Cursed Blood

The road is long

It has been a long time since I the keeper of secrets have wrote about the heroes of the Blackmere. Their path has been long and arduous. From the sewers of Blackmere keep to the ruins of Castle Cragmaw. But it is here at the foot of the mountains near the caves of chaos where everything started that we find them. In search of the book of vile darkness an ancient artifact of evil that could tell them how to kill Acerack first of his name king of the North high priest of Tharizdun the lord of the dark. Our heroes took a job to escort a cart to the mining town of phandelver the dwarf that hired them explained that the caves were part of a mine long ago the dwarf had ridden ahead along with some unknown warrior to guard him they were apparently waylaid by goblin bandits and captured now with the guidance of a captured goblin the heroes found their way to the encampment. And engage their foes.

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How much damage?!

The cultists stormed out of the old temple surrounding Blackmere’s bane a title deserved after seeing how upset Wolfgang was. The little bastard malark was no where to be seen. The whispered ones fought hard but the heroes remained strong but one of the cultist was a lot more viscous than the others. Calibos called on nature with a piercing beam of moonlight which would show true the shape of malark. Malark was revealed to be the same creature who had granted wishes and saved the lives of some of the party Rook included. Malark looked at Calibos with an odd little smirk and said “oh you shouldn’t have done that”. And threw a kris blade short sword coated with poison. Calibos would have died right there if not for the magic ring that healed him. Ghost had been having an easy time taking pot shots at the cultist and saw his oppurtnety to sink an arrow into malark. The group had victory in sight when one of the few cultist left twisted in agony and said “oh you shouldn’t have done that”. It turned out that malark was some sort of possessing spirit. When out of the sky came a griffon with a girl riding it well more holding on for dear life than riding. They snatched malark off the ground and dropped him off the clff. The heroes took refuge in the temple and found a strange puzzle barring the way to the underkeep.

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What a load of malarkey

The troupe headed towards the keep. They were quite surprised to see a horde of undead ahead wondering how they got ahead of them they back tracked. Finding an old forgotten path freshly trodden they followed it down there they found Elsa and the children one of which gave Eric a greeting far out of expectations and Wolfgang was also surprised. He and Rook had met up with the party outside the town and Wolfgang in one moment saw everything as clear as day in rage and frustration he threw down his fathers sword and fled. Elsa as ever the ice witch looked with derision and said “fuck him”. The party cautiously moved foward realizing this path led to the bone yard a place where the peaple of the keep would throw the remains of their unwanted citizens . There they saw a curious sight a bedraggled man cooking a large cauldron of some sort of stew panicking running back and forth. After some debate for their next step Ghost thought to himself WWLJD and headed out to see if he could free the chained man. Once the party realized that one of them was gone they headed to the cliff side clearing. Meanwhile after unsuccessfully trying to free the man who apparently did not want it. Ghost had to hide under the bed of the hut when he heard the flapping of wings and there he saw a great reptilian bird like creature like a dragon but more bird like a gryphon. A cloaked figure obviously leapt of the back of the beast and proceeded to abuse the slave both verbally and physically. Then the woman went to bed the bed that ghost was hiding under. Meanwhile the rest of the party decided to assault the nest of the gryphon and well when plans don’t work you improvise. In the ensuing chaos the woman did not wake could not wake. The gryphon was calmed and befriended by Calibos. The woman was locked in the cabin and the slave revealed that he was not a slave but the guardian of the woman who turned out to be be the queen the last descendant of the line of Dol’Rann. He had much to reveal. He and Frodwick had fled the capitol when it was almost destroyed but that it was not the king who had caused that destruction that preceded him losing his mind and started casting spells to the ruination of all it was Frodwick who had killed the king and both of them had fled with a very pregnant queen. After the birth Philius swore to stay with the queen as he had done for most of her life and Frodwick would take the child into the keep for safe keeping. The queen had not fared well with pregnancy and the old curse that had tormented her years before had come back with a vengeance. After long discussion the headed towards the old chapel where the Azure hounds had first met with Selene the vampire. At the doors of the chapel from behind a pillar came a familiar voice that of Poipoin Malarkey he said that they must all flee get on a boat and get as far and as fast as possible for the dead were rising both in and out of the keep he had made it out through the sewers and tunnels that honeycombed underneath the keep he also revealed himself as the head of the thieves guild. Using his mask of disguise he had set the heroes on the mystery of the murder in the small town in the hopes of getting them out of the city for he had a feeling that this was going to happen. This set the party aback but it also made Merrick highly suspicious for he knew that a item with disguise enchantments on it could only alter the person slightly giving the foot difference in height. And in that moment it came to him that all the quest and leading information came indirectly or directly from Malarkey. That it was him who gave that book to Karnath those many years ago that it was him that sent Eric and the others to the temple where they met the Demi lich not just the last Tim but when they were children he also could have been the one giving out tainted magic items first to Tom then to Elsa. He could have been the one who had the group clear out the kobolds and the Darghul from the temple so he could walk right in there with the skull and waken this thing that has been doing all this. At this moment when he realized this he locked eyes with malarkey mouth agape and Malarkey winked at him and said "Well some people are too smart for their own good. " and threw a dagger at him at the same time a large group of cultist came pouring out the front of the chapel.

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New begins the quest

After solving the mystery and a romantic interlude with Elsa who turns out to be Dornish and in disguise Eric felt good all is right with the world even that Weirdo Merrick couldn’t put off his game good thing Rook wasn’t here he would be all righteous and say how he shouldn’t had slept with Wolfgangs betrothed but what does he know he doesn’t even have a dick. Talen came stumbling into the inn blood all over him “we have a problem” I am the solution Eric said. Taken had lost his suit of foliage he used as camouflage he had scratches and bite marks all over himself . He said that he had gone to see an avatar of the witch queen of Erethor ,the whispering woods that he called home. She told him of a great upheaval in the world and that he had to go to the Caves of Chaos and investigate it was there you would find the answers that he seeks. He had gotten to the cave without incident but there he saw to his horror that the caves had been unblocked and that all those creatures that were buried in the cave in we’re now bieng herded like cattle by a lone figure riding a large wolf like creature ,a Kartag ,wolf in form but scaled like a crocodile and quite venomous . The army of undead goblins and bugbears and even a Oruk headed towards the keep and would destroy any thing in its path. Like all the out lying communities. So he turned to warn them ,then he saw the eyes hiding in the woods like orbs of reflection hovering in the darkness he recognized those eyes for he saw them in his home far to the north. Orendor they called themselves but to his people they were Orc. Children of the shadow of the north Izrador and those eyes were looking right at him the bushes exploded as three of these towering brutish figures came charging towards Talen. Wielding vardatches ,curved heavy blades that anyone else would need two hands to hold. They came in swinging low hoping to take out his legs. For speed is a Erunsils best friend and a lumbering orcs worst enemy with the stag horn strapped to his left hand and his silver plated fighting knife in his right he side stepped the first overhand blow and pinning the blade to the ground with his stag horn he pushed up with his legs did a hand stand kicking the second Orc squarely in the faceand landing on the other side of his first attacker. Finding a perfect spot to place his blade ,in the armpit of the Orc with his blade stuck in the ground. The third Orc was circling around to get behind Talen. Talen pulled his knife out low tearing as it went and using the momentum swept the legs out of the third attacker. Reversing his grip on his knife drove the blade in his throat. Talen stood slowly over the two fallen orcs never losing eye contact with the third his nose broken and bloody "that’s a good look for you " talen smirked " you should changed your name to Kachack broken face or something" Kachack the word in the black tongue for the Orc children to small or deformed to be worthy and fed to the wolves. Any tactics the Orc had thought up went flying away replaced by rage. He charged with his kardatch high above his head Talen easily side stepped the blow bringing up his stag horn shield and drilling one of the steel coated horns into the ear of the enraged Orc killing him instantly. All this fighting had garnered unwanted attention some of the maelgral , the walking dead ,had come into the wood hearing the noise and hungry. Talen had to bust through the throng they was no time to fight and there was too many. He uttered a prayer to the trees and plants themselves and the spirit of the wood heard him as he pushed his way out of the mass of undead the branches and vines even the grass on the ground took hold of the maelgral and allowed talen to escape.
With very little time the heroes got organized quickly they got Merrick and Elsa to gather all the women and children and the men who wouldn’t be that good in a fight and got them to run to the keep the remainder started to set up defences. Ghost the young companion of Brother Walker spotted the undead horde while keeping lookout on the roof of the inn. The companions set up some kegs to explode when struck with fire this took out many of the creatures the group took to fighting the one that got through when talen finally got a good look at the rider who seem to control this calamity of souls his heart dropped his hand let go of the icebow and as it clattered to the ground he jumped of the roof pulling out his fighting knives as he went calling on his fey blood he whispered to the earth itself and spikes and burrs formed from the very stone in between him and the dark rider talen hissed over his shoulder " run to the keep run now " Brother Walker held out his staff and bellowed to the undead begone from my sight unclean things the force of his spirit pushing them back into talents spell mangling and tearing their flesh as they ran away leaving the heroes with enough time to get away leaving Talen to meet his fate.

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Frosty sucks

Our intrepid little band headed to speak to the Druids to find out what was wrong. And they came upon a horrific scene three figures frozen in ice. With the assistance of some new found friends Ghostwalker ranger of the whispering wood and his brother Nathanor teacher of the earth mother they headed north to find the missing Druid thane

After some minor scuffles they finally emerged from the woods and started towards the mountains across the plains. Caught in a dreadful blizzard out in the open they quickly dug in to get some shelter as they were resting they were attacked by two large bestial humanoids covered in white fur and wolf liked faces. After dispatching the creatures they moved in and found a small village where the towns people had been frozen in blocks of ice setting up shelter in a inn they heroes met up with Jornarr a Magean wizard who was traveling as part of a caravan to his ancestral home the tower. He had a lot of info explaining the origins of Wolfgangs Blade. He further explains that a large wolf like humanoid called a Vargulf is stalking the remains of his caravan and he has been unsuccessful at stopping it and needs the heroes help.
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S01E01 part2
The Trouble with Tom

Our group of adventurers had managed to get one of the brigands that had attacked Drincent back to Malarkiy’s where they interrogated him further where they learned that their leader was the one who got his head cut off by Eric and that he got orders from upstairs at thier HQ but other than that they got very little. He was taken to jail by Wolfgang where he would meet the justice of the Blackmere Hounds the local law enforcement. Meanwhile everyone else sought to figure out the next move. That’s when Trevor came in very upset and claim that something had happened to scary Tom a childhood friend of the Grimm brothers. The brothers , Calibos and the halfing went in search for Tom where he lived in the sewers under the under keep Haven. The brothers reminisced of thier adventure with Tom where they decided to enter in the Temple of Thel where the cities heroes had faced off with Karrnath and saved a group of children from being sacrificed including themselves. Eric always found Tom unsettling maybe it was resenting he had parents or that he was fat and awkward. But for that reason he had put him up to be th first to enter the horrible place. Tom slowly moved across the bridge and saw the door opened a crack he pushed it in further with a loud creak Eric yelled " Heh fatty why don’t ya make some more noise maybe you’ll wake up Karrnath" as they followed behind Tom. With that the remains of several bodies began to stir inside of the temple " I believe you just did. " remarked Rook. As they rose Tom screamed and ran back towards the brothers and past them onto the bridge. A colomn of darkness like smoke sped overhead of Tom and landed in the middle of the bridge forming into a figure wrapped in a cloak of darkness it’s hands were massive talons out of proportion with the rest of its body. Tom stopped in his tracks mesmerized by his own fear. Eric grabbed the first thing he could a large one sided axe buried in a skull. He tore it out and ran across blocking the creatures claws with the haft of the axe. Yelling at Tom to run which snapped him out of his stupor Tom fled across the bridge as did Rook. Pulling back Eric made a huge overhand hack at the creatures head the creature pulled back and Eric let the foward momentum of the axe pull himself foward in to a somersault which he used to get past the monster and run across the bridge. Maybe it was the adventure or the fact years later Toms parents died destroyed by their own folly. But the brothers always felt responsible for him especially when he secluded himself in the sewers. They went to Toms home and met up with him he was dressed in robes carrying a 4 ft long test tube filled with fluorescent slime which he used as a light source and a way to scare people off waving it around like sword. After being interrogated by Eric Tom confessed that after a particular bad beating up top in the city a strange man had given him a gift a charm that would allow him to defeat his enemies a necklace with a silver fang attached. But they had to get out of there cause something had followed him. And as they made their way a roots a catwalk the swamp wolf blocked thier path. It’s shape was exactly like a wolf but that was were the similarity ended instead of fur it had thick scales and snake like fangs dripping with venom Tom screamed and threw his tube of slime at the creature hitting full in the face. The swamp devil leapt forth pounced on Tom and tore open his throat and Tom fell into the sewer beneath the catwalk. Eric went into a rage charged foward and roundhoused kicked th devil in the ribs knocking him off the catwalk and proceeded to jump after him careless of the green slime covering th bottom of the sewers. Calibos and the halfling followed behind using magic to strike at the devil it was Calibos with his magic and staff who stove in the creatures head and as it dropped in the sewer a stream of darkness like smoke sped out of its mouth. The team left the sewers a little worse for wear Eric needed new boots because of the slime and they had managed to save the corpse of the swamp devil for further examination. " Poor Tom " Trevor said as they left the sewers " Tom was a fucking idiot. " Eric grumbled and if anyone had looked back they would have seen a grimace on Eric’s face that relayed grief more than anger a sadness that he would never admit but Rook knew ha always did.

Meanwhile a dark figure loomed in the darkness tall and thin wearing a long coat and top hat standing in the sewers his hand reached out and a bubbling from the water appeared and Toms half consumed body rose up out the water floating in the air. The other mans hand turns black as pitch and stretches into claws and with one finger he plucks the chain off of toms neck letting the body slip back into the water he walks off spinning the chain on his finger and whistling a funny little dirge funny and sweet dark and ominous

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Season one episode one

The Red Dragon inn was what it was known to the topsiders bit to everyone in Dark-haven it was Malarkiy’s a sanctuary for any one who needed it. The group in there tonight was no different. Poipion was spinning tales from behind the bar Wolfgang was eating stew and relaxing in the corner and the brothers Grimm as they we’re known to the locals were playing dragon chess in the corner one was absolutely still as he contemplated his move while the other was fidgety and constantly telling the other to hurry up. The fireplace kick up as the door was thrown open. Two figures came insde one leaning on the other. Every one recognized Drincent his midnight blue fur was covered with blood and several quarrels were imbedded in him. The other was covered in thick robes hiding all features. Trevor became very upset demand an explanation his imposing figure and tentacles promising vengeance. Poipion calmed him and the party proceeded to help the ranger. They learned that Drincent was bringing an envoy of the Druids to see Wolfgang when they were ambushed by four men and a wolfhound but before the men could kill them a humanoid wolf like creature attacked the men. Realizing that Drincent was poisoned they got two local doctors to look at him they couldn’t identify it but they got him on the road to recovery. Fader the brothers Grimm adopted father said that he had never seen such a toxin when they heard a voice from the corner say rather dryly it was he never gets out of his cave. And behold the Fancyman of Cornwood was there he explained that he was trapped in the veil the barrier between this world and the next and the source of all magic and that everyone was in grave peril. That these men were Mage hounds given dire purpose to destroy all that is magical and the wolf-man that attacked them was their intended target and charged the group to help him or destroy him if no help could be given. The party set to track the men after finding two of them dead and the wolfhound followed after the wolf-man. They came upon a small stone tower locked after a few minutes Eric filled with impatience and his brother Rook knocked down the door the remaining two men were behind a overturned table one was bleeding and the other had a crossbow readied. Wolfgang tried to speak with them to get a surrender but they would have none of it which made Eric charge and get a quarrel in the shoulder which didn’t stop him from hacking the head off the crossbow man. Investigating the tower they found upstairs a large brazier filled with a viscous fluid reddish black and incense smoke filling the room interrogating the bleeding prisoner with the help of a little magic they learned a guardian was summoned when they broke open the door quickly they escaped the tower as a large figure sealed the door and the tower turned to obsidian.
XP 100 each player
DP 1 each character
Destiny points will be held until next level temporary ones will be given out in game to be used immediately

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Epilogue: Popoion and Wagner

Popoion’s tale
Invisible and silent, Popoion watched as the encounter unfolded. They had started out strong but things fell to pieces as Karnath threw spells from afar and his golem came in to CQC. Wagner was paralyzed, Lilith was unconscious and bleeding to death, and the last time the Fancyman had been seen he was within a hair’s breadth of falling unconscious.
Though halflings are well known for their lack of fear, the jester felt helpless, and that they were fighting not to prevent death, but to postpone it a few minutes. Silently he slipped out of the room, his head in his hands and tears starting to form behind his mask. They were all going to die.
Then he heard it: a sudden huge bang as an ancient word was screamed outloud. Popoion knew the language as he had encountered it many times when he was in the ancient ruins and grave robbing. It was a word that loosely translated to “freedom” – though it was also meant as a death curse – freedom at the price of two lives – for both the foe and the one speaking it.
Poking his head through the grand doors, Malark watched as Dol’ran was jumping into the air, over the elevated pit with hammer in both hands, and striking the obsidian crystal that was seemingly absorbing the souls of the children.
Seeing the vision there after, and learning of Dol’Ron’s fate and sacrifice, Popoion was relieved. At last he was at peace, and he would forever watch over noble warriors who died a hero’s death.
Taking Lilith’s head in his lap, Popoion revived her the orb he had been given by Death earlier in the dungeon. Awakening from her temporary slumber, Popoion helped her to her feet and aided in getting the children down from their chains.
Exiting out of the dungeon, Popoion watched for a time as children and parents met and cried for joy. While other children meandered around, and shed tears of despair as they found out that their parents did not make it.
After a time, everyone decided it was time to go home. Perhaps a bitter-sweet celebration was in order. As they headed back to town, Popoion walked up to be beside Fancyman.
“Hey buddy. I think I will be heading out after this: gotta spread the word of Dol’ron – The most I can do for the big lug. Since we got a similar style and work well together, thought I would ask if you want to travel around. Let me know. I am going to stay for the night in town, than heading off in the morning.”

Wagner’s tale
“You cannot avoid your fate: Vessel of Thell.” Karnath chided as his boney claws pierced the flesh of young Wagner. The boy spat at the lich as his body froze into place.
“I had a talk with your wife, and we are in agreement that you need to die you little shit.” Just then, A scream was heard from the foot of the stairwell. Karthus turned sharply and watched in astonishment as Dol’Ron leapt up the stairs four at a time and then proceed to throw his body and weapon at the obsidian stone. Karnath saw a blue bag and chain wrapped around the hammer, and the red glow of the lich’s eyes intensified. “That relic! NO!” And with a mighty smash and blinding white light it was done.
Wagner saw the vision, and knew of Dol’Ron’s fate. He only wished that he could complete the barbarian’s wish in finishing off their shared foe. As the light intensified, a single resounding word echoed through his mind: Rose. The word gave him hope, resolution, and focus. The hold that the necromancer had on him dwindled quickly, and in a moment’s time Wagner had control of his body once more.
The lich turned to see what he could do to the young man, but he only found a longsword blade where his heart should have been. The red eyes died out and the animated corpse slunk then turned to dust. Looking into the blade, Wagner saw that the woman of his vision was embracing a middle-aged man. They left together and the sword’s blade grew dim. It was just a normal sword now.
Wagner aided in getting the children down. And once things settled down, took Lilith aside – he needed to speak to her on a very serious matter.
“I have travelled with many men and women, and none have shown the resolution or dedication to doing what is necessary for the greater good. None except for you and Dol’Ron. Since he is gone, I guess I can only turn to you on this matter. I was hoping I could join your church – I’m not really one to agree with organized religion, but I am hoping you can keep an eye on me. I will discuss more later, but if something were to happen to me – which I think it will, I want you there to make sure that it gets sorted out. We can talk more later on it in private, but I hope you will consider this partnership seriously.”
This was the first time Wagner had opened up to anyone in years. It was strangely spirit-lifting.

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Karnnaths Curse

I watch these fools as they break into my sanctum barley surviving the trap left over from dwarven days. Luckily for them they brought the little one with them I always liked him even before he gave me back the book set me free and gave Selene the finger. It’s too bad he will have to be destroyed nothing can stop the dark one from rising.

Dolraan threw his hammer with all the might of his clan not letting go of the handle he flew with it straight into the heart of the dark crystal at the same time Wagner could hear in his mind the word that would free him from icy doom Rose he said as he drove the blade through the heart of Karrnath he could see karnnaths soul being torn from his body and in the reflection of the blade he saw Rose and karnath embrace each other and the blade went dull. Fancy man quickly threw up a wall of storms around the crystal just as the hammer and barbarian in tow struck containing the explosion and saving the children and vanished. The golem collapsed with the death of his master and poipoin held liliths head in his hand as he poured the life giving elixir into her but to no avail. Her life force having fled her body. He pulled the orb of thessila against her skin it turned to ash. Then a dark figure arouse from the earth and touched Lilith she floated above the ground her skin glowing fully restored she gathered the children and ushered them out The Grimm hovered in front of the remaining heroes and in a harsh whisper that echoed in the souls of listeners he said" The threat is ended but many of the damned souls escaped when I was imprisoned many more than can be dealt with one lifetime your friend is gone he sacrificed his own soul to save the souls of many and closed the gates of the underworld. He is now and forever the bringer of wrath. Guardian of warriors who died in battle father of the Valkyrie. The storm lord elf is no more connecting himself with his magic to the crystal was too much for anyone to bear he will be given new life but he will never be the same and neither will the veil of magic. Know the book of Thel is not here nor is the eye of the abyss the crystal Karrnath used to observe and influence the world from his prison. These are not your concerns but others for you rest you may be called upon again

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The dragons curse

The hounds have taken many hits along this dark road. They have survived and even done well but the darkness is coming they could even feel it when they saved the draconian a of the swamp they felt it when they helped the witch of the lonely pine and they felt it now as they stood above the corpse of a huge dragon knowing that this was not the end. After being interrogated by the obsidian claw captain they realized that all the civilian inhabitants had gone missing after a hint from the mercenary Wagner they headed to the hall to see what they could find what they found was truly disturbing. Chaplin the wizard who had saved them from their initial meeting of Selene Dolraans vampire bride was standing in front of everyone with the black and red robes of the cult of Thel with ram skull topped staff saying welcome friends and that is when Selene also showed up demanding that the kill him our friends have face many a stronger foe and quickly ended the foul wizard and his golem. They learned that Thel ancient demon lord of the underworld was holding the spirit of karnnaths beloved wife Rose. And would only free her if a large sacrifice dedicated to him was made so with the support of the keep the hounds were outfitted and headed off into the caves to find a way back into the caves of chaos.

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