Heroes of Laketown

The Fall Of Forodrim

01/27-02/04, 1646

Still continuing to Esgaroth the PC’s spot a burned out village, Forodrim. They find only 2 villagers remaining, Sethrian and Mikel. Everyone else seems to have been killed or carted away as slaves. Seth and Mike surmise that the orcs are probably taking everyone to Strayhold, where there is a lucrative slave market. Along the way they run into Caranfin, Istagol, and Galvilya. They are elves of the eastern patrol, a coveted position. Along with the PCs they track down the orcs and the slaves. All of the orcs are killed and Mike, Seth, the elves, and all of the captured villagers survive. The villagers return to rebuild their homes.

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Gargoyles of Haradruin

01/14-01/22, 1646

On the return trip to Esgaroth the PC’s stay in the town of Karfas. There they learn that several people have disappeared traveling to the neighboring town of Far Bank, as they traveled through the Akran forest. The PC’s investigate and find a small tribe of orcs, which they dispatch, but the killings continue. They then search a tower hidden in the forest and find it a refuge for five gargoyles. After a long and difficult fight they kill all of the gargoyles and loot the tower.

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Coup D'etat
Meeting Din Ohtar the Ring Wight

09/09-12/20, 1645

Still in Shrel-Kain, the PC’s are approached individually by soldiers who say they’ve kidnapped Daelhaelin and will kill her unless they surrender. Thrown into a brig, they sail for over 2 weeks, end up at Madon’s old castle near Elgaer, and are imprisoned for over a month. Befriended by a servant named Tesh, a young boy loyal to Methri, they learn their fate.

Borel, captain of the castle guard, and Tamath, Madon’s apprentice, have detected a great power in the tunnels beneath the castle. They sent in several men, but none returned so they decide to throw the PCs down unarmed and undernourished. Tesh gets hold of some of their gear and dumps it down the hole along with some food. The PCs rest and then travel until they find an underground temple. They fight through many undead, destroy an imprisoned demon, and finally escape using a magic rope from the temple. The castle nearly empty, they question 2 guards and find that Borel left with a fleet of ships heading to Shrel-Kain. The PCs finally find their way there, but are too late. An army of both orc and man had taken the city. They learn that Korg and Herufara have a hidden camp in the mountains and fight through many of Borel’s soldiers to find it.

The camp has many men, but not enough. Eordinale helps convince the elves of Rhubar and Hargrim the dwarves of the Iron Hills and Eorstan mountains to help in the fight by explaining that the city is held by orcs and men of evil worship. Korg learns that Minas Falath holds information on the location of the enemy leaders and the mysterious port from where the ships hailed. Using hollow log rafts to reach the sea the PCs are given the task of locating and then taking out the leaders.

At Minas Falath they discover the existence and location of an island in the center of the sea, previously known only in legends. Enshrouded by fog, the island is hard to find, but easy to approach undetected. They battle through a few dozen orcs before reaching the leaders; several armed with PC equipment. These include Tamath, Borel, Din Ohtar, and an Easterling mage called Restah. Tamath and Restah are killed, Din Ohtar escapes, and Borel surrenders. They find some large crystals that enable the enemy forces to communicate and shatter them before heading back to Shrel-Kain.

The battle is several days ended when they return. Unfortunately, Korg is paralyzed and Daelhaelin in a coma. Questioning Borel, who seems to have been the mastermind, they receive only cryptic answers before he mysteriously teleports away.

At a victory banquet the PCs are presented with gifts from Gaerandil, the dwarves and the elves.

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The Royal Wedding
Felkik's lovelife is complicated

07/06-08/11, 1645

The PCs receive invitations to a wedding in Shrel-Kain between Korg and Daelhaelin. Stopping in Caradsurga on the way they, offer to help Garvanon Haldraker, whose wine barge has been hijacked by orcs. They recapture the barge and a majority of its load. They are aided in this endeavor by Kailin, Gralis, and Durzil, 3 Dwarf brothers, and by Ginfilian, a sinda sailor.

In Shrel-Kain Korg explains the situation. Gaerandil hired Korg’s mercenaries and then offered Korg a station as commander of Dorwinion forces. One night Gaerandil saw Korg and Herufara in warm embrace and betrothing their love to one another. Herufara, however, was betrothed at age 12 to the prince of a neighboring Logath tribe, Jogath, in order to ensure peace. It was their border skirmishes that brought Korg in. As that wedding was supposed to take place in only 6 weeks, Herufara convinced Gaerandil that she was really Daelhaelin. Gaerandil was thrilled and set out to plan a double wedding for his twin daughters. When the PC’s arrive, the wedding is 7 days away. Daelhaelin and Korg don’t want to marry one another and Herufara doesn’t want to marry Jogath. Calling off the weddings could lead to scandal or even war.

Five days before the wedding Korg asks the PC’s to investigate reports of spiders in Durannon Wood, along the Celduin. Visiting the nearby town of Kardavan, the PC’s track down Leigos Maladov, who has transplanted young spiders from Mirkwood, and kill him and most of the spiders.

Korg, Herufara, and the PC’s start working on a plan. They’re interrupted when Hothar, Jogath’s brother, is murdered. Hothar is second in line for tribe leadership, after Jogath. Hargrim spots the assassin, but is unable to capture him. While half of the PC’s attempt to track down the assassin the other half formulate a plan to buy time.

Andaeson and Felkik take advantage of a Logath tradition, a duel called the Garesh. The duel is not to the death and the challenged chooses weapons. Andaeson challenges Jogath for the hand of Herufara and Felkik challenges Korg, professing he and Daelhaelin’s love for one another. Korg beats Felkik, but calls off the wedding in disgust of their love. Andaeson accidentally crushes Jogath’s windpipe, killing him.

The others find the assassin and discover that he is in the employ of Botan, Jogath’s youngest brother and now next in line. They force the assassin to confess to the crowd. Botan knew that if Jogath married an outsider his credibility would be ruined and could never become tribe leader, leaving only him. Under cover of this ensuing scandal, Andaeson cancels his proposal to Herufara and leaves before the duel’s outcome sinks in with the Logath.

Although under some protest and suspicion by Gaerandil, Korg and Herufara wed. Daelhaelin tells Felkik that he can prove his devotion to her by remaining in town for 30 days without running off. Botan and the other Logath return to their homelands, the threat of war undiminished.

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Spring of the Valar

05/01-05/12, 1645

Urdrath, an inn resident, gives the PCs a map to a magical spring. He asks only for a canteen full of its water in return. They stop at Thelisa’s castle along the way and find that she is having a dispute with a local Easterling tribe. The cause of the dispute is actually some orcs and trolls who are attempting to find the spring as well. They solve the dispute, kill the orcs and trolls, and find the spring. Felkik dies in battle, but is able to be revived by the spring. Everyone drinks from the pool and a canteen-full is taken for Andaeson. In the aftermath the entrance to the spring is sealed.

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The Tithing Train
Andaeson buys The Golden Elixir

03/21-04/03, 1645

Grimbold shows up at the Vodagarazun looking for partners to kill a camp of Blogrum-Hai orcs who reside at Ilmaryen Keep in Mirkwood. It’s a stopover for supplies going from the Witch-King of Angmar to the Necromancer. They attack and slaughter every last orc. They split all of the loot with Grimbold and return 4 wagonloads of goods to Esgaroth, plus mark it as a safe site in the wood.

About this time Felkik begins paying Wulf to train him in martial arts and Andaeson buys his wine shop (The Golden Elixir).

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Assault on the Sorcerer's Citadel
The end of the Dark Council

01/03-01/24, 1645

Information from Allum clues the PC’s that Leardinoth is a mage of much renown down in Strayhold. Traveling surreptitiously down to Strayhold, they scout out Leardinoth’s castle and mount an attack upon it. They kill Leardinoth, all of his apprentices, and most of his orcish guard. Kiran visits the PC’s shortly thereafter, says he never wished to associate with the Dark Council and promises to stay out of trouble if the PC’s forget about him. They agree.

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Twins Of Darkness
The party incurs another favor

11/03-11/19, 1644

The PC’s ride out to where Cheirosh and Beirosh are hiding. They sneak in and attack, leaving only Beirosh alive. They steal everything they can find, including three of the Bal-Pilindi (powerful magic arrows) and trigger a trap that curses them all with Skin Death. Stopping in Dale on their way home, they ask Carnen to dispel the curse. He does so, but makes Voswi promise that they’ll do a favor for him soon as repayment. Voswi agrees.

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House Of Assassins
Orilf transfers his soul again

10/28-11/02, 1644

The PC’s learn that Allum and Jakelt are both agents from their respective lands assigned to watch over the area and the PCs, as well as keeping tabs on them.

Krista sneaks into town during all of this and assaults the PC’s with subtle spells, causing them to be paranoid, overly generous, etc. She then attacks them with 6 assassins, one of which is found to have a map to a castle just east of Dale. Traveling there, the PC’s walk into a trap and are briefly imprisoned. They escape and battle Madon’s troops, led by Borel, and Krista’s golem, as well as Krista, Madon, and Ellis. Hargrim almost dies, but is saved by an herb found by Felkik. Krista, Borel, and some troops escape and Madon and Ellis are killed. At the moment of Madon’s death Orlif attempts to transfer both his and Madon’s souls into Krista’s body, but she is able to resist. He settles for Borel, who easily succumbs.

The PC’s take one of the surviving troops to Beawyn who reads his mind and is able to give the PC’s the location of Cheirosh and Beirosh.

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Return of the Fall Festival
A quiet interlude between adventures

08/24-08/26, 1644

Esgaroth has not had a fall festival since the plague years began over 8 years ago. This is the first one since then. The PC’s see Carnen and Korg again. They meet Allum, from Gondor, Jakelt, from Lorien, and Wulf, who wins the main contest at the festival.

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