Dreams of the Nightshard

First session

In which I shamelessly railroaded you bastards…

Himaaja rolls into town, following Yolando Notcalrissian at the behest of his father, to protect – within bounds of Himaaja’s own safety – the poor idiot. Yolando and two of his buddies – Carl (Marks), a dwarf, and Levi, a tiefling, all complete morons – sign up for some mining work to assess the value of a newly discovered vein, and Himaaja joins them to fulfill his mission. Prolyxa and Jovian happen to sign up for the same assignment.

Yolando and the idiots, along with Prolyxa and Himaaja head to the Red Light Bar and Restaurant for some entertainment. Himaaja is recognized by the bartender and asked to leave, which he does grudgingly. After paying homage to Melora (i.e. tries to get with Brie, the priestess of Melora after which he has lusted for years; unfortunately she was very ill and could not see him), Jovian is ready to measure the worth of Waucheega’s newest vein of ore, and seeks out his newfound allies (or rather, colleagues).

Everyone heads on out to the mine, and start working on the new gold vein. The tunnels start to collapse, killing Yolando and the idiots instantly, leaving Jovian, Prolyxa, and Himaaja in the tunnels with a strange glowing blue light. A rift emanating the sound of battle has opened up to another plane of existence. Six insectile demons are thrown through the rift and menace the heroes, who dispatch of them easily. So terrified of his foes, one demon hurls himself to his death through the rift rather than face them.

Jovian, Prolyxa, and Himaaja rapidly begin to feel woozy after the battle. A planar wind, hot and sulfurous, pours through the rift and over their bodies, sickening them. Jovian sees a vision of waves and autumn leaves swirling about him, the essence of the hunter hidden in every movement and the power of nature pumping through his veins; Prolyxa feels an overwhelming urge to reveal the arcane secrets of the universe, a song of discovery filling her heart; Himaaja sees a vision of platinum dragon scales enclosing him like a constrictor snake, an ineffable sadness of his past actions overtakes him, and a compulsion for justice floods his mind.

They awake from their visions with strange new powers and equipment given to them by their gods. They immediately collapse in exhaustion as a rescue team, headed up by Baron Taulfinn himself, breaks into the tunnel.

Three days later, they awake in Waucheega’s infirmary in the basement of Baron Taulfinn’s estate. Taulfinn informs the party they have effectively saved the town – by slaying the demons who were coming through the rift, they very likely destroyed a reconnaissance team from “the other side.” Although three miners – the idiots – died in the accident, three – Jovian, Prolyxa, and Himaaja – survived and saved the town, leaving Taulfinn no choice but to pardon many (but not all) of Himaaja’s past crimes against Waucheega, and to hold a feast in their honor. They are shown to their guest rooms – plush, glorious rooms with velvet tapestries and thick rugs, the sort of comfort only a halfling can truly appreciate. Himaaja takes a brief trip down to the mine to check out the site of the incident.

It appears as if the rift was not fully closed; the rift-room’s walls are glowing blue, as if they were reflecting light, but with no light source.

Himaaja returns to his room for rest. In the middle of the night, an explosion awakes the heroes. Looking out the window, the characters see dark figures clad in both light and shadow, both fire and ice, swarming across the town; the figures break into homes and drag families into the street and toward the mines. The heroes begin to leave the estate only to be confronted by a team of devils – not demons – blocking their path. Somewhere in the back of Prolyxa’s mind, a half-remembered story is itching to break free.

Something about a war between demons and devils.

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Character backgrounds

Here’s a quick rundown of the character creation meetup we had the other day.

Sara is playing Prolyxa Aloutta, a soon-to-be bard. Known to be talkative, and a distant descendant of a famous halfling family, the Brandywines, she is in possession of a very thorough genealogical history of her family. Her little sister, Terran Aloutta, works in the brothel, the Red Light Bar and Restaurant in Waucheega. Her immediate family hates the fact that Terran is a working girl, and takes their anger out on Prolyxa, who attemps to be the family diplomat, for not talking her out of it. While Prolyxa doesn’t care about her sister’s profession, she does care about her family being pissed at her all the time, and takes her family drama out on Lil’ John.

Aaron is playing Little John, a goliath barbarian from the Frozen North. He works as a miner full time, but also works as a bouncer for the Red Light Bar and Restaurant in Waucheega for a little extra cash (and booty) on the side. He is a regular customer of Jovian’s during the summer, having a fondness for freshly slaughtered meat. He deals with racism every day in town, being a member of one of the “savage” races that threaten Waucheega semiregularly, but everyone who knows him knows that Lil’ John’s allegiances lie with whomever has the freshest pussy and the freshest venison – which happens to be Waucheega. Lil’ John harbors a minor crush on Yalicia, and thinks Prolyxa is being overprotective whenever Prolyxa takes her anger out on him. Lil’ John has a fondness for partying and getting in trouble, which will likely rub Himaaja the wrong way.

Nathan is playing Jovian, a hunter who makes a good living in the summer hunting venison in the mountains near Waucheega and near the Hunter’s Screen outside of Waucheega, mining for the town in the winter when it’s too cold to hunt. Baron Von Schteuybin killed Jovian’s father years ago during a failed revolt. Due to Waucheega’s proximity to the Frozen North, and due to its history with barbaric invaders, Nathan is distrustful of goliaths, although his best customer in town (Lil’ John) happens to be one.

Mik is playing a silver Dragonborn Paladin named Himaaja Uroboros Winterheath. Himaaja once lived in Waucheega where, after reaching adulthood, he was stationed as a bodyguard for Baron von Schteuybin, unaware of the evils perpetrated against the serfs. Even when he discovered von Schteuybin’s true colors, Himaaja stayed his post, convinced his devotion to his clan’s orders meant silencing his convictions. When the revolt that killed [Jovian’s father] occurred 17 years ago, Himaaja made a pact to his dying friend to protect his son, Jovian, from harm. In the weeks that followed, Himaaja struggled with his conflicting values of duty and righteousness, and was forced out of town as Baron Leopold Taulfinn overthrew the regime. Years passed as Himaaja wandered the borderlands of the Frozen North; too proud to return to his birthhome of Niffel, and too ashamed to assume his duties to his honor-bound. Two weeks ago, his father, Lyod, discovered him ‘by chance’ in Viphex, a seedy wilderness town: drunk, disheveled, and one snide comment away from being thrown out on his ass. In other words, Lyod found his son in a deep state of opprobrium. Lyod admonished him and gave him an ultimatum: redeem himself in the eyes of the clan or face death. He instructed Himaaja to follow and report back on a stranger, a human named Dion Yarville, who seemed to be a perfectly ordinary beggar…bound for Waucheega. By the time Himaaja realized Lyod had tricked him into facing his past by returning to this forsaken town it was too late to turn back.

As of yet, he has had no contact with Prolyxa, Lil’ John, or Jovian, so his interactions with them are not well defined, but he is known to be irritated by talkative folk (i.e. Prolyxa), is strongly honor bound so will likely be trying to persuade Lil’ John closer toward the “Lawful Good” end of the spectrum, meeting resistance every step of the way. Finally, since Himaaja feels responsible for Jovian’s upbringing (and was not there for most of it), he is uneasy around the man, and can be unreasonably critical of his decisions, as if he were judging himself, not another.

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Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

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