So it happened that the Gwandor were too successful
in their feud with the Gorde and Gudny, Argrath, Sigmund, Lothar,
and Kamoar were all declared Outlawed by the Empire. Over 2000 Imperial
troops were being readied to enforce the decree and grind the Gwandor
into a bloody paste.
The companions decided to go into exile as it would
have been pointless to try and fight the red- men. Most of Argrath's
Hidden Ring decided to accompany them.
Gudny asked the clan to follow Erkenbrand, the Elmali,
as the Vingkotlings had done when Orlanth was away. They agreed.
The clan then formed Orlanth's Eternal Ring to give Gudny power
in his journeys.
When the band rode out it numbered 34. Argrath and
Voydag. Gudny, Sigmund, Kamoar, and Lothar. Katla and Varax followed
their friends into exile. Darand Batbane and three of his weaponthanes.
Noh, Nestin, Meddar, Vedda, and Borne. 4 Humakti followed Lothar,
2 other Vingans followed Katla, and Kamoar got 3 other hunters to
accompany him. 12 other clansmen wanted to come but Gudny sent the
boys home and only let 7 come. As they rode away, Torroth, the Stickpicker
begged his Chief to take him along, Gudny agreed.
They chose to make for Cragspider's realm. They
would fare there through Battle Valley, then north through Torkani
land, the foothills of the Indigo Mounts and then through Alone
and onto Skyfall lake.
They camped just short of the Sazdorf lands on their
first night. The moon was full and they hid in the depths of a copse
of trees and set a strong guard. Just after mid-night, the guards
cried out in alarm and awoke the camp.
A fiery aura surrounded the moon and an unnatural
mist was rising heavily from the ground around the camp. All seized
their weapons and prepared to fight or flee. The moon started to
throb and a red beam lanced down touching the ground 20 ells away,
two score black dots floated down the beam; as they became closer,
they were seen to be warriors.
Six large men with square black beards and huge
maces led the way; they were followed by 20 sturdy warriors in glittering
iron and silver armour, they carried large shields and wicked scimitars.
A tall man in glowing golden armour with a sceptre and a sword landed
just behind the warriors. Three men with glowing red armour, glowing
swords and ornate staffs landed next; they were throbbing with magical
power. They were followed by six similarly dressed men who were
noticeably weaker magically and finally a red women with a great
glowing bow and moon runes covering her face.
Gudny seized the Star Bear bag that had been a gift
from King Vingkot and released the sylph within it. Black Cloud
boiled into the air and blotted out the moonlight. Gudny commanded
it to kill the red-men and it raged through the trees settling over
the charging Lunars.
Kamoar tried to emulate Yinkin and take alynx form
but entered a frenzy first and charged straight at the flank of
Argrath and Gudny led an attack through the air
at the sorcerers at the back of the formation, Sigmund, Darund,
Nestin and Borne flew with them.
Lothar quickly formed the remaining men into a shield
wall and prepared to face the Shargashi.
Black Cloud descended over the Goddess Guards, Lightning
bolts flashed burning down trees and men, terrible winds ripped
men apart, tore up trees and smashed other men with them and funnel
clouds threw still more men high into the sky.
The Shargashi charged into the shield wall and forced
it back, leaving a trail of bleeding bodies behind.
Gudny bore down on a warrior-priest and thrust Orlanth's
Thunder at him, the priest struck the sylph Gudny rode on and knocked
him to the ground. Argrath charged the Ogeria priestess with Vingkot's
spear forcing her back. Sigmund threw Little Weighty at the Yelmic
officer; the Lunar was staring agast at Black Cloud and never saw
the blow coming, he was dashed to the ground like a wet rag and
Weighty returned to Sigmund's hand. A warrior-priest struck Darund
with a gout of magical force. Nestin smote an acolyte and his sword
stood out between the man's shoulder-blades and the chaos-spawn
fell dead. Borne was struck to the ground with a cowardly blow from
another acolyte while Kamoar ripped fanatically at a third acolyte.
Gudny sprang from the ground, leapt over the priest's
sword stroke and stmote him a great blow with his sword sending
him crashing, senseless, to the ground. The Ogerian struck Argrath
a stunning blow with her sword but had to jump backwards to avoid
his return swing. Sigmund struck down another warrior-priest with
Little Weighty while Kamoar bore his foe to the ground and ripped
at him with his bare hands and teeth, tearing out his throat.
The Ogerian smirked at Argrath, crossed her arms
across her chest and floated back up the moon beam, she was still
smirking when Gudny hit her with one of the largest thunderbolts
ever seen in those lands; there was very little of her body left
to land on the ground with a soft thud.
The last warrior-priest stared at the devastation
around him and surrendered in shock. Gudny looked around found Black
Cloud had finished with the Lunars and was tossing trees around
at the remaining shield wall. He called Black Cloud back and ordered
it back into the Star Bear bag.
The copse of trees had nearly ceased to exist. Craters
dotted the land and felled trees lay scattered everywhere. Pieces
of Lunar bodies hung from the remaining branches, several of the
attackers had been hammered into the ground and one was even impaled
on a tree, by another tree.
The band tallied their losses, Meddar and Darund
were dead along with 7 others. Katla, Varax and 4 others were wounded.
Argrath interrogated the remaining priest and then
killed him. The priests last words were "The Goddess blesses you."
Gudny organised mounting the Lunar heads on staves
and when the band rode off they left 37 heads on spikes around the
The companions assembled an immense funeral pyre
for the fallen mates and called down a thunderbolt to light it.
The flames licked hungrily through the wood and leapt skyward behind
the band as they rode from the clearing.
Come morn, the companions fared into Battle Valley
and were met by the Uz. Kazokang warmly greeted his friend Gudny
and replied in dismay when told the story of their outlawry. He
took them before the Queen.
Argrath gifted Queen Martoraz with two sets of Iron
and Silver armour, she thanked Argrath and bid them tell their tale.
So it came to pass that the Uz agreed to shelter
the wounded and any of the band that were not to make the journey
to Skyfall lake. The band rested there for three days before busking
on their way again. Argrath, Gudny, Sigmund, Kamoar, Nestin, Noh,
Vedda, Voydag, and Borne made off north through the rising mist
as Theya roused Elmal. Kazokang accompanied the band aswell.
The companions fared north and east along the eastern
edge of the Wolf Hills. They passed through the chaparral skirting
Poljoni land. Late in the day they spied some herds on the plains
and shortly afterwards a band of 12 riders approached them and issued
a challenged. They were from the Black Mane clan. Argrath assured
them that the companions were only passing through and meant no
harm to the Poljoni. The riders warned them of raiding trolls to
the north and rode off. The friends were shadowed by Poljoni riders
until they left their lands.
The band fared north and turned westward passing
Jaldon's Point. They now entered Torkani tribal lands.
It must be told that the Torkani were Argan Argar
worshipers and had been feuding with Harvar Ironfist for some time.
Harvar trying to bring his light worship of Yelmalio into the region
but the dark worshiping Argan Argari would have nothing of that.
Weaponsthanes from the Gahagar clan challenged the
friends and took them before their chief who offered them guest-right.
Argrath thanked Chief Osteric for his hospitality and gifted him
with 2 marks of silver.
Gudny recited a poem of the clan's woe and the treachery
of the Empire.
Red-men fueled the feud with Gorde
then sat to watch their students strive
Helm-gnawers and huscarls they leant their clan
The Gwandor gripped the Gorde's fat throat
We razed their shrines and raided their cows
and burnt the Chief's hall while the craven ran off
A cowardly traitor took the foe
to the roof of kind Chief Kulbrast's hall
they murdered man and wife while asleep
The Gwandor struck with the strength of the storm
and avenge their dead for the dastardly deed
The Gorde war-banner is a trophy of war
Frustrated and embarrassed by the Gwandor's success
The Empire bids us "Outlaw or Die"
and makes ready two-thousand troops to trample.
Nestin the recites a poem of his travels and his
conversion by Gudny back to the wyrd of Orlanth. He tells of Harvar's
plans, his ambitions, his false worship and his corruption of good.
Osteric agreed that the Empire was evil and did
not deal fairly with any but told of the looming war with Harvar
and that the Empire left the Torkani mostly alone. He also told
of fighting in the Indigo Mountains as the Uz fought to find a new
Gudny told Osteric that the companions would be
happy to help the Torkani fight Harvar if there were a way for them
to do so. Osteric thanked them and in the morn, took them to see
King Jafoksor the Short greeted the companions and
Argrath gifted him with 6 marks of gold, enough to make a thick
torque. Jafoksor was greatly surprised at this generosity from outlaws.
Gudny again told the tale of their journeys and
the Empire's treachery while Nestin recited his tale as well.
Jafoksor talked of the impending war with Harvar.
Harvar could easily overwhelm the tribe and grind them under his
boot, all that was stopping him was that he was still trying to
subjugate the northern lands around Alone. He thanked Argrath for
his offer of help and said that when the time comes, he would put
out the call for warriors to help and if they came he will offer
the companions places in his King's Hall.
Jafoksor provided a guide to take the companions
to the northern border and bid them fare-well. The band fared north
through the thick Lizardwoods forest. They passed through the Village
of Storlock and then onto the town of Alone.
It must be told that Alone had put up a severe fight
when Triof the Fist assaulted if for Harvar and, after several revolts
and rising, only 500 of the original 1000 inhabitants still live.
The roads into Alone are lined with gallows displaying their mutilated
baggage. A great wall, higher than two men surrounded the town and
a mighty keep guarded it as well.
The companions stayed at Geo's Inn and discovered
that Triof was the Lord of Alone and was presently in the town.
They tried to find a way of smiting him but could not. In the inn,
they met a man, Orgovalt, known as the Angry. Orgovalt was drunk
and shouting his hatred of Triof. The other patrons quickly left
the bar and the barman pled with Orgovalt to be quiet. The companions
quieted him down and talked to him late into the night and in the
morning as well.
Orgovalt told them the tales of the taking of Alone,
the atrocities committed there since the conquest and told them
of the defenses around Triof. As he sobered up, Orgovalt recognised
Nestin. It seemed he had served in the Hollowdancers as well. Nestin
told Orgovalt of his conversion and of his journey's since then.
In the morning, the friends rode on north and Orgovalt
decided to accompany them. They rode past Iron Spike, supposed to
be the spear-head from a fallen god, and through the Sheep Luck
hills and approached Skyfall lake.
Now our tale must recount the origin of Skyfall
lake. A great Chaos god, known as Korang the Slayer, armed with
a mighty spear was ravaging the land. Ten gods attacked him; Hard
Earth was one, Skyriver Titan was the second, the third cannot be
named as none know it, the other seven are unnamed as they fled.
The first into combat was the unknown god but he was no match for
Korang and was slain. The Chaos god then struck Skyriver Titan a
great blow and Skyriver Titan fled back to his home in the clouds.
So great was his wound that his blood flowed in a great gush from
the clouds. Hard Earth then stuck himself on the demon spear shattering
it but dying at the same time. Without his spear, Korang was nothing
and Skyriver's falling blood drowned him Skyriver Titan's wound
never healed and still pours from the sky forming a great lake called
Skyfall Lake. His wound is still visible in the roiling clouds.
Hard Earth's body is still visible as the six peaks of the Black
Dragon Mountains where Cragspider lives.
The lake itself is surrounded by many troll villages
and the troll town of Crabtown. Many huge spiders were spied in
the area and, as the companions entered Crabtown, they watched a
20' spider push the roof off of a house and carry off an Enlo for
dinner. The center of Crabtown, and it's namesake, is a 200' crab
shell that they use as town hall. Apparently one of the many strange
creatures to be found in the lake.
At the outskirts of town, five Great Trolls, dressed
in red and carrying massive clubs charged, howling at the companions.
Gudny quickly looked at Kazokang who appeared uninterested. "Why
are ye so calm?" He asked. "This is a ritual greeting," Kazokang
answered. "I thought you knew."
The Zorak Zoran berserkers stopped just short of
the band and retreated. They repeated this five times getting closer
each time until the final charge stopped with the clubs resting
on the human's foreheads.
As they strode into town Kazokang remarked "I'm
glad you asked, if you had responded with alarm or fear they would
have killed you. Welcome to Crabtown."
Kazokang left the band at the only "inn" in town
and went to announce their presence. He returned shortly with news
that Cragspider had bade them attend her immediately.
The companions were led further into the valley
and into tunnels under the mountain. As they progressed further
into the mountain they noticed that it was very warm in there. There
were also lots of Uz and swarms of Enlo. The friends had to beat
the trollkin off to keep them from eating their equipment or clothes.
Eventually the rough hewn tunnels gave way to finished stone and
the companions realised that they were in the castle itself. They
were greeted by another Argan Argar troll who told them that Cragspider
would see them in a week and that they were to be guested in the
Human Quarters until then. Cragspider had also granted them access
to her library. Unlike the rest of the castle, the human quarters
were carpeted, had large windows and bright decorations. Many people
wandered the wing awaiting their audiences.
While they waited, Argrath talked with the Librarian
about dragons and his quest for knowledge. He showed him the Dragon
Teeth he had and they traded knowledge about the EWF. The librarian's
knowledge was vast and it turned out that the EWF was his hobby.
He directed Agrath to books about the dragons and was surprised
when Argrath asked for books by Wyrmquill. "Do you have any?" asked
Argrath. "I should hope so," replied the librarian, "I am Wyrmquill."
After Argrath recovered from his shock, he showed
Wyrmquill the map he had found and Wyrmcoil then told the tale of
how he lost it. He had been captured by bandits and sold to the
Morocanth's to make into a herdman. He was recognized some years
later by a friend and rescued. They talked long about the EWF.
During the week, Sigmund learned to read and Gudny
studied Ancient Orlanthi myths.
The tale now turns to the audience. The friends
were ushered into an immense cavern. Cragspider was at one end.
She was a creature with a 12' Darktroll torso attached to a huge
spider's body. She was surrounded by a fiery corona. 1000 great
trolls lined the walls in immobile ranks, her bodyguard. The entire
chamber pulsated with her power.
Cragspider refused to accept any gifts from the
band and asked a favour. She wanted the companions to retrieve a
moon rock for her. The red-men were using such rocks to survey Dragon
Pass, using the Dragonnewt Roads, to find the best location to build
a new temple. Probably a new Temple of the Reaching Moon. In
return for this favour, Cragspider would shelter them and aid them
in their fight against the Empire.
The companions agreed.
Cragspider announced that they would get the first
part of their reward right then, "You wished to speak with the Black
True, speak." She waved her arm at the back wall of the cavern and
great doors, 200m wide, opened revealing an eye.
The dragon's voice resonated in their heads, "What do you seek?"
Agrath asked him, "How do our paths cross?"
"You have a great part to play in the world but
I cannot help you any more than Cragspider can. You must follow
your fate and perform your part. Quest for more dragon powers."
 Shargashi berserkers, Goddess Guardsmen, Yelm Imperator,
Warrior-Priests of the Lunar College of Magic, acolytes of the College
and a Priestess of Orgeria (Sedenya's hunter aspect)
 Gudny rolled a 20 (critical success) when he has a mastery (bump
all results up to next level) and had spent a plot point (bump all
results to next level) while the Orgerian rolled 1 (critical fumble)
to resist the attack. Gudny had bid 21 APs and so the priestess lost
 Theya is the Goddess of Dawn
 The morocanth is like a humanoid tapyr who is sentient. Their
food animal is a creature called the Herdman. They are humans but
have no sentience. There is a way of turning any person into a herdman
and there is a way of turning herdmen into humans.
 Temples of the Reaching Moon are used by the Empire to extend
the dominion of the Red Moon called the Glowline. The moon is always
full inside the Glowline making all Lunar magics very powerful.
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