Shaintar Legends Awaken: Agents of Flame

Agents of Flame Campaign Report 38

Update:
A plan was made. A sad plan, but a plan that would work in our favor, …hopefully… Sebastian took the survivors and went ahead. We didn’t want them to have to suffer the sight of what was about to happen, or get caught up in the chaos we were about to ignite. We decided it was best to fan the flames that the Kal had started and set the whole forest ablaze. This would create some cover for us, cause more hurdles to delay any Kal that were still headed this way, and it wouldn’t be linked to us since the Kal attack started the fire. Mal hoped it would push the Kal into having to go weeks out of their way, around the mountains, with their siege weapons. We grabbed some accelerant from Sebastian before he left and added fuel to this fire. We made sure there was as much flame as possible before we ran for our own safety. Rogers ran a bit preemptively and put out his fire instead of starting one, but at least he stayed safe and didn’t get left behind. I would say over 80% of the forest was on fire by the time we left. We probably should have left a bit sooner. The smoke and ash we had been in for so long made it hard to breathe and our sight was a bit blurred. We found a safe enough looking place to rest and recover for a bit. After an hour I was okay to move on, but the others were still hindered. We decided to move out anyway to make sure we escaped the flames, smoke, and Kal that were sure to be coming. We looked around to make sure it was safe to move first. I heard what sounded like Thunder and Rogers saw gleams in the distance. We didn’t know what was approaching but knew we had to get out of there as soon as possible. I led the others as quickly and safely as possible down the road as whatever or whomever was approaching. Eventually Roberts could see well enough and told us it was definitely Kal, rear scouts if I had to guess. They were on horse and catching up fast. We found a crevice to hide in and hoped they would go right past us. We heard the hooves thundering past us and waited a bit longer. The rear scouts went right past us. We decided to travel through the night and warn the city up ahead of what was coming. Roberts helped us avoid some Kal scouts. For some reason he can spot them so much better than the rest of us. I wonder if he has dealt with them so much he can spot them from a mile away, literally. We decided to run the last few hours to town. Mal went ahead since she was the fastest. When Roberts, Ari, and myself arrived, Ari immediately passed out. Roberts had to carry her now. We were exhausted and I was hoping to spot Mal quickly and get things handled so we could rest before we have to head out again. I didn’t see Mal, but there was this odd greeter in town. Rogers began talking to him. I don’t think Rogers has been working with any of us for very long. I figured out this man was an ally and we went to the “inn” he told us to go to. We found Mal, but couldn’t wake her. We didn’t even know if she had gotten things in motion here or not. Roberts set down Ari and we set to figuring out what was going on here. I decided to watch over Mal and Ari while ROberts went to investigate outside. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving out two unconscious teammates alone, even if this seemed like a safe building. I know as well as most that appearances can be deceiving. Roberts returned with news that Mal hadn’t done anything much before passing out herself. I didn’t realize how far she was pushing herself just to get here. Roberts also let me know that there were several heroes in mind in this town and people were arguing over who to use. … Roberts and I both thought that was stupid, and why not use them all? Since there were so many and he had one lead, we decided we both needed to head out and bet this party started before the Kal showed up. We only had a few hours at best. Robert went to follow his leads and I went to the bar he mentioned to get another. This place was swarming with our kind and I was unsure where to start. I spoke with a small, girl, not human, probably Shayakar. She seemed to know what was going on in town and pointed me to the “crazy one by the door.” I spoke to the elf and let them know that the Kal were close, and they immediately began running toward a dwarf in the bar and gets him moving. This is probably the hero Roberts mentioned to me earlier. Then they both ran out the door. I love it when others do all the work for me. I saw this elf speeding down the street letting people know the Kal were on their way and we had to prepare the chaos. Since everything seems to be taken care of I am going to rest for a bit before I collapse like the others. I will update you in the aftermath.
Morwen Elda

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Update:
I went and filled the team in on the plan Mal and I had discussed. Throatripper went off on her own to talk to the Dregordian and this “Hero”. Sebastian went ahead and procured some alchemical explosives to use from the Thieves guild. It made more sense to use that than arcfire so that no matter who the “Hero” is they would be able to use it. When Mal returned we discussed the new info. We needed to leave town, but we also needed to get rid of or at least distract the Tor Mastok so they would be further hindered in dealing with this explosion. We decide that Ari will distract him and lead him out of town, Mal will follow on rooftops, and Wrench(the Dwarf that traveled with us here) and I would wait as a trap outside of town. Found out that we can’t touch him or leave anything behind. If we do they will be able to track us down later. The next day Ari, Wrench and I were packing up shop and getting papers in order while Mal and Sebastian met with the “Hero” one last time. Ari collapsed due to her sleeping issues, so I let her sleep. Better it happens now than when we are in a hurry. When Sebastian and Mal came back we found out that there were at least 3 Tor Mastok that rotate in the town. Roberts helped finish packing while the rest of us went to find the Tor Mastok so we could adjust our plan. We found them and decided to take out two that night so the third one spends the day focused on finding them and their killers. Mal found a great route for Ari to take, and she still plans to follow on Rooftops. Wrench and I await at the end while Roberts helps Sebastian get the Cart out of town to meet us up the road later. After nightfall, Ari leads the two guards on a wonderful chase to a secluded area. As she ran past me I clotheslined one with my sword. He is shaken and his buddy tries to attack me, but misses. Mal jumped off the roof onto the second guy. As she crushes him she sliced his throat for a quick kill. Wrench finished off my guy with his large wrench. Another well executed plan. This team may not be as bad as I feared. We all walk out with our papers, well…Wrench burrows out…and we head up the road a bit to rejoin Sebastian and Roberts. On the trip back a raven was spotted and Mal became paranoid and Ari assured her many times that it wasn’t the Kal since they use hawks. As we re-entered the forest we could still hear the loud background noise of the fighting. We knew something was wrong. Ari rushed forwards flitting from tree to tree to check on the elves. Along the way she spotted many arrows, bodies, and scorch marks. We remember the platoon we saw the other day and wonder if it was them or if an army had bypassed Findras. Once we arrive at the irreparably damaged city we are able to find a few survivors. They are mostly children saved by their parent’s sacrifice. We did manage to find a sentry who was able to fill us in on what happened. Apparently a group of Thaumaturgists and Acolytes appeared out of nowhere. They managed to bypass all of their scouts and wards. They left only a few hours ago. It also appeared that the platoon we had seen decided to travel around the forest instead of through it. Now we have to decide if we should pursue and get vengeance for the elves, or stay the course and just make sure we have enough distractions set up to delay the army heading to Vors. I wonder if there is a way to do both?
I will let you know what we decide, as always.
– Morwen Elda

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Agents of Flame Campaign Report 36

Update:
We stayed in the town for the night. We kept our own watches just in case. Come to find out Mal LEFT US during her watch to explore a barrier’s border that lay 2 miles away. Makes me glad she will be taking her leave of this group soon. After we all woke and ate a good breakfast we headed out to Findras. Along our half a day’s journey we heard soldiers marching toward us so we pulled off the road. They checked our papers yet again. Sebastian is quite the valuable asset. I don’t know how we would have fared without legitimate documents. As the soldiers passed we saw several minotaur and heard popping sounds. Ari and Mal told us all about the Thrachin that the sound indicated were with the soldiers.
Once we arrived at Findras it took us THREE HOURS to get into the city. I lost count of how many times they checked the manifest and our cart. I was so bored and Mal kept herself together better than I thought she would couped up in the cart for that long. Finally the guards seemed satisfied and led us to the Merchant area. It was there we decided to split up to see what all we could find. Mal went to find other Brinchie to talk to in the hopes one could lead us to the unchained. Roberts went to check out the bounties to see if he could find anything interesting. Ari went to investigate at the bars. Sebastian set up his cart. I started scoping out the market to see if I could find any other lanterns around that may already have a lead on the unchained. I spotted two people that blended too well into their surroundings. One was at a weapon stall and the other at a small cafe. I approached the human at the weapon stall first. He seemed to think there was something interesting about the very ordinary weapons. Definitely was not someone I needed to waste my time with. I then spoke with the Dwarf at the cafe. Apparently the food and drink there was terrible. I invited him back to Sebastian’s cart for a better drink, on me. I am very thankful for my Father’s training. It made it a lot easier to find a Brother, even out here.
Silvertongue asked me what gave him away so I let him know he blended a bit too well. We chatted for a minute while he drank. I didn’t feel comfortable talking out here with the creepy Tor Mastock at the Weapons stall. Silvertongue showed me to a hidden away place I could stay with my team. He even gave me a card for the Theive’s guild so I could come and go as I pleased. As we were about to go in Roberts found us. He was looking for Mal and I said I would help him look for her after we got a room. The moment we walk in to this inn I tell him I found her. She was already sitting at the bar and I wasn’t sure if she was actually waiting for us or not. Mal handed me the room key and a black card. After that she and Roberts went to find the person he wanted to talk to from the bounty board that had connections to the unchained. Before they leave though Mal asked me to scout a meeting place that the Brinchie she spoke to earlier wanted to use in 2 days. It was some shop on the edge of town. Silvertongue helped me find it and I decided to draw a map. There are too many hiding places. It is an ambush waiting to happen. I spoke with Mal about this back in the room. She had spoken with a Dregordian that had a lead on an unchained hero in waiting that we may be able to use. We know there are more soldiers coming in to town soon that we will need to delay. Mal thinks the Brinchie she spoke with may be a double agent working for the Kal but the only proof I have seen is this sketchy meet up. We may be jumping to some conclusions too fast, but what other reason could the untrustworthy Brinchie have to wait 2 days other than waiting for reinforcements. This is especially true when the shop is right by where the soldiers will be entering the city. Mal immediately wanted to bomb the place….I was just beginning to think she was knew how to be quiet and it was the rest of her last group that were just too loud. I offered the alternative of making it look like a soldier’s arcfire weapon was malfunctioning causing the explosion to make it more understated. A bombing as a preemptive strike isn’t a terrible idea. We just HAVE to make sure that this Hero in waiting becomes the face of this attack. I don’t know how possible that is at this point though.
I will keep you updated,
Morwen Elda

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Agents of Flame Campaign Report 35

Update:
Throatripper and Sebastian worked on testing two more members come to join our team. Ari and I procured plenty of supplies for all of us for at least a month, including cold weather gear. We just had to finalize our roster and we could head out. Throatripper sent Ari and I out to distract these 2 newcomers. We were fully cloaked like Throatripper had been when we met her and were sent on our way. Sebastian headed out too to get Ari back on track. She had met one of the new recruits and Sebastian led the two back to the bar. He finds Mal causing only a small amount of trouble. He doesn’t seem to care for the walk around Sebastian tried to lead him on when he knew he was where he needed to be talking to his target already. Dread (aka Robert) negotiated his price with Sebastian. Looks like yet another asset. Only 2 real lanterns in this group, hopefully that changes soon. Also found out Throatripper also goes by Mal. On Mal’s order Sebastian gathered all of us an equivalent of a ranger pack that she had. We flipped through the Ranger Handbook she had and a lot of things make sense now. Ari seemed interested in a page that noted that Tempest is bothered by salt. As soon as Sebastian returned from the Merchant’s Guild with the last of our Caravan supplies we headed out.
On our first night of travel we spotted a flame off the road in the distance but nothing approached our camp. The second day we heard Minotaur probably directing Childer in the distance. Still didn’t have anything approach us. The rest of our trip was fairly uneventful. We were stopped a few times to have our papers checked by the Kal. As we got closer to the forest and the elven city we started getting forced off of the road to allow Kal soldiers to march past once we had gotten past Vors. After a bit of patience we made it to the Elven city. The Unchained are sieging Vors and we ask those unchained in the forest to help cut off reinforcements intended to aid the Kal inside of Vors. The Elves decide to help us, for Xathlan. Sebastian allowed them to take what they needed off of our wagon to arm them against the Kal. Our plan has begun to take shape. I hope the rest of our plan goes as intended.
I will continue to keep you posted,
Morwen Elda

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Agents of Flame Campaign Report 34

Update:
After Zathlan had vanished in Paradise I waited patiently for my new orders. There was no trace of him for me to follow, no scrap of intel that I could find to further help in that endeavor other than news of his death. I found it hard to believe so I resigned to continue my work at the next post where my skills were needed. My orders arrived and I headed to Kal Montak in search of the (vague as usual) blood stained Brinchie. Since supplies were hard to come by after recent events I found a caravan headed to Adavar. They allowed me to join them and supplied me with what was necessary to traverse the desert in exchange for my assistance guarding the precious cargo. After 2 weeks of hard travel we arrived in Adavar and gain entry to the city with some inside help. The city was desperate for supplies. Word was there was a group of Rangers out here taking their time to bring more supplies. I quickly gathered enough supplies to make it straight to Kal Montak from Adavar, assuming the worst possible conditions. Travel wasn’t bad. I managed to travel straight to the city avoiding all of the Kal patrols in the area. Once there I began to scout the entrances to find the best point of entry. Security seems tighter than usual, even for this large Kal city. A mysterious stranger motioned for me to enter as the two guards at the entrance walked away. I made sure they were out of sight before I made my way through the gate. The stranger was gone, but I was in the city so my quest for the (seriously things this vague in the home of the blood pits are so not helpful) bloodstained Brinchie could begin. I began by getting the lay of the land and finding the unmarked boundaries of the city. I found the nice part of town, the off limits areas, and as always my personal favorite, the bad part of town. I checked this area first. I found a nice spot to people watch and saw a small figure darting constantly between 4 buildings: an inn, an armory, a bar, and some other building I couldn’t tell what it was. I decided to check the bar first. Zathlan had actually mentioned this place before, The Raging Bull. Apparently the owner had wanted to kill him at one point. I figured that was as good a sign as any that I was in the right place. I looked around and bought a drink. I saw too many Brinchie with blood on their fur. I was having a hard time deciding on a best approach so I figured I needed some rest and would tackle the issue tomorrow with a fresh mind. I headed to the inn that the small one was stopping at. Correct choice again as I obtained a free room from the Dregordian at the front desk. Fully rested I returned to the Bull and found the Brinchie I was looking for. She goes by Throatripper here. Not over the top at all… She took me to a back room and I met the other members of our group. Apparently we are short one or two members but I figured we had time for them to show up since we didn’t have any further orders at the time. Ari, another elf, and Sebastian, a merchant, along with Throatripper are my new team members. A part of me hopes this assignment doesn’t last long, but I will do whatever needs to be done, even if these people get on my nerves. We talked about current events. I am sure you already know what the Rangers did in Kal Montak. I understand why the last team here had to scatter. I don’t understand how they lasted as long as they did though. I also don’t understand how they became Lanterns in the first place! Throatripper started calling me Buttercup so I just went with it. No one would expect cute tiny Buttercup to do what I do. Sebastian got Ari and I some really great makeup to hide our elven features. With how scroutinous the Kal are being with their checks, I am glad to have this. While we are waiting for orders I watched the city and got used to it’s beat. Ari worked with Sebastian at his cart. A week later we got our orders from Tull. They needed us to hinder reinforcements heading to Vorz from the Capital. At least this group seems decent at coming up with plans. We plan on using the Unchained in the forest to destroy the reinforcement’s supplies and distract them in Findras for a while. We head out as soon as we can.
As always, I will keep you posted,
Morwen Elda

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Agents of Flame Campaign Report 33.2

Arkstone is a bit different from my last visit about a month ago. It is a little less crowded and there is a curfew that requires you to have a room to stay in the town. I headed to the one place I would feel safe, the Dwarven Inn by the Stalheim Embassy. I have always been able to trust Dwarves, and the Kal shouldn’t look for me there. It also gives me a chance to practice my Dwarven some more. It took some convincing and mentioning Ironblood to get a room. It obviously wasn’t one of their better rooms, but was still better than I had been dealing with. Bonus was it had running heated water! After a good night’s rest I decided I needed to get as far away from the Kal as possible as soon as possible. I asked the Dwarf at the desk for directions to the Merchant’s guild so I could find a Caravan headed toward Olara. I got a job with some Kal weapons traders. I need to stay vigilant, but they didn’t seem to know who I was, or at least not yet. They gave me an extra Chrysarum clip for my handcaster and a red crossbow bolt that they said was a flare and only to use it when told to do so. I don’t think I believe them.
I really need to get better with Directions. I knew I needed to stay away from Adavar since that area is covered with Kal, but apparently we were headed in that direction instead of or at least before we head out to Olara. One night I was on watch and approached by Zerksis. He let me in on the knowledge that I was actually travelling with the wife of the guy that ran that keep we stormed to save Volstagg. Also, that red bolt was an explosive that would have blown the moment I went to fire it. I had Zerksis plant it back on one of the other members of the Caravan. Zerksis apparently found me so I could deliver a Horse to Kenzie, whom I have only met once briefly. Turns out it was left to her in Von’s will. … If I see Mavvi again…Let’s just hope I don’t, for his sake…. Looks like I am off to Echernaut to escort a sentient horse to Kenzie. I will be imagining all the ways I can kill Mavvi and all the things I could create to make it easier along the way. I think I will start a separate Journal for those ideas. I wonder if I can fill it by the time I get to Echernaut?

- Keira

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Agents of Flame Campaign Report 33

Good news, I was able to get the materials I need to turn these parts into a portable arcfire ballista!!! Sad news is I did not have enough time to finish it. A week was just not long enough for this project. I may need to find that Dwarf friend of mine again and get some help with this. Toward the end of the week though we started hearing screams from sacrifices being made in preparation for the big event coming up. I was so glad we were leaving that next morning. We probably should have left the day before so we would have gotten a good night’s rest for our journey though. Really we should have left the day after we arrived, then maybe things would have turned out better for all of us. Mavi Softpaws and I left without Von. He was being followed in town despite his disguise and didn’t want to compromise the rest of us. We figured he would do what he needed and meet up with us later. We headed north for a day and a half before we made camp. We were planning on heading east once we were a comfortable distance away from Kal Montak. During Softpaws’ watch she got an uneasy feeling and woke Mavi and I. Mavi and Softpaws saw figures in the forest. Mavi went to distract them in a very Mavi way while Softpaws and I got ready to attack whomever it may be. We heard Von’s voice and he stepped out with 2 kids in tow. I was happy to see Von, but something still felt off. He smelled of methane, and I couldn’t think of anything that would cause that. I kept talking to him to see if anything came out to reveal what it was that was so off, but he acted just like regular old Von. We packed up camp and started moving on. Von said he knew the kids and he was helping them get out of town too. They were scared of Brinchie so it was good that Softpaws stayed out of sight keeping an eye on things from a distance for a while. As we traveled I still felt like something was off but couldn’t figure it out. I kept talking with Von despite the fact that as we traveled Von led followed by the two kids, Mavi then myself. I am sure Mavi just wanted to murder us in our sleep with how much he had to listen to us talk. We came across a villa with an inn with an attached bar later that day. We decided to stay the night. After getting our rooms sorted Von and I went to drink and the others came down for a bit as well. Mavi talked to what looked like a little girl in the corner for a bit. While he is doing that I notice that one of the kids, Sayzar I think his name was, was not drinking. A Kal kid not drinking. It did not sit right with me at all. I was too distracted trying to figure out what was up with Von and didn’t think to push for a better explanation than the kid just didn’t like to lose his wits. At some point all of us went to bed except Softpaws who kept guard on the roof. Mavi was apparently visited by one of Chloe’s guys and he said we were still in trouble because Von was “more interested in drinking than losing a tail.” Von may not be stealthy at all, ever, in all his life, but he would never shirk his duties or responsibilities. He would never dream of drinking while he had a job to get done like losing a tail. I found this out at breakfast. I also found something else at breakfast, several Kal guards by the door seriously eying us. I did my best to discreetly get some of my team back upstairs to the rooms with me. Von and Mavi followed but Softpaws did not. We figured if I went out a window and got them from the other side we could make quick work of them and get out before more came. It was actually a decent plan, until I got outside and stepped around the corner of the building. I was greeted by a Tor Mastak Captain. It was at that second I knew we were doomed. He offered to give me a ten second head start. I knew Von and Mavi would be coming out the front soon so I stalled for as long as possible. This is the first time I think I ever did a decent job at keeping someone talking. Words aren’t what I do, shooting and exploding things is what I do. I got him to talk to me about the charges against me, how he could prove them, and options other than death as punishment. I started to run out of things to say and began panicking a little when we got to the topic of me fighting in the pits. No way I could survive. Good thing Von came out with only one guy following him. Von tried to hit the Captain and missed, but the Captain did not miss. I hid as quickly as I could so I could get a better shot on either of the guys now on Von. Unfortunately Von got in the way and it bounced off his armor. Then I got grabbed. Can you guess why. I was fucking puppeted again… One of these days I need to find something to stop that from happening to me, or find a way to make something to do it. Ava showed up as Mavi walked out and I was being carried away. Von tried to run after the adept carrying me. Best friend ever, even though he wasn’t fast enough thanks to some magic to increase the adepts speed. I was able to break the puppet spell and tried to knock out the adept with my shackles. I know I hurt him but it wasn’t enough to get him to drop me. He stumbled for a second then caught me and kept going. Von somehow was almost to me when we saw some Everwall Dwarves pop in via some arcfire teleportation. So happy to see my dwarf friend again! I owe him a lot of drinks. He has saved my hide too many times. He hit the adept carrying me in the face with a hammer and told me to run. Of course I sped off, thankful that I am faster than most my size. Von was following behind me as hell hounds started chasing us. From one danger straight to another. I had no idea what had happened to Softpaws at this point and assumed Mavi was okay back there with Ava. I thought all our luck had run out when Von and I just couldn’t outrun the hounds any longer and both of us got grabbed. A small elven druid popped up out of literally nowhere and took me to Arkstone. As thankful as I was to be out of that mayhem back there I had no idea what to do. I am on my own (WHICH HAS NEVER GONE WELL) and have to figure out what to do next. I don’t think I can wait for the others. I know we had to lay low, but I just can’t stay this close to the Kal. I will just hope and pray that my friends and team members are okay and they can find me. I think I will find somewhere fairly predictable for me, at least for Von to find me. I will find some dwarves to hang around and help me with this portable arcfire ballista idea as well as a few others I have. It will give me something to pass the time while I impatiently await any news about my team members and Von. It is gonna be tough without my best friend this time. I pray he is alright and finds me quickly. Now I am off to find some dwarves around here to help me find the best place to head next.

- Keira

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Agents of Flame Campaign Report 32

Aronzo said he was fine, but he seems…I don’t know…off. We sent in the wraiths first. The room was pitch black, except for two flames in the distance. Von and J followed quickly behind the wraiths. I fired my handaster trying to light the room a little. I aimed between the two lights we could see, hoping volstagg wasn’t in my line of fire. What I saw in the light of my arcfire was what appeared to be an emaciated Volstagg. Why hadn’t anyone been sent for him sooner? Aronzo made sure all of the smaller enemies were dispatched first, ratzin and Thrachin. Then he took out the two Kal that were in the room. One was an acolyte, the other was a Tor Mastok adept. Sooooo glad Aronzo is on our side, though I wonder for how much longer if he keeps using that cloak. Volstagg was apparently on a chair that was magically keeping him alive. Aronzo went to get help. I kept an eye on the stairs in case anyone else came through. The Builder that helped us get here came down first, then Maavi, Aronzo, and a healer from the keep. They all work together to get Volstagg to the medical room. The healer seemed to be competent enough and was helping Volstagg become stable enough to move. Aronzo and I went out to keep an eye out for anyone returning to the base while they were tending to Volstagg. I also wanted to grab some parts of that Ballista to try and make something more portable from it. That book the Dwarf from Essal’s keep gave me has been so Interesting. As we got outside we found that the younger ogre had died helping us. The older brother was weeping over his body. The feelings of that pain came rushing back. I offer him some of Eva’s stuff even though he had called it poison earlier that day. Something is better than nothing when you reach that point. Aronzo and I agreed to help him get into the capital eventually so he can have true vengeance. He sees the bigger picture. One I had missed when my sister died. I was so focused on the one man that shot her, not the larger problem of the entire Kal existence. Part of why I took the job with the lanterns was just so I could kill more Kal soldiers. Killing any of them made my vengeful side happy. Now that I may get a chance to hit the capital, I really need to make a portable ballista. Right now though we had to get ready to go. Apparently the leader of this keep had gone to deliver Volstagg’s teleporting bracer himself and would be back at any time. We got what we needed and Von kindly helped me carry the ballista parts I wanted. We head out quickly and see banners approaching so we move even faster. I hope the builders we left behind will be okay. We neared the border of the Defiant lands and made camp. I made sure we had everything we needed for a restful night after everything we saw at the keep. Von and I took first watch. It admittedly was mostly Von as I started trying to figure out this portable ballista. I may have to make it so it only fires once and then has to be reloaded. J and Von had second watch and it was uneventful. As always though, something had to happen and on the third watch, Aronzo and our Builder friend woke us to thrachin…again… J torched everything that we had to leave behind in our rushed escape. Maavi asked why and J told us how the Kal can use anything to track us. Maavi looked concerned. He may have doomed us all. Once again Aronzo turns into a gargoyle and gets us all out of there. We were near Arkstone when we made camp again. It was here J, Volstagg, and the Builder go their own way. J thinks it will be safer for them. I am worried about her, but trust her judgement in this. The rest of us head back to Kal Montak. We tied ourselves to Aronzo as we flew through a sandstorm to get there faster. Not the worst feeling in the world, but not great. Maavi ended up passing out so I was really glad we took the time to tie ourselves to Aronzo. Von dragged Maavi along as we kept moving. When Maavi awoke the two talked briefly before rejoining the rest of us. After way too long, we finally reach the Raging Bull. There we find Zerksis and Softpaws. Eva leads us all into a hidden basement bunker. Apparently everyone is looking for us and we have to be gone in two weeks time at the latest. We agree to leave in a week. That gives me some time to tinker with these parts at least. I blame Maavi for this manhunt for us. Hopefully it all works out in the end. I would really like to help that ogre one day. I won’t be able to do that if the entire Kal army is looking for us.

- Keira

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Agents of Flame Campaign Report 31 part 2

Waiting can be terrible I imagine, you know if nothing happened. Fortunately for us something always happens while we wait. We were found by an ogre. Maavi started attacking it, I hid so I could attack from cover, and J….J used an aphrodisiac on him. … I don’t know what she was thinking. Maybe she has gone mad from being away from Volstagg for so long, or maybe she was hoping it would go after Maavi instead. Payback for not going after Volstagg with her from the beginning. I do need to take some lessons in talking to people from J though. Yet again she managed to talk our enemies into becoming our allies. First of all it turns out there was a second ogre and the two were brothers, so glad we didn’t have to fight both. Secondly, THey initially agreed just to stop fighting us and watch us go into the keep to our deaths. After we get bored waiting and all start drinking and talking, they agree to escort us into the keep! Later that day around dinner time, alarms start going off at the keep. This must be the sign, so the ogres grab us and head toward the keep. They dropped us inside and we immediately get to work. Mavi starts slicing through soldiers, I head toward the Ballistas where I spot Aronzo. He turns into me so he can also use the Ballistas against the Kal. Unfortunately he still doesn’t havemy experience so his ballista blows up. It took out the other ballista on the turret with us and nearly took me and mine out. Luckily I had enough time to reposition my ballista to protect it and myself from the blast. Everyone just needs to leave the arcfire to me. It seems like when anyone else uses it around me it malfunctions and explodes. The ogres also head to distract Ballista fire and begin taking them out. J started heading toward the building. Her path is blocked by some scary looking guy exiting the keep. Maavi said to shoot him, so I tried but it stopped before it hit him. He must have had some sort of shield up. J headed to the other entry and it was blocked by Kal soldiers. After a minute she took off heading outside the keep. I am sure she thought of another way to get to Volstagg. Ogres had other ballistas handled, Maavi was now taking on this Flame Demon guy. While I was trying to figure out my next move, besides trying to shoot down the other ballistas, Aronzo turned into a dark arcmage. All of a sudden I was invisible and Aronzo had me follow him and we walked through a wall! Aronzo is much more powerful than I thought. I mean, I already knew he wasn’t one to mess with and I never wanted to be on his bad side, but man…this was a lot to take in at once. As we headed down to where we thought Volstagg was, we saw the builders taking down traps that had been in the keep to make it implode, and using them to take out the Kal soldiers. Once we reached the bottom of the stairs we found Von. I think we startled them as we suddenly became visible again. J also made a sudden appearance coming from an air vent. Aronzo started summoning Wraiths as we prepared for whatever lied beyond the door. His eyes went black. What is he really risking using that cloak of his?

- Keira

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Agents of Flame Campaign Report 31 part 1

Onward to J! As soon as we teleported to her, she fainted. I can only assume she has not been sleeping, especially since she is out here by herself. We aren’t in a safe area by any definition of the word. We made camp and the Builder went to retrieve Aronzo for us. They returned in time for the two of them to take 4th watch. We were getting ready to head out again, and apparently I had forgotten to tell Maavi about the giant scorpion incident after we met back up. I thought I had when we introduced him to Harlee. While we were packing up we started to hear that evil giggling again. Guess what found us…Thrachin! I swear those things are behind every single tree in all of Shaintar! Aronzo told us to head west because the Thrachin had us surrounded except to the east. They were probably trying to lead us to an even worse trap. I killed one as we pushed our way through and Aronzo suddenly turned into a Gargoyle large enough to carry all of us out of there. His transformations are too useful, I wonder what kind of risk he is taking every time he uses it? Ten hours later we had traveled a long way northeast and made camp again. During watch J turned herself invisible using a potion and caught us off guard as she told us about some Kal soldiers walking near our camp. Nothing happened but still annoying. Von had a terrible morning, and not because the Kal soldiers. He was bitten by some sort of bug and was unable to get up for a bit. While he was dealing with that a messenger Hawk arrived for him. The message explained why we probably had such a hard time with the Kal when the two of us were travelling toward Gundahar. They found the slaves his family had been harboring and stripped him of his title and assets. He seemed fine with it so I didn’t dwell on it. As we neared Kal Tor, where the Builder had tracked Volstagg, we get attacked by the Kal and some Builders they have imprisoned and working for them. They also had someone who managed to puppet me, 3 wasted shots from my handcaster…I hate being puppeted soooooooooooooo much. At least this time I didn’t nearly kill anyone. While I was being controlled J did an awesome job of convincing the Builders to help us despite Maavi killing one of their kids. Sometimes it surprises even me how much of a barbarian Maavi can be. Aronzo managed to find the Tor Mastok Adept and stopped it from controlling me. He then turned around and disguised himself as the Adept to infiltrate the Keep with the Builders. Von went in with them and the builders with a disguise provided by Aronzo. Aronzo does too much sometimes, but it works. He wants to poison the food supply so we can take the keep more easily. Maavi J and I are going to await the signal, whatever that is, probably something loud, hopefully fiery, before we head up to the well guarded keep. There are arcfire ballistas around the perimeter….I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

- Keira

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