Solutions Simplified: The Race for Turrack's Artifact

Chapter 2 Session 2 (for real this time)

Extracts from Darloc's journal

Darloc’s journal: first day of the second session

Evening: It seems we were successful in clearing out the old tavern. All the hell scuttlers in the tavern were defeated and Landen Piper was happy with our performance… At least the performance that we were paid for. Clearly Rhivaa and Dude were a little less liked.

Night: we have taken shelter within our newest acquisition. In the end, we got to choose between money and an entire floor of the tavern we saved. Pretty much unanimously our team decided to live in the tavern, which was a great upgrade from our original table. Every one took a room and I decided to write this journal within the new office we got.

Darloc’s journal: Second day of the second session

Morning: The rest of the team woke up within the new establishment and we met up with a man called George Willenburgh. Apparently he held a very high position within the city and was able to actually get our little company off the floor. He promised us a permit for our endeavours within the city if we helped Glitterhaegen to get back some bread. Specifically, the baker Jacob lost his building to the hell scuttlers and we needed to help him out.
We accepted the proposal and found the baker downstairs. After telling the man who we were, we made a deal to defeat the creatures and get some money out of the deal in the meantime.
We left for the bakery and prepared ourselves. We heard several rumours in the meantime. Specifically:

  • A lighthouse about 20 km north of the city disappeared.
  • The nobles of Glitterhaegen lost most of their possessions to thefts. No proof was found every single time. Baron Blackling even lost most of the things in his vault while two soldiers were stationed in front of it, without as much as a scratch in the entire room.
  • In horizon a necromancer was arrested because of use of his powers in the middle of the street, in the light of day (the stupidity).

We arrived at the bakery, but were followed by a certain baker. Apparently he did not trust our judgement. I ordered my father to give the baker a little bit of a scare and made him catch on fire while he stood behind the man.
After this, we entered the bakery and decided to take a quick look around. We found a lot of baking goods and a hidden passageway to the basement. The baker had given us a magic sentence to open the way (Dagrank Gajn Lad Badzat) and make sure that two elementals defending the way down did not attack us.
We found and defeated four hell scuttlers that had awakened elemental powers. Apparently a magic circle was drawn within the basement room that empowered these creatures. We made short work of them, found some sort of scroll of divination, but the baker still has some explaining to do, even after his payment of 50 gp. Surprising that Rhivaa didn’t steal even more from him. She’s clearly the type.

Afternoon: We set up positions within the organisation. I’m not willing to give up full power, but seeing as I don’t purely want to lead this band of… friends, we decided it would be best to hand out work to every one:

  • Decisionist: Grumpy (At least decisions will be made quickly)
  • Documancer: Me (Clearly the best for the job)
  • Treasurer/hoards person: Lilith (No, I’m not letting Rhivaa anywhere near the gold)
  • Cartographer: Druid Dude (As long as he doesn’t get his information from animals)
  • Strategionist: Rhivaa (She at least gets the intel, if she’s going to strategise well remains to be seen).

Evening: I went back to see the baker, curious about what he did. He said he was only a beginner in magic, but honestly his elementals and the fact that he had perfect control over them was not merely the work of a beginner. I told him I was impressed. Apparently he had a wish to become an adventurer. I understood what he meant. I was once lead by my dreams as well, and look where they brought me, so I encouraged him. Let’s just hope Glitterhaeghen will still have bread after this. It might give the others… problems.

Darloc’s journal: Third day of the second session

Morning: I woke up with a message from Stivras. I was planning on calling him anyway, so at least he saved me the trouble. He gave us two interesting directions to go in. First of all, apparently the hell scuttlers should have a queen. Seeing as most of the smaller ones have been spawning in the city, more than that, near our building, it’s safe to say she’s hiding somewhere around here and we should try to defeat it. Perhaps it will give us some more insight into the constellations that vanished.
Also, the old base of Hidden Wolf is located in Glitterhaegen. Seeing as Amanas and Sadly stole the key, they might have something to do with this disappearance of the constellations. Stivras asked us to go towards the base and find out if any information lingered there.
I called together a meeting with the rest of the group. Grumpy wasn’t too happy about it and decided to walk to the bottom of the inn naked. I honestly first thought that one of DruidDude’s transformations had gone the wrong way. So much hair… Seriously… Front and back… It was half-bear, half-dwarf…
Several ink blotches are situated here because Darloc was so horrified of the event that he accidentally spilled some ink onto the parchment

Rhivaa of course didn’t show up, she had already left. But with the rest of the group we made a couple of decisions. We decided that the vanishing tower north of the city might have been a good bet of where to go. Also, we decided to go and look for Rhivaa before making a move.

Afternoon: We found Rhivaa after she got denied access into the home of Lord Blackling. She was keeping watch on it from a Golden Wyrm tower that happened to be situated nearby. Ironically enough, it didn’t really teach us anything. However, the woman wouldn’t give up and we decided to go towards another noble house, perhaps teaching us some extra information.
We found ourselves at the house of Duke Livingham. Rhivaa was able to get us into the building by telling the butler about her noble heritage. From there we were allowed to investigate the crime scene. In it we found nothing more than dust, footsteps and emptiness. Grumpy however, was able to smell a certain scent. The scent of a special metal, commonly used for a specific kind of armour. Coincidentally, Sadly Grove is also a wearer of such armour. I didn’t sense Amanas his doing in this vault, but I still have my suspicions that he has something to do with these thefts.
After finding out this information, we still decided to go towards the disappearing lighthouse first. I want to go to the old hideout of Hidden Wolf, but if not necessary I don’t want to go in fighting. And without the password, I’m not going to be able to pass through even the first line of defence.
We heard a small group of people talking about a monastery that had collapsed because of an earthquake.
We arrived at the lighthouse and looked for clues. In doing so, Rhivaa handed out a couple of mushrooms. Her and Lilith weren’t affected, but DruidDude started seeing strange things.
Apparently he saw the mushroom coming to life, then melting, then the tree in front of us came to life, turned into a lighthouse. He freaked out, we all looked at him weird and I just couldn’t help but want to slap the bastard for the… I lost count, MOVING ON!
We figured out that a part of the cliff had gone down, probably because of the same reason as the monastery. An earthquake, or some semblance of it, might have destroyed the cliff and sent the tower to the bottom of the sea. Druid Dude found some giant hole at the bottom where it might have fallen into, but it was too deep to decently explore. Perhaps we’ll have more luck with a diving belt next time.

Evening: Sleep hasn’t overtaken me in years. I still wonder what all of this will bring to us. My only worry is that Amanas and Sadly Grove are responsible for all this madness and that I should have been able to stop them. I never enjoyed their company, seeing as they never saw me as an equal. But I do feel sad, because they were my companions. Still, tomorrow I should try to figure out a plan to actually complete one of our two tasks. More than that, we should clear up this madness as soon as possible.
However for now, I will continue working on my actual destiny. I will try to find ways to stop the Lich King as I feel his presence draw ever closer. I will keep working on my experiments. Perhaps I can even upgrade my powers and one day stand against the monster that I used to work for.
I will find a way

Some day…

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