Calrunia

Druid & Disorderly

We find our Adventurers recovering from long days in the catacombs at a tavern in Calrunia’s university district. Omzal busies himself at the games table. He lucks out and wins the pot much to the distain of a to-do young man. Falling just short of the obvious social tact, Omzal slips a coin into the young man’s hand. Predictably offended by the gesture, the man huffs and begins to speak his offense; just as predictably, Omzal cartwheels away from the confrontation. He wanders over to Hadari and Navaira’s* booth table to find the two silently brooding about their party’s choice of after-adventure venue. Meanwhile Jaquil sips quietly at the bar scoping out the place and noticing that the offended young man has a face sourly in need of slapping and probably a pocket ripe for picking.

Also at the bar, Sezim drinks like a fish. Once she is properly sloshed, Sezim recounts heavily biased tales of of her derisively monikered acquaintance ‘the blind-one’ to the bartender. The two strike up something of a rapport and the bartender offer’s her a story about the university’s headmistress gaining a new rabbit just as a rival scholar disappears.

As the tavern’s musicians change sets and the lack of lute music hushes the crowd, Jaquil’s ears prick. From the rooms above she hears the staccato tones of an argument. Moments later everyone in the tavern is startled by the sound of screams and a hard thump on the road outside. Just out the window there is woman laying akimbo on the road. Her eyes stare blankly into the gathering darkness of the evening.

Our druids join the panicked rush of people moving out of the tavern to further investigate. Jaquil moves smoothly to the top of the stairs to survey the ongoings there. Hadari, reluctant to entangle himself but seeing the crowd’s lack of direction and inclination to oooh and ahhh at the body of the woman outside, marches into the doorway and works to reestablish order. Omzal makes himself comfortable inside the tavern checking the quality of the various meals scattered across the tables.

Outside a shrouded figure appears from the end window of the tavern’s upper-story and tumbles gracefully unto the adjacent roof. The figures hastes away. Navaira races off in the figure’s direction with Sezim following a few paces behind clumsy with drink.

The figure dips and turns and tumbles from roof to roof with stunning agility. Navaira catches Sezim’s eyes and it is unspoken, though instantaneously clear, this hooded reprobate will not get away. The two run in tandem, steps synced. Sezim’s face begins swelter and blur, her body shudders wildly and when her eyes open after a long blink, she has eight rather than two. Her legs are long and hairy and she trips and rolls before she can stand in her giant spider form.

With a grace honed by adrenaline and sobriety Navaira jumps onto Sezim’s back and they give the figure chase. The figure looses an arrow, but its aim is fraught. Navaira draws her bow and pulls its loaded string taught for a long moment. The figure falters as the arrow punches through the flesh of its leg. Our druids stand a rooftop away from the figure whose hands now ignite with an unearthly glow. As their hearts pound with anticipation, the figure motions rapidly and vanishes.

The druids return to the tavern to the shock and dismay of people on the street. They to find that Jaquil and Hadari have made a thorough inventory of the body and the constabulary have arrived. Sezim returns to her half-elf form and promptly vomits up the pints of beer on the closest guard. Exasperated by the very nature of adventuring, the constabulary inform our Adventurers that until the crime is solved they are the main suspects.

The constabulary leave and the Adventurers reluctantly begin to unravel the murder. The fallen woman is of the wealthy merchant class, brunette, half elf, and was wearing some kind of weighty pendant before her death. The bartender divulges that the room from which the woman fell is often used for business amongst one of Calrunia’s crime syndicates. Our Adventurers find nothing of note in the room and decided to call it a day. Omzal is kind enough to share the room he rented at the tavern while the rest of the party was out.

*prev. referred to as Druid!Hermione

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"In the clearing, but not in the clear"

At the end of a grueling day of catacomb searching our Adventurers make camp in the aforementioned druidic nest. As they search the well-made, though spartan, furniture in the home they discover a number of puzzling artifacts. They find a simply bound book written in a script that Jaquil expertly reveals to be code. They also find an alchemist’s table. There is no experiment on the table, nor any other clue as to what this anonymous druid would seek to do. [Omzal finds a bright blue potion and takes a swig. Side effects as yet unknown.]

Further investigation of the druid’s home leads to the discovery of a narrow antechamber. The chamber is narrow, short, and featureless except for its unfathomably high ceiling.

As the night draws on the lady Adventurers take watch. Roscoe busies himself deciphering the coded book half through the night, but only manages to crack a few words of no import. Omzal falls into a near instant sleep complete with ground-shaking snoring. On the final watch Jaquil hears a rumbling high-pitched screech from above. She wakes the party and they trace the noise to the antechamber.

From behind the antechamber door appears an angry Rothilium (see character page). He is channeling magic and threatening to smite our Adventurers where they stand for their audacity in trespassing into his home and into the catacombs. Our Adventurers somehow manage to convince him to spare their lives—but not without first perplexing him with their ability to speak Ancient Elvish (Druid!Hermione) and revealing their relationships Nicosenye and Ironside.

These relationships, our Adventurers find later, are dangerous subjects in Rothilium’s company.

Rothilium takes our Adventurers up the magic elevator (the source of the rumbling and noise) where he claims they will meet with his siblings. He does nothing to assuage their feelings of discomfort or peril, rather continuously threatens easy violence against them. Long moments into the elevator ride, when it is clear that Omzal will not be getting the desired chuckle out of Rothilium and Druid!Hermoine will not be allowed to make deeper study of the runes below their feet, everything becomes suddenly still. Silent. Gray.

A sweating Nicosenye appears, arms outstretched with great effort as though he is a struggling to pull a ship from the vast maw of the sea. He speaks with our Adventurers between the planes. He warns them not to trust their ears and not to hasten their deaths at the hands of the “siblings”. He vanishes and reality continues as though it has not been interrupted.

At the top of the elevator our Adventurers find themselves in a glen. The sounds of nature replace the mechanic echoes of the elevator. The surrounding wood is verdant, though unfamiliar. Rothilium blindfolds the party and leads them for an hour until they come to the edge of Calrunia, into the druidic wood. His siblings-two elven women and an elven man- stand before them. The siblings explain the severity of the Adventurer’s transgression in entering the catacombs and the absurdity of their quest to find the sword.

The siblings vow to spare our Adventurers’ lives if, and only if, they report back the whereabouts of Nicosenye. The saffron monk apparently acts as quite a thorn in their collective sides, and accordingly must be dealt with. The siblings reveal their anti-human sentiments as well as their plan to restore balance to nature.

Ever in a hurry to incur self-inflicted misfortune, Omzal steps forward to the siblings and pledges to “do whatever they want” if he may be dismissed from their presence. Internally smirking, one of the siblings takes his hand and marks it with an elven tree—a sign that Omzal is sworn carry out his words to them. Havoc accomplished, the party is allowed to leave.

Jaquil, Sezim, and Omzal head to a bar to pursue drink, games, and gold. Meanwhile Roscoe and Druid!Hermione head to the library to further investigate the charter between the siblings and Calrunia, the codes, and the sword.

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Catacomb Crawl

Our Adventurers begin working down Ironside’s chore list, starting with locating the Sword of Alliah. This quest brings them deep beneath the roads of Calrunia into ancient Elven catacombs. The Adventurers run into Nicosenye, the saffron monk, who informs them of sword’s power and its ability as a ‘key’. He leaves the mystery of what the sword opens before vanishing.

The Adventurers continue around the forsaken hallways of the catacombs and encounter a Kuo-Toa (“Stan”) riding a giant Komodo dragon. The battle is somewhat reluctantly fought—our Adventurers feeling out their loyalties to one another and to their quest. The Adventurers’ victory is short lived as a band of goblins appear through the next door. Blood now churning through our Adventurer’s veins, the goblins are quickly disposed. Both the Kuo-Toa and the goblins bear a red arm band.

Our Adventurers walk through a spacious, albeit musky, room. Four large pillars stand in the room each bearing a manicured strip of moss on the same side. Upon investigation the moss is fresh, druidic, and of the same strain as that found in the lands of the Druids that make their home in Calrunia.

Through a vast archway the Adventurers find the home of a Druid. The inside of this wooded nest is lit with a bio-fluorescence (natural for Druidic homes) and the Adventurers find materials of the same make as the armbands of their former adversaries. The owner of the home has yet to appear…

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Adventure Begins! [Parade]

A beutiful morning rises on Calrunia. The city is celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the end of the Orc invasion.

Our Templest Cleric prays to their god and win overwhelmingly the skirmish competition. Our monk and rogue enter into the tumbling/acrobatis confirmation and end up in last place due to some shenangans on the part of the rogue within sight of the finish line.

The Ranger wins the Archery competition and our Druid broods on the sidelines.

City protector: Ironside Vanguard gives a rousing speech to a gracious crowd. But it is clear that he’s hiding something behind a brave face.

The party is sent summons at the end of the first day of festivities to meet with none other than Ironside himself.

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