New Beginnings - Part 4

Isle finished searching Kebdor's sanctuary finding some gold, a large pearl, leather gloves, a ring, and a deck of cards. Also locating his journal, Isle presented it to Felina as she search the cavern for Kebdor, but he was long gone.

The party returned to Branstown to find it set a flame and still in panic, although the giants had been defeated. Upon reaching the town Felina ordered them to head to the front gates to see how they could help, where they met up with the Captain of the Guard. The Captain instructed them to head towards some burning buildings to attempt to put them out. Upon reaching the first building Carlov immediately headed towards the well to gather water. All the while Isle convinced McGillicutty to attempt to use magic to douse the flames. Not entirely in control of his faculties, McGillicutty proceeded to create 60 gallons of water, drenching poor Isle and putting out the fire at the same time. Nomos standing out in the street then heard cries from a child in a near by collapsing building. Isle and Nomos immediately jumped to the rescue making their way through the unstable building. They found a small elven child in the corner near his mother, who had been pinned by a falling beam. Isle took the child out to the street while Nomos worked on getting his mother out of the building. They rushed them to the triage center where they were instructed to head towards another burning building. Reaching the building they found Carlov already at work doing his best to get the fire out. McGillicutty was trying to help by filling buckets up at the well, at least that is what Carlov thought. In reality McGillicutty was attempting to get the bucket to the fire himself, but moved so slow that he couldn't keep up. Once Isle arrived he ran to retrieve a pile of dirt to smother the fire on the bottom floor. Unable to save the building the party decided to try and collapse it to contain it and keep it from burning down the surrounding buildings. After some well placed shots with large rocks, Carlov and Nomos where able to break the load bearing beams of the house and collapse it in on itself. After finishing off the fire they returned to the Captain who sent them home to get rest.

The next morning they were visited by Felina. She explained that they have not been able to track down Kebdor and have set up guards where his sanctuary was. She noted that his sanctuary was located on some sort of magical ley-line. He needed this magical source to summon his deamon, but was unable to do so in time. She also explained that it was the only ley-line of its kind on Crater Island, but others may exist out in the world. Due to the epic work the party had done, they were granted a reprieve and did not have to take the last final. They were give a week of R&R before graduation. During their R&R many card games were played and mischief was had. Isle snuck into the records office and attempted to modify the parties records so that they appeared to be the top of the school. He also spent some time tinkering with his grappling hook and had McGillicutty identify the rare items that he had found. He had recovered Gloves of Missile Snaring, a Ring of Protection (Thunder), a Pearl of Power, and a Deck of Illusions.

At graduation, the party arrived at the ceremony. They all were provided with certificates of completion, some gold to get them started, and a Guardian Badge. Nomos and Raylinn were given Rank 3 badges while everyone else received Rank 2. After the ceremony was completed the Grand Master presented the award to the top group. Despite Isle's failed attempt at forgery, the Blue Dragon's were still on top. They were awarded with a new Caravel. Isle spent the next couple days recruiting crew to man the ship as well as preparing it for travel.

New Beginnings - Part 2
Second Quarter

The second quarter was quite eventful with mischief. Isle decided that it would be a great time to kidnap a mastiff from the near by kennel. He then painted it black to look like a hell hound and set it loose on Branstown. Throughout the fear and panic of this Isle slipped back to the Blue Dragon Dormitory unnoticed. The prank went down as one of the craziest in the school's history.

When the party met up to start their second quarter final they discovered they would be joined by two new members Bravidiot and [Jen]. Felina tasked them with locating information about Kebdor Warak and his location. Kebdor was a student that was expelled for accidently summoning and setting loose an Ankheg on the town of Branstown, causing massive damage. He is now suspect in the appearance of the Cockatrice in the forest to the south. They started by checking with the dock master to determine if he had ever left the island. Unfortunately the dock master did not have much information. After that they decided to split up. Bravidiot, [Jen], and Carlov went to the Guard station to see if they could locate any information and a picture. Unfortunately the guards were not much help. Isle, Nomos, and Relynn went to the Scroll of Stout where he frequented while he was a student. After talking with the barkeep they found out the barmaid there used to date him. They talked with her finding a bitter response to Kebdor's name. She gave them the information that he had found an abandoned shanty to the north he would hang out at. 

The party gathered up and traveled north to the shanty. Taking the aggressive approach Bravidiot tried running through the wall, while Carlov broke down the door crossbow in hand. There was no one in the shanty, but after some investigation [Jen] discovered a trap door under a bedroll in the corner. They then descended into the lair of Kebdor. Traveling down the hallway they discovered a large pit with a plaque near by saying "Only in darkness can we see". The puzzle was quickly solved by dousing out all of the lights and then walking across the pit. They traveled down and discovered Kebdor's library finding several books about different magics and magical components. Bravidiot discovered a rather thick book about herbs and remedies called "Herbal Essences", while Isle with some help wrecked the room trying to find any sort of hidden information.

After some time in the library they decided to continue to find a hallway full of cells and a large stone door. Going cell by cell the discovered a Manes, a Dretch, a Grimlock, and a Kenku named Elmfoot. After comforting Elmfoot he provided the party with a key that opened two cubby holes near the large stone door. In the cubby holes where bowls filled with liquid, one red and one green. After experimenting for some time with the liquids, mixing and throwing, Nomos decided to drink the red liquid finding himself poisoned. Bravidiot drank the green, quickly finding that he could pass through the stone door. The party drank the green liquid and traveled through the door to find themselves greeted by a Spectator, a smaller version of a Beholder.

Relynn and [Jen] immediately turned tail and fled through the door joining Elmfoot in the safety of his cell. Isle, Carlov, Nomos, and Bravidiot made a stand quickly dispatching the Spectator. Calling Relynn and [Jen] back into the room they searched to find a summoning circle with runes a long the side, a large bookshelf, and a table. They took several books from the shelves, Isle taking two books about magical items for himself. One book in particular stood out about demons. The spine was broken on one page that was obviously visited many times about a Balor, a large horrific demon. On the table Isle found Kebdor's journal with the last entry about a month and a half prior as well as a ring. The ring was a gold ring, the band appearing like seaweed intertwined together with a single blue gemstone in the center. The journal spoke of trying to summon different creatures, the grimlock, dretch, manes, and the spectator. It also spoke of Prince Alder and how he wishes to open a portal as he did to the nine hells to bring forth a demon for him to control.

The party took this information back to a half asleep Felina. She told them to come back in the morning to discuss what they found. In the morning they filled Felina in. Becoming greatly concerned, Felina assured that them that the investigation would continue with the greatest importance. Kebdor must be stopped. She paid the party for their help and sent them on their way.

Celebrating that they have guaranteed their graduation, so long as they don't get expelled, they got quite a bit drunk, [Jen] finding himself in the bed of [barmaid].


New Beginnings - Part 1
First Quarter

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