Varisian Legends

Hello, Magnimar! (a downtime tale)
Or, how I spent the last three weeks.

Adventurers:
Barae Aeil, Derza Brownrigg, Lobos Ramirez, Zalanor Farfell

Calendar Date: Fireday Desnus 9, 4704 AR

The adventurers took Balenar up on his offer to join the Pathfinder Society. Balenar offered to pay for carriage for them to Magnimar while he road along on horseback. He even offered to house them while they awaited acceptance to the society. The group packed up their meager belongings and traveled to Magnimar. After an eight-hour trip, they arrived at the city of monuments.

The following day, they filed the paperwork to join the society. It is a lengthy process to be accepted, but with Balenar’s recommendation, the process was expedited. Even still, it took 20 days for the paperwork to be accepted.

During this time, the adventurers got to know the big city:

(Let me know what your downtime activity is, if I don’t hear from you, I will just assume you worked your profession)

Barae joined the training academy, Rorin’s Combat School, a school that teaches the local city guard; but also civilians that pay the right amount of coin. He trained with Rorin, learning how to deflect blows from incoming attacks. He learned all he could during these 20 days and certainly will be better at mitigating damage.

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Fallen Tower, part 2
I wonder if Barae sees the irony in the title of this adventure

Adventurers:
Barae Aeil, Derza Brownrigg, Lobos Ramirez, Zalanor Farfell

Calendar Date: Moonday Desnus 5, 4704 AR

When we left off, the adventurers had climbed their way to the second floor of the tower, using Lobos’ exquisite silk rope (how generous of him). Taking the first door on the left, they were greeted by a friendly lizard. The lizard nuzzled up to Lobos, hoping for a treat, but upon doing so let out a spark of electricity — this was a shocker lizard! There were many attempts among the party to sway the lizard away, but it wasn’t until Derza fed the lizard a dried up (smaller) dead lizard, that they were able to coax the lizard away.

Unfortunately, during this time, two young troglodyte guards entered the room, having heard all the commotion and attacked. They were easily dispatched and one died, though the party stabilized and healed the other. As it turned out, Zalanor was able to speak to and understand these lizardy creatures and questioned the young troglodyte. He asked about the jade statuette, but the creature did not know what he was talking about. Then he questioned the guard about the lizard, learning that it was one of the many pets owned by “the boss”. Zalanor then learned that “the boss”, Tasskar, stayed at the top of the tower (of course). After questioning, the party let the troglodyte go free.

Moving into the final room of the floor, Barae noticed a pressure plate on the floor that could be a trap. Lobos was able to confirm this was the case, but was unable to disable the pressure plate. He recommended that everyone throw some of the rusty equipment they had found in an old armory, so Derza found the biggest piece of armor she could find and threw it on the plate, triggering the trap. That was when a javelin flew through the air toward her and while not piercing her armor, still hurt – a lot.

Taking the stairs to the third floor, they found the door here was locked, and again Lobos was unable to bypass the lock, leaving them scratching their heads and heading up to the next floor. In the fourth floor, they found themselves in a barracks occupied by three of the troglodyte guards. Again, they were not a challenge, though one ran into the next room and came back with a rather large troglodyte.

It took some time to take down the large troglodyte, but they eventually felled it with little worry. Moving to the next room, the found a makeshift jail cell that contained a human! Releasing the prisoner, they learned that he was Balenar Forsend, bard of the Pathfinder Society. He had been captured while exploring the tower and was to be a sacrifice to some unknown troglodyte god. Balenar assisted them the rest of the time as they explored the tower, mostly by encouraging them with tales of how Aroden overcame much in his mortal life before becoming a god, but also with his bow.

On this floor, the group found the statue, hidden below the waters of a flooded room that was occupied by a giant frog. After killing the frog and taking the statue, they stepped outside onto the ledge where a room used to be before it collapsed and found themselves inside a swarm of bats, but the bats quickly flew off leaving a few cuts and scrapes. With the statue in hand, the adventurers could have left then and there, but decided to confront the “boss”, Tasskar. They climbed the stairs to the top of the tower.

Tasskar sat in his chair, summoning swarms of spiders, while his albino crocodile attacked everyone in range. Derza, Lobos, and Barae charged Tasskar, but as they all crowded the end of the room that was held above the open space that once was a wall, the floor gave out. Derza, Lobos and Tasskar jumped to safety, but sadly Barae fell with the floor. Lobos heroically tried to grab ahold of Barae, but he was too late. Barae desperately tried to grasp onto each floor as he fell past them, but inevitably hit the ground; and as far as anyone could have guessed, he had died.

In a rage, having seen their comrade literally fall in battle, the remaining members of the party attacked Tasskar and his pet with full force, ending with Lobos skewering both of his kidneys and removing them at once with the skill of a surgeon. Derza and Balenar rushed down to search for Barae’s body, while Zalanor and Lobos sorted through the corpses and assorted treasures at the top of the tower.

The team at the ground found Barae, covered in blood and unmoving; but to their surprise, he was not only still alive, but his wounds appeared to have already stopped bleeding! Balenar took a wand of cure light wounds from Barae’s belongings and healed his wounds to the point where Barae was fully conscious, then returned the wand.

Meanwhile, at the top of the tower, Lobos and Zalanor found a key on Tasskar’s body that surely led to the locked door on the third floor. The adventurers regrouped and entered the third floor to find a temple dedicated to Nethys, the god of magic — and it was defended by two burning skeletons. The group defeated the skeletons and decided the tower had been cleared of all threats, so they decided to return to town and collect their reward.

Father Zantus was pleased with their accomplishments and gladly paid them for their work. Balenar was so grateful for being rescued, he suggested that if the adventurers were interested in joining the Pathfinder Society, he would be glad to recommend them with glowing praise — they might not even need to go through the training a new recruit would normally require, due to their peformence at the Fallen Tower.

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Fallen Tower, part 1

Adventurers:
Barae Aeil, Derza Brownrigg, Lobos Ramirez, Zalanor Farfell

Calendar Date: Moonday Desnus 5, 4704 AR

While resting at the Rusty Dragon, Derza was approached by Father Zantus. Hearing of the recent victory against Black Fang, she seemed a perfect candidate for his request. He offered her 1000 gold for a statue of historical value that had been locked away in a tower for centuries. The tower, which was an old temple to the god Nethys, had been magically sealed for unknown reasons long ago, however rumors are something had smashed into the tower, knocking a large hole in the side, gaining access to the lower levels of the tower.

Derza found a group of interested adventurers near the request board and the group headed out of Sandpoint. They traveled down the road a ways before finding it necessary to set up camp. Not long after, as Derza was out foraging for food, the camp was assaulted by a group of goblins, looking for a meal. As if out of nowhere, Zalanor the sorcerer took an arrow straight to the neck, which would have killed him, had the arrow been just a little to the left.

Zalanor fled back into the woods, as Barae ran at the goblins, he being unprotected and without armor, and proceeded to slash at them with his axe. Meanwhile, Lobos, who had been digging through Derza‘s stuff while she was absent, managed to take down a goblin that was nearby, then used it’s blood to make it look like the goblin had been going through Derza’s gear.

Lobos took a small amount of coins from the corpse of the goblin and pocketed it discreetly — Unfortunately Barae noticed this and after the last goblin was slain, demanded that Lobos share the money he found with everyone. Lobos denied that he had any of these coins, but Zalanor sensed that the rogue was lying and threatened violence upon him if he did not share with the rest of the group. Lobos promptly gave in, intimidated by Zalanor’s inhuman presence, and handed over the coins to the group.

Just after the goblins were dispatched by those at the camp, Derza returns to camp, witnessing the bloody mess, and upset that she missed the action. She had scrounged up enough food in the woods to share with one other person, and since Lobos convinced her that he had protected her belongings from the goblin, so Derza shared her food with him.

The remained of the trip was rather eventful, and on the fourth day, they arrived at the tower. On this particular day, the wind had appeared to have picked up and grey clouds cover the sky. The tower is quatrefoil (having 4 identical sections along a center point, like a 4-leaf clover) and indeed had no doors or windows, the walls were very smooth and straight. Indeed, there was a large hole in the side of the tower, revealing the eastern interior of the tower up to four floors, though the top floor still remained sealed.

As the adventurers approached the tower, they were made the prey of a group of hungry wild dogs, who ran in and tried to make their way to Zalanor. Before they could make it close to him, the group managed to run off two of the dogs and slay the other. After the fight, Lobos, curious as he is, climbed up the rubble to the second floor, finding that it was safe. He then climbed back down and the group entered the tower.

Barae led the way and as he entered the door, a web shot out at him from the ceiling, but missed. On the ceiling, in a large web, was a giant spider glaring menacingly at him. Zalanor came in behind him and cast fire from his hands at the ceiling, burning the web and the spider. The spider could do nothing but let go or be burned more by the fiery webbing, so it fell to the ground with a splat.

Continuing to search the lower floor, they found that much of it was filled with rubble and there was not much of anything to find there. The stairway which led both up AND down had caved in and presented no way to any of the floors above. They headed back out and decided to climb up to the second floor, like Lobos had done earlier.

Lobos climbed up with his silk rope and a piton and set up a secure line for which the others could easily climb up, which they did with minimal effort. As they reached the second floor it began to rain…

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Black Fang's Dungeon
The first taste of adventure

Adventurers
Aidan Brose, Barius Tractarian, Derza Brownrigg, Lee Roy

Calendar Date: Oathday Desnus 1, 4704 AR

The hinterlands of Sandpoint had been plagued by cattle and livestock going missing throughout the country-side. A large, black creature had been seen in the night abducting the livestock and flying to a small mountain just south of the town of Sandpoint.

A group of Sandpoint locals with a desire to end the torment the black creature (dubbed “Black Fang” after a long, black fang had been found after one particular abduction) had been bringing to the town and country-side of Sandpoint.

The adventurers arrived at a cave at the base of the mountain and were assaulted immediately by two small goblins, which were easily and quickly dispatched. The interior of the cave looked to have once been a temple that had long-since been forgotten, and is now home to a small tribe of goblins as well as a few other creatures.

The adventurers faced many trials, including gaining a magical gem and a longsword called “Dragon’s Bane”, fighting giant spiders and undead, and aiding the goblin “king” regain his precious toy, they encountered the Black Fang creature, which turned out to be a young black dragon! After a mighty swing of the sword Dragon’s Bane by the warrior Derza, the dragon retreated out the open side of the cavern, but not before claiming in the common tongue “I do not have time to bother with you meddling humans, I cannot wait for that old necromancer any longer.”

Upon their return to town, the mayor ordered a feast be prepared for the adventurers. The townfolk began calling the four adventurers the title “Dragon Hunter”.

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