Blood and Dirt

Session 2: Allegiance Shift

The mercenaries were payed for their work and discussed intelligence gathered by Mentor Reed. The Blood Mage they had fought exposed the method of transportation used to smuggle the Snake Beast across the desert. A magic portal that could be opened to connect the Gold Mountains to Brackland. Mentor Reed wanted to find out more, particularly if the portal could be held open by another Mage or Mentor. She asked three of the four mercenaries to inspect it along with Mentor Olyn who was replacing Mentor Worth. The portal could only be opened on the Brackland side so to have a chance of inspecting it Dale hypnotized the remaining mage and had him send a message asking for workers. There was some worry that the magic needed to keep open the portal wouldn’t be accesible to the Mentor, so the mercenaries took a blood mage prisoner along with them. Her name was Emlyn. She was given the choice of execution for practicing blood magic or helping the mercenaries and getting her sentence commuted to life in prison. Mentor Olyn was tasked to keep her from practicing her evil magic on the way.

A response came from Brackland that workers, warriors and weapons were on the way. Mentor Reed wrote an order to allowing the conscription of soldiers from a fort that was along the way and sealed it in a message case. The way to the fort was plagued with Gith. During a night time fight Mentor Olyn was knocked unconscious, releasing Emlyn. Emlyn used her magic to dispatch the rest of the Gith. After the fight Emlyn voluntarily let herself be tied up again as the group decided to ride the rest of the night to the fort. After giving their message from Mentor Reed over to the guard they were allowed to enter the fort and recuperate. The mercenaries were given beds while Emlyn was locked up down in the silver mine that the fort protected. In the morning Captain Rayner and his guards joined the group to inspect the portal. In the mountains they found a 20 foot high arch amid a blackened clearing.

The guards lined up on high ground out of sight, Emlyn and Mentor Olyn crouched on the back side of the arch and the rest of the group hid themselves nearby. The portal opened and as promised workers, warriors and weapons came through. A brave guard from Rayner’s group was the bait for the trap. He was chased by the majority of the Brackland warriors. As the portal was open both Emlyn and Olyn confirmed they could keep the portal open if they tried. When the portal closed one of the Bracklanders noticed Mentor Olyn but he was stopped from reporting this by Dale’s psychic interruptions.

Once Mentor Olyn confirmed that she could hold the portal open herself she said Emlyn’s stay of execution was over. The other mercenaries hesitated at this course of action and started to ask Emlyn why she used the forbidden magic. During this discourse Captain Rayner appeared with three of his men. He said the ambush had been a success and the rest of his guards were now dispatching the wounded. After conferring with the Mentor he commanded his guards to execute the blood mage. Dale, Edrian, and Jacal stood in their way. Swords were drawn and combat began. Emlyn broke free from Mentor Olyn’s hold and used her magic to protect herself and the mercenaries. Captain Rayner and two of his men were cut down in combat and the rest were killed while trying to escape. The mercenaries were left wondering what to do about this mess.

Session 1

Calan, Dale, Edrain, and Jacal were brought into a meeting with Mentor Reed, Mentor Stoneson and General Grey. The General told them of reports of defiling magic being used in the Gold Mountains but couldn’t tell exactly how that knowledge was acquired. Mentor Stoneson stressed that there might be spies in the city and it was important that they not know they were being investigated. A sack of ceramic gold coins was given to equip the group and a true gold coin was given to each of the investigators. Mentor Reed stressed that while the safety of the community was important she said getting information was also valuable to the library.

The investigators decided to pace themselves on their way to investigate. On the side of the road on the first day they came across a riderless horse. Calan found a Library Communique that reported more incidents of defiling magic. Dale took a moment to commune with the horse and found out that the rider had fallen victim to a Gith attack. Moments later the group also became party to a Gith attack. (Maybe the same Gith.) After gutting and delimbing their attackers the party moved on.

While still on the road they came across a group of polite, attentive and armed merchants. The merchants answered some questions, shared their ice and made a solemn promise to deliver the communique to Mentor Reed. Later that night Calan woke those asleep as the merchants started an ambush. Although the group fought bravely they were outnumbered, cut down, kicked in the head and left for dead. They weren’t quite dead yet. A week of slowly pulling themselves back together and they were back on the hunt or at least back on the slow turnip truck back to Pine Library. Mentor Reed took their information and put them back on the case. Some sleuthing put them in the direction of a wine seller. After getting some superb customer service from the merchant and one positive i.d. from the guard the group decided to pull rank and search the rest of the building.

They met some resistance on the stairs down to the cellar. A guard was knocked out, healed and put to the question. The other guards showed up and skipped out trying to barricade themselves
away. The door was opened with Dale’s psychic energy manipulation and after cutting, burning and blasting their way though the intruders in the basement the team was left with a large black serpentine creature whose scales they couldn’t puncture. After contemplating whether or not it would be a good idea to climb down the creature’s throat so they could stab it from the inside they were interrupted by the city guard, who quarantined the area and escorted the mercenaries out.


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