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Session 3

The party spent some time enjoying Adian Harbor. After a few days there they received a message from an agitated sparrow, asking why they hadn’t reported back.

They set out for their scheduled meeting. On the way they were ambushed by a group of kobolds. The party was too perceptive to be caught in the trap and managed to slay the would-be thieves.

They met with the bandit leader they had released the week before as well as an old lady. After the old lady set up some wards she began to talk to them. She confessed to being in disguise and not wanting to reveal her true identity. Ander knows who the old lady really is because he tried to rob the estate and was caught by a Scythe trap.

The old lady told them how the king is trying to collect an artifact of power and that it is evil and must not be allowed. The party didn’t want to trust her so they decided to make sure not to give her all of the artifacts. She agreed that this was a good idea and between the party and her they could hide them so no one knew where they all were.

She gave the party a magical orb to help them avoid being detected. She agreed to send Thae a ritual book so that he can communicate with her when needed using the Animal Messenger ritual.

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Session 2

The party encountered the bandits and after some quick scouting, attacked. Making quick work of the rogue Scythe, they convinced those left standing to surrender. There were no fatalities and the party gathered information from the group.

The ex-Scythe tried to convince the party that the item should not be returned to the king for the king was trying to assemble something horrific to gain power. He also made several offhand comments about the Scythe and their questionable ethics. They argued for quite sometime before deciding to sleep and continue in the morning.

During the night, Ander and Sterion had a secret conversation while Thae and Tess slept. They went and spoke with the ex-Scythe and told him they believed him and wanted to release him. He refused to say who he worked for, preferring to die than endanger his leader. This seemed to strengthen Ander and Sterion’s belief that he was being truthful. The agreed to let him go and meet again in a week. During the escape, Tess and Thae woke up, seeing Sterion wrestling with one of the captives and all but 2 captives missing.

Sterion and Ander tried to deceive the party first but eventually came clean. Tess and Thae did not like being deceived but could see that Ander had a good point.

The party is not sure who to trust. Their choices are thieves or a government that forced half of them into service.

For the time being, they decided to travel to Adian Harbor until it was time to meet with the rebels. They dispatched a drake that hunted them through the wilderness and arrived in the harbor, settling at a nearby inn.

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Session 1
The Group Forms

On the dawn of July 6th the group came together. Tess-har joined Thae as he entered the prisoners cells. After much banter and discussion, they agreed to go talk to the Scythe commander. After talking to him for a while, they were given their first tasks.

The group chose to pursue a renegade scythe and those with him who recently stole an item from the vault. After some impressive information gathering in the streets, they were able to learn (thanks to Ander’s skill) that the thieves fled toward the south gate. It was nearly a day’s journey through the mountain pass past various little shops and other stops but they arrived at the keep. Questioning and intimidation of the guards got them headed to the Northeast the next morning.

A trail was found the night before but it could not be followed.

After stopping for Lunch, Thae managed to pick up the trail. They followed it unerringly to the edge of the forest, after pressing on far past being tired. Sterion took watch.

About an hour in he noticed some howling coming from the woods, clearly a wolf. The howling grew louder and soon he could see eyes staring back at him from the forest’s edge. He tried to calm the beast but to no avail. He yelled to wake up his companions and they chased after the wolf, which fled.

After a few seconds, Thae and Sterion noticed another wolf slinking in from the back. Sterion released a warning shot at it causing it to run up and join it’s pack-mate, flanking Tess-har. The two wolves laid into tess-har dropping her to the ground several times. She retaliated, wounding both. Several arrows and beams of light rained in from the back, but the wolves avoided them. Ander, closed in behind one of them and open his stomach, causing the wolf massive amounts of damage. The wolf fought on until Ander attacked again, ending his life. Seeing Tess-har in trouble, Thae moved up and healed some of her wounds before the remaining wolf could act. The lone survivor caught a few blows from Tess-har’s sword and Thae’s spell lance. Sterion was finally able to line up a good shot and ended the wolf’s attack with an arrow through his right eye. The group checked the wolves to make sure they weren’t carrying anything unusual then tried to finish their rest.

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