The Folly of the Gods

The Black Knight ALWAYS Wins!
Except for this time.

Continuing their search for spawns of Apophis, the Bizarre Force set out southward, to Blueflower. Almost there, they spotted a brilliant flash of light in the distance, and went to investigate. They met a man named Clem Bumpkin, who explained the bright light as a resealing of the tomb he guarded, the Tomb of Heroes. He mentioned a festival, and the Bizarre Force, eager for a break from their troubles, went to Blueflower.

There the group participated in a number of games and competitions. Tiya won an eating contest. Nadia won a magic duel. Kublah won a dancing and a drinking competition. Ganifa won a marksmanship tourney. And, finally, Kriloc was able to defeat the sinister and mysterirous Black Knight in a joust, winning the title of Champion of Blueflower. The reward for winning the joust is a visit to the Tomb of Heroes to pay respects to the fallen hero, Keening Sunder, and the Bizarre Force set out the following morning to do just that.

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Fish People, Fish People
Taste like fish, talk like people.

After rescuing Richard from the assassination attempt, the Bizarre Force listened to his story. It seems that Wrimlund was originally lorded over by someone named Felmorra. Felmorra and Richard had an agreement; the pirates would kill the ocean beasts and keep Wrimlund safe if the Wrimlund guard would let the pirates conduct their business in peace. Gondra doesn't honor this agreement. The Force were stumped for a way to handle Gondra, and Richard suggested they stay, drink, and perhaps an answer would present itself.

At the local pub known as The Dive, Tiya was immediately recognized by the dwarven pirates. They cheered and celebrated, distributing free ale to her and all of her 'weird friends.' The Bizarre Force was delighted by surprise appearances by Billith (complete in pirate garb,) Garreth and B4P. Kriloc learned that his father was a ship mechanic, and his sister was a member of a pirate crew.

While the rest of the gang engaged in drunken debauchery, Tiya enjoyed an evening with Garreth, which ended in him giving her one of his scales, a most sacred and solemn oath of loyalty in dragonborn culture.

The following morning, a pair of female paladins appeared in the Shrouded Crags. Calling themselves Carie and Atenas, they demanded Kinglsey, at the behest of Mordrain. Instead of fighting these women, the Force reluctantly agreed, and Kingsley was taken away.

The Force went to Richard to discuss this, but he had nothing to say on the issue. Instead, he proposed the group go with a crew of his to raid a kuo-toa lair. They did so, and quickly found the lair.

After dispatching of the lair's inhabitants, the group found a hefty amount of treasure and one other surprise; Lord Felmorra, still alive.

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Pirates Ahoy

The Bizarre Force found the encounter with the lamia Wall to be easier than they feared; with both the spawn of Apophis and the traitor Dresyae slain, the Force returned to the Citadel of Mithrendain.

Their rewards for their services were dismal, almost insulting, until Vyrellis made a sudden appearance, granting them Dresyae Manor and lord and ladyship. 

After meeting their new housekeepers and exploring their new home, the Bizarre Force returned to the material plane via a portal. They found themselves in Windhill, where the Realm attacks had worsened.

The Force decided to investigate Wrimlund, across the ocean. They secured passage and found themselves on the new continent. Shortly after their arrival, a fleet of metal ships arrived and began attacking the harbor. After some questioning they were led to the lord of this place, Lord Gondra. 

Kublah and Tiya went to speak with Gondra. He admitted he knew who they were, but instead of turning them in, he wished for them to help with his pirate problem. After some debate they accepted, and after executing Gondra's plan found themselves in with the pirate crew.

Upon arriving in the pirate's hideout, the Shrouded Crags, they met the leader, Omar Samson. To the Bizarre Force's surprise, the famed pirate was actually Richard Everhard, Erik's father! Richard promised to explain the reason for his attacks, but before he was able to, was attacked by assassins. Kriloc leapt into the fray to save Richard, but did he react in time?

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Into the Feydark
The Bizarre Force investigates further.

Upon finding a breach into the Feydark, Saffrenia urged the Force to investigate, and they agreed. After fighting their way past a pair of shambling mounds, looting a wishing well, and killing a rogue dryad and her pets, the Force found a tunnel leading further down.

The tunnel took them to a cliff overlooking an underground river. There, they fought through a horde of cyclops guards, the majority of which fell to Tiya's newfound radiant powers. After the cyclops were vanquished, the Force continued eastward, finding themselves face-to-face with an eladrin woman, standing beside a man they knew as Dresyae Tlathlyn.

Saffrenia identified the woman as Jelvistra, but Jelvistra corrected her, informing the councilwoman that her true name was Wall. Quickly, Kublah and Kriloc realized Wall as one of the spawns of Apophis! Wall ordered her minions to attack, and the Bizarre Force's life hangs on the line.

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A Triumphant Return
Hello, Feywild!

The group materialized in a strange new place; a marketplace filled with screaming eladrin. It was obvious one woman, a blue-robed eladrin, was being attacked. The group sprang into action, saving her.

The woman introduced herself as Saffrenia. She explained that they were in the Feywild, in the city of Mithrendain. She went on to explain her suspicions of corruption in the local government. Saffrenia asked the Bizarre Force to collect information at a celebration; they accepted.

After questioning the other councilmembers, the Bizarre Force was able to determine that three of the four were corrupted in some measure. Saffrenia knew there were more answers to be had, so she led the group to the Old Battery to speak with some outcasts.

There, the group was ambushed by a party of quicklings and a blade spider, which were quickly taken care of. Saffrenia led the group underground, as they were no longer safe on the streets. She now leads them north, toward the Citadel where the council convenes, in hopes of exposing the dark heart of Mithrendain.

(This wiki will be updated weekly. Not as in-depth as previously, but it will cover the important information and highlight any particularly awesome/amusing moments. I might even institute a "Quote of the Evening" for those particularly hilarious gems that are uttered to be immortalized on the interwebs. The second half of the NPC listing should hopefully be finished tomorrow. Enjoy.)

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Welcome to Ancalagor!
The group arrives in the endless sands.

Shortly after returning home to celebrate their successes in the Seven-Pillared Hall, the Bizarre Force was contacted once again by the Staul household. This time, it seemed Douven was intent on traveling to Ancalagor, and wished for the group to travel with him. Considering their lead regarding the D.E. and Banshee Queen having business in Ancalagor, the Force decided to accept.

They traveled westward, through Winterhaven and Danath, and finally to Malareth, gateway to Ancalagor. There, the group stocked up on provisions to help them as they passed through the desert.

The trip started out easy enough, with only a slight hiccup when Erik and Ganifa drank from a strange, hallucinogenic cactus. Halfway through the third day, the group was assaulted by a massive sandstorm. Due to their quick thinking, the Force was mostly spared, the only casualties being Nadia's camel and the wagon carrying nearly all of their water. Douven, Kingsley and Kriloc were all caught in the open sandstorm and each nearly died, were it not for the quick healing of Tiya.

The group decided to backtrack a bit to a rocky outcropping they had seen earlier. Here they found a cavern, which they decided to enter in hopes of finding another traveler.

What they found instead were swarms of thousands of hungry arachnids. The spiders came at them and the Force fought valiantly. An immense blade spider came out of the darkness, and Ganifa quickly realized the potential in such a beast. Using all of her strength, knowledge and patience, Ganifa talked the creature down and tamed it as her companion, giving it the moniker of Count Pokeula.

The heroes were still alive, but did not know for how long. Should they return to the wastes and hope for the best? Should the carry on into the darkness of the caverns? And with this set back allowing the D.E. and Banshee Queen a significant head start, would it even matter at all? 

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The Search For Douven Begins
Exploring an underground city and ending a national threat.

(Several pages from the Bizarre Force's chronicles have been unfortunately lost to the ages. Some attribute this to the wear of ages, and others attribute it to a particularly lazy scribe. The world may never know the true answer.)

The Seven-Pillared Hall was an incredible sight. While Kingsley went to pray, Tiya and Ganifa immediately found the wrong side of town. Kublah and Erik had their first run-in with a drow, and the encounter ended with our heroes very frustrated. Nadia and Kingsley found a board in the Halfmoon Inn with a laundry list of quests in need of completing, and after looking them over with the group, the Force prioritized them and set out on their way to find and rescue Douven Staul from the Bloodreavers. 

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The Mysterious Eye
A new threat emerges...

Kalarel is defeated. Ninaran has been slayed by the unlikely hero Splug. The rift to the Shadowfell is closed, and Winterhaven is, for the time being, safe. A day-long feast and celebration erupt in thanks to the Bizarre Force. The heroes and townsfolk alike dance, eat, and drink long into the night.

The following morning, the group sets out to return to Windhill at last. On their way, they encounter a burned-out village. Fearing for the worst, they approach the ruins, only to find that those responsible were dead in a giant heap, villagers and farmers standing around, cleaning up the mess. The villagers explain these marauders came from the north, and a mysterious dragonborn appeared and single-handedly eliminated the threat. Erik notices at this time that the raiders all are wearing tunics with the symbol of an eye—the same symbol on his mother's ring. The Force continued westward, and twice more they encounter a burned-out village on the road, and each time their story is the same.

Finally, the group arrives at Windhill. The town is the way they had left it; a slummy soiled spot on the map. The group first visits Douven Staul, who gives them their promised reward. It turns out Douven had found an artifact from before the Demon-Dragon War, and had sold it on the black market for several thousand gold pieces. With this new fortune he plans on taking an expedition to the pyramids of Ancalagor.

The group took this time to sell goods, visit their respective temples, and gather information regarding the mysterious dragonborn, the marauders, and the man that bought Douven's artifact. They learned little about anything, and for the most part were heckled and pickpocketed.

When their chores were done, the group reconvened at their regular haunt, The Bawdy Whore. There they were reunited with Sophie Kurdelve, the proprietor of the inn and a good friend. After speaking with Sophie, Nadia and Kingsley learned that the name of the terrorizing group was The Hand of Naarash, a mysterious cult operating in the north. After a round of drinks and heavy flirting with Sophie, the group retired for the night, determined to do something about the cult in the morning.

The Force woke to the smell of smoke and the flicker of flames. The inn was ablaze! Kingsley, Tiya, Nadia and Erik jumped from their windows, while Ganifa desperately sought out Sophie, and Kublah, naturally resistant to fire, frantically ran through the burning building, searching everywhere for those in peril. 

The four outside suddenly found themselves in combat with five men bearing the symbol of the mysterious eye. As they desparately warded off these assailants, Ganifa gave up her search for Sophie and ran to the entrance of the inn, while Kublah continued to calmly, methodically rescue the inhabitants.

Ganifa burst out the front door and shot down an enemy mage, which began to stumble away. She tackled the man, hoping to capture him alive. Oddly, the mage pulled the pendant hanging around his neck off its chain, and the man's head suddenly burst like a ripe melon. Covered in pieces of bone and brain, Ganifa stood, perplexed.

The other enemies were taken down nearly the same time as Kublah exited the building, five survivors and Sophie in tow. Kingsley set to work reviving and tending to the wounds of the victims while the others rallied help to smother out the fire. Though the inn was unsalvageable, the fires were quickly taken care of.

When she came to, Sophie was furious. She quickly identified the bodies as members of the Hand of Naarash. She pleaded with the Force to help her seek out revenge on the Hand. Ganifa, who is smitten with Sophie, quickly agreed that the Force would do anything to help her. As thanks, Sophie gave Tiya her father's warhammer, a family heirloom, and promised Ganifa something more special.

The group decided to set out, but not before visiting the library to learn more about the Hand of Naarash. After hours of searching they learned nothing and came to the conclusion that this cult was relatively new. They turned their attention northward and headed out. 

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Talking Skeletons, Talking Squirrels
A failed diplomatic encounter, tons of fighting, and a critical decision.

NOTE: The official MySpace for the campaign is up and can be found at http://www.myspace.com/gods_folly

After dispatching the zombies, the Force moved south, into a dark corridor lined with sarcophogi. Halfway down the hall, the coffin lids burst open and the Force was assailed by animated skeletons. For every skeleton slain, it seemed that two more would take its place. During this battle, Splug found his courage and fought with the heroes, pulling his weight valiantly.

After the skeletons were dispatched, the group investigated a small shrine dedicated to Bahamut, the Platinum Dragon. There, they found small statues of dragons made of silver and platinum. They each took one and continued on, to the east.

They came upon a room in which rested a large coffin. Tiya and Kingsley stepped forward to open it, and out from it burst a massive, armored dragonborn skeleton—the remains of Sir Keegan himself! The paladin, now an undead creature, was fiercely loyal to his charge to protect the keep. He thought the Force tomb raiders, but after a flubbed negotiation, Keegan turned to believing them to be in cahoots with the cultists. He attacked, and a fierce battle ensued. During this fight, Splug escaped, and Kingsley, Tiya and Nadia were beaten within an inch of their lives. Kingsley and Kublah were able to talk Keegan down, at which point he whispered, "I have failed you, Jana." Losing his will to exist, the beast collapsed in a pile of old bones. Kingsley claimed the paladin's battleaxe, Arceus, for himself.

It was at this point that Erik and Ganifa noticed Splug's absence. They ran out of the room and into the dark corridor, where they heard a scratching noise. Kingsley cautiously walked toward the noise, only to find out it was, of all things, a squirrel. And then a strange thing happened; the squirrel began to talk. It seemed the squirrel was carrying a message from Valthrun that Winterhaven was being attacked. After telling its message, the squirrel scurried off.

The Bizarre Force now had to make a critical choice. Did they go to Winterhaven's aid, or continue on to seal the rift?

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Goblins Love Cake!
The Force make a bunch of new friends. Only one of them doesn't try to kill them.

Upon arriving at Shadowfell Keep, the Bizarre Force made a quick check around the ruins. They located a staircase, and without much hesitation, made their way down into the darkness. Erik snuck forward, slowly approaching the center of the first room. Suddenly the rest of the Force lost sight of Erik, however, as he fell prey to a hidden pit trap. Nadia and Tiya quickly rushed to rescue Erik, only to discover the halfling was now not only at the bottom of a pit trap, but completely covered in rats. Tiya quickly lowered down a rope as the rats began biting and digging into Erik, who grabbed the rope and began scaling the wall.

At that moment, a javelin came out of the darkness, hitting it's mark in Nadia's chest; a goblin warrior had been hiding in the darkness! The Force quickly assembled for combat. During the encounter, another pair of goblins joined the fray, and through a game of cat-and-mouse, the heroes chased down the goblins, killing them all.

After a brief discussion concerning the direction they should head, the Force chooses to go east. In this room they find a trio of goblins and their pet guard drakes, mining in an abandoned room. After dispatching them, a small treasure trove was found, including a new holy symbol for Tiya. 

Venturing down a different hall, the heroes encountered a crazed hobgoblin torturer, who fell quickly to their precise attacks. In this torture room they found a curious creature; a goblin by the name of Splug was locked in a prison cell! The pitiful creature begged to be released, and the Force agreed, but only if his hands were tied.

Splug was overjoyed to be free of his cell. He admitted he knew little of the keep, other than that the goblins stayed away from the southern door, and his boss was a fat goblin by name of Balgron. When asked what he knew about Balgron, Splug offerred that he knew Balgron was mean, fat, and loved cake.

This final bit of information sparked a master plan in the mind of Nadia. Using her sly magic tricks, the wizard cracked the door to Balgron's room and created an illusory scent of cake on the wind, blowing it into the room. Moments later, a goblin fell into their trap. A series of ill placed attacks, however, and the confused goblin was left alive. He turned and ran back into the room, screaming Balgron's name.

Moments later, a small army of goblins poured through the double doors, flooding by and overwhelming the Bizarre Force. Tiya and Kinglsey fervishly hacked through the horde while Nadia and Kublah slung spells from the corner of the room. Ganifa and Erik wisely hid in nearby rooms, peeking their heads around corners to take shots when opportune.

In the midst of the fight, Balgron appeared behind Nadia, having used a secret passageway to get behind enemy lines. He began attacking the wizard, only to have Tiya come to her rescue. With a notable mention to Ganifa's precise archery skills, the goblin horde was dwindling, and Balgron was eventually overwhelmed. They took from him a key which opened a chest, inside of which was a new wand that Nadia was all too happy too take.

With no other option besides a rat-infested natural cave, the heroes decided to explore the dark passage to the south. Nadia opened the doors and unleashed a cone of flame into the room. When she did this, however, her mind was suddenly filled with grotesque and appalling images of dead men, women and children, her ears filled with screaming, wailing, and terrible sobs. Bright red blood began gushing out of the walls. Quickly, she used her fey step to teleport out of the room, and the moment she did, it all stopped. To her discomfort and surprise, no one had seen or heard any of it.

They carefully moved forward, into the oppressive dark. About a hundred feet in they encountered a strange rune on th e floor. Tiya was able to partially idenfity its purpose, knowing that contact with the rune would cause an effect to trigger. They avoided it, backtracking into a larger room.

Nadia cast a light spell in the center of the room, and it revealed a man standing in the darkness. The Force was quick to realize, however, that this was not just a normal man. This man had been dead for some time, and yet he still moved. Before they had a chance to draw their weapons, two more zombies grabbed both Tiya and Kingsley.

After a frantic and frightening battle in the dark, with zombies attempting to pull Kingsley apart and a heroic show of divinity by Tiya, the zombies fell to the might of the Bizarre Force.

Many of Shadowfell Keep's secrets have been uncovered by the Force, but how many more await? What of Sir Keegan, and his sad tale? More pressingly, what of the mysterious Kalarel, and the evil rift hiding in the keep's depths? 

 

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