Year one

What drug the cat in.

After leaving the cave where they found the Dwarf and Kishane, the group was a bit dedraggled. On the road they apparently did not notice a small patrol group of kobolds. The kobolds figured maybe they could finish off the wounded in the party. Before they could spring an attack, Tor, a Shifter Sorcerer who lived in the surrounding area for sometime, sprang from a tree and took out a creature with a lighting spell. Shocked, Oz lights her up with a faerie fire(he calls it dark fire, but we know that shit was very fruity in its conception and execution) and takes cover. A quick understanding is reached and She falls in behind the group but does not join them in their quest. Back in town Arioth takes the severely wounded (thanks Oz) Kishane to a temple. He is healed but at a hefty cost from one of the preists. He somewhat talks Arioth into “donating” money for his help. At the Tavern, Risse and the others find Bart who was supposed to be researching the coins. He was very drunk at this point and playing darts with a goblet with a crowd. Eventually they take him and the dwarf to a room above to talk. Tor the shifter stays on rooftops outside of the tavern observing. From her view point she can see through the window and witnesses a spectacle. Risse, pretty much drags the dwarf and Bart to her room, alone. Bart goes to the bed and the dwarf sits in the corner in a chair. Bart empties his pockets of coins and lays them on the bed while talking to Risse. She nods and shakes her head as Bart seemingly talks in great detail about his payment and points to the bed. Suddenly the Drow and the Dragonborn enter the room and the Drow throws money on the bed two and flashes a hand for the number 5. Risse looks and sees Tor and invites her to come in. She almost accepts and agrees to meet downstairs. Before Oz came up to the room he spoke with the bartender about the reward for killing kobolds. With about 15 pair of ears he bluffs,threatens the barkeep into a giving a fair price for them. Arioth comes back and tells the group that in his deliriousness Kishane spoke of blackness and evil but came to and told him of a keep outside of town and that the dwarf would know more. They speak to Dougal the Dwarf and find that he knows the whereabouts of the keep but no way in. He tells them through his research an evil spirit was summoned there years ago and bound into the body of great black dragon. This dragon did battle with another and was eventually pushed back into the Shadow realm in the keep. The other dragon perished and is the dragon burial ground outside of the town. The captian of the guard has been paying kobolds to keep the roads near the temple clear and may know a way in. Dougal also tells Arioth that they will need more help and he thinks this will be the end of them if they go it alone. They decide to ask Tor to help them out because they will need all of the help they can get. She agrees. The group discusses a way to get into the gaurds tower. While doing so Taltos takes care of moving Kishane to a more secure location and identifying the items he found in the trip to the cave. The group decides to find gaurds and take their clothes and sneak into the tower when they change shifts. Not realizing that among them is a Drow, a Tiefling and Shifter and Dragonborn, all who cannot pass as normal town guard. Before they can get prepared they are stopped by guards. But only Risse and Oz are there. Oz vanishes and Risse is left with the gaurds explaining whos she is and what business she has there. While doing so, Oz circles around and kills one of the gaurds. A fight ensues and the two take down four guards but sustain heavy injuries. They make it back to the others and tell them they have clothes, but then they all realize the fatal problem with the plan with a Dragonborn, Drow and Tiefling and Shifter trying to pass as normal gaurds Tor has an idea to go and tell the guards that bodies were found. While they go to investigate the others can sneak into the tower from the top. When Tor takes the guards to the bodies they find a coin placed in the mouth of one of the dead guardsmen. Thinking this kill was warranted, but still needing a person to blame, they turn and attack Tor. She wounds one quickly and takes to the trees to escape. They loose her fairly fast with her skill in escape. At the tower the group enters and goes straight to the captain of the guards room. He is smoking and out of it, and they rush him. Oz’s interrogation skills end up costing the man two fingers before they start to realize he is pretty much a prisoner as Risse puts it and has no real knowledge of whats happening. he tells them a rich merchant/duke gives him the coins and is really in charge of the guard he is a figure head and is paid well to stay there. As they are talking his screames alerted people and the door flies open and a guardsmen puts a crossbow bolt into the captains head, killing him instantly. Tor shows up in the nick of time and puts that guardsmen down quickly before he could reload. Oz gets a bag and loots the room and the treasure room down the hall. Risse follows suit and takes tapestries from the walls. She searches the gaurdsmen who killed the captain and notices he is a well manicured man with a very nice crossbow, she takes this and a note with seal on it. They goto the merchants shop while Arioth talks with the haberdasher and they find more dragon and magic related texts. Rest and decide to go to the temple as soon as they can. Once at the temple, it is just after noonday and they find it is sealed. For a bit they search and try to find a way in. Eventually Risse discovers that the stone obelisks outside of the temple need to cast a shadow at a certain time on the wall to create a shadow door. Once it is there they can enter the keep. They had just missed the noon day sun and so no shadow would be cast until sundown, several hours from now, giving the town time to discover the dead guards and captain. Tor, accidentally discovers her staff can cast a shadow when she was between the last two stones. She explains this to the group and thinks maybe they can use sticks and a cloak or blanket to make a moveable item to cast a shadow with the same runes carved in it. They do do and create a shadowy door. Before entering they hear clanging and something coming towards them. They look to see Taltos and Bart coming up the road. Taltos blesses the group and enters the Keep first and the others follow.

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