Ramagi, Pedro Gil
Mon Macutay, DM
Sethnakhtehamen, Jackalwere Psychic Warrior (3) 1,
CG © by Myk Roman
Quinntalis "DeadBane" Galendale, Elven
Curst (3), CG © by Jet
Malcolm Silverbrow, Irda Paladin of Bahamut (1)
2, LG © by Chris Cruz
Alliana, Gold Elf Wizard 2, NG © by Prixie
Endarth, Avariel (2), NG © by Erwin Nanez
Jakob Firehand, Human Monk/Wizard 2, LN ©
by Tony Cruz Jr.
of the Heroes
of Ches, Claw of Sunsets 1371DR (The Year of the Unstrung
irda paladin of Bahamut, Malcolm Silverbrow and Alliana,
the wizard, arrive in Targos from Bryn Shander bringing
a message to Ulbrec from Speaker Jarl. They try to locate
Vagrad, the dockmaster to take them to the mayor.
the avariel, also arrives in Targos to locate his missing
friends (apparently abducted by the same tribe of orcs,
the Black Skull, which attacked Malcom and Alliana at
the heroes of Shaegarne river, Tarion, Amen and Quin return
to Targos (onboard Oswald's airship) to the cheers and
applause of townsfolk. Dereth Springsong, together with
the rescued hostages and his men arrive a few moments
a simple ceremony, Ulbrec recognizes the efforts of the
"Shaegarne Heroes" and awards them with commemorative
scrimshaw. They are also promoted as officers. A feast
the feast, Ulbrec forms the "Targos Defense Strike-Force"
(whom the characters just refer to as the "company").
This elite team will be responsible for missions and tasks
to defend Targos and Icewind Dale from the growing orcish
threat. Ulbrec leads the company as senior officer and
adviser while Dereth and Emma Moonblade act as consultants.
Malcolm, Alliana and Endarth are also inducted into the
Company as members (due in part for their selfless acts
defending the docks from goblin sappers).
"Company" met to discuss present and future
plans to protect Targos and the Ten Towns in general.
Malcolm shared his information about the attacks at a
nearby Bryn Shander logging camp while Endarth confirms
increased orc activities by informing the company that
several of his fellow avariel have been abducted by the
taking over the reins of leadership from Tarion Gourn,
suggested that gathering information (legends and gossip)
would be the prudent thing to do.
Company learns of the following:
a group of Uthgard barbarians from the Great Worm Tribe
call upon Ulbrec and the party. Gjal Hjothleid, their
leader, informs everyone that the orcs are preparing to
descend the Spine of the World in great numbers. They
(the barbarians) have slowed this descent somewhat but
the orcs are taking up fortifications along the foot of
the great mountain. One such structure was once an ancient
Netheril ruin which the orcs have converted into a fort.
They also confirm to have spotted several prisoners (yes,
an avariel was among them) being transported to the fortress.
and Dereth make haste towards the fortress to scout and
investigate. They promise to return in 8 days with news.
into the Fort
Company tunnels into the Fort undetected
returns after 8 days, wounded and almost dead. She regrettably
informs the Company of the tragic
of Dereth by the orcs. They were spotted by a heavily
armed orc patrol with an ice troll. She managed to escape.
They have taken him prisoner in the fortress. Furthermore,
her Moonblade has also been taken by the orcs. Although
she wishes to return and rescue Dereth, Lord Ulbrec advises
her against it due to the grave wounds she suffered during
her stead, Ulbrec sends the Company on a mission to rescue
Dereth (and other prisoners) and to retrieve Emma's Moonblade.
mobilizes the Company and prepares them for the journey.
After stocking up on potions, scrolls and alchemist's
fire, they travel to the fortress
at the foot of the Spine of the World, they locate the
menacing structure. Amen confirms the Netheril architecture
since he has seen similar buildings back in his homeland,
and Amen discover a secret entrance to the fortress.
via the tunnels to the subterranean section of the fort
was fairly easy. Alliana discovers and old bronze Netherese
scroll with the spell "See Invisibility".
decides to do a little "investigating" and shapechanges
into an orc. Unfortunately, the paladin doesn't know a
single iota of the orcish language to make his disguise
credible. With some luck (if you call drinking 'fermented
Rothe bile', lucky -DM), he manages to earn a semblance
of credibility. Malcolm discovers a heavily guarded corridor
leading to the lower levels.
was during this time that the prisoner, Jakob Firehand
(together with "Mandro" the 'Mandriod' and Old
"Mac" the farmer), arrives. The monk of the
Shining Hand was escorted to the main chambers (Malcolm
was prevented from entering and made his way back to the
the main chambers, Jakob witnesses a female half-demon
hurling invectives and dissatisfaction over the orc chief,
Rezzowar. She is apparently "displeased by the chief's
failures" and that "the master will not be pleased".
the party decides to take the battle to the heart of the
fortress. Moving quick, Alliana felled most of the orc
guards with perfectly placed Sleep spells, "webbed"
some ogres, and dealt the killing Aganazzar's scorcher
to the Ice Troll! (doing 80 points of damage!)
the ogres and the orcs from the main hallway, the party
move on to the double iron doors leading to the altar/main
room. Endarth opens the door using the "key"
from the orc captain. Amenrath rushes the orc chief. Before
reaching his target, Amen falls weak and disoriented when
a magical negative-energy enhanced arrow hits him square
in the chest (draining one level). Catching himself, he
scans the area for the unseen bowman. Nothing there
Prison section showing the cables covering the pits
manned by orc guards
follows his friend and is also hit by the magical arrows
(good thing he is immune to level drain). Malcolm rushes
the orc chieftain and delivers a numbing 'Power Attack'
that sent the enemy down on his knees reeling in pain.
reads the Netherese scroll (see invisible) and spots the
assailant, (an orcish rogue with improved invisibility
suspended to the pillars using a 'Troll Gut Rope'). Malcolm
successfully burns the rope with a well aimed alchemist
fire! The rouge falls to the ground.
out of nowhere, Jakob Firehand slays the orc chieftain
with a 'flurry of blows'.
they also silence the orc thief
Dereth and the prisoners (and discovering a cache of treasure
and Emma's Moonblade), the party (thanks to Dereth's Tracking
skill), sneak out of the fortress undetected.
the mission completed and having dealt another crucial
blow to the orcish offensive, the Company make haste towards
several questions were raised by this adventure. Who was
the half-demon? What are their plans? The half-breed spoke
of a 'master'. Who could this be? What is the connection
between the orcs and the Red Wizards of Thay? Will the
orcs mount a major offensive? If so, when and how?
only time will tell if our heroes follow
the right paths.
our swords meet again!
" (referring to
her own Sleep spell which felled 4 orcs)
"It would be wise for us to venture down and investigate
although THAT would be the LAST thing
I would want to do
"So, Amen, what can you tell us about the orcs in
Shaegarne River? Any patterns perhaps? How were they organized?"
and Quin: (after a lengthy pause) "
we're just glad we escaped with our lives
okay. Your thoughts on the matter were
"okay guys, it's time to load up on Alchemist Fire!"
(preparing for the trip to the fortress}
"You guys go ahead
I'm NOT carrying any of
we'll be missing you. You
saved our lives" (bidding the "table" they
used to charge the orcs down the tunnels, farewell)
"Come out here you 'girlies'. You buncha cowards!!!
Is that all you can do? Hide behind rocks? Face us, you
faggots!!!" (rolls intimidate
"grash umbarkh ikhtu" (gives Malcolm the Finger!!!)
Orc Guard: (in orcish) "Where the fuck are you
) signaling that
he has a "sore throat" (Malcolm is bluffing
since he doesn't know a word of Orcish. Rolls bluff
Orc Guard: (in orcish) "Suit yourself, asshole
what a weird dude?!?"
Firehand: "These damn chains are giving me a
hard time!!!" (after failing 6 attempts to break
"get whatever treasure you want, the Troll Gut Rope
(taking 6 points of shock damage from
the gargoyle statues)!" "I told you! We SHOULDN'T
have touched them!!!"
I thought they were some sort
of warning device"