Out of the Ruins

It's the end of the world as we know it....

And we feel sick.

As the party arrives back in the 7 Pillars they sneak as quickly as possible back to the Inn. However it would seem that news of their deeds has traveled faster they were able to because of the large number of hostages they were having to escort. The town celebrates the destruction of the Dark Dwarves and the end of the threat of cannibals that had recently sprung up.

However the mood of the party itself is very grim. Stout seems bothered by the swords power, and Azhool is also very upset by it’s repeated use. Drake tells Elkantor in no uncertain terms that he must find out fully about the sword before he uses it again. At this point Drake and Elkantor share a few unpleasant words back and forth but the arguments ends with a vague and disturbing reference to turkeys and the like.

Azhool heads off to talk to his contacts, while the rest of the party moves out to go do their own thing. Elkantor and drake end up heading off together to talk to the magic scholars in town about the blade in an attempt to figure out what it can do before any more harm happens.

Azhool finds out from his sources that a day ago a woman that appeared to be an Eladrin riding a fey Preying Mantis appeared in town asking about Eladrin artifacts. She didn’t stick around but his friends guess that she was pretty powerful and was offering a huge amount of money to anybody who could help her.

At the magic shop after a fight with the Elven owner who kicks out Elkantor for being a filthy drow who has defiled an relic of a god of true elves, Drake is told the story of the blade.

Inside of the Fey Wild there exists a Powerful Eladrin nation that is dedicated to serving the Fey Gods and Goddesses. The leaders of the city are from a house that follows Corellon. When one of the children of this family becomes old enough to be a squire he is given a sword like the one that Elkantor has. This sword then is wielded by one of the high lord knights and the soul of the child is placed in the blade. The knight then keeps the blade, but never uses it. For the next 10 years the blade remains at all times in the knights care, while he fights, crusades, and spends his life. The experiences of the knight and the memories of the battles and the like are then passed on to the soul inside the blade.

After the squireship is over the blade is returned to the body of the squire and the soul flows from it and into the body, and the child is now ready to begin his life as a low level knight of the realm.

This blade, had been stolen from the Knights and at one time contained the soul of the prince of the city. It seems that some evil was using it as black mail to keep the Knights from bothering it in it’s plans. From there it isn’t clear how Paldamar ended up with it, but what is clear is that the blade only had room for one soul at a time. The first soul taken ((the Dark Dwarf)) ended up killing the soul of the future champion of Corellon forever. Not only that but the knights would have been well aware of what happened because his body would have turned to sludge like the others did.

After all the facts are known the party is convinced that the Eladrin in question must be tracking the blade, seeing at it was used several times, and that when she finds them there is going to be hell to pay.

The next eve the party gets a note from Paldamar. He claims that he is ready to turn himself in, and that his evil actions were done because the Mages of Saruun are actually the true evil, and he just lost his way in an attempt to fight them. He begs the party to meet with him and except his surrender.

The party figures this is a trap, but a trap that if they defeat they may get a clue as to where they need to go to find Paldamar’s lair. Or if they are really lucky Paldamar himself will be there and they will have a chance to kill him.

Shortly after that one of Azhool’s friends lets him know that he saw the Elven mystic head out of town as fast as possible about an hour ago on the fastest mount he could buy in the same direction he saw the Eladrin lady knight go. The party rapidly comes to the conclusion that the elf plans to squeal on them and let the knight know exactly who has the blade and what has happened.

At his point some people in the party start to form plans to turn in the person they feel is truly guilty themselves. After all they figure, only 1 person used the blade when he shouldn’t have, why should they all die because of it? Even more so if they have issues with the drow anyways.

Still first thing is first and the party heads out to face the ambush. Before leaving Elkantor asks for and receives the glass mage blade. However, in the hustle and bustle he forgets to bind with it, an action that will come back to haunt them later.

The trip takes them 3 days, and sure enough it’s an ambush. Paldamar has sent 2 Tieflings with the power to turn invisible along with one of the giant Mage of Saruun statues to kill the party. The battle starts poorly for the party, but soon they begin to overcome the odds. However, things go from bad to worse when Elkantor realizes that he forgot to bind with the new blade. Not wanting to be left out of the combat he goes back to using the Corellon blade once more. This time plunging it into the statue who is revealed to be a devil encased in a shell of gold. The devil has his soul destroyed and another larger rift is opened up, as before when he struck down the smaller devils the sword begins to vibrate this time with enough force to slip from his hand and get swallowed up in the rift. This of course does nothing to make either Azhool or Stout feel any more comfortable with the drow.

After the battle the party finds a note that suggests that after they were to be killed their bodies were to be sent to Paldamar’s most trusted allies a group of Gnolls that are said to guard the entrance to his lair.

The party rests for the night, and this time they insist on watching Elkantor bind with the mage blade before allowing him to rest. During the night the party awakens to the sound of a gathering of armies.

They poke their heads out and watch as various groups begin to gather in a main cave not far from where they camped. The first group is a group of Eladrin Knights, the next group is a group of Daemon bounty hunters hired to destroy the group for the soul destroying of a powerful devil’s minion and the threatening note, another group appears to be a devil force following the rift of the death of one of their major minions, this is soon joined by the Mages of Saruun who threaten that the forces of evil must leave this realm or they will contact the forces of good and neutrality letting them know that the outer planes have invaded the realm. The Devils and Daemons ignore the request and the mages of Saruun send word via portal to several realms of good and neutrality. This causes the realms to react and send their own forces.

At this point in time the party realizes that the Mages are actually setting up the other factions, as a massive battle between planer forces in the cave, where it’s situated and the like could cause a terrible amount of power to be released. They also know that the caves in this area are slight unstable and react poorly to extra-magical force. Before they can say or do anything to stop the forces gathered a huge battle erupts. Fueled in party by the Mages of Saruun acting from the shadows, the battle causes a huge explosion of mystical energy. The party turns and just manages to escape to several more sturdy side tunnels, as the wave of energy crashes over them, knocking them out.

As they awaken, they look out and see stars. A the explosion of mystical energy triggered something, and chain reacted, causing a massive cave in of the underdark. As they watch parts of the great north sea begin to flood into the under dark, crashing into what looks to be the remains of a drow city that probably existed several miles below the battle site. The damage is beyond measure, and they reason something like this would indeed be enough to help destroy what remained of the shell of magic that protected this world from other worlds. The Mages of Saruun had planned for something like to happen for many years, and just took advantage of the situation that the party had helped create.

Comments

Stout winks wisely and says- “There just ain’t no sense in teaching a rat to eat with a fork- they’re still gonna eat trash!”.

TMancer

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