Chronicle: Session 1: 01/09/2011
Pandora, Invoker of Melora, responded to a missive delivered by the curator of the shrine erected in the worship of Melora, Krismorel Kalon, which stated that an unknown group has took up residence in and has possibly desecrated the previous shrine to Melora to the Southwest of Castle Frederick. Pandora also received word that first wind of this occurrence was received after a small group of Melora’s worshippers never returned after a pilgrimage to the old site, and that residents of Castle Frederick have recently been abducted, disappearing without a trace; this may or may not be related to the case at hand (names were not provided, as the majority of travellers and abductees were unknown by the order).
Pandora was suggested to enlist the aid of other adventurers, as this could be a difficult task for one. Travelling to the most likely place to discover such willing adventurers, Pandora travelled to the Golden Goblin Inn of Castle Frederick, harboring shelter to many adventurers and mercenaries looking for work. There she, without much trouble, was able to recruit two adventurers by the names of Caelin, a trained monk with an unknown past and motives, and Dante, a bard travelling the Palamecias under the name of the Raven Queen. After getting briefly acquainted, the group of 3 departed in search of the ruined Shrine of Melora.
A travels worth of one day along the southward merchant’s trail led to nightfall where the group constructed first camp, little was said before turning in for the night. Despite the untimely interruption of a Palamecian scavenging wolf sniffing around the campsite for food, nothing of interest occurred that night; and with the rising sun the group headed out once more.
The travellers arrived at the abandoned, quaint temple in the afternoon of the following day where it rested nestled amongst the stony borders of the Southern Crescent Mountains. The damage incurred from years ago during the days of the continental splitting was most apparent as almost the entirely of half of the site was buried beneath stone and rubble. All was not quiet, however, as two figures posing as worshippers of Melora greeted them as if tending to an ancient garden. As suspected, these figures were agents of a more malicious power in disguise, luring the adventurers into a standard ambush. Unknown was it who these figures served, and the only evidence left after an ensuing battle was left in the form of two identical raven tattoos on the back of their necks (loosely signifying service of the Raven Queen identified by Dante, but their actions proved unethical).
A brief inspection of the temple’s interior yielded a recently constructed trap door underneath a fashioned raven motif carpet. Underneath, a crudely fashioned earthen tunnel leading to a mysterious cavern filled with odd, resonating stones in an intimidating pattern representing rows of teeth. Their fears were realized as their presences seemed to activate a dormant magic, transforming the rows of stone and animating them into grinding, thrashing rows of stone. Could these stones have been resting underneath the temple naturally? And if not, who placed them here? After using an array of skills such as stealthy maneuvers, magical sensing, and dungeon know-how, the obstacle was cleverly avoided.
Beyond a poorly fashioned door, pale lights and chanting seeped through to the party’s ears, and caution was taken was cleverly view what was happening. After viewing a palely lit magic circle, filled with 8 robed figures, an ambush was planned to attack the offenders and complete Pandora’s missive. This ambush failed, however, and combat shortly ensued as the figures were ordered to attack the interlopers by one female, who seemed leader of the cultish gathering (and somehow interested in Dante for whatever reason unknown). Another item of interested was a cage at the center of the circle, and inside a delirious male eladrin. Combat proved to be a difficult ordeal, as the leader seemed to possess extraordinary magical abilities including the ability to command a choking darkness. Nevertheless, victory was achieved and the prisoner was able to be released, revealing himself as Ianfalcon Treantspatience. Calming his was not easy due to his delirious treatment, but with the mention of Krismorel Kalon, his nerves seemed to dull – perhaps he was one of the worshipers of Melora that never returned?