The Corruption of Relpuce

Chapter 2 - Descent to Nulbund

As grouped settled down for the night, Xoroku explains that this is his homeland, and shows the group a rough layout. Around the campfire the group shares stories from their past during a drinking game of Summit Striders.

As the group rests, a voice enters their minds. Although none of them can understand the wording that is used, images are portrayed showing vast armies pouring out of portals into this world. Images of death and destruction, burning and pillaging fill the groups minds eye before an image of large chunks of the world flying high up in the sky. THis image filled the group with an intense anger before dissipating.

The idea given from these images is that a melevolent being of some sort sent armies into this world to have it destroyed. And that this plan was foiled by the lifting of inveile. This being isn’t content with letting flying continants fly. The last image given is of a town near the edge of a mountain range, and then the presence leaves their minds.

Waking up from this manifestation, risa questions the history shown in her vision. She explains her past story, and is slightly disturbed that she doesn’t know any of what has happened.

It’s also noticed that the silver chokers that they had on when they awoke have fallen off during the night, but have been replaced with a tattoo on the back of the neck. Summit strider is quite upset about this and tries to remove it with a knife. Only able to dull the tattoo, Belkas tries to trick her into believing it is completely gone. This not working Belkas uses his skills to hid the tattoo from view.

The tattoos not seeming to have the same damaging effect as the chokers, make everyone aware of the other members around them, as well as another person off to the east

As a group they decide to head down to the town portrayed in their vision, hoping to get more of an idea as to what to do next. Although Xoroku seems to have his own agenda in regards to the group. As the are moving through the mountainous foothills the group is attacked by a pair of larg rocs.

During the fight, as they are about to finish off the last roc, a drow joins them in battle. The group notices as a whole that the person they sensed of to the east is none other than this person. He introduces himself as Antaufein and is an emmisary of the “The Shadow”.

The group heads down to the local town of Nulbund, they notice that the town isn’t the cleanest of places. Refuse litters the streets, but the residents don’t seem to notice. Even though the occupants of the town are of mixed races, you notice that most of the stores and shops look to be run by hobgoblins.

The group heads straight for the local arena. After some excessive cheating by members of the group and some spectacular moves by summit strider and the two enslaved kobolds the pit battle is won. Thoroughly frustrated at the lack of killing blows, summit striders kicks one of the dead drakes heads clean off, impaling it on one of the arena spikes. The crowds cheer in appreciation and mob the victory stand as summit strider gets her winnings.

As the crowds dissapate, a trader asks to buy the kobold slaves and even though much bargaining was done by belkas, the kobolds view Xoroku as their true master as he freed them and gave them purpose. Xoroku frees them, and the Kobolds vow to spread the name of the true prince of the orcs.

The groups heads to the inn to get a nights rest, they sit down to a meal and beverages and after a drunken mishap on Risa’s behalf, the barkeep is knocked unconcious and the patrons become exceptionally unruly. Free meals and drinks are passed out for all.

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