Ashes to ashes

Innkeepers - A Brief Summary of Events
Aka That Time The DM Was Lazy And Didn't Write Down These Things For a Few Meetings

To summarize what happened after Stonekeep – >

The party gathered themselves, met up with Hrordar and set out on their journey towards Hrord's temple, which was in the Hrord Mountains. During the journey the party encountered a stone giant and his children, and after a horrible wild-magic-accident, the giant gained the power to turn into a giant stone elemental. Hrord sacrificed himself so that the party could escape through a crack in the mountain.

The party found themselves in a cave, in which they barely escaped the resident monster. They soon found themselves in the larger cave that was connected to this one, which belonged to a gigantic, monstrous black dragon. The party snuck out, saw the dragon exit its lair and retrieve a large body, then return. They then slept.

The party met up with Druscilla and her clan, to try to save Hrordar from the dragon. The plan went haywire, Balsa got covered in acid, Dale got stabbed with a dragonclaw and Druscillas clan fled.

Druscilla and Akra soon gathered their things and set forth towards Hrordar's temple, with the thoughts that they needed to do this for the party. They were soon joined by Dale, alive and well, and came upon the temple. They met a man called Rasputin there.

The party fought undead in the temple, undead that were controlled by Rasputin's old colleague, Wic-Tor Fronkinstoin. A fight ensued with the necromancer and in the end, the temple was burning, Rasputin was petriefied, Druscilla was dead and Akra was gone. Dale was the onle survivor. 

Fast forward a few months – >

Dale, Balsa (mysteriously alive) and Murrag, a gentleman orc, had all recieved a summons from their questgiver, "Noone". They recieved the mission to go and find out what really happened to the lost princess of the Thunder Dynasty. They headed out towards Highgate, fought some racist farmers, and took and airship to Fool's March, the last place anyone had claimed to have seen the princess. They also fought and elven assassin on the airship. 


King's Corner
aka Dave Loves Birds

The mercenaries known as the King's Corner are made up of Dave, the human fighter, Tomtom, the kenku rogue and Ashes, the tiefling monk. We met the King's Corner (KC) when they were being interrogated in handcuffs by one of the officials in the Keep, the prison in Highgate. His name was Grego, a fat and sweaty man, and he was concerned about a certain box that the KC were supposed to have. The party could not remember anything about the previous night, and they were all bruised and had a bad headache.  Tomtom lied and promised that they had the box at a safe location, and they were let go.

When the KC were let go, Dave found a note from the night before from Salina, thanking him for their passionate evening and saying that he was welcome back. Dave had a flashback, and remembered that the party had been celebrating their victory in retrieving the box. They had celebrated at the Giant Crab, a tavern close by. Dave remembered them getting into a fight with the Low Key Gang, who demanded the box. A montage ensued off them all kicking the gang's asses.

After the flashback, the KC went to the tavern just to find it had been burnt down. Salina slapped Dave, and yelled at him. After explaining that they did not remember what happened, Salina explained the rest of the night. The Low Key Gang had stolen the box, the party had almost escaped before being pummeled by giant half-orc and someone had started a fire. The party thanked Salina and left for the Murks, the ghetto in Highgate. 

In the Murks, the party decided that they would try infiltrating the Low Key Gang. Tomtom disguised Dave to look like the gang's leader, Tyko, and they then put a rope around Tomtom so that he could follow the disguised Dave and use mimicry to sound like Tyko. They were allowed access by Carl-Adolf Stjerna, a gang member, while Ashes climbed/flew up one of the nearby buildings. Tomtom followed Dave, who mimed whatever Tomtom was saying in Tyko's voice.

They soon came to the man who had carried the box, Sverker. Sverker led Tomtom and Dave to Tyko's office, were he was surprised by Tyko sitting at his desk. A fight ensued, in which Tyko got his ass handed to him and Ashes crashed through a window on the forth floor. 

Tyko gave the KC the box and some money to not tell anyone that they had beaten him. The box turned up to be a puzzle of sorts. The party went to Dave's place, which featured a bed, a matress on the floor and a bird's nest. The party debated getting the box to Grego without opening it, but then tried opening it anyway. They failed, but Tomtom remembered a dwarf name Ol' Gruffy in the Murks that was a fence and an artificer – maybe he could help them. 

They came to Ol' Gruffy and paid him to open the box. It took some time and demanded some ash, but it opened after a while. Inside lay a glass ball the size of a fist in which an eye spun around inside. When Ashes picked it up, he fell unconscious, gripping the ball. His hand got an ashen exterior. Tomtom and Dave managed to extract the ball from his hands without touching it. Gruffy woke Ashes up and then explained the he was ashtouched, which was not a good thing. The party left for Dave's again.

They put Dave's birthday-wine in the box and sealed it again, then hid the eye-orb away. Tomtom and Dave went to Grego with the box, and was met with an individual in blue robes and a white, featureless mask sitting at a table. They gave him the box and Grego gave them the gold, and they went on their merry way.

While buying food for their celebrations later that night, Tomtom heard a rumor that one of the prison officials, Grego, had fallen to his death, apparently a suicide. 


Innkeepers - Stonekeep
Aka The Time Kaelt Mas And Balsa Switched Bodies

The party returned to Stonekeep to get their affairs in order before heading off with Hrord. They bought supplies, found and threatened an extortionist and hired a bartender and a bard to their bar. While searching for the extortionist, the Kaelt Mas and Balsa accidentally switched bodies for a while. Shenanigans ensued. 

Innkeepers - The Guardian
Aka The Time Kaelt Mas Lost His Hands

Our party, having accepted the quest to help the villagers of Smallbell to save the daughter of lord Jegazai from her sickness, got the antidote from Elder Martin and headed out to the lord's mannor. They were joined by the majority of Smallbell. 

Kaelt Mas (Dale's new name) managed to persuade himself inside to meet the lord. They spoke about trade routes between Smallbell, the Kingdom of Stallon and Galanodel. Afterwards, Druscilla snuck into the room of the lord's daughter and gave her the antidote.

On their way back home, the villagers all suddenly stopped in their tracks. The spell that they had all been under had been released and they all remembered that Elder Martin was not who he said he was and that he had used magic to trick them. They all hurried back to Smallbell.

They could see Martin, or what was calling itself Martin, with flakes of ashes here and there on his skin. The bodies of several villagers were there too, all dead with ashes around their mouths and noses. Martin was performing some sort of ritual in front of the ogre-statue. 

A fight ensued, Martin raised the bodies of the fallen villagers, and Alenn was stabbed to death. The ritual was completed, the now ashen thing that was known as Martin stole the bell from the now living ogre and disappeared in a cloud of ash. The ogre fought of the rest of the zombies and then asked the party to stand down.

After some conversation, the party learned that the ogre was named Hrord – which was big news for Druscilla, since her clan and the mountain they reside in was named after him. He explained that he was a Guardian, someone who was supposed to keep one of the keys to releasing the power of the Ashlands, safe. He had been given the form of an ogre. Now that the ashfolk had one of the keys, Hrord asked the party to aid him in getting to the other Guardians and securing their keys. Hrord they complained about being tired after having stood up for a long, long time and fell asleep in a barn.

Frostlovers - The Tavern
Aka The Time Mikael Ran Naked As Lia

Our beloved party were on their merry way down towards the Draconus Bibliotheca. They met a strange party of people who seemed to be guarding a female dragonborn, of a blue color. No certain questions were asked and the party continued. 

They arrived at Fool's March, where they christened guards in Bahamut's name, got help from a dwaren lady and bartered with a dumpster-kenku. Afterwards, the party made their way towards The Tavern, a very, VERY large structure with 6 floors, built like a mall. They bought food, then found a second-hand shop run by a goblin. The goblin sold them weird items, which were semi-useful. She also sold them two headbands that "would affect your intellect". Lia and Mikael tried them out, and switched bodies. Mikael, in Lias body, ran around flailing, until Lia, in Mikaels body, could catch him with the help of Kent. They then returned to their senses. 

Ludimus' Lads - Orcs!
Aka Meamak Has To Do All The Hard Work

Our great heroes, having been warned that "they" are coming, rushed out to help as well as they could. What they saw was a village besieged by orcs. The party fought hard, chased orcs and rescued children! In the end, when the last orc was slain, the party saw dark and mysterious hooded figure watching them. 

The hooded figure raised its hands, and all the fallen orcs, soldiers and villagers arose as undead. 

Innkeepers - Squirrels, Fire!
Aka That Time That Tesla Gained A New Friend

Our heroes had split up for about a week, each one going about their own personal business. Tesla had been taught in the ways of the College of Lore, Drusilla had been shown how to craft her own totem and Dale had been pretending to drink alcohol while also realizing he was now a more powerful sorcerer. Our dear Balsa, ready to ascend to his rightful place as a paladin, was still at the Duskbreakers.

The party had been asked, repeatedly, to go and get the final ingredient needed to start up the mead-making again – the enchanted water that could only be found in the northern forest, in a magical fountain. The party gathered up their things, Alenn, and then set out on their journey.

When they arrived at the outskirts of the forest, Alenn told the party that he would wait for them there. The party continued into the forest, following a small stream that would soon lead them to the fountain. When they arrived, they saw animals of different species, each one represented by a larger individual from every species. They were greeted by an owl, who was resting on the head of a moose. The owl told the party that if they wanted to take something from the forest, they had to give something to the forest. The owl also mentioned that "giving" to the forest could mean giving help. When asked, the owl mentioned foul orcs that ravaged and polluted the forest. Our brave heroes, bloodthirsty as they are, knew what to do.

They were lead to the orcs by a large squirrel, who kept picking up nuts. Tesla crafted a small backpack to the squirrel, who was very thankful, and kept his nuts in it. One could say that he proudly carried his sack of nuts.

When they came close to the orcs, the squirrel pointed at the orcs' camp and scurried up into a nearby tree. A fight soon broke out, which was very bloody, with orcs being pummeled, thrown nuts at, bitten by squirrels and generally being miserable. Tesla managed to use Charm Person on the orcs' leader, Bolgok, and then persuaded him that they were all friends. Bolgok helped in finishing up the rest of the orcs, and then agreed to leave the forest. When he did, the larger squirrel shook his head. Drusilla used her Speak to Animals, and the squirrel explained that they needed the orcs dead, all of them. The squirrel then helped the party to lure the orc back. He was promptly killed.

During the fight, Dale tried using a nut that a squirrel was holding on to as a projectile for his spells. The squirrel held on tight, but was rescued and picked out of the air by Drusilla. The squirrel is now a constant companion of Drusillas.

The party returned, they gained the water, and left. When they came back to Smallbell, they villagers were approving of their return with the water, but no one was happy. News had come that the lord of the land's daughter's sickness had grown worse, and that the lord was refusing help. The party was asked to help the village sneak in an antidote that Martin could make, and in return, they would get free mead for their inn.  

Innkeepers - Bahamut Matata
aka That Time That Drusilla Tried Her Best at Dentistry

Tesla left the goblin cave, claiming that she had business to attend to in Smallbell. Balsa released the goblin covered in shit, which promised to be good. It lied. 

The goblin ran to rally his friends, and the party decided to make a trap – by putting wooden tables in their own way and setting them on fire. Soon enough, both Dale and Drusilla had fallen unconscious due to the heat, but Balsa managed to drag them to safety, one by one. When he came back and dragged out Dale, he saw the leader of the goblins, Dukk, having his foul dagger at Drusilla's throat. Balsa used his Dust of Disappearance to make himself, Dale, Drusilla and Dukk invisible. In the ensuing chaos, he dragged out Dale, backstabbed a hobgoblin, intimidated the other goblins into a fearful run, and was faced with Dukk, who once again had his dagger at Drusilla's throat. Dale had woken up, and was entering the cave again. Drusilla too woke up.

During the second fight, as Balsa came close to Dukk, Dukk slit Drusilla's throat. She almost died, but was saved by Balsa and Dale after they had killed Dukk. They took his dagger, which had given Drusilla a nasty, dark blue scar across her throat.

They searched the rest of the cave, found a loot of treasure, and rescued Earbender, a dragonborn child from the Norixius clan. She was grateful and accompanied the party out and back to Smallbell.

Once the party was back and had reported their victory over the goblins, the village once again threw a party in their honor. Balsa chugged his first mead, and immediately fell unconscious. Dale partied on and Drusilla slept under the ogre statue outside. When morning came, Balsa decided to see who the paintings that they had found in the goblin den belonged to. After asking around, he learned that Lord Jezagai was the owner of the nearby lands and could be the rightful owner. He was turned down at the gates, though, and was told that the paintings did not belong to Jezagai. He also learned that Jezagai had a sick daughter.

While Balsa was away, Drusilla decided to try to sneak up upon the bandits once again. As had happened the day before, she failed, was found, and was told to leave. She then gathered her party, and in a very furious manner, asked them nicely to help her kill the bandits. The party went to the bandit camp, and after a very exciting battle, managed to defeat the bandits. They also saved a hostage, named Maewenn, who told them that she was from Vilsten (Reststone) and that she was out traveling. If they ever needed a place to stay, they could stay in the tavern in Vilsten for free, since she knew the owner. She said to ask for her or Evina, the village elder.

Drusilla stayed back for a while after Dale and Balsa had left the bandit camp with Maewenn. Drusilla pulled out a few of the bandit leader's teeth and is on her was to make it into a charm. 

Back at Smallbell, Balsa turned in the only bandit they had knocked out, then left for the Duskbreakers. Dale, Drusilla and Tesla is still in Smallbell. 

Ludimus' Lads
aka Gary (thinks he) Goes to Skallervall

The party contains three members, which are:

Gary, the human wizard, apprentice to Ludimus Leagallow.

Meamak, the goliath barbarian, he is what he needs to be.

Enkil, the dwarf fighter, of the Longstone family.

Gary had recruited Meamak and Enkil after Ludimus' request. They had entered Ludimus's study, had been interviewed by him and shown a special blue gem that could record what it heard. Ludimus explained to the party that he wanted them to explore and help people, and in return, he would pay them. The party agreed, and then helped Ludimus clear the clattered room of debris. 

When they were done, Ludimus summoned a portal in the middle of the clatter-free circle. As soon as the party had entered, Gary got a bad feeling about the place that they had teleported to – he thought that it was Skallervall, the village that every parent in the Kingdom of Stallon threatens to send their children to if they're naughty. Apparently, the village of Skallervall is filled with crazy people. Gary was instantly nervous and did not want to enter the village, but his newfound friends convinced him. 

As they entered the village, which was named Vilsten (Reststone), they quickly spotted the local tavern and entered. Inside, they exchanged words with the owner, and learned that Dinna is the current village elder. Meamak ordered food for everyone, and the party requested beds. 

The party sat and ate at the closest table. They socialized with the people there, Meamak challenged one of the them to a contest (the mad chickened out) and Gary failed at flirting.  The party also learned that Evina, the villages true elder, was missing. Dinna then entered the tavern, the party traded some words with her, when the mad that had chickened out slammed open the door to the tavern, screaming "They're coming!".

Frostlovers - The Boar
aka The Time the Party Faced the Wererats

The party had just defeated the two ogres, one of which had been turned into an ogreaffe. As they were trying to cut the head of the ogreaffe, Chief returned to the party. They all set out on the path towards Fool's March together.

After making camp near a small river, which waters were almost freezing, Lia, the wood-elf monk, and Mikael, the human cleric, decided to hunt, seperately. Mikael came back empty handed.

Lia, on the other hand, accidentally came into a fight with a very angry giant boar who thought that Lia was a danger to her children. After Lia ran away back to camp, she recruited Hoppsan, the gnome sorceress, and Chief, the goliath barbarian, to join her in hunting down the giant boar for food. The fight was soon over, with Chief having been gored a little bit too much. Lia captured one of the piglets and Cheif tried catching another, but accidentally chased it over a cliff. It died. 

Back at camp, the party feasted on the boar that Chief had dragged back. At night, they were set upon by wererats, and defeated them all. Lidda and Chief seem to feel weird and sick, though, which is odd.  


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