The groups nominated a leader for each of the three groups, none of the monks stepped forward to lead.
The leaders were
Thal, Dani and Faldkor. Thal proposed a system for the wagon and riders to defend should they get attacked.
Faldkor asked each monk how they’d know if they were the best monk they could be
Evin said there would always be room for improvement and he would always be practising
Kiran said that at any time he believes he is the best monk he can be, he will always improve and move forward but if he gives his all every day he is always at his potential
Darreva said when there was no monks ranked higher than her she would be the best she could be, when she becomes the measuring stick for others
Five days passed very quietly and then they turned off the road at Triboar, stopping in a coaching inn there.
Dani and Hope went in first to try and gain some local knowledge
The only thing of note learned was that traders seemed to not be as prosperous this year due to the poor winter before
Faldkor proposed the theory that the winter was deliberately caused to weaken people before a war
The next morning the group left at about 9 in the morning and they started the journey across to the mountains
They saw signs where battles had been but nothing challenged them on the route
The monks practised their arts in the evenings in preparation
He confirmed that the opponents would be selected at supper
The contest would be in 9 days
During the supper they met up with the other
Kiran and Evin spent more time in the infirmary than on the practise ground whilst Darreva spent every waking moment training with the others
Darreva was first to fight against a Bo Staff wielding martial artist called Nap. The fight was explosive at the start but became a steady series of offence from Nap against Darreva’s defence with the occasional blow landing from either.
After a slip up from
Darreva believing a fient was an attack and leaving her out of position Nap capitalised with two clean strikes to her chest, causing the sickening crack of bone.
As a last ditch effort
Darreva went full offence, a circle kick, followed by an elbow to the chest ending with a knee to the face to lay Nap out for the count.
The second fight was much more cagey,
Evin initially stuck to Mori the karateka but her feints kept nullifying the advantage to a degree. Her strikes and kicks were matched evenly by his locks and kicks.
Evin slowly wore Mori down limping away with the win.
The fight was scrappier than the others with
Kiran eventually locking in a choke whilst Zoran attempted to take him down with deep cuts from his knives.
It took about four days for the group to heal up before they took the nineteen day journey home
The journey back was as quiet as the one out and they returned to
Waterdeep on the 20th of Leafall
The groups separated to return to their various lodgings
Darreva and Evin went off to tell their groups about their promotion opportunity
Evin went looking for Faldkor only to find that his office has moved
He went looking for
Anolin to see if he knew where Faldkor’s house was
However he was told that
Anolin was meditating
The tavern didn’t hold the answer to where
Evin continued to look around the compound
Yvonne suggested that Evin waited until evening to see Faldkor but he chose to write them both a note instead.
Evin met up with Faldkorand Wraith in the tavern that evening to tell them that he needed to head away and fight to level up
The next morning he explained to
Anolin the journey and then he went to work in the infirmary
On the 20th they met up for the party,
Wraith got there early with Daldin
She explained that once they reached a certain point in their training they had to prove they were ready for advancement, prove that they were the equal of the one above them
She told him some of the benefits, like the right to run your own monastery and access to other techniques
The others arrived just after six and the party really began about seven with the meal
It seemed that
Samar was still not back to normal after the kidnapping but that others were taking time to try and help him
Wraith suggested that Daldin could learn some lock picking skills from him while the groups were out of Waterdeep
The spirits were high and the hats that
Faldkor brought which started several games.
Due to the journey the next day the party didn’t run that late.
The next morning the three groups met up at the compound and headed out for the
monastery in the mountains
The day of the meeting
Dorna told Wraith that Gerum had passed on a message to say that if the meeting went well there’d be a party at Dani’s on the 20th.
Anolin mentioned Zydre’s birthday in the tavern the next evening and Wraith passed on news about the party
They went to the ship and met with
Gerum and Kendrell who went with them to the tavern, Kendrell made Anolin and Faldkor invisible and then she and Gerum left
Wraith paid for the tavern for the day and Anolin and Faldkor vanished into the kitchen whilst Evin started serving.
Wraith asked Karrin, one of the hired bar patrons, to shut the door when trouble kicked off
At around midnight a figure in robes entered,
Wraith got Karrin to close the door and he followed the guy across the room
They bundled him to the floor eventually, although he did manage to set
Faldkor’s tabbard on fire first
The next day
Faldkor spent that day working on hats and realised it would take another day to sew paper in
He called in to the ship to find them celebrating
Faldkor went to his house Daline told him that Creed didn’t know anything to do with the black powder and had now been dealt with
The next day
Wraith started to investigate the stoneskin spell and how to combat it
He told them that he sensed they were ready to ascend to the next rank and that they should head to the monastery in the hills to advance in their rankings
Darreva suggested to Evin and Kiran that they left on the 21st of The Fading as Dani’s party was on the 20th, and that they should try and take their friends with them.
Evin spent the next day helping Kiran in the infirmary
Wraith started his elven longbow project
Faldkor started his office move to free up the old office for Thal
Zydre was out practising with the tribesmen
Zydre and the tribesmen helped Faldkor move his office into the new house
Zydre asked Faldkor about building forts and also discussed with him mating rituals, life goals and lots of other things (typical gnomes for example and arranged marriages).
The next day
Evin continues in the infirmary, Faldkor made wolf armour and Wraith trained with Anolin & the Tribesman
Dorna came back and confirmed that she’d met with Gerum and that the plan was good to go
Polandara agreed that they could bring Creed back for questioning and advised she’d like to send Umbra with them to ensure his safe return.
They will also have some members of the compound in the tavern drinking and eating.
Evin went to Dacers in disguise as a normal person to arrange with Dacer that tomorrow would be the day and that he would be in early to set up as if normal staff
The rest of the group dispersed back to their houses whilst others went back to the party
The next morning
Faldkor found Anolin and Thal talking in the dining room of his house at 4:30 in the morning
Wraith and Evin turned up about the same time and the group took a wagon down to the Firemead
They had breakfast with the crew
Anolin proposed hiring out a tavern to trap him in
He was out until 2pm so they had a mead and waited
Faldkor got back to compound and started to work on Jex’s armour
They agreed to hire the place from him for a day with
Evin helping behind the bar for 50gp
Wraith had a conversation with Anolin about Thal,and their homeland which briefly turned quite melancholy for a brief moment
Wraith agreed to give his support to Thal when he returned to his homeland
Anolin proposed Faldkor would lead the house of Dwarves when it arrives, Yvonne seconded it and no one opposed.
Candour called Yvonne, Wish, Thal and Faldkor to his office following the meeting and laid out his concerns regarding losing skills and an influx of new recruits.
Wraith handed Dorna keys for the house and her room when she turned up after putting out the news that she’s in Waterdeep
Evin explained to Merala that they were looking for the person who kidnapped the rogues, a man called Creed, that he was looking for Clayn.
Wraith trained Daldin for the rest of the day whilst Dorna went about her information
Evin helped in the infirmary that day
Faldkor invited the group to his promotion party and then set about working on Jex’s armour
The older Creed left her husband due to him having an interested in the ladies
She couldn’t get work due to the number of mages in the city at the time
She failed to join the Tarnished Walkers, but wasn’t the right material so she joined the assassins guild
There was a rift between burglars and thugs, she was on the thugs side, the assassins split
Burglars won and she was killed in the process, someone from the guild took her son back to her husband after her death
Father left town with the son and move into Suzail in Cormyr
What she’s found on the new Creed is he arrived on Wagon from
Initially Creed was staying at the Jade Jug Inn however he vanished after the rescue of
Gerum he vanished
She believes he’s not left the city by either gate
She also believe that the attempted kidnap of
Melesante was related to Creed
The next day they all met up at the
Firemead for dinner
Faldkor gave Gerum and idea of setting a trap, Gerum said he needed a group of warriors and Dorna to help him with it though
Wraith and Daldin started putting together a list of things to buy for the compound, Daldin also suggested that he could possibly make locks if he works it out
Faldkor asked Yvonne to meet him in her office, he laid out the plan to Creed
Wraith talked to Dorna about the plan, she was willing to go along with it but not meet on the boat, she will meet Gerum alone.
The next evening they went to the promotion party where the people previously mentioned got their new ranks
Tatria turned up to congratulate her sister and apparently to dance with Anolin
Faldkor spoke to Darina to find out what was going on in her world and to check to make sure she was finding friends
After three or four hours later
Rose came in and told the group that they had to come and see what was happening in the compound
When they arrived they saw what the elves knew to be Nin Kerym, an ancient elves sword technique that by all intense and purposes they shouldn’t know.
Evin went back to the monastery for the night and the rest of the group went to the Firemead.
Jem asked Faldkor about how to deal with Samar, Faldkor recommended either a promotion or a party, she will suggest a party to Dani
They arrived in
Candlekeep 6 days later and went straight to the monastery
Marrek let them in and they slept there for the night
The next morning over breakfast Wraith asked
Meln to let Dorna know he’s around
Jack about Creed, but Jack only knew of the older version, he would ask around about her son.
Lily will look into Creed in the library to see if there’s anything in his name
Telg to see if he knew of Creed, he would look through his ledger for 18 years of notes to see if the name crops up
They then started a pub crawl with a spinner randomly selecting the bar
It took until the next day for them meet
Dorna, she will look into information in Candlekeep and meet them when she knew
Dorna back to Waterdeep, she headed off to start hitting up her contacts immediately
Jem to get the crew not to kill Creed until he’s been questioned
Wraith stopped off at Dani’s for a copy of the sketch, Kethra provided the sketch and he headed home to set up for Dorna
Faldkor went back to the compound, Yvonne said that there needed to be a meeting of officers and Polandara was waiting, she would get it organised in two hours
Faldkor spoke to the mysterious elf about tracking down Creed. He was told that Daline had been feeding information to the city guard but keeping them one step behind the information the compound had.
The group was alerted to
Gerum and Samar have been missing for 5 days and had been kidnapped, being held in a room where they are hanging in manacles
While other members of
Tani’s crew searched the warriors got prepared
There was a secret door in an abandoned house in Gem Street
They fought the 8 people guarding the 5 tied up victims and rescued them, managing to subdue one of the captors
The guards collapsed the corridor during the fight so they waited for
Faldkor to tunnel out
The only clue behind what’s going on was the name Creed, who was asking about
When they fully debriefed
Draft had returned to the city and told them about someone she knew called Creed, a woman, head of the assassins guild who died after being betrayed by Clayn
She was aware that the woman had a child and the child’s estranged father took on full parenthood following the mothers death
Gerum will be looking into information through his sources and suggested that Wraith might want to use Dorna in Candlekeep
They told the relevant people they were going before heading down to the dock to find a boat for
Candlekeep and were lucky to find the Gleaming Gul would be leaving the next day so Evin went back to the monastery and the others slept on Tani’s ship
The next morning
Evin suggested to Wraith that he should sneak in to speak to Telg about the trouble he’s been having
They discussed many plans but decided on sending a message to get him to meet
Faldkor and Anolin whilst Evin and Wraith watched his business
Wraith and Evin hid by the stables to watch his house
Faldkor agreed that Telg should raise a banner of Polandara, he would put his name to it in the compound and confirm with Telg whether things are all right for him to keep using it
The group met up again at the
monastery in the early afternoon
They searched the old warehouse that seemed to be water damaged in many ways
They found a map and some documents written in a language they didn’t understand
The next day they followed the map to see where it led them
Two days later they found and old hut
There were 41 barrels inside, one black powder while the others were a dark red liquid
They spoke to
Marrek who confirmed it could be blood, but he doesn’t know how to store it that long
The next day
Wraith asked Lily if she knew who they needed to pay for the damages to the buildings
She took the writs and came back four hours she returned to say they have costed the damage at 75 gp
Whilst she went to pay this (with
Faldkor’s money) the group headed down the docks to look for a boat
Mermaids Tears was sailing the next day so they took the 5 day journey back
During the journey
Faldkor wrote his report in full
They went to report to
Polandara and ended up being invited to a meal.
Laranthan was quite chatty and they gave all the information and the strange vial to her to look into
The papers found were in Drow and
Laranthan said Thal would need to look into them
Faldkordropped the scroll into Thal and then went to bed
Evin went back to the monastery and went to his room and slept
The journey to
Candlekeep was fairly uneventful, Anolin spoke to Faldkor on the responsibilities of being head of house and offered to put his name.
When they got to the
South Mist Monastery they saw the improvements since last visit with Lily welcoming them in and Meln giving them a tour
Gillena greeted them when she’d finished meditating
They spoke to
Jack about activity in the city and Wraith asked him about Dorna
He said they name rung a bell,
Meln confirmed she was an information broker, Jack offered to let he be known he had information on Wraith to help Wraith find her.
They rested the night in the monastery and in the morning
Faldkor questioned Lily on the writs that Polandara gave them
Lily also offered to look into the Anteagan family for the group
They headed to the house and spent 3 days searching it
The next day was Midsummer Holiday so they didn’t carry on searching so as not to draw attention
Wraith showed his face down the docks, Faldkor worked on leather armour and Evin trained instead
The next day they started on the warehouse, they confirmed that the door they couldn’t unlock last time did in fact lead to outside the walls and they found a hatch to the sewers
They spent another two days searching the ware house before heading back to the monastery
Dorna who introduced herself and made a business proposition with Wraith for information traded for actions
She confirmed a few theories about the Anteagans and that Hanlock Mancor was a good man.
She also advised the group that someone had been leaning on
Telg to get protection money somehow but she didn’t know too much.
The group headed back to the monastery for the night