Io'Tamrin

"Devil's Advocate"
Chapter 3 Episode 6

9th of Ashardalon

Darien awoke in his bed wounded and sore, his party members had seen him slain, but when Leria dragged him out of the water he lived. Darien learned that Prismeous had survived being pushed overboard, and has now holed himself up in Hellstrike, while the City Watch besieges the place. 

After speaking to Magistrate Imazhia the heroes coordinated an effort with the City Watch to deal with the Horned Allaince. Melas, Leria and Darien fought there way through Horned Alliance goons making there way upstairs towards Prismeous. 

Prismeous seemed to have the upper hand, using the highly volitale catastrophic dragon egg in his postion as a powerful bargaining ship to save his own skin, and that of Zaibon's daughter Ana, as he fled Haegar Kreed revealled to Darien that it was a ruse, after the party gererously allowed Prismeous's soliders to go. Chasing Prismeous above deck the tiefling escaped via a teleportation circle, but not before leaving behind a challenge for the heroes, in the form of the Demonbinder Kalastryse. 

Weakened by their fight against his goons, the heroes fought back against Kalastryse and her summoned Demons, however shortly after the fight began, another unexpected vistor arrived, in the form of Iojad. The heroes played the pair against each other and were able to defeat them, in a hard fought battle, killing Kalastryse, and capturing Iojad. 

Back on the Eldritch Storm, Darien convinced Iojad to work as a sort of double agent, selling Darien goods and temporarily pointing the Shan Qabal in a different direction. Iojad was given back most of his gear, in exchange for some future projects that he agreed to work on for Darien. 

Iojad also revealed to Darien the secrets of the Wyrmworn. The Wyrmworn are children whose souls are bound with the souls of powerful dragon sorcerers, that the Shan Qabal discovered sealed away, the Wyrmworn were to use in a coup against the current regime, but that coup was put down, leading to the Shan Qabal wanting to deal with the leftovers quickly and quietly. Unfortunatly for them, someone discovered this plot and spirited the children away, before the Shan Qabal could act. 

A few days later the heroes where commanded to attend to Castanamir in his Sun Palace, he thanked them for saving his life, and granted them a small boon to the tune of 100,000 gp. He also allowed them to stay a single day in his luxury palace, a reward given to very few people. 

Now the heroes have enough money to start a fleet with, the next step on Darien's journy to become a Sea King. 

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"Turathi Flame"
Chapter 3 Episode 5

While the heroes are resting Melas manages to complete his soul binding ritual creating his Iron Defender from a Kobold slave. Unfortunately the creature seems miserable in it's new body forever trapped in this form. Leria learned from Wave that she is the child of Melora the goddess of the sea, and that she is of a race of people who are born with a natural affinity to the sea, separate from her Mother's power.

Darien was brought to Hellstrike by Haegar Kreed, and Darien discovered that Haegar had murdered Fulvous. Zaibon conscripted Darien's help in an coup against the Dragovar in the city to which Darien agreed, Zaibon offered up a solution to his feud with Iojad in exchange for his help in this matter. 

Meanwhile Kato had gotten wind of this scheme and tried to convince the others to leave the city with him, the heroes refused to leave Darien behind so Kato arranged a meeting with the Golden Shields, who agreed to an alliance with the heroes, to prevent a takeover of the city. 

Zaibon's plan began to go off without a hitch as Zadi began working her magic to hypnotize the Dragovar leadership in the city while Suldovtec and the other Mindflayers dominated Castanamir. Fighting ensued when the rest of the heroes arrived including a short duel between Alex and Darien, in the end Darien choose to side with his friends, but wanted to use the chaos as a chance to strike back against the Imperials. Zadi eventually fled above deck with Castanamir's heart in tow, meeting up with Zaibon who had finally arrived. 

Zaibon beat the heroes to a bloody pulp, Prismeous was knocked overboard by Darien, Alexandros killed Zadi Arychesa, and the silver Dragon Kvandolss misjudged how much weight the ship could making it sink into the water below. In a last act of desperation Zaibon killed Darien and flung his corpse overboard, before being killed by Melas, Zaibon promised that the Horned Alliance would not forget what happened tonight. 

(Major NPC/PC casualties: Darien, Zaibon, Zadi, Suldovtec, Darien was brought back by Leria.) 

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"Escape from the Undercity"
Chapter 3 Episode 4

30th of Eryman 1474 DY

After being captured by the Kuo-Toa, Darien, Leria, and Alexandros where put to work doing back breaking slave labor for a group of Neogi. Melas was sent below to be examined by the Illithids, it quickly became apparent that the Mindflayers wanted to eat him or turn him, though they were arguing among themselves to determine which course of action was best. 

The others fought back against their captors with the help of Arrash, a eager young dragonborn Imperial, who swore his life to Darien for his efforts in the escape. Arriving just in the nick of time to save Melas, the heroes faced off against the Star Priest and his lackeys before fleeing from the Mindflayer Colony. The heroes where cornered by Suffer (the Horned Alliance representative within the Illithids)  and Suldovtec the Ulitharid, before a confrontation could be had an Neoillithid burst through the ground scattering the heroes enemies and trapping them with Suffer. 

Alexandros who had been driven temporarily insane by a short foray into the Far Realm killed Suffer, while the rest of the party dispatched with the Neoillithid. Returning to the surface the heroes decided to lay low for a few weeks.

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Caves of the Kraken Cult
Chapter 3 Episode 3

29th of Eryman 1474

After the death of the Vizier the heroes patched up their relationship with the Horned Alliance, while Zaibon returned Leria to the heroes unharmed. Melas asked for Zaibon's permission to rescue Kato from the Kraken Cult, but Melas was shot down by Zadi. Darien was reunited with his brother Alexandros and together the heroes decided that they would try and rescue Kato despite the risk of angering Zaibon. 

Descending the heroes explored the tomb of Thalassa a demigod daughter of Melora, and Leria retrieved the legendary artifact Wave (despite almost getting killed by a Death Knight). The heroes continued to explore the cavern, fighting against Skol Gibbeth a Kraken Priest and Starlord who had transformed into a Gibbering Orb. Defeating Skol the heroes pressed on despite Melas's increasing feeling of doom. 

Arriving at a underground lake, Melas and Wave sensed a powerful presence beneath the water, before the heroes could flee an army of Kuo-Toa and Chuul attacked them while waves crashed all around. During the chaos of battle a tentacle rose from the water and slammed into Rath killing her instantly. After that it was a mad fight for survival, in the end even Melas's quick summoning of his snake was not enough to turn the tide of battle. The heroes were taken captive by the Kuo-Toa, and are now being brought before their new masters, the sinister Illithids of Io'garaloth…

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"Nharrek"
Chapter 3 Episode 2

20th of Eryman 1474 DY
Darien has spent the last few days searching for Iojad, unfortunately the only information he got led him into a trap placed by Iojad himself, leading to Darien narrowly escaping Iojad's shock troops. Arriving back at the ship Dairen learned of Leria's imprisonment, and the situation with the Vizier, after debating the issue with Melas, he and Rath took off to warn Fulvous and the Vizier. Melas and Zalios set about following the Vizier in his routine in an attempt to learn the best time to attack him, with the help of Johias. 

Fulvous spoke with Rath and Darien, requesting protection for the pair from the Empire. The Legionnaires reluctanlty agreed leading Rath back to the Temple. Unfortuantly Darien was intercepted by Prismeous on his way back, and was brought before Zaibon. Darien ran into Iojad on Hellstrike who was trying to illegally sell weapons to Zaibon. Iojad completed his deal with the Horned Alliance, and after some threats Darien agreed to help kill the Vizier. 

Joining up with Melas, Zalios, and the Horned Alliance representative Suffer, the heroes snuck through Dragon's Grotto and kill the Vizier taking his head with them. 

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"Ashe-Naga"
Chapter 3 Episode 1

16th of Eyrman 1474 DY

Leria, Melas, Fulvous, and Rath began to help the survivors of the wreck, with Leria even saving Vizier Nharrek from being trapped under some rumble. Using the disaster as an distraction, Melas and Leria snuck into the Venomspine Grotto to steal the Catastrophic dragon eggs from the Morkoth. They instead discovered that the eggs where missing and that the captain of the Morkoth was secretly working for Senestrago. One of Senestrago's captains a stout dwarven woman flanked by Iron Defenders searched the ship only to find it empty as well, she however decided to burn it to the ground. 

Meanwhile back at the wreck Rath continued to tend to the wounded. Fulvous was apporached by Vizier Nharrek and given a magical amulet that was meant as a thank you to Leria for saving his life. Fulvous instead wanted to keep it for himself. 

 Returning back to the ship the heroes were greeted by a summons to Hellstrike, the island fortress of the Horned Alliance to finally revice their mission. Unable to find Darien, Fulvous and Rath decided to accompany them to the ship instead. A tall cloaked figure was talking to Zaibon and Suffer (one of his enforcers), before exiting. Zaibon ordered the party to kill Vizier Nharrek to pay back Leria's debt. She signed a blood contract and was instructed to kill him within a fortnight or face the consequences. 

As they returned they spotted a strange ship floating towards the city away from Hellstrike. As they landed Melas and Leria went to investigate the ship, while Fulvous snuck off to the Dragon's Grotto. Melas and Leria happened to see the strange hooded figure go into the Temple of Melora. Following him inside they snuck past the "priests" to find a strange hidden passageway. Melas began to have disturbing visions and hear haunting voices as he was drawn deeper. Eventually he was broken from his trance by an earthquake coming from below. Leria and Melas killed the Priests but did not escape before a Hooded Figure attacked them, revealing itself to be a Mindflayer. The pair fought against the creature and drove it off, but only after almost getting killed. 

Fulvous had taken a liking to Vizier Nharrek, and decided to warn the Imperial Guard about the attack. Showing them the amulet given to him by the Vizier, Fulvous convinced them of the threat posed by the Horned Alliance and Leria herself (albeit unwillingly). The Vizier took Fulvous in as a servant/advisor as a reward for this tip off and sent men to detain and question Leria. 

When Leria and Melas arrived back at the ship Leria was arrested by the guards and taken to fairly pleasant accomdations. The rest of the crew were questioned, and under suspicoion but where not yet arrested. 

Melas spoke to Johias about the situation and spoke of what they were going to do about poor Leria and the Vizier. It was decided that Melas would kill him so that Zaibon wouldn't kill Leria, then Melas began to follow around the Vizier discovering Fulvous following him around declaring our feathered friend a traitor. Melas and Fulvous watched as Imperial Legoinnares raided Impy's putting many of the patreons their to the sword, including the parties friend and ally Excellence. Impy himself managed to escape. 

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" Zardkarath Part 2"
Chapter 2 Episode 10

15th of Eryman 1474 DY

As Mheletros roars shook Zardkarath, the heroes continued to search for Vulas. Prismeous threatened Rath believing her to be the cause of the betrayal. Being short on time the heroes freed Vulas who was happy to be reunited with his love Priscilla and his sister Lyria. As they freed Vulas Mheletros burst through the ceiling intent on devouring the heroes. Prismeous stared downed Mheletros with his Dragonslayer Greatbow with Fulvous staying behind to help. Giving the others time to run further Prismeous lured the dragon into a trap as it bared down on him collapsing a section of the wall on himself and Fulvous, who narrowly escaped after stabbing the dragon in the back. 

The heroes escaped the prison after an exciting chase, where Rath was nearly caught by the Mheletros. Getting onto The Eldritch Storm the heroes where attacked by a Dragovar Warship only being saved by the The Sliver Lining. After laying low in Anchortown for a few weeks with Vulas and Priscilla, the heroes returned to Io'garaloth after saying there goodbyes. Vulas gave his sister his hat and asked her not to tell her father of their meeting. 
 

In Io'garaloth Melas and Lyria discovered that Kato was missing and that a halfing named Oleander has taken his place at the head of the information brokerage. Haegar Kreed informed Darien that he would need to stay in town to repay his favor, which Zaibon would soon be calling in. Melas and Lyria found out the cargo of the Morkoth was catastrophic dragon eggs which are highly explosive and apparently a few other interested parties have found out about them. 

As the heroes returned to the ship they noticed the impressive imperial warship Ashe-Naga which was carrying Vizier Nharrek who was in town to root out Myrthon Symathizers. However before the ship could reach the Dragon's Grotto an explosion erupted from it's hull blasting the ship apart. 

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"Zardkarath"
Chapter 2 Episode 9

28th of Tamara 1474 DY

Alongside Anarchist Priscilla the heroes traveled back to Io'garaloth to make the final preparations to free Vulas from the island prison of Zardkarath. Melas did a ritual to restore his memory though he was horrified at the results. The Horned Alliance sent Prismeous to guide them through the prison, as he is well versed with it's lay out. Arriving safely in the prison, Melas freed the infamous Vanatjar a former Sea King, much to the dismay of Rath and Darien. Sneaking past a checkpoint the party stole a key from Cale Blackstrad whom Prismeous horribly scarred. 

The party continued to make there way through the prison nearly being caught by  a guard who surrendered rather than raising an alarm. Priscillia however killed him, much to the anger of Darien. 

As the heroes began to make there way through the cafeteria they were ambushed by Warden Drax and two dozen of his soldiers, apparently someone had revealed that the heroes were coming. The party fought against Drax (who fought with a spiked chain) allowing Prismeous to finally get his revenge against the men who scarred him. 

Now with the alarm raised the heroes must quickly get Vulas out, and escape before the dragon Mheletros arrives. 

 

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"Priscilla"
Chapter 2 Episode 8

21st of Tamara 1474 DY

Fulvous was separated from the rest of our heroes, after their fight with the Behir leading him to be alone deep underground. Fulvous stumbled across a strange procession of Illithids lead by one larger and better armed than the others. After sneaking away from them, Fulvous reunited with Zalios and Rath, helping them bring the bodies of Lyria, Melas and Darien to the surface. Rath and Zalios spoke to Kato and the Horned Alliance about possible options for resurrections. Deciding against further indebting themselves with the Horned Alliance, the heroes snuck into the Dragon's Grotto using forged documents so that they might raise there friends in the temple of Bahamut. 

In the Dragon's Grotto, Rath's aunt Malhime recognized her, and tried to get her arrested due to her exile status. Rath would have been imprisoned if not for Castanamir's intervention. Quickly heading to the Temple of Bahamut Lyria, Darien, and Melas where all raised by the High Priestess Imazhia, though some ill effect where left over in each of them. 

A few days later the heroes decided to head to Anchortown in search of Vulas's firstmate Priscilla, however before they could depart Demonbinder Kalastryse ambushed them with a Glabrezu demon revealing herself to be a member of the Shan Qabal. Kalastyrse escaped but the Demon was slain. Lyria discovered the Priests of Melora were imposters and refused to sell her pearl to them. 

In Anchortown the heroes found Anarchist Priscilla in a rough and tumble inn named the Boiled Cat. Though she was obviously very competent, it appeared she had a bit of a sadistic streak that put some of the heroes (especially Darien) in an uneasy mood. Priscilla did agree to help the party free Vulas, which they now must travel to do. 

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"Death in the Depths"
Chapter 2 Episode 7

14th of Tamara 1474 DY

In search of the Delver's Shield the party under the instruction of Fulvous travelled underground to search for it. Discovering a strange parasite was making members of the Deeplantern Guild go insane, the heroes travelled through the cave system searching for the shield. Apparently the a group of Vecnites were also looking for the shield as the party clashed with a Necromancer and some wights. 

After narrowly killing a Behir (and getting it's impressive treasure trove) our heroes were set upon by several other groups of creatures like Hook Horrors and a Cloaker. Lyria discovered the dead body of the old Priest of Melora with a kraken hilted dagger sticking from his back, after removing his body from the pool and sanctifying it Lyria was rewarded. 

Before they could reach the Temple however the shadow rider Vanus Tilvarn ambushed them, the party had briefly encountered Tilvarn before in Kheth. Vanus killed Darien which transformed him into a Specter which in turn killed Melas. With some quick thinking Lyria pushed Vanus off a cliff effectively ending the battle. 

Abandoning there quest for the shield (which now seemed hopeless) the heroes tried to return to the surface but where attacked by a Mindflayer who dominated Zalios causing him to kill Lyria. Rath managed to drive the Mindflayer away after gravely wounding him with her breath weapon. Now the only survivors Zalios and Rath must find a way to resurrect there allies. 

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