Remal was a
shit strange town. We arrived and was put upon by Martel family drama. Two sides of the family were feuding, the husband Malcolm of one side absent, and the kids caught up in it. We were there to hunt a beast that had torn up some livestock. wish it had just been some wolves or something, wouldn’t have caused so much grief So after speaking to the mayor (Vernon Martel) and the court wizard of the Verdonia’s (Lady Thalia), we found out the mayors brother (Malcolm again) this freaking family had gone out to hunt the beast.
Out in the woods we found a camp sight, with evidence of an attack. We followed a trail of blood gross until we came upon dead campers, beset by wolves. We quickly dealt with the wolves, but not before Arirya spoke to them a useful skill, one that I don’t despite being an animal? and discovered they were not behind the attacks. Discovering this we explore further, discovering Malcolm wounded by a small lake the first of many problems he caused, asshole
Surprisingly, he had actually found the creature responsible for the attacks. A hunger demon, which
ambushed us we proceed to discover and engage. After a short but brutal battle, we dispatched the villain. Malcolm was hurt and under the effects of some sort of magic that was affecting his mind. This and the realization that the demon had to have been summoned by someone meant that we weren’t finished in this town.
This is where things got complicated so I’ll explain the rest of the players. to hell with most of them Malcolm and Vernon are brothers. Malcolm married Rulda, an orc he met back in his adventuring days. They have a child, Ruka, who has some magic. Malcolm and Vernon’s deceased Uncle Henry was married to Delilah. They had two children, Rina and Tomlin. We found Rina and her friend, the orphaned Bridgette, picking on Ruka. Delilah also hates Rulda because she was meeting with Henry on the woods when he was killed. seriously fuck these people
So, we began investigating. Our two main targets were Delilah, who we thought may be the
bitch witch, and Thalia, who we knew was a spell-weaver. Rulda was also on the suspect list, but we didn’t investigate her because a few of my companions, had taken a shining to Ruka cough Petros and Arirya cough Regardless we found no evidence as to anyone’s guilt,but we did find the mayor had been killed while we were gone. So we added that to the list of mysteries. We only discovered, by a great plan I came up with, that Delilah did not kill the mayor and was probably not a witch.
The next morning we were woken to sounds of panic. Tomlin had been taken sometime in the night. We found a portal underneath his bed and Vindis discovered where it possibly led to. One was where we knew Bridgette hung out, so we went there first. only after remembering she existed and was creepy We bust in to her shack and found ourselves in a witch’s cottage. Turns out she was a witch but not the one we were after. She agreed to help us if we sat in on her little tarot fortune telling session. We all participated, and it was scary accurate. She basically told all my secrets and I wasn’t the only one. It seems I wasn’t the only one with secrets either. She told me I was the Page of Swords. That mixed with the Fool as my present means I was in the midst of a new beginning. That knowledge is both exhilarating and terrifying. I almost wish she had told us our futures too.
After the tarot reading, we were informed we could go to the Forest to save the child (Tomlin), or head to the farm (where Rulda and Ruka lived) to be heroes. As much as I wanted to be the hero, all my other companions only desired to check on Ruka. They would let Tomlin die for the sins of his mother, and I couldn’t let that happen. So we split up, Sabiya and Vindis coming with me thank god, I don’t think I would have survived on my own, and I’m not dying again
We also picked up a town guard on the way there.
We arrived in the forest to find Tomlin captured by an undead Henry and a toy that contained the soul of a witch. Long story short, too long for this town Malcolm had fallen in love with Delilah strange considering she appeared to never have feelings for him so he asked a witch for help. The struck a deal, the witch would remove Henry and Rulda from the picture and Malcolm would get one night guaranteed with Delilah, in exchange for their child. also Vernon was involved some how,I’m slightly fuzzy on the details writing it down after all this time However Rulda survived and Delilah didn’t want Malcolm. Now the witch had come to collect Tomlin to use him to get her body back.
And so the battle began, but not before Sabiya convinced Henry to turn on the witch. Unfortunently she just let him die again. I then gave Sabiya some magical protection and she took out the other zombie/demons while I went after the witch’s ward to save Tomlin. Vindis
stood around helped too. We broke through and dispatched the witch and Rotbane claimed her soul. The town guard turned out to be a paladin of some kind and was actually quite helpful during the fight. We convinced him to come back with us and join the Onxy Vipers.
We returned to town, to find out that our companions had only succeeded in saving Ruka, Rulda and Malcom now dead. That and Lady Thalia had now brought back Vernon some how and was puppeteer him. According to Vindis, she’s super powerful as if we didn’t have enough on our plate with the mark of a mad god, we appear to have piqued her interest as well She did give us extra rewards and an invitation to some upcoming Verdonia party.
The ride back from the Remal, I learned a few more things: Rotbane is apparently the only thing keeping me alive and can now create a corporeal form, Magical decks or taort cards are dangerous, and Vindis has a mean sense of humor and is not to be trusted with your vulnerabilities so fucking pissed about that I still might smite him if I get the chance
Overall it was a trying few days. I learned more about my companions. Sabyia actually is a good companion and maybe friend once she deems you worthy. At least I got on person to be nice to me Vindis is a dick, but will help if it interests him so selfish too Arirya and Petros appear to care more about taking care of who they like then saving the innocent. These are slightly worrying traits from a man of god and a guardian of nature. It seems Justice is not as universal as I thought it would be. Regardless I will do my best to become an honorable hero.
Seems Rotbane has a tighter grip on me than I thought too. I was under the impression that resurrection was one and done. Maybe I could find a way out of the pact if things became to unsavory. Now I know I’m locked in for life, my outlook seems bleak. I just wish it felt I was making some actual progress. Every step forward seems to be accompanied by two steps back. the weight of it all is exhausting, leaving me wondering if I’m strong enough to bear it.
At the vary least I have the tournament to look forward to. No threat of death, magical drama, or mad gods. Just pure combat, skill, and a little forced teamwork that will hopefully bring us together.