The Ebon Empire

Howl of the Banshee #2
A trip through the woods

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Rainn and Ten-o headed to their guild house to drop off the ledger and cipher with their superiors and were given a few days off. Ankor did a few jobs and kept his ear to the ground for news about the Bloody Hand Gang. While Cal settled a few criminal trials. And sent out for information on the Bloody Hand Gang to assist Ankor.

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Cal’s information came in, which alerted him to the deaths of a Judge and a sheriff in Ashtonshire. In addition to the raid on Ashtonshire by the Bloody Hand Gang. So he hired Rainn and Ten-o to guard him, and a messenger to lead him to Ashtonshire. Ester sent Aenwulf, and Ankor decided to tag along due to the news about the gang violence.

So the party decided to head to ashtonshire through the Woods of Ghal. While traversing the woods the party was attacked by Vegepygmies. They destroyed the hunting group with minimal injuries. But after a few hours came upon the remains of a caravan with six bodies including the mangled corpse of a seven year old. Ankor insisted upon burying the child and so they did. After the burial, Cal performed a funeral rite to purify the area. The party continued on, eventually coming to an abandoned inn.

They decided to explore the inn and stay over night. They found it in dusty, but pretty clean condition. While exploring the basement they found some useable food, and while exploring the master bedroom they found a Elfs Head Diary. Cal read the diary, which was written by the owner, Sorry for sin Wallace. He mostly wrote about the inn, and his customers. After reading, eating and talking for a bit, most of the party retired upstairs to sleep with Ten-o taking first watch.

Around midnight, a horrible scream fills the air and Cal ran into the bedroom it came from. He found the woman’s dress from earlier soaked in blood around the abdomen. Ankor noticed that Cal’s shirt was soaked in blood around the neck. Wandering the inn they found other scenes of horror, the children’s clothes and gloves also soaked in blood. A painting missing the head of a man, a huge blood stain on the floor of the kitchen and a skeleton missing it’s head in the basement. All of these things emanating necromantic energy. Ten-o found mysterious hoof prints leaving the previously empty barn. The party decided to leave the barn, some feeling anger over what had transpired there.

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They walked through the night, following the prints towards Ashtonshire. At one point the fog became thick and the group could see blinking lights in the darkness. But eventually the fog got too thick to see, and then suddenly cleared out. And the prints were no longer visible.

After a few more miles the sun rose again and the group found themselves in the outskirts of ashtonshire. Most of the party went to the empty glory inn. But Cal went to try a few cases as a replacement for the judge that was murdered. After sleeping they went to explore the town and came upon the mayor Hezekiah Boyd. Trying to calm a large crowd that had gathered in front of the town hall. Hezekiah spoke to Cal about a new pair of murders in the old cemetery…

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Howl of the Banshee #1
Murders in Grimchill

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Early in the morning Rainn Sandulf, a Slayer and his partner, Ten-o Lota are awoken by an urgent request from their guild representative, Duncan Watt. Apparently there was a murder in Grimchill with evidence pointing towards monsters. The two slayers headed to the scene of the crime.

When they arrived they found a body so thoroughly mangled as to be unrecognizable. But with a ring marked “To JB, love CB” and some paperwork for a delivery to be picked up at the local messenger post. So the slayers went to the post to see if they could identify the recipient.

Upon arrival at the post, they met Ester Liggit, who would only allow the release of the name of the intended recipient of the two packages of they had a court order. So she sent two messengers Aenwulf and Ankor Gra with the slayers to the local judge. They were there to both give the name of the intended recipient, and deliver their respective packages after. So the group went to the local courthouse.

They arrived there to find that the local judge was indisposed but a temporary one Calavénsár Antúlien was accessible.Theodosia Lawson let them in to see the judge. Cal heard the evidence and granted the writ. So the group learned that the intended recipient was one Expedition Shipping Company. At that point a number of thugs lead by a cultist attacked the group. Almost all being killed, with the exception of a hired goon who stated that he was hired to take out a Judge by an old woman.

The group then headed to the expedition shipping company. Once there they were met by Battalion Goodman who told them the name of their victim, Jothan Bennet. He stated that the owner, Mercy Bradley is out but that she should be back later. He also told the group where jothan lives. And they headed to his house to tell his wife.

She didn’t take the news well. Telling them that he was acting strange after work and left around midnight. The group then deduced that Jothan was headed back to work. So the group went to get a warrant to break into the warehouse after hours to gather evidence of misdeeds with the shipping co. So they headed back to the judge’s chambers.

At the courthouse they found the judge acting strangely. Within moments it became clear why. A group of zealots was trying to coerce Cal. The slayers killed the zealots and were granted the warrant. One of the cultists was spotted by Rainn earlier working at the warehouse. This time Cal decided to go with them to serve the warrant.

They found the warehouse empty because it was after hours. So they broke in to search for evidence. A quick search and they turned up a hidden for that lead down to a basement. In the basement was a large number of boxes and a number of zombies. After destroying the zombies they discovered that mercy had been made into a zombie. The party also found a Dusk Cipher and a Hidden Ledger.

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Frostmarch #10
Blood on the Hills
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Frostmarch #9
Blood on the Hills

24th Ancients, 1178

The party woke up the next day and took a boat down the Alfheim river. Where they met up with Hraugun and The Empress of Ghosts. They then sailed down to Sillshys to speak to Axilya and warn the town about the Jotunn rampage.

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The party took a few days to sail down the coast and get up the river. At the mouth of the river, the party dealt with a river spirit and slew a group of sahaugin. Later upriver the empress of ghosts was beached and ruined, but the party was attacked by giants. Including the deadlySeizan, of Last Wishes. They destroyed seizan and cleared the field.

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The Frostmarch #8
Epic of the Skald

21st Ancients, 1178

The party awoke the next day and decided to head off towards Alfheimer. They had to maneuver through an enchanted forest filled with arcane defenses. After two days of marching they arrived at Alfheimer only to find a Dokkalfr army encamped at the gates. It did not appear that a fight was imminent, but both sides were clearly armed and wary of the other.

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The group gained access to the city, and were taken to speak with Bel-Kadrur. He asked for some help with the Dokkalfr army and for proof about the supposed Jotunn mobilization. The party offered to undergo a zone of truth interrogation. And volunteered to speak with the dokkalfar.

The Dokkalfr camp was lead by Migin Doomheart. Who was only looking for an ally to help them fight the jotunn. She reluctantly accepted the proposition to undergo the zone of truth interrogation. She and her executioner went into Alfheimer to meet the heirarch. After the ritual, the heirarch agreed to aid the Doomheart which sent his associate Celar into a rage. Celar attempted to assassinate Bel-kadrur and tried to murder the party. After a vicious fight, celar was defeated and the liosalfr agreed to vacate the city and join Gil with the aid of the Dokkalfr.

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The Frostmarch #7
Traps and webs

18th Ancients, 1178

The party awoke the morning after the great revel in the woods north of Mjosyndi. They return to the town to sail east along the coast on The Empress of Ghosts. While they left they saw Draigh watching them leave. She merely smiled at their departure.

20th Ancients, 1178

Two days later, they arrived at the mouth of the Malkith River, which was unseasonably low so they were forced to leave the ship and go by foot. late in the evening Talsalas found tracks from a large group of Jotnarkunnr residing in a cave in the region. They evaded the Jotnar but stumbled upon Ærnma who informed them that the Jotnarkunnr were dying from some wasting disease she may have unleashed by touching the Idol of Predation. She told them where she found the idol and set about retrieving some ingredients for the potential cure.

Heading to the Shrine of the web, they fought their way through the spider- guardians and figured out how to open the inner sanctum. Inside they fought Qeclueth and destroyed it. But were in turn attacked by Nakshayla and her pet troll, Hoodun She escaped the shrine with the Idol

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The Frostmarch #6
Retrieve the Dead

23rd Glory, 1178

After the party awoke from their vision they were given some weapons by the The Norns of Skalafel. They then decided to return to Eyjafjoll to report their findings.

14th Ancients, 1178

Three weeks later they landed in Eyjafjoll and spoke with Thorgrima Ragnardottir. She took their report and slept on the information.

Skimi decided at this time to return to her own people to warn them of the impending invasion.

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During the night Balder Osmondson was visited by Eydana. She told him to go to the Helvegr and speak with the dead. A message was to be given to the party to help them with their quest. The party speaks to Thorgrima again and procure The Empress of Ghosts as transport to Mjosyndi she also sends them with the ship’s builder Hraugun

17th Ancients, 1178

Two days later the party arrived in Mjosyndi, and they were not given a warm welcome. the town was destitute and corrupted by the presence of foul beings. The party asked around and they were repeatedly rebuffed on the subject of the Helvegr. Eventually, they were directed to a witch named Draigh. After the party convinced her that they would retrieve the Mirror of the Returned for her from the Helsalr.

The party fought past the unhallowed dead, and spirits of the afterlife until they met a Giantess who spoke with them of the customs of the dead. She allowed them passage. At the gates of the Helsalr, the party met with Valra who would allow them one night amongst the hallowed dead in exchange for their participation in the great hunt. They obliged and slew Sæhrímnir and were permitted to join the dead for their nightly feast.

During the revel, they met with Torsten Thundertaker who showed them The rune of Return which he had crafted himself. He also gave them some weapons of great power and told them to gather the other races if they wish to survive the coming war.

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The Frostmarch #5
The Horns of Yrstagg

23rd Glory, 1178

The party wakes up, seeing the world through the eyes of the jotnar jarls who apparently have been meeting to discuss plans for the winter fighting season. Fjornjot, the bastard was pushing for a fight with the mortals infringing on his territory. But King Ymghirr, Jarl of all Yrstagg could not allow the bastard to lead the fight so he came up with a cunning plan to convince the others to let him lead.

He would lead the other jarls on a hunt and slay a mighty beast. He would use the Shriek of the Apocalypse horn to summon Wahlkrenwuld of the Grim Wind. Which he would slay with Rimebreaker

The jarls fought their way to the Azure Spike and slew the dragon. Ymghirr united the jarls and began to plan for the coming war, with the Jotnar under one banner.

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The Frostmarch #4
The Norns

23rd Glory, 1178

The party took a longship to Norn island off skalafel to speak to the norns about the violence of the jotnar.

Bearing the end of the trip, a thick fog rolled in and the group became lost, beaching off course they quickly regained their bearing and headed across the tundra. Fighting draugr and scaling down a crevasse to head for their cave. They were forced to slay a pair of hill giants.

After killing the giants the group maneuvered through the ice maze of Yth with relative ease. But then they came upon Content Not Found: null. A monstrous, raving mad hill giant that attempted to eat every living thing it saw. It nearly slew Skimi Rúnvalka, and Ærzus Asgeirrsson, but through the use of Aerzus’ frost magic the monster was forced off. After a titanic clash, the mouth lay dead, and the party proceeded within the cave of the Norns.

The Norns spoke to the party and ascertained what they wished to know just before the world went black.

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The Frostmarch #3
Victory and defeat

5th Glory, 1178

After defeatingLoryax, the party decided to rest up before continuing to Galvask and the Runehenge of victory.

6th Glory, 1178

Galvask was a ruin. Jotnar attacked in the night, destroying the town utterly. So the party headed to the rune henge. Which they found intact.

Having gotten what they wanted, the group headed back to Hvaleyrr via loryax’s boat to warn of possible attack. But it was too late, the town was destroyed, and there were bodies strewn about. But it looked like some escaped by boat.

The group took the boat to Gil.

7th Glory, 1178

A giant shark attacked the ship, only through the skill of the Viking Gregar Dovahkiin at sailing the ship were they able to keep the monster shark from sinking the ship. In the end, the shark was slain and it’s body eaten.

8th Glory, 1178

The group arrived in the capitol, and skuld jaded to a temple of aesa, to find that Talyana had escaped the destruction of hvaleyrr. She told the group of the valor of Hendrick the Razor during the escape. So Ærzus Asgeirrsson decided to visit at Thorgrima’s keep. The rest of the group wished to speak to Thorgrima herself.

The guard refused to allow a jotnarkunnr into the keep itself until Skuld name dropped her father. Upon speaking to Thorgrima they were told of an assassination attempt on her life the day before. She needed the culprit taken into custody before continuing on.

The band continues to the docks, where Talsalas pretended to be a jotnarkunnr looking for work. He spooked the contact, who proceeded to run. After a short chase Talsalas cornered him in a warehouse on the docks.

Aerzus was in the area and retrieved the rest of the heroes, who had only one option. Breach the warehouse. After a short melee with done jotnarkunnr thugs, they captured the traitor Regntreid Hahransson.

Returning him to the keep, they spoke with thorgrima again, and were given an hour to rest before being recalled to the throne room. She told them that Fjornjot, the bastard was indeed behind the attacks but he was making a play for power within the ordning of jarls.

Thorgrima asked the party to go to Skala fel to speak with the norns about these events. The request was punctuated by horrendous screaming coming from downstairs.

Downstairs the party found Rogvar Esteszh killing the guards. After a bloody fight, Rogvar’s murder spree finally came to an end.

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