The Galeb Dhur
Heading into Gorian

Gor-Coran and his two collegaues lead us up the valley to see their king. Snow lies all around us initially, but as we proceed further up the valley it starts to melt and turn to water. There is also an increasingly strong odour of sulphur. As far as Ozzie knows this is not a volcanic region and Kathra confirms this.

Meanwhile Tol has noted that the Galeb dhur appear to be in pain, Memnnon notices soon after and enquires as to why this is and that he might be able to help. Him being a healer and all. Gor Coran says it is because they haven’t eaten properly in a very long time. Memnnon goes onto enquire as to what they eat. They eat minerals mined from deep underground. When Memnnon asks if they have run out Gor Coran goes quiet and says that is up to the king to answer. Stranger and stranger? The Galeb dhur are starving to death and are too proud to ask their allies for help.

We come to the cave entrance and head into a large artifical cavern lit up by globes around the sides and in the middle a giant stature of a three faced Galeb Dhur Gorian 1(1 smiley face, 1 neutral face, 1 frowning face) slowly spinning beneath the Eye of Fire, which is producing a soft and inviting reddish glow. All the party carrying eyes of traldar feel a warm glow of recognition form their eyes.
Gor Coran leads us down a side tunnel to the Kings hall. As we move along we notice that not much is going on -the Gareb Dhur appear rather torpid, possibly due to a lack of food.

We meet the King Darunia, And Kathra launches in with a blunt question as to what is going on, which starts to wind the king up until Memnnon diplomatically interjects and tells the king why we are here and some of the story behind our journey. The king bids us sit and eat and we are offered minerally paste which Kathra refuses and everyone else tries, but it is pretty revolting.

Darunia tells us that a beautiful woman appeared about a month ago with the dragon Volvagiaand chased all the Gareb dhur out of the Caverns of Dhur. She said to give her the Eye of Fire and she would depart, otherwise terrible things would befall the Gareb Dhur. Darunia refused and so since then The woman and the dragon have been preventing anyone entry to the caves. The caves Darunia explained are their food source, they mine rare minerals which are the only things they eat. The caverns have now been infested with monsters.

At the very centre of the Caverns is a gate controlled by the Gareb Dhur which goes through to the Elemental Plane of Fire. This is controlled by the Gareb Dhur and they use it to power and heat some of their stuff which I don’t recall what it is! However there is lava running throughout the caverns and the Gareb dhur carefully control the flow of lava from the Control room on the top level. For more information about the Caverns read this wiki post: Caverns of Dhur

It would appear that the dragon is sustained by the gate or the power eminating from the portal. Ozzie thinks this would ring true if he believed in Catastrophe dragons, which are a wild folk lore to frighten people. In this case it implies that Volvagia is keyed into the elemental plane of fire. Based on this assumption it is decided that we need to reach the gate and shut it down in some way to weaken the power of the dragon.

An elder Gareb dhur is summoned to provide us with details of the caverns and the hazards so we can plan our attack. A map is found which indicates a top level which has the control room and is fairly straight forward to progress through, a middle way which holds the bulk of the minerals the gareb dhur eat and a lower way which is very hot and filled with lava. On the top level it is populated with hairy men, whilst the middle way is guarded by the lizardar – a type of lizard man and the bottom is guarded by hell hounds and fire salamanders (? or did Ozzie dream this?)

The party must find 4 overseer Gareb dhur with a crest on their chest – they hold the 4 parts of the key to disarm the guardians of the portal. We must also reactivate or deactivate the defences and doors which control the lava. Another part is to secure the middle way so that food for the Gareb Dhur can be mined and feed them. Ozzie double checks he has an Endure elements ritual as this will come in handy if the party progress through the lower levels. Each of the levels may be entered through moving rooms and stairs throughout the caverns.

Volvagia we discover can move through lava and so can appear anywhere there is lava. He is big enough to be an old dragon.

Before we depart Tol dispatches a Tweet to Mogar
telling him to contact to prepare for an attack and to get the dwarves to use the back entrance into the Caverns of dhur to assist their ancient allies (Greame to provide correct text)

And so off to the Caverns of Dhur…..

Alchemy in Highdell
Shopping and greeting

Kathra goes to see the dwarven priest Mogar, who recognises her and they chew the fat for a while. Mogar has been looking after Kathra’s father’s warhammer for several years, as he had it shortly before Kathra’s father was slain. He now presents it to Kathra.

They go onto to talk about the Galeb dhur and how to find them. Mogar tells Kathra that no one has been welcome to see the Galeb dhur for a while now. However their home is easy to find. It is about an hour up the valley, turn to the right hand side and climb up or use the crane the Galeb dhur have there.

Kathra thanks Mogar for the information and the cool hammer and then stays to attend Mogar’s service.

Outside it starts to snow again.

Meanwhile the rest of the party has gone to Mallo’s Merchandise store to buy some stuff. Switch in particular needs to buy a new bow. However he get’s more than he bargained for, as Mallo recognises him and demands Switch (real name Gaberial!) pay back his outstanding debts. What follows is quite an amusing and animated discussion as the rest of the party rapidly discover more about Switch than he had previously told them!

  • real name Gaberial
  • Gaberial owes Mallo a lot of money
  • He is not really welcome back home.

Evenutally Switch manages to calm Mallo down and purchase a decent bow, amid promises to pay Mallo back in the future.

Kathra returns with her new hammer and purchases a sling from Mallo before we all go to the alchemists to purchase some of his bombs. Memnnon being particularly keen to buy some of the clockwork bombs. After much discussion about requirements and tactics we purchase 400gp of alchemists bombs, vials, and potions. This it is agreed, all comes out of party treasure.

Tol has been looking after the horses and has arranged for them to be stabled here for a least a week whilst we visit the Galeb dhur. While the party is shopping Tol is whittling some wood to make as gifts for the Galeb dhur.

We head north in lightly falling snow to see the Galeb dhur. After about an hour’s trek we reach the place described to Kathra by Mogar. The cliff is 40 feet high and we can see at least one of the Galeb Dhur standing guard at the top.

At this stage Switch disappears into the shadows and Kathra presents her credentials to the guard, waving her father’s hammer as proof of her ancestry and good intentions. Whilst the Galeb dhur Gor-Coran is impressed by Kathra’s presentation, it is not prepared to let us in. After much discussion and presentation of some dodgy wood carvings by Tol, Gor-Coron is convinced that we should see Darunia the chief.

A Wing of Wyverns (15th August 2011)

The adult black Wyvern stings Ozzy, poisoning him (Thank Halav for the amulet that helps him to resist poison!) and bloodying him. The large Brown adult Wyvern gets back onto its paws , only to be fireshrouded (NATURAL 20!) by a vengeful Ozzy as having failed to grab the reins of his horse) he runs past the beast towards the group of horses cowering under the tree by Switch.

Tol gets back to his feet and dropping his bow, he slashes with Aecris at the young green Wyvern attacking Kathra, only to be stung in return. Memnon is also stung by the White Wyvern he’s just set on fire with his flaming mace, but the flames seem to deter the Wyvern and it fails to pump its venom into him. Seeing his companions being stung and running across the field of battle, Memnon creates a beacon of hope, weakening two young Wyvern and healing himself, Kathra, Tol and Ozzy. Invigorated, Kathra cracks the shell of the green Wyvern, the crunch of breaking ribs audible over her battle cry. Switch dismounts from his pony and faces up to the black Wyvern advancing on him.

Feeling the venom coursing through him, Ozzy smashes the black Wyvern into a clump of trees with a twist of space and the brown adult Wyvern, truly ablaze from the fireshroud, flaps into the sky and away from the melee. Memnon receives a nasty bite from a white Wyvern, Tol lands one half of a two fanged strike and Switch narrowly avoids being snatched into the air by the black Wyvern. As the ebon beast lands close to Memnon, the Tiefling channels the divine power of Halav through his holy symbol, blasting it with a lance of faith. Roaring in pain, the creature swoops at him, but its claws sail over his head as the Cleric ducks out of the way.

Perhaps the power of the Traldar God emboldens Memnon’s companions, as they begin to gain the upper hand (wing?) over their foe. Switch disembowels a white Wyvern with a sneaky backstab (32 damage!) and Kathra strikes a crushing blow (26 damage) against another. Ozzy shakes off the effects of the venom and casts a flaming sphere against the black Wyvern. Tol truly finds his mark and cleanly severs a wing from the green Wyvern, slaying it. In a moment of bloodlust, he charges into the black Wyvern, slashing down its flank with his blade. Now only two Wyverns remain.

Switch again deftly avoids the black Wyvern’s claws and Memnon further strengthens the faith of his colleagues by landing an almighty blow with his mace (NATURAL 20! 24 damage + 4 fire damage). The brilliance of his strike enables Tol to spend a healing surge, which seems to invigorate him more than usual. Throwing caution to the wind, Kathra strikes recklessly, slaying the white Wyvern outright. Caught between the holy fury of the Cleric of Halav, the bloodlust of the Half-Elf Ranger and the blazing heat of a flaming sphere, the black Wyvern takes to the air, heading away after its brown mate. Can Wyverns hold grudges? If so, then this pair surely must against bear a mighty one against The Heroes of Winterhaven, who have slain three of their young.

Seeing to their wounds, taking the three stingers to perhaps sell on for their venom and also a couple of trophies (Tol some Wyvern hide and Memnon a claw to fashion into a pendent) the heroes resume their travels sans Ozzy’s steed, sadly slain by a Wyvern in the chaos of battle.

As the party travels onwards, the skies darken clouds pregnant with snow. As the heroes approach the box canyon location of the settlement of Highdell, the snow begins to fall. Approaching the gate, its keeper is initially reluctant to let the party through, but Memnon’s diplomacy proves irresistible and the heroes are soon inside the protective 15 foot wooden wall.

The settlement’s buildings are stone and wooden structures, many of which are built into the walls of the canyon. Amongst their number are an alchemists (Barovitch’s) and general store (Mallo’s Merchandise). The heroes stable their horses at the Smithy and take 3 rooms at the Inn. The groups splits, Ozzy and Tol visiting the Alchemist and Memnon going to Mallo’s . Tol goes to ‘check on the horses’ (oh dear) and Switch joins some miners at the Inn in their dice game.

Barovitch’s two storey, iron plated structure is staffed by the proprietor, a Gnome who has several potentially interesting devices for sale. Barovitch buys the three Wyvern stingers for a total of 30 gp and Tol and Ozzy leave to report back on the items available. Memnon finds nothing of particular interest amongst the merchandise on offer at Mallo’s, although it does offer a good supply of basic equipment and items.

Ozzie, Tol and Memmnnon head off to find Sir Reynold. Switch and Kathra head off to hire a boat.

We meet with Sir Reynold who tells us the following:

  • Ghar ab dhur have been acting strangely and won’t meet with him anymore, their problem is internal and have refused anyone entry to Goria.
  • The Gahra abdhur are fascintaed by wood products
  • They appear to be boulders and are very good at hiding in this way.
  • They are a very long lived people and have been known to confuse people in the present with people in the past.
  • They exist for a reason – which is not clear what it is?
  • Sir Reynold says they are still producing iron , but are no longer self sufficient in food. the past 3 or 4 winters have been longer with the land frozen for longer.
  • A red dragon is believed to have destroyed the dwarven village of Rolunt, which then departed. the dragon’s name he thinks is Volvagia.

upon our return to the Silver dragon we find that Switch and Kathra have sorted a boat or rather 3 boats with Yorgi Clansmanand his 2 daughters Sergia and Olva.

Very early in the moring we sneak out the door, paying off the guard not to have seen us and going out the north gate . At the barrier we see a shadow and puruse it but it eludes us before tells us to “Beware the doom in the mountains.”

We are challenge by the guards but convince them to let us past. We meet the fiosherman, load the horses and ourselves and try to convince everyone we’re on a fishing trip!!!

Memnnon is very sea sick and Switch lands a very large pike. the air is very cold, but there is no arcane influence Ozzie can detect.

We tell some stories and get to the other side safely

A meeting in Threshold
and the Armoured flower

We rode out towards Threshold on a clear day. As the party travelled towards our next destination we discussed how we were going to keep hold of our weapons. It was eventually decided that they would all go into the Bag of holding and that this would be carried by Kathra.

After an hour or so we see in the distance an assortment of men at arms. Their shields and tabards are covered up and as we ride towards them they move over to one side so that we can all pass easily. There is clearly a captain of the guard and they are also accompanied by a bard of some kind, who isn’t as heavily armoured or armed as the others. It is he who hails us. There is a hiss of indrawn breath from Memnnon as we exchange greetings and pleasantries as we ride pass. We later suspect that we may have met Bargle the Infamous

Once we are past Memnnon tells us that the soldiers were from the Black Eagle Barony. there is a discussion as to whether we should ride back and cut down them down. however sense prevails, as we currently have no obvious quarrel with them. Obvious quarrel!!

We ride on and over a ridge the beauty of Lake Windrush rises up to meet us. At one end we can see the double walled town of Threshold and on an island nearby is a big castle. As we get closer to the walls and the gates we observe a steady stream of people coming in and out of the town. it appears to be a busy and prosperous town, which is unusual for a border location. At this point we stow our large weapons into the bag of holding and find old or insignificant weapons to carry and hand in at the gates.

At the gates we are greeted amicably by a group of armed guards, who take our proffered weapons, answer a few questions for us and issue a receipt for our weapons. Riding through the town we notice that the roads are wide and spacious in a pleasant manner. We had presented our letter from Lady Olivia which had eased our way through the gates and we now presented ourselves to an officious gnome at the town hall, who was also aware we were expected and directed us to go and see the Alena Halloren- the armoured flower of Threshold and the patriarch’sniece. She is also a cleric of the church of Karameikos and a member of the order of the Griffin.

We are shown up to her rooms on the third floor of the building. It would appear that there have been a number of people already looking for us – including the Mage Bargle from the Black Eagle Barony. it would appear that he is also interested in the Eyes of Traldar. So Alena tells her spies have discovered. This is disturbing news. Who else knows where we are going and why we are going there? Could the wytches be in league in some way with the Black Eagle Barony – and to what benefit? While Bargle and his henchmen were here they stayed on Fogor Isle. We noted that Bargle must be interested as he himself has ventured from the Barony rather than send his minions.

We discuss a number of tings including whether Alena has heard news of dragons recently and she also volunteers some information about the Gareb dhur, but points us in the direction of Sir Reynold who happens to be in town at the moment as being the best source of information about this secretive people. He has a house up on Northside. Alena asks how she may be of assistance at this stage, our response is that having her team come and assist with dragon slaying would be mighty fine.

The Inn at Northholt
A few beers and a few stories

Whilst Tol talks to Aurelian, Switch and Kathra join the adoring crowd talking with the other fighter. At their approach Holaf greets them warmly, recognising kindred adventurers. He and Kathra trade friendly insults about their weapons and Kathra compliments him on his trusty warhorse. The conversation circles around the weather and how the roads are and where each are going. Again it is noted that the winters are coming earlier and colder each year. I must look into this, whilst an obvious talking point, it is commonly noted – perhaps there are other forces than those of nature at work?

Holaf is heading south looking for guard work – nothing too dangerous! He will head back to HighForge in the spring to come back down with the gnome caravan. Switch buys Holaf some goat stew and a beer and asks how come hs is such a hero in these parts. Read Holaf’s bio for the story. If we ever need Holaf to assist us in some way we are to leave a message in Northolt for him.

Meanwhile Memnnon hasked me to do an object reading of the Holy symbol that was found on the body of the ogres. Initially I am sceptical that we will get anything of great use from this, however Memnnon is insistent. So I prepare my residum and ask Memnnon to think carefully of the questions he would like to ask. The ritual takes an hour and during this time I am able to see three images in response to the questions Memnnon wishes to have answered.

  1. Who was the last rightful owner of the Holy Symbol?

    An image of an attractive, curly brown haired woman appears. She is a young human of around 25. She wears armour and her breastplate is the breastplate of Halav. We see her inscribing her name on the Holy symbol – Jenna.The armour and fashion of her clothes are modern, say around 10-15 years ago.

  2. What was the event when Jenna lost the the holy Symbol?

    The image shows a heavy mist, which Jenna appears to be lost and alone in. She is leading her horse and even now there is feeling of eirey cold and claminess. She leads her horse along a grassy path and past a mound. There are shadowy figures moving around on all sides, suddenly crude, but hefty arrows fly out of the mist at Jenna and her friends. The mist is cleared by an explosion , which must be a fireball, her other companions are now visible, a female elven wizard, another cleric with a flaming mace and another half elven ranger type, who also has a wolf companion he is instructing to attack. The attackers are now visible. Shockingly they are not ogres, but beastmen – of the stature and looks straight out of the song of Halav! Then Jenna is struck down and the last image is of one of the beastmen looming over her with blood coming from his mouth – Jenna’s blood.

  3. How did the ogres come into possession of the Holy symbol?

    At first it appears that the ritual has finished as everything is dark, but I can still sense the arcane magic flowing around me and the symbol. The I realise that there is a dark night, a low campfire in a clearing surrounded by coniferous trees. Several ogres sit around the fire – I recognise most of them. There is movement in the shadows – 4-5 greyish humanoid creatures are sneaking up on the ogres, hoping to surprise and ambush them. Which they do, however they are no match for the ogres and are defeated. They appear to be very similiar to ghouls we have encoutnered before. The ogres don’t bother to eat them, but do pick curiously through the ghouls ragged remains and find the holy symbol

At the conclusion of all of this I can see a gamut of emotions rushing across Memnnon’s face, shock, fear, and righteous anger. Shock and fear that the beastmen of legend are real and maybe nearby. Righteous anger that one of his own has been slain by them. Then and there Memnnon swears on the holy symbol to seek out and find the remains of Jenna.

Memnnon and I head back to meet up with everyone else as we prepare to bed down in the pub for the evening. Kathra is gently teasing Aurelian, which Aurelian doesn’t really like.

The next morning the breakfast is remarkably good – made so by some of the freshest and tastiest goats cheese I have ever tasted.

And so we head off to Threshold.

The Duke and Duchess of Verge
Breakfast at the Stockade

After returning from a pleasant evening at the pub we had a quick conflab as to what we were going to say and also not say to the Duke and Duchess at breakfast the next morning. Which went along the lines of we wouldn’t mention the eyes and that we were heading north with our friend Kathra who was trying to trace her family and had a new lead.

As we strolled over to the Duke’s place we noted that the defensive walls of Verge were not yet complete, although the Duke’s tower is in a very strong defensive position and was obviously built with defence in mind.

We are welcomed in by one of the Duke’s staff and find him and his wife at ease around a roaring fire. The furnishings are not luxurious, but they are comfortable, there are hunting dogs sleeping by the fire and a homely feel.Retameron and his wife Halia provide a splendid breakfast. It turns out that Olivia the Duchess of Specularium has already been in touch and requested that Retameron and Halia provide what support they are able to. They are aware that we are on a mission that has the grave consequences for the nation. We ask after the ogre and what news Retameron was able to extract from it.

“well, I have learned much, yet learned nothing.” he says. He goes onto to say that ogres are fairly simple creatures but this much he has learned. The ogres were driven out of their homelands near to Lake Windrush, several months ago, by the appearence of a dragon. What sort of dragon is not clear, but it sounds like a red as it burnt the village with its breath, however the description of the dragon describes it as dark coloured or black. This is very interesting as Memnnon had discovered that Volvagia is spirit dragon of a volcano (or something like that) which with a strecth of imagination you could say fits with a dark (shadowy?) dragon which breaths fire?

We discuss this news a bit and conclude that the ogres then pushed the orcs out before them as they came south. Interestingly the ogres were sensible enough to bypass Verge.

We talk more about the surrounding lands and other dragons such as the Blue family which live up around Ylaruam to the north. We also discover that Northholt was completely destroyed by hill giants and all the imhabitants disappeared a few years back. Today Northholt has been repopulated, but there are concerns as the winters have been getting worse recently.

We also ask about the Threshold, which is the home of Baron Halaran also known as the Patriarch Sherlane, which is his religous title. Ozzie recalls (much later once he had re read the blog! that Duchess Olivia had said we should seek out the Patriarch on our arrival in Threshold.

Retameron notes that the Baron is a very busy man and he may not be able to see us, but he also says that if the Lady Olivia has given you her blessing he may be much more available.

At this stage Halia interupts and asks about more about our mission, which we hedge around until Switch in his own inimitable style starts talking about the eyes of traldar. Halia is fascintaed by magic items and artifacts, but restrains herself from asking more about them seeing us all giving Switch daggers, however she does express concern about artifacts falling into the wrong hands – such as the Free Traldar movement, herself being a Thyatian.

We manage to avoid any more embarrassment and change the subject to the Galeb-dhur. Retameron knows the noble is Sir Reynold up in that area, and he knows of the Galeb-dhur. Memnnon also asks about High Verge and discovers that there is a vacancy up there at the moment for a’parish cleric’. The priest of Verge, Father Magdanov, is travelling up there on a regular bassis after High Verge was set upon by a goblin invasion a few years ago, their cleric was killed and the subsequent replacement abondoned her post.

It is now time to move on, as a gift for our assistance Retameron replaces Kathra’s lost horse, which is a very generous gesture and we head off to Threshold.

Heading due north the party follows the road which is winding alongside the river on our left. Slowly the road wionds its way up and away from the river, whilst the river gets smaller and swifter. Suddenly the road turns east and even more steeply up the hill until we reach the top of the plateau.

The plateau is a flat empty and desolate place as we ride through it nothing much grows. We note Antilles Castle as we go past. Ruined fortress A long abondoned castle rumoured to once belong to a family of robber barons. We ride on to Northolt where we have decided to stay the night so as not get caught out at night. Northolt is protected by a wall of boulders and peopled by a remarkably wide range of people. the houses are basic and very similar. The only way to recognise where the inn is, is by the broom stick outside. Also tied up outside are two horses – the only two horses in town, except for ours. One is a fine horse with green reins and jingly bits, the other is a clapped out warhorse which has seen better days.

Inside we discover the nice horse is obviously owned by a smart elf whose face displays a gamut of emotions from joy to sorrow and then disgust on our entry. The elf we later discover is called Aurelian
who is a trader from Alfheim (in Darokin) seeking to sell his very fine wares. Tol goes and talks to him and provides him with some useful information to help sell his wares, although we note that Aurelian isn’t that keen on talking to Tol – not that, that has ever stopped Tol doing anything to his credit!!

Tol asks him if he has been to Threshold, which Aurelian has, he found it mildly entertaining.

Memnnon and Kathra go and talk to the other bloke…….

N>B not spellchecked as I couldn’t find it and had lost the will to live…..

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