Adventures of the Adamant Owlbears

Entering Queen's Reach Military : Faida
Out on my own for the first time

*I wanted to look my best for the first day but I also wanted to be careful, to not show anyone my shoulders. When I arrived there were many people already there. I noticed a good many elves, almost as many as humans, and there were half-elves. There was a clergy man here to, bleh. We were divided up into squads. I was placed with the clergy man, just my luck, a half-elf, a full elf, and a human. The half-elf and human were not from queen’s reach. Must to my dismay we were to begin training. I really should have read to paper work I signed….

Training: Faida
I am not a good team player

There already has been a few days of training and I don’t think I am cut out for this. During our siege weapon and team based training a few member of my squad fell into a cavern. Our captain, Steve Rodgers, made it clear that the caverns where probably not safe and to stay clear of them until he inspected them with a senior squad. Olan however found his curiosity to great and, to keep him from killing himself, we all went back to the cavern that night. We found my disturbing things like, old dead bodies, traps and even a mummy. A child mummy no less, whom decided it was going to try and eat Fenris’s face off. He had terrible wounds on his face but we defeated the creature and took what treasure was there. The next day Rodgers and his team were going to go to the cavern. We panicked because Rodgers would see that something disturbed the cavern.* When Rodger’s team returned, Tristan came to me saying that the Captain was mad and was going to make us all suffer unless the culprits came forward.* I told Tristan it was me who went to the caverns because of a dream I had. I thought I could take care of the threat before anyone got hurt. I shared this with my squad and they didn’t agree at first but when I explained that it was the easiest way to handle the situation so that Virian wouldn’t get into more trouble, they conceded. Fenris didn’t want me to take the brunt of the punishment alone, so he came with me. Olan found it appropriate to man handle me and “turn me in” even though he is the whole reason we are in this mess to begin with.* Rodgers was furious and he didn’t quite believe my story but we got away with it.**

Ghost bitch: Faida
Let the adventure begin

Rodgers tasked us with excavating the caverns. We got some tools from Pruni and headed back to the caverns. This time we got to explore and take our time collecting the bodies from the caverns. There was a new opening this time so we figured we would venture into it because our orders were to collect as much as we could. As we turned a corner we found two armored skeletons standing in the hall. After we defeated these abominations we noticed they seemed to be standing guard in front of a door. We opened the door and noticed a ghost! Another aberration we have to take care of.* I was able to get the final blow on her, creepy bitch. We took our findings back to Pruni and Brother Orazio. One of our other tasks was to have a locket’s portrait restored. We entrusted this task to Arabella Olave, which she was able to accomplished successfully.** Pruni was able to determine that the portrait belonged to Queen Elkiah, the first queen. And through Brother Orazio’s magic we were able to determine that the child mummy was the son of the queen and the queen wished to have vengeance before being set in her final resting place.

Finding the lost crypt: Faida
Another bitch

Captain Rodgers seems to think we can handle ourselves and I kinda volunteered to return the Queen to her resting place, we set off to try and find the lost crypt. Our first and closest clue seems to lay within the canyons. We had some difficulties with local wild like which Virian seemed to get very excited about* and some old acquaintances of Alvis’s and Virian’s. Long story short they wishes to harm Alvis and turn Virian in to the Cavinrough’s? Alvis was able to get a good shot on Paxton as the rest of us took care of Cassidy and the grunts.* While Alvis didn’t want to chase after them Virian was very concerned about them threatening to turn him over to the Cavinroughs.** with the guidance from Fenris’s sword we were able to find what we were looking for. There was a giant Dragon carved into the side of the canyon wall and the ground was covered in black stones with names carved into them. I was able to use levitate to get to the mouth opening of the dragon. I tied of rope for the others to be able to climb up. we entered the door once we figured out the riddle and slid down a winding tunnel. At the end the walls were covered in carvings telling a story. Also, we were not alone in this room.

Salt Flats or the Mountains?: Faida
Salt Flats

We decided our best bet would be the salt flats for the location of the ebony pyramid. This journey would be long but interesting I am sure. Everyone loves to travel through Hell’s Hearth. At least it seems our path leads us down the river. Virian was able to catch some more beast that he will now be able to morph into. Most of the travel was clam until we got to the salt flats. It seemed like a dust storm was headed our way so I levitated to try and get a better look. It was a sand storm headed straight for us, we did our best to take cover. It appeared we were not alone here. A creature of large size appeared. It had black feathers and a long neck, ghastly thing. Before we could be rid of the demon, it headed in the direction of Queen’s Reach. Unanimously we agreed that we had to follow this monster and help the city. With out rest we dashed back to the city to find it over run with all manners of undead. Even the children where afflicted and we had to do what must be done. We met up with Loras Pike’s* squad and decided we would split the city making our way the the castle. Loras would save Colete Rodger’s and we would save Arabella and the orphanage. If we had time, #fucktheCavinroughs. Arabella turned out to be creepier than I thought and the cause of the demon appearing. We moved on to the orphanage and before I could reach it I found a terrifying scene: a chain gang of undead children being lead down the street by a monster. My heart sank into my stomach and emotion over took me. I wanted it all to end so I braced myself and let go. I roaring beam of lightening shot from my hands and I hit them all. Fenris took the final blow to the undead monster whom lead the children. I am glad Tabitha did not see this, I don’t think her heart could bear it. She was safe and so was Allana. The church was busy keeping the district safe so we went on to the university. It was crawling from undead, presumably from the grave yard. We helped the professors while Nicola shot the undead from above. As we finished slaying the monstrosities and headed towards the Keep, the demon known as Thraldath appeared before us and froze us in place. We could not move or speak as this creature approached us. He challenged us and we accepted.

The aftermath
We seek vengeance

Pike was able to save Collete but at a price. He was severely wounded and Collete had lost her memories. Alvis took this very hard.* We have seemed to lost many people in the fighting but for now it seems to be over here in the city. We now seek the same vengeance as Queen Elkiha.

The Crypt must be found

From what we know the Crypt, where Elkiha wishes to be taken and Thraldath is waiting, has to be in the salt flats. It is a long trip. One I hope we all make it back from. We traveled down the river like last time and then crossed it to the east. The salt Flats were desolate and quite unnerving the further we walked. The ground began to blacken as if it was sick and Alvis seemed to think so as well. The ground was cursed and would have to be cleansed. Not before long we could see the looming black pyramid. Isolated, as it was probably meant to be, it was a towering mass of ominous stone. There was a trick to enter and we tried many combinations before we gained entry. The walls were covered in more carvings depicting the King and Queen’s story. As we moved forward we came across many tricks and traps before we found a reprieve hidden in the walls. A statue of Florientia holding a white flower. Alvis seemed to know of the flower and it’s properties to bring you back from the dead. I think I remember one of the stories about a saint and a sun symbol but it never really interested me before now. It would definitely be reassuring to have with the impending battle.
Thraldath was waiting for us. He seemed to have been able to use Arabella’s body to hold Elkiha’s spirit. I wasn’t expecting to have to fight two enemies. we tried to use the room and it’s columns to our advantage but we eventually have to leave cover to engage him directly. I saw Virain use the same lightening I had used before and it seemed effective but he was in my way. I gritted my teeth and used the lightening anyway. He was able to absorb some of it?* Before long Virian and Olan had cornered the demon and slew it. Alvis laid life less on the ground and Virian had taken a lot of damage. We used the flower to bring our friend Alvis back to life and it worked. My heart lifted back into place as he took a deep breath. We were weary and took our time returning to the city.

Meeting Iskamor: Faida
Hell's Hearth

Once we accomplished, with difficulty, vanquishing the demon, Thraldath, we started are long walk back to the city. It’s been a little over a month since I have joined the military and it is hard to believe we have already defeated a monster like that. It didn’t come without great risk though, Fenris has fallen multiple times and we had to use the flower to resurrect Alvis. I hope that we don’t have to face such a creature again but I am afraid we will, being the military. As we came to the river again Olan wished for Fenris and I to follow him away from Alvis.* As we approach the water there seems to be a figure standing there that is neither Olan or Virian. A woman with a odd face dressed in black.* Olan introduces her as his goddess Iskamor.** She speaks to us saying she wishes to share the truth with us/me and questions I have can be answered in Lina Fela.

I am now a mercenary
Our first job

Rodger’s seems to understand that we have in our possession trinkets from our excursion and he doesn’t seem to care. Instead he is releasing us from our military contracts which voids the clause about looting… He actually has a job he would like us to do as a personal favor to him. He wants us to move his family and find a safe place for them in Thornwall. In the mean time we had a week before the ship was to depart. Plenty of time for leisurely activities for some and travel for me and Fenris. I had taken a stone from the canyons i need to take back and Fenris wanted to see Elkiha and her son to their final resting place.* Olan and Virian were able to acquire a ship and enough elves to fill it…. The day we departed I wanted to tell Pike He was free to do what he wanted in Baston.* in return he told me he loved me?*

Hair and feathers grow dark: Faida
Queen's Reach

After having some fun with everyone at The Empress we decided to stay the night. Pike and I in one room and the others… I guess figured it out. (I can’t remember if this was the night we met the fortune teller) I have an annoying habit of waking up before the sun but it isn’t bad some days. Today I got to see Pike sleep for a little before heading down stairs. As the others woke up and came downstairs they seemed to have had a rougher night than myself but I seem to be the only one physically altered by current events. My hair and feathers are darkening. this started a small side quest to figure out why. Mikas suggested “bird puberty” and i went under a ritual* to make sure I wasn’t possessed. Nothing was found.**


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