We search the rooms of to the sides of the area where we were fighting. One of them is an extensive
and well appointed bathing room. The other room is full of statues, busts of important looking men,
and some dwarves on display. Some of the names are familiar from the history of the realm we found.
Kuni and Gertie question the Simian- Count Torckez, was commanded by the Emporer to take control of
the town. To secure it as a forward naval base and to escort a party here. The woman that commands
to sky and flame (rode the dragon) is names Elezabetha, she serves the Emporer in name if not in spirit.
He did not wish to take hostages, he intended to overtake the town by a show of force he was hoping
for no resistance. Elezabetha is heading north with her army to secure the northern territories. Torckez
does not know how she came to be in partnership with the dragon. Torckez has heard tell of more
dragons, but has not seen any himself. He requests we send for ransom from Chalcedon, where he has
family. We tell Torckez that the arms we took from him are the ransom, and he will agree not to pursue
us. In exchange we will have the bard in our group sing his praises and extol his virtues, if he does
pursue us, the songs that will be sung will bawdily describe his fall to a small group of ruffians. We leave
him secured in the storeroom and we tell him not to try to get free until well past dawn, if we see him
before we leave, we will not be as merciful. He negotiates to have the bonds left off and give his word
he will not exit the storeroom until after dawn.
We find the room of the Freaky religious guy we were pursuing, a piece of jewelry with medallion of a
star with five points in different colors, also in the room is a large book that no one can read and a box.
Cilka opens the box, it has a longue black forked tongue that appears to have been torn out of whatever
it came from nestled on a brown leather pillow. We also find 200 gold in loose coin.
Hamanu notices that what looks like severe weather is coming in from the sea side.
We decide to go try to speak to the ghost, we follow the marble stairs down to the lower level. There is
a a few inches of water on the floor, it is very dark, too dark for even Coy to see. Crypts line the walls of
the walls, there are a few stone coffins and piles of rags and bones skattered around.
We hear skittering off in the darkness. We are the set upon by large crabs and a couple of swarms of
tiny crabs. Sorely wounded we move on. The corridor slopes slightly upwards, the water is left behind.
The corridor leads to a round room with a pedestal with three cut pieces of glass resting on it. Hamanu
picks up one of the diamonds, a stone slab slams down on the entrance where we came in and water
starts to poor in from holes in the walls. Looking around, Cilka notices there are what appears to be
a map of stars on the ceiling. Hamanu boosts Jenson up, Jenson places the diamonds in a hole in the
ceiling, the water stops pooring in, the water starts to drain away and the doors open.
We move on through the other door, and enter into a smaller room with 6 altars, one is empty the
others have clay fired statues, a spear, sword, a harp, balancing scales and a scroll. We place the wheat
idol on the empty altar. All the idols look similar, made in a similar style. When the wheat idols is
placed on the empty altar, the ceiling starts to glow. A feeling of piece and calm come over us (at least
anyone that rolled better than a 15). The scroll idol has changed and now appears to be a real scroll,
Jenson picked up the scroll, he holds a scroll in his hand and the scroll idol is still on the altar. The scroll
is written in common, titled, on the observances and worship of the gods. It is a very exhaustive text.
The scroll is of the highest quality. There are names written Larani (spear), mother of the gods, goddess
of nobility and honor. Istus (scales), god of justice. Paoni (wheat), goddess of restoration, healing and
renewal. Merylar (harp), goddess of arts and creation and Cord (sword) got of strength, power and
chaos. Jeridian (scroll) god of knowledge.
Jenson goes to the idol and focusing on it with his eyes closed. Jenson turns around, touches Hamanu,
Cilka, Coy and me on the forehead. We immediately feel much better. The feeling is similar to what we
felt when we were healed in the old woman’s cottage. Jenson’s hands were glowing when he touched
As we leave the temple, the door slides shut and the diamonds are back on the pedestal. The door to
the temple has a symbol of branch with leaves, like a laurel. Coy obscures our tracks, we exit through
the door that is askew in the room where we fought the crabs, hoping it leads to the sea. The far wall in
the next room has an underwater passage to the outside. We all make it out and head toward our most
recent camp. Coy scouts the burning ships and looks for sailors, the remaining sailors are being held
captive, he tried to rescue them but was forced to withdraw.
We head back toward the ship, cold wet and miserable we reach the ship and finally rest. Overnight
during the storm the anchor rope snaps, we are forced to raise sail to avoid the rocky coast. The storm
rages for a day and a half. We sail southwest and west until we put into a small cove at the opposite
end of the sea.
While at sea Cilka takes the time to identify the unknown potions, Gertie’s sword and the scroll. There is
a magic to the scroll, but it is subtle and beyond our comprehension. Cilka also looks at the tongue in a
box, it was wrenched from a demon’s craw and is associated with heat and a dry wind. She also looks at
the book, which is not magical in nature.
Dawn of February 1st
We set to and make repairs to the ship from the storm. We are now on the Umbrian coast. The
shoreline is sandy leading up to the mountains which fiercely craggy. We go to shore while the sailors
make repairs and study the scroll we received at the temple. The scroll is understandable to anyone
that takes the time to study it. The sword that Gertie carries has symbols that match the symbols on
the book, Hamanu makes the connection- they are both Illyan in origin, of course they would match, the
Illyans were the ones that trafficked with demons in the days gone by.
Coy, Jenson and Hamanu go out to gather food for us and the sailors, on their treks, they pass an old
very well engineered road running north to south. There are signs of a village nearby, it looked to be
uninhabited but they had a deer they were bringing back and did not take the time to check it out.
Jenson read the scroll, from what he can tell it talks of a seventh god referred to as the dark lady. Her
symbol is an upside down five pointed star, she fights against the other gods, her nemesis is the mother
of the gods and the god of knowledge is more neutral, he sits back and takes notes.
We explore the city, it appears to have been abandoned, then taken over by Goblins. There are several
dead goblins scattered around and tracks of armored feet leading off into the mountains due west.
The fight that killed the goblins happened sometime in the last week or so. There is some evidence of
crossbow damage. There looks to be marks made from fallen warriors that were dragged away.
We head west into the hills to see what we can find. We follow the trail for the rest of the day the
ground becomes rocky and covered in shale. As it gets dark we can see some light off in the distance,
it appears to be a tower. We approach the tower and are hailed, after declairing her name and titles,
Gertie is told to move along. She presses the guard asking who resides in this tower, Lord Tiberious.
Kuni offers to bring tidings and entertainment to them in exchange for a place to sleep for the night.
The Tower has a bridge spanning a small dry moat and a fortified wooden door. The door is smaller
in stature than would be comfortable for us. A dwarf greets us at the door. We are given a reluctant
welcome thanks to Kuni’s persuasiveness.
We enter into a large hall with a fire, there are a few dwarves sitting around near the fire (female
dwarves do not indeed have beards). We are directed toward some “fresh” rushes in the corner while
our host goes to the kitchen to see what may be left over that he could provide to us.
Coy speaks with the dwarves, there is a camp of Calcedonians about 20 leagues north. They warm up to
us a bit when they realize we are not with the Calcedonians. We give them the news of our homeland
giving them warning to prepare to defend themselves. The dwarves have a legion flag that is similar to
the legion markings on the book we found in the cave. We show them the book, they explain that the
legion that the book belonged to was primarily a legion of men and was of more recent organization
The dwarves speak of rumors they have heard that the Calcedonians have declared themselves to be
the new center of the empire. Hamanu shows the dwarf the rod he carries, it is a black iron rod with
brass caps on the end of it, incised and highlighted in brass is XX. The dwarf explains the significance
of the rod, it is the symbol of the commander of a that legion’s rank. The dwarf speaks of the history
of the legion and the rod. As the empire became weaker and the borders harder to control, the 20th
legion was tasked to stand against the orcish army, they ran and were executed when they were found.
The staff was lost and the legion was stricken from the rolls in dishonor. Hamanu takes back the rod,
thanking the dwarf and promising to treat it with honor and respect.
Kuni performs for the dwarves, the lord thanks us for sharing the news and any harm we may deal to
the men in the north. We are welcome to stay for the night, but no more.
Umbria was slowly taken over by humans, originally it was a dwarven region.
We discuss our options and what direction to take next. We decide to return to the ship, travel back to
Leibach and attempt to decipher the scroll.
We level up. Anyone who wants to study the scroll may take a level of cleric or paladin.