Forgotten Realms

The Fall of Illfarn: Part 1
The Lower Halls

The Fading 19, 1484 DR
The party and their allies carefully make their way to the far side of the quarry outside the Ironaxe Halls. Though one of the elves is gravely wounded after a fall while rappelling down, the group eventually makes their way to the entrance of the dwarven halls.

Content Not Found: thord tells them that the Clotskull orcs control the lower level, while his people are held on the middle levels, and the red wizards control the uppermost level. Armed with the dwarf’s description of the layout, the party moves quietly inside, and battles orcs.

They find the halls to be in grievous disrepair, and on the verge of collapse. Thord explains that the red wizards have used magic to shore up the walls and prevent the whole thing from collapse.

Though their initial asault amnages to go unnoticed, eventually some of the orcs raise the alarm, drawing their leader—the ettin Harglevargle—and heavy reinforcements. In the end, the heroes stand victorious amongst piles of dead orcs, half-orcs, ogres, and an ettin.

In a chapel the heroes find an anvil the dwarves believed to bean artifact of Moradin, but what Content Not Found: oren-greythorne thinks is the resting place of the fire key. The anvil seems impenetrable, so they leave it for the time being.

Nearby, they discover Lump—Thord’s dimwitted half-ogre companion—sobbing over the loss of his pet rat (who was tuned to stone along with Content Not Found: darwa-dalion-1_). Content Not Found: wong-3_ finds another cave rat, and Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne convinces Lump it is his beloved pet.

The party ascends to tell the dwarves their liberation is at hand, and beseech them to take up arms.

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Interlude
Return to Daggerford

The Fading 11, 1484 DR
The weary adventurers collect the bodies of their fallen comrades, and then drag the stone form of Content Not Found: darwa-dalion-1_ to the chamber with the gas that can transmute stone to flesh. The red wizard is initially defiant, but soon becomes more subdued upon learning her mentor _Content Not Found: arvik-zaltos has been executed. They shackle her and make their way back to town.

The Fading 14, 1484 DR
Daggerford is a welcome sight after the ordeal in the crypts, and Darwa’s many attempts to escape. The party immediately hand her over to the law, and make their way to the Dragonback Inn. Dirty Bottom has begun restoring the in to its former “glory” and is clearly disappointed to see they have survived.

Suddenly a group of elvish bounty hunters burst in and arrest Content Not Found: jallal-duskwood_, stating that they have been tracking him for years to answer for his criminal misconduct with youngsters. A stunned _Content Not Found: wong-3 asks the others if he can remain at the inn while he decides what to do next.

The Fading 15, 1484 DR
In the morning Content Not Found: baer-battlebeard_ and Content Not Found: oren-greythorne_ take the bodies of their companions to the temple of Lathander. Content Not Found: luc-sunbright-1 agrees to return them to life for a healthy donation, misinforming them that it will take an entire day to prepare the rituals.

In all likelihood Grit and Lump took the earth key back to Mount Illefarn, and it is clear the red wizards believe the fire key is in the dwarven halls. Though he is eager to return home, the party convinces Content Not Found: thord to wait until they can accompany him.

The Fading 16, 1484 DR
The rest of the party is overjoyed to find Content Not Found: iblis-elko_ and _Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne alive again at the temple. Gregor has a renewed sense of purpose, and wants nothing more than to rid the land of the threat of the red wizards, but Iblis has decided her adventuring days are done.

Word has spread about the party’s latest adventure, and they are invited to dine with the Content Not Found: duke-maldwyn-daggerford-2 the next evening.

That night, the skies glow orange. The forest of the Laughing Hollow, near Mount Illefarn have caught fire.

The Fading 17, 1484 DR
At the ducal castle, the heroes dine with Content Not Found: duke-maldwyn-daggerford-2_, his sister _Content Not Found: lady-morwen-daggerford-2, and their old friend Sir Isteval. Isteval suggests the heroes visit Derval’s Smithy before they set out.

The Fading 18, 1484 DR
Derval it turns out was once the king of the dawrves of Mount Illefarn. It was he who bade his people abandon the halls, and it was his rebellious brother who returned and was ultimately overwhelmed by orcs. Just as he is about to reveal what he knows, the ancient dwarf dies.

A speak with dead ritual allows the party to learn a few cryptic things: They are directed to seek the elf king of the Laughing Hollow as an ally, and told the the “owls are not what they seem.”

That afternoon they set out for the mountain, passing worried farmers and scouts from Daggerford.

The Fading 19, 1484 DR
By the time they arrive, the fires have died down, and the forest is reduced to ash and cinders. The party battles some goblins scrounging in the burnt trees. Later, they find a bad of elves, who they convince to escort them to Alagarthas, prince of the elves.

Hearing their tale (and weary from searching for survivors), the prince and half his retinue agree to accompany the party to the mountain. By evening they reach the foot of the mountain and prepare to enter.

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Cursed Crypts of Ambergul: Part 4
Revenge!

The Fading 11, 1484 DR
The underground river takes the party steadily downward, until it deposits them in a long hallway. Though the river continues beyond, Content Not Found: wong-3 spies tracks leading down the hallway.

Through a doorway, they find a large chamber with six pools, each filled with a different type of liquid: silver liquid, a lavender liquid (that turns out to me a thin sheet of metal), ordinary water, boiling water, syrupy golden liquid, and opaque blue fluid. At the bottom of each pool, they find a treasure of some sort ranging from humble healing potions to a mighty magical staff.

A partially opened portcullis seems the most likely route, but it turns out to lead instead to a group of minotaurs who are roasting a member of Darwas’s band, the dwarf Content Not Found: thord. Once freed Thord explains the path their party took, revealing that his son Grit and the half-ogre Lump escaped with the earth key, likely bound for their home Mount Illefarn.

To leave the dungeon, they have but one final obstacle to face: The lich Alicia.

With Thord’s help, the party splits to take Alicia from two sides. After a pitched battle, the lich is defeated and the party takes down her mummies—including her latest acquisitions: Content Not Found: iblis-elko_ and _Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne.

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Cursed Crypts of Ambergul: Part 3
The Earth Altar

The Fading 11, 1484 DR
The party quickly defeats the medusa and her flesh golem guardian. They discover the remains of Olivine’s dead husbands in her chamber.

Beyond the heroes find a room full of figurines, among them a few of value. The room also contains two petrified trolls, who are reanimnated by a gas the turns stone to flesh. After defeating the troll, they find a secret passage, which eventually leads them to the altar dedicated to Ogremoch, the evil prince of elemental earth, and their quarry: Darwa Dalion.

The witch has been turned to stone. Nearby the altar lies in rubble, glowing with strange magical energy. There was no sign of the elemental key. Content Not Found: jallal-duskwood surmised the altar was trapped, and Darwa fell victim to is curse. The party continued on in hopes of finding the witch’s allies and the key.

They found the remains of one of the raiders in the next chamber—a long hall filled with light from artificial suns emblazoned on the doors. The corpse had been killed by a creature lurking above, which the party dispatched.

The trail then takes them to a chamber filled with gargoyles, and an other fallen member of Darwa’s party. After defeating the gargolyes, the only way out was through a flowing underground river.

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Cursed Crypts of Ambergul: Part 2
A Death in the Family

The Fading 4, 1484 DR
With the way out blocked, few options remain: They can either follow the secret passage Content Not Found: darwa-dalion-1 party took, or explore the other crypts. They find the crypts for Alicia and Olivine Amergul (neither of whom are interred there), and a passage shrouded in red mist.

Content Not Found: baer-battlebeard bravely steps through the mist, and discovers a tiny chamber with three stones bearing elemental symbols embedded into the wall. Suspecting the stones may unlock a secret door, the party attempts to activate them, eventually realizing that simply touching a stone, transports all int he chamber to a near identical chamber elsewhere in the dungeon.

Fearful of losing Darwa, the party decides to follow her rather than exploring the other parts of the dungeon. The choice is one they will come to regret.

The secret passage leads them to a large gallery. The secret door places them almost right next to a feminine figure draped in funeral wrappings—a lich! The lich, who they suspect to be Alicia Ambergul, demands to know who they are. For a moment the party is uncertain, but upon seeing four giant urns shuddering as if they are occupied, Content Not Found: iblis-elko breaks the stupor and acts. She hurls a flash of alchemist’s fire into one of the urns. When the urn falls over they realize it contains a now burning mummy. The other three urns topple over, revealing that they too are occupied with mummies.

Having no choice now, the party springs into action and attacks the undead horrors. Idris is surrounded by mummies, and knocked unconscious. The lich and one of the mummies teleport to the other side of the gallery, where she begins casting a cloudkill spell.

Baer and Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne_ attack the mummies, but as _Content Not Found: oren-greythorne prepares to heal Idris, he is attacked by an unseen enemy. He manages to cast faerie fire, revealing an invisible stalker.

Alicia’s cloudkill spell envelops the the party, and all but the dwarf fall. Sizing up the situation, Baer realizes he cannot save all of his friends—Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne_ is already dead, and _Content Not Found: iblis-elko, though still breathing, is just too far away, so he tosses the druid over his shoulder and races past the invisible stalker.

The stalker chases after the dwarf, and they trade blows as they race through the halls. Grievously wounded, Baer chooses to make one final stand instead of running, and slays the stalker. He dives into the red mist and teleports away. Unsure if the lich is still in pursuit, he pokes his head through the mist to see where he is… and he seeing a medusa lounging in a divan. Thankfully the creature was looking the other way. He tries another stone, and finds himself in a passage with a statue of a dragon which h suspects is a trap. Exhausted, he decides to just rest in the teleportation chamber.

The Fading 5, 1484 DR
When Oren awakes, Baer tells him the sad news that their companions are gone. The druid grieves for his nephew. Having gained no relief from their meager rest, Oren uses what healing magic he has, and the pair decide to attempt to flee the dungeon the way they came—Oren will shapechange into a weasel so he can squeeze past the block and then figure out a way to free Baer.

As it happens a pair of adventurers also seeking the bounty are attempting to push the block themselves. Oren decides to take a chance and reveals himself. The adventurers decide to assist the stranger, and push the block far enough to release Baer. The survivors head outside, and collapse.

The newcomers Content Not Found: jallal-duskwood_, an elven wizard, and _Content Not Found: wong-3, a monk from distant Shou Lung decide to watch over the pair if for no other reason than to learn what dangers await.

It turns out that even outside the dungeon, Baer and Oren can find no rest. Oren suspects the treasures they took from the crypts was cursed. Even putting the treasure back has no effect, so the exhausted pair have no choice but to return to Daggerford and hope one of the temples can lift the curse. The elf and the monk agree to accompany them back to town.

The Fading 8, 1484 DR
Back in town Content Not Found: luc-sunbright-1, the high priest of Lathander performs a ritual that ends the curse. After several days without sleep Baer and Oren return to the Dragonback Inn and collapse into bed.

The Fading 9, 1484 DR
Eager to settle the score, the pair ask if their new-found friends would like to accompany them back to the crypts to clear it out and hunt ton Darwa Dallion. Convinced the iron chain they found in her crypt is the lich’s phylactery, they get it melted down at one of the local smithies.

The Fading 11, 1484 DR
The four make their way back down into the crypts. Though Oren want to confront Alicia and exact some vengeance, Baer convinces him they shroud take one of the other paths in hopes of surprising the lich.

Suspecting the medusa is Olivine Amergul, the party decides to take her and her flesh golem servant on first. With a renewed sense of purpose, and the skills of their new friends, the group makes light work of Olivine and prepares to step through the next door…

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Cursed Crypts of Ambergul: Part 1
Tomb Robbing

The Fading 3, 1484 DR
The party arranges to travel south with a caravan bound for Baldur’s Gate. They spend the night at Liam’s Hold.

The Fading 4, 1484 DR
At mid-day, the heroes part company with the caravan, and follow the broken path toward the Ambergul estate. Along the way they are attacked by a group of goblins and bugbears lurking near a ruin, but the heroes manage to defeat the creatures.

As dusk approaches, the party comes to a graveyard – all that remains of the estate. Tracks indicate that a large group has recently been pillaging the crypts. They find a secret door in one of the crypts that leads to a chamber occupied by a pair of guard, one of whom turns of to be Arassan. The party convinces him to give up this job and return to Onya, though they have to incapacitate his companion first.

Arassan tells the party about the rest of the team, and points them to another secret door that leads to catacombs below. He expalins that the others are long overdue before he departs with Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne horse.

The heroes find the path blocked by a massive stone cube. With some effort they manage to push the block down the hall, revealing a side passage; due to the slope of the floor there is virtually no chance of moving the block back the other direction.

The side passage leads to a series of crypts of the Amergul family. In one they encounter the ghost of a deformed member of the family, who was bound to the mortal realm by four mirrors (constant reminders of his wretched appearance). After Sir Gregor is possessed, the other manage to release the ghost by destroying the mirrors.

In another crypt they find the desiccated corpses of two of the other tomb robbers, and the wraiths who killed them. Though victorious, the party is badly wounded, some suffering the life draining effects of the wraiths’ touch. When they make their way to the entry hall to make camp outside the tomb, they discover the block has been moved again, and their way out is blocked.

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Fane of the Sun Swallower: Part 5
Return to Daggerford

Highsun 4, 1484 DR
Exhausted from their battle with Thoss Furynen, the heroes made camp in the dragon’s lair.

Highsun 5, 1484 DR
The heroes explored the rest of the caverns, following the underground river back to the lizardfolk cave. Along the way they discovered a corrupted pool—the source of the disease that afflicted the tribe. They used the remaining statues, and discovered that the souls of the high priests within were tormented by the ordeal, so they destroyed them all.

Confident no further dangers awaited, the heroes took the day to inventory the dragon’s impressive treasure horde, and haul it out. After constructing a makeshift raft, they began the slow journey back to civilization.

Highsun 7, 1484 DR
The storms that had been pounding the swamps finally broke, but ti was replaced by terrible heat. Late in the day, the party happened upon a hydra sunning itself. The heroes managed to slay the beast, and track back to its lair, where they found still more treasure, including a magical adamantine greataxe: orcschlaten.

Not long after, they came across a group of soldiers from Cromm’s Hold, who escorted them out of the swamps.

Highsun 8, 1484 DR
Upon arriving at the keep, the party was reunited with Sir Isteval. The paladin reasoned that the water altar the dragon had and the air altar previously stolen from from Lord Floshin might have two siblings—one dedicated to fire and another to earth. Isteval was very concerned about the shapeshifter that joined the party in the guise of Content Not Found: maechen-1… it seemed to strike a cord of memory, but the knight would say no more of it. He agreed to return to Daggerford with the party before setting off for Waterdeep to research matters.

Highsun 9, 1484 DR
Upon returning to Daggerford, the party began spending their newfound wealth: Content Not Found: oren-greythorne_ and Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne_ commissioned armor from the hide of the dragon, while Content Not Found: baer-battlebeard and Content Not Found: iblis-elko negotiated with Old Dirty Bottom to purchase the Dragonback Inn.

Highsun 11, 1484 DR
Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne set out for Greythorne Keep with his share of the treasure. While nowhere near what the family had lost, it would be enough to keep his father from ruin.

Highsun 24, 1484 DR
Gregor returned to find his companions hard at work on restoring the inn (all the while enduring Dirty Bottom’s criticism, since his permanent residence was part of the bargain). The group discussed their options for locating the other altars, but there were so many ruins around the countryside, there was no clear idea where to start.

Highsun 28, 1484 DR
In an effort to get rid of the multitudinous hogsheads of swill in the cellar and promote the new and improved Dragonback, Iblis and Baer opened the taproom with promises of free beer (the swill and samples of Baer’s latest brew).

Outside, a pair of guirdsment were nailing up a wanted poster—one of them turned out to be the real Content Not Found: maechen-1_, who was horrified to learn an imposter had sullied her good name. The notice posted a 1,000 gold piece bounty for of an associate of the late Content Not Found: arvik-zaltos_: a woman named Content Not Found: darwa-dalion-1.

The Fading 1, 1484 DR
While wandering through the stalls of the market, the heroes are drawn to a puppet show which depicts an inaccurate but humorous version of their adventure against the dragon. After the show, a young pregnant woman approaches them, and asks that they meet her in the shadow of Delfen’s Tower at dusk.

The woman, Onya, tells them that the father of her child has fallen in with a bad crowd. Arassan set off to plunder some ruin near Cromm’s Hold, and hasn’t been seen since. When she saw the wanted poster for Content Not Found: darwa-dalion-1, she recognized the woman as a friend of her lover. She fears he has become embroiled in some dark plot, and begs the heroes to find him.

After she leaves, the party is teleported inside the tower, where Delfen admits to hearing their conversation (despite the local rumor that conversations in the shadow of his tower cannot be observed). The wizard tells the heroes that long ago corrupt Netherese nobles int he area took to the worship of Elemental Evil. Having followed recent events with interest, Delfen believes the altars recently stolen are tied to this ancient cult.

He believes the long dead Ambergul family was part of this cult, and it just so happens the ruins of their estates seem to fit the description of where young Onya’s lover planned to plunder. He suggests the party should check it out, and offers them a book about the Red Wizards and a wand of secret door detection.

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Fane of the Sun Swallower: Part 4
Beneath the Temple

Highsun 4, 1484 DR
After a short rest, the party ventured into the crypts beneath the temple. The crypts were largely uninhabited, other than a gray ooze lurking in one chamber. The party found a fountain whose waters had healing properties. In one of the sarcophagi, Content Not Found: oren-greythorne found Dragonclaw, an enchanted scimitar. The party found two more statues, similar to the one they had discovered in the temple above.

Another set of stairs led further down, and the party heard many voices chanting the name of the dragon—Thoss Furynen. In a large cavern with a waterfall, the lizardfolk had constructed a makeshift temple dedicated to the dragon, where their queen led her diseased tribe in prayer. The group attacked, and swiftly cut down the creatures. The queen fled through a secret passage, but the party gave chase and slew her.

At the top of the waterfall Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne found a cave with a carrion crawler, and claimed a ring of acid resistance. Another cave was full of fire beetles; here they found a long dead dwarf clutching an iron coin.

Taking the passage the lizard queen was attempting to escape through, the party eventually cave to a large cavern dominated by a pool. A huge mound of treasure lay in the back of the cave. Sizzledrool immediately became excited, and Gregor tried to calm him while the others peered around the cave looking for signs of the dragon. Content Not Found: iblis-elko spied a clutch of eggs at the other end of the pool, and fired a arrow at one.

Suddenly Thoss Furynen erupted from the pool, his eyes filled with rage. Seeing his missing wyrmling, he unleashed his acid breath on Gregor and Iblis. Content Not Found: baer-battlebeard_ and Oren moved in to attack the beast, while _Content Not Found: maechen-1 instead moved toward the treasure horde and began to search.

Gregor put a blade to Sizzledrool’s throat, and demanded the dragon back down. Iblis thrust her rapier into the dragon’s eye, while Oren slashed at i from the other side. The dragon attacked, and the knight killed the hatchling. The great dragon unleashed his full fury on the adventurers. Iblis was gravely wounded, but managed to survive.

All the while Maechen ignored their please for aid and continued rifling through the treasure pile. Baer saw her face shimmer briefly, as if it were a magical mask. Just as the dragon was felled, she located the altar stolen from Content Not Found: baroness-wynne-1, shattered it and seized some prize within. As she vanished water spilled from the broken altar and coalesced into the form of a water elemental. Once again the party was in a fight for their lives.

Gregor and Iblis were badly injured, but when the final blow was landed the creature was defeated and the heroes stood in triumph. They looked about them at the great piles of treasure and smiled.

Exploring the rest of the cave, they found more dragon eggs, each corrupted by disease. They destroyed the rest of the eggs, fearful of what horrors would emerge…

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Fane of the Sun Swallower: Part 3
The Temple Ruins

Highsun 3, 1484 DR
The party explores a derelict galleon half-buried in the mud. The hulk is ridden with stirges and bullywugs. After clearing it out, the group rests for the night in the hold.

Highsun 4, 1484 DR
Late in the day Content Not Found: maechen-1_ leads the group to an island on a small lake that housed a long-abandoned temple of the the ancient sun god Amaunator (an older incarnation of Lathander). _Content Not Found: oren-greythorne assumed the form of a fish and swan around the lake until he found an underground tunnel, but he decided the distance was too great for his friends to safely swim.

Inside the temple they found infected lizardfolk and fire beetles. They spared the life of an old lizardman called Wrecan, who had long advised the tribe’s leaders. He told the party the mad queen of the tribe, Vethka, could likely be found int he caverns below the crypts, offering prayers to the dragon Thoss Fyurnen. Wrecan explained the dragon was outraged at the theft of his egg, and desperate to get it back before the return of his mate Cheleen.

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Fane of the Sun Swallower: Part 2
Into the Lizard Marsh

Highsun 2, 1484 DR
The party encounters a group of benign lizardolk. These creatures are not allied with the dragon Thoss Fyurnen. Their leader tells the group that the “darkscale” tribe follow Vethka, a lizardfolk priestess of Talona, who has allied herself with the dragon. They reveal the location of the rival tribe: a lake whcih has an old ruined temple on a island. Maechen know the way.

The group is attcked by hungry alligators, and later by a swarm of stirges. Finally they rest an an old gazebo that dates to the lost elven kingdom of Illefarn.

Highsun 3, 1484 DR
The party finds a ruined manor that is home of a group of hideous half-orc, half-dwarves. These creatures are led by their Mamma, an orc shaman. The party learns they were hired by the Red Wizard Zaltos to steal an egg from the black dragon. After the battle the egg hatches, and the wyrmling bonds with Content Not Found: sir-gregor-greythorne. The party names it Sizzledrool.

The party encounters a troll. After killing the creature they track back to its lair and mate.

Later they come upon the wreck of a galleon, half-buried in the mud, miles from shore.

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