Heroes of Laketown

Arson at Esgaroth

05/21-05/22, 1647

Two packages wait for the PCs when they return to the Vodagarazun. One, from Carnen, contains Andaeson’s new shield and Eordinale’s white Bal-Pilindi. The other, from Vosca Bellia, contains money and some items made from Eldran’s remains.

Odavacer tells them that two of the boarding rooms are being converted to allow for more boarders. There are, however, two suites opening up at 12bp/month. Waggeorn is getting married and has just moved out. Felkik and Hargrim each take a suite, Andaeson moves to his shop, and Voswi and Eordinale stay in two boarding rooms until they need to be remodeled.

One day Allum comes to town and tells the PCs that a courier is on his way to give Odagavia a secret message. They follow the courier to the Haed-Haus and secretly listen to his conversation with Odagavia, Beadarof, and Maethelgar. They learn that information has been uncovered that there is a spy in Esgaroth for the Necromancer. Soon after, there’s a fire at a warehouse by the docks, where Andaeson and Felkik are near. Andaeson rescues Spearwa, a young girl, and Felkik chases a dark figure seen fleeing the warehouse, but loses him. Beadarof asks the PCs to help him solve the crime, as it’s a capital offense in Lake-Town, and he’s unsure whom to trust.

Sculding, Spearwa’s boyfriend, gives the PCs a tip that leads them to Coryndir, a river-rat. Urdrath owed a lot of money to him, but Agilulf recently paid off a large chunk for him. Agilulf paid off the debt in return for Urdrath starting the fire. Agilulf once asked Riguntha to marry him, but she refused. She is kryn of the Shippers union, and had stored a lot of cloth, her main cargo, in the warehouse that burned. The PCs confront Agilulf, but he denies everything. They confront Urdrath as well, but he’s hit by poison darts as he enters his room. Thinking he’s about to die, he confesses to the PCs and Beadarof. Brunehaut cures him of the poison, but he’s hung two days later. With no proof against him, Agilulf walks away clean.

Demon Hunt
Taking on new forms to defeat a hellish foe

03/23-03/25, 1647

As the PCs are being teleported they hear Harkov’s voice in their head. The demon has surrounded his realm by a ward of Absolution. Anyone entering will have their soul torn from their body. His only option is to transfer the PCs souls into the soulless bodies of beings who are already within the realm. He had prepared for this eventuality, however, and identified 5 preserved bodies. In these forms they would have to defeat the demon within 3 days. Harkov could only guarantee the preservation of their real bodies for that amount of time.

Andaeson became Orindal, a half-elf ranger. Eordinale became Ringore, a Noldor elf cleric. Felkik became Miramatea, a human mystic. Hargrim became Vinyanaug, a hobbit monk. Voswi became Kirpolda, a human fighter. All of these beings had been killed attempting to kill the demon, now hidden in human form, sometime over the last 500 years.

Using their new abilities, they track down High Chancellor Grayden, actually the demon, and are able to defeat him, free Jenna’s spirit, and teleport back. At the keep, Harkov offers them another reward before teleporting them out of the keep. When they find themselves on open ground again they’re surrounded by 28 half-orcs, but rescued by Jenna. The demon, Grayden, appears briefly and teleports the half-orcs away. They had never actually killed him. Jenna informs them that she will contact them soon and they head back to Esgaroth.

Harkov's Keep
Exploring a mystical puzzle-filled keep that travels through time

03/21-03/22, 1647

The same day the PCs return to Esgaroth they receive a message from Pral to go to Dale right away. Unfortunately, they find that Pral’s been kidnapped. Tracking his abductors, they are able to rescue Pral, but find him on his deathbed. He gives them explicit directions to the keep and warns them that there’s pack of about 30 half-orcs searching for it as well.

They manage to find the keep before the orcs and enter right away. After negotiating several floors of traps they learn the secret behind the keep. 500 years ago Harkov and his love, Jenna, sought to destroy a demon terrorizing a nearby village. Unable to destroy the demon, they teleported it to a far off location, but not before if trapped Jenna’s soul in a gem it held. To torture Harkov from afar, the demon told him that she would be freed if Harkov could complete a task, and he would only receive one attempt. Harkov would need to find volunteers, willing to risk their life, to attack and defeat the demon. Harkov had his keep built as a way to test visitors. He stocked it full of magical objects to attract powerful warriors and wizards. Lastly, he instilled his spirit within it to power its magic. The traps within it test the skills necessary for anyone who would seek to destroy the demon. After rewarding the PCs for getting through his traps he gives them the choice to help him or not. 2 groups had come through before, but neither agreed. All of the PCs agree and are quickly teleported away.

The Wolf-Man Of Galgorin

03/05-03/11, 1647

The PCs arrive in Shrel-Kain and are arrested as they disembark. Gaerandil is charging them with treason for not disclosing that they knew Borel’s location when they came through town. They talk their way out of it when they learn that Daelhaelin has awoken from her coma. They also learn that Orlif’s ship came in without him.

Raendoric finds the PCs in town and informs Andaeson that he knows of a grape grower in the town of Galgorin who is interested in doing business with him, but wants to meet him personally. They find there’s a mystery in Galgorin and the man they’re supposed to meet, Gran Naldo, is in jail. Wolves have attacked local livestock and a recent traveler over the last couple of weeks and most of the townspeople are scared to go outside. Gallo Wansutt, the town-master, feels that it’s random attacks and jailed Naldo when he said he wanted to contact the capitol for help, as this would jeopardize Wansutt’s political career.

As the PCs investigate the problems they are joined by 3 others: Drusso, a wagon-driver who saw his friend mauled; Arcatia, the beast-master of Dorwinion; and Julia Marcatio, a local hermetic woman. They eventually discover that Krulla, a retired soldier, is a werewolf and doesn’t know it. With the help of Lada, the local healer, they devise a potion to cure Krulla without killing him. No one is killed, but only two of the PCs are left standing at the end.

Krulla is very thankful to them and gives them his Medallion of Healing, Naldo gives Andaeson a good deal, and Julia gives Voswi some spell scrolls for wolves. The PCs head back towards Esgaroth.

The Many Faces Of Orlif

01/31-02/27, 1647

On the way home from Igrash they first stop by Rhubar. There, Andaeson asks Carnen to make him a stout shield for 15g. Carnen agrees and says it will take a few months.

Returning home safely and settling in, they set off to Dale to question Beawyn regarding Harkov’s Keep. She says she knows of a man in town, Pral, who is supposed to know of the keep. Pral is half-insane, but says he has plotted the next appearance of the keep. He was paid 20 years ago by a man named Jarr to anticipate one of its future locations. He says Jarr had once visited the keep. The PCs agree to pay him 10g now and 10g later if he tells them the next location.

In Esgaroth, Krista, who no longer seems to be imprisoned, approaches them. She details a story explaining how Orlif’s consciousness fled his body after his death, moved to Madon, and finally to Borel. Worse yet, he seems to possess the abilities of all. She also says that he has threatened to take her body as well. She says she is informing them because she feels they can stop him. Soon after, Allum returns to town and says Jarr now lives in Ulgarstat. Jarr tells them that the keep is cursed and he’s the only one of his party who still lives. He also gives them a little advice to help get them through it.

Weeks later, back at the Vodagarazun, the PCs are attacked by a wagonload of skeletons. An obvious clue leads them to Jarlack’s old castle. They battle many soldiers, find Allum imprisoned and tortured, and find another obvious clue. This clue leads them to Ulgarstat. They realize that it’s Orlif, just leading them to all of the sites they originally encountered him. They head to Madon’s old castle, where they originally hung Orlif, figuring that’s where he’s ultimately leading them. Since they arrive a few days sooner than he expects they’re able to surprise him and several of his lieutenants. Seeing defeat at hand he heads into the caverns below the castle. After a lengthy chase the PCs catch him, but learn his last ace. It is his spell, from the Book of the Dead, which is responsible for Daelhaelin’s coma and he is the only one who knows of the book’s location.

The PCs are forced to let him go if he casts the counterspell and disposes of the crystal-key. He does. Felkik destroys the book and places a spy on Borel’s ship to keep tabs on just where he gets off. They catch the ship that leaves the very next day.

The Wounded Drake
Slaying our first dragon

09/18-10/07, 1646

Wintirion Iaur reveals that leaders from all 6 Eothraim clan leaders wore the Stone of Eomund at one time or another, before it was lost 300 years ago. No one ever died in battle while wearing it. They also investigate the Bal-Pilindi. All 4 arrows fired at the same target are supposed to be incredibly powerful. The blue arrow was last seen in Harkov’s Keep, a mysterious and fabled fortress that appears and disappears in different locations.

While there they also encounter two men from a northern village called Igrash. They believe a wounded drake that has taken refuge just 10 miles from them will soon terrorize their village. The PCs agree to examine the situation and possibly help them. In the village they find Barg, who helped wound the beast.

Barg, originally from Dale, lead a group of 8 dragon-hunters against Eldran The Frigid, a drake in The Withered Heath. They fooled a young fire-breathing dragon into attacking the older Eldran. They hoped Eldran would win, but be injured and weak. Instead, the younger dragon won and Eldran, badly wounded, fled. They followed him all of the way down here and tried to finish him off. Eldran fooled them, though, and killed all but Barg, who’s badly wounded. The dragon now rests with a full belly.

Eordinale steals some dragon-slaying items from the hunters’ remains in Eldran’s cave. Some travelers from Pardfan, having heard rumors of a wounded drake, have come to slay the beast as well. They are lead by Vosca and Forlet Bellia, a smith and leatherworker, and accompanied by a mysterious woman named Biarda Jampett. They and the PCs agree to work together and split up the rewards to be had from a dragon carcass. Biarda plans the attack and they’re successful. Several Pardfans are killed, the dragon is slain, and Biarda turns out to be a dragon-hunter herself.

The Erinstone Acquisition
Finding an artifact of the horselords

09/11-09/17, 1646

Staying in Shrel-Kain before heading back to Esgaroth, they hear from Korg of a treasure that lies in the Eorstan Mountains. A book in the library tells of an artifact known as the Erinstone and has a map.

They travel there and find a cave complex lined with traps and haunted tombs. Voswi reaches the sarcophagus holding the Erinstone, but must surrender Voswhete in order to approach it. Once there, he takes the stone and they depart with other treasure as well. They also find carvings explaining that the real name is The Stone of Eomund.

When they get back to Korg and tell him what they found he tells them to keep quiet about the stone as it is an Eothraim artifact. They sell some loot and head to Wintirion Iaur to research the stone before heading home.

Abduction at Aradhrynd
Meddling in the affairs of elves

07/20-08/10, 1646

Two years ago Voswi promised Carnen a favor. Carnen wants them to help him kidnap his son from Aradhrynd and take him to Rhubar. He will pay them for their service, and will understand if they refuse.

Twenty years ago Carnen traveled to Aradhrynd from Rhubar, his home. There he met a beautiful elf, and Thranduil’s neice, named Serala. They wed and had a child, Siracar, but Serala died during the birth. Carnen raised Siracar for years, but wanted to return to Rhubar. Thranduil forbade it, as he wanted no blood of his raised among elves he didn’t know or trust. Carnen ignored him and was cast from Aradhrynd without his son. He has worked as a smith in Dale ever since, saving his money and planning to take back his son.

Though Allum tries to talk them out of it, the PC’s agree to help. The next night they meet Carnen, Etanar, and an unconscious Siracar, and board Bregnold’s raft at Londaroth. Along the way they fight both elves and orcs on separate occasions. At Caradsurga they engage in a large fight with elves and Eordinale kills a half-dozen. It’s soon learned that Siracar doesn’t want to go and has no idea Carnen is his father, having been told that his father was a traitor and died for his treachery. Carnen insists he not know until they reach Rhubar. At Shrel-Kain, Korg (no longer paralyzed) and some soldiers block their entrance to the sea, explaining that Dorwinion has taken Aradhrynd’s side on this matter. They decide to reverse course, head up the Ulumur River, and cross the mountains to the Taur Romen forest where Rhubar resides. Carnen, Etanar, and Bregnold take the southeast path to head off pursuers, while Siracar and the PCs go northeast. They fight giants and meet up with Jakelt, who’d been following them since Shrel-Kain. Jakelt sacrifices himself to Easterling and Dorwinion patrols to allow the PCs to reach the forest, where they’re immediately captured by elves.

Carnen, Etanar, Korg’s patrol, and an Easterling patrol that has captured Jakelt soon join them. The elves declare a trial to decide Siracar’s and his abductors’ fates once and for all. Andaeson speaks for the PCs’ side, Korg for Dorwinion and Bakag for the Easterlings. Carnen is revealed as Siracar’s father, Siracar agrees to go to Rhubar, Jakelt is released, the Easterlings are paid off, and the PCs are allowed to go free. The next morning they travel to Rhubar where Carnen sets up a smithy. Though Siracar stays, he doesn’t speak with his father. Etanar decides to travel, unable to return home. Bregnold returns to the Anduin Valley. Jakelt returns to his life, and the PCs head off to Shrel-Kain with Korg, who no longer has any reason to work against them.

The Frame-Up
Felkik is accused for murder


During a wild night at the Vodagarazun Felkik meets a beautiful woman named Tessa. As he is about to leave with her she’s accosted by a local named Varga, a giant of a man. Through Tessa’s urging, Felkik holds his anger. The next morning Varga’s body is found beaten to death. Having heard of Felkik’s argument, and knowing him to be one of the few people in town who could beat up Varga, Beadarof sends constables to track him down. Felkik wakes up at the Red Robin Inn, surrounded by guards, his hands covered with blood, and is taken into custody. Felkik remembers absolutely nothing of the night before. Soon after, his hanging is schedule for 3 days hence.

The others begin looking for Tessa, but she turns up dead. With Allum’s help, they learn that a Dunlending named Vox had been spending time with her. Eordinale hangs out at a few rough establishments before finding Vox at the Slow Sap Tavern. The PC’s capture him and ask a few questions, but let him go when he proves too stubborn. The next night Vox takes a boat across the lake. The PC’s follow and track him to a cave on the lake’s far side. There they find Krista and some of her cronies. Krista is captured, while everyone else is either killed or chased off.

Back in town, Wulf tries to kill Felkik in jail at Krista’s behest. He nearly succeeds, but Felkik manages to attract some guards’ attention and stay alive. Wulf is taken into custody.

The others return with Krista and some documents that help piece together the plan. Krista had Tessa, a local prostitute, seduce Felkik and spend the night with him at the Red Robin Inn, casting a spell so neither remembered any of it. Wulf, one of her assassins, killed Varga. Tessa woke up and went to the town guard after seeing the blood on the sheets. Shortly thereafter, Vox killed her. All clues pointed to Felkik, no alibi. The plot is revealed, Felkik is released, and Krista and Wulf are jailed.

The Kidnappers Caravan
Freeing slaves from Strayhold

02/05-02/21, 1646

The PCs stop in Strayhold to pick up a few items. Hargrim purchases 3 slaves; a young girl named Freca, man named Arnos, and a woman named Jella. Returning to Esgaroth, Hargrim frees them and attempts to find them jobs. Freca works as a storekeeper for Andaeson, Jella as a cook for Odagavia, and Arnos as a stable-boy for Bodgavia, innkeeper of the Velvet Horse. He’ll hire Arnos if the PCs will work for him. He says his daughter, Illinith, was kidnapped by a Harad caravan that recently left Esgaroth. The PCs suspect that she actually just snuck away with her boyfriend Hadil, a Harad noble. They track down the caravan and extract her without harming anyone. Racing back to Esgaroth they return her to Bodgavia, but he’s angered that they didn’t kill the kidnappers. He fires Arnos, but they find him another job with Odalinda, the wainright


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