Game: Really wanted to loosely base the start of this campaign based on Harry Potter. Cause, seriously, how fun is that.
At the start of the game, and ever since the start of the game, there have been constant splitting roads, to the point where if notes have not been kept, the players have lost track of important facts. So, it is with regret that I write this update, since I definitely want things to circle around behind my players and bite them in the ass. Frankly.
Game 3 and beyond:
So the children raise the submarine from the bottom of the ocean because after the discovery of the submarine powerful restorative magic’s were used by guild magicians to restore the submarine to working order. Malisthorn and Zafina were paralyzed by the geas scroll associated with the Katana found inside the vault on the submarine. Not surprisingly, this submarine was a gnome courier vessel for the very powerful/influential/rich that could afford to buy such secrecies. The geas required the sword to be returned to the rightful emperor of Tian Za (eastern kingdom). Lady Taraxa deemed that it had to be returned and approved a field trip for the students to take the submarine to Tian Za to return the Katana to the Emperor. During their preparations in Cobblestone they learned that Mayor Cobb has prior dealings with the emperor and he asks them to deliver a letter to the emperor for him. He also provided the group with paperwork that would allow the students to trade freely with Tian Za. The students graciously accepted the help from Cobb and placed the supplies on the submarine.
Tensions and complications: House Ventrassa was given the sword. There was a challenge between House Ventrassa and House Grimaldee over who would complete the task of returning the sword to the emperor. Ventrassa hid the sword deep in the catacombs underneath the school. The students had to fight sehaguin allies of Ventrassa as they approached the swords location, then they had to fight worgs off as they fought the sword free from a giant spider high above them. Only the sword was inside the corpse of a dead human (the sheriff of cobblestone), when they did Izabeau was badly burned by acid that rained down onto her as the sword was acting like a stopper and when she pulled it out of the corpse the acid trap went off. The Grimaldee heroes narrowly escaped with the sword.
Additionally, when they went into Cobblestone to secure provisions for the journey they were assaulted by goblins in the alley. When they called for guard help, the guard helped the goblins! Further indicating not all was as it seemed in the friendly town of Cobblestone.
Finally, the worg tooth was still missing, but the adventurers didn’t have time to solve that particular problem as the issue of Headmaster Malisthorne being paralyzed by the effect of a powerful geas spell took precedence over all others.
There was a storm at sea which caused the USS Dauntless to crash into another ship. The other ships crew were sensed to be evil, so they were not saved from the storm. They had to landfall several times to resupply the ship with food and water on their journey, but there were two primary encounters one with two large jellyfish which almost killed Enya, luckily her father saved her, an underwater troll and his garden of seaweed shambling mounds which almost killed several players and they took on cargo while they passed through the inner sea, a printing press from “The Grinning Topaz” to the current emperor. Eventually they passed through an outer village before heading across the sea to the mainland of Tian Za. Here they met eastern villagers and their samurai guardians encountering difficulties of their own. Their village was being plagued by a great evil. The Grimaldee students fought back undead hordes and defeated a bone devil. The village name was Yipikiya Village run by Samurai Lord Nakatomi. The students revealed that they had the sword of the dragon emperor and Lord Nakatomi bound by his Samurai oath to protect the true dragon decided to help escort the sword the rest of the way to the Tian Za capitol and into the hands of the true Emperor. Eventually, they did deliver the sword to the rightful Emperor, Emperor Shun. The acting emperor (holder of the title as the sword was lost to the ages until now) was Lord Shinzon a powerful wizard. The sword, in the hands of the emperor restored his dragon blooded heritage and gave him powerful sorcerer abilities, giving him draconic features and spells. As the sword was delivered, a separate group delivered the printing press to the acting emperor and after reading the letter from Cobb, the students were imprisoned and the students realized that Mr. Cobb may not be the nicest man in the town of cobblestone. Suspicions were aroused about his nature.
Tensions and Complications: Delivering the sword crowned a “true” emperor of Tian Za. This created an instant civil war. Several lords who bore witness to the transformation of the true emperor became paladins of high power at the ceremony. Basically the warriors who remained loyal to him were gifted with powers from the sword during the transformation. Darius and Zafina had actually travelled back in time using Chronos’s collar. Darius’s dog is actually a hound archon with an item that lets him time travel. So although Zafina was sick with the paralyzation effect from the geas, she was able to participate in this event because Darius was able to grab her out of time before she read the contract to return the sword and became paralyzed. No one knows that Chronos is a Hound Archon. He is transformed into a loving dog for Darius. Additionally, during the 6 month voyage Enya’s true father was acting as a chaperone with Mrs. Simmons and they became romantically involved. Enya did get to know her father during this time period. Drik began to question his father’s alignment learning that he was supplying the non-true emperor of Tian Za. Additionally, they now began to wonder if the corrupt guard that helped the goblin was tied in any way to Cobb who may or may not have betrayed their mission to the acting Emperor, Emperor Shinzon. It should be noted that Darius was the one to warn the unicorns to help the group back when they were being assaulted by Sehaugin, but he remained hidden in time as he did so.
Note: The group hit 5th level, there was 16 gaming sessions completed by this point, not all minor points covered in this update. As the students hit 5th prior to completing their first season at the school and having gone into smaller games where details of how the school is run, I felt there was no need to tread the waters of additional seasons at the school. Especially since the players had achieved such high levels so quickly. So, I decided to pass a couple years, ret-conned everyone’s age to be exactly the same, since the school always takes students of a particular age only. I added a number of plot incidences over the next couple years that the Grimaldee champions didn’t participate.
But first, the students did successfully complete year 1 of school and the Arch-Morgon colors were changed to Red and White, the Grimaldee House Colors, true to the Potter movie endings. Then each returned to their homes in the real world. See, many of the heroes were hidden on a non-magical world for their own safety. A world where magic was kept from interfering by the genie’s. Genie’s guarded the portals to and from the world, so it is extremely difficult to get magic into this world w/o being let into the world. Only Vincent stayed in the magical realm with the Drik and Darius.
Plot and years that pass:
2 years pass. During these years PC’s take up the characters who play in House Ventrassa. These characters proceed to smash records and run up the banners of Ventrassa changing the Arch-Morgon colors to black and green during the years that the Grimaldee champions are gone. Details on these sessions will not be included in the interest of saving time. Know that they did some epic things to change the house colors and created additional messes for the Grimaldee heroes to clean up upon their return, is all that is important.
Complications: The students can’t return because the genies decide to go to war and since the world they are on is non-magical they have no way to return to their schooling. Each student ends up making their own practices up while they are without connection to their home plane. Drik ends up spending the 2 years helping his father and brother fight in the “unending gnomish guild wars.” Vincent spends time with the Crimson Dawn fighting undead and making friends with a young student named Robin who adventures along with him fighting things that go bump in the night. Darius ends up helping his mother survive after losing the arch-druid position to a blight druid. The ancient elves are fighting among themselves about the direction the Elven kingdom should take to regain former glory and there are disagreements about how to see the Tree of Life expand and grow. The world is flung into chaos during this period as a number of powerful factions are at war.
The Sultan agrees to join the genie war in order to see his son and daughter returned to the magical world of Telara, however Zafina misses the one time opportunity to pass through the portal and only Muralis makes it through. Thus begins year 4 and the fixing of all things Ventrassa around the school.
Ventrassa students have managed to blight the nearby forests, strengthen their ties to the sehaugin, and expand the wretched catacombs. Additionally, they have grown significantly more powerful/influential in the local towns.
The main problem in year 4 is the blight druid order. Darius ends up back at the school because his mother loses her arch-druid title to a member of the Thorn Scar Blight Druid Order. She is mortally wounded and we have to use the phoenix feather that was cultivated in earlier games to restore her health. Since Mrs. Simmons returns to the Sea Elves with Rygar to start a family the school had an opening for a school teacher, Darius’s mother Alerosa, applies for the position. The local area is also affected by the blight. The heroes of Grimaldee soon learn that the Worg tooth had been given to the Thorn Scar as a gift to invite them into the forest areas around the school. They begin their cleansing of the forest by fighting the worgs which have grown in number as well as assaulting smaller sects of the blighter order. The group meets Hobblestump while they are trying to locate the blighter hideouts and he says that his son Wobblestep has gone missing. Enya uses her divine seer ability to essentially locate one of the blighter ritual locations. She sees that they are using Wobblestep in a ritual to corrupt him so that he will work for them. Being used in the ritual is the horns of two unicorns, horns that were given to the blighters from house Ventrassa students as trade for the blighters to set up a home base in the forests around the school. The Grimaldee students rescue Wobblestep in a stunning maneuver involving a pit trap that was set near a stream of flowing lava creating an instant death dealing lava trap that caught the blighters by surprise. As they were making their way out of the cave dwelling they also managed to steal one of the unicorn horns before it was used in the ritual, the other was lost in the lava. Additional blighters closed in from the outside and the group was cut off from a escape when Hobblestump roared through the forest and aided the adventurers in the rescue of his son. With some brave fighting Grimaldee prevailed. Over the course of a few more 8-10 hour shifts of gaming Grimaldee managed to clear the forest and learn of the blighters main cairn. They also learn that a minotaur leads them and has turned a legendary shambling mound into a massive constantly shifting maze. Within the Minotaur organized a number of challenges specific to defeating the adventuring group and he used the shambling mound to ensure the rules of his challenge were followed to the letter. The challenges, if faced by the incorrect team member, would have been devastatingly effective, however the group wisely took a few moments to assess each challenge and place the group member with the best chance of success up against each of the appropriate challenges.
The Blighter Gauntlet:
Zafina faced off against a pan flute playing Satyr in a drinking and singing contest. For anyone else, the charming song of the Satyr would have overcome them, but Zafina countersonged the enchanted flute song. She was stumbling drunk afterwards, but the group passed by the Satyr, earning the ability to call upon him one day if needed.
Vincent faced off against a vampire who had a picture of his father, himself, and his sister. A vampire that was seeking infamy by defeating the famous Belmont name, but he met the whip of demise at the hands of the skilled Vincent. Vincent won that picture back from the corpse of the vampire and he took his fangs as proof to his Crimson Dawn order that he has slain a vampire.
Darius faced off against a druid shape changed into a bear in a bloody test of martial skill, narrowly escaping dying mauled by the druid in bear form, he did win a prize from the druid as well.
Enya faced a druid who demanded her blood for the damage she did to the tree when she used her seer ability. Each time she uses it she dwindles the Tree of Life causing it to shed leaves. Enya would not fight him back as she realized that he was blinded by what was necessary to grow the tree, she taught him to sacrifice of himself for the tree by giving the ultimate sacrifice for her friends, her life. The druid realized he made a mistake the second his blade felled the mighty princess, but the group was allowed to move forward.
Drik faced off against a mighty mechanical bull confiscated by the druids on its way north and placed in the maze as a trap. He used his pit wisely to entrap the charging and stampeding mechanical bull and eventually managed to slay it. Searching the corpse later would reveal a hidden door and an elaborate mechanical key.
Muralis faced off against a young black dragon in a swampy moat. The dragon was cunningly using the water to remain unseen as it struck from below, but eventually he underestimated Muralis and left himself open for a might melee swing and he was smote.
Finally it was Isabeau left to face the minotaur alone in a mighty battle of a druid shape changed into a bird and Isabeau flying to keep pace with it as well as summoning magical daggers to attack from the minotaur’s flanks. At one point she was momentarily thought to have been defeated, and would have been if it weren’t for the courageous actions of her raven familiar which provided her with a healing potion just in the nick of time. The minotaur was defeated.
Darius used his sickle to charge it at the altar of the purified druid grove as the shambler returned to neutral and the good powers of druidic earthen magic’s again took hold and the sickle was charged with radiant druidic magic. He realized he could reincarnate Enya and so he did reincarnate her as a gnome. This came as a shock to Enya as she grew up her whole life as an elf but she was glad to be alive again with her friends. The treants took the heroes to the good druids.
Tensions and complications: Drik learns more of his father’s questionable dealings and is forced to face the realization that his father may have been evil. A fact that he refuses to believe. The tree of life nearly doubled in size with Enya’s sacrifice of her life for her friends, and the druid order near the school realizes what the elves must do to strengthen their connection with the earth mother, but the word must be spread of what happened and that takes time. Wobblestep and Hobblestump are allies of the heroes and the heroes once again earn enough points to change the school colors back to red and white as they clean up the blight around the school and defeat the evil minotaur blight druid and his followers. Conflicts and tensions arise as Muralis gains feelings for Christina (an anti-paladin from Ventrassa), additionally there is a school hearing on how Grimaldee was compensated for the submarine they found in their first season, as it was now being used by Ventrassa to recover whatever was salvageable in the southern city, which was recently destroyed by an ancient red dragon. Additionally, Driks brother is in the game aiding his brother become the merchant king and is re-assigned to the dorm room of the heroes along with Targos and Bargos from the destroyed white wizard tower in the southern city.
Note: Everyone advanced to 6th level after this and “no child left behind act” ends. So does season 4 of school. Season 5 starts immediately as each of the members has no other place to return home to. The house guardian, a earth elemental is slain protecting Driks during the “Never Ending Gnome Merchant Wars” a new house guardian is assigned, a Genie that was under the protection of the Sultan.
After the major “3rd game” to advance the characters to level 6 the group became fractured once again, and I had several people put in a solid number of hours / games between regrouping with the larger crowd. Additionally, there was a split of focus. I had one group go and save the Coven which intertwined with the Elven plot and I had the gnome, Drik, go off through the tundra to seek answers about why his father was shipping siege weapons up north.
Major Plot that happened before this: Drik and his brother and friend Muralis and Enya ended up fighting in North Circle Pine City against a Death knight, a Green Dragon (which summoned a Treant to help it), and then discovering a secret underground railroad that headed under the glacier. They tracked down the railway and blew up a bridge crossing after fighting through several small bands of ogres.
So it was at this time a bunch of major plot twists were occurring on a character by character basis. You had Enya as a gnome trying to convince elves to give via the way of sacrifice to grow the Tree of Life, but she wasn’t Elven making this task hard. You had Vincent getting involved with the Crimson Dawn order heavily at this point in the recovery of important and lost in time artifacts. You have Isabeau pregnant and adventuring to save the Order of the Ebon Rose, her mother’s Coven of goodly witches. You also have Muralis struggling with his Paladin vows and losing his paladin abilities because he fell in love with an anti-paladin from the House Ventrassa. Drik and his brother Alric were disturbed that he had uncovered a large shipment of siege weapons destined seemingly for the Witches of the Northern Tundra under the lead of Baba Yaga, and that Mayor Cobb had something to do with shipping the weapons north. This lead the group to be torn in which direction to take. Additionally, the king of the elves decided to abandon the court into the hands of a steward, leaving the elves with the Red Arrow clan (Military wing) of the elves, seemingly on a whim. The elves requested that all the Elven students from Arch-Morgon be returned to the Elven city at once as decreed by the new steward. In the backdrop you still have several major wars happening between the genies, gnomes merchant infighting, Tian Za to determine the true emperor, Elven infighting, and now the witches seem to be involved in the northern regions close to the school. Chaos… Purely chaos at this time in the game.
Undercurrents: Muralis was lied to by his friends, and he sensed it, for a Paladin at a young age this was disturbing as it came from his best friend and his sister this only pushing him further into the hands of Christina, the anti-paladin. Vincent and his new friend Robin have been out late at night on secretive tasks, drawing some mistrust from the group and this leading Muralis to question how strong his friendship with Vincent really was, especially after members of the group knew Vincent made a deal with Mazkor, the young Ventrassa sorcerer. Isabeau slept with Targos the alchemist from the Ivory Order of Mages during a rave that happened in the students dorm, and Enya was a Elven gnome. Also Driks adventured hard and fast now to determine if his father was evil. He was driven to head northward at all costs, even risking death for himself and those who traveled with him into dangerous lands.
Vincent and Isabeau w/ Indego also went to a secret tomb and recovered a crystal of power from Serenrae that kept 4 unkillable vampire corpses from being revived. Vincent and his crew successfully fought their way through an underground catacomb / tomb being guarded by 4 ice golems, 2 or 3 mummies (can’t remember), and 2 white dragons. Vincent defeated one of the white dragons by wrestling it to a standstill while his friends Robin and Indego stabbed and killed the beast. The crystal and the 4 vampire tombs were moved to the city in a guarded procession of Crimson Dawn knights. Now they are kept hidden in the school by Big Al, the genie house guardian for Grimaldee.
So final catch up notes are that Isabeau traveled to Vigil with Vincent and a new friend Indego, a Megus from the Ivory Order. They landed at an Ivory Tower outside the town of Vigil and from there traveled to Vigil. They healed a group of Ivory Megus while they were at the Ivory Tower in Vigil, this was a great help to the commander at the tower as it saved them from having to hire clerics from Vigil. The captain of the Ivory Order Megus, named Borimir, escorted the heroes to Lastwall. Apparently, they had teleported into a recent battle and even the Lastwall Watch Commander Uther required healing for his men, Isabeau again used her daily hex’s to help heal all of the soldiers, Uther was greatly appreciative. After some conversation with Uther, Uther gave Isabeau a writ that allowed her official capacity to inquire about what happened to the Coven stronghold in Hammerstone. It is also in Lastwall that Vincent discovered, via keen observation, that the Crimson Dawn had an outpost, under the guise of an armor and weapons shop in the town of Lastwall. Here Vincent met Treville, who knew his father and even kept a few of his father’s items. Treville had also sent agent’s who had went to Hammerstone to investigate why the Lastwall knights would make war on a good order of witches. They never returned, and so now Treville sent young Vincent, he could sense his father’s strength in the boy and was worried about his men.
So Isabeau, Indego (who had been appointed by the king of the elves to watch over Isabeau secretly), Vincent, and Robin stayed one night in the town of Lastwall and then ventured forth the following day. They were surprisingly met by Drik, Gorrash, and Enya who were outside the city wall. Robin discovered it the prior night and Vincent was aware that they could not travel into the city because apparently Lastwall forbid anyone associated with The Grinning Topaz to do business in Lastwall, Drik’s fathers merchant guild was seen as evil by Lastwall. More surprising to Vincent and Isabeau was the fact that Enya seemed to be a dark elf of some kind as she was: a. Elven again, b. had dancing flames for eyes, like the king, and c. she used to be a gnome like 1 day ago.
Intro confusing time traveling once again. This time it was from the Ivory wizard Rufus who had loaned them the use of his time machine phone booth (laugh if you dare). Enya and Drik came from 5 weeks in the future to help their friends. So after talking, Enya told Isabeau, her cousin, that their grandfather had passed away and that through a magical transfusion of sorts that she had become an elf again, and also had her grandfathers divine nature within herself, hence the flaming eyes. Whichever royal can hold the throne has these betraying eyes that cannot be hidden, and along with them the power to rule Elven kind. There was a meeting during the night as the girls had “girl talk” and Enya showed Isabeau the book her grandfather gave her which contained some of his intelligence as it was able to speak to them as if from his voice. Isabeau produced the staff which she could summon her mother’s spirit out of, and then the strange became stranger as the staff and the book began to speak to each other. Even more odd was that since the king of the elves was not yet dead in this timeline, he heard his own thoughts and what was being said by Enya to the book.
The other timeline includes adventuring not only down the tram and facing many ogre’s, but also adventuring on the surface of the tundra. The adventurer’s were Muralis, Enya, Alric, and Drik and Gorrosh. It got a little rough encountering a variety of difficult monsters on the tundra to include white dragons and ice giants. During the fighting, Drik and Muralis did lose their lives and were later resurrected. Enya was transformed into an Elf at the White Tower, and Muralis ended up leaving the school with Christina who had turned into a Paladin of Serenrae after atonement. This timeline would be erased ultimately by events happening in Lastwall.
Lastwall adventurers eventually found Hammerstone and due to the children discussing things with the book the living Elven king was there waiting. He had secured the witch tower ruins and stated to the children that Isabeau’s mother had told him before that she housed powerful artifacts that could do terrible deeds if they were to fall into the wrong hands, as a result the king felt fit to take the red arrow clan there to guard the ruins until all of the hidden artifacts could be recovered. The witches smartly hid them within a large illusionary extra planar maze, since the children knew specifically where to find the one they were after they did find it from the maze and managed to also uncover additional plot. Enya used her prophecy ability to foresee where the staff was and the history of the staff once it had been stolen. Her prophecy showed her that Lord Hammerstone, knight of Lastwall, had taken the staff, ruined the keep with the men under his control, and had delivered the Wolfshead staff to the Elven high lord. This Elven high lord had used mind altering spells to ensnare the knight-lord and get him to do his bidding. Once the heroes knew this they instead decided to go after the Elven high lord of magic that held the staff. They teleported themselves back to the senate building in the Elven city. It is here that they faced the Elven mage and the werewolves that he had already created. The children almost killed some of the werewolves before they realized that these were the children that were ordered by decree to leave the school a couple of weeks earlier. The battle was a hard one, Enya was struck down with death magic, other students fought from near death, and Isabeau used her Ivory Order letter to summon in a protective group of constructs to help defeat the Elven High Lord. These constructs had certain spell-like abilities including Mage Disjunction. When it was cast on the High Lord the staff was broken and all affected by its magic in the form of werewolves were killed. Isabeau was ruined as her young lover Targos was killed when the staff exploded. She remembered that the book Enya held had a powerful crystal hidden within its pages, and she also knew that her staff held the power to grasp such crystals. She combined the two at this time and her mother’s spirit came forth and stated the staff was extremely powerful now and it could be used to resurrect the fallen students, but at the cost of losing the staff forever. Isabeau sacrificed the staff and resurrected her friends, as the serpent along the staff unwound and began biting the students with amazing healing powers, the staff itself began to sink into the ground and it turned into a Tree of Life, a 4th Tree! This expanse in Elven magical power also caused all of the Elven/half-Elven women in the room to become pregnant, this included the newly resurrected Enya. Additionally, Isabeau was gifted with the Elven “All Spark” and her eyes now shared a dancing flame quality similar to Enya. The next couple weeks were used to set the Elven counsel right and appoint a goodly steward, Enya chose her father Rygar and his recent bride Mrs. Simmons to sit as stewards of the throne until Enya/Isabeau is of age to take ruler ship of the elves.
Muralis was being held prisoner by Malakia because he knew that Muralis was in danger if he stayed on the tundra, this is the event that saves him and the gnome from certain death, but also prevents Muralis living happily ever after with Christina. Now Christina had gone chaotic and vowed never to work for the gods as a paladin ever again, She was caught in Azmodeus’s trickery and committed evil actions of her own free will which prevented Serenrae from being able to forgive her past evil actions. As she was not yet ready to commit, Serenrae showed Muralis her actions in a vision and took the lust from his mind. As Serenrae knew his commitment was to her, due to how he had handled himself throughout the temptation challenge that the gods created for him, she was allowed by the other gods to gift him with the 1/2 gold dragon template. He has become the tip of Serenrae’s spear now, he is a menacing creature of good against all evil. A truly powerful and inspiring paladin warrior. Christina has left the school alone to seek her own path, only time will tell how her story ends.
After this had happened the gnome resumed his foray into the northern lands with the help of Muralis singularly. They fought through another round of giants, dragons, and remoraz. They reached the dwarven city and there Drik found more of his father’s holdings. Ironforge held a safe with several hundred thousand gold as well as another mechanical key. He also discovered he had a store in Ironforge located in Gnomeragon alley. He met and fell in love with Thunderella, a gnome wizard that was running his shop in Gnomeragon alley. He journeyed from Ironforge to Gnomeragon to locate and defeat whatever evil was plaguing the gnomes there. All of the refugee’s in Ironforge told him that there was an incurable plague preventing the good gnomes from retaking Gnomeragon. Armed with this information he went to locate the source of the plague, before he left he did get lucky with Thunderella, will not elaborate on gnome McLovin. While he was investigating an air vent shaft, too small for Muralis to accompany him, he faced a great evil taint within water below the duct that was being heated and the noxious vapors were poisoning the very air of the city of Gnomeragon. He eventually tried to get closer, as gnomes are often too curious for their own good, he was plunged into the foul liquid and found himself being grappled by something all-together way stronger and larger than himself. He was soon overpowered and forced to breath the noxious gas. He became infected and soon turned green like the other gnomes. He was then taken before a great demon who was being entrapped by mechanical bonding. The demon recognized him as the heir to the Casey merchant guild. He checked the gnomes items and found 2 keys. He used the mechanical keys to unlock his bindings and he then began to peal the flesh off of Drik’s bones. Eventually Drik passed out from the pain, and when he awoke he was nothing but a living construct, the demon also turned all of the other gnomes in Gnomeragon into constructs. It did cure their disease, but in an awful way. Now they were robots. Muralis was shocked at the discovery, as were the rest of Drik’s friends. Drik soon realized that his father made a deal with the demon to undo his bonds if he would cure the gnomes, the demon delivered his promise, but in a very sadistic fashion.
Drik and Muralis would then travel back to the school. They had already gone over the tundra once saving R&R fur traders and guiding them safely to Ironforge, Drik formed a trade alliance with them to sell their goods in his stores once they were safely transported South. Over the tundra back to the school, Drik and Muralis fought a large and very powerful white dragon with Frost Giant allies who held Remoraz for pets. They fought the dragon in the sky down to the ground, fought him through his giant cleric healers and eventually downed the dragon. Once down Drik wanted to search for the horde, he figured it had to be nearby. They went into a glacial crack and soon found themselves slipping into the dragons trap. The hole they snuck threw was soon guarded by the revived dragon, his giant clerics managed to find and heal him, and under the ice above they started to fall into a variety of falling glacial ice stalactites. They fought their way valiantly to the cave entrance where they were met by remoraz and giants. They fought with grit through the outer guards to the dragon den within, they eventually fought both giants and dragon in a massive fight that would leave them both barely alive, and staring at a very large treasure, which they collected and brought back to the school.
Once back at the school, Enya was there to help Drik’s so after doing much studying, Drik decided to head back north to locate whatever was plaguing the gnome empire. So Enya, Drik, and Muralis headed back over the tundra. This time they saw R&R fur traders leading a group of about 100 people in a caravan over the tundra. They didn’t notice that a tribe of Frost Giants was setting up an ambush from both sides of the wagon train. Muralis and Drik both fly so they noticed the dragons from above. Swooping down, this would be one of the deadliest fights the heroes have undergone, there were 20 giants, 30 ogres, and at least a dozen worgs. With Enya backing up Muralis and Drik picking off giants at range and delaying many giants with pit traps, they managed to cleverly defeat the giants and save 83 of the 100 people traveling north with the R&R Fur Traders. The heroes would decide to stay with the caravan the rest of the way to Ironforge, but this would expose the future queen of the elves for an assassination attempt, as she was only guarded by her low level friends.
5 assassins would jump the wagon Enya was in and she would be struck by 2 devastating blows from poison tipped short swords at the hand of skilled drow assassins. She would narrowly dodge two other such attacks and grit through the extremely skilled dagger thrusts of the assassins. Drik would keenly spot one of the drow under the wagon and quickly order Gorrash to grab the assassin and pin it. Muralis would land down next to Enya after she cried out for help and help her fend off the onslaught of stealthy strikes that would come in the following seconds. The battle was quick, only seconds went by as arrows and blades flashed through clouds of darkness laid down as cover by the skillful drow, Enya would become paralyzed and nearly suffer the fate of a coup de grace. However, it was the drows own darkness that would prevent this maneuver. She would use her levitate ability to move herself up in the darkness to force the assassin to relocate her. During this time her friends would kill the drow keeping the darkness spell in effect, this would prevent the other assassin from hiding and Drik and Gorrash would pounce him and kill him before he could deal the final blow. Enya was left poisoned, nearly dead from blood loss, and paralyzed, but she was alive and that’s all that mattered.
After this attack she would contact her father the steward and he would send out two bodyguards for her, ‘V’ and ‘Francis’ these were highly skilled observer type guards, Inquisitors and they were very keen at hunting assassins. Additionally the same order sent Mr. T and Chuck Norris, two other Inquisitors to guard Isabeau the other heir to the throne of the elves.
Drik and Enya would fly off the rest of the journey to Ironforge and Enya would stay in the relatively safe mansion that Drik’s has in Gnomeragon Alley in the dwarven city of Ironforge, and Muralis would help the caravan make the rest of the journey to Ironforge.
Drik’s plans were stopped short as he and the other heroes would be summoned back to the school to partake in the house cup competition. This was to determine which team would be sent to the world cup. The world cup was a mercenary school competition that was held each year to set the entrance price into the school. The top school earned the right to earn the top dollar for student tuition. Each successive finisher would earn slightly less rights to charge high tuition. So it was important that Arch-Morgon won this world cup, as it has never lost.
The heroes went about determining how to defeat the other two houses, but learned through their investigations that the other two houses did not intend to fight against them. The neutral house wanted to remain anonymous and felt that the Grimaldee heroes would have an advantage fighting demons because of their different skills with undead and demons. They offered to assist by clearing traps and keeping ghosts within the haunted mansion away. Vincent had already made a deal with Ventrassa to ensure that Ventrassa wouldn’t try to win house colors for at least 2 years after Vincent graduates, and Ventrassa intended to honor that agreement because of all of the items that they gained by being able to take the submarine on the Ivory tower recovery of lost items mission. An Ivory tower was destroyed in the southern city when a dragon fought the paladin lord who lived there. The paladin was one of the true emperor’s original loyal guards, and the southern city was also oriental in style as refugees from Tian Za were relocated there. Anyways, after the tower was destroyed, the Ivory order hired Arch-Morgon to recover anything of value from the wreckage, Grimaldee agreed to allow Ventrassa to go on the mission and utilize the submarine for the recovery of these items. So this agreement is what allowed Vincent to ensure victory at the house cup competition. Regardless, the Grimaldee team defeated 11 major demons in an awesome display of skill and it ended up being a simple task for the Grimaldee heroes.
This is the short version of about 25 games in total, but will allow me to post detailed entries on a weekly basis going forward. I will also probably post some discussion about a few of the more interesting games and plot twists that are either happening or have happened, just because this quick overview doesn’t do those games / plot items justice.
Thank you for reading. Happy trails.