Wrath of the Righteous

Session 2 - Ruins of Kenabres
Through the Fire and Flames

After glimpsing the horrible results of the ruined city above the group quickly decided they needed to gather supplies, find a safe spot to drop off their injured, and locate whatever resistance they can. Horgus, in a display of kindness nobody would’ve expected days before, offered his assistance – his manor had an apocalypse bunker safe house with enough food, water, supplies, and weapons to last himself, Anevia, and Aravashniel days. The group fought through hordes of demonic flies, rats, and cultists before coming across Magni’s nephew Finghal (spelling?) robbing searching a destroyed shop for valuables serviceable weapons.

While Magni attempted to reason with his nephew Raines asked Percival to try to conceal a casting of Suggestion to prevent conflict – however, one of the tiefling cultists noticed the spell and shouted out a warning. Percival’s spell still did the trick, and Finghal was forced to hide behind a counter as his entire entourage was slain or “convinced” to flee. Magni then had Finghal find a proper scabbard for Raines’ scimitar and dragged him along to Horgus’s manor, which was miraculously untouched save for missing valuables (a fact he attributes to the lack of civilians to slaughter). The group resupplied and traded their worn weapons for high-quality cold iron before moving on to find Magni’s family keep and Raines’ home. Along the way they encountered a group of crusaders surrounding a sobbing woman and Etrigg, tower shield in hand and staring tired and defiant at the misguided soldiers. The group swiftly defeated the cultists and greeted Etrigg, who informed them that the bulk of the city’s living crusaders were holed up in the Defender’s Heart.

They arrived at Raines’ home first to discover Symont and Barvil (but mostly Barvil) hoisting up Lysander from the rift their home’s rubble laid in. Barvil recounted how Lysander had found him and Symont shortly after the initial attack and held off cultists with his light magic. Raines was thankful but nobody is allowed to know that. Lysander had retrieved Raines’ first creation, a flawed scimitar, and offered it to Raines. Raines did not seem very happy about this, claiming it was cursed and that he didn’t want it. Lysander merely shrugged and put it in a sheath on his belt while asking about the nature of its curse as the group moved on.

Magni’s keep wasn’t what it was. During the attack some beast had opened a rift in the ground beneath it, destroying everything. After doing a hero landing reaching the rubble he found the charred remains of a dwarf with Brom’s hammer lying next to an outstretched arm. He also found Mildred, unconscious and bleeding out, who he managed to save before being lifted back up. Mildred recounted how the keep had been attacked prior to its destruction, and the group set out for Defender’s Heart.

After making it to the building they were stopped at the gates by crossbowmen who insisted on the incoming group being checked by divinations to ensure they weren’t demons in disguise come to breach their meager defenses and slaughter all the women, children, and injured inside while simultaneously dealing a death blow to the resistance. Which was apparently totally unreasonable and worth arguing about for ten minutes. Magni and Raines had a particularly nasty argument with a guard who claimed to be a captain and was not at all happy about these random strangers coming to their doors, bitching about Kenabres’s standard operating procedure for checking for demons, then talking shit as if they owned the place. He is now the most uppity jackass in the world for doing his job and talking back to a bunch of assholes.

Magni was directed to Irabeth and Quednys in the war room where he gave a status update on the situation and was informed that Horgus’ manor would be attacked soon, although nobody was quite sure of the reason at the time. He then had a tearful reunion with his extended family.

End Session 2

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Session 1 - The Fall of Kenabres
Or, Kenabres Gets Fucked Up

Raines was working the counter one day because his brother “had business in town” when Donovan walks in to inspect the merchandise. At that time two thugs came in and start raising trouble, but Raines noticed Donovan stealing and told him to stop as the thief ran out of the store. Upon giving chase he saw Etrigg clothesline Donovan and start dragging him to his HQ for questioning. Raines offered to meet Etrigg for a drink, which Etrigg accepted before leaving with his new prisoner. When they met later Etrigg brought up his past in Molthune and his reason for coming to Kenabres. The two seemed to bond over their drinks.

Raines was accosted by a stalker admirer named Lysander who claims to know of his heroism in Taldor, and presented a holy symbol of Sarenrae bragging that he too was a follower. Raines did not seem to care much for him, a fact which Lysander either ignored or didn’t even notice. He left shortly after mentioning that his father says he was Raines’ buddy in the army.

Magni is informed that his younger sister Brady’s tavern is on fire, and on the way Etrigg and Donovan split off to try and catch the perpetrators. Upon arriving they see Brady screaming at some low-life scum before throwing him to the ground, whereupon Magni picked him back up (not helpfully) and intimidated the criminal into telling him where his fellow crooks went. Around this time Terendelev showed up disguised as a human, put out the fire, and after taking a good long whiff of Magni’s clothes (ew) she inquired about his identity and position before teleporting him to head off the others. Magni was knocked unconscious during the fight but his interference allowed Etrigg to catch up and take down the criminals. Donovan also helped.

Raines also has a run-in with Terendelev in a bar. She informs him that the plot demands his presence at the ceremony or the AP won’t work it’s the one day of the year everyone can relax and be merry and she’d be delighted if he’d come have a drink with her. He begrudgingly agrees, probably to get her to leave more quickly.

In the same bar Raines later runs into Percival who sits down next to him but otherwise minds his own business (something Raines appreciates) but is then accosted by a couple thugs (which interrupt Raines’ good time, something he does not appreciate). Before they can escalate the issue a half-elf walks in behind them and cuts them down with teeth and claws, then leaves. When the crusaders arrive they want to take Percival in for questioning, but after Percival uses his puppy-dog eyes Raines backs him up. The crusaders leave, Percival pays for Raines’ next drink (which he takes full advantage of), then he leaves.

Magni discussed having the family leave Kenabres as a result of growing anti-dwarf sentiments in the city, and while she wasn’t happy about it Bridget agreed to take the children and flee. At a family meeting the next day many of his other family members decided to leave as well.

On the first day of Armasse a large portion of the city’s populace gathered outside Saint Clydeswell to hear Lord Prelate Hulrun’s speech, but as soon as he began his speech the Kite exploded. The city came under attack from an army of demons led by Khorramzadeh the Storm King. During the fight Chromie and Donovan died at the hand of cultists and a rift opened in the ground, causing Magni, Donovan, Percival, Guinevere, Anevia, Horgus, and Aravashniel to fall. In her final moments Terendelev slowed their fall, and as the rift closed above them they watched Khorramzadeh cut off Terendelev’s head.

They managed to land safely among the writhing swarms of vermin beneath the city using torches and realized that not only had Aravashniel been blinded by the Storm King’s whip but Anevia’s leg had been crushed by a boulder. Raines made the decision to amputate, and after stabilizing her the group left her unconscious for the journey.

Horgus had numerous doubts about Magni’s ability to lead throughout their trip back to the surface, which were put to rest by Raines repeatedly. Aravashniel mostly kept to himself and was lead by his angelic companion Sigrid. Guinivere and Percival mostly kept to themselves during the first day underground, and after walking for a few hours the group came across an old abandoned temple of Torag. Upon clearing the temple the group worked together to consecrate it, receiving a blessing from Torag afterwards. Magni took this opportunity to bury his squadmates and was joined by Guinevere who told him about Chromie’s kindness towards her.

After resting the group moved on, finding evidence of “mole people” as Aravashniel so eloquently put it. Shortly after this the group was assaulted by a dwarvish illusionist who ran away before anyone could prevent his escape. After another long walk the party ran into mongrelmen – people tainted by the Worldwound’s demonic energy and born with horrific deformities – and managed to save one of their group’s members who was trapped under a fallen pillar. Lann offered to bring them back to the city where they could rest and replenish supplies, which the group readily accepted.

Along the way they came across a pair of dead cultists wearing Iomedaen crusader armor, implying that the crusades had been heavily infiltrated, reinforcing their desire to return to the surface and protect Kenabres. After entering the city they met with Chief Sull who offered them supplies and directions to the surface along with a warning – cultists and traitorous mongrelmen were set up between the city and the surface. Sull was willing to gather his forces to aid in the city’s liberation but he would need to send his men into the tunnels, and in the meantime he couldn’t mount an assault against the cultists. He asked for the group to clear out the outpost on their way up and to inform their leaders of the mongrelmen’s desire to return to their crusading roots.

After resting for the day the party marched on, reaching the outpost and cutting a path straight to the surface through rooms of cultists, dire rats, and a maze guarded by a pair of dretches. When they finally climbed out of the tunnels and into Kenabres they saw something they could never forget – the city was overtaken by the worldwound’s features, with Saint Clydeswell Cathedral and various other landmarks completely demolished as demons freely roamed the city.

End Session 1.

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