Shaintar J&L Legends Awakened of Kator

Laying Katyr to Rest

We brought Katyr’s body back to the base and told the Captain about our battle and his death. Katyr was so right about not going into creepy places. This ranger business may be more dangerous than I first thought, but I think it’s too late to get out of it.

Many of the Rangers gathered to pay their respects and lay Katyr to rest. As part of the proceedings there were several contests amongst the Rangers in crafting, magic and various styles of fighting. Bremner won the archery contest and got a white silver great crossbow. I won 5 copper betting on him.

I entered the magic contest. My first opponent was an adept who made an illusion of himself fighting evil. I did a brief light show. cartoon-fireworks-hi.png

& sang the song of Jig with cantrip accompaniment. notes.jpg

My finale was tossing my hat in the air & casting shrink on myself so I seemed to disappear in a puff of smoke. Wizard-Hat-cartoon.jpg

I bested 3 more opponents using cantrip to cast a shadow over a light cantrip and entangle to enhance a stone singer’s sculpture. I won the whole contest and got a FABULOUS prize. A long leather coat, dyed in the color of my choice, that works as armor even better than the new stuff Mr. Shonin got me. On top of that, it gives me extra magical energy! They’re going to dye it bright purple and even add gold trim!!
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In the unarmed combat, Geil fought Ariel. I bet on Geil and Bremner bet on Ariel. We started out betting a copper then upped it to a rendition of “I’m a Little Teapot” sung and danced by the loser. Geil was waiting for Ariel to go first. (Not really the time to be a gentleman.) Ariel came charging up to kick him in the groin. Geil acted quickly and hit her harder than I would have thought he could. She shook it off and attacked him. The fight got scary as Ariel went after Geil and nearly beat him to death. They were able to heal him, but it was close.

The final contest was the Grand Melee. Bremner won the prize, which was a white silver, two-handed Olaran sword engraved with his name.

After the contests was a eulogy and performances in honor of Katyr. Then his pyre was lit to send his spirit on.

Then something really weird happened. The three moons merged into one and turned red. red_moon.jpg

Out of nowhere came undead like we’d never seen………

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Bremner: Going out in a BLAZE fo glory!
An end to the Druid who was not THAT type of druid....

Whelsh I can’t reallly remember a lot of the events that led up to Ranger Katy’rs flamingsh demise… I know we were to set out to inveshtigate a ruins that seemed to be the cause of a lot of the local concerns. Bandits and undeads and shtuff. Mainly undead I think cause my compatriotsh were out looking for blunt weapons and everwood and white shilver. We traveled a full day and set up camp. OH! Ranger Katyr made another new friend, a very well trained mule named Theo that was hitche dto a broken wagon. Katyr said something about the mule being “lifetouched” whatever that means…. The evening passed uneventfully and the next day we were at the crypt. Katyr took an instant dislike to the cavern/tunnel. It turns out he was something of a prophet….

We had only evetered a small way after lighting torches to illuminate our path. We found a room with strange eyes that Jig said were magical. Someone said that some flaming rats wre coming! I forget who. We were sure we wre in a defensible enough place to take them on. My arrows caused little effect untill I remembered that I could c roruch low and skewer many of them at once. that seemed to work well, though I suspect it will only work the one time. Katy’rs snake and pig both got roasted. I admit to having bad thoughts about bacon after smelling slim catch fire… It was venom who took the worst of it for a time, passing out in the flames.Shomeone, at great risk to himself tossed Venom out of the fire and we wree just on the point of driving the swarms off. Woe to us, that Katyr fell under the final surge of flaming rats. though his woulds did not seem that great he was not to rise again. I suspect it was his heart…….

We will take his body back for proper burial and I shall compose a song in his honor. he was a great friend, a noble ally, and shared my dislike of forests (though that does seem rather odd in a druid)

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Cripes its crypts for the loss.
Not a fitting end. A look back report of Geil

We had decided to check out the crypt north of town as that seemed like a focus of more than a couple of the problems in the area.
I went to relax at the temple in town, enjoying watching the ladies coming and going at the temple, some prettier than others but all with the focus towards the temple.
The next day we headed out, Katyr Gresys (KIA) with Slim and venom, Bremner, Content Not Found: null, Jig the Great!, with Pat the bunny, Ariel Lionsblood and myself.
Venom sliding through the wilderness steadily and fast as the most elegant creature would. normally go,
I really have developed a fondness for Katyr’s friends Venom and Slim they are very skilled and nice to be around.
We spend a night out in the wild before we got to the crypt. When we got close to the crypt we found a Wagon with a mule hiding around the back of it. Katyr made friends with it. I fixed the wagon up so it would be useful.
The mule is apparently called Theo. At least that is what the collar said. Well Ariel and Theo set up to watch the horses as the rest of us made our way into the darkness.
We went into the crypt, Jig and I carried the torches as we went forth into the pit.
we found a room where we found a strange looking magical eye. We found the strange eye after we had lit the torches around the room. Shortly after this I heard a sound coming up the hall towards us, we were in a place we thought we could defend from most anything. Boy were we wrong.
The casters prepped us as as well as they could in the time allowed, Then the flaming rat swarm hit us, Slim was targeted first, he came out ok, then the swarm was on Venom, Katyr and myself, Katyr and I caught fire almost instantly Venom threw himself on the swarm trying to smother it out before it could hurt Katyr, I bashed at the swarm as did Slim, she tried to hurt the swarm by doing a hoof dance on it.
Katyr retreated to try to get the flames out as did I but when I saw how Slim and venom were working so hard to try to save Katyr I went right back after it, Venom caught on fire and stopped moving, then Mr. Shonin threw venom out of the swarm and I laid into it apparently causing enough damage that it started to leave. My heart went out to venom and slim that Katyr was on fire and venom had sacrificed himself to give Katyr a chance to recover. I hurriedly put the flames out on myself then rushed to aid Venom alas Katyr kept burning brighter and brighter like a shooting star.
With the ointment and leaves I was able to lather onto venom he appeared to have grown new skin were the old had burn off, likely his body making the leaves and ointment a part of it, shows how adaptable he is. After I got Venom settled I went to see if there was anything I could do for our friend Katyr, but Katyr wasn’t there anymore, he had burnt so badly that there was nothing left but a crisp corpse.
Apparently Katyr felt the call of the four paths as he had a premonition that the Crypt was trouble. He was right, even though Venom got pulled out of the fire Katyr shown like the light of the sun from the flames.
My heart breaks for venom, Slim, and Theo as he had a special connection with them, maybe one day I can be worthy of a connection like that.
We decided that we must take katyr back to town before we do anything else.
There is great sorrow in my heart tonight.
The only thing that could ease it some would be if I was able to aid Venom in being able to return to a healthy relationship. and maybe later doing the same for Slim as an attempt to show honor for the Ranger Katyr that we have lost today.

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The Ruins

We set off to the ruins to investigate. On the way, we heard something in the woods. We found a mule hiding behind a wagon. The mule had clearly survived alone for a long time, so it was unusually intelligent. Katyr was able to make friends with him, but he didn’t want to follow us into the ruins. The mule agreed to stay and watch the horses while we explored. Katyr didn’t want to go. He was probably the smartest of us.

The ruins were DARK! I mean pitch black. There was nothing to see with my infravision. Geil & I took torches since we had free hands. Mr. Shonin wanted us at the front of the party to keep a lookout. I objected and tried to stay at the back. Somehow, he convinced me that I could still escape and I tried it. We walked down a long, dark hallway and found a doorway where the door had been destroyed. Inside was an empty room but it had some kind of magical eye.

We heard something coming, but it was slow enough that we had time to prepare. Katyr cast smite on half the party. I cast deflection on myself and the old man. It was a HUGE swarm of flaming rats. They were all over us before we knew it. They overwhelmed us. We all got shaken and a few of us caught fire. We managed to escape the swarm, and I hurt myself trying to entangle it. I adopted “turtle” pose, dropping prone and pulling my shield over me.

The party continued fighting and was able to drive off the swarm, but Katyr caught fire and couldn’t put himself out. By the time the rest of us got to him, it was too late. He will be dearly missed.

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Armor Upgrade & Bunny Training

Mr. Shonin ordered a bunch of supplies for the Ranger station and guess what he got me? A suit of full leather armor in PURPLE with gold trimming!!!!! Just like the one I loved so much on that other goblin. I don’t know how he got my measurements, but it’s a perfect fit. I think it makes people like me even more.

We got a month of leave time and I worked with Pat the bunny to learn to communicate. His danger sense really saved us when the skeletal werewolves attacked. Now he can let me know some more about the dangers we face. He’s a very lucky bunny with his feet right where they are!

I also went to the temple of Archanon and got a holy symbol. It’s supposed to protect against vampires.

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Shopping Shop
6th Dancing Clouds. A. Shonin personal journal.

So a busy month have gone by, I did not believe that we would actually be able to keep a months leave, that the Captain provided us. I was sure something would pop up, that would have forced us back into work as rangers.

I was pleaseantly surprised, that Bremner spent the time training his fighting and shooting. Thought he would have drunk away the month into a stupor.
Jig trained with her rabbit, something about making it a sentinel, to warn of us danger. I have experienced many weird things, in this new life, so why not a guard bunny. I do hope Im not ask to request armor for it, from Echer’naught.
Geil spent his time walking the area, not sure what he was trying to do and not do. Guess his loyalty to the rangers, kept him patrolling the area. Didnt dare to ask him, since he would probably have dragged me around too.

Not sure what the rest was doing, busy making a business.

Supplies from Echer’naught arrived in the beginning of Festival moons, so we now have a decently supplied ranger outpost. People are paid there salary. Equipment upgrades available, for those that need it, even special armors for Jig and Esph. Funny enough, it was harder to get a special made chainmail for Esph, a small framed obese Dregordian. Than the fine purple leather armor with silver trimmings, I ordered for Jig.

Used the interim time to acquire a business here in Kator. A humble cobbler booth, but still a place on the market place, where people talks, spread rumors and make businesses.
I had a interesting business meeting, with the local merchant master, Lord Goharsis. An interesting fellow, that can afford several people of Adepts in his employ, I doubt that his businesses here in Kator, can pay all those adepts. Which indicates that he have succesful transactions other places in Shaintar. Thou there is no visible clues to those businesses here in Kator.
At my meeting, three of those adepts, made a illusionary image of Goharsis which I made business with. Where we came to an agreement, around the cobbler shop.
I made a pretty good deal, if I have any business sense. Taxes and former business debt first to be paid, when I have had some months to get the shop up and running.
Thou he did indicate that he had read my mind, not sure how I could get away with such great a deal, if he had done that. Thou it worries me that he knows my secret.

And with the help from Lord Goharsis employees, it didn’t take more than a week to get Unlucky Joe up from Serenity to run my shop. He is relatively cheap but dependable worker. His luck just not been with him, in his business ventures in Serenity and surroundings.
And with the town being without Cobbler for quite some time, orders quickly lined up. Especially the town guard was eager to get there boots repaired and improved. But will still take a bit of time, before the business will turn a profit.

Well also had some time to getting some strength into my old muscles. All this walking around, moving crates, weapon training have brought some vitality back in my old bones.
So feel comfortable in Scale armor, a decent shield on my arm and heavier weaponry in my hands, than my old rapier.
Guess I still can become a warrior, if need be.

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Bremner: Day in the Life
Skeletal Werewolves?

Sho we all (save theee Druid) deshided to go exploring the local area. All went shurrrprisingly well. Everyone managed to forage for food, notice any dangers. We gained much knowledge of the local area. The only interesting thing found was when we were ambushed by, of all shings… skeletal werewolves!!

I honestly thought I had entered a nightmare!! Our weapons were blunted by the undead nature of the creatures, but we finally did manage to wear them down and chop them to pieces. This MUST be entered into a report. We also found a ruins that we would like to explore at shum future date. Jig managed to do a scpectacular job of marking our path back. More later.

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8th day of Eternal Sun 3126. After action report by Mr. Shonin.
Vampire hunt part 1

Part 1

I have added a attachment, that details the equipment obtained from the local bandit raid we have just come back from.
Several large crossbows being the most unique items in there possesion.

The women have been returned to there families, I hope they will get over these experiences in time.

I wish to thank you Captain Aevarion once again for our promotion to fully fledged rangers. And the trust placed in me, with first asking me to become the group leader, but accepting my recommendation to assign Ariel for that role. Since her battle experience is much greater than mine.
I believe my role as 2nd in command and quatermaster, will be more valuable for the group.

After this the group had a discussion about, what we were to do now.

Travel the long road to Camden, in a attempt to save Aliana. Our fight proved that the bandits is led by a goblin named Ravvilk the purple, a rather charismatic goblin specimen. And letters from his tent, named Malarian Urku as a contact in Camden. Which I believe is a member or maybe even leader of one of the ruling noble houses in Camden.

We could hunt more bandits in the area, since there must still be a large number of them left.

Then there was also the case of the murderous vampire.

We weren’t particularly in agreement on which case to pursue.
We decided to look more into the vampire case, on this day, and see where we would get, partly because another body had shown up, thou not as brutalized as our former victim.

Bremner somehow was able to locate the whereabouts, of a underground fight club. That had a fight this day, the next would first be the 16th. And there was rumours of pale characters ruling the ring. Also rumours that some had died in the fights. So not something we as rangers can have going on. We disguised ourselves as travelling merchants, with bodyguards and such.
We equipped ourselves with stakes and Bremner got his white silver arrows. Just in case we got lucky, and the vampire would be there.

We went to the match, lead by a guide into the forest. They use new places every time, as not to draw too much attention. No one recognised us. Bremner joined the ring, and was brutally efficient in the heat of claw to hand almost no rules fight. Much more efficient than I would have tought.

We spotted a pale female among the spectators.

Continued in report part 2.

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We losht an Eldakar

Shum alchemist had sold some kind of sun block poshuns to someone. I think it was probably the vampire…. The druid says he can make my bow magic to shoot it now. We went out into the wilderness to track down the bandits and I spotted some probable bipeds that matched the description. Some big Goblin that we decided not to follow in the dark. We sought him out in the morning, but got spotted as we tried to bypass some pit traps. The Eldakar female charged ahead again and got captured by some Mak Torkush slave guy. She was a weird one, not sure how mush she’ll be worth…..

On a good note, we saved some slaves. Guess we’re big god damned heroes….

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6-7th day of Eternal Sun 3126. After action report by Mr. Shonin.
Abduction

To Ranger Captain Aevarion Larth’thia of Kator.

Official after action report by ranger trainee Abraham Shonin.
6-7th day of Eternal Sun 3126.

Rangers on duty was:
Me – Abraham Shonin. (Human)
Bremner. (Brinchie)
Geil. (Human)
Katyr. (M’adukar)
Jig. (Goblin)
Esph. (Dregordian)
Aliana. (Korindian)

Out of Action:(Injuries or other assignment)
Ariel. (Eldakar)

Following us were Lieutenant Brewhug.

Sitting here on a rock early afternoon of the 7th day of Eternal Sun 3126, I write this report with a heavy heart. Reporting that Ranger trainee Aliana is missing in action.
Abducted by a goblin agent, quite posssible the leader of the Mak Tokarsh Dominion bandit group. Whose magical abilities took our entire band by surprise. And make it hard for us to track him down.

We did make good headway in our investigation both of the bandits and the vampire on the day of 6th eternal sun. You can read the other rangers reports on there findings.
I spent a little time, contacting the Ketchum Family, and they seemed interested in selling there store to me. So I just need to negotiate a price and a deal with Lord Gorharsis, in the next few days.

For investigation I visited the local Alchemist of Zalavius Emperium. As reports by my fellow rangers indicated, that the vampire had used alcemical potions, to escape.
Zalavius memory not the greatest, but he did write extensive and precise ledgers, and my findings are that he have sold 2 weeks worth of Ointment of Sun Burn. That according to Zalavius is a very effective protection from the sun. Bought by apparently a Elvish woman that is strong looking. I doubt that we are talking about Ariel, since it seems she is new to the town.

More interestingly Zalavius makes and sells a gel, that can polymorph people. He have sold 10 uses, different buyers, so Zalavius can not name or describe them in great detail. Some were short haired others looked like farmers. So there is the possibility that various people, can infiltrate areas of importance in the town, and noone would be suspicious about it.
So how these clues fit together with everything else, I can not quite wrap my head around yet, if it is even connected. But then there might be other problems the town is contending with, which we must uncover and handle.

There were no sign that potions of flight had been sold from Zalavius, so it doesn’t seem the vampire have been in the shop personally. Also found out, that Zalavius is a reasonable man to trade with, and bought a healing salve and a Curative potion, almost for the price of one.

Around high noon, we gathered and prepared to move north, to find and scout out the Mak Tokarsh camp. To see if we could find any sign of the abducted women. And get a more precise number on the bandits. Travelling north went rather uneventful, camping in the outskirts of a forest to the north of Kator for the night. We was woken during the night by Bremner, that discovered a large goblin scouting us out. Because of the Darkness I could not spot anything, and apparently the goblin disappeared into the night. We decided not to pursue, since none of us have the necessary skills to hunt and chase during the night. And a little wish that the goblin wasn’t a member of the bandits, a wish that was not met.

We woke early morning the 7th, and went in search of the bandit camp. We found it after a few hours of foot travel. We came to a area where a large tent was erected, with a number of smaller tents surrounding it. The area around the camp was filled with pit traps. Thankfully they were not well hidden, and we could all notice there position. But it was not enough to approach the camp unseen. As a large goblin spotted us, I have been told it was the same that spotted us the night before. A small goblin dressed much like Jig the great in purple clothes and leathers, ordered the camps orcs to battle. They were all equipped with large oversized crossbows, I am still amazed by the strength of those brutes. But they were slow firing, and Aliana, Esph, Bremner, Jig and Katyr and his animals, quickly dispatched a good number of the orcs, the large goblin taking a little more effort. The purple goblin kept himself hidden behind the large tent, And I could not lure him out, my taunts and jibes, only managing to rattle and shake the orcs and the large goblin.

During the final moments of the fight, Aliana charged the goblin. Not that I saw what was actually happening, I can understand on the others, that the goblin used magic both sorcery and alchemy to subdue Aliana, shackle her, make them both ethereal and then teleport away. As we tried to rescue Aliana from her predicament.
I do not believe that Aliana is in direct danger of death, as from some of the things I did get the goblin to shout. She was quite the exotic catch for the slave markets.
He did say that if we were to save her, we should meet him in Camden. I do not know if this is a ruse or if that was the truth, from the tongue of a overconfident slave trader.

There was some of the abducted women in the camp, and we have been able to save them from that fate. But they have all not been treated well, it seems they have been both beaten and raped, by the Mak Tokarsh Dominion. And I believe now that they should all be treated with the same non existing respect, that they have shown these women. And that they should be treated to the fullest extent of the law, that we can provide as rangers.

Our investiagtion of the camp and our confiscation of Mak Tokarsh equipment, will be listed and reported in my next report, as I have some trouble to concentrate on that part of our mission, with all that have happened.

“Im to old for this shit.”

Signed 7th day of Eternal Sun
Ranger Trainee A. Shonin.

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