Mystara and the Path to Immortality

The Beginning
A promse of adventure

Summer is waning in the Northern Reaches, but Ravenholm has suffered, the warm temperatures have allowed the trolls to come south out of Trollheim, raiding and have caused much crop damage. Only through the help of Bronic Stonebrough, Silanda Feadiel and his dwarven clansmen has Ravenholm survived. But with autumn harvest damaged other income is needed else many mouths will go hungry.

For weeks, you’ve been looking for adventure in this forsaken wilderness, with nothing much to show for it. It’s late autumn now, with the winter fast-approaching, and you’ll be in real trouble if you don’t earn some treasure soon.

To lighten the sombre mood Bronic has invited you all to share in his nephew’s name-day celebration, and as with all dwarven parties drinking starts early. As you’re finishing breakfast at the Drinking Hall, a traveller walks into the common room. In a loud voice "Peace be upon you all! I, Hakeem the merchant, seeksBronic Stonebrough and his worthy friends!"

Bronic raises his eyebrows above his ale and invites the traveller over…….

Dum, Dum, Dum …….

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Journey to The Rock
Travel and adventure

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 1

The Ragnar Chronicles Part One

Tserdain, 3rd Felmont 1000
(Early autumn 39deg F, with light rain).

A sombre mood had fallen over Ravenholm, the troll raids had taken their toll and without work/adventure the village would be in trouble to make it through the winter without loss.

As the yet unnamed party met in the Ravenholm drinking hall to celebrate the name day of Kurin Stonebrough, drinking and quaffing started early, a traveler walked into to hall and announced in a Darokin accented Thyatian that he was looking for Bronic Stonebrough.

Bronic invited the traveler to join you at the table to hear what he had to say. An offer of work. Apparently while traveling through the wilds near the border of Rockhome he stopped at The Manor (owned by a wizard named Lirdrium Arkayz). The thrall to the owner (Jenlar Temlin) had paid him to bring a message to Bronic who had adventured with Lirdrium Arkayz in days past. Bronic scanned the message (and map on back) and passed to message to Kurin, saying happy birthday. He also presented Kurin with a potion of healing with three doses.

Needless to say in desperate times any job is good, even better with automatic payment offered and the possibility of further riches. After discussing with his friends (and Skrogg) hey!, looking at the overland route it was decided to convince Jarl Olaf Pin-Leg that taking the Grey Mist would benefit Ravenholm the most. (This involved lots more drinking, banging of mugs on tables and finally offering the usual 50% of treasure).

The course picked would sail them out the Nordersford fjord, around the headland, pass through Norrvik and finally take the oar’s out and row up the Krevilan river to base of the Barkel mountains. Ravenholm became a den of activity and excitement as the Grey Mist was prepared to sail. The next day after saying farewell to loved ones (and some not so loved) the Grey Mist slipped into morning mist from the Ravenholm docks. The first day sailing was smooth (if not cold, 36degF) and took the Grey Mist out of the Fjord with good speed, the predominant W wind aiding the travel (90 miles). During the second day sailing a sail was spotted coming out of mist 300 yards to starboard. All the party members failed to recognize the sail (Skald check) leaving Jarl Olaf to inform them to ROW… as the sail belonged to a famous raider Sven Odinson from Ostland. Ragnar immediately tried to yell abuse, Thorsgrim grabbing his hammer, Sven started loading his crossbow, and Skrogg running to the stern to get a better look…… even with the wind Odinson’s Long-ship closed the distance on the Grey Mist. Olaf, seeing his crew NOT ROWING, rather loudly informed them to ROW again. With ALL his crew rowing the Grey Mist was able to evade Odinson’s long-ship.

A day later the Grey Mist glided into the docks of Norrvik, Olaf gave the crew shore leave to investigate while he had word with the Harbor master about the Ostland vessel. Strangely not many from the party took up the offer as they felt it was unclean, or didn’t have enough Guldan.

With temperatures still balmy (36degF) and light rain being the constant friend the Grey Mist left Norrvik and rowed up river toward The Manor. Mid day, the watchmen gave a startled cry …. DRAGON. Everyone panicked (well, everyone except Skrogg, who couldn’t speak Heldannic). As the party watched the dragon banked, revealing its black colour. A second cry went up from the watchman…. DRAGONs. Not large but, THREE. Olaf ordered the ballista assembled on the deck and the sail taken down! With quick (boating skill) work Ragnar organized the party taking down the sail. Strangely the dragons didn’t seem interested in the boat, as if looking for something…. circled the boat then carried on their journey.

The remaining journey up river was uneventful as not many creatures or vessels are interested in messing with 75 armed and some-what jumpy Northmen. Leaving the Grey Mist behind, and using the map provided by Jenlar Temlin’s the party entered the forest, following a 20’ wide trail to The Manor. The trail seemed peaceful and safe, a couple of degrees warmer than outside (45deg F). Half a days travel took the adventures to the steps of an unfortified long-hall the likes of the party had not seen (Kurin informed the party that it was indeed made from marble). An open courtyard greeted the party with very life like statues of heroic adventures and fierce monsters. As the party approached the main doors two heavily armed Northmen open the doors ….. “We have been expecting you Jenlar Temlin is waiting to meet you”.

The party accepted the invitation, Jenlar explained that his master (who was busy performing a magical experiment) needed the party to investigate The Rock and bring back its secrets….. he also offered to pay the adventures 400 Guldan each and they could keep any treasure found, his master only wanted the secret to The Rock. Horses were offered but failed to be acted on (except Sven having “a look” at them). After comfortably resting but before the party set out the next day (and after sending the payment to the Grey Wind). Jenlar gave them one final warning ….

Trudging slowly (thanks Kurin) the party left The Manor. Towards the end of the day the trail seemed to open up. A clearing. Suddenly the party heard singing, soft, fair voices singing to them … calling them to leave the trail and come to them….. all of the party except Sven failed their (charm person) saves. Sven played along. At the other end of the clearing were two Valkyries flying toward them on swan like wings (Sven saw two Harpies). As they got closer Sven let loose with his heavy crossbow, but did Jack… in fact all he did was cause the lead Harpy to scream " I am mighty Helgarth, queen of the harpies! Who dares to attack the Wings of Death? "

She immediately moved to attack Sven. The other seeing a small squishy looking halfling moved to attack Skrogg (thus breaking the charm spell on him). Sven fought valiantly but couldn’t compete with the shear ferocity of Helgarth’s attacks, was knocked unconscious. Meanwhile Skrogg took some minor damage, avoided his friends attempts at stopping him attacking the Valkyries, killed the second harpy. Helgarth immediately attacked Skrogg. With the hindrance provided by the party, Helgarth overcame Skrogg (who passed his Death Magic saving throw), knocking him unconscious. She then made a mistake by attacking Kurin, who seeing a very damaged non-valkyrie harpy in front of him, killed it. Then using his uncles potion healed Sven and Skrogg. Helgarth was relieved of a 200gp tiara and then the harpy trailed was followed.

The trail led north, tough going, as the party had to hack their way through in places, to the den of the Harpies. Sven used his extremely unreliable move silently skill to sneak to the entrance and have a look in the 20’ cave (made of bones). He spotted three juvenile harpies, shooting one in the back before calling for assistance. Once more help arrived the three evil little harpies were exterminated. A corpse of a dead priest was revealed, relieved of 210gp of coins and a 50gp gem.

As it was near night the party set up camp, but due to the smell of blood attracted the attention of a wolf the size of a horse. Thorsgrim was on watch and woke the other party members. Sven used his evade skill to skulk away, Kurin and Skrogg grabbed fire brands from the fire, Ragnar tried to intimidate the Dire wolf away, Thorsgrim tried to form a defensive wall. The wolf was unimpressed with the bad language, dodged away from Sven’s heavy crossbow, and both of the fire brands…… and bit Thorsgrim (who was muttering something like …. first roll and I rolled and it’s a 1). A short tussle ensued with the wolf dieing at the end of Ragnars sword.

Day ends, Nytdain 12th Felmont.
XP: 713 for adventure so far.

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Journey to the Rock Continued

Skrogg’s Journal – Chapter 2

The Ragnar Chronicles Part Two

Party Journal as written by Azimi Bint Afaf Ibhannah Al Zarah
(Because she does nothing else)

NB Party members are invited to remove all outright lies or references to them being interested in the witches body parts – Ragnar

Azimi, furious at being left behind at the manor, began by desperately looking through library volumes in a vain yet sophisticated attempt to being the process of acquiring new knowledge and lost arts. However, following the nagging guilt that something was amiss she unselfishly agreed to return the bags of loot to the ship.

Spending her well earned research time, she still suffered the guilt that the manor house lord had given a temporary loan of horses for the expedition towards the rock. She dutifully saddled the horses, tied them together and trotted out towards the trail in an attempt to find the Heroes of Ravenholm. Encountering them on the path it was revealed that they had been attacked by harpies and had prevailed against such odds, Azimi found herself humbled by such warriors of renown! Thorsgrim seemed to rant about Thor, piousness and honour etc, but his eyes kept lingering on Azimi’s legs and hips. Azimi flashed him an insolent grin and was rewarded by a flush in Thorsgrim’s cheeks as he turned hurriedly away. As they travelled and Azimi’s memory turned inwards a group of sprites appeared and began to flutter about the party inviting them to play, Azimi speaking in Elven accepted the invitation and began to play against much muttering from the warrior types. The sprites warned the Heroes that a large creature resided up a head and care was needed.

Further up the trail an Ogre could be seen obviously doing something on a rock up ahead. Azimi dismounted as she didn’t trust the stead she was on as other weapons were readied. Ragnar called and challenge and beast began to run towards the Party, Arrows, Bolts and insults all felt their mark on the creature. Azimi was particularly pleased that a poisoned dart hit home, but failed to stop the beast. As the Ogre ran into combat the quick work of Kurin the dwarf bashed its knee as Skrogg hit its other hamstring. The beast bellowed in pain and dropped its head allowing Ragnar to lop its head off with a mighty chop of his Long Handled Axe. Where the ogre had waited was a small sack with 40 gp.

As they carried up the trail out from a long nearby rushed a couple of swarms of rats. Azimi screamed as her fear overtook sanity, she jumped off her horse and began to leg it. A pack of Rats began to chase her. Screaming all the way, her fear enabled to outpace the rats and turn and run back towards the party who had dismantled and squashed the first pack. As Azimi sprinted on yelling “save me, save me” the warriors attacked the second swarm squashing them quickly. Azimi, chest heaving (Thorsgrim looking again she noticed) returned to the Heroes. Some wounds were bandaged.

Up ahead some chameleon men stopped the heroes demanding that they stand trial for crossing their land. They demanded that the party surrender. Azimi seeing the odds, against them immediately dropped her staff raising her hands. The warriors, demanded death and glory and it was only until the five of the chameleon men somehow reappeared behind the party hold a knife to Azimi throat, that the warriors agreed to hand over their weapons. They were bound and blind folded and led towards their lair. Inside they were briefly kept hostage before standing trial. The trial chosen was Skrogg who was to enter one to one combat in a ring armed with a club. Skrogg surprising everyone bashed the boasting Chameleon man in the groin causing a funny collapse and success by trial. They were led back to their weapons.

The Heroes carried up the trail until a covered bridge was found. The arch warned that men must pay a cost in crossing. Azimi, Skrogg and Kurlin crossed easily, but the human warriors were attacked. Eventually after much splashing, the Heroes managed to cross and defeated two Water Weirds who had almost drowned Ragnar. Azimi applied first aid managed to saved him. To which he gave thanks to ODIN.

The Heroes continued until a lurking figure could be seen on the mountain path ahead. Sven hid as the other carried on. Amazingly Sven managed to completely surprise this one lone dwarf miner who was watching the group. He offered a game of betting gems on an axe throw with Kurin. Kurin threw extremely well, but had just lost all the party’s gems. Azimi outraged at this obvious charlatan, cast her first (and only magic spell) Charm Person. The dwarf immediately became her friend and agreed in friendship to the double or nothing axe throw. Kurin seeing his previous error won. Azimi asked her new friend to stay to help protect her from the dangers in the wild. Thorsgrim began spouting warrior claptrap about “Honor the host etc”, but his eyes continued to switch to Azimi’s shapely bottom. Honor the host indeed!

Day ends with Thorsgrim pitching a tent all by himself.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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