The Scrolls of Aror

Straiglic's Quest - The Lost Elf Part 2
Into the Mine

The party ventured into the woods following a trail of broken branches and disturbed shrubs from the side of the road. After following the trail for a couple hours, the party realizes they’ve turned themselves around and have lost the trail. They finally get their sense of direction back when they spot a set of horse tracks and Curzweil climbs a tree and sees a large clearing not too far away.

Mithos casted a ritual to speak with his horse, who was getting excited and was sniffing the tracks they found. The horse confirmed it knew that the horse Mado was riding left the tracks they found.

Hodgins sneaks ahead of the group towards the clearing to find an entrance to a mine with a small trail of smoke coming out of it and a wagon with no rider or horse.

The party enters the assumed Silver Mine. Mithos and Thia move forward. Hodgins and Curzweil stay at the mouth of the cave since they do not have darkvision.

Mithos and Thia find a skeletal horse, that still moves as a horse. Thia yelps, alerting Curzweil and Hodgins that there is something going on. The horse skeleton sees Mithos and Thia. Thia draws his/her weapon and backs away, while Mithos shape shifts into a Boar, and positions himself between the evil dead horse, and the cowering small elf. Hodgins and Curzweil continue to run towards their comrades. The horse attacks the Boar, and Thia simply cowers in her/his boots, afraid of the horse, and a bit taken aback by Mithos’ transformation. Mithos attacks the horse with his Boar form’s tusks, then backs up in an attempt to make a charge attack, but gets hit by an attack of opprotunity by the horse, knocking him out of his boar form. The horse charges at Thia, and rears back to attack with it’s hooves. Thia lashes out with his/her Kama, striking the horse, before getting thoroughly stomped on by the horses hooves. Curzweil arrives, torch blazing, and immediately Eldritch Blasts the skeletal horse, in an attempt to get it away from Thia. The blast connects, moving the horse back, placing it between Mithos and Thia. Hodgins, arriving alongside Curzweil leaps out at the horse, slicing it’s spinal column at the neck as he flips past it. Hodgins lands on his feet, with his second dagger at the ready, then sheaths it, seeing that his first strike sufficiently dispatched the creature.

Of the many branching paths of the mine the party decides to directly follow the smoke trail and eventually Mithos sees a mine cart down the mine shaft. He goes over to investigate, peered over the side of the cart, and a slew of severed hands dive out at him. The hands latch on to his body and face, quickly rendering him unconscious. Curzweil conjures a Mage Hand, and — grabbing one of the disembodied skeletal hands that was lunging towards Mithos’ unconscious body — smashes it to the ground, crushing it. Thia hobbles forward, grabbing a rock, and throws it into the fray. The hand that had latched on to Mithos’ face gets knocked clean off, and killed. Hodgins charges forward, attempting to body slam the hands on Mithos’ body. The hands scatter, and Hodgins body slams Mithos directly, managing to crush one of the hands with his unconscious ally. With Hodgins now on Mithos, the hands once again climb up, and four of them get on top of Hodgins and attack him, rendering him unconscious. As the pile of unconcious friends grows, Curzweil advances and attempts to swing his staff at the hands. His concern for hitting his friends causes him to swing high, causing him to miss the hands entirely. Thia hobbles forward again, throwing one of her/his darts towards the hands, but it clatters against the ground, unable to hit it’s mark. Four of the hands latch on to Curzweil’s staff, making it too unwieldily to swing, and another three attack him directly. Curzweil, thinking quickly, decides to drop his staff, backpedal as fast as he can, and blast it with his Witch Bolt. The electricity splinters parts of the staff, and kills one of the hands, but the others manage to let go in time. Thia hobbles up to Curzweil, and strikes at one of the hands on him with his/her Kama, missing. Thia follows up my shouting and backhandedly slapping one of the hands on Curzweil, destroying it. The two that remained on Curzweil dropped to the ground, then lunge towards his ankles, one of them latching on. The three that are on the ground by the staff charge at Thia, one of them able to latch on and attack her/him.

Curzweil lunges forward with his daggers, stabbing two of the hands on the ground that missed Thia. Thia manages to kill the hand on his/her body, and attempts to strike the one on Curzweil, but misses yet again. Hodgens and Mithos stabilize while Curzweil stabs two of the remaining hands on the ground with his daggers. The lone remaining hand attempts to attack Thia again, but gets swatted away by the small elf. As the hand hits the ground, Curzweil stabs it, ending the last of the severed hands.

Thia heads over to resuscitate Mithos, while Curzweil revives Hodgins. All healed up and with new resolve, the party ventures forward into the mine.

Along with the cart that had previously been filled with severed hands, are other discarded remnants of the mine’s more productive days. Smoke is seen coming up from the tunnel that has tracks for the mine cart, and the group decides to follow the smoke in search of any sign of Mado. A dour mood fills the air, as each member silently acknowledges the increasingly likely fact that Mado has fallen victim to the necromancer. Mithos picks up one of the discarded pickaxes and the group continues forward.

An hour or two into the mine, the group finds deserted miners’ quarters. The party continues to follow the smoke further into the mine itself. Thia joins Mithos in the front of the party, and using their darkvision, they lead the party deeper and deeper into the belly of the mine. Mithos hears a dinging sound of metal hitting something hard, and the sound of moving earth. Mithos and Thia tell Curzweil and Hodgins to ditch the torches, as they stealth forward. As they approach, the sound of shovels and pickaxes stops. Thia immediately backpedals, and both Thia and Mithos get back to the others. The two update Curzweil and Hodgins, and, fearing an ambush, the group deliberates about what to do next. Thia suggests baiting the miners to come to them, and setting up an ambush of their own. Mithos makes a dense fog within the tunnel, and Curzweil summons an unseen servant, who uses another discarded pickaxe to make noises, in an attempt to draw the miners’ attention.

Thia ventures forward into the fog, and disappears.

The unseen servant performs it’s task, and the sounds begin coming closer, and closer, louder and louder. 6 skeletons burst through the fog. Mithos throws a pickaxe at one of them, but misses it. Curzweil uses a thundrous blast on one of them, and misses as well. Hodgins takes out his two swords, lops off one of the skeleton’s arms, and then decapitates it. Thia hobbles out of the fog, and attacks the closest skeleton to him/her from behind. Hodgins decides to attempt a feat of daring do, and tries to convince one of the skeltons that it isn’t worth fighting the party anymore. He shouts “Skeleton man! this isn’t worth it! Remember who you were!” The seemingly unphased skeleton turns towards Hodgins with it’s pickaxe raised. Curzweil attempts to Eldritch Blast the skeleton approaching Hodgins, managing to push the skeleton to the side, but the skeleton seems undamaged by the blast. It does however result in the skeleton missing it’s attack against Hodgins. The skeletons attackThia and Curzweil, and all three miss their targets.

Mithos’ sickle manages to slip between the ribs of a skeleton, inflicting no damage. Thia strikes out with his/her Kama, splitting the skeleton before her/him in two, destroying each of the bones in the spine and ribs. The skeleton is left simply with legs standing, then they too fall. Thia then hobbles forward and attempts to punch one of the skeletons attacking Curzweil, but misses. Hodgeins strikes out at his skeletal foe, but despite striking true, he is unable to fell the beast. Curzweil attacks one of the skeletons in front of him with his dagger, but finds nothing with his staff. The two skeletons attempt to attack Curzweil simultaneously, but one’s pickaxe collides with the others’ shovel, and as metal clashes upon metal, both tools miss their mark, and strike the ground. Hodgins’ skeletal nemesis manages to land a blow, and he falls unconscious. Mithos attacks one of the skeletons in front of Curzweil with his sickle, snapping the brittle bones of the skeletons’ arms. Thia strikes the same skeleton with his Kama, killing it, and then reaches out to punch the other skeleton attacking Curzweil. S/He punches it right in the hips, destroying it, and each leg falls separately, followed by the body of the now re-deceased skeleton.

With the fight over, the fog clears and a 7th skeleton is seen on the ground in pieces. Curzweil confronts Thia about his/her cowardliness and how she/he has been quite an asset in battle.

The party moves on and comes across an opening where the skeletal miners were working. The silver vein in this area is just about dry but the party hears the skittering noises of more severed hands in three mine carts that are close by. Rather than confront them, the party rushes past this area to find a door similar to the one they saw by an abandoned worker’s quarters with smoke coming out of it.

Mithos transforms into a rat to get a closer look. Upon looking in the room he sees a fire burning in the middle and the back of a elf with white hair lying on a cot and not moving. The stench of rot is heavy in the air, especially to his little rat nose.

The party steps into the room and sees scratch mark writings on the wall saying things like “Long Live Emperor Doom!”, “For the glory of Karraq Doom!”, and “Down with Emperor Azrmiir!”. The elf on the cot also begins to stir.

With a better look at the elf the party notices that his left leg and left arm have no flesh on them. And a good part of his jaw is exposed as well. Much of his body is rotting, mostly the parts closest to his exposed bones. He raises his boned hand and lets out a moan as Mithos quickly begins to slash at him. The elf tries to claw back but fails and ultimately meets his end when a burning piece of wood is plunged into him.

The party then confirms that the elf is Mado when they find a small scroll with instructions on the elf’s mission signed by Straiglic the Silver. Mithos sets the cot alight so to burn the remains of the elf.

Upon leaving the room, the party hears skittering noises again and sees upwards of 30 of the severed hands working their way towards the room. Mithos brings forth grasping weeds and vines which entangle the majority of the hands. The few that manage to work their way to the party are quickly dealt with as the party sprints through the horde and starts their full retreat out of the mine.

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Straiglic's Quest - The Lost Elf Part 1
Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It...

As the crowds at The Gathering grounds start dissipating, Straiglic the Silver approaches Curzweil an commends him and his companions for fighting bravely. He then says that he has a task that may be suitable for them but that he cannot speak of it here and to meet up with him tomorrow morning.

After agreeing to meet up at the temple of Aphrodite in the morning,Mithos retires to his tree house just outside town and the rest of the party then decides to hit a local tavern for some drink and relaxation. The party bonds and gets to know each other a little better.

The next day the party, excluding Twig and Mithos, meet up in front of the temple of Aphrodite with Hodgins stumbling along, still a little drunk from the previous night. Suddenly, he trips and falls flat on his face while looking off down a side street where he notices two people observing him, who quickly retreat upon being noticed.

As Thia helps Hodgins off the ground, a female elf with pale white skin, light red eyes, and white-silvery hair with hints of bluish streaks running through it, steps out of the temple, introducing herself as Starlight the Silver, daughter of Straiglic the Silver.

Starlight leads Curzweil, Hodgins, and Orynn to her father’s camp as Thia heads to the woods to retrieve Mithos who is found tending to his carrots and other crops.

Upon meeting with Straiglic the Silver, he explains that he has journeyed to the Farwrath region to investigate the Doom clan’s sudden rise in wealth and power, using The Gathering as an excuse to travel to Karraq Doom’s lands. Straiglic says that went he first got to the town of Brandyshire, one week ago, he sent forth many scouts to question the people of Farwrath and to inspect the lands and report their findings.

Straiglic then reports to the party of one scout, named Mado who did not return and asks the party to set out and find out what happened to him and return him safely if possible. Mithos asks what the other scouts were able to learn. Straiglic explains that his scouts found that the land had a large surge in silver coins with the people proclaiming that the economy was booming and times were improving for all. But one scout found the remains of a silver mine that was all emptied out, with it’s silver wells all run dry. But the scout also reported large number of skeletons and bones all throughout the mine.

“Necromany…” declared Mithos as Straiglic nodded his head and said how that was his fear as well.

The party then set out upon albino horses and a mule lent to them by Straiglic, leaving word for Twig should he be found. After a day’s travel they start making camp and sleep by the side of the road. During the night the party is attacked by two of Theo Salma’s men. They are easily dispatched but not before Hodgins takes a crossbow bolt to the chest.

In the morning, Mithos prepares a funeral pyre for their attackers as the rest of the group splits up to ask the local farmers if they had seen an elf with white hair and white skin upon a white horse riding by asking any questions. With clues from the farmers the party locates some disturbed bushes by the road leading into the woods and sets off into the forest in search of the lost elf.

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The Trial of Curzweil and Hodgins
7 vs 7

During the feast following The Gathering, guards of Brandyshire and retainers of Theo Salma start to see through the disguises of Curzweil and Hodgins Verathan. After some arguments, the guards put the two of them in chains and start to bring them towards Karraq Doom.

A large crowd gathers around the great lord Karraq Doom’s table and the new prisoners. Karraq Doom decides to settle the crimes of our two heroes right here and now. Knowing that a huge crowd has gathered, Doom chooses to hold a Trial of Seven to determine the innocence or guilt of Curzweil and Hodgins.

Theo Salma volunteers to act as accuser in the trial. And Straiglic the Silver walks up to Curzweil and puts a hand on his shoulder and says that he will fight for him if he’s able to procure the 4 other people to fight. Thia, Orynn, Twig, and Mithos all agree to fight in the Trial of Seven.

Before the trial, Orynn follows the wizard student Jorge who was sent on an errand by Karraq Doomto a tent just outside the tourney grounds, where Orynn is turned away by a tall dark red tiefling.

As the trial is about to begin, the party notices that Theo Salma is joined by 3 of his personal guards and 2 of Doom‘s guard. Through the crowds walks a man in full plate armor, shimmering silver, with spikes adorned all over. He joins Salma’s group and the battle begins.

The hero’s fight bravely with Hodgins falling multiple times at the hands of Theo Salma and Mithos falling near the end of the battle after discovering that the plate armor was moving on its own with no one inside. Thia manages to break the enhancement holding the armor together as Straiglic the Silver gut punches Theo Salma to unconsciousness ending the trial.

Doom announces the innocence of Hodgins Verathan and Curzweil as the party takes a rest to recover from the battle.

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Scroll One: The Gathering
Part 2

The day of The Gathering has arrived! As great lord Karraq Doom gives a speech thanking everyone for joining in The Gathering in celebration of the emperor’s new grandson, we find three of our hero’s, Thia, Mithos, and Twig, among the stands awaiting the start. The three others, Hodgins, Orryn, and Curzweil, are riding their horses into The Gathering grounds and receiving their element tags.

After Doom’s speech, a loud horn is played and all the horses start trotting in a circle. Getting faster and faster. And faster. As drums start to beat. Bum. Bum. Bum. And faster. Bum-bum. Bum-bum. Bum-bum. And even faster. Bum-bum-bum. Bum-bum-bum. Bum-bum-bum. And as the horses are in full sprint. BUM-BUM-BUM. BUM-BUM-BUM. BUM-BUM-BUM. The horses start turning tighter and tigher. An eagle screeches from the sidelines and drops a small ball into the center of the circle. BAAAAAOOOOOOO! The loud horn is heard again as the contest begins.

Orryn attempting to locate easy prey with tags other than his own almost falls off his horse but manages to hang on to the side. But he does notice that an earth tag is wrapped around that dropped in the center. Seeing that, Orryn creates a cloud of fog in the center of the fray. Curzweil failing to steal any tags rushes into the fog and creates an unseen servant who throws the earth tag ball up to him. Hodgins pushes his way through the rush of horses and men pummeling each other to get close to Theo Salma.

Theo Salma, Straiglic the Silver, and Samuel Verathan are all handed tags by their companions and they each now have a wind tag, fire tag, and water tag, so all they need is the earth tag.

In the crowds, Mithos barely avoids getting ale spilt all over him as someone behind him screams in excitement and throws their hands up in the air at the slight of horses crashing into each other. And while trying to get a closer look at the great lords, Thia is recognized by a female high elf who declares that she’s been looking for him. They slip away behind the crowds and talk about Thia’s past and future.

As men fall left and right and are trampled underneath the horde of horses, a strong wind blows clearing the fog from the center. Seeing this, Curzweil throws the earth tag to Straiglic the Silver who catches it with ease and gives Curzweil a curious look. Orryn loses his staff in the confusion and starts to back off. The circling of horses then starts to converge on Straiglic as Hodgins attempts to force Theo Salma off his horse but Theo manages to hold on and starts toward the earth tag. Samuel Verathan snatches the earth tag from Straiglic and leads the charge towards the exit gate. Samuel charges valiantly through the gate as horn and drums start back up again declaring the end of The Gathering.

As Karraq Doom declares Samuel Verathan the winner and awards him with the scroll of Skywrite. Samuel thanks Doom and accepts the victory in Karraq Doom’s name. Laughing and thumping his chest, Doom says that he was glad he accepted Samuel into his service and announces a feast for all to enjoy.

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Scroll One: The Gathering
Part 1

The Great Lord Karraq Doom has sent out riders all throughout the country of Aror to hang up fliers detailing The Gathering, a great event held many times throughout history but not in recent memory.

The Gathering!!
Hosted by the Doom clan in the Farwrath region
In celebration of our great Emperor Azrmiir Meddrake and his new grandson Balasar Meddrake.
The great lord Karraq Doom humbly awaits the lords and knights of Aror at winter’s end.
Participants wanted! 5gp entry fee
Prize: Fame and Glory! And a magical scroll!
Workers wanted for preparations.

A week before winter’s end, we find Curzweil inside of a prison cell in the town of Brandyshire awaiting questioning for the mysterious death of a young woman named Donna. As the guards leave him in his cell, Curzweil uses Mage Hand to grab the keys to the cell off of their hook to free himself. As he whistles and gathers his belongings, Thia hears the strange whistling and pokes his head through the window to see a culprit escaping his cell and rushing to the guard station entrance to report the escape.

Just to the north of Brandyshire two woodland fellows, Twig and Mithos leave their homes in the woods to investigate a large company of men cutting down trees and clearing a large part of the forest in preparation for The Gathering. After speaking with a worker they decide to go into town to speak with someone in charge.

Gnome wizard Orynn studies the town of Brandyshire and sees many people sigining up for The Gathering in the center of town. He also notices a large group of people heading toward the center of town, with a well dressed human leading the group.

Meanwhile Hodgins Verathan is pick pocketing and deceiving many of the new people that have traveled to witness The Gathering.

Back at the guard station Thia attempts to explain the prison break to no avail as Curzweil barrels through the few guards attempting to recapture him but manages to squeeze on through when Thia unintentionally distracts the guards. Curzweil escapes as Thia runs after him.

In the center of town Twig and Mithos angrily approach the table set up for registration while commanding others in line to allow them to pass. After much argument about the destruction of the forest, well dressed Samuel calms down both parties and helps come up with an agreement that no more trees will be cut down if Twig and Mithos agree to help with the remaining preparations for the gathering.

Hodgins Verathan while investigating great lord Theo Salma, he learns that Theo will be entering The Gathering along with 20 of his retainers.Hodgins then decides to infiltrate Theo’s retainers by murdering one of his guards named Wrex in the back alley of a tavern, and mangles his face so he is not recognizable.

Upon pulling the Withering Flower card from his Tarot Card Deck, Curzweil decides to check out The Gathering grounds with Thia in pursuit. There they get acquainted with Twig and Mithos. Curzweil learns more of The Gathering and decides to enter under a disguise.

Orynn wishing to learn more about the magical scroll prize of The Gathering, he meets up with a young Tiefling wizard student, Jorge. Jorge explains how the scroll was created by his master Iados Terror, and that it is a scroll of Skywrite. This provokes Orynn to enter The Gathering to try and win the prize.

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