Volume #2, Issue #5. (Mar 10, 1994)
Hack and Slash Man/Editor:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Forgotten Realms
- Dark Sun
- Thunder Rift
Reporters this issue:
Mike Masten (email@example.com)
Richard J. Pugh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mike Phillips (email@example.com)
Andy Merritt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DM Bloodglutton (email@example.com)
Chris Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sir Kirkland (email@example.com)
Sandy E. Murphy (IO01092@MAINE.maine.edu)
The Wood of Sharp Teeth: Nexus (Original):
17 Hammer 9PR (17 Hammer 1367DR)
THE STORM ARISES
During a private celebration hosted by Councilmember Ukea, she
announced that her son, Tempest, Master of the Storm, has reached the
Age of Majority. Within the Town of Nexus, the Age of Majority for
Humans and Half-elves is eighteen.
Shortly after his mother's announcement, Tempest declared the
first six members of the Storm. They are as follow:
Tempest, Master of the Storm : Gold Half-elf Fighter/Mage/Thief
Kalm, Calm Before the Storm : Drow Half-elf Fighter/Mage/Thief
Rayne : Aquatic Half-elf, Elemental Mage of Water
Fyre : High Half-elf, Elemental Mage of Fire
Aerth : Wild Half-elf, Elemental Mage of Earth
Wynde : Moon Half-elf, Elemental Mage of Air
Thunder : Moon Half-elf, Fighter/Druid
When Tempest was asked why he had chosen such a diverse band of
adventurers, he simply smiled and said "If I am the master, must I not
control that which I am proclaimed to be."
19 Hammer 9PR (19 Hammer 1367DR):
The Brotherhood of the Blade, a recently formed mercenary company,
has been contracted by Brzoska Blacksoul the Dark Mage. The purpose
of the company's employment has not been disclosed to anyone except
the Brotherhood's Leadership. However, the Council of Nexus has
surmised that the mercenaries are en route to the Tower of Lost Souls,
which is located on the western border of the Wood of Sharp Teeth.
Of the few intelliggence reports that have filtered back into
Nexus, the Brotherhood of the Blade has been confirmed to be comprised
of the followwing:
Hobgoblins : 20
Fighters : 40
Mages : 20
Clerics : 20
Thieves : 20
Orcs : 300
Orogs : 80
Drow Elves : 50
An anonymous, yet reliable, source has verified that the Council
of Nexus is greatly concerned about the mission, composition, and size
of the potentially dangerous enemy.
21 Hammer 9PR (21 Hammer 1367DR):
ADVENTURERS RETURN EMPTY HANDED
Warrant, an adventuring group hired twelve days ago by Drocca,
Curator of Timeless Treasures, has returned without the magical long
sword named Daybreaker, as well as four of its founding members.
The High Half-elfen female who leads the group, as well as going
by the band's name, said that they were overrun by a large force of
orcs returning to the abandoned Drow town. She also commented that
the group will make another attempt to recover the stolen item after a
proper period of rest and healing.
When asked if Warrant would be given another chance, Drocca
responded by saying he would extend the courtesy to the group.
Mike Masten: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daggerford (near Waterdeep): ELITE DAGGERFORD MILITIA RECALLED FROM WATERDEEP
Further to the recent rumours of a possible "Suicide Mission"
planned by the Daggerford Militia, a group of high ranking militia
have been recalled from Waterdeep, where they have taking time off,
possibly to avoid said mission.
When asked why they had returned, Caljuin, a priest of Tempus said
that he and his companions had received an urgent summons by Sherlen,
the militia leader. He said he had no idea what the summons was
about, and when it was suggested that his group had been volunteered
for the suicide squad, he only said that as long as Tempus blessed the
mission he would happily go.
Waterdeep: WAREHOUSE RAID RESULTS IN SEVEN DEAD
A special group of the City Watch were seen dragging seven bodies
away from a warehouse in Trade Ward last night. When asked, they said
that the felons they were dragging away had broken into a warehouse
and fought hard with a group of guards inside. The leaders of the
attacking group had apparently gotten away, and none of the group
guarding the warehouse had been killed, though some were sorely
Our reporter was not allowed into the warehouse to talk to the
defenders and was also requested not to reveal the precise location of
the warehouse. However, there must be some very valuable goods in the
warehouse for a such a significant attack in Trades Ward, a normally
Daggerford (near Waterdeep): ELITE MILITIA SQUAD DISAPPEARS ON CARAVAN RUN
Two weeks ago, the group of Daggerford Militia who had been
recalled from Waterdeep, possibly for a Suicide Mission, were sent as
a caravan escort to the Way Inn, which according to the caravan leader
was heading on past Dragonspear Castle. Though a dangerous trip, the
caravan already had 20 guards, and so the extra assignment of 10 of
Elite Daggerford Militia makes one wonder just what the caravan was
Intrigued, our reporter accompanied the caravan, under disguise,
and was surprised to learn that the elite Daggerford Militia group
only went as far as The Way Inn, although the caravan continued
onwards towards Dragonspear. Our reporter attempted to find the group
of Daggerford Militia to ask what was going on, but they were nowhere
to found. Now a week after these odd events, there has still been no
word of this group. We speculate that this group was indeed on some
special mission, and that escorting the caravan was merely a ruse.
Andy Merritt: email@example.com
Dalelands: HELP COMES TO GRONK GRANITE-EYE
Yngwie of Sembia, Harper of the Realms, was summoned to Shadowdale
by none other than Dorn Falconhand. Upon arrival, Yngwie discovered
that Dove was not in Shadowdale, so he visited the Old Skull Tavern.
After having a few drinks in the bar, Yngwie met a merchant who needed
an adventurer to protect him from some assassins that were on his
tail. Yngwie reluctantly agreed to help, once his business in town
was over. Yngwie visited the blacksmith, as per the instructions left
for him at the inn, where he received his instructions to sneak into
Daggerdale and find out what is really going on there with the
Zhentarim. It just so happens that Daggerdale was expecting a new
general to be coming in soon. This general is a simulacrum (look-
alike) of an evil Zhentarim wizard, just like Yngwie himself. The
Harpers hope to stall the general while Yngwie goes in and does some
Meanwhile, the assassins looking for Yngwie's new merchant
employer showed up in the Old Skull. Yngwie got to the assassins
before they could finish the hit and a fight ensued. The Blade and
the Brain, as the assassins are known, exchanged attacks with Yngwie.
The Brain, a psionic, was stunned when his mental attack backfired on
him. It seems Yngwie's previous form (before becoming a simulacrum)
had some kind of mental defense. The Blade was faring better against
Yngwie because he was wearing a Cloak of Battle which traps Yngwie's
sword. Yngwie, not at a loss for strength, decided to use his fists
since if he couldn't use his sword and nearly felled the Blade.
Unfortunately, the two assassins escaped using psionics.
In the aftermath, Yngwie found out that the blacksmith was
murdered outside of the tavern when he tried to help the merchant.
So, Yngwie and his merchant friend took off for Daggerdale, with
Yngwie impersonating the new general. Unfortunately for them, his
disguise was recognized by the band of refugees that escaped
Daggerdale. Only by revealing his Harper identity does he save
himself from a quick death at the hands of the freedom fighters.
In talking with the leader of this band of refugees, a plan was
formed. Yngwie is going to try and coordinate the freedom fighters'
raids on Daggerdale with the war efforts from Gronk Granite-eye of
Granite Pass. So, Yngwie sets off to see King Gronk and plan the
reclaiming of Daggerdale.
Sir Kirkland: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bissel: Hookhill: MISSION TO RESCUE THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED
It is rumoured that the official mission into the Hills area of
Ket, that has been officially sanctioned by the Margrave of Bissell,
is based on the dreams of Yickrak Vegg, the only remaining member of
The Knights. It is apparently true that Antracos, the Lord of the
Antraconians, has visited Yickrak in his sleep, and explained to him
the whereabouts of his five friends, and the horrible tortures that
await him if he dares to try rescue them.
Yickrak, being none too intelligent and obviously blinded by
loyalty, has recruited a small band of adventurers, who, with the aid
of the mysterious Calor C'mell, will attempt the rescue. Sources are
unsure as to whether Yickrak has explained the dangers fully to his
It is also rumoured that in the event that the current members of
the Sleepless Knights are dead, the Margrave will offer the commission
to these new adventurers.
Ket: The Hills: THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS FIND THE LAIR OF ANTRACOS
The Sleepless Knights have survived a long journey through the
forests of Ket, where they faced many dangerous demon-like foes,
obviously sent by Antracos to test their strength. Antracos may have
been impressed with the strength of the Knights, but not their
intelligence. During a fight with a Bird of Hell and four Forn Demons,
the demons changed from their usual worm-like shape, into gnomes, and
then into gems. After kicking the gems around a bit to see what they'd
do, the Knights appraised them and put them in a sack. Antracos now
has no trouble knowing exactly where The Knights are at any time.
The Sleepless Knights eventually arrived in the Ketish capital,
only to find that Lord Thierry, the current ruler, was much too
occupied with fighting rebel forces from the Northeast, West, and the
Southeast. The territory that he influences has shrunk to a rough
circle, about 100 miles in radius. To the West, where the rebel Anita
Cos has her hill stronghold, his territory only extends 40 miles.
Luckily, an uneasy truce currently holds between Thierry and Anita
Cos. This is largely because Lord Thierry has stopped sending troops
into the hills . . . he had to, as none of them ever came back.
It is these hills that The Sleepless Knights have entered in
search of the original members of the band.
DM Bloodglutton: email@example.com
Editor's note: Once again, a mysterious manuscript found its way into
my mailbox, and once again I thought it would interest readers.
Although I still have been unsuccessful in identifying the author, I
have this suspicion that it is becoming a permanent column.
SLAVE CARAVAN IN GREYHAWK
by the Monk of Shadows
As I was wandering the city of Greyhawk in my somewhat unique
manner, I discovered that a slave caravan is planning to pass through
the city in secret. The slaves were taken from a village far to the
east. The village was utterly destroyed and all of its people taken
prisoner. They are to be sold into slavery at the slavers' earliest
I thought this was a most curious event, and one that surely
needed to be investigated. I, therefore, being ever the public
servant that I am, decided to take up the task.
The caravan owner is a man named Snilit Rechek. He is tall and
slightly overweight, with brown hair and green eyes and a brown
mustache. He currently has fifty-three hired guards and ninety-eight
slaves. Interestingly enough, his "expedition" is being backed by
several prominent merchants in the city of Greyhawk, namely Tref's
Copper By The Inch, Noland's Mead and Ale House, The Runaway's Hut,
Central Square Barding, and Braidon's Bath House.
While in the slaver's camp, I heard a rumor that one of the slaves
was a powerful magician. This sounded like it could be of interest to
the public also (seeing that some of the slavers will more than likely
read this), so I investigated. When I surveyed the Auras of the
slaves, I found that not only was there a powerful mage (at least by
some standards), but also another threat to the slavers, one that I
will not go into now.
As for the mage, he seemed to be biding his/her time in order to
get the most out of his/her revenge. He/She recalled the taking of
their village as a bloody slaughter that left many loved ones dead or
This mage would be willing to enlist the help of any adventurers
out there that would like to aid him/her. He/She has payment,
although it may be in a unique form. I personally checked the
validity of his "payment" and can assure the reader that it is well
worth the risk.
The Shadow Monk: ???@???
Village of Hommlet: Unrest in Village:
EVIL ON THE RISE IN PEACEFUL VILLAGE
Our reports indicate that the sleepy village of Hommlet, near the
abandoned Evil Temple, is being plagued by thefts, murder, and arson!
During the past few weeks, various merchants claim that their stores
have been broken into and a variety of goods stolen. The bizarre
nature of the thefts have puzzled the local militia. Rufus, the head
of the militia states: "So far a wide assortment of items have been
taken, such as barrels of flour, dry beans, and rice; bolts of cloth;
leather hides; picks & axes; livestock; and visitors staying at the
Inn have been robbed in their sleep--without hearing anything."
Also, a poor, eccentric hermit named 'Whip' has disappeared. When
a friend stopped by to visit, he found the front door smashed open,
bloodstains on the floor, and no sign of the hermit. When asked,
Rufus replied "Well, we don't know exactly what happened out there.
You see, he lived about 3 miles from the village--in a lonely area. I
am investigating but it certainly looks like foul play."
As this reporter was gathering information in the Inn, a cloaked
figure approached and whispered a fantastic tale about the hermit.
This individual claims that a werewolf attacked the hermit and killed
him. When asked how he knew, the cloaked figure said "I was there and
I saw it." After saying this the figure quickly left and was not seen
again by the reporter. At presstime, the report of the werewolf could
not be corroborated by other villagers.
Chris Bell: firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Greyhawk: GREAT LIBRARY OF GREYHAWK DESTROYED
In a tragedy of huge proportions, the great Library of Greyhawk,
sometimes referred to as The Stanford Library, was recently
destroyed. An investigation by the city government of Greyhawk has
concluded that arson was the cause, although details are sketchy. One
terrorist group, which refused to identify itself, has accepted
responsibility for the destruction stating:
"The material in that library was inappropriate use of city
resources. Whoever set up the library did so without the
This statement implies that whoever destroyed the library had the
backing of several members of the city government, which has caused
several scholars in the free city to seek other locations in which to
conduct their research.
None of the material in the library was spared from the
destruction, and the terrorist group is currently searching for the
current sponsors of the recently destroyed library. Presumably, if
these individuals are found, they will face criminal charges and may
even be put to death.
Richard J. Pugh: email@example.com
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Tyr: UNIDENTIFIED FLYING CRAFT LOST COUNCIL TEMPLAR MISSING
The Council of Templars has called off the search for the
mysterious flying ship Calla Maraine, which was sighted over Tyr
approximately two weeks ago. Kelset, one of the high Templars of the
Council, had launched an independent search for the vessel using his
personal resources. He left Tyr over ten days ago with members of his
personal guard in an attempt to capture the craft.
Several of Kelset's guard returned to Tyr yesterday, and they
report encountering the craft at the ruins of Bodach, about 200 miles
east of Tyr. The craft, which Kelset called a Spelljammer, put up a
formidable defense against the attacking troops, and was able to
escape into the sky.
Kelset himself is reported to have jumped aboard the craft as it
gained altitude. No one recalls seeing him get off before the ship
vanished. The current whereabouts of the craft, and of Templar
Kelset, are unknown.
While the Council of Templars has expressed indifference in
locating Templar Kelset, they are very interested in the Spelljammer.
A handsome reward is being offered for any substantial information
leading to the capture of this ship.
Richard J. Pugh: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rock of Bral: ROCK OF BRAL TO SPONSOR ARCANE CONFERENCE
The Conorg Consolidated Consortium (CCC), an independent arcane
trading house, will be holding a special general business meeting on
the Rock of Bral. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss new
marketing strategies and product lines in light of the recent
commercial shut-out by the Grand Arcane Trading House (GATH).
Visitors to the Rock of Bral should expect long delays in
obtaining docking facilities and services for the duration of the
meeting, which should only run about five days. Private merchants and
inventors who want to seek contracts with the CCC will be allowed to
do so. In fact, the CCC has set up a temporary public relations
office in the market district of Bral to serve this very purpose.
For reasons that have never been fully explained, the GATH, by
executive order of its chief executive, Te-Ess'Arr, recently canceled
all spelljamming commercial activities in all spheres, as well as all
planet-based endeavors in Greyspace and Krynnspace. The CCC hopes to
co-ordinate the various independent trading houses into a mutually
beneficial co-alition to alleviate this sudden drop in market support.
Richard J. Pugh: email@example.com
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The Republic of Darokin: Akesoli:
ADVENTURERS HIRED BY JEDARRIN CORRAN
Adventurers were recently hired by the local fish merchant
Jedarrin Corran to clean out a recently discovered family keep. The
adventurers were hired, a Corran Fisheries, Inc. spokesman said
yesterday, due to their apparent honesty in what was called "that
Mr. Corran was unavailable for comment, but the spokesman
continued to explain that the merchant had inherited a deed to a keep,
called Corran Keep, north of Fort Lakeside, which had been dropped
from the records of both the family and the government. The
Chancellor's Office in Darokin City has already indicated that Mr.
Corran has full title to the property, and the adventurers are
apparently engaged to secure the keep.
The Grand Duchy of Karameikos: Threshold:
GNOLLS UNUSUALLY ACTIVE IN FOAMFIRE VALLEY
The gnoll tribe of the Foamfire valley, said to be the Death's
Head gnolls, were remarkably active after a party led by the paladin
who recently saved Threshold from an orcish seige headed north from
Following shortly behind them, one source claims, was a second
band led by a lean man in red robes and a dark-haired woman with
piercing blue eyes.
The gnolls were definitely stirred up, and their war drums could
be heard as far south as the village of Verge, but they apparently
stayed in the valley, as there were no reports of raids even in the
Mike Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Grakken Forest: BAND FREES CHILD'S PLAYMATE
A newly-formed band of adventurers, as yet unnamed, has continued
to gain a reputation. A few months previous, they had saved the town
of Rillford from certain starvation by a dangerous trip beyond a
Faerie Ring to retrieve the town's miller, and, after discovering that
life in Rillford was less interesting than life beyond the ring, they
On the way to Melinir, they passed through the Grakken Forest, in
which they stumbled across a little boy, said to be named Michael.
The child was searching for his lost playmate, Drake, and, although
reluctant to take the party to his house, implored them to find Drake
for him. Inquiry turned up that Drake was a red flying lizard, and
the party panicked, due to the reputation of red dragons.
However, by luck, they stumbled across a purple ball, said to be a
favorite of Drake's, and by following a nearby trail, they tracked
Drake back to a lair of some very nasty humanoids. They raided the
lair, freeing Drake in the process, and eventually returned to Michael
with Drake. They were rewarded, it is said, from Drake's meager
Drake, it turns out, was an immature faerie dragon.
Mike Phillips: email@example.com
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MONKS' STANDARD STOLEN, ADVENTURERS BLAMED
A group of warrior-monks, returning from crusading have lost their
golden standard to a thief. (The standard depicts two armored men
riding upon a single horse.) The monks, not realizing who the true
thief was, blame the adventurers who have a reputation for being just
a little bit outside the law, while also being high-visibility.
The monks have sworn to their god to regain their standard,
because its loss brings the worst sort of military and religious
stigma upon them. In fact, they will be excommunicated from the order
if their chapter house finds out what has happened. Thus, they will
also desire to slay the thieves to prevent word of this from getting
about. Needless to say, while they are asking questions, they are
being very evasive about what exactly they are looking for and doing.
They will not even say who they are and will have stripped themselves
of any symbols that could identify them as anything other than well-
Sandy E. Murphy: IO01092@MAINE.maine.edu
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