The group had some time off to prepare for the next adventure they would go through. Little did they know, that would be a dark place…
Chris had learned a little bit of healing arts from Kyrta. He was willing to learn. In the middle of all of that though, Brinna was continuing his martial training, forcing him to learn his weapons capabilities instead of just making them on the fly and hoping it works. A mysterious creature came into town and found Chris. For some reason, this creature took an interest in Chris, but for what means, only time will tell. Shortly after the meeting, Chris and Brinna left with this stranger. On return, Chris was looking unhappy with his eyes giving the look of someone whose seen more than a boy his age should. Brinna would be nearby of course to keep him well, but was quick to act on his defense when anyone said anything, but Chris would rather not talk about it.
While the group was in a tavern, drinking and eating, Kyrta came to discuss something with the group. During the discussion, it was revealed that Ryld was doing a good job doing all he was asked in the name of the Raven Queen and better than any apprentice seen prior. After her discussion, it seems Ryld wanted to speak with her in private. While Ryld and Kyrta discussed outside of the tavern, Chris finally broke his silence to discuss with Gulbran about where Gulbran’s powers come from and how he knows how to properly use them and whether he considers it a gift or a curse. Gulbran seemed to encourage Chris by reminding him that it was up to him to discover that himself, but in general, it is what he decides to do with it. Chris nodded, finally breaking a smile for the first time since his return. However, that would soon be cut short as yelling would be heard from outside as Ryld and Kyrta’s “discussion” seemed to quickly get heated. When the others checked outside to see what was going on, Ryld falls to the ground, looking rather wounded and Kyrta panicking.
The group tried quickly to help Ryld, but it seemed Ryld was quickly fading. Even Gulbran’s powers weren’t working. When Kyrta’s apprentice group arrived, they were hesitent on helping Ryld. Under Kyrta’s command with some help from Gulbran, they assisted. It seemed, that he was ill in a different manner. Something only Kyrta could possibly understand. She decided to do a technique, knowing how dangerous it would be and despite one of the apprentices objection to it, she went through with it. Kyrta slowly drifted off to silence… seemingly dead for a while. After some time, Kyrta and Ryld awoke, Kyrta being angry at Ryld. It seemed that Ryld had 2nd being within, slowly feeding off of him and trying to make its way out to be born through Ryld and possibly become the world’s destruction! Ryld never revealed this fact before which is the cause of Kyrta’s disdain for him. Thus, she told him of his final night to stay, but afterwards, he must be banished from the city. She left angry and in tears, but Chris follows her.
While Chris is with Kyrta, she breaks down in front of him, hugging him and pleading for his help to help Ryld. Chris accepted, telling her that they can do it no problems, while Gulbran is stepping into the scene. He begins to hear what they must do. In the mean time, Chris runs after Ryld. He ends up trying to surprise Ryld by jumping at him, though rather noisily. Ryld would have dodged, but for some random moment, Chris’ powers decided to bloom briefly as he disappears and reappears on Ryld’s back. After a rather amusing looking reaction on Ryld’s end, Chris explains, in his child-like behaviour, the plan on how to help Ryld. Ryld wasn’t intent at first to listening, but after the child spoke and told him that Chris is the key to Ryld’s hope, Ryld took an ear and reluctantly accepted.
The next day, the group was ready to head off. Chris was eager to head out. Kyrta was waiting for them to arrive to open the portal to the shadowfell where the group would need to talk with the Avatar of the Raven Queen in the City of Lanterns. The group all nodded and they headed through. Unfortunately, no one realized that they left Roselily behind.
While the group arrived safely, the shadowfell being dark as it is and very wholesome to the shadowy creatures, they headed off to find where they think the City of Lanterns should be according to the map. Although, the map should guide them, the travels in the shadowfell are much different from that of the real world. Off in the distance of where they started, they saw some figures with a light, but didn’t bother with them. When they arrived at what should be the location of the city, there was nothing. They were rather confused. Suddenly, Chris spoke. It seemed his crown detected some evil creatures, but nothing was visually seen. The group readied themselves, staring and looking around to make sure they weren’t about to be ambushed. Suddenly, the attack!
The group fended themselves as best as they could, making quick work of the attackers. While there was one creature left, Chris, up until this point didn’t kill any creature, and while he was the one of the last killing blow, he opted not to and instead knocked the creature out with his new creation, a craghammer.
The creature decided to accept the agreement to take the group to the city of lanterns and was “kind” enough to explain that the shadowfell works differently and using a map is practically no good if you aren’t native to the shadowfell. When they arrive at the city, they find it bustling with people as it seems a celebration is happening. Someone welcomes them, explaining whats going on. They find there is hardly any issue and the avatar has since left the city as a new person took it over. The city has since been happy. However, the group worries as the lanterns seem to emanate a fragrance that is almost unnaturally good. At this though, they treat cautiously trying to find out what happened to the avatar.
Will the group find out what happened to the avatar? Will they learn what is going on in the city itself? Will Ryld live through to see the Avatar before its too late? Find out next time on Empire of Bane!
End of Session roundup
None (in session)
Current XP: 4255
- Roselily was accidentally left behind
- Chris revealed his mother to Gulbran
- Ryld revealed his disease that is in his soul.
- Chris teleported behind Ryld when Ryld tried to dodge.
- To be fair, Ryld would have otherwise dodged it, but Chris had a nat 20.
- Gained a Shadow Bolter as a guide temporarily.
- Gravespawn potion (1 to each player)
- 2x Holy Water (1 to Chris and 1 to Ryld)
Ryld wandered off before anyone could do anything more, but he is a little ahead of the group. Everyone is in the City of Lanterns.