Blood Ties

Dealing with Merfolk

This is a rather poignant time when a huge secret comes to light. First let me talk about the truly super natural creatures that have dealt with up to this point. Two of the dragons lords who have both been gone/asleep since magic has lost it’s power. One troll who again had been out of commision for nearly the whole time. Wyverns who seem to have appeared out of thin air, a sea serpent who again seemed to appear out of thin air. Even the souled creatures from across the sea who appeared to be magical were a bastardized form. The Fish People well we’re not really sure about, but there was no proof that they were creatures of magic.

The merfolk were at the bootm of the lake that held the crystal ball. It was here that they found prof that one of the fundamental questions they had been looking into had been wrong all along. Merfolk are creatures of magic, however they never vanished or had any lapse in existence. They simply avoided humanity after the wars. The even had magic users who used a different form of magic then what the characters were used to dealing with.

The heroes used the magic ball to find the Witches love, then pulled him through a portal just to find out that he too had amnesia.

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How to Train your Wyvern

The merry band of adventurers set out to find a crystal ball, but along the way found a town the was being destroyed by dragons. The townsfolk were starving, because turns out the dragons were eating all their livestock. Out of the goodness of their hearts, they took to the mountains searching for these creatures.

Once they found them, it was quickly apparent that they were not dragons, but Wyverns. A creature that despite their fearsome appearance, has animal intelligence and can be trained. That all started with the Unicorn playing with one using pieces of a slaughtered cow.

So they took time out of the journey to train wyverns, which involved a few flesh wounds and at least a dozen stitches. In the end though it was worth it. Flying around on wyverns is so much cooler then riding a horse, although it does tend to be a lot windier and bumpier.

Because of their new mounts, it took little time to get to the lake where the crystal ball was to be located.

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Hunting Werewolves

After the heroes made it back to the mainland, they reported their findings to the shadow council. Well maybe not all of them, but just enough to get them off their back for awhile. Then fr the first time in nearly two years they took a vacation. They went off to the land’s of Duke Anthony Stewart. To check in on the Library and collect on a favor owed to the Witch.

The library has been growing well. With the collection growing slowly but surely. Thor Giantslayer has been managing the funds well and has spread word to merchants that he pays top dollar for books. They have been adding wings to the library and even a monastary type building for intellectuals.

The Duke had indeed found a way for the Witch to locate her lost love. It was a crystal ball that was an immensely powerful relic. He did not know the exact location of the crystal ball, but knew the approximate location, so our character’s set off on a grand quest to find it.

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Stranded

On the way back to the main continent, there was a bit of a mishap with a roving island that left them stranded on a deserted island. After exploring the island it was quickly apparent that there really was no one else. There was however a large crater that had filled in with sediment over the years.

Using the crew, distengration powers, and determination they excavated the crater, which quickly was revealed to be a large dormant volcano. I failed to mention earlier that with the volcanoes that they had found on the islands off the eastern coast, that there was myterious arcane writing in rune form, that when written out would perform magic magic. There was simliar writings on this volcano. After getting far down into the volcano they ra into a mysterious force field.

After much deliberation and effort they managed to get through the shield further down into the volcano. There were different caves which seemed to resemble the different signers of the first contract. They found a myterious egg and another of the dragon lords, Telesthia.

After talking to the characters she brought them back to the main land while allowing the ship to return from whence it came. However since the island moved through space and time, no one is really sure whatever happened to that crew.

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Becoming the Ahmut

Our heroes went into the mountain that laid at the center of the desert. A large imposing moutain, rising from the desert floor like a pillar; solitary, tall, and majestic. Inside they faced many test in becoming the next Ahmut, and if not for a combined effort they surely would have perished.

The last test though was to kill the current Ahmut. They were instantly teleported to his place of residence across the ocean for to the northwest. He met with them explaining that he had no quarrel with them, but would not hesitate to kill them if that’s what it came to. They just wanted to know what was going on with his connection to the death of the archduke. He told them that he had kill the archduke, because one must tkill the current Ahmut to become the Ahmut.

He also told them a little bit about himself. Including that as Ahmut he was trying to restore magic to it’s rightful place.

With their knowledge of events complete and being unwilling to kill a creature with the same goals. So they bid him farewell and set off to sail back to the Kingdom. The Ahmut got them a ship and a skilled crew, to take them back.

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Genocide

On the request of Lord Nightmare the characters proceeded to commit genocide. It’s not a pretty word, and it’s definately not a pretty event however there was reason for it. At least that what all the fanatics say.

First, the Fish People were trying to invade the Kingdom. They had already created holes at several places in the walls and were going to continue to attack until each and everyone of them were dead.

Second, Lord Nightmare didn’t really like the heroes, and one in particular was a distant descendant of The Shining One. so he needed a little incentive not to devour our heroes where they stood.

Third, the Fish People were a weak willed people who came across Lord Nightmare while he still slumbered and were willing to offer their very lives to some other creature in exchange for nothing. They were worse then dogs, but with far more strength, cunning, and even the possibility of magic use.

Fourth, Lord Nightmare now had them completely under his control and he said he was going to kill them all anyways by having them attack the wall, so since they were all dead no matter what, wouldn’t it be better to have an ally of a powerful dragon.

In a small act of defiance though, they smuggled out the children to human towns. There were some that had been decimated by the giant worms, so they smuggled these cildren out to have them live with good people, hardy people, ones who would teach them not to throw their lives away just because a powerful creature told you too. Then they commited genocide. Every last adult male and female were killed where they stood.

After the children were all safely seen too, the heroes went back to see Crazy Achmed who told them stories of a mountain, Mountain Ahmut, where the high mage of the land was said to gain his power and reign supreme. It was here that the person who gave him the artifacts that he had in turn given to the archduke had gone. So it was with little rest after a very long journey that our heroes set off into a desert so large that even a dragon could wander it lost until it died.

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To Meet Crazy Achmed

The King’s hand has many tasks, and sometimes they span over many years, while sometimes they have three tasks that need to be accomplished within a day. Sometimes they are even tasked with the impossible. This is what they were trying to do when they met up with Crazy Achmed. While trying to track a mysterious figure (the one who murdered the archduke) they met up with Mr. Achmed who had sold items to the archduke not long before his death.

Unfortunately sometimes things really just are as they appear. Crazy Achmed was not some sinister genious who had some plot against the throne, but a creature of great power who had powerful artifacts and wasn’t quite right in the head. He travels about looking for items of great power and funds his journey’s by selling things, some of which he doesn’t even understand.

So our heroes set off south to accomplish another task which was of the upmost importance. Once again placing the murder of the archduke by the wayside.

They went to the very edge of the kingdom back to the wall and past. Looking into a disturbance that was leading a unknown race of humanoids to attack the wall. These so called Fish People were occasionally throwing themselves to die at the wall by the hundreds and sometimes thousands.

Our heroes investigated and founfd that an ancient dragon lived beneath these tunnels and the Fish People revered him as a god. The ancient dragon turned out to be Lord Nightmare. One of the seven dragon lords who signed the first contract. He hates The Shining One and all his ilk. He wishes to kill him and his entire bloodline.

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Into the Fiery Bowels

Our heroes met up with the Jarl armed with the information that he had sought about what was happening to their souled members. The meeting went very well and the merry band left with a potential ally who saw them as curious, odd, and down right weird, but valiant and honest as well.

The characters then went about exploring the volcanoes. When they were unable to locate anything of value inside the volcanoes on the islands, they turned to the ocean seeking information that could be gleened from the depths including volcanoes that possibly sunk beneath the waves many years ago. They built an amazing contraption to dive the depths, however all this was for nought. In the end they went back to the king’s castle to report their resounding success about the repelling the invaders.

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