The River Kingdoms

The Small Matter of Acquiring a Sword
"The Sword" Ophidians "First Adventure" Dungeon "Lord Jakab" Tragedy

At the behest of lord Jakab of the River Kingdoms, four young and relatively inexperienced adventurers set out to get a sword for him.

Not just any sword, mind you, but a Dragon-Slaying Sword. A powerful magical artifact that had been left buried and unrecovered in a small cave-system for a while. Why no one had retrieved it or why it had been left there, none of the four knew, but it couldn’t be that important anyway.

Arriving at the cave’s mouth, they entered after securing some light sources. Primarily their light source was Darian – the former court sorcerer made himself glow. With him and an additional torch (Viktor, who had actually brought one) they descended into the depths.

After this followed roughly 20 minutes of uneventful walking downward. There was some talk of taking a more leisurely pace, to search for interesting underground growths or mushrooms, but it was decided against. They were burning daylight, after all.

The first challenge was an underground river that intersected the tunnel and spilled over down the tunnel on the other side of it. Both the river and the tunnel going downward was filled with a strange underwater lichen with a bluish glow. Testing the waters it was discovered that the lichen made the river and, presumerably, the further parts of the tunnel, hideously slippery.

First attempt was Viktor walking across the river, using his axe for balance, with a rope tied around him. He slipped, but luckily Lhianna and Borun were able to drag him back. There was a brief discussion as to the next option, but Lhianna interrupted it by trying to leap across.
She succeeded, but slipped on the lichen at the start of the downward tunnel and started careening down on her arse. After a moment’s hestitation, Borun threw himself after her while Darian and Viktor used their magic to land safely at the other end.

First Lhianna and then Borun hit the wall at the end of the slide, in a room futher down. It was a clearly man-made room, with walls and a further tunnel clearly carved from the rock. The wall at one end of the room had a small gap near the floor that allowed the water to escape. From here they pressed on (after a brief interlude to search the bodies that had been skewered by the now rotten spears, where Borun and Lhianna had hit).

Soon they came to a T-intersection where the path on the left lead in the direction of torchlight and the path on the right led toward more glowy blue lichen. They turned left, driven by curiosity to see whom else was down here.

Lhianna sneaked ahead while the progressed more slowly and soon she returned, describing a room with two cots in it, from which a doorway lead to another room, from which she could hear voices. The small party entered the the room and decided to go further and meet the other people, while Lhianna hid in the doorway.

It turned out to be a pair of snake woman, Ophidians, standing in the room and having a discussion while one of the was holding an ornate sword… the Sword. They seemed to be discussing whom should hold or have the sword, when they were interrupted.

After a brief pause, slightly awkward greetings were exchanged. Both parties were surprised by the others and it seemed that both parties were here for the Sword.

The leader of the Ophidians introduced herself as XX of clan XX. They had found the sword, she explained, and were planning to take it back to their clan so they could sell it and thus bring wealth to their kin.
Here a discussion began. Borun explained that he and his friends were pleased the Ophidians had found the sword, because they had come here to bring it back to Lord Jakab, who had need of a Dragon-Slaying sword. If the Ophidians would come with them, he was sure that lord Jakab would give them a good price.
They declined, apparantly not really trusting the humans, nor interested in traveling further from their clan. Jakab could come to them, or his representatives, if he wanted to buy the sword.
After some minutes arguing it was clear that no mutually benificial solution could be reached, so the two parties withdrew from each other to discuss matters internally.

The adventurers decided that their need was Greater – Jakab needed the Sword and he need it soon. Also, reputations and gold was at stake here, which was clearly also what the Ophidians were after, so why not just MAKE them give us the sword.

The two parties met again and the Ophidians were given an ultimatum: Come with us or give us the Sword now, or else. Clearly already understanding what this “or else” was, the Ophidians leapt to battle. Borun slipped past the first one and went for the one carrying the sword, while Darian and Viktor engaged the other. Both Lhianna and Viktor loosened arrow and bolt before the Fight started, but neither seemed to do any major damage.

The next minutes were bloody and tense, as the fight rolled back and forth. The party had expected an easy fight, after all they outnumbered their foes 2-1, but the Ophidians seemed to be almost completely unaffected by their wounds… Bolts imbedded themselves in their flesh, they were hit by several glancing blows and were clearly injured… yet fought on as if nothing had happened.

Finally Darian’s and Viktor’s opponent went down, two arrows and one bolt jutting from her, after several hammer and axe blows. Meanwhile Borun’s face and neck had become covered in snake-bites. Lhianna loosened arrow after arrow into the fray, all of them finding their mark.

The last Ophidian first dealt a severe wound to Darian, raking her sword across the side of his face and breaking his jaw. Blood spluttering, he fell to the floor. Viktor was next, getting stabbed through the ribs and staggering away from the fight in fear and pain. At this point Borun’s snake bites had weakened him too much and a glancing blow felled him, unable to fight through the haze of pain. Lhianna succeeded in loosening a final arrow at the Ophidian, before she was injured and forced to flee.

A few minutes later, Borun forced himself back to awareness to find the last standing Ophidian tending to her injured comrade. She noted his awakening and let him drag Darian away to tend his wounds. After dragging Darian into the next room he concluded that he could do nothing for his friend other than binding his wounds a bit. The other’s joined him, Viktor bleeding profusely from his side. Time was running out.

Borun asked the Ophidian whether she knew of another exit and she graciously told him of another, easier way out. They left the dungeon, praying to the Gods that the travelling Doctor Borun knew, was visiting the other village. Lhianna went ahead and met the others halfway, telling them that the doctor indeed was up ahead.

They met with the Doctor and after receiving one of Borun’s axes as payment for previous services, he saw to Viktor’s and Darian’s wounds. Lhianna and Borun went back to the dungeon, to find the Ophidians and perhaps help them with their wounds or see if they were still willing to sell the sword once they had taken it back to their clan.

To their dismay they found the two Ophidians dead just inside the exit. They had both succumbed to their wounds… whatever magic they had used had only been able to postpone the effects of their wounds, not negate them. Struck with sudden grief, Borun and Lhianna fully realized that they had been the villains. They had come late. They had started the fight. The Ophidians were dead due to their actions and had even shown incredible mercy.

Wracked with grief and shame, Lhianna and Borun buried the two Ophidians and raised two small cairns. The only thing they took from them was the Sword, the rest of their belongings they buried with them.

Then they departed, returning to the village to rest up together with Viktor and Darian. In a month’s time, their wounds should be fully healed.

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MVP went to Borun, for pushing things along and being tough in a Fight!
Workhorse went to Lhianna, for keeping us moving and being generally useful in sneaking about and stuff.
Borun, Viktor and Darian qualified for Embodiement, for generally awesome roleplaying.

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Cool Moments (worth remembering when trait votes comes around):
- Lhianna jumping ahead after tiring of the discussion and being curious to see what was at the end of the tunnel. (Trait/belief)
- Borun throwing himself after, heedless of the danger, to aid his companion. (Instinct/Belief)
- Darian skillfully lying and almost persuading the Ophidians to come with them to Lord Jakab. (Falsehood)
- Viktor constantly assisting Darian with his magic and being generally useful. (Sorcery)
- Borun knowing a doctor nearby and having to give up his axe to save his friends. (Circles)
- Lhianna’s hail of arrows ultimately being the deciding factor in the Fight! (Bows)
- Borun’s strength saving Viktor from being pulled away in the river (Power, Belief/Instinct)
- Darian’s wound being infectious and costing him a point of Speed (Schadenfreude)
- Lhianna and Borun erecting two cairns to honor their fallen opponents.

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Undeads and Stolen Horses Ahoy!

(This is going to be the cliff notes version, because I am fail)

After acquiring the Dragon-Slaying Sword the party rested at a nearby village for two weeks to gather their strength and prepare for the journey ahead.

Darian spent most of the time in bed, recovering from his facial injury. Some foul infection spread in his veins, robbing him of some of his strength… after two weeks though, he was strong enough to travel.

Viktor’s injury turned out to be worse than expected. He spent the whole time abed as well.

Borun and Lhianna kept themselves busy. Borun worked himself into exhaustion toiling in the fields and around the village. Lhinna helped villagers with repairs, among other things fixing a plow for a farmer and his family.

(Unknown to our heroes, that plow will later break in the field… giving the farmer a grudge against the fair elven maiden)

After the two weeks had passed, our heroes left Viktor behind at the village and went to the well-known inn the Weary Traveller’s Respite. It was a days journey and there they surely could find company for the trip to Lord Jakab.

They found a travelling peddler whom they negotiated with for a while, which eventually ended with them sharing the cost of his escort and them agreeing to travel together.
Lhianna, Darian and Borun also spent some time at the inn gathering rumors… Lhianna heard about a weird absence of animals on the road, Darian discovered he had a hand in his father’s demise and that he is a twisted sorcerer justly banished and Borun heard some silly tales about snake-people. It later turned out that only Darian’s and Lhianna’s information was solid.

Two days later, they set out. About a dozen travellers set out together. A sizeable group, with strength in numbers it seemed little could go wrong.

Then it all went to hell.

Darian spotted some kind of creature wandering along the road, draining the land around it of life and energy.

Confident and curious, our heroes set out to rid the land of this blight.

It turned out to be some kind of Ghoul – with an ability to drain people of their will and strength. However, it’s ability was limited in range and it was slow, so the heroes engaged it. Borun in melee, to keep the thing at bay, Lhianna shooting it from range and Darian providing magical support.

It turned out that the creature was immune to direct magic and that BOrun could only withstand it’s draining aura for so long. That didn’t matter though, studded with arrows it would soon be going down.

Then Darian fucked up. He tried to topple a tree onto the Ghoul and his magic went out of control… summoning two more of the creatures. It’s uncertain whether Lhianna or BOrun are actually aware that this was what happened… Darian certainly is though.

A mighty battle followed… kinda. Mostly it consisted of Lhianna running circles around the Ghouls while Borun was drained and Darian tried to keep the Lhianna moving and Borun fighting. In the end two of the ghouls were destroyed, but one got away – after chasing a bewildered, panicked and exhausted Borun around in the woods for a while.

They got Borun back to the caravan while Lhianna looked for tracks. She found some tracks, but her and Darian were unable to find the last Ghoul. Frustrated, they had to return to the caravan as well. The Ghoul had gotten away and there was nothing they could do.

Then the weakened husk formerly known as Borun had a dream, in which the Ghoul killed an innoncent traveler.

That’s right, s**t just got real.

Lhianna and Darian set out after the Ghoul, leaving Borun with the caravan to recover.

Montage:
- Lhianna and Darian travel through the landscape, their gazes intense, searching for clues and following tracks.
- Borun waking up, screaming, after another dream where the slain traveler rose as a Ghoul and devoured his horse.
- Lhianna and Darian finding the campsite, with the dead horse and tracks leading away.
- Borun talking to the peddler, delerious and weak. Remembering that there’s a shrine near the road… perhaps there will be help there.
- Lhianna and Darian travelling.
- Borun having another dream of Ghouls wandering… towards the newly created Ghoul’s family.
- Lhianna and Darian walking. This is a theme with them.
- Borun’s fevered dreams of the Ghouls slaughtering a woman and child… one Ghoul wandering away, dragging his daughter after him.
- Lhianna and Darian walking, yet again.
- Lhianna and Darian walking… wait.
- Lhianna and Darian torching the house to destroy the dead woman who is about to rise as a Ghoul.
- Borun arriving at the shrine, trying to get the priest to help him… failing spectacularly and instead getting the priest to purge him.
- Lhianna and Darian accidently starting a brush fire, much hilarity follows.
- Lhianna and Darian encountering a Ghoul in the brush fire. Much pain follows.
- Borun being purged and trying to convince a roadside tavern full of people to fight the undead menace. He fails spectacularly, yet again.
- Lhianna and Darian staggering through the smoke… exhausted and battered, but victorious.
- Borun stealing the priests horse and riding back along the road, towards the undead he can no longer sense, hoping to lead the priest and his followers on a merry chase. If they chase him long enough, they might just be in the right place at the right time.
- Borun getting caught by the priest on the road after a few hours, because Borun can’t ride for shit.

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Welcome to your Adventure Log!
A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.

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To Battle Death and Save Thyme (AKA Puns, the Punenning)

Chapter 1: The Race against Thyme

Lhiana and Darian having been seriously weakened by the defeated Ghouls life-sucking Aura and knowing that the Ghouls are headed towards that very village, they decide to head towards Thyme to pick up Victor and warn the villagers of the undead plague that is heading their way. They decide to rest for the night and head out at first light.

As Darian rest however, dark dreams intrude upon his sleep. No mere shadows of the imaginations are these dreams, but rather a mirror of the mind of the monster that, mere days before, was a little girl. The monster, apparently unaware of the tragedy that has befallen it, but knowing that it – or perhaps she – is ill decided to head towards Thyme to visit James Dhall, the doctor there. Darian tries to impose his will upon the girl/monster, but she shrugs of his suggestion that she should remain where she is.

Darian struggles to wake, but in his weakened state sleep refused to release him from its grasp for a few hours yet. When he awakens he quickly rouses Lhiana and they stumble towards Thyme, weary as they are, and dark as it is. The Race against Thyme is on, but who will arrive first? The monster that was once a girl, the heroes, or the darker menace of the master ghoul, created by the misfire of Darians own magic?

Meanwhile a few days ride away Borun has been caught by Father Thovald. He attempts to convince Borun to give up his mad quest (AKA saving his friend from a fate worse than death and preventing The fall of Thyme itself, to a plague of undead of such power and cunning that it might threaten all of the River Kingdoms or even all of Golarion). Borun fakes acquiescence and then surprising Thorvald topless him from his horse and steals this second horse as well. Now having two horses he makes good time towards Thyme, first riding one horse almost to death and then, leaving the horse behind for Thovald to find switching to the other and riding on. Onward towards Thyme.

At the same Thyme, Victor is yet recovering in the house of Dhall as a knock is heard on the door. Dhall heads towards the door, shuddering slightly as he enters the life sucking aura of the monster that awaits him. He opens the door and seeing what he thinks is the girl he knows hugs her to him, trying to console her and find out what’s wrong.

Perhaps by this Thyme the once-girl has discovered the truth of what she is, or perhaps the instinct of her monstrous self simply takes over. She bites the doctor attempting to devour his flesh and turn him into yet another Ghoul. Victor on hearing the commotion jumps from his bed with his weapons and rushed in to see the struggle. Not realizing that there is more to this than a hysterical girl, he attempt to separate the monster and the doctor with only his hands. Fortunately however the life sucking aura of the girl-monster is weaker than that of the adult Ghouls and victor is not weakened.

Meanwhile Lhiana and Darian enter the village, Darian calling out “To Arms!” and “The Undead Are Coming!” at the top of his lungs. Now realizing the true horror of the being gnawing the doctors flesh Victor grasp a table leg and methodically clubs the unholy energy animating the diminutive corpse before him from its body. Perhaps now the soul of the girl can find peace?

Interlude: A Brief Thyme of peace
With the danger passed for the moment, the heroes organize the villages getting them to take up whatever arms can be found in the village, and setting up a parameter to halt any possible ghouls trying to enter the village. This does lead to a brief tense moment when Boruns rides into the Thyme, after a brief examination it is decided that he does not display the clears sign of death the other ghouls have and since he rides a horse he clearly lacks the life sucking aura. Little do the heroes know that the Thyme that such signs can be trusted has passed.

With the situation now under as much control as can reasonably be expected in the opening stages of a possible undead plague. Darian formulates a brilliant plan. He is going to go to sleep. Like many good plans this accomplished two things with one action.

1) Rest.
2) Since he is still infected by the ghouls touch he hopes to gain a glimpse of its mind and acquire important intel.

Darian find a place to sleep and starts to dream. He finds himself, inhabiting the mind of the Master Ghoul walking down the road. The master ghouls stops for perhaps half an hour and does… [Darians sight is blocked]… Something, perhaps the strength of the master ghouls mind prevents Darian from seeing what it is the master ghoul does.

Once whatever mysterious activity the master ghoul is engaged in is done it moves on. After a while it encounters Father Thorvald and about a ten rider accompanying him. Rather that attack the monstrosity however, they talk, and he is offered a vacant horse. Clearly the monster is becoming increasingly human in appearance and can suppress its life sucking aura at need.
At this alarming development Darian tries to awaken himself, but once again sleep refused to let go of its clutches, and Darian sleeps on, seeing the group make its way towards Thyme.

Chapter 2: The Battle for Thyme
Father Thorvald and his men arrive in Thyme and a boy is sent to wake Darian. Thorvald is greeted by Borun with Victor and Lhiana and perhaps 45 villages standing in the background. Borun tries to convince Thorvald to use his armed men, to help fight the undead menace. Thorvald however is unwilling to give any such assistance, and rather insists that Borun return with him to face justice for the theft of his horse. The situation escalates quickly and Thorvald accuses the village of being infected with the undead taint. At this tense Thyme Darian arrives and spots in the background the master Ghoul. He points him out to his comrades.

With Thorvald now ordering his men to slaughter the villages as infected undead, Borun decided that the way to stop this is to take out the Ghoul, and he calls for his friends to do this. It’s hit by several arrows and on this Thorvalds retinue of 8 trained warrior charges.

About half the villages scatter from the charge, but 25 remain with Borun. Darian, headless of his wounds jump in beside him to receive his charge while Lhiana and Victor reload and fire again at the Ghoul. The heroes and the villages still outnumber the riders by better than 2 to 1, but the riders have the advantage of weapons, being mounted, better equipment and superior skill as well as the devastating power of the charge itself.

Fortune however favors the just, perhaps Erastil himself glances down and decide to spare the world the consequences of his servant almost catastrophic misjudgments. The remaining villages, acting with speed and skill that one could not expect from mere farmers, brace their pitchforks against the ground and receives the charge, witch shatters like waves before a rock. At the same Thyme Lhiana hits the master ghoul with an arrow through the head, shattering any illusion that the monster is human. At this Thorvald regains his senses and attempts to call down Erastils wrath upon the monster, but with no greater success than his previous efforts. Perhaps Erastil is dissatisfied with his failures of judgment?

At this Thyme Borun Charges across the fallen warriors of Erastil and decapitates the monster. The days is won but at a considerable price. Four of Erastils warriors lie dead on the cold ground and the remaining 4 are severely wounded. A villager has also been slain, with several bearing wounds. Thorvald having regained his senses, he appear to have been under some form of magical control, is feeling penitent that his failures almost resulted in a full fledged undead plague. He forgives Borun for the theft of his horse and insists that Borun keeps the animal.

After the Battle for Thyme, Borun takes his new horse and quickly rides to Hawktown to give Jacab the sword as agreed. Jacab pays Borun and tells that he has been ousted as lord of Hawktown, but hopes to regain his title by defeating the dragon lone man. Borun tries to convince him to give up this suicidal quest, but he is not to be deterred, so Borun wished him the best of luck and rides back leaving Jacab to his fate, good or ill.

The end (but not of Thyme)

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