Session 1: A Forest, a Cult, a Cave

Jozan made his way out of the desert with his new companion Jang. Upon going to the town of Ailead, he made his way to the bulletin board and discovered a bounty to track down Bertram Garret, who was accused of hunting out of season and assaulting the huntmaster. Avaniel, whom was also aware of the bounty, made his way to the huntmaster’s lodge where he and Jozan met and agreed to team up.

The group assisted Dagget in binding his friend, Forgwid, of his wounds before reconstructing a broken bridge to continue on their journey. The group met Eric Stilson, a blacksmith from Ailead, who was out camping with his son, Warren. An heirloom necklace was stolen by a darkhollow bird, but the duo could not think of a way to track it down and continued. The trail became difficult to follow as the group they chased cleaned up their tracks periodically. The group happened upon a trio of guard dogs protecting the hastily broken down remains of a camp. A pair of hunters lie dead in the clearing, dead by arrows and bite marks and looted.

Trying to make up time, the group spotted a root walkway that might have cut their travel time drastically. Being unable to fathom a way to get Jang up the wall, they thought it better to continue on the road. As light began to fade quickly, the group crashed through the thick woods following their prey. Happening upon a patch of woods densely packed with white vines and trees, the group quickly discovered the vines were in fact strands of web from a giant spider who engaged them. Poisoning Avaniel, the spider continued hit and run tactics until the group managed to put their mettle together to defeat it. Upon searching the remains of a previous victim, Jozan was able to procure a wooden wand whose properties were not discovered as of yet.

The group moved further uphill to the west until they hit the coastal cliffs. Being unable to spot a trail that went another direction, Avaniel elected to scale down the cliffside to see if he could spot a way they might have gone. Seeing no piton marks or ropes, it seemed fairly evident Garret and his group had not scaled down in this fashion. The ranger did discover a cave down the cliff’s side that sprouted light from a fire, confirming suspicions that the bounty was close. The group lacked rope to reach the cave in this method, and, seeing no clear way to the cave while being battered, they decided to make camp.

The group discovered a patch of rocks they had noticed before bore old runes of illusory magic that concealed a tunnel entrance down the cliff. After going down the winding path, the emerged into a large room that served as a camp for the hunters. The mouth of the cave created a panoramic view of the ocean in the sunset. During the course of the journey, many questions had arisen regarding the events of the assault and the group’s purpose in general. Avaniel confronted Bertram in the coastal cave where he confessed to attacking the huntmaster after believing he would attempt to kill him. He reasoned that the huntmaster thought he would contact the tribunal council in Ailead whom might send for the Royal Alchemy Society based in Daramis.

Bertram then asked if Avaniel could hear the voices of the cave. Both Avaniel and Jozan, who was hidden, attempted to listen to the voices the cult spoke of. Both were able to hear noises that seemed like a congregation of voices and thoughts, revealing that the hunters spoke truth and were not the victims of madness. Upon listening more and relinquishing a degree of control, Jozan was able to focus on a single, more powerful voice among the thrall. In very broken words and fragments of sentences, it described itself to something as “supreme in this realm” and “linked to death as the very characters that make it’s title”.

Deeming the group dangerous, Avaniel and Jozan engaged the cult. During the brief skirmish, Jozan noted that an eagle he had summoned with his magic appeared to decay, molt and melt slightly in the cave’s inside before reaching the end of its appointed service time. The battle ended with three members of the cult and Bertram dead. After confirming Bertram’s identity via his hunting license, the group left the cave to report back to the huntmaster, go to Ailead, and hopefully get some answers about the cave, the huntsmaster’s involvement, and the runes outside the cave.


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