Told Stories

Shoremere Haunting

Penael, 23 Zariel 1260.

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Three Birds and a Lizard
The Beginning - Part 2

Jundum, 15 Zariel 1260.

The party was able to easily defeat the men at the quail griffin farm and claim victory. When the battle was over most of the quail griffins had already escaped and what was left of them were freed by the party. The little griffin that had been befriended by Archarnor stayed with them though and started following them.

Inside the farmhouse the party discovered a small drug production lab. Here the griffins were being killed, their meat being preserved with salt and stored in shipping boxes, while the bones were being crushed into powder. There was also a note found on the wall that read:

3rd day of week – meat to Forlione
6th day of week – griffin dust to Digavia

Upon further exploration of the farmhouse it was easy to conclude that the meat and bone powder were being sold as drugs to both these cities. The tunnel they used to get here was used to transport the powder, while the carts outside the farmhouse were used to transport the meat.

There were also some poisonous fungi and plants that were being mixed in with the griffins food. This was how they were poisoning the meat and bones.

Considering they had taken care of Numnuts back in Digavia and gotten rid of the black market members in the farm, the group decided that their next stop would be the city of Forlione mentioned in the note. Before leaving they set fire to the farm just to make sure it would not be used anymore. Archarnor and Diergo separated from the group as they had other business to attend to before leaving Digavia, but promised to seek out the party as soon as they were done. So only Justino and Rebe continued to Forlione

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Penael, 17 Zariel 1260.

A bit after arriving at Forlione, Justino and Rebe came across an interesting group of individuals. The group composed of three aarakocra of different species, and a dragonborn stood out amongst the crowd of human inhabitants. The other party also found them interesting when they saw the human and halfling walking around with the tiny quail griffin. So both groups decided to strike up a conversation.

These new found individuals were also seeking adventure and had come across the city of Forlione while traveling. The group was led, or at least formed by, Captain Alcoa, a tall parrot aarakocra monk dressed like a pirate. He introduced the other members; the owl aarakocra ranger Oz, the fopish aarakocra warlock Suzaku, and the dragonborn rogue Nesqull. They had joined forces seeing as they had similar goals. Suzaku quickly took a liking to the small griffin companion and after learning they had not yet given him a name decided to call him Peecko.

Both parties talked for a while, Justino and Rebe told them what they had discovered in Digavia and the Digavian Forest, and Captain Alcoa said it would be in their best interest to join forces and discover what was going on. They all quickly began investigating around the city to see what they could find about any illegal trading in the city.

Investigations led them to a man named Geoffry who was Forlione’s link to the black market. So they went to find him.

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Raelaph, 18 Zariel 1260.

The party eventually found Geoffry’s store hidden in the streets of the city.

Questioning him they learned that he only sold the meat and kept a ledger of his sales, that he got paid for it and that was it. When they tried questioning him further he shouted “Pedro! Enriqueta! Attack!” . Two dust mephits lounged out to attack.

Although Geoffry tried escaping during the battle, his attempts were foiled as the party knocked him out and teasily defeated the mephits.

When he awoke Suzaku used her magic to charm Geoffry and interrogate him. They learned that Geoffry was telling the truth about not knowing who was in charge of the operation. He would just receive the shipments, noted the sales in his ledger, and receive payment. Once a month he would travel to the small town of Shoremere where he would wait behind the temple of Melora for a cloaked mane. He would wear a ring that identified him, show the ledger to the cloaked man and receive payment for his sales. The next meeting was in four days. After gaining all the information they needed they disposed of Geoffry, and took the ring and ledger so as to head to Shoremere.

Alcoa and Oz left immediately, while the rest of the party went to stock up on materials.

They didn’t find anything of value being sold in the city, but Suzaku did hear a rumor that the Devil of Gainima was seen drinking at the Wench and Mace last night (a story for another day), and found the party a cart they could rent (very cheap after convincing the merchant) to travel to Shoremere.

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Jundum, 21 Zariel 1260.

After an uneventful three days of travel, and picking up Alcoa and Oz along the way. The party arrived at the town of Shoremere a day before the meeting. First thing they did was find the temple to Melora. Suzaku, Justino, and Rebe investigated in the temple while Alcoa, Oz and Nesqull investigated the town.

In the temple they met the elven cleric Glionethil, who they learned was oblivious to all that was happening behind his church, but allowed them to use the temple to set up an ambush for the cloaked man since he would not allow such evil to take place near his temple.

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Alcoa, Oz and Nesqull’s investigation led them to find a small bounty for finding a man named Jose Jellar who had gone missing for the last three days after supposedly stealing 10 chickens from one of the town’s farmers.

Investigating further they learned from the town leader, Lord Berny, where Jose lived. Breaking down the door to the house they found the house completely abandoned, food left on the table and a note that read “You better find that money quick.”

They decided they would definitely investigate this further as soon as they could.

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Selat, 22 Zariel 1260.

The night of the meeting arrived.

The party set up an ambush while Justino stayed guarding the temple entrance. Glionethil stayed hidden in the temple taking care of Peecko.

Suzaku was the one to wear the ring they had taken from Geoffry and waited, cloaked, at the back of the temple for the cloaked man.

After a while a cloaked figure emerged from the trees behind the temple. Suzaku approached. “Are you a part of The Green” said the figure with a man voice. Suzaku showed him the ring. “Good, good. And have you brought the ledger.” Suzaku showed him the ledger. “Good, good. Less than last month, but still not disappointing. However I do know you are not who I seek.”

Knowing she had been found out, Suzaku lunged forward to try and grapple the man, but was unable to.

The figure took of the cloak to revel that underneath it was actually a green hag, and attacked.

The party ambushed the hag, who proved to be a worthy foe and after a long, hard battle, they managed to defeat her.

They maintained her alive and tied her up inside an old mausoleum behind the temple that was no longer in use. Glionethil helped Oz, surround the building with firewood in case the hag tried to escape. When she awoke they questioned her involvement in the drug operation to which she replied she just did it because she hated humans, and hated the little griffins that inhabited the forest. All she wanted was to make them suffer and this was a one way to do it. Although they tried they could not get any more information out of her, they did however, stroke her face with one of Peecko’s feathers, which the party found burned her flesh.

After the interrogation, Nesqull decapitated the hag, and they all set fire to the mausoleum. Glionethil was grateful that they had rid the town of this evil, and although he was unaware of it, was happy to see it come to an end. He had no money to pay the party, so he promised that whenever they were in town he would make sure to get them accommodations and healing if they needed it.

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Companions Gained: Peecko

Allies Gained: Glionethil

Treasure Gained:

370 copper
494 silver
190 gold
1 Platinum
2 garnets, worth 2gp each
Potion of Healing
Common Potion of Healing
Ring with symbol (used by Geoffry)

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How it all began
The Beginning - Part 1

Ariel, 14 Zariel 1260.

Our story begins inside the walled city of Digavia, in a small tavern called The Jester and Rose.

Like in any other tavern you can find food, drinks, and music in The Jester and Rose. Amongst the tavern’s clientele there are four interesting individuals being served this afternoon, who have no idea of the tales they are about to unfold, and how their fates will intertwine.

In one table, getting drunk and eating more than you would think is possible for such a small fellow, is Rebe K. Bierne the halfling rogue. Not far off, and also drunk, is Justino Bierbo the human bard, who begins to dance and sing on top of his table. The paladin sitting in the bar, Diergo Marivaldi, rolls his eyes at the spectacle as he continues enjoying his drink. In the corner of the tavern, observing all the events, is the elf ranger know only as Acharnor

As people continued to come in and out of the tavern, one man comes in and sits at the bar. Slightly drunk already he orders a drink and begins to talk to Diergo. “It just keeps happening. People in the city disappearing, getting high in alleyways, this place is going to shit”. As Diergo begins to question the man on what he just said Rebe, having overheard, jumps into the conversation.

The man continues on saying that citizens have been smoking some strange new cigar. Whoever smokes it gets a high off of it, and many addicts have been found in the city alleys either knocked out from the high or dead. In some cases there are some that disappear with no bodies found. The barkeep also confirms this information as he refills some drinks.

Achernor having been listening in on the conversation out of curiosity begins to leave the tavern. Diergo and Justino also, coincidentally, decide to leave at the same time. Rebe seeing it as his chance to skip on paying the bill takes the opportunity to leave as well.

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As the group leaves the tavern they see a man walking just outside the tavern. Smoking what looks like a blunt the man leans against the alley wall and begins to slowly falls to the floor. Curious they begin to ask the man what is going on and immediately notice that the man is experiencing a high from the smoke.

Rebe asks him the blunt and takes a short whiff from it, instantly regretting the decision. Whatever he’s smoking is very strong stuff. Justino and Acharnor begin to ask him where he got the blunt. After giving them a few confused glances, the man told them that he got it from the market. Even though the four of them had never met before they decide to investigate together and see just what is going on in this city.

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The marketplace is full of many kiosks and carts that fill what used to be an open area in the city center. Once there, the party noticed another man laying on the ground, unconscious. Other people seemed to ignore the man and continue with their business.

Upon approaching him a nearby merchant said to them: “He’s been laying there all day. It’s that damn drug that people keep smoking”. Upon further questioning to this, and other merchants around the area it was revealed that there is rumors of a new black market merchant in the city who carries, among other things, this new drug. It was also revealed that the merchants believe a weapon’s dealer named Numnuts who operates in Digavia, is the one selling the drug.

It was easy for the party to find where Numnuts store was since he is well known. That is where they headed next.

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Numnut’s Fine Weaponry was located near the marketplace. A small building slightly hidden between other larger buildings, but not that hard to find. The party was greeted by Numnuts a short satyr with curly black hair. “Welcome friends! May I interest you in some of my magical weapons?” he proclaimed, taking them into the back room of the store where he had a large table filled with different ornately decorated and glowing weapons. A large forge filling the back wall.

Justino, not trusting the satyr, examined one of the weapons and quickly noticed that the jewels were fake, and the metal used to make them was weak. When he told the rest of the party Acharnor immediately took a hold of Numnuts and, not wasting any time, began questioning him about the drugs. Numnuts denied having anything to do with them and said he knew not of what they were talking about. Acharnor proceeded to threaten to burn him in the fires of the forge if he didn’t come clean.

When threatened, Numbuts began revealing that he had heard of the drugs and that there happened to be a secret passage to an underground area inside the small water well that was in his store. He could open the door for them if they let him. Acharnor decided to let him.

Once at the well Numnuts put his hand inside the opening as if to pull a lever. Instead he retrieved some tiny magical balls which when he threw towards the party became four giant spiders. Diergo made the first attack and took down the first spider with one powerful hit. As the others continued attacking, Numnuts tried to make his escape, but Diergo was able to quickly react and knock him out.

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With the spiders dealt with, the party tied up the unconscious satyr and began searching the store. There was no door in the well but they did found one under a large table full of fake magical weapons. Opening it revealed a spiral staircase that lead to a small basement.
They took Numnuts with them and began investigating.

There was one table full of the materials used to forge the fake weapons being sold in the store. In another table Diergo found a map Digavia that had an X marking a small forest near the outskirts of the city, and a small journal which had names wish dash lines and dates next to each. Rebe took the journal with him. The other item of interest in the room was a chest, that when opened was full to the top with a bone colored dust. The party assumed this was the drug they were looking for.

Numnuts awoke, and the party began to question him again about what his connection to the drug actually was. His response was that his job was only to sell it. If they wanted to know more there was a secret door in the basement that only he could open, which led to were he got the drug. Of course, no one trusted him, but there was indeed a lever this time were he said there was, and indeed none of them could figure out how to open it. Without untying him, Rebe took him to the lever and asked him to open it. When the satyr pulled the lever a trap door opened on the floor were he was standing, but his plans of escape were thwarted once again, this time by Rebe, who managed to catch him as he was falling.

Inside the trap door there was a long, dark tunnel which the party decided was worth checking out, but before they left to investigate, they decided that were not going to get any more information out of the satyr, and that he was more trouble than he was worth, and there was no reason to leave him alive, let alone with all the damage he had already done to the citizens of Digavia.

Once Numnuts had been disposed of, the party continued into the tunnel. It was a long, uneventful walk down the dark corridor which took several hours. Eventually the tunnel ended in a ladder with a door at its end.

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Jundum, 15 Zariel 1260.

Exiting they found themselves in a forest. With no way of knowing were they were they began to explore the nearby area.

Suddenly hearing a rustle in the bushes they saw what seemed to be a very small griffin, about the size of a house cat. Acharnor tried to befriend the creature, but failed and it retreated into the woods. They tracked its paw prints and arrived at a secluded farm. There was a building and even more of the small griffins outside of it. Acharnor saw the griffin that he had tried to befriend before and tried again, succeeding this time.

As soon as they began to explore the farm, a bunch of men came out of the building. “What are you doing here, and how did you find this place?” they yelled. The party tried to convince them that they were lost and stumbled upon the place by chance, and were only trying to find a way back to the city. To which the men replied “Well, you won’t have to worry about finding your way back anymore” and began their attack.

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