It all started innocently enough – a darts tournament at the Dingy Coffin in Hallorn. Quiet, hungry ranger Hollei Inwe Telemnar won the darts tournament over the favorite, elven druid Thaddius Berialagoswen.
Exiled rogue Ellendian Summerstar was negotiating a possible hit with a Hallorn thief, Yogol. They agreed that Ellendian would lead the group transporting the stolen silver.
At the conclusion of the tournament, before Hollei could even celebrate her winnings (and get a freaking sandwich), Fengaul, one of the Earl’s more infamous necromancers, entered the room with a crowd of zombies. He arrested Thaddius and dragged him out – most likely to be executed.
Hollei, Ellendian and the druidess Berylla Beren, a long-time friend of Thaddius’, rushed to follow the necromancer, determined to free him with a bribe. As they were leaving an old man, Haggorum Chiggid, asked to join them.
The four offered Fengual 60g for the release of Thaddius. As the negotiations were taking place, the necromancer’s zombies turned on him and ripped him apart.
The five quickly returned to the Dingy Coffin. On the way, they stumbled over the body of Yogol, Ellendian’s contact. There, they found a mysterious black stone clutched in the dead man’s hands.
A traveling merchant, Toran Zal was summoned to identify both the wand that was found and the stone. A curious bystander, Izad ‘Iz’ Sinjor, was also pulled into the mix. As the group asked around about Yogol, they learned that he worked with the Hightops. They talked to Hopper, the leader of the Hightops, and learned that a cult of Nerull had moved into their territory. Hopper gave the group some potions in exchange for a promise that they would kill the priestess who led the Cult. He also mentioned where Yogol lived.
Yogol’s apartments had a number of traps. The first was a poison dart that pricked Ellendian and took half his strength. Searches of the apartment yielded a couple potions and a sword – although Law’s Forge Shortsword was wrapped in a mimic disguised as a scabbard. Toran and Ellendian were grappled and Haggorum momentarily lost his spear, but the mimic was vanquished.
The group took back to the rooftops to find the Cult of Nerull. They easily took down a couple ghouls that were chained to a rooftop. There, they met up with Jack Jonus Morgan II, a bard who believed he could use the Cult’s hatred of Iuz against each other and encourage evil to fight evil. The rest of the group thought this was a novel plan.
Haggorim was so excited he rushed into the tower where the Cult’s headquarters were. Unfortunately, the floor was covered with a slick substance and he fell, prone. Four zombies attacked! By the time the rest of the group had gotten there, three cultists had also showed up.
Toran used the fear wand to send one cultist screaming for his life. The other two were swiftly taken down by ranged attacks thanks to Jack’s inspirational singing. Haggorim was left unconscious when a zombie critically hit him. The adventurers eventually took down the remaining zombies and regrouped to meet up with the priestess of Nerull.
Aramal was clearly prepared to fight but was more interested in acquiring the missing Stone of Nerull, which was in the adventurers’ possessions. She asked that they work together in their common goal to defeat Iuz and mentioned a larger threat in Iuz’s arsenal – a creature she called THAT WHICH STIRS.
The woman gave the adventurers some gold and allowed Toran to copy spells from her spellbooks. A temporary truce was forged.
And then it was on to the silver mines to reward themselves for a job well done …