Unthar- The Rise of Bane

June 28, 2008

After many hot days of travel the Unther Syndicate finally reached the famed city of Saqamzar.
as they approached, there was a feeling of apprehension which made the group feel uneasy and caused
them to use extreme caution. Riegel, Harmonia and one of Gibby's pretties, flew in for a closer look
while the rest of the group waited for their return.

A deserted desert city awaited them, or so it would seem. As Riegel and Harmonia grew closer, all they saw
was troll skeletons littering the ground. Riegel spotted the temple where the map to the thieves guild was said to
be located by our guide, Pacco. Riegel summoned a hawk to get a closer look, Harmonia as well flew in closer.
When nothing seemed to be active, Harmonia sung out and the door to the temple magically opened and the undead
rose and formed into fiery skeletal guards, protecting the temple gate. Riegel and Harmonia now had something to report back
to the group and made haste to fly off to do so. It was decided to fly in and land on the roof of the temple. It was a
heavy load but Harmonia, Riegel and "pretty" were able to carry Gibby, Vork, Illkirk, Whisper and Pacco.

Once at the temple Gibby made quick work of the temple ceiling to create a new entrance. Below in the inner chamber was a circle
of fiery skeletal trolls. Gibby jumped down to crush them while Whisper and Pacco repelled into a nearby window.

Harmonia and Vork flew down to the main entrance to try and make a dent in the many undead that were now forming at the front gate.
After some mighty swings of Vorks sword, it was quickly decided that they were out numbered. Riegel stood at the temple door
poised for attack, when her heard the soft voice of Harmonia singing a sweet melody. He was surprised when the walls
began to surround him but knew it to be only an illusion to keep the reinforcements at bay. Surveying the situation he took out his red cap
and dipped his finger in for a taste. Pain shrieked through Gibby's burning flesh but his wounds healed from Riegel's
menacing touch.

Vork was dropped into the temple to aid Gibby and both destroyed many skeleton's, only to have them explode and then
rise again. The giants were slow to catch on to their regenerative properties, but luckily Riegel was quick to act and
doused the flames as they fell with magically created water.

Whisper was first to notice the broken seal of Lathander replaced with one of Set.

Whisper, Pacco and Illkirk split up to find the scroll. While the dousing of the skeletons continued, Illkirk opened
a door to a room full of scrolls, and one insane Lich who demanded Illkirk to bring him Peaches.

Whisper also opened a door to a separate room and found a disturbing coconut husk doll that Harmonia determined to have
necromantic properties. Un willing to touch the accursed object, Whisper carefully gathered the item with a wooden tray.
Illkirk, seeing the doll made a quick assumption that it must be "Peaches". Lost in thought Illkirk did not have time to warn Harmonia of the lich in the room as
she flew past, into the scroll room. Again he asked for peaches. She promised to bring him some peaches and left quickly.
Illkirk explained his assumption and Harmonia conjured a magical hand to carry the doll and brought it to the lich. While he
was happy to see his peaches, he was not amused by the magical hand presenting it to him. Harmonia agreed to exchange peaches for the scroll
and the two had an accord, or so she thought. When she handed the doll to the lich she felt her life being sucked away from her
as the lich seemed to drain her essence. She could not move but she was able to squeeze out a few words "take all of the scrolls".
Whisper and Illkirk started dumping scroll after scroll into their bags. Pacco raced in and fired some arrows at the lich, to no
effect. The crafty halfling saw a scroll in the Liches belt and decided to take Peaches in hopes of stopping the lich. After many attempts, he finally succeeded
and began to draw from the liches energy. While the Lich was incompacitated, the rest of the group (except Gibby and Reigel who were still
dealing with the skeletons) took down the Lich and contained Peaches. It was decided that Peaches would be brought back to Lord Leland.
Pacco was not too keen on letting anyone else possess Peaches, so harmonia conjured a Kenku to take it, and the group
quickly killed the Kenku, mage handed the doll into a burlap sack and gave it to Vork to hold until we returned.

 

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Fire burn!

Sand place good & warm.  It boring!  Lotsa walking.  Lotsa talking.  No fight.  Got food, that good.  Gibby good friend, fight good.  Find bad god temple. Break roof, look for paper.  Lotsa bone-fire-man hurt Gibby.  They no stay dead!  They burn us.  Smash them more.  Kill crazy dead-man.  Find Peaches.  Friends think doll scary….HAHAHA!!!  Vork not scared.  They give Peaches, it mine now.  We got more loot.  Loot always good.  Doll good?  shrug  We get big bad sword soon.  Make Bane happy!

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Journey through the desert

The Unther Syndicate has set out to find the rumored thieves guild. Their goal is to gain the Sword of Gilgeam from the guild. According to Lord Leland, the guild does not realize the true power of the sword. The group has been instructed to get the sword and were given 200,000 gp to offer to the guild. Vargus, a local contact for the guild, found a guide to lead the group through the desert. This guide was Pocco Alvert, a charismatic Halfling with a love of telling stories. Pocco has proven himself to be formidable with his cross bow. The group was tracked down by a hungry stone giant, named Gibby. After a tough fight, Vork was able to convince Gibby to join the group with the promise of never ending food. At that point the group decided it was time to break their association with Pocco. Some members expressed distrust of Pocco and threatened to barbeque his mount (which did happen to be a savory treat…..mmmm…bacon) Whisper had a professional understanding with Pocco and assured him he could leave the group safely. Unfortunately the group did not back this agreement and felt that the break with Pocco needed to be a little more permanent then what Whisper had in mind. The group fell upon Pocco who attempted to hide and run away with the Aid of Whisper, who felt obligated to hold the agreement. The group surrounded Pocco who assured them they would not find the guild without his help. After “lotsa talk”, as stated by Vork, Pocco declared himself a fledgling convert of Bane to save his skin. The group accepted his declaration and wanted to have him perform the ritual of Bane. Unfortunately, As Rigel pointed out, there was not a worthy sacrifice to be found. So for now the group will take Pocco at his word until a worthy sacrifice can be identified. Pocco shared with the group the danger they face upon going to the thieves but first they must face the perilous journey into Saqamzar, an abandoned city to the west.

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June 4 2008

In the aftermath of General Pizar's death, Capitan Dillard brought Harmonia back to the guard post castle to allow her to heal her wounds. The next day Lord Leland and the rest of the Unther Syndicate met briefly to discuss recent events. Surprisingly Leland was not as upset as some feared with the death of the General, he was displeased with the group not working as a united force. He sent the group to the castle to find out the status of the group's herald. They were met at the gates by 2 guards who detained them while other guards sought permission from the Captain to allow them to enter. They were permitted entry and gathered in the great hall to discuss the happenings and saw that Harmonia was alive and stable, still looking the worse for wear.
 The Captain offered Harmonia to act as his advisor, a proposition she was still mulling over. He also offered to continue the contract  that the group had with General Pizar – our services for 10,000gp a month. Illkirk made it clear that Lord Leland wanted to see her, she said she'd be along shortly. Just before the Syndicate was about to leave Harmonia made an effort to acquire some new items being a mostly fighter army there was little magic that was offered but the captain revealed that there was a secret stash of poerful items located in the castle.
Harmonia seeing how her options were limited asked if the Captain had anything for the great giant Vork. The captain looked at Vork and asked him if he would need some armor. Vork replied "Vork have new Shiney Armor" (or something like that). The Captain inquired more and discovered that Vork had the Champions armor on and demanded it back. While Whisper slunk in the shadows waiting for an opportune time to strike (if needed) Illkirk concocted a story of how Vork found the armor laying in a dark ally, must have been dropped by the infamous Spider. The Captain bought the story assigned the group to start looking for the elusive Spider and report back in a week. All left to report back to Leland, Harmonia joined the group about 10 minutes after they arrived at Leland's keep.
 Once the group reported back, Leland talked about a powerful general fighting in the North who just lost his God to the wars (Gilgem). Leland said this would be a good opportunity to convert him to the ways of Bane but to do so we'd have to acquire a great sword of the Gods which holds the essence of the slain God Gilgem. This sword was located in a thieves guild. They were unaware of what they held and we were instructed to obtain the sword but not to use it. Leland gave us 100,000gp to help in the process.

Whisper learned of a contact that could help us – a Dwarven bar keep by the name of Vargus who owed the Vampire's Kiss – a tavern in the shady part of town where even the guards do not patrol.
 The meeting went surprisingly well and according to plan. Illkirk seemed to already know Vargus and when approached for information on the guild it only took 200gp to acquire a map and information about how best to travel.

Vargus was also kind enough to inform the group that a 200,000gp price was on our heads from Spider and that he was going to Mulhurand to tell the officials there that the Syndicate killed the General and Champion.

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May 28, 2008 The Unther Times by Harpsichord Flatbottom

Mulherand Leaders Slain in Deadly Assasination Attempt

Champion Holgart Durant and General Nilder Pizor were both murdered in seperate events by a deadly assasin known only as "Spider" Below you will see a picture of the killer <Spider's picture is in the article>. Lord Leland of Shoeshil, has generously offered a 10,000gp reward for the capture or death of the assasin. He was quoted as saying "These murders from the North must be brought to justice quickly, before any more Unthalins are senslessly murdered". If anyone has any knowledge about the wearabouts of said killer, please contact Lord Leland's trusted assistant and herald of the Unther Syndicate Harmonia at Lord Leland's Keep.

The funerals will be held as soon as General Pizor's successor, Captian Durant, feels that it is safe to do so. The Captain – recently promoted to Acting General by General Pizor – was Pizor's trusted 2nd in command. Sources close to the deceased, say that General Pizor's last orders were to promote Captain Durant to the rank of General with the understanding that he would leave Shoshil under Lord Leland's just rule, while General Durant took his army North to fight the forces of darkness. It is unclear at this point, whether General Durant will travel North as ordered. What is clear is that Unthalis will not be truly safe until he does. 

Members of The Unther Sydicate urge you to join them in a public protest this coming Friday asking the newly appointed General to obey the orders of a dying man and take his armies North, ridding us of the evil in this land.  

 
Bard's join to help the public read

Article talking about how local bards are planning and scheduling weekly readings of The Unther Times in the taverns, inns, libraries, and local gathering places. Local bards are encouraged to join in and entertain the crowds. Each week the bard with the most entertaing dictation of the newsprint will be awarded 10 gold pieces at the storefront of Lord Dendrick's wares. <Harmoina will have her servants deliver the gold>
 
Food for the Poor

Story talking about how Lord Leland is starting to set up a food line serving soup and bread every Sunday at dusk.

Gossip Column/Editorials

Northerners infiltrate Mulhurand strongholds – talks about evil creatures from the north digging tunnels into the fort allowing for assassins to do their worst

General Durant fears death and will not travel north – Talks about how the Captain took Pizors post and rank but is too cowardly to travel North to defeat the evil that lies there

Lord Leland welcomes newcomers to Shoshil and guantees their saftey -Drawn pictures of Leland welcoming in small children and families as they enter the town.

Classifieds

Strong young farmer seeks aging widow for companionship and more. Meet daily at the dancing daisy when the sun is highest in the sky. 

For Sale: High quality traveler clothes for sale or trade. Interested? Visit the clothesline at the corner of town past the large oak  

A picture here signifying "If you wish to to post an ad send 1 copper piece to the following address: Harpsicord Flatbottom (Harmonia's address)

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May 28th, 2008 (Vork)
Pizar bad!

Us kill champeen. Pizar friend now.  Talk him good.  Moni say kill Pizar. Now Pizar bad.  Kill Pizar!  Now Pizar good?!?  Me not know.  This stupid!    Hmmm…  Talk Pizar more…grrr.  Stupid Pizar.  Pizar like dumb god.  Pizar bad again. Smash Pizar!  Me crush Pizar.  We got Pizar loot.  Good shiny Vork armor.  Happy armor, haha!  Bring Pizar to big boss.  He mad, yell some stuff.  Meet shadow man.  Pretty shiny gold rock.  Bad kitty come back.  Dead kitty now.  Kitty gone, no eat…that sad.  More talk, me bored. YAWN  We got plan. shrug  Go eat lotsa food.  Friends go away, come back.  Run outside.  Look Spider man.  No find him.  Pizar dead.  Me no care, got Pizar loot.  Big Boss REAL BIG boss now?  We big strong now.  Vork want fun-time.  Go Lily Pad, make big snu-snu!!  Oops…me break nice lady.  Pay more, it ok.  Me drink happy-juice, look for fight.  It good day!

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May 20th The Unther Times by Harpsichord Flatbottom

The 3 headed Chimera

<cool lead photo hand drawn> It was a pleasant unassuming day. The great people of Unthalis bristled about with their daily errands enjoying the warm sunshine on their backs oblivious to the events that would soon unfold. As the sun reached it's zenith a large three headed beast from the outer plains descended upon the unexpecting town; ripping, eating and shredding all in its path.

Rushing to the cries of the innocent, a small band of brave adventures known as the Unther Syndicate, arrived in time to see the horrid  beast devouring a few Unthalians.

Over a gentle wind a calming song filled the air with notes that seemed to bring with them a holy creature of beauty – a magnificent Lillend. The Chimera, after hearing the holy sounds of the Lillend, shook in fear and vowed to follow it where ever she would lead.

She lured the creature back to an out of the way stable so that the townsfolk would be safe from it's hideous jaws. While it feasted on the livestock she was able to kill the beast with her scimitar and brought it's head to the center of town for all to see.

It is amazing that the relatively unknown band of adventures known as the Unther Syndicate could wield such power, but it is clear that they did it and did it well. We are all indebted to this small band. If you see them on the street, be kind in your dealings, we all owe them a great service. The Unther Syndicate is made up of the following members: Illkirk never a more fair diplomat has there been. Vrok the mighty half giant, Augustus the cunning and Riegle the trickster an amusing fey who healed our wounded and cared for our dead. Many of which he convinced the clerics to bring back from their untimely demise.

General Pizor considers Lord Leland as leader of Shoeshil

News story announcing Gereral Pizor's intentions

Secrets of the Murdering Wind

Piece on the theory behind the murdering winds that took 9 out of 10 people. Talks about how Lathander has taken the best and most capable from the town and brought them to the celestial plains to aid in the war between the gods. Keeping Lathander in a positive light with ever so slight hints that he may have overstepped his power by taking his followers against their will.
 
Lord Dendrick's Shop

A picture piece of Dendricks storefront with like a "spotlight on new business" talking about his wares and competitive prices.
(Harmonia is planning to have his business strive and beat out his competition leaving only Lord Leland and Dendrick remaining. Once that is established she'll cook the books and expose Dendrick which should bankrupt him, leaving Leland to expand)

Gossip Column

Post some of the latest gossip from the local taverns and pubs

Classifieds

A picture here signifying "If you wish to to post an ad send 1 copper piece to the following address: Harpsicord Flatbottom (Harmonia's address)

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May 14 2008
Dinner with Holgarth Durant

Lord Leland called a meeting to introduce a new party member, a pixy by the name of RiDuring a meeting with Lord Leland, a city guard was ushered into his office spinning a tale that a hideous monster was attacking innocent citizens. The Unther Syndicate came to the rescue. Vork, ready to cleave the beast in two was disappointed when Harmonia was able to talk the Chimera down and convinced him to come to Lord Leland’s castle. Harmonia, expecting Lord Leland to be please was surprised when he became angry that she had brought a Chimera into his castle. Casting the stable into darkness, he cast a powerful spell that cased the Chimera’s chest to burst open and its final breaths were filled with horror and pain. During the battle Rigel went about “healing” injured citizens and Vork brought the dead in for resurrection after he had a bit of a snack of course. Augustus made friends with a citizen named Mack. Augustus had a “burning” desire to bring Mack back to Lord Lelands castle. Lord Leland had to have Mack’s memory wiped and sent him home. It is rumored that Mack and Augustus are still “close”. Finally the group was introduced to “Spider”, an assassin hired to take out a Mulhurandi cleric by the name of Holgarth Durant. Holgarth is checking up on General Pizor. And has decided that he should be the one to oversee Shussel. General Pizor hosted a dinner to try to win him over. He was impressed to be in the company of a Leland and a Pixy. This solidified his idea that he should take control of Shussel as there are important things happening here. Harmonia has decided to stay in the castle, consoling General Pizor, while Spider, Augustus, and Vork work their way through a secrete passage under the castle with the plan of offing Holgart Durant, who also happens to be the current Champion of Anhur.

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Negotiating General Pizor

Not Dan, Harmonia :)

As the group’s Herald (Bard) I’ll give a quick overview of what happened for Rich’s benefit…

Some of the group gathered in Lord L’s (I don’t have my notes in front of me so I don’t remember his exact name) chambers to meet each other and learn the ground rules. Lord L made it clear that the spoils of adventuring would be brought to him in total and he would supply the group with the items they needed. He showed that by touching a group member, those who have taken the oath to serve Bane a black skull would take form on the top of the character’s hand. All at the meeting had the black skull except Augustus (Jonathan’s Character) which Lord L assured us was acceptable at the moment. Augustus (Gus as Vork likes to call him) is new to the Bane fold and will need convincing of his power before committing to his undying service. So far the cast of characters are:

Vork (Mike) – an ugly half giant killing machine. While not all that intelligent, he has proven to be docile to the group members and is working well with the group.

Augustus (Jonathan) – A somewhat arrogant human spell caster (assumed – of what type, I don’t think was covered but NOT a wizard). Seems to be very knowledgeable.

Unnamed – (Chris) – so far we know he/she is human and a very good diplomat

Harmonia (Dan) – A seemingly promiscuous, drop dead gorgeous redhaired human female Bard who wishes to tell the tales of the Uther Syndicate (she took the liberty to name the group on her own last night) and grow Lord L and therefore Bane’s power throughout the land.

Last night we were tasked by Lord L to talk with General Pixus and obtain a contract for one year service. The price of the contract was left to the group to determine as a test from Lord L. With some talented negotiation from Chris’s Character and some gentle persuading in the General’s Chamber from Harmonia, the General agreed to sign the contract for $20,000 GP/month (about double the normal price). He also gave the group free rein to acquire any needed supplies from the armory and supply sheds and was generous enough to allow Lord L to take leadership over the entire town of Shoeshe. Lord L was very pleased and impressed.

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