Tales of Arboria

Shady Dealings
Biscuit Quest: Complete

The party looks for work around the city. Chili looks for more “assassin work”. Chako nips at the heels of the thieves’ guild. Dranden enjoys the tavern. Grog slowly works his way around town and finds the most legit biscuits. Ven’yara being a drow is unable to do the same and stalks the half-orc…but being unable to communicate is left without a single bite of baked fluffy goodness. Dranden tries to impress his elven wenches but is completely unsuccessful as they see right through him. Eventually Chako finds a lead to get some work and goes off on his own to negotiate with a representative of the Sunreaver Corporation. Chako sees nothing except that he is a humanoid with a moustache and a limp. He signs a contract to deliver a box with unknown contents to Trader’s Rest. Chako tells the party but withholds information about the box itself. Dranden fails to decipher the legal-ese of the contract. Ven’yara also wants to learn more but can’t read the language.

8 days into the trek we get attacked by hobos and krenshar through the night. Chili and Dranden are stuck fighting in the nude. Ven’yara manages to heal somewhat effectively but has to use lay on hands to her limit. She also tries to claim glory for her god in combat using mythic power but falls short.

In the aftermath of the battle we find that they have a contract and wer sent from Trader’s Rest. Grog finishes off and skins the krenshar. Chako begins to interrogate the final hobo as their prisoner and Dranden attaches three fuse grenades to his body. During the questioning he singes the man’s beard but then sets him aflame setting off the grenades blowing him into literal fleshy bits.

Dolls and Ogres

Our adventurers, after meeting back in Haverton, decided to head to Gallow’s End, to investigate a rumor of strange, human shaped fruit being produced there. After 5 days of travel, they arrive and immediately speak to the fruit seller, Farmer Dan. Dan sells the party a few fruits, and doesn’t offer much information regarding the fruit, but agrees to allow the party to view the tree with him, after he closes his stall down. In the meantime, the party visits the mayor. They learn nothing of consequence from the mayor, but got the guard who allowed them in fired, and were almost arrested when Dranden showed his penis.

They go to meet the farmer at his fruit tree, and find him in a trance, staring at the tree. After snapping him out of it and some brief dialogue, Dan allows them to look at the tree but not touch it. After the party attempted to touch it anyway, farmer Dan pulled out a gun. To distract the farmer, Grogg broke a branch of the tree and ran, with the farmer chasing him. Ven’yara detected evil buried beneath the tree. The adventurers began to dig, and dug up a box, and found a marionette. The marionette was emanating an evil presence, and when Dranden touched the doll with one of the fruits, he felt immense pain in his hand, and became physically ill. He ran off screaming, while Chako and Chili followed, to recover him and find someone in town who could deal with the Doll. They gathered the men of the church, led by Father Maxwell. The Father told the group that he didn’t have the power to contain the evil in the doll, or fix Dranden, and sent them to Eltharys via caravan.

After 26 days on the road, the party arrived in Eltharys, and made their way to the Temple of Sol. After a meeting with the bishop, the party was paid 3000 gold and Dranden’s ailment was cured. He immediately celebrated by finding the nearest whorehouse, while Chako and Chili went to find work.

Chili found an elf named Tarathiel, who offered a contract to slay an Ogre named Marrow-sucker, who has been pestering the village of Eltharyn. Chili agrees, and takes the information back to the party, who set out the next day.

After three days travel, the party arrives at Eltharyn. They attempt to have a meeting with the village elders, but are denied, and go off to track Marrow-sucker, who they find in a cave. After failing to stealth in, the Ogre uncages some dogs to attack the party, before charging in himself. the party holds its own and manages to slay the Ogre and his pups, but almost lost Ven’Yara in the process, who was barely stablized. The party attempted to talk the ogre, but it proved to be useless, and Grogg chopped his head off, while everyone else gathered the Ogre’s loot. After another 3 days travel, the party arrived back in Eltharys, found Tarathiel, showed him the head, and claimed their reward.
The Long Dark
Trials of a God

The party looked out onto the dark forest and didn’t take particular note of anything. After a poor showing of Lay on Hands, Dranden took healing into his own hands and began to synthesize a healing extract. Chako and Chili noticed tracks and low growling so they took up a defensive area as the drow paladin carelessly walked out into the open attracting the attention of a pack of wolves. The largest of these had glowing green eyes and was quite large. The attack put Branden at at risk but in a flurry of steel, magic, and arrows, the wolves disappeared into thin air. After they felled the largest wolf a humanoid figure approached them. With its form ever shifting from humanoid to wolf to…something else…it addressed them without threat. Chako had managed to deduct that this was a trial which the being admitted to but refused to give any more information until one more trial was completed.

The third trial, one of wits, began and a large pack of wolves slowly stalked the group until they all ran into the woods. After a few days of escaping their clutches the humanoid figure appeared to them again and declared them victorious. Chako identified the being as the god, Io. Turns out that they were in a personal pocket dimension of the wolf god. Io stated that the forces of evil had struck a blow and he was in need of a group of agents to push his agenda in the real world. Chako notices and identifies what’s so unusual about Io’s eyes but cannot place why they appear the way they do. Ven’Yara asked Chako to summarize the situation though the tengu chose to withhold the true nature of the God. Vivi saw through this and challenged Chako. In a hushed whisper he told her what he had noticed. Io offered the beginnings of Mythical power to the party in exchange for their service. All seemed to agree to his terms.

They party awoke where they last went to sleep but felt the need to return to Haverton to meet each other once again. This time Vivi was nowhere to be found but the adventure proper was to begin. They sat down with drinks in hand to decide where they would start the journey.

The Boogaloo Begins

10 Days Ago --

Iotus 1266, 16
The Solar Eclipse festival is in full swing in Haverton.
A gnome is selling potions that will aid in seeing the eclipse. Turns out it was a poison called Darklight Oil that darkened vision. Drendan bought a bunch. Chako stole one for himself. Lots of food and grog was had in the Dancing Bull.
After the eclipse the townfolk realized the dark vision was not going away. The gnome tried selling the antidote but after churning the crowd into a frenzy Chako stole some gold as the crowd tore into his stand and tried to burn the gnome at the stake. Vivi pleaded with Ven’yara to save the gnome who interceded by talking with the town guard.
More drunk antics were had and the party parted ways after the festivities resolved.

Current Day --

Iotus 1266, 26
The collective adventurers, unofficially dubbed the Small Sons, all had a shared dream.

The crescent moon hangs high in the sky, providing what small amount of light it can to weary travellers. Life (for most,) continues as normal. Merchants shuffle about rapidly putting away goods, trying desperately not to be the last to leave the bazaar with their sacks of coin. Farmers, ever hard at work attempt to finish just one more task… Suddenly, a… force of some kind passes through the land from the west of the continent like a shockwave of raw magic. It disturbs nothing. It leaves no damage in it’s path, but you feel it pass through you.
You wince in pain as a feeling of pure malice washes over you, but it quickly subsides and you suddenly feel nothing. Images of your loved ones, family and friends float through your mind hazily. The images shift violently. Now you see a horde of dragons blocking out the sun, a dark tide of insects washing over a tree and leaving nothing in their wake, and a dark blackness swallowing the sun.

As they struggled to wake from their slumber they found themselves in an unnaturally symmetric and smooth room made of rock. The floor was littered with sleeping bodies. Some sat trying to eat but found their food gone. Some moved closer to allies with odd specificity that went beyond logic. Others tried to find a way out but could not. Nameless grunts went into a frenzy over their lost food as Drenden somehow discovered the ability to pull any previously owned item from his sack. After arduous combat the grunts were soundly killed and their bodies disappeared into thin air.

As they left the cave they found themselves in the snowy wilderness…


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