The Westerland Chronicles

Lost Hope

When the characters return to Castle Stonehold they are beset by assassins who are unsuccessful in their attempt on the character’s lives. Lord Stone is not so fortunate and Lady Amber is now missing. House Stone is without an obvious heir and two candidates emerge.

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The Road to Stonehold

After surviving the devious trap set by Father Montrose in the catacombs hidden beneath the crypt in the Cathedral City courtyard, Cromwell and Laura encounter the animated corpses Eyejelly warned them about. The slow moving zombies eventually fall before the heroes. In the room is a bier with Sarah’s body. Her ghost watches over weeping. Cromwell removes the amulet that traps her in the world and destroys it.

Once explanations have been made to Bishop Ferdinand the party departs Cathedral City and returns once again to Capital City. Once they arrive they learn of the death of the crown prince, an infant who died of crib death. The city closes for morning, and court is not held. To pass time Cromwell, Laura, and Eyejelly undertake a quest to find a missing hunter, and kill a direboar and return it for the pelt. Despite warnings from a Blackwood Ranger they encounter, the characters fall victim to a cockatrice and spend the next year and a half as stone statues.

A young acolyte returns Laura and Cromwell to their normal state, while performing his duties, which include searching the forest for victims of the cockatrice and applying a stone to flesh salve on them. He reveales that the church has declared cockatrice as agents of the Enemy. As a result bounties have been placed on the creatures and they have been hunted to extinction.

Cromwell finally gets his audience with King Aegis after speaking with his steward. After conferring with his advisor, the red robed Pentus, the King agrees to grant him access to the dungeons below Capital City, where Cromwell believes a dragon’s lair is, in exchange for a sworn oath of fealty. After a short ceremony in which Cromwell’s Uncle Wendell becomes enraged and refuses to speak to him, Laura is invited to the Princess Miora‘s chambers to play her harp. It is revealed that the princess has a love for adventure and is more interested in Laura’s sword than her harp. She indicates that when she is old enough, she is going to the Eastern Lands to find her mother.

In the dungeons below Capital City Cromwell discovers that a dragon cult has been meeting there. This cult has also heard rumors that the dragon is there and is attempting to wake him. The cult accesses the dungeon through a secret door in the base of a statue of King Aegis that leads into the city sewer near the dungeon.

On a break from attempting to find the dragon in the dungeons beneath the city, Eyejelly meets an owl named Hedgewig who, in spite being a spirit from the same plane as Eyejelly, seems bent on eating him. The party discovers that the owl belongs to Celeste, a mage from the Academy of Amethyst in the Eastern Lands. Celeste has traveled to Westerland to find a Westerlander she met and fell in love with at the academy. This Westerlander is Jared Flowers nephew of Lady Christa of house Flowers and cousin to Brightblade. During this time Laura learns through gossip that Lord Harper of house Stone is her grandfather on her mothers side.

Delving back into the dungeons beneath the city, Cromwell, Laura, Eyejelly, and their new companions, Celeste and Hedgewig are able to defeat the dragon cult. Doing so catches the attention of the dragon Galvan who reveals himself. He seems leary of Cromwell, but respects his heritage and his battle prowess, asking him to help him retrieve a magical scepter from the now abandoned lair of his arch enemy, another dragon. Cromwell agrees.

The party meets with King Aegis who declares that he’s hosting a feast in a fortnight for Lord Cromwell. They tell him that they intend to travel to Castle Stonehold, but they should be back in time to attend the feast. The abandoned dragon’s lair is near Castle Stonehold. Brightblade indicates that he is traveling to his home and that he will accompany the party as far as Castle Stonehold.

On the road Brightblade enjoys hunting trips and frequently returns with deer and rabbit. During one such trip, the remaining party members encounter a troll. With some effort they are able to kill it. When Brightblade returns a crowd has gathered around the burned corpse. The travelers assume that Brightblade is responsible for killing the monster in spite of his protests otherwise.

Free of the crowd surrounding the troll, the party stumbles into a group of Inquisitors who deride Brightblade for choosing to serve the King, rather than the church. One recognizes Celeste as a wizard and asks for her to be handed over. Brightblade intimidates them into leaving her alone.

Soon after leaving the inquisitors the group spots a group of plainsmen on the road. Brightblade informs them that no one has ever seen the wild horsemen this far north due to the fact that the forests and hills are too difficult to navigate on horseback. The horsemen attack, presumably to steal the party’s horses, but the party, with help from Brightblade, is able to kill the barbarians. During the battle, Brightblade’s skill becomes evident.

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23rd Day of Midfall in the 30th Year of King Aegis

Unable to shake the hauntings of a ghost named Bella, the party travels back to Alpine city then to Cathedral city. Once here they find Father Montrose at the ghost’s behest. The priest flies into a rage and attacks them. The kill him and search his quarters only to learn of a secret marriage, and a daughter named Bella. The wife was slain and given the ghostly nature of Bella, it’s safe to assume she suffered the same fate. The journal leads them to a mousoleum in the Cathedral courtyard which descends into a necropolis. Here the party falls prey to a pit trap with wooden spikes and learns of zombie gaurds from Eyejelly, Cromwell’s familiar.

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18th of Mid Fall in the 30th Year of the King

Bella
Laura wakes up in front of the grave of Bella who died recently. She wanders around the graveyard only to find Bella’s ghost telling her to find Father Montrose. She finds Cromwell and they decide to travel to Capital City to find the dragon there, ignoring Bella’s pleas.

Alpine City
The characters arrive in alpine city but are short on funds so they decide to sleep in the woods on the outskirts of town rather than in an Inn. Bella’s ghost haunts them and Eyejelly, feeling the evil in the air warns them to leave. The characters end up sitting up all night on the streets of Alpine City and learn a valuable lesson about going out during the thinning of the veil.

Capital City
Cromwell sells the finely crafted mace for 35 gold. He is duped into purchasing an ornamental rod that he pays entirely too much for. He seeks to have it appraised and in the process runs afowl of Lefty, one of the local crimelords.

Chutney
After Laura retires Cromwell returns to Chutney to threaten his life for the slight. Chutney becomes angry and threatens to call the gaurd. Cromwell, frustrated, returns to the Inn but not before irritating Chutney beyond repair.

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14 th Day of Mid Fall in the 30th Year of the King

The Wilderness

The characters have moved on after their stay at the farm. A wood stands between them and the nearest settlements. Opting for the north path they find themselves in Wayfarer’s Inn, which could scarcely be called a settlement. Broke, with no place to stay the characters were taken in on a farm where they worked forking hay and entertaining at the inn until they were able to earn some coin. This arrangement was reach after they successfully rescued the farmer’s dog.

The Cathedral

On a tip from the Priest at Wayfarer’s Inn the characters travel to Cathedral City where they speak with Bishop Ferdinand in hopes of using the cathedral library, one of the best in the land. He stubbornly refuses to allow them access, so magical coercian is used to reach an agreement. The characters part of the bargain is that they will find and kill a “heretical witch” practicing at a stone circle in the alpine area south of the cathedral. In addition Ferdinand asks that the characters report the names of the congregation members in attendance during the Sabbat. With some difficulty the characters are able to overcome the witch and report their findings. The Bishop rewards them with a scroll.

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23rd Day of Early Fall in the 30th Year of the King

Wyvern Castle

Lord Stevan a Minor Lord of Wyvern Castle betrayed the characters and attempted to kidnap them for ransom. He wanted to hold Cromwell hostage so that Dragonspire would swear allegiance to him. The characters were able to escape only to be recaptured.

Rat Cavern

The only way out of the dungeons below Wyvern Castle is through a long forgotten network of tunnels which have been taken over by a “rat lord” and millions of rats. The characters were able to slowly but surely fight their way through, losing the apothecary who’d helped them to drowning.

Farm

The characters were able to escape from the tunnels and take refuge by working to earn their way at a nearby farm for fourteen days. During this time the characters earned the friendship of the farm brownie.

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