Rise of the Ja'zhir

The Beginning (Nicks DM Session)

Our Party Arrived in town and tended to some things. Traveling with them were a pair of orphaned children, whom Xekalis had taken under his wing and promised to get to safety. They saw the children safely bestowed at the local orphanage and then found rooms for themselves at the Long Pony Inn and Tavern. The next morning while sitting down in the tavern 4 archers and 1 guard rush into the bar and block the entrances letting. The guard motions for a couple groups of bystanders to get out of there quickly. The guard then demands that the 4 companions throw down their weapons and come with them peacfully. Capt. Valeria and Thalen attempt to reason with them but the guards launch an attack before either can finish their sentance. The archers and guards are dispatched quickly. And Valeria and Thalen begin to question the guard…they find out that the town magistrate has had a lock box stolen from him and the suspects where described as a soldier, a woodsman, a brute, and a commoner. The party was going to take the man back to the guard station alive when a crossbow bolt fly’s across the room and plants it’self firmly in the guards chest. Reeds runs outside to check for tracks and finds some that leed off for a short distance and appear to disappear.

The party then decides to split up, look for information on the thieves, and then meet back up in the slums at the bar The Laughing Wren. Reeds decides to sneak around a guard post and overhears some conversation about an operation involving thieves at the Drowning dwarf. Capt. Caldwell interrigates a merchant and finds out that a couple of people matching the thieves description had been hanging out at the Laughing Wren, the Drowning Dwarf, and the Rusty Clock. Thalen manages to find a church dedicated to his diety. He prays for guidance to see if he is following the correct path and is briefly filled with a light and warmth that he takes as a good sign. Xekalis proceeds directly to The Laughing Wren and hangs waiting for the rest of his party. When the rest of them show up they exchange intel and decide to send reeds to the Drowning dwarf to survey the scene and gather further intel. She pokes her head out the front door of the inn only to be greeted by 2 guards with a couple of guard dogs. She bolts back in and alerts her companions only to see 2 more guards with dogs burst in through the back door of the tavern. Combat ensues…Xekalis downs a a couple of the dogs with a fiery blast from his hands. Thalen immediately takes control of the battle by engaging a couple guards. Capt. Caldwell also entertains a couple guards while Xekalis and Reeds support them from the back. They finish them all off and then take a moment to compose themselves.

The party then proceeded to The Drowning Dwarf. As the walked into the inn the saw 4 cloak figures up at the bar. They came in and sat down in-front of a fire in the middle of the room and made themselves comfortable. Suddenly the men through off their cloaks revealing that they where soldiers. They leap up onto the table in front of the party and Capt. Caldwell tips the table over throwing 3 of them onto their heads knocking them unconscious. The 4th one drops quickly. Amid the confusion a soldier with a guard dog blocked each door and a woman began walking down the stair from upstairs. She spoke with a very calculating voice, “not my best men but i suppose they served their purpose as decoys well enough”. She stepped forwards and launched a spray of colors into the party damaging and dazing most of them. Thalen recognizing the threat and her lack of for thought in rushing forward, sprung into action knocking her down and grievously wounding her. The guards then lunged into the fray but it was too late when Capt. Caldwell delivered the final blow. The party finished up the other 2 guards and Reeds patched everyone up.

Tired and irritated the party then decided to check out The Rusty Clock for more clues. But while in an ally several thieves armed with rapiers and daggers stepped out along with a rather large man with long blond hair and extremely fair features. He began by insulting Valeria Caldwells looks as being simple and un-notworth and then proceeded to attempt to taker her head off with his axe. A fierce battle ensued that ended with Capt. Caldwell faltering and possibly meeting her end if not for the fast work of Reeds in getting her back up and into the battle. With the combined might of the party they where able to drop the pretty boy barbarian Balboa and then make fast work of his hench men.

After defeating Balboa they tied him up and began trying to question him but Reeds alerted the party that there was a commotion at the end of the ally. They all looked behind them to see what must have been 20 or more soldiers marching down the alley. They party fled down the alley and into the street but not before Capt. Caldwell left Balboa with a markedly less-pretty face and relieved him of his finely crafted axe. Once out in the street the party began to flee. Reeds attempted to blend in with a crowd of people who would have no part in it and dispersed leaving her out in the open. Xekalis and Thalen made good use of their military training and sprinted off into the distance. Capt. Caldwell leapt over a wall and took cover. They all safely eluded the guards and met up and decide to rest before setting off for The Rusty Clock again.

The next morning they stride into the Rusty Clock and sit down as inconspicuously as possible. Thalen ordered grits, Reeds, and Caldwell get a pint of beer each, Xekalis just sits back and waits. While sitting there Reeds spots the back of what looks like a woods looking person going into the back of the bar. They all get up and head that way, the cook tells them to just hold their horses, the grits will be ready soon enough. They head down into the basement and Reeds tracks the woodsy figures footprints a short while till they disappear amidst a plethora of rodent tracks that seem to lead to a sewer manhole cover. They remove the lid and drop down into the sewer. They travel for a bit in till they come to a opened up room where the sewer makes a turn, rats swarming everywhere. Capt. Caldwell and Thalen push foward into the next room. While reeds a bit nervous about the disappearing humans proceeds to explode every rat she see’s. Caldwell and Thalen where just about to leave the room when one of Reeds spells missed a rat. The rat then morphed into a half rat half human and proceeded to rush her. Caldwell and Thalen turned to help but 2 rat swarms that seemed to come from nowhere poured out of cracks and wholes and began attacking them. At the same time to figures popped up at the other end of the room and began talking to each other and congratulating each other on luring the party down here. Upon seeing the were rat duo Thalen imediatly disengages the rat swarms and begins moving in their direction. Xekalis and Caldwell finish off the ratswarms and Reeds and her fox finish off the 2 small were rat’s that where attacking her. Thalen gains what he thinks is the upper hand on the rat brothers Kumo and Dalin but they unless a vicious combination attack upon Thalin attacking him from all directions at once. Just when all seemed lost for him Reeds jumped in with a series of spells that kept him up and Xekalis and Caldwell joined the fray and helped keep the rats from having their way with Thalen again. On the rats Reeds found a druid totem that the rat had been carrying around for the disguise, she can’t help but wonder if the rat had any idea it was magical. The party also found the lock box that had been stolen, which they returned to Magistrate Gartner. Its contents remain unknown to the party.

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