Heroes of Laketown

Sack of Silverplunge
Slay Hyarleuca the dragon in retaliation for the destruction of Hargim's family mine

Many in Buhr Thurasig ask Hargrim if he is from Silverplunge. Dwarves from the mine used to trade in town often, but none have been seen in over 5 years. Many suspect they are all dead from Plague. Hargrim decides he must investigate, and the others agree to accompany him.

The PCs fight wolves, ice-orcs, and blizzards before reaching Silverplunge. There, they find main plaza littered with dwarf skeletons and the main door smashed. Investigating, they find no indication of attackers, but locate a survivor. Higdal, an outcast dwarf, tells them of a massive invasion of ice-orcs. He says that they return often and tells the PCs go home. Instead, they decide to investigate the main treasury, the most secure location. Rather than ice-orcs, they find a white dragon sleeping atop Silverplunge’s treasure. He explains that he came here, killed all of the dwarves, and claimed the treasure because he had given his hoard to his son. The PCs narrowly escape just as the dragon bores of conversation.

They find Higdal again, who tells them he only wanted to scare them off to save their lives. All he knows of the dragon is that his name is Scatha. As the dragon has killed Hargrim’s family, he is reminded of the dwarfish saying, “Kill my son, lose your father”, and the tale from which it originates. In the tale, a dwarf’s young son is killed by another young dwarf. Feeling battle with such a young dwarf dishonorable, he challenges the father instead. He kills the father fairly, exacting revenge and maintaining his honor. It is one of the bases for the dwarfish idea that debts and favors extend to all members of a bloodline. Hargrim resolves to find and slay Scatha’s son.

The PCs travel to Buhr Craesh, the nearest settlement, to learn more Scatha and his son. They’re told to visit Tral the Wolf-man. He knows that Scatha’s son is Hyarleuca, but is unfamiliar with its location. He offers to help them locate the drake for a share of the hoard. He travels to a huge fortress and speaks with some ice-orcs there, much to the PCs discomfort. That help enables them to find the dragon’s lair, however, and they arrive while Hyarleuca is out. They set up an ambush, and attack when the dragon arrives. Hyarleuca is slain, Voswi drops into a coma, and Tral returns home.

Hargrim and Felkik take Hyarleuca’s scrotum back to Silverplunge and leave it at the main gate. They take a long route home, through unpopulated areas, in case Scatha follows them. Andaeson rushes Voswi back to Esgaroth. There, Odagavia helps him find the healer Presebal, who heals Voswi for 20g. Eordinale follows Andaeson with a wagon full of their booty.

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The Gretch

10/30-10/31, 1647

Kiril states that she is from Buhr Thurasig, and would like to go home. The PCs escort her back there, and stay for a while to sell their booty. The town is having its last trading market before winter sets in. The PCs talk up their deeds to a fresh crowd, which attracts the attention of a young boy. He tells Hargrim that his family’s home, east of town, has been under siege from a “filthy beast”. The PCs find an undead orc called the Gretch who leads a small cadre of undead local animals. He lives by sucking the life force out of other living creatures. The PCs kill the Gretch and rescue the young boy’s family.

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Lair of the Blue Dragon
Slaying our second dragon

10/19-10/29, 1647

The PCs hear a story from a traveler about a large group of orcs from whom he escaped, orcs covered in blue tattoos. He claims they had amassed wealth by looting travelers between Dale and Buhr Thurasig. The PCs pay him off, and he gives them directions to their lair. They want revenge on Unhir Wadflad, who was last seen with the orcs, to stop the looting, and to steal some of their treasure.

They arrive at the orcs’ mountain hideout, and sneak into the caves running through it. They’re quickly discovered, and engage in a series of attacks, retreats, and attacks through other entrances. They kill over 30 orcs before Mogshi, the leader, threatens a human serving girl named Kiril. He says that he’ll kill her unless the PCs stop their attack, but agrees to free her if the PCs accomplish a task. He wants them to go down into the deepest caves of the mountain and “free them from the will of their master”. The PCs agree to make the attempt.

They crawl deep into the mountain and find a blue-skinned ice-drake whose name they never discover. After a long and nearly costly battle, the PCs are able to defeat the beast. They deliver the dragon eyes to Mogshi as proof of their victory and take the girl. They leave with as they can carry from the dragon’s hoard.

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A Dark Plot
Narrowly averting another war

08/18-08/26, 1647

A dying scout rides into town, ignoring guards and heading for Odagavia’s house. He’ll speak only to Odagavia and his circle of advisors: Woffung, Maethelgar, and Beadarof. He found a large orcish outpost just southwest of Esgaroth, on the northeastern edge of the mountains. He observed it for a week and saw over 200 orcs arrive in that time. Because he doesn’t want the outpost aware of Esgaroth’s knowledge, he’d like the information kept from the populace. Unfortunately, Woffung is actually a spy for the Necromancer.

At Odagavia’s behest, Beadarof and Woffung ask the PCs to spy on the outpost. The Fall Festival is less than a week away and a large celebration is planned. Eoder, kryn of Dale’s largest clan and leader of Dale-folk, is visiting during the festival to sign a trade and military alliance treaty. An attack during this time could jeopardize the unity and leadership of northern Rhovanion. The PCs agree. At this time, Woffung gives Felkik a small pendant that he claims, “will grow warm near danger.”

Along the PCs route, they are separated and ambushed. Andaeson, Felkik, and Eordinale are attacked by Woffung, Gerazan (a Black Numenorean), and Leonide (an Easterling). Gerazan defeats Andaeson and Leonide defeats Eordinale. Felkik cuts off Woffung’s hand, but must flee to avoid capture by the others. After ditching the pendant, which was actually a tracking item, he rescues Andaeson, but must watch Leonide and Gerazan leave with Eordinale. Woffung cannot be found. Hargrim and Voswi kill both of their assassins, and catch up to Felkik and Andaeson. They try to heal Andaeson, and then head to the orc outpost to rescue Eordinale.

They sneak into the outpost and almost get caught, but are rescued by Allum, who’s been spying within the outpost for days. He shows them the venting tunnels which lace the outpost and they learn of a plot to assassinate both Eoder and Odagavia, preceding an attack on Esgaroth and Dale. They hear that there is an Easterling army east of the lake preparing to attack, alongside the orcs, when they’re signaled that both leaders are dead. It is unknown, however, how either will be killed or who is the assassin. Lastly, they find that Eordinale is on his way to Dol Guldur.

The PCs take off after him, while Allum rides to Esgaroth to warn of the plot. The PCs catch up to the wagons that hold Eordinale. They attack, and free him. Torturing a wagon driver, they find out that Eoder and Odagavia are to be poisoned. They all then head to Esgaroth.
They find the festival in its last day, with a ceremony for the treaty’s signing. Prowling the city for the assassin, they see Woffung greeting Eoder. They had never told Allum he was a traitor and thus the townspeople did not know either. The PCs chase Woffung into the Vodagarazun, where they engage in a short battle. Woffung dies falling from a 3rd floor window, but they find the poison and antidote on his body. They give both to Uphelb, who determines that the poison is administered by touch. Eoder and Odagavia are given the antidote as a precaution, and without their deaths, no signal for attack is given.

The treaty is signed. The Easterling armies soon disperse, but the orc outpost remains.

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A Return To Normalcy
Gaining a favor (for a change)

07/01-07/09, 1647

Freamund, kryn of the Merchants union, approaches the PCs in response to a recommendation by Odagavia. During the plague his sister Hreowalda fled Esgaroth along with many other refugees. Most refugees returned following the plague, but Hreowalda and some others were not among them. Freamund has purchased information from a traveler, Unhir Wadflad, who claims he saw a small hamlet north of the lake called Penstow, to where it was rumored that people had fled during the plague.

The PCs travel with Unhir northeast, but he abandons them shortly after they pass through Dale. The PCs continue on the path they’ve been on and eventually find the colony of Penstow. They find Hreowalda, thyn of the village, and convince her that the plague is over. She refuses to return, however, until a recent crisis is settled. It seems 5 children have recently gone missing. The PCs track them down, killing the 2-headed troll whom kidnapped them. Hreowalda and her son, Volaf, convince 22 other villagers to return with her to Esgaroth. Thirty-one others, most not previous Esgaroth residents, decide to remain in Penstow.

On the trip back the PCs find out what happened to Unhir. He is now accompanied by 46 Larzoguhoth orcs. They decorate their bodies with blue tattoos. The PCs maneuver to encounter the orcs via a rope-bridge crossing a large canyon. After a long battle, causing the death of 4 Penstow residents and over 30 orcs, Unhir and the surviving orcs flee. The PCs return the others to Esgaroth. Hreowalda reunites with Freamund and Viclaf, the son she thought dead from plague long ago. Freamund pays them and offers Andaeson any favor he’d like from the guild.

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You Bet Your Life

6/18-6/20, 1647

A body washes up on shore near the town’s entrance. The man, name unknown, is suspected by Beadarof of being involved with one of Lake-Town’s smuggling rings. He offers the PCs a 20g reward to find the man’s murderer and hopefully uncover information relating to smuggling operations into town.

Following leads, the PCs discover a smuggling operation between Viloric of Londaroth and Hildegrippa the Lean, owner of the Erranun Tavern. They smuggle grains into town by way of a trap door in the tavern’s back room, which opens to the lake below. Andaeson convinces Vogir, Hildegrippa’s second, that he wants to smuggle Dorwinion wine into town. The deal is accepted and a trap is set up, including the PCs and several Drihten. An unknown Drihten informs on Andaeson at the last minute, however, and almost costs him his life.

In the end, Hildegrippa, Vogir, and several thugs are captured. One of Hildegrippa’s thugs testifies that she killed Saewic, the body from the water, when she caught him cheating at dice. Her thugs stuffed his body into some sacks of barley just in from Viloric and dumped him into the lake to sink or be eaten by a grundherd. Fish chewed through the sacks, however, and the body rose to the surface to float ashore. Hildegrippa was hung, Viloric was fined and banned from trading in town, and Vogir imprisoned for 60 days. The tavern was forfeited to the town government.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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