Post Greyhawk Wars: 585 CY

2nd of Readying, 586 CY

Eastern edge of Gnarley Forest
High: 25
Low: 12
Sunday
Early morning

A heavy snowstorm continues where it left off just a day ago. Luckily the heavy cover of the forest helps defend you from the elements.
Corostaith

Theras Thoess of Clan Meldarin notices that Pholemius Brightmantle is beginning to meander west towards Corustaith

Several hours later the party comes across what seems to be a mass of gold coins, treasure of all kinds, what looks to be like golden goblets, piles of copper, silver, gold, and masses of treasure. Each PC gives a slightly different description of the treasure.
All of a sudden Steven Grayson and Baroque rush towards the treasure with a look of greed and fervor never seen from either one of them. Both clerics seem unaffected.
Ashult recognizes their plight and acts quickly. He dashes towards Baroque and Steven and grabs them each by the shoulder, and the three of them vanish completely.

About 10 minutes go by before the all of PCs are reunited (see PC player secrets), Ashult, Baroque and Steven emerge from the forest and see the bloodied corpses of 4 ogres laying near the nearly dead Bornthien and Theras.

Later that day the party comes across a group of more than 30 elfs, half elfs, and humans: 13 rangers, 20 footmen, and a druid. Theras confirms them as Gnarley Rangers. They confront the PCs and demand to know what their business is in the forest. Pholemius explains to them that this is “church business” and Theras Thoess of Clan Meldarin is here to make sure the forest is not harmed.
The druid turns to Theras before heading south into the forest. She says: “the forest and trees have spoken to me. There is evil in the forest”

Another several hours go by. The PCs notice a small inn in the middle of the forest.
Theras immediately shares with the party his knowledge of the forest and tells everyone that there is no such inn in this part of the forest (about 15 miles east of Tricaster). Ashult helps convince the party that it would be best to avoid this strange place. The party continues on its way west through Tricaster, towards Corustaith.

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1st of Readying, 586 CY

Two ford2
Greyhawk Lands: a few miles east of the western edge of The Gnarley Forest and about 15 miles west of Two Ford.
High: 29
Low: 10 (the wind makes it feel like its in the negatives)
Starday
Snowstorm1
A heavy snowstorm moves in sometime after lunch and lasts more than 1/2 the day.
Winds blow more than 23 mph. You can feel the chill to your bones and more than a foot of snow covers the ground making travelling slow down to less than 1/2 the normal rate.

A few miles into the Gnarley forest and suddenly the party is surprised by a group of 10 Kech
Kech
Just moments later a small yellow floating globe appears. It darkens and turns black. A smoky black tendril comes out of it and snakes through the air.
Steven and several others of the party are completely cripplied with fear.

You can hear Pholemius Brightmantle saying: “it’s preying on our weaknesses” His acolyte falls into a deep prayer and then it seems as if the kech do not even notice he and the high cleric of Pholtus.

The party is able to survive the encounter with the kech. During the battle Maskus Ironlock did not fair as well and nearly passed into shadow. He will not be able to help for about a week as he recovers from his wounds.

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28th Of Fireseek, 586 CY

The Free City of Greyhawk
High: 39
Low: 24
Freeday
Cold and overcast

The members, both old and new, decide to investigate the note found on Bornthien about meeting at The Hanged Man Inn in the River Quarter.

Moments before entering the Inn, Ashult claims:“I can see some things before they occur.”
Inside his book are sketches of a few of the men who attacked in the Hanged Man, as well as detailed descriptions of everything that happened in each of the TU’s (Tangent Universes), he hopes the details about each person and their fighting methods as well as other notes within the book will be enough to convince the party that at least PART of what he says is true.
The mage further details his claim by explaining he has discovered Scott the beggar is in fact a villian and within the next several minutes will murder Steven and will attempt to do the same to the elf. He also explains a trap is waiting on the other side of the inn door of the Hanged Man Inn.

The party reacts with total confusion and disbelief and suddenly decide to confront Scott.
Gustav refuses to get involved and his resepct for what is good is questioned by Bornthien
Scott attempts to flee and is eventually killed. A tattoo on his right forearm reveals the marking of the Scarlet Brotherhood
Scarlet brotherhoodarm
Who can be trusted? It is obvious the hunter is becoming the hunted.

The party decides it is time to meet with Pholemius Brightmantle and leave the city tonight. They meet at The Temple of Pholtus and charter a barge to Two Ford.

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27th of Fireseek, 586 CY

The Free City of Greyhawk
High: 33
Low: 20
Earthday
Clear morning with a cold that chills to the bones.
Later that day a sudden sleetstorm, lasting over 3 hours, covers the city
Sleetstorm

A surprise message is discovered when Bornthien reaches into his pocket. The crumpled piece of paper reads:
“If you wish to discover the cause of all your misfortunes, tonight be at the Hanged Man Inn, in the River Quarter, tonight. Do not fail to come or you will never know the source of your ills. I will know you”
Hanged Man Inn

Markessa
Markessa The Gold and Braks of Highport

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26th of Fireseek, 586 CY

The Free City of Greyhawk
High: 41
Low: 25
Waterday
Heavy fog

The Golden Phoenix
The events of the last several days are the topics of conversation while the party is enjoying another fine meal at the The Celene Feast Hall.

An hour later 8 heavily armed (all in full plate, long sword, shield with emblem of Greyhawk, red robes) men enter and are seen speaking to the manager Fund Barq. They are clearly looking for someone.

At 1st they pass the partys table. Barely noticing any of the PCs. A few minutes later one of the guards, what looks to the leader of the bunch, steps foward while the rest of the guards surround the PCs: “I am Sergeant Xanian Swordhand of the Greyhawk City Watch here in The Garden Quarter. I ask that all of your come peacefully and surrender!”

Lord Xanian explains the charges to the PCs:
Chalice 1
Clerics from The Temple of Pholtus claim a jewel studded chalice was stolen and they believe one of the PCs has it hidden in his room.
A quick look by the soldiers and they easily find the item hidden in Stevens room.
Steven is arrested and taken to the watchstation in the Garden Quarter.

He is questioned for several hours
The local guardstation captain insists Steven pay an additional 500gp for “other” laws broken, one of them being the resisting arrest by Theras Thoess of Clan Meldarin. These days this is an all to common sight with the local guardsmen and constables.

After about three hours, Pholemius Brightmantle, a high level cleric of Pholtus, and his acolyte; Beramane, are allowed to enter the cell holding Steven.
Pholemius casts detect lie and is easily able to verify Steven is in fact telling the truth.
The acolyte, Beramane, says: “The Father feels there is more to this story than meets the eye. He feels you and he are somehow being united by Pholtus for some reason he does not understand yet”
He asks for the party to meet them at the Temple of Pholtus in the River Quarter.

Pholemius
Pholemius Brightmantle

Once the PCs reach the Temple of Pholtus, Beramane explains: “The High Father has been called upon to give Final Absolution through wine and food given to the dying in his presence. He “eats” their sins and allows their spirits to ascend into the “blinding light”

“He needs PCs to be bodyguards to somewhere in the Gnarley Forest”
-needs to give final absolution to a Templar of the Church Militant from the Pale
-doesn’t know exactly where
-believes Pholtus will guide him
-all travel expenses will be paid for by Pholemius
-Pholemius will make all PCs swear an oath to the Temple of Pholtus that PCs will not harm him in anyway

Beramane: “The church can offer each of you $500 gp upfront, 10gp ea per day plus 500gp when the destination is reached”

He then asks the PCs to meet with him at the Temple of Pholtus in 3 days.
-Wants to travel to Two Ford by barge, then cross the Selintan and strike west into the forest

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24th of Fireseek, 586 CY

The Free City of Greyhawk
High: 45
Low: 15
Moonday
A beautiful clear day

Rumors begin to circulate throughout the city that Warnes Starcoat is travelling to Rel Astra to recover the Crook of Rao and plans on returning it to Canon Hazen of Veluna.

Crosasbow
While the party is in view of a group of 12 Greyhawk guardsmen, suddenly one of their crossbows discharges and fires at one of the PCs. The bolt nearly misses Theras Thoess of Clan Meldarin. All of the guards seem shocked, especially the one that was holding the crossbow. He is horrified and extremely upset. “Im sorry. It wasnt supposed to do that! I was only fixing the sights. I even had the safety on.” It is fairly obvious that the guard is telling the truth.

Commoner
One of the individuals in the crowd seems familiar to Maskus Ironlock.. He recognizes his face and is sure he’s seen him around when some of these strange things happened

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22nd of Fireseek, 586 CY

The Free City of Greyhawk
High: 41
Low: 13
Starday
Cold overcast day

Several weeks ago , before leaving The Free City of Greyhawk and heading home, both Rufio and Ri-yun were invited to stay at the Star of Celene Inn by its owner, 1/2 elf Finnobhar Aodhin. He explainsed that his inn features four apartments that are not for rent; instead, they are given gratis to official visitors from Celene or other elven realms.

During their stay they meet an elf by the name of Melf. He is 5’ 8”, 147 Ibs and appears to be in his late 20’s. He claims to be the main representative and secret member of the Knights of Luna: “A grouping of elves within Celene’s own lands has coalesced to oppose Yolande.”

“The Knights of Luna favor the active support of their brethren in Veluna and the Duchy of Ulek, and even support alliance with the dwarves of the Ulek states.”

Just days later, while returning home, they found their things packed and their apartment occupied by other visitors. Finnobhar explains “an important official” suddenly needed it and there is nothing more he can do.

No matter how much he is pressed he will refuse to cooperate. “There is nothing more I can do.” Im sure there is another place that will be happy to have you as their guests."
Melf asks the PCs to move on. “Something else is happening here. I will try and press Finnobhar for more information. Be careful my friends. I believe your very life’s are in danger”

At the next several inns both Ri-yun and Rufio are denied rooms by either being told the inn has no vacancy or the rent is 10-20 times what it should be. The innkeepers seem nervous and if pressed threaten to call the guard.

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19th of Fireseek, 586 CY

Free City of Greyhawk
High: 41
Low: 27
Waterday
An overcast day with a light fog covers the city.

At random times over the course of the next few days each of the PCs, together and alone, experience some very strange occurrences.

While hanging out in an inn or someplace similiar, a lose brick falls from the wall and nearly misses hitting Bornthien

While walking down the street a flowerpot falls from a ledge and does in fact hit Gustav squarely on the head.

A side of beef suddenly breaks from its rope and swings in the direction of Ashult its 200 lbs nearly crushing him

Similiar things seem to happen over and over again

What seems the most odd is the fact that most of these things are happening to Bornthien, and Gustav

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16th of Fireseek, 586 CY

The Free City of Greyhawk
Near High Quarter
High: 42
Low: 15
Sunday
Cold clear day
Merchant
While the party is minding their own business and simply strolling down the street, a merchant begins screaming in the PCs direction. He screams loud enough for anyone passing by to be able to hear: “You! Stop! Where is my 100 gp ya owe me!!”

As soon as he is confronted he easily realizes he was wrong and apologizes.
A little pressure by the party forces him to admit he was paid 5 gp by someone he’s never seen before to simply be part of a practical joke.

Any further pressure from any of the PCs is threatened by a calling of the guard.
There doesnt seem to be any reason to think he is lying

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15th of Fireseek, 586 CY

The Free City of Greyhawk
High: 43
Low: 14
Starday
A heavy sleetstorm takes over late at night for about 1/2 an hour. The entire Free City of Greyhawk is covered with a wet snow that will soon turn to ice.

For the last couple of months the party has enjoyed a well deserved rest and, recently joined by their new members, Ashult, Steven Grayson, Maskus Ironlock., Theras Thoess of Clan Meldarin, and Baroque, they feel like they are almost ready to begin the long journey to Veluna.

Thanks to both Gustav and Bornthien, the party is currently enjoying The Grand Supper in The Celene Feast Hall at The Golden Phoenix.

The Dead are remembered in song.
Half elf bard
A 1/2 elf bard has put together several poems about all of the fallen ones and ends dramatically with the tale of the demon that was slayed in The Mistmarsh just a few months ago. He ends with his sword raised high in the air: “we have our heroes, we have our names in history, they will live on forever!”

For a moment there is an uncomfortable silence. A few seconds later cups are raised; “to the fallen ones”

Several hours later and now full of Rabbit Velunaise and Almorian stuffed stirge, presented with the bill, this is no cheap feast at 50 gold each, Steven and Bornthien realize what was once a small purse of gold, is now nothing more more than the remains of a rat.

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