The Iron Crusade

Adventures of Gath the Elf Ranger
Episode 9: Money Talks

We set off to investigate the adviser Iris Marask. Being an adviser in the wealthier part of town, everything from walking in the door to expecting a detailed answer cost gold. I can think of a million better uses for gold, but I guess we had little choice. To her credit, she did offer us free tea, although I elected not to drink any. I don’t feel comfortable drinking anything given to me by someone I’m investigating. Speaking to her we did learn that she does business with the merchant Berkal who is also a possible suspect and that he will be in town tomorrow. She also explained that Captain Songsteel distrusts the mayor because of his sudden rise in power and popularity. But the most important thing I learned is that she has a lot of nice, shiny trinkets! But I digress. We have a lot of work to do if we are going to figure this out.

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Adventures of Gath the Elf Ranger
Episode 8: A Useful Robe of Useful Items

After a well deserved rest and hardy breakfast, we head to the temple to return the stolen amulet. At the temple, Dirk and Brann discuss their situation with the paladin and are allowed to hold on to the amulet for now. The paladin then gives us a list of possible suspects who may have ordered the amulet to be stolen and we leave to see if the guard captain is available. Unfortunately, the captain is busy interrogating the halfling we brought in and is unable to see us. Since we just acquired a large sum of gold, we decide now would be a good time to shop for new gear. While in some magical shop, I am shown the most amazing robe I have ever seen. He called it a “robe of useful items.” While demonstrating it, he was able to pull a large ladder, expensive looking pot, and bag of gold out of its pocket. I knew right away that I must have this robe! With some generous donations by Brann and Dirk, I was the new proud owner of a robe of Useful items! Once everyone was finished shopping, we went back to the tavern and asked the barkeep about each of our suspects. While each of them were very influential and could have secret deals, he mentioned that the mayor had been acquiring magical artifacts lately. This is a start, but we’ll need to keep investigating if we want to find out who’s behind this.

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Adventures of Gath the Elf Ranger
Episode 7: Cleaning House

Well, I’m back on my feet and it looks like everyone was able to finish off those thugs. Brann was looking a bit hurt so I gave him one of my potions. Unfortunately, it was the “different” potion and, instead of healing him, gave him a burst of strength. At least we found that out now rather than in a tight situation. As we recovered, the halfling began to wake up so we tied him up and interrogated him. The little bastard doesn’t feel like answering us though so we decide to just let the guards handle him. We start off raiding their weapons closet and take some magic weapons and gold. After that, Krozius heads back to free the other prisoners while I head to the barracks to investigate. I head to the back where I presume the leader slept and investigate his desk. I find some important looking papers that seem to be contracts for the gang and prove their involvement in the theft of the amulet. We take the evidence and loot and head back to town. Krozius and I head back to the inn while Brann and Dirk take the halfling to the guards. Once the got back to the inn we divided up the loot and went to sleep.

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Adventures of Gath the Elf Ranger
Episode 6: Into the Sewers

After making an example of his door, Brann and I were able to convince the old man to draw us a map to the Blinded Eyes’ base. We follow the map through the sewers until a pack of rats swarms us from behind. Now, a bunch of rats may not seem like much, but swinging a sword at an angry swarm of rats is easier said than done. After dealing with that annoyance, we finally come upon the door to the gang’s base. Brann politely knocks on the door like a dwarf and even prepares to set it on fire. Before he can, the gang’s watchmen come out to greet us with crossbows. Those chumps didn’t stand a chance. Best of all, I took their cards. We make our way into the central chamber where their half-ling leader is sitting on his throne surrounded by guards. Before we can be properly introduced, a werewolf, who I can only presume to be Dirk, charges out of the back room, smashes through some of the guards and leaps over us and heads into the sewers. With half the guards ready to soil their pants, we charge into battle. The half-orcs were our first priority. I manage to stab one in the back and…that’s a big axe. FUUU—-

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Adventures of Gath the Elf Ranger
Episode 5: Bazaar Madness [Session 5]

After interrogating the prisoners, Brann, Will, Luthien, and I set off to the Bazaar to stock up and better equip ourselves. While there, Will made a deal with me offering to by my pelts and promising to pay me 30 gold for each wolf pelt and 50 gold for the werewolf pelt. Afterwards, we went to a potion stand and bought health potions. I noticed the little freak gave me an off-color potion. Being displeased with the product I received, I attempted to exchange it for another. This drove the vendor hysterical. The hypocrite even called me a thief! To calm this sorry excuse for a business man, Luthien walked me around the corner in shackles. Thankfully, she and Will agree that his business warrants an investigation.

We decide our next step should be to locate the Blinded Eyes’ sanctuary located in the sewers. We head off to the slums without Dirk or Krozius who seem to have wandered off. We ask a child in the slums about the sewers and he directs us to the shack of an old man. The grumpy old man wants nothing to do with the sewers or the gang and tries to turn us away. Brann breaks down his door and we press him for answers. He lets slip that he was the former leader of the gang. Now we just need him to get us into the sanctuary.

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Journal of Krozius Arroway
Session 5

…Going to the slums was possibly a bad idea seeing as we wound up being bound and locked in a cage inside the sewers of Bramblesmash, the lair of the Blinded eyes….

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Tracking the Blinded Eyes
Session 5

Brann Alestromm

After capturing and interrogating two members of the Blinded Eyes, we discovered that the location of the base of operations for the gang was within the sewers. Before heading to the slums to find a way inside of the sewers, we stopped by the market to gather supplies and buy potions. The potion vendor charged more than I’d like to have paid for the potions but I paid him his asking price. The rest of the group that was shopping then began to argue with the man.

After leaving the market, we went to the slums where a child directed us to an old man who refused to assist us. The man then agreed after I kicked down his door and we discovered that he was the former leader of the Blinded Eyes.

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Adventures of Gath the Elf Ranger
Episode 4: The Blinded Eyes [Session 4]

PAYDAY! We got back to town and received our reward form the shocked and grateful captain. Nothing says “Welcome home” like five hundred gold(except more gold)! Everyone was thrilled to see us return…well almost everyone. The barkeep was less than thrilled to see he now owed Brann free drinks for a month, which he began taking advantage of immediately. While we are celebrating our survival, we meet this guard, Luthien, who tells us our missing friend Aurora may have gone to the temple of Kord to investigate a robbery of an ancient artifact. I honestly find it a little odd that someone is afraid of a dead body would go off on their own. Anyway, when we get to the temple, we learn more about the gang behind the robbery. They are a small time street gang called the Blinded Eyes. This has been the biggest job they have ever pulled. The only thing anyone knows about them is that the operate out of the slums, which is where Aurora was last seen headed days ago. She’s going to get herself killed doing something like this on her own.

We decide that we should head off to the slums to see if we can find any clues. However, with night fast approaching, Dirk decides it is best that he “goes for a walk” outside of town for some fresh air. As we proceed through the slums, we come across a half-orc being harassed by two orcs and a human. We help him out and arrest the human who turns out to be with the Blinded Eyes. The half-orc, named Will, seems quiet well mannered for one of his kind. He also has a deep hatred of other orcs and things he considers barbaric. While talking with him, we hear a strange noise and follow it, but never find out what it was. Around now, it becomes very apparent that Krozius does not care for Luthien and her views of the slums and knocks her out with a sleep spell. After that, I decide to head back to the inn for some sleep. The next morning, I go down for some breakfast. As I eat my hardy meal, the rest of the group begins to show up. While Dirk seemed to have a less than pleasant evening, it looked like Brann had the time of his life(or any other night for a dwarf, I suppose). While Drik, Krozius, and I finish our breakfast, the others engage some Blinded Eye members in the back room. By the time we get there, they have already arrested another suspect. I also manage to sell some spare rope I had to Luthien for three gold. A nice complement to my twenty two gold I collected from the unlucky orcs we killed. Five hundred twenty five gold, a good start(for now). I decide to go with Luthien and Will to have the prisoner interrogated. Nothing new even with torture. Well, better luck next time. I better be getting paid for all this.

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Journal
Session 4
The maps I kept in my journal show there should be a town nearby. I’ll head there and recover for a bit before pursing Gruumsh again. This is a

pleasant town, though they care not too much for my kind, though I cant really blame them. I found an inn that seems to not have a bius opinion, so I will stay
here for the night. The inn is called the notched broadsword. I got the best night of sleep I’ve had in over a month, even though it was haunted with dreams of my
torture. This is my second day in town and I got bothered by a barbaric group of fellows while wandering the town, two being halforc and one, a human. They
seemed to belong to a gang called the blinded eyes, maybe they have something to do with gruumsh. A party of nice enough people came to my aid when I just
didn’t feel like a confrontation of 3 on 1. With this group is a kind, driven guardswoman, A brawling dwarf with an okay attitude, an elf ranger who seems greedy,
but not bad at all, and a halfelf mage with an odd outlook on things but I think he will prove to be friendly. The halforcs were killed in the confrontation, but the
human was taken in custody by the guard. I keep reliving Gruumsh’s camp in my nightmares. I my new friends cant tell that I’m troubled. Today we tracked down
more of the blinded eyes and there seems to be a lot of halforcs in there ranks, so I’m almost positive they are in kahoots with Gruumsh. So I’ve decided that if I
help the group investigate this gang I will find Gruumsh again. I also want to join the ranks of the town guard because if I can gain their trust they might help me
stop Gruumsh and the blinded eyes. we took another person into custody and I wanted to torture him so bad, but I didnt want to succumb to the bloodlust, and so
far I’ve succeeded. I need to find means of leather working so I can make new armor, and means of crafting a new bow.

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Journal of Krozius Arroway
Session 4

Upon entering the town, we were greeted with cheers and admiration as word began to spread around the town of Bramblesmash that those “foolhardy” adventurers actually survived their encounter with the wolves and appeared to be returning victoriously. Marorin Songsteel, the captain of the town guard greeted us not long after we arrived presented us with a monetary reward of roughly 500 Gold each (I suppose it’s better than Brann’s beer), Dirk thanked him for his ‘generosity’ and we went on to the tavern to celebrate. Brann immediately took the barkeep Walward up on his offer of free alcohol should he return alive, much to the barkeep’s dismay. There was however one person missing from the celebrations, it appeared that Aurora, after returning to the tavern, went off to fulfill her own agenda…

During our celebrations we met with a member of the town guard who goes by the name of Lúthien Carnesîr. She was able to tell us a little about the ‘Blinded Eyes’, a criminal organization that was part of the reason for Aurora’s disappearance. She also informed us of a robbery orchestrated by said gang at the temple of Kord that had resulted in the theft of a precious amulet we later found out was called the “Amulet of Inner Strength”. Upon hearing of the fact that the Blinded Eyes had something to do with this robbery, we set out for the temple in an attempt to find out more information about where our friend might have gone. Upon arrival we discovered from the Paladin of Kord Traros Hawklightthat the Blinded Eyes frequented the slums but it was not known much about where their base of operations was. This coincidence appeared to make our band and Lúthien temporary allies and as the topic of going to the slums came up with greater and greater frequency, I began to resent this fact. Lúthien was going to the slums in search of the Blinded eyes and we were on our way in search of our party member, we had similar goals in mind (finding the Blinded Eyes) so it only made sense for us to work together. My problem with her has to do with apparent disregard of people in the slums as actual people, that they were below her, or that they did not deserve to be within her presence. (I may be exaggerating a bit but this is the way that her attitude made me feel)

Enough digressions we were able to make it to the slums and acquisition the aid of a rather peculiar half orc by the name of Will. This half orc if rather peculiar because it appears that he resents the fact that he is indeed half orc, he seems to stoutly oppose anything that he deems ‘barbaric’ and maintain a civil of a composure in all situations. We met this half orc in the slums doing battle with blind eye thugs and endeavored to assist him when Brann put his foot in the face of the thug leader ensuring to everyone around whose side we were taking. The fight went rather quickly and we proceeded to capture the leader so that Lúthien could take him into custody for questioning, but the longer I was in her company the more and more angered I became. I at first merely attempted to make her job as hard as it could possibly be in an attempt to frighten the prisoner I began causing a ruckus with the ghost sound and mage hand spells that I had at my disposal. It did not end there though her constant berating and belittling of the slums (the location were I have spent most of my entire life!) was getting out of hand. I finally had enough and put her under a magical sleep and abruptly left before she awoke.

I spent my night brooding under the stars near the entrance to the town, curious about how Dirk is doing at this moment seeing as he left town for the evening unsure of weather or not he would change again. I went in search of him at first light and we met each other about mid morning and began our journey back towards the town and the inn. We arrived at the inn and no sooner had we sat down with Gath that guard Lúthien comes walking through the door. Brann goes up and whispers something in her ear and she immediately begins walking towards the back of the room with Will and Brann in tow. She pushes her way past Walward after a short conversation and enters one of the back rooms. It appeared that neither Gath nor Dirk took any notice of this, and not wanting to get involved, did not inform them until I heard glass shattering in the back room and a ruckus begin. We arrived at the door to the room as Lúthien was shackling another Blinded Eyes thug and preparing to take him off for questioning. Not wanting to hear anything more from the guard and hoping to avoid another outburst from myself I ask Dirk to assist me in searching the slums again for our friend Aurora

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