The Dark Times in Sommerlund

To Catch a Vonatar

With the help of their new shadowy companions, the party traveled to the Ice castle, where the Traitor wizard Vonatar lay in wait. The party soon came to the castle, where they decided to slip in through the back door, while their shadow friends distracted the barbarians guarding the front entrance. The party traveled through the castle, mostly unopposed, until they bumped headlong into a group of equally surprised barbarians, trying to find the source of the commotion outside. The party got into a short, one-sided scuffle with the barbarian group, in which they learned these barbarians bring their children to hunt and fight with them. Undeterred, the party mercilessly slaughtered every one of them before moving on.

The companions soon found their way to the jail, in which sat a very large, heavily armored barbarian guarding two prisoners. This barbarian ravaged the party, truly gave them a fight, before finally being defeated. The party unleashed the two prisoners, explaining to them their reason for being here and why they needed Vonatar alive. The two prisoners agreed to help, after a night’s rest. At some point during their rests, one of the prisoners, who had offered to take last watch, revealed his true purpose; he was a hellghast, sent by the Dark Lords to kill Vonatar. he attempted to slit the party’s throats, but they managed to wake up in time to fight back. It was at this moment the nature of Xipototec’s blessing came to fruition; A large, (fur)ocious* Jaguar burst from Mordecai’s chest in a bloody mess, and savaged the hellghast with it’s magical claws. Mordecai expressed very concerned and shaken feelings about turning into a jaguar and back, but eventually accepted his fate(for now).

The party finally approached Vonatar’s door. They prepared themselves for battle, and rushed in, swords blazing. What they discovered, they did not expect. Vonatar was flying thirty feet in the air, and a large flesh golem was standing directly in their path. It was a long and arduous fight. Despite being an old miser, Vonatar was the most powerful being they had yet directly faced, and nearly killed the party. Eventually, however, they managed to batter him into agreeing to surrender himself under the Prisoner of War status. After taking his weapons and items, and binding his caster hand, the party finished exploring his castle. Inside his laboratory were four large tubes, in which four spirits were trapped. Vonatar had been attempting to torture them into a deal for power, and was nearly successful until the party showed up.

However one spirit in particular seems to be very keen to make a deal with the party….

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Assault on Calt

Upon the request of the Sommlendine King, the party journeyed to the Frozen wasteland of Calt in order to capture the traitor wizard Vonatar. After three days of trekking through the snow, the party discovered a cliff side that led down to an underground cavern. Their guides told them that cavern led straight to the castle, so the party decided to take that route.

While travelling underground, the party ran into some trouble with a group of shadowy beings, who were at first hostile. After a small skirmish, the party made an uneasy truce with their leader, who agreed to help them deal with the large barbarian group blocking their way to the castle. On the way to their assault, the party stopped to rest, and noticed a small cavern to the side. They decided to explore.

The party discovered this cavern held an ancient Barbarian city, made of gold and other precious metals. This city is very much like those of the barbarians in the jungles, even worshiping the Sun God Xipototec, in the same manner. The party walked to the temple, and managed to gain audience with a manifestation of Xipototec himself, who blessed Mordecai with a deific boon.

With their new-found, thousands of gold’s worth of treasure in hand, they returned to camp, and rested in preparation for their final push into the castle.

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Power of the Kai
Adventure Log 1

With the Duranese royal fleet at their disposal, Skarn and party provided a rear counterattack against what appeared to be a sizable fleet of undead controlled ships. With the party providing direct support against the undead ships and battling a mysterious robed man (later revealed as the shadow of a powerful wizard named Vonatar), Skarn rushed to the battered walls of the city. Overwhelmed with the dire assault of the city, Skarn braced himself for a moment and whispered a Kai prayer into the skyward Sommersword. Releasing centuries of stored power, the blade struck down Darklord Zagarn and his command staff, with the Dracarim forces fleeing in terror shortly afterwards.

Having made the perilous trek to obtain the Sommersword and led the successful counterattack that saved the capital, Skarn and the party received a direct audience with the king. Expecting a reward, the group was instead given a kingly quest to locate and defeat the traitor, and powerful wizard Vonatar. Understanding that without Vonatar’s defeat Sommerlund would not be safe, the group sailed north to the frozen land of Calt.

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Saving My Hometown
With Friends and Bullies
Today was a hectic day. First of all, we where on a full frontal scale attack on the ghost ships covering the harbor. Our flag ship collided into another ship while the King of Duranore flew off and left us to deal with the situation at hand. Me and my trusty noble squire with the help of adventurers jumped onto the ghost ship we collided with. During this time there was a odd ship with chunks of fire decimating the Duraneese ships. We quickly cleared all the undead infestations on that ships. Strangely enough when they all where slain, the ship also started to come apart. Which came to the idea killing their leader will stop this evasion. So we swim up to the other ship that was hurling fireballs and decided “now we attack”! The Weird chicken bone magic user lead the barbarian up with the dwarf up instead of me and Mordekai, favoring them for reasons of me siding with my noble squire. Side note honor is a hard thing to come by in this day and age. Most of these adventurers I travel with don’t know the first concept of honor. In my armor it was difficult getting up the ship. By the time I was up the fight was over with Skarn defeating the spell caster…. Well in a way. After the victory, a Duraneese ship swoop by and picked us up and took us to shore. We where well honored for all the lives we saved taking down the main ship. Once we got to Sommerland we fortified the wall to dusk. Then something absolutely remarkable happened. Skarn took the Great sword of Kai and raised it up as the sun was coming in. The sword took the light and it shot a beam of light over towards the tent of the ’Dark Lord" past tense because he got blown away from the magnificent power of Kai. 100,000 or more enemy troops where staggered and confused and started to flee. They where quickly pushed out and ran off slaying a lot of their warriors. A little bit later we where rushed to the castle to meet my most excellent king. Then he congratulated us for this task which we accomplished. Then in turn gave us a new task to go to the cold mountains and deal with the magic user we fought on that ship from earlier. Gladly accepted in a heart beat. Later that day I received my family sword and had my brave squire knighted. It was a great day for us all. We will see what tomorrow has in store.
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