Heroes of Midhgardhur

Session 77 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 8 - Detour for Tyrfingur)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

6/6/15 – 77th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 8 – Detour for Tyrfingur)
Game Dates: 3/28/901 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

Sjaundidagur, the 28th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

While the ships were being readied to sail from Burh, Estrid Freysteinn convinced the other heroes that they should finally go seek out the cursed sword Tyrfingur on the island of Munso in Svialand. The heroes agreed to this course of action, so using telepathic bond to guide the spells of teleport, Caelrath and Kasimir von Schosse transported the heroes to the region of the barrows on the north shore of Munso.

After they arrived, Athelstan inquired about Logsvar, and it was revealed that Kas had tried to bury it with Salome, and that Caelrath had possession of it. Caelrath turned the sword over to Athelstan.

Estrid assumed the form of an earth elemental to dig through the barrow. The heroes entered, with Estrid now in the form of a dire rat, and they spoke to the guardians in the barrow. Athelstan was able to convince the guardians to let them take the sword Tyrfingur, but the guardians warned them that they would have to face the true Guardian of the Barrows.

The heroes emerged from the barrow to see the approach of the Guardian – a cairn linnorm! The heroes fought with all their might, and after a long and perilous struggle, they vanquished the monster . . .

XP Earned: 179,200 (35,840 each)
Total XP: 361,865 each
XP to level 14: 445,000

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Session 76 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 7 - Jorvik)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

5/9/15 – 76th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 7 – Jorvik)
Game Dates: 3/23/901 – 3/27/901

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

Manadagur, the 23rd of Goa, 901 N.Y.

The heroes were admitted to the Konungsgurtha, the royal court of the dual kings of JorvikSigfrodhur and Knutur. When asked their business, they said that “danger looms from the North, and {they} seek allies for the coming battle.” They explained their situation, and met Aethelwold, “King Over All Ethelland” who was in Jorvik on a similar mission to recruit troops for a planned assault on the Ethellingar to the south. The heroes said that they would be returning to the court on Thorsdagur with proof of their claims.

The heroes took rooms at the Sign of the Silver Linnorm (10 silver pennigar per night with meals and amenities included, the proprietor was Big Alric). They made plans to retrieve Orinn from Luleastadhir and Athelstan from his monastery, or wherever he was . . .

Tysdagur, the 24th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

Caelrath linked the heroes with a telepathic bond, then teleported himself and Estrid Freysteinn to Luleastadhir. They met with Sorli the Shepherd, who guided them to the Jarl’s Hall for an audience with Jarl Grundi Hrottason. They appealed to him for aid, so that not only did he turn Orinn over to them to teleport back to Jorvik, but he also agreed to take a long hundred (120) of warriors aboard his own longship and try to meet up with them on the east coast of Brunney before the attack on Torgar Island at Midsummer.

That day Bergsveinn Farisson and Kasimir von Schosse discussed free will and the nature of the gods. That night Kasimir went to spend the night in the woods and commune with the trees. Bergsveinn kept track of the young sorcerer with a status spell. That night, Farisson finally burned the head of the hag he had been carrying ever since Inazor Obram.

Odhinsdagur, the 25th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the heroes went about their regular business in town. By the end of the day, Athelstan arrived in Jorvik and was reunited with the heroes.

Thorsdagur, the 26th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

On this day did the heroes negotiate with the Kings of Jorvik and King Aethelwold, and thus increased their fleet by 5 ships – 2 from each of the Kings of Jorvik, and one from King Aethelwold (that being all they could spare in light of the war being planned in the south of Ethelland.

So did the heroes plan their departure towards the waters controlled by Haraldur Einkonungur (The One King, King of Noregur, “Emperor of the North”). Thorgill Haraldsson warned the heroes to expect dragons and other fierce guardians . . .

Freyjudagur, the 27th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

On this day the heroes returned to Burh to collect their ships and the 5 new ships in their fleet. They plan to sail east to the coast of Denaland and then make their way north through the waters of Noregur . . .

LEVEL UP!
p. XP Earned: 139,200 (27,840 each)
Total XP: 326,025 each
XP to level 14: 445,000
1 Hamingja (Hero Point) awarded!

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Session 75 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 7 - Jorvik)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

4/25/15 – 75th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 7 – Jorvik)
Game Dates: 3/5/901 N.Y. – 3/23/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 38, hamingja: 2
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 89, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 89, hamingja: 1
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 44, hamingja: 1
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 87

Thorsdagur, the 5th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

The day after the battle at the Basilica, the heroes divided the treasure and spoils of their battle. There was some bickering over the treasures. Among the treasures was a gold puzzle box, in which Kasimir von Schosse found a strange red and blue sphere – an ioun stone, which he took to orbit his head.

Kasimir was deep in mourning for the slain Salome Arkonides. He cut his hair and dyed it black, and dyed his clothing black as well. He took to making bleak, gloomy pronouncements, and carrying the sheathed blade Logsvar. He planned a traditional Northern funeral for Salome – he arranged a procession to bear her body down to the docks of Kirkjuborg, a chorus to sing funeral dirges, and a sailboat into which her body was placed with her armor, most of her weapons, and her helmet. Estrid Freysteinn called a wind to send the sailboat out to sea, then Kasimir flew over to the boat, placed Logsvar upon it, then cast fireball to set it alight.

Caelrath saw what Kasimir had done, so he stepped back from the watching crowd and cast invisibility, then fly, then dimension door to step out into midair above the burning boat. He used detect magic to find Logsvar and he took it, still invisible. He hoped none saw what he did, but Bergsveinn Farisson had seen him step away from the crowd and turn himself invisible.

After the funeral, Kasimir retreated to his room at The Hungry Drake Inn to write bad poetry about the fall of Salome Arkonides. Estrid tried to comfort him, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, in the common room of The Hungry Drake Inn, Bergsveinn asked Caelrath what had happened earlier. Caelrath gave him some muttered answer about the business of wizards being their own, then changed the subject . . .

Freyjudagur, the 6th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

The heroes went to Jormungandur’s Fury to meet with Thorgill Haraldsson, who was holding a great feast with roasted boar and ale, though he lamented the lack of mead. The morose Kasimir managed to produce a cask of mead from his robe of useful items before sinking back into a depressed funk. The heroes discussed plans, and decided that next they would head to Jorvik to recruit more help for the coming battle at Torgar Island.

Over the next few days, Bergsveinn consecrated the site of the Basilica and rededicated the site to Forseti.

Thorsdagur, the 12th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

On this day, Estrid finally received her new dragonscale armor. The heroes then went to visit Jarl Hrolfur at Yggdrasill’s Branch, where he rewarded them by giving them a home in his city (claimed by Estrid as well). When the loud and boisterous jarl noticed how depressed Kasimir seemed, he tried to cheer him up by giving him a thrall – Helga, a brazen strumpet who tried to cheer him up by listening to his poetry . . . and so Helga joined the crew . . .

Freyjudagur, the 13th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the Helgiask and Dark Serpent set sail from Kirkjuborg, side by side. Kasimir spent much time aboard ship sewing, making a silk outfit for Helga.

Manadagur, the 16th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the ships passed the famous White Cliffs at Dofras.

Solsdagur, the 22nd of Goa, 901 N.Y.

The heroes had sailed up the coast of Ethelland, watching the lands they passed off the port bow turning green and blooming as spring arrived. But as they passed the fens of East Ethellinga Rice, they knew they were getting close to the lands of the Danir in Ethelland. That night, they were attacked by a boarding party of skum, but Caelrath easily slew them with a single fireball.

Manadagur, the 23rd of Goa, 901 N.Y.

On this morning, the ships entered the estuary of the Hymber River (Thorgill Haraldsson first removed the dragonhead prow from his ship so as not to frighten the landvaettir) and sailed up to Burh, where they docked and disembarked. It was decided that the five heroes would go, along with Thorgill Haraldsson and four of his retainers, for a total party of ten. They took horses and rode overland to Jorvik.

They arrived at Jorvik by late afternoon and Thorgill took them through the city to the Konungsgurtha, the “King’s Court,” to meet with the two kings of Jorvik, Sigfrodhur and Knutur. And so the heroes prepared to a royal audience . . .

XP Earned: 43,800 (8760 each)
Total XP: 298,175 each
XP to level 13: 315,000

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Session 74 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 6 - Kirkjuborg, continued)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

3/29/15 – 74th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 6 – Kirkjuborg, continued)
Game Dates: 3/4/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 38, hamingja: 2
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 89, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 89, hamingja: 1
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 44, hamingja: 1
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – DECEASED at the end of this session
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 87

Odhinsdagur, the 4th of Goa, 901 N.Y. (continued)

After the visit to the armorsmith, Estrid Freysteinn prepared to scout the Basilica. Caelrath created a telepathic bond between Estrid and the other heroes (except Kasimir von Schosse, who was out scouting for Kirkjuborg real estate), then she used wild shape to adopt the form of a mouse and infiltrate the Basilica. She was able to observe the religious ceremonies of the Hierarchy, and the layout of the place. She discovered that the parishioners were very nervous about what move might be forthcoming from the Northmenn and other vikings in town. She also shifted to the wild shape of an owl to follow two clerics upstairs, where she observed two ice devils, creatures of Hel, and overheard plans to bring in more of their kind.

So the heroes decided to storm the Basilica. They gathered Kasimir, prepared by casting many enchantments upon themselves to defend themselves from attacks and foul sorcery, and to grant themselves greater might for the battle ahead. Caelrath teleported the heroes into the back antechamber of the church, between the stairwell to the belfry where the ice devils awaited and the Bishop’s office, where Estrid was still perched above the door in owl form.

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Salome Arkonides tried to break down the door to the Bishop’s office, but failed in the first attempt. Kasimir disintegrated the door, but the Bishop and his bodyguard were ready for them. The Bishop hurled foul curses in the name of Dyovis, and the bodyguard rang the Basilica’s bell, alerting the ice devils and clergy to the danger.

In the ensuing battle, Salome Arkonides led the charge to slay the Bishop and the ice devils, and she died heroically battling evil. Estrid made sure the Bishop was dead. Bergsveinn Farisson took out the bodyguard and was able to banish one of the ice devils back to Hel’s hall. The heroes emerged from the battle triumphant, but saddened by the loss of their comrade Salome.

Meanwhile, Salome Arkonides was met by Hjalmthrimull in the afterlife. Her first question was whether or not the other heroes were safe. Assured that they were, her soul was escorted to Valholl, where the brave may live forever . . .

XP Earned: 188,200 (37,640 each)
Total XP: 289,415 each
XP to level 13: 315,000

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Session 73 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 6 - Kirkjuborg)

3/14/15 – 73rd Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 6 – Kirkjuborg)
Game Dates: 3/3/901 N.Y. – 3/4/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 38, hamingja: 2
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 89, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 89, hamingja: 1
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 44, hamingja: 1
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 39, hamingja: 1
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 87

Tysdagur, the 3rd of Goa, 901 N.Y.

Upon their arrival in Kirkjuborg, the heroes were interrogated by a forlorn and long-suffering cleric of the Hierarchy with a tonsured head named Norbertus who fulfilled the function of harbormaster and customs official. Estrid Freysteinn led the man to believe that they were gem merchants. The heroes requested a recommendation for an inn, and were given the name of The Hungry Drake Inn. Before heading to the inn, the heroes settles up their accounts with the crew, each member of the party (including Hakon Finehair the Skald paying 45 gold aurar.

Kirkjuborg had a rowdy, festive atmosphere, with drunken, reveling Northmenn everywhere. Kasimir von Schosse wandered off into the crowd with Heinrich (his fledgling skergipur), and Salome Arkonides followed him to keep him out of trouble. They saw street musicians and other performers, and duelists battling over a wager of gold on a large square of white cloth. A limping merchant named Grimmur Trollfoot offered to buy Heinrich for 8000 gold aurar, but Kasimir refused. Salome seemed fascinated by the Northern custom of fighting holmgang duels.

Meanwhile, back at The Hungry Drake Inn, the innkeeper Uri Halfdanur (a jolly fellow with an eyepatch over his right eye socket – he claimed he had lost his eye in the sack of Kirkjuborg) was glad to serve the heroes (five silver pennigar per night for room and board) and told them where to find Thorgill Haraldsson at the inn known as Jormungandur’s Fury.

After dinner, Bergsveinn Farisson went to seek a good smith to have his axe sharpened, while the rest of the heroes went to see Thorgill Haraldsson. They found Jormungandur’s Fury guarded by vikings who seemed somewhat bored on guard duty. The guards informed them that Thorgill was at the jarl’s headquarters near the center of the city, a building formerly an inn called Yggdrasill’s Branch.

So the heroes then headed to Yggdrasill’s Branch. There they found a large gathering of chieftains and thanes attending to Jarl Hrolfur, a huge man (nearly 8 feet tall) with a booming voice, who was contemplating taking hostile action against Bishop Constantinus. Thorgill Haraldsson was in attendance, and explained to the heroes that the church of the Hierarchy were the jarl’s rivals for control of the city, and in fact it was generally believed that the Bishop was planning a coup of some kind.

And so there were some tense negotiations, but in the end, Thorgill Haraldsson agreed to lend his support, along with the Dark Serpent and his long hundred (120) of vikings, to add to the forces the heroes had gathered when it came time to face the King of Storms . . . as long as the heroes would help resolve the problems that Jarl Hrolfur was having with the Bishop.

Odhinsdagur, the 4th of Goa, 901 N.Y.

That night, Estrid Freysteinn had a vivid dream of going to the Basilica to fight the Bishop. In the dream, she hit him with a flamestrike at the height of church services, and Kasimir tried to disintegrate him, but this seemed only to enrage him and the ensuing combat threatened the lives of the innocent people attending the services. She was quite relieved when she awoke from her dream . . .

When the heroes got up, Estrid went to the smith who had sharpened Bergsveinn’s axe, and negotiated to have a suit of dragonhide plate forged for herself. Upon learning that this could take over a year and a half to complete, she was able to enter into negotiations to trade a huge green dragonskin for an already-made suit of white dragonhide plate, and then have it sized to fit her. This was agreed, and so the armor could be completed by about the 12th of Goa.

After making these arrangements, the heroes set out for the Basilica to face the Bishop . . .

XP Earned: 83,202 (13,867 each)
Total XP: 251,775 each
XP to level 13: 315,000

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Session 72 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 5 - To The Prytanian Channel)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

2/28/15 – 72nd Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 5 – To the Prytanian Channel)
Game Dates: 2/18/901 N.Y. – 3/3/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 38, hamingja: 2
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 89, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 89, hamingja: 1
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 44, hamingja: 1
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 39, hamingja: 1
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 87

Odhinsdagur, the 18th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

Before going to bed, Estrid Freysteinn made a heartfelt appeal to Bergsveinn Farisson to try to bring back Hakon Finehair the Skald from the land of the dead. After a good night’s sleep in the dragons’ lair, the heroes began the process of butchering the dragons’ corpses for their useful components and sorting the hoard of the dragons.

Bergsveinn prepared to try to use his power to raise dead on Hakon, when the valkyrie Hjalmthrimull appeared from nowhere, riding a magnificent steed. She informed the heroes that she had spoken to Hakon in Valholl, and that the skald was willing to come back from the realms of the dead to help his comrades – but that there was concern of robbing Valholl of an honored warrior. Salome Arkonides swore that she would take his place in Valholl if necessary.

Hjalmthrimull furthermore informed them that great powers had been set in motion, and that the King of Storms had allies previously unsuspected among the Jotnar. “There will be a great battle on Torgar Island at Midsummer – many will be slain!” Not the most comforting of prophecies! The heroes concluded that perhaps they should begin to recruit an army, or seek alliances in unlikely places – such as seeking the aid of The One King, perhaps through his son Thorgill Haraldsson, who was known to be sailing back to the North at this time as well.

Salome Arkonides also confronted Hjalmthrimull about her identity and the gaps in her memory. “Who am I?” she asked the valkyrie. “Who do you remember being?” countered Hjalmthrimull. It was revealed that the woman the heroes know as Salome was not who they thought she was, but was in fact a woman named Theodora who had been chosen to take the place of the real Salome who was slain because Theodora had tried heroically to save her, and the valkyrie had admired her bravery and virtue. Salome will remain who she is, but she seemed to feel that she had achieved some clarity and peace by having the gaps in her memory restored somewhat.

After Hjalmthrimull departed (with some fury at Kasimir von Schosse, who had braided bright ribbons into the mane of Skullcrusher, her steed), Bergsveinn did raise Hakon from the dead, and Salome helped restore him to health by laying on hands and saying, “Welcome back!” Hakon remembered his time in Valholl as a dream, and spoke of his willingness to do anything – even come back to Midhgardhur and risk his chance of getting back to Valholl – to help those who have become his closest friends.

The heroes decided to spend the next couple of days in the lair of the dragons, making sure they didn’t miss any treasure, healing from their fight, and planning for the future (including plans for enchantments by Caelrath).

Freyjudagur, the 20th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

The heroes returned to the beach, only to find a patrol of soldiers and tax assessors from Ul-Lixbuna had been sent to harass the Kallaeki refugees. Negotiations were made with Wazir, the captain of the patrol, and the situation was resolved when the heroes decided to welcome to Kallaeki as members of their crew (with the agreement of the last elder of the Kallaeki tribe, Fionbharr). So Fionbharr, Aonghus, Aodhan, Etain, Doireann, and about 25 other Kallaeki joined the crew of the Helgiask.

Sjaundidagur, the 21st of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the Helgiask set sail once more, sailing from the coast of the lands claimed by the Caliphate of Nonorra towards the coast of Gaunorria.

Thorsdagur, the 26th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

After several days of smooth sailing, the skies again threatened snow and fouler weather, so the Helgiask made for port on the coast of Gaunorria (in what turned out to be the petty kingdom of Bretagnia. As they approached the harbor, they came in under trained bows and armed guard. The habormaster did not speak Thjodhisk, but it seemed apparent that the folk were very frightened of them, and Estrid speculated that they must suffer viking raids from the folk of the North – a Northern longship is not a welcome sight in these waters! Bergsveinn cast a spell of tongues on the harbormaster in order to communicate, which seemed to deeply frighten the man, for the Hierarchy (the local church) frowns upon witchcraft and “heathen” magics. Nevertheless, the heroes were shown to a local inn, the Auberge de L’Hermine Volant – “The Inn of the Flying Stoat”

That night, while dining at the bar in the cozy common area of the inn while the snow was falling outside, Estrid was talking to the proprietor, Henrique, and the topic arose of whence the heroes came. She mentioned that she had been born in Noregur, and the discussion turned to The One King and his son, Thorgill Haraldsson. Henrique, visibly shaken, mentioned that this town, Sant-Malou, had been raided by Thorgill Haraldsson some months earlier, and that while there had not been much damage done nor loss of life, it was still a sore spot for the people of Sant-Malou. When Estrid mentioned that she had a score to settle with Thorgill, Henrique mentioned that the prince was rumored to be wintering just up the coast, at the settlement of Cherbourg (or Kirkjuborg, as Northerners call it).

Freyjudagur, the 27th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

The snow had stopped and the skies cleared, so the heroes prepared the Helgiask to sail. Estrid Freysteinn organized the Kallaeki into 3 shifts of 10, to be instructed in the Thjodhisk language, instructed in arms by experts like Salome, and do chores associated with life aboard ship. This way, the Kallaeki would become full members of the crew.

Manadagur, the 2nd of Goa, 901 N.Y.

As the Helgiask was approaching Kirkjuborg, the ship became lost in shallows along the coast. Estrid was preparing to dive into the water and assume a wild shape to help lead the ship out of the rocks, when it was noticed that a crystalline ooze monster, a freezing flow, was lurking in the waters. Kasimir took to the air and disintegrated it, then scouted, saw another one, and disintegrated that one as well. Meanwhile, Estrid took the wild shape of a great white shark and led the ship to safety.

Once the crew of the Helgiask sighted Kirkjuborg, a Northern-controlled port of the coast that folk are beginning to call Normannia, they anchored for the night, in order to enter the city fresh in the morning.

Tysdagur, the 3rd of Goa, 901 N.Y.

As the Helgiask sailed into the harbor of Kirkjuborg, the heroes noted The Dark Serpent, the longship of Thorgill Haraldsson, anchored in the harbor, as they had hoped . . .

XP Earned: 71,694 (11,934 each)
Total XP: 237,908 each
XP to level 13: 315,000

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Session 71 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 4 - An Dragain Glas - The Green Dragons)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

1/31/15 – 71st Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 4 – An Dragain Glas – The Green Dragons)
Game Dates: 2/17/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 35, hamingja: 2
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 86, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 86, hamingja: 1
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 41, hamingja: 1
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 35, hamingja: 1
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 84

Tysdagur, the 17th of Thorri, 901 N.Y. (continued)

The heroes approached the region in which the dragons were supposed to lair as the sun began to set. Suddenly, a voice rang out speaking Ormsmal (the Draconic tongue) – a lizardfolk chieftain staining on a short cliff, warning them to leave. The heroes signaled their unwillingness to turn back, and so a fight began. A lizardfolk sorcerer used dancing lights to signal the rest of his tribe and the dragons.

It was a truly epic battle, in which only the most heroic efforts served to keep all the heroes alive. Hakon Finehair the Skald fell in battle, and presumably his soul was taken to Valholl. The heroes managed to defeat the two adult green dragons, whose names were given as Dumnorix and Rhiannax (a mated pair), and likewise a lizardfolk chieftain, a lizardfolk sorcerer, and three lizardfolk berserker tribesmen.

After the battle, as night fell, the heroes celebrated their epic victory, and mourned the loss of their companion, Hakon Finehair the Skald. There was much debate about trying to restore him to life by the holy blessings of Forseti (by Bergsveinn Farisson‘s prayers to raise dead) or Freyja and Thorr (through Estrid Freysteinn’s prayer of reincarnation). The heroes also looted the corpses of the lizardfolk and began to search for the dragons’ lair . . .

XP Earned: 64,002 (10,667 each) – LEVEL UP!!!
Total XP: 225,974 each
XP to level 13: 315,000
hamingja: 1 hero point
1 Plot Twist Card each

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Session 70 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 4 - An Dragain Glas - The Green Dragons)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

1/17/15 – 70th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 4 – An Dragain Glas – The Green Dragons)
Game Dates: 2/10/901 – 2/17/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 32, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 83, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 83, hamingja: 3
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 38, hamingja: 3
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 32, hamingja: 0
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 81

Tysdagur, the 10th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the heroes once again boarded the Helgiask and set forth once more on their journey north. For the next few days, the weather was rather cold (as is typical for the month of Thorri in the North), but clear, and good sailing as they made their way toward the Prytanian Channel.

Manadagur, the 16th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this day a terrible storm was seen on the horizon to the south, and the heroes had to decide whether to risk sailing on and being caught at sea when the storm caught up with them, or whether to make landfall and ride out the storm on land. After much deliberation, they decided to go ashore and wait out the foul weather.

They pulled the Helgiask ashore on the forested northern coast of the Caliphate of Nonorra, in what they had heard was the land of the Kallaeki. They made sure that the Helgiask was securely ashore, then Kasimir von Schosse used his tiny hut spells to provide shelter for the heroes, their crew, and the Helgiask.

Tysdagur, the 17th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

The next morning, the storm had temporarily abated, but the skies remained threatening, and the heroes believed that more bad weather was on the way. They decided to stay ashore until the situation improves.

In the mid-morning, they were surprised by the arrival of four armed figures from the woods. These proved to be humans, pale of skin and fair of hair, yet their common tongue was not comprehensible to anyone in the party, save Caelrath (who could puzzle out some words as related to Prytani, a language he did speak), and Salome Arkonides, who was wearing a helm of comprehend languages. Caelrath used mage armor upon himself as soon as they appeared.

With some difficulty, they managed to convince the apparent leader of these tribesmen to accept a “blessing” from Kasimir’s wand of share language, thus granting him the ability to speak Thjodisk for the next 24 hours. Once able to communicate freely, the leader introduced himself as Aonghus and his comrades as Aodhan, Doireann, and Etain (who seemed badly injured). Salome healed Etain by her ability to lay on hands. They had been in a battle with green dragons! They explained that their village was not far from the territory of a green dragon, but until recently they had co-existed in relative peace. But recently the dragon made more attacks on the Kallaeki villagers, so they had made a large warband and ventured into the so-called Forbidden Forest, the territory of the green dragon. But as they approached the place where they supposed the dragon made its lair, they were set upon by not one, but two dragons! The dragons easily scattered the warband and smashed their forces, sending them fleeing in all directions. Aonghus’ band survived to make it to the shore. They did not know what had befallen the rest of their village . . .

Kasimir von Schosse, immediately volunteered the party to go fight the two green dragons. Not everybody appreciated being “volunteered” for this task, but Salome Arkonides also immediately agreed to take up this challenge. After a bit of debate, the heroes agreed to head to the Kallaeki village, stay there for the night, then make their way to the dragons’ territory the next day. Aonghus’ band seemed terrified of returning to the forest, but Etain agreed to lead them to the village in gratitude for the healing Salome had performed. Once more, Kasimir used his wand of share language to allow her to communicate.

On the two-hour walk through the forest to the village of the Kallaeki, Kasimir chattered continuously and pestered Etain with many questions. Finally they arrived at a hilltop that overlooked the place where the Kallaeki had made their village – now a scene of utter devastation, as the dragon or dragons had evidently visited destruction upon it, smashing huts like kindling twigs! Etain ran down the hill, sobbing, to try to dig through the rubble and seek signs of any survivors. The other heroes began to follow down the hill to help her. For a long while, only Estrid Freysteinn stood alone on the hilltop, struck by the similarity of the horror visited upon the Kallaeki and what had happened to her own village of Huldrufolk long ago . . . and then anxiously turning her gaze to the skies, lest the dragons should return and catch them unaware . . .

Bergsveinn Farisson used a prayer of death watch to look for signs of survivors among the rubble. Caelrath used a galdur spell of telepathic bond to link himself to Salome, Bergsveinn, and Estrid. Kasimir’s sorcery cast enlarge person on Salome to allow her to clear large timbers and rubble more easily.

Searching the ruins of the village, they found only one survivor – an elderly man, clinging to life, buried under a collapsed building. Once more, Salome used her ability to lay on hands to heal. The man regained consciousness, and Etain recognized him as Fionbharr, a revered elder of her people. Fionbharr told them of the ravenous hunger of the dragon that attacked the village – it had eaten the entire stock of food for the winter as well as the villagers! Even if more villagers were out there in the woods, survivors of the warband that attempted to bring the fight to the dragons, there would be no food for the rest of the winter! How would their tribe survive?

Discussing the strange and ravenous behavior of the dragons, Kasimir made an offhand comment about the dragons having babies. This struck Hakon Finehair the Skald as a real possibility – it had been bothering him, these tales of two dragons occupying the same territory. Dragons are normally quite territorial – they don’t coexist in peace! But if they should be a mated pair, perhaps with a clutch of eggs . . . well, now the stories might make sense . . . At this point, Estrid made clear her intention to seek out the dragons this very evening, and not wait for the morning . . . as well as her intent to kill both dragons and smash any eggs, leaving no possibility of survivors. Death to dragons!

Etain gave the heroes directions to where they believed the dragons’ lair could be found, and then announced that she would be escorting Fionbharr back to the shore, where Aonghus and the other survivors awaited them. The heroes said that by the next morning, she and her people would be avenged.

The heroes followed Etain’s directions to the territory of the dragon(s), then followed the stream towards the supposed lair of the dragon(s), getting close about half an hour before sunset . . .

XP Earned: 25,602 (4267 each)
Total XP: 215,307 each
XP to level 12: 220,000

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Session 69 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 3 - To Ul-Lixbuna)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

11/1/14 – 69th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 3 – To Ul-Lixbuna)
Game Dates: 2/7/901 – 2/10/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 32, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 83, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 83, hamingja: 3
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 38, hamingja: 3
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 32, hamingja: 0
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 81

Sjaundidagur, the 7th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this day, as the heroes approached the port of Ul-Lixbuna, the Helgiask was attacked by a terrible undead creature of the sea (known as a seabonze, an amalgam of the souls of people lost at sea and drowned). The terrible beast arose from the sea, its featureless, rubbery black skin streaming ocean water, as it attempted to capsize the Helgiask . . .

Despite the horrific dooming gaze of the monster, most of the heroes were able to overcome the paralyzing fear and fight it. It seemed immune, or at least resistant, to most of the magical attacks of Caelrath and Kasimir von Schosse, so it fell to Salome Arkonides to do most of the fighting, and at last she slew the beast, and it dissolved back down into the waters of the Promethean Ocean.

Upon their arrival in Ul-Lixbuna, the heroes were greeted as champions for slaying the undead menace that had haunted their harbor for decades. There was a reward of 9000 gold dinars for delivering the city from the undead menace.

Kasimir von Schosse decided to put his money into real estate (again), and purchased a modest house in Ul-Lixbuna. He also built a large bird perch for “Heinrich” the skergipur.

Having heard about potential troubles with the Kallaeki tribes, the heroes then went to see the qadi of the the city, Qadi Aisha bint Umar amat Manaf, a cleric of the goddess Manaf (patroness of women). She told them that some of her citizens had yet to learn to live in peace with each other, and that she had no desire to stir up trouble with the Kallaeki tribes. She gave them her blessing, as the heroes who had defeated the seabonze, to stay in her city and safe passage through her territories.

Bergsveinn Farisson bought nautical charts for Estrid Freysteinn, who plotted a course to take them to the edge of the Prytanian Channel. The trip was estimated to take about 10 days. The heroes decided to spend the next 3 days in Ul-Lixbuna to do shopping and stocking up on basic supplies, and to allow the sailors of the Helgiask to have some shore leave. Bergsveinn oversaw the medical needs of those going ashore for leave . . .

Solsdagur, the 8th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this day, Bergsveinn Farisson negotiated the purchase of a mace of disruption, paying both gold and his healing services (via prayers of cure disease).

Tysdagur, the 10th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the heroes once again boarded the Helgiask and set forth once more on their journey north . . .

XP Earned: 98,604 (16,434 each)
Total XP: 211,040 each
XP to level 12: 220,000

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Session 68 - Voyage to Torgar (Act 3 - To Ul-Lixbuna)
HM11 Voyage to Torgar

10/18/14 – 68th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 3 – To Ul-Lixbuna)
Game Dates: 2/1/901 – 2/6/901 N.Y.

The Party:
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 29, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 80, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 80, hamingja: 3
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 35, hamingja: 3
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 28, hamingja: 0
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 78

Solsdagur, the 1st of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

The heroes were met at the gates of Yazirat by the town guards, who announced that there had been “strange omens and prodigies” since their party had gone into the mountains. They were escorted to the palace of the Qadi of Yazirat, Qadi Jaffar ibn Hakim ul-Ziyad, a portly man with a strange, high-pitched voice who told them of the strange “omens,” including the end of the magical storm over the straits, and the hatching of a giant bird on their ship in the harbor (yes, the skergipur egg – or rukh, as it is known locally – had finally hatched, much to the delight of Kasimir von Schosse, of course!)

Since the heroes took credit for ending the unnatural storm, the Qadi invited them to a feast in their honor. He wanted to negotiate for the angry sparrow in the possession of Estrid Freysteinn (the one who was actually a cyclopean giant under a spell of baleful polymorph). The Qadi wanted it for his collection – his menagerie of unique creatures (many of which were also transformed in some way). She agreed to trade it to him for a magical, 5′×5′ flying carpet.

Meanwhile, Kasimir von Schosse went down to the harbor to “meet” his new skergipur, followed by Salome Arkonides. He named the skergipur “Heinrich” (after his father). The heroes returned to the palace to await the feast, although Bergsveinn Farisson went out to wander the streets of Yazirat, looking for a hireling.

That night, the heroes (except for Bergsveinn ) were dressed in fine silk courtiers’ outfits and attended the feast in their honor. There was much music and entertainment and feasting. The exchange was made, with Estrid trading the enchanted sparrow for the Qadi’s flying carpet. The heroes discussed their travels, some of which were recounted in dramatic fashion by Hakon Finehair the Skald. Kas kept stealing food from the feast and hiding in his clothes to feed to “Heinrich” later. During the desert (chilled monkey brains!), the heroes discussed their future plans to head back to the North, and were warned of the ill-defined “terrors of the ocean” beyond the Pillars of Melkartes.

Bergsveinn Farisson spent the evening at the top of a nearby tower, on the lookout for trouble of any kind. When the feast was over, he retired to The Oasis Inn for the night.

Manadagur, the 2nd of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

The next morning, while the heroes were preparing to set sail again, the Qadi came down to the harbor to see “Heinrich” the rukh. “Heinrich” was wild and fierce and not inclined to behave, but Estrid used her innate ability to speak with animals to calm the beast and convince it to remain with the party, at least for now. The Qadi offered Kas a great amount of gold in return for the rukh for his menagerie. Bergsveinn granted Kas owl’s wisdom to make the decision. In the end, Kas decided to decline the offer . . . but gave the Qadi the eggshell from “Heinrich’s” hatching, as well as a ribbon (of course).

Little do our heroes know it, but the Qadi later had the eggshell reassembled with gold and jewels, and it became one of the great treasures of Yazirat in future years.

Estrid went to the market and bought a navigation map of the local waters around the coasts of the Caliphate of Nonorra. She planned the navigation to the city of Ul-Lixbuna on the coast of the Promethean Ocean. She had calculated it for a journey of about nine days.

Before leaving port, Bergsveinn Farisson finally found a hireling – Yusef – whom he employed at the rate of one silver coin per day. Yusef was definitely eager for the opportunity to travel and adventure while acquiring some treasure of his own.

Once the ship got underway, Estrid suggested to Kas that he should make a set of “court clothes” (described as motley – for “Kas the Fool”).

Tysdagur, the 3rd of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this day there was strong wind and rain, and the heroes noticed the massive fin of a dire shark following the ship at a distance . . .

Odhinsdagur, the 4th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this day, there was light snow, and the sailing was very difficult. The dire shark was still trailing the ship.

Thorsdagur, the 5th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this day, the snow turned to rain, and the ship was much tossed at sea by strong winds. They lost sight of the coast, and Estrid realized that they were lost at sea . . .

Freyjudagur, the 6th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.

On this morning, the rain became lighter without actually ceasing. Estrid regained her bearings, and determined that they were much closer to Ul-Lixbuna than she had expected.

Later in the day, the ship was swarmed by four gargoyle-like Jotunbrood (sometimes known as kapoacinths). The heroes fought a fierce, brief battle, dispatching all four in short order – Caelrath disintegrated one, Salomes smote one, Kas destroyed one with phantasmal killer, and Caelrath finished off the last one with his sword.

The heroes expect to arrive at Ul-Lixbuna the next day.

XP Earned: 19,650 (3108 each)
Total XP: 194,606 each
XP to level 12: 220,000

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