Wind Drake

Ambush from the Depths

The party traveled past the crabs coming to a……..

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Bridging the Gap

The Party returned to the ruins, dractaur and guards in tow. (woolson) walked right up to the entrance to point it out to his sister. Suddenly a multitude of crossbow bolts flew out from all around (woolson) impaling him and practically bringing him to his knees. Five fighters then stepped out of the woods swords drawn.

The dracotaur chieftain placed the staff into the slot, suddenly the ground started shaking, the bottom level rotating up until it stood as high off the ground as it had below; a new passage forward stood opposite where they had entered the room. The chieftain tried removing the staff and in began to go back down, the party quickly getting him to put it back in. Where the path down had connected with the ground before was a path down into the now up raised structure.

Walking down they came upon an elaborate door, ((eliz)) being impatient pushed forward into the room and opened the door; she was greeted with, “Welcome new warden, please enter your name in the log book.”
Going down they found more rooms that served various purposes in the tower. They took one of the Dracatuars with them and left the other 2 with their staff. The party went to explore the rest of the ruins, telling the chieftain that if he didn’t get a communication with them through message spell every 24 hours that he could remove the staff and leave.

They traveled about 20-35 miles down the path until they reached a circular opening about the width of the tower from before (100ft diameter). the place contained several buildings, though they seemed to have suffered water damage, in fact the entire path had had a damp feeling about it. ((eliz)) went to explore a building, stepping in a entrance a shark-teeth bone trap (like a bear trap) snapped up around her foot immobilizing her. Two snake like creatures began to attack her, ((eliz)) could feel herself weaken as the poison from their bite flowed into her veins. ((woolson)) rushed to his sister’s aid, followed by the rest of the party. Cinder seeing everyone else successfully subduing the threat decided to fly up invisible and check out the second floor…. on the way in he ran directly into another one of the snake creatures, naga; the naga had been invisible as well and had intended to sneak up on the party from above and behind.
Cinder was now engaged one on one with the naga in single combat; without the rest of the party knowing where he was. The naga got a bite in on Cinder and he too felt its poison seep into his veins as well as being grappled to the ground; meanwhile ((eliz)) below was being heal of the poison by ((vivek)). Cinder let out a deafening roar alerting his companions of his plight. Everyone below rushed to find a way up to the second floor, everyone that is except ((weber)); ((weber)) just sat there at the bar by himself sitting there, for some reason that being more important to him then getting up to investigate the roar. Before the party got there a second naga appeared, sinking its teeth into the grappled Cinder and inserting even more poison into him. ((woolson)) made it up the stairs attacking the naga followed by some of the other members. They soon had both naga dealt with and dead. ((vivek)) made it up the stairs, Cinder was still being affected by the poison. ((vivek)) had a chance to heal Cinder of the some of the poison, instead he waited, the poison from the first bite hit him with its secondary effect… killing Cinder. ((vivek)) acted quickly within the next few seconds and cast revivify, reviving Cinder back to life; rebinding his soul to his body. The party searched the rest of the room and buildings finding nothing more and then remained there for the night, messaging the chieftain.

The next day they set out again down the path, walking 25 miles before coming upon a broken/caved-in hole in the ceiling, Cinder flew up to glance out. The site that greeted him was a vast expanse of ocean as far as he could see.

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Dead End Ruins

The party after its 14 month break set out once more to explore ruins, this time heading for the final location.

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Year of Crafting
Really, 14 months of doing random non-adventure stuff...

(woolson) got to work using his fathers tools and crafted the entire party mithral armor. (conrad) taught the dracotaurs common and (eliz) draconic.

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Ancient Castle
The day we all made friends.

The tall gate stood imposing before the party.

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Bandit Woods

Continuing on from the first ruins the party now joined by (conrad) headed north-east into the wooded mountains known for high bandit activity.

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Old Place, New Arrival

The party set out to travel and explore the ruins, first heading to the one in the south.

Suddenly one of the portals activated and a figure emerged, the portal crumbling to the ground behind him. (conrad) found himself in a strange new place, surrounded by strange people.

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End Book 1

There was finally real peace established between the Ursa Empire and Itatris. The party returned home where they were thanked heartily by the King. The King gifted his vassal Cinder with a map marking the sites of three ancient ruins in the land and gave him leave from his to go and explore them with his new friends. Fila Avisra bid farewell to the party as they set off to explore.

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Divine Intervention

The party was stuck between 2 choices now: did they abandon (jess), who even though she had betrayed them in a way by withholding the information from them had been a loyal companion and friend on their journeys; or did they risk launching the 2 countries into a full scale war. The Emperor had grown slightly unreasonable in his demands after (jess)‘s attack on him; her having been part of the diplomatic escort and all. The next day he was even more unreasonable and could not be worked with; he demanded that if the party wanted to show their innocence and true want for peace that they would bring him (jess)’s corpse.

The party managed to track (jess) down after much searching, and even then partly only found her because she allowed them past her guards and revealing herself. From her they learned that her father had been captured in the raid on the village of Egaia and had then been sent to the Emperor, where he was currently; locked up down in the deepest darkest dungeon of the palace.

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Weird Dream/Meet the Emperor

That night in the palace a few member’s of the party had a strange collective, lucid dream of no plot relevance where the city they were in was invaded by freakish monsters of legend. That morning, some startled and disturbed by the dream if they remembered it, they prepared to meet with the Emperor.

Unbeknownst to the others (jess) was actually the Emperors niece, the daughter of his banished twin brother.

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