6-21-2015: Updated with events for 13 Pharast.
6-23-2015: Updated with events for 14 Pharast.
Date: 13 Pharast (March) 4708 – Oathday ( Thursday)
The survivors from the debacle at Fort Rannick awake, finding themselves at the Turtle’s Parlor in Turtleback Ferry. Eashen spends part of the day crafting a snapleaf, and then heads out with Demarek to scout the fort. Flying high above the structure on Eashen’s magic, they make a gruesome discovery. Perched within the rocks and cliffs above the fort are enormous eagle nests, where the remains of a dozen of the majestic creatures lie bloated and rotting among several ogre bodies and smashed eggs.
The fort itself is eerily silent. Nothing moves within the yard, and the bodies of the burnt and frozen ogres lie where they fell in the courtyard before the keep. The only notable change from the day before are the keep’s main gates – propped up and barely covering the mountain of debris piled high before the entrance. The two fly around and observe what they can before Eashen’s magics fade, then speed back to Turtleback Ferry on two magically conjured steeds, arriving late that evening.
Meanwhile, Raynar searches the town for their departed gnomish friend, finding him passed out in a drunken stupor behind the local tavern Bottom’s Up. Though barely able to function, Salmin nevertheless is able to inform Raynar that he needs several thousand gold pieces’ worth of diamond dust in order to remove the affliction affecting Raynar and Eashen.
Raynar spends the rest of the day speaking to the handful of merchants and traders in town, selling some of the treasure taken over the past few days, purchasing some supplies for himself, and scrounging up enough diamond dust to allow Salmin to cast his healing spell a single time.
Date: 14 Pharast (March) 4708 – Fireday ( Friday)
The group awakens to yet more rain, falling steadily upon the town. A quick glance at the shoreline is enough to tell that it continues to rise steadily – about a half foot overnight – as the lake swells from the water draining from Storvol Deep.
Eashen first visits Salmin. With the diamond dust gathered by Raynar, Salmin casts Restoration upon the wizard, who immediately feels much better. Next, Eashen stops in on Tillia Henkenson, who may be found in her schoolhouse teaching, and she still seems nervous. Some quiet words with her reveal that news of the recent deaths of Daladriel and Abhishek has spread like wildfire through the town. Many residents are frightened, and there has been much discussion of fleeing before ogres descend on the town itself.
Eashen then crafts another snapleaf, and returns to scout Fort Rannick. He finds the fort as he left it on the previous day: quiet and deserted with the entrance to the keep barricaded by rubble. Flying up to the eagle’s aerie, Eashen discovers a well-worn tunnel leading into the mountain. The tunnel heads downward and is mostly a steep path with occasional sets of stairs carved into the stone, ending in a pile of rock and debris. Summoning an earth elemental to pass through the mound, Eashen discovers that the mound blocks the entrance to the courtyard on the east side of Fort Rannick. ( The Map of Fort Rannick has been updated to reflect your current observations )
Meanwhile, Raynar spends some time visiting the handful of merchants in town; selling some wares and purchasing supplies including a magical shield and an empty journal. ( The Map of Turtleback Ferry has been updated to reflect your exploration )
Raynar also speaks with Mayor Shreed, who is obviously nervous about the ogres residing at Fort Rannick. The mayor informs him that he is considering evacuating the town due to the Ogre threat and is concerned that many more will die. If the ogres are strong enough to kill two of your companions, then what chance to simple fisherman have?
Raynar then seeks out Jakardros, but is unable to find the Black Arrow anywhere in Turtleback Ferry. Asking around, ( DIplomacy 8+7 = 15 vs. DC 15) he discovers that the ranger was spotted leaving town in the wee hours of the morning, headed in the direction of Fort Rannick.
During the late morning, Raynar and Demarek wander through the town, stopping in the local watering hole, looking for recruits. While they find a half dozen villagers eager to join the cause, (Diplomacy: 12+7 raynar +2 aid another = 21 vs. DC 25 ) no one of any measurable skill approaches the two to offer aid.
In the afternoon, Demarek rides into the Sanos Forest to seek out Old Senneck. He arrives late that evening and camps under the trees, ready to start his search the following day. ( It’s about 25 miles to the edge of Sanos Forest from Turtleback Ferry, but the forest itself is very large and will take some time to search).
That evening, Raynar and Eashen gather at Bottom’s Up to discuss their findings and future plans.
Date: 15 Pharast (March) 4708 – Starday ( Saturday)
Eashen crafts a third snapleaf, then goes with Raynar to speak to Mayor Shreed.They spend some time trying to ease the mayor’s concerns, discussing the group’s plans to deal with the fort and mountain. ( Diplomacy: 17+ 3 + 2 aid another = 22 vs. DC 15) The mayor seems quite relieved to hear the plans, going as far as to offer a small cache of potions (3x Cure Moderate Wounds)
Swinging by the schoolhouse, Eashen pops in to say hello to the attractive schoolteacher Tillia (CHA 13), much to the amusement of her students. oooOoOooOh! Teacher has a boooooooooyfriend! Giggles Despite his best efforts, she still seems quite apprehensive about the entire situation ( Diplomacy 4+ 3 + 2 prestidigitation =9 vs DC 10). Finally, Eashen locates a seamstress in town. She is eager for work.
Raynar heads to the ferries and inquires as to news. He discovers that the lake water has again risen several inches, and that business has been brisk. Many of the woods folk in the surrounding area are fleeing, headed towards safer locales. Then he prays at the local Church of Erastil ( Religion 15 + 10=25 vs DC 20). As he is leaving, Raynar spots a white stag watching him from the tree line on the outskirts of town. Following the creature, Raynar finds that the stag leads him to a large tree with a pronounced hole in the trunk. Peering inside, he finds a small pack of berries loosely wrapped in some leaves. Glancing around, Raynar finds that the stag has disappeared, leaving no tracks nor smell. He then notices the tree’s trunk is now smooth and unmarred by gouge or hole. Shaking his head, he takes the berries and heads back to the inn.
Meanwhile, Demarek searches through Sanos Forest, looking for Old Senneck. Late that afternoon, just as he is about to give up searching for the day, the paladin stumbles upon a small camp in a hidden clearing ( Survival: 19 + 1 = 20 vs DC 20). After quietly observing the empty camp for a few minutes, Demarek is suddenly suprised as a small chipmunk suddenly grows larger, turning into a grizzled, old man. The old man says not a word, as Demarek speaks of the ogres at the fort, Black Magga at the dam, the unknown threat at the Mountain, and his fallen comrades. Then he asks for help. After a long silence, Old Senneck replies (Diplomacy 12 + 8 = 20 vs DC 20):
Men come to the forest to take what they will. They hunt for food and sport. They take the trees for shelter and for profit. They take the herbs and flowers to make their medicines and decorate their houses. They destroy what nature has given, and give nothing back. Here again comes man, asking to take form the forest.
But I can see you are an honorable sort, and you speak the truth about an impending evil that has grown hidden for ages, threatening both man and beast. So I say this to you: There is a swamp east of here, tinted with a spirit which cannot find rest. A friend of mine who cannot let go of the past. Help her find peace, and you will receive my favor.
The old man coughs roughly then slowly sits upon a log, leaning on a nearby tree as he does so. I am old, and cannot accompany you. But take this - The old man hands you a walnut. When you are stricken and dying, eat it and regain the will to carry on.
Date: 16 Pharast (March) 4708 – Sunday ( Sunday)
Eashen spends the day crafting some scrolls. ( Fly x3, Summon Monster II x 2, Haste, Invisibility, Spider Climb x2)
Raynar takes a satisfying shit.
Around noon, Demarek rides into Turtleback Ferry, returning from his exploration of Sanos Forest.