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post Feb 28 2013, 11:51 AM
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Episode 1: "The Hunt for Red Wolf - Part One" Session Summary
An introduction to D&D and 4th Edition

Cast
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Thrawn Goldbeard - Male Dwarf Fighter (played by Tim Kiepe)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
Verion Tathvir - Male Elf Barbarian (played by Yari)
Lethorash - Male Dragonborn Warlock (played by Josh Challenor)
Arioch Crox-Noire - Male Human Rogue (played by Geoff Still)

Episode Summary
The heroes make their way to Brackenwood, a small rural settlement that has become overcrowded with travelling merchants and traders unable to make their way into the Oaken Vale due to some sort of trouble on the trade road ahead. Seeking more information in the local tavern, a place called 'The Wooden Trough', the heroes learn that in addition to road trouble, the local guard captain, a man named Reese Boweller, and seven of his men have gone missing, leaving the town woefully underguarded. After gleaning little useful information from the gossiping barmaid, Cissa, and her elderly husband Earl, they are directed upstairs, where the heroes meet each other for the first time around a large dining table, but not before Thrawn Goldbeard (played by Tim Kiepe) has a short run in with two large, brutish looking guards, Royne and Farris, and buys them a drink.

On the upper balcony, they meet a strong willed but tired looking dwarven woman named Avina, who has taken over temporary captaincy of the local militia. After removing a rather audacious young rogue (played by Geoff Still) from her chair after he had helped himself to her dinner, Avina informs the heroes that despite Cissa's rumours, she believes it to be goblin raids that are responsible for the hold up in trade into the vale. She tells the heroes that in an effort to be rid of the goblins once and for all, Captain Boweller took seven of their best men and headed out towards a ruined watchtower they call 'The Roost', which they believed the goblins to be using as their stronghold. She goes on to say that the goblins have always been a nuiscance, but they have become much bolder and more organised since the captain's disappearance, presumably due to the lack of resistance now present. Reports and information from traders risking the road have also told her that the goblins have started wearing fox pelts and painting their faces with red paint, and are believed to be under the command of something calling itself 'Red Wolf', which could be, at her best guess, a particularly clever orc or hobgoblin. She implores the heroes to use whatever means they can to track down any evidence that might ascertain what has happened to Captain Boweller and his men, and to rid the area of this 'Red Wolf'.

As the heroes dined with Avina, Bekixelo (played by Otis Belfit) noticed the two guards, Royne and Farris, paying particularly close attention to their audience with the new captain.

The following day at dawn, the heroes made their way out to the Roost, where they came across a young paladin (played by Gary Went) being held captive by a trio of bickering goblins. After a tense fight, the paladin was set free and agreed to join the group. He introduced himself as Daticus, and thanked the heroes for coming to his aid.

Closer inspection of the tower and its surrounds revealed that some sort of battle had taken place there recently, and so the heroes descend into the rooms below and face off against the remnants of a goblin tribe, which culminates in the discovery of a secret cavern laiden with treasure and inhabited by an enormous and ancient python.

After a long and conflicting battle, Bekixelo finally managed to put the python down with a pair of well placed arrows to the head, and it burned away in a cloud of ash, but not before the warlock Lethorash (played by Josh Challenor) managed to determine that the beast had some sort of ancient intelligence, and took one of its eyes from the remains as a sentimental artefact, feeling some connection with the serpent and saddened by its demise.

As the heroes patch up their wounds and turn a converted wooden keg into a treasure sled, they prepare to investigate an enormous hole dug into the floor that Arioch has discovered, that leads down into an echoey darkness.

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Episode 2: "The Hunt for Red Wolf - Part Two"
An introduction to D&D and 4th Edition

Cast
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Thrawn Goldbeard - Male Dwarf Fighter (played by Tim Kiepe)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
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Granan Mountainheart – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)

Episode Summary
The heroes delve down beneath the ruins of The Roost to find a vast, underground cavern inhabited by the remainder of the goblin tribe, along with their leader; a particularly cowardly goblin with a feathered headdress. The goblins are in the midst of a sacrificial ritual, with the victim a large goliath barbarian named Granan (played by Andrew Powter). Battle ensues, the tribe is defeated, the prisoner freed and their leader captured and questioned. He tells the heroes that his name is Grimjaw, and has recently suffered a loss to Red Wolf whereupon more than half of his tribe abandoned him to fight under the wolf's banner. After gaining what information they can, the heroes let the goblin and what's left of his tribe go, but not before recovering a badge that had once belonged to the captain of the guard.

Returning to Brackenwood, the heroes are informed by Avina that the guards Royne and Farris have left town in the company of two cloaked strangers, abandoning their posts and leaving Brackenwood with only three guards. Desperate to open the trade road, Avina tells the heroes of a plan to lure Red Wolf out of hiding by having them pose as caravan guards to a rich elven soap merchant, who arrived in town the previous night and is offering a large sum of money for escorts to Riverhill. Upon querying the elf, the heroes find he has two requests; that they ask no questions about his cargo, and that they take the Beggar's Path to Riverhill, rather than travel via the main road. The heroes accompany the elf, named Faelun, and his bodyguard, an enormous goliath warrior he calls Silence, along the road for two days, discovering a number of raided caravans along the way. They are soon ambushed by a group of well armed and organised goblins dressed in fox pelts, along with a trio of human bandits wearing balaclavas.

Combat erupts, during which time Silence takes Faelun's cargo (a small, red wooden box) and charges off into the forest, leaving the battlefield with the bandits whilst the goblins keep the heroes busy. Faelun tells the heroes he will double their payment if they can recover the box, and tells them to meet him in his manor outside of Riverhill when they have it. The heroes quickly give chase, and track Silence through the forested hills to a dilapidated, overgrown wooden fort, where the goblins and bandits appear to be readying to leave. The heroes assault the fort, killing Silence in the process, and delve into the warehouse below to confront Red Wolf.

There they find not an orc or hobgoblin, but Captain Reece Boweller, going by the alias Red Wolf and with Faelun's box now in his possession. The heroes interrupt the captain in a meeting with a mysterious cloaked human, accompanied by an enormous dragonborn knight. A battle breaks out, and the cloaked man snatches the box from Captain Boweller and attempts to escape, before the heroes put both him and his dragonborn bodyguard down. Captain Boweller is captured and interrogated, and the box successfully recovered.

Notes
- Granan informs the heroes that during his time in captivity, he was imprisoned with several human guards, one of whom was Captain Boweller, as well as an elderly man in tattered robes. He witnessed Boweller and this man engage is several hushed conversations during their imprisonment before the goblins killed the old man and the captain managed to make his escape.

- Silence, an agent of Red Wolf, has had his tongue cut out and could not speak.

- During the ambush, the heroes manage to kill one of the bandits and take off his mask, revealing him to be a red-haired human male, and recognise him as Farris.

- During their chase through the forest, the heroes also discover a body in a guard's uniform.

- Inspecting the crates on the wagons at the fort, the heroes find many of them filled with stone bricks.

- The heroes guess that the cloaked man meeting with Captain Boweller is barely 20 years old, and has one hand stained red. On his body they find a missive, identifying him as Galian Morrows, an apprentice to an unnamed Priest of the Crimson Hand. The missive informs Galian to meet with Red Wolf in anticipation of bartering for the recovered Dawnblade artefact, and goes on to say that he will be accompanied by Rushj Bloodmaw, a Knight of Harkhan, both for his protection and to aid in taking the artefact by force if necessary.

- When interrogating Captain Boweller, they discover that he is on the payroll of a dwarf named Faugrim. Bekixelo knows that 'Faugrim the Fancy' is an eccentric dwarven crime lord who operates out of Riverhill, and has his hands in a number of bandit activities.

- The heroes open Faelun's box to find a foot-long feather made of fine gold. Elrohir (played by David Went) guesses that the feather could be over a thousand years old, and may be used as some sort of magical key. The feather closely resembles the real feather they recovered in the goblin's treasure trove.

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post Mar 26 2013, 06:26 PM
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High Point for Daticus. Having the wizard target the minion in front of him with AOE killing all the minions (or most of them) numerous times without taking damage himself.

Low Point. Those ######ing swinging platforms.
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post Mar 30 2013, 08:19 AM
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I really like the idea of high/low points to summarise the nights events. Thanks Gary/Daticus.

For Granan:
HP: After commando style hitting the ground, getting up and scaling the 20 something foot wall like. a. boss.
LP: Nearly dying, moments after being rescued from those pesky goblins.

Special Mention: Bex (Otis), for coming to my aid and getting me back up to 2 hit points. armata_PDT_34.gif


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High point for Elrohir Most Kills and using goat noise to scare a goblin off a bridge tongue.gif. Lp using a daily to save Granan but it ends up downing him, sorry dude.


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QUOTE(nDR01d @ Mar 30 2013, 08:19 AM) *

I really like the idea of high/low points to summarise the nights events. Thanks Gary/Daticus.

For Granan:
HP: After commando style hitting the ground, getting up and scaling the 20 something foot wall like. a. boss.
LP: Nearly dying, moments after being rescued from those pesky goblins.

Special Mention: Bex (Otis), for coming to my aid and getting me back up to 2 hit points. armata_PDT_34.gif




no problem thats what i'm there for armata_PDT_36.gif
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Episode 3: "Uninvited Guests"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Thrawn Goldbeard - Male Dwarf Fighter (played by Tim Kiepe) - Absent
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
Granan Mountainheart – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)

Episode Summary
After returning Capt. Boweller, aka Red Wolf, back to Brackenwood in chains and declaring the trade road open, the heroes make for Faelun's house outside of Riverhill. Here, they find the elven trader murdered, and a Crimson Hand assassin at the scene of the crime. After a long and explosive battle, the heroes manage to overcome the assassin, who is decapitated by Granan, however Daticus suffers a strange wound that he is unable to heal. A search of Faelun's manor turns up a number of maps, a journal of gambling debts, and a children's storybook called 'The Five Guardians'.

Before long, three men arrive on Faelun's doorstep looking for the elf, and are turned away by Daticus, but not before informing them of Faelun's murder. They leave, and soon afterwards the house is set upon by a large group of city guards. All of the heroes flee into hiding, save Daticus, who meets them at the front doors. Daticus is arrested under suspicion of murder, but blacks out as he is dragged away by the guards.

The remaining heroes hatch a plan wherein Granan assaults a guard at the bridge into Riverhill in order to get himself arrested and find out where Daticus is being held. After a brief confrontation with Mortimer Sharpe, the guard captain, the heroes discover Daticus is being held in a small hut in the woods outside of town, where they are told a herbalist is trying to keep the paladin alive. There, they meet an old shifter named Tarvu Blackstem, and the injured Daticus. The heroes question Tarvu about the Dawnblade artefact, as well as Faugrim the Fancy. Tarvu despises Faugrim, and agrees to help the heroes however he can if it means sticking a thorn into the crime lord's side.

Tarvu admits he cannot help with the artefact, but knows someone who might. He agrees to take the heroes to see Moonfang, an ancient dire wolf who lives in the forests around Riverhill. The party treat with Moonfang, discovering the artefact is the key to an ancient eladrin tomb, but the meeting goes poorly and Moonfang gives his pack leave to kill the heroes. The party are chased back to Riverhill and manage to cross a river to escape. Tarvu tells the heroes that it is known Faugrim, an avid collector, possesses an eladrin map that may be of use should the heroes wish to seek out the tomb, but obtaining it will not be easy. He notes that the dwarf is holding a birthday gala in the coming week, their best chance of gaining access to his manor, but they will require invitations. Tarvu suggests obtaining the invites of a group of Calathi street performers, the Magnificent Manticores, who are in town to perform at the gala, and are on Faugrim's payroll.

The heroes head out to one of Faugrim's farms where the Manticores have made camp, and Granan initiates a confrontation with the travelling performers. Combat ensues, the peformers are all killed, and the party obtain their invitations to the gala.

Notes
- Tim Kiepe (playing Thrawn Goldbeard) was absent for this session. Thrawn set out to the local tavern in Riverhill, to try and secure residence for the party to use as a base of operations.

- The heroes discover the Crimson Hand assassin wielded a Soulblade, a weapon that attacks the very soul of a victim and extracts it into a small gemstone worn around the assassin's neck. Upon the assassin's death, the weapon crumbled to ash, bound to the soul of it's wielder.

- Daticus suffers a mortal wound from the Soulblade, and Tarvu tells him he will carry a soul scar for the rest of his life.

- Upon showing Tarvu the gemstone of souls, the shifter seizes it and smashes it with a small, magical hammer, releasing the souls trapped inside.

- Bekixelo (played by Otis Belfit) identifies Moonfang as one of the Azuri, an ancient creature of unparalleled wisdom from the time of the eladrin, who inhabited the land over a thousand years ago.

- Moonfang knows the heroes have murdered Goldentongue, the crushgrip python from the goblin's lair, who was another azuri and a friend of the dire wolf's.

- In the Manticore's caravans, the heroes discover notes recounting details of each member's personal act, as well as a secret group performance they will be unveiling at the gala for the first time, called 'The Golden Fountain'. The only information they can find about this act is the tagline, which reads 'You won't leave with empty pockets!'

- In the dwarven hunter's caravan, the party discover a number of hunting trophies, amongst which is an elegant silver mask of elven make.

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Episode 4: "Party at Faugrim's"
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Cast
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
Granan Mountainheart – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)

Episode Summary
After organising supplies and donning the identities of the calathi street performers known as the Magnificent Manticores, the heroes arrive at Faugrim's manor, where an opulent gala is being held for a number of both local and foreign nobles in honour of Faugrim's birthday. Leaving Bekixelo outside to sneak into the master bedroom on the upper level, the remaining heroes formally introduce themselves to the assembled guests, and come face to face with the crime lord Faugrim the Fancy for the first time.

As Elrohir ascends to the upper floor, Daticus and Granan request an area to stow their supplies and prepare their act, and are shown to the servant's quarters. Here, they begin assembling a number of combustible items atop the beds in the room, and douse them in lantern oil in order to create a fire as a distraction. Meanwhile, on the upper floor, Elrohir notices that one of the guests has a red-stained hand.

Granan and Daticus set fire to the laundry garments after being interrupted by Faugrim's men, and a fire breaks out in the servants quarters. A scuffle ensues in the side hallway as guards come running to investigate, including Mr Small; Faugrim's personal bodyguard, but Elrohir manages to keep the attention of the guests in the main hall with some magical conjurations.

Things begin to go awry when Mr Small alerts the house that trouble is afoot, and tries to seal Daticus and Granan in the burning room by holding the doors closed. Granan smashes the doors open, and both combat and fire spill out into the corridor, alarming the guests, who flee for exits as the remainder of Faugrim's guards come running.

Meanwhile, Bekixelo manages to climb up to the private balcony outside the master bedroom, and after setting off a trapped door handle, moves inside. Guards hear her coming, however, and spill into the room, attacking Bekixelo who flees outside and leaps back over the balcony to the ground below, barely escaping with her life. She quickly breaks through the kitchen windows on the ground floor and enters the main hall, longbow firing. Elrohir, rushing to the aid of his friends, can only watch as the group of nobles with red hands disappear into the library unopposed.

As combat on the ground floor intensifies and the fire heats up, a large lantern full of oil that Granan left in the room explodes, showering the entire hall in flames. The heroes retreat up the stairwell as Faugrim's men close in, but they are scattered by the timely intervention of Elrohir, who unleashes his powerful magic upon them and breaks their formation. At this, Faugrim and Mr Small retreat beneath his dining table, where a hidden passage leads them away from the battle.

Oleander the Great, a magician in the company of Faugrim, orders the guards to seize a group of guests hiding in the bathroom, and orders the heroes (now looking down from the upper floor balcony) to lay down their arms and surrender in exchange for the noble's lives. Elrohir responds with a magical arrow of acid, which hits Oleander in the face, scarring him badly. The two begin a magical duel, during which Elrohir comes under the assault of both Oleander's strange spells, and the throwing knives of his deadly assistant. With Elrohir down and the fire spreading, the magician and his assistant retreat into the hidden passage.

The nobles emerge from the library on the upper floor, and are revealed to be necromancers of the Crimson Hand. Daticus quickly realises that they have an ancient, rolled-up parchment in their possession. The necromancers quickly kill of the remainder of Faugrim's men, before casually moving downstairs towards the exit, leaving their mad cultists to deal with the charging paladin. As Daticus fends off the attacking mad men, the Crimson Hand priests make for the exit via the main hall, but not before their leader realises Daticus has a soul scar, and tries to attack him through it. Through a force of will, the paladin manages to fend off the attack, but is too weak to fight on.

Granan storms into the master bedroom, butchering the guards inside and is confronted with a heavy iron door he believes grants access to Faugrim's vault. He discovers that the door is only an illusion, and after entering the vault, finds a lone wooden chest waiting for him. He carries this to the balcony, where he opens it to find a pair of severed heads; those of Captain Reece Boweller, and the guard Avina. Howling with rage, Granan destroys the chest, but notices a large detachment of guards making their way down the road towards the manor, smoke now billowing from the windows into the clear night sky.

The heroes make a dash for the rear entrance, and throw themselves into the Ram's Horn River, dragging their weary bodies to the bank on the other side. There, a carriage arrives and beckons them to get in, before spiriting them away. Inside they find a burly dwarf named Lars Bullcrown; owner of the Sleepy Stag, who has been sent by their friend Thrawn (formerly played by Tim Kiepe) to bring them back to safety.

Notes
- Tim Kiepe (playing Thrawn Goldbeard) leaves the game. His final act after securing the party a dwelling in the local tavern, The Sleepy Stag, was to pay the owner Lars to wait with a carriage across the river from Faugrim's mansion, in case the heroes needed a fast getaway.

- Faugrim the Fancy turned out to be a large, elderly dwarf, with a powdered face, cherried lips and golden jewellery woven into his snow white beard.

- Faugrim's bodyguard, Mr Small, is an enormous and muscled halfling who is so large he is often mistaken for a dwarf. He possesses a pair of large brass knuckles, which he wears constantly.

- Before assaulting the manor, the party meet with their friend Tarvu, and ask if he can prepare some sort of improvised smoke bomb, and a sleeping agent. After Bekixelo collects the necessary ingredients for him, they meet with him at the corner of Faugrim's street, where he delivers the goods.

- Guards stop the heroes' caravan outside the manor, and question the strange nature of their weapons and armour, as well as who they are. After Daticus comes up short with answers (forgetting the name of the group they are impersonating), Granan's cool tongue assures them that it's all just part of the act, and they are waved through.

- During the assault on the manor, both Faugrim and Mr Small manage to escape via a hidden passage beneath Faugrim's dining table.

- The Crimson Hand manage to escape with Faugrim's map, both without Faugrim noticing, and without being stopped by the heroes. Before leaving, however, their leader notices that Daticus carries a soul scar.

- The magician, Oleander the Great, used a wand that he blew upon to create bubbles. These bubbles formed clouds which, if touched, exploded painfully upon the victim. His assistant, Carolyn, proved to be a deadly knife thrower.

- During the assault, Oleander had his face badly scarred by Elrohir's Acid Arrow, and managed to escape via Faugrim's hidden passage with his assistant.

- Daticus comes to the conclusion that the vault in Faugrim's bedroom was not his real vault, but instead a baited setup, loaded with the severed heads of both Captain Boweller, and the party's former friend from Brackenwood, Avina, whom Granan was particularly fond of.

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Episode 5: "The Red Mistress"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
Granan Mountainheart – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
with special guest
Wil – Male Half-Elf Bard (played by Chris Bright)

Episode Summary
After laying low for the better part of a month in the local tavern known as the Sleepy Stag, the heroes are enjoying a few quiet evening ales and enjoying the music of a bard whilst they plan their revenge against Faugrim, when a lone figure enters the tavern looking for the group. He sidles up to the heroes and informs them that he may have some helpful information for them regarding Faugrim's whereabouts, but also tells them that the bard playing in the corner is an assassin sent to kill them.

Combat erupts at these words and the assassin is disposed of, and the newcomer introduces himself as Wil, also a bard and on the hunt for Faugrim. Wil informs the heroes that whilst he is unsure of where the crime lord is hiding after the destruction of his manor, he does know that his bodyguard, Mr Small, owns a tavern on the high side of town called The Red Mistress, and that speaking with him may lead them to their mutual quarry.

The heroes brashly locate and enter The Red Mistress, and talk their way through to the private floor where Small is dining. Granan sits down at the bodyguard's table as Daticus starts demanding answers, which sparks a brawl to break out with Small's many associates. During the fight, Small is wounded and he begins to transform, upon which he leaps from a window to the streets outside and flees. The heroes give chase, and follow Small into the sewers, where Granan confronts the bodyguard and discovers that he is a wererat. While Daticus remains at the tavern to search for valuables and leave a message for Faugrim, the rest of the group quickly subdue Small and knock him unconscious, wrap him up in a bedroll and bring him back to the Sleepy Stag for questioning.

With Granan at the helm of brutal interrogations, the heroes learn that Faugrim is paying the local Captain of the Guard, Mortimer Sharpe, for the services of the Town Watch, and is keeping Faugrim safe under his protection. They learn that Faugrim is being "held prisoner" in a small watch house on the lower side of town, under the protection of the local guardsmen (who believe him to be an actual prisoner), where he plots to rid himself of the heroes. The heroes also learn that, due to the magic of Faugrim's magician Oleander, Small is the key to getting inside Faugrim's safehouse.

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- After killing the bard assassin in the Sleepy Stag, Wil locates a single dwarven coin on the body, known to bards as a 'mark'. This confirms the heroes' suspicions that she had been hired by Faugrim.


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Episode 6: "The Good Captains"
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went) - Absent
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
Granan Mountainheart – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
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"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
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Wil – Male Half-Elf Bard (played by Chris Bright)

Episode Summary
After much discussion, the heroes decide to pursue Captain Sharpe as a means of getting closer to Faugrim. Wil informs the group that he has acquired information that may lead the group straight to the captain, but in return he wishes to take the Dawnblade artefact. After a long negotiation, the heroes reluctantly agree, under the promise that Wil can help them get it back at a later time.

With Wil's information, the heroes learn that the Sharpe family owns a vineyard in the hills north of Riverhill, where the captain takes a break from his duties every month. The group sets out towards the Rat's Crossing, a small bridge that crosses a ravine that acts as the quickest route out to the vineyard. Here, however, they discover the bridge is being guarded by a lone dragonborn fighter, calling himself "Merc", who singles out Granan to single combat in order to pass. Granan accepts, and the two do battle over the ravine.

Despite some secret healing from Wil, Merc still manages to best the barbarian, and fells him, before reviving him and offering him a stiff drink. The two quickly gain a mutual respect for one another, and Merc accepts Granan's offer to join the heroes on their quest.

The Crimson Avengers sneak up to the vineyard, but find it has been left to grow wild and unmaintained. Further adding to suspicions, the heroes also find armed men guarding and patrolling the property, with no obvious visual links to the Town Guard. Whilst Granan sneaks up to the house for a closer look, the rest of the group initiates combat.

While battle takes place, Granan comes face to face with their dragonborn mercenary leader, a warrior Merc knows as Khale. Granan battles Khale and his pet dragonspawn Ashtongue single-handedly, but is felled. Khale, wounded, then retreats inside whilst sending Ashtongue to deal with the intruders.

The heroes fight their way through Khale's men and his pet to reach Granan, where they manage to heal the barbarian before Khale springs his ambush, dealing a fatal blow to the goliath and ending his life. While Merc duels with Khale, Wil is overcome with grief and blasts the dragonborn's head apart with a psychic song in Granan's honour.

The heroes search the house, and find Mortimer Sharpe locked up in a wardrobe, along with his wife and children. Mortimer reveals that the Captain Mortimer currently in charge of the town guard is a fake, an illusory trick of his magician offsider. He tells the heroes that Faugrim's men attempted to bribe him for the protection of the guard, and when he refused, he and his family were kidnapped and imprisoned at their vineyard. Sharpe tells the heroes that he has met Daticus before; he took the paladin to the witch-doctor Tarvu when he was badly wounded, and claims the Paladin would recognise him.

The heroes decide that the captain's family is no longer safe, and offer to take them back to the tavern for protection. Sharpe agrees that he will do what he can to help the heroes rid the town of his doppelganger. The avengers place Granan's body inside the house, and burn it down, staying to watch in honour until the last ember burns out.

Notes
- Daticus has been drinking heavily of late, and the heroes decide he would not be fit to take with them, leaving him in the tavern. During his drunken slumbers, the heroes overhear him talking in his sleep, crying out for his parents, mumbling about bandits, and blubbering the words "I'm sorry Thomas" repeatedly. Gary Went was absent for this session.

- Given the amount of attention the heroes have been garnering, Lars decided it best to leave town for a few days until things cool down. He has closed the tavern, and left it to the avengers to use as a base of operations in his absence.

- Merc knows that Khale was once a high-ranking soldier in the Vorashji military, who was part of a task force assigned to maintain peace between the remnants of the Vorashji invaders, and Arkenfall. Khale was still a devout follower of the Renegade King, however, and quickly went rogue, hiring out his services as a mercenary to enemies of the kingdom.

- Upon Granan's death, a raven appeared at the Sharpe's house. The bird stayed with the body, plucking out each of Granan's eyes, and made no attempt to leave as the heroes burned down the house.

- On Khale's body, the heroes find a number of contracts, scribed by Faugrim, for the death of three individuals. The contracts are for Daticus Tarsus, Arvid Bushelmound, and Davnan Loreweaver.

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Episode 7: "A Dance With The Darkness"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
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Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
with special guests
Wil – Male Half-Elf Bard (played by Chris Bright)
Rourke – Male Dwarf Cleric of The Raven Queen (played by Chris Bright)

Episode Summary
After losing Granan in battle to the dragonborn mercenary Khale, the heroes return to the Sleepy Stag to find Daticus in discussion with a cleric of the Raven Queen known as Rourke. Rourke has come to the group in their time of need, and informs the heroes that he may be able to aid them in returning their fallen friend back to the living realm.

While Wil departs temporarily on business, Rourke leads the heroes to a graveyard, where the entrance to a hidden cult of the Raven Queen can be found beneath a statue of Pelor. The party descends into the crypt below, and are introduced to Bertha, the elderly matriarch of the Sisterhood of the Crow; a secret sect of Raven Queen worshippers who specialise in returning fallen souls from the Shadowfell.

After paying a fee and performing a ritual, the sisters become alarmed when Granan is not returned, but instead an entity known as The Keeper wishes an audience with the Crimson Avengers. The heroes agree, and are taken to a natural cavern beneath the crypt where a portal to the Shadowfell takes them into the realm of the dead. There, amongst a dead snowy forest covered in ravens, they meet with the Keeper, who tells the heroes that another mortal has offered him a trade for Granan's soul; in exchange for their lives. The heroes accept an offer to face off against the Keeper in a duel for Granan's freedom, and Granan selects Daticus to fight by his side against the skeletal warden while the rest of the group keeps them safe from the encroaching skeleton horde. After a short battle, Granan and Daticus manage to wound the Keeper, who upholds his end of the deal and releases their souls back into the mortal realm, including Granan, who is reborn as Bane Ravenshadow.

Wil returns, and while Daticus is left at the tavern to heal, the rest of the group head off to the safehouse that holds Faugrim and the fake Captain Sharpe. Posing as chimney sweepers, the group gain entry, but are recognised by the fake captain, who reveals himself to be the magician Oleander in disguise. Oleander takes control of the guardsmen inside, and a battle ensues, during which the magician is killed and his control over the guardsmen released.

The heroes then confront Faugrim in his cell, and set to taunting and mocking him. Eventually, growing tired of their verbal assault, Faugrim escapes his “cell” via a trapdoor into the sewers, and detonates a stack of oil barrels to kill the party. The heroes survive, throwing themselves into the sewers, but there is no sign of Faugrim anywhere.

Notes
- Gary (Daticus) was only present for the first half of the game.

- Merc, having a hatred for the Raven Queen and her followers, was heavily conflicted about taking part in the ritual to return Granan. He eventually relented, but only for Granan's sake.

- Granan changed his name upon his return to Bane Ravenshadow, to reflect his ordeal. Bane is now blind after having his eyes plucked out by a raven, and is cursed with Shadowsight; he now sees the world through the veil of the Shadowfell.


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Episode 8: "The Sky Maiden - Part One"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
with special guests
Wil – Male Half-Elf Bard (played by Chris Bright)
Layce Warsong – Female Half-Elf Warrior (played by Louise Bright)

Episode Summary
The heroes are visited in the Sleepy Stag by an eccentric, eldery halfling entrepreneur named Barnet Quibblestone, who requests their aid for what he promises will be an adventure to remember. Hastily agreeing, Barnet leads the heroes into the fields north of Riverhill, where they are met with a beautiful airship moored to the ground, named The Sky Maiden, which is hastily preparing for take off.

On deck, the heroes are introduced to Layce Warsong, a no-nonsense half-elf woman belonging to the Hunter's Guild, who Barnet has hired to lead his expedition. Layce explains to the heroes that they are heading north into the mountainous jungles, in search of a Manticore egg for a travelling show Barnet is putting together. As captain of the ship and leader of the expedition, Layce makes it clear that her orders are to be followed to the letter, a request that does not go over well with some members of the party.

The heroes spend several nights in transit, watching the scenery pass by beneath them before they enter the mist and cloud covered mountains. As they fly over the jungle in the fog, the boat comes under attack by a group of kobolds, riding on the backs of flying drakes. The heroes manage to fight them off, but not before the kobolds manage to severely damage one of the wings.

A roar in the mists signals further danger, before the ship is assailed by the full might of a Manticore, as they pass into it's hunting territory. The Manticore shreds the other wing to pieces, and during the vicious air battle, the ship begins to spiral out of control, crash landing in the dense jungle below, knocking the heroes unconscious on impact.

Notes
- During the kobold attack, Merc bravely ventured out onto the wing of the ship to stop the kobolds from destroying it. As he carefully made his way back, however, he became a prime target for the Manticore, who crashed down upon the wing and began mauling him.

- Merc was not a fan of Layce or her authority, and the two began the adventure with a grudging rivalry. The dragonborn later found honour and respect for the Hunter, when he was thrown from the wing of the ship and it was Layce who tossed down a rope to save him, straining against his weight to miraculously hold on.

- Bekixelo came close to meeting her end when the ship listed and the ranger was thrown overboard with nobody around to help her. As she plummeted to her death far below, Elrohir manned one of the hull-mounted harpoon guns, took aim and managed to fire a harpoon through her thigh, causing massive damage but ultimately saving her life.

- As Merc dangled helplessly overboard with Layce struggling to hold on, the Manticore would have had an easy meal were it not for Bane's bravery, who ran half the length of the ship and threw himself through the air onto the beast's back, distracting it away from the dragonborn.

- As the ship careened towards the ground, Bekixelo cut the rope of the harpoon, tumbling 30ft into the jungle below. She barely survived, coming to rest unconscious in the bough of a large tree as the ship plummeted into the jungle some distance away.

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Episode 9: "The Sky Maiden - Part Two"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
with special guests
Wil – Male Half-Elf Bard (played by Chris Bright)
Layce Warsong – Female Half-Elf Warrior (played by Louise Bright)

Episode Summary
Bekixelo is the first to wake from the crash, and finds herself being carried by a dragonborn knight who calls himself Loresh. Loresh aids Bekixelo in locating her companions at the site of the crash.

At the crash site, the heroes regain consciousness one by one, though it appears Merc and Daticus have been badly wounded, with Daticus barely clinging to life. The heroes scour the site for useful materials, locating the dead body of the Manticore in the process, and get a fire going near the fractured rear hull of the ship, where they also find their benefactor Barnet hiding fearfully.

As darkness falls, Wil's nerve begins to break with the sounds of the jungle, and Bane scouts the edge of the firelight. Bekixelo and Loresh then hurriedly join the group, Loresh pulling everyone back towards the fire as a new series of sounds alerts the heroes that they have drawn the attention of some jungle beasts Loresh calls 'Whistlers', deadly predators and potential agents of an entity he calls the Forest King. The heroes retreat into the trees after Wil successfully hides Merc, and wait out the night listening to the sounds of the Whistlers on the jungle floor beneath them.

The following day, Merc regains consciousness, and the heroes question Loresh on how he came to be in the jungle. Loresh, a former knight of the Order of the Setting Sun, has been stranded in the jungle for some time since he and a group of his comrades were sent here by their master, Harkhan, to slay an entity known as the Forest King, and capture it's soul. Loresh warns them that the Forest King takes many forms, and that they should be wary of what they say and do. The heroes ask if Loresh knows where they can find a Manticore's lair, and Loresh agrees to lead them to it. It also becomes quickly obvious that Barnet prefers to keep his distance from the newcomer.

After trekking through the jungle, avoiding the Whistlers, the heroes arrive at the site of another airship crash. Bane seizes Barnet and demands answers, and Barnet admits that they are not the first group he has commissioned for the task. At the crash, the heroes finally lay eyes on the Whistlers, and Layce identifies them as Guard Drakes; dangerous predatory pack hunters. They appear to be keeping their distance from another creature feasting on rotting corpses. Layce creeps closer to investigate a small stream, but Bekixelo draws the attention of the Drakes with a noisy attempt at climbing a tree.

Merc charges headlong into the wreckage to keep the Drakes at bay, and rouses an enormous Carrion Crawler from it's meal. Meanwhile, the group is also assaulted by the buzzing Stirges drawn to fresh prey. The heroes quickly set to work bringing down the creatures, during which time Bane rescues Layce from the poisonous clutches of the Carrion Crawler. When all but one of the Drakes is slain, it growls and flees back into the jungle.

After several days travel, the heroes come close to reaching a cliff face, but Loresh tells them that they are being hunted. Soon, a pack of Drakes emerge from the forest, and the heroes flee to the cliff and begin to climb.

At the top, they find a large cave with the stench of the dead around it. Leaving Barnet and Daticus beneath a rocky outcropping, the heroes carefully make their way inside, though Wil notices Loresh eyeing him strangely.

Inside the cave, Layce discovers the piled remains of Loresh's knights, noticing amongst the dead that there is only a single dragonborn. On the other side of the cave, Elrohir finds another Manticore, and Bane charges the beast with a mighty blow of his hammer. The Manticore, however, turns out to be already dead and decaying, having been eviscerated by something much larger. Layce quickly realises what has happened, just as the silhouette of Loresh fills the cave entrance, trapping them inside. The dragonborn gloats at how easily they followed him to his lair, and that Barnet has done well to lead yet another group of fools to him to be feasted upon. Loresh's form begins to shift and change, growing and sprouting wings, and it is revealed that he is in fact a young, arrogant Green Dragon, the self-proclaimed 'Forest King'.

A deadly and desperate battle erupts as the heroes find themselves trapped, during which three of the heroes are laid low. After a long struggle, they are able to drive the Forest King back from the entrance with a heroic show of force. As the battles slowly turns against the dragon, he lifts into the air and lands on the rocky outcropping, bellowing at the cowering Barnet for his alleged betrayal, and devours the halfling in a single bite.

The battle is joined anew upon the rocks, but the heroes are battered and weak, and just as Wil and Merc prepare to have their lives washed away in a sea of dragon's flame, the dragon jerks and roars, revealing the wounded Daticus atop it, sword buried up to the hilt. With a roar from the brink of death, Bane raises himself from his knees and charges down towards the dragon, throws himself atop it and smashes it's skull into splinters with his mighty hammer, smiting it's broken body upon the clifftop.

As they patch up their wounds and sift through the Forest King's hoard, the group realise that Barnet probably attempted this expedition himself first, and after crossing the Forest King, begged him to spare his life if he could bring more adventurers to the dragon's lair, something he has probably been doing for several years.

As darkness creeps in, the battered heroes sit upon the cliff's edge, watching the sun sink towards the horizon as thoughts turn to the journey home.

Notes
- After hearing Loresh's story, Wil questions why the Order would go to such lengths to capture a powerful soul. Loresh simply answers that they were Harkhan's orders.

- Gary Went (Daticus) was absent for this session, though requested that his character do something cool for the last game of the year.

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Episode 10: "The Longest Night - Part One"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
Wil – Male Half-Elf Bard (played by Chris Bright)
Layce Warsong – Female Half-Elf Warrior (played by Louise Bright)

Episode Summary
The heroes return home to Riverhill after their latest adventure to find the town strangely quiet and deserted. They make their way to the Sleepy Stag Tavern where they find a garishly dressed bard wearing half a mask and playing a flute, enjoying the warmth of a roaring fire. There is a crudely drawn message hanging on the wall behind the bar that reads “Welcome Home”.

Daticus cuts the legs out from the chair the bard is sitting on when he doesn't answer their greeting, and is surprised the find the bard is just a mannequin, whose head releases a strange burst of gas. The real bard, who Wil recognises as Mad Mercy Morigan, reveals himself and announces that the heroes have had a bounty placed on their heads, with one night to collect. Someone has offered a price of 20,000gp to have the heroes killed, and the bounty has attracted the region's most dangerous killers to Riverhill for one night to collect the prize.

Mad Mercy offers to share the bounty with Wil if he chooses to help him, and when Wil refuses, the mad bard attacks. Meanwhile, Daticus finds himself under the effects of a powerful toxin that twists his mind into believing his friends are actually undead wraiths, and the paladin launches an attack on his fellow adventurers.

Eventually, Bane manages to subdue Mad Mercy, who tells him that he's decided to make the night more interesting by kidnapping four hostages and scattering them across town, where they will all be simultaneously executed at midnight. Daticus manages to shake off the effects of the poisonous gas, and the heroes quickly leave the tavern.

Outside in the cold winter's night, they are set upon by their second would-be assassin; a dwarven cleric of Kord named Hostor Stormhammer, and his band of mercenaries. The heroes manage to defeat him and his powerful warhammer, though Merc is almost killed when he tries to pick up the weapon. Bane, who dealt the killing blow, takes the famous Stormhammer and becomes the weapon's new master.

The heroes then split up as they begin to search the town for hostages. Layce and Bekixelo find the first prisoner, the Sleepy Stag's Lars Bullcrown, bound and gagged in the local brewery, while Merc becomes locked in vicious hand-to-hand combat with an orc hunter Layce recognises as Mon'Kar, who is known for hunting prey with his bare hands.

Bekixelo is snared by a bola and dragged to a nearby market square, where she comes face to face with a deadly elven ranger wearing a familiar silver mask. While Layce rushes to her aid, the other heroes busy themselves checking houses, with Bane moving ahead to enter the local Prayer House. There, he is met with a blow delivered by their former adversary and Faugrim's bodyguard, Mr Small, who is accompanied by the dead magician Oleander's assistant and wife, Carolyn. Small bars the doors behind Bane, locking him in the prayer house with them as the two prepare for a final grudge match as the clock bells chime midnight.

Notes
- Gary Went (Daticus) was absent for the second half of the session, and so Daticus remained in the Sleepy Stag to secure it as a safehouse.

- On the way into town, Wil confesses to the group that he was contracted to capture Faugrim and kill the heroes, though he has had a change of heart and wishes to join the group permanently. As a sign of good faith, he returns the Dawnblade Artefact to them, and is tentatively accepted as an equal. He later reaffirms his allegiance by refusing Mad Mercy's offer, and helping Bane kill Hostor Stormhammer.

- During their search, Bane encounters a pair of young children hiding in a back alley. They recognise him as a locally known hero that stories are told about, and tell him that this section of the Lowers was evacuated under the orders of the town guard.

- Bekixelo recognises her attacker instantly, though makes no mention of it to Layce.


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Episode 11: "The Longest Night - Part Two"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
Wil – Male Half-Elf Bard (played by Chris Bright)
Layce Warsong – Female Half-Elf Warrior (played by Louise Bright)

Episode Summary
Caught in the fight of their lives, the heroes battle on against a myriad of bounty hunters, mercenaries and assassins out to collect the large price on their heads, including a half-werewolf hunter from Wulfgard, a shapeshifting doppleganger, and a shadowy assassin able to turn himself into a mass of spiders.

During the battle, as the heroes are on the brink of defeat, the magician Oleander's widow, Carolyn, manages to kill Elrohir, douse him in burning acid, and stab his body beyond repair before escaping into the night.

The heroes battle on despite their losses, and after an entire night of fighting, finally manage to claw back the upper hand and overcome their assassins, but not in time to save Elrohir.

Beaten, bloodied and mourning the loss of their friend, the group is shocked as Elrohir suddenly gasps back to life, terrified, before falling back into unconsciousness.

Clues left about town lead the heroes to the local guardhouse, where they come face to face with the dead body of their hated foe, Faugrim. The heroes determine that it was Faugrim who set the bounty on their heads, but someone has taken matters into their own hands and killed him instead. The body is grey, dry and withered; a bloodied hand print on his face and his heart torn out; and in his mouth they find a scratched drawing of the Dawnblade artefact, wrapped around a defaced medallion bearing a familiar icon; a setting sun.

Notes
- Bekixelo is killed and then shot with a poisoned arrow by her elven assassin, before she vanishes into the night. Though the group is able to revive Bekixelo, she soon succumbs to the deadly poison, and it's Layce who finally manages to identify it and save the ranger's life in the nick of time.

- Bane manages to overcome and kill his hated adversary, Mr Small, in the midst of a burning prayer house. He later discovers their friend Tarvu in the back of the church, tied to a chair dead, with knives through each of his hands; the same torture Bane had once inflicted on Small.

- Bane is later defeated by the wulfgardian hunter Argulf Greatpaw, a half-werewolf out for his head. He leaves the body for his wolves to feed on, and only the efforts of Wil and a timely arrow from Bekixelo manage to save the goliath.

- Merc manages to defeat not only the orc hunter Mon'Kar, but the strange shape-shifting doppleganger as well, turning the tide of the battle.

- After being written off as a non-threat by the wulfgardian hunter, it's Wil who finally deals him the killing blow.

- When the heroes discover Faugrim's body, he's wearing a guard's tabard with the words 'Long Live The King' scrawled on the front in blood. In addition to his heart being savagely torn out, Daticus also recognises a blackened stab wound in his stomach similar to the one he previously received from a Crimson Hand's soulblade.

- At death's door, Elrohir has a horrific vision of his mother, a woman he's never properly met, in pain and grave danger, calling out for him. The vision shocks the eladrin wizard back to life, where he quickly falls unconscious from his grievous wounds.


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Episode 12: "The Eye of Solthurax - Part One"
A Special 1 Year Anniversary Event

D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
Wil – Male Half-Elf Bard (played by Chris Bright)
Layce Warsong – Female Half-Elf Warrior (played by Louise Bright)

Episode Summary
Having gone their separate ways after the events in Riverhill for a much needed rest, the heroes are once more called into action when Daticus is approached by an elderly hermit calling himself Ben, beseeching the paladin for help in a very sensitive and important matter.

The heroes convene inside a magical outhouse, where Ben asks them what they know about the Order of the Setting Sun, and it's former commander, the dragonborn paladin Harkhan. Ben tells of the fall and disbanding of the order as their leader drove them down a dark path after a terrible tradgedy, and that Harkhan has now gathered those still loyal to him under the moniker of the Knights of Harkhan. He has also forged an alliance with an organisation called the Crimson Hand; a cult of Vecna worshipping necromancers with whom the heroes are all too familiar, and is using the Hand to gather up the souls and life essences of the innocent, though for what purpose, Ben can't be sure.

Ben tells the heroes that recently, Harkhan has somehow managed to gain access to the feywild; a feat thought to be all but impossible without the aid of the eladrin themselves, and has gathered a battalion outside the eladrin outpost of Goldenleaf. It is Goldenleaf that protects a gateway to an extra-dimensional vault known as the Vault of the Underforest, which houses an incredibly ancient piece of eladrin history; the eye of Solthurax the Harvester.

Ben tells the heroes that it is vital they discover what purpose Harkhan could possibly have for the eye, and what properties it might possess. To do this, Ben tasks the heroes with speaking to one of the only known living entities with intimate knowledge of the Harvester; the great purple wyrm Zurix the Deceiver.

Ben leads the heroes into the wilderness, and gestures them on towards an ancient ruined eladrin temple of Sehanine, beneath which is a chasm that will grant them access deep underground where Zurix is known to live, whilst he departs to find some way of gaining access to the feywild and setup a meeting with the Goldenleaf eladrin. Before leaving, he warns the group that Zurix is a liar and a trickster who enjoys playing games with the mortal races, and cautions them to treat his words carefully.

The heroes locate the temple and, after a harrowing climb down the natural subterranean cliffs below, reach an outcropping amongst an enormous natural cavern, where they speak with Zurix in the darkness. After trading wits with Zurix, the heroes eventually learn that Solthurax's eye may still possess a portion of his life essence, though not before they have each given Zurix their names and secrets of their own.

The heroes withdraw to the surface and meet Ben atop a cliff face, where the wind opens a portal through to the feywild. There, they are greeted by a silver-white doe named Starwhisper, who introduces herself as one of the azuri. Starwhisper leads the heroes to Goldenleaf, where they hold counsel with Lord Farai Emberheart, his commander Elith Stormdancer. Starwhisper and Ben. The situation of Harkhan's imminent attack is revealed, and a battle plan is agreed upon.

At dawn on the following day, Ben leaves the defence of Goldenleaf to the heroes, as he ventures into the Vault of the Underforest to warn the guardian there of the approaching danger. As the heroes and the eladrin prepare for battle, riders are seen approaching the outpost, bearing the banners of Harkhan. Wil, Elrohir and Merc agree to ride out and meet them, where they come face to face with an enormous battle-scarred dragonborn atop a rage drake named General Garzhul. Garzhul demands their immediate surrender and withdrawal, which Wil refuses, and negotiations are cut short, but not before Garzhul labels Merc a traitor to his race, and vows to slay him on the battlefield.

As Starwhisper brings in rain clouds to soak the battlefield, Harkhan's forces attack, and the heroes defend the outpost valiantly to the last.

After an entire day of battle, both sides suffer heavy losses, but the heroes emerge victorious as Garzhul furiously signals the retreat, though not before the heroes manage to slay and behead his rage drake mount.

After healing the wounded and burning the dead, the heroes regroup, but have little time to rest as Lord Farai informs them that Ben has not emerged from within the vault. Meanwhile, Elrohir is brought to his knees by another vision of his mother screaming for him.

Notes
- The heroes are each visited by a sparrow bearing a message, inviting them to meet at an address in Riverhill, save for Daticus, who is instead visited by an hermit named Ben, to give him the invitation in person.

- Daticus finds that there is something incredibly familiar about Ben, though he is unable to place exactly what it is.

- Ben the hermit meets with the heroes inside a magical outhouse, which, as the heroes quickly discover, is much bigger on the inside.

- As Ben leaves the heroes to continue to the temple of Sehanine, he tells them that he cannot accompany them, as the last time he and Zurix traded words, it did not end well.

- Before leaving, Ben privately cautions Daticus that under no circumstances is he to venture inside Zurix's lair. As the heroes reach the temple and descend, Daticus remains at the surface.

- Hidden in the darkness, Zurix the Deceiver speaks with the heroes, though they are unable to see him, save for Elrohir, who catches the faintest glint of a pair of silver eyes watching them, and Bane, who's shadowsight can see the enormity of the dragon's form as it clings to the roof of the cavern.

- Zurix can smell Ben on the heroes, who he calls 'the sparrow', as well as Daticus' scent, which he says the likes of which he 'hasn't smelt in an age.' Zurix becomes very interested in Daticus, saying that he would have very much liked to have met him, and convinces the heroes to give him the paladin's name.

- Zurix manages to convince the heroes into giving him each of their full and proper names, and agrees to give the heroes the information they seek under one condition; they must each give him a secret of their own as trade. The secrets given are:
- That Bane fell into an icy chasm as a younger goliath, and believes he was saved from certain death by the Raven Queen, who gave him a vision of a stone greatsword atop a pile of bones – an item he is convinced exists, and has now dedicated his life to finding;

- That Bekixelo was betrothed by her family to marry a brutish elf, whom she killed, and is now on the run from the Lord of the Forest's assassins;

- That Layce's home was destroyed by a great natural disaster, which also claimed the lives of her brother and sister;

- That Merc is living in self-imposed exile from Vorashj, after being responsible for the slaying of one of his own kin;

- That Elrohir has been sent on a quest by his people to locate an ancient tomb thought to belong to one of the mythical Five Guardians;

- That Wil's half-elven heritage is actually attributed to him being half Mistarynar, or 'Wood Elf'; a pairing that is virtually unheard of and reviled by the elves of the forest.


- Also shown to Zurix in his lair is Bane's hammer, Odurin, which Zurix reveals is a dwarven relic named for the dwarf lord Undurin the Ancient's son, and the Dawnblade artefact.

- Merc asks Zurix what he knows about the possible location of the tombs of the five guardians, and is told that one resides here in the Oaken Vale, beneath a rock formation known as the 'Natural Arches'.

- It becomes clear that Zurix has no love for Ben, and warns the heroes that they are being used and deceived by the old man. Zurix correctly guesses that Ben is 'still running around in the guise of an old hermit', and tells the heroes that they should not be fooled by his words and his clever ruse.

- Whilst preparing for battle at Goldenleaf, Bane acts on Zurix's words and suddenly stabs Ben in the stomach. Through his shadowsight, Bane is afforded a fleeting glimpse of another form, which he can only describe as a flash of light. Whilst Daticus tends to Ben's wound, Bane is taken away by the eladrin, secured with arcane chains, and locked inside a magical cell. It is only Wil's fast talking as Harkhan's force emerges that convinces Lord Emberheart that Bane would better serve them on the field of battle than locked in a cell, and the eladrin lord agrees to release him under Wil's charge, providing he stand trial after the battle for his crime of treason.

- During the battle, four of the seven heroes are slain by Harkhan's troops, though they manage to survive through the healing efforts of their companions.

- With Merc, Daticus and Bane fighting out on the field of battle, it is Layce who, against overwhelming odds, single-handedly holds the swarm of enemy troops at bay at the Ivy Gate, thus protecting the spire that acts as an arcane lock for the Vault of the Underforest.

- Whilst in the field of battle and completely surrounded, Bane manages to slay nine enemy soldiers in a single devastating blow.

- General Garzhul is a monstrous, pale-scaled dragonborn warrior, with a scar-riddled face and snout. He is missing his left arm, which has been replaced with an enormous metallic, armoured prosthetic complete with razor-sharp claws.

- Daticus and Merc confront General Garzhul in the shadow of the Ivy Gate, where Merc manages to cut the snout off of his dragonborn enemy before he is picked up by the throat and fed to Garzhul's rage drake.

- Daticus saves Merc's life by attacking Garzhul's mount, pushing it away from his fallen companion with a burst of divine energy, and healing the savaged dragonborn to bring him back from the brink of death.

- As Garzhul realises the battle has turned against him, he furiously signals his troops to withdraw, but as he attempts to ride away, Merc lashes out from the ground with his glaive and slices through two of his mount's legs, toppling it to the ground. Faced with a difficult decision, Garzhul flees, leaving his rage drake at the mercy of Merc, Daticus and Bane, who quickly finish it off.

- As the enemy withdraws, Bane notices a mounted silhouette looking down at them from atop the valley some distance away; a warrior armoured and cloaked. Bane lops the head off the fallen rage drake, holds it out to the distant figure, and roars as the silhouette turns and rides away.

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Episode 13: "The Eye of Solthurax - Part Two"
A Special 1 Year Anniversary Event

D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
Wil – Male Half-Elf Bard (played by Chris Bright)
Layce Warsong – Female Half-Elf Warrior (played by Louise Bright)

Episode Summary
After a brief rest, the heroes agree to enter the Vault of the Underforest to determine what has become of Ben. Lord Farai leads them to the entranceway; a stone arch in a room beneath the outpost. Lord Farai warns the heroes that he does not know what they will find inside the vault, and cautions them to be on their guard; the fact that Ben has not returned troubles him deeply.

The heroes cross through the portal and enter the Vault of the Underforest; an enormous high-ceilinged room made of grey stone, the walls of which look to have been carved to resemble a thick wooded forest, with a canopy that stretches up and over them to create the ceiling.

In the first room, the heroes are confronted with a stone basin set atop a large, raised circular platform filling most of the room that bears the symbol of Corellon. Resting at the edge of the platform, they find the unconscious body of Ben.

As the heroes approach the basin, they find it filled with a smoky haze of liquid, swirling menacingly. They are suddenly set upon by the ghosts of the past guardians, who demand that they leave at once. Elrohir can sense a presence controlling the ghosts through the corrupted basin, and he, Daticus and Wil set about trying to cleanse it whilst the others attempt to hold the ghosts at bay. As the heroes find their weapons have little effect on the ethereal guardians and things begin to look bleak, the dominating will controlling the basin is finally repelled and the guardians released from it's spell.

The heroes move further into the vault, where they find an alter covered in ice and bearing the eye of Solthurax, as well as the current guardian; Aeronniell Lissessul, Elrohir's mother. Aeronniell manages to call out pleadingly to Elrohir before the eye exerts it's influence and takes control of her, and a tense and uneasy battle erupts against the powerful wizard as Elrohir attempts to subdue the eye's will.

Things begin to look bad for the heroes as Aeronniell unleashes a barrage of powerful magic, before Elrohir is overpowered by the eye and it manages to take control of everyone in the room, pitting the heroes against each other. Teetering on the brink of defeat as the heroes tear each other apart, a heroic force of will from Daticus sets himself and several of his allies free, and the battle is resumed.

Desperate and bloodied, Aeronniell turns and takes the eye from the alter, which violently twists and alters her form into that of a warped stone dragon. Though battered and exhausted, the heroes fight on, and manage to finally overpower the dragon and defeat it, shattering it apart.The eye falls to the ground amidst the rubble, dormant.

Having regained consciousness, Ben approaches the weary and wounded heroes with a look of sadness on his face, and tells them that whilst the vault is safe once more, the Underforest must always have a guardian.

In the end, after much discussion, it's Wil the bard who nominates himself for the role, unwilling to allow any of his new-found friends to sacrifice themselves. After many heartfelt goodbyes and tears, Wil is sealed within the depths of the vault for all time.

At Goldenleaf, Ben defends Bane's attack on him and the Goliath is set free. The heroes stay on and help the eladrin repair and rebuild, and a gifting ceremony is held on their final day, where Lord Farai bestows upon them several of his own personal treasures. Ben bids them all goodbye, before turning into a sparrow and flying away, and Starwhisper leads the heroes back to a portal that returns them safely to Arkenfall, leaving their friend Wil behind forever.

Notes
- Just before the killing blow was delivered to the dragon, it's eyes change to that of Aeronniell's, and she looks pleadingly across at Elrohir to end her pain and suffering. In the end, it's Daticus who delivers the killing blow.

- Upon defeating the dragon, it's remains crumble and burn, and from out of the flames rises the purified spirit of Aeronniell, who looks upon her son with a mix of happiness, pride and sadness. Before she ascends to join the ghosts of the other guardians, she places an ethereal hand upon her son's cheek, and the damage wrought to Elrohir's face by Carolyn's acid is magically healed. Aeronniell smiles lovingly at her son, sheds a single tear that falls upon the stone floor, and ascends.

- Amongst the gifts given to the heroes is a magical banner bearing the livery of the Crimson Avengers, Lord Farai's sword, his faithful pet owl Nightwing, and an orb known as a Propheseed; a seed from an ancient tree filled with wisdom and knowledge, which will gift upon it's user one single truth. Also given amongst the gifts is a drake-scale cloak crafted from the skin of Garzhul's mount, which was crafted especially for Merc on his request.

- Before the heroes leave, Lord Farai shows them a small grove of white flowers in bloom that has been planted on the grounds of Goldenleaf; a tribute to honour Wil's sacrifice.

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Episode 14: "Shadows and Ravens"
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
Bekixelo - Female Elf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
Layce Warsong – Female Half-Elf Warrior (played by Louise Bright)
and introducing
Rourke Bloodstone – Male Dwarf Cleric of the Raven Queen (played by Chris Bright)
Capt. Stoneshadow – Male Dwarf Warlord (played by Jarrod)
Genevieve “Gashnahk” Shaw – Female Half-Orc Barbarian (played by Sharon Page)

Episode Summary
Having rested in Riverhill after their victory in the feywild, the heroes are enjoying a leisurely drink in the Sleepy Stag when a raven appears at a window, quickly followed by a panicked dwarf on horseback, bearing the body of an older kinsman. The heroes recognise the body as that of the dwarven cleric Rourke, who aided in restoring Bane to life. The newcomer, calling himself Capt. Stoneshadow, claims that the fallen dwarf was attacked by a tribe of goliath in the hills outside of town.

As the heroes puzzle over a curious warning inscribed in the cleric's book about Bane, the cleric suddenly gasps to life, though has no memory of them or of what the warning was about; only that he had been sent by the Raven Queen to find them.

As well as Bane, Rourke's tome also references someone named Kor'Duun, another being that has been gifted with Shadowsight in the area. The heroes decide to follow the insistent raven, which leads them out into the goliath territory where Rourke was found. There, the heroes come across a hillock bearing the ancient skeletal remains of an enormous beast of a bygone age, and a lone half-orc defender. The heroes try to query the half-orc, but her hatred for goliath leads her to challenge Bane to a blood duel, and the goliath barbarian is defeated.

Just before the half-orc can deliver the killing blow, an elderly orc emerges from the camp and demands that she stay her hand. Like Bane, the old orc is blind, but Bane sees that he, too, possesses Shadowsight.

The two speak and the old orc, named Kor'Duun, helps to clarify Bane's Shadowsight. The meeting is interrupted by the arrival of a goliath hunting party from the Stoneclaw tribe, along with it's chieftain, bearing the markings of a bloodied hand.

After trading words with Bane, a vicious and bloody battle erupts, during which Bekixelo, Elrohir, Rourke and the old orc Kor'Duun are slain by the goliath hunters.

Notes
- Genevieve has had many skirmishes with the Stoneclaw goliath, though they have only recently begun adorning themselves with bloodied hand prints, and have grown more vicious in their attempts to hunt her and her uncle down.

- During the battle, Bane throws the dwarven stormhammer Odurin at an enemy, but the hammer does not return to it's masters hand as it once did. Capt. Stoneshadow later determines that the blessing of Kord that once lay upon it has been forcibly torn from the weapon.

- In his last words, Kor'Duun begged his niece Genevieve to go with the heroes and watch over Bane as his protector, as she had done with him for many years.

- As Genevieve buries her uncle beneath the enormous skull of the petrified skeleton, the heroes make funeral pyres to their fallen comrades Bekixelo and Elrohir. Rourke's body, however, has vanished, leaving only his robes behind.


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Episode 15: "Champions of the Storm - Part One"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
Capt. Stoneshadow – Male Dwarf Warlord (played by Jarrod)
Genevieve “Gashnahk” Shaw – Female Half-Orc Barbarian (played by Sharon Page)
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Zarum Fury - Male Dwarf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)

Episode Summary
While mourning the loss of their friends over an ale in the Sleepy Stag, the new addition Genevieve pipes up with an old tale told amongst her tribe that might present a way to bring one of their fallen friends back.

Genevieve tells the heroes of a legend in which four mighty orc warriors journeyed to the peak of Mount Monarch, said to be the throne of the primal entity of Storm. So impressed with their strength and courage was he that Storm allowed them to remain there as his eternal champions. It is said that if one can reach the peak of the mountain and pass a trial set by these storm wardens, that Storm may return a mighty warrior back to the realm of the living, reborn anew as an embodiment of his unbridled power.

Lars Bullcrown, owner of the Sleepy Stag, advises the heroes to seek out an old friend of his named Zarum Fury, a ranger who might be able to take them up the mountain, who resides in the waypoint village of Mason's Rest. The heroes bid their goodbyes to Lars and set out for the mountain.

After several days of travel, the heroes come to Mason's Rest, and are foolishly set upon by a group of brigands in the supply house, looking to collect the old bounty still on their heads. The brigands are quickly dispatched, and Zarum Fury reveals himself to the group, agreeing to take the heroes up the mountain.

The climb is long and treacherous, as the heroes fight against the cold and the wind. A bridge accident leaves Bane with a broken collarbone, but eventually the heroes triumph over the elements and reach the peak of the mountain.

There, they are surprised to find a gnarled tree and four cairnstones marked with runes, each telling the story of one of the Storm's champions; Thul the Wolf, Lok the Boar, Gruum the Bear and Shar the Owl. After deciphering part of a cryptic riddle, Genevieve spills her own blood upon Thul's stone, awakening the spirit of the ancient barbarian. Genevieve accepts the challenge to take the trial, and combat begins, where through the combined efforts of all the heroes, the first of the Storm's mighty champions is eventually defeated.

Notes
- Chris and Louise leave the game.

- Daticus proves himself terrible at kicking down doors or jumping through windows.

- Whilst at the peak of the mountain, the heroes can feel a familiar presence amongst the sacred site. Indeed, the storm itself seems to be lending them aid, casting down bolts of lightning to help them in battle.


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Episode 16: "Champions of the Storm, Part Two"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - "The Crimson Avengers"
Daticus Tarsus - Male Half Elf Paladin of Bahamut (played by Gary Went)
Elrohir Lissessul - Male Eladrin Wizard (played by David Went)
"Merc" – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Daniel Mackay)
Bane Ravenshadow – Male Goliath Barbarian (played by Andrew Powter)
Capt. Stoneshadow – Male Dwarf Warlord (played by Jarrod)
Zarum Fury - Male Dwarf Ranger (played by Otis Belfit)

Episode Summary
Having successfully defeated Thul the Wolf, the heroes continue their battle against the Champions of the Storm. They are eventually successful in overcoming the remaining champions - Shar the Owl, Lok the Boar and Gruum the Bear – each posing their own unique combat challenge.

Once the trial is passed, a great bolt of lightning erupts from the clouds, splintering the gnarled old tree. There, in the smouldering ruin, stands the reborn Elrohir, though his appearance and manner have changed, and he seems to have trouble recalling who the heroes are.

As the heroes begin their descent, a tiny sapling sprouts from where the great tree once stood.

Notes
- After the trial, Shar the Owl speaks to Bane in his mind, telling him that he has 'lost his way'.

- Between opponents, Bane smashes the Propheseed and asks it how to return his hammer Odurin's lost power. The forest spirit tells Bane that the hammer was forged by Undurin the Ancient, King of the dwarves of Lionstone, for his son Odurin, and was blessed with a fragment of Kord's power by his clerics. This power has been forcibly torn from the weapon when Bane attempted to strike the Eye of Solthurax in the Feywild, and must be reblessed by the God of Battle.

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