Davenport

The Sunken City

A few days after the Battle of Davenport, the party met up with Sirano, who was shockingly not dead. Zankus was kinda pissed about this.

Sirano forgave Zankus and gave everyone stuff. I don’t really remember what. After that, he tasked the party with finding a new Crownstone, as there’s apparently a huge door in the dungeon of the keep that leads to a an ancient city under Davenport, and the Crownstone was what was locking it down. Sirano knew of aother crownstone in the Sunken City, and sent the party to find it.

When the party entered the Sunken City, their were shocked to find that it was a massive metropolis of strange stone skyscrapers under Davenport, and that they could even see the Dusklake to the west of Davenport suspended in the air, somehow not pouring down into the Sunken City itself. The party started making their way to an ominous black tower in the middle of the city. Along the way, they were attacked by demons, but fought them off. When a massive Fomorian (underground giant) attacked the party, Randor rolled incredibly well, charmed it, and convinced it to take them to the tower, skipping like 70% of the encounters I had planned.

Once they made it to the tower, they found a Mind Flayer sitting in an ancient throne in front of a large mass of rocks. The Mind Flayer held the crownstone, but seemed to be a prisoner there. After a fairly cryptic and confusing conversation, the party took the Crownstone from the Mind Flayer, which awakened a small dragon from the rocks behind them. The party battled both of the monsters, and Adrik got hit with like a TON of poision damage. Still, the party overcame the monsters, and took the crownstone back to Davenport, locking the dungeon.

For now, things are once again quiet. No news of any more groups of gnolls has surfaced, and the party attends to their various business/personal ventures around town.

A few months have passed. Winter has begun to set in on the town, and as the snow falls, a massive caravan arrives in town, accompanied by a lone dragonborn from the tribe that helped Adrik so many years ago.

The caravan has started to unpack south of town, near Randor’s temple to Randor. Townsfolk and the party alike have started to watch the construction of a massive colosseum, accompanied with a gigantic sign that says only:

“Argus Volk’s Travelling Tournament of Strength! Fabulous Prizes! The Weak Need Not Enter!”

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The Battle For Davenport

Sirano sent the party to investigate rumors of gnolls massing in the western mountains. Adrik, a dwarven blacksmith, joined the party as they set out to the western foothills. On the way, Yevgeniy found a group of gnolls and totally failed to ambush them. After the party brings down the gnolls, Adrik was horrified by the party’s treatment of the gnolls, but he’s from out of town and doesn’t really get it.

The party found out that there was an army of gnolls, ogres, and giants lead by a blue demon that was set to attack the town. After getting back to town, the party bolstered Davenport’s defenses, which annoyed Adrik, because there was WAY to much pitch being spread WAY to fast in a lot of ditches. The party told him it was DM magic or something.

Yevgeniy and his ladies snuck behind enemy lines and started taking out giants. Zankus hung out with the priests, concerned that his demon might come out at the wrong time. Adrik, Braid, and Rando set to defending the wall.

During the course of the battle, Randor leapt off the wall and elbow-dropped an orge that was climbing up the side of it. Seeing nothing better to do, he cut therope, killed another ogre, and then demanded (in giant) that another ogre join him. Seeing that Randor was a total badass, the ogre joined up. As a result of this, a number of the town guard were bolstered by Randor’s Randorness and tore off their armor, joining up with his cause of worshipping himself. They killed a lot of dudes.

The giants outside of the town started throwing baskets with gnolls in them into town, and the party made for the keep to help Sirano defend them. They fought a hill giant on the way, and demonstrated that the party is kinda OP and I need to work harder at encounter balance.

The party reached Sirano’s throne room and found that he had fought off the gnolls himself. At that moment, Zankus transformed into his demon form—the blue oni that Braid and Yevgeniy had seen earlier! Before anyone could react, demon-Zankus stabbed Sirano (and no one is shocked since Zankus hates that dude for no reason) and took the Crownstone.

With the battle won, the party tended to their wounds and the broken town. Davenport would stand for another day, and the gnolls would think twice before coming back. Probably mostly because Randor is straight-up insane and really scary.

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The last two months....

Two months have passed since the trial of Hily Amer.

The old Baron continues to hang onto life, though he is now permanently bedridden. Sirano has become much more of a natural leader than people expected, helping the Equalists and House Tarantio come to an agreement over the state of dwarves in the city.

This has resulted in what appears to be the beginning of a boom in growth. Ships from across the great Dusklake are pulling into Davenport, laden with exotic goods. Captain Zankus, of course, is among the traders, and while his ship and crew are small, his profits are starting to grow.

Outside the walls of the town, Randor continues train his followers in his unorthodox fighting style. At this point, three men train with him. His temple isn’t fancy yet, but Braid has spent time building it up when he’s not busy building more vital structures in town and working with Sirano and the town blacksmith, Adrik, to better the lives of the local dwarves.

To do this, Braid and Adrik are working with promising young dwarves to build and establish businesses, with Braid building them while Adrik uses his contacts with various guilds to fund them.

Sergeant Yevgeniy, in the meantime, is continuing to work with his elite ranger squad, with one new addition; Ryellia, done serving her sentence in the brig for going rogue, has joined with Yevgeniy both out of thanks and a certain sort of reverence for the man’s tracking skills… and bow skills… and gnoll killing skills…

People continue to come to Davenport, and every member of the party has their hands full as their reputations grow around the small city. Relative peace has fallen across the Barony.

But…

Tales are coming across the Dusklake with Zankus’ crew… tales about people vanishing in the Western Periphary, tales about monsters coming out of the old temple-ruins beyond the corpsefens.

And from the east, rangers return with rumors of a growing gnoll army, led by a strange, blue giant…

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The Trial of Hily Amer

A few weeks after the party gave Sirano the Crownstone, life was continuing normally. Zankus was across the Dusklake to the west of town delivering goods on his ship. Randor was busy at his temple/shrine training warriors in the art of appreciating the awesomeness of Randor.

Braid and Yevgeniy were summoned by Sirano to look into the disappearance of another of the town’s rangers, a young woman by the name of Ryellia. Ryellia had abandoned her post in order to hunt down the person she believed murdered her parents, a young gnome sorcerer by the name of Hily Amer.

Ryellia’s parents and brother had died in a strange fire in their home. Yevgeniy used a few of his personal squad to investigate the destroyed house, and found that the explosion seemed magical in origin. As the two investigated, they found that Hily had been at the house the night of the explosion, hoping to gain insight from Ryellia’s father into better ways to control the wild magic connected to her sorcery.

Yevgeniy and Braid set out to find the two women. Along the way, they found themselves in a dark forest. That night, they were attacked by two wisps. They quickly killed one of them, and then followed the other one through the woods until a strange monster—an oni—killed the other wisp, grinned at them, and said nothing more than, “Not yet,” before disappearing back into the shadowy woods.

Yevgeniy and Braid thought the monster was totally badass and continued on their journey.

They reached a cave where they fought a small dragon and found Hily and Ryellia. Ryellia, mad with grief, was about to kill the terrified Hily. Yevgeniy and Braid rolled some awesome crits and subdued the two. They took them back to town to stand trial.

Ryellia accused Hily of killing her parents, and Hily admitted to causing the explosion on accident when she was trying to show off to Ryellia’s father by lighting a candle with one of her spells. Yevgeniy and Braid both defended Hily from the accusation of murder, pointing out that she made a bad decsion, but more out of foolishness than hurtful intent.

The jury took a certain amount of compassion on Hily, and instead of imprisoning her or sentencing her to death, they sent her to an asylum on an island in the Dusklake, where she would be better trained to control her magic. She was sentanced to stay there for five years. Ryellia was thrown in the brig for a week for abandoning her post.

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The Crownstone

The Baron of Davenport is on his deathbed. It’s clear that a successor must be found.

The groups vie for control of the throne:
The Duke’s kind son, Sirano
The Equalists, who work to give the dwarves of Davenport a greater say in the things that happen in the city
House Tarantio, a family of ambitious but financially savy nobles

The party is summond to the Baron’s keep to recieve a mission from the Baron’s seneschal. He tells them that it is customary for the next Baron to posess a special stone called a Crownstone. In the past, the quest to get the stone was undertaken by the people who wanted the power, but in recent generations, interested parties hired adventurers to find the stone for them. The party was petitioned by all three groups, but they sided with Sirano, as they felt that he would provide the best mix of social and economic stability.

The party consist of:
Braid Runeforge, an exiled dwarven cleric who believes in the pursuit of knowledge and works to help people in the town by building and repairing structures. He’s also trying to get some exercise, as he is a fucking huge fatass on the border of having a heart attack.

Zankus (Zenkus?) Longfellow, a half-orc warrior and sailor who is cursed by a demon and joins the party to get a new ship. He loves fightin’.

Yevgeniy, a local ranger and well-loved folk hero. He serves the town guard and cares deeply about the fate of Davenport. He’s well-known due to an instance where outlying farms were attacked by gnolls. He drove the gnolls off by himself, saving a few of the village children in the process.

Randor the Savage, a gladiator from a distant city who came to Davenport to create what is basically a shrine to his own awesomeness. Randor’s first love is himself. His second, third, and fourth loves are also himself.

The party heard of a Crownstone existing in a nearby dungeon. After being nearly killed by a pack of cockatrices, they found/slaughtered a demon to get a strange book writtin in the demonic language. They also totally creamed the monster at the end of the dungeon and found the Crownstone.

While the party was sleeping on the way back, a dwarven warlock with a giant spider for a pet appeared to Braid and warned him about the Crownstone and made him question the party’s decision to align with Sirano. Braid shared his concerns with the rest of the part when they made it back to Davenport, but the party decided that Sirano was still the best option and gave him the stone. He became Baron-elect and rewarded the party for their help.

The people of Davenport are happy about this decision, but as the party continued their daily lives, Braid saw the warlock once more. The warlock said nothing, shook her head, and vanished back into the shadows, leaving Braid concerned and worried about the decision they part made.

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