Shadows in the Dark

Swamped

After an overnight rest, Erdan and Pantriss set off on their way back to Fallcrest. But as they retraced their steps, they noticed that the landscape had changed… as if the dry ground they had previously crossed had somehow become a swamp, or the Witchlight Fens had extended overnight. And the land felt somehow wrong.

This feeling of wrongness extended to the human-sized froglike creatures that emerged from the strange swamp. Pantriss named them after the croaking cry they made: bullywug.

Examining the area, they found that the new area of swamp appeared to be replacing the world in an area several hundred yards wide – and that it was growing. Pantriss took bearings from the growth at two points, and led the two of them to the heart of the anomaly. Inside a cave at the heart of the swamp, they found more of the un-natural bullywugs, together with plants, which were somehow alive – and tried to kill them. A glowing pool of water was spawning the monstrosities, and more were forming within.

Pantriss pulled the starstone that Galen Windracer had given her from her pack – and found that it was glowing with the same light as the pool. She touched it to the pool, and both returned to their inert state. The swamp remained – but it was no longer un-natural, and no more of the monstrosities were appearing.

They returned to Fallcrest, and Pantriss delivered the starflowers to Dirina Mornbrow. Dirina would brew them into a potion and give it to Galen – if he survived the next week, he would live.

Meanwhile, outside the town, Erdan was surprised by the touch of cold steel at his throat and a voice that he recognised from his past, saying “Now. Tell my why you killed my brother.”

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Storm Tower - Part 2

Our heroes listened to the conversation of the yellowskull brigands in the dungeon beneath the tower, and found that a necromancer named Falck sought a golden skull concealed within. They descended a rope ladder into the room below (a room filled with half-painted murals of Vanamere – the builder of the tower – and her lover defeating a white dragon) and after a hard fight in which they barely escaped with their lives, killed the band of yellowskull brigands hiding there.

After rescuing the dwarves imprisoned by the yellowskull bandits, the party penetrated further into the dungeon, encountering Falck and his undead servitors. Falck appeared to recognise Martin Bebenspeer, and outed him to the party. “The blood of tieflings flows within your veins. Why do you oppose us?”

This revelation did not prevent the party from destroying him. As he and his undead minions were killed, they vanished in a burst of flame. But before he died, Falck prophesied that “Ravugar will destroy you all for this!”

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Storm Tower - Part 1

While travelling the King’s Road, Galen Windracer was attacked by beasts of the forest. They seemed un-natural in some way… Although saved from death, he was poisoned by the creatures. Before falling unconscious Galen passed something he called a Starstone on to Pantriss, telling her “The barriers of the world are breaking.”

Martin Bebenspeer investigated the forest where they appeared, and found disturbed earth, almost as if they had clawed themselves out of the ground…

Erdan’s peace was disturbed by the battle with the unnatural creatures and he joined in the fight. He followed the others back to Fallcrest, but would not enter the town. He still seems suspicious of others.

After Galen was carried back to Fallcrest, Dirina Mornbrow, the cleric of Erathis was consulted. The poison burning in Galen’s veins could be palliated – if not cured – by starflower extract. Nathan Faringray had seen starflowers growing by old Vanamere’s Tower to the west of Fallcrest.

At the tower, the dwarf stonemasons who were supposed to be repairing the tower were nowhere to be found, the tower had been invaded by bandits with yellow skulls painted on their faces, and the Fallcrest guards who had been left to guard them had been killed and raised as zombies.

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The Keep on the Shadowfell

Pantriss, Rogath Storm, and Galen Windrider travelled to the town of Winterhaven. While there, they discovered that a cult of Orcus, led by a human called Kalarel were trying to re-open a rift into the Shadowfell sealed two hundred years ago by Nerathian legionnaires.

The rift was sealed, and Kalarel dragged through a portal into the dark.

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