Fall of Vrazuk

Sindri's Slaugher

The group finds the kobold encampment, but instead of soldiers the only kobolds that remain are a few grown male cooks, some mothers, and a few children. Sindri sneaks around to the entrance of the tent where they are eating, and observes them unnoticed from the shadows. Sindri watches the parents playing with their children and sees the joy they are experiencing together, and he is filled with a blinding rage as the memories of the day his family was tortured and slaughtered replay in his mind. He has flashbacks to the days when he played with his brothers and sisters and enjoyed time with his parents. Without thinking, acting nearly totally on emotion, he slides the family members all near each other and mentally forces the parents to attack their children. The children who are able to avoid their parents’ attacks watch in horror as the adults reel in pain with blood seeping from their eyes and noses. However, the parents who do manage to strike their children are met with a worse fate. They can only watch in horror as they kill their children with their own bare hands. As Sindri blasts one of the remaining children, Gharash yells for Sindri to stop taking innocent defenseless lives. Sindri is completely oblivious to what the dragonborn is saying but notices him quickly enough to dodge out of the way as he charges at him. Sindri kills another child as

Gharash charges back at him, but this time his shield connects and knocks Sindri to the ground. Before Sindri can recover, Gharash stands over him with one foot on his chest.
Gharash: “What are you doing?!”
Sindri: “This is justice!”
Gharash: “By killing women and children?!”
Sindri: “Yes. They came, unprovoked, to slaughter my family and everyone I ever knew, and now they will pay!”

Sindri fires another Eldritch Blast at a child and teleports across the room. The remaining kobold parents sit helpless in the room, holding their children’s lifeless bodies in their hands, and completely in shock at the horrible act they have just committed. Gharash flings a table past Sindri as he blasts another child. Outside, Lucien begins to wonder what is taking so long and decides to flush the battle out of the tent by firing two flaming arrows at the tent. Gharash charges through the room and swings at Sindri with his hammer and connects a mighty blow. Sindri seems to disappear from existence. Gharash looks around the room, thinking that perhaps Sindri has finally retreated when he hears one of the remaining parents gasp in pain and gush blood as Sindri reappears with the kobold impaled on his short sword. Sindri yells, “Your race does not deserve to live! I will wipe out your entire existence!” and smiles at the kobold as it falls off his sword.

Gharash roars, “If you won’t stop this, then I will!” as he charges again and lands a solid blow, drawing blood this time. Sindri’s blood mixes with the kobold’s as it leaks from his wounds.

He continues to ignore the beating he is taking from his comrade, turns to stab the second parent, and exclaims, “Burn in hell!” Gharash’s eyes are beginning to sting as smoke fills the tent, and his next attack fails to land. Sindri rips the last child from his parents’ leg, holds it by its tail with the face directly in front of the parent, says “Your bloodline ends here!” and explodes the head with another Eldritch Blast. Sindri uses that final soul to teleport out of the tent and runs into the forest to heal his wounds, leaving the remaining parent to die an agonizing death in the fire. As he is escaping, he hears the mournful cries of the parent, and he is again reminded of the day his family was slaughtered. Lucien arrives at the tent’s entrance and is unaware of the events that have transpired. He is slightly confused that Sindri would leave a kobold alive, but fires an arrow, ending its life. The rain comes down harder as Gharash exits the tent. He roars in frustration, and smashes his hammer into the soft ground.

Lucien follows Sindri into the forest to keep an eye on him. Sindri stops to rest near a tree, catching his breath and contemplating the massacre that he just committed. As he is wondering just what differentiates him from the kobolds that he so despises, Elah appears to him as a vision, and congratulates him on a job well done. She says she is thankful for the bounty of souls he has brought her in the past days, and offers him the Rod of Reaving that was stolen from him by Grash-Nok as a token of her gratitude. The last few seemed particularly young and strong. Sindri graciously accepts the praise, and reassures himself that his acts were just. A few more moments pass. Sindri tends to his wounds, and returns to the encampment. He finds the corpse of the oldest kobold and carves Glittergold’s symbol into his chest as a sign to any other kobolds who travel here.

Gharash has had some time to cool off, but there is still tension between he and Sindri. They do not look at each other, but Gharash sighs and says to Lucien, “Let’s go. Nothing else can be done here.”

As the group continues traveling, they came into a swamp and encounter three crocodiles. Lucien attempt to calm and move around them, but they attack Gharash (he is the only one in the water.) One manages to latch onto his leg. Sindri and Lucien attack from a distance, and manage to take out two of the animals before Gharash finally kills the last.

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Three Days and Two Nights of Poo

The group ransacks the mayor’s office, and finds a hidden room behind a bookshelf. While they are searching the room, they hear footsteps coming up the stairs, which are at the opposite end of the hall. The group hides in the secret room to avoid being captured again. A servant enters the room to discover the dead mayor, screams in terror and quickly leaves to fetch the guards. The group takes an opportunity to escape and exits the building unnoticed. They decide it is best to leave town before someone suspects they had a hand in disposing of the mayor.
The group heads east from the town, towards the nearest small town in the direction of Shadow-Meade. On their journey they come across an abandoned non-gingerbread cottage. Sindri peers in the window, but only sees dusty and broken furniture. He is reluctant to enter, but convinces Lucien to enter the cottage where he discovers a diary containing a treasure map. The group follows the map and Gharash uses his shield to dig up some treasure, which is mostly random trinkets but also a few poos.

Lucien sets up camp for the night and does an incredible job camouflaging the camp. Unfortunately, his lunch did not agree with him, and he is very gassy. Sindri and Gharash worry that their camp may be found simply by following the poo smell. During his watch Gharash hears a small group of men approaching. He wakes Sindri and Lucien, who sneak off to investigate. Deciding it is better to not draw any more attention to themselves, Sindri creates an illusionary sound of some travellers in the distance trying to escape. The men quickly run off after the sound, and Lucien follows them to insure they continue away from the group’s camp.
While travelling the next day, the group comes across a fallen pillar with arcane runes similar to the those they found in the mine and on some of their equipment. The entire area has a feint magic aura but they find nothing of interest except a few pieces of poo.

Later in the evening, the adventurers come across a small group of kobolds. Sindri feels it has been too long since he has tormented a kobold, and sneaks closer to their camp to have some fun. He uses his arcane powers to force one kobold to push the other into the fire and make the other retaliate. While the burning kobold is frantically beating himself to extinguish his flaming clothing and cursing the other for pushing him in the fire, Lucien lets loose an arrow which pokes through the face of the non-burnt kobold and drops him… into a pile of his own poo. The remaining kobold, still smouldering, runs screaming to his tent to hide. Lucien fires a flaming arrow to set the tent ablaze, and the kobold screams again as he flees the tent only to be confronted by Gharash charging at him roaring “Oh yeah!” Gharash’s hammer connects with the kobold on the upswing which sends him flying twenty feet, followed by a trail of flame, smoke, and poo. Sindri makes a wish on the shooting kobold that they would find some more playmates. Sindri carves Garl Glittergold’s symbol in the chest of the intact kobold’s corpse.

Later in the day, the adventurers find another group of three kobolds digging a hole. The adventurers make quick work of this group, knocking them into their hole as they fall. Gharash searches the hole in hopes of finding something of value, but discovers only poo. However, he finds a horned helm in the bag of miscellaneous junk they were carrying. It also bears symbols similar to the bag of holding and handy haversack from the mine.

While sleeping, the group is awakened by more kobolds! Gharash charges after one kobold, impales him on his horned helm, and flings the corpse toward Sindri. Lucien fires a perfect shot, which splits the remaining kobold. Unfazed now by the regular encounters with kobolds, the group easily returns to sleep and wakes the next morning to travel a whole day without event.

After crossing a shallow stream, the group hopes to finally get a good night’s rest and sets up their camp for the night near a tall tree. Lucien is in the tree, Gharash beside it, and Sindri underneath. The group is once again awakened by the sound of kobold voices, but this time, upon investigation, they find 33 kobolds marching by! Gharash is furious! He will never get a good night’s rest! He charges at a tree to knock it on top of them, killing five instantly. Sindri and Lucien pick them off a few at a time, but the battle is going too slowly and they want to get some rest! Gharash acids the forest, hurting a few more and weakening a few trees. Lucien fires flaming arrows into the trees amongst the pack and the fire begins to spread to the kobolds. As they try to escape the fire, Sindri creates a maniacal ghostly laugh in the midst of the group, mocking them. The final two kobolds surrender, and Lucien, unaware of the surrender hobbles one kobold by shooting him in the leg. Sindri is a bit closer to the action and realizes the kobolds have surrendered, but beams with joy as he runs after the remaining kobold who has chosen to flee. Gharash is angered that Sindri would kill a surrendered foe, but Sindri exclaims, “None of my family was spared when these monsters came to slaughter everyone I ever knew! I will not suffer a single one to live unless he is forced to carry my memory with him to others.” Sindri questions the remaining hobbled kobold and finds out that the pack was headed to a kobold encampment nearby. He marks the kobold with Glittergold’s symbol and sends him running in the direction opposite the encampment. The group is forced to set up a new camp upwind from the battlefield as the stench of all the poo released from the kobold corpses is overwhelming.

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Imprisoned

The group returns to the statue room where the previous battle took place. They decide to go after the dragon, and Gharash smashes the door to the room in, charges in and starts smacking kobolds while Lucen is firing arrows. Sindri runs in behind and wills a group of five kobolds to attack the dragon. The dragon is far too high and their attacks all miss, they scream out in agony as their attacks miss. Half of them hemorrhage blood from their eyes and fall dead. As the battle continues the group hears cries of agony, which they believe to be from the captive dwarves, from the opposite end of the hall.

Sindri is incensed at hearing the screams of the dwarf and charges the nearest kobold screaming, “You will regret this you bastards!” As the kobold attacks the warlock, Sindri disappears and the kobold winces in pain from Sindri’s curse. Sindri reappears on the opposite side of the room and attempts to open the door, which he finds is locked. He turns around and blasts eldritch energy at the kobold that attacked him and it is vaporized. As the battle continues, Sindri demands the nearest kobold tell him where to find the key to the room. The kobold cries that he has no idea and falls to the ground dead.

After the fall of several kobolds, Gharash slowly made his way to the dragon, only to find it out of reach. Enraged by the cowardice of the dragon hovering above him, he begins shouting insult after insult at it. In a reply, the dragon flies a little closer and takes a deep breath. As the group prepares for the worst, their fears are relieved as the dragon only manages to produce a small snowball, which misses everyone completely. After being mocked by Gharash for his pitiful excuse for an attack, it finally descends to the ground to physically attack the fighter. Unfortunately for the beast, it did not stand much of a chance as Gharash easily blocked and dodged it’s attacks. Enraged by his hatred for the evil beast, Gharash retaliated with two mighty blows, nearly slaying it. As he prepares for the final blow, two arrows skillfully whiz past him and hit the dragon, striking it in it’s heart and killing it instantly.

Sindri searches the room for a key while Lucien watches the door for more enemies. A Shadar-Kai witch opens the door where the dwarven screams were coming from, covered in blood. She stares at the adventurers as their attacks fly past her. Gharash lands a successful blow that brings cheers from the group until they realize the witch shrugs off the damage.
After a long while of slowly whittling the witch down, Grash-Nok enters the room, and tells her that her play time is over. The witch protests but finally relents. Gharash and Lucen are both enraged at the sight of their nemesis. Gharash charges him but Grash-Nok knocks him out before he has a chance to land an attack. Lucen fires arrow after arrow until the room is overwhelmed with orc soldiers who restrain him.

Grash-Nok says “You have all turned out so well. My plans are coming to fruition”
The witch ran back into the room where she had been torturing the dwarves.

The group awakens paralyzed and naked in the floor of the statue room. Grash-Nok brands a symbol similar to tiamat symbol (beholder looking) into the right hand of all three adventurers, which he tells them will serve as a reminder that they belong to him now and forever. He then tosses the group into the portal in the arcane room from earlier, and they land in an alleyway in Fallcrest.

The group is discovered by a guard who clothes them and offers them a drink. The guard obliges their request to see the mayor. The group notices something odd a man standing with the mayor. The man tells them he will enjoy watching them fight as gladiators in Shadowmeade, and several guards restrain them and they are taken to a jail cell.

The group has a few moments to rest inside the cell and decides they must escape. Sindri curses a rat and uses it to teleport out of the cell, steals the guard’s keys, and frees the other two. The group unlocks the door to their cell block and Gharash grabs the guard by the throat, throws him against the wall, and questions him. The guard knows very little except that the man with the mayor was carrying a chest of unknown contents.

The group decides to try getting their gear back before searching for Grash-Nok. They sneak their way out of the jail and into the mayor’s office where they find a note from Grash-Nok that says he is pleased with how the group is turning out and hopes to see them in Shadow-Meade, a very large town northeast of Fallcrest.

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The Dragon, the Witch, and the Passageway

Sindri foolishly rushes down the hole after the fleeing kobold while the others clear the area above. The group moves through the hole clearing the area until they come upon a statue. Lucien notices some small creatures hiding behind the statue and relays that information to the rest of the group. Gharash decides to charge the statue in an attempt to knock it over and crush the creatures while lucen fires an sunrod-arrow above the enemy group. Gharash roars his battle cry and the attack is successful. Four enemies are crushed. The remaining enemies are stunned.
A wyrmpriest infuriated gharash by hitting him with a cold attack. Gharash uses all his might and proceeds to heave the statue on top of the wyrmpriest. The kobolds and minions pee their pants.

One kobold has played dead throughout the battle, but after the action has settled down, Lucen notices he is still breathing. Sindri began to interrogate the kobold:
Sindri: Looks like we got a possum over here! Let’s see if he wants to chat. Now, besides you, we know there’s another scaley patrol here somewhere. And if they had any “special” help, that’d put our lives in danger. Now if you ever want to see another living member of your tribe again, you gotta tell us what we’re up against. How many there are, and what kind of weapons they have, and any magic they might have at their disposal.

Kobold: You’ve got to be joking! I wouldn’t do anything to put kobold lives in danger!
Sindri: This is no joke! I need to know why you’re here, who else is here, and where the dwarves are or I’ll have my dragon buddy bash your brains in with that big hammer. He just got a new one and he’s really enjoying trying it out on your kind.
Kobold: Your offer is tempting, but I will have to respectfully refuse.
Sindri: I was sort of hoping you’d say that! Watching your head explode on the side of this cave is going to be most fun I’ve had in a long while.

Gharash crushed the heads of one of the kobold’s fallen comrades under his feet on his slow approach toward his target, softly pushed the face of his hammer against the kobold’s jaw, and as drew back his hammer and roared, the kobold screamed, “WAIT! STOP!” The kobold told the group that there is another room ahead with lots of other kobolds. They are being lead by a baby white dragon, Puff, that gathered them there to aid in attacking the town. Also, there is a witch that has been seen conversing with the dragon. All the dwarven survivors are being held prisoner somewhere in the mine. The kobold also tells them of a passage that they were trying to find in the mine.

Sindri: Now, we’re going to let you go, but I imagine you won’t want to tell anyone you spilled the beans to some little gnome. So I gotta give you something to make sure you and your friends never forget what happened.

Sindri carved the symbol of Garl Glittergold, arch enemy of kobolds, into the kobold’s chest.
Lucen noticed a crack in the wall where Gharash knocked the statue into the wall. Lucen could see through the crack. Gharash repeatedly attempted to bash a hole in the wall until he made a hole big enough for the other adventurers to pass through.
The group discovered stairs on the other side of the hole, and believes this to be the passageway the kobold was referring to. Sindri was at first reluctant to take a break from the pursuit of kobolds, but Lucen convinced him that any treasure a dragon would be seeking must be very good and would probably help them more easily take down the kobolds. The adventurers followed the stairs down, down, down. Sindri defeated an arrow trap they found at the bottom of the stairs and the group proceeeded to a room with text in a strange language around the door.

They discovered a room that had obviously been used for rituals. The room has fallen columns, a crumbling altar, and a pool that gave the adventurers a warm fuzzy and provided a view of an alleyway in fallcrest. While looking for loot, the group found some stones speaking dwarven that mentioned the name of Kavalar Coppernight. The stones are sending stones that allow the group to communicate with the captured dwarves. They find out that the syndicate is involved with the kobolds, and the witch is Shadar-Kai.

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Introductions and first combat
oh dear

Sindri traveled to Fallcrest after hearing word that the town was having trouble with kobolds. In order to restore his honor, Gharash came to the town in search of more information on the Syndicate, while Lucen traveled to Fallcrest in search of revenge against an Orc named Grashnok.
Sindri begins asking around and ends up speaking with the mayor. The mayor tells him that there is a dwarf mine, Coppernight Hold, started by Kavalar Coppernight, and the mayor has sent 2 Mercenaries to investigate some trouble at the mine. They found it had been overrun with kobolds. Sindri loves killing kobolds. He accepts a map from the mayor who directs him to the Nenevar Inn where Sindri finds a drunk dragonborn.
Gharash, who had spent the entire day unsuccessfully trying to find information regarding the Syndicate, was enjoying having more than a few drinks at his inn, which was not an easy task for a being his size. After several hours, he started hearing an annoying child-like voice coming from somewhere near him. After a moment, a small gnome, jumped on the table in front of him demanding assistance in killing kobolds. Since Gharash was wanting to get back to his drinking and was generally annoyed by the pesty gnome, he demanded 5000gp to help, knowing that no one in their right mind would accept that offer. Sindri, being annoyed at the dragonborn’s ridiculous offer, begins intimidating him with threats of everlasting mental anguish if he does not accept his offer of 100gp. Since Gharash was very impaired by his night of drinking, he succamb to the threats of Sindri and agreed to join him on mission. Afterall, he was nearly broke and some money was better than none.
As they discuss their plans to attack the mine, they are approached by a cloaked ranger wearing a mask to hide his face. He is interested in helping with the attack on Coppernight in exchange for help taking down a local half-orc mobster, Grashnok. Gharash agrees to allow the ranger to join the group as he himself is also interested in taking down the same syndicate, but he still does not trust the ranger and is unhappy about splitting the loot 3 ways. Sindri is still wary but has sympathy after hearing that Lucen’s family was also tragically murdered by Grashnok’s goons. Sindri agrees to give up his share of any gold found in the lieu of payment for the ranger’s help.
The next day, the group follows the map to the mine where they encounter a group of kobolds and several minions guarding the mine. The group fairly easily defeats the kobolds with the last remaining one fleeing.
Highlights

While Sindri teleports over the fence surrounding the mine and Lucen is able to fire arrows over or through it, Gharash is without an elegant method of reaching the kobolds to damage them. He decides the shortest distance from point A to B is a straight line and charges the fence, smashing through it, roaring in draconic what Sindri and Lucen believe translates roughly to “OH, YEAH!”

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