Session #2 (January 14th, 2017)
GM’d by Mike
Odessa Delavan (Angie), a talented human actress (and liar) who everyone believes is here as an anthropologist, Bryce Quimbell, a human doctor and herbalist from Gastiele who harken to magical and godly solutions, Feliah Worthal (Kelly), a blind and blessed priestess of Elastra Roffelos (Dennis), a half-elf Druid who only recently was introduced to the “civilized” world, Taboras (Molly), a Lance Corporal in the Remnants, woman of few words, and expert archer, Turin Wainwright (Josh), a huge human hedge knight and Lance Corporal in the Remnants, all found themselves at the same campfire after landing.
They shared their campfire with a salty, but friendly sailor named Sal who let them drink from his own personal stock of Tarn Rum.
The next morning, Turin awoke to find that his axe, an old family heirloom, had gone missing.
With the help of his new friends, Turin began investigating. While it was clear to them that someone had come and gone from Turin’s tent, it was impossible to distinguish any clear tracks with how many people had traipsed around the camp. It seemed that the next logical step was to file a formal complaint with the settlement’s Marshal, Ceremy Lattimer, a gruff and rather unfriendly dwarf who advised the group to go about their daily duties and allow him and his men to handle the investigation.
Several hours later, when many people were breaking from their assigned duties for lunch, a commotion started over near Turin’s tent. There had been a break in the case of the missing axe when it was found buried in the skull of a man he’d be drinking with the night before, hidden in his tent. Something else of note, was a strange grapefruit sized orb half buried in the victim’s hollowed out chest, swirling with red arcane energies. Confronted by the Governor and the Marshal, Turin was taken into custody and his friends brought along for questioning as well.
After a brief bit of question, the Gov. determined that Turin was not involved and that the use of his axe was most likely just to distract everyone and foster distrust. He explained to Turin and Co. that the orb in the man’s chest was known as a Thelastran Orb. A rare artifact (only 10 in the world and only 3 of them located) typically used for extremely powerful dark magicks. Unfortunately, the Orb was unable to be touched or moved by anyone except the one who started the spell. When the Gov. asked who else they’d be drinking with the night prior (due to alcohol currently being off limits), Rofellos unwittingly ratted out Sal as the one who’d snuck the booze. They were free to go.
Shortly before daybreak the next morning, alarm bells sounded and the shouts of settlers roused the group. They were under attack. The group grabbed their weapons and donned their armor and met the rest of the fighting forces on the beach where they were called. Striding from the water were the legionaries whose ship had sunk. It appeared that none of them had survived. Bloated and pale from their time in the water, the zombie soldiers marched forward, armed and armored. While they weren’t particularly skilled at fighting, the zombies were tougher than expected to put down. After a long and drawn out battle, the monsters were finally put down. Unfortunately 17 settlers were lost including the couple of deputies who were tasked with protecting the orb, which was stolen during the commotion.
The mood throughout the camp was somber, but not broken. In fact, this horrible attack seemed bring the remaining survivors even closer together.
Several days later, the group was approached again by the Gov. with disturbing news. Apparently, they’d investigated Sal to discipline him, and realized that he was on none of the ship’s manifests. In fact, he and at least 5 others confirmed to have been in camp, were not on the lists of sailors or settlers. It appeared that they fled camp during the attack. Hunters were sent to pursue them, but lost their trail in the mountains. While the purpose of Sal and his friends remain unclear, it’s obviously that it’s probably not good.
Important points (TLDR):
Party drinks Tarn Rum with Sal, a sailor.
Turin wakes up and his axe, a family heirloom is missing.
Party can’t find sign of axe and report it to Marshall Ceremy.
A dead body of a random sailor is found at Turin’s tent w/ his axe embedded in it’s skull and a magical orb in his chest.
The Governor takes the party in for questioning, but clears Turin knowing he doesn’t have the magic handle a Thelastran Orb.
A few hours later there is an attack on the beach and the party is called to fight.
The Legionnaires that died on the shipwreck were attacking the beach as zombies.
The party and the rest of the soldiers defeated the undead legion. There were a total of 17 casualties.
The men guarding the Thelastran Orb were found dead and the orb dissapeared.
After an investigation it was found that Sal and a number of others weren’t on the ship’s registry and that they disappeared during the undead attack.