Fate of the Fey

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Something New

So while trying to figure out where Clearn and Ardisia went, I was picked up by the palace guards. Well, hell in a hand basket. They took me away and locked me up for a while before pulling me out to ask about an attack made on the Coronal’s consort. It looked like the plans Clearn had found and told us about were actually real and happened. I answered all their questions to the best of my ability and with complete honesty. I mean, come on. I have no reason to try and attack the consort at all. I’m just trying to carry on with what I’m already doing. I wouldn’t want to add that onto my plate. Well… If I’m being completely honest, I might if someone had shown me and guaranteed me what I want right then and there. Actually, no. I still wouldn’t because I still don’t know what it is or what exactly it does. Anyway, we eventually end up meeting with each other and this Drow named (name is on character notes) who confirms we weren’t apart of this attack at all. He seems a little shady to me but I really wanted to get out of there so I kind of hastily took the allowance to leave and jumped on it.

We make it back to the Purple Dragons to discuss where to go from there. After a lot of discussion, we end up with the plan to head back to Drullyndra to check on a couple things. I have to admit. That spellcasters’ meeting still has me intrigued. But then the Purple Dragons told us it would take three days to get everyone ready to go. It’s a bit of a long time but I figure I can use it. I’m not too much a book person personally but after what Aowyn said, I guess I need to look more into them. I didn’t have any luck the first day. But I found at least a hint at what could be next on the second day. I found some text in one of the older books I happened across that said my staff had shown the ability to send messages over very long distances. It’s a very useful thing to have so I set on anything that might show me the proper symbols for that. And, if there was one, the trigger word to use the ability. But I didn’t find anything else before I decided to get some sleep. The last day yeilded a little bit of a result. I discovered one of the symbols I needed to use this ability. I gave the symbol a try but nothing happened. So I have more I need to find out before I can use it, it seems. Oh well. I guess being cloistered up in more libraries with more musty old books is in my future.

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Moving On

So as the morning came, I set out for the Purple Dragons’ camp. I managed to convince the lionel that they needed to be incognito with the rest of our group along to keep an eye on Magpie. It’s different than my original plan but it will have to do. At least now I have the help of the Purple dragons to keep watch of her should anything happen. Now I have to get everyone back together since the lionel is willing to wait for them. Back tracking to the guard post, they knew what direction T.I.M. went but not Clearn and Ardisia. So I headed for the library. When I showed up, a baelnorn stopped me to figure out my purpose there. I found it somewhat odd one would be tethered to the library but I’ve seen stranger things. Once I explained who I was looking for, I was led to T.I.M. filling out stacks of paperwork. Thinking quickly, I used the adventuring charter to give him immediate access without needing to finish the paperwork. Explaining where the Purple Dragons’ camp was, I told T.I.M. to go there once he was finished. Now I need to find Ardisia and Clearn. But where in the Nine Hells could they have gone?

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Death and other things

I should really give up this adventuring gig. Not only am I not that good at it, but I have little to show for it. And now because of my carelessness, I killed two men who just happened to be at the wrong bar. It just doesn’t seem fair. If fate has chosen me why put me through what it has.
However, can I face my family after what I’ve done? Can they forgive me? I already missed my daughter’s birthday, can I go back with nothing but a guilty conscious? I must be better than that. What if those men who were after me follow me back to Drullyndra? Then I would just be putting my family in danger. I can’t do that. Besides can I turn my back on Hal, Kris, Ardisia, and even Tim? They have been there for me, so I should be there for them.
I still feel as though there is a voice inside of me begging to go on. To explore and gain power. It says that I will need it someday. My studies can go much further away from the bar.

Dearest Sunnyrra,
My life is in danger. Those that would wish harm upon my sister, Kara, are after me, and I don’t want them to harm you or my children. Please forgive me for breaking my promise, and know I will do everything I can to return safely home.
Your love
Clearn.

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Cages

After Ardisia and I arrived at The Guarded Raven, we found a group of guards there. Turns out a fight had broke out in the bar and a fire had started. Since we both had seen before Clearn’s mishaps with his fire spells, we figured something had happened to him. The guards told Ardisia that they had a robot man in for questioning. Which meant they probably had T.I.M. and he might know what happened to Clearn. But unfortunately, Magpie hadn’t shown up yet and she had our adventuring charter. Worried she had been kidnapped again, we set out to find her. It took a while but we managed to find her outside of the city with the Purple Dragons the captain from earlier in the day was in charge of. I remembered they had been told she was with outlaws so I tried to play it off as a drunk and lying friend. Ardisia didn’t quite pick up on that. But thankfully they didn’t try to arrest us or anything like that. But they did ask about her kidnapping attempt. I didn’t know how much they knew about Cruendalas so I gave no names and was kind of vague on how the attempt was stopped. Ardisia stripped down to see Magpie, since they were afraid we might try to hurt her. It seemed she wanted to stay here and gave Ardisia the charter, who then gave it to me. Making it back to the police post, we showed the charter and we able to go inside to question T.I.M. But it turned out Clearn was locked in a cell at the moment. We asked about the bar and I couldn’t believe what I heard. Clearn had been the one who killed the bartender and another patron. Innocent people who had no right to die tonight. I couldn’t face him because I wanted to hurt him. So I had to step out before I let my power speak before my words. Were we just becoming a band of merry killers now?

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Nocturne

As we made our way into Myth Drannor, we happened into Villorn on our way to the palace. He spoke of a new patron who wanted him to reveal nothing of his project. But Villorn did invite us for drinks. So I figured it might do us some good. Afterwards, we made it to the palace to find out it was open audience today. When we reached the door, we had to stop so we could hear the shouting on the other side of the door. Turns out Cormyr people are looking for probably Magpie again. It seems her husband to be has been kidnapped and they want to protect her from whatever threat took the prince. But it seemed the Purple Dragon Captain didn’t recognize her since he pushed right by her.

Seeing the Coronal was interesting. I know I didn’t have much to give her in the way of the group I was suppose to be infiltrating. So I had to tell her we were getting the run around in getting to the leaders. Which is partially true. Of course, we had been in the feywild taking care of xivorts at the Coronal’s request but that didn’t matter. Oh well. Clearn brought up the map he told us about on the way here to the Coronal but she didn’t seem to find it very useful. None the less, she did decide to have her people get to work cracking it. So we got dismissed to get back to our infiltration work. We all went to try and track down the captain from there.

We missed the captain by about an hour. Figuring since we were going to head out to Suzdail anyway, we didn’t bother going out to find his camp. Instead, we headed back into the city, passing a couple shops along the way. I did stop by one where there were some rituals being sold but none of the offered rituals struck my interest. But I thought I heard talk of a really cool ritual but I didn’t hear what it was called. Oh well. Maybe I’ll get lucky some other time. As we walked, Clearn talked about a note from his sister saying to meet him at one of the taverns in town. We discussed forgoing Villorn’s invitation to see his sister or forgo his sister to see Villorn. We ended up splitting up to do both. T.I.M. went with Clearn in case anything happened while Magpie, Ardisia, and I went to see Villorn. Which wasn’t too bad. We could get much information from him but we did get drinks and chatted. I made sure I didn’t get anything strong. I didn’t want a repeat of last time I was in Myth Drannor. After about an hour, Villorn decided to vanish off to the restrooms. I knew what was going on. To be fair, I had done it more than a couple times in my own travels. It meant a good meal without using too much money. So I excused myself along with Magpie. Since I was done with that for the night, I decided to head towards Clearn and see how things were going with his sister. Eventually Ardisia caught up with me without Magpie so I know who got stuck with the bill now.

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What Others Hear

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So over the course of returning to the Passage, Aowyn showed me something awesome. She was able to decipher some of the upper runes on my staff. Finally! Some kind of progress with getting it to work for me. Aowyn taught me the word she used and which runes to hold so I could throw my voice. Sure, it’s kind of a parlor trick for now, I’m sure there’s more it can do that will prove useful for anything we might get into in the future. Aowyn mentioned time and a good library would help a lot to work on some of the other runes. Since we have to get Magpie back to her prince charming anyway, I can use the library there to work on it. And here I was hoping to avoid the books.

Anyway, after making it back to Drullyndra without being arrested, we all went off to take care of any personal matters. Since mine involved getting someone to check there was no one in my room at the Shaded Dragon, I followed Magpie from the general store to her house. It was still blood-splattered so we decided Claern’s spells could help for that. After she checked my room of course. So after I was given the all clear, I went up there to wait for my liaison to the group I’m kind of helping, kind of infiltrating. It was only when I started nodding off that he finally showed up. There were no new requests but he did have some good news for me. Which made me forget about asking about meeting his leader this time. He let me know a tiefling was in town that could find anything. More interested in where this might lead, I wished him well and hurried downstairs to see Ardisia and Magpie sitting at a table with Clearn serving them. Since Clearn was working and Ardisia is a bit brutish, I figured if I needed some kind of back up that Magpie would have to be it. And as an extra coin purse if I couldn’t cover the fee.

Thankfully meeting the tiefling, who called herself the Finder, was uneventful. She told me she would need a month to look into the matter before she could even give me a quote. It wasn’t as great a start I had hoped but I’m use to false starts in this matter. We went back to the tavern to talk about some of the things Magpie heard was going on. Turns out quite a lot was. But the most prominent to me was the fact our followers, since we have followers now, were getting violent with other churches trying to set up here. I figured we should take care of that on our way out to Myth Drannor. It didn’t feel right the people wanting to worship us were being like this. Making it back to Magpie’s place to sleep for the night, it seemed someone giving Ardisia a bad look back at the tavern was watching the house from one of the other walkways. Beyond that, it was an uneventful night. In the morning, we got food and rations for the next long trip ahead of us and assembled the people who worshiped us to listen to what we had to say. I will admit, my temper may have peeked out a little during the announcement but I think we got across the idea we didn’t want them fighting the other religious groups. So now we set out for Myth Drannor to see the Coronal.



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The Final Steps

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So we ended up in another xivort fight. For a while, those damn panthers were getting a bit of a leg up on us. But T.I.M. was able to help pick me up before I went unconscious. Ardisia was doing what she does best: kill things while swinging from tree to tree. My attacks seemed weaker this time, taking more of them to drop a xivort. Which brings me to a new thing. I couldn’t find it in myself to put a killing force into my spells. I think the whole execution thing shook me more than I originally thought. At one point near the end of our fight, I managed to draw on an inner strength as I pushed through the pains of battle. I don’t quite remember what I said to myself but I remember what I focused on: a pheonix. And as I held that image, I felt myself fly. Wind was whipping around me to take me airborne as a large bolt of lighting struck down from the heavens. I never experienced anything like it before. It was amazing. Almost like I was a storm made flesh, meting out nature’s wrath on all who tried to stand against such fury. Once the last xivort was knocked out, Aowyn woke the xivort up and told it to let its leader know the Hellborn of Essilarthree was coming.

When we camped for the night, Magpie woke everyone up in the middle of the night screaming like she was on fire. I normally would have asked what was her deal right there, but we weren’t under attack and I was exhausted. So I went back to sleep. In the morning, I pulled her aside and asked her about the banshee wailing from the previous night. I was afraid she was having nightmares about what she had done. I know I don’t have as great of sleep as I would hope since then. But no. She just had a vivid dream about a cloaked person attacking our camp and her unable to do anything. I wasn’t able to help her understand the dream. But I am gonna keep a closer eye on her. In case anyone would want to remove her from our group again.

As we traveled on, something odd happened. We would come across xivorts, patrols most likely, that ran in fear of us. It was unusual. I think because I left some alive for once that all the xivorts knew us to be able to decimate their numbers. It made my stomach bottom out a little. It’s not a way I wish to be known. Once inside the stronghold with their leader, T.I.M. started threatening them. A lot. But it worked and we secured a path from the Passage to Bellisee that xivorts would avoid. So now we get to head back and try to reach the Coronal without me getting arrested.



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I’m having a hard time focusing on the others. My mind has been moving in a lot of directions lately. I caught bits and pieces of conversation with the newest people to our group but it seemed… I don’t know. Trivial? Right now I’m just going to focus on getting us safely to the xivort stronghold. There’s more… Wait. Did I just hear something?



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AAA u OOO EEeee uaaaahh!

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As we trudged through the forest, with Kris as our directional guidance, some of us took the opportunity to try to get to know our two new companions. Ok, so mostly we asked them random questions. I am a bit wary of Aowyn. Claern says she likes walking around naked. From his statements, it sounds like she might have been flirting with him, but you never can tell what actually happened from Claern’s interpretation of events. The sheer fact that she makes deals with dragons is… unnerving.

T.I.M. is… I dunno… strange. I’m very curious about him. I have never met a mechanical man before. I tried asking questions, but he only gives one word answers. I gave up on getting a story out of him for now. I got bored and tuned out the conversation for a while. It’s a good thing T.I.M. was paying attention though. He alerted us to the impending attack off a small horde of xivorts.

Man, these things are getting SSOOOO annoying. Maybe because they seem so small, but are so hard for us to take out.

At least this time we got to do battle amongst the vine-y trees. Its so ridiculously fun to swing around cutting the little blue buggers limb from limb. It makes me so happy that I couldn’t resist yelling for fun. I wasn’t really yelling anything in particular, just some guttural vowels. I don’t think anybody was paying much attention to me anyway. I did get a painful wound from a xivort on a panther before I reached the branches. The agony of climbing with that wound and the hit I took as I left and the lingering pain in my ankle and back was worth it to not be on the ground. I can’t tell you how much I want my back to stop hurting so much. I do love my sword, but it hurts to wield it right now. Maybe if I could crack it just right…



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