The group sailed out on the Blue Vengeance , fought a group of sahugin, arrived in Wheelon, fought a shadowy avatar of Dyspair, and promptly meet up with CC and Talindra. A little more detailed version can be found on the Scardie Cat Dwarf Recap
After meeting back up with the group they got a little information about big events happening in Thunderstone. The group decided to head up that direction, bringing Dony Havies with them.
The weather was completely miserable. Summer should have started by now, but there was at least three feet of snow on the ground. Spring had been skipped completely and even the most ignorant person knew something was wrong at this point. Blizzard cold and gailing winds were quite common across the entire region. Still the Four Winds pushed through and up to Thunderstone.
Arriving in Thunderstone they dropped off Dony Havies, restocked with Father Feldis and Shanger, and got the local news. Apparently there was trouble in Cloudside, the town that the dwarves and barbarian people had built together to ward off the weird weather. There were conflicting reports about which side started what argument, but everyone agreed that neither were getting along and supplies were running out.
The group also got wind from Mendryll Brandywine of a strange dungeon that had appeared nearby with a group of adventures from Zhentil Keep in the area. They were asked by Hurm Thiodor to check it out. The group did so and found the dungeon randomly teleported people to different places as soon as you stepped through the doorway. They were each given a small red token (apparently by magic as it appeared in their hands) and told that this would grant them the ability to summon two of their allies to their aid. Also they might grant a tiny bonus in knowledge (xp) if they went through the dungeon without using them.
Of course they all hung onto the tokens for dear life, sacrificing health and safety for the promise of this pitiful reward. The dungeon contained some very rare and unique treasure however. A Elixir that could restore a corpse to life, a suit of plate mail that would alter size and weighed no more then regular clothing, and a Rod of Magic that allowed a caster to cast two spells at the same time. Also ended up with a very chaotic diamond pendant from Tork Shason Kinifyen, the same man who once owned the diamond dagger.
During the exploration there was a oiled womans wrestling match quickly followed by a “fun with science chemistry hour”. Where Talindra, armed with just enough knowledge to be dangerous, aided by a barbarian and a shapeshifting druid who couldnt tell phosphoric chloride from a hole in the ground, messed around and made some potions.
The dungeon seemed to be places as some sort of monument to Tork and was constantly filled with strange traps, weird monsters, and odd riddles.
Having finished it however the group went on to Cloudside where Bane and Zena tried to talk some sense into the dwarves and barbarians. Zena did ok but Banes diplomacy was less then ideal. However he did better then CC who was chased away with crossbow bolts fired after him. And Frosttail had been making a nuisance of himself, killing cattle, roaring in the middle of the night, and trying to throw ice chunks from very high distances at little peoples heads. Talon shifted into a white dragon form and went to talk to him.
The group lost track of Talon and after cooling down the residents of Cloudside, went to the Hullack Forest trying to find Starhawk in the druid grove to see if there was anything that could be done about this eternal winter. It was during this trip that the Fury Storm
hit. The ferocity of this storm could be felt over 200 miles in every direction.
After the storm the group is rejoined by Talon and they head back to Cloudside to see how the dwarves held up. They learn that the storm missed them completely, even the landslide. The dwarves praised Moradin, the barbarians Talos, but the Four Winds secretly thought it was Mystra. Though unpopular with both barbarians and dwarves, she had made a deal with Bane and seemed to be honoring it. The group was rejoined by Ala and the group made camp for the night at Cloudside. Bane and Ala stayed with the dwarves, the rest outside with the Lightningpeaks. Talindra made a great friend of TuDoren, leader of the Lightningpeaks, when she gave a powerful Orcslaying shortsword.
That night however both groups were attacked by vampire orcs. Lots of vampire orcs. More then fifty of the undead came out and attacked the two camps, bringing swarms of bats and packs of wolves with them. The group jumped up and help defend the attack.
Normally attacking camps of armed dwarves or barbarians is crazy. Much better to attack peasants or farmers. But the vampires were immune to most of the warriors weapons and charmed the defenders into killing their allies. Including Zena unfortunately. Bane would have suffered a similar fate but Ala was there to help. The orcs were lead by none other then Longtooth. The vampire was fast and powerful, but no match for Ala’s holy faith. She blasted him to dust. Most vampires either retreated or where turned gaseous and had to flee. The fled back up the mountain to their hidden crypts.
CC tracked the wolves back to where the vampires came from and put stakes in the hearts of all vampires they found. They even found a hidden cave where the barbarian warrior with green skin had stayed when alive. Talindra found a journal that seemed to be related to the strange piece of wood the group had found in the Iron Throne compound in Suzail along with a small amount of Starmetal.
The group returned victorious and rested again in Cloudside. After leaving the temporary city they went back to Thunderstone to see how that small area had survived the storm. It was during this trip they came across the Emerald Blades lead by Gandegar Armstrong. The group set up a ambush and manage to take out the high powered group fairly easily. Gaining some powerful items in the process and getting justice for all the wrongs Gandegar had committed.
The group arrived in Thunderstone and found that the city was both good and bad. Good that the city was unharmed by the storm, apparently the thunder stone was lucky after all. Bad because all the outlying areas werent so lucky. The city was filled with people. Not enough food to go around, no place for anyone to stay. Robbery and fights were high. Moral was low. Talon turning into a devil cat and Bane starting a brawl in the Furniture’s Fate didn’t help either. In the end, a town meeting was called.
Sunny Underhill had given Dony Havies some advice and he took it. Trusting Sunny after knowing him so long and being saved by him at least four or five times, he did what Sunny suggested and asked several people to come away with him and rebuild Quiet Thunder. Once the Four Winds assured that the threat of Sembia was solved and the winter was over, several started to agree.
Bane made a good speech about the dwarves helping out and relationships between dwarven and human traders improved. Zena didnt do so well with the barbarians here and was almost booed offstage. Talon communicated to Therin Thunderhooves the centaur and convinced the fey (without words) to try to help the poor villagers and the Hullack Forest would prosper because of it. However it was noted that Sunny didnt even try to address all the halflings in the village, mostly from the destroyed town of Thunderferry. Instead Shiney gave the speech and manage to stir them to help. The halflings helped out in their own way, but quite a few gave looks of sadness or disgust to Sunny Underhill, the halfling who had turned his back on his own kind. Talindra had the hardest job of all, keeping Polk from the podium.
The group heads back to Suzail, knowing they have about two weeks until they need to be in the Fane of Shadows and stop Dyspair before they miss their chance forever. Arriving quickly in Suzail the group splits up and goes its own ways. It should be noted that the city was still cleaning up from the Fury Storm, which left this place a disaster scene.
Talindra meets Oswald Fiddlebender in Have Alchemy, will Travel, Shiney meet Eltibald, Sunny heads to the library to talk to Kara Calaudra, CC heads to ranger Steelshields and grabs a bow Rick had picked up for him, Talon stays lowkey in the big city, missing his warthog, Bane finds a bar that caters specifically to dwarves in Bane gets a Lesson from his Father, Zena tries to keep the entire town from killing Polk upon meeting him.
The group stayed the night in Thistleflame manor because all rooms in all inns were full.
Several party members have bad dreams this night and the next morning Shiney insist that everyone call him Damian Mordiki from now on. The entire group is ok with this and the issue never comes up again, or it was a huge deal that dragged on for months and months, I forget which.
The group also notices that Bane is not carrying his favored hammer, in fact he seems to have lost it. Whenever anyone comments about this Bane mumbles something about “Shut yer face oril shutit ferya.”
And with such cheery thoughts, and armed with potions made by a gnome who crashed an airship during a calm cloudless day, the group head off to an ancient temple of shadows from an ancient time to stop a dragon from becoming a goddess.
Polk is so proud!