They went and searched behind the
Wild Dog Tavern but couldn’t see anything in the way of clues
Evin waited outside the tavern for 20 minutes whilst the others went inside to get dry
Evin entered and made his way to the bar trying to strike up conversations and use his local history skill but unfortunately it didn’t seem to be that kind of tavern
Evin spent a good few hours trying to find out more about the murder behind the tavern but no one seemed to be talking
They did see
Jack come in at one point, he had a conversation with a group sat around a table for about half an hour and then he went and refreshed the dressing on an injured man’s arm before leaving the tavern
Evin left, the others followed after discussing if they should, Faldkor made an off hand comment about wanting Evin’s boots
They met up with
Evin outside and then checked the guard station to see if there were any bounties, unfortunately not
The next morning
Lily advised that she was still looking into the land owner situation for the Anteagan property
At lunch time
Jack came back to the monastery to say that there had been a murder in the merchant district
The group decided to turn themselves nocturnal by going back to bed at about 2pm
They spent the night patrolling the docks, testing out where they believed sewer entrances are and finding three grates
Gillena went with them, but the heavy rain and the talk of murders within the city probably kept trouble away
They got back after breakfast time, ate some food and slept/meditated until the afternoon.
They investigated the large warehouse that used to belong to the Anteagans but found nothing out of place
They then checked the smaller warehouse and then headed back to the monastery, arriving back just past mid night
They got warm by the fire in the kitchen before heading to bed just after 1am
The next morning they discussed their plan of action and decided to start by questioning
They got to the wagon merchants about lunch time but he didn’t have any information
They tried the inn by the gate but the only information was about the roads outside the city
He found out that the first deaths were in a high class area but not well lit or defended like the nobles housing
Only one attack has been at the docks the other attacks were in darkened alleyways around the lower merchant district
They headed back to the monastery and slept the night
The next morning
Faldkor asked Lily to look into who purchased the Anteagan house, which she agreed to do
The group headed to the wild dog tavern to see if they could investigate the scene of the crime
The next morning
Anolin went to Wraith’s to ask where he got the furniture from
Wraith said to talk to Daldin to ask about the furniture when he wakes up
Evin went to the boat to look for Wraith and met Sand for the first time, Evin left a message on the boat.
Daldin got up Wraith asked him to go furniture shopping with Anolin , the two headed off.
Faldkor got up he went straight to the armoury to get on with working on Jex’s armour
Faldkor had a quick look for Anolin but not spotting him on the practise yard or in his house so he left messages with the gate guards
Evin went to send a messenger to Wraith’s house, when the messenger laughed and told him how close the house was he went himself instead, but tipped the messenger for not ripping him off
Evin started to explain what Merala told him, explaining that because of their success with vampires he wanted them to deal with one in Candlekeep
He also explained that it looked like Mirabelle Anteagan
Yvonne said they could and should destroy it if it’s a vampire
They went looking for a boat, but found they’d have to wait a day or two before they could get the
Wraith played cards with the crew and caught up before sharing the shift with Elodie
The next morning over breakfast they discussed looking for the boat,
Wraith said he’d go sit at the back of the boat and watch for it
The ship arrived the next morning
They waited until the ship was unloading and the passengers had left before
Evin contacted the bosun.
Ten days later they arrived in
Candlekeep and bumped into Dorna on the docks
She gave what limited information she had and also asked if
Wraith knew someone called Wraith
They then headed to the
monastery to speak to Gillena, she had more information, she confirmed at first the murders were all of nobles but it has since turned more random
The attacker was seen heading to the sewer, the priests of Ogma failed to turn the Vampire and holy water didn’t effect it confirmed by the guards
When they got back the groups split up to go home.
Wraith got home first
Daldin greeted him and passed him a letter that had been left while he was away
He talked about the lock he’d built and asked about the journey
Faldkor headed to the armoury and noted that the cogs had been finished for him before he went inside to work on Jex’s armour
Evin got to the Monastery he was told by Danas there was a letter for him in his cell
Faldkor returned home for tea to find that a letter had also been left for him
Evin later went to help Kiran in the Infirmary after informing Sardonas that all three monks passed their challenge
Wraith finished off his bow in the evening after the meal with Daldin
The next day
Wraith tested his new bow and made a couple of changes following Zydre’s advice
Faldkor continued on the wolf armour and started organising a book case for Anolin
Evin spent the day helping in the infirmary
The next day a large group of them met up at the compound
They all arrived around the same time
Clayn showed up at 7pm making almost a grand entrance
He spent the night moving around the groups talking to every one
Samar his forgiveness and promised Gerum a house to pay them back for his past causing them problems
They partied through to the early morning and then left as a large group for safety.
Evin got back to the Monastery he found that Merala had a job for him, wanting him to look into vampire attacks in Candlekeep
The description of the Vampire matched that of Mirabelle Anteagan.
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.