a reward, the heroes each spent a few days of rest and relaxation. But the break proved to be full of more intrigue as they prepare to turn their attention towards Jurgen Rivnor and the Son of Khyber. Each of them receive news or are met with challenges that will prove to shape the coming days, if not their lives. Soon they will come together to discuss the meaning of these portents, and decide on a course of action.

Session 22 Chat Log

Ashe speaks with Chief

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Session 21
Final Demise

The quest for the Ashen Crown has come to a head, and the forces behind the plot to foil the Kech Volaar and steal the Crown have been faced and defeated.

The adventurers quickly moved on from the entrance to Ashurta’s tomb, and came face to face with the traitor Tikulti. The changeling and his lackeys were defeated after a vicious fight. During the battle, Tikulti taunted the heroes, including having the audacity to take the form of Caelin—one of their fallen comrades.

The search for the Crown culminated in Ashurta’s tomb where Demise was preparing her ritual to rejoin the fragments of the Ashen Crown. Luckily, Gydd Nephret was there as well, alive. All that was left was to defeat the necromancer—no small feat. The heroes were barely a match for the elven woman, who displayed a powerful command of the forces of death. But in the end, Demise fell, and Gydd was rescued.

Now it remains to be seen the fate of the Ashen Crown…

Session 21 Chat Log

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Session 20
What a mess!

After the bar fight, the Chosen of the Gray Mist had quite a mess to clean up. On many levels. The hooligans needed to be dealt with, decisions needed to be made about their captive Jurgen, a newcomer has arrived- Ashe, and sense needed to be made out of Tikulti’s betrayal. And to make matters more confusing, a patrol of Tharashk guards entered the bar wanting to get to the bottom of who killed a half-orc member of the House in the bar. Their next destination was clear: Sharn. But the path was anything but clear.

After Ashe, Calden, and Taus interrogated Jurgen, the group convinced the Tharashk Captain to let them go after allowing him to take Sophia into custody for killing the half-orc. They made their way back to the Orien enclave and the airship Yeraa had contracted. There the group heard more rumors corroborating Tikulti’s betrayal. They also found a fast way back to Sharn: the teleportation circle inside the enclave. They shelled out the gold for the ritual and were quickly back in the City of Towers.

In Sharn, each took care of some personal business, including depositing Jurgen with House Deneith. Intrigue promises to shroud that little deal, as multiple heroes appear to have plans for the dragonmarked dwarf (Oh Noes!!!). Taus and Ashe’s acrimony also threatens to undermine the party’s unity. Eventually, though, they met back together to deal with the matter at hand: it seems that Tikulti has implicated them in the theft of the Ashen Crown fragments, and they have been summoned to the King’s Citadel to speak with Captain Saj Kalaes. Only Ashe was absent as they spoke with the Captain. Kalaes was incredulous to hear that Tikulti was the real traitor, but he was eventually convinced after using a priest to detect any lies (not to mention Ashe’s sudden arrival in the room and attempt to pull rank). Kalaes encouraged capture of both the Crown and Tikulti, and let the group go. They quickly set in motion their plan to recover the Crown, heading down to the Cogs weapons in hand. They again entered Ashurta’s tomb deep under the city where they faced Demise’s assistant, Jaenus- a skullborn elf. He was joined by Claw warriors and undead kruthiks—apparently the very kruthiks the heroes destroyed weeks ago. Battle ensued, and the intruders prevailed, hoping to find Tikulti, the Ashen Crown, and the mastermind of this whole plot—the necromancer Demise.

Session 20 Chat Log

Taus talks with former associates

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Session 19
Betrayed!

Tikulti is a traitor!

After defeating Demise and her gnoll mercenaries, our heroes realized that it wasn’t Demise at all, but a doppelganger posing as the elf woman. And even worse, the filching wraiths that were with them filched Zaarani’s Solitaire off of Keira and apparently passed it off to a mysterious human in the crowd at the goblin market. Things became all too clear moments later as Yeraa and the Kech Volaar goblins emerged from their dig site, not as you last saw them, but as undead monsters seeking to destroy the group. After slaying them, the adventurers found that their fragments were gone as well. And Tikulti was no where to be seen. Putting two and two together, the painful truth emerged. Tikulti has betrayed the group, the Kech Volaar, and apparently Breland. It seems the changeling is a double agent for Demise and the Emerald Claw and killed the goblins after they found the final fragment of the Ashen Crown. Then he used a ritual to raise them as undead and sicked them on the group. He must have been the mysterious human who the wraith gave Zaarani’s Solitaire to. It was all confirmed moments later as Tikulti came through on the sending stone, challenging the group to follow him back to Sharn, implying that they could find him and Demise in the same place the group found Ashurta’s Blade.

But first, another job required doing. The adventurers tracked down Jurgen to a dingy bar called the Mermaid’s Tits. But just before they could accost the wanted dwarf, a group of ruffians started a conversation with the heroes, apparently ready to extort some money off of them. The newcomer, Sophia, would have none of it and blasted the leader. A fight ensued, and a mysterious man joined the fight—a shifter by the name of Ashe. It remains to be seen his stake in this fight. The brawl ended quickly, and luckily Jurgen didn’t escape. Now it’s time to sort out the mess…

Session 19 Chat Log

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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