Drakkenhall Blues

Session briefing, March 19th, 2017

Last Session
The group successfully accomplished Galina Myre’s request to deal with Tarius Rolle. Uncovering that Tarius was a demon and bringing him to Ordo Aurum was a win.

The group is now investigating a tower outside of town, which has fallen into disrepair, again at Galina’s request. The group encountered an Ogre Mage. After a fight, the ogre mage teleported away as it reached 0 health.

Olaf
1. Last night, you had an unusually vivid dream about being buried alive. Somehow you feel you are listening in to another’s dream.
2. [Back at town] Soup Kitchen (when back in town). Bungo Chubb, a halfling cook, will cook for the soup kitchen for a place to stay.

Bastable
1. The Red Sashes conflagration with the Lamplighters is getting worse. Red Sashes are out in force and have taken to roughing up establishments thought to be sympathetic to the Lamplighters.

Kassam
1. Paperwork for your holding at the Pythoness House now is moving through bureaucratic channels normally, thanks to Galina Myre’s sponsorship.
2. [Back at town]. You have an invitation to a party at the town manor of Baroness Zinaida Volonskaya, a minor Hightower family. You’re not sure why.

Zeratul
1. Falling Leaf dojo will have their annual tournament next week. You are invited to participate in the novice division.
2. You think you are being followed in town. You haven’t noticed anyone in particular; maybe it’s just paranoia.

Xeno Strange
1. You wake up on an altar inside a magic circle. You are chained to table and can’t invoke spells. Have a nice day.
2. Pick two magic items to recover after you are freed. Adventurer tier.
3. Homework. Create three contacts you have in town. Figure out where you live.

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Zeratul journal, entry one
Session 2017-01-29

Well, the day was young. My morning began as it usually did. I was up at 6:00 am to begin my training routine and stretching. I noticed my comrades seemed to lack the same drive to awaken early that I did. After making a breakfast for myself I saw the Sorcerer and the Cop walk down rather slowly. The oaf, I mean Olaf stumbled out still thoroughly tired after 10 hours of sleep. Their souls seemed ready for the day. Bastable informed us of the plan to visit this Politician. Upon our arrival in the square, I took to a position in the rooftops. I saw all the souls of the people in the square. Upon his arrival at the square the day exploded into action. I leapt into action and was delayed by a damned mage and her thugs.

Balanar(name of demon within Zeratul) was awakened when I returned to consciousness. “Hunt the weak, If you get knocked out like a fool again you won’t sleep tonight” I was off. These damned orcs wouldn’t best me. I ran the rooftops like they were a simple wooded path. I saw Bastable sprinting after him on foot. After a while of chasing the bastard down, I saw Bastable had been delayed by some group of Orcs. I snuck past them on the rooftops and continued towards my quarry. I found his ultimate hiding place in a sewer. The perfect place for scum to die. We met up after a bit of clean up from the rest of the group and moved into the sewers. We arrived in chamber occupied by dirty rats. Then the slime showed up. It was more repulsive than Olaf’s eating habits. The damned slime grabbed me and brought me into its clutches, but I was skilled enough to escape. Upon us running from the slime Olaf and I managed to subdue using magic and shurikens. We then arrived at the room where that damned Politician was. We rushed inside, and saw him there tied to a chair. The guards holding him there moved to fight us and we engaged but that damned Politician ran away. Knowing my comrades could handle themselves I heard Balanar speak to me “Chase him, His sun is about set” In a fury at this slimeball I ran after him furious at his false capture. I chased the bastard down in less than 20 seconds and destroyed him in combat. The fool may be able to speak, but he fights like a rabbit facing a bear. We returned to our home and called Kassam’s friend. She spoke briefly to Bastable before I was told to kill the Honey Devil. Damned disgusting cowards. We then rested for the rest of the day. The next day Bastable was given an assignment to investigate this tower out of town. I thought it could be interesting and we headed off. Upon entering the tower, we saw some kobolds spread around the area. I leaped into battle ready to destroy them “These small ones might provide some entertainment” . I was ready to smite them with my furious fists. My strikes seemed to do some damage before out of the shadows more kobolds appeared. They had an ability to disappear from our sight which could be inconvenient. Though the one I was most worried about was the lead kobold. He and his claws seemed very deadly. After some minor difficulties with them Bastable came down with a mighty stroke turning the kobold into a bloody mist of flesh and bone. “I like that one, He’s useful”.

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Olaf's Journal, part nine
Save Olaf’s Soup Kitchen

Oswald was back but acting a little strange. Olaf was half expecting Oswald to come back with orders that they need to walk some ridiculous distance to the middle of nowhere for some stupid bureaucratic errand. Instead, Oswald did not have anything for the team to do. Olaf was happy to continue work on his soup kitchen. The place was gaining some reputation in the area and they had a steady crowd through-out the afternoon. The sad side though was the team was talking as if they were going to lose the Python House. That would mean an end to the soup kitchen.

Kassam had a plan. He said they could keep the Python House if the team ran an errand for the magistrate, Gilina Myer. All they had to do was bring Tarius Rolle, a political activist, to meet with Gilina Myer. They would of course have to find Tarius who didn’t have a known address. The team went to the section of town that Tarius made speeches in and Oswald, Kassam, and Zeratul went to talk to their street contacts. Olaf didn’t have any street contacts but wanted to help find Tarius. He took out a picture they had been given of Tarius. Given Tarius’ stature, it was clear he liked to eat. If someone wanted good portions, decent quality, at reasonable prices in this section of town, there was only one place to go to – Stuff Your Fangs. Olaf headed there immediately to find Tarius, and because it was 2nd lunchtime. Now Tarius wasn’t there but certainly had been there often. Lots of people there knew Tarius and knew he would be in the Fish Market Square later that afternoon for a speech. Olaf headed back to tell the rest of the team, after 2nd lunch of course. Ya know, this police detective stuff wasn’t that hard after all.

The team was waiting in the Fish Market Square for Tarius’ arrival except for Zeratul who was nowhere to be seen. When Tarius did arrive, two thugs jumped out and grabbed him. Other thugs jumped out attacked the crowd throwing Giant Spiders at bystanders. Olaf recognized the spiders as a bread indigenous to Bitterwood. Bitterwood Leapers was their name if recalled correctly and he recalled them being extremely dangerous. Olaf and Kassam started taking down the thugs to clear a path to Tarius. Then it happened. Olaf saw something he’d never seen before. Oswald pulled out a sword and hit one of the thugs. Oswald wasn’t standing behind them giving orders or wildly swinging his sword in the air, but he was actually using his sword to fight. This seemed highly suspicious to Olaf. Perhaps he wasn’t really Oswald. Maybe he was a demon who could disguise himself as a human for an extended duration. No, such demons probably didn’t exist.

Olaf suddenly had bigger problems than whether Oswald was a demon impostor. One of the Bitterwood Leapers bit a young redheaded girl. Memories of Olaf’s ‘Venoms, Poisons, and Other Lethal Substances’ class flashed to his mind. Bitterwood Leapers venom was normally lethal in 72 seconds. There was a boring part of the lecture on all the possible intermediate effects before death that Olaf was trying to fast forward through in his head. He remembered the teacher saying in the end the best possible cure consisted of sucking out the venom from the entry point and then applying a full dose of anti-venom. Olaf bashed one of the thugs out of the way and then went to work to save the redheaded girl. He was well within the 72 seconds and was confident it was working. Even after the 72 seconds, her vitals were still strong. The rest of the team seem to have run off without him. Perhaps they went to their favorite bar. It seemed like a good place to check.

Olaf had enough time for dinner, but sure enough, the rest of the team did show up. They had tracked Tarius’ kidnappers to a sewer entrance. Ugh, more sewers. And of course, there were more nasty creatures in the sewers. Not only were there Dire Rats, but there was a monstrous Gelatinous Tetrahedron. The rest of the team fled leaving Olaf to deal with monster. It took about 20 javelins, but Olaf was able to kill it.

Within the sewers, they found a chamber where the kidnappers were keeping Tarius. The team attacked the kidnappers and were doing pretty well until Oswald changed sides and started attacking the his own team. Olaf suspected Oswald might be a demon imposter again, until he noticed Oswald still couldn’t hit anything with his sword. Only Oswald could swing his sword in the air so much without hurting anything. Before the fight ended, Tarius ran away. Zeratul ran him down and brought him back. It turns out Tarius had been a HoneyDew Demon impostor the whole time. Hey, they do exist.

The deal to keep the Python house was for Gilina to meet with Tarius. So, demon or not, the team setup the meeting with Gilina at the Python house. Once Gilina was convinced the demon was Tarius, we all agreed to destroy the demon. Gilina believed the whole kidnapping was faked just to promote Tarius’ position. Regardless, the job was completed and the deal upheld.

The next day Oswald had new orders for the team. They needed to walk some ridiculous distance to the middle of nowhere for a bureaucratic errand. Olaf was glad to see Oswald was back to normal.

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Olaf’s Soup Kitchen’s Grand Opening

Gang wars were escalating through-out the city, but Oswald was stuck doing paperwork again so they had a couple days off. Olaf needed the downtime to launch a project he’d been working on. Overnight he had placed sign for several blocks announcing his Grand Opening of Olaf’s Soup Kitchen at the Python House. Guessing that many of the near-by residents didn’t read common, he put pictures of food and directional arrows so people could find him. At noon, the food was ready. Kassam was there to “help” but he wasn’t sure Kassam was interested in doing anything other than wasting time. It didn’t matter, Olaf flung open the doors excitedly for his Grand Opening. There weren’t any huge crowds but several people did find their way to the Python House for the attraction of free food. Well, people might be an exaggeration of the term, but most had legs and arms. A slow start was probably best for all involved.

It was a little after mid-afternoon when a human came in. His name was Hirus Feek and was better dressed and groomed than anything that had walked or slithered in prior to his arrival. He was clearly not there for the free food. Hirus was looking for Olaf in that he had a problem he was hoping Olaf could help with. An orphan named Iltamar Shown worked at the armory with Hirus. Hirus treated Iltamar like a son, but recently Iltamar had fallen in with the wrong crowd. Iltamar was attending meetings with a suspicious group called the Brotherhood of Drackenhall. Hirus hoped Olaf could talk to Iltamar and convince him to take a more righteous path. Kassam was franticly waving some sort of no signal, but how could Olaf refuse?

At early evening, Olaf closed up the kitchen and headed out with Kassam. Kassam convinced him to first stop for some additional refreshments that soup kitchen didn’t stock. It was only an hour or so into their short stop that a message was delivered to Olaf. It was an immediate invitation for dinner O’nagens. Olaf studied the wording of the invite. That restaurant was well out of their price range, but the invite clearly implied that they didn’t need to pay for their dinner. They raced out to be certain they didn’t miss such an opportunity.

Kassam and Olaf had dinner with their host Lyra Greenbow, a ranking member of the local Gold Wyrm order. She was intent on discussing with them some uninteresting stories of beasts being mutated by chaos residue in the sewers. Olaf didn’t mind much since the food was fantastic. He could tell even Kassam was impressed with the quality of drinks. As Lyra was speaking she pulled up an extra-large bowl of mashed potatoes. The aroma hit Olaf of the potatoes clearly having been freshly baked and lightly seasoned. Lyra held of the bowl in Olaf’s direction as she continue on about something. Trying his best to contain his drool, Olaf blurted out “Oh, yes definitely!” as he grabbed the bowl of potatoes. He started with his first big scoop when caught the last of Lyra was saying. “Then it is agreed. I’ll expect to have samples and creature descriptions within 3 days.” Olaf was about to go for his second scoop when he heard Kassam glass crash to the floor. Olaf glanced up to catch Kassam face getting redder with rage and heard the very subtle sound of an energy bolt forming under the table pointed in Olaf’s direction. Olaf had done something wrong again and was putting the pieces together fast. He had just accidently agreed to do something. It was something in the sewers, horribly dangerous, and .. and? One more look at Kassam confirmed the final part. Yes, he had just agreed to all of this free of charge.

After several more drinks Kassam once again forgave Olaf. They decided talking Iltamar out of doing something stupid was far more pleasant than going to the sewers, so they sought out Iltamar at a local dive bar. Olaf wondered how to talk Iltamar into doing the right thing. Thinking back to his own childhood, his parents never really talked him out of anything. They always showed him through the examples they set. Maybe Olaf could do the same for Iltamar. So instead of talking Iltamar out of this Brotherhood group, Olaf agreed to go with him. He would show Iltamar who these Brotherhood people really were and break up the cult all at the same time.

They met at the Rat’s Nest at midnight. Iltamar had no problem getting Kassam and Olaf in. Everyone wore cloaks, so blending in wasn’t a problem either. It wasn’t until the local cult leader, Dilar, arrived that things went off plan. Dilar picked out some wood elf who wasn’t supposed to be there. When Dilar went to kill the wood elf, Olaf had to step in. He climbed up on the table, caught his breath, held up his badge and then yelled out “We are the police and you are all under arrest.” Everyone fled except Dilar and 2 of his henchmen. Olaf and Kassam captured them easily. The wood elf, Zeratul, said he could interrogate them and find out the true leaders of the cult. He started to talk to them in some sort of demonic voice, but then struggled as he tried to get hold of himself. As he struggled he blurted out they should leave, so Dilar and his henchmen fled. Not exactly the interrogation Olaf was hoping for. On the bright side, Iltamar was very impressed with Olaf and agreed not to follow any cults anymore. Zeratul, thankful for Olaf and Kassam saving his life, agreed to stay and help them.

Well it couldn’t be avoided forever, the 3 of them went to the sewers. It was horrible, terrifying, and the 3 of them barely escaped with their lives. They got some samples of the numerous chaos beasts so they could call the job done.

The next day Hirus Feek was back at the Python House. He was in distress since Iltamar had been kidnapped during the night. He had bought some divination to locate Iltamar, but needed some heroes to save him. Olaf began to say they would help, when Kassam slammed an energy bolt infused heel into Olaf’s foot. While Olaf reeled in pain, Kassam negotiated their terms. By the time Olaf recovered, Hirus had agreed to provide them with an Epic set of plate mail worth more money than the group had ever seen.

The divination was correct and the located Iltamar at a storehouse behind an abandoned school. The Brotherhood wasn’t there though, it was some sort of field lab were chaos “enhancements” were being made to people. They fought a couple of enhanced people, but the head scientist (Kineny Looth – Surgeon in the Shadows) escaped using a teleport spell. Fortunately, they rescued Iltamar before any chaos magic was done to him.

Olaf went to Hirus Feek’s shop to collect the Epic plate mail. Hirus was almost done with it, but Olaf saw the shiniest set of plate mail he’d ever seen sitting in the display window. He begged Hirus to let him have the shiny plate mail instead of the Epic set. Hirus agreed and gave him his new shiny plate mail. Olaf glowed all the way home.

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Olaf's Journal, part seven
beware of little girls

The group headed out to get some protection from cold ritual and was intercepted by the Crimson Coil gang. They are a Chaos worshipping group lead by Mr. Grumpy-pants who calls himself Watad. Olaf did his best to cheer him up, but had no positive effect at all. Mr. Grumpy-pants wanted us to get him the Chaos weapons in the cellar or he promised he’d kill us all.

Olaf had no intention of handing over evil weapons to Mr. Grumpy-pants so he went to local chapter of the Great Gold Wyrm. Previously, he hadn’t been showing his face at any Great Gold Wyrm functions, but it was time to start making some changes. He explained this situation with Mr. Grumpy-pants to the Gold Wyrm members and they promised they’d help.

Kassam was nowhere to be found (off drinking?) but the rest of the team cast the protection from cold ritual and swam through the underground water to the locked door. There was an Elvish riddle on the door, but Olaf couldn’t figure out the riddle so he just busted open the lock. Inside the room was a 6 headed mechanical Chaos Hydra. Mal and Olaf did their best to fight the Hydra while Oswald supervised. You know, there are some days Olaf wished Oswald would participate in the fights but I guess that isn’t what being a boss is all about. Anyway, the Hydra ripped the party to shreds. Fortunately, Olaf’s mighty power of the Great Gold Wyrm healed the group saving their lives. All the team found was some weapons that were imbued with Chaos magic. Olaf guessed that those were the Chaos weapons.

A Chaos cult member showed up to collect the weapons but we refused to give it to him. Then the Great Gold Wrym knights showed up and took us and the weapons to safety. My Grumpy-pants plans were foiled!

With rest and some down time, Oswald started to work out their next mission. Roric Gagarin had died (murdered?) and the local gang members were starting to engage in open war. Mal went to the mortician’s house to find out if Roric had been murdered. There was no evidence of murder but Mal seems to be a lot happier when he returned. Olaf wasn’t sure what Mal’s thing was for dead bodies. Despite no foul play, Oswald offered the group’s services to end the gang wars. No word back on that.

The group signed up to retrieve the coffin and dead daughter of a prominent Shivvel merchant named Linch Cran. Olaf didn’t like anyone who promoted Shivvel, but at least the mission seemed honest and kind-hearted. The team swam down to the wreckage of the ship where the coffin and dead daughter were supposed to be. There were some Sahuagin looting the ship. Olaf tried to parley with them but wasn’t even sure they spoke common since they just immediately attacked. The team subdued one of them and let the other swim away.

The group followed the trail of wreckage to an underground cave. When they came up out of the water, 4 thugs and 2 guards immediately attacked the party. How rude. The thugs and the guards had to be subdued. On the bright side, there were some slaves there that were happy to meet Olaf. The coffin was there too, but the dead girl had escaped it. Olaf didn’t realize it, but that was just the first bad sign.

The team followed the trail of the dead girl through the caves. When they found her, she was sad and confused. Oswald suggested bringing her to her father would help her. Olaf wanted to point out that she was dead and that seemed like a significant point Oswald was missing. Oswald just reassured Olaf that bringing her to her father would help her. Olaf was always impressed at the kindness in Oswald’s heart. So the party walked her over to Linch Cran’s office. That’s when everything went wildly wrong. Linch was horrified his daughter was undead (understandable, not sure why Oswald didn’t see that coming). The daughter sprouted claws and fangs and then went to rip her father to bits. Not even Olaf saw that coming. Olaf jumped in-between to try to stop the fighting, but Linch’s barbarian bodyguard/girlfriend jumped in front of Olaf to join in the fight. Olaf screamed that everyone needed to get along and offered hugs for everyone, but it didn’t seem to help. Linch freaked out and blasted the group with poison spray that was stronger than anything Olaf has seen before. Mal freaked out and started summoning even more undead. Things got worse from there. The little girl killed her father and the bodyguard. Oswald went to reassure her but did so by telling her that her life was useless now and she would have been better off being destroyed. Not saying Oswald was wrong on that point, but could you think of a worse time to bring it up? She freaked out and tried to kill Oswald so Mal destroyed her (Oswald doesn’t do his own fighting). So in the end, everyone was dead but us. It was so sad Olaf could do nothing but cry.

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Olaf's Journal, part six
exploring the Pythoness House

After the fiasco with the rat men, the team was able to search the ground level. Joyous day! They found what they had been looking for, the kitchen. After all they had been through it was good to see their goal achieved. The horror of the situation didn’t hit Olaf until he opened the cupboard. The place was complete stocked with rat food. Oh God no! There was only one thing Olaf could think of to do in such dire circumstances. He knelt down and prayed.
“Oh mighty Great Gold Wyrm hear our desperate prayer. Our kitchen has no good food in it!”
Just then Olaf thought he heard the faint sound of a cart bell ring in the distance. He ran out of the house and sure enough coming down the street was a pastry cart. Clearly the power of prayer had saved them again. Olaf bought enough pastries to fully stock the kitchen. He was set for hours.

Now you would think that was the end of this journal entry, but for un-comprehendible reasons the team wanted to explore the rest of the house. There was a ladder up and a staircase up. Since the ladder didn’t look like it could hold Olaf, they took the stairs. And you know what they found … more stairs. After those stairs all they found was another ladder. The team insisted on going forward, so with 3 ropes attached to Olaf and the rest of the team pulling Olaf managed to climb upwards. It was a lot of work, but after climbing up they looked around and found MORE GODDAMN STAIRS. They went up and up and up until they couldn’t go any higher so they found a trap door to a tower to go even higher. Olaf hoisted his teammates up through the trap door and then passed out on the floor for a while.

After the team felt they had full explored the house, they rested on the ground level. From the ground level they found a secret passage to an underground cellar. The cellar was abnormally cold. Good for storing meats and ice cream. Normally the cold didn’t bother Olaf, but cellar led to an underground ice pool. There was some sort of cavern with a magical door on the other side of the pool. Olaf enjoyed swimming, but swimming through water in sub-zero temperatures to work out how to unlock a magically door in a sub-zero room seemed a little suicidal. Instead the team decided to get some magically protection against cold.

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Olaf's Journal, part five
Garados goes down

What a terrible dream Olaf was having. His own friend was repeatedly kicking him. Wait, it wasn’t a dream and Kassam was kicking him. He was saying something about that Olaf had to get up. Yes, that was definitely it, the pieces were coming to him. Oswald was back, ok. Kassam had told Oswald they had identified the head of the Seekers of the Lost cult – Garados. That and the group identified that Garados was almost finished constructing a monster zombie capable of destroying the whole town. Olaf knew all this already but was still trying to get his head around why he needed to wake up. Oswald and Kassam seemed insistent on heading out and saving the town, BEFORE LUNCH. Insane, but it seemed Olaf had little choice in the matter.

As they approach the emporium, Olaf started planning. Perhaps one of the group would use some necromantic object to pretend to be from a different cult. Then that person could infiltrate the Seeker and gain their trust. By working their way up the chain of command, they could learn all of Garados’s dark evil plans. Olaf thought it was a brilliant plan, but Oswald only chuckled a little as that approached the emporium. Then Oswald kicked down the door and shouted, “Police! Garados you’re under arrest!” Hmm, I guess that plan could work too.

The team searched the emporium and found a secret door leading down a long spiral staircase. Olaf was a little uneasy climbing down all of those stairs. Not because of the darkness, powerful negative energy, or horrible stench, rather Olaf couldn’t stop thinking that he might need to climb up all those stairs to get out of here. The team assured him that there must be some kind of ramp out of this place they were going.

Once at the bottom, the team tried all the safe looking passages but unfortunately Garados wasn’t in any of them. Finally they went down the incredibly stinky passage. It lead to a room with a garbage pit. Olaf was trying to determine if the stench was coming from the garbage pit when from out behind an illusionary wall charged 3 zombies. One of the zombies was pushing an oversized wheelbarrow. How odd. The zombie with wheelbarrow charged into Olaf knocking him into it. At first Olaf this was quite pleasant since he’d been looking for an opportunity lay down after all that walking, but quite rudely the zombie dumped him garbage pit. Even worse, there was a ghoul in the garbage pit. You would think Olaf friends would have helped him out with defeating all these undead, but instead Oswald kept shouting out instructions to everyone. I guess that’s why he’s the boss. Anyway, Olaf was much more concerned about how he was going to get out of the pit. After the undead were destroyed, they lowered him a rope. Then another rope. Then a third rope. With the 3 ropes securely around him, Olaf “climbed” out of the pit. The whole ordeal was exhausting, so Olaf thought they should stop for lunch, but no, they had to continue on to find and stop Garados.

They continued to lab where they found the zombie golem already operational. So why did Olaf have to delay his lunch? There was some undead and also something that looked like Garados, but was actually his familiar. So Olaf summoned the power of the Great Gold Wyrm to have him, Kassam, and Mal defeat the undead, golem, and the familiar while Oswald stood around and gave everyone instructions. With that, they finally they stopped for lunch.

Garados was long gone by the time they finished lunch, so the team packed up and headed back to Drackenhall. Kassam had “won” a house back in Drackenhall, and the team wanted to setup in their new home. Now even Olaf knew that Kassam winning anything was pretty fishy, but owning a home meant the group had somewhere comfy to stay, so Olaf was willing to go with it for now. Unfortunately, the house was inhabited by some cute-looking rat men. Olaf wanted to make friends, but Oswald did the whole, we’re the police and you have to leave thing. It didn’t seem to work. Olaf wasn’t sure they even spoke common. They blasted Olaf with wands and rifles and things got a little blurry after that. After Olaf was revived, the team told him the arrest didn’t go well and many of the rat men committed suicide. Poor rat men. Clearly they needed a warm hug.

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Session Five Prep
Prep for October 4, 2015 meeting

Group advances to level two.

After dispatching Arlissa Thent at the Lamplighter’s Guild building, you have compelling evidence that Garados is the ring leader of the Seekers of the Lost.

Garados is the patriarch of the Kessmir family. He owns a shop called the Relic Hunter’s Emporium. Like many Lamplighter’s, he is an undistinguished graduate of the Arcanists of the Hidden Veil, one the town’s three arcane schools.

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Olaf's Journal, part four
Don't get between me and my meals

The next afternoon Olaf rolled out of bed to get ready for work. To his surprise, Oswald had already left having to some “important” paperwork. The string of arrests they were doing was clearly making a good impression. Oswald left a note instructing them to continue the investigation into the Seekers of the Lost cult. Kassam and Olaf gave each other a look and a smile. They knew several bars they could continue to look for clues. The first priority was mid-day meal.

They headed downstairs and ran into Thurrock, Olaf’s old classmate from his nobility classes. How had Thurrock found him? Oh yes, Olaf forgot he had lost his mask. Well Olaf didn’t like being found out, but Thurrock was a friend and a good guy. Olaf introduced Kassam and Mal Kashar to Thurrock. Olaf noticed that Thurrock was a little disturbed by Mal Kashar. Upon further questioning, it wasn’t that Mal Kashar was dead and still walking around. Olaf had seen Mal Kashar get killed and it still bothered him a bit that Mal was walking around after that. That didn’t seem to phase Thurrock though. Thurrock seemed put off by the fact that Mal Kashar regularly summoned Undead and wielded the unholy powers of darkness. Hmm, Thurrock had a good point there. Thurrock always had good points like that. Anyway, Olaf told Thurrock all about being a police investigators and the evil Seekers of the Lost they were tracking down. To Olaf’s surprise, Thurrock actually wanted to do some investigation. This was ruining Olaf’s day off, but again Thurrock had good point they should actually do something about the cult.

The group went to investigate the crypt of Kolm, one of the townspeople that was turned into a zombie. Their investigation did indeed reveal that the crypt was disturbed and someone turned him into a zombie. Olaf had no idea who, but fortunately the guilty person, Lando, revealed himself by ambushing the group. After the ambush, they investigated Lando’s room and found an oversized bag of Oreo’s (finally loot). Olaf continued to investigate Lando’s bed while the rest of the group looked elsewhere.
A couple hours later Thurrock was finally able to wake Olaf and informed Olaf they had note that was very incriminating to Odessa Rilantes at the Lamplighter’s guild. Hmm, that was important and Oswald should do something about that when he got back. Thurrock suggested that he could infiltrated the Lamplighter’s office and gather information. Wow, Thurrock was full of good ideas. Thurrock was successful and setup a secret meeting with Odessa at for 2:30am at a BAR! (Bless you Thurrock.) The meeting was clearly an ambush, which Thurrock was worried about, but Olaf assured him they were experts at being ambushed. The way to beat the ambush was for Olaf, Kassam, and Mal Kashar to slip into the bar as soon as possible and ambush the ambushers. And how would they slip into the bar unnoticed? Olaf, master of disguises, had that covered too. With fake mustaches and long blond wigs, no one would think they were anything more normal patrons at the bar. Thurrock would attend the meeting as bait and the rest of the group would leap out at just the right moment (well maybe step carefully). It was a perfect plan.

And the plan worked pretty well. They were successful at arresting Odessa and all of her employees, but Olaf was very disappointed in the amount of bar snacks there were to confiscate as part of the arrest. All the hiding and disguising had forced Olaf’s to miss his midnight meal. The lack of snacks was becoming a serious issue, but Olaf’s friends insisted they go investigate Odessa office BEFORE dinner. The investigation did reveal that Odessa was reporting into the Garroast, head of the lamplighter’s guild, and that his curio shop was lab where they were build building an unholy monstrosity. With that evidence secure, Olaf’s friends finally conceded to go to dinner. Olaf had just the place, his favorite all-night diner that he’d been visiting every night since he got to Eldolan.

On their way to Olaf’s diner, they ambushed by a two assassins, an unholy caster and a female, elven sniper. How did they possible find the group and how dare they attack BEFORE dinner. Olaf had taken too much today to suffer another delay to his most important meal. There was no time to waste. The caster summoned an unholy army of skeletons, but Olaf summoned the holy power of the Great Gold Wyrm to destroy them. The caster summon an unholy cloud of darkness which Olaf burst through to reach the caster (well took a few steps and panted some). Then Olaf used the strength of the Great Gold Wyrm to bash the caster to the ground. The sniper was also going to be an issue too, so Olaf used the spirit of the Great Gold Wyrm to blow the sniper off the roof. Olaf’s was not going to accept any more delays to dinner. They arrested both assassins. Thurrock took caster into custody, while Kassam let the sniper go in exchange for a date. It didn’t make sense to Olaf, but his stomach was growling too loudly to argue the point. At last, all the obstacles had been cleared between Olaf and his meal.

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Olaf's Journal, part three
session three

The one thing Olaf didn’t expect at having a job is that you have to work a lot. By 3PM his friends were already pushing him out of bed to get ready for the next day. Still, Olaf hadn’t held a job for this long in a while, so he was going to make every effort. He got up, got ready, and greeted his friends in his new mask. It worked perfectly! Not even his friends could recognize him.

Continuing the investigation, Olaf and his friends went to visit Mr. Rain. He was the one that rented the wagon that was used to block one of the exits in the town square attack. Mr. Rain was very friendly and told the group about the 2 people who rented the wagon and said we could find them at the old, abandoned dwarven brewery. The old brewery was rumored to haunted, but fortunately Olaf wasn’t scared of ghosts.

The old brewery unfortunately did not have any beer whatsoever. Olaf had been hoping, but he knew it was a longshot. They did fine the 2 people that rented the wagon and arrested them. As it turns out, the brewery was indeed haunted by a ghost dwarf ghost named Welgard. Olaf and Welgard immediately hit it off as friends. Welgard was distraught since there was no more beer in the brewery. Olaf could understand how that bad was and gave him a big, warm hug, except the hug didn’t work as he past right through the ghost. Welgard didn’t understand. Olaf explained to him that he was actually dead and should move on to the afterlife. Welgard agreed and they departed friends. It’s always good to make new friends even if they’ve already dead.

The 2 wagon renters directed them to Paulos (provides payment for body) and Torso the Dreammaster, at the old theater. This was their base of operations for the Shivvel distribution. On the way to the theater, they met a group of orphans led by young man named Artful Dodger. Artful was very friendly and asked for a donation for the orphans he was helping to support. Olaf gave him what little money he had and Artful thanked him graciously and left. Olaf friends were upset with him again. Apparently they were not as generous with orphans as he was.

A police raid! How exciting. Olaf and his fellow officers, arrested everyone in the entrance room and burst into the main theater room where the drug lord called the Dreammaster operated. Despite the fierce resistance, they arrested all of the Dreammaster’s employees, and charged up onto staged to arrest the Dreammaster himself. Before they could, he disappear through the floor. Olaf moved over to the place where the Dreammaster had disappeared from as the rest of his friends searched for clues. When Olaf got there, he heard the creaking and snapping of floor boards beneath him. He looked up at his friends and said,
“Oh no!”

The trapdoor the Dreammaster had used was apparently not designed for someone of Olaf’s girth and broke open under his weight. Olaf fell through the floor and belly rolled down a slide the Dreammaster had used to escape. Olaf’s friends followed him down. The slide led to a basement room where the Dreammaster was hiding behind 2 cute and cuddly drakes. There was no escape for the Dreammaster this time. Olaf and his friends arrested him and put end to the drug dealing.

Olaf looked back at debris from his crash, fall, and roll. His mask had been completely destroyed. Without his ingenious disguise life was about to get a bit more complicated.

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