Date: 19 May 2018
Timeline: 27 Tarsakh of Storms to 2 Mirtul
Treasure: The treasure from the Storm King Hold was been split up per the spreadsheet yet. The magic items allocated to the other adventurers has not been identified either, so they were taken with the Bag of Holding. However, it has not be sold and broken down into gold yet. This will take time, and will not be able to be do e in Highmoon (likely a city or metropolis). Zanakin has it in the Bag of Holding. The larger treasure that could not be removed from the Storm King Hold remains there.
Zanakin has made enough experience to make a level. He pre-trained his level, skills, and feats in Evereska some time ago (including payment), but needs to finish his new spell level (7) training. Per the training rules, the baseline cost is is 7,290 gold. This can be reduced to 5,000 gold if a stocked lab is available to do the training. Training time is 20 days, using half the day to train.
Zanakin also has plans to develop a new Level 5 Spell called “Explosive Fireball”. This is the same as casting a fireball with the explosive feat. On the fly cost was established:
Gold: Spell level (5) * min caster level (9) * 50 = 2,000 gold;
Experience: Gold * 25% = 500 experience cost.
Training time: Same as training a new spell level, for level 5 spell = 18 days (half day training).
Experience point cost is suggested by DMG as a control.
On the fly, DM charged Zanakin 1,625 gold and 406 x.p.
DM retains the right to possibly change this in the future.
Kiltila has enough experience to train Level 6 Sorcerer. She will need to train her level.
Brom has enough experience to train Level 2 Fighter. He will need to train his level.
Dorteck has enough experience to make Level 13 Fighter. He has pre-trained, and is now 13th level!
After gathering their wits after the battle with the 2nd Earth Elemental in Highmoon, Zanakin, Maythor (heavily wounded), Kiltila, Mandarek Ravensclaw, and Danali the Indexer agree to find Lord Thermen Uldath and Zerick under Maythor’s guidance. Mandarek splits the close-at-hand Purple Dragon patrol to ensure the city is not under attack in any other areas, and to search for Zerick. A heavy storm of pounding rain, sleet, and hail engulfs the city (which was a storm that was coming prior to the attack, and reached the city shortly after the attack).
Maythor, Zanakin, Kiltila, and Mandarek make their way towards the amphitheater to find if anyone remains there, and find no one. Shortly afterward, the group sees Lord Uldath making his way on a mount to the Tower of the Rising Moon, supported by a small group of mounted Highmoon regulars.
Maythor and Zanakin reach Lord Uldath, and tell him that they believe Zerick was part of the invasion plan, likely a pawn in a greater plan to lead Highmoon to defeat the elementals attacking the city. Lord Uldath asks the elven leader Eglianathonous Zenethyr to lead a small group of elves and regulars to the Mylars Arms (Zerick’s Arms Merchant Company) stockade, south east of the city (out the east gate). While Eglianathonous gets his troops ready, Uldath allows Maythor and Zanakin to use two of their light warhorse mounts to ride to the stockade.
East of Highmoon at the junction of a N/S trail leading south towards the stockade, the two adventurers find two fully equipped war horses grazing near the trail. Maythor speaks to a local commoner, whom tells him he saw two men on the mounts disappear from their mounts in a confrontation with an unseen aggressor. Upon inspection of the mounts and nearby area, Zanakin finds burn marks on the saddles, and Maythor finds scattered armor, weapons, and other items strewn across the road about 60’ from the mounts. They surmise that Zerick and his Lieutenant Niman were killed via disintegrate spells perhaps 10 minutes past.
Eglianathonous and his patrol find Maythor and Zanakin, and they tell him to make sure everyone at Mylar’s Arms is arrested and questioned, but do not engage them in battle unless necessary. After the patrol resumes it’s ride south, Zanakin finds a note in the saddle bag of one of the mounts, a message written from Zerick to Niman, which says “Niman, Give to Hundar the Raven trainer. Gold if I am Lord, Black if not. Tell him to use two yellow tipped pidgeons”
Maythor and Zanakin gather the equipment (including magic full plate, magic sword, magic ring) on the road into their Bag of Holding, and travel to the stockade. They arrive at the stockade while the dozen plus Mylar Arms employees are being arrested. They find the Hundar does not work there, rather he is a citizen located on the north-side of Highmoon. Both men ride back to Highmoon to find Hundar.
After speaking with some locals in Highmoon while the locals are involved in the rescue and clean-up activities, they determine Hundar is in a village north of Highmoon. They ride outside of Highmoon to a northern village, about 10 minutes from Highmoon. In that village they are directed to Hundar’s small establishment on the east side of the road. Hundar is a respected and local expert in training ravens, owls, and other birds. He is clearly not wealthy, nor is he home (they find he is in Highmoon helping his countrymen). They search his premises and find nothing out of the ordinary, with the exception of 4 yellow-tipped pigeons (along with other pigeons, ravens, hawks, and owls), and a note that someone gave him 40 gold to hold the pigeons safe until some future need.
While waiting for Hundar’s return, Lord Uldath arrives with Eglianathonous and some regulars. He allows his guards to return, and awaits with Maythor and Zanakin for Hundar’s return. Hundar, and his wife and son, return late afternoon. Hundar explains to the party he does not know who gave him the pigeons and he still has the gold that was provided as he was afraid to use it; the exchange did not feel right with him. Thermen Uldath, Maythor, and Zanakin know that the pigeons are an important piece of the puzzle, and tell Hundar that he will stay at the Tower of the Rising Moon in the short-term while they decide what to do. The party rides at dusk to the Tower of the Rising Moon.
That evening, Lord Thermen Uldath calls a meeting in the Starfall Chamber (main chamber in the Tower of the Rising Moon) with the Maythor, Zanakin, Kiltila, Mandarek, Eglianathonous Zenethyr (leader of the Highmoon Elven Contingent of Bristar), Phyraniath Syrasius (leader of the Highmoon Elven Contingent of Moonrise Hill), Danali the Indexer, and Teesha Than (leader of the “Old Order” of Monks in Highmoon). It is there they decide that that two pigeons should be released with no message, and Danali will use a Discern Location Scroll available at the Leaves of Learning to determine where they land. Rooms are given to everyone in the Tower of the Rising Moon, but Maythor and Kiltila decide to sleep in the pigeons room, just in case.
28th Tarsakh of Storms
In the morning, Hundar gently takes one feather from each of the pigeons, and lets two fly. He tells everyone that pigeons can fly hundreds of miles in a day, possibly 1,000 miles! By the end of the day, Denali’s Discern Location spell locates one of the pigeons very near to Mistledale (straight north of Highmoon, two day’s travel via pegasus). One pigeon landed at an abandoned human castle called the “Abby of Balfiir’s Watch”, likely not just a stopping point. This location is determined by using the large Daleland map on the extravagant table in the Starfall Chamber. Maythor and Zankin learn that, unbeknownst to most human lands in the Inner Sea, that a small-scale drow invasion is happening in Cormanthyr. They are told by the elves that drow are known to be on the north side of Lake Sember, the Elven Court, Battledale, and the eastern-most part of Mistledale in numbers. Maythor and Zanakin decide that once their Pegasus arrive in Highmoon, they will investigate the Abby.
Maythor is healed to full hit points by Denali.
That day, Lord Thermen Uldath shows Zanakin an old wizard library in the bowels of the Tower of the Rising Moon from its previous owner. He tells Zanakin he is welcome to use it for his training (which reduces his spell level training cost by 1/3). Zanakin gives him a list of items he needs to complete his Level 7 spell training and to finalize his new “Explosive Fireball” spell. Lord Uldath will do his best to get those items for him, and perhaps cover some of the costs. He also tells Zanakin it may be difficult to find some of the items on his list in and around the town of Highmoon. Lord Uldath also arranges for 12 white pearls to be given to Zanakin, so he can identify the magic items they found from the Storm King adventure.
Maythor uses his Brooch of Corellon to message Morthrou Silversword and tells him to alert the Purple Dragons to put a stop to all Mylar Arms activities and arrest those in the stockades.
29th Tarsakh of Storms
Over the next two days, Zanakin identifies 12 magic items from the Storm King battle using the white pearls Lord Uldath provided, including the Orb of Storms! Also, weapons, armor, and a few other items are determined through training, mock-battles, and interactions between Maythor and Zanakin. Zanakin identifies the potions by sipping and alchemy skills.
Special Day: Greengrass
This evening, Breckenheir and Deventrium arrive at the Tower of the Rising Moon after three days of travel from Suzail. Maythor and Zanakin have them rest that evening, and prepare them to leave the next day.
1st Mirtul [May] (DR1365)
Maythor and Zanakin say their goodbyes, and fly out of Highmoon on their Pegasus to the north, towards the Abby of Balfiir’s Watch. Kiltila will wait in Highmoon, along with Mandarek and his Cormyrian Purple Dragon Cavalry. In late afternoon, Maythor and Zanakin land in a small, quiet clearing east of Lake Sember, and rest for the evening (after making a large bonfire at Maythor’s request). Zanakin takes first watch, Maythor covers the rest.
Maythor and Zanakin fly north and east on their Pegasus until the hit the River Ashaba. They follow the River Ashaba until they can see the Misteldale valley, then turn west. By late evening, staying south of Misteldale in the great Cormanthyr Forest, they spot an old, small keep with 5 embedded towers, an old swampy moat, and open drawbridge which they believe is the Abby of Balfiir’s Watch. Maythor lands on the top of the keep, and awaits Zanakin to join him. Both men have the pegasus fly off the keep, but tell them to stay close, and look for a flare in case they need an extraction. On the top of the keep Maythor finds two locked portals on the floor of the top of the keep.
Selecting one portal on the south side, he uses his strength to break the lock, lights Grisham, and jumps inside. Once inside, he is met by multiple crossbow bolts! Zanakin follows Maythor inside the next round. Maythor and Zanakin engage 5 drow elves inside the top floor of the keep! The 5 drow are killed with minimal effort, and Maythor and Zanakin plan their next steps, whatever lies beneath them are aware of their presence. Zanakin uses a charge on his Wand of Fireballs and a Scorcher spells. Maythor uses 1 charge on his Boots of Speed. neither character takes any damage.