Grull's Companions

The Spear of Vergaine, 21 June 2013

Father Jobo has found a dwarf, Simeon Strongknife, who wishes to take passage aboard the Sea Ghost as far as Dyvnar, in Umbr. As the ship prepares to set sail, Grull receives a message that draws him away. He will catch up with the party in Helvoca, Mircasëa in a few days. After several days under sail, the company encounters a damaged ship, the Black Eagle, split nearly in half on a sandbar only a day short of Helvoca. The few survivors tell our heroes a harrowing tale of attack by the Keldravian Navy and the fabled Lake Beralka Kraken! The attackers seemed to think the destroyed ship was transporting the legendary Spear of Vergaine. Hey, what’s in that box the dwarf brought aboard with him?

Meanwhile, Grull meets up with Pokrath, unusually in disguise on this occasion. He delivers a message from Grull’s father Krandol, who warns his son not to be too hasty about returning to Basidrun any time soon, as the Syndics are considering having Grull arrested and turned over to Valicia in order to calm the current tensions between the two countries.

The ship makes port in Helvoca, and the group promptly get in a bar fight with a group of Keldravian Naval crew and the survivors from the Black Eagle. Grull arrives just in time to make the brawl short.

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The Golden Throne, 3 May 2013
The Oncoming Storm

Scorpion and rose tattoo

Meeting some of King Boldisar’s senior officers and nobles, the company is permitted to reside in the castle for several weeks while they recover from their wounds.

  • Grull meets a couple of the castle’s warriors, and drills with them, learning advanced techniques in disarming opponents.
  • Elphaba meets the Warden and the archoth of the king’s forest, the Vaas Presova, where she has an odd meeting of all of the forest’s enchanted creatures; centaurs, a treeman, fae, a forest spirit, minikin, a dryad, a unicorn and a pegasus. All are aware that a great evil is descending upon the land, and the fae are leaving this world for their own. What this means is not clear.
  • Sasha begs Marcus to take a sack of coin to a local address, where he meets a small Erqigdlit boy, Sasha’s son, Sparky. He defends the lad from several local bullies, but gets him kicked out of his residence in the process. Marcus takes him to the castle. As soon as Grull discovers the circumstances, he offers Sparky to join the Companions as his personal squire.
  • Maril brings Fayette a gift of hand-carved leather greaves and vambraces to supplement her armor.
  • Merina finds that the palace chirurgeon met her father, because he has previously seen the tattoo she and her father both wear.

After three weeks, the company has recovered, and has their long-awaited audience with King Boldisar. Fayette learns that she and Maril are related, they are both from the Illurifir line of elves. The King tells them that the stones that they delivered to him were pieces of a long-lost artifact, a gate that would open to the realm where the Demon Prince of Foulness dwells. It is best to leave it here in the castle, lest any should try to use it to wreak evil upon the world.

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Szarvasia Detour, 29 March 2013
Ambuscade!

Serpent demon

The Sea Ghost stops in the city of Banska-Morav, at the mouth of the Ordring River, and just across the border into Szarvasia. (This is where the company first hears the name Grull’s Companions, probably bestowed upon them by the bard Pokrath in his songs about his encounters with the heroes.) There they meet a man named Ivanov, who has a caravan he is trying to get to the capitol, Velkathy-Tashan, and needs a group of experienced professionals to see to its safety. The party accepts, and meets the other partner of the caravan, a female Erqigdlit named Sasha. Halfway between the two cities, along the Beralka Road, the camp is set upon at night by a group of religious fanatics with poisoned daggers, two giant poisonous snakes, a pair of priests devoted to Mordak, the god of death, and a poisonous Serpent Demon. The companions are nearly destroyed by the onslaught; Fayette, Merina, Jun-jun, and Sasha are gravely injured, many teamsters died in the defense, and the team is sore pressed to get the caravan to the capitol.

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On Lake Beralka, 11 January 2013
Farewell, Saltham Shore

Our heroes have returned to the village of Saltham Shore once more, after thwarting King Zaargorath Khrom’s plan to marry his 23rd son, Randarath Khrom, to the daughter of Count Linder Langwurt by killing the grand vizier Wurnalith. A revel most grand is held in the group’s honor, with Lady Sharena Langwurt the honored guest at the festivities.

As the festivities wind on, the village reeve, Gresham Lott, arrives. He informs Lady Langwurt that Lord Dhiamus sends his regards, and regrets that he was unable to receive her on this trip. However, he wishes her to be aware that a rider arrived this morning in Fanth, seeking information upon her whereabouts. King Khrom is most anxious to speak with her about the death of his vizier and his missing son. Lord Dhiamus anticipates receiving instructions on the morrow to escort Lady Langwurt to Valicia City to audience with the King. It is regrettable that Lord Dhiamus will inform his majesty that Lady Langwurt and her company left on her vessel prior to the royal messenger’s arrival, destination unknown.

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Battle of the Five Armies, 14 December 2012
Can Civil War Be Stopped?

Ran tari army

Five armies: the lizardmen Seshurma and frogmen Ran-Tari from the Shaanda River delta swamp, and an army of men who live in the cities along that great river, facing off against the Valician defenders of the city and the mercenary company, the Drakine’s Regal Axes. The handmaiden is saved, but the city is under siege! Grull and Marcus sortie out from the city to leverage their personal relationship with the Seshurma to try and negotiate a settlement. While the Seshurma cannot speak for the other two attacking armies, they let Grull know that he still has a few short hours before the attack is scheduled to commence.

Meanwhile, Lady Langwurt and Randarath discuss how neither one of them wishes to be wed, and that they have been pushed by forces outside of their control.

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Fate Of Irolo, 30 November 2012
The Wedding!

The male bridal party: Count Irolo, the captain of the Valician Guards, and two guardsmen, enter from an anteroom at the side of the temple. The music flourishes, and the doors at the entrance of the chapel open, revealing the bride, Lillian, and her four guardswoman retinue. King Khrom’s vizier sits in the front row. The ceremony proceeds until the inevitable “Does anyone object…” line, when the doors at the end of the chapel burst open, and a Valician Guardsman mounted on horseback charges up to the altar. He announces that the city is attacked! Three armies, one of men, one of the lizardmen Seshurma, and one of the frogmen Ran-Tari, surround Farnth!

The guardsmen leave, as do the Drakine’s Regal Axes. The guardswomen are left behind to protect the bride. Guests hastily exit. Chaos is the order of the moment. The opportunity is now! The heroes rush the dais and the King’s wizard. The wizard teleports away… to the choir loft, unawares that Fayette is in hiding there! She puts two arrows into his neck, and the mage falls from the loft to the chapel below, stone dead.

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Going To The Chapel, 16 November 2012
And We're Gonna Get Married!

Marriage 2

Elphaba, Merina, and Fayette meet a doddering old priest, Vener Agee, archoth of the cathedral and the priest who will be conducting the wedding ceremony. Lady Langwurt knows the old priest, as she met him not only on affairs of the county, but when she was a young girl seeking her studies in life. The archoth (then only shalan) interviewed her prior to recommending her to the local druidic circle. He is of very poor sight. Does he recognize the lady, despite her disguise? If so, he hides it well, and speaks in cryptic terms.

Meanwhile, Grull, Marcus, and Jun-jun are forced to hide among the crates as a party of bumblebees passes through the storeroom. This would appear to be Randarath Khrom, 23rd in line to the throne of Valicia, his retinue, and the groom, Count Linder Langwurt of County Irolo. They pass through without noticing the heroic trio, and leave. That was close! Now, where did Jun-jun disappear to this time?

As the distaff heroes attempt to return to the storeroom, they come to the attention of several women of the Valician Guard, who take them away. The bridal party is about to arrive, and these female attendants need to help Lillian prepare for her wedding. The plan is for her to arrive, and almost immediately be walked down the aisle!

Jun-jun returns to the storeroom with a Drakine kilt and a battleaxe. The Drakine’s Regal Axes are in attendance for the wedding, and now Grull has a disguise to look as if he is part of that group. The trio decide to set out from the storeroom to try and find Randarath and convince him of the folly of the wedding.

The women meet Lillian, but are unable to communicate with her because of the presence of the guardswomen. The cathedral bells sound that the ceremony is about to begin!

The fellows come up the rear stairs of the wing to surreptitiously reach Randarath and Count Irolo, but as they enter the hallway, they see the heir and his retinue at the far end, headed downstairs to the main chapel. They attempt to catch up, but the retinue enters the temple as the heroes come up behind them.

All of the Companions are able to position themselves wherever they want in the crowd before the ceremony begins. Fayette’s mysterious stranger suddenly approaches her, hands her his staff, with instructions on how to use it. It suddenly becomes a longbow, and the elven archer repairs to the choir loft. They note at least three individuals that they know in the crowd: Lord Jarl Ambergris, met in Woodford while the company were looking for a dragon; the wandering Drakine bard, Pokrath, on the dais playing his instrument for the ceremony; and the mysterious stranger Fayette has caught glimpses of over the months, now very obviously of elven ancestry.

The soft stringed music plays, and the ceremony begins!

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Stop The Duke’s Big, Fat, Redneck Wedding, 6 October 2012

Sailing up the coast, the heroes set course to Saltham Shore. Making their way overland to Farnth, they use disguise to sneak their way into the city. They have arrived on the day of the nuptials. They have to work their way through the crowds to the cathedral, sneaking in the side entrance onto the cathedral grounds, and into a storeroom in the wing of the building down from the main temple. In the storeroom they find ceremonial robes for the wedding. Elphaba, Merina, and Fayette use them to disguise themselves and reconnoiter through the cathedral (although Fayette is forced to leave her beloved longbow behind). Grull, Marcus, and Jun-jun are stuck in the storeroom awaiting their return.

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George And Martha, 26 May 2012
George Is Missing!

Giant lizard

In Frajele, the companions are approached by a local shepherd, a young male Drakine. He has heard the heroes help people with problems, and he needs help. George is missing! Of course, George is a giant lizard. Elphaba talks to George’s friend Martha (yep, another giant lizard). George loves eating grapes! So they find George in the vineyard, threatened by a pack of wolves. They convince the wolves that there is easier prey elsewhere. George is saved!

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In Search Of The Golden Dragon, 17 December 2011
The 13th Syndic

The Companions sail to Chiref, looking for lady Lillian and the Alkax. Jun-jun is still in a coma, but Father Jobo will stay with him aboard the Sea Ghost. The Alkax is in port, but retaking her is the hard part. Grull finds that the new captain, Karras, is not aboard at the present time, but is uptown at the Draco Majoris, an upscale restaurant, tenement house, and bath house for the upper crust of Drakine society.

Traveling there, they discover that Karras is in a lunch/meeting with Rondas, a merchant of high regard in the capitol.

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