Mino-Cross

The Town of Golden Rouge #9

The group of adventurers found themselves in Warok’s Treasure room, dividing up his loot. After handing out the gold and other various items it was time to free the slaves and address the riot’s going on outside.

Leo lined the halls with truth candles and the group freed all of the prisoners. This included their former traveling companions. Oloath in particular became a concern when he demand the keep be given to him and expressed that he would be enacting vengance and slavery on those that stole the keep in the first place. With a heavy heart, the group gave Leo the ok to follow him upstairs and slay the frost giant.

While down in the dungeons, the group was led by Maly to machine she had been trying to repair called the Lazarus table. A table able to raise the dead without the use of divine magics. Seron was immediately concerned that this could fall into the wrong hands and snuck down later that night to change some runes on it. That way she would slow Maly’s progress, but still be able to fix it incase it was needed.

Leo confronted the group about their promise and expressed that he was worried about his home and was ready to save it. He let the group know that if they wanted him to stay, that he wanted them to fulfill their end of the deal. If not, he held them no ill will but was going to leave to find his brothers and save Kiverly. The party agreed to help him out.

The party spent the next week planting Azel berries as the towns food stuff’s would be drained without them constantly raiding. They also set up a new gambling hall and made the former “Slave catcher” the towns new General/Mayor to enforce law while they were out. Likewise they gave Maly the responsibility of ruling while they were away. Finally the group thought that the town needed a proper name. “Golden Rouge” it was doubt in honor of the angels that the group mostly worshiped.

With that said, the party headed out. They first went to the goblin village where they met a man who had frozen all the creatures in place. He explained that he was tired of sending assassins after the group and simply wish to buy the ring the vampires were looking for from Danica. After being questioned. they were told that the bone ring contained a piece of the crimson ring. The vampire continued by explaining that the ring could make it so one of his kind was never hungry again. After dumping out 5,00 gold and making offer after offer, along with veiled threats, the party attack. It was useless however as the vampire was simply an illusion that vanished upon being shot. The gold however was very much real. With that out of the way the group continued on and spoke with the goblin chief who made good on his promise and provided them with a map to the Underdark.

Heading back to Beals, the party camped out. During Seron’s watch a dying man limped up to give a dread message to the party before throwing himself into the flames of their campfire. “In on week’s time, Baerune will come for his vengance”. With that mystery the party is left to wonder, what comes next?

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The Mother Fungus and Warok's wrath! #8

The party rushed down the hallway towards the mother fungus and engaged it in combat. The mother fungus summoned forth defenders and soon began to attempt to take over party members. After a short fight however, the group was able to slay the Mother fungus with the Everblade proving that the weapon was the one they had been searching for.

No sooner did the combat with the mother fungus end that another challenger appeared. Forming from mist, the man demand that the group stop what they were doing and come with him. After some backlash from Amos the party found themselves in a fierce some fight with another vampire. Before long the vampire took control of Danica and commanded her to kill the Cleric. Complying she rushed him but in true Danica fashion, hurled her battle axe out of her hands as she swung. Before long the group had beaten the vampire back to mist form and ultimately it was Amos that saved the day, killing it with a blast of positive energy.

After the fight the group walked out to greet the Ogre’s at the entrance when they were greeted by a half naked slave man. He explained that the Ogre sent him in to convince the party to come out and the Ogres were not to bright. Eventually the group agreed and left the keep to be greeted by nearly 30 Ogres and Warok.

Unlike what they had expected, Warok expressed a great respect for the group. He let them know that they had done him a great favor by slaying the Dwarf for him and that he wanted to make them leaders in his army. However this was only if they agreed to give him the Everblade. The group refused but continued to parley with Warok who eventually decided that this was no place for negotiations. Warok invited the party back to his keep for a great feast in their honor to discuss these matters. The group agreed under protest and headed back to Warok’s keep with them.

Along the way, Warok came into the party’s tent and made sure their accommodations were to their liking. He expressed that he was insanely impressed with them, but it was not the right time to discuss it. Instead Warok wanted to know of their lands and to be given more information about the humans living in prime. As they drank with him, he talk a bit about meeting unity on the battlefield and about his ambitions to concur the human lands to the south. This is why he needs the Everblade, to make the conquest go faster.

After their discussion the Ogre left and the party briefly discussed what they were going to do. There was some consideration but ultimately they were still torn, especially Danica.

Once at the Ogre Fortress, the group moved about waiting for the feast. Aenon and their new friend from the ogres walked to the prison to check on their Frost giant and Drow friend who had been forced back into slavery, before relaxing and drinking in Warok’s lounge. Meanwhile Seron re-uped on her narcotic supply and watched another slave auction with Danica. One of the slaves caught the party’s attention and they demanded that the Ogre guard buy it for them in Warok’s name.

From here the party returned to Warok to feast, but Leo was not with them. The group ate while Aenon walked around seizing up the enemies who were unarmed, and playing his bardic songs. Discussions were intense as Warok eventually agreed to allow the group to keep the Everblade long enough to slay the goblin brood. From here they were to return the sword and receive an army from him to take back Kiverly. There was an uncomfortable tension in the air as both sides went back and forth, each trying to get more and keep the Everblade. Eventually an agreement was reached and Warok called forth his court mage Maly to write up the death contract. This made the group very uneasy.

Warok pressed the party to sign. Likewise Unity, who was actively debating the group, pushd them to sign the contract. Danica was to be the first to put signature to paper and walked over to Warok. She hated this plan and knew that it stood against all of her beliefs. Standing between unity and Warok, Danica gave the signal to Seron and the two attack Warok. The stunned Ogre seemed confused and almost offended but soon whirled Unity around the room killing most of it occupants. After a few rounds, the group managed to slay Warok but not before he spoke to Unity. “I agree” he said to the sword before releasing his soul to the demon that was Unity. The two became one and the party found themselves engaged with a very wicked devil looking.

Immediately it was attacked by Danica but soon clapped onto it with his long monstrous crab like claws. From here the monster crushed her shoulders as she screamed in pain. The rest of the party attempted to save her but Even the Everblade could not seem to crack the beasts exoskeleton. In a final act of desperation, Danica prayed to Anachiel who heard her loyal servant. Danica’s axe ignited as she swung it through the air and severed Unity’s arm, before cracking the Devil’s thick armor. At this time, Leo broke down the door to the mess hall and rushed Unity. Seeing her chance, Seron launched a barge of arrows into Unity’s severed stumped. Finally the free’d Human slave they had met from before rushed up and with the Everblade in hand delivered the final blow to Unity who exploded into a million pieces.

With the final blow dealt, chaos could be heard from outside as the party made their way to Warok’s treasury. After cleaning it out, they returned to the mess hall to sort out their next moves and to speak with Maly the court wizard.

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Warok Strikes Back #7

The group found themselves heading off to investigate a Frost giant fortress. This fortress was said to be held by a single Dwarf who was keeping out the Ogre’s that had been attacking.

Upon entering, the group was attacked by several Skeletal Frost Giant’s and then a zombie like dwarf, along with several zombie like Drow. As the group fought them, they noticed they the creatures were being controlled by some kind of fungus and were in fact not true undead. Over the course of this fight, Danica was infected with said Fungus.

The group took the night to rest in the dungeon and study the samples of said fungus. Seron was able to conclude that the fungus had to have something issuing the commands, a mother fungus of sorts. So the group decided that if they kill it, while it will not cure Danica it should stop her from being controlled.

Moving forward, the group found themselves staring down an entire great hall filled with the fungus. After much debate on how to get through it the party bucked up and when through the fungus, using wet rags to minimize it’s effects.

After this they found themselves at the Frost Giant’s old treasury where the group too a breather. While looking around the empty room, the party eventually found a secret panel and there behind it was the Everblade.

It was at this point that the group heard a booming voice coming from outside the fortress. It Warok who was quite unhappy with his troops being slain. Warok demanded that the group come out and face him, or he would collapse the entrance to the fortress, trapping them inside. Paying little mind to his threats, the group continued on with their task in mind. To kill the Mother Fungus with the Everblade to both cure Danica and see if it worked.

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The Serpent's Tongue #6

The group met together and decided to bring inquisitor Leo with them to the Serpent tongue mountains on their quest to find the Everblade.

Traveling was fast with the group running into no real obstacles on their way aside from the weather. Once making it to the woodline of the mountain chain, the group found a traveler’s trove. Inside there was nothing to valuable with the exception of a magical cooking knife that Aenon took in place of his collapsible bathtub.

After a day or so into the mountains, Seron build an impressive shelter that was soon ambushed by Goblins. The group was hardly effect as Seron and Danica got the jump on the goblins and quickly pacified them.

The goblins explained that they were only trying to steal enough money to buy back their fellow tribesmen who had been captured and sold into slavery. It was at this point that the group learned of the Ogres that were taking over the area. They lead the group to their tribe where one of them, Skiv was badly beaten for bringing outsiders.

The group had words with the leader of the goblins who explained that they like many others were forced from the underdark but the growing goblinoid army. He was untrusting but let them know that the Ogre’s were lead by a fierce war lord Warok who had taken a Frost giant keep and was uniting the tribes of Ogres.

With that said the party left the goblin village and headed toward his keep in hopes of not only freeing the captured goblins, but also in hopes of gaining a new lead on the Everblade. Along the road they encountered some merchant’s heading to the Ogre city. These humans explained that they often brought weapons from Finalle to the Ogre’s in return for furs and other rarities for the mountain chain. After some discussion the party did trade with the group buying a merchant’s loop and another bag of holding and in turn selling a number of their items.

The group left their animals behind after being warned of the Ogre’s distaste for those on horseback and headed into the Ogre city outside of the keep. Here they were greet by some very aggressive guards but ultimately made it in fine after Seron confused one of the guards with some very mixed signals.

Once inside they were warned not to leave the market area or they would face the consequences. The group agreed and went into the market where they found a slave auction going on. Disgusted, the group watched and questioned if they should bid as it would draw attention to themselves. After watching the first slave owner brutally kill one of the goblins he purchased their minds were made up.

The group drew some attention after Seron purchased a frost giant named Oloath and then Aeon purchased both Goblins and a drow named Ardul for large amounts not allowing others to even bid. After the auction ended, Aeon was approached by a Orge who was angry with his show of wealth. The ogre demanded that Aenon give me the slaved. Aenon attempted to barter with him by offering him wine. The ogre who was already drunk took the wine, and still demanded that the slaves be given to him. After Aenon once again refused the ogre threw him o the ground. Leo reached for his weapon as the Ogre continued to harass Aenon but wiping his muddy feet on him before Seron stepped in and stared the Ogre down. He decided it wasn’t worth it and poured the rest of the wine out on Aenon before spitting on him and walking off.

The group decided that they were going to take their new slaves out to talk to them while Leo stayed behind to gather information. the goblins were released and the party started by talking to Oloath. He explained that he was part of a raid that attempted to take back the fortress and fail but wanted nothing more than vengeance. Next was Ardul who was busy praying. She explained that she was a kidnapped priestess though she was clearly stand-offish.

Leo returned that night and explained that after a few fights, he found that the goblins were being kept at a locations close to the city. He also warned that the groups new companions were very evil and to watch them.

With this new information the group headed toward the Ogre camp. Once there Seron and Danica snuck in to free the slaves, while Aenon created a distraction through song! eventually however one of the Ogres no in the song caught Seron and combat broke out. Leo, Seron, Danica, and Aeon fought until only the leader was left. He attempted to run, but a crack shot from Seron the Ogre was stopped. From here the group interrogated they learned of the leader Warok and his godlike weapon Unity. It became clear to them that the Ogre’s seemed to worship Unity as a god. They also found the the weak point in the fortress was a sewer passage passage. Turning their backs, Leo killed the warlord and the group was off.

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The Inquisitor Leo #5

The party continued moving toward the town of Match in hopes of finding the last volume of the Everblade story. While heading up the snow began to become overwhelming but through some cleaver use of rope, Danica and Amos were able to craft improved tires for her war chariot.

The party eventually made there way to the town after running across the remains of several frozen zombie corpses. Once inside, the group broke up and explored the town. For the most party the town was ruined, with graffiti everywhere and clear evidence that there had been people there recently. Inside the main tower, Amos was able to find a large cache of books and with the help of Seron was able to find what they were looking for.

No sooner did the party step outside did they get immediately attacked by a swarm of undead and a large skeletal dragon. As the group did battle with the creatures, Seron noticed a man on the towns wall casting a spell of sorts. Serons wolf quickly ripped the man’s robe off only for him to burst into flames when exposed to the sunlight. Searching his remains, the group found his robe generated darkness and that he was carrying a note mentioning that the one with the ring would be traveling with an elf.

The party cleaned up and took off toward Beals. Once in Beals, the party returned Ari’s artifact. The horns soon blew and signaled that someone was at the gates. It was an Inquisitor. The group recognized him as Inquisitor Leo. Leo was clearly inquired and exhausted. Once inside there was no time for celebration, he wanted to talk to the group.

Taking them to a home in the back of the town, Leo sat them around a candle of truth and began to question them. Despite questioning each other back and forth for quite sometime, very little was learned from one another. Leo did have some insights on other members of his order but nothing substantial. After finally calming down, Leo returned to his normal self and stopped grilling the group even going so far as to offer to join them. Like the Wood guard Leo assured them that if they helped him out, he would be more than willing to assist them.

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The Woodguard Return #4

The party began by returning to the home of Menith . Along the way the group ran across the Wood Guard from Kiverly. They came looking for Seron and Danica, but not to arrest them. The guard captain, Bradford, instead wanted to ask for the group’s help.

He explained that after the group ran, The inquisition was sent off in different directions to find them. With every inquisitor gone, the plague spread and the emperor locked himself up. Soon the town was sieged by horrific beast caused by the plague. Bradford and a small group of men barely escaped and began looking for Danica and Seron.

The Wood guard offered to help the party with their liche issue and to guard the town of Beals if they helped them find the missing inquisitors. The group agreed and told the Wood group to meet them in Beals.

From here the group went to confront Menith about the accusations of the Liche. He explained that it was nonsense. Menith then went on to research the Undieing with the groups help. He discovered that the title of Cerebremsis could be stripped from a liche by poisoning him with a non-intelligent brain. This would cause the spirit to leave the liche but they would still have to deal with the liche.

Menith refused to say at his home and told the party that they would be taking him somewhere safe since he blamed them for this. They agreed and made their way to Beals. Along the way the group met an old woman who read their fortunes. Danica was told that death followed her and would be killing those close to her, while Seron was given a heroic destiny.

Once in Beals it was clear that the Woodguard were making a difference. They began putting up walls, helping to rebuild, and defending the city against what looked like more goblin attacks. The group held up here for a few days be deciding to head to the town of Match to find a library.

Along the road they met an injured man named Ari. Ari explained that his things were stolen by goblins and asked for the groups help. They agreed and followed the goblin tracks to an abondon mine shaft. The miners looked to have dug into a crypt that the guard began to explore.

In the crypt they were attack but vermin and undead. Soon they discover that this was the rest place of a demon from the apocalypse. Xix was it’s name and after a long hard fight, they defeated him and found Ari’s things. With his gear intact, the group left the mine and once again head up toward Match.

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Cerebremsis #3

The party defeated the bodak behind the red door and left to head back to Menith’s shack.

Upon arriving, Menith was greatful for the wine and informed the party of what he know about the Everblade. The weapon was only mentioned in an ancient story about an antihero going about the land and trying to overthrough a king. Menith stated a strong distaste for the author and let them know that the tale was not complete. He needed the second volume to guide the party further.

The night the group came upon a well equipped ogre riding a direbear. After some talk they learned that he was having dreams about what sounded like Sabriel and may be a paladin in the making. His name was Gronn. The party asked Gronn to join them as they were both after the Everblade.

The party decided their best bet to find the book was a keep a few days from their location. Along the roads they met a halfling who was a follower of Khalia. After offering him food, he talked to them a bit and gave them a shiny stone to say thank you.

Once at Fort north the group noticed something was off. Gronn waited outside while the rest of the party entered in only to find a library of Brains in jars. At this point a Lich came out to greet them. He explained that he was Cerebremsis on of the The Undieing. He also stated that he was not going to harm them but was after Menith’s brain. He sent them on their way implying the Menith was like him in some way and that they need to bring his brain back to Cerebremsis.

And so the party took off from Fort North trying to decide who to side with and what comes next.

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Old man Menith #2

After the attack, the party handed over the goblin and helped conduct a trial for him. He goblin was then hung for his crimes.

Afterwards, the began heading down the trail toward Old man Menith’s house. Along the way they had a few strange encounters but nothing too substantial. After arriving, Menith begrudgingly offered to let the party member in. From here Amis spent his time slowly pouring over Menith’s books while Scron and Danica camp outside.

In the woods, Scron noticed a misty fog that beconed both herself and Danica to it. From here the two took off with Amis to investigate. They located a small grave to a girl “Olivia” and where then attacked by a Drown! After killing the monster the girl’s spirit was put to easy.

With this act done, Menith let the party know he was willing to be more helpful and offered to assist with the research of the Everblade. This came with the condition that they go off and find him a bottle of wine.

The party sat off on a quest to do, quickly finding the keep and loading up on wine! (40+bottles of it). After finding a secret passage, the group entered into the keep. After an encounter with some shadows the group was ready to just leave until Amis showed up to cure them. From here the group explored the dungeon, killed many undead, and stopped with redkey in hand before opening the final door!

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Goblins Attack #1
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The adventure began in the town of Beals with Danica entering a church of the Red to tithe where she met Amis. The two briefly discussed religion before a militia member rushed in and informed them to ring the bell, the town was under attack.

Danica and Amis rushed outside to greet the goblins and were met by Seron. The three proceed to slay goblins until finally the magic user goblin arrived and destroyed most of the church. After subduing him, the group questioned the goblin to learn that they were after the EverBlade. A weapon that kills families.

The group held a funeral for the dead villagers and then spoke with the elder who informed them that a man named Menith might know something about the sword. So the party ventured forth to meet Menith and discover the secret of the EverBlade.

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The Guardians of Mino-Cross
Session# 67

After a bit of house keeping (Plots being bought etc)

The Order of the Dawn set out to retrieve the corpse of the legendary Blacksmith Conway.
the Dawn’s research lead them to the Ruined town of Thrickenridge. Immediately the Dawn could tell something was wrong as the town appeared to be covered in a thick haze that aged everything within it.
After some investigation the party was confronted by the multihead ChronoHydra Ferosis. Calming the creature the party explained the state of the world and what they were looking for. Ferosis led them to Conway’s remains in exchange for a favor. Ferosis explain that he was one of many Natural guardians, birthed to protect the lands of Mino-Cross. Ferosis was concerned for the well being for his companion Raspitek of the Floral Plains. It was at this point that the group was confronted by a large army of demonic forces that taunted them with threats of death. Taking this opprotunity, Alandra stepped forward and Screamed, killing the entire army and gravely wounding it’s Lieutenant who fled.

The party agreed to seek out Raspitek and left for the plains. The group there found the remains of the Colossal spider and resurrected him, agreeing to take him back and seek out the rest of the Guardians, hoping to make powerful new allies in their war on Hell.

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