The group (Balion Vicarson, Izadora Smith, Kaviri, Paul Blackthorne, Petra Clock, and Vae Victis Alastor) gathered at the fighting arena to lay a trap for Phil Blackthorne. Linna and Amara IxChel had gone to lunch with a mutual friend but never showed up for the fight. The team had the assistance of the Candleboys as well as Reeta Rae Sorrow and Peter Clark. The plan was to have Phil come to claim the Diary of Adrie Carver and kill him. The candle boys acted as lookouts and sealed the doors as soon as they knew Phil was inside.
Just before Phil was supposed to show there was a commotion as a shadowy dragon attacked a distant part of the city. The group did not let themselves be distracted.
A bird flew in, probably Phil’s familiar, and looked around but the team had hidden themselves well. Phil asked that everyone else leave the place and Peter Clark moved towards the door. Phil appeared directly in front of Paul, who was disguised as Petra. Phil picked up the book not knowing that Kaviri had torn out any pages talking about Void Hallow or Lord Moonfire. Paul attacked but Phil was prepared for a trap. He had brought along several hidden Shadow Mastiffs. Their howls brought fear to Kaviri and Vae.
Phil tried to teleport out but the arena had be secured against teleportation magic when it was built. Vae countered Phil’s spells while the rest of the team tried to kill the Mastiffs and pin Phil down. Rita was mauled but was saved by Vae’s familiar and Balion’s empowered sword. Izadora kept everyone’s spirits up and Kaviri kept at Phil’s heels. Paul, Isadora, Balion, and Petra had their hands full fighting off the near invisible dogs.
Phil eventually got some spells going and summoned a fire elemental that started lighting people and equipment on fire. Kaviri managed to entangled Phil and Paul took him out. Petra yelled at the unconscious Phil about enspelling her mother and delivered the killing blow.
Phil had some loot on him including his Cloak of the Manta Ray, a war wand, a stone of good luck, his vest of useful items, and an Amulet against Monday Reading.
The group found that the Mastiffs had killed three of the Candleboys. They paid for their burials as well as burying Phil’s body in an unmarked grave. They threw Phil’s head into the river to prevent his revival. Peter said that the group should probably the docks because of the damage to the arena. They headed back to the The Duckling’s Ghost.
The next morning Alisa Helene Gathon and Accant we’re waiting for the group. Alisa was mad that they had kept her out of the action. Accant said nothing. Balion stumbled his way through the argument. Alisa said that several homes and businesses had burned last night by the shadowy illusion of a dragon. Paul believes that Phil used an associate to distract the King’s Guard and make it easier to get in and out of the city. Alisa left angry.
Balion remembered that the group had planned on going to Withering Birch in the Disputed Zone and thought they should stop there on their way to Vorr Rakoth to complete the King’s quest. Isadora said that they should be able to find some help on Withering Birch, claiming an old friend lived there. Balion wanted to know more but Isadora deflected. Balion wanted to ask Linna what she knew of the place.
The group went to supply at Meekus Keep in Perkisville. Soon after they left town they were met by a member of the King’s Elite who handed them a file on Vorr Rathok and told them a little about the place. He then introduced them to the person the King was sending with them to remove the void hallow. It was a seven foot tall being made out of blood red crystals with flecks of silver and gold inside. It was the being from the King’s Painting. It psychically asked them for a name and the group settled on Stoney. The being commented that the diminutive name was being used to offset his otherness. He told them he would not be able to assist them unless it was to remove any infection from the Far Realm. The King had given him strict orders on this. The being adopted the guise of a very generic human, with unremarkable features. The party then set off for Perkisville.
The King’s Quest
-Escort Stoney to the Demon Forge in Vorr Rathok to remove the Void Crystal.
-Read the file.
Mysteries of Withering Birch
Various Personal Goals.