Shadows of Impiltur

A Party to Die For

Mayor of New Sarshel, Bolson Higgs, threw a masquerade for his eldest daughter’s 16th birthday. Val Higgs wasn’t the only one excited to see midnight that night, a few of the Fraternity of Thoros found their way to the party as well.

Yep, Jin and Turin Lesh caught wind of a nefarious plot by the Fraternity to unleash a hoard of demons on the upper crust of New Sarshel at midnight. Luckily, Turin has a crackpot group of super sleuths that could sniff out the plot to kill everyone and take care of it quietly and without harm to anyone. Sadly, they were out of town visiting family, so he called in The Ruiners for help in sorting things out.

Turin, accompanied by Renkirk, Jin, Riven, Raithe, and Shivra, walked into the party and met the gregarious mayor, his blushing daughter, and his rather beautiful elven wife Lyanna. Raithe was like a shadow, Jin gathered info by talking with people, Riven watched peoples intentions, and Shivra made it her goal to stick to young Val and make sure no harm comes to her. However, she was sidetracked for a bit by a little attempt at sucky sucky. However, due to Shivra’s intensity and Raithe’s mind fuck, Lord Behroun was left with out a quick bite and retired to his castle.

Just a couple minutes to midnight, the intrepid crew found out who the Fraternity members were in time to kill them all and disrupt the party for everyone. Better luck at your seventeenth birthday party Val! Lord Zannan was exposed as a member by Riven and his men-at-arms and four stooges died horribly due to a Shivra and a Raithe. Maybe they should look into teaming up and killing some people for money. They are good at it…

In other new, Lady Mythburn was arrested in a most public way and charged with tax evasion and both Turin Lesh and Colburn Jennings have bad constitutions when it comes to long parties. This one did them in in about an hour and a half. The Sons of Pelor, lead by the rightous Cardinal Krozan, are marching on the orc horde that is advancing on the coast. :-)

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Break and Enter?

Jin was contacted by The Thieves Guild of New Sarshel to see if The Ruiners would be interested in a possible job/initiation test. Draven Star wanted the guys to steal a scroll back from Colburn Jennings, who hid it away deep under his manor in the hills.

It took a rat, or rather a Greyson dressed as a rat, to eventually find the door to the catacombs of the Jennings household from outside the fortified walls of his impressive manse. In order to sneak in unnoticed, Raythe and Jin created two completely different distractions to keep the somewhat alert guards at bay. Sadly, this did eventually end up in an altercation between one of the guards Raythe coaxed off the wall and Jin, who was dressed like a homeless person.

After getting the door open, Greyson-rat, Raythe, Kage, and Riven made their way down the dark corridor into trap after trap of terribleness. Well, to be honest, the crack team of The Ruiners seemed to have no problem combating and disabling the well planned traps of the Jennings family. Raythe and Kage made sure that each and every crypt was disturbed and broken into. Sseth was so proud.

Eventually, Riven and Kage figured out the secret of the subterranean trees and the holographic wall to find where the scroll was hidden. In the end, Greyson, Riven, Kage, Jin, and Raythe worked together to steal the the scroll from Colburn for Draven and the Guild and they have a decision to make as to whether or not to enter. Tough choice for some since it may mean a loss of independence, but tempered with the backing of untold resources and connections. Decisions, decisions…

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Poor Pohr
“The Ruiners” as they are calling themselves now, certainly lived up to their name this time! Leaving in their wake scorched earth, dead circus performers, unsatisfied customers, and a hungry dragon on the loose. Oh, and I almost forgot about the forced separation of Grog and his beloved Thelda. Maybe the heart will grow fonder as time goes on, or maybe it will fester like a cancer. Time will tell… Turin Lesh paid The Ruiners to take care of Pohr the Satyr of Pohr’s Traveling Circus fame. Also, they needed to kidnap Thelda, one half of the famous orc act The FantastOrcs. Raythe, Kage, Jin, and Riven took up the call and traveled north to the town of Tarviston, where the circus was camped. The plan was simple, there was no plan. Each one of them infiltrated the circus in different ways, Riven was interested in the Wagons, Kage had a fascination with the green dragon, Jin had an obsession with Pohr, and Raythe couldn’t care less. It all sort of went to hell when Raythe did a pretty good job coming out of the shadows to kill Pohr behind some curtains in the Big Top, but the satyr didn’t go down as easily as expected and a grand melee occurred. In the end, Pohr died, dwarves died, elves died, dragon was loosed, Grog divorced, and a whole lotta fire! Interestingly, word around town is that The Fraternity of Thoros took revenge upon Pohr for something and used some demon-worshippers to bring the whole thing down. There’s also a rumor about an infiltration of drow elves since they are being spotted everywhere along Impiltir’s coast. Greyson went south to find a gambling tournament and did pretty well. D20 roll pending…
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Trial and Pelor

Today was a momentous day for two reasons. The murder trial of Thomas Theil was held at the same time the Sons of Pelor marched into the den of evil that was the Fraternity of Thoros.

First, Riven and Jin lead a troupe of the Sons of Pelor sub-commanded by Cardinal Krozen. They swept in from the rear, which is how Krozen likes it, and pounded the Fraternity hard from behind. At first there was some resistance, but as soon as the group cleared the opening, they were able to go all the way in. Riven rushed down a hall that sounded like some summoning was going on and dispatched two ritualists in time to stop the demon from being summoned. VERY lucky for them. Krozen and his group were able to rescue some slave girls and a family of servants while Jin and Riven took three prisoners. Honored Waldros Blaise was extremely pleased at the outcome and let the group keep what gold and items they found before the destruction of the underground hideout of the Fraternity.

Greyson and Raythe decided to not show their undeadness next to the Sons of Pelor, so they took in a slightly more tame murder trial. It turned out that Wise Vargus Mason had a special candle that was able to decern truth from any well crafted lie. He used it to great effect, finding out that most of the witnesses for Thomas were paid for by Frederick Theil in order to set his father free. It turns out that Thomas went free anyway, having no proof that he killed his longtime friend Gowan, the Dwarf, however, the lying citizens and Frederick all went to jail for purgery and had fines to pay off.

Later that night, Raythe, Greyson, and Jin found their way to Saxon Mythburn’s mansion in time to find some trouble in the way of impersonating the help, stealing secrets, and planting evidence of adultery. Also, on a completely related note, if anyone knows a good housekeeper, Saxon and Georgetta are looking for help and is tired of agency sent women. They never seem to last…

Kage was laying low for this adventure do to some very popular rumors regarding dark elves and evil killing machines…

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Faidor and Xalta

When Turin Lesh heard that Faidor the Red was going to be docking into New Sarshel in a few days he immediately assembled his runners for a quick mission. Faidor had a key around his neck that could open a magical strongbox buried in the Graveyard on the Cliffs. Renkirk was excited to be part of the group this time since only Jin, Kage, and Greyson were able to show up.

Immediately, the group made a decision to try and steal the key off of Faidor while he slept after having his whore give him the sleeping elixir they’ve used in the past. Kage was a little reluctant to take part in this part of the mission since it would involve him performing in a threesome. Things were going smoothly until the potion didn’t have the desired effect and Kage took matters into his own hand, or fist as it happened. A fierce fight broke out in the suite at the top of the stairs as Faidor fought for his life and Kage and Greyson also fought for his life. Jin was downstairs making sure all the crew members stayed otherwise occupied and couldn’t help their captain.

Eventually, the fight ended with the team acquiring the key and heading up to the cliffs overlooking the Sea of Fallen Stars. Not long after finding Xalta’s gave and starting to dig up the strongbox, they were startled to find the spirit of Xalta still roamed the area and didn’t take kindly to the intrusion. A long and mostly frustrating fight took place as the gang tried to decide the best way to destroy a ghost. Kage had some Ghostebane powder he put on his blade, but it didn’t work as well as he thought it would. Greyson and Renkirk went down a couple times, but finally the fight was won as Kage delivered the final blow and Jin administered much needed aid to the rest of the group.

Rivan missed this mission due to Court maneuverings. Raythe was occupied with the local flavoring in New Sarshel.

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Innocence

After a couple weeks of bounty hunting, performing, and badgering the incarcerated, Jin got word from a street performing friend, Beatrice, that her niece got kidnapped. Jin, the skillful bargainer that he is, worked out a deal with her to be told of the goings on at the Oaken Spoon as well as a few gold pieces.

Rivan, Jin, Kage, and Raythe found out that Bella was kidnapped by demon worshippers from the Fraternity of Thoros and that she would be sacrificed at the full moon in one day. Without a second spent guessing they went to find the location of the prisioners. They talked with a mysterious old woman who is more afraid of demons than she needs to be and the parents of Bella to glean information. Eventually, they located the back door to the demon-worshipers hideout.

Raythe got to show off his mad compusion powers, Jin in vicious mocking, Riven’s quick work with a concealed dagger, and Kage got to be in peoples way. Seems the fates weren’t with Kage during that fight, but he’s still a promising up and comer. In the end, the bad guys 0, the questionable moral guys 7. The innocence of three little girls was spared and the wrath of demons may have been incurred.

Greyson was absent from this session due to an indescribable need to mock living people. Jerk.

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Missed Opportunity

It was a Wednesday like any other in New Sarshel, but for the visit of Lord Thomas Theil from Lyrabar. Conveniently, Turin Lesh, found out about a meeting between Thomas and Saxon Mythburn of New Sarshel. Turin hired Greyson, Riven, Jin, and Kage to find out what is being offered between the two nobles and make sure the papers don’t get signed. Price agreed on was 10,000 gold pieces.

Kage decided to spend most of the time stalking and taunting poor Thomas who was at the same time being poisoned by the mutable Riven. Thomas was not having a good week. Even the pages at the famed Barbra’s Tavern Inn couldn’t keep their barn from catching on fire or deliver a simple towel on command.

Jin kept his/her ears to the street by trying to find out secrets about the two nobles that could be used against them. Spreading a few rumors as well. Jin must have been distracted by trying to impersonate Thomas Theil himself, because the ears he kept to the street didnt’ pick up the ambush of the real Thomas and his faithful dwarven companion, Gowan, by Kage and Greyson.

In the end, Riven and Jin posed as one half of the signing party and ended up wiping their ass with the contract, casing a mortified Saxon to storm out of the restaurant screaming about vengence against Theil. Thomas got put in jail for the supposed murder of his dwarven companion and Turin Lesh decided this was the best possible outcome and decided to pay the team 1,000 gp each extra for a job well done.

Raythe was mysteriously absent from this mission. Obviously off dominating local women and drinking local blood.

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