Shadows of Eberron

Village near Gloaming
10th of Vult, 998YK

Heroes were led to the great druid Oalian to deliver the message. It was disturbing message indeed. There were a lot suspicious cult activities around Khorvier. But adventurers arrived in the time of need and timing of their arrival were perfect. Just in a few days, the druid was planning to hold a divination ritual to uncover the location of the dangerous summoning ritual.

The group agreed to help druids to disrupt ritual. Connor volunteered to get a rare component for the ritual, while his friends decided to relax and rest.

They were walking through Greenheart aimlessly when Layrreth met a ranger who seemingly knew him. After a few words he told him strange phrase: “In the Autumn of Blood, the Kingdom of Orbs shall rise”. It was strange and sowed a certain distrust between him and other group members.

Finally, the next day ritual was performed and it revealed that place of interest is located on the border of Gloaming, sinister part of the forest, which is home to many monstrous insects. It is also the holy place for Children of Winter. Heroes set out of the Greenheart, they had little time to prevent ominous ritual.

Travel was fast and safe: local druids and rangers granted adventurers free and safe passage. Finally, they were not far away from Gloaming, when they were confronted by Children of Winter patrol. They were naturally distrustful to people outside their druidic tradition but the word about Broken Swords and their pledge to help got around druidic circles in Towering Forest. So eventually after short squabble, they retreated but continued observation.

Eventually, Broken Swords arrived at the small village near Gloaming, which was approximately in the predicted location of the ritual. The old sign didn’t betray its name and it looked old and abandoned. When they walked in they saw a few people who cautiously watched them, hiding in their old and almost decrepit houses. The old church of Sovereign Court rose above the village on the hill in its center. It was evening and the shadows darker than usual started to fall.

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Journey to Greenheart
4th of Vult, 998 YK

The Broken Blades returned from the King’s Forest destroying bandits that were turned into the abominations by unknown cultists. They collected hefty reward from House Vadalis and knight rangers, but the horrors of the cultists’ hideout demanded resolution. So Connor insisted that they must travel to the Greenheart and deliver the message to the Great Druid Oalian.

Adventurers booked tickets to the Passage immediately. They decided to take lightning rail to the passage and rent Orien coach to the Greenheart. The whole journey takes slightly more than 20 days. Everyone was taking their time to rest and they arrived at Passage with little interruption. It took a little time to rent Orien wagon and they were on their way to Greenheart.

Eventually, the Broken Swords arrived at Eldeen Reaches. Last part of they way the had to travel by feet. Not far from the Greenheart they met a huge horrid bear. The bear wasn’t glad to see them, but Connor defused the situation. Eventually, after half an hour, orc druid appeared. After a short talk, he let them pass and finally, adventurers arrived in Greenheart – spiritual center of all druids on Khorvier.

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Layer of the Bandits
9th of Aruth, 998 YK

The next morning Conor tracked the trail to the lair of bandits. Adventurers carefully scouted surroundings to ensure that there is only one entrance. It was the dark, gaping maw of the cave. Krak’s eyes pierced the darkness of the cave and he saw two disgusting creatures: dolgrims. Dolgrims a terrible product of daelkyr magic – two goblins fused together.

Adventurers charged bravely into the cave, crushing down two dolgrims. About eight strange bandits engaged them in battle and heroes slowly advanced throw their ranks, killing them to the left and to the right. Layrreth was knocked down for a few seconds, but Riute Unes was able to bring back him from the brink of death, thanks to his divine magic.

Finally, bandit leaders entered the combat, throwing curses and summoning terrible monsters to kill adventurers. Krak with the support of his friends was able to go through the ranks of bandits as a hot blade through butter and killed enemy leaders.

After bandits were dead Riute Unes a symbol on the body of one of the leaders. It was definitely the symbol that one of the Cults of Dragon Below could use. These were a disturbing news especially together with the fact that they controlled horrid animal somehow. They also found in one of the cells almost dead ranger, named Radric, who was transformed beyond any recognition. Before he died ranger employed heroes to go to the Great Druid Oalian in Eldeen Reaches and deliver his message to him with the symbol of the cult and any notes they found.

Searching the hideout they found a lot of valuables that were probably the result of the robberies. Heroes also found a number of bodies, most likely the results of unsuccessful experiments.

It seems that Order of the Emerald Claw is not the only enemy they should be careful about after all.

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Griffon Fruit
8th of Aruth, 998 YK

Finally, adventurers arrived at the place near the grove, where Griffon Fruit can be found. The territory around the grew more silent with every step, only a few small animals and birds can be found around. Silent aura of threat surrounded forest when heroes entered the grove.

Suddenly from nearby bushes horrifying tiger jumped and grabbed Krak starting to tear him apart. This tiger was bigger and meaner than any tiger Conor and his friends encountered or saw before. Covered with numerous scars he was a terrifying killing machine. With tremendous effort they were able to distract tiger and get Krak out of his grasp. Shortly the vicious animal was dead, it will terrorize grove and nearby territory no more.

Get a Griffon fruit after it was a simple task. Conor took a rope and climb up the palm. He waited several hours for the moonlight to get fruit when it ripens. After these adventurers decided to camp half a mile away from the grove for the night.

While Conor was on the watch he heard suspicious noise from the grove. He immediately woke up everyone and then quenched fire immediately. After a few minutes standing in the darkness and trying to listen to the noise from the direction of the grove Layrreth decided to sneak there. When he silently arrived at the grove he saw four pale humans with empty eyes and large horrible wolf covered in bone plates with acid dripping from his jaws. He tried to retreat back, but wolf got his scent and moved swiftly to his location. Shortly Layrreth was back at the camp with enemies at his heels.

The battle was short and vicious. Krak was locked down in the battle with the wolf, backed by Riute Unes and his divine force. Layrreth was knocked out by a bandit with greataxe shortly after the battle began. Conor tried to calm strange wolf and neutralized him for several minutes. That was enough to overcome other enemies and ensure victory.

Conor recognized that wolf was a horrid animal. Horrid animals were created by druids to fight the aberrations. Other enemies were strange aberrations. The fact that the controlled horrid animal was very disturbing. Party decided to move further away and break a new camp. Conor felt he was obligated to pay a visit to Jungle Boys.

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The Brilliant Speech
Knight Rangers Guild

Party was hired to get Gryphon Fruit and without delay gone to the forest, but…
Thanks to the Layrreth’s speech. Layrreth headed the negotiation, he introduced himself with Conor as experienced rangers that came from outer lands answering the call of pain from fellow rangers. This trick granted the opportunity for the party to also be hired by rangers and receive papers for entering the forest without any issues. Negotiations.jpg

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Expedition to King's Forest
5th of Aruth, 998 YK

This was the month of Aruth. The weather grew colder and rains set in. Dominic Thorven disappeared with a Soul Blade just before group delivered Lucan corpse to Viorr, captain of Dark Lanterns. This was a quiet week, nothing amazing happened. Riute Unes made some coin as a healer; Krak spent money in a local taverns drinking and relaxing; Conor was busy with a small-time job: helping trader to get rid of goblin infestation in his storage facility.

During one of the drinking evenings Krak met an elf Layrreth. After a few drinks and shared stories, he promised to introduce to the rest of a party.

After a week Conor caught a rumor that House Vadalis need able adventurers for an important mission. Without delay, adventurers departed to Vadalis enclave to offer their services.

They were met by house clerk who quickly assessed them as passable candidates. Mission was simple and difficult at the same time. Party needs to venture into the forest and acquire rare Gryphon Fruit. The catch is that fruit will be ready to ripen in three days. The other problem is Knights Rangers (people who guard borders of the King’s Forest). They don’t allow anyone in the forest.

To get the access in the King’s Forest adventurers decided to pick another job for Knight Rangers. They heard that local bandits, named Jungle Boys, are causing trouble. Forces of Knight Ranger are stretched too thin and they can’t get rid of these poachers and robbers. Since they were quite popular in certain circles Knights Rangers were glad to make a deal.

Party entered the forest in the middle of a day. Conor easily assessed surroundings and took the point to show the way. The first day was uneventful except for occasional snakes and strange flowers that party decided to walk around. While breaking the camp they attracted the swarm of wild monkeys. But Conor was able to shoo them away. They have to move fast in the morning: only two days left to retrieve the fruit…

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