…Was set upon by savages and captured through duplicitous means. Thought it best to prove my worth as an aide rather than let them sell me, or kill and eat me. The savages prove to be the remains of the War Dog Pack. Their leader is an ogre magi who had his hands, feet and one of his eyes removed by Convergence, the brutal warlord who’s uniting many of the tribes further south.
Soon, several other (very strange) travelers were captured by the ogre magi’s gnoll warriors and brought in. A catfolk, a nether, a trull, and some undead creature. I may be able to use them to aide in my escape.
The ogre ordered a human girl to be sacrificed to one of the newcomers, the undead. I tried to stop the sacrifice, tried to reason with the creature, but he was a savage monster. More savage than the beings who i was now a prisoner of. There was no way to save the girl, but I tried to kill her quickly, so that she could not be tortured by the beast. He did something to me, cast some spell, prevented me from giving her an easy death and forced me to give her to him. Around that time, something happened in the main room and chaos had erupted. I dropped the undead beast to his death and ran back to the main chamber to see what had happened.
The captives had escaped! The nether was running across the ceiling, the catfolk was fighting for her life, and a drow woman had come in and was causing even more chaos. I tried to get to where they kept my weapons and armor, but the nether lured most of the tribe in that direction. I picked up a fallen tribesman’s long sword and waited for an opportunity.
The catfolk and the drow escaped up a hole in the ceiling and fought off the ogre and many of the other tribesman, the nether had been killed. Several kobolds near me led me out a different tunnel and we escaped.
After escaping the tunnel complex, the kobolds were killed when I managed to meet up with the rest of those that had fled, plus more newcomers. This time a wooden golem with a crossbow for an arm and a small lizardkin.
….Exhausted from the escape, and possibly drugged, I unfortunately do not remember what happened in the next chunk of time.
The next thing I did remember was that we had arrived at an Valanese fort, the lizardkin had disappeared and a young female wizard had joined our merry bad, and the soldiers of the fort were in dire straits. They had little to no food, had suffered from an outbreak of sickness that claimed many of their comrades, had no contact with any of the other forts or Valendale, and expected no reinforcements. They aided us and we agreed to help with a pest problem.
We hunted for the source of the problem and found a cave entrance. A quick scout around found a second entrance and some raptors. After we dispatched them we set up a fire near that entrance with the intention of smoking them out the main entrance where we were set to ambush anything that came running out.
I set the rest of the party up where they would be most useful for the ambush and we quickly dispatched the few raptors that came running and the brood-mother (who was enormous).
We went back to the fort to tell of our success and wait for the massive fire that seemed to keep going inside the caves to die down. We later learned that that the cave was being used to hoard stolen black powder and other equipment from the fort by a traitor.
We also found a ring that, so far, seems to make me immortal.
After talking with the captain of the fort we decided to try to connect with the closest fort, see why communications had ceased, and most likely set the signal tower alight to signal any remaining forts to the danger and Valendale itself to alert them to danger in the south.
On our way the other fort, we were beset upon by a Venom Mouth hunting tribe. We quickly dispatched them with superior Valenese battle tactics and took one hostage to question. We found a map leading to something dark and dangerous, but at a location that was unknown to us. From the hostage we learned that there was still a traitor at the fort.
We sent the second in command back to the fort with the drow to investigate the traitor. Little did I know how bad of a decision that was.
I must have come down with some debilitating mustache disease because I have no recollection of the following few days.
From what I gather from my travelling companions, we arrived at the inn at a crossroads and it was under siege by more Venom Mouth tribesmen. Some people from the inn were putting up a good fight, and with our help, they were quickly cleared.
Unfortunately, the next events are quite vague. We seem to have not really made any friends with the other people at the inn. I hired a “sell sword” (assassin) to scout the main Venom Mouth village. We waited for him to come back, still didn’t make any friends (but at least seemed to make no enemies). Once Neville came back and gave us the rough numbers of the village and we decided to go north to scout the fort, that I believe we were pretty sure was infested with more Venom Mouth warriors.
Before we left, a travelling merchant arrived at the fort and we didn’t ask for any information or purchase any supplies. We also didn’t ask any of the other people at the inn to come with us to assault the fort because we assumed that the …7(?) of us, plus Neville that the golem hired, would be enough to assault a fort manned by many times our number.
Again, I was suffering from a severe case of some rare mustache disease.
We chose to not travel up the road to avoid detection, and instead followed the river most of the way and then cut through the forest. Along the way, we came across many women and children refugees of a village that Convergence had attacked. We, again, asked no questions about anything, like what Convergence was like, where he was last seen, or what his army was like.
We also heard a caravan of Venom Mouth on the road leaving the fort and didn’t investigate, get a sense of their numbers, or possibly set up an ambush. We let them go to conserve our strength for the fort.
As far as I can tell, we went in with no real plan through the west gate and I came to when we were almost in the center of the fort and in the process of getting surrounded by the enemy.
We managed to take out most of the Venom Mouth in the main area, but not before they finished off some of the remaining fort goers….and Steg. He went out like the soldier he was. The Venom Mouth warriors began to man the Scorpions and began firing them at us. I got clipped trying to back up Steg before he was taken down.
Somehow the signal fire was lit (I found out later it was a fey creature who had decided to assist us and snuck in lit the signal fire and then escaped again) and my goal was to keep that fire lit as long as possible.
I was surrounded by a dosen savage dogs and many Venom Mouth warriors backed up by some archers. I focused on defense while my allies fired scorpion bolts into the group. Before long, they were overtaken, but managed to rally and Atilliana saved my life by killing those surrounding me with a blast of cold.
After some more fighting, I noticed that a building looked to be on fire and ready to explode, I fought out of the group that was surrounding me and dove for cover before the building exploded, unfortunately killing Neville. The signal tower crumbled and the fort was set ablaze.
We fled back to the original fort we set out from, but was assaulted by a group of orcs and an ogre. Making quick work of them, we took their leader hostage back to the fort.
A discussion ensued, a deal was struck with the orc, and the Valenese would leave the fort in the hands of the orc, who would ‘join’ Convergence and give information to the Valenese at the fort in the mountains while our group went south to try to bring some of the tribes in as allies against Convergence.