The Last Hope of Ryadd

Stupid Snowmen

I am so glad we got out of that ice palace…thing. I’m still a little irritated that the rest of them wouldn’t let me just knock the door down, but I guess there’s probably a reason why they wanted to work out the puzzle thing. Whatever. There were plenty of snowmen things to hit. That was fun. I’m glad to be back in the city, though, and find out where we’re going next. Maybe someplace warmer, so we can thaw out?

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So cold
D'nalia's Travel Journal

I just finished trancing while my comrades enjoy a well-deserved extended rest.  Although enjoy is a loose term, its quite cold in this ice castle. We were sent to this tower from Luthien to find the source of this unseasonable winter and are searching out the dwarf, Draigdurroch, believed to be the source of this problem.  So far we have defeated a goblin horde, the statues that came to life, and the snowman brigade from the Realm of Chaos. Its been a very long day. Corellon only knows what we face deeper in this large block of ice. All I know is that there's lots of magic involved.

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Ulric's Diary, 2nd Entry

After we came to Farhaven we decided to venture to the market so D’nalia could get ritual components in hopes of deciphering the goblin_letter. In the market Tarhan seemed unimpressed with the offerings of holy symbols, but he was broke anyway. He also tried to apprehend a theif; tried being the key word. I think he and Liet ended up on the ground after attempting to tackle the thief. The thief got away and entered a building near the market. Across the alley was a door to the Lil’ Drag Inn and Bottling Company.

The Lil’ Drag Inn had a sign with a pink dragon on it. We entered and ended up in a limp-wristed establishment. Tarhan didn’t seem to comprehend what was going on and looked a little worried when the bearded dwarf in a dress tried to serenade him. We quickly exited and tried several ways to enter the other building where the thief had hid. After several unsuccessful attempts and not wanting to break the door down after hearing weapons being unsheathed, we noticed the Lil’ Drag Inn had windows in the second story that overlooked the alley. We went back and got a room. The room was luxurious; it even had running hot water for the bath. We spent the night and kept an eye on the alley. D’nalia was able to translate the goblin_letter.

Later that night we saw five hooded people exit the door head out the alley. We waited to see if they were coming back, but they did not. When the rooster starting announcing day break we decided to break in the front door. Liet broke down the door and Tarhan went to the market for sawdust. Liet, D’nalia and I went in and invesigated. The first floor was empty, but we found some letters in the second floor in what appeared to be a study. They said:

Albine,

We must approach this on two fronts:

1) Find more that are sympathetic to our cause and convince them to join us

2) The City Watchmen who are neutral to the cause need to put in our employ so we will have their support when the time comes

Neil Dewars

Albine,

The Blacksmith from the First Ward and the Jeweler from Farharven City have been doing quite well lately and can weather some misfortune. Besides, they do not support our cause…

Neil Dewars

When we left the building Tarhan was just finishing up fixing the door so it looked as neglected as it was before Liet busted it down. We tried to see if we could find any leads at the Blacksmith and Jeweler, but only saw crime scenes with City Watchmen investigating. We found no leads.

We then went to Baron Duncan Lafayette and showed him the goblin_letter to warn him of the coming conflict. We also talked to Commander Robert Londo regarding the letters we found from Neil Dewars.

We were informed that the elven family we previously saved requested us as an escort back to Luthien before the Goblin and Kobolds became more hostile. We met them at the Wayward Tavern and headed off towards Luthien.

On our way we encountered a group of Kobolds. We dispatched them and Tarhan took their weapons. As we approached Luthien we noticed a chill breeze that seemed unseasonable. We then encountered a group of wolves; one had bluish fur. They were hungry and attacked us. We overcame them and led the elven family and caravan back to Luthien unharmed.

When we arrived at Luthien the civic leader Lady Moonfire greeted us and mentioned the problems they were facing with the cold weather; if it persisted their crops and food supply were in jeopardy. We agreed to look into it and she suggested the wizard Curavar might have some more insight for us. Curavar told us of a group of dwarves that came through Luthien 30 years prior. They were secretive and constructed a tower near the dire wood; which was about a days travel away. D’naila was able to get a potion from Curavar to help us in this quest.

After going to the local market to buy winter clothing we headed out with the directions they gave us. We soon entered a blizzard and found it very difficult to find our way to the tower. We finally found our way out of the blizzard and we suddenly felt much more seasoned. Then I wrote this.

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Ulric's Diary, 1st Entry

Dear Diary,

D’nalia Ithien did the most disgusting thing the other day. We were trying to rescue some elves from a goblin infested cave. We went down the first branch of the cave (there were three branches) and killed some goblins. After exploring the rest of the branch we discovered what the goblins had been using as a bathroom. Keep in mind we had not finished exploring the rest of the cave system at this point. D’Nalia then starts investigating the goblin scat to see if there is any human excrement there too. Her staff still smells a bit after all that. Maybe I just don’t understand Elves.

-Ulric

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