Whitehall

An Old Secret
ghosts of the past

After sleeping for a full night in the comfort of Marius’ Tower you wake and find Marius. As usual he is in his study reading over giant tomes of forgotten lure while mixing strange objects on his desk and writing furiously. When walking in you see giant rings of smoke hanging in the air of many different colors and a look of excitement on Marius’ face. He is quite distracted and doesn’t notice your entrance. Once you approach him he hushes you for a second while he mixes a couple more things into a large pot which instantly turns a sickly green and begins boiling. He seems content with the results and scrawls something in a notebook. Quickly collecting the gem that you secured from the Goblin leader he moves to another desk where he has the notes from Mimir collected. Nearby are what appear to be random eyeglasses and several odd contraptions. Several copies of the notes you brought are shredded from his experiments on them.
He places the gem in one such contraption and mumbles an incantation absent-mindedly over the device. Extra letters and images appear behind the text of the note.
“Oh dear. This is worse than I thought.” Marius says mostly to himself. He then quickly turns to stacks of books nearby and begins shuffling through them. “Here it is. It may not be much help but it’s better to know what the ancients foresaw than to move forward blind.” He tosses the book on the shelf and grabs another, History of the Great War, tosses it on the table and then moves back to the note. “It appears that there was more to Mimir than met the eye. He used to go by the name Grimnir… and was one of five generals that served the dark one. He has foreseen the return of the Dark One and fears that there will be nobody to hold him back after the empires of old were destroyed in the final battles of the Great War.”
He holds up the note that has the message revealed and can see the black banner of the Dark One now imprinted on the note.

To those that survived,
I feared this day would come but I have made preparations to protect you for the time being.
You must go north to Goldsfield and search for Marius. If what I fear is truly happening then you will need his help to prevent Nyx’s return.
Go quickly and do not trust lightly.
May Avandra protect you in this time of change,
Mimir
I regret what I did during the war and wish I could take it all back. I must prepare the world to fight his return to atone. The only preparations I can make are to train these young ones to fight and work together. With luck they will rally nations to their cause and be leaders in the fight against darkness. To the young ones who I am now trusting to right my wrongs, I’m truly sorry that I had to do this to you but there was no other way.
-Grimnir
Teaser

Marius finishes reading and hands you all the note. He takes a deep breath and begins speaking. “By the look on your faces I guess he never told any of you who he truly was. I guess there are probably other things he left out of your education. Whatever questions you have, ask them now and I will answer as best I can.”

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Dungeon Cleared
Why did it have to be spiders?

Fight with the spiders and getting out of the cave

also rewards from the gnomes

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A Broken Seal
Nasir Will Be Pleased

Battle with Deathwight who was a follower of Nasir

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The Lion's Den
I've made a huge mistake

The adventurer’s woke up the next morning and decided to continue exploring the cave. The went past the caved in entrance and into what appeared to be the old barracks. As they walked to the middle of the room the ground fell out from under their feet. A weird series of lava tubes that functioned as slides split up the group leaving Flarbas and Suanmi to fend for themselves. They discovered an underground operation dedicated to producing undead for the Dark One’s army. There were elves, halflings, and a human mage that all were working to further the Dark One’s agenda.

After defeating elves and a large zombie that was throwing necrotic goo at them they moved from the library to a room with a large summoning circle. The mage and halflings in the room were very focused on summoning so Flarbas and Suanmi were able to sneak up on them and quickly dispatch all of them. After looting the bodies Suanmi decided that she could summon a powerful ally with the summoning circle the mage had been using. After much preparation she managed to bring through two ghouls but they turned on the summoner and nearly killed Flarbas. After killing one the other ghoul escaped out the door and into the wild.

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Down the rabbit hole
you're not Suanmi...

As the adventurer’s were sleeping there was a burst of fire and the only thing left where she was sleeping was the gem Suanmi had taken off the Goblin leader. In the chaos and confusion of discovering her gone Vox was teleported to the cave by Marius.

After exploring another area of the cave they found a secret door that lead down into a room with two large gold statues. After exploring the room a little Vox decided that it was a good idea to tap one of the statues which seemed to cause them to come to life. Large skeletons emerged from the statues and many more appeared behind small barricades in the corner of the room. After amazing teamwork Liddl’un, Flarbas, Taleb, and Vox destroyed the skeletons and another that appeared from the doorway that had come through. Loot was found and everybody had a good time.

On the way back to the room where the adventurer’s had slept in they heard noises. It appeared the Suanmi had returned but after trying to stab Liddl’un everybody knew better. The fake was quickly dispatched and the imps following it were also killed. The group decided to sleep in the large hall again and kept watches for another night.

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Into the Cave
Treasure? I like treasure!

To Update later. Just saving the spot…

Left the gnomes. Promised to recover the cave so they could set up a permanent community. Found the secret (not-blocked) entrance into the caves but it rained rocks on them hurting a few members of the party. Into the pitch black cave they went with a sunrod to light their way. Traps were in the way which half of the party fell into. They found what appeared to be a “throne room” and after exploring were ambushed by several bug-like monsters and fire beetles!

After the bugs were defeated they found more boxes containing equipment that was well suited for them. They decided to set posts and sleep in the cave for the night before they continue on to either find another exit or clear the cave for the gnomes.

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Friends close. Enemies Closer.
Actually I think you are all racist...

Our adventurer’s decided to leave the tower in the afternoon and make it to the cave. As they were leaving Vox told them that the last time he had been traveling out that direction there had been camps on either side of the cave. One was a Gnome encampment and the other was Goblins. They went east into the woods to find the cave which was a several hour trip. Taleb was confident in his tracking skills and was following a game trail that seemed to lead in the correct direction. With Flarbas helping the others to stay on the trail. Eventually they came to a meadow which they approached slowly as they watched for any signs of danger. As they walked into the meadow they instantly saw the same wizard’s tower that they had left and realized they’d simply walked in a circle. Given this setback and the time of day they decided to sleep in the tower for the night.

They next morning they made the same excursion but did a much better job of continuing east this time. Once they found the camps they split up to go talk to Gnomes (Flarbus, Taleb) and Goblins (Suanmi, Kanatash) separately.

Both learned that the side they talked to had been hurt in some way by the other and that both claimed the cave as their own. All the Whitehallers decided to side with the Gnomes (maybe because they felt bad after leaving the gnome to die in the prison fire or because they’d fought goblins in the past).

They gained the support of the Gnomish troops and marched to battle with the Goblins. After a fierce battle with many casualties on both sides our heroes were victorious and destroyed the entire encampment. A polyglot gem was found on the leader of the goblins after being destroyed by an arrow to the neck (via Taleb). They found boxes had their names on it in an encrypted magical language that only the person holding the polyglot gem could read. Suanmi also decided to take the time to burn the entire camp to the ground after finding the boxes.

In the chests they found many magical items that seemed to be left specifically for each individual which will help them on their travels.

A few items remained in the cave that the gnomes and goblins weren’t able to recover. The Gnomes had claimed that the Goblins had locked them in their with monsters before they could escape and the Goblins had said the Gnomes released monsters into the cave when they were attacking. Monsters being in the cave was the only thing that they both seemed to agree on…

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Who should we save?
Fuck it. Let's run!

We last left our brave adventurers while they were escaping from a Guardian prison. They had just defeated two guards and were ready to make it the rest of the way out of the prison. With smoke from the fire they started getting thicker behind them they moved through the other rooms searching for their confiscated items. In the rooms they say many people asking for help in escaping. They released some while others were left in their cells. A couple more rooms had whitecloaks still hiding inside waiting to attack the unwary. They were quickly dealt with. Two humans were left in the first room that they checked and a gnome was left in the second room. The last rooms had more prisoners and all of them were released (including a goliath, tiefling, dwarf w/o his beard, two hobbits, a dwarf with his beard, and a halfling). The Guardian prison had been abandoned after all of the soldiers were putting out the fire to save the building and chasing after the fleeing prisoners.

Bahamut
The young ones from Whitehall made it out alive only to be stopped by the Whitecloaks that were chasing the escapees. After having fought their way through many of the enemies a stranger jumped from the top of the Guardian prison and assisted in the fight. The strange man had a large bastard sword with a large symbol of Bahamut on his cross guard (the symbol of the god the Whitecloaks worship).

After the battle he led the party out of town on horses for several hours. Upon entering a small meadow a tall, white tower appeared where a small tree had been growing. Vox (as he introduced himself as) lead them to the tower where they were greeted by Relic. A hulking warforged who appears to work for Marius lead them up the tower and found Marius. Upon reading the note Marius explains that he did know Mimir and the items that have been stashed in a cave a days ride to the East but the last he heard was that it had been overrun by goblins. After a closer examination of the note Marius quickly made a concoction of magical materials from the walls of his study and proclaimed there was more on the note than met the eye but it would take him a few days to decipher it.

Flarbus asked for any special items that the Wizard might be able to help them on their way and Marius quickly produced four potions to help them on their way. Relic then showed them to their rooms as Marius began collecting books and reagents to his desk along with the notes that Mimir had given them.

A nice play to rest and sleep has been provided before the group will make it’s ride to the cave and recover the items Mimir has stashed for them their.

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Do not pass go. Do not collect $200
Guardians of Douchbaggery

After arriving in Goldsfield in the middle of the night and getting rooms the adventurers woke up the next day to knocking on their door. It was Kana from Whitefield who had escaped on his own and had finally found the group!

When they decided to get going they all scattered to the wind in the town selling goods, looking for a drink, beating up homeless children, and trying to find Marius. Suanmi was asking some nice men in white cloaks and armor for information and consequently was taken into custody while Zakarn. After yelling in the common square to see if anybody knew Marius with little success Flarbus went in search of Kana. He found Kana trying to berate a drunken man into buying him a drink. Flarbus tried to smooth things over with the obviously distressed man while Liddl’un asked around for work with local innkeepers. Eventually jumping on on the table and punching the innkeeper after being insulted. With the worst of timing the Guardians that were escorting Suanmi arrived to have a discussion with everybody that had arrived in the dead of night. After much discussion (and much attempted lying and intimidation) Zakarn decided that the group must be darkfriends and took them to jail.

After There was a ruckus in one of the other rooms (cause unknown) they decided to risk an escape while their guard was distracted. After some confusion over translating the text on the lock cooler prevailed and a riddle was revealed with the help of Kana. While using magic to open the locks Suanmi set the roof on fire which seemed to distract the guards more than they already were. They broke out using whatever weapons they could get and stormed their way out of the room they were being held in taking down two guards on the way.

They are still in the prison and will have to fight their way out when we return to their adventure next week.

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Blocked escape
Never gonna run around and desert you

In the forest after escaping the attack on Whitehall they searched the bags that Mim had given them more thoroughly. Within the bag were all of the gear they had trained with in Whitehall as well as several healing potions and one that was especially ornate that was identified as a magical refilling health potion. Inside was also a note that read:

To those that survived,

I feared this day would come but I have made preparations to protect you for the time being.

You must go north to Goldsfield and search for Marius. If what I fear is truly happening then you will need his help to prevent Nyx’s return.

Go quickly and do not trust lightly.

May Avandra protect you in this time of change,
Mimir

On the road to Goldsfield you spot a small blockade on the road guarded by more kobolds. The first guards were easily dispatched by Liddl’un using his crossbow from a tree, Suanmi’s destructive eldritch magic, and Quarion’s blender’o’doom. As more guards appeared from behind trees Flarbus showed his abilities by taking on three of them and emerging victorious with the help of Florence the bard’s encouragement and healing. Many magic items were found within the cart were divided among the group to help them on their journey.

The continued through the night on into Goldsfield where the guards let them in only after they were convinced the travelers were not friends of the dark. They found a a few inns inside the city walls and decided to stay at the Cornish House where they work the owner and payed for luxury rooms for the night and tipped well for the late hour that they were arriving.

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