Told Stories

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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