Heroes of Midhgardhur

Session 88 - The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 3 - The Central Keep, continued)
HM13 - The Castle of the King of Storms

9/24/16 – 88th Session – Module HM13 – The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 3 – The Central Keep, continued)
Game Date: 6/25/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 86, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Hierophant
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 57, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Guardian
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 100, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Archmage
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 100, hamingja: 2, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Guardian
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 63, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Archmage
Neferata (Jessie) – domur: 56, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Trickster
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 100, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Marshal

Thorsdagur, the 25th of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The party emerged from their tiny huts inside the central keep in the morning. Caelrath began a new daily ritual of beginning every morning with a mind blank spell to deter attempts to scry him or read his mind. Estrid Freysteinn had taken the orb of storms.

Estrid used a spell to conjure a flaming sphere to clear the thick magical webbing from the stairs to the next level of the keep. She scouted above in the wild shape of a bat, discovering what appeared to be a single svartalfur sitting alone in the vast darkness of the second floor of the central keep. She attempted a flame strike upon him, but he was resistant to her spell. Neferata then went up to scout, but he called out to her, “You might as well come out, now! I know you are there!” So the rest of the heroes came up and faced this lone svartalfur, who seemed to be drawing diagrams and equations in the dust with his finger.

Deciding to be diplomatic for a change, Athelstan led negotiations with the rather urbane dark elf, whose name was Macharr. Macharr claimed to speak for svartalfar who were in alliance with the King of Storms, but had come to believe that he might betray them all.

From the perspective of the svartalfar, the King of Storms represented an opportunity to break an ancient stalemate. The original svartalfar left Alfheimur because they did not wish to be subject to Freyur (the King of Elfland) and Freyja (the Queen of Elfland). The Vanir from Vanaheimur and the elves of Alfheimur pursued these rebels into the darkness of the Nine Worlds, where they eventually seized the world of Myrkheimur from the dwarves and renamed it Svartalfaheimur. They allied with the Jotnar of Jotunheimur against the Vanir. Midhgardhur was their battleground. So the war of the light-elves and dark-elves spilled out across five of the Nine Worlds. The King of Storms might break the stalemate. But would he give the svartalfar their freedom afterwards, or would he be another tyrant? Macharr feared the latter.

Macharr negotiated the freedom to withdraw from the keep and go consult his svartalfar colleagues with his fears. By his calculations (in the dust on the floor), the castle was now drifting into Jotunheimur, where it would remain for a couple of days, at least. The party allowed him to leave, though some (like Estrid Freysteinn) believed it would be better to kill him than let him leave.

Once again, the heroes used fire to burn away magical webbing in order to reach the third level of the central keep. The third level seemed abandoned, but richly decorated, carved with stonework that made it a representation of Hel’s hall in Helheimur. Studying the carvings, they saw repeated themes of serpents and the number six, and deduced that the third level was a shrine to Ohelga Helsdottir, a legendary demoness daughter of Hel with the lower body of a serpent and six arms. They came to believe that Ohelga awaited them on the fourth floor of the keep, where control of the whole castle was said to be located.

And so the heroes prepared to storm the fourth floor of the keep, and perhaps face a daughter of Hel herself . . .

XP Earned: 153,600 (25,600 each)
Total XP: 686,432 each
XP to level 16: 890,000

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Session 87 - The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 3 - The Central Keep)
HM13 - The Castle of the King of Storms

8/27/16 – 87th Session – Module HM13 – The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 3 – The Central Keep)
Game Date: 6/25/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 86, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Hierophant
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 57, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Guardian
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 100, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Archmage
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 100, hamingja: 2, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Guardian
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 63, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Archmage
Neferata (Jessie) – domur: 56, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Trickster
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 100, Mythic Tier: 3, Path of the Marshal

Odhinsdagur, the 24th of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The party warily approached the Central Keep of the Castle of the King of Storms. There was but a single set of double doors visible. Neferata checked for traps and magic; finding no evidence of any danger, she picked the lock (despite the arcane protections upon the portal) and, while the other heroes dithered over what to do, she kicked open the doors.

The heroes were immediately assailed by a horrid sound, clicking, droning, chitinous – the sound of Hel-Spiders lurking by the door! The sound began to drain what little sense Kasimir von Schosse possessed, until Neferata absorbed and negated the enchantment it was laying upon him.

Within the portal they could see a huge chamber, within which stood a large Hel-Wight of some sort, and a vast creeping swarm of shadowy spidery Hel-Spawn. A fight predictably ensued. Athelstan erected a blade barrier spell blocking the doorway to give the party cover and delay the Hel-creatures from coming out to attack them, though it turned out that the Hel-Spiders could teleport through!

The exact flow of the tides of battle is not so important. Suffice to say that epic things were accomplished on all counts, including mythic firestorms and mythic flamestrikes by Estrid Freysteinn, Caelrath catching and hurling back the Hel-Wight’s own spells at him, and Neferata sneaking up behind the Hel-Wight and nearly destroying him in just six seconds in a flurry of sneak attacks.

In the end, the Hel-Wight saw that its position was hopeless, and attempted to grab the Orb of Storms and flee. But the hamingja of the heroes was great, and they acted more swiftly than the monster could have imagined! Estrid Freysteinn slammed it to the ground with a conjured sirocco when it tried to fly away, and it was then finished off in a coup-de-grace by Neferata. The heroes triumphed, then went for a much-deserved rest in some of Kasimir von Schosse’s conjured tiny huts.

XP Earned: 320,004 (53,334 each)
Total XP: 660,832 each
LEVEL UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
XP to level 16: 890,000
Hamingja (Hero Points) Awarded: 1

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Sessions 85 & 86 - The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 2 - The Courtyard Garden)
HM13 - The Castle of the King of Storms

5/7/16 – 85th & 86th Sessions – Module HM13 – The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 2 – The Courtyard Garden)
Game Date: 6/22/901 N.Y. – 6/24/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 86, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Hierophant
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 57, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Guardian
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 100, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Archmage
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 100, hamingja: 2, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Guardian
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 63, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Archmage
Neferata (Jessie) – domur: 56, hamingja: 2, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Trickster
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 100, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Marshal

Manadagur, the 22nd of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The heroes left the First Tower and entered the Courtyard Garden, a fairyland forest of enchantment. There, they were immediately attacked by an Apocalypse Sprite Swarm. The heroes fought their way through the swarm and captured a sprite named Acorn. Estrid Freysteinn interrogated the sprite, who revealed that Kasimir von Schosse was considered royalty here as the son of the reigning monarch of this forest, Queen Valpurga the Chaosborn. Kasimir von Schosse gave Acorn a purple ribbon, inducting him into the “Royal Order of the Purple Ribbon,” and gave him a drink from the Fountain of Heroes, transforming him into a Pixie.

The party retreated to the Hall of the Fountain, where Kasimir von Schosse used tiny hut to summon shelter for the night. Acorn also joined the “Order of the Silver Ribbon.”

Tysdagur, the 23rd of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The next morning, the heroes once again drank from the Fountain of Heroes (but it had no more effect on them other than quenching their thirst). They returned to the Courtyard Garden. They found a series of seemingly endlessly branching trails through the magical forest. Acorn offered to guide them. He told them of a secret path known only to servants of Queen Valpurga the Chaosborn, but the path followed a river and had a mighty guardian. Still, it was faster, so that was the path they chose.

The heroes made use of a feather token to summon a boat they could ride down the river to Queen Valpurga’s palace. They soon became aware of something stalking them from the trees. Suddenly, it pounced on Kasimir von Schosse – the Mythic Owlbear! They fought an epic battle until it was slain, and Estrid Freysteinn happily dumped its corpse in the river.

The feather token boat arrived gently on a grassy shore by which there stood a white marble palace – the palace of Queen Valpurga the Chaosborn!

Session 86

The heroes entered the palace. The guards allowed them in, intending to allow them to wander the labyrinthine fairy corridors forever. but Estrid Freysteinn went to the guards and asked for ribbon tokens. These allowed her to see the direct path to Queen Valpurga the Chaosborn. Once in audience with the queen, it became apparent that she had no real interest save the spreading of her own power and chaos. Her alliance with the King of Storms was one of convenience.

After a lengthy debate with the queen, the heroes convinced her to break her alliance with the King of Storms and remove her court back to Alfheimur or Vanaheimur, out of Midhgardhur. She also agreed to open a path to the Central Keep, to the Tree of Woe and the Serpent that guarded it. Lastly, she agreed to let them sleep the night in her palace, first.

Odhinsdagur, the 24th of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

In the morning, the heroes got up and set out on the path to the Central Keep. They watched the white marble fairy palace disappear into mist, returning to another world, and the endless forest faded, leaving a path to the Keep. As they followed the path, it quickly led them to the Tree of Woe and its Serpent – a Mythic Black Dragon! As the battle ensued, it was found that the Tree of Woe was an evil, sentient tree (like a treant) that fought on the dragon’s side.

The dragon began by corrupting all the fluids carried by the heroes, including their water, wine, and potions. The battle was long and terrible, with enchantments flung about and terrible physical wounds inflicted on either side. At last, the Tree of Woe was defeated, leaving only the Mythic Black Dragon. Caelrath achieved a truly epic disintegrate spell that penetrated its spell resistance (Game Terms: 42d6 plus 1d4 Con damage), and soon after that the beast was slain. The weary party rested before continuing . . .

XP Earned: 714,000 (89,250 each)
Total XP: 607,498 each
XP to level 15: 635,000
Mythic Tier Achieved: 3rd (accidentally skipped 2nd!)

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Session 84 - The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 1 - The First Tower, continued)
HM13 - The Castle of the King of Storms

5/7/16 – 84th Session – Module HM13 – The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 1 – The First Tower, continued)
Game Date: 6/22/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 86, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Hierophant
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 57, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Guardian
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 100, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Archmage
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 100, hamingja: 2, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Guardian
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 63, hamingja: 3, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Archmage
Neferata (Jessie) – domur: 56, hamingja: 2, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Trickster
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 100, Mythic Tier: 1, Path of the Marshal

Manadagur, the 22nd of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The heroes drank from the Fountain of Heroes, which triggered their Mythic Ascension. Athelstan assumed the Path of the Hierophant, Bergsveinn Farisson and Estrid Freysteinn assumed the Path of the Guardian, Caelrath and Kasimir von Schosse assumed the Path of the Archmage, Neferata assumed the Path of the Trickster, and Hakon Finehair the Skald assumed the Path of the Marshal.

The heroes prepared to go up the stairs to the lair of the White Wyrm. Estrid Freysteinn used wild shape to become a dire ape. They found the stairs blocked by magical webs, but Kasimir von Schosse was able to use a wand to dispel them. The stairs led them to a frigid room with walls made from ice. Two ice statues stood in the room, and began to speak (with magic mouths), warning the characters to “go back, before it is too late!” Estrid Freysteinn smashed the statues.

The chamber beyond the first contained a deep pit, crossed by an ice bridge. The heroes decided not to risk crossing it. Estrid Freysteinn used her mythic power to partially wild shape herself to have the wings and talons of a skergipur, then flew her comrades across, though the was buffeted by a magical gust of wind.

Once on the other side, the heroes were presented with the choice of going left or right. Neferata sent her shadow companion to scout ahead. The shadow reported that to the left was a lair of razor-sharp ice terrain, at the far side of which was the true lair of the White Wyrm. To the right side was a chamber where a frost giant was waiting in ambush.

The heroes debated for a little while, then decided that they should take out the giant before tackling the dragon. Estrid Freysteinn summoned an owlbear and sent it raging into the giant’s lair, and Neferata sent her shadow companion as well. The giant made short work of the owlbear, but that made enough of a distraction for the heroes to rush into its lair and attack.

While the heroes were fighting the giant, the White Wyrm came in behind them and used its breath weapon on the party. Caelrath responded by using hold monster on the dragon, freezing it in place for several rounds while the heroes blasted it with fire spells.

Meanwhile, the giant was ferociously battling the heroes in melee, even as Neferata continually flanked and sneak-attacked it. She was eventually forced to rely on her hamingja to act out of turn and shadow jump away to avoid death. The giant killed Bergsveinn Farisson, but Athelstan was able to use his mythic power of relentless healing as a Hierophant to bring him back the next round.

Caelrath finished the dragon off using his mythic power as an Archmage to cast a powerful delayed-blast fireball, and Estrid Freysteinn used her hamingja to reshape a mythic flame strike to hurt only the giant (and avoid killing others of her party). Kasimir von Schosse finished the giant with a scorching ray.

Before camping for the night, Bergsveinn Farisson used a sending spell to notify Thorgill Haraldsson of their progress . . .

XP Earned: 147,204 (24,534 each)
Total XP: 518,248 each
XP to level 15: 635,000

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Session 83 - The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 1 - The First Tower, continued)
HM13 - The Castle of the King of Storms

2/13/16 – 83rd Session – Module HM13 – The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 1 – The First Tower)
Game Date: 6/22/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 83, hamingja: 3
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 54, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 100, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 100, hamingja: 3
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 60, hamingja: 3
Neferata (Jessie) – domur: 53, hamingja: 3
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 100

Manadagur, the 22nd of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The heroes were now sure that the Castle of the King of Storms had drifted to other branches of Yggdrasill, and they were now somewhere else in the Nine Worlds than over Torgar Island . . .

The heroes now made their way down to the ground floor. There were more trollfolk guards, but Kasimir von Schosse (!!!) bluffed their way past, giving them ribbons and suggesting that they join their "brothers"upstairs.

They entered the Hall of the Fountain of Heroes, where the witch Neito Louhentytar was researching the fountain, accompanied by her pet Zmey (a type of dragon). When the heroes entered, she shouted for guards, and more trollfolk began to arrive. Neferata backstabbed Neito, and Athelstan stabbed her in the throat with Logsvar, and so the battle began, with Kasimir von Schosse assuming dragon form. The battle was relatively swift, and the heroes prevailed.

Estrid Freysteinn used wild shape to assume the form of a bat, and flew up the stairs to the lair of the White Wyrm. The White Wyrm spotted her and breathed frost at her, so she fled back down to alert her party. They decided to go up and fight the dragon. But first, they drank from the Fountain of Heroes . . .

AND WERE EMPOWERED! The heroes underwent Mythic Ascension, becoming mythic heroes of destiny!

XP Earned: 227,604 (37,934 each)
Total XP: 493,714 each
XP to level 15: 635,000
Mythic Ascension! Mythic Tier Achieved: 1st

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Session 82 - The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 1 - The First Tower)
HM13 - The Castle of the King of Storms

1/30/16 – 82nd Session – Module HM13 – The Castle of the King of Storms (Act 1 – The First Tower)
Game Date: 6/21/901 – 6/22/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 80, hamingja: 3
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 51, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 100, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 100, hamingja: 3
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 57, hamingja: 3
Neferata (Jessie) – domur: 50, hamingja: 3
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 100

Solsdagur, the 21st of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The heroes charged up the tunnel from Torgar Island, reaching the faint rainbow shimmer of the boundary between Midhgardhur and whatever realm or realms the Storm King’s castle exists within. Estrid Freysteinn used thousand faces to appear as a svartalfur. Bergsveinn Farisson healed the remaining deafness in the party.They tested the planar boundary with a rope, then plunged through into the Castle of the King of Storms.

The heroes found themselves in a high tower. There were trollfolk guards, but the heroes were able to bluff their way past them, since Estrid appeared to be a svartalfur. They found their former companion Neferata in a holding cell, and cautiously freed her. They bluffed the guards into believing that they were taking over on guard duty for the night, then made camp to rest and heal.

Manadagur, the 22nd of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

In the morning, Caelrath used his magic to veil the party. making them appear as svartalfar (except for Estrid Freysteinn, who had already disguised herself with thousand faces, and Neferata, who was pretending to be their prisoner).

The heroes went down the stairs to a laboratory where frost creatures were performing experiments on trollfolk guards. The heroes fought their way through, with Neferata freeing the caged trollfolk and securing their cooperation. After the battle, the trollfolk said that they were natives of a land called Pohjola, and would not fight the heroes if the heroes agreed to help them get home, eventually. It was so agreed.

The trollfolk told the heroes that the stairs down from the laboratory could take them to the lair of the “white wyrm” (evidently a white dragon below), or on the ground floor to the hall of the Fountain of Heroes which was under the protection and research of Neito Louhentytar, a witch from Pohjola in service to the King of Storms . . .

The heroes decided to let Neferata try to deactivate the glyphs guarding the way to the stairs. She screwed up, and the glyphs detonated . . .

XP Earned: 25,602 (4267 each)
Total XP: 455,780 each
XP to level 15: 635,000

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Session 81 - The Battle of Torgar Island (Act 3 - The Siege Concludes)
HM12 - The Battle of Torgar Island

12/5/15 – 81st Session – Module HM12 – The Battle of Torgar Island (Act 3 – The Siege Concludes)
Game Date: 6/21/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 80, hamingja: 3
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 51, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 100, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 100, hamingja: 3
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 57, hamingja: 3
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 100

Solsdagur, the 21st of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The Siege Continued!

Having reached the top of the walls, Estrid Freysteinn (still in the form of a war-cat_ and Hakon Finehair the Skald wreaked havoc upon their Trollkyn foes. As Caelrath reached the top of the wall,

As the siege continued, Estrid assumed the form of a war-cat using wild shape, while Kas used baleful polymorph to turn the ghoul into a slug, which Athelstan then stepped on.

The heroes began to throw their might against the approaching Nightwalker, while Bergsveinn Farisson continued to face off against a Trollkyn champion (he was only alive by the grace of his own healing powers and the assistance of Athelstan). Bergsveinn was finally able to retreat to the top of the walls as the heroes destroyed the Nightwalker and most of the Trollkyn in the town with powerful magic!

Estrid slew the svartalfur who had been coordinating the final defense against the siege with a flame strike, and the heroes charged through the burning town towards the mountain and the magical gap that would take them to the Fortress of the King of Storms!

XP Earned: 217,602 (36,267 each)
Total XP: 451,513 each
XP to level 15: 635,000
LEVEL UP!
Hamingja Points Awarded: 1
Plot Twist Cards Issued: 1

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Session 80 - The Battle of Torgar Island (Act 2, The Siege Continues)
HM12 - The Battle of Torgar Island

11/15/15 – 80th Session – Module HM12 – The Battle of Torgar Island (Act 2 – The Siege Continues)
Game Date: 6/21/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 70, hamingja: 3
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 41, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 92, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 92, hamingja: 2
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 47, hamingja: 2
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 90

Solsdagur, the 21st of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The Siege Continued! Notable events from the beginning of the battle included Caelrath converting foes into allies with mass suggestion, Estrid Freysteinn clearing the main parapet with an ice storm, Kasimir von Schosse blowing a hole in the left parapet with disintegrate, and Athelstan channeling the power of his god to cripple a ghoulish negotiator sent to parley!

As the siege continued, Estrid assumed the form of a war-cat using wild shape, while Kas used baleful polymorph to turn the ghoul into a slug, which Athelstan then stepped on.

Caelrath was using his wand of magic missile so as not to exhaust all of his magic before they reached the main castle, while Kas blasted the left wall with another ice storm. The heroes rained fireballs on their foes while Bergsveinn Farisson and Estrid in the war-cat form tore through their foes!

Unfortunately, someone among the Trollkyn cast a storm of vengeance, with thunder that deafened the heroes and acid rain pouring down upon them! Most of the heroes advanced out of the storm of vengeance to the walls of the town, while some still struggled below the walls at the edge of the storm . . . Meanwhile, another Nightwalker was seen advancing on the battle . . .

XP Earned: 88.806 (14,801 each)
Total XP: 415,246 each
XP to level 14: 445,000

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Session 79 - The Battle of Torgar Island (Act 1 - The Siege Begins)
HM12 The Battle of Torgar Island

8/15/15 – 79th Session – Module HM12 – The Battle of Torgar Island (Act 1 – The Siege Begins)
Game Dates: 6/14/901 – 6/21/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 70, hamingja: 3
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 41, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 92, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 92, hamingja: 2
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 47, hamingja: 2
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 90

Solsdagur, the 14th of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

On this day, Estrid Freysteinn began scouting out the town of Hildiridharsonaborg, using the wild shape of a bat. She noted the haphazard, chaotic layout of the town itself and the tent-town outside the main walls . . .

Manadagur, the 15th of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

On this day Estrid Freysteinn officially said farewell to Vik the Leshy. She released him from service to her, gifting him with precious stones he liked and setting him to dwell in and watch over the hallowed ground she had created along the coast of Halogaland.

From Tysdagur the 16th to Freyjudagur the 19th of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

The heroes finished training their troops, crafting their magic items, and scouting out Torgar Island . . .

Sjaundidagur, the 20th of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the heroes made their rendezvous with Jarl Grundi Hrottason of Luleastadhir on Brunney. They met by the wells that give that island its name and planned their assault on Torgar Island to begin at dawn on the next day . . .

Solsdagur, the 21st of Skerpla, 901 N.Y.

At dawn on this day, the heroes began their assault on Torgar Island. Their 8 longships, each with a long hundred of men (120 each), hit the beaches on the east coast of the island (the ships included the Helgiask, the Dark Serpent, two ships from each of the kings of Jorvik, a ship sent by Athelwold, and the ship of Jarl Grundi Hrottason of Luleastadhir.) The heroes send their main armies ahead under the command of Thorgill Haraldsson.

As their army made its way towards the town of Hildiridharsonaborg, they heard war horns and war drums, and an army poured out of the main gates to meet their army in combat on the fields of Torgar Island. It seemed as though the Trollkyn horde that constituted the main army of Hildiridharsonaborg was being routed during that first engagement, but their supporting units were more steady, and the Trollkyn were so ferocious that they still tore into the heroes’ armies, even when routed.

The heroes, however, went around to the north wall of Hildiridharsonaborg, away from the main gate, intending to attack from there. They could see a silent village of tents and a palisade between them and the main wall. As they approached the tents, Bergsveinn Farisson used detect undead and discovered that the tents were full of undead – a ghoulish army of undead Trollkyn! The heroes began to gird themselves with enchantments as they approached, and soon the undead began to pour from the tents. Behind the palisade, the leader of the undead, a kind of undead jotunn called a nightwalker, revealed itself. And so the battle began!

The heroes fought relentlessly through the ghoulish army, destroying all the undead, and even managed to destroy the looming nightwalker before they reached the palisades, then used oil and torches to burn their way through the palisade in order to attack the main walls . . . More undead awaited them on the other side of the palisade, and the walls were swarming with Trollkyn . . . but the heroes had no choice but to fight on, as they must reach the gateway to the Castle of the King of Storms this very night, or lose all chance of finding and defeating him . . .

XP Earned: 134,000 (26,880 each)
Total XP: 400,445 each
XP to level 14: 445,000

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Session 78 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 9 - To Hjaltland and Beyond)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

8/1/15 – 78th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 9 – To Hjaltland and Beyond)
Game Dates: 3/29/901 – 6/14/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Athelstan (Chris) – domur: 70, hamingja: 3
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 41, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 92, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 92, hamingja: 2
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 47, hamingja: 2
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 90

Solsdagur, the 29th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

The next morning, still on the island of Munso, the heroes made a plan to recover from the debilitating weakness caused by the cairn linnorm’s breath. The heroes pooled their money to pay for the services of a high-ranking cleric and the diamond dust required for the prayers of greater restoration. Then, Kasimir von Schosse took Athelstan and teleported in several hops back to Yulianopolis. Once they arrived there, they sought the assistance of House Arkonides in acquiring the help of a chaplain of the Hierarchy capable of casting greater restoration on Athelstan, lecturing them all the while on the “fact” that their “heathen” gods were apparently incapable of restoring him. Once restored to health, however, Athelstan became capable of casting greater restoration once per day himself.

Athelstan made sure to visit some churches of the Hierarchy and mention that perhaps Dyovis should be sending aid to the North to deal with the threat . . . but the priests of the Hierarchy seemed unimpressed with his wild, heathen rantings. That night, the heroes stayed at the the home Kasimir had bought, with Kas luxuriating in his feather bed, and Athelstan deploring the decadence of the city.

Meanwhile, the heroes on Munso were able to follow the trail the cairn linnorm had left through the underbrush back to its lair, a cave in a small cliffside not far from the barrows. They found a vast treasure hoard, of course, and thus were able to replenish some of the money they had expended to treat the weakness caused by the linnorm’s breath.

Manadagur, the 30th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

On this day, Kas was able to teleport Athelstan in several hops back to Munso. On this day, Athelstan was able to restore Caelrath to full health, and the next day, he was able to restore Bergsveinn Farisson.

Thorsdagur, the 2nd of Einmanudhur, 901 N.Y.

By this date the heroes had returned to Burh with their treasure, fully restored to health, and made ready to set sail for the coast of Noregur. Thorgill Haraldsson warned them to expect guardians on the coast.

Sjaundidagur, the 11th of Einmanudhur, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the heroes and their fleet of 7 ships arrived on the coast of Noregur. They saw a strange green fog bank drifting quickly towards them, against the wind. Thorgill Haraldsson said that this was probably one of the guardians of the coast his father The One King had set in place. Estrid Freysteinn was able to disperse the fog using her necklace of storm lure, and assuming the form of an air elemental. The heroes were able to investigate one of the fishing villages along the shore to make certain the common folk were unharmed. Then they rethought their plan.

Deciding that they needed a base to train their army for the coming conflict, they set sail for Hjaltland.

Thorsdagur, the 23rd of Einmanudhur, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the heroes sailed into port at the main settlement on Hjaltland. The guards escorted them to the hall of Jarl Torf-Einarr Raganvaldarson. The jarl listened to their story, as told by Hakon Finehair the Skald, then explained that while Hjaltland was currently free from the control of Noregur, he was worried about the repercussions of the heroes launching an all-out war against a settlement on the coast of Noregur from his islands. Athelstan was able to persuade him to let them set up a camp on the northernmost tip of the main island to train and outfit their troops, but promised that the main attack would not be launched from there, but from a Forward Camp on the shores of Noregur itself.

Estrid Freysteinn hallowed the site of the camp and protected its inhabitants with a death ward. They then began the business of equipping and training their armies.

Freyjudagur, the 24th of Einmanudhur, 901 N.Y.

On this day was held a great Council of War on Hjaltland to plan for the midsummer attack on Torgar Island. Thorgill Haraldsson described Torgar Island and the situation thereon. The Council decided to split their armies into four forces – a huge militia force capable to assaulting the town on Torgar Island, two medium armies to support that main one, and a medium army to follow them up Torgahottur. Thorgill is paying for his own troops, but from this point forward, the armies are costing the heroes about 1500 gp/week. Estrid sold off the Norrani steel ingots the party had been hoarding in order to pay for the armies.

Estrid Freysteinn tried to scry the King of Storms, but failed. She continued to try this for the next several days, but always failed, so she concluded that he must be protected from scrying, somehow.

Over the next few weeks, the heroes began to set up plans for a Forward Camp on the coast of Noregur in Halogaland. Estrid Freysteinn used wild shape to assume the form of a narwhal, and swam to the coast over the course of three days, and scouted it out. She found a spot in the forests, and made plans for the rendezvous with Jarl Grundi. She sent Gersemi, her peregrine falcon, to take a message to Jarl Grundi to meet them on the northernmost tip of Brunney just before midsummer.

The first couple of days of the month of Harpa, Estrid used windwalk to take Caelrath and Kas to the site for the Forward Camp, so that they could familiarize themselves with the place well enough to teleport there whenever necessary. The land around the site was throughly explored so that the camp would be safe, and one of Estrid’s druidic followers was left there at all times to guard the spot.

The next few weeks, between the 2nd of Harpa and the 14th or so of Skerpla, were spent drilling the armies for the conflict to come on the 21st of Skerpla, at midsummer . . . .

XP Earned: 58,500 (11,700 each)
Total XP: 373,565 each
XP to level 14: 445,000

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