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post Mar 24 2013, 02:20 PM
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Episode 1: "The Hunt for Red Wolf - Part One"
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
Arioch Crox-Noire – Male Human Rogue (played by Geoff Still) - Absent
Verion Tathvir – Male Elf Barbarian (played by Yari Wildheart)
Lethorash – Male Dragonborn Warlock (played by Josh Challenor)
and introducing
Sonja Ironfist – Female Human Cleric of Pelor (played by Chris Bright)
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Milo Hillsborough – Male Halfling Ranger (played by Bob Watson)

Episode Summary
Arioch heads back into Brackenwood to secure a permanent, safe location where the heroes can store their treasure. Meanwhile, Lethorash (played by Josh Challenor) wakes from a rest in the tower to be greeted by a halfling ranger named Milo (played by Bob Watson) sitting atop an empty ale keg and aiming a loaded bow at his face. The confrontation is interrupted by the sounding of drums echoing up through the hole in the flagstones at the end of the hallway.

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 female human cleric named Sonja (played by Chris Bright). Battle ensues, during which the tribe is defeated, their wooden structures smashed apart and the prisoner freed, but the goblin leader escapes after finishing off a wounded Verion (played by Yari Wildheart). Milo manages to save Verion's life and bring him back to health, gaining the trust of the heroes in the process. Amongst the bodies of the fallen, the heroes discover a badge that would have belonged to a 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. After running these strange requests by Avina, the heroes agree and 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, 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, along with the traitorous Silence. Captain Boweller is captured and interrogated, and the box successfully recovered, though the heroes dare not open it.

Notes
- Geoff Still (playing Arioch) was absent for this session.

- Verion awakens at the beginning of the session, but instead of being in the hallway where he fell asleep, he is instead back in the prison room, sleeping amidst the straw in the broken cell, and has a headache. He finds no evidence of having been brought there forcefully.

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

- Upon reaching the fort, the heroes find the body of the cowardly goblin warboss from beneath the watchtower, tied down and impaled on a spiked barricade as a warning to the rest of his tribe. Sonja deducts that he died a slow and painful death.

- 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, though the heroes know nothing of the name. Boweller says he would rather be imprisoned or killed than left to go free where Faugrim can find him and punish him for his failure.

- The captain informs the heroes that Faugrim had ordered him to locate something called the Dawnblade artefact, which he believed was in the possession of a merchant heading south into the Oaken Vale. After having his newly acquired goblins harry the trade road for over a month and turning up nothing, Captain Boweller employed a goliath mercenary to infiltrate Brackenwood, locate the merchant carrying the artefact and steal it away by posing as his bodyguard.

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To steal an idea from the Friday Nighters (or as they may soon become known, The Fist of Fury, love it guys!):

HP: Destroying the Bugbear in the first encounter with my "Orbital Strike"esque Daily Power.
and tied for High Point: "CSI"ing the goblin on the wood spikes and all the jokes that followed.
LP:Being unable to hit almost everything else for most of the session.

Honorable mention to Varion for making it to the goblin boss and almost dying while we were stuck on the other side of the giant hole, and also to Milo for doing my job for me and bring Varion back from the brink with a fist full o' herbs.
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Episode 3: "Uninvited Guests"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast
Verion Tathvir – Male Elf Barbarian (played by Yari Wildheart)
Lethorash – Male Dragonborn Warlock (played by Josh Challenor)
Sonja Ironfist – Female Human Cleric of Pelor (played by Chris Bright)
Milo Hillsborough – Male Halfling Ranger (played by Bob Watson) - Absent
with Special Guest
Daely - Male Human Ranger (played by David Went)

Episode Summary
After executing Capt. Boweller (aka Red Wolf), and returning his body to Brackenwood, the heroes make for Faelun's house outside of Riverhill. On the road, they are joined by a friend of Milo's; a ranger named Daely, who has come looking for Milo and delivers an urgent message to him from his mother. After reading the message, Milo departs, leaving Daely in his stead to aid his friends and keep an eye on his share of the loot.

At Faelun's manor, 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 finally felled by Verion, however Verion suffers a strange wound that is unable to be healed. 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 Sonja, but not before informing them of Faelun's murder and the party's possession of a rare item. Upon receiving this information, the men quickly leave. During this meeting, Verion makes a run for it by escaping from a window within the house, but blacks out in the grass outside.

The heroes find the unconcsious Verion, and transport him into town to the local Church of Pelor. There, the priests try in vain to heal the barbarian's wounds, but admit that he is beyond their skill to heal. One of the sisters suggests they take him to the 'witch doctor' outside of town, but she is hushed by the priestess, who claims he would surely sooner die than be subjected to his black magic.

Disagreeing, the heroes take Verion to a small hut in the woods outside of Riverhill, where they meet a shifter herbalist named Tarvu Blackstem. Tarvu sets about mixing a herbal paste to seal Verion's wound, and the heroes question him about the Dawnblade artefact.

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. Whilst drying off around Tarvu's fire, the herbalist 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.

The heroes hatch a plan to return the key to the eladrin in the feywild, but must discover an existing fey crossing within the realm to do so. Tarvu tells the party he will do what he can to assist, and get back to the heroes with any information he finds about a fey crossing. Sonja and Verion make for the local Historian's Guild to learn more, whilst Lethorash and Daely poke around town enquiring about Faugrim. They discover that he is an eccentric dwarven crime lord, and that he is holding a birthday gala at his manor in the coming week, to which he has invited a number of highly ranked official guests, as well as a group of Calathi street performers as entertainment. Lethorash and Daely are soon cornered in an allyway by the same men who visited them at Faelun's manor, and barely manage to escape with their lives before driving their assailants off.

Reuniting with their battered companions, Sonja and Verion plan to switch the artefact with the feather they acquired in the goblin's lair, seal the box, and offer Faugrim a trade: the "artefact" for a copy of his map. They write the dwarf a letter, get it into the hands of his associates, and wait for a response.

Five days later, they receive a reply; a small box containing a note with the words 'High Mill - midnight tonight', and a severed finger bearing a Cartographer's Guild ring, which Verion instantly recognises as belonging to Arioch.

Notes
- Geoff Still (playing Arioch Crox-Noire) leaves the game, and Arioch becomes an NPC.

- Bob Watson (playing Milo Hillsborough) is absent. David Went (playing Daely) guest stars in his absence.

- Arioch has secured the party a permanent residence in the cellar of the local tavern, The Sleepy Stag, with the innkeeper, a burly dwarf named Lars Bullcrown. In return, the heroes are to aid Lars in any business he needs attending to. Arioch, however, is not in the tavern when the heroes arrive.

- Daely is a member of the Redleaf Rangers, a group who keep watch over the Blushwoods in the south, where Milo's character is from. The Redleaf Rangers are famed for their falconry, and Daely has a small forest hawk named Croot that accompanies him. Daely is an old family friend of Milo's, and before leaving Milo pleads Daely to keep his mouth shut if the other heroes ask anything personal about him.

- Sonja conducts a ceremony in the Brackenwood graveyard for Captain Boweller, and paints him out to be a hero in a beautiful eulogy, in the interest of maintaining village morale.

- At the bridge into Riverhill, the guards recognise the party as the 'Heroes of Brackenwood', thank them for clearing the road of goblins, and wave them inside.

- At the library in the Church of Pelor, Sonja finds reference to the name 'Dawnblade' in a strange place; a children's story called 'The Five Guardians'. The fable tells the story of five eladrin who were sent back into the feywild by the arrogant kings of men and dwarves upon conquering their land, but returned when their land fell into danger. One of the guardians is referenced as 'The Dawnblade'. The book appears again in a search of Faelun's manor.

- Whilst in the library, Sonja also references strange symbols on a note delivered by her brother to her when he left their home town. She finds one of the symbols to mean 'Priest' or 'Champion', and another symbol is spotted in a section of a tome about dieties, referring to Vecna, the god of undeath.

- Verion sleeps in the wilderness outside Riverhill, but once again wakes up in a different place; this time deeper into the woods, with a dead rabbit lying next to him.

- 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.

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

- Tarvu recognises Verion's scent as being mixed with that of the shifter tribes, and realises he is the fabled 'Beast that Walks', a legend amongst the tribes in the forested mountains of Calath.

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

- 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, and is outraged that they carry around her eye like a trophy. The heroes convince the dire wolf that the eye in Lethorash's possession was taken as a sign of respect, but Moonfang demands that it be left in his glade.

- Whilst drying off around the fire in Tarvu's hut after the wolf chase, the heroes share their stories with one another after their near-death experience, and realise they know nothing about their halfling companion, Milo.

- Sonja does not discover any specific reference to the feywild in her search of the Historian's Guild, but does find that Arkenfall was once inhabited by the eladrin over a thousand years ago before they were driven back into the fey realm by an alliance of humans and dwarves who invaded the land; and also that an ancient group of wizards known as the Grey Council have standing relationships with many people and places, including the feywild.

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Episode 4: "Battle at High Mill"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast
Verion Tathvir – Male Elf Barbarian (played by Yari Wildheart)
Lethorash – Male Dragonborn Warlock (played by Josh Challenor)
Sonja Ironfist – Female Human Cleric of Pelor (played by Chris Bright)
Milo Hillsborough – Male Halfling Ranger (played by Bob Watson) - Absent
and introducing
Gamon – Male Halfling Avenger (played by Rory)
with Special Guest
Gaulthrak Fisthammer - Male Goliath Druid (played by David Went)

Episode Summary
After being tracked down to the Sleepy Stag by a halfling avenger named Gamon, who claims to have information regarding the Crimson Hand and wishes to join the adventurers, the heroes head out through the driving rain to High Mill, an abandoned barley mill that burned down outside of town. There, they send their new recruit to scout out the ruins, where he discovers a band of Faugrim's men waiting for them, led by an enormous halfling. They are accompanied by a pair of prisoners, both bound and with bags over their heads; a skinny human and a large goliath.

After negotiating with Verion, where the bag is removed from the human to reveal it is truly Arioch, the barbarian agrees to give up the "Dawnblade artefact" (a fake that the heroes have switched and sealed in a box). The halfling removes the artefact from the box (a magical feather the party acquired that resembles the artefact), takes the bag from the goliath's head and orders him to confirm that it is the artefact they are chasing. The goliath, Gaulthrak, lies and tells the halfling that it is indeed the Dawnblade artefact.

Before Arioch is released, however, alarmed cries from Faugrim's men signal that something is amiss, and the heroes approach to witness the charred skeletons of the mill workers rising from the dead to attack the living. A three-way battle errupts between the heroes, Faugrim's men, and the skeletons, during which Gaulthrak is freed and their halfling leader is killed. Fearing for his life, the guard holding Arioch flees down a stairwell beneath the mill.

The heroes delve beneath the mill to find a passage leading down into the earth. The passage leads down to an open cavern housing an underground river, where they find the terrified guard as he comes fleeing towards them, under attack from a group of large bats, before an enormous shadow engulfs him and he is carried screaming off into the darkness. The heroes engage the bats, but are harried by something much larger as it swoops at them from the ceiling of the cavern, slicing at them with a long, bladed tail. The owner of the tail turns out to be an enormous Shadowhunter Bat, and the heroes struggle to find it in the darkness as it begins to pick them off one by one. Eventually, the bat lands in plain sight against a natural pillar, and Verion finishes it off with a hefty blow of his axe.

Rasping calls from further down lead the heroes deeper, until they find a long forgotten crypt, housing a rotting ghoul in a tattered mill worker's uniform, about to make a meal out of their friend Arioch. The heroes try to reason with him, asking the ghoul to spare Arioch's life in exchange for another they will return with, but the ghoul doesn't believe them and instead, raises bodies from the surrounding coffins to attack. Sonja pushes her way into the room and blasts the corpses back against the walls with pelor's light, before their new friend Gamon finishes them all off with a huge blast of radiant energy. Verion sets about destroying the remaining coffins, discovering a small, collapsed passage leading further down as he does so, as Sonja tends to Arioch's wounds.

With Arioch stable, the heroes venture deeper beneath the surface, following a steep narrow passage until they arrive at an enormous underground cavern that houses a waterfall flowing into a natural moat. A carved stone bridge leads to an island in the centre, where they find a sarcophagus surrounded by strange glowing runes, and the dead remains of a young dragon wyrmling. As Verion wades into the shin-deep water, not only does he find that the bottom is made entirely of dead bodies, but the dragon comes to life with the sound of splitting stone and raises it's head to look straight at the elf.

With a bellowing roar, a deadly combat breaks out with the dragon's remains. During the fight, the bodies begin to rise from the water; armoured warriors that stalk towards the heroes in a never-ending torrent. As Gaulthrak and Gamon confront the dragon, and Sonja desperately holds the corpses at bay, Verion reaches the sarcophagus and discovers the glowing runes are the source of the magic re-animating the dead. Lethorash is called up to the dias as Verion rejoins the fray, and hurriedly tries to deactivate the dark magic before his friends are laid low beneath a growing army of the undead.

The dragon is defeated, and as Gamon aids Lethorash with dispelling the final rune, the magic is broken and the corpses fall to the ground, lifeless once more. Beaten and thoroughly bloodied, the heroes collect Arioch and make the slow and painful journey back to town. Arioch reveals that during his time as a captive in Faugrim's manor, he made many escape attempts, during one of which he was able to pocket Faugrim's ancient eladrin map, which he happily turns over to the party as thanks for his rescue.

Back at the Sleepy Stag, the heroes are greeted by a pair of visitors that have been waiting for them; their friend Tarvu, who introduces them to Lady Alaya, a small cloaked figure who reveals herself to be a young eladrin girl.

Notes
- Bob Watson (playing Milo Hillsborough) is absent. David Went (playing Gaulthrak) guest stars in his absence.

- Daely (formerly played by David Went), expresses his concerns for how long Milo has been missing at the beginning of the session, and leaves the group to try and find out what is taking him so long.

- Before heading out to High Mill, the heroes hide the real Dawnblade artefact in the tavern cellar, and replace it with their Lumniescent Feather, which they seal with wax in Faelun's box.

- Many of Faugrim's men flee the mill when the skeletons animate and begin to rise from the dead.

- Lethorash first feels the presence of dark magic in the ruins of the mill, but is surprised to find that it is some sort of arcane magic that is raising the dead, not religious.

- In the sanctuary where the party battled the dragon, the heroes also discover fragments of dragon's egg shell. Verion determines that the egg was a catastrophic dragon's egg, evil and destructive creatures, and that the dragon was most likely a young volcanic dragon. He believes the egg was probably buried here as a form of tribute, and during the centuries, it hatched and subsequently starved to death before it was able to fully grow past infancy. It is possible that the dragon may have had something to do with the destruction of the mill.

- The heroes discover that the sarcophagus in the sanctuary is of eladrin origin, and is emblazoned with a symbol that resembles a snowflake. Further investigation shows that it has no seams, and so cannot be opened.

- A circular well was also found on the centre island, which the waterfall was tumbling into. Verion finds that it is extremely shallow, only a few inches deep, and that moonlight is playing across the surface, even though there are no gaps in the cavern ceiling for it to come through.

- Before leaving, Verion carves 'The Death Of Bridges Were Here' onto the stone bridge crossing the moat, and takes the dragon's rotting head as a trophy.

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Episode 5: "The Warlock Exile"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast
Verion Tathvir – Male Elf Barbarian (played by Yari Wildheart)
Lethorash – Male Dragonborn Warlock (played by Josh Challenor)
Sonja Ironfist – Female Human Cleric of Pelor (played by Chris Bright)
Milo Hillsborough – Male Halfling Ranger (played by Bob Watson) -
Gamon – Male Halfling Avenger (played by Rory)
Gaulthrak Fisthammer - Male Goliath Druid (played by David Went)

Episode Summary
The heroes meet with their guest the following morning, who Tarvu introduces as Lady Alaya Darkstar. She has been brought to the heroes by Tarvu in the hopes that they may aid her in rescuing her father, Jarys Darkstar, who was exiled from the Feywild many years ago, and in return he may be able to aid them in gaining passage to the fey realm.

Alaya informs the heroes that she has discovered that her father has been captured by a tribe of goliaths in the mountains outside of Riverhill, and has remained their prisoner for the past seven years. The heroes agree to help her, and set out to the mountains to recover the exiled eladrin.

Soon after entering the mountains, the heroes are taken captive by the goliath tribe, who call themselves the Rock Sun's. They are brought before the chief, a giant goliath named Uktor, and offer to trade their weapons in exchange for the prisoner. Chief Uktor tells the prisoners that they must earn the right to barter in a goliath tribal ritual, something called a 'blood trial', which the heroes learn to be a weaponless brawl against the tribe's champions.

The brawl takes place with the entire tribe watching on, and the heroes emerge victorious, winning the respect of the tribe and it's chief in the process. They are treated to a victory feast, and allowed to barter for the life of their prisoner with their weapons.

The heroes leave the encampment with the weakened Jarys, moving into the forests beneath the mountains, where they make camp. They learn from the warlock that he had attempted to save the spirit of a dying young prince in the feywild by extracting his spirit and binding it into a stronger host - a ritual not held in high regard amongst his peers, who viewed it as 'dark and unnatural sorcery'. Unfortunately, the ritual drove the prince's spirit mad, and it fled the realm. For his failure, Jarys was also exiled, and in his exile has vowed to free the prince's spirit of it's madness. He had tracked the spirit to the forests beneath the mountains when he was taken captive by the goliath tribe, but has still felt it's presence in the area.

The heroes offer their help to the eladrin, and he tells them that Lethorash is the only one amongst them with the power to stop the spirit. He imparts a portion of his essence on to Lethorash, granting him the temporary ability to use Fey Sight; the ability to see into another's consciousness. The heroes then set off the track down the spirit, with Jarys warning them that he is unsure what form it will have taken.

Gaulthrak and Verion track the spirit down to a small clearing, where they find it to have merged with the wilderness around it to create a twisted, hulking visage of nature, with a ram's skull for a face. While the heroes keep the beast at bay, Lethorash delves into it's mind to try and calm it prince within.

Lethorash finds himself on a shallow lake surrounded by white fog as far as he can see in every direction. There, he meets the young prince, who is poking and prodding at a group of fish beneath the water with a stick. A third presence is also there; a shadowy figure with red eyes who seems to be encouraging the boy. The figure tells Lethorash to leave, and a magical duel ensues where Lethorash finds his powers to have been severely increased. After a cavalcade of magical combat, Lethorash defeats the intruder, who reveals himself to be a red-skinned man with horns, and casts him out of the prince's mind. The prince is freed as Lethorash returns to his body, and the hulking beast falls apart to reveal the ghostly form of the young prince, who vanishes into the moonlight.

Notes
- A large murder of crows sits passively on the suspended cage that imprisons Jarys, and also follows the heroes once they free the eladrin. They come to learn that Jarys befriended the crows during his imprisonment, and that they have kept him company over the long years, feeding him information from the outside world.

- During the feast with the Rock Sun tribe, Gaulthrak learns of a 'demon' haunting the woods that the goliaths have been trying to slay.

- The red man that duels Lethorash tells him that they will meet again, and indicates that he has some sort of relationship with Sonja, both calling her by name and telling Lethorash to pass his regards on to the cleric.

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Episode 6: "Into the Feywild"
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Cast - “The Death of Bridges”
Verion Tathvir – Male Elf Barbarian (played by Yari Wildheart)
Lethorash – Male Dragonborn Warlock (played by Josh Challenor)
Sonja Ironfist – Female Human Cleric of Pelor (played by Chris Bright)
Milo Hillsborough – Male Halfling Ranger (played by Bob Watson) – Absent
Gamon – Male Halfling Avenger (played by Rory)
Gaulthrak Fisthammer - Male Goliath Druid (played by David Went)

Episode Summary
After a celebratory feast in the Sleepy Stag, the heroes convince the reunited Jarys and Alaya Darkstar to guide them to a fey crossing, which they are surprised to learn resides in the eladrin sanctuary beneath High Mill.

Jarys informs the heroes that the crossing can only be accessed under the light of a silver moon, also during which time the sarcophagus of the eladrin noble buried there will open. He tells the heroes that the noble is bound to protect the crossing to stop the mortal races from accessing the feywild, and chastises them for the disruption their earlier escapades in the sanctuary have caused to the protective magic in place there.

Under the light of the silver moon, the heroes descend once more beneath High Mill, to discover the Crimson Hand have also gathered within the sanctuary, awaiting the opening of the sarcophagus. After trading words, the heroes allow the Hand to wait until the coffin opens, upon which the noble warrior emerges. It makes to attack the Crimson Hand priest, who manages to take control of the warrior, before they pass through the crossing and vanish. The heroes are left to do battle with the priest's followers, one of whom is a hooded figure revealed to be the resurrected Reece Boweller, now in possession of necrotic avenger powers.

After dispatching the Crimson Hand, the heroes pursue the priest through the crossing, and find themselves in a vast lake surrounded by picturesque landscape in the feywild. In the centre of the lake they find an island, where three nymph spirits rest in burning braziers of green, blue and red fire. Speaking to the nymphs, the heroes discover they are part of a complex arcane lock to something called the Spirit Gate, which leads to the Spirit Grove; an eladrin burial ground.

After much discussion, the heroes manage to open the lock, and are transported to the Spirit Grove; a small clearing in a forest of trees that appear to be made of luminescent fog, carpeted in flowers with elaborate headstones rising out of the ground. The heroes discover that the magic of the place allows the spirits of the deceased to wander freely here as ghosts. In the grove, they face off with the Crimson Hand priest, his dragonborn knight, and the possessed eladrin noble. After a quick battle, the heroes triumph in removing the corruption of the necromancer from the grove.

Before leaving, Verion places the dawnblade artefact amongst a number of other offerings on the steps of an ornate fountain, gaining the silent thanks of the ghosts that dwell there.

Notes
- Verion slept outside in a tree prior to the adventure, but once more awoke in a different location in the woods, this time next to the beheaded corpse of a woman. The barbarian follows tracks that lead to a nearby well in the surrounding farmlands, and delivers the corpse to a surprised guardsman named Garey.

- Upon entering the sanctuary, the Crimson Hand priest exploits Verion's soul scar, rendering him helpless. In the following battle, a necromancer attempts to do the same, but is cast out of Verion's soul as the barbarian unleashes an inhuman roar. The necromancer becomes terribly fearful of Verion, asking him 'What in the hells are you?'

- Before crossing into the Feywild, the Crimson Hand priest mentions that he is looking to capture 'pure souls'.

- At the Spirit Gate, Verion gives the three nymphs names: Blaze (red), Vine (green) and Tide (blue). Lethorash and Verion work out that in order to gain access to the Spirit Grove, the heroes must make Blaze angry at her sisters, Vine envious of her sisters, and Tide sad about her sisters.

- The priest corrupts the eladrin ghosts during the battle within the grove, allowing them to harm the heroes. Sonja and Gamon, however, are able to cleanse the ghosts with their radiant powers.

- Sonja attempts to call down the power of Pelor during the battle within the grove, but discovers that her powers do not seem to work in the Feywild, where Pelor has no presence.

- After returning to the mortal realm, the heroes deduce that the Spirit Grove is a place where the Feywild and the Shadowfell intersect. This explains why Gamon, as a worshipper of the Raven Queen, was able to use his power, whilst Sonja was not.


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Episode 7: "The Lost Library"
DM'd by Yari Wildheart
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - “The Death of Bridges”
Lethorash – Male Dragonborn Warlock (played by Josh Challenor)
Sonja Ironfist – Female Human Cleric of Pelor (played by Chris Bright)
Gamon – Male Halfling Avenger (played by Rory)
Gaulthrak Fisthammer - Male Goliath Druid (played by David Went)
with special guest
Alastor Greycloud - Male Human Wizard (played by Jamie Hultgren)

Episode Summary
Late one night in The Sleepy Stag, Gamon witnesses a vision emerge from a strange stone left on the bar. The heroes are soon sought out by a quirky elderly wizard named Alastor, who reveals the message inside the stone as a call for aid from a mysterious eladrin entity. Alastor quickly gathers up the heroes, and sets off in search of the messenger's origin.

Their search leads them to a ruin near the Blushwoods, where they find a large group of armed men camped in the area. Despite diplomatic efforts, combat soon ensues, and the heroes triumph. Questioning one of the captured men reveals that they are part of a military organisation dedicated to the Raven Queen, and seek to destroy the buried library and everything in it.

The heroes battle their way through the library and it's devious traps, until they meet up with a small wooden construct who Alastor discovers is actually a magical staff come to life. After rescuing the staff and the crazed librarian from their attackers in a library filled with preserved heads, the heroes resist the temptation of a cursed sword before confronting the leaders of the enemy contingent inside a Baelnorn's sanctuary; a zealous paladin and his cleric offsider. Combat errupts, and the heroes side with the Baelnorn's guardian to help defeat the paladin, upon which they are rewarded with a powerful artefact in exchange for their aid.

Notes
- Sonja learns in the library of heads that the letter from her brother seems to indicate he has become some sort of champion of Vecna, enthralled to the service of a being of great power, though who is as yet unknown.

- Alastor Greycloud sought out the heroes to aid him in gaining access to the library, on an errand from a group called the Dawn of Knowing; a sect of archaeologists within Eladrin culture.


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Episode 8: "Red"
D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - “The Death of Bridges”
Verion Tathvir – Male Elf Barbarian (played by Yari Wildheart)
Lethorash – Male Dragonborn Warlock (played by Josh Challenor)
Sonja Ironfist – Female Human Cleric of Pelor (played by Chris Bright)
Gamon – Male Halfling Avenger (played by Rory)
Gaulthrak Fisthammer - Male Goliath Druid (played by David Went)

with special guests, “The Howling Winds” - members of the Hunter's Guild
Layce Warsong – Female Half-Elf Warrior (played by Louise Bright)
[i]Ralt[i] – Male Human Ranger
[i]Breeze[i] – Female Elf Rogue
[i]Dante[i] – Male Human Warrior

Episode Summary
The heroes are visited by their old friend, Arioch, who has made the long journey north from Calath to seek their aid. Arioch explains that a member of the Silent Arrows, the king's own personal ranger corp, came to speak with him at the reading of his father's will, about a problem he has now inherited in the small village of Harveston, south towards the border. The group agrees to aid him, though Arioch claims not to know what exactly the problem is.

The group travels to the waypoint tavern, known as the Honest Inn, where they encounter a group of Hunters also heading south towards the Harveston region, trailing rumours of dragon attacks. Arioch immediately laughs this off as ludicrous, and nervously resides to his room.

On the road the next morning, the two groups decide to travel together, though it isn't long before the ranger Ralt brings them to a stop, and tells them that they're being followed by Shifters. During one of these stops, a loud roar echoes across the landscape, and the groups dive into the woods for cover. Layce notices Arioch's nervous behaviour, and puts the hard word on him about what he knows. Arioch comes clean that he has been told the item on his father's will, simply titled 'Red', could potentially be a dragon causing havoc in the region, though he doesn't believe it.

The group moves on to Harveston, which they find in charred wreckage, with the remaining guards and civilians barricaded into the village hall. While Sonja and Gaulthrak set about tending the wounded, Layce and Lethorash question the guard captain about what has happened. The captain tells them that the village and surrounding roads and farms have been attacked by a red-scaled creature with wings that can breath fire, something he believes has been sent from the depths of hell. He claims it returns every few days to prey upon them and their livestock.

The hunters lay an ambush in the outer buildings while the rest of the group guard the walls of the hall. They spy the creature as a distant shape in a far off field, chasing sheep, before it later returns to attack the village once again, landing on the storeroom roof within the wall. As expected, the creature seems to be a young red dragon, though it appears feral and wild.

A tense battle ensues, during which both Verion and Sonja come close to losing their lives. Eventually, the heroes manage to drive the dragon off, but another of the local guards is killed in the attack, and the captain badly wounded.

Leaving Gamon and Arioch to help guard the village should the beast return, the rest of the heroes set off towards the forested mountains, tracking the wounded dragon. They follow the trail to a large natural cave behind a waterfall, where they can hear the beast's breath as well as a young girl sobbing. Verion leads them to the back of the cave, where they come across the wounded dragon being tended to by a young Shifter girl. The dragon growls menacingly at the sight of Verion, but does not attack.

Verion speaks with the girl, named Lua, and learns that the Harveston guards drove the shifter tribes out of the area, and she was cut off from her family. She wandered into this cave, where the dragon has protected her ever since. The heroes decide to leave the dragon be, but the Hunters have other ideas, and all hell breaks loose as the two groups battle it out. Eventually, after a long hard battle, the Hunters are defeated, but not before taking the life of Lethorash and unleashing a primal rage within Verion.

Lua sobs over Lethorash's body, and her tears open a crossing to the feywild, which envelopes the dragonborn's body with vines and motes of light, before pulling it through to the other side. The heroes take a moment to remember their fallen friend, and the heroes spend the next several days seeking out and reuniting Lua with her tribe. With Lua gone, the dragon soon leaves the area.

Notes
- While speaking with Lua, Verion notices the Hunters moving into an attack position. He makes the decision then to try to protect the shifter and the dragon, announcing that there are people here that wish to kill them, but he will do what he can to stop them.

- At the start of the battle with the Howling Winds, Gaulthrak has a moment of indecision, unsure whether to attack the dragon they came for, or their former Hunter allies.

- During the battle with the Howling Winds, Lethorash is knocked unconscious, before having his life ended by Layce. Just as it looks as though the Hunters have the upper hand, the sight of his fallen friend sends Verion into a primal rage, and he goes berserk, tearing into anything that moves with his hands and teeth like an animal; foes and allies alike. His friends manage to help him regain control of himself, but only after every last Hunter has met a grisly end.

- Ralt is killed instantly by Verion's primal onslaught, ripped apart with the barbarian's bare hands in a disturbing scene of carnage.

- After the battle, Verion vows to travel to Lethorash's homeland of Vorashj, and deliver the news of his passing to his tribe and family personally.


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Episode 9: "Rest & Rebuild"
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Cast - “The Death of Bridges”
Verion Tathvir – Male Elf Barbarian (played by Yari Wildheart)
Sonja Ironfist – Female Human Cleric of Pelor (played by Chris Bright)
Gamon – Male Halfling Avenger (played by Rory)
Gaulthrak Fisthammer - Male Goliath Druid (played by David Went)

Episode Summary
The heroes remain in Harveston, where they aid in rebuilding the devastated town and surrounding farmlands.

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Episode 10: "A Wizard Named Tom"
DM'd by Chris Bright

D&D 4th Edition Campaign - Arkenfall
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Cast - “The Death of Bridges”
Verion Tathvir – Male Elf Barbarian (played by Yari Wildheart)
Gaulthrak Fisthammer - Male Goliath Druid (played by David Went)
and introducing
Sitheira – Female Dragonborn Fighter (played by Josh Challenor)
Shade Nightfall – Female Shifter Ranger (played by Louise Bright)
with special guests
Tom Shipe – Male Human Necromancer (played by Liam Bright)
Dirt – Earth Golem (played by Jamie Hultgren)
”Merc” – Male Dragonborn Fighter (played by Dan Strategem)

Episode Summary
The heroes return north to the Honest Inn, where they discover a brawl in progress between an enormous dragonborn fighter and a lithe shifter ranger. The dragonborn triumphs, and they introduce themselves. Sitheira and Merc are a pair of dragonborn mercenaries travelling the road looking for work and coin.

Before long, they are interrupted by a young human wizard, who is accompanied by a hulking mound of walking earth. The wizard introduces himself as Tom. He and his earth golem, Dirt, are looking for help in removing a demon infestation in his former home; an abandoned temple of the Raven Queen lying hidden in the forest. The shifter, introducing herself as Shade, agrees to help, as do the dragonborn mercenaries and the heroes. Teaming up, the mismatched band of adventurers follow Tom along the road and into the forests.

After a long journey, they arrive at the temple, which appears to be completely abandoned. Tom leads them into the depths of the building, where the forgetful wizard does his best to disarm his own traps he set in an attempt to keep the demons contained within.

The heroes soon run afoul of the demonic residents and their endless army of imps, and fight their way through to the bowels of the temple, where they are faced with an enormous demon imprisoned within a circle of power. Despite their best efforts in defeating the demon's followers, the massive entity frees itself from it's prison, almost killing Verion in the process. Tom reveals himself to be a powerful necromancer, raising a number of skeletons to aid in bringing the demon down, and eventually the heroes are triumphant.

Notes
- Sonja and Gamon remained in Harveston for this session.

- As payment for his help, Tom gifted Verion his golem, Dirt. Upon gaining a new master with no magical power to sustain him, however, Dirt collapses into a heap of earth and debris.

- Sitheira decides to stay with the heroes, and Merc bids her farewell.



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