Mystara and the Path to Immortality

The King is Returned
We Won

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 25

As Skrogg the foolish ran down toward the obvious ambush, suddenly the invisibility spell protecting the remaining members vanished as the crown took command of the king and announced clearly that it would no longer live in darkness and let there be light. Ragnar also moved with all haste towards the ambushes as Kurin using his Hold person spell froze two of the robes figures waiting near the cart. Thorsgrim cast a Bless spell blessing those not in combat as Azimi moved forward to cast Haste on everyone except for Sven who was too far ahead and had just backstabbed a crossbowman silently. The crossbowmen from either side of the building let fly into the combat hitting Skrogg and Ragnar but also hitting their friends. Several bolts were fired at the king where Thorsgrim and Kurin bravely put themselves in harms way. Azimi then cast a protection from Normal missiles causing several missiles latter to miss the future king.

Sven chopped down his crossbowman he was fighting to then watch as Ragnar butchered a fellow with his long axe. Skrogg noodled his, as Kurin attacked the platemail wearing fellow off to the side. Thorsgrim cast hold person into the middle of the combat again. Azimi moved towards the side of the building and put a Fireball into the building killing two outright and setting one on fire.

Sven moved down the line striking another crossbowman before he could act as Skrogg hacked the burning crossbowman to death efficiently. Ragnar as happy as a pig in mud butchered another fellow near the wagon. Thorsgrim sprinting round the side of the plate mail wearing fellow to bash him in the head slaying him outright. Kurin ran between the two ruined buildings hiding the crossbowmen screaming dwarf profanities. The two remaining crossbowmen seeing that Skrogg was near shot at him, hitting once before having another slain.

Ragnar left the cart and ran round the building slaying the crossbowman fighting Sven as he ran past, to stand below the building where two crossbowmen were bravely sending bolts at Azimi who was now taunting them. Sven climbed up the building beside the archers to attempt to get a shot at them himself. As Skrogg prepared to slay the final crossbowman, Thorsgrim with beard flying rushed up to “steal the kill again” and finished the crossbowman. Ragnar attempted to set the building below the Crossbowmen on fire as the reloaded. Sven fired his crossbow but missed. Ragnar gave up and cut the building supports down and dived out the way as the building came crashing down. With barely an action he the beheaded on unfortunate crossbowman as the other was soon butchered.

On a whim the party then began whether to search the stone burial ground, but eventual watched as Kurin using a dragon, two wheels and a beam from the Ragnar destroyed building created a pully system to open up the heavy slab all by himself. As this occurred the final of the held guards were slain, by the ever mean Sven and somewhat controlled Skrogg. Inside the tomb thanks to the Detect spell from Azimi a magical ring, hammer and shield were found.

The heroes continued towards the Ruthin monastery, a huge array of troops could be seen and as they had the heir, the crown and evidence of Duke Cullin’s guilt they were let through and the Count was declared guilty and a warrant for his death was signed, by the royal council. The Heroes immediately agreed to track the fellow down. With Azimi’s telling them where he was heading (thanks to the crystal ball) and borrowed horses they began the race towards the Dancing Damsel Inn. Stargard, Ragnar, Skrogg and Thorsgrim went in the main doors as Kurin and Sven waited by the other. Azimi waited outside the kitchen door.

Skrogg burst in immediately spotting the Duke and saying that he was a dead man, blah blah etc. The Duke and his two cronies stood up and backed themselves into the corner and prepared to be attacked. Ragnar strode up and parried badly only to be wounded in return. Brother Stargard lept onto the table as Skrogg and Thorsgrim approached. Stargard received a wound but struck out in return, Skrogg strode under the table to attack as Thorsgrim from the side. Unfortunately, Sven burst into the room hearing of the fight and fired at the Duke, missing and hitting his friend Ragnar first and stunning him. More wounds were received by brother Stargard. Azimi finally burst into the room and began to utter a spell, with much of a surprise a hold person spell froze both of the duke’s retainers and the duke himself who all fell over. Anti climatic! As debate raged about tying the duke up for justice later, Sven took his head ending the debate. The duke’s body and equipment were taken as they began the ride back to Ruthin Monastery for the crowning in the morning.

In the morning in the centre room, all the nobles of the realm were arranged as the crown was placed on the head of Gegorian the monk and named him Tenitar, king of Vestland. The heroes were asked to come forward to receive titles unheard of for lowly adventurers.

  • Jarl Sven, dominion of Vander Piett and Darnen.
  • Jarl Kurin, named the Brave and True, dominion for his people in Finhagen.
  • Jarl Skrogg, named the The Mighty, dominion for his people in Krenholm.
  • Jarl Azimi, named Magist of Vestland Court, dominion of Brinsforth.
  • Lord Ragnar, named Holy Warrior of Thor, Dragonship: “THOR’S Holy Wrath”

Finally Thorsgrim, was in fact the brother of Tenitar the king and now has his noble name of Prince Tendar, The Black Prince, Duke of Norrland (previously Estine), Lord of Seaforth Tower and also the Pious. Other rewards were given, but Azimi forgot as she was named as Baroness of Brinforth and given royal warrant to be Magist of the Vestland court, council member of the school of magic. Brother Stargard was also revealed to be the bodyguard of Prince Tendar (Thorsgrim).

Much celebrations occurred.

All hail the king, All hail the king!!!!!

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Heir Tripping

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 24

As the party climbed the spiral staircase they discovered a large circular chamber with many pillars surrounding a glowing globe. Expecting an Ala the Sea Hag attack they immediately fanned out. Ala, lurking behind a pillar was finally spotted by Brother Starkad (hereby known as “speed”). Brother Starkad ran up vaulting over the large wolf protecting the Witch and struck her with a blow. In return a lightning bolt was fired from her wand, ricochetting off the wall and striking him again. As luck would have it he was mystically protected from attacks and only suffered minor injuries. Before long, both Kurin and Ragnar ran up to join the fray. Sven had slipped along the wall and fired one of his few remaining amazing crossbow bolts to hit the Witch as attempted to become invisible. Skrogg started running forward as Thorsgrim with his Truesight saw that the witch was invisible and not teleported away rushed in to swing and miss. The large wolf turned out to be a Hell hound and breathed fire on the lot of everyone. Brother Starkad’s mystic abilities saved him as he backwards flipped over the hound to hit it twice in the but. Kurin seeing that Thorsgrim had hit something swung and hit with amazing accuracy, dropping the witch dead. Ragnar moved to miss the hell hound as Brother Stargard again struck it from behind as Kurin finished it off from the front with his hammer.

With the truesight Thorsgrim was able to identify that the glowing crystal ball was in fact just a glass ball and several labelled potions were not what they were labelled. The door to the witches room was picked by Sven who revealed a sleeping Gregorian on a pellet. Thorsgrim guided by wisdom beyond his stupid appearance, immediately placed the Sorona crown on Gregorian who shock and woke to have his mind clear and the witch who had apparently Magic Jarred his mind cast out with a cry. It was decided to leave the silly place after stealing some more gems and money and leaving towards their boat.

Ragnar agreed to captain the Black something boat and both were sailed off from the Island. After sometime away a figure suddenly appeared and flew down to the boat. The returning Azimi with news of the rescue of some of Sven’s children. Thorsgrim using the truesight confirmed that Gregorian was what he said he was and Azimi continued to act as navigator supreme and guided both vessels towards Norrvik bay. A Ghost ship was seen, but everyone, except for Azimi, just stared to watch. Azimi hid under a shield. As their boats approached the dock in Norrvik fjord, a vessel was spotted coming out of the mist. A plan was hatched and Kurin mounted his dragon as Azimi cast protection from Normal missiles on it. Kurin rode the beast towards the ship and banking several times breathed its fire, soon destroying and sinking the boat. It was not so much a battle but an execution. Kurin was grazed by several missiles. As the boat became a funeral pyre in the water they landed at the docks and met a man who had brought their horses down from seaforth bay. As it was near night they decided to camp. To protect Gregorian, Azimi cast Invisibility on him and everyone went to sleep. Ragnar, being alert during his watch, spotted someone attempting to execute Azimi during her sleep, stood over her and parried the mighty attack. Thus giving time for Skrogg, Thorsgrim, Stargard and Sven to attack (or backstab) the unfortunate sea captain of the sunk vessel. He was dispatched with much vigor as Azimi crawled away.

The next morning, Azimi under the cunnning guidance of Kurin and Skrogg made the entire party invisible and they crept off towards the monastery. On the way they encountered a group of monks who were blocking the path with a broken cart. Looking like an obvious trap Sven and Skrogg crept off to see the trap with crossbowmen waiting to trap the party. It was decided that they would leave the ambush and walk around it. Unfortunately, Skrogg decided to attack and launch the ambush on the Ambushers…

Azimi still feels that Skrogg’s death is an acceptable loss and avoid the whole incident, but obviously others are more noble. Surely mere Monks are no match for Skrogg, fearless Hin warrior!!

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The Witches Lair

As the heroes emerged from the Den of the lizard men, the corridor continued to a cross shaped junction. Immediately the cries of Trap could be heard as the two stalwart clerics hidden under shields carefully advanced. With no real surprise 6 trolls attempted to jump out and surprise the heroes who coward under the protection of the shields. The beasts flailed futilely against the shields and Warhammers only to be splattered by the flaming Axe that flew over the head of Kurin and split the troll a twain. Other taunts were made by the remaining few hiding behind the shield wall. During the next round a troll grabbed Thorsgirm and pulled him away from the shield wall and broke the wall dynamic. Kurin hacked his, Thorsgrim bashed his as Brother Stargard kicked and hit the nearest troll. As Thorsgrim was taken down by the troll, Brother Stargard flipped over the heads of the trolls to land several lusty blows allowing, Kurin slid through the legs of another to hit it in the groin with his hammer. Ragnar merrily chopped another down. Suddenly up the stairs rushed Skrogg who viciously hack a troll in the right flank. Brother Stargard leaped onto a head of a troll and began to saw at its neck as Kurin crunched it’s side and Thorsgrim the other side. The beast dropped still. Ragnar split another in twain again. As the process of hack the regenerating trolls began. As each troll attempted to stand it was hacked down before Ragnar and the essential axe hacked it still. All Six trolls were down before the heroes began to search the level to find nothing but a troll chambers before climbing the stair upwards.
The first room upstairs, was unlocked by Sven who discovered several lockers and a well equipped dormitory. As Sven, Skrogg and Ragnar searched the room, Brother Stargard, Kurin were not surprised by some Plate mail wearing fighter clanked up the corridor to attack. Thorsgrim stood in moot surprise. A fighter armed with a broadsword waded into Brother Stargard striking lightly as Kurin blocked the remaining two and received mighty wounds. Surprisingly Brother Stargard did completely ignore sense and effectively grapple the fighter, grabbing him. Without thought the fighter attempted hacked brother most effectively before being taken down. Thorsgrim froze the two remaining fighters with a word, before Ragnar and Skrogg rushed up to hack at the fighter now being forced to grapple Brother Stargard. Sven healed Kurin with a magical missile before joining the fray as an executioner with his sword at the frozen two fighters. The fighter wrestling Brother Stargard was forced to discard his sword and wrestle instead heaving him up, but the chopping of Ragnar and Skrogg continued. Next round Brother Stargard managed to take him down again as the Chopping from Skrogg finally finished the encounter. Sven demonstrated how to execute the remaining held fighters. Their room was searched.
Down the corridor the next room was unlocked as it appeared to be the entranceway of a throne room. Thorsgrim uttered his true sight spell and looked around. The others went through an entranceway to see a 60’ foot snake. Soon all were engaged, by a poisonous gas attack and either jumped at the creature (brother Stargard) or hacked like Ragnar and Skrogg. Sven was too afraid to go in, but could still see the snake. As the fight continued all remained except for Sven saying that Thorsgrim had been slain by the snake and all was lost. Everytime he attempted to reload his crossbow the bolt was removed from the socket. Eventually he was subdued by Thorsgrim who revealed that it was all a mighty illusion, but instead a bed. No one was dead and everyone was ok. Ragnar had smashed one of the bed posts with his Axe and Stargard was sitting on the top of the four poster bed. The room was examined showing a Throne, Bed and golden harp. Under the guidance of the true sight Thorsgrim revealed that the Harp and Throne were very powerful, but extremely chaotic. Sense prevailed and no one touched either. An attempt was made to smash the harp, but it completely defeated such a mundane way.

Day ends.

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Azimi to the rescue.
Story depicting the rescue attempt made for Sven's children.

The following is one sided account of the rescue attempt made by Azimi for Sven Silkbeard’s children.

Azimi’s Journal9

This account is real and verifiable from very reliable sources
28th Klarmont 1001

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In search of the Sea Witch
In which the heroes try to find a witch

The Chronicles of Ragnar Part Sixteen

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 23

After defeating the Guards the Heroes entered The Wail Tavern to find themselves a crew. With the help of Captain Thurman (and a fair amount of Guldan), ten men were found to sail the Red Raven. Just about ready to depart, the Heroes wondered what to do about their horses. Thor must have been listening as they were approached by a man named Colgrim who offered to transport their horses to Ruathin (for some more Guldan of course…) and offered some advice. He said that Thurman was a good man and trustworthy and his ship the best around. He also said that Ala the Sea Witch had been here in her pitch black boat not a few days before. The black sail displayed a red coiled serpent and she had an inhuman crew, maybe some scaly skinned trolls. He also mentioned that her island home, Narvendul, moves around so may be tricky to find. The heroes thanked old Colgrim and set sail to find Ala the Sea Witch of Narvendul. Using the Sorona, Thorsgrim pointed to the east and said in his Sorona inspired voice “Go East 14 and North 2”. Looking at the map, the Heroes plotted a course. The journey was hazardous to say the least. The first day had strong winds and large waves making both Sven and Skrogg quite ill. A lightning storm in the distance gave the crew a light show to watch but also a scare as a black sailed Ghost ship came sailing out of it! Thanks be to Thor, it sailed right on by and left the Red Raven in peace. The next day was worse with a full blown storm hitting the Red Raven, but with skilful captaincy and much bailing the ship pulled through undamaged. However, the storm had caused the heroes to veer from their course and it took much of the day to get back in the right direction. With the weather much more calm, the Red Raven came across a Thyatian Galley floating on the sea with sails tattered and looking quite abandoned. Thinking it a wreck from the storm the Heroes boarded it to search for survivors or salvage. There was no-one on board, but signs indicated a hasty departure with unfinished meals on tables and little damage. Clearly this was more than a storm wreck. Finding the Captains cabin and his log the mystery deepened. The ship had taken a cargo of a single box, odd in itself, but during the voyage then crew began to get unwell and eventually die. The Captain, too, eventually succumbing to the illness. Where were the bodies? The heroes went to the cargo hold to discover the gruesome remains of the crew. Bodies littered the floor and in the middle of the carnage stood the box. Stealing themselves against the smell and sight of the rotting crew, the heroes moved to investigate the box. Thorsgrim with his holy symbol and Kurin with his protection from energy drain approached the box. As they neared it a voice was heard behind Sven, who quickly ran down the stairs into the cargo hold. The voice belonged to an accursed Vampire who had clearly killed the crew. The unnatural beast wanted the heroes to transport him to his destination. Naturally the heroes declined to help. The bodies on the floor started to get up, apparently the Vampire had some Ghoul-Friends. Thorsgrim showed the Vampire the power of THOR and he fled in a gaseous cloud, but not before Sven attempted to shoot the fiend. With much gusto the heroes got stuck into the ghouls. Ragnar with his axe, Kurin with his Dragon-Hammer, Skrogg with sword and shield, Sven with sword and Thorsgrim with his holy symbol. Soon the foul undead lay more dead. The box was investigated and found to contain dirt, obviously the coffin and resting place of the vampire. The heroes tipped the dirt out to find some coins and proceeded to prep the ship for a burning. Thorsgrim’s Holy Symbol and the power of Thor kept the vampire away from the heroes and on the burning boat. The curses of the beast could be heard as the ship burnt and sank. One more servant of Darkness defeated and sent to the netherworld where it belongs.
The heroes continued their voyage in search of the wandering Island and soon, as predicted by the Sorona, a small island with a castle on top of it was spied in the distance. No way in could be seen, except for the front door, which would involve a tricky swim and climb. As the heroes pondered this, a secret entrance in the rock was revealed to them. Either Thor or the Sorona had dispelled the illusion covering a sea cave under the castle. Not needing a second invitation, the heroes sailed the Red Raven into the cave and discovered a harbour of sorts. Moored to a wooden dock was a pitch black ship with a black sail displaying a coiled red serpent. This was indeed the Sea Witch’s ship. Unfortunately the area was crawling with green scaled lizard men (maybe the inhuman crew talked about back on the mainland?), so naturally a battle ensued. The lizard men were no match for the Wolves of Ravenholm and soon the cave lay quiet except for the lapping of the sea against the dock.
Where to from here? What other guardians will the Sea Witch have? Stayed tuned for next episode when you’ll hear Kurin say “I never thought I could be healed by an arrow…”

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The Fake Duke

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 22

As the heroes emerged from the spiral staircase, they immediately noticed a guard wearing plate mail armour waiting by a door. The Guard typically responded with a “hey, wot use do’in”. Skrogg, Kurin and Ragnar bounded forward to engage. Amazingly Skrogg kept missing as the guard was wounded by Kurin who was splatted in return. Azimi and Sven moved to cover the corridor in case of emergency. Thorsgirm stayed on the stairs with Brother Stargard. With no surprise three heavily armoured guards emerged around the corner only to be shot by Azimi’s lightning bolt which bounced off the walls hitting the guards three times. Azimi, unfortunately, was also hit by the deadly electricity and collapsed sideways with her limbs twitching with shock. The bolt of lighting and accompanying “womp, crack” blew the first guard into pieces and seriously wounded the second. The third guard was unharmed. Sven’s crossbow bolt hit the wounded guards leg as he hobbled up the corridor. The unharmed guard charged down to join the melee at the end. More wounds were given to the mighty Kurin as Ragnar turned to face this new threat. All looked grim until Sven cut down the seriously wounded guard and brother Stargard, proving that you can’t parry a punch, began to beat the crap out of the guard fighting Ragnar. Brother Stargard had distracted the guard enough for Ragnar to butcher him as Kurin and Scrogg finally dispatched the door guard. Azimi got up from her “resting” position and announced that she had an ouchie. Kurin looked mightily wounded as well. Many cold compresses and magical healings were used.

The ex guarded door was picked by Sven revealing a trophy room with a glass cabinet with a sign saying do not touch, the cabinet seemed to protect a beautiful heavy crossbow. Despite Sven not finding any traps and the magical wand seeming to point to a magical trap the glass was broken and the crossbow was retrieved. All was fine until the coughing began as a 4 highly hidden and suspected magical crossbow bolts were hidden. As the heroes decided to evacuate the room, Sven dropped dead from the poison gas. Kurin breathing normally casually dragged him out. Thorsgrim proved his magical worth declaring that he was only mostly dead and got Sven back to his feat with a hearty slap and prayer to Thor.

Going around the corner Azimi had cast her ESP listening spell to hear three people thinking behind one door. The corridor contained nothing but a magical spear. A plan was hatched to burst open the door and freeze the people inside. The door was open to reveal a Duke of Estine figure who began to monologue but stopped very quickly as a bolt from Sven hit him, but didn’t kill him (even with the special sauce Azimi had applied to the bolt beforehand). Skrogg rushed into the room only to be surprised by two platemail wearing dagger and shortsword experts who cut Skrogg a new hole. Both these two individuals froze and collapsed under the power of Thor. The “Duke” resisted being a goldfish as he said “I surrender”, before attempting to turn invisible. Azimi realizing the danger pressed her wand button to display the flaming fool attempting to rush past everyone. He was even more surprised by Thorsgrim tackling him. Kurin attempted to neutralize him with his hammer as Skrogg and Ragnar subdued him. Azimi just sent bolts of fire into him. As the unconscious “duke” was tied up and searched, the heroes left to search more opening the dukes personal quarters and discovering that indeed the keys by the “duke” didn’t actually fit the dukes locks. Several secrete cupboards and hidey holes were found with a variety of magical treasures detected. A magical Lance was discovered and magical Splint mail and shields.

The Duke was revived to discover that he was just the impostor and bodyguard “Barak”. With the crown on his head Thorsgrim revealed some more secrets saying that we had to travel to an Island with “Nav something” to hunt for the Sea Witch Alda who had kidnapped the heir and the heroes needed to get the boat of the Sailor who was accompanying them. Luckily all this was solved by the party beforehand.

The Heroes rested in the castle identifying items and receiving healing. The impostor Barak was locked in chains and stored in the cells awaiting transport to “Rolf” the royal guardsman for official disposal as Azimi’s plan to drop him several thousand feet into the air above Ravenholm was frowned upon by the lawful types.

Leaving the castle, The heroes traveled down the warn path to where the crew of the Red Raven were being held as “guests” in a Tavern, guarded by some tough looking dudes. Before the fight, the Heroes were hasted and several hold spells were cast paralyzing 4 of the guards and the one remaining was butchered. The Paralyzed fools were kicked off the pier into the water to drown.

Day ends with the heroes about to enter the tavern to attempt to gain the crew for the Red Raven.

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Seaforth and Continue

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 21

The heroes left the now deserted bugbear village and continued thanks to the navigation of Azimi towards the Seaforth tower. A night later during Thorsgrim’s watch a raiding party of Orcs approached but were spotted by Thorsgrim and Brother Stargard who immediately let out a battle cry and charged off into the orc host simultaneously alerting the sleeping heroes and hacking and hewing orc war band. Without much fuss Thorsgrim brained and Orc as Brother Stargard eviscerated two. The heroes near the campsite woke grabbing the nearby weapons to hack down more orcs with ease. Two orcs appraching Azimi were blasted to bits by a well aimed lightning bolt. The Orc approaching Ragnar was hewed with such force that the two parts of the orc flew several feet appart. The remaining orcs seeing their comrades demise immediately turned to run and were all chopped down with ease. Some 16 Orcs were slaughtered in 20 seconds. Some small coins were discovered on the corpses by Sven the looter.

During the next two days of well navigation fun a merchant caravan was discovered who surprised the party and stood in amazement as Thorsgrim still wore the crown and even managed to barter some horses from the merchants to replace the ones eaten by Bugbears. Of course King Thorsgrim got his free. Azimi just stood behind Thorsgrim like a bonded servant. News was gathered about the lands and the heroes continued on their way towards Seaforth tower. Azimi had been watching Sven’s children and the horse trader ex friend of Sven’s to discover that they were being held in the village of Dovefell where a secret entrance was spotted into a semi underground lair.

The Heroes continued to Seaforth tower and were spotted by some royal guards headed by Rolf who they had previously met. Rolf was impressed with their quest and offered to ride with the Heroes towards the Seaforth territory. He revealed that a gypsy caravan and black robed riders had traveled on the road before them. As they approached the tower the heroes headed towards the cliff face spotting immediately a secret way into the castle. Climbing down the cliff (or being carried down while levitating down) allowed the party to camp out till low tide before heading up the secret “passage”. A side room was discovered by a large crab that effectively pincered Skrogg twice before being calved up by Skrogg and the heavy hitting Ragnar. Finding some treasure beneath an undersea boat they carried on into the castle proper.

A portcullis blocked their way and after all the warrior types failed to bend the bars, with a magical word, Azimi opened the portcullis with a magical Knock spell. The heroes continued up a spiral staircase and Kurin spotted a secret door exiting out to a barracks. One armoured individual was based there but perished under the combined hack of Skrogg, Kurin, Ragnar & Thorsgrim. A dart from Azimi flew forth and struck Skrogg as he had rushed into combat first, but being steadfast he ignored the poison. The guard managed to let out a “hey” before dying silently with his left hip pierced by a shield spike, his right knee hit with a hammer and his head removed by Ragnar’s Axe as his neck was exposed by his knee collapsing. Azimi & Sven just said “ohhhh” and gave a professional golf clap. Seeing the danger Thorsgrim then blessed everyone as Azimi raised her magical protections.

The heroes continued to discover a mess hall with a trap door, down inside the dungeon’s were empty of “the heir” but contained a boat captain who after being released and healed agreed to add his services to their aid. Perhaps this was fate talking as a boat might be required in the future. The captain was then armoured in the armour left by the swordsman in the barracks. The heroes continued into a kitchen finding it empty but another trap door. Sven crept in to see two cooks counting wine and decided to bolt them in. Azimi wondered why would you close the trapdoor that you were working under anyway, very bad work and safety practice. After a feasting hall was discovered Sven and Skrogg left to scout ahead spotting a guard with a crossbow guarding the courtyard, and Sven picking the lock entered the castle armory (finding nothing but weapons and armor) and then silently slipped into another barracks. Seeing 4 sleeping figures he put 3 under the knife, but the last died with a gurgling sound waking the 4th. This figure was mightly hacked by Sven, before he turned and fled (hacked again by Sven) only to be surprised by the heroes waiting outside who likewise stopped in surprise. Only Brother Stargard reacted slaying the fellow with a well timed double dagger slash. The heroes continued up the stairs.

Nearly forgetting the guard in the court yard who had spotted Azimi last. Azimi wasn’t surprised, and raised her blow pipe and puffed but missed. The guard fired his heavy crossbow fully expecting to ping the unarmored Azimi, but his bolt deflected off the Azimi’s magical shield. As he reloaded his crossbow bolt another dart from Azimi flew forth and struck the neck of the guard who looked perplexed as his legs folded under him and died with barely a gurgle as the magical poison took it’s effect.

Day ends as the heroes travel up the stairs.

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Ducking defeat

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 20

As the Ogres lay rested Azimi slept on in the nice bed left behind by the evil head priest. Upon waking up and hearing the victory song of the northern warriors, she decided to analyze all the magical items found. 3 magical maces, 2 rings of protection of the smallest variety. A ring of protection for chaotic individuals and a magical ring of protection of the best variety that glowed very strongly. A magical quill was also discovered. As the heroes gathered in the chamber to divide up the loot, a plan was hatched for Azimi to teleport back to raveholm and return said treasure to the vlllage so to keep it safe.

Without thought or brainless guile Azimi tried the magical most powerful on her left little finger only to find the ring was stuck and a red haze entered her mind and she began to giggle and titter most unseemly. Skrogg face changed and he began to draw his the sword of the rock and move towards Azimi. With characteristic aplomb Azimi began to move her fingers in a spell but fell over paralyzed with a word from Thorsgrim the “hold king” as he was wearing the crown of Sorona on his head. Sven the peasant had missed a slash with his sword and even forgot to utter the words “subdue”. Amazingly Skrogg still approached and stabbed the held Azimi and had to be tackled by Kurin and Thorsgrim. Brother Stargard seeing that the ring was the problem using his magical dagger cut the ring from the paralyzed Azimi. The guiless look returned to Skrogg’s face and be began to weep that he didn’t mean it, blah blah blah. Thorsgrim cast a cure critical wounds on Azimi restoring most of the damage done by dagger and shortsword.

Azimi returned to consciousness and bemoaned her position. However, with the cure critical wounds cast on her hand the pain was gone, but the finger above the second knuckle was missing from her little finger of her left hand. Azimi then gathered up both bags of holdings and muttered her magical words to begun to float slightly in the air before vanishing “puff & popping noise”. The other warriors knowing that this was indeed a teleport spell begun to cook their supplies of pickled herrings.

Azimi arrive back hovering over the village of Ravenholm and gently floated down to walked down over her roof and into her house with it’s wizard lock doors. Emptying the stash. She left to investigate the burnt house that she had seen when she hovered over the village. Closer investigation revealed that it was Sven’s house, and worse when she spoke to Olaf Peg Leg that Sven’s wife had been slain and his children had been taken. Before any platitudes could be offered, Thora strode in to the Jarl’s longhut and began to demand answers. Azimi not willing to stay and receive the unfair rebuke suddenly vanished and teleported above the castle where the PCs were based. She floated to down to report and pass on the bad news. Sven took the death of his wife with barely a nod, but the kid napping of the children enraged him somewhat. Azimi to help pacify him used the crystal ball to discover that the children were still alive and kept prisoner in a cave guarded by the guard who had beaten Sven to a pulp in the stables.

Following the commands of the crown Sorona and using some pretty amazing deduction it was declared that the heir to Vestland was being held in the Seaforth tower. The heroes loaded themselves into the boat to travel & collect their horses for the trek to the tower. As the boat was rowed across the lake a giant beast was disturbed and begun to swim at their tiny boat pushing the water infront of it like a wave. Ragnar jumped out of the boat and ran across the water with his Axe held high only to see the beast past him. Azimi lightning bolted the water only to see the beast continue. However, the inscribed rune from Thorsgrim blasted the beast with a lightning bolt scaring it off. Being in boats was too much for Kurin who demonstrated the jump on Flying dragon technique much to the amazement of all. A cunning plan was hatched where the dragon gathered the rope of climbing that was attached to the boat and then pulled the boat with great speed off the semi frozen lake and away from the beast.

Horses were gathered and the heroes began to head towards Seaforth tower. Azimi’s navigation skills proved invaluable again, as too was the ability of Thorsgrim to create food for both the heroes and their poor mounts. Skrogg’s pony was looking so fat that it look pregnant, with Skrogg’s legs bare able to reach over the girth of his little pony. A Gnome skyship was discovered and after much emissary fumbling Kurin speaking in Dwarvish discovered that they had been attacked by bugbears and had their gem stolen. Thinking not much more of the encounter the party continued on to camp and under Skrogg’s watch a force of bugbears attacked attempting to steal the horses. Several bugbears were slain before all the bugbears suddenly appeared to be on fire, thanks to the wand of Azimi and completely spooked the horses who ran off in panic as the Bugbears appeared to be on fire. Sven managed to calm some of the beasts down before the morning light in the snow the tracks were followed to the Bugbear village. Sven and Skrogg scouted ahead spotting a semi religious ceremony was in practice beside the alter was a huge gem.

An attack was planned with Azimi casting her protection spells before approaching and using the Wand of Fireballs, slaying 7 Bugbears on the site as Sven and skrogg shot the skull off the effigy that the Bugbears were worshiping. Throsgrim had Blessed the party. Everyone charged onwards into groups of bugbears as Azimi fired magical fire and missiles into the frey. All the Bugbears were slain with some 12 slain by magic (7 fireball, 1 Fire fingers, 1 polymorphed into a goldfish & 3 with well directed magical missiles). All the other bugbears were slain by hacking and hammering. The huge gem was investigated and valued by Azimi to being in region of 40,000 guldans a huge value and a magical ring of fire resistance was discovered and handed to Sven who somehow needs protection. Sadly it appeared that the horses of Azimi and Thorsgrim who had not returned had been eaten by the bugbears and their corpses slowly sizzled on the spit.

Day Ends

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Ogre Games
The Perils of eating Fish

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 19

With the rest of the Castle to pacify in THORS name and a legion of Ogres to be put to the Axe, Sword, Hammer, Crossbow, and Dragon Rod, the Ravenwolves continued their Rampage through the Castle/Temple.

The first major obstacle of the day presented itself as an electrified portcullis. The mighty and highly voiced Skrogg Sharp-Shield did show his extreme bravery (and conductivity) by getting zapped by the intimidating barrier. A discussion, debate on ethics, and some prayers later and one of the captured kitchen hands was bought forth and marched towards the deadly gate. Before he could be shoved up against it he blurted out the command word to deactivate the trap. This of course was the plan all along as the Ravenwolves would never commit such a cold blooded act as to murder a prisoner. Shooting an escaped prisoner in the back of course is a fully mandated and acceptable thing to do. Which is just as well, as Sven the Slaughterer did exactly that to the prisoner when he attempted to flee.

A careful and well considered approach to hunting down the legion of Orgre’s was decided upon. Or Upon careful deliberation it was decided that the Ravenwolves would rampage through the Castle killing all who opposed them / Stood in their way / sat in a chair gently snoring. Evidence was soon discovered in the Stewards chambers to indicate that there were 13 Ogres within the walls.

So the Ravenwolves began to creep about (or more accurately rattle, stomp and shout about) and take down the Castles monstrous defenders a few at a time. The first ogre, sleeping in a chair, fell to Sven the Slaughterer’s expert blade; the second was cut down by crossbow bolts and the power of THOR as he strode the battlements. Two more were discovered playing dice, and were brutally put down by a flurry of blows.

One of the Ogres, who had fallen out of favour with his fellows, was found tied upon a rack being stretched. Whilst there was a strong impulse to behead the creature, ending its misery and removing its stain from the world. It managed to speak in its own defence and convinced the Ravenwolves of its relative innocence and lack of inherent evil. With dissenting voices lowered rather than silenced the creature was released and allowed to follow behind the party.

The Chief of the Ogres was next. Caught eating fish in his cave like lair he challenged a member of the Ravenwolve’s to a dual to the death. Despite Ragnar Thors-axe’s wish to put the creature down like a rapid dog. Skrogg Sharp-Shield, Mighty of fist and stout of stomach, took up the challenge and met the creatures huge two handed sword with his humble Short Sword. For literally minutes the titanic and miniature battled. Trading blows of eye watering ferocity and skill the combatants sought an opening. To those watching it seemed that Skrogg toyed with the mighty beast. Wounding it repeatedly with the sharp shield by which he is now known. Finally after he received a huge gaping wound Skrogg saw sense and finished the thing off with a single mighty thrust from his small blade.

The remaining creatures were hunted down and exterminated in short order. In the final heroic and suitably epic battle five of the brutish creatures attacked and each of the Ravenwolves stood toe to toe with one of the beasts. Ragnar Thor’s-Axe, seemingly possessed by the spirit of Thor himself and clove three of the creatures unto death, spraying a goodly fountain of Ogre blood over all within 10 feet.

With the castles defenders destroyed the Ravenwolve’s set about plundering the castle for justly deserved rewards. Within the main hall a cunningly hidden secret chamber was discovered and its riches did make even the hardened adventurers shrug and act normally with excitement. The day ends with the castle secured and the party resting to allow Azimi Duckweight to magically examine the items found.

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Priests Punnished

As the heroes searched through the three bodies in the room they decided to remove all the priests from existence. Several more rooms were searched before the group headed upstairs. Azimi cast ESP to listen to thoughts, and couldn’t penetrate the thick stone walls.

Two robed priests were discovered in prayer in front of a bull alter. Sven back stabbed one to death and before the other could raise a “hey” that’s not cricket, the other priest was slain by Skrogg and small stabber. A door beyond was “listened” too by Azimi who discovered 11 priests waiting in a trap. She pressed the big red button by her detection wand and all enemies within range began to glow as if they were on fire. The Heroes bundled in.

Seeing all the enemies as if they were on fire, Skrogg led the way followed by Ragnar who began to do mighty chops. The priests who waited were in fact invisible, but were easily spotted thanks to the wand. Several priests cast spells only to be deflected by Ragnar and the innate resistances of Skrogg and Kurin. A Priest ran at Azimi who stepped back as Sven shot him and Brother Stargard flipped over and hit him repeatedly slaying him. Ragnar just brutalized a Priest who made a sickening crunch sound as he died.

As Thorsgrim joined the frey and froze four priests with one mighty spell, but was sthen assaulted by the head priest who suddenly appeared. Azimi managed to cast Haste increasing the attack rate of the heroes. Ragnar splatted another. Brother Stargard stebbed another to death. Sven attacked one as Azimi joined the surrounded Kurin to attack a priest from behind. Suddenly all went black as the head priest vanished. The only light being the glowing enemies. Their lights began to extinguish as Sven and Brother Stargard put the held priests under the knife. Skrogg joined Kurin who had been mightly wounded by a Pole arm only to see Azimi retreat from combat & push her wand button revealing the head priest who pointed a finger at Skrogg and asked him to die. Skrogg shrugged his shoulders and simply said “nah”. All the lesser priests were held or dead the bull rush to attack the head priest began. Azimi from behind her hiding place under the cussions witnessed Ragnar, calmly behead the priest with the mighty Axe. Much searching was done as Azimi identified several magical objects, including a magical dagger on the alter that caused the arm of Sven to wither off. But with luck Thorsgrim the curse remover was on hand to restore the silly stupid and ignorant arm of Sven.

A secret panel under the statute revealed some more valuable statues and monies. The high priest’s private quarters were then searched finding money, magical cleric scrolls and even a diary saying that the ogres were unhappy.

Day ends with a probable rush on the Ogres in the castle below. Azimi had said that they should get dressed in the red robes of the clerics to confuse the ogres and allow the heroes to get closer…

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