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Doug Tran Dig-dug
A band of adventures named the avatar guardians who where sent by unknown powers to stop the release of "He who should not be named". Have been tricked into being the key that unlocked the gate. The eternal sleeper has awoken and the gods know not where this will lead. Already the signs of his coming and actions spread over Oerth.
>From Dancer Bard of the Crystalmistsreddragon@matt.ksu.ksu.edu
The Circle of 8 responding to the entrance of Aerdy into the Great war have enlisted the help of a group of well known adventurers known by the name of the Untouchables. An Aerdy General by the name of Alrith has been sent to retrieve an artifact of great evil to help the mad-kings armies. The Untouchables have intercepted the general to find the following: he was in league with demons. Both Greater and lesser. His general appearance was no longer that of a human but more like that of a dead person. These reports lead the Circle of 8 to believe that the mad-king has once again created the DEMONIC KNIGHTS OF DOOM. During the conflict Malakai Arboles bane of slerith was killed.
The following takes place in the early months of 583.
A small group of inexperienced adventurers stumbled upon a smuggling operation along the coast, near the Hlool Marshes. After investigating it became clear the the operation was an intent on suppling weaponry to some group, against Keoland. There investigation prooved that it was in fact the Scarlet Brotherhood who were in control of the operation and were sending the weapons to a place near Stonhiem in the Pomarj. The person to receive the weapons Thurosh Mak?!
Pat Ellis: firstname.lastname@example.org
RookRoost: Invulnerable coat of Arms Found.
RookRoost: Portal to Abyss open. Hell Hounds released.
RookRoost: Major political battle brewing. New citizens responsible. Call gone out for all reserves to assemble. New citizens disappear, thieves thought responsible.
Don Johnson: $email@example.com
Oerth, Hold of the Sea Princes (little known keep)
An elven paladin of Correllon Larethian took a keep from the well-known hired assassin Gwilliam, and began building up defenses. However, recently, the keep was beseiged by humanoid and giant forces, mixed. Questioning resulted in a suspected drow influence. The paladin and his companions slipped away to investigate.
The elven Queen was recently married to Moradrin, son of Moredeep. It is thought that Moradrin is embarking on a personal campaign far to the south, for after a week of festivities, he left, headed south.
Mike Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org (Internet) msphil@WMVM1 (Bitnet)
Myth Drannor, Time of Troubles
A group of adventurers became Harper heroes today, after single handedly killing not one, but THREE liches in the School of Wizardry (see FR boxed set for layout). They were originally sent there over a year ago, when Lashan of Scardale fled there after his war with the dales. On their first trip they only reported seeing one lich, but they escaped, bringing the captured Lashan with them. It was then they were asked to return again, as a test to see if they were worthy of being Harpers. Three weeks later they appeared in the village square seemingly out of thin air. When questioned by Storm Silverhand, she heard a spectacular story of planar travel, and a battle with a group of githyanki. The adventurers, led by an elven fighter mage, even produced a githyanki head, and one of their fabled two handed swords. Storm, impressed with their bravery, made them Harpers. After a long layover, they were asked to go to Aglarond by Storm to look into some sort of business, and on the night of the fall of the gods, they were teleported there by Elminster himself.
Unfortunately for them the adventurers would not make it there for another two weeks. The instability in magic caused them to end up near Castle Perilous in Vaasa. Using two psionicists with dream travel, they headed south in leaps and bounds. After reporting with the Simbul it is unknown what they did, but somehow, they returned to Shadowdale just three weeks after talking with her. They returned bearing some very evil magical items, including an evil staff of the magi, but also with the heads of not one but THREE liches.
According to rumour, they were magically teleported from some inn in Telflamm, and brought to the School of Wizardry. It is thought by most that the instability in magic aided, not hindered this group of adventurers.
Currently, the adventurers are resting three miles north of Shadowdale in a small dugout house.
The adventurers known as the Bloodhawks have returned in triumph to Mirabar aboard a flying ship. The vessal's holds were filled to the rim with platinum, gold, and silver obtained from the lair of a Red Dragon. At the request of the party's leader, Deltar the Destroyer, a drydock was built and the vessal landed outside of the city. After seeing to the ressurection of one of their number who had fallen to the Dragon's breath, and removing the 'helm' that allowed the ship to fly, the Bloodhawks donated the wooden galley to the city and rode to the south.
A sea-going vessal belonging to the Zhentarim was attacked and stolen by unknown parties in a fierce battle on Scardale's wharves. At the end of the melee, several Zhentilar were dead, including a mage and a priest of Cyric, and the vessal was sailing away to the north. The Black Network is rumored to be actively seeking the culprits, and have offered a 1,000 gold piece reward for information leading to the bloody and painful death of those responsible.
Jon Gad: email@example.com
CG the DM: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Ryan: email@example.com Now any interested DM can contact me for more information if they want. I can then supply information on the White Raven Company, the elven mage Kitiram, the monster, the adventures in Maztica, the spelljamming helm, the returning natives, etc.
News and Rumours
The Dwarves of Baldour report that one of the Swords of Baldour has been stolen. Emissaries have been sent to investigate its sighting in Waterdeep.
An ancient axe, the dwarven Axe of Thrammer, has been rumoured to appeared in Eveningstar and also in Waterdeep. This huge axe that hits like a 2-handed sword, was being made about 700 years ago for the Dwarven prince Thrammer, but he and the axe disappeared during the 17th Dwarf/Orc war. The axe is not magical but was intended to be enchanted, but was put into use when the Orcs attacked.
There as been a flood of Maztican gold and silver on the market in Waterdeep recently as adventurers return from the jungles of The Death Zone.
The Church of Helm denies reports that a Helm missionary tried to raise an army of Maztican warriors.
The recent restrictions on magic weaponry in Waterdeep appears to have created a thriving black market in evil-baby-killing- assault-swords. Loyal citizens are requested to report any knowledge of magic weapons to the authorities.
Greg Booth: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Witnesses to an explosion in a narrow alley near the Market claim to have seen a terrible Demon. It was 12' tall with wings and burning skin. One of the brave soldiers of Tyr entered the alley accompanied by an elf only seconds before the explosion. The soldier was rescued by the paladin Bah, but the Fiend disappeared.
The war is spreading. Even as our own brave troops train outside the city, The goblinoid and giant forces attacked the town of Achanabar, threatening to cut off trade through the Ice River. A tremendous magical battle raged in the air above the town, rumours are spreading about the swords Cargan and Nagorth being involved. A large part of the town has been devastated.
Knut Skomedal: firstname.lastname@example.org
They say that there is a huge sword on display in the courtyard at Tanya's Fortress. The rangers who patrol the eastern frontier of the Scarlet Forest have finally figured out why the orcs have been aggressive lately. It appears that several tribes had been united by a trio of fire giants and forced to come down into civilized lands to make raids.
The rangers claim to have routed the orcish tribes in a major battle not far from Tanya's and to have driven off all three giants, one of which was badly wounded and had to abandon his sword.
Eastern Frontier of the Scarlet Forest
One of those frontier traders told me that he put up at Tanya's Fortress awhile back and they told him that if he traveled two days north and looked around the battlefield where they killed all of those orcs shouldn't be hard to find. They claim that there are over 300 corpses up there and that it only took six of them to do all of that.
They were led by some guy named Clayton who I hear has quite a reputation around those parts. What is more they said that an orc helped them and saved all of their lives at one point. Imagine that, an orc doing something like that.
Sandy Murphy: email@example.com
Dan'l Danehy-Oakes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dewey Williams: email@example.com
The Republic of Darokin: (Village of Armstead)
Trade with nearby Nemiston has virtually dissipated, and expected caravans and traders have not arrived. Numerous small farms to the south of the town have been burned, and a party of six (two elves, a dwarf, three humans) reported that one Conor MacGregor, rumored to be a wizard from Glantri, has been organizing the local humanoids. One tribe of kobolds has already been wiped out by these adventurers, and they are currently heading towards a goblin lair. A bounty of 1,000 daros (gold pieces) has been placed on the head of Conor.
The Republic of Darokin: (Fort Hobart)
An assault of orcs was turned back with minimal casualties. No further activity has been noted, but humanoids in general have been a little quieter of late than normal. Light crossbows are becoming more common among their weapons, though, and this is causing some concern among the officers.
Several elves have turned up missing, and rumors of increased Shadow Elven activity have been spread throughout the land.
The Grand Duchy of Karameikos: (Penhaligon)
A woman, claiming to be a paladin of Petra, sought entry recently, in the company of a green dragon she claimed to be her companion. (But what paladin would befriend a GREEN dragon?) The guards turned her away at the gate.
The Grand Duchy of Karameikos: (Dymrak Forest)
The number of goblin raids has decreased, after the loss of several homesteads. A party of elves, led by two humans, including a paladin of Petra, are believed to be responsible for disbanding or destroying at least two tribes.
The Grand Duchy of Karameikos: (Dymrak Forest)
Hunters are reporting encounters with *very* unfriendly elves, who are somehow able to avoid infravision detection and are very, very good scouts and archers.
The Grand Duchy of Karameikos: (Luln, Fort Doom)
There is some concern due to an increase of activity in the Black Eagle Barony, and Mistress Sascia of Luln has asked for volunteers for the town militia. It is also thought that an envoy is heading to Luln from Specularum to make Sascia a Baroness.
The Atruaghin Clans: (Horse Clans)
Shamani have been noting increasingly disturbed dreams, and it appears that Atruaghin is mildly upset with something. Some of the younger men of the Tribe of the Wolf have volunteered to go north and investigate.
The Kingdom of Nithia: (HOLLOW WORLD, general)
The daughter of a woman who revered cats has taken to following Bast, a hither-to unheard-of Immortal, and it appears that she is manifesting some clerical powers. Clerics of the other Nithian Immortals are expressing some concern, but are merely watching her at this point.
The Milenian Empire: (HOLLOW WORLD, general)
Clerics of Halav and Petra are reporting a general discontent and worry from their Immortals, but they have no real guidance. A general suspicion among the priesthoods of the Midwives of Matera has also been reported.
Ian Clysdale: firstname.lastname@example.org