Champions of the Gods

Burberry's Secrets
Kidnappings and Old Friends

Grizelda, Belush, and Chandrapal mount up and decide to travel south towards the mysterious “Barazgund Hall” which Belush believes to be associated with the southern dwarves. On the main road from Diver City south, they stop in the early evening at Burberry, a wool market town renowned for its luxury knitted goods. Burberry, being a market town, has a lively population of Elves, halflings, dwarves, and humans, but the adventurers are surprised to find that it also has a large refugee population.

Speaking to the huddling masses filling The Greedy Lamb (the first pub within the town gates), the adventurers find that the bulk of the population has fled south through the Elven forests from Smorshga, where Chandra the Child, its leader, has gone mad and the forces of Belen are besieging the city. This is ill news to the group, as when they had left Diver City some days ago the siege had not yet begun on Smorshga. Grizelda and Belush talk to what they think is a mad woman, Doris, surrounded by her children, and who alarmingly and haltingly speaks of kidnappings and disappearances among the refugee population. Her fellow refugee, Betsy, confirms the story and says that the refugees are keeping away from the Dyers’ Hall, and that the suspicion is that that’s the source of the trouble.

Belush talks to some Elven patrons who inadvertently confirm the story, speaking of the mad wailings of the vermin-like population of humans. Meanwhile, Grizelda finds a group of dwarves, one of the few groups she has seen after leaving her home and Fallcrest, and strikes up a conversation, inquiring about “Barazgund Hall.” She is informed that it is an ill name, which speaks of great grandeur and great arrogance, and that some dwarves struck a poor deal with a demon—“I think,— mind, I say I THINK I know they struck it, so they say” and that the current southern dwarves guard the entrance to protect the area from whatever malice it contains, and give daily devotions to Kord and are perhaps the most pious dwarves on the continent.

When deciding where to go next, the group encounters…

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Wandering the Dungeon

Belush, crazed with desire for the Book, turns invisible and flees. Chandrapal and Grizelda continue in hot pursuit, looking for clues to his whereabouts.

Scene ends with Grizelda having saved Belush’s life, and Belush promising Grizelda to not touch The Book again.

{DMed by Belush}

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Towards the Darkness

Our heroes Grizelda, Content Not Found: Belush, and Chandrapal have already killed three spined demons awakened from the walls of the armory in what seems to be a secret temple to Asmodeus deep in the forest a day’s walk south of Diver City. Grizelda shows great fortitude, constantly turning away attacks, while Belush deals mass damage and Chandrapal efficiently disposes of the weakened devils with his deadly arrows.

After killing the remaining four demons, the group patches their wounds and continues through the temple, avoiding traps Chandrapal detects along the way. They enter a dimly lit room which appears to be the shabby remains of a library, the shelves partly burned in an irregular fashion and char marks on the walls, no doubt by some conjured fire-breathing demon. Scanning the crisped remnants, the heroes notice books in Elven (Chandrapal pockets “Secrets of the Forest”), Dwarven (Grizelda takes for herself “The 25 Mysteries of Kord”), and Human, among many other languages, but Belush also observes several books in Abyssal. Drawn to one, which he sees on the spine says “Vile Darkness”, he feels compelled to take it off the shelf.

Grizelda feels as if a chill had entered the room. Belush is fascinated, running through his knowledge of arcana and history and religion, trying to see if the book would be of any use to him. He recalls that, yes, this may be a book of Vile Darkness, and if he were caught with it, he would certainly be expelled from the League of Extraordinary Goodness. He opens the book against the recommendations of others, and as soon as he opens it, a scream pierces the silence. He slams the book shut, and the scream stops.

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