Bag O’ Bones – “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Orcs?”
The first adventure saw the basis for The Redeemers established. In light of the apathetic response of the townsfolk to the orc problem the new-formed party decided to do something pro-active. They knew where to find a holy artefact and some wealth in the forms of jewels in a temple to Eiarn, the dwarven creation deity. Once there they found the land had been scoured with an evil protected by a magical gem…which they initially attempted to take for themselves. Replacing it they were greeted by the angelic form of a saint that had fallen into obscurity. Marie Silverhammer was a member of the Order of the Shimmering Blades and was locked in a many year conflict with a powerful necromancer. In return for keeping the knowledge of the temple alive she gifted them all broaches with her blessing upon them. They returned victorious. The next problem they sought to deal with was arming the scattered few civilians left. To deal with this they contacted the local blacksmith who asked for a magical gem to help him operate his forge. To do this they travelled into the noble district on the hopes a wealthy person had used a similar gem to heat their home. This introduced them to the first hint of the Tempests influence as part of the noble district was sealed under a large hill sprung right out of the surroundings themselves. The house they entered had a clearly magically influenced tree in the middle piercing the roof outwards. With brilliant planning they navigated and negotiated the various plant-life eventually coming face-to-face with a dryad. The dryad was clearly severely distraught and confused after a life stuck inside the containment of a city. She asked that they take her to a greener surrounding and in return she would get the gem for them thus saving them the danger of the upper floors. She transferred herself into the shoot of the large tree and they took her with some soil out to nearby portion of the Lost Woods. On the way to the woods they gave the gem to the blacksmith who agreed to make as many weapons as they needed for free but he would be able to go quicker if he had some weapons to simply repair. Upon returning after the planting they informed Altaira about the dryad and she rushed off quite flustered to commune with the creature.
To supply the smith with weapons they rather hap-hazardly gained the whereabouts of an old abandoned barracks from the last war. Upon arriving outside it they managed to read the name Goldenheart on the outside in old script…and a simplistic threatening sign written by kobolds. Inside they found evidence of a kobold gang and a trapped one too. They let him out to find out that the kobolds had been taken over by a trogolodyte and he had kicked up some complaints so got locked up. This is Malx. They slew the gang and the trogolodyte leader to find the weapons kept in an armoury. Upon entering they were faced with an earth elemental that had pierced through the stone slabs of the floor. Scattering hot coals over it and striking it several more times the elemental was defeated and they got some magical weaponry in return. However there was one unresolved issue, the troglodytes pet. Warrick took it upon himself to try and save the defenceless animal. Take note; never ever be nice to animals. It mauled Malx, nearly killed Warrick until a timely intervention from the wizard. They rushed back to put the kobold in care and the Tengu rushed on to get Altaira to return and heal the afflicted reptilian humanoid. Finally they prepped the town for an all out attack. They set up barricades and traps throughout the town, getting the people of Bag O’ Bones into the inn. Seeing the war band had not arrived yet the party set out to a nearby watch tower. Staying there for the evening they observed the war band draw in to set-up outside the town. They returned to see the war band had set-up a large tent. There was a parlay and the party represented the town. This is when they found out about the disturbance in the Unwary Swamps.
Skippin’ Stone – “Skippin’ Stone Confidential”
A cloaked figure is always suspicious. Sadly more so is a kobold. Being a kobold being cloaked was the better alternative. However trouble brewed when Warrick decided to ingratiate himself with the underground of the town. This brought the suspicious small reptile into closer and closer scrutiny and suspicion. Eventually all of this collided with a dramatic theft of a bag of gold, followed by the summary arrest of the two bandits the next day. With the tengu and the kobold being interviewed Elliam sprung into action trying to relieve their plight with a testimony given using a magical disguise. Warrick (not privy to the mages plans) decided to exchange information for their freedom just as Elliam came to the rescue as a witness. They were let free after giving specific information about the Black Hand Gang who had hired them to commit the robbery. Throughout all this mischief and mayhem they paid the bail for a group of sea-faring orcish nomads. On the right side of the law Elliam was researching the Tempest as best he could and also trying to secure a boat for them which ended up being an unnecessary goal as the freed orcs had a vessel. In doing his research he passed on the tale of Marie Silverhammer to one of the Forgemaster temple priests.
Unwary Swamps – “Into the Heart of Darkness”
On their way across the lake, Cloudburst, Malx went above deck while Elliam and Warrick stayed below. Looking into the water Malx saw that clearly at some point there was a city here before The Tempest rained over it for nearly a month. As the day drew in and the swamp came into view they were set upon by a gang of boggarts riding crocodiles (one of great size). One-by-one the redeemers were captured in nets and one of their orc companions was felled in the skirmish and the boat torn about by the massive croc. They woke up in a rather grim circumstance. Covered head to toe in a sickly reddish-brown, in a sandy bottomed pit, watched by a boggart priest performing some kind of foul ritual. It was whilst escaping a tangle of cave-fishers that the ritual came to completion and the dark boggart croc god came to the surface. The fight became more and more desperate as the croc snapped at cave fisher and party alike. Eventually they pulled themselves out of the creatures reach just in time to see the priest come tumbling into his own ritual fire. A squadron of malformed lizardfolk (Bloodscales) were attacking nay exterminating the boggarts one by one. While the party brawled briefly they stayed their hand at the fights end as they were clearly not the intended targets of either side. Eventually all the lizardfolk and boggarts lay dead and the party rested briefly. It became apparent that the orcs wanted revenge for the death of their companion, brother, on the ship. So the party decided today was a good day to kill a god. Finding the components for the priest’s ritual they summoned the croc god into a trap. The floor was laid with punji sticks in the sand and the croc bombarded with fragile flasks of oil. With the help of the Orcish champion Lorgavv they managed to best the croc with Lorgavv nearly eaten by the god. Whilst an important distraction it was still a minor one as they boarded the lizardfolks’ war canoes and travelled deeper into the swamp. They came upon an odd structure of land, with the bloodscale village at the forefront, a ring surrounding a bubbling pool of a deep red ichor. It was a tough battle trying to get through the village with a direct confrontation with the fiendish chieftain. With the lizardfolk slain they moved on and over the pool and descended into the cave like depths in the centre. In here they found a river of ooze from which mephits emerged to sling spells at the party. Once the mephits were bested the final confrontation awaits. A water elemental corrupted by the ichor of a devil king struck out at the party as they approached. The battle was long but with many blows exchanged, each one ridding the elemental of a layer of the thick ooze. Eventually the ooze completely left the elemental that struck back against the defiling ooze in the swampland around them.
Skippin’ Stone/Bag O’ Bones – “The Sins of our Children”
Upon returning to Skippin’ Stone the party learned of several events that had occurred while they were yachting. The Orcish army had been enrolled into the defenders to fight back a new threat of sudden goblin attacks upon the farmland south of Hewntown, which revealed a growing army of fiends. However other rumours persisted which interested the party much more. There had been a raid upon the Seagall clan. Warrick raced over to find the place in tatters and a very angry Cawld. He said the Black Hand Gang had come to find him or his family, Cawld then directed them onwards to either save himself or his own family. What proceeded was a mad dash across the countryside by horse. Warrick in a moment of madness, stupidity or fear tried to stop his companions from following by attempting to blind the kobold. They arrived to find Bag O’ Bones in a similar state as the rest of Thrun, ruined. Houses had been destroyed and in the eerie silence only one note played through, a harmonica in the inn. Warrick (in slowing his allies) arrived first on the scene and almost knowingly strode into the ambush. The fight was long and bloody, a sorcerer was knocked out quickly but the were-rats and dark stalker proved a tough fight of flanking and interchanging blows. With a moment to catch their breath after the battle Warrick searched his family home to find one of his brothers pinned to a wall with daggers. The interrogation of the gnome was bloodless but his life was certainly at stake. He told them mixed clues of the creature that rampaged through the town. After a little more conversing they marched him through to the temple district where they believed the town folk had fled to. Arriving at ‘temple hill’ they were ambushed by a massive shambling mound of mud, bark and vines. This fight very nearly claimed Malx’s life but thankfully his allies did the upmost to destroy the creature. After the fight the door to the temple of Eiarn (where Warrick and Elliam had been before) was opened and the party hurried inside, Warrick stayed outside hiding hoping to disassociate himself with the town and build a fake cover of him being dead. The entire population of the town was inside with members of the Order of the Shimmering Blade trying to heal them. Warrick’s father Cawlth was propped up on an altar, a handprint burning deep into his chest a blackened fluid bubbling away. He passed on some gasped words at which point Elliam dashed outside to cast invisibility on Warrick so he could share the last few minutes of his father.