Goldfields 1st week
A report to the high council of The Seekers of the Misty Isle.
It has been nearly two months and a 10 day since my last dispatch. My mission proceeds slowly. Information regarding the schism in the faith of Pholtus is limited, as I have been sent on adventuring missions far afield. We are searching for artifacts that, once were in the possession of Lower Planes Fiends.
These missions were given to us by the Arch mage Nystul. As you may know he is the regent ruler of what remains of the lands of Tehn and member of the Circle of Eight. I have agreed to be part of these adventures. My goal is to learn more about the mysterious ancient city of Faranth . Also my curiosity leads to a question, “Could these artifacts also have information leading to the location of the Misty Isle?” I have been part of stranger happenstances, and who knows what Lord Larethain wills? Besides, having a powerful ally like Nystul, could be very useful to the Seekers in the future.
The group I have adventured with now consist of myself, Enidri Felwin,Katrina Urquell, and Thon Fielderson. The Gnome Enidri Felwin is the newest member of the group and was sent to retrieve Tethan Senh, a former member of our group who fell in the accursed lands know as the Cold Marshes. Our group was in search of the terrible artifact known as Fiend’s Embrace.
The musician adventurer Charles O’Carien lost his life in my company as did Tethan Senh. Both were ironically stricken down by Ogres; although the one that struck Tethan Senh was an Undead Ogre. Tethan Senh was later raised from the dead in the city of Greyhawk at the behest of his mother Melina Sehn. A powerful mage and instructor at the Greyhawk University of Magical arts.
Charles O’Carien lost his life shortly after my last dispatch, while we were lost in the wilds north of the Zumker river. I met Tethan Senh and Katrina Urquell when the Druidess Alluna and the Sorceress Kira lead a group to find and rescue our little band from the trouble we had found ourselves in. The rescue was partially successful in that they recovered both Thon Fielderson and myself.
I have enjoyed travelling with both these ladies. Kira is a 1/2 breed wood elf from the lands of the Wolf Nomads and she tends to drink her troubles away. Alluna claims to be nothing more that a refuge from the lands of the Rover Barrens. I believe her to be something more than that however. Her golden eyes betray a touch of the Gods; and I feel she will have much to do with the coming events.
After I was rescued from hostile territory, I returned to Redspan with the others. It seems Nystul had some doubts about our abilities to accomplish such an important mission as retrieving Fiend’s Embrace. Therefore, he first bid us to help overthrow a bandit lord that had set up near an area under his protection. This petty Lord stylized himself as The Stag Lord. We easily over-came the proud self styled Lord. This act must have won the trust and confidence of Nystul. (It should be noted this Stag Lord had somehow acquired an Elven war bow. I appropriated the object from the petty bandit’s body. It was after all property of the Seldarine. )
After the defeat of the Stag Lord. We prepared to leave for the Cold Marshes in search of the dread artifact Fiend’s Embrace. Alluna made several magic scarfs to aid against the freezing temperatures of the swamp. In gratitude we gave her some magic hide armor we had recovered from the Stag Lord. Our group consisted of Kira, Katrina Urquell, Thon Fielderson,Tethan Senh, and the Dwarf Monk Burnhaus, whom Nystul had tasked with protecting Kira.
After a treacherous journey through the Cold Marshes, our group reached the destination of Cold Stone Keep. We had lost one companion but picked up two others. A mysterious easterner know only as Shingetsu, and the afore mentioned gnome wizard Enidri Felwin. I had spotted a black dragon hunting in the swamp and the entire group had hopes of avoiding the Drake.
After defeating several human mercenary servants of Iuz and some troll inhabitants; Shingetsu stole the prize Fiend’s Embrace. However, the thief did not make it far. The Dragon Sizzle Claw slew him and made off with the prize himself, whilst taunting the rest of us to follow and try to re-claim the artifact.
It was decided that our group was too weak to take on the Dragon after our trials in the swamp. We had already lost one member of our group and the thief Shingetsu had also been slain. We decided to exhume Tethan Senh’s body and return the remains to his mother in Greyhawk city. Enidri Felwin used a teleport scroll to get us back to Greyhawk despite the inherent risk of casting teleportation magic in the Fell swamp that is, the Cold Marshes.
We arrived in Greyhawk City just before Richfest. Arrangements were made to Raise the half-elf Tethan Senh from his death slumber. It seems the erstwhile Bard is from a wealthy and influential family in Greyhawk. The Cleric of Kord Katrina Urquell, was attacked by an old nemesis. A wizard know only as Content Not Found: sanblat-1. She narrowly defeated him yet the Wizard escaped. His interest in our group and our ongoing quest is concerning.
After a week of rest and re-supply; we fully expected to be contacted by the mage Nystul . After all, the mage had given Thon Fielderson an attuned coin. The coin was just for the purposes of easily scrying on our group. It was strange that we had heard no word. After __Melina Sehn_, Tethan Senh‘s mother heard about the danger Nystul had pressed her son into, she confronted another member of the Circle of Eight , Jallazri Starcloak. There was a tense confrontation. The Arch Mage Otto came to Starcloak’s aid: thinking she might be in danger. Tempers eventually settled down and Melina Sehn was somewhat appeased. It was agreed that the Circle of Eight would confront Nystul about using people like pawns to further his own gains.
As for myself, I do not have a problem serving the wizard Nystul, as long as his goals further mine and the Seekers own goals. A few more days of waiting for Nystul passed and we still had no word.Jallazri Starcloack thought it strange that she could not contact Nystul through any magical means. An employment offer came to us through contacts at the Greyhawk University of Magical Arts. It seemed a rare weapon artifact had been stolen and had been spirited off to the mad wizard Keraptis stronghold inside White Plume Mountain.
We consulted again with Jallazri Starcloack, about how we might contact Nystul. She resolutely informed us Nystul either couldn’t be found by magical or mundane means or, didn’t want to be found. Either scenario, left us with the unpleasant facts that our latest mission was a failure and our Patron was missing. Jallazri, encouraged us to take the employment offer and try and retrieve the stolen property. Both she and the Arch Mage Otto ( who was visiting Jallazri again), claimed the mad wizard Keraptis, also kept other artifacts in his fortress complex inside White Plume Mountain.
Otto insisted that an evil sword known as Black Razor, could yield as much information about Fiendish activities in the nearby lands as our lost prize Fiend’s Embrace.
We considered our options carefully before accepting the quest to retrieve the Trident artifact known as Wave. Three options presented themselves: 1st option was to return to Redspan and attempt to contact or search for Nystul. The 2nd option was to request the aid of one of the powerful mages and ask them to teleport us back to the borders of the Cold Marshes that, we could confront the Dragon Sizzle Claw. 3rd option was to take the employment offer presented and hope that Nystul revealed himself and that our quest would yield similar information that we had hoped to gain from Fiend’s Embrace.
We chose the 3rd option as it seemed it had that best chance for success. Walking into a Dragon’s den that is expecting you didn’t seem wise to any of us. An equally daunting would be trying to find an Arch Mage who didn’t want to be found (or find an adversary that could overcome an Arch Mage!) Therefore, we choose the option that seemed attainable.
We took two days to prepare and then we were teleported to a seldom used trail about a mile from the base of the mountain and 4 miles from the town of Yellowreach. We headed strait for the mountain. We encountered and slew a Hill Giant and his pet Dire Wolf along the way. We also rescued a village maiden from the clutches of some Bugbear Thugs.
In the afternoon we arrived at the mountain. We searched for several hours and eventually found the cave that lead to the Underground stronghold. The interior of the mountain is warm. Volcanic waters flow through the bowls of this awful place keeping it moist and hot. The wizard Keraptis has set up this “Stronghold,” as a testing ground for adventurers. He has riddled the passages with difficult to overcome obstacles and guarding monsters.
Already we have had to answer the riddles of a guardian GynoSphinx . We have battled an evil Hag and her Chull minion and also defeated a Werewolf and her human Warrior lover. There is no sign as of yet of Wave or any of the other artifacts. We will rest tonight and start fresh on the morrow. May the soft moon of Corellon grant us fortune!