Scales of Eberron

Payback and Pity
Session 10

Having arrived in Sharn by way of Sarshan’s mystic portal, The Hand of The Silver Flame felt that it wouldn’t be wise to march back through it right away; Who knew what protections Sarshan might have put in place? While Sarshan was momentarily stuck in the Shadowfell, and they held four of the five stones that might one day form the key to his Citadel, the party felt this might be an opportunity to retrieve the mystical silver sword which they had learned was exhibiting unexpected magical attributes while in the care of their friends in Shavalant.


Before leaving town, the party ran into a group of thugs who were assaulting an unarmed man in the street. Being the friendly heroic types they are, the Hand drove off the criminals, who were clearly outmatched and fled into the alleys. The man they had rescued, Parmelk, was a follower of the Path of Light, and thanked them for the kind gesture.

The heroes had decided to take the lightning rail to Wroat, and from there, it would be relatively inexpensive to take an airship to Woodhelm, and from there, hoof it to Shavalant. As they boarded the lightning rail, they saw a familiar face: the monk Parmelk, which they had rescued that morning, was apparently on his way to Wroat as well. Greeting him, they engaged in a cordial discussion of their different religions as the train sped out of the station and onward towards their destination.

The trip was made less pleasant when a thief attempted to pickpocket one of the portal stones off of Jantry. Catching him red handed, the party realized that more cutthroats were at hand: outside a nearby window, a rope led up to the roof above, where a handful of enforcers stood waiting for their apprentice’s return.

Lightning Rail

The Hand rushed to action, and had a thrilling battle atop the speeding railcar, with the landscape whipping by. The brave Parmelk lept into the fray to assist his new friends but was surrounded, and quickly beaten into submission, only to be rejuvenated by the Light of the Flame: Again, he found himself in the Hand’s debt, and pledged himself to their service for a time.

Oh, and Oris got turned into a toad for a moment, and then got better.

After the last villain had been defeated, flung from the roof of the speeding train, the party returned to the train car and interrogated their captive. It was apparent that the bounty Sarshan had put on their heads was much larger, warranting attacks from a more dangerous type of criminal.

Upon reaching Woodhelm and meeting with Sertanian at the Hall of Valor, the party was informed that the sword had already been brought from Shavalant, and until a few weeks ago had been waiting for them there, when Alys had been dispatched to find them and give it to them. Unfortunately, the Council’s beautiful messenger had not been seen since, and her return was far overdue.

Dismayed, the party vowed to discover what had become of her, but at that moment, they were attacked by another assassination squad, including two powerful Warforged and a cunning halfling wizard that blasted their minds with dark spells while the Hall of Valor burned around them. Having dealt with the threat, but failing to save the Hall from burning to the ground, they found themselves spurned by the townsfolk of Woodhelm, and accosted by a shady elf named Thorn who warned them to stay clear of the Guild. Although he hailed from Valenar, same as she, Elani seemed to react rather caustically to him and treated him with unwarranted disrespect.

No longer wanted in the town where they first found fame, the heroes turned towards Ardev, following the leads they had and hoping to find Alys before it was too late.

It seemed that their reputation outside Woodhelm was safe. When they arrived in Ardev, Captain Aerun greeted them heartily, along with Elder Cadrick, who was glad to meet with them and listen to their stories of adventure. Apparently, Alys had been seen in town around ten days ago, and then disappeared. As they began piecing together clues, it appeared that she must’ve been kidnapped by the Lost Ones , the guild of thieves that operated out of (they assumed) Trade Town. Finally a lead led them back to the Happy Beggar, where Oris and their new friend Parmelk (who wouldn’t be recognized as a member of the Hand) went to set up a sting similar to one their ally Dox had tried a month before.

Operating on what they had discovered earlier, Parmelk informed a man by the name of Rolf that the Hand was back in town, and staying at a certain Inn. Meanwhile, Oris followed one of the other thieves, losing him somewhere in the Nine Bells district. After Rolf and a few of his companions left, heading straight for the inn to check if Parmelk’s information had been accurate, the Hand returned to the inn, pretended to head upstairs to sleep, and then immediately snuck out the back door, following Rolf back to Nine Bells, where he disappeared into a run-down temple.

The party waited outside until Rolf and a pile of thugs emerged, a group of assassins headed in direction of the inn. Once these enemies were out of range, the Hand of the Silver flame entered the old temple, which had been converted into a lair by the thieves guild. The ceiling was old and caved in, and rainwater pooled on the floor amid the debris. Alys was there, gagged and bound to a chain near the center of the room, looking to be in pretty bad shape, but alive.

A pair of bloodthirsty hounds howled, and more thieves emerged from the shadows. Their old nemesis Zaegun, who had twice escaped their grasp after failed assassination attempts, emerged from a room with another familiar face: Mara the River Fox, who they had captured and released when she promised she would cause no further trouble. Jantry and Breogan, who had both found themselves mixed up with Mara at one point or another, were betrayed and repulsed by the thought of her with Zaegun.

Mara pleaded with Jantry even as the battle began, but the paladin was merciless after seeing Alys held in such a state by the woman who had betrayed him twice before. The thieves struck from the shadows and tried to separate the members of the hand, while Zaegun used a horrific spell which flung deadly knives at the heroes and battled Jantry up close. Elani advanced on Mara, calling down the searing Light of the Silver Flame to purge her sins once and for all. “Perhaps in Death, you might find forgiveness!” cried the elf, knocking the girl to the floor with a bolt of divine light.

Meanwhile, Oris stepped in and out of the shadows, striking unwary foes with the cruelest precision. Breogan was holding the vicious dogs at bay, which were large enough to tackle even him. Once again Elani summoned a healing spirit in the form of the Silver Flame which sustained them all as the fight wore on.

Zaegun would not escape this time, as Oris finally dispatched him with a vengeful slice of his falchion. Mara was luckier, as Elani had deliberately spared her, so that she might find redemption without the influence of the Lost Ones (or Zaegun) in her life. The battle was won and Alys was rescued, and there on Zaegun’s nightstand lay the silver sword that they had come for. As Jantry cautiously approached it, it seemed to call to him, and when he picked it up, a voice rang loud and clear in his mind.

“At last, my son, I’ve found you,” the voice said.


Sarshan's Tower
Session 9

Continuing their adventures in the village of Umbraforge, The Hand of The Silver Flame had just barged into the foundry, an oppressively hot building through which a river of magical lava flowed, to be used in the creation of magical abominations. It was there they found their mortal foe, Morda, and his minions, busy trashing the place.

“Fools! You’re too late!” he cried, wrenching open a mystical vat of sludge, releasing one of the diabolical creations: an enormous bull, infused with vile energy.

An incredible battle ensued. With the light of the Flame surrounding him, noble smuggler-turned-paladin Jantry charged bravely to meet the vile beast, and held it at bay atop a narrow bridge straddling the lava. Meanwhile, Breogan rushed around to cut off the dark creeper’s accomplices, while Elani and Quinn aimed searing beams of divine energy at Morda himself, who once again showed his aptitude for vanishing from sight as Oris engaged him with sword drawn.

Seemingly helpless against an invisible foe, Oris retreated, leaving himself open for attack. It was an invitation which the greedy Morda could not refuse, and he struck from the shadows. However, the retreat had been only a feint! Having provoked his foe to reveal himself, Oris uttered a vow of divine retribution, and swooped down upon Morda with wings of divine light.

The battle had turned. With its movement restricted on the precarious bridge, the shadow-bull monster could not advance past the mighty Jantry to unleash its full fury. Morda was finding the Hand’s renewed attack quite implacable, and so turned again to shadowy tricks, surrounding himself with an area of pure darkness. However, once again he was foiled by Oris, and was pulled from the darkness in a flash. Quinn then invoked a spirit of the Silver Flame directly, which held aloft a spectral blade.

Their enemy was worn down, but refusing to face justice. Again, Morda turned invisible, and made to escape. Oris had seen a hidden passage in a corner, and moved to intercept, but could not detect his foe, and blindly groped the thin air. Suddenly, from the shadows behind him, Morda struck, his deadly blades aimed squarely at Oris’ unexpecting throat!

Sensing the attack but unable to respond, the deva’s eyes grew wide in the face of imminent death, and momentarily he wondered: Had he brought enough justice to the world, and be returned to it in time to continue his work? Or would he be reincarnated as a corrupted rakshasa, doomed to perpetuate evil? Oho! ‘Twas not the time for such questions: for even as Morda’s blades homed in for the kill, Quinn’s divine blade appeared in a flash, striking an instant before Morda, and the dark creeper crumpled to the floor, stone dead.

With a shout, “May the Silver Flame purge all worlds of corruption!”, Oris struck once more, just to be sure Morda was no more. Once again, Hand of the Silver Flame had triumphed, and dealt with a deadly enemy. Now they peered down the hidden passage which led into Sarshan’s fortress, and found themselves at a critical juncture. Would they escape now, happy with their temporary victory, or continue further, hoping to encounter Sarshan and bring him to justice?

Of course they wouldn’t back down! The party charged on through the passageway, until they emerged, finding themselves in Sarshan’s library, where miracles of the language barrier led to the slaughter of some of Sarshan’s shadar-kai allies. All around them were the mystical and alchemical tools to create an army of dark warforged and other terrors. After another battle with wraiths and dark creepers, the brave heroes came upon the quarters of a band of gnoll mercenaries who had signed on to help Sarshan. Ever gracious, the members of the Hand were able to convince them that Sarshan’s time in power was coming to an end, and they were free to leave as long as they didn’t interfere.

As the gnolls left in a huff, and the party ventured up the tower, picking to take the stairs instead of what appeared to be a mystical elevator of some kind. In the center of the tower they found a strange chamber which was filled with vines and plants. Along one wall stood an inactive portal similar to the one they had used to enter the shadowfell. Suddenly, deadly swarms of beetles emerged from the thick undergrowth, which they were barely able to vanquish; by this time, however, Sarshan’s guards had been alerted by the exeunt gnolls.

Battered and worn, the party prepared themselves for a bloody last stand as a dozen of Sarshan’s men clambered up the mystical elevator and surrounded them with weapons drawn. Realizing they were outnumbered, the Hand (quite uncharacteristically) surrendered. Behind them, the portal opened, and a weathered old shadar-kai stepped out. It was Sarshan himself!

The captain of Sarshan’s guards knelt before his master and told him of the party’s attack on the fortress. Trying to explain that it was all a “simple misunderstanding”, with Jantry presenting the head of Morda as proof. Sarshan was angry, but also impressed with the ability of the party, and offered them a deal: He would tell his men to stand down, forgive the destruction the Hand had wrought on his own forces, but in return, the party must agree to join him. He finished by saying, “After all, you might as well stay here, as the world you came from will soon be in ruins”, and when pressed on the matter, would not elaborate.

The party huddled, trying to decide what to do. Siding with him would be folly, but to fight would surely be suicide. Elani glanced meaningfully at the portal, which shimmered invitingly behind Sarshan. Oris nodded knowingly, and the party prepared to make a run for it, when all at once another earthquake shook the fortress, perhaps aggravated by Morda’s attack on the foundry. Through the window they saw the volcano erupt, and a red tongue of molten rock began flowing down the hillside towards the slave pens. “Time to go!” someone shouted and the party dashed towards the mystical gate. In a fury, Sarshan barked at his lieutenant, “Kill them! We will deal with this.” and departed with some of his troops.

Breogan and Oris valiantly held the line against the lieutenant and his shadowy blink dogs while the others scrambled for the portal. As they slipped through one by one, Breogan was horribly mauled, and was able stumble into the portal on his last legs. As Jantry and Oris stepped through, holding the line Quinn removed the keystone and closed the portal.

Through incredible luck (and some incredible teamwork), the heroes had escaped! Looking around, they found themselves in a lavish apartment, with large windows offering a panoramic view of Sharn. It was Sarshan’s private dwelling, and seeing as the Hand of the Silver Flame now held the key to the portal, it appeared that they would be safe from attack until Sarshan could find some other way out of the shadowfell!

Into the Shadowfell
Session 8

Resting up after the battle with the dark creepers, the Hand of The Silver Flame took stock of their situation. The portal they had haphazardly barged through moments before appeared to be of the temporary sort, which meant that it was likely they were still within the walls of Ardev, or at least somewhere nearby. And from the looks of the passage leading up and away, through which the dark creeper had fled, the chamber they now inhabited was deep underground.

Deciding to ignore the only other exit (a heavy wooden door set in one wall) for now, the Hand decided to follow the dark creeper up the passage, in case he was going to alert more enemies. Luckily for them, the passage led to an open cavern with a sheer cliff face blocking any further ascent. It was effectively a dead end, and they found the dark creeper huddling in fear behind a stalagmite. The party decided to tie him up and interrogate him; he told them they would find Morda if they continued through the other doorway.

Glancing around for any items or passageways they might have missed, the party saw dark shapes looming on the ceiling above them, and made a hasty retreat back down the passage to avoid drawing more attention from the denizens of the cave. They made their way to the room with the portal, approached the heavy wooden door, and once again, barged through and into danger.

In the center of the room there was another portal, one with a much more permanent and powerful appearance, similar to the one they had found at Rivenroar. Unlike that one, however, this one appeared to be deactivated at the moment. Along one wall stood a portal like the one they had come through earlier, and another warehouse, likely somewhere else in Ardev, was visible on the other side. The friends they had come to rescue, Breogan and Oris, were tied to chairs near the portal.

A voice spoke to them from nearby, invisible. It was Morda, and he offered them a deal. Give him the stones, and the Hand of the Silver Flame would be free to leave; refuse, and all of them would die, starting with the two hostages.

It was not the kind of deal the Hand of the Silver Flame was accustomed to taking, and this case proved to be no exception. Jantry, who in an uncharacteristic display of ingenuity had prepared a dummy sack with two cobblestones tucked inside, tossed his deceptive prop across the room, while the others rushed in to free the two captives, who were battered and weakened from being tortured. Still invisible, Morda scooped up the fake stones and instantly realized he’d been duped. Screaming with rage, he vowed the Hand of the Silver Flame would soon meet their doom, a claim that was instantly backed up by a horde of terrible wraiths that emerged from the walls and set upon the heroes.

The party struggled to free the captives while fending off the powerful undead assault. The wraiths were shrouded in a vile necrotic aura that sapped the heroes’ will, and they found that their weapons had little effect on the vaporous, ectoplasmic foes. Breogan and Oris were freed after a few moments, and it looked like they might be able to escape, when the invisible Morda snuck up to Quinn and stole the two stones he had been carrying.

The heroes knew that Morda could use the stones he’d stolen to reopen the portal at Rivenroar and march an army into Breland. Retreat was no longer an option: this battle would end in victory, or in death. More than ever before, they were pushed to the edge of defeat, against foes that might drag them into the darkness of undeath itself, but the radiant power of the Silver Flame burned brightly within them all, and one by one they struck down the vile wraiths.

While the party was fighting for survival, Morda slipped one of the stones into the portal, activating it, hoping to flee into the shadowfell. Quinn managed to remove the stone, closing the portal and reclaiming it for the Hand, the rest of whom were busy finishing off the wraiths.

Finally, the last wraith was destroyed, and all of the members of the Hand had survived, some more worse for wear than others. Morda, however, had escaped into the Shadowfell and still held one of the crystals, which was shortly determined to be the stone that had activated the portal at Rivenroar. Getting to Rivenroar could take weeks, or days, even by airship, and no one knew what Morda could accomplish in that time. The Hand instead decided to follow him through the portal and hope for the best, pausing only to alert Elder Cadrick about the smuggling ring and teleportation portals they had uncovered.

Stepping through the portal, they found themselves in a strange realm of shadow and fire. But no enemy fortress or army of darkness greeted them on the other side. Instead, they found a rather large settlement, Umbraforge composed of various races, especially Shadar-Kai, cobbled rather organically on the slope of a semi-active volcano. The party donned their cloaks and tried not to attract attention while exploring the town.

Umbraforge Markets

It appeared that most of the inhabitants were merchants or mercenaries who had come from far and wide across the shadowfell, or from Khorvaire. The slave trade also thrived here, and the settlement was home to a foundry that created weapons. At least now they knew where those weapon shipments had been coming from.

Overlooking all of these criminal enterprises was a man called Sarshan, who basically ruled the entire town and who’s name the party recognized as being Morda’s old boss. Apparently, the two had had a falling out, and Mordawas on the run, after having tried to deal on the side. However, it proved impossible for the Hand of the Silver Flame to get an audience with the reclusive Sarshan, regardless of any news they had on Morda, and instead they were forced to track down their adversary the old fashioned way.

Over the course of a few days, the party managed to dig up quite a bit about where Mordamight be hiding, and as always, trouble seemed to follow on their heels. When investigating the slave camps (but unable to do anything about them at present), the Hand battled firey lava creatures that erupted from the ground after an earthquake. Later, when they infiltrated Sarshan’s mercenary training grounds, a handful of ogres attacked the heroes purely for sport, and they wowed the crowd when a full-scale battle ensued.

Finally, they discovered that Mordahad been planning on retrieving something from within the foundry; whatever it was, it would lead the Hand right to him if they could get it before he did, and they had recently gathered information to their advantage: while the foundry gate was always heavily guarded, part of the rear wall had recently been damaged during one of the more vigorous earthquakes, and that a small passage through had opened up which they might be able to squeeze through.

The Hand sneakily made their way over to the foundry and, with some difficulty, breached the outer wall. As they entered, however, they were greeted by the sounds of battle: Mordahad arrived with his strike team just moments earlier!

Partly Cloudy; Chance of Pain
Session 7

Still in Ardev, The Hand of The Silver Flame was tired of being repeatedly attacked by assassins who were apparently sent to steal the portal-controlling stones they had found.

Their investigations led them to believe a shadowy enemy named Mordawas desperately seeking the stones, possibly on orders from a more dangerous foe-one higher up on the ladder, so to speak. With no better leads, they had set up a phony sale of one of the stones to try to lure Morda out of hiding.

Our heroes waited at a run-down tavern in the shantytown called the Broken Teacup. They should have known Morda would send underlings to do his dirty work. When the buyers (more common street thugs by the look of them) arrived, the vaporous negotiations quickly fell apart and erupted into chaos as more assassins burst through the windows rather cinematically.


The Hand slapped the bad guys down hard, but failed to extract any useful information from their assailants. Even worse, Breogan and Oris, who had been on watch outside when the fight began, had been kidnapped!

The remaining members of the party were at a loss. A ransom note was covertly delivered a few hours later, dictating that all of the stones (not just the one they had pretended to be selling) should be delivered at the town gates at noon the next day if they wanted to see their friends alive again. Dox was outraged: if their enemies knew about the stones, it is likely they also knew he was a changeling—his most closely guarded secret.

The Hand of the Silver Flame was conflicted: Would they agree to the trade and hand over the obviously powerful and dangerous stones, or simply attend the switch and hope chance favored them when they refused to give in to the demands?

Luckily, an unexpected ally gave them another option.Reniss, the sister of one of the poor West Wind Riders, who had been watching out for the Hand ever since they returned some of her late sister’s belongings, had seen where the kidnappers had taken their allies. Enlivened by the chance to turn the tables on the villains and rescue their friends, they followed the half-elf to an average-looking warehouse in Trade Town and snuck inside.

The warehouse was filled with carts, some empty, some full, of what appeared to be weapon crates marked with a familiar (and foreboding) burning moon they had seen all too often lately, as a trademark on the weapons and armor of their foes at Rivenroar and Orcbone. In the center of the room, and covered in a sheet, was an even more shocking find: A mystical portal.

Another weapons cart, attended by shadowy gnome-like creatures called dark creepers, was visible on the other side of the portal. With stealth and tact typical of the Hand of the Silver Flame, our heroes rushed headlong through the portal and into danger.

After a brutal battle against the dark creepers and a pair of terrifying shadow hounds, one of the creepers managed to flee, no doubt to inform others of their arrival, but buying some time for our heroes to take a defensive position and catch their breath for a moment before venturing further.

Victory at Orcbone
Session 6

After closing off the tunnel system, The Hand of The Silver Flame returned to Ardev, where they were once again greeted in celebration for their heroic deeds.

Although the orcish legions could no longer reach Breland through the mountain tunnels, Orcbone was still under siege. Once again, The Hand of The Silver Flame found themselves tasked to assist Elder Cadrick and the other leaders of Ardev, who had planned a meeting that evening to discuss what would happen next.

With a few hours to kill before the meeting, the party visited the markets in Trade Town to do some shopping, where suddenly they were set upon by a disorganized group of assassins. After a bloody fight and a chase through the crowded marketplace, the Hand succeeding in capturing one of the assailants (to be turned over to the city guard after questioning); unfortunately, the leader of the group, a mustachioed wizard going by the name Zaegun, escaped. In light of their recent heroism (they were saviors of Breland, after all!), the party had no guesses as to who might want to attack them.

The meeting with the elders was short and sweet. It was decided that the Hand would set out directly via airship to assist the ragged forces, hoping to break the Seige on Orcbone before it was too late. Arriving the next afternoon, they found that the enemy forces had fallen back to muster some distance from the walls of the city. Taking advantage of this, the team worked fast to strengthen the defenses of Orcbone however they could: healing the wounded, scouting for advantageous terrain, reinforcing the gate, etc.

The battle began at nightfall, as a battalion of orcs marched on the gates while hippogriff-riders flew above the battlefield. With every ounce of skill they had, the Hand of the Silver Flame dutifully fought off the advance, leading the militia, firing spells and arrows onto their enemies from the walls, and furiously battling the monstrous forces that would stop at nothing to breach the city gate.

As the battle raged on, a strike team consisting of a handful of shadar-kai and wraiths emerged from the darkness and sprung to the top of the wall, battering the defenders there with black magic and nightmarish chains of pure shadow. The members of the Hand rushed to the defense of the wall before the intruders could turn the tide of battle. After a brutal fight, the party was successful, but the attack had caused confusion and despair among the militia.

The battle was getting out of control, and as another wave of orc forces surged toward the gates, some of the defending militia broke and ran, plunging the remaining defenders into total chaos. Even so, with the help of the Hand of the Silver Flame fighting furiously to defend the gate, the struggling forces retaliated viciously against the orcish regiments until they, too, broke and ran. Once again, the Hand of the Silver Flame had seemingly gone beyond the call of duty, saving Breland once more.

The heroes returned victoriously to Ardev, where they were congratulated with great honor by the town elders. Although the tidings were dark, it appeared that Breland would be safe for the time being before the orcs could muster another force. The party had received a letter from Thurann, who had discovered some interesting details about a silver sword they had left in his possession, and decided to return to Shavalant and pay the boy a visit.

However, on their way to the stables, they were attacked once again by the mustachioed Zaeghun and his hired goons. Jantry recognized one of them, a young woman he had known from his days in the thieves’ guild, Mara the River Fox. The paladin convinced her and an ally to surrender, as the battle was clearly in the Hand’s favor. To the party’s chagrin, Zaegun escaped yet again, using an invisibility spell.

Mara could not believe that her old partner in crime (and what-have-you) had survived, let alone become a righteous do-gooder. She agreed to give some information if the party would be lenient with her. Apparently, an unknown agent had put a large bounty on the members of Hand of the Silver Flame, which Zaegun, criminal underboss of Trade Town, had been trying to collect on.

Putting their plans to visit Thurann on hold, the party decided instead to track down Zaegun and figure out who had put the bounty on their heads. From clues and hints they gathered in taverns and alleyways around the city, it appeared that the bounty had something to do with the mysterious crystals they had recovered, which were tied in some way to the mystical portal they had encountered during their adventures at Rivenroar. Someone with a connection to the burning-eye symbol they had seen on their adversaries’ weapons and armor was trying to retrieve the stones, and apparently would stop at nothing to get them.

As this shadowy figure seemed very desperate to find the stones, the party decided it would be possible to set a trap for him. Dox, the changeling that had accompanied them since their victory in the mountain caverns, started a rumor that he had stolen one of the stones and was looking to sell it. When the villain comes to collect, the Hand of the Silver Flame will be waiting.

The Pressure's On
Session 5

In the depths of the monastery of the Sundered Chain, the Hand of the Silver Flame rescued the last surviving monk, Kalad. As the woeful dwarf recovered from being tortured, he explained what had happened.

A terrible force of goblins and orcs had emerged from the myriad tunnels which had long sat dormant under the monastery. As a last ditch effort to stop the seemingly endless hordes, Kalad and the other dwarves sundered their forges, collapsing the tunnel entrances permanently. The forces of evil that remained still had the advantage of surprise, and surged ruthlessly through the monastery, leaving a bloody wake. Only Kalad was kept alive, in a vain attempt to force him to reopen the tunnels.

Cave Troll

With the information that a nearly limitless army was approaching Breland through the tunnel system, the party raced to assist the West Wind riders, who were bound to be outnumbered by now. The tunnels did not need to be defended, said Kalad, but blocked completely, before it was too late.

The intrepid Hand rushed on into another tunnel system, one far more perilous and labyrinthine than any they had ever encountered. Following signs of the West Wind riders’ passage, they made their way through the winding tunnels until they came to a nexus of gigantic steam pipes. Based on the information Kalad had given them, their only hope was to open the nexus, and then try to reach the boiler room, where they could flood the entire complex with boiling water and block it off for good.

The tunnels were not empty, of course. Our heroes battled their way past sinister clockwork traps, fire-spewing beetles, a seemingly unbeatable cave-troll, and goblin alchemists that lobbed deadly grenades. They were forced to hide and rest for a few hours, while Elani lay unconscious, hovering on death’s door after a brutal attack.

Orc Freaks

Having found the lifeless, looted bodies of the West Wind riders, they knew that they were the only ones left who could stop the dark onslaught. Fortunately, they had encountered a friendly changeling, who had stayed alive this long only by impersonating an orc. He was happy to find himself in the company of a party full of righteous rescuers, and gladly offered to assist in their goal, if only to escape the foul caverns.

As soon as they had rested up and prepared themselves for what might be their last act of heroism, the Hand of the Silver Flame rushed toward the boiler room, a huginormossal room filled with steam pipes and equipment. The steam controls they sought were nearly a hundred feet above them, reachable only by climbing a long series of platforms that spiraled around the room. War drums erupted as they began their ascent, heralding the arrival of an ever-growing battalion of orcs (and a shadowy warlock), blocking their path.

Orc Warboss Tusk and his Shadar-kai warlock wench

They fought onward and upward, circling the room, and soon it became clear that they would eventually be swarmed by an effectively limitless number of orcs unless they could reach the top quickly. The strongest of their foes, a tremendously strong orc in shining armor, held them back, stirred on by the beat of the drums, and for a moment it appeared that the Hand of the Silver Flame might fail—but the Flame burned bright, and they persevered, and struck down their foes in droves even while more poured in from every entrance.

Finally, reaching the top, Jantry and their new acquaintance worked the controls; the enormous pipes creaked dangerously, but remained intact, and finally, there was an eruption of scalding water from below, which began filling the room (and conveniently, the goblin tunnels) with hot liquid death, while the party escaped safely through a hatch in the ceiling. They had done it!

War Machine
Session 4

(Molday, 1st of Nymm)

After their success in Woodhelm, the Hand of the Silver Flame hit the road, headed toward Orcbone. They were accompanied by the orphan Thurann, and made plans to stop in Shavalant along the way, to drop him off there in the care of his grandparents.

For a few days, they followed the road north, along the fringes of the Dragonwood. One afternoon, the party was alarmed to come across the wreckage of an Orien carriage smoldering in the middle of the road. A quick investigation revealed that the carriage had been looted, and all of the passengers had been slain: some of the victims had evidently been gored viciously, and massive tracks led into the Dragonwood.

The Hand of the Silver Flame would not allow this atrocity to go unpunished. They followed the tracks of the raiders, which led them shortly into an ambush. The villains were a group of (rhino-riding) hobgoblins and orcs, which the party dispatched with a zealous fervor. One of the orcs, left alive for questioning, had little to say besides threats of bloodshed on a massive scale.

The party recovered the stolen goods: a sack of stamped gold bars, property of the banking house Kundarak. Other adventuring groups might have been tempted by the sum, but not the Hand of the Silver Flame they vowed to return the loot and inform the houses Orien and Kundarak as soon as possible.

The intrepid adventurers could not help but wonder how a band of orcish raiders made it all the way into the center of Breland, and why they would dare to attack an Orien transport. Could it have something to do with the mysterious Emissary, or the unearthly portal at Rivenroar? Quite possibly; however, the party was not in the position to investigate further, and so pressed on toward Orcbone, where they assumed they might be able to get more information.

First, however, they needed to stop in Shavalant and bid a hasty farewell to their (not so plucky) companion Thurann . The citizens of Shavalant were not motivated to heed the party’s warning of orc activity in the area, but agreed to organize a night watch at the very least.

The Hand of the Silver Flame rode west, toward Orcbone. Far away in the sky, they saw large airships heading to the southeast, but couldn’t guess why. It was soon made clear to them, however, when they encountered the Westwind Riders, who were riding hard and fast away from Orcbone. The news was dire: Orcbone had come under attack by a great host of enemies, and was being evacuated. Any able-bodied warriors were expected to regroup at Ardev to organize a counterattack.

Dismayed, the Hand of the Silver Flame rode with the Westwind Riders south to Ardev, a large, multi-walled city which had become crowded with refugees from Orcbone. Since they had a while before the plan of attack would be decided, the group was able to resolve their duties concerning the wrecked carriage in the Dragonwood. House Orien was shocked to learn of the carriage attack, and asked the party to keep it on the down-low if at all possible. Breogan was directed to Bram Ironfell of house Kundarak by Adronsius , one of the Hostages of Rivenroar. The party returned the gold to the Kundarak Consortium and delivered the news of the death of Snorri Whitebeard. Bram reluctantly agreed to take a look at Breogans Grandfathers broken blade.

9 Bells District of Ardev

Finally, a meeting was called. The Hand of the Silver Flame were invited, along with the Westwind Riders, Freeriders(led by an alluring old friend of Breogans, a Megan Swiftblade), and a number of other adventurers, at the behest of a council of elders, with a frontman by the name of Elder Cadrick.

A plan was set in motion. While one group of fighters would head back into Orcbone by way of secret tunnels, the Hand of the Silver Flame volunteered to warn the monks of a certain monastery in the mountains near Orcbone, and help defend it if necessary.

The next morning, the party rode out, hoping to reach the monastery in time, but made slow progress because of a muddy river crossing and some steep hills in the way. By the time they reached the monastery the invaders had already breached the meager defenses (Ok, just a gardener) and apparently killed all the monks. The Hand of the Silver Flame battled their way inside, fighting a despicable shaman and some powerful orogs, until they came to a great stone stairway leading deep underground. Another group of enemies were charging up the stairs at them, with a few firing powerful arrows from a safe distance.

This had the potential of being the most dangerous battle yet, as Oris was struck by an arrow and pushed off the edge by the force of impact, leading to a high fall that seriously wounded him. Breogan lowered a rope to his (literally) fallen comrade while the others took a defensive position at the top of the stairs, not willing to risk traversing the thin platform while the archers stood out of range.

The hobgoblin commander ordered his troops to pursue, and as he neared the top, Jantry made an epic leap across a cliff and down onto the stairs, cleaving his foe in two and inspiring awe in his allies. So much so that Elani lost her balance and fell off the edge of the cliff like a lemming or something. Meanwhile, Quinn gave his foes a taste of their own medicine, using his forceful invocations to hurl a few of them over the ledge, where they tumbled to their doom.

Now, exhausted and battered, they continue down the stairs, possibly unprepared for the dangers that await them at the bottom…

Victory at Rivenroar Ruins
Session 3

After clearing the upper level of the crypts beneath the ruined Rivenroar castle, we rested for the night near the entrance. In the morning,Elani took the first four hostages we had saved back to Woodhelm, while the rest of the party (Jantry,Breogan ,Oris and Quinn descended into the depths, followed by the aged castellan Sertanian who asked to come along and carried the lantern and our standard.

In the first room we encountered a group of hobgoblins and acid spitting lizards lead by a goblin hexer who kept blinding us with his powers. We dispatched these foul villains will ease – and special harshness was reserved for the lizards for they are hated by the Silver Flame. Unfortunately, the goblin shaman escaped and ran away into the dungeon. We decided to rest and regather our strength before exploring the leftmost of the three doors leading from the room. Inside we found three sarcophagi with rotted remains and jewelry inside. In the center one was a gruesome sight. A steel spike had been driven into the stone, and manacles chained to them. Still trapped in one of the manacles was the mangled remains of a human hand, ripped from its owners body. We also found two healing potions in the tombs.

We next decided to follow the goblin shaman, rather than descend deeper into the dungeon. We followed him to a room with a large obsidian burning moon inlaid on the floor occupied by two ghouls and a couple zombies – one of whom was the former owner of the aforementioned hand and the town’s artificer. We slew the foul undead and destroyed the cowardly goblin shaman hiding behind them. Then turned to continue our search for the last hostage – the boy Thurann son of the slain captain of the guards Kartenix. We happened upon a fountain of water that would later serve us well while resting and then in a room lined with tombs and writings we found the boy Thurann whimpering in a corner. We freed him, and then decided that – having rescued the hostages, we had best return to the surface and rest before exploring the rest of the dungeon.

. Angry face .

That night while we encamped by the mouth of the dungeon,Breogan caught the hobgoblin captain Sinruth attempting to flee the dungeon. A battle ensued as the rest of us were awakened, with the captain wielding a wicked dire chain weapon. On the captain’s body we discovered a suit of magical full-plate armor (which Jantry would later don), as well as another mysterious dragon shard crystal, and a cryptic messageto the leader, congratulating him on his success and commanding him to attack the town and steal the loot – signed “the Emissary.”

In the morning, we left Thurann and Sertanian at the campsite while the remainder of the hand of the Silver Flame descended into the depths of the dungeon. We first found the quarters of the hobgoblin captain Sinruth and recovered several of the stolen items. We then returned to the room where the boy had been found and explored a strange dead-end hallway and found a secret door at the end. We crossed to the other-side and found ourselves in a throne room with a skeletal king and queen sitting on the throne in the center. A swarm of skeleton warriors emerged from the bones scattered about and we did battle with the undead scum. The king proved to be a terrifying presence capable of driving us back, while calling forth more and more minions. His queen had been crafted into a vicious fighter who exploded upon killing her. We paused for a moment in the room, discovering an array of precious items and an ornately carved bone staff.

. Angry face .

We then proceeded out of the throne room by the front door – only to uncover two were-rat goblin skirmishers who had summoned a demon to protect them. We fought the raging demon to a stop in the hallway but one of the were rats escaped. We pursued and crashed through a door into what appeared to be an old chapel infested with more goblin-wererats and a shaman who kept disappearing every-time we attacked him. We suffered many blows and wounds, Quinn unconscious, near death and poisoned from the bites of the vile rat-goblins.

In the end we slew these enemies of the Silver Flame as well and recovered the remainder of the items stolen from Woodhelm. One item in particular was curious – as we took up the dull, platinum long sword it spoke to Quinn “At last… mumble mumble… ” in the Voice of the Silver Flame. We finish looting the dungeon – all the treasures of the family became forfeit when they took to the path of Necromancy.

We returned to town with a hero’s welcome (and a level up). We rest and celebrate at several feasts in our honor. Jantry purchased horses for the party to speed our journey toward Orcbone – and took the pretty village maid Alys for a ride down by the river bank… We tried to negotiate with the keeper of the Hall of Valor Sertanian to let us keep the platinum blade. We visited the Alchemist Adronsius’s shop and purchased a few special items at cost. And it seems like the boy Thurann we rescued, the captain of the guards’ son might come with us on the next leg of the journey as all his family in the Woodhelm is dead. Perhaps we will recruit him as a squire to carry our battle standard… The Silver Flame has prevailed this day, but who knows what other dangers await them on the road ahead…

Leaping Boldly Into Danger
Session 2

The Hand of the Silver Flame continued into the depths of the dungeon they had found. The dungeon was home to numerous hobgoblins, which had trained dinosaur-esque drakes for battle. Many dangerous foes fell in their path, but sadly, not all of the hostages could be rescued. While resting after a series of exhausting battles, the surviving denizens of the ruin executed Kartenix, sending a message to the Hand of the Silver Flame by leaving his head outside the room they had barricaded.

Saddened by the loss, but refusing to give into the demands of the evil lords of the dungeon, the party vowed to press on, and faced even greater threats: a shaman who opened a portal to an unearthly realm of fire (said portal deftly closed by Quinn), and vile Chillborn Zombies that threatened to snuff the Silver Flame outright.

The Hand of the Silver Flame rushed to save the hostages, using every resource at their disposal and slaying many, many, many foes. Finally, they were forced to rest, huddled in a crypt with the four hostages they had rescued so far. Who knows what danger awaits as they venture out once more to explore the deepest depths of the dungeon…

The Hand of the Silver Flame
Session 1
After leaving Flamekeep and the country of Thrane, four adherents of The Silver Flame traveled across Breland, working their way towards Orcbone to answer the call for help in defending Bordin’s Watch. While stopping over in the town of Woodhelm the four fingers of the Hand of the Silver Flame(Elani, Quinn, Jantry, and Oris )were joined by a Brelish fighter named Breogan.

Angry face

Without warning, the town was under attack. Goblins and Hobgoblins stormed the Thistle and Antler Tavern. It appeared that they sought an old banner kept behind the bar. After the loss of much life, and a heroic defense on the part of The Hand of the Silver Flame, the invaders were repelled. The bartender said that the banner was somehow linked to The Red Hand of Doom.

The next morning it was discovered that seven people were abducted during the raid, as well as six items stolen from the Great Hall of Valor. Alys, who witnessed the heroic deeds of the Hand of the Silver Flame, informed the city council of what she saw.

Councilmember Eoffram Troyas summoned the heroes and asked for their assistance in recovering the kidnapped townsfolk and town relics.

The Hand of the Silver Flame interrogated a Hobgoblin named Morrik who gave them a false map which led them into a nest of dog-sized flesh-eating insects. The group bested the insects and found their way back onto the trail of the invaders.

Eventually they found their way up a to a plateau covered with ruins of an old castle. There, in the ruins, they found the entrance to a sort of crypt that perhaps once lie in the bowels of the castle…


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