Princes of the Universe

Brief Excursions of Investigation

Went to Summit Hall and Beliard and learned everything there. Traveled along the road and found the site along the Dessarin road with five bugbears, a robed golden-masked woman. Also a dozen Mirabaran soldiers. This is basically the battle site. Then they went to the Sacred Stone monastery and looked around, Reefer snuck in and got spotted, then they said they were chasing a thief, then they tried to talk their way in I think by claiming they were interested in the religion.

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Meeting the Bro-Knights
In which Dartholomous and Kuzzik dance... with swords!

Talked to Imdarr, who suggested they check out the tavern and the dwarven book at Stephen’s, as well as Brother Earldon

Talked to brother earldon, confirmed TD in beliard two tendays ago

Talked to Zomith the drunk caravan guard, confirmed they were on the road fifteen days ago before brawl

Talked to Stephen Vallivoe and learned about book, bought it and Kresh revealed connection

Talked to Greenboot the shepherd who led them to graves, learned about tower in distance and he revealed a bit of info.

They struck off to the tower and met Salva, she talked to them a bit, denied knowledge of stuff. Went up to see Kuzzik. He was friendly, also denied knowledge. Reefer looked through spyglass but didn’t see the graves (8 miles away) He tld a bit of his backstory and invited them to stay for the feast.

Befoer the feast, Percy studied the Dwarven book and Kresh studied also. Reefer toured the tower with Salva, while Darth sparred with kuzzik, spectated by Shan and the knights. Darth gained the early advantage, striking a cracking initial blow that staggered Kuzzik and easily avoiding Kuzzik’s counter. He pressed his advantage but in the end found himself driven back towards the edge of the tower, where he yielded the battle. Kuzzik congratulated him on his prowess and the fine crack Darth had given his ribs in the start of the fight.

Reefer’s conversation with Salva revealed that all of the knights come from the Waterdhavian nobility, and she had split ties with her family to join. As a noblewoman, she would hav been expected to make a political marriage, but she was currently unattached and unconcerned with such things.

At the feast, they told tales of their prowess in defeating the self-styled Lord of Lance Rock and he and his knights were duly impressed. They leanred Kuzzik’s backstory. Lookout called out Manticore and the hunt was on.

Reefer and Shan went with Salva, while Percy and Dartholomus went with the four Feathergale Knights. Kresh stayed behind to babysit Yingzi the panther.

Reefer and Shan’s keen senses enabled their team to find the manticore first. Getting the drop on it, Reefer struck it with a sneak attack, wounding it severely. Jumped on it but a mediocre roll resulted in him clinging to its wing, still he managed to stab it that way. Shan saved him. THen Darth and Percy showed up and joined the fray, followed y the remaining knights. Shan dropped Reefer onto the manticore’s back and then slayed it with a well-placed arrow shot. As Reefer fell, both Percy and Darth attemped to save hime but were unable to do so, however Salva was able to swopp in and save him.

The party took some manticore spines as souvenirs as the knights took their trophies as well, then headed back to the tower. They feasted and drank some more, and Shan was awarded her ring for slaying the manticore. Kuzzik menitoned that the monks of the Stone Monastery were suspicious and they should check them out. His knights hadn’t done it because they don’t have skills for subterfuge, only noble combat.

Meanwhile, Salva took Reefer aside and said that she’d been impressed enough by his bravery that she would sponsor him to kuzzik for inclusion in the Feathergale Knights, which is normally open only to nobles. She also revealed that they have a secret mission to harness the power of elemental air to destroy the enemies of Waterdeep.

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Return to Lance Rock
The Lord of Lance Rock meets a 'grizzly' end

After hearing from their various contacts about the fate of the Mirabaran trade delegation, the party met. Percy and Dartholomus revealed what they had learned about the body of a knight being transported by the delegation, and urged the party to come with them to find the fate of the delegation and recover the body. After some negotiations, it was agreed to go. However, before investigating, they decided there was one loose end to tie up – the so-called Lord of Lance Rock.

Traveling to his lair they were greeted once again by a pair of zombies which attempted to drop a box of rocks on them. Dartholomus, their intended target, rolled deftly out of the way and the party made short work of the undead interlopers. Continuing on, they were met in force by the Lord of Lance Rock and twelve of his loyal subjects, but before he could get through half of his grandiose speech, the battle was joined.

Reefer made a quick attack, while Percy channeled the power of her god to drive away fully half of the undead minions. A tense battle ensued, with many near-deaths of party members averted only by Percy’s healing magic, the healing Goodberries of Shan, or the indomitable will of the heroes enabling them to fight on despite grievous injuries.

Under pressure from the party, the self-styled Lord fell back to his study, in which a glowing symbol of an eye floated over a glowing orb. Kresh quickly stole the orb over the cries of the Lord, and passed it to Reefer who easily outpaced the powerful but strangely pitiful necromancer. Shan pinned him in place with magical thorns, allowing the party to finally bring an end to this mad necromancer.

Ultimately he died mad, fearful and alone.

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