Drakkenhall Blues

Give Me Your Poor
7th of Sidegloom, CE 345, evening

Mission of Lost Hope, the Commons

The group follows up with Elsa Whiterose, a witness.

She was in the square during the attack. She is not a fighter, but managed to hold a zombie at bay through her divine power, protecting a small group of folk trapped in one corner
of the square.

• During the initial attack, she was surprised to recognize two of the attacking undead as recent poor folk who had stayed at the mission: Tolvus Rhys, a middle-aged human man with a bad leg from his years fighting with the legions who had a hard time finding work; and Korack Stoneson, a dwarven drunk who often slept one off at the mission.

• She had last seen Tolvus about ten days ago at the mission. She thinks she remembers seeing Korack about a week ago on the streets. Both Tolvus and Korack lived in the Commons, and both worked (when they could) or begged near the mission.

• The poor folk in the area have been talking about folks going missing for the last month, and she had noted a few common faces at the mission were no longer around. Although the mission has a transient population, she was worried enough to report it to the Silver Shields, but they made little effort to find those missing (because Elsa couldn’t afford to make it worth their trouble). After a half day’s meager search, the Shields concluded that the missing people had left town.

• There was a rumor among the poor that a pair of (human) men had been seen carrying away one of the locals known as old Ralph, even as he yelled and cursed, four days ago from
an abandoned building, and that he wasn’t the first. Elsa says that she only heard this second-hand, and that the PCs would have to ask around among the poor folk, and especially those on the streets, to learn more.

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Waiting for the Silver Shields
After the Fight

Hawker’s Square

It takes the Silver Shields some time to show up. Olaf provides healing and comfort to the crowd. Bastable quickly cordons off key parts of the crime scene, and by the time the Silver Shields arrive, has already concluded his initial investigation. Bastable’s interrogations and analysis determine:

A half-elven woman named Elsa Whiterose, a servant of the Priestess who runs a mission in the Commons, reports that she recognized two of the zombies from the square. She
claims they were poor folk who lived in the Commons and often sought food at her mission.

A tent vendor at Hawker’s Square, a halfling named Rollo the Thin, recognized one of the zombies as a friend who had died a week earlier from a horse accident (broken neck). Rollo swears the man’s body was laid to rest in the Dead Vaults (town crypts) in the Temple District. If that was true, how could it be walking around the square?

One of the square vendors, a dwarven man named Rumney, says he saw two people in wizard robes actually overturn the pumpkin cart right before the attack. They had the hoods
on their robes up, so he couldn’t see faces or tell race (other than not small). Then one of them pointed at Therilsa Stormhand and that’s when the trouble started. He does know who owned the pumpkin cart.

The stairwell that the zombies emerged from leads to a small sewer overflow chamber. The outer door to the square was unlocked and open. Inside, there’s only a pair of narrow stone
sewer grates. The Shields investigated the chamber and claim that the grates weren’t damaged and there is no way anyone could have squeezed through them, but one of the two people who kept a key to the outer door, a Silver Shield guard named Martos,
didn’t show up to work today.

Mal Keshar’s analysis the zombies’ remains reveals that each body is missing a number of different organs, and even with the damage they sustained in the fight, that those organs were surgically removed.He believes that the missing organs are likely all high quality. Olaf agrees with Mal Keshar that extraction of the organs requires advanced surgical skill.

Bastable and Kasam both hear persistent rumors that people have been going missing in Eldolan for months, more so than can be accounted for through normal murders, kidnappings, and such. Whatever is going on seems to be escalating, especially in the Commons.

Some stories have been circulating lately in the Docks that someone named Aerto is interested in buying bodies of the recently deceased and paying well for them. Perhaps there’s a connection.

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Zombies and Pumpkins, Oh My!
7th of Sidegloom, CE 345, late afternoon

Hawker’s Square

By late afternoon, Mal Keshar and Owen Bastable have concluded their tasks, and Kasam and Olaf are ready to face the day. They rendezvous at Hawker’s Square to meet their contact, Therilsa Stormhand.

As they approach Therilsa, the square erupts in violence. Two zombie groups appear, one emerging from the center of the square and the other blocking on egress.

The crowded square turns into a fleeing mob, streaming past our heroes.

The team engages the zombies, and only the pumpkin hurler gets in a few good hits.

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Some Simple Errands
7th of Sidegloom, CE 345

Eldolan

Oswald Bastable rises early, and heads over to the Silver Shields municipal building, where the locals watch him do paperwork for hours

Mal Kashar visits the Mithril Gear College and meets some of the staff. He checks out their slender Necromantic library.

Eventually, Kasam and Olaf wake up and meet Bastable and Mal Kashar at the town square late afternoon.

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Lift Every Voice
6th of Sidegloom, CE 345, evening

Dwarves’ Home Alehouse, the Docks

Our heroes enter the packed Alehouse, continuing their exploration of the Docks. Sullen Dwarf miners mutter protests about wages, counterfeit coins, and human intolerance. A well dressed group of Ordo Aurum paladins and their squires have occupied one side of the bar. Across the room, a group of Crusaders are staring daggers at them.

Olaf seems oblivious to the tension in the room. Spending freely, he buys all comers a flagon of ale and then leads the bar in one stirring battle song after another, drawing from both Ordo Aurum and Crusader canon. Somehow, the tension in the room melts away and the mob spends several hours drinking and singing.

Olaf spent an icon success (GGG 5) to defuse the tension in the room. Everyone found his inept sincerity charming and the ale refreshing.

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A Concerned Citizen
6th of Sidegloom, CE 345, evening

The Beached Whale, the Docks

Kasam Awarth delivers his package and pays off his most recent debt. He’s delighted that everyone stays friends and doesn’t get bogged down in unfortunate misunderstandings about pesky paperwork.

This seems like an excellent reason to celebrate, and Kasam and Olaf start working their way through the Beached Whale’s food and drink list.

Oswald Bastable strikes up a conversation with Rodolfo Roundbottom, a smooth talking Halfling. Rodolfo complements Oswald on his reputation for enforcing the law and laments the newly opened shivvel trade in town. He suggests that the Silver Shields are looking the other way, and speaking for some concerned upstanding citizens, says he will reward Bastable for bringing these reprehensible drug dealers to justice. Rodolfo says the rogue criminal goes by the Dream Master.

“Rules are rules, don’t you know.”

Bastable is crystal clear this means the Drakkenhall mafia will provide him with a magic item if he cracks down on this renegade.

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On to Eldolan
Session Two Prep

The group will travel to Eldolan, a small port 20 miles east of Drakkenhall.

Kasam Awarth uses his years as a fisherman to negotiate a prompt, inexpensive – if somewhat smelly – travel by boat to Eldolan. Kasam finds the trip invigorating, the rest of the group finds the fishy smell, choppy waters, and small boat combine to make the voyage less than ideal. Nevertheless, they make great time with fair winds and arrive mid-afternoon the same day.

Mal Keshar is delivering some research from the Blue Celestial Institute to Magus Cornigar Ulson, an elderly human wizard who heads the Mithril Gear College.

Kasam Awarth is paying off a small gambling debt at “The Beached Whale” tavern.

Oswald is performing some miserable errand assigned by Corporal Assat. In addition, Sergeant Boris Medvezhonok of Ordo Aurum asks Oswald to offer a day of service to Therilsa
Stormhand as the Eldolan Weather Control Station to support Ordo Aurum.

Olaf is out for a lovely jaunt.

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Shadows of Eldolan
Gamemaster Comments

The next arc will use the Shadows of Eldolan adventure. That means these posts will have spoilers and players should avoid the published material.

Changes from RAW

Eldolan now lies 20 miles east of Drakkenhall on the coast. It is a small fishing port and home to the well regarded Eldolan Arcane University that has some academic relations with the Blue Celestial Institute in Drakkenhall.

This means all Eldolan maps should be flipped on the north-south axis.

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Olaf's Journal
Session One

So I got a job!

At first this sounded great. I met some of the other people Oswald hired. Kasam seemed friendly enough and the dead guy, well I guess he’s okay too. First day on the job Oswald deputized us. I get to be a police officer. Woo hoo! We started with the list of “happenings” in our section of town:

• Drug Addiction to something called “shivvel”
• Animal Mutations
• Greyson House is haunted

Our first job was to track down those mutated animals. Personally I’m always up for helping out some cute and cuddly little critters, but apparently tracking meant trudging through the sewers. I was ready to give up after we did an enormous amount of walking around and searching, 7 perhaps 8 minutes even, but these guys kept pushing on. Eventually we found some cute mice that looked like they needed our help. Good size ones too. My new friend’s method of helping the animals was to bash their heads in. How could they be so heartless, though I had my doubts on the dead guy had a heart at all. They said though there was no other choice and the cute and cuddly mice couldn’t be saved. Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. These kept trudging through the sewer all night long killing small, defenseless animals wherever they went. It was like a nightmare that I was too tired to wake from.

Finally, we got out of the sewers and headed for home. While we were walking we heard a lady scream for help. I’m like somebody call the police! Then I realized we are the police. Oh that is so weird. While I was thinking that over, my new friends did something completely unthinkable. They ran towards the lady who was screaming. Now I’m not just talking about free pizza kinda running, but they really ran and they expected me to as well. I tried my best to follow them but this was far more danger than I had signed up for. My heart was beating way too fast, my head was spinning and I couldn’t catch my breath. I almost died right there. Oh the lady’s attackers, some sort of pearl dog impersonators, had been disabled and were on the ground. Fortunately, none of my friends had been hurt, so they were able to carry me back to my room.

The next day Oswald instructed us to investigate the attack. The pearl dog impersonators were hired by a guy named Doffel from Sweethall. The lady was named Iskra Timurovna who is a seamstress in our local district. Apparently she spends a lot of time in Saint Gustav’s Chapel. That night we met with Doffel to find out why he hired those guys to attack that nice lady. Apparently, he was hired by Toridan Clan, some orc with an important brother, and his assistant Vagger Nulus. Oswald wanted to do some more investigating stuff, so that gave Kasam and I an opportunity to go drinking. We invited the dead guy, but he said something about not drinking. His loss, and more for Kasam and me. And man can that Kasam chug. I can hold my own with the best of them but this Kasam matched me drink for drink and then some. Ah, what a swell night.

After sleeping that off, we setup a meeting with Toridan Cran. I don’t recall him being all that friendly either, but apparently he was hired by someone else, and that someone else doesn’t exist. Hmm, this police stuff can be confusing at times. Ah well, 2 days in and I still have the job. I think that is a new record.

Olaf

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Quests and Loot #1
Session One Recap

No group reputation swings.

Mirakiru chain advanced.

Iskra Timurovna chain advanced.

Loot

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