Now Entering: Promise Junction

From Ardrana

This adventure began with the group of adventurers led by Bardo disembarking from the Mutaradat al'Barq, having failed to retrieve the blue dragon egg. They were made an offer by an Elven artificer named AutumnRose, and arrived at the janni encampment to hear her out. After meeting with Jessa to barter with the magical items they'd found in the dragon's lair, Siege procured a suit of magical armor and several bags of holding were acquired. Solidus was also able to purchase an uncharged wand of fireballs.

The group then gathered, and Rose transported them to a Red Dragon Inn -- or at least, that's what was claimed, as there were some distinct differences from the usual, including races nobody present had ever seen. Rose then brought them down to meet the proprietor, Percy, whom Klaven recognized as the former barkeep of the RDI in his old stamping grounds, Semmarch. Percy noted that they were no longer on Ardrana, but in a place called Oberon Base -- the first RDI on another world.

Percy and Rose explained that the Red Dragon Inn was opening up a new location in Promise Junction, a town in eastern Arin that the organization saw as having potential. They wished to hire the party as trouble-shooters, performing tasks in the area for both the RDI and for the locals. Specifically, they were having particular trouble with Gar-Bears orcs, and were especially hoping that Eckhorn would become their strategic planner while also serving as a cook. They also enticed Solidus with the prospect of founding a temple of Varice, Bardo and Zammocaz with the possibility of founding a school of the arcane, and Emi and Makoto with establishing a thieves' guild. Gilbert would also have a permanent venue for his performances.

While the party mulled over the offer, the two mages decided to decline, wishing to continue their education at the University Al Maneera. Noting that this would leave the party short on casters, Siege brought up his friend Alvin Haler, who had been left behind in Gascar. After some further discussion, the party agreed, and they were brought through the Astral conduit that links the Red Dragon Inns to Promise Junction.

A New Red Dragon

The group arrived at their destination to find it almost entirely empty. The only people were a bartender, a barmaid, and one man sitting at a table. Rose introduced the proprietor, Sinjamin Brovory, and the maid, Kringa. Klaven soon joined the one apparent customer, who instead turned out to be Bramus, a warrior who would be working with the group. They were soon joined by Toshiro, a mysterious figure who said little but seemed to form a bond with Eckhorn, presenting him with a book.

Lunchtime arrived, and a few customers trickled in. One was a Dwarven merchant named Brox, who invited Klaven to check out the Dwarven shops along the road to the south. He mentioned that they were building that road to eventually connect to the Thair Mountains for trade. A bit later, another past acquaintance of Klaven's arrived: Airlia, who mentioned that others who frequented the Semmarch inn had come to the area, including their mutual friend Rodney.

After lunch, Bramus led the party on a brief tour of the village. The party took special note of the temple of Gruumsh along the main road and the ruined temple of Perasin across from it before moving on to the Dwarven settlement. Brox showed the group the road being built, then visiting the forge and the makeshift bar. Finally, they paid a visit to the shrine of Sedric, where Solidus purchased a charm from the attendant, Meether.

Meanwhile, back at the RDI, Toshiro took note of a newcomer, casting detect evil and detect weapons to clear him for entry. The party soon arrived, and Klaven engaged the new arrival while Solidus went with Toshiro to look for the mayor, a half-drow named Labeese, at the general store. The man identified himself as Ulsi Taligus, a messenger from the capital. They each confirmed that the other was staying the night. Solidus and Toshiro returned, having found that Labeese was likely at his manor.

The party set off, with Siege remaining behind to guard the inn. They crossed a walled-off area behind the inn to a large building, where they descended to an underground tunnel left over from the days of the Wars of Arin. After chasing off some giant rats, they emerged in a storage cellar, where they were met by Skwatch, the bugbear bodyguard of Labeese. He brought the group upstairs where they were introduced to the mayor and his two advisors: Shirella, a Human wizard, and Oashute, the Gnomish head of house.

Everyone present discussed some of the issues facing the village, and when Solidus mentioned building a shrine to Varice, Shirella advised him to be wary, as many of the locals were of an extreme chaotic bent. Labeese mentioned that the nearby forest, Eskalikor, was home to a newly-assigned druid named Tara Goldmoon. Nyla recognized the name, but wasn't sure of its significance. The conversation turned to the local orcs, whom Labeese said were the Chipmunk orcs, led by Chief Dadbod. The party was advised to keep the peace between them and the Gar-bears orcs, who often came to the village to push them around. After a brief discussion of the small arcane library in the walled compound, the party was dismissed.

As the party returned to the RDI for dinner, they heard dogs barking in the compound. Pausing to investigate, they encountered Quaithan, head of security for the compound, and his two blink dogs Morelen and Varice. Arriving at the inn, they were greeted by Jambanov, the minotaur serving as the night-time barkeep, and a Dwarven barmaid named Leeva with whom Klaven quickly hit it off. They found Gilbert at a table with Drusank, owner of the general store, and Noxin, the local exterminator.

Klaven went upstairs to rouse Ulsi, and the two came downstairs. Ulsi mentioned that he was bound for the small town of Spittlehobble in the scrublands to the east. Not long afterwards, Oashute arrived with two other Gnomes, whom he introduced as Oashirt and Oashelf, the latter of whom Emi recognized as selling trinkets on the street earlier. A bit later, three orcs came in and began to get rowdy. Gilbert changed his repertoire to attempt to appease them, but that made the Gnomes angry. One of the orcs, calling himself Sub-Chief Bogrod, went nose to nose with Bramus. The fighter looked for backup, but only Klaven obliged until Jambanov threatened Bogrod with a broken bottle, chasing them off to end the night.

An official assignment

The next morning, the party woke to falling snow. As they gathered for breakfast, Quaithan notified them that there was to be a staff meeting downstairs. There, they met the compound's healer, Lennoy, along with several of those they'd met over the past day. After checking in with everyone, Quaithan officially asked the party to investigate a report of stolen animals at one of the local farms. Since jeks were the primary suspect, the group's forces were split between the farm and the ruins of the mill, where jeks had been seen the previous day.

The farm was located among the humanoid settlements, and was owned by a goblin named Oczuk. Toshiro spoke to him, learning that the animals were stolen from his barn. After they were led inside, Makoto transformed into a fox in order to get the culprit's scent. This scared Oczuk, who ran outside screaming about "weres". This forced the party to quickly retreat, but not before Airlia thought she detected a trail leading west. Suspecting the Gar-bears orcs, they decided to meet up with the rest of the group before proceeding.

At the mill, the other half of the party searched the area thoroughly without much luck. They decided to search the nearby hillside the jeks had been using as a lair, and were soon joined by the remaining group members. On their way, Rin thought she saw something peering at them from the fetid pond behind the mill, but nothing else was seen. At the hill, the party found a large opening on the south side. It was decided that they would head inside immediately, with Siege and Airlia stationed atop the hill to shoot down any jeks that might flee...

Cast of characters

This adventure is currently being run by John Proulx. Below is a list of characters who have been involved at one point or another:

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