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[EVENT] The Lazar House

8/17/2017 – Gathering at the Blue Boar one warm summer evening, several adventurers encountered a mysterious stranger who revealed himself to be the famous bard, Iolo FitzOwen. He explained that he had been wandering Britannia for many years, embarking upon many adventures, and that he returned to Britain after hearing about many of recent troubles in Britannia, such as the rise of the Knights of Mondain, and a plague that had recently swept the city of Britain. Many of the adventurers had heard the same rumors Iolo did, and together they set out to investigate further.

Their first stop was the Britain Healers, where they spoke to Falworth the Healer. They learned that the plague had spread throughout the city in less than a week and that the symptoms included coughing, bleeding, and skin abnormalities. Falworth believed that the disease was being carried by rats, and asked the adventurers for their help finding the pests. The group searched through the two warehouses in Britain, finding several enormous rodents skulking about in the shadows, and even found a few boldly in the open. All of the rats they found were slain, but there is suspicion that there may be more hiding in the city.

During their search they encountered vile sludge seeping up from out of the sewers, leading them into its stinky depths. Deep in the sewers they found some sort of unidentifiable mass of poisonous substance throbbing in the sewage. Whether the thing was alive or not was not clear. They destroyed disgusting mass and all the sludge that was collecting up in the drains and returned to the surface stinking to high heaven, but victorious.

Falworth thanked them profusely and advised them to visit the Lazar House if they wished to further assist. When the group arrived at the Lazar House, where those afflicted with the plague had been quarantined, they only found Joan the Caretaker alone in the building. She told a story of how a mysterious woman had come into the home using unheard of magic to instantly and totally cure the inhabitants of the house. She would then ask the newly cured patients for their assistance to “save the world”, though did not specify “from what”. Having had their lives saved, the formerly-afflicted were obliged to agree to her request. Joan said she found it odd that after visits from many great magicians, that this mysterious woman was able to cure all with such ease so soon after the outbreak, and then to ask a request. Many of them, Joan said, were impoverished citizens who had little going for them.

On the table Joan kept a list of the patients that had been admitted to the Lazar House. Many of them were said to have left Britain, but Joan stated that a few remained in Britain for a time, and that if they were sought out perhaps more answers could be gained. After speaking to the caretaker, Iolo advised the group that he wished to follow a separate lead, and left his fellow adventurers to seek out the lingering former patients of the Lazar House. He advised them that, should they find one, they should ask “what happened at the Lazar House?” They parted ways, but not before Iolo sang a song about their illustrious adventure and said he hoped to meet them again.

What Happened At The Lazar House?
♪ Oh, the heroes of Britain.. ♪
♪ ..on footstools they sat! ♪
♪ Bravely they fought.. ♪
♪ against the poison rat! ♪
♪ When the foul sludge came a’crawlin’.. ♪
♪ On the burning acid they were fallin’.. ♪
♪ Bravely they fought.. ♪
♪ and vanquished the disease! ♪
♪ In muck and stink and… relative ease… ♪
*clears throat*
♪ When the heroes visited the house lazar.. ♪
♪ They learned a mysterious lady from afar.. ♪
♪ Had cured the citizens! ♪
♪ Cured their disease! ♪
♪ But the mystery remained as to her fees… ♪
♪ The saga shall continue! ♪

[EVENT] The Prophecy of Naxalitor

8/10/2017 – Adventurers gathered at the Encyclopedia Magicka in Moonglow due to word spreading that the famous mage Mariah was looking for help. When Mariah arrived they learned that she had been given a letter from Queen Zhah of Ter Mur during her recent visit to her friend Naxalitor the Seer, who had fallen ill after experiencing a mind-crushing vision. The letter itself was intended for Lord Blackthorn, so as a precaution Mariah asked the adventurers to escort her to Britain so that she may deliver the letter safely. The letter was sealed and though Mariah was very curious as to the contents of the letter, she felt it better to deliver it to the king without reading.

They began their adventure by traveling to the moongate of Moonglow. However as they arrived, they encountered a rather pathetic looking gargoyle named Anailem. He claimed that evil men were preparing to assassinate Naxalitor before he could be moved to the Royal City. He could provide very few other details, and said that he couldn’t take this news to the other gargoyles because he was an outcast among his people. Mariah and her protectors were highly skeptical, but Mariah decided to travel back to the Holy City anyways to make sure her friend was safe.

Once they arrived, Mariah spoke briefly to Queen Zhah before, as Anailem had predicted, a band of men arrived to attack the building where Naxalitor was resting. These men had all the appearances of seemingly ordinary Britannians, dressed plainly and in some cases poorly as if they were impoverished. The adventurers made quick work of these rag tag fighters and as the dust of the battle began to settle, Anailem snuck up behind Mariah and snatched the letter right out of her bag. He led them all on a chase around the Holy City until finally being cornered. No where else to run, Anailem was forced to give back the letter and confess his deception. He attempted to lie his way out at first but upon further interrogation, he revealed that he had been recruited by a strange “old lady”, who wore a dark dress. He stated that she had found him in one of the refugee camps and promised him that he could be accepted by his people again should he help her with a simple task. That task was to convince Mariah to return to the Holy City, and while she and her protectors were distracted to snatch the letter and return it to her. Despite his crimes Mariah was willing to let him go, only if he promised not to serve evil again. He agreed, but whether he carries through with that promise is anyone’s guess.

That adventure behind them, Mariah and her guards returned to the moongate and traveled to Britain. Once they arrived at Castle Blackthorn they found Magister Rainard in the courtyard. Rainard and Mariah had a brief conversation in which Mariah expressed her belief that there was a larger force at play than simply the Knights of Mondain. Whatever voice it was the Pallid Knight claimed to hear could also be behind the so-called “old lady” and the peasant attack at the Holy City.

Before Mariah left she urged those present to keep watch for the poor and vulnerable, those most susceptible to sinister manipulations of whatever evil was working behind the scenes. She also said she would assist again if called upon, and bid her protectors farewell.

[EVENT] A Cruel Plan Indeed

8/7/2017 – The guards met with Magister Rainard who informed them of his other research project stemming from the invasion of the Lycaeum by the Knights of Mondain and the theft of a particular book. Rainard explained in his usual eloquent way that he was able to determine that the title of the stolen book was Perveniens Reliquias Vetustatis and after pouring through various scholarly tomes, was able to find cross-references to the purloined primer indicating what kind of information had been written in it. He said he was able to determine a number of different relics described in the book, but one stood out to him as pertaining to Mondain. The item was called the Eye of Twilight, a black lens which the dark lord Mondain was speculated to have used in his work to bind Sosaria to his gem. Rainard was skeptical, as no real evidence exists for how Mondain was able to achieve such a profound magical feat.

Through covert action, Magister Rainard had employed royal scouts to track down the last known owner or location of this dark relic, finding that it was said to be in the possession of a Priest of Mondain known as Decimus. His last known location, as it happened, was the Ice Dungeon in Felucca. The guards followed Rainard to the chilling depths and found a ritual area recently used. A magical projection appeared before them, presumably of Decimus, as a kind of recorded message meant for his followers in which he claimed that the Knights of Mondain were no longer aligned with the plans of the Priests of Mondain, and indeed were on a separate path altogether. He warned against trusting the Knights as he claimed they had stolen his relic, the Eye of Twilight and took it to the Yew Crypt in Trammel to conduct a dark ritual. Decimus also seemed to hint at some other plot of his, implying he worked against the kingdom, disturbing many present who observed the message. The guards immediately rushed to the Yew Crypt to attempt to stop the Knights of Mondain.

At the Yew Crypt, they found the Knights past their gathered legions in the middle of a ritual with the Eye of Twilight. The guards fought valiantly against  the Knights’ fiendish followers and even took on the all-powerful knights themselves, finding that they were weakened from the ritual. However, before they could attack the Pallid Knight, he claimed that the ritual was done, and the guards’ efforts were now in vain.

The Pallid Knight revealed in a strange explanation the nature of the ritual which they had conducted. He claimed that Mondain the Wizard was in fact still alive and calling forth to him from beyond the stars, where he and his army await to reclaim Sosaria once again. According to the Pallid Knight, when the Gem of Immortality was shattered, not only was Sosaria separated into duplicate worlds but so it was its people – but only its people. Those that dwell outside of Sosaria endured not the same fate, existing only as one rather than as many spread across duplicate worlds. The ritual’s purpose, boasted the Pallid Knight, would bind those entering into the Shattered Worlds to the whole gem retroactively – causing them to exist on every shard, rather than just on one. The effect would hasten Mondain’s conquering of Sosaria and the fall of Britannia. The Pallid Knight said that the fate of the Britannians had been sealed, and that he and his knights would take pleasure in watching everything that the Britannians had built crushed into dust. He then disappeared.

As the dust settled, Magister Rainard found his way to the relic, which he promptly destroyed.