The Wolves of Dor Maleer

Did She just say One on the lips?
And so a new adventure begins. A band of 5 meeting in secret in the wilds of Dor Maleer a place where the Inspired and The Quori masters hold little sway. Even here however they have enough power to force the town leaders to send a group to assist the empire of Riedra. But these 5 are members of the resistance they see through all the propaganda, the help offered by the Inspired comes at too high a price. The Free people of Eberron need to know the true cost of dealing with the Inspired. Brought via mass teleport to the Capital city the group meets with the 3rd council and given their mission and some currency that has little to no value outside the empire. The shops offer little by way of weapons and armor, and the proprietors are a mixed bag some completely loyal and some less than enthused. After a long day of shopping they hit the tavern and the bard is fully in his element.His Talent is noticed by all.
his song inspires the patrons and it isn’t long before the party is involved in awkward advances from boozy patrons towards almost all of the party. Through diplomacy they deflect all and leave peacefully and thankfully despite the promise of “one on his hips and one on his lips” alone. The Next morning they are told they will be delayed one more day until a new addition to the party can be brought to the city. Who is this mystery person and more importantly can they trust them.
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Venerick Rides Again.....and again and again and again and...
you shook me all night long
The party is set to meet their new member provided by the council when everything changes. The Psiforged that they believe is to join them is told to go with a group from another council, the party is somewhat relieved the silent and massive construct they firmly believe works for the inspired will not be going with them. They set off by Skyship Skyship.jpg Having never been aboard one of the vessels the trip takes it’s toll on most of the party. During the trip they have the misfortune of being attacked by sky pirates , known as the Broken Children they attack the ship with strange and exotic weaponry called arc throwers. The fight is brutal and the ship is nearly lost but at last they prevail , the rest of the trip is uneventful and at the mid afternoon of the second day they arrive in Dul Untan. This town is very different from the capital it is a small garrison town with few amenities however they do find a shop of note Mallo’s sundries. The proprietor takes an interest in Venerick and a bargain is struck for a discount at the armor shop he must satisfy her more base needs, but at over 8 feet and well over 400 lbs the task appears monumental to say the least. With the deal struck the party is able to procure better weapons and armor, later that night as the rest of the party feast the fighter lives up to his end and as I have heard said he “crit that shit”. The next morning they leave for the temple the journey is uneventful the night spent outside it is equally uneventful, leaving the party feeling nervous. The Temple main door is a puzzle lock quickly solved by Jarinth and the Stranger . Inside they make their way through the halls searching room by room until they find 2 rooms filled with creatures. To the east are creatures known as the half-living the other filled with creatures they do not know in the mid chamber they are attacked by one of the Soulless 82175.jpg Seemingly bound with dragonshards and armed with crysteel arms and armor it fights like a creature possessed. The fight is brutal but in the end Venerick strikes the fiend a mortal blow. Onward they go searching the temple after the defeat of his doorman a vision of Nar Trig leader of the Soulless appears and tells them of their doom for entering his home, the final battle is between 3 soulless that leap from a stone coffin another tough battle but ultimately won by our heroes. The entire first level of the Temple has been mapped out and now the descent will begin but what lies deeper and the biggest question does Nar really have the Ring of Nystul, and if so how can they deal with so powerful an artifact. Time will tell
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When they say no teeth .....

After a nights rest in the altar room the choice is made to descend to the next level. They find a soulless scribe busily working on official papers for King Henrik the fourth, the party asks many things of the scribe but when they attempt to have him transcribe his language the creature realizes it should not be and is released from this world. As they search the hear a Fragment patrolling the halls.
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They wait for it to leave and then move on. The room at the end of the hall contains The Putrified they attack and bite Venerick Hilts it quickly poisons him. With the sudden departure of the creatures Jarinth does his best to cure the illness to no avail. More searching of the level reveals a massive Bazaar filled with Soulless and various creatures including goblins, orcs, and many other types. The party is overwhelmed at the size and variety of items at the shops. A goblin shaman helps cure the poison and fills the party in on as much of the story of the soulless , what to avoid , what not to say. While at the bazaar the party eats and drinks to save their rations. They leave and make their way back to the Temple area, as they proceed Dreddarious Waridon is struck by an arrow from The Shattered burningarcher.jpg rather than attack back they end up reasoning with the leader of the archers, a high ranking member of the BloodlessSkeleton_warrior.jpg He warns them as they descend yet again they will find no allies below only the most corrupt live down there. The next level is strange it has tracks and an eyeless creature with a cart filled with body parts that it keeps dumping at the end of the track and then refilling it. They also encounter the Mourned th__7_.jpg foul creatures that look like children with the awful abilities of the Mournlands , meaning no healing of any magical means works. It radiates this for a considerable distance. The ability proves to be troublesome to say the least. They also encounter members of the Marrow nasty undead casters as well as the Flayed who use blood and cancer magics. However the night ends with the arrival of a Neverman , the party is unsure if they can kill even a lesser member of these expert fighters 189564.jpg perhaps they wont be that bad……………..right?

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Judgement Day

Either the Neverman is an illusion or they are incorporeal at times either is troubling to say the least. The next room however does not contain an illusion. The room is the Court of the Eternal Judges in the middle of the room is a headsman and 2 guards. The Judge passes sentence on on the party and although Dredarious Waridon makes a valid argument the judge will not be swayed. Dred passes judgement of his own and combat ensues, the guards are brutal combatants and in a few exchanges leave 3 members of the party in pools of blood and out of the fight. “Rabbit” rallies the survivors and they kill the guards. The headsman just stands watching as the y regroup and heal to his astonishment Venerick Hilts attacks him ,a mighty blow he parries effortlessly and then he marks Venerick with some form of arcane magic upon his neck while his name becomes etched in arcane runes on the blade of his axe. Dred intercedes and allows Ven to back away the headsman just watches and smiles as they leave. With that still heavy on their minds they proceed to an area said to be the “void” it shifts locations and the group decides to take the stairs down. While adventuring on the lower level they get an answer to a question in a manner more direct than they would like. A neverman begins ambushing them and in turn all but Jarinth is brutally attacked and left near dead. The aftermath of each attack is that a brain parasite is left behind which must be removed, The only one to not have that done is the bard who loses an eye in the attack and although it is returned in the worst way possible it is not the same and anything seen through the eye is a twisted parody evoking feelings of overwhelming hate and rage. Other rooms on this level require leaping over pits, which is done with some difficulty, a forest filled with horrific hybrid creatures one of whom is charmed by the bard with a song

. The creature having the body of a bear but its fore paws have been replaced one with an anaconda the other by a hammerhead shark wanders away and the party decides to leave it be it goes north so they go south. After hiding in a water closet to avoid a patrol and encountering the forest filled with hybrids , a lab filled with Inspired being drained of the essence of Dal Quor for who knows what another lab filled with surgical equipment which they assume is used to make the hybrids. the choice is made to go back upstairs and try a new location in the void room. As they are heading back they are contacted by the inspired for an update of their progress. When they report about the draining they are linked directly to one of The Quori in person. This gives them a rare glimpse of an actual one not in a host body but they also learn that The casters choker hides her from their mind abilities because they believe her dead. on the way to the stairs they run into the patrol they avoided before. As combat begins the beast the bard has befriended hears him cry out and in a rage attacks and kills the patrol allowing the party to continue back to the stairs. They do not lead back to the void room but to a new area altogether. They surprise a torturer who is plying his trade on 4 helpless victims he is quickly dispatched and although 3 of the victims choose to die rather than go on, one is saved and upon questioning they learn much of the early life of Nar Trig. They Learn the following.

  • Nar was in the great war
  • He went to a shrine with these 4 men he was torturing during the war
  • He worships a strange “goddess” whose symbol is a faceless image with seven stars or eyes
  • He acquired a book with brass binding that had the symbol of his goddess on it
  • He has on more than one occasion let someone live because " she would not like it were he to kill them"
  • The shrine is now in the Mournlands
  • the 4 captives were taken from towns in 4 different provinces
  • Nar said that there were uses for the power of the dreamlands that The Quori could not conceive of it could be used to hold nightmarish creatures together.

It is useful information but what on eberron could it all mean? What made Nar change into the creature he has become? What happened with Venerick and the headsman? Why can’t the Quori see the Caster but the inspired can? Finally what will they find when they finally encounter Nar or his lieutenants , the future is still shrouded in mystery perhaps they are closer to answers than they think………….perhaps.

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He Knows you throw that right..........
The Cleric of the healer is grateful for his freedom from the torture he was enduring. Despite his pain he answers the questions that he can and offers them a blessing of healing and he does his best to restore Minarik Ironwine‘s eye. He then summons a bodyguard to help him escape and takes his leave wishing the party luck. As they leave they come to the next door beyond it Jarinth hears the sounds of torture only part of it is in a language he understands. By the time they enter the room all that is left are limbs bolted to the floor and wet crunching sounds coming from a small room just to the east of the entrance. Dredarious Waridon leads the party into the next hallway for a brief moment at the edge of his vision he sees the headsman from the dark court and upon the breeze at his ear he hears an ominous threat against Venerick Hilts and as soon as he appears he is gone. As distressing as it is they must push on as they move down the corridor they are set upon by a living spell it attacks and in a stunning move the bard charges with the 2 melee specialists only he decides to jam a xen’drik boomerang into the thing and critically hit and kill it. Beyond the next door is a room with strange tiles 2 of each tile are in the room and each tile has a different thing either in it or written on it the one directly before them is the first problem they must solve it will dismiss the Paladin. Jarinth does his best to alter it to something harmless and it appears that he succeeds for no dismissal occurs although something does happen but the party knows not what occurred. The next door is locked and as they are examining the tiles they hear someone say fuck it and a click followed by the emergence of a spell turret every 6 seconds it fires a spell across the room first rust ray followed by lightning bolt, burning hands and finally disintegrate then it resets for 6 seconds and goes through the spells again. They get by it with precise timing and spell use but waiting for them is a member of the marrow they are one of the lowest of the order known as the marrow of the fingers .corse.jpg

It is dispatched but not before it can injure many party members, the area beyond its corpse comes to a t in the hall one way leads to a sweet smell the other intense cold they go towards the heat and find a cauldron and troughs in the floor and the room radiates intense heat not wishing to deal with the area without knowing what is down the other hall they check out the intense cold. It turns out to be as bad as the heat massive coils of super freezing air are capable of drawing the very heat from their bodies and far worse is the golem that is emerging from it. First believed to be some form of stone it turns out to be raw sugar and it is capable of encasing things in molten sugar CrystalGolem.jpg

It is a costly battle that includes a rare failed song from Minarik

but once more the party triumphs. They go on to learn of how these poor creatures are made living hosts bound inside heated and heavily magicked sugar then brought to the cooling area and left to solidify for future use. The molds are massive and iron and the party doubts they can damage them but the room beyond is a small storage area filled with many liquids from all around the kingdom some beneficial some vile it is decided to stock up on potions and rest in this room which will be easy to defend should the need arise. They are now lost in this underground complex and worse the 3rd council is calling again. What could they want now it hasn’t even been a day since they last spoke.

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So what did you say to make them this angry....

As they rest in the room of alchemical reagents Jarinth notices that the bottles have a secret code on them, Minarick using magical help translates the writing. It is in Aether the secret language of the undead. Also discovered in the room is a flat stone with the mark of Khyber the dragon below. It has latent magic on it that when activated casts a message on the far wall “Speak of the Dead to Enter Khyber’s Lair.” Not only is this cryptic message discovered but they also learn that the bottles of reagents should have 34 more bottles than are present i the room and they are all labeled in Aether, marked with either a number or a name or warning. The numbers seem to be usage labels such as use first second etc. but much is being guessed at. Having exhausted all options even hurried prayers to their respective gods they reluctantly leave and open the door directly across from them beyond is a hall filled with coin sized studs that leave no area of the floor uncovered. With his first step Dredarious Waridon trips a arc flash trap that vaporizes his right foot. With the paladin maimed Venerick Hilts takes the lead and gets 10’ farther before he triggers a similar trap that removes his left foot. 20’ of hall 2 maimed party members things are looking quite grim. The wounds are treated as best as possible and pegs are attached to allow movement and they press on. After triggering the final arc trap they find themselves confronted with a pit trap followed by a suspension bridge with bells on its underside they make it across and don’t fall prey to the trap that is the entire ceiling one missed shot against the bats that the bells call would unleash tons of water to wash them from the bridge to their deaths. beyond is a room with four chests and an armored figure with a strange symbol dreaming_dark_symbol.jpg They will learn it is an agent of the dreaming dark an agent of the Quori. He radiates evil his armor radiates not only evil but malice and hatred.th_5.jpg a brutal fight ensues but he is eventually defeated. Ven and Dred can’t even approach the armor left behind as the corpse itself becomes a dark malevolent cloud that seeps into the cracks of the ceiling. They loot the chests the final one is rigged to destroy its contents if any but its own key is used they manage to open it and get the precious restoration creams inside. Restored and renewed they continue. Beyond is a room of torture an half-living is being tortured by 3 more members of the dreaming dark. They defeat them after another brutal fight. They talk to the council and get confirmation of some questions but only after much denial. During the call however they meet a “Reforged” a flamboyant warforged devoid of it’s heavy armor but loaded with personality perhaps too much personality but he gives them valuable intel on what is going on since they have been away. The info is as follows:

  1. Lighting Rails shut down from an attack by The Huluud
  2. The Broken Children attack and capture a skyship for possible reverse engineering.
  3. large military force sent to Dor Maleer to search for a Dream Merchant in the area
    he then sends them a scroll through the link and makes a hasty retreat.
    the room beyond has 4 drum locks and only a partial floor as they solve the puzzle they are attacked by some dark cloud being in the shape of a humanoid it attempts a possession of Rabbit but fails th__1_.jpg enraged it tries for Jarinth and fails again it then attempts to kill them by triggering the floor traps but even that fails. it leaves and the party overcomes the trap to move on to the final encounter of the night. A showdown between 2 Fragments ,2 Marrow and The Flayed. the battle is the most brutal combat they have had yet nearly killing several members of the group and nearly leaving Dredarious blind. What were they guarding? What is going on with the inspired? Who are the Dreaming Dark? Who are the Lords of Dust they have learned about? Finally who is this new Reforged? Much has been uncovered but so much more remains a mystery? With the fights getting harder can they keep going without any help from the council? If they do ask for help can they trust anyone the council sends?
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You don't look like you wear a top knot?

After the battle they enter the room beyond and find a room with a portal protected by wards put in place 19000 years ago. They are written in the druids secret language and they reference Vvaraak an ancient Black Dragon that taught the druids of Eberron so they might resist an incursion from Xoriat the Plane of Madness. The portal in this room leads to Xoriat the seals have been damaged by countless rituals perfomed in the room for the purpose of removing the seals. There is little they can do to restore the seals right now and they search the room. During the search they find a secret door that leads to a hallway, around the corner they hear someone and discover 3 robed individuals each wears a pin vor.jpg They appear to be undead and during their brief talk they ask the party if they are “of the blood” when they hear the party contains a druid they check him thoroughly {he will try not to remember how thorough they were} and decide they are not. Without another word they are gone leaving the area the party finds the portal they were studying it leads to Mabar the endless Night. it’s seals are damaged but not nearly as badly as the one to Xoriat. Beyond this area the hall continues and leads to yet another portal it seems to have all it’s seals intact, it leads to Dolurrh the Realm of the Dead. After a brief check of the area they move on and find the portal to Fernia the Sea of Fire , it is risky to even walk before the portal which is evident by the inches of ash and bits of bone and charred hearts that lay before it it’s seals have been damaged, most likely at great cost to Nar Trig and his followers if they are behind this. Also found in this hallway is a dragon shard of Siberys Jarinth uses it and is left with a strange rash on his chest. beyond the gate to Fernia lies another secret door as it is opened the party is attacked by Dolgrims dolgrim.jpg the weapons they wield are vicious devices from the realm of madness not only wounding on a hit but even on misses they can attack the mind of the defender. The Battle nearly kills Dredarious Waridon in the end they manage to kill the creatures. The next room houses their leader a Dolgaunt dolgaunt.jpg It is swift and it’s very touch leeches at the abilities of any that it touches. Another brutal fight ending with many suffering from it’s leeching ability. Inside the creature they find a crystal that contains boards Jarinth says he needs to repair the seals. Dred also notices that this creature ,the dolgrims and the horrid creatures from below that were multiple creatures fused together are all made by Fleshsmiths more importantly the same Fleshsmith made all they have encountered. Among the possesions they recover from the bodies is a war hammer bound with a bloodthirsty Air elemental, it seems to long to end the lives of anything it is used against, it is also marked as needed to break the “4th Seal” whatever that means. During a much needed rest Minarik mentions the scroll the Reforged gave them. They don’t know what it does only that it is a scroll of summoning from Shae Mordai that has 4 uses. Before they set forth they use it and it summons a Karrnathi skeleton warrior. The last room of the night contains 3 portals the first is to Shavarath the eternal Battlefield it’s seals are completely gone, the second is to Risia the Plain of Ice, it’s seals are intact , finally the portal to Thelanis the Faerie Court, it’s seals are intact as well. Also within the room are 5 Fragments 3 living spells and The Flayed. The caster and the living spells begin hitting the group hard while the battle between the melee fighters is equally savage in the end after nearly losing most of the party they kill the last of the creatures in the room. This day of exploration has led to the discovery of many portals and the knowledge that someone is trying to open them. But Who? Also who were those Undead with the pins? Why are some portals important and some not? Finally can they survive if they encounter a larger group or if they encounter any of Nar Trigs lieutenants? This will be a challenge indeed.

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I didn't know they came in XXL
Inside the room with 3 portals the decision is made to attempt to re-seal the portal to Shavarath. During the ritual they are attacked by a creature known as the Fleshsmithed Beast it is being restrained by 2 large handlers also there appears to be a leader of sorts he is called Ferlein. The combat is savage with both Dred and Ven losing an arm to the beasts vorpal halberd. The Beast is wild and once one of the handlers is killed it turns and attacks it’s masters. Ferlein leaves before the creature can do anything to him. Afterwards they run into 2 workers Rul and Keff. They speak to Keff at length, the party learns of the Black door which they are told is Ferleins mirror. Which is one of 2 ways to get to “the Master” the other is Jospurr’s mirror or the Black Gate. The Black gate they are told was the first thing the master ever crafted, it is guarded by the “Twins” the first creature the Master ever made. They learn of the seamstresses. Then Min teaches Keff to sing and they part company. The Next room is the first seamstress she seems quite kind they talk with her at length and learn the following:
  • She takes care of her grandchild
  • Her husband crafted a sword for Vvaartuk the Black Dragon
  • She has been working here for a little over 1 year
  • The mate to the Scissor of Fate was kept a secret by Korth Kethend
  • The rash on Jarinth is actually a mark of Siberys
  • She Lives on Totem Beach
  • She says Nar Trig is treating her very well and sends people to her home to stock the pantry and take care of her needs.
    after a pleasant talk the next seamstress is the polar opposite and she is not alone she is accompanied by a Warforged Titantitan_1.jpg

The decision is made not to fight them at this time and they beat a hasty retreat to a store room filled with supplies. Although the time spent does not appear like they have gone far the information they have learned is invaluable if they could only figure out all the pieces perhaps they could understand what is going on because it appears that it has been going on for many years more than they have been told. Time is not their friend and they are starting to see the bigger players in this game, can they overcome them to get to Nar. Can they find this Gate to get to the “Master” and Who is the “fleshsmith” and how many twisted creatures has he made? How powerful is he or She? Will they all make it ?

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When The Hunters Become the Hunted
Rectum it damn near killed em!

After spending time in the storage area to heal and get ready they leave hoping to avoid the Titan and the Seamstress. The next room they find looks to have been hastily deserted. as they search the room they notice it once housed many magic items. All that remains are what seem to be mundane skill wands and rods. Minarik finds a secret passage and when he reveals it’s location to the group he is stabbed in the back by an unknown creature it breaks the blade off in his back and hides also Venerik and Jarinth’s wolf are assaulted by a song of grief and sorrow from an unknown source. They drive off their attackers but Minarik is near death and the wolf is lethargic. The decision is made to move on and they find another room they are attacked again this time much more directly with arrows and a vicious hammer. Again they drive off the attack. Each time they are tested each time it is a different method of attack, during this running battle they encounter another creation of the fleshsmith.
tumblr_m6eodfOXNl1qmg4b2o1_500.jpg It is poisonous and deadly fast but unlike the group that pursues them , it is alone. When it is slain Min finds a hidden cache of armor of bright lavender. It has a slight enchantment when struck it hardens to offer extra protection but at the cost of movement which it thirds. Finally they encounter the other group again, the result is every member of the party is downed. They awaken in a cell with other groups that had been sent by other councils. Finally it is revealed the Inspired are using the groups to be rid of Nar Trigg who is trying to oppose the inspired by keeping the portals closed. They manage to escape the cell and free the others but now they are in a prison in a pocket dimension fighting the Quori on their semi home turf. Things look bleak but they are free and they now know the truth. With the truth finally revealed the true battle can begin.

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Saying Goodbye.
When darkness reaches into you, you cannot resist for long

Tonight the party is dealt a pair of blows they may not recover from for quite some time. The moral compass (Dredarious) and the soul (Minarik) of the party fall in battle never to rise. With the paladin and bard dying in battle against 3 major casters the party sits stunned it all started so well. First a battle against a ninja followed by a battle against 4 ogre mages that use symbiote magic then immediately going to battle against 3 major league casters directed by a Dream Master. Although they quickly run into new comrades a monk/psychic warrior and a sorcerer. As nice as it is to have these new people they miss their friends. During all of this they learn that Nar Trig has attacked the south tower and is even now striking deep in the prison. As the battle rages through out they must move with caution or they could be attacked by friend and foe alike. The stakes have now been raised and the dark of the Quori is reaching out to end this resistance once and for all. How long can this new band keep the Quori at bay. With Venerick merging with the Elemental within the sword will he be the same man, the fear is no for already he has turned to chaos the ones that knew him best wonder how long will it be before he changes so much that he can no longer be trusted. Meanwhile “rabbit” also dons a piece of possessed equipment perhaps in hopes of also joining with an elemental. tbc…

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