The Lost Lords

Prologue and Adventures so Far

In ancient times, Gods walked alongside their mortal children through the world they sculpted, their paradise. For centuries peace reigned, until an event known as the Gods-war, or The Shadow War. For more than two ages, the war desolated the land, and most of the mortal races. Their safety came about when a God known as The Deep One ushered the survivors into great cities underground, where they lived until the Shadow War above passed.

When the various races of Folk emerged, the Gods were gone from the world, and the forces of Shadow with them. Most found it was time to rebuild, and set about recreated life above-ground. It was here when the Nation of Rhyssia rose from the ruins of the God’s greatest city, and expanded rapidly across the face of the land. They subjugated their fellow man, and pacified the Elves in the West. To the East, they drove the Shadow-corrupted Orcs into the badlands and deserts, and began erecting a great wall to keep them out. For Two Centuries the Rhyssian Empire has thrived, colonizing in the South, and keeping the barbaric Greenskin forces at bay in the East, while the wall crawled ever Northward, splitting the continent in two.

Recently, during a great skirmish with an Orc horde by forces lead by the Emperor himself, a great meteor struck across the sky, and slammed into the frigid North. Since this event, the Emperor and his army have disappeared. Meanwhile, another Orc Horde struck deep in the South of the Empire, in a Nation-State known as Sojourner’s Rest, The Duchy of Darmondy was quickly lost, and the Duchy of Norgas was put at dire risk before there could be any reaction.

It is here, the Avengers of Norgas earned their names, striking back the great Orc Horde, first at the Military Installation known as the Bulwark, and again in the fields of Duke Aedyn, wielding the might of an ancient weapon of The Gods.

Now the Heroic Adventurers find themselves entangled in a politically driven civil war in the South, with promise of darker stirrings just beneath the surface, and all clues point you towards a structure beneath the great Heart Tree of the Westwood, where danger awaits.

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The Heart Tree
Corruption Grows Deep

With Aeryn having fled from the party, Taramitsu and Lissandra reunite with Aethor and push through the stone complex beneath the Heart Tree of the Westwood. Overcoming traps, fire-breathing beasts, and a near-unintelligible maze, they find an abandoned camp from a party of adventurers who fell prey to a ‘Winged Monstrosity’ deeper within the earth.

It is there they rest, and later that night set out into the dark once more, where Aethor finds a legendary armor set having once belonged to a smith of the Second Age, which he used to great effect against the winged monstrosity mentioned in the adventurer’s journal.

This creature was a Guardian Dragon of the Forest, twisted and corrupted by whatever tainted the Westwood, and when it was finally put to rest, only one path remained before them. Now the party stands at a gate bearing the image of cephalophores, emanating a sense of dread, and the promise of victory, or death.

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The Apocryphon
What Kills a Killer of Gods?

Taramitsu, Aethor and Lissandra stand before the Cephalophore gates, behind them, the source of the corruption that infects the Westwood, a self-proclaimed God Slayer, entombed and imprisoned for ages for his crimes.

Knowing their foe’s accolades, and it’s mysterious moniker “Aphocryphon of Deinhainteor” the party finds themselves unable to let this evil slip them by, and they find themselves in conflict with the fiend. The battle is hard, and nearly lost, but through their combined efforts, and the sacrifice of Lissandra’s Animal Companion, an Enlarged Aethor is able to deal the final blow and with the aid of Nael the Fairy, save the party from the brink of death.

Shortly after the battle, Lissandra disappeared with the corpse of her Wolven ally, while Taramitsu rushed to restore Nael’s fading power with sunlight, and Aethor confirmed the halt of the corrupting influence in the Heart tree. With their task finished, and their body’s mostly whole, they returned to Emair, with the exiled Fairy in tow. There they find the town in revelry, rest, and strike up a sort of rental service for powerful magical items from Znaaraz’nn before returning to the victorious Alanduil, where they receive their reward, and decide how to go about returning to Norgas, and dealing with their old ally, Kayla.

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The Summer Manor
Aiding The Rebellion

Aethor and Taramitsu decide to join with the Far Hearth rebellion and are sent to the Summer Manor of Duchess Anaise in search of a missing company of soldiers. In the jagged crags of the Highmount Peaks they found the bleak, deteriorated township that serviced the Summer Manor. Overrun with Undead, a Large Wyvern, and a mysterious Giant Archer, they fought their way through, finding the slain company, and pushing into the Manor itself. There they fought and, seemingly, killed a female Necromancer, bearing a symbol on her forehead, identical to that of the Necromancer at the Tower of Shadows.

Soon after, they found the Giant Archer in a ruined tower. He had made it his home as he hunted the Wyvern that stalked the area. Though the Giant’s skill with the bow was great, his ability to traverse the tight crags was not, and the Wyvern cunningly avoided the open. So it came to be that the Duo of Adventurers combined their efforts with Himskgaeir, who shot the Wyvern out of the Sky, leaving Aethor and Taramitsu to track the beast in the mountains and finish the job.

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At Tasks End
Dark Wings Deadened

Aethor and Taramitsu emerge from the Granary, into a heavy rain and fading light. Instead of facing the wounded Wyvern in the dark of night, they rest at the abandoned Inn, and wake to snowfall.

They set out and find the Wyvern, asleep and still crippled from the Giant’s shot, where they set about a swift and effective assault, ending the terror before it’s attack can ever truly begin. With their task fulfilled, they return to Hymskgåeir, retrieve the key to the third floor, and head on their way, where they find the Duchess’ bed chambers, and a Mirror Golem protecting them. Taramitsu shatters the Golem, and they retrieve the treasures of the Duchess and leave the Manor behind, returning to the Crossroads.

At the Crossroads, the adventuring duo find the bulk of the army having moved on to siege the Capital City of Far Hearth. After a few hours preparation they set out to the East, and after a day and a half cold ride, they reach the frozen city of Far Hearth. On the road, they meet Alanduil riding the other way, having received word that Duchess Anaise is planning to assault Azurestone Keep by way of Mezar’s Eye, in a mad attempt to open a second front. Alanduil urges the two to find Sergeant Kalren and aid how they can in the Siege, before riding to Azurestone for their reward.

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Priming
Unforeseen Effects

With Alanduil and the Counts of Emair and Kinley riding to counter the threat of Anaise opening a second front at Azurestone, Taramitsu Ujio and Content Not Found: aethor-grenhal ride to meet Sergeant Kalren in command of of the forces laying siege to the city of Far Hearth. There they are tasked with leading two companies alongside Captain Armstrong to take the city for the Rebellion.

While fighting through the city, a monstrous screech echoed out from the Keep above the city, and the sky took on a red glow. The fighting halted for both sides, and an eerie calm overtook the city, before the the ground began to tremble, before a second, inhumane bellow broke the silence and great spires of crimson crystal erupted from the earth. Taramitsu was flung into the air from the explosion with a massive, concussive force that brought him to unconsciousness. The resulting fever dreams and Hellish nightmares ensued for what seemed like numerous lifetimes, interrupted with short bouts of consciousness in a cold world with a crimson night sky, and sounds of intense battle.

When Taramitsu’s fever broke, and he awoke from his slumbering ordeal, he found Far Hearth a drastically different place from when he fell into unconsciousness. The upper part of the city is riddled with giant crystalline spires that hoist parts of the city haphazardly into the sky, which is dominated by a massive, cracked moon that takes up more than a quarter of the star-filled night sky.

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The Horrors of Azurestone

After the breaking of the Siege of Far Hearth, Taramitsu found Aethor among the dead, and leaving the nightmare that was Far Hearth behind, buried him on the edge of the Dyrewood. From there, Taramitsu continues on to Azurestone to see Alanduil, and end his service to the rebellion. On his way, Taramitsu reunites with Lissandra of The Westwood, and together reach the cliffs of Azurestone, where they find signs of undead.

There they find the rebellion forces that broke off from the main forces were ambushed, and the Counts of Emair and Riverside were cut off from Alanduil within the keep, where Taramitsu and Lissandra volunteered to venture to find the missing Baron of Mistport. Moving through the decaying halls of the keep, the duo rescue groups of survivors, but Alanduil is not found among them. Finally they come across a necromatic Shadow Priest, and the risen remains of Alanduil.

With hearts full of sorrow and hate, they slay the group, before finding themselves weightless, and are teleported North, to a crypt outside the capital of Sojourner’s Rest. It is there they find Valor and Ruwina, apparently tasked by the Duke at behest of the Shadowbane to find and eliminate shadow cultists. Valian, however, found himself growing tired of doing the Inquisition’s work for them while an army of Orcs still sat on his doorstep. With Ruwina and the remnants of the Avengers of Norgas dropped into his lap, he took the initiative to task them in finding reason to move his troops against the Greenskins, ending their threat, and getting out from under the thumb of the Shadowbane Inquisition.

Before beginning their task, the joined groups returned to Norgas, finding the familiar faces of Kayla and adventurer-formerly-known-as-Rold, preparing a sizable force for their expedition into the Northlands.

End of Chapter 3

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Trials Of Taramitsu
Prologue

In the familiar sewers beneath Norgas, Taramitsu returned to the hidden shrine left by the Sword Saint. There he encountered the Vagabond Estlander he had previously encountered in the fields West of The Crossroad, and battled with him once more. Afterwards, the Vagabond opened the way deeper into the vault, revealing it to be a grave site of the Sword Saint’s fallen followers. In its deepest reaches lay a Shadow-Corrupted Ancestor of Taramitsu.

Taramitsu, Kayla, Lissandra, and Sorley fought the creature in the cavernous depths, eventually slaying it, resulting in Taramitsu being granted a vision of the past thanks to Shift’s temporal abilities, leading him to a mural detailing the events of the Sword Saint’s crusade.

According to the mural, in ancient Maiyonoto, The Sword Saint foresaw the fall of the holy land to Shadow, as well as the folly of the Emperor in refusing to treat the threat as serious as it was, and so stole the island’s greatest treasure. An unexplained relic of the times of creation, and fled to distant lands, taking with him in his exile, faithful of the Seven Clans. In their escape from Maiyonoto, they found the land that is now Sojourner’s Rest, also gripped in struggle against Shadow, and so forged a path to find safety for themselves and the relic they carried. When their task was done, they set about enshrining their dead in the tunnels beneath what is present-day Norgas. However, one of their own was irreversibly tainted by the darkness they had fought against, and his brethren, finding themselves unable to slay him, instead entombed him in the heavily warded caves beneath the resting place of their fallen, awaiting the day a worthy pilgrim of the homeland could put him to rest. In his crypt, they left their story, and the first clue in the path of The Sword Saint, leading to the relic he had sacrificed so much to protect.

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Whispers of Dead Ash

With Taramitsu’s personal quest resolved for the time being, the party ventured to the city’s Crematorium, hoping to recruit Puno The Pyromancer to help them in their journeys in the Northlands. Such was not to be the case, however, as the party unraveled a string of terrible events, where Puno in his lunacy, murdered several individuals and burned their remains, before inadvertently raising them in a following ritual. The resulting Ash Shades hounded him through the abandoned complex until the Avengers of Norgas were able to rescue him.

Learning of his wrongdoings, the party none-the-less decided to carry out their initial task of retrieving the Pyromancer, leaving the tormented souls of murdered children without their vengeance.

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The Forest of Ash

As the party traveled North of The Bulwark, they found themselves unable to head to the city of Darmondy directly; the orcs having set up their camp on the only major crossing. Instead, they ventured Westward, into what was once the fringes of the The Great Wood, now reduced to a forest of cinder and ash, seemingly by the orc invaders.

Within the woods themselves, the party discovers denizens of the plane of fire spilling forth from rifts between planes. Mephits and Elementals plague their journey until they come across an oddity. A man, with flaming features, who while wary, proves not to be hostile. He informs the party that the flames of a great lizard, awakened by the Orcs, set fire to the ancient woods. Between the mighty fire and the ancient magics of the forest, a great rift opened to the elemental plane of fire, and through it came a great monstrosity that the Genasi seeks to end.

The beast turned out to be a fearsome Pyrohydra, guarding the primary rift. After a long and Casualty-filled fight, the Pyrohyrda was felled, and in the afftermath the Genasi took it upon himself to close the rift, disappearing in a flash alongside it. Battered and exhausted, the party opted to continue on to Darmondy, deciding to return to end the threat at the heart of the forest another day.

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