Menace of the Obsidian Pillar

The Horned King
Log 15

Wilbury & Kielder  decided after a few hours to look for the group after coming to the conclusion no-one was sneaking up behind them, while they waited they heard growling, a huge explosion and some loud sobbing. So they went up the canyon and found half an orc, a blackened crater and a pair of dead Yetis (it was revealed later Grok was doing the crying), they also found the hut around the tree and were shown visions from the Orc within. After about an hour, they caught up with the rest of the group.

The Talons or specifically the Horned King Face were impressive this close up, coming closer revealed one eye burned an orange red while the other glowed an eerie green. Ignoring this for now the group looked to seek shelter in the ruins nearby which were identified as Frost Giant design.

On the way they discovered a group of Orcs which seemed to do some strange magic, not that it did them much good as Lyari killed them all with a single Fireball.

Continuing on and finding strange floating balls of light which did not seem to do anything, the group came upon the ruins and started hunting around seeing what there was and securing it for the night.

While Markus was 'acquiring' some treasure he disturbing a Large metal spider which tried to Gas them, while Lyari passed out (with his Owl) everyone else pummeled it with all the might they muster, even Markus leapt in with his wand that Ignited the gas, the spider glowed red and then disappeared with a sharp clap sound. Where to, who knows?

Markus then started poking around the around the spider was and soon wished he did not as he found a Frost Giant skeleton, he tried to dodge the blow aimed for him but was caught dead on, only by a miracle he did not succumb to the darkness before Taklinn could restore his wound.

The size of taking out the giant left the group wondering had they bitten more they could chew?

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Yetis & Visions
Log 14

Kielder & Wilbury volunteered to guard the bridge while the group advanced further down the canyon, where upon they found a bear.

The Polar bear was eating an orc but Taklinn started having a chat with the bear and after some negotiation the bear moved back in it cave with less loot in it and a bunch of notes were found on the orc.

The group carried on walking a fair distance they rounded a bend and saw a large metal object wedged into the canyon. They could not go round or under it and was hot to the touch, it had strange symbols on it and looked as if some god had thrown it from the sky. Markus started using some pitons and rope to go over the thing with mixed success until one of the pitons came free. Taklinn meanwhile had cast Endure Elements and climbed the object when he and everyone else heard a beep. Taklinn looked around and then he saw how shiny the object was and started to carve out a slice of the metal. The beeps continued getting more frequent and high pitched until the object exploded, fortunately everyone survived or so it appeared as Marcus had disappeared, the first reaction everyone did was checked their wallets (which were all there) and then Grok started crying very loudly and swore to avenge him.

Meanwhile Marcus had scouted along the path and encountered some Yeti like creatures and they were not happy to see him, the group rushed forwards and ended the creatures before could eat Marcus, Grok was happy and almost crushed Marcus when he hugged him.

The group proceeded futher down and found a big tree with a hut wrapped around it, ringing the bell revealed an old Orc who beckon them in with a chance to see there future, although she looked harmless, Ragnar & Grok did not like the look of the Orc and elected not to join in and waited outside.

After about an hour the group re-united after a few tense words and continued to the end of the canyon to see a vast plateau with the face of a god covering and portion of it, their attention was caught by a strange vehicle of some sort and went to investigate, it was a flying machine of some sort, evidently the merchants son had made it up here, but the damage the machine had taken led the group to wonder what had caused it….

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Welcome to the North
Log 13

Stepping through the portal they ended up in a town with a big problem, the local beasts which normally peaceful had turned violent for no apparent reason and one of the noblemens' son has disappeared on a flying machine in the direction of said beasts.

The group sought out gear and provisions including a new winter coat for the Lion Rak'karr which was not liking the change in scenery and temperature.

After touring the town, making some enquires and paying homage to some shrines, the group were guided to a canyon that would lead them to a place known as the Talons, this was the pace where the beats resided and the son possibly was.

However they were ambushed by Orcs! Despite surprising the group the Orcs did little damage and while Wilbury shot a surprised Snow Hawk accidently out of the sky, the group decimated the Orcs. Checking around the area, they found a cave which led to more Orcs which were vaporized by Marcus's Burning Hands wand and the rest were mopped up.

Continuing down the canyon, they came to a rope bridge which did not look good swaying around in the breeze. Seeing the danger the group took precautions and were rewarded with access across the ravine with no injuries, although they did lose the bridge in the process and Grok did get blown off the bridge, only his Monk training saved him from harm.

With everyone across, the group continued down the canyon…

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A Proper Fireball!
Log 12

The group took a few days off buying some gear and selling some loot while Grok recovered back to his good ole self.

The group then returned picking up wolf heads on the way from the Orge patrol which were just smashing their way round the forest.

They arrived at the cave and went down the other corridor that Marcus had gone down, Marcus jumped onto the sarcophagus  in the room and jumped aside as it exploded reveal a Wight. Although the Wight was a bit of a danger it was dealt with a lot quicker then the Mummy and they ascended up the stairs to where the big treasure was, Ragnar alerted the group danger was up ahead and it was more powerful than the Outer gods pawn was.

Steeling themselves they opened the sarcophagus only to find a keyhole which from the key parts from the Wight & Mummy they opened. Part of wall slid away and stairs leading to darkness awaited them.

Descending the stairs they found the source of the evil…..a Lich!

Wilbury & Kielder legged it with Lyari's Owl out in front, everyone else rushed in. Grok tried to grappel it (brave or foolish who knows was it was) but felt his life being sucked from him at his touch, even the Lion could not hit the Lich. And then they saw the Lich take one step back, pointed a digit at the middle of the group and cast a Fireball when the flames receded, the group saw that Grok and Lyari were down and Taklinn did not look to happy at the state of his beard.

Everyone rushed in and vanquished the Lich with a series of lucky blows.

The group healed up what they could and uncovered quite a few useful items and loot.

Returning to town they discovered the wolfs had been destroyed , the townsfolk were happy and agreed to build a shrine to pray to St Cuthbert (much to the grumbling of Taklinn who worshiped Obad-Hai). Feasts were put on and much drink was consumed, which cheered Taklinn up.

A day after the local Magister asked them if they would go on a job up north, he would transport them there from his study and it was many months travel. The group agreed after tying up some loose ends.

Ragnar asked the Lion if he wanted to stay with them convincing him that the rewards could be better for him, the Lion agreed. (Rakastrass is his name).

With that the group used the portal the Magister conjured up for them.

(End of Howl of the Wolf).

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A Brush with Death
Log 11

Wilbury & Kielder rushed into cave just as Lyari finished off the undead thing trying to kill Taklinn. While Taklinn recovered and mourned over his Holy ale being used up Marcus scouted the rest of the room and made sure the remaining corpses in the room were of no further threat.

The grouped moved on finding a room partway up the stream in the cave and vaporized a bed with a Ghast hiding behind it, the group plundered the room and made their way to the final cave.

Ragnar's evil sense started tingling as they approached the cave, so the group decided to rest up a little distance away from the cave, nothing disturbed their rest apart from sounds of battle a ways away from them.

The next day they proceeded into the cave with their Lion ally, they found a suit a magical chainmail in a pool that took them a while to fish out and a Dire Rats nest which Wilbury had a chat with. The rats revealed that there was two areas which they had been to, one tasted bad and the other smelt bad.

Marcus had snuck off down a corridor in the cave and found a sarcophagus, thinking this was beyond him, he double back.

Lyari had found some interesting stonework although the wall was interesting, his Owl familiar pointed out a hatch at his feet which he had somehow missed. The hatch was rusted and was eventually opened, setting off a trap that Marcus had failed to find.

Descending the ladder attached to the wall the group descended into a dusty corridor, Ragnar could sense evil up ahead but could not pinpoint where it was but upon advancing cautiously they saw in the middle of a room up ahead a sarcophagus.

Marcus was not happy it being there but flicked a stone at it and waited, but nothing happened, Marcus waving for the rest of the group to follow advanced into the room only to dodge to one side as a Mummy lunged at him from the shadows next to the doorway.

Everyone paled at this development, they knew how dangerous Mummies were except Grok which thought they were just an old monster wearing wallpaper and charged in. The fight was intense and while blows were exchanged it was the Mummy striking Grok causing him to stumble that really got the attention of everyone. The Mummy was slain soon after but the damage was done, Taklinn & Ragnar examined the wound and told everyone the worst had happened, Grok had Mummy Rot.

They had potions that could cure him from a normal disease but not like this kind, the group decided (after robbing the sarcophagus) to get back to the town and seek a break curse spell, Grok did not look good by the time they reached the town his frame was wasted and his mood suicidal.

Fortunately the required items were found and they cured Grok just in time, the grouped decided to stay for a few days selling what they had acquired and claiming the bounties they had while Grok recovered. They wanted to go back to the cave, but prepared this time.

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Grok meets the Maw
Log 10

After their spending spree (or lack of one) they returned to comfort the wife of the dead elf and returned the belongings to her. Grok then went round to all those affected by the attacks to comfort them and to tell them their Kin will be avenged!

The group hung around town for a day while Lyari enticed an Owl in to be his familiar in the meantime, various bounties were told to the group and a treasure map was sold to them about some interesting caves.

The next day the group ventured into the woods plus an Owl. They hid while a party of Orges walked though the woods past them and eventually arrived at the first cave marked on the treasure map.

Everyone entered cautiously but no danger was apparent although the cave did stink, Taklinn entered the cave and immediately recognized the smell, it was Lion Urine, they were in a Lion's Den and they whirl around to find the Lion had pounced on Grok and was carving some very deep wounds into him. Taklinn jumped into the Lions face and started speaking to it!

After a bit of negotiation Taklinn convinced the Lion that Grok was an aquired taste and they they had better food to share and it would be in Lion's interest to help them. To the amazement of all (including Taklinn himself) the Lion agreed and followed them.

The group then proceeded to the next cave after fighting some Undead wolves with their new ally. The group were ambushed in the cave by ghouls and the group almost came to their end when the only people standing were Marcus & Ragnar which prevailed.

Taklinn also has a close call when a body on a slab grabbed and slowly leeched the life out of him while everyone pounded the thing.

The teasure caves were more really filled with danger than treasure but still they had a few things of value, they just needed to find some more….

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Worlds Collide
Log 9

Lyari cast Detect Magic which revealed the pattern of the gravity effects and made traversing the room much easier and dispatched the remaining Kobolds. Sensing a great evil ahead, Ragnar urged the group to rest before one final push, the source of the blight was up ahead.

The group advanced after resting and saw a glowing crimson portal, consulting with Lyari revealed that the Outer Gods world was on the otherside and to close the portal would require to kill something on the otherside that was keeping it open.

After some preparation where Grok cast Enlarge on himself, the group stormed through the portal and a hellish scene greeted them.

It was a bleak dark world with a single bright star providing the illumination, in front of them a swirling globe of flesh which produced mouths which moaned in unearthy voices split open and exploded leaving a hideous birdman like creature behind which imediatly attacked scything into the group with its long claws, further bits of the fleshy glodes re-made themselves into tentacles which sought to distract and immobilize the party members.

After a long fight the group emerged victorious and the world shook and then faded leaving them in a room paved with white marble. They have done it, the portal was closed and the Outer Gods influence had gone.

Returning to the hamlet the group were cheered for solving the Orge and Kobold problem little knowing how much bigger the danger was and gave them a reward, a feast and free credit on the bar (which Taklinn made heavy use of).

With their new wealth they sough to go buy something, asking Wilbury of the surrounding area, the small town of Fornlar was chosen.

(End of Urkallan Hill of Mystery)

After a week of travel they came upona dead elf and his wagon, the killer was still around which made a lunge at the group. Taklinn quickly cast Entangle and snared the thing which the group promptly slayed. The creature was an undead wolf, the forest around them was very quiet and Kielder examined the surrounding ground spoke of there being no tracks to indicate deer and elk around which was disturbing.

The group brought the elf and wagon into town, the town guards took the body and wagon off them and said they would delivered to the family, the group wished to pay their condolences to the family and the guard agreed after a time and the Magister might want to have a word with them.

While waiting the group set forth to spend their aquired treasures.

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The Outer Limits
Log 8

Finally with a last flurry of ranged fire and a few more sweeps with their weapons, the group managed to dispatch the Kobolds and their Dragonkin. The group looted what they could and rested a while before descending the stairs.

It was warm and moist down here, the first door led them to a similar garden but one with mutated trees with birthing pods hanging off them protected by Spider guardians, the spiders were dispatched easily and Ragnar & Taklinn urged the rest to purge all the pods, the work took an hour but it felt good, to put the creatures out of their misery and what they could of become.

The group advanced down a corridor and opened the next door, only to find horrors waiting behind it, living furniture and walls made out of Kobolds a dark hooded Kobold raised itself up and tried to fight them but was unsuccessful. The group overpowered all of them and set the room ablaze with holy fire.

More and more horrors were discovered in the rooms beyond and were dispatched by the group until they came to a room that glowed an unearthly crimson.

The Kobolds within smiled evilly and bashed their shields trying to goad the group towards them, Lyari shouted a warning but it was too late, Ragnar & Grok fell victim to a reverse gravity effect while poor Taklinn got thrown around the room like a ragdoll, whereupon the Kobolds engaged them…

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The Tower in the garden
Log 7

The group carefully engaged the Kobolds and finished them off with a little difficulty.

Grok & Ragnar inspected behind each curtain getting wet with water, blasted with air and almost crushed with rock. They did find a small room behind ones with some nice treasure and a few magic items.

The group inspected the other room only to be Ambushed by a Derro, which used some poison on Grok but despite the Derro's skill he was overcome in short order.

Everywhere has now been search so the group backtracked to the garden, the thick spiky brush was no longer on fire but was looking quite unharmed, the group with a sign decided to cut a path to the Tower they saw earlier and stumbled across a path before they came across the tower. They advanced along the footpath and rounded a bend into some sniper fire!

Taklinn, Grok & Ragnar changed in while the rest hung back to provide some covering fire, taking down some of the Kobolds. The ones to charge forward were met by some sort of Dragon kobold who breathed cold on them, leaving them feel a little weak.

The fight continues nest time.

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Hostile Reception
Log 6

Ragnar could sense evil beyond the purple light ahead and warned the group, since their arcane & divine support was a little low, they retreated and rested in the former Kobold sniper post.

The visions of weird things were getting more intense the further they into the cave complex and then they step into the purple light. A room was revealed with lots of statue acting as columns, as Marcus & Ragnar headed towards the rooms they were attacked by Lemures! The Lemures were dispatched quickly but they left a bitter taste in Ragnars' mouth Devils were present here, they needed to go further and purge this evil.

The walls and floors were made of some kind of black tar material which made the skin crawl touching it, the place radiated evil like a rock band, splashing blessed Ale on the floor (Taklinn had no water on him) made the ale froth and fizz.

Marcus open the door to the next room which was similar to the first and then detected movement behind the next door, but before they could open the door, the door burst outwards!

Kobolds and a Lemure attacked the group many wounds were sustained but the valiant singing of Wilbury pulled the group through and they were triumphant!

Marcus spent time in here with some of the others looking around the shelves (the room was a library) and found some scrolls, Taklinn had a kip to regain the spells he had used to keep everyone alive and the group proceeded on.

The next door led to a massive garden of sorts, completely dead and overgrown with large thickets of thorny brush. Marcus set the plants on fire hoping to turn them to ash, alas what was seeping into the plants had infused them with something as while they caught fire, they did not appear to be consumed, but by the light of the fire they could see a tower in the middle of the garden.

Group decided to back track and do other thing while the fire burned itself out and tried another door which led to a corridor with another door, opening the door revealed a large amount of Kobolds along with a large amount of javelins that were thrown at Grok. The party leapt in action, it seemed that the Kobolds wre examining some curtains which hung at some points in the room, the group changed into the room. Unfortunately for Grok the floor was wet when Taklinn tried to exorcize  it with blessed water. Grok was very annoyed . Marcus had managed to find a powerful wand in the library and used it on the Kobolds nearest to him which beside killing them, also vaporized the curtains and revealed a mass of fire which singed his eyebrows as he dodged back to avoid a gout of flame.

The fight continues, next time….

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