Common Year 579

3. When Uvogin met Lubash; and Devil makes pancakes (out of gnolls)
8 Coldeven, 579 CY

The party pressed further into the dungeon and crypt beneath the ruined moathouse. Treasures have been found, including magical items, but collecting them has come at a cost. Battles with ghouls, gnolls, and a giant lizard and crayfish have chipped away at the party’s strength.

Yet the group’s ingenuity is coming into its own. The party discovered a trap door in the ceiling and decided to pile up rubble beneath it, thus preventing the trap from cutting off their escape.

Then Uvogin befriended the ogre Lubash, speaking to him in his own tongue—and defusing a fight that would have surely been fatal. Whether Lubash will accompany the party after his masters, the “yellow eyes,” have been destroyed, as Uvogin has promised him, remains to be seen.

Likewise, when the party encountered a band of gnolls, Devil Pancake, speaking gnoll, convinced the creatures not to attack. The party played upon their greed and led them to Lubash, who devoured three of them, while the remnant scattered. But they regrouped and launched a sneak attack when the party was overrun in the chamber of the ghouls. Devil made his single spell count by using it to slay the gnoll leader. Terrified, the gnolls threw down their arms, which freed the rest of the party to press hard against the ghouls.

In all the party’s successes so far, Dominco has played a vital role. His steady moral guidance has served his teammates well.

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2. Now that's how you deal with a zombie
From 7 to 8 Coldeven, 579 CY

On the way to the ruined moathouse, the party encountered a half-elvish magus tied to a post and left for dead. He gave his name as Devil Pancake and said that he’d run afoul of orcs while traveling cross country on personal business.

The party took him with them for his safety, but he quickly proved his value in combat.

The ruined moathouse was far from abandoned. Giant frogs, brigands, giant snakes, green slimes, and zombies poured out of pools and rooms and piles of rubble at different times during exploration. Very little treasure has yet been brought out.

The party regrouped overnight and prepared for another expedition.

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1. His name was Godfrey...and he was my brother!
From 5 to 7 Coldeven, 579 CY

After surviving an ambush by goblins and an assassin named Zarbo, the Raoist acolyte Dominco (Dom) Tenuto and the dwarvish scrapper Uvogin (Gin to his friends) arrived in the village of Hommlet.

Dominco had been tasked to deliver a shipment of medicine and six casks of wine, as well as a note from the ruler of Veluna, to Canon Terjon at the Church of St. Cuthbert. With him went Godfrey and Lancet du Laird, twin brothers and templars of Rao. Zarbo had been hired to murder them all before they reached this destination. He might have succeeded but for Uvogin, who burst fighting mad out of one of the wine barrels. Apparently the dwarf had been turned to stone and delivered to Zarbo for transport south, but the spell wore off just as the goblins attacked—suspicious timing, and unexplained. By battle’s end, Godfrey was slain, but Lancet lived on to avenge his name.

In Hommlet, the companions formed an adventuring party to explore a ruined moathouse not far from the town. Rumor has it that the moathouse was once the outpost of a cult, perhaps related to the spider cult that Zarbo might have been mixed up with.

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0. The adventure begins
3 Coldeven, 579 CY

You’re leaving Verbobonc for the village of Hommlet. Not exactly a cosmopolitan hub. But the inns and alehouses of Verbobonc are full of songs about Burne and Rufus, two local heroes and soon-to-be legends. It’s said that they’re establishing a fastness in Hommlet, so you might get to meet them, if the stories are true.

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