Mystara and the Path to Immortality

Priests and Wizards

The Chronicles of Ragnar Part Ten

After grabbing the treasure (Boots, Shortsword, Helmet) at the barracks an escape down the stairs was ordered by the brave coalition leadership. The main mess hall was peeked into and quickly abandoned as an escape route, being full of guards. As the heroes tried to leave the barracks building, several patrols where spotted coming back into the fort so an alternative waiting period was prescribed. The nearest gate had two guards posted by the barred door. These two were expertly frozen by a hold person spell cast by Thorsgrim. The Heroes of Ravenholm were able to exit and travel to the Red Dragon Inn and hopefully Erik who could help heal the grievously wounded Kurin, Sven and the exhausted Ragnar. Erik seem pleased that evidence could be found about the plot to curse the Duke of Rhoona, and easily healed the wounded. Ragnar stayed with him as the after effects of Thorsgrim’s Berserk spell caused exhaustion, so the Heroes left him muttering something about juggernauts.

A temple investigation was ordered without stalling as the element of surprise was still on the Hero’s side. A straight forward approach was adopted, so they went in though the front doors and headed down to the back of the temple, starting on the right hand side (lock picked by Sven) and discovered a store room, a room with a pool and a wine cellar. A library was also found and a search for clues and secret doors was made, both coming up empty.

Another room with statues was opened by the ever resourceful Sven and inside discovered four statues of Cretia, the Ethengar Lord of Chaos. Expecting the worst, the Heroes found it as two of the statues animated at the entrance of Skrogg who bravely strode forward to smite one. Sven shot another with his heavy crossbow (an unanimated statue as it turns out) as Kurin and Thorsgrim attacked the next animated statue. This statue in short order was crushed by the heavy hammers, splintering into dust. Sven reloaded as Skrogg still battled his blurringly fast statue. Azimi merely waited in the entranceway. A mage emerged from the opposite door and immediately turned Azimi into a black cat. Sven ran in and missed with his sword only to find the wizard casting Web, trapping him and stopping anyone else in the room from entering. Kurin cast Silence 15’ radius as Skrogg hacked his statue up. Thorsgrim soon realised that the other two statues in this room were infact only statues and wouldn’t animate, he joined the many who simply said “hey what happened”. Skrogg began to burn the web away, but the mage had vanished. A meow from the corridor revealed that Azimi the cat was mystified as to what had happened and only wanted kitty cat cuddles. The mage had desperately run throughout the room looking for a way out of the silence radius and had apparently found one by standing on top of the bed in the corner. They left to search for secret doors only to find one in the library after pulling all the books off the shelves.

More doors lead to a room with a large map on the wall, also containing a cowering wizard and a priest. The priest shouted with glee as the heroes moved to attack both. Thorsgrim moved to the wizard while the others surrounded the priest and began to hack him. However, the wounds to the priest seemed to heal automatically. Even the mighty sword of Skrogg seemed to do nothing. The priest being silly and evil started to monologue telling them that his body was protected and his heart lay hidden in his secret sanctuary, obviously clearly marked by a big red dot on the tapestry map on the wall. The wizard after hitting Thorsgrim with a series of magical missiles, then dispelled any magic in the room stopping the Bless spell, but also the polymorpthed Azimi, who as a cat was sitting on the bed. Thorsgrim offered terms of surrender to the wizard but before the Wizard could complete the raising of his hands in another spell (or the raising of his hands in surrender, depending how you look at it…), Sven stabbed him in the chest as Azimi blasted him with magical missiles, killing him outright. The immortal priest ignored all the blows from the others to attempt to hit Sven with his mace only to see it deflected with skillful grace. Skrogg attempted to wrestle him by jumping off the table, but found this to futile and silly. Kurin the wise broke the window in the room opening up an escape route. Azimi “liberated” a ring from the finger of the mage before joining the window scarper. Sven and Thorsgrim joined the retreat out the window, not before being wise and moving a chair over for Skrogg to climb on out with. Skrogg slowly reated out, deflecting every blow and getting the mad priest to continue his monologue and reveal all his evil plans in a gloating way. Skrogg jumped onto the chair, deflected the final priestly strike before joining the others in the retreat from the temple. The priest stayed in the room roaring his success and evil victory.

Day ends.

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Into the Barracks...
In which the Heroes uncover a foul plot

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 10
The Chronicles of Ragnar Part Nine

After seeing the multitude of guards in the sleeping quarters, the heroes hatched a plan to lure a couple out into the prison area. The imprisoned Dwarves made some noise, pretending that something was wrong, while most of the party hid within the room, hoping to surprise any guards that entered. Azimi prepared her Charm Person spell, ready to cast it at the first person to come through the door. The plan worked and a single guard came through to see what all the fuss was about, Azimi charmed him and he spilled his guts. Having heard of “The Dragon Slayers of Ravenholm” the guard was more than happy to help out his new friend and told the party the officers quarters were upstairs, so probably the best place to look. He also released the Dwarves and took them to Erik, the Priest of Freyja for safekeeping. The Heroes left the prison and went to the stairs at the back of the building. These turned out to be a rickety fire escape and didn’t look stable to Kurin’s eye. So the heroes forgot the stair idea and proceeded through a door that Sven said was all quiet which fortuitously led to some more stairs heading up. What would they find upstairs? Would there be a clue to the Duke’s odd behaviour? Skrogg, being a party-pooper, reminded everyone that these guardsmen were not necessarily their enemies and general looting wouldn’t be fair. Creeping up the stairs, the party found themselves in a room with four doors. One, with a big iron bar across it, heading to the fire escape and rickety stairs and three others heading deeper into the barrack’s top floor. Barring the trap-door to the bottom level, the heroes headed through the rightmost door. They found themselves in a richly furnished dinning room and kitchen area. Wondering how mere guardsmen could afford such luxury, the party had a quick look around. Finding nothing incriminating, they moved into the next room, some type of office. Sven, however, had found a bottle of fine wine that he thought might look better in his bag than on the trophy cabinet. Past the office the party thought they had found the object of their search. A hideous trophy room stood before them. Aside from the usual Dire Wolf and great cat pelts, a red dragon and other monster heads, there were several Dwarven heads and even a Unicorn! Surely this was the lair of a corrupt and evil being. Still, a display of grisly trophies didn’t count for much without evidence of wrongdoing. The heroes continued on into the bedroom next-door and despite it being overly opulent (a portrait of the commander Draco Stormsailer dominating the room) nothing was found until a secret door was revealed. Inside the secret room a desk and three chests were found. Upon the desk was the evidence the party needed. A coded letter from the Ethengarian High Priest to the Commander revealed details of a war with the Dwarves, a curse on the Duke and plans for Draco to become the next Duke. An unholy plot indeed. The chests contained a trap which passed unnoticed by Sven. A cloud of paralysing gas enveloped the small room with Sven and Thorsgim immediately succumbing. Kurin and Skrogg, unaffected by the gas discussed the best way of removing the paralysis while Ragnar left the room. When Kurin was paralysed Skrogg thought it was time to go too. The remaining party members were in a quandary about how long to wait for the gas to dissipate. Time was short as no-one knew when the Commander would return, but a plan was formed. Azimi, somewhat uncharacteristically, held her breath and bravely entered the room to activate the Portal Scroll on the roof to vent the gas while Skrogg pulled the paralysed party members out of the room. Using Kurin’s potion of healing, Skrogg revived Kurin who then revived Thorsgrim who then revived Sven and after 15 minutes or so the secret room was searched. A large amount of money and a valuable looking helmet were found. It was now time to leave. Unfortunately they had lingered too long and where discovered by a platemail wearing solider in the room with the stairs. A quick hold person dealt with him but not before he let out an alarm call to which two more guards answered attacking Sven who had stopped to taunt the held guard. Another hold person was cast, but only one of the newcomers was affected so Kurin, Sven and Thorsgrim tried to bash the remaining guard. Skrogg, meanwhile, started to unlock the trapdoor barring the stairs to enable the escape. The melee continued with the guard proving to be a handful for the three. Skrogg opened the trapdoor and scuttled down the stairs to check for any guards but found none. Suddenly Thorsgrim felt a blow to his back and a previously unnoticed thief appeared behind him, dagger poised for another strike. Things were startinag to get out of hand and the quick escape was not happening. At the same time another guard came through another door with his sword ready for combat. This was the Sword-Master of Rhoona, he saluted the melee and waded in. He proved more than a match for the Heroes, disarming Kurin, Brother Starkad and Thorsgrim and parrying strikes from Ragnar and landing some meaty blows on all. Sven moved to combat the thief after the other guard fell, and landed a solid blow. Skrogg moved back up the stairs, hearing more sounds of combat, but instead of moving to fight the obviously harder opponent, charged at the thief with a look of pure hatred on his face. Throughout the melee, the Heroes had been trying to convince the guards that their commander was a traitor and that they had evidence. The Sword-Master seemed ready to listen and stopped fighting to see said evidence. The parlay was ruined, however, when Skrogg inexplicably gave the now unconscious thief a coup de grace. This enraged the Sword-Master and the combat restarted. Thanks mainly to Azimi’s Magic Missiles and Brother Starkad’s martial arts the Sword Master was defeated. Surely now was time to leave. Azimi, casting a Detect Magic noted that there were a number of magical items in the room, the thief’s boots and the Sword-Masters sword among them. Was there time to grab them? What about the magic armour? Where do the party go after this? To the Duke? To the treacherous Ethengarian Temple? Or the Temple of Freyja for healing and advice?

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Travel

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 9
The Chronicles of Ragnar Part Eight

Azimi woke up inside Lord Kazakk’s Vampire lair to find that Kurin was still missing, but perhaps a greater mystery beckoned? Yes more treasure. An immediate search of the surrounding area revealed that some shiny stuff could be seen in the water hole beside Lord Kazakk’s bedroom. Azimi was volunteered to investigate and soon discovered a pile of golden coins at the bottom of the water filled pit. A rope was tied to the sack and it was hauled up and found to contain some 2000 Darokin golden coins. Sensing something was still hidden in the pit, an expert was summoned in. Sven quickly amazed everyone by finding a hidden compartment and then duly opened said hatch to find a pile of treasure. Unfortunately, the scrolls were ruined, but Chainmail, a wand, a scroll case, and 12 crossbow bolts were found, in additional to the magical rapier of the Vampire, and a dagger. As they emerged out Azimi revealed that they were all indeed magical.

Once dried off Azimi attempted to find Kurin in her crystal ball only to discover a brown sack covering her view, then concentrated on the “mirror” but caused the the crystal ball to go dead. Rather than rest in the lair Skrogg overcame his apparent silliness (say what?) to suggest that time was of the essence and they should vacate the castle, so they all headed down the mountain to the waiting heir, Noriad Corran. Noriad was relieved that they had managed to clear the keep just in time and took them down towards his father’s waiting boat. Inside the cabin they revealed that the castle was indeed clear and here was an undead relative “Crackle”, who used to be Edgar Corran in life . Amazed at this he paid the remaining fee in gems only to be more amazed as another individual knocked at the door and behind him stood the slightly taller form of Kurin, still looking a bit grey but ALIVE. Rheddrian thanked the Hero’s for his freedom (apologized for being late) and explained why he thought the world of Mystara was in danger from the engines of his long lost “space craft”.

“I apologize for what has happened. Some day, perhaps, when I understand it all better myself, I can tell you what it meant. For now, accept this partial thanks…. and know that I do remember the favors I owe you”

He gestures; a medium-sized wooden chest appears at his feet, then he disappeared. Inside the chest was exactly 500gp (strangely un-minted) for each of the Hero’s.

Sailing across the lake Azimi identified the items telling everyone that the scroll inside the scroll case was for magic users only. Being only neutral not lawful her lie allowed her to keep the scroll of portals, and wand of enemy detection. The Quarrels were divided between Ragnar and Sven. Thorsgrim gained the magical chain that allowed him to be hasted. No one wanted the poncy sword, and the dagger was kept aside. Arriving across the lake to the fort town of Akorros. They were fleeced at the entrance for 7 silvers and then went about attempting to somehow restore the diminished Kurin. A cleric was found and was bargained down to only 8075 gp to cast a Retoration Spell. The Magic Rapier was sold for 975gp as part of the price. Being a good group this was agreed, severely limiting their loot from the treasure. Then a task on how to return to Ravenholm was undertaken, the only option was for them to be hired on as guards on a boat heading that way.

The boat journey was pretty mundane with the only real tangible benefit was that Kurin learn’t how to ride a dragon. As a first for Mystara, Goldie the dragon held a rope and Ragnar held the other end and was pulled across the ocean, wooping for joy as the sport of Water Skiing was invented.

Arriving back a Ravenholm some 45 days later they discovered that the town had again grew, more halflings had arrived and some trouble was brewing nearby at Rhoona. The proclamations issued by the duke were becoming bizarre. Thorsgrim’s old tutor, Brother Starkad, had come back from questing for the Sorona, had heard of a group of dragon slaying adventures and had arrived in the town asking for the Ravenholm Heroes help. After realizing Thorsgrim knew the mystic they duly agreed and sailed off and begun to investigate Rhoona.

Of notable occasion was the strange proclamation that dwarves should be shaven and stretched, outraging the local dwarven community. The Heroes broke into the Ducal barracks and opened several doors, freeing some shaved and stretched dwarves before opening a door to the barracks proper and seeing some 40 odd off duty soldiers. The door was semi quietly closed as judicious behaviour was chosen over silly stand up fighting.

Day ends.

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Vampire Castle

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 8

The Chronicles of Ragnar part Seven

As the electric birds did fly off Thorsgrim began to poke at a nearby pile of rocks with his boot. This disturbed three snakes that immediately attacked. The ferocious little reptiles managed to bite Thorsgrim, Sven and Ragnar before being splattered with much vigour. Azimi took the opportunity to run off the wall during the combat to avoid any responsibility.After combat Azimi the medic arrived with her ever present kit and immediately applied pressure bandages on the fang marks. Nothing was found in the pile of rubble.

Attention then turned tohow to get into the tower? Azimi and Skrogg, backed up by Sven asked for a roof assault and Sven agreed to climb up the tower face discovering a worn roof and a trapdoor. Lowering a rope, Skrogg quickly climbed up. Azimi cast a levitation spell and silently rose into the air amazing her colleagues with a new recently discovered spell. Ragnar also made the risky climb, but as he stepped onto the rickety roof proper, it gave way under his weight causing Skrogg and Sven to also fall through. Sven rolled to his feet like an expert, but the plate mail wearing duo of Skrogg and Ragnar both made a lovely clang. Finding themselves in what had once been a kitchen

Meanwhile both Clerics at the bottom of the tower had decided that climbing wasn’t for them and decided to boot in the doorway. Kurin took a heavy boot and surprisingly gave the door such a kick that it splintered in with one mighty boot. As they cautiously entered Kurin and Thorsgrim, were suddenly attacked by six glowing blue dishevelled individuals who burst from the rubble and moved to attack with weapons and grasping hands. Thorsgrim brought forth the power of Thor only to see two of these creatures shuffle back as four still attacked. Three on Kurin and one on Thorsgrim. Kurin rallied and splattered one with his magical hammer only to un-rally and begin to miss in spectacular fashion. Thorsgrim attempted to turn the ones that had previously run off again when they began to run in again. Seeing this was futile he switched to swinging his hammer. Kurin splattered another only to be grabbed and automatically given a lightning hit from the creature. Thorsgrim with an even more grim expression began to methodically work his way down onto these lighting zombies until they were pulped. As only 3 were left they suddenly shuffled off leaving one behind to be splatted quickly.

Up above a noise could finally be heard and the fab four began to rush down the staircase. As they rushed down to the second floor they met the two Zap zombies shuffling up. With Skrogg in the lead and Ragnar swinging his heavy Axe over his head the Zombies were quickly dispatched as Thorsgrim and Kurin puffed up the stairs in pursuit.
As Azimi who had stayed at the back again and offered unhelpful advice began to bandage the wounded Thorsgrim a jumping spider, (head plopper); fell on her head sinking its fangs into her neck paralyzing her immediately. A plopper also fell on Thorsgrim who fell paralyzed as well. The ploppers were quickly splatted, leaving Azimi and Thorsgrim paralyzed and dribbling. Both were taken upstairs and as old Nordic tradition dictated in these situations placed them in a compromising position. Before this could progress to far Kurin remembered that a Cure Light wounds spell could also cure paralysis. Thorsgrim was revived and didn’t look too pleased at having Azimi draped across him. Thorsgrim then cured Azimi’s paralysis before the Heroes decided to boot in the door to the six rooms. Sven and Azimi both failed as all the more fighter types quickly booted the door down. Another Lightning Zombie was seen in Skroggs room at the rear, but before it could utter a single urggggg; Skrogg jumped in and in one hit disembowelled it and then cut its head off for good measure.

At the end of the corridor an obvious secret door was discovered revealing steps into the mountain, and a crypt. Ragnar triggered a trap causing part of corridor floor to give way to a watery trap. Thorsgrim fell in and a grate slid in trapping him underwater. Through quick thinking of Azimi passed her blowpipe to Thorsgrim who was able to breathe. Sven managed to find a mechanism releasing Thorsgrim from what could have been a watery grave.

A voice from the side rang out, the party answered in good faith only to see a boy zombie reading some scrolls He duly began a diatribe dialogue directing their diagnostical dissection. Apparently he was a zombie of the boy of the household and there was a big bad up (Lord K something) ahead and some more Zombies, plus some treasure. Thorsgrim blessed the party as the heroes left to see the treasure, across and watery hall five zap zombies blocked their path and began to monologue. The party patiently waited for the pre-ordained rambling to finish and then attacked most vigorously.

Seeing water and lightning zombies, Azimi rose into the air as Ragnar stood on its surface. In less than twenty seconds all 5 zombies were destroyed and a big bad Lord K emerged. He was carrying an obviously magical sword and began to walk towards the party. A magical missile from Azimi struck him, but it was the surprising holy symbol of Thorsgrim that kept him at bay. Kurin, Skrogg and Ragnar all strode forward and smote many grievous wounds, before a simple hello could be said or another monologue could begin.

More wounds were dealt on the abomination, before as it reached out and touched Kurin draining his life force as horror cross his eyes, reached down and lightning charged the water nearby. Another magical missile from Azimi did strike it in the chest causing Lord K to die (again being undead). Kurin lying unconscious was given first aid by Azimi noting a hand like white scar on his chest.

Lord Ks bedroom could be seen beyond with a large bed. Azimi immediately asked for Ragnar to chop off a bed post a drive it into the undead beast’s heart. Lord K twitched from the last time, fountaining blood from his fangs. Looting of his bedroom began, including a picture of his family from 150 + years ago, large platinum pieces and a mirror. A face in the mirror said hello and begged to be set free as to save the planet. It promised to free the person in several days. Kurin hero now most puny volunteered, and before a cry of “leave your hammer”; vanished inside the mirror. The Green individual wearing what can only be described as a Black overall jump suit appeared. He began to grow before; suddenly screaming about something wasn’t right, turning into a bright flash and vanished as well as the mirror. Azimi was immediately knocked unconscious. After 30 minutes she awoke to find that the largely LAWFUL and honorable party had cared for her in a respectful manner, placed her in the recovery position and put a cloak under her head as a pillow.

Day ends Dum dum dum!

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Snow Trip

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 7

The Chronicles of Ragnar Part Six

Azimi’s Journal Part 3

Following the pack up at the dragon cave, The Ravenholm Heroes followed the lead of Ragnar they began to traipse off the mountain, with Ragnar clearly shouting I know the way. For two days his hope fell true, until snow blindness began to take it’s course. Two days later he had begun to doubt his directions and re checked the map to discover they were now on the wrong side of the mountain, heading the wrong way.

From the plains below a dust cloud of a number of horsemen could be seen. Azimi using the power of the crystal ball found in the cave identified the horsemen as Khanates, and noted that they had camped around a dragon castle but hadn’t gone in. Without supplies and direction the Heroes again followed Ragnar off the mountain. Azimi began to observe very closely the navigation attempts of Ragnar and began to assist in the Navigation attempts. Skrogg after months of hearing only voices, began with Azimi’s instruction to understand the language of Heldrannic, spoken in the north. A mountain lion was seen nearby, but it ran off with the bickering. Both clerics began to mutter something about god problems and then were stoically quiet. Climbing off the mountain Sven, began to hunt food whenever he could to aid the dwindling food supplies. With now navigation duties taken over by Azimi, the heroes finally saw the village of Ravenholm as the food ran out and the horses began to starve.

Another welcome as horses loaded down with loot arrived in Ravenholm. Immediately, a large amount of money (and all dragon specific materials) was promised to the smith Bronic Stonebrough, in exchange for the creation 2 sets of Magical White Dragon Plate, one for Skrogg and one for Ragnar. Kurin also began to train in the hammer while Sven and Azimi were given a lift by Kurin’s magical dragon hammer to Norrvik to begin training in the crossbow and staff. A supply of books were purchased by Azimi and they returned to Ravenholm. She then attempted to research a new 3rd level spell, spending a vast some of Guldan (3000gp) on a futile effort. A few halflings hearing about the fame of Skrogg arrived in Ravenholm as well further boosting the numbers in the village. As the Heroes feasted one night Azimi’s head rolled back and she began to speak in the voice of a male, summoning them back to the wizards tower near Tuma. Time was short and they decided that by stripping down weight they all might be able to fit on the back of the Hammer dragon. Much experimentation and low level flapping occurred revealing that indeed with slimming down on their equipment they could all fit. They flew high in the clouds with only skrogg falling off only to be caught in the dragon’s claws. They arrived at the wizard’s tower, and were informed that as heroes they were wanted for a mission of most urgent. A castle was needed to be cleared for an inheritance within a very short timeline in far away Darokin in the north of lake Amsorak. The mage himself again took control of Azimi to open a gateway near to Darokin city and passage was arranged to the North of the Lake.

Arriving at the “abandoned” castle nested against a shear cliff, a brand new closed gate could be seen. Azimi again using the crystal ball failed to observe anyone on the walls on inside. Sven easily slipped over the all and lifted the bar on the gate allowing Thorsgrim, Ragnar and Skrogg to push open the gate. Inside an empty courtyard, sudden from up high some sounds of squawking birds could be seen. Having previously been warned about glowing birds, the Heroes waited with weapons drawn. Sven shot his and stunned it with his bad arse crossbow. Azimi managed to utter a shield spell before the birds at 60 feet released lightning from the breaks to miss the party. The birds then dived down and were splatted with much scrunching sounds. The stunned bird and the bird who had attacked Azimi’s flew off as all the other’s were splatted with a variety of well aimed swings.

Day Ends.

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Dragon Slayers Indeed

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 6

The Chronicles of Ragnar Part Five

With much trepidation the Heroes of Ravenholm continued on the search for the ghostly lair, dictated by the ever rubbing Azimi. The ghostly helm did lead them deeper into the mountains, with an untypical fine day. Later on the weather became changable and began turn that could only be described as being nasty. The ever present Renn continued to observe what a hero he was. Azimi was able to observe his attractive hammer only discover that is was indeed well made, but only had a diamond in the head, and in no way magical.

The Ravenholm heroes did continue the following day with the ever present bragging buffoon. A choice of two trails were made with the wise words of Skrogg advising to “always take the high path”. As they traversed the mountainous path, they encountered a figure who waved hello. This mountain warrior was accompanied by a white direwolf of amazing size. He was hunting for his missing brother (with a red saddle) and upon questioning he revealed that “a cave” was back down the valley. The Heroes did traipse off immediately towards said cave. Encountering the huge cave, a slime covered entrance revealed that looked like a nest with two eggs in it. Renn the silly strode forth to grab the “dragon eggs” accompanied by the warriors. As soon as the buffoon touched the eggs their true nature as cold puddings was revealed shocking him deeply and then effectively dissolving his head in a frozen mess. Ragnar with his mighty Axe alight did splat the first pudding, but the second won stayed impervious to all weapons except for fire. Skrogg, Thorsgrim, Kurin and Ragnar flailed at it, while Sven looked for other danger. Azimi ran off. However, the pudding did strike Ragnar mightily several times causing to collapse to unconsciousness. Kurin realizing that the only hope was the burning Axe picked the weapon up, but couldn’t remember the command word for the flame. Azimi seeing the plight sprinted in screaming the command word and unfortunately attracting the beasts attention. It easily blobbed forward causing a huge burning wound on Azimi, who screamed muchly. Kurin finally managed to slay the pudding with the Axe, not before mighty wounds were done to Thorsgrim, Sven, and Kurin. Following the battled it was discovered that Ragnar had collapsed unconscious, but Renn was very dead. The Heroes decided to use the cave as a place of sanctuary until the following morning. Both Kurin and Thorsgrim used all their supplies of healing spells up as Azimi cried and sobbed that her wounds hurt. Azimi gave her only potion of healing towards Ragnar as long as he promised to speak to his wife Thora about her behaviour towards Azimi. The Heroes continued out of the cave, noting that no Valkryies came down to collect Renn’s body, now covered in a rock cairn.

The Heroes, guided by the man with the wolf carried up the hill, learning their lesson as to ask about exactly what cave they were looking for. Near the end of the day a massive cave could be seen some mile and half out, the heroes decided to press on during the darkness only to be attacked by the dragon itself who flew down, picked up Ragnar and flew up intending to drop him from a great height and make him go “splat”. The first pass only scraped against his surprised armour, but the second picked him up, screaming in rage. Heroically, Ragnar did smite the beast with his large Axe causing him to dropped into a snow drift. The dragon flew off as the heroes attempted to continue towards the lair. Unfortunately, the footing became so treacherous that they turned back to camp in a copse of trees to heal the wounded Ragnar as much as possible. During the daylight they decided to search the valley first for the body of the guides brother only to find a backpack with a spell book, several gems, and a blood stained red saddle. The guide promised them gems for revenge. The heroes did continue towards the Lair, moving carefully across the extremely treacherous ground.

The entrance to the lair was proven to be a large holed out cavern with many ledges and fissures, that Sven investigated, before informing the heroes that he could hear breathing from the next mighty cavern. Wobbly stalagmites wobbled precariously overhead, but didn’t fall. Thorsgrim cast his Protection from Cold spell and the long running Bless as the others attempted to creep into the lair from the side. Skrogg and Ragnar somehow observed the beast on a ledge high above the entranceway, and Ragnar with the luck of the gods managed a shot to hit the beast despite the ledge protecting it. The beast flew down to attempt to crush and bite the victims below. The beast was attacked by all except Azimi who stayed back and cast Magic Missile hitting the beast despite it’s magical protection. The dragon breathed and thanks to it’s wounds and magical Thorsgrim frost cloth everyone survived. The dragon was then slayed by Skrogg, shoving his sword into it’s unprotected flank as the others engaged the flapping hovering dragon. The beast crashed to the floor and all was quiet. A thought began to ruminate about the heroes, “Treasure”. But where? Indeed the next cavern lodged in the very icy pillars supporting the roof a vast arrange of treasure was embedded, entombed in ice. Kurin completely failed to notice the engineering danger and the job of melt the treasure out began. Coins, gold, silver, a hammer, gems and jewelry were spotted and removed with shield bearers protecting the excavation minors from falling ice chips from above. Azimi began to re-examine her remaining memorized spells and replaced them all with Hold Portal to attempt to secure the pillars from falling apart. The last central pillar containing a staff was left to the following day and Kurin, the brave removed it without the ceiling collapsing. A rope was laid out to point to the collapse if it did happen. Azimi began her work in earnest calculating the cost of the treasure, analyzing the items and generally being surprisingly useful. More money than they could possibly load onto the horses, storage sacks and backpacks was gathered up. A mighty hammer was given to Kurin who had risked his life for a staff. He was told of it’s power only to be stunned, by now owning a Rod of the Wym in the shape of a hammer. Everyone look jealous, but acknowledged the risk he had personally taken in retrieving the last staff. Azimi claimed a crystal ball and the staff of the Element, as a ring of water walking was debated as to who deserved such a treasure. The next step was to cross out of the mountains heavily laden with more gold than they could possibly carry, such a dilemma indeed.

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Dragon Slayer

The Chronicles of Ragnar Part four

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 5

The heroes of Ravenholm stayed in Norrvik for three days to re-equip their newly captured vessel and acquire some newly formed volunteers to travel to Ravenholm. Azimi immediately left to visit the school of magic and indulged herself in the study not only of magic, but also geography of dreams and maps. Ragnar the Reborn, felt sick and had complete bed rest to recover from a mild case of death due to occupational hazard. Other’s generally spent their time in Norrvik as tourists with out ambition, but with coin to spend on drink.

The as the Grey Mist was ready to depart, it became quickly apparent that not only were the nightmares recurring, but everybody was suffering from the same dreams. Azimi was able to discover (thanks to a 1 roll) that these were caused by the ghost residing in the Heldannic helmet that Kurin carried. Azimi was able to communicate with the Ghost to have the dreams lessened in exchange for promises that we were indeed heading towards The Ethengar Khanate. Travel was quite on the way back to Ravenholm except for the sighting of a Ghost ship by Thorsgrim, Kurin and Azimi.

Arriving back at Ravenholm, the party were indeed treated as heroes. Jarl Olaf insisted on a huge feast to celebrate not just the success of their home coming, but the capture of the The Black Pariah, doubling the ships available to the village. After many speeches, Ragnar the Reborn, was personally honoured by Jarl himself, offering his mighty Axe, Troll Bane to Ragnar. As the story unfolded, Ragnar apparently personally led the charge on the enemy vessel fighting their captain in solo combat. The rest of the Heroes had good grace to fix smiles to their faces and share Ragnar’s glory. Following the feast serious weapon training began for Thorsgrim, Ragnar, Sven and Skrogg. Azimi sat down in the hut of Old Nann for some study of books.

Following the two weeks of training, the Heroes traveled down the coast towards the Inn of the Dancing Damsel where Sven swore black and blue that he new a fella who could do a good deal on horses. Sven was right, he made a great deal on the horses, but completely failed with the purchasing of Iron rations and was forced to take a huge hit in purchasing of supplies. Azimi after making herself completely broke researching her spell, required Kurin’s assistance in buying food. The Heroes of Ravenholm set out towards the Ethengar Khanate in search of the Ghostly mountain. Hills, forests and peat bogs were skillfully bypassed by the navigation of Ragnar and the luckiness of halflings. At night thanks to

Eventually as the Heroes found themselves entering the hills a pride of starving rock lions emerged and immediately, began to circle the Heroes looking for easy prey. Weapons were drawn and even a newly discovered spell of Magic Missile was cast by Azimi. The Pride attacked happily attempting to eat the small halfling and Azimi. Ragnar slew Azimi’s with an easy skill as Sven stabbed his skillfully. Skrogg began to lay into the lions surrounding him with great abandon. Just when more magic flew from the hand of Azimi a great white dragon landed and chew upon one of the lions. The armoured figure on top simple uttered the words “What Ho, I have come to save the day”. The lions immediately ran off with only three left alive. The Heroes then discovered that the brash man on the top of dragon (who had apparently subdued it) did believe himself to the be the saviour and general all round hero. Azimi the only non martial type was truly impressed. As a good sports they decided to camp. As semi skilled adventurers they decided to set a watch. The Hero rescuer snored like a true git, while the dragon stat out of the range of the fire and sulked. During Azimi’s watch, Azimi noticed the the bridle bit on the dragon had begun to come undone, as she investigated (yes she will stick to this story as any other would indeed be very foolish and blameful). However, it happened the bit fell out of the dragons mouth and it immediately flapped into the air breathing a blast of cold on the entire group. After grabbing weapons, several arrows and darts flew at the beast as it rose higher still to breath again. Seeing the danger, Thorsgrim the wise and pious cast his protection from cold saving the lives of several members as the Bolts from Sven and then finally Ragnar brought the lesser dragon beast down in a satisfying “whump”. Azimi immediately was dispatched as chief non magical medic to apply temporary first aid. Kurin and Thorsgrim used some minor curative spells to aid the more heavily injured (Azimi, Sven and Thorsgrim).

The beast was dead, but what would the morning bring?

Azimi’s Journal Second Entry

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Battle of the Grey Mist
A Glorious Death.

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 4

Thus the Heroes of Ravenholm did board the mighty vessel of the Grey Mist travelling from the Mage’s tower towards the town of Rhoona with it’s walls and vessels in port. The party did disembark and begin a series of trading. Gems were purchased with coin. Books were purchased by Azimi’s new friend the book merchant who indeed did have 3 books to sell. No on noticed the weaving of hands in making him a new “friend”. After spending several hours drinking not all was happy in Rhoona as the Duke had ordered all tax to be paid in beer. With a shrug the the PC’s grouped some money together (3700 Guldan) and some large bales of silk cloth was purchased to be sold in the capital Norrvik.

The Grey mist was boarded and captain Jarl ordered everyone to row. Azimi claimed she carried an injury from a magical discharge due to Skrogg’s sword and had a bandage on her arm. Dreams of Heldannic Knights began to invade the crew and party members. Everyone looked at the shiny helmet of Kurin with dark looks.

As the Grey Mist steadily rowed up river, a bank of mist could be seen approaching soon enveloping the craft and soon the only sound was the splash of the oars hitting the water. The awareness of the crew increased, as furtive looks across the water. The reason could soon be seen as a black sail approached behind the Grey Mist. Thorsgrim was able to identify him as Olev the Black, a raider known for his cowardly tactics (holding back, shooting with his longbow). The Crew readied weapons in response to sharp commands by Jarl Olaf Pin leg to ready weapons as the Grey Mist couldn’t outrun them.

A dastardly and daring plan was hatched, using the Rope of Climbing to swing over and attack the enemy captain before they could react, thus disheartening the enemy ship. With a woop of joy Ragnar, Kurin, Skrogg and Thorsgrim all swung over as Sven released a magical bolt at the enemy captain, hitting despite his cover. The fab four engaged the nearby enemy crew as Azimi released a friendship spell on an enemy soldier. The Catpain’s bow string unraveled leaving him bowless at a word from Azimi. Sven reluctantly drew his sword as enemies came over the sides. Ragnar dispatched his enemy crew easily as Skrogg, Thorsgrim and Kurin made tough work of it. One of the two soldiers fighting Sven suddenly stopped fighting Sven to help his new friend Azimi. Sven managed through more luck than skill to hack his opponent down. Ragnar approached the enemy captain swinging his Axe is long swings, killing a crew enemy member. Skrogg, Thorsgrim and Kurin still battled badly. Sven successfully backstabbed the friendly enemy only making him madder. Azimi attempted to hit him with her stick but missed. Ragnar impressed with the enemy captain’s sword play traded blows, only to find at the last minute his Axe was deflected and received mighty wounds in reply. The enemy fighting Azimi and Sven was cut down by Sven as he attempted to swear at Azimi “the witch”. Kurin finally bashed his crew member down only to see Ragnar cut down and coup de grace by the Olev the Black. Kurin rushed swearing dwarven curses to miss the captain. The captain easily hit Kurin wounding him. Skrogg finally managed to chop down his opponent to rush into combat standing on body of Ragnar to hit the enemy captain in the back. Azimi managed to blow pipe the back on an enemy trying to climb back into the boat after falling into the water. He was paralyzed and slid into the water with barely a murmur. Skrogg again injured the captain who was now battling Sven (who had lept across) and Kurin. Olev seeing that he was now fighting three opponents backed up, then dealt a cruel blow to Skrogg (who if was any taller would have lost his head). The pirate fighting Thorsgrim, clutched his neck and fell over sideways with a small dart in it. Thorisgrim finally managed to bash his opponent into oblivion. He moved over and attempted to heal the mightily injured Kurin only to see him slump unconscious from another blow from Olev the Black. Thorsigrim yelling for Thor finally bashed the captain dead.

With the heroics of the Hero’s of Ravenholm and the death of Olev the Black the battle turned and the crew of the Grey Mist were victorious. (+1 BR from now on).

All was quiet except the moaning. Ragnar had fallen, alone in single combat, but still not Valkyries came. Stories will be told, what more could a Northmen warrior want, single combat against a renowned Pirate and glorious death defending his friends.

The boat was looted with a magical sword and bow being found on the captain. The boot was searched and several thousand coins were liberated (with half being claimed by Jarl Olef Pin-Leg). The brave companions of Ravenholm claimed the boat as loot, with captain Jarl Olaf’s blessing. The first mate and another 12 crew joined the Heroes on the Black Pariah, thus allowing the both boats to be rowed/sailed towards the city of Norrvik. Where priests of Odin asked the corpse of Ragnar if he was indeed loyal to Odin. With the affirmative given, Ragnar was brought back to life through the use of Raise Dead and a small donation of 500gp. The silk shipment was unloaded at the docks, and a buyer found, and silk being rare commodity in Norrvik the party sold the silk for 6400 Guldan (2700 Guldan profit). A large city with training opportunities awaits. But the dreams remain of the angry Heldannic Knight and the sea of grass within the Ethgar Khanate.

Day Ends.

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Journey to the Rock Finished

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 3
Azimi’s Journal
The Ragnar Chronicles Part Three

Breaking camp on a cold foggy morning the brave consortium continued carefully to contemplate the considerable complication of crags currently curbing their continuance.

A decision to walk their horses through the rocky crags towards the rock, entering the mist with due diligence. Eventually the fog lifted to reveal the huge rock not far ahead.
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Approaching the rock the Heroes of Ravenholm were greeted by a cry of help and beware from a maiden tied up to the rock up ahead. Azimi pointedly asked how did she not get cold as the maiden claimed to have been tied up for ages. However, before a serious discussion could break out a series of unfortunate events occurred. Three of the horses carrying the campanions collapsed causing their riders the dismount ungainly. Then six magical flying daggers attacked the group. Kurin bravely put himself before two daggers so the smaller figure of Skrogg could find his feet. The daggers were swotted away, breaking appart with some wounds received. As the last dagger fell the “maiden” screamed something about her evil plans being disrupted, dropping her illusion and appearing as a hag. The hag then dismounted from the rock and began to attack. She was immediately hit by a dart from Azimi, but again ignored the silly poison. However, as she came down the hill, the Heroes deciding that this creature should be defeated, hacked her to tiny pieces with relative ease. Again the huge Axe of Ragnar passed over the head of Skrogg to chop the beast down.

An investigation of the crevice behind by Skrogg (the small and nimble) found a short sword with runes and a shiny edge on it. Ragnar, moaned most heavily that who would ever make a magical shortsword, when bigger ones were possible. Of course he was still hurting from dropping his sword in the stream.

Kurin led the group on how to get into the rock. As the Heroes traversed the face eventually the illusionary wall of the Rock was revealed displaying huge chamber inside. They bravely entered without prejudice. Using their inconsiderable skills the Heroes observed 7 chests the 4 statues of 4 kings. Amazingly the statues came to life and began to approach the Heroes. Heavy crossbow bolts flew, hitting Statue A first. Oil was thrown by Azimi, but she missed. Combat was joined with Thorsgrim and Kurin holding the right flank of crystal statutes as Skrogg and Ragnar held the left with and Iron and Magma statues. Surprisingly the beast attacking Skrogg belched moulton magma at Skrogg. With amazingly bad timing Azimi through more oil only to have it miss the Statue and hit skrogg, who was mightly singed. The beast then hit Skrogg who collapsed with a hole in his chest. Woe and begone, what had Azimi done. Not only did she look incompedent, but now looked a trifle foolish throwing oil into combat. Kurin and Throsgrim continued the battle with the crystal statutes. Throsgrim even saying something about the curse of the Ones. Ragnar using his great Axe hacked at the Iron statue. Sven seeing his friend fallen ran up beside Azimi expecting her to stay to overwhelm this beast with numbers. He was slightly taken aback as she suddenly sprinted off leaving him on his own. Very amazingly Skrogg stood up from the ground looking none the worse for ware and joined Sven in attacking the Magma King. Ragnar managed to chop the Iron King down without having his weapon stuck on the creature. He moved to attack the Magma King as well. Kurin smashed the crystal statue down as he saw his friend and companion Thorsgrim smashed down by the dagger of the first crystal Statue. A Huge “Noooooooooooooooooooo” came from the lips of Kurin as he leaped to attack it. The Magma King was eventually splatted by the three Heroes at the back. Azimi just ran round the back looking nervous and scared. Kurin smashed the first crystal king to pieces, with tears in his eyes. As the dust settled, Azimi discovered that Thorsgrim’s heart had stopped and no amount of arm pumping would help. Desolation beset the Heroes over the fine death of Thorsgrim. Azimi began to give assistance to those who were wounded, noting that Skrogg seemed to have no injuries.

Azimi and Sven had solved the riddle given to them and decided only to look in the first and least shiny chest. Inside was a massive amount of gold, platium pieces and jewelry. Including shiny looking weapons, armour, books and scrolls. A particular piece of jewelry seemed to open a portal back to the manner house of the arch mage who had sent them on the journey. With heavy hearts they packed the treasure onto the horses and the body of Thorsgrim, travelling through the portal to appear in the mage’s garden.

After waiting for the legal 24 hours to see if Valkries came down to take the fallen body of Thorsgrim, he awoke with none the worse for ware. Blinking saying what happened. The Heroes of Ravenholm had truly learnt that not all that is gold is treasure and the life of their friend Thorsgrim was indeed treasure enough. However, Azimi with her arcane knowledge identified the items found (only to be given a potentially lethal electrical shock touching the sword of Skrogg) and the Heroes began to bicker about who got what.

Day ends

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Thorsgrim's ramblings
The story of the cursed cleric

Ha!
Today we faced terrible odds. Strange golems attacked us in the rock… It was a good day to die, and die I did… I have yet to spread Thor’s glory to the deaf. Thor was not ready to have me drink beside him in the halls of Valhalla.
He refused me entry to the great feasting hall!
He returned me to the land of the living to continue my work…
Thor has given me the opportunity to prove my worth to him by striking me with a wasting of the body… I am not bitter at all at this, it is an honour to be tested by him.. An honour I am going to grasp hold of and prove that I am worthy of a seat at the great table.
We have been too lapse in keeping to the ways of the North..
By Thor’s Hammer, we shall be warriors to be sung of……..

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