March of Darkness

Echoes of the Past

3-1-768 There appears to be a magical mutation affecting mundane animals in Grennis. While in the park, Gnajira witnesses a small dog, Chester, mutate and begin jumping incredibly high into the air. Further investigation by the party reveals that this is occuring throughout the city. There seem to be random magical effects that result in at-will magical abilities being manifested by animals. This mutation also results in death within a few short months.

Ka-blahk, a kobold wizard, is tasked by the mage’s guild to investigate the mutations. He encounters Gnajira and Rowyn at a local vetrinarian and offers to combine their efforts to track down the cause and possible solutions to the dilemma.

After doing some basic research at the university and wizard’s guild libraries, the group discovers a magical/healing crystal ritual used by an ancient race of bearmen, the Pandaren, that lived in the Cedenic Mountains. Armed with a general location, they set off.

Zerand and Ka-blahk get the group access to a teleportation circle that takes them to Westridge. Gnajira recalls that Westridge is where her fellow gnomes defeated Malignos. The party stays at “The Iron Oar” for a reasonable 2cp per room per night. Rowyn and Gnajira party in the gnome enclave in Westridge.

3-2-768 Zerand purchases a detailed map of the area. The party leaves Westdridge. Around noon, they reach a fork in the road that branches off to Gnognak to the north and Gnairit to the south. They leave the road and enter the foothills. That night, after setting up camp, they see a campfire downhill and to the south. While they are deciding what to do, Uthgan appraoches the camp stealthily. He recognizes Gnajira and joins the group, offering to lead them into the mountains.

3-3-768 Uthgan leads the party through several abandoned goblin villages. That night they camp in one such village.

3-4-768 Around noon, the group moves into a beautiful protected valley. There is a high amount of magic that naturally infuses the area. Investigation of the area reveals a magical waterfall, with a small alcove hidden behind. Within the alcove is an illusory wall that leads to an underwater corridor. This opens into a highly decorated hallway of worked stone. Following this hallway, it opens up into a large room with a sandpit in the center. Rowyn manifests psychic impressions of the area. The place hasn’t been used for several centuries. There is only one evant that is significantly emotionally charged. She witnesses a very brief, but fatal, battle between two pandaren in the sandpit. The combatants are squared-in by 60 pandaren standing against the walls. The victor leads the pandaren out of the building and that is the most recent event.

Outside the building is an open area with smaller living quarters arranged in a semi-circle. Opposite the sandpit building is what appears to be a lager common-use building. In the center of the clearing is a stone table with a ley line shooting out of the ground through the middle of the table into the sky.

In the common use building is a magical worktable and forge. In the back of the building is a giant wood chest with a magical lock that can only be opened by a cypher. The group deciphers the code and opens the chest. Inside they find four Pandaren magic items and a magical case that contains the magic/healing crystal ritual. As time is of the essence, they head back immediately to Grennis.

3-7-768 Return to Westridge, get a free teleport back to Grennis.

3-8-768 Begin ritual in the Grennis town square. Word gets out and others bring their animals.

3-14-768 Finish the ritual… success! The group becomes quite famous in Grennis.

The party tracks the health of some affected animals. The animals appear to recover completely.

3-17-768 End::AM

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Of Subterfuge and Sabotage

1-10-768 In Grennis… Zerand is investigated for the murder of a citizen of Grennis, the party is told not to leave the city in the near future.

1-11-768 A priestess of Hera arrives and shuts the investigation down; Zerand is cleared of any charges.

1-12-768 Zerand is approached by a fellow wizard, Latrasha. She tells him about a strange magical aura that she noticed coming from an alley in town during the Spring Festival. The first day she saw it was 1-3 and she saw it every night until 1-7 (the last day of the festival). She told her instructor at the mage school, but he did not take her seriously. She remembered speaking with Zerand during the Festival and felt he would be able to investigate further.

The party agrees to delve further into the mystery. Latrasha guides them to the alley where she saw the magical aura. It is in a bad part of town and she is very uncomfortable being there. In the alley there is a drainage grate down into the sewers. A magical aura is infused throughout the area of the sewer. They pry off the grate and head down. Latrasha does not go with them.

Moving through the sewers, Zerand is able to detect a “flow” of magical energy. Following the magical aura “upstream” to more concentrated magic, the party encounters a horribly diseased sewer rat. The rat is much larger than normal and seems to be afflicted with a large number of problems. The party dispatches it and stays clear of it afterwards.

The group finally comes to a “hidden” storage room. It has been bricked up fairly recently, but effort was put in to match the worn down appearance of the surrounding brickwork. After tearing down the older bricks, they discover a magic circle/ritual fills the small room. The magic is active and causing the aura to disperse. Rowyn manifests a psychic impression of the room and “sees” the completion of the ritual with an attractive human male, with a scar down the left side of his face, guiding 4 orcs in finishing the ritual. He used the end of his own little finger to power the circle. Gnajira recognizes Rowyn’s description of the man in her vision as the villian Malignos she had encountered about a year-and-a-half ago while she was adventuring with her gnome companions. The party disrupts the circle, taking the fingerbone, cauldron and 4 bowls that were the focuses for the circle. Zerand confirms that the magic of the ritual is no more, although there is still a lingering effect from the magic aura. Gnajira holds onto Malignos’ fingerbone.

1-13-768 The party asks the Church of Sargon to verify the ritual is disrupted.

1-14-768 The party informs and picks up Latrasha. They all go to the church of Sargon and the priests have figured out the purpose of the ritual – multiple subtle effects; disease, poison, curse and confusion. The aura was passive and only rarely affected the target (natural 1 save), but was almost impossible to detect once out in open air and would have continued to target those that previously had resisted the effects.

The party is awarded 50 gp credit each for use with the Pantheon of Cedenia or the Wizard’s Guild. Time advances…

3-1-768 End

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Previously...
A recap to bring us current

[This log post will be very brief as my notes were sparse. Original real game date, May 20, 2007]

1-1-768 In Grennis… during the spring festival (a weeklong celebration). Group is staying at The Leaping Lord, room 206. There is a party that evening at The Leaping Lord.

1-2-768 Around 2 pm, Koveras meets Zerand and Gnajira at lunch. Rowen researches Hera & the oak tree symbol. Man’xia (P:17/B:12), Priestess of Sargon, approaches the group.

1-3-768 Breakfast at The Leaping Lord. Rowen is hungover. The party finds Man’xia and battles the followers of Vandrail. The last priest flees; Zerand chases down and murders the priest.


1-7-768 The last day of the Spring Festival. Find a gnome party and have fun.

1-10-768 Koveras leaves with Man’xia.

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