Heroes of Laketown

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.

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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.

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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.

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The Frame-Up
Felkik is accused for murder

05/10-05/13,1646

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.

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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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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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