Oscar, Ara Goldeneyes Aesa and Tyr Gungnir went into the humid swamps together. There they met the Strongspear tribe of orcs, who begged their assistance in sending to rest some of the local spirits. The group returned triumphant, only to find that the orc tribe had been wiped out, by one of the many black dragons that had made its home in the swamp. It was then that Aesa completed a task that she had been given, by what she believed to be a celestial being. (in truth, it was one of the devils, that she had unwittingly contacted when Tyr defaced a prayer book to try and trick aesa into contacting Devils). After fighting a black dragon, that had been corrupting the swamp, she opened the flask it had been guarding, releasing the pit fiend that lay bound inside. At first she was able to keep this from her allies, and yet when they questioned her she was honest, And summoned the fiend Zagokeimuhn to confer with her allies.
Immediately Try began trying to construct a magic circle around the Devil, despite not having the full knowledge of its creation, nor the required spell slots to cast one. The Devil warned that it would not be willingly bound, and should Tyr continue this course of action, he would tear off the cleric’s head. Tyr was unswayed, and thought that he could best the Devil in a contest of strength, but was sorely mistaken. Before the devil could strike a final blow, Aesa stepped in, offering up in exchange her own soul, should the devil spare Tyr’s life. The deal was struck.
Several days later, and after encountering servants of the goddess freyr on the road, intent on punishing the cleric Tyr for defacing holy prayers with Devilish rites, the party arrive at the lone village in the center of Vhess, which serves as a meeting place for many of the tribes, and a place of residence for the tribeless shamans who serve the land. They defended this place from attack by the undead, and asked the shamans how to fix the corruption of the swamp, and rising dead, once and for all. The shamans informed them of the pure spring. A place where all water on the plane must flow from, and a gift from Asguard. To get there, the party would have to fight their way far into the swamp, recover an ancient artefact of spirit sight, and step into the demiplane between worlds. The party completed the challenges, and received the artifact, the soul of the swamp, a stone of immense power. Using this, they set out to cleanse the purespring. At this point, Tyr had left the group, in shame over what he had done, adn to study magic in the hope of rescuing aesas soul. He was replaced by Ulfr, an orcish barbarian who did whatever the shamans bid of him.
The knowledge that the village was being threatened was too much for Aesa to sit idly by and do nothing, and she resolved to defend the village while the party resolved the spring. She stayed behind, and Makweo Joined the group temporarily
Unfortunately, this was no easy task for them. Along their way, after fighting against the many dangers of the swamp, a scout of the Lizardfolk brought them message. Their allies were in danger! Hyrrna, a paladin of vengance they had spoken two inside the town, and Mhurren Strongspear, an orcish barbarian, were both opponents of the Undying ember. Hyrnna fought against Vaerdi, a human warrior of immense skill, who was working to undermine the powers of the swamp to further the aims of the undying ember. Mhurren had tracked down a demon, and sought to rid the world of its corruption, but it proved too much of a challenge. There, the party split, with Ara and Makweo going after Vaerdi, And Oscar and Ulfr going after the demon. Makweo and Ara arrived to find Hyrrna bleeding, and the Psionic Knight vaerdi taunting her. As he prepared for the killing blow, they attacked. Unfortunately, their attack was in vain. He was much to strong for the party to defeat, at leas not while they were halved, and Ara and Makweo were lucky to escape with their lives. He left them a note, taunting them, and claiming to own the soul of Makweo’s shaman mentor. They resolved to follow him to Bjornitoft, and prevent his plans there.
Ulfr and Oscar were unable to save mhurren, and the half orc died, though they managed to defeat the demon. Returning to the village (without Makweo) they reunited with aesa, and pressed on to the purespring.
The trials that lead to the spring, lead to the death of Aesa. But with the god’s grace, she was ressurected. The party were then tasked with convincing the gods themselves to lend aid to them. With this done, and the spring restored, the party discussed their next move, and resolved to go to the dragonpeaks. However before that, they decided to journey further into the swamp and find more information on the origin of Vaerdi, The man in the black armour.
(to be coontinued…)