The Burning Land

The Red Dragon

The Red Dragon Appears                                              1/16/2017

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfi0LF_IOMk

 

AS the group was standing around looking at and making sure that Osfinas was ‘OK’ it was noticed that our newly found friend was missing.  As the group discussed what had transpired, they were trying to figure out the next steps.  Willow suggested to head back to Octavius’s and see if he could help Osfinas.  The group made their way back to Octavius’s carrying Osfinas as he was still unconscious.  Upon arriving at Octavius’s, it was closed another roadblock for the team.  The team seemed to be a little lost now as they know no one here that could help other than Octavius, Gimgrum was like let’s find a temple and see if someone there could help out.  Then the group learned that there are no temples other the Al-Shabel, which was not a good option.  As the group just stood in the streets outside of Octavius shop, Hannibal had an idea that he wanted to try.  He started mutters some words and using his hands to writes some glyphs in the air to produce a smell that was so pungent that even the foulest rats from the deepest sewers would form.   He then placed his hand that contained this smell under the nose of Osfinas. This almost proved to be a fatal mistake by Hannibal as it woke up Osfinas but he came with Shadow call forming as quick as lightning into a punch dagger and headed towards Hannibal’s throat, but Osfinas quickly realized what was happening and stopped less than an inch from his throat.  Willow screams as the was going on for Osfinas to stop maybe that helped Osfinas realized what was going on.  Osfinas was not able to recall anything other than getting a dagger in his back.

What to do now Osfinas wanted some rest as he was beaten down from his brush with death.  The group was agreeing with tat as well as they have been up pushing 24 hours in trying to find a way to the hideout of the Sa’Kage.  It was decided that there was no way that we could return to the Smiling Loin after we blow out a wall, So we all decided to head out of town for a few hours and find a place to set up a camp and get some rest.

As the group was setting up camp, Hannibal came across s silvery shimmering Longsword.  As he approached the Longsword, it turned into a mist and shot off towards the north.  Hannibal described the sword to the group as being a liquid type of bright silver and acted very much like Osfinas Shadowcall, but this sword had no runes on it as far has he could tell.  Roland said that to the north of here was the Shazar ruins and that is where the Shades rule the land.  He said that this was a place of old and no one ever goes there, and those that do most never come are seen from again.  The few that had returned are not the same as most cannot talk and they walk around in a fog of confusion.  There are rumors of great magic power there as well and even untold ancient riches and artifacts.  The group even though that there could maybe be one of the seven seals is hidden there.  Gimgrum was worried about that weapon falling into the hands of our enemies and Maximus was indeed obsessed over finding another magical weapon. After much debate, it was agreed that he would take a detour from Dagon and head towards Shazar Ruins.  We figured that we were four to five days’ travel to the ruins and headed out early the following morning.

 

On our second night of camping, Maximus wakes up Osfinas as he sees some strange light off in the distance.  As Osfinas gets up and lets his eyes adjust to the darkness and looks out I the direction that Maximus was pointing.  After a few seconds, Osfinas sees what the light is.  He says; “That is a fire.  That is a Huge Fire!”  Now they are hearing screams coming from that direction, and it is clear that some village must be under siege.  The Paradox Avengers jump on their horses and take off in an all-out sprint to reach the village as soon as possible.  On their way, they were starting seeing Men, Women, and children fleeing in the opposite direction as we approached they tried to avoid us but Gimgrum was able to get some so say they the town was under attack and everything was burning.

When we arrived at the village, we say that most of it was on fire and then we saw what was behind it a large group of goblins.  We quickly dismounted and charged forward to end these little green monster the fate that they deserved.  Hannibal fires off a new spell,  fireball as he figures it would not do any more damage to the village.  We were making quick progress against these green skin killers when from the skies from the North a huge shadow crossed over the battlefield and with a massive roar a young Red Dragon lands in the village and looks around at the destruction that has been inflicted to the village and then it turns it attention towards the Paradox Avengers.  As Gimgrum attempts to speak to the beast in draconic. It looks at him and in a common tongue says; “It is our time now!” and It lets lose its fire breath and takes down a few of the remaining goblins that were in front of it.  After several minutes of fierce fighting and trading blows with this Dragon the group was able to final bring it down with the killing blow coming in from Maximus with his Blood Rage Battle Axe.  As the group stood there looking at what they just killed

Roland looks around and says; “There have not been any reports of Dragons in over 600 years!”  “where in the hell did, this beat come from?”

Those words sank deep into Osfinas and the others What has awoken these beasts and as Osfinas thought he looked down at the tattoos on his arm and wondered more about why were he and the others were chosen and what were they chosen for?  The group decided that it would be very beneficial to take stuff off of the dragon as they may be able to craft some equipment and provided proof of their great deed that he just accomplished.  They took every single tooth as it is clear that Osfinas second job will be a dentist.  They also took most of its scales and large portions of its hide and some vials of this blood.  The group went back to the camp to get some much-needed rest.

As the team continued to head towards Shazar Ruins, they happened upon a sign that says ‘Verdun all is welcome.’ Then the village is in sight just over the bridge.  This is a small village with a few basic shops, a blacksmith, tavern and a temple.  We went to the blacksmith as he felt that he may need to have our horse re-shoed and we dropped them off to have that taken care of.  The group split up, and Gimgrum, Willow, and Hannibal all went over to the temple to seek out information. While Maximus, Osfinas, and Roland went to the local tavern for some much-needed drink.

The Gimgrum, Willow, and Hannibal make their way over the temple of Norn Blazing light.  This deity is known to be a fey one.  This temple had an enormous library which is odd for where it is located at, but Hannibal was ecstatic about it.   Willow, slowly walked up to the and asked one of the clergies where the alms box was located and then walked over to it and dropped 30 GP into.  Gimgrum went looking for the High Clergy to discuss with him the recent events and see what he could learn about the Shazar Ruins.   The others followed Gimgrum as he approached an older gentleman in white robes. The group started to discuss with the High Clergy the recent past events with the Silversword.  The High Clergy was not sure what this meant, but he did explain to the group about the Shazar Knights or Shad bearers and that they ruled the land before the Evil reclaimed the land.  These Knight all had a shade weapon that they could call upon when it was needed.  These Shade weapons chose their bearers as well, and they were always a martial type weapon.  This organization was in existence before the empire came into to rule.  The Dagon Empire has only been around for roughly 900 years now and has done a good job of not going to large. 

Willow asked if he knew of the Seven Pillars of Light.  The Clergyman claimed that was a very Orthodox Belief and that the teaching of Norn did not give any credit to that belief.  The group asked him about the Shades that walked the ruins at night.  He told them that he had seen them once from a distance.  There appears to be a Sandstorm at night, and while the sand is at their heights, you can see figures walking within it the storm, the Shades.  The Shazar was the last known outpost of the Knight of Light. He told them that the ruins are about a day and a half walk from here.  Everyone here in the village stays away from the ruins.  He did say that a group of eight or so uniformed men arrived in town and they appear to be like rangers or scouts.    

Maximus, Osfinas, and Roland head to the tavern to grab some drinks.  They found a table and order a round of drinks for themselves and looking around they say a few patrons that most likely was locals.  Then they spotted a table of eight men that all had similar gray cloaks and blue colored armor.  Roland found a working girl and was able to ‘come’ to an agreement on price and disappeared to the back with her.  Maximus wanted to go and talk to the eight men, so we ordered them all drinks and headed over there.  As we approached Osfinas noticed a pin on one of their lapel and recognized it as a pin from the Maradonian Alliance.  Osfinas wonder why are they this far into the empire already? Are they looking for us or is there something special located in the ruins that they are after?  Only one way to find out and that is to talk with them.  Maximus and Osfinas approached and handed them the Ale.  The de-facto leader was a real ass, and it was clear that he hated our heritage.  He starting making fun of Osfinas ears and then he hurled insults towards Maximus about his mother and his tusks which tick him off, and he went into his rage as they fight about to start in the tavern the owner begged us to take it outside.  AS we walked out, Osfinas tried to reason with the leader, but he only wanted to kill us. 

We all went out into the streets, and Maximus was in a full rage now looking for anyone of anything to hit.  This group of the Maradonian ranger was no match for this group.  Maximus was chopping them done like little saplings, and Osfinas came in behind one them and whispered into his ear; “I tried to warn you the leader but he wanted to see blood, and now you will die at the hands of a half-elf so take that to your grave.” The plunged Shadowcall into his back severing his spine and then into his heart.

Now the group is standing there amongst former living Maradonian Rangers in the middle of this little town…

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Saving Osfinas

Onward to Dagon but first a new member to help us out        1/9/17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5_5C4ssvH0

The Paradox Avengers got a good and uneventful night sleep.  They all met for Breakfast and was making plans on the next steps.  It was nice to see Willow had apparently come to some terms with what has taken place to her over the past several weeks.  Roland seemed to be a happier camper as well.  We all went back over to Octavius to one see if he had any more information and two to say goodbye to him.  He was pleased to see us all again and informed us that he has learned of a Human Fighter that was being hunted by the Sa’Kage.  This Human may also have information about a high ranking Sa’Kage Kyler.  Osfinas, liked this information, take off the arm and the legs and eventually, the head will show itself, and you can remove it to end the threat.  Octavius told us he could be found in a Whore house named ‘The Wobbly Tamp’ located in the dock district, Gimgrum “perks up” at the thoughts of going to a Whore house, off to the dock area.
As the group made their way down to the shipyards Osfinas, Gimgrum and Willow started seeing signs that this area was apparently controlled by the Sa’Kage as there were signs of the Dagger with the wings everywhere they looked.  The group finally came upon ‘The Wobbly Tramp.'  Gimgrum was the first one in the door.  As the others entered it was evident, this was not Gimgrum type of place it was old and nasty, and the smell of fish perennated the air, who knows what it smells this way.  Hannibal gets into a war of words with a working girl there as he called her Wench and she took offensive to that term.  We asked about a named, Richard?  The working girls all giggled like little school girls at the sound of his name.  One of the Girls knew him and began to explain all of his recent exploits just his morning naming like five different girls and maybe even a goat or some farm animal.   The girl did point us towards a thunderous man with most of the working girls hanging on him over at a large round table.  It was clear this guy was here to have fun and enjoy life to its fullest.  
Gimgrum and Osfinas approached him and talked to him about what he knows about this Sa’Kage group.  He greeted us, and it was clear that he was somewhat drunk already.   He asked if we could talk with him in private and he reluctantly got the girls to leave the table; Gimgrum was happy to see these overly large girls exit the table. This man has seen the battle as he was scared from head to toe and Maximus was very impressed with this man and his apparent fighting skills. 
Maximus asked him; “where did you get that weapon?’
He looked at Maximus and with a sheepish grin said: “This old thing? I killed and Orc Chieftain and took it and his shield from him.”  Maximus was now more impressed with Richard.
As we talked with him and he informed that he was able to beat some Sa’Kage in a simple game of dice and they felt he cheated and had to defend his honor as he would never cheat.  This defending ended up killing a few members of the Sa’Kage, and now they are after him.  As we sat there and discussed some the similarities that Richard and the Paradox Avengers had in common we agreed that maybe we should team up and assist each other going forward.  At this point, Osfinas the one always on the lookout for movement in the shadows spotted a figure standing the doorway via the mirror behind the bar.  Once he saw him, he darted off.  Osfinas quickly jumped and said we are being watched get ready and silently moved out the door to follow this figure.
Willow made her way to the roof to have a better vantage point, and she did trip over some stacks of wood that was there for a repair but never the less she spotted another assassin on the rooftop across from her.  Hannibal pulled a chair up to a window and jumped up in it to look outside.  The others slowly were making their way outside trying to stay out of sight as best they can.  We now had two assassins in sight one on the roof and another one that Osfinas was following.  Willow drew her bow father then she had before to make sure that any hit would drive deep into its target and fired at the one on the rooftop.  HIT! Another Shot, HIT! Still after to solid shots that found their marks in the targets mid-section he was still standing.   Roland who was careful not to rush outside hearing the whistling of arrows flying pushed Hannibal out of the way and jumped through the window.  Richard charges out the door and seeing only on target the one on the roof draw his short sword flipped in the air to grab the blade and flung up with all of his might at the Assassin.  ‘Thnuk’ was the only sound heard as it found its mark and drove deep into the shoulder of the assassin.  More assassins show up another across on the Rooftop.  The first one that was on the roof jumped down onto Richard. Hannibal quick-thinking cast levitated on Roland and lifted him onto the other rooftop with the new assassin.  The assassin that Osfinas was following ran back around the corner and tried to hit Osfinas but had no luck.  Osfinas countered but missed as well. He knew he needed to get back closer to his allies to handle this battles, so he disengaged and retreated around the corner.  The battle continued for several more seconds with arrows flying hammers and blades smashing into armor and each other.  The another assassin showed up right behind Osfinas and was able to get the drop on him and drove his dagger deep into his back.  Osfinas then felt the burning sensation of the poison from the blade enter his system, then it all went dark, and he dropped. Luckily Willow saw Osfinas drop, but she was even more surprised as the assassin was dragging him off.  The group after a few more seconds was finally able to finish off the remaining assassins,  Now to find Osfinas.  
Willow sprinted towards the area where he saw Osfinas dragged off.  She could not find any clues as to where he was taken.   Hannibal took some time to cast detect magic and nothing. Now the group is starting to panic a little and began to perform more investigations.  Hannibal found what looks to be a door, but it has three holes outlined in brass, a lock may be.  The group grabbed a dead assassin hand and tried to use it fingers to open the door.  There was a click but nothing else.  
Richard said; “I had this” Stepped forward and swung his short with all of his might staking the door but this is no ordinary door and his hit hurt him more from the reverberations than the door.  Maximus, seeing this pushed everyone out of the way and swung his battle-axe into the door this time there was a small crack, but it just showed that the was armor-plated throughout.   The group stood there for a few moments in disbelief and was not sure what to do.  
When  Gimgrum said; “Let’s head back over to Octavius and see if he has any guidance for us.”
The group headed back towards Octavius’s and in the walk back there they had the sensation that they were being flowed and watched.  It was late in the evening when the made it back, and Octavius shop was closed.  However, Willow banged on the door to get let in.  Octavius was not pleased but once he heard what happened he started trying to locate some information about the door they described to him. His was frantically looking through scrolls and notes trying to find something.  Finally, he found what he was looking for.  “Yes, here it is.  Oh, I see,  This is not good”  It is a combination lock that you push in the correct sequence, and you only have five seconds to complete it.  Otherwise, after the third failure the door will be permanently locked or it may even explode. Just not sure but nothing good after three failures.”   “yes, the combination you will need to find a Sa’Kage to give it you or maybe watch one and see if you can figure it out.”
The group was very disappointed about this as they were hoping that he had some answers for them other than this is a combination lock.  Willow and Gimgrum quickly devised a plan to try and find other doors and watch for someone to try and unlock the door to get the combo, but they knew that time was going to be the one thing that they were fighting against.   As far as the group new Osfinas was dead they did know they there was no easy way to take his weapon other than removing an arm, but even then no one was sure what would happen.  
They made back to the shipyard and agreed that Richard, Gimgrum, and Maximus were to stand guard over the door where Osfinas was taking while the Willow and Hannibal would cover other doors.  Hannibal cast invisibility on himself and moved off towards a door. Willow went into the Shadows trying to recall tricks that Osfinas had talked to her about by using the environment to ‘hold her shadow.'  She got to a door and was in position.  They waited for what seemed like an eternity.  Then a figure was approaching the door that Willow was watching as it approached the door and pulled his hand from the cloak, Maximus came walking from around the corner, and the figure slipped away.  Willow was so pissed at Maximus for showing up.  She scolded him like a little child for 10 minutes about not flowing the plan and how he may have caused the group to miss out on an opportunity to learn the combo.  She told him to get back to the Whore house and stay until she told him otherwise.  Maximus slowly walked back with is head hanging low for he knew he made possibly a grave mistake.  Willow slipped back into the shadows hoping that was not going to be her only chance at getting the combo.  
As this was taking place, a shadowy figure showed up at the door where Hannibal had setup.  Now with him having cast invisibility onto himself he was able to stand right next to the door to give him a perfect viewing on anyone’s hands and how their knuckles moved.  This shadowy figure approached the door and slowly pulled his hand from the under his cloak and then quickly inserted his fingers into the three holes and proceeded to unlock the door. Hannibal saw the movement and learned the combo – 3123- He quickly made his way back the Whore House with this information.  They call Willow back, and the group looks at the door.
Gimgrum; “what is the Combo?” 
Hannibal; “It’s 3123.”
Gimgrum runs to the door and tries the combo, but he is not that dexterous, or maybe his fingers are just too short, but he was unsuccessful at opening the door.  He looked around hoping that someone else would try and Willow seeing the look in his eyes, stepped and attempted the combo.  Maybe it was the stress maybe she was still overly pissed at Maximus but never the less she was not able to get the combo completed in time, another failure.  Now the group was indeed feeling desperate and concerned abbot how would they save Osfinas.  Hannibal tried to cast a message spell to communicate with Osfinas, but it failed.  What did that mean was Osfinas dead, was even on this plane of existence?  Roland seeing the look of defeat the eyes of his newly found love stepped forward and thrust is fingers into the lock and with the speed and dexterity of a big cat quickly pushed the keys and the with no sound at all the door opened into darkness.
The group entered into the darkness to find themselves in a hallway.  The looked about and saw what looked like drag marks and some footprints heading down the corridor.  They slowly moved forward watching for traps and the like.  There was a humming sound emitting from the end of the hallway and it grew louder as they approached the end of the corridor.  At the end, they entered into a large Chamber. In this chamber, there was some pillars and some vortex and portal in the center of the room.  Near the center were three cloaked figures and a lifeless body on the floor.
Hannibal was seeing what he believes to be Osfinas on the floor launches a firebolt at one of the figures but was unsuccessful.   Maximus goes into a full rage and charges forward at the one the looks like the leader.  Kyler sees Richard and says; “You will not pay your debt to us in blood”  and charges towards him.  Maximus swings and hits one of the Assassins.  Richard, seeing Kyler just nods and charges to meet him with a single blow that caught Kyler off guard at how precise it was.  Kyler quickly regained his composure and landed two heavy blows to Richard.  Richard strumbled back a few steps and dropped to his knees from those mighty blows.  Willow, seeing his turned her focus onto Kyler and with a series of well-placed arrows and Gimgrum adding in extra hits they fell, Kyler.  Gimgrum heals Richard to get him back into the battle as it is a way to go.  Roland was able to dispatch one quickly.  Hannibal charges forward to where Osfinas is at on the ground and tries to get him toe ‘wake up’ to no success.  Richard getting the healing from Gimgrum gets up and ‘tea bags’ Kyler.  Roland sends an assassin back into the portal, and with this, it seems to grow stronger.  
“Everyone get out of here!” Roland Yells.
Willow dashed forward to grab Osfinas as Hannibal has no way to carry or drag him.  Now more assassins show up, and the group battles with them as the pull from the portal is getting stronger, and Hannibal is struggling to get back to the door.  Richard rushed forward to help Hannibal get to the door.  Maximus, seeing Willow carrying Osfinas and having a difficult time getting out grabbed and pulled her into the doorway. The entire group was finally able to get to the door and exit this chamber back into the streets right in front of “the Wobbly Tramp.”  An arrow just missed its mark as Roland was the last to exit.  

Gimgrum was trying a few things to try and get Osfinas back on his feet, but nothing seemed to work, but at least he was breathing at the moment…. 
 

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Roland and Willow

Roland and Willow private meeting                                         1/09/2107

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErlRX9brEhQ&index=66&list=WL

As the group retired to the rooms for the evening, they had to double up since the inn was fairly full.  Hannibal and Maximus grab a room Gimgrum, and Osfinas took another and Willow quickly walked with Roland to his private suite.  A few hours into a good night rest, The Paradox Avengers have not slept in bed for several weeks now, Hannibal had a very strange dream, and he meets with the weapon giver.  He awoke to find a grimoire attached to his wrist by a chain. While this was taking place over in Gimgrum and Osfinas room, they were awakened by a shadow figure.  On his hand was a glove with the crying eye and three triangle eyebrows on it.  One that Osfinas all too familiar with now.  The figure instructed them to stay quiet and act as if they were asleep.  Then there was a click at the door, and movement outside all of sudden to cloaked figures appeared in the room standing over their beds.  Before these new figures could do anything, the one with the eye marking swept in and eliminated them in one quick strike.  In Gimgrum and Osfinas head they heard “GET UP!”  They both sprang to their feet but Osfinas is clearly nimbler and faster the Gimgrum as soon as his feet hit the floor the door was open and he was rushing down the hall towards the others room.   In the lobby, he saw an assassin entering into Hannibal and Maximus room he charged forward to get the drop on this one.  Osfinas was able to deliver a massive strike, but the assassin did not fall. In the room, there was another one there, and he saw that look in Maximus eyes.  As Osfinas quickly looked around the chamber, he saw Hannibal casting a spell as the was retreating back on top on the headboard and then he disappeared.  Osfinas quickly disengaged the foe and went back towards Gimgrum as he knew more assassins were coming.  Gimgrum rushed into the place that Osfinas was and began to swing his Warhammer at the one Osfinas had wounded.  He made several hits when another assassin showed up in the hallway.  There was a massive amount of battling taking place in the inn when all of sudden he heard this major blast coming from Roland’s room.  As we slowly turned the battle in the hallway into our favor, we made it down to Roland’s room where they had captured one of the assassins and the room now had an excellent opening to the outdoors as one wall had a massive hole in looking like someone was blasted through it.  
The group tied up the one assassin and then woke him up.  Hannibal set and alarm trap outside in the hallway and Maximus stood watch by the door as Gimgrum started his interrogation.  The Assassin looked around the room and with a very evil and twisted grin spoke something to the group in a language no one knew.   He then started to talking in this strange speech and the room slowly got a feeling of darkness enclosing the room. Osfinas quickly realized that this assassin was summoning something and took Shadowcall and drove into his throat attempting to remove his voice box but it was too late as the Alarm in the hallway went off.  Maximus was the first out the door to see two more assassins, and he quickly engaged them.  Just as he got there a dark form starts to manifest itself in behind the assassins as the figure was coming into view the two assassins dropped to their knees and garbed the ears as they screamed and then fell over limp.  Roland charged out the door and saw this dark figure appear. It glided across the floor wielding a massively pitted scimitar.  His swings it scimitar and hits Maximus right across his chest it apparently hurt Maximus as he let out a yell from the impact, not a battle cry.  Roland draws his silver sword and yells out a name; “AZOTH!” and charges forward.  As the group made a quick assessment of the battle scene, it was clear that they could not handle this demon in the hallway as there was just not enough space.  The group quickly made it way outside to draw the beast into and opening.  Roland was trying to stand toe to hoof with this demon, but he clearly has his sights on one of us as he pushed past Roland and emerged outside.  Blades swing spells were being flung, and the battle raged on for several minutes with Maximus even getting dropped to his knees from a series of hits from Azoth.  The group was finally able to fall this demon.  Learned from Roland that this demon is known as the “Lord of Death.”  The team was looking at each other with concerned eyes and they all had the same thoughts; “Why was the Lord of Death summoned to kills us?”  “What have we gotten ourselves into?”  
Roland seeing the looks on their faces said; “We need to speak with Octavius in the morning, let’s get some sleep for now”  They all agreed with him, but everyone knew there would be little sleep this night.
The next morning the group meet downstairs to get a hardy breakfast and provide more insight was to what happened.  Gimgrum and Osfinas explained to the group about the shadowy figure that helped them in the room and described the eye that was spotted on the glove.  Osfinas also told them about the eye he saw at the in the tavern in Wilshire where he got into the bar fight and was arrested.  After breakfast, the group made it was over the three O shop.
Octavius was clearly in the middle of his breakfast as we entered his shop.  He pleased to see Roland and the group.  We explained to him what and transpired last night and he was visibly disturbed by these events. Hannibal was able to assist with some of the information bay casting a minor illusion to show Azoth and well as the tattoos from the assassins.  Made it very clear that the summoning of Azoth must have been some ancient and very powerful magic unlike he has heard of before.  We learned that the Assassins are from a group called the Sa’Kage.  We learned that Octavius is part of a particular group here in Yorvik.  They are Information Brokers for folks like Roland they are truly a mockery of Imperial fourth Intelligent organization, and they love that fact.  They are called the sixth order, and they can be found throughout the land. 
The Sa’Kage have three distinct symbols that represent different areas of specialization.
1.    Circled Star = Occult
2.    Burning Hand = Political 
3.    Rat = Secret underground 
We then learned that the eye with the triangle eyebrows is a very powerful and mysterious group called ‘Cyrpteya.'  This is not an organization to take lightly they seem to be the puppeteer behind the Government for Dagon Empire.  This is an organization that has been around before the Dagon Empire took power here in Yorvik.  They have their army, Business (legal and Illegal) and old Mystics working from them.  This was a lot of information about who was after but no real answers as to why?  The group felt that it had to do with the weapons that have been gifted to them but there was no real information about these weapons other than they were crafted to destroyed the seven pillars.  We asked Octavius to find out what he could about the weapons he had a very high price for this information but what choice did we have.  He wanted us to pay 720 Platinum up front.   Osfinas did not have a major issue with the price, but all up front was not how he did any business, and he knew they folks in this type of business did not as well.  He started a hard negation with Octavius over this and was successful in getting an agreement to pay half now and half on delivery of the information.   The group noticed that Maximus has been asleep in a chair over in the corner almost since they arrived at the shop.  We then had a lengthy discussion about where to go next Roland truly wanted to go back the island and R’lyeh, but Osfinas was very pointed about needing to go onto Dagon. He knew the clock was slowly running out on getting there and now with this extra information about the Cyrpteya he truly needed to get there.  He was having issues to get the group in line with his asked and was finally forced to show they letter that he received some weeks ago when they were still in Chester after opening the gates.  This was never his plan to share this, but he had no choice the group, for the most part, took this information ok but Osfinas knew he did lose some trust, but he played it as this was for his mark and that he never put the connection together until now, we all agreed to go onward to Dagon and not hide any more information.
The group went to restock their supplies and stuff and was to meet back up at the Inn.  We all meet at the inn that evening for dinner and drinks and Maximus now awake noticed that Willow had a new tattoo.  No one said anything about it as we felt it may be an ode to Hunter or her other loss.  Let’s us hope that we can get a good night sleep tonight and in the Morning, Onto Dagon….

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Finally Thun - Part Saving Willow

Finally, Thun – part 2 Saving Willow                                                                                  12/19/16

The Paradox Avengers continued to onward toward Thun with a renewed pace with some hope that this would allow them to escape the latest evil acts they had to commit to saving Willow. They were still roughly five days away from Thun.  These days were all held in silence for the most part as they continued onward, the only words truly spoken was to stop for camp and to wake up someone for the watch.  Willow on the other had spent her days staring off into some void, and at nights she could be heard sitting under a tree quietly sobbing all in a while clutching the bow as if it was a child.  Osfinas was concerned that the price she had to paid might have been too high of one, but he would’ve done it all over again even knowing the price they all have paid.  As the group set out again on the fifth day it seemed that maybe their luck has slightly turned, for now, they have not had anyone or anything harass them over the past four days and nights.  However, there still seemed to be something always lurking on the edge of the shadows just out of sight around this group.

Finally, towards the end of the day the fifth day the group came over a hilltop to see in the distance a large city with farmlands leading towards the gate, Thun.  

Thun is a relatively large city but not one that would be called a Walled City but never the less it is signs of a real civilization.  The group would have a real bed tonight and not that hard ass ground they have been sleeping on for weeks now.  The team seemed to gain a renewed energy after seeing the town and began to make some plans about what they were going to do when they entered the city.  Gimgrum seemed to be the happiest about finding the city as he talked about taking a bath and getting cleaned up, he even was pulling out his formal clothes to don before entering the city. 

As the group entered the city, Gimgrum wanted to final a temple to maybe find out some more details about our weapons or even who the ditties may be that seemed to be intertwined to this misfit group of adventures here.

Gimgrum found a Temple and upon entering it appeared to be one more on the darker side, and Gimgrum was not very comfortable in this place.  The floors were made of a solid black stone even the walls all seemed to have very dark colors as well.  The Windows were all covered with heavy red drapes and even the people that are here are all dressed in black robes.  There is one figure standing at a pulpit in the front.  He slowly turned around to face in the direction of Gimgrum was entering from.  As this robed figured approached Gimgrum, it seemed that he was gliding across the floor.  These seem to be a cult of some sort, and they worship Al-Sharbal, The Keeper of Death.  The way he is worshiped is via prayer and sacrifice.  Gimgrum was not feeling very welcomed here, and he was not able to learn much of anything other than to seek out the library.  This place seems to one that the group may need to investigate further.

The group decided to move on from here and look for a few shops to replenish their gear and maybe even find some items to help aid them going forward.  They came upon a store called ‘The Bunker.'  The Bunker had some lovely items but mostly basic weapons and such.  Talking with the shop proprietor, we learned that the Al-Sharbal is a cult they seem to do some “good” things but still most folks steer clear of it.  The owner told us if we are looking for unique and high-end items then we needed to find a Shoppe that has three “O’s” on it.  It was not clear if the names were three O’s or if the named had three O’s in it, but we will keep an eye out for something like that.  As we left the Bunker, we found a store called Darkens dry goods.  We were able to fill up our daily rations and even found pickled fish but Willow did not find it very assuming when Hannibal pointed that out to her.

The group made their way towards the center of the Thun where the local library resides.  After looking around, we found a building that looks like it could very well be the Library of Thun.  Hannibal was clearly very excited to locate the library, and he seemed just to be in his element upon entering it.  Gimgrum was also very enthusiastic about being here. Maximus, on the other hand, appeared to be competently confused upon entering it.  AS the group went about looking for some information, Maximus made it was over to a small table where kids were sitting at the table and playing with some books.  The kids quickly gave away to this massive half-orc who was approaching them. However, there was one little girl that saw the look in Maximus eyes, and she approached with holding a book for him to look at.  Maximus took the book and sat down in a child chair and opened the book. It was the book that had some “pop up” pictures and this scared Maximus so much that he yelled, fall backward out of the chair and grabbed his dagger and was about to attack the book when he realized that all of the children were just laughing at him.  He was not sure why but the little girl ‘helped’ him up, and he sat back down with the book again and was so mesmerized with this book he sat the entire time that group was doing the research and just kept opening and closing the book and examining it over and over. He kept saying over and over again; “Where did they go?’

Willow came across an old folklore book that held a rune that looks very much like one from our weapons.  This talked about a group of 5 would break the seven seals, and it would bring light back to the land.  We looked from information about these seals and found some interesting stuff in a Mythology book that talked about a deity called Fumie and set in place these seven pillars that provided light and good fortune to the lands.  However, at a time long forgotten an evil appeared in the lands and took control of the pillars and locked them away with some seal that prevented them from doing the good.  The world suffered from this as war, and other evil uprisings occurred but still the lands have withstood this evil so far.  Willow noticed a few “scholars” sitting at a table in the back, and she approached them to see if she could learn more about these ‘seals.'  She asked the oldest looking one that was there what he knew about the seven seals. 

He looks up at Willow and slowly states: “Aye yes the seven seals. My Mother uses to tell me of the story that one day that five lights would appear in the lands and break the seals that held the pillars of essences of life and prosperity in a dark and evil plane.   If the seals are not broken then the lands would fall into war, famine, and destruction for a thousand years but, these are just telling that still to this day the less fortune tell their children for hope.”  “If you seek more information about these seals, then I would search out the Imperial Library in the Dagon or even York Temple.” 

We all listened to the story, and it is slowly becoming clearer that somehow, we are tied into this tell.  How much is real? How can we break the seals?  It only seems as more questioned are answered more questions are created.  Willow thanked them, and we started out searching for more information Gimgrum spoke; “We must be the five lights, and we must find a way to break these seals!”  Maximus took the pop book and cared for like it was worth all of the gold in the world.

We made our way down the main street and came upon a crap street and on the corner, was a store named “Octavius Outrages Oddities.”  Hannibal was like this must the three O’s store and went straight in.  It is filled with all sort of odd items. There was a friendly Gnome that greeted us as we walked in and he was keen to show us his wares.  One unusual item that Gimgrum noticed was this staff with a Roster heard on it.  As we browsed his wares, the Octavius seemed to be speaking with someone that was not there.  He then learned over and asked to see our weapons.  We all stopped and just looked at him.

“Yes, yes Roster Rick here (pointing to the staff with a roster head on it) wants to see your weapons with the magical runes engraved on them?” Octavius said.

Willow pulled out her bow to show him the runes on it.

Octavius grabs the bow and examines it carefully and intently.   “OH, YES these are the weapons from the prophecy. Humm you all must be the chosen ones! You see you must break the seals that have locked away the pillars of light.”  

Octavius begins to tell a story about the Pillar of Light. “These weapons were forged to break the seals that have locked the Pillars of Light away into Darkness.  It is believed that these seals are guarded by some very powerful demons.  The Prophecy talks about the return starting when a great witch walks the land again.  There was a young girl, Annabel, from the family of Usher, which is a very prominent family of Dagon, had gone missing and it believed that she had been possessed by a very powerful and evil witch now.  She disappeared two months ago and had been seen R’lyeh.  We believe that she is the one that will unleash hell on these lands and she must be stopped.  You must break the seals to end the spared of this evil.  We do not know The Pillars location, but there should be clues as to where they are in the Imperial library in Dagon.”

Willow eyes became very narrowed and focused when she heard of this witch.  It was clear she was thinking about Hunter and all of the things that have occurred to her and this group after meeting hat witch while on the island.

The team was stunned hearing all of this information and was wondering how or even if they could break these seals. Octavius started pushing out the door telling us it is closing time and we have bought him out of all of his wares.  He said to head to the Smiling Lion for food, drink, and lodging. 

We arrived outside the Smiling Lion Tavern.  It seemed to be fairly lively inside, and we all need a good night rest and some food other than iron rations and a very stiff drink.  As we walked in Hannibal cast a cantrip and created a smell like someone just shit their pants, and this ended up causing a small bar fight, but this time Osfinas was not part of this and stayed away from it.  We noticed a single human man Sitting a table with five chairs open.  We decided to go over to that table and introduce ourselves.  Gimgrum was leading the way when he looked over his Shoulder with wide eyes and said: “He is a Witcher!”  We engaged this man in conversation and talked about out run in with Lord Uthred, He smiled and said; “Lord Uthred is stupid.” This Witcher had an advantage on us as he knew who we were and that we posed some unique weapons.  He told us that he had been hired to hunt down Annabel Lord Usher daughter.

 He looked at each one of the members of The Paradox Avengers and then said; “We seem to have the same goal so let’s work together to find this young girl?  I am Roland.”

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Saving Willow Part 1

Saving Willow from the lycanthropy Curse        Part one                                                           12/19/16

 

As the group stood in the house where we were all given a chance to save Willow and looking around to see the carnage that had taken place there just a few minutes ago.  It was crystal clear to Osfinas he would find some unsuspecting Human to sacrifice to save Willow no matter what the cost was to him.  The group was debating on what the next steps needed to be, and Gimgrum was making it very clear to everyone that the person that was to be sacrificed required to ‘deserve it.'  Osfinas was very quick to placate Gimgrum on his request. Osfinas shouted; “We must find a GRAVEYARD, quickly as time is running out on this and it must be done before the next dawn!”

This was a very dark time for the Paradox Avengers.  They hardly knew each other but was needing to do something that was in most cases was against their morals and beliefs, but it was for one of their own now, and they all seemed focused on taking care of Willow.  This may have been the point that they all started to feel like a family of dysfunctional and misfits but a family never least. 

After a looking around the group have an ancient graveyard about 20 minutes outside of Meeka.  Now they must find the grave that is the oldest in the cemetery.  The team started looking for the grave, and Osfinas ask that they mark it coins and such as to make it easier for him to draw the sacrificial lamb to it.  Hannibal said he would also cast a light spell on it to make it even easier for him to see it.  Osfinas needed to get to Meeka and start working the town folks to find the one that would fall for his lies and unknowingly walk into their death.  He left the others to locate the grave and prepare for the forthcoming battle and headed out towards Meeka with a very focused and purposed walk.  The group was searching for every grave tombstone and even in the mausoleums, and it was proving to be a robust search as more of the markers seemed to have faded over time leaving little to now markings.   The group was starting to lose a little hope that they would not find the correct grave, but then Gimgrum, being a Dwarf, and having tons of knowledge and experience with rock was finally able to find a marker that was undoubtedly ancient.  As he studied the marker for a few minutes, he was able to ascertain that this one could at least 2000 years old and maybe even older it had to be the ONE.  Gimgrum calls out to the group; “Here this is it, let’s get it ready for Osfinas.”  The group started preparing the marker with some coins and such shiny items and Hannibal cast a light spell on it allowing a nice blueish glow just over it.  This will be easy for Osfinas to see it when he came back.

Osfinas was covering ground rapidly back to Meeka and in this short walk allowed him some time to reflect on why he was here and how this group crossed his path.  He was wondering if maybe he should refocus on his purpose here and continue to work with this group of Friends he has found.  It has been a long time since he had anyone that he could call friends but that is why he is here to avenge his lost friends.  He was clear now that he would stay true to his original course but knowing that he had found new friends made it harder on him as he did not want to mislead them or put them in harms path as he sought out his vengeance.  As he approached Meeka, he saw a person pushing around and yelling at Jakey.  This did not sit well with Osfinas, and he took a deep breath and a simple grin came across his face, this is the one he said under his breath.  He approached to find what was going with this man pushing around and yelling obscenities to the young lad, Jakey.  Jakey was clearly sacred and was trembling as this person was in his face and bumping his chest into Jakey.   This person walloped Jakey enough to make him stumble in the wall and knock his helmet sideways. 

Osfinas called out: “What’s going on here?”  At this point the ‘bully’ stopped to put his focus towards Osfinas: “nothing, mind your own business.”  At this point, Jakey looked and was genuinely relieved that one someone was intervening but also that it was Osfinas the “silver giving man.”  Osfinas, seeing the relief come across Jakey face just gave a simple smile and winked to let him know all was going to be good. 

Now, Osfinas turned his focus to the mark.  “Now is that the way you talk to people?” He sheepishly asked. 

The Bully: “This is none of your, concern this dimwit, imbecilic won’t let me into MY TOWN!”  That commitment “my Town” struck a nerve with Osfinas. 

“Your Town?”  Osfinas only asked.

“Well my father is the Reve of this town, and I can go where I want and do as I wish!”  The bully proudly proclaimed. 

“My mistake I should have asked for and properly introduced myself.  I am a business man I am looking for some help in a business manner that will be very lucrative. Now knowing who you are would you be willing to discuss this in detail?” Osfinas said.  Undoubtedly this eased the tensions between them some.

“What is this you are proposing?”  the Bully said. 

“First, what is your name, good sir?”  Osfinas said. 

The Bully stood up and straightened his clothes and said; “I am Dammar, the first son the Harold the Reve of Meeka.”  Clearly, he said this trying to impress Osfinas. 

“Well, Mr. Dammar how would like to assist me in something that would bring you thousands of extra gold to you?” Osfinas said.

Dammar seemed to take slight offense to that ask and looked at Osfinas saying: “Do I look like I need gold?  I have plenty of gold you fool!” At this point, Dammar, shove Jakey into the wall again and stormed off into town but Osfinas quick thinking and knowing this was the right one for this.  In only his way took his left foot and with such a quick movement tripped Dammar (rolled a nat 20 on this check).  He did a face plant right into the ground busting his lip wide open.  Osfinas ran over quickly and helped up Dammar. Dammar was pissed and started yelling and blaming Jakey for tripping him. 

“No, he didn’t do that you tripped on this rock” Osfinas was trying to convince Dammar of this.

Dammar looked at him and was like “NO!”

“Look at me I am serious when I am telling he did not do it.  Do you think he would be able to think that quickly?  You he is a little slow of the mind, right?” Osfinas Proclaimed and Jakey took a little offensive to what was just said about him being slow, and Osfinas gave him a reassuring smile with a quick wink, Jakey was all right again.

Osfinas helps up Dammar and is looking at him seeing the blood running down his chin as thinking that is a small payback for what he did to Jakey tonight but there is the ultimate payback coming to you in a few hours.

“How bad is this?”  Dammar asked Osfinas.  “Well, not that bad?”  Osfinas answered with a tone of his voice to say it is not okay.  Dammar must have picked on his tone and became worried about how bad it was.  “I cannot have this looking bad or anything I am trying to court my sister.”  Osfinas, seeing this as his opening and not wanting to have any more details about his courting habits. 

With a caring smile and sympathy in his eye Osfinas says: “Well, it’s not okay at all.  We need to get that fixed up, and I know someone that can make that happen.”

“You know someone that can fix this?  What why should I trust you?”  Dammar stated.

“well, yes I have a friend that is very in tune with the light and has helped other out with similar issues and in some cases even worse but he is always able to help them get back to normal.  Why should you trust me?  I have done nothing here but try to help you.  Plus, you are the son of the Reve, and we cannot allow you to walk around looking like you lost in a bar fight.” Osfinas said.  Like many times in the past Osfinas ways of saying and using soft looks pulled Dammar right into his deception.

“Well, oh, OK let’s go see your friend.” Dammar said

As they were walking off Osfinas tossed a gold coin over to Jakey.  In hopes that this would buy his silence somewhat.

The group at the Graveyard started to plan and get into some hiding positions to set up a little ambush for when the Hellhound showed up. As Osfinas and Dammar made their way back to the graveyard, they had small talk and the more Dammar talked about how he could do anything, and his boosting, Osfinas was starting to have some patience issues as there was more than once he thought just kill him now!  Then he thought of Willow and was able to stay focused on the task at hand, Saving Willow.

As they walked up the slight hill to reach the graveyard Osfinas noticed a chill in the air that was not present before.  At the gate, to the graveyard Dammar stopped dead in his tracks and looked at Osfinas; “Why are we in a graveyard?  Are you crazy?”

Osfinas looked at him with a very calm almost emotionless express and said; “These are some of the best places to stay while traveling on the road. The group I have can handle themselves, and our priest can take care of the vilest undead.”

Dammar looked at Osfinas, and it showed on his face that he was not feeling comfortable about this place.

Osfinas smirked and said; “Would you, entry a graveyard looking for people?”

Dammar quickly said; ‘’HELL NO!”

“Exactly,” Osfinas said with an even wider grin on his face; “Let’s go see my friends see that light over there?”  Pointing towards the light over a graveyard that Hannibal put up.

Dammar looked “Your friends” with a questioning tone in his voice.

“Yes, a Priest, a Wizard and…”  Before Osfinas could finish saying who else Dammar's demeanor quickly changed to that of a 12-year-old boy getting a surprise gift. 

“You have a Wizard, friend?” He said.

“Well yes, I do.”  As Osfinas finishing say this Dammar took off running towards the light as fast, he could go, and he was skipping and jumping around saying nothing but gibberish but was so happy at the chance to meet a Wizard in-person.  As you reached the grave that would prove to be his final resting place as well, he turned around to Osfinas “Where is the Wizard?”

“He will be here look at that light there he produced that for me and looked at the small trinkets laid out on the grave marker.”  As Dammar was just looking at the light in utter amazement, Osfinas walked up and place his left arm around his shoulder with the intent to calm him down just a bit but more so for him to have total control over Dammar.   Dammar was asking all sort of questions like a 12-year-old child “how did he do this?  Would he teach me? What’s the Wizard name? Where did he come from?”  Osfinas raised his right arm, and the rune tattoos of Shadow call began to glow as he calls forth Shadow call into a punch dagger.  On one quick strike, he drove the Shadow call straight into the neck of Dammar and then just a quick sliced forward to remove his voice box and ultimately severe both of his juggler's veins. Dammar blood supped forth like a fountain all over the grave he dropped to his knees clutching his neck, but the blood continues to gush from his body.  He looked up at Osfinas with a total shock and disbelief at what just occurred. He was trying to say something, but all that was heard was gurgling noises come from him.  Osfinas leaned in close to him and quietly said: “This will teach you to pick on weaker foes, you sick bastard, you will rot in the nine hells and become some pit fiends little bitch.”  At that moment Osfinas saw out of the corner of his eye Gimgrum closing in.  Osfinas stood up and looked at him and said: “Sorry, but Thank you for this sacrifice.” Ensuring that Gimgrum heard exactly what he was saying.  Gimgrum walked placed his hand on Osfinas shoulder as to say we have you back and looked at Dammar and said a prayer asking to take him quickly so as not to suffer.  Now we must wait and hope that this was the correct grave for this sacrifice.

Willow came out after this and was visibly distraught over what Osfinas had just done, but she knew he did it for her. 

She looked at each of the members standing before her and in a very solemn voice said:” When I was a child I would watch the village children play knight and monsters and wish I could play now here I am many years and I have become the monster.”

Osfinas looked up and quickly said; “You are no monster, so don’t worry.”

Each member went back to their hiding places with Willow being restrained in the mausoleum.  It just became the waiting game now.  As this was a new moon, it was pitch black in the graveyard, but the Paradox Avengers all had dark vision, so it was not a hindrance to them, but there was something about this night that made seem even darker than other ones.  It was closing in on midnight when Hannibal noticed something and that was nothing.  The light breeze that had been there just stopped, crickets stopped and every bit of night life that had been so active just moments ago stopped.  Hannibal, all of sudden, had this cold chill run down his small spine, and he looked about then he said out to the others;” Get Ready I sense something evil is now in our presences.”  As the syllable came from his mouth, a little Hellhound appeared right behind him and the last battle to save Willow began.  Gimgrum seeing that Hannibal was in trouble started toward him to help and then there was this howl that sounded it came from the nine hells, and a massive Hellhound appeared right now to Gimgrum.  Hannibal was not caught flat-footed, and he had planned somewhat for this and quickly cast Misty Step to allow him to jump from the plane to another location 60 feet away from the little hellhound.  Gimgrum was somehow able to get the drop on the giant beast, and his strike was on target.  At this point, Maximus came charging forth to provide aid to Gimgrum against the massive Hellhound.  As Maximus was charging forth, Osfinas stepped out from behind a tombstone and was able to land a low blow to the one Large Hellhound and then fades back into the shadows.  Hannibal finally at a distance was able to cast his magic Missile hitting the Hellhound. As Maximus reached his full rage, he brought all of it might and even with that blood rage in his eyes was able to send this Hellhound back to the plane that it came from.  Now the group only had the smaller one to eliminate.  The Hellhound charged towards Gimgrum and was able to land a vicious bite against Gimgrum but Gimgrum was able to take it.  Now, Hannibal seeing how hard this one small Hellhound hit Gimgrum called forth a levitate spell and lifted the beast 10 feet into the air.  Osfinas was able to get in another hard-hitting sneak attack against this one but was not able to drop it.  Gimgrum and Maximus were not able to reach it now that it was suspended in the air.  The Hellhound, on the other hand, had something in store for the group and with one howl it sprays forth a cone of fire right onto Maximus and Gimgrum.  Maximus was totaled amazed at what this creature just did and stood there taking the full brunt of that breath weapon.   However, Gimgrum seeing what was happening dunked behind Maximus and was able to avoid the full effect of that attack.  Hannibal was so stunned seeing what just happened panicked and just took the Hellhound even higher in the air.  At this point, Osfinas came from the shadows and was able to end that Hellhound’s life and Hannibal just dropped it onto the ground with a thud.

Osfinas quickly moved towards the large Hellhound and yelled for Maximus to come over here and help him harvest the heart.  Osfinas figured that Maximus had the knowledge and experience at performing this type of activity, oh how wrong he was on making that assumption.  Maximus clearly does not understand what finesse is.  With his huge hands, he just rips into the Hellhound chest, and as Osfinas was watching this, he spotted something that was clearly not the heart and about that time Maximus cut right into it and a flame shoots right from hitting Maximus squarely in the chest.  Osfinas took a couple of steps back from the scene.  Maximus apparently did not learn as he ripped into another sack and again a burst of flame comes pouring forth hitting Maximus.  Willow now was worried about not being able to harvest the heart was asking for Osfinas to get it but Maximus took a deep breath and searched slowly in the chest cavity was able to find the heart and rip it out.  Now we had the final ingredient that was needed.

The entire group was focused on the tasks needed a fire was started thanks to Hannibal and his firebolt spell.  The pot was set up the blood of the innocent was poured into, the Banshee’s tongue was placed in the put and then the fresh heart of the Hellhound.  As we all sat in there in complete silence waiting for the cure that would help Willow come a to boil that seemed to take forever.  Everyone knew that each minute now was critical as it was closing in on the last hour before this would not succeed.  Then the foul concoction started to boil and change colors from the crimson red to a greenish color with what looked like black streaks in it and then the horrible smell become evident.   Willow stepped forward and looked at this concoction, took a long breath, reached down picked up the pot and started to down this awful solution.  Within seconds of her finishing the last bit and not delivering it back up.  Willow dropped to the ground in the fetal position ad was wailing in acute pain.  Everyone was standing watching Willow squirm on the field and yelling how much it hurt.  We all stood there listening to her but not knowing what we can do for her.  We must make sure that it takes effect but how much more pain can Willow take.  Osfinas looks at Gimgrum and as they lock eyes they both it is clear that neither knows what the next steps should be.  Hannibal, all of sudden, had a look that he just realized something awful has occurred. 

Hannibal looked at everyone and in an ominous voice said: “She lost her baby.”

All of sudden Willow just vanished.  The group was in total shock and stood there trying to ascertain what took place when just a quick as she vanished Willow was screaming again in the woods outside the Graveyard.  The entire group rushed towards the screams and found Willow on the ground clutching a charred black ash bow with silver runes similar to the others runes on weapons that have been granted to the group.  Why is this team getting these weapons what is the meaning of these runes? These are the questions that the Paradox Avengers must find the answers. Hopefully, Thun will offer some guidance in answering them.

The group helped Willow up and took her back the campsite in the graveyard.  Osfinas wanted to put distance between the place as fast as possible. 

“Guys, we need to get on the road as soon as possible. I am going to use the Hellhound’s claws and teeth to hide what happened to Dammar.”  Osfinas said.

Willow spoke up and said; “Hannibal use your Firebolt and burn Dammar as well.”

Osfinas and Hannibal went off to make it look like Dammar was attacked by the Hellhounds The others was getting our gear and horses ready for us to exit this place.  Willow using her woodland skills attempted to hide out tracks in the graveyard as well. 

Off to Thun now.

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The Lycanthrope battle
Saving Willow

The Lycanthrope battle:                                    12/12/2016

As this massive battle erupted we found ourselves with Lord Uthred and some of his trusted warriors pushed into an old graveyard.  We looked around trying to assess the situation and knowing that this graveyard may allow us some protection from these Were-creatures.  We started to move and put ourselves in a better position to defend against this attack.   Hannibal asked Maximus to toss him up onto the top of a mausoleum to allow him to have a good advantage point of the ensuing battle.  Osfinas went to where he was the most comfortable and slipped into the shadows.  The others seemed to be a little confounded on what they should do when there was Lycanthropes jumping up on the walls and crashes in the gates.  At this point, Lord Uthred yelled “Alpha’s, ” and pointed towards the ones that had crashed the gates, and they were four times the size of the others.  Maximus, hearing and seeing this massive beast crashing through the gate to the south went into his frenzied rage and charged towards it with killing in his eyes.  Once Maximus took off Gimgrum was trying to keep close to him to provide him assistance in the battle but his short legs were proving to be no match the half-orc lumbering stride.   At this point, Willow was looking around and had this look of despair on her face as she was not sure that any of her weapons would be much add in this battle.  With this concern, she drew upon her teaching to ‘mark’ the beast and hoped that would help in bringing them down, she took out her shot bow and fired at the creature on the wall to the south with little success.    Hannibal was so frustrated with not having the time to properly get ready when he launched his fire bolt towards one of the beasts; it was wide right of the target.    We all heard one of Lord Uthred warrior scream out in pain as he must have been bite by one of these damn foul beasts.  Now one of the smaller of these creatures charged into the graveyard and attacked a warrior who used the tombstone to help shield against its bite.  Osfinas stepped out from the shadows and called forth shadow call to strike this beast down.  His attack was right, but these monsters are tougher than he realized.  He stepped back into his comfortable place.   Lord Uthred charged this smaller beast and in two very powerful swings took down the beast with ease.  At this point in the battle, most everyone has engaged the Alpha on the north side charged in towards Lord Uthred. One of the warriors fired hit bow at the miss, and it did not seem even to phase the beast.  Now, Maximus and Gimgrum was standing toe to toe with one of the smaller beasts and was in a very intense battle when Willow doped her bow, unsheathed Hunter’s Short sword and raced to the aid of her fellow friends.  With all three of the heavy melee fighters taking on this smaller beast, it went down fairly quickly.  Willow realized that Hunter’s weapon allowed striking past this vile curse.  Now that Hannibal had some time to get used to the altitude his aim was right with his Firebolt as he hit the one Alpha at the south gate and got his attention.  The Alpha spun around and started to rush towards Hannibal, but there were the others in his way.  As the battle raged on the Alpha on the north side was engaged with Lord Uthred and was wounded by the Lord with his slivered Long Sword.  That is when Osfinas saw his opening and threw Shadow Call at this Alpha this was such a precision hit on the beast that it dropped and never saw what, who or where the killing strike came from.  Maximus seeing this Alpha coming towards went into a ‘Blood Rage’ and charged this massive beast in two mighty swings of his Axe they each found their mark on this beast open to gaping wounds on it, but it still stood there looking at Maximus with a very wide grin on its face. The Dwarf Gimgrum is having difficulty getting his footing under him as he charged the Alpha and swung his Warhammer only to miss its mark and slam into the ground completely.  His Warhammer reminded him to turn again but he only hit the air as the Alpha, so this attack coming and was able to side-step the attack. Willow charged into and was able to find her mark on this beast and after she hit the beast was still standing.  To the North Osfinas went along the wall and staying in the shadows was able to get the drop on the last monster there and put it down with a very precise strike from the shadows in what is becoming a normal occurrence from Osfinas.   Maximus still raging took his battle axe in one quick swing from overhead took the Alpha down.  With one of these beasts left the group charged in to assist Lord Uthred’s Warriors in falling that beast.  As the last creature was about to fall in battle, it spun around and with its sharp teeth clamped down onto Willow’s forearm.  Willow being completely surprised with this struck the beast to put an end to it and then the pain hit her from that blasted bite.
As the battle sounds reside in the Graveyard, the one wounded Warrior walked towards Lord Uthred while being assisted by his fellow warrior.  Lord Uthred asked, “Were you bitten?”  The Warrior looked straight into Lord Uthred eyes and said: “Yes, My Lord!”  Lord Uthred bowed his head and then looked back the man and stated “you know what must happen,” the Warrior just nodded yes dropped to his knees and held his head high looking to the sky as the sun was just starting to come over the horizon.  Lord Uthred said something under his breath and then in one swift clean and accurate swing with is long sword he removed this Warriors' head.  Not a single sound was made other than his head hitting the ground followed by his body.
Osfinas were standing there with a little bit of a perplexed look on his face at what he just witnessed.  It was not the beheading that distributed him it was more on how willing he was in accepting this fate.  He looked at Lord Uthred and asked, “Is that the only cure for one that had been bitten?”   Lord Uthred, slowly looks over and raise his head up to look at Osfinas and said, “No, but this is the only way we can deal with it now.”  “We had a priest that was able to remove this blasted curse.”  He takes a deep breath and continues, “If the priest is in high standing with their Deity then they can remove this within three days of the person getting bitten.” “We lost our priest three days ago, in another battle with these Dammed beasts.”  Osfinas is thinking well then; the strategy will be to stay back from these bastards while in combat. Lord Uthred says “if you cannot get is done in three days then you must perform the ritual and cast the spell Remove Curse on the first full moon as soon as the transformation has completed.”
As this beheading and conversation were taking place, the rest of the group was walking up to Lord Uthred.  At this point, Willow had this very concerned and hopeless look on her face as she was walking up.
Lord Uthred was thanking the group for their assistance and was very pleased with our abilities to deal with these beasts.  Lord Uthred was continuing to tell us about the one that they are after an ancient Lycanthrope that is covered with gray hair.  Osfinas offered up the group services to  Lord Uthred in helping hunting down this Gray One, but Lord Uthred said: “We can only pay you a small amount as we have lost many men and we need to send the gold back to their families to allow them to continue to maintain their life in our lands.”  Osfinas was not very pleased with this and was about to start negotiating the pay when Lord Uthred Looked over at the rest of the group and then yelled our “You Elf woman you have been BITTEN!” His demeanor changed and readied his weapon with the intent on beheading Willow right on the spot. The group pleaded with him not to do that, and he agreed, but he was very clear for us to get the “HELL” out of his sight before she started turning.   Lord Uthred did give the group a small amount of gold for their support and Osfinas was clearly not happy with the amount, but Willow was still alive for now.
At some point after the battle, Hannibal, still on top of the mausoleum decided to jump off.  Hannibal clearly is not the most graceful Gnomes out there and when we landed trip forward and fell face first onto a rock knocking himself out.  The face plant did not help nor hurt his looks with the busted nose and lip.
The group quickly gathered their horses and gear and got back on the road trying to make haste towards the only town they hoped would have someone that could help Willow, but the group knew in the back of their minds that this might be a very long shot on getting to Thun in time.  As the team pushed forward at a fast pace, Hannibal was saying that he thought that we only had about 10-12 days before the next full moon which did not sit well with Gimgrum and Osfinas.
Willow was now starting to show some serious signs of the curse; the wound was starting to show signs of an infection and black streaks were spreading up her arm.  She had become unusually pale in color as well.  As the evening was closing in on us and we all feeling a little worn out from the day’s journey Willow collapsed off of her horse.  That was a sign for us to stop and set up camp for the evening.   The group was eerily quiet this evening as each one was pondering on what was going to happen to Willow.   The Paradox Avengers were showing more of being a family now as they were all concerned about one in the group and not about their individuality.  As Willow was curled up in her Dire Wolves pelt, the team set up watches order.  Most of the night it was uneventful (Osfinas slightly doze off, and this is starting to eat at him as this not natural to him), but as Gimgrum taking the last watch, he noticed a shadow on the outskirts of the camp.  He was not able to tell who or what it was.  He came over and woke up Osfinas.  As Gimgrum informed Osfinas about the Shadow, Osfinas half asleep said ok let’s go check it out. Osfinas slipped into the Shadows but was not as graceful as he normally does this, probably had to do with his lack of sleep.  Osfinas and Gimgrum see this creature hunched over eating something.  They circled the creature and Osfinas used his light footwork to sneak up behind it and called forth Shadows Call and put it the monster throat.  Gimgrum rushed as the Creature reacted and pushed away from Osfinas and had a Short sword drawn but had these strange animal eyes staring back at Osfinas.  Gimgrum yelled out “WILLOW!”  Osfinas was ready to attack as he did not recognize it being Willow.  At this point, the rest of the group woke up and Willow seemed to snap out of this wild animal state.  Now this was a major problem for the team, and they are running out of time as it would appear that she is turning faster then what they all believed.   This point Maximus was not trusting Willow at all and was calling for head.  He made it his personal mission to become her “Bodyguard” going forward.  They broke camp in a quiet fashion, and no one discussed what had happened, but it was clear that there is a very dark cloud hanging over The Paradox Avengers heads.  They moved down the road at even a faster pace towards Thun again there was little talk amongst them.  They also tied Willow into her saddle as they were concerned about her falling out of the saddle again.  As the group continued down the road, they came to the end of the Lake and saw some small islands and noticed what looked like a small village.  The group decided that it was best if Osfinas go and check out the community.  Osfinas worried about Maximus staying alone with Willow asked Gimgrum to stay and for Hannibal to accompany him to the village.
As Osfinas and Hannibal approached the village, they saw that it was clearly a simple farming and fishing village.  Osfinas was worried that this might be an entire Lycanthrope village but never said anything to the others about that, but he knew the other thought that as well.  Like always he had a plan to try and check for this.  He took a few silver coins and carried them in his hand.  At the entrance to the central area of the village that was built upon a rampart and surrounded by a high wooden wall.  There was a single century standing guard with a spear.  As we got closer, the guard was a short pot belly you man (imagine Sam from the Game of Thrones).  He was very frightened and was scared when we saw us approaching him.  Osfinas talked to him trying to get some info about the town and if there was a priest that could help Willow.  This young lad name was Jacky he informed the two that they need to speak with the Reve Harold and he could be found at the main hall towards the center of the Mekea here.  As Osfinas started to walk off, he called to Jacky and tossed him a silver coin.  He grabbed the coin in central air, and his eyes were so wide open seeing this coin flying throw the air.  After he had caught it, he started treating like it was the most ‘precious’ thing in the world to him but he held onto to the silver coin with no ill effects from it.  Osfinas and Hannibal went on into the Mekea.  This is a simple village there was something like a small  farmers/fish market, and Osfinas was like “we can get Willow some more pickled fish over there I bet.” Hannibal just nodded in agreement.  They approached a man standing out in front what appeared to be a ‘great hall.'  He was a very well dressed man in this village and was talking to what seemed to be some simple farmers. Osfinas figured that this was Harold the Reve, so he approached him waiting for the current conversation to end.  When it ended, Osfinas approached him.
While this was occurring, the others sitting at the edge of the woods waiting for Osfinas and Hannibal to return was just simply resting.  Willow was sitting there wrapped in her dire pelts, Maximus standing over watching Willow with his axe readied and Gimgrum keeping one eye on Willow and the other one on the road hoping to see the others coming back.  With this incredible speed and quickness Willow jump and charged Gimgrum with a weapon in hand.  Maximus, seeing this and slightly surprised started to pull battle axe but realized that she was out of his reach with decided to dive at her and take her to the ground with equally incredible speed. Gimgrum was totally caught off guard with what Willow was done, was very thankful that One Maximus was there and two did not swing his axe trying to remove her head.  With the takedown from Maximus, it seemed to break the state she was in, and she was pissed that Maximus was on top of her.  She does not recall what happens when she goes into the state.  At this point, Willow asked to be put in her manacles and gave Maximus her weapons so that this strange beast transformation could hopefully be somewhat contained going forward.  This is becoming a real issue with Willow.  
Osfinas and Hannibal were talking with the Harold in town, explaining to him that one of their companions had got a nasty cut on her arm and it was looking like it may have become infected to see if there was a priest in town that could help her out.  Harold seemed to be very concerned with this and told us to get, and bring her back here while he was getting the ‘Surgeon.'   As Osfinas was walking away, he turned around and reached put to shake Harold hand with a Silver coin in it, but Harold would not shake his hand and kept saying “I cannot take any payment for this.”  Osfinas then flipped the silver coin toward Harold and again he would not touch it.  Osfinas and Hannibal started to make their way back to the edge of the woods to get the inform the party of what was going on here.  Osfinas did not trust Harold.  They also learned that Jacky was not a guard, but some poor kid that did not have a fully developed mind and that explains why he reacted the way he did with the silver coin.  
Osfinas and Hannibal headed back the group and was not giving the signal that trouble was coming but in the Osfinas was not having a good feeling about this.  As they came up the road, they could see Willow sitting on the ground with Maximus standing over Willow with his Axe readied and Gimgrum appeared to be a little agitated while talking to Willow.  As Osfinas and Hannibal reached the group, it was evident to them something must have happened while they were at Meeka.  Willow had manacles on, and Maximus had her weapons on his back.  Gimgrum and Maxims explained to Osfinas and Hannibal what Willow attempted to do.  Osfinas just stood there listening and was rubbing his forehand knowing that for every hour they did nothing was one closer to the end of Willow.   Maximus was very amped up over what has transpired this day and continued to say “I REMOVE HER HAED IF SHE DOES ANIMAL THING AGAIN!”  while spinning is Blood Axe in his hand.  This was a icy reminded to everyone and in particular Willow on how Dark this time is for the Paradox Avengers.
AS Osfinas and Hannibal explained what had transpired there was a debate about either just leaving, going forward with that she had been wounded or going with the truth as to what happened to Willow.  There was even talk about removing her infected arm.  Osfinas was not liking the thought of being completely honest with this village as he still did not trust this Harold character.   Maximus still was saying “Let me remove her head” at this point Willow spoke up and told Maximus bluntly that would not happen.  She said while looking directly at Osfinas, “if it comes down to the group here needing to end my life I want you, Osfinas, to be the one to do that.  I want you to make a single, quick, clean strike to my heart.”  Osfinas just looked at her and nodded in agreement. Maximus was again clear that he would remove her head and everyone had to calm down our big green skinned friend here.  As the debate continued about what to do with this Harold character and his surgeon, Gimgrum noticed a group of people running up from Meeka towards us.  Finally, a quick vote was taken, and it was agreed that we would tell the truth, but Osfinas knew he had the be very careful in how he will convey this information to Harold. 
Harold and a group of the villagers arrived carrying a stretcher for Willow.  Osfinas stepped in to meet the group before that was able to get a direct sight on Willow.  “Harold, wow that was fast,”  Osfinas stated. “YES, yes we must hurry and get your friend back to see Reha, the surgeon” Osfinas nodded in agreement but was not allowing them access to Willow just yet and then stated: “Let me ask you a question, Harold, has your village ever dealt with lycanthropy?’  Harold stood there for a second with this very puzzled look on his face and sutured saying: “Lycan, Lycanthropie?”  “I have never heard of such thing.”  Osfinas thought about how to re-ask the question for a few seconds and then said: “Were-Creatures?” Harold said yes, we had had trouble in the past with two here but Lord Uthred and his war band eliminated the threat about ten days ago, why do you ask?”  As the last word came out of his mouth, he gasped and said: “Has your friend been bitten!”  Then others being to glance around and mummer to each other.  Osfinas looked around for a second debating on what to say next and then looked at Harold and said: “I am concern that she has been.  We were assisting Lord Uthred, and we were all attacked we did quickly dispatch of them, but at some point, in the fight, she was wounded.”  Harold started backing away and was saying: “You must leave our home.  Just be gone we cannot help her!” Osfinas only asked “Is there anyone who can help her near this place? How far are we from Thun?”  Harold stopped for a second and stated: ”Thun is about seven day travel from here.”  Osfinas just got this very sick feeling in the pit of his stomach.  Then Harold looked up said: “there is a witch that leaves in the marsh.  She is not one that we deal with, but she may be able to assist you with this but be very careful in handling her.” “Remember that black magic comes with a price.” He then started to walk back to Meeka.  Osfinas quickly went to him to shake his hand and thank him for his willing to assist.  As Osfinas was shaking his hand, we took his other hand with a silver coin in and attempted embrace Harold around his shoulder and neck area in with the intent to put the silver coin on exposed skin to see if there was any reaction.  Somehow, Harold saw the glint of the coin in Osfinas had and jerked away stating “what is it with you and this silver coin?”  Osfinas looked at him and with simple smile said: ”I just like silver coins and I always have one in hand it all, Sorry about.”  Harold and the villagers walked off back to Meeka When Hannibal asked he we could have their stretcher.  Harold looked over his shoulder as they continued to walk away and said; “Sorry that is not possible it is our only one.  Good Luck to you all.” 
The group stood there for a few minutes in silence as each one pondered what was going to happen to Willow.   Willow broke the Silence bay saying; “What we are waiting around for? Let’s go see this witch.”  It was evident at that point to everyone this was their only chance in saving Willow as they would never make to Thun in time to removes this god forsaken cruse on her.   They mounted up and took off towards the marsh based on the directions that Harold provided them.  Maximus was staying as close to Willow as he could be at all times.  Osfinas was still worried about who Harold truly is but never said anything to the rest of the group. 
They entered the Marsh as the Sun was setting which gave this area a very odd green glow to it. It was slow moving while they searched for the hamlet of this Marsh Witch.  It was not long when they saw a faint light the reassembled candles.  Osfinas looked over a Gimgrum and asked him; “Will you handle the talking with this witch here?  This seems to be more in tune with your knowledge about such things.”  Gimgrum was in total agreement with the ask.  As we approached the hamlet, we saw numerous effigies hanging outside, spikes with skulls and small animals in different states of decay.   Gimgrum walked up the stairs to the front door that was slightly ajar and from inside came a timeworn and squeaky voice saying; “Come inside my little friend.”  Gimgrum looked over his shoulder at the rest of the group and took a deep breath and walked into the Hamlet.
Inside he saw an old and frail looking lady sitting in a rocking chair with her back to the door dressed in some old and tethered black robe, she has long and thin white hair flowing over her shoulders.  She turned her to look at Gimgrum.  She had a black blindfold over her eyes showing that she is mostly likely blinded as well.  “What do you want?”  She asked. Gimgrum reaching deep on his faith and knowing that Moradin will give him the strength and guidance needed here. Looked at her and said: “We are here to seek your advice on an issue he has with one of our companions outside.”  At this point, she jumped to her feet and starting to sniff the air and looked over at Gimgrum and said; “Lycanthropy?  Bring her in here to this table quickly.”  Gimgrum was taken back on how she could just ‘smell’ this and even knowing that Willow being the infected one was able to tell she was a female.   Gimgrum went to the door and said: “Bring here in quickly!”  The group quickly gathered up Willow and carried her inside to the witch’s hamlet and laid her down on a table.  AS Gimgrum was waiting for Willow to come in he was looking around the inside and was seeing some very strange sights.  There were animal parts or that he thought were animal parts in jars with some strange liquid.  There was all sort of other odd items like herbs, moss, lichen and different type of marsh type plants. He was not sure what to think about this place and continued to clutch his Warhammer from Moradin.  As we laid Willow down on the table, the Witch started pacing around her and just sniffing and taking in long smells over her.  “She is not doing well and her time to full transformation is nearing” “I see her wound was not properly dressed and that may have helped accelerated the curse” the group was listening and hanging every word that came forth from this Witch.  Gimgrum speak up: “What can be done to reverse this curse?”  The Witch snapped her head round and seemed to stare right through Gimgrum even though you do not see her eyes and even Gimgrum felt a little uncomfortable with her staring at him and shifted his weight on his feet. “Humm, yes, what to do for your friend here?  There is one thing that could be done, but it requires sacrifice, with payment in blood.”  Gimgrum said; “What is the ritual?” 
She cocked her head and with a slight crook grin coming across her face she said; “You will need the heart of a hellhound, a tongue of a Banshee and the blood from an innocent human child. That the infected one killed.  Once you have these ingredients you will need to boil the heart and tongue in the blood and then she must consume it afterward.  This also needs to be done before the third night closes from the day she was infected.”  The group in shocked to hear this and Willow said; “No child will be sacrificed to save me!” In a weaker sounding voice. Hannibal asked the witch; “How do we even found the heart of a Hellhound?” the witch looked over at Hannibal and stared at him from behind her blindfold; “Well, my little man, all you need to do is find a graveyard and then find the oldest marked grave. Once you find this grave, you must bleed out a Human onto the grave, and this will summon a Hellhound.” She coughed for a second and continued; “I am sure that this group could easily take a single Hellhound out?”  Maximus piped up and said, “I kill Hellhound!”  Hannibal was then: “OK, what about the Banshee?” She looked back at him and said when the innocent child is taken a Banshee will come forth.”  Osfinas was listening to all of their and knowing that there was no way anyone in this group would take the life of someone innocent.  He knew he would have to get his hands bloody, and that is nothing new to him, and he is willing to do what is necessary to save his friend.  The group was totaled disheartened from this ritual they bid the witch farewell and went back to their horses as the figure out their next steps.  Willow made it very clear at this point that she would not take the life of an innocent life.  So, there was no way to get he needed blood for the Ritual. At this point Osfinas realizing that our chances of curing this curse was nearing its end started to think about what he needed to say to Willow before he plunged his weapon into her heart.  As the group stood there and was debating on what to do next.  Willow piped up and said: “I accept my fate for this and I do not want to turn into one of those foul beasts. Do what you must.”  She said: “I need to tell everyone something and why I will not do this nor allow you to do this.”  She paused for a minute to gather her thoughts about how she was going roe relive these memories. “I was born into Slavery, and while I was very young, my Mother was able to escape with me the slave pins of the Underdark and blasted spider loving Drow.  We live a very simple life after that for a few years, but my mother was always looking over her shoulder.  Then one late night in Eleint they came for us.  I was awoken by mother screaming, and then a black had grabbed and pulled me outside.  There I saw more of the dark skin elves beating and punching my mother.  The one that was clearly the leader stepped forward and began to whip my mother with his cat of nine tails.  I was being forced to stand they and watch this brutal act.  When the leader then called forth, his horse he places my mother into the saddle walked the horse to an oak tree and then there was a noose hanging there.  The next thing I saw was my mother hanging there fighting to get free when a female drow walked to her and muttered a few words then flames shot from her fingertips setting my mother ablaze.  I would like to think that it was an act of mercy but I saw the look in that bitches’ eye.”  Everyone was standing listening to this story and did not say a word.  Willow took a second to compose herself again as this was clearly very emotional for her and in her weaken state it was even that more taxing on her. With a sigh, she started again; “I was left to die and from exposure or the wolves that were sure to come.  However, the woodsman Jamtorin, that would come by every so often found me curled up near my scorched mother body, and he helped me bury my mother. As I was lying there wanting to die, I swore an oath of vengeance to be unleashed upon the Drow slavers.” Again, this story was indeed taking what strength Willow had in her to tell.  “After some years living in the woods and learning form the Jamtorin about hunting, tracking, using a bow and then even learning to handle two swords at once, I knew it was time.  I was talking with Jamtorin about exacting my revenge, and he told that if I did so, I would be banned from his land forever.  I struggled with that, but I was true to my oath and was able to put down the same slave lord that murder my mother.  It seems that I have had a life full of chaos and bad faith.  Now it is clear that my faith and my oath has caught up to me.”  The group was stunned to her story but now had a newfound understanding of who Willow is.  Osfinas knew what had to be done and knew that he had to be the one.
As the Paradox Avengers, stood in a dead silence as everyone was digesting what they just heard.  Willow changed into that unknown creature, and on one quick and fast move she did a back flip and kicked Maximus square in the jaw stunning him for just long enough to make her escape.  This totally caught everyone off guard, and Willow was running off towards the town with some incredible speed.  Maximus was pissed and was screaming that he is going to cut off her head.  The group sprinted after her knowing if is she made back to Meeka then there would be hell to pay for all of us.
As we chassed Willow we came upon this house and Osfinas saw that a window was broken out he quickly told Maximus to continue to the town and catch her, and the half-orc started charging forward harder than he has yet.  Osfinas then immediately jumped in the window and was shocked at what he saw. This room looked like a slaughter house, and Willow was cover in blood squatting against a wall and weeping.  As Osfinas approached her, he could see in her body language that she knew what she did but not sure how or why she did this.  Willow was very distraught over what took place with the murder of an innocent family.  
Osfinas knew that time had run out and there was no way we could get the needed components to complete that damn ritual the to save Willow.  He approached Willow and knelt down to look straight into her eyes.  “Willow, I am so sorry this has happened to you, and I wish I had the abilities to correct for you but,” Willow looked up at Osfinas and did not speak a single word at this point, but it was very clear to Osfinas that she was accepting her fate. Osfinas did not want to accept this, but he had no choice on this.  He said “Willow you are a friend to me, no you are family, I never imagined that this would be how we parted our ways.  The gods are not smiling on us, and this may be a payment that I am being asked to pay.  Do know this you will never be forgotten.”  He leaned forward and gave her a kiss on the forehead and with his left arm around her neck pulled her head into his chest so that he would not need to look into her eyes as the life faded from them.   With his right hand, he made a fist and placed it within an inch of her chest.  He closed his eyes and being to call forth Shadows call to form into a short sword to price her straight throw her heart.  One clean killing blow was the plan.  As a tear went down his face and with the next to last thought for Shadow call to spring to life and put an end to Willow’s, there was crash through a window, and a Banshee appeared. Osfinas was totally surprised for a split second and then knew we still had a chance to save Willow!  
Gimgrum followed Osfinas into the house and was able to get the drop on the Banshee and dealt some nice damage to it with his two strikes from his Warhammer.  Hannibal now focused was able to hit this Banshee with his Firebolt.  Maximus, hearing this turned around and ran into the front door.  He was apparently pissed when he saw Willow there, but he stayed focus on the battle at hand and with his Axe dealt a massive blow to the is Banshee.   Willow sprang from Osfinas grasp and drew a crowbar and attacked the Banshee her strike was right but it did not fall the Banshee.  Osfinas spun around on his one knee and with lightning reflexes flung out Shadow call at the Banshee.  It never saw what or where this strike came from.  Shadow Call hit its mark as true as it has ever done before, right straight into the heart of this she-devil.  Even before Shadow call had returned to Osfinas, he was on top of the Banshee with one foot on it forehead he reached down as it was still screaming from the killing blow and grabbed its tongue and sliced it off. “Now we have a real chance to save Willow!” He screamed out.  
The group could not believe how the luck somewhat changed, yes there was an innocent family her murder, but there was still time to save one of our members.   Maximus has been severely pissed at Osfinas but was not sure why he was pissed at him.  Osfinas looked at Maximus and with his natural look and straight face told Maximus “you were only that could have caught her before she got to town, that is why I asked to go that way when he checked this house you were headed towards the town.  Thank you my Friend.”   Maximus looked at Osfinas and said; “Ok: but is clearly not 100% behind that answer but it would have to do as we had much more pressing needs to deal with.
We now need to get the heart of a Hellhound and the only to make that happen was to bleed out a human over the oldest grave.  Gimgrum was not sure that we could do this and honestly knew it was wrong to sacrifice someone life just to save one.  Maximus had a brilliant idea these Half-Orcs never go done early and knew that he could stand back up once he was drained. Osfinas was very excited about this plan knowing that no one would have an issue with that but then.  Hannibal chimed in yes that is a very good idea but we need the blood to be that of a human, not a Half-Orc.  Then the air went right out of the room AS everyone stood there debating on the next steps.  Osfinas made it very clear to everyone that they only needed to find the graveyard and the grave plus be there when the Hellhound shows up to help dispatch it as quickly as possible, and he would take care of taking the life.  Gimgrum Said:” I am good as long as that person deserves that fate.”  Osfinas agreed but knew there was no way to guarantee that request easily, but he was willing and ready to take another life to save Willow.

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Getting our Gold back

After the guards left town:  12/6/16


After more debate about our next steps and Osfinas pleading his case to get our gold back, the Paradox Avengers agreed that it would be wise to get some rest at another establishment.  Going back to that dive where the fight had occurred would not be a prudent move at this time since Osfinas and Maximus were just arrested there.  Even though Osfinas want to go back there and settle a score with a certain oversize and small brained bartender, he agreed to move forward but put this man on his personal list.   The group went in and talked with the Shop owner for some recommendations and he told us of an “upscale and overpriced” Inn called the Wilsher House.  This place was a very lavish Inn compared to most we have seen over the past few months.  As we walked in we were greeted by some stuck up, snobbish elf acting like we could not afford this place.  After listening to this stuck-up Elf Osfinas made it very clear to him that we have gold to cover staying even though he was claiming 120 GP/room by handing him 50 GP.  After that offer by Osfinas, he changed his tune some but still Osfinas thought about cutting out this Elf’s tongue.  We were lead over to another lady to pay for our rooms and Osfinas tried to get it a price of 95 GP and was almost successful but ended agreeing to the 120 GP.  The group gave false names so it may allow us some cover.  Maximums was Trevor, Willow was Jasmine, Hannibal was Skippy (not sure where that came from) Gimgrum was Stacy (really have no clue where that name came from but he was till drunk for early that day and I have never seen such a weak drinking dwarf) and Osfinas was Halafinas.  Gimgrum was distracted by the ladies of the evening for a good bit.


After a few hours of relaxation, we all sat in the steam room to discuss and formulate a plan for getting out gold back.  We came up with the scheme.  Osfinas and Willow would head back after the army and get the gold while the others went to the bar and tried to make their presence seen to give us an alibi if one was needed.  Osfinas knew that this was a significant risk that could very end up having his head removed from his shoulders, but the thrill of getting our gold back was too much for him to pass up.  Plus, these Assholes did not earn this gold and just did the simple robbery with a sheer force not very impressive, He will show them how you do this a skilled person.  We also tried to show Max that Osfinas has unique skills by having manacles placed on his wrist and within 6 seconds they were removed with no one even seeing him do that.  Still not sure that Max fully understood but hopefully going forward Maximus will not end up with manacles on anytime soon.


Osfinas and Willow headed out towards the Army camp late that evening and Willow showed exactly why I wanted her to come along as she quickly picked up the trail and got us just outside the camp.  At this point, Osfinas told her to stay here with the horses, and I will be back within an hour, if not she was to head back to the group and continue onwards to Thun.  Osfinas took out a potion of invisibility and gulped it down.  Osfinas just strolled up to the front gate and walked right in between the two centuries posted there.  One acted like he heard something but did not react to anything.   Osfinas was looking for the commander’s location and went to what was an old church, but there was no one in there.  He continued to look for the tent that may have the commander in it. As he was looking around he tripped over a tent guide string only to wake up another guard (ugh) and then he saw his target.  A slightly larger Tent then the other but it had two guards stand to watch over it.  He looked around, and it was clear that the only way in was just to walk in, he strolled in between the two guards he slightly brushed one with his cloak, but the guard assumed it was a bug or something.  Once inside he saw the pompous ass commander sleeping on his cot.  He stood there for a minute or so and complicated just driving Shadowcalls through the commander’s skull, but that was not why he was here.  There was the chest under his rack.  Osfinas started to pull it out slowly, and it hit the leg of the cot waking that asshole up.  The Commander got up and looked around, but he could not see Osfinas still.  He walked over to the table and started looking at his maps and notes.  This time Osfinas knew how to get the chest out without hitting the cot, and now he has it under his arm (time to get the hell out of here).   In the place of the chest, Osfinas left to wolf tails and a note thanking the commander:   


This gold will be put to good use.  It is going to allow us to leave this cursed land and get away from the Tyranny of the Dagon Empire.  Please have these two tails as a simple thank you.
The Rabid Forest Clan


As Osfinas was heading out the tent, he bummed one of the guards and scared him, and he yelled out waking up the entire encampment.  Now this is going to be twice as hard as it needs to be.  He made his way back to the front gate, but the gaurs there was on high alert, so Osfinas tried to distract them by throwing some rock and clumps of dirt over the wall and in the bushes.  Once the one guard stepped over to see what that noise was Osfinas quickly and quietly slipped out the front gate.  Osfinas made his way back to Willow with the chest in hand and off they went.  Willow did a good job at creating some confusing tracks and path back to Wilsher.
While Osfinas and Willow were out doing, the stealth works the rest of the team was having a great time in the Wilsher Inn bar.  While they were having fun, there was an Assassin that showed up from the shadows and one quick strike he took out Maximums, so he thought Maximums being an Half-Orc has this unbelievable strong will to live.  Even know the strike was true, and Maximums dropped to one knee he stood back and went into a mad rage that the group has only actually seen once or twice before.  While in the rage in a single unnaturally fast strike he hit that assassin right across his torso and had such a powerful impact that it ended up breaking most of the Assassins ribs and cutting through almost every major organ. The Assassin just dropped where he stood.  Upon investigating the Assassin, they saw that it weapon had ruins on it looking a lot like the ones that Maximus, Gimgrum, and Osfinas has.  They also noticed that it slowly disappears in a cloud of black mist.  The Assassin had a strange tattoo on his arm.  A dagger with bat wings and a wreath sounding it.  The group took the body back upstairs and placed it in Willow room.


Willow and Osfinas return to the rooms to learn about this attempt on the other members.  Osfinas recognizes this tattoo but cannot recall where or what meaning it has.  Osfinas put the chest on the table with a very broad and sheepish grin on this face.  They open the chest and find their gold plus interest.  They put the chest in the room with the dead body and place one of his hands in the chest and they decided to move away from this town as fast as possible.  The group has not had any sleep or rest now for almost 24 hours, and everyone was feeling the effects from that.   Willow was leading us away from town and not following the main road.  She leads us right into a swamp and then she took us to a clear patch of ground, so we thought.  It was quicksand, and the group and horses had to get out of there quickly.  Poor Gimgrum was having major issues with the hangover and lack of rest and was not able to pull himself out of the quicksand.  Osfinas saw this and yelled for Maximus to grab Gimgrum and only in Maximus’s ways he jumps right in and grabs Gimgrum as he was now up to his nose in the quicksand and in one quick and powerful jerk he had Gimgrum and himself out of the quicksand.   We found some semi-dry land and set up a camp Osfinas took the first watch but somehow, (which bugged him) he dozed off longer than he should have, but nothing showed up.  Everyone just passed out when they hit their bedrolls.  After this long rest, we realized it was just evening and discussed heading onward, but we made a choice to stay till first light.   While Hannibal was on watch, he saw something moving on the outskirts of the camp.  He woke up the rest of us, and he used his arcane abilities to shed some light where the shadow was spotted.   Osfinas slipped into the shadows and made his way out to the edge of the camp.  Willow went to investigate the location where Hannibal had put his light.  Right after Willow reached that area Osfinas was attacked from the shadows he was able to deflect the blow and return a solid strike but knew he was out here alone and used his street abilities to disengage and retune to the central part of the camp.   This Shadow Assassin moved in an unnatural way and was on top of Willow, but the group charged and was able to dispatch this Shadow Assassin.  Then another one appeared right in the camp near Hannibal after some quick move and fast thinking the team overwhelmed this one as well.  Just like the one on the Wilsher Inn, their gear disappeared in a cloud of black mist.  They also had the same exact tattoos.


As dawn breaks on a new day, the Paradox Avengers made their way back to the main road.  After a few hours of uneventful travel, they came upon two guards standing in the way.  These Guards are clearly not from the region based how they were dressed and their usual accent.  They were dressed in furs and carrying silvered spears and swords.  These guards would not allow us to pass as their Lord and great monster hunter, was up ahead and looking for Lycanthropes.  They war band came from a land across the sea, and they landed in Gathrum, and they have made their way here making a point to stay as far away from Yorvix temple as well as Thun.  The guards saw Maximus and GimGrum’s Weapons and made appoint to make sure that Lord Uther would like to see them.  We were able to let the guards allow to pass so that we could talk with Lord Uthred, the great Monster Hunter.  As we continued down the road, we approached a fair-sized encampment.  The group made appoint to put away their ruined weapons.   It has a wooden wall that has been sharpened to a point as a point of defense.  As we walked in, there was a meeting taking place in the middle of the camp with a Colossal of a man dressed in similar attire as the guards, a Dragonborn, a Dwarf and a few other male humans.  As we spoke with Lord Uthred, we offered to assist them if they would allow us to.  He asked how could we doing anything with the pathetic weapons he saw and then he saw Maximums battle axe.  He was keen to see the weapon in use and lead Maximus over to a covered cage with some beast inside of it.  Inside the cage was large fur covered beast chained in the prone position on the ground.  It was trying everything it could to do to break the chains, but it seemed to have its strength taken away somehow.  Lord Uther told Maximus to attack this beast with his Blood Rage Battle Axe.  Maximus took his axe out and in a single swing hit the animal in the shoulder, and it cut very deep.  The beast let out a blood curling scream from the attack.  Lord Uther seemed to be very impressed with the weapon and said that “now this weapon will work what about the rest of you.”  Right at this point there was howls and other battle cry’s coming from the woods everyone in the camp jumped to the ready and Lord Uther let out a battle cry and charged towards the gate and yelling at us to follow.  Willow was looking for a shield but was not having any luck finding one.  We are off to battle now…
 

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On the road to Thun
The naming of the group and the Shackles

As the group went off to bury our friend Hunter who was taken down by some unseen Demon that was summoned by that Witch from the Island that ran away from us.  After some words were said and the group agreement on vengeance to this witch. Osfinas brought up to the team as a whole that we need to be careful with disclosing our actual names since we are the reason for allowing the invading army to enter into Chester.  This was some excellent conversation with the group as a whole, and it is clear that they are starting to work as a single unit now.  We all agreed to use the name “Paradox Avengers, ” and we began to outline a backstory to help hide who we are.  We will state that we are from R’Leyh that was burned down to the ground by goblin raiders and had no choice but to leave the island.  We also agreed that we would start adding misleading information about a group that is known as the “Chester Raiders” that infiltrate Chester and opened the gates that allowed the army from Mardonian Alliance to overrun the city.

While the group was laying to rest Hunter, some wolves and a couple of Dire wolves thought that they could have an easy meal but the “Paradox Avengers” ended up in getting some nice pelts out it.  After a few hours of travel along the river, we came upon the town, Wilsher.  Upon arriving in town, we meet a Half-Orc that was very drunk and invited us to follow him into the local tavern.  This tavern for the middle of the day had a large number of patrons, and most of them were very drunk, there was a table full of Dwarves doing a drinking game.  They got Gimgrum to join them, and he held his own for a few rounds, but he finally passed out just like the most of the others one that was participating in the game.  As the group was sitting there trying to find some more information out and learning about these lands, Osfinas saw someone watching them very intently and followed them to the back of the tavern only to lose them in a room.  While he was in the room looking for some evidence on who and where that person went an enormous man walked into the room and accused him trying to bed his wife but she was not present.  He grabbed Osfinas up and proceeded to take back into the bar area and drag him across the bar breaking glasses and knocking over drinks all the long Osfinas was saying that I did not do anything so that his friends could hear him.  At this point, Maximus jumped and started to fight with the individual that was dragging Osfinas across the bar.  At this point, Osfinas was able to roll of the bar and was working his way outside as this was full fledge bar fight now.  Then there was a group of Dagon Soldiers that showed up to install order for the bar. 

The Captain of the guard talked with the Hulking Man that was trying to kill Osfinas and then Maximus and Osfinas were placed in shackles accused of starting the fight.  At this point, Osfinas was doing everything he could so that the group knew he was innocent.  With him and Maximus sitting in the back of this caged wagon and shackled.  The rest of the party was trying to find a way to secure their freedom, and the Captain of the guard was a total ass he would not listen to anyone and was saying that the prisoners were going to go into some mine and work off their “debt.”  He gave some crazy gold number to buy their freedom.   Maximums was so focused and having Osfinas back and making it very clear that he was there for the Half-Elf that is started to create issues making the negotiations tough for the party.  Osfinas was very pleased with how the Half-Orc was going to stand by him even if it meant going to the mines; Osfinas will not forget this.   

 Hannibal at this point was communicating directly with Osfinas as the guards had gagged him.  In their physic talk Osfinas told him he did not do this and if they paid the “fine,” he would make sure to get the gold back.   The Paradox Avengers paid the “fine” and Maximums, and Osfinas was finally released at some point Osfinas was able to unlock the shackles with no one noting that and made the point to throw them down in front of the Captain to make a point that he would not have been held for too long.

At this point, Osfinas was furious with what had transpired and was only focused on getting the gold back that was wrongly taken from the group.  He partly helped him to calm down some and was wanting to keep moving on towards Thun.  However, Osfinas has other plans at this point…  

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