Adventures in Stormreach

Stormreach Chronicle, Sar, Therendor 14, 999 YK

Sahuagin in the Streets!
Oy, merry readers! Capshaw the Crier here to bring you the latest news on what’s happenin’ here in our marvelous city. It’s no small secret that the fish people who call ‘emselves the sahuagin can occasionally be seen in the streets of Stormreach, often ’bout in the Harbor district. But these sea devils usually keep ’emselves to the Shargon’s Talon, the shrine to the Devourer out in the bay. Of late, however, they been seen skulking about in the Harbor, ‘specially at night, and it’s got folks all jittery. Those who know Sahuagin speak swear the sea devils be prattlin’ on ‘bout “the return of that which was taken,” but the Host only knows what they be talkin’ of. One thing fer sure, there been few ships comin’ an’ goin’ from Aerenal, and Capshaw keeps his ears to the ground. I’ve heard that those of elven blood might know a thing or two ‘bout these happenings. If I were an elf curious enough to know, I’d be inquiring at the Aereni consulate, Thaendyr’s Rest, right here in the Harbor.

Kobold Bounty
The Stormreach Guard has proclaimed a city-wide bounty on kobold hides in light of recent troubles in the Waterworks. The bounty be 2 copper hailstones for each kobold hide turned into the Guard. Hides can be turned in at the Lorsmarch Plaza or the Harbormaster’s House. I’d hate to be a kobold right about now. Watch yet backs me little mateys.

Orc Warchief Slain
Capshaw hears word on the streets that the ruthless orc chieftain, Garunt the Bloody, has been cut down in battle by a band o’ adventurers who were brave enough to traverse the Cerulean Hills and lucky enough not to be eaten by wolves. O’ course, t’weren’t without its casualties, as I hear one o’ the party was slain in battle himself. Lucky party to face the deadly Grul tribe and come away with only one dead man.

Merchant Seeks Aid
This ain’t the type o’ beggin’ Capshaw is used to seein’, but the merchant Baudry Cartamon seems to have come on hard times and is offerin’ good coin to those willin’ to lend him their blades. No doubt the shady trader has reneged on some bet or come face to face with some ruthless kingpin. Five hundred gold thunders he’s offerin’ to those who assist him. Dangerous work to be sure, and likely to anger some other merchant, but Capshaw can at least say this, Cartamon may be a shifty fella, but he’s always done right by sellswords. No doubt he fears their blades turnin’ back upon him.

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The Stormreach Chronicle, Sar, Therendor 21, 999 YK
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Silver Flame Inquisitors Arrive
By Alrson Moreson
The ships came into the Harbor just this week under sails bearing the standard of Thrane’s silver sword behind the symbol of the Silver Flame. Three great galleons they were, the Winged Serpent, the Light of Irian, and their flagship, Krozen’s Bow. They strode into the bay like three proud white whales bearing their standards. The ships heralded the arrival of the Inquisitors of the Silver Flame.
While many might feel apprehensive about the presence of so many uppity, do-gooder, Silver Flame types gracing our shores, they brought with them more than just the promise of snooping priests. The ships from Thrane also brought many fine tapestries and ripening fruit in their holds, not to mention ingots of flametouched iron. So get ready to go shopping, Stormreachers. There is bound to be a great many wondrous goods available in the Marketplace as a result of their arrival.
And what of the Inquisitors? Well, word has it they have arrived with the blessing of the Storm Lords themselves. Lord Yorrick Amanatu has apparently made a pact with the Church of the Silver Flame to provide extra protection within the city. And apparently the inquisitors are of impeccable moral fiber. So you need not hide your purses when they come by. These aren’t your typical Stormreach guard thugs.

Sahuagin Scandal!
By Courla Doweron
Anyone else been creeped out by the sahuagin stalking the docks late at night? I know I have! Well it has come to this reporter’s attention that their disgruntlement over what they call “that which was taken” is actually some precious relic from Shargon’s Talon called the Golden Trident of the Sea. Seems it is some kind of unusual coral formed in the shape of a trident. Is this a magical item imbued with the dark powers of the Devourer? Or is it merely a trinket worshipped by the Devourer’s followers because of some coincidence of nature? This reporter wonders.
The sahuagin blame the elves of Aerenal and aren’t allowing any Aereni ships to dock in the harbor. But the elves claim to have no involvement in the theft. Curious no? It wouldn’t be the first time House Phiarlan stuck their hands some place they didn’t belong. But what possible purpose could the elves have for getting on the wrong side of the sea devils? Perhaps there is more to this story than meets the eye.
On last report, the Aereni consulate had employed a special division of investigators to locate the trident and fix the situation. So where is the trident? Was it some kind of protest against the Devourer’s followers? Perhaps some scam to get the elves fighting with the sahuagin? Or maybe some rich collector just wanted another feather in his cap.

Notes
The Silver Flame Inquisitor class became playable as of this date.

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Stormreach Chronicle, Sar, Eyre 28, 999 YK
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Blockade Brokenl!
By Courla Doweron
Greetings Stormreachers! Remember those sahuagin prowling the streets late at night? Remember the bronzewood and densewood shortage because the Sahuagin weren’t letting Aereni ships dock? Well this reporter has learned from one Maeran Mendyrian, the Aereni consul, that the blockade is over! That’s right, the specialty lumber of Aerenal and Aereni spices are once again flowing in the Marketplace, and it’s all thanks to a band of adventurers. According to Mr. Mendyrian, two of them were of elven descent, one was a grizzly dwarven warrior, another was a devout follower of the Sovereign Host, and the last was a local ranger who seems to have since gone into retirement. Well, I know I speak for all of us Stormreachers when I say thank you for keeping the Stormreach Harbor safe and keeping this city a state of free enterprise. Keep up the good work!

Well of Woe Talk of the Town
By Capshaw the Crier
There ain’t much that goes on in Stormreach old Capshaw don’t know about, but even this one is hardly news for anyone. Nevertheless it got old Capshaw thinkin. If everyone is talkin about it, where are these tales coming from? Seems things all began a few weeks ago when the honorable Commander Danforth of the mercenary outfit callin themselves the Blackwheel Company started puttin out notices that they were lookin for a few brave adventurers to journey into the depths of Xen’drik on some perilous mission. Details began to trickle in about the nature of the mission. Seems there be a hidden place somewhere in the jungles called the Well of Woe, and that is has a part to play in the Draconic Prophecy. Old Capshaw don’t put much stake in such rumors, but as time went on more individuals became interested. The Wayfinders started puttin out notices about the exact same thing. And then the Church of the Sovereign Host followed suit. By now old Capshaw is reckonin no fewer than five different organizations are lookin to send folks out to find this magical well. Perhaps ye can drop a copper in and make a wish? Well if ye be an adventurer its a mighty interestin prospect, especially considerin that Xen’drik has many hidden treasures to be found along the way. Just be sure ye bring friends. Tis a dangerous place to be huntin around for sure!

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Shaman Har-Har and the Stolen Eberron Dragonshard
The Church of the Sovereign Host hired the heroes to recover a stolen Eberron dragonshard from a kobold shaman

Contact: Tania Drake
Mission: Recover a stolen Eberron dragonshard from the kobold shaman Har-Har (success)
Calendar Start Date: Dravago 3, 999
Calendar End Date: Dravago 4, 999
Primary Characters: Linberk, Koji Reikotsu, Shalynn, Graice
Secondary Characters: Byron Boldblade

Experience Earned

Linberk Koji Shalynn Graice Byron
590 590 590 590 118

Advancement
Graice advanced to 2nd-level (cleric).

Sovereign Host Favor/Influence Earned

Linberk Koji Shalynn Graice Byron
1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 0/0

Summary
Tania Drake of the Church of the Wyrm Ascendant (Sovereign Host) claimed a kobold shaman named Har-Har had stolen an Eberron dragonshard and offered a reward for its return. The heroes tracked shaman Har-Har to his lair in the Waterworks, slew him and his rust monster pet, Crumble, and returned the dragonshard to the church.

Notes
Mike introduced his new character Shalynn, a drow paladin of the Silver Flame and cohort to Byron, for the first time in this adventure.

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The Gambler's Den
The heroes eliminated a seedy gambling den in the Harbor district at the behest of the Silver Flame

Contact: Brother Malden
Mission: Eliminate a gambler’s den in the Harbor district (complete)
Calendar Start Date: Dravago 4, 999
Calendar End Date: Dravago 5, 999
Primary Characters: Linberk, Koji Reikotsu, Shalynn, Rinnion
Secondary Characters: Byron Boldblade

Experience Earned

Linberk Koji Shalynn Rinnion Byron
555 555 555 555 111

Silver Flame Favor/Influence Earned

Linberk Koji Shalynn Rinnion
1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Advancement

Linberk leveled up to 2nd-level (druid).
Koji leveled up to 2nd-level (monk).

Summary
Brother Malden, a friar of the Silver Flame, hired the heroes to eliminate a gambler’s den that had taken root in the Harbor district. Malden proclaimed that the Silver Flame had kept the city free of such vice, but that such places occasionally sprouted up and must be dealt with. Upon entering the gambler’s den, the heroes wrecked the gambling tables and slew the guards, while allowing the frightened gamblers to go free. The heroes discovered the gambler’s den was run by an individual named Ramsey Mourcort, although any ties or affiliations he might have had with gangs (if any) within Stormreach were never determined.

Notes
Steven joined the group for the first time during this session. This was Rinnion’s first adventure with the adventuring company.

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The House Cannith Courier, Part 1
In which the heroes agreed to recover an ancient schema for House Cannith in the Depths of Despair

Contact: Channa d’Cannith
Mission: Recover an ancient schema from the Depths of Despair (in progress)
Calendar Start Date: Dravago 6, 999
Calendar End Date: Dravago 8, 999
Primary Characters: Tamerak, Byron Boldblade, Rinnion, Graice, Ernst Bootcobbler
Secondary Characters: Freyr

Experience Earned

Tamerak Byron Rinnion Graice Freyr
692 692 692 692 207

No Favor Earned

Advancement
Tamerak advanced to 2nd-level (ranger).
Freyr advanced to 2nd-level (wizard), although he would require further training.

Summary
The heroes agreed to meet a courier on behalf of House Cannith to deliver a package from the courier to Channa d’Cannith. Unfortunately a warforged slew the courier, one Bonal Geldem, a visiting professor from Morgrave University just as the heroes arrived on the scene. After killing the warforged, a final messenger flew quickly away from the warforged’s chest cavity to parts unknown. The heroes retrieved a journal from Bonal Geldem’s possessions and brought it to Channa; unfortunately it was not the item she was looking for. However, it did hold a clue to the item in question, an ancient schema in a forgotten House Cannith forge underneath the city of Stormreach in the Depths of Despair. The heroes ventured into the Depths of Despair, a sewer complex underneath the Forgelight district to recover the schema, discovering the sewers to be invested with followers of the Dark Six. The session was brought to a close before the heroes could complete the mission.

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The House Cannith Courier Part 2
In which the heroes recovered an ancient schema for House Cannith

Contact: Channa d’Cannith
Mission: Recover an ancient schema from the Depths of Despair (completed)
Calendar Start Date: Dravago 8, 999
Calendar End Date: Dravago 9, 999
Primary Characters: Tamerak, Byron Boldblade, Rinnion, Graice, Ernst Bootcobbler
Secondary Characters: Freyr

Experience Earned

Tamerak Byron Rinnion Graice Ernst Freyr
400 400 400 400 400 269

House Cannith Favor/Influence Earned

Tamerak Byron Rinnion Graice Ernst Freyr
1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

House Cannith Favor Spent

Tamerak Byron Rinnion
1 1 1

Summary
The heroes came across hobgoblin cultists of the Dark Six who had built a shrine around the forgotten forge in the Depths of Despair. After dispatching their foes, they recovered the schema and delivered it to Channa d’Cannith, who indicated she may have more work for them in the future.

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House Cleaning
A light-hearted session with much role-playing in which several of the heroes joined various factions seeking to manipulate the draconic Prophecy

Contact: Shadow Lupae
Mission: Join the Cabal of Shadows
Calendar Start Date: Dravago 9, 999
Calendar End Date: Dravago 10, 999
Primary Characters: Zen, Quint

Experience Earned

Quint Zen
300 250

No Favor Earned

Summary
Zen and Quint met with the Council of the Obscured to join the Cabal of Shadows. Quint, as a follower of the Traveler, met with the Discordant Voyage was accepted into the Instruments of Change Obscura. The cynical and skeptical Zen met with the Melancholy and was accepted into the Mourners of Yore Obscura. Both Zen and Quint were inducted into the Cabal with the rank of Recruit.

Contact: Fritzroy
Mission: Join the Crimson Codex
Calendar Start Date: Dravago 9, 999
Calendar End Date: Dravago 10, 999
Primary Characters: Salandar
Secondary Characters: Tiberius

Experience Earned

Salandar
200

No Favor Earned

Summary
Tiberius used his influence with The Chamber to contact Kear and make arrangements for his associate, Salandar to interview with the secret society known as the Crimson Codex. Kear arranged a meeting with Fritzroy for Salandar at the Black Wrack tavern in Silverwall. Salandar agreed to an exclusive contract with the Crimson Codex, attaining the rank of Recruit within the organization.

Other Experience Earned

Freyr Linberk Byron Shalynn
250 300 100 100
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Prophecy's Unwitting Servant, Part 1
In which the heroes became wanted for a crime they did not commit

Contact: Lzohki
Mission: Discover the source of draconic Prophecies in the chapbook authored by a poet named Stormrider (in progress)
Calendar Start Date: Dravago 10, 999
Calendar End Date: Dravago 10, 999
Primary Characters: Salandar, Koji Reikotsu, Graice, Norrum Axehandle, Rinnion
Secondary Characters: Dempsey

Experience Earned

Salandar Koji Graice Norum Rinnion Dempsey
455 400 455 455 455 136

No Favor Earned

Summary
Salandar received a missive at the House Sivis message station which purported to be from none other than Ohnal Caldyn himself, author of the Caldyn Fragments. The message instructed him to gather trusted allies to meet with a spellscale named Lzohki who had information on a popular chapbook by someone named Stormrider which allegedly contained bits of the draconic Prophecy interspersed within. The Crimson Codex desired to know where the author was getting his information. Upon arriving at the tavern where they were supposed to meet their contact, the PCs discovered only a copy of Stormrider’s latest chapbook and learned the location of the publisher. However, they were beset upon by the Stormreach Guard, who wanted to question them regarding their alleged involvement in the murder of a member of the Guard. Most of the PCs escaped down an alleyway, however, Dempsey was spotted by the Guard, and he gave himself up rather than start an altercation and was imprisoned to await a trial before a magistrate. The PCs tracked down the publishing house which was being watched by tieflings. After dispatching the tielfings, the PCs entered the publishing house of Happy Hubbard and met the publisher who described the mysterious circumstances under which he had acquired the original chapbook by Stormrider, claiming he did not know who gave it to him, only that he was delivered the text anonymously at a fountain outside of the gate to the Cerulean Hills. The PCs made their way through the crowded city and encountered a child named Maldwick they had seen earlier outside the Black Wrack who had stumbled into an alley full of dire rats. The child was bitten twice by the rats but the wounds were superficial and Graice tended to his wounds. Maldwick said the word had been spreading about the PCs and their alleged involvement with the murder of a guard and warned them to keep their heads down. As the game session drew to a close, the PCs approached the gate to the Cerulean Hills to see what they could find at the fountain.

Notes
At the end of this session, the group approved altering the character advancement speed from Slow to Medium. The vote was unanimous. Before applying experience for this session, I converted each character’s experience total to the Medium track by calculating the proportional advancement each character had made to the next level in order to keep character levels and wealth at the same level.

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Prophecy's Unwitting Servant, Part 2
In which the heroes met Stormrider, the blue dragon and sealed a pact between him and the Crimson Codex

Contact: Lzohki
Mission: Discover the source of draconic Prophecies in the chapbook authored by a poet named Stormrider (Completed)
Calendar Start Date: Dravago 10, 999
Calendar End Date: Dravago 12, 999
Primary Characters: Salandar, Koji Reikotsu, Graice, Norrum Axehandle, Rinnion
Secondary Characters: Dempsey

Experience Earned

Salandar Koji Graice Norrum Rinnion Dempsey
640 640 640 640 640 192

The Chamber Favor/Influence Earned

Salandar Koji Graice Norrum Rinnion
1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1

Advancement
Graice leveled up to 3rd-level and rolled 7 hp (cleric).
Rinnion leveled up to 2nd-level and rolled 6 hp (wizard).

Summary
The PCs observed the Siberys shower at the fountain outside the gates to the Cerulean Hills. After the shower was over and the stargazes had cleared out, Norrum noticed bubbles coming up from a flagstone under the fountain. Prying the flagstone loose, the PCs found a tunnel down beneath. It led past a layer of rubble inhabited by mindshredder larva, which the PCs slew. Beyond was a larger cave which apparently had been used recently as a hide-out of sorts and a large gaping hole in the ground which went far deep into the ground. The PCs were ambushed from behind by cultists of the Cults of the Dragon Below. Although they slew some of the cultists, their sheer number soon overwhelmed the PCs and forced them back to the edge of the giant hole. However, just when all seemed lost, an enormous blue dragon clawed its way up from the hole and frightened the cultists away. It introduced itself as Stormrider and claimed to belong to The Chamber, leaking bits of the Prophecy to good-intentioned individuals such as the Crimson Codex. He agreed to work with the Codex and offer the PCs assistance in the future. The whole charade was merely a trap he had laid for the cultists of the Dragon Below, as they had been hindering his efforts lately.

Treasure
As a reward for finding Stormrider and forming an alliance with him, the Crimson Codex granted each primary character 600 gp, a potion of cure light wounds, and a chime of opening with one charge. In addition, two flasks of acidic fire and a scroll of repair light damage were discovered. After selling the mundane loot found on the bodies of the cultists, the primary characters each received 51 gp, 2 sp, and 8 cp.

Notes
Rinnion officially joined the Crimson Codex at the conclusion of this adventure.

Salandar received the following boon: For fulfilling your role in the Prophecy by catching a rat tossed by the juggling shifter, you have been blessed by some divine force. For the next month, you gain a +2 divine bonus to AC against vermin and a +2 divine bonus to saving throws versus vermin poison. Ends Nymm 12th, 999 YK.

All primary characters received the following boon: PCs get a +2 circumstance modifier to Diplomacy checks to gather information made in Stormreach for one week, and those checks can be made in one-quarter the time. In addition, no gold needs to be paid to make those checks. This bonus increases to +4 if the PCs have the 999 YK Edition of Stormrider’s Chapbook. In addition, your invitation to work closely with Stormrider on the study of the draconic Prophecy fulfills the special requirement to gain access to the Dragon Prophet prestige class from Magic of Eberron.

All primary characters received the following boon: If the PCs take the time to access Happy Hubbard’s library, they gain a +1 to any Knowledge checks concerning Xen’drik. PCs with the Research feat gain a +3 circumstance bonus to checks affected by the Research feat. Hubbard’s collection can be considered “dedicated to a specific topic” regarding Xen’drik history for use with the Research feat.

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